"Hawthorne's own" "Chris Montez"
Name: Ingrid Larson () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 11:15:33
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Hey everybody! See ya at Pink's tomorrow night!
Great!! We'll be there around 8:30......
Name: Steve Deuel () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 10:57:26
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Message: Don't worry Coug's. God's coaching staff just got a little better! Remember to always be your best! Thanks Kye!
Name: Lisa () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 07:17:09
City and State: Ramona, CA
Message: Gil A. I am trying to locate you. I have a message for you. The last number I have is not at your house. Please e-mail me so I can chat with you. Thanks, Lisa
Name: Jack Young () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 02:55:36
City and State: South Lake Tahoe
Message: Hello everyone, This web site has been so much fun for me (thank you John!!!). I have been in contact with so many people that I would have never been able to thanks to this site. Mr. Plotkin where have you been lately. I miss seeing your comments. I never really knew Mr. Courtney but from what alot of the Coug's have said about him it would appear that I missed knowing a very nice man and a great teacher! My heart goes out to his wife and family. I know that he has arrived to a better place. All you coug's Take Care, Jack
Thanks Jack for the nice thoughts. I'm glad you're connecting, as that's what it's all about. Yes HCH, where are you? Mr. P, I hope you're planning on making the Pinks run tomorrow night.
Name: Cheryl Courtney () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 00:40:16
City and State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: In honor of Kye Courtney donations can be made to continue The Kim Courtney Scholarship that is given to the number 1 female scholastic athlete at Dana Hills High School.
Kim Courtney Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 1644
Laguna Beach, Ca.
Name: Cheryl Courtney () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 23:45:15
City and State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: Thank you for all your kind words and memories about Kye. I needed them this evening.
Name: norm vorhis () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 23:23:26
City and State: monrovia, ca
Message: i was on the eb 105 this evening, during the rush. as i was approaching western i noticed the tracks, and flashed back to my early teens at what we used to call the "devils dip" it was an early version of what later became bmx. tom burroughs, it wasn't pudge smith, his was dark red, possibly metallic. if i had the foresight to get at least one el molino, i wouldn't have all these faces with no names running thru my head, to say nothing of the names with no faces. i'll be back. norm
Name: Rhonda () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 21:57:50
City and State: Los Gatos, CA
Message: Although I wasn't on the football or track teams, Kye had a great impact on my life. He and Cheryl were great career and life counselors during high school and long after graduation. Kye kept me pushing through classes even when I wanted to give up. He will be missed by all of us who knew him, but we are all his legacy and I pray that we can live up to his high standards. My heart and prayers go out to his wife, Cheryl and the rest of his family. Thank you, Kye.
Name: Myrna () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 21:33:58
Message: There's a guy from Hawthorne, CA on Wheel of Fortune right now (2/10 7:35pm) is he part of Cougartown???
Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 19:22:27
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Got the sad words today about my favorite coach Kye Courtney. He will always bring pleasant memories whether it's on the field or on campus. I had to really think about what impact he had upon me. I had him for 3 years of track and saw him work very hard getting the team to be No.1 in the league. After I graduated I can still hear the good successes he had whether it's in the news or on the local paper. His hard training on me pushing me to the limits pays off by me winning the 330 low hurdles in the final track meet (and placing in the top 3 in 3 other events), with that help from him I will always stand proud for what he did. I hated doing 5 miles loop around the city dodging cars and mud puddles but in the end we as a team became successful. I can only wish that same goes for football which I had with him for 2 years and he never gave up and I can still hear him screaming in my ear to get things done right. He kept pushing us harder and that applies to my jobs today. He was a great teacher who never let us get lazy. I really get a kick out of watching him play Donkey Basketball because he was a player who strived to win whether it's in sport or in class. He gave me confidence that I could do things in life and imagine this to other student he pass this on to who they can instill onto their children. My daughter who is 4 months old will benifit from him because I will carry the torch he had placed upon my heart. I do hope God had given him a pleasant trip to the heavens. Goodbye Coach Courtney and Godspeed.
Name: Don Dallons () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 19:01:15
City and State: Long Beach
Message: Eddie. I Agree with you. I ran track and played football for Kye and he kicked my ass all over the football field. When you get older you look back and understand that he had alot to do with who I am today. I got to talk to Kye a few years ago and thanked him for all he did for me while at Haw. High. He will be missed. I will be at his services.
Name: Kim Smith () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:52:03
Message: Kye Courtney's services will be held on Saturday the 19th at Nativity Catholic in Torrance. I think at 1:00
Name: Jay Fernandez () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:35:32
City and State: Rochester, MN
Message: After 3 years in the frozen north of Minnesota, my wife and I have decided we need to thaw out and get back closer to friends and family in warmer climates. That being the case, if any of you Cougs are aware of any openings for a college relations manager or something similar, please let me know. We want to relocate to CA, AZ, NM, TX, NV, OR, PR, HI or WA. Please drop me an e-mail if your aware of anything or have any questions. Thanks in advance for all your help!
Name: Mom Lester () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:34:04
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I just read in the paper about Kye Courtney's passing and am deeply saddened. My youngest daughter was a Kye Student. He was her mentor and did amazing things for her. He gave her respect and showed her that she was worth something and it changed her life. My oldest daughter was on drill team and had Cheryl for a teacher. They are both saddened by this and of course all of us would like to know if and when there will be a Memorial or where we can send cards, etc. Let his memory live on.
Mom L, There's a tentative memorial service being set up for Saturday, the 19th, at the Nativity Catholic Church in old Torrance. This is NOT CONFIRMED as of yet, but I've been getting lots of email so this is all I know for now. As soon as I hear more, it will be immediately posted here in Feedback.
Mom L, did you ever get your Tshirt? If not, please email me, and thanks.
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 11:13:46
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Carole Ferruccio, the friends of Joe Lustro I knew were the one`s in the Toucans car club or the guy`s from Food Giant. Ray Williams, JB Benoit, Bob Patterson, Dick Golage, Larry Rosenthal are a few that come to mind. Also who could forget Joe`s girl at the time Sherry Carpenter! To Norm Vorhis, was the guy with the 40ty Pudge Smith. He had a 40ty coupe & lived on 131st right behind Terry Leeper? When Pat the barber moved from up by the tracks to the shop by the fire station, what was the guy`s name that replaced Lee? Has anybody ever mentioned Allied Auto, or the Mile High Currie`s icecream shop on the corner of 130th st. & Hawthorne Blvd. I am sure John will remember. He is amazing. I thought I had a good memory until I saw John in action. Thats why we call him the king!!
Jerry Scholes HHS60 was Pats other Barber at one time, after Lee went solo. I think I heard Jerry is in Vegas or the Tahoe area now. Yes, there are pictures of Allied Auto and Curries on this Feedback somewhere. Thanks Tom......
Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 08:52:48
City and State: Amarillo TX
Message: Very shocked and saddened to hear about Coach Courtney's passing. I had him for typing and also had his lovely wife Cheryl for dance and drill team. I remember routing on their romance and giggling when we would see them together around the school. Of course she was still Miss Marcheselli then. My thoughts, memories and prayers go out to Cheryl and family. He will be sorely missed by all. Liz
Name: BILL ASHDOWN () on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 00:25:03
City and State: ELLENWOOD
Message: FACULTY AND SENIORS
I HAVE SOME SAD INFORMATION. LAST SUNDAY IN PALM SPRINGS, THE FIRST HHS PTA PRESIDENT OF COUGARTOWN WAS CALLED HOME BY THE GOOD LORD. MRS. NAN ASHDOWN WAS 94 YEARS YOUNG AND DEEP INTO PTA AND SCHOOL BOARD FROM YORK ST SCHOOL TO HHS. SHE LEFT THREE COUGARS BEHIND SHEILA CLASS 54 / DIANE CLASS 58 AND BILL CLASS 63.
SHE WELL BE MISSED, BUT ALWAYS LOVED.
Bill, Our condolences go out to your family.
Name: Sheree Klingenhagen () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 23:17:24
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: I am so very upset about hearing of the passing of Mr Courtney. I spoke with his wife Cheryl just a few years ago and she said that they were going to be retiring in the Florida Keys and were very happy and looking forward to that time. Lung cancer is a terrible way to go, I've witnessed it first hand, and no one deserves to live the last part of their life that way. He was a wonderful educator and person and will be missed. I would like to know if there is somewhere to send cards, flowers or donate to an organization in his name. It would not be enough but we can try. My heart goes out to Cheryl and their family.
Sheree, I'm in the process of getting more info on memorial service, etc. Please stand by.
Name: Darla Trent () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 21:35:57
City and State: Allen, Texas
Message: I just got off the phone with Mom, and was very saddened to hear the passing of Kye Courtney. He was a wonderful teacher, he will be missed. Our prayers are with his family.
Name: Polly Martens () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 21:28:18
City and State: the only town that counts
Message: slot Cars and kites, what memories, cool. I just want to ask doe's anybody remember the kite contest that used to be held at Del Aire Park every year. All the boys on 117th Street used to seem to congregate in our garage, and my Dad used to help anybody who asked make winning kites. And win they did.
Also, most of the kids on our block didn't have to go to the Slot Car places as Rachel and Timmy Horton 72' Dad built a slot car track in their garage. Rachel and me used to get pissed off at Timmy as he always saw to it we got the crappy cars. He had the opinion that we girls didn't need to win the races at all. I got even with him years later, as he drooled over my red and white 67' Camaro, that I bought. He was pee green with envy, as most of the guys who knew me then. Eat your hearts out, that car was FAST! It was the best part of my college years. And it made all the carless years in high school worth it.
Any way I finally connected with Donna Billingsly Phillipi 74', and we have been communicating via email. I think she will check in one of these days with her version of the "Bluebeard," story.
I am sorry to hear about Mr. Courtney, I didn't personally have him for a teacher, but knew of his contributions to HHS. I did have his wife for gym and dance classes, she was a really sweet person. I am sorry she and her family have such sadness, and a such a loss.
Anyway thats all for now.
Name: Myrna () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 16:52:32
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Message: If I can find it, I think I have a relatively "old", unsophisticated kite that I can enter in a kite flying fest up North in April!! How many paper drives did we have every year. I can remember pulling the wagon around the neighborhood and collecting. Then it came time for tying and stacking. Didn't think then what it took for our parents to get all those papers to school for us. Remember all those piles of papers at street's edge on York Ave??
Name: Jim () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 16:08:44
Message: I am trying to locate Vickie L Palmer, class of 1975. If anyone has any info please contact me. It would be greatly appreciated. Also if there is anyone who was friends with her, please e-mail me. Thanks!
Name: Eddie Braun () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 16:03:44
City and State: Manhattan beach,ca
Message: very sad to hear about good ole kyes passing......Ill always remember and thought many times over the years about one particular time that coach Plum and Courtney called me into that dingy little office of theirs in the locker room after a football practice, both told me that i was playing like a p@$$%, and kye added that i was like a pimple on his ass(whatever that meant), and told me to toughen up, needless to say, i was crushed, but it always stuck with me. To this day i have to give credit to kye for that little pep talk as i dont think i would have done nearly as well in my career if not have been motivated by that little piece of advise from coach Plum and coach Courtney. He may be gone, but his and coach Plums words will always be with me like it was yesterday........Eddie
Name: Melinda Farrow () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 15:58:50
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Message: A message to Mr. Neil Minami ~ nice to hear you in feedback, you were a great teacher at HHS. I had you for swimming, and remember it was like 1st. or 2nd. period and always cold! Myself along with Nancy Riley, Maria Cabon, Craig McNally, and Don Whitaker had a blast in your class. You always made it fun. Hope all has been well with you and your family. Linda
Name: Melinda Farrow () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 15:53:17
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Message: I am very saddened to hear that Mr. Kye Courtney has passed on. I remember having him for typing class and athletics. My prayers are with his family and friends.
Name: Kim Smith () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 14:46:58
Message: Kye, You will be missed beyond words. Your devotion to your family and your students should be an inspiration to us all. My heart goes out to Cheryl and the rest of your family. You took part in changing and influencing so many young lives. I am thankful to have had you as a teacher and a friend. You will be forever in my heart. "In Memory of Kye Courtney"
Name: Bob "Strongheart" Melendrez () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 14:09:33
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of coach Kye Courtney. He was an excellent teacher who consistently went the extra mile for his students.
It was coach Courtney, along with coach Chauncey who helped me with my rehab routine after a major knee injury in 1969. My condolences go to coach Courtney's family, and to all of our Cougar family who knew and respected this fine teacher. If anyone knows of a memorial for coach Courtney, please write in. I would do my best to attend.
Thanks and God bless....
Bob Melendrez, '71
Name: Mark Alan (Rabenold) () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 14:05:10
City and State: Oroville, Wash.
Message: Wow. That was really tough news about Coach Courtney. He was one helluva fellow.
Put me on Dan's "Georgia Frontier(e)" list. I like your "Al Davis lock-in" idea better though, John. Hand old Al a candy jar full of Viagra and let the games begin! Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!!! She'll never want to see the inside of the Rams locker room again.
The Cougartown T-Shirts we got are outstanding- we just love 'em! BTW... I included ten bones for Cougartown membership too, but didn't get my star. I am, like, totally bummed out, man!
The other day, my wife saw me vacantly staring at the monitor with tears gushing down my cheeks and said, "What's wrong?" All I could do was point to my name on the alumni list and choke back more tears. Puzzled, Jeri said, "So... I don't get it!" How could I even begin to explain to her the true meaning of the star?!
Hey John - do we have any shrinks on the alumni lists that do e-mail sessions?
Still a Coug, Mark Alan
Hey Mark Alan, Now see you slipped me a curve by sending the Tshirt money AND the Membership all in the same check. Not used to that. I'm kinda' like the DMV that way. Well you've got your star now, so you can stop your Tammy Faye routine, and thanks for the support.
Name: sheri () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 13:16:13
Message: this is a totally cool website! it is the best alumni site i have ever seen. now if only i knew how to do this for my school. you outdid yourselves!!!
Thanks Sheri, We Cougars always strive for the best.
Name: neil minami () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 09:10:17
Message: KYE COURTNEY -
This morning I am asking you to join me in honoring the memory of Mr. Kye Courtney who died last night after a courageous fight against lung cancer. Mr. Courtney was an esteemed teacher at HHS from 1969 until June of last year. He also served Hawthorne High as a Vice Principal, Department Chair, Athletic director, award winning track coach, and AP Econ teacher. In these many capacities, Mr. Courtney served our students and our community as a caring, devoted, tireless worker who promoted excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field. We extend our condolences to his wife, Mrs. Cheryl Courtney, to his family and to the legion of students and colleagues to whom he was a friend and mentor. Captain Kye will be sorely missed - but his Cougar spirit lives on in the good works he accomplished here at Hawthorne High School. (written by Mr. P. Macha)
Very sad news indeed. I wasn't privileged to have been mentored by this man, but I do know he was truely a rare breed. He loved, and became a part of his work, and it was mirrored in the lives of his students. The loss of Kye Courtney will resonate through these students as a tradegy. You "Kye students" are the blessed ones. The real tragedy comes in the next generation of student that will miss his mentoring and be without his advice for a lifetime. Thank God for teachers/mentors like Kye Courtney. They are very rare.
Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 06:42:00
Maiden: Alan Parsons Project
City and State: Miami :(
Message: Bonnie & Gloria: Glad you got a kick out of EJ on the tonight show. I knew about the Hercules gig. EJ can also be seen 2-3 times per month with his band "Band-X" I am on his e-mail distribution list and get notices regarding when his band is playing. If you want to be on his list, send me an e-mail and I'll forward it to him.
RAMS -- does anyone want to join me in a campaign to have Georgia shot? "This proves moving to St. Louis was the right thing to do?" Good thinking Ms. Frontier -- stick your finger in the eyes of the LA fans who stayed loyal to the team dispite your betrayal of them.
Which One's Pink? dates 2/19 in Vegas @ Pink E's, 2/25 in Reseda @ Paladino's (with Led Zepagain), 3/24 in Hollywood @ Vynyl (with Queen tribute Sheer Heart Attack)
Yes, put me on that Georgia list. I don't know about shot, but maybe we could lock her in a room with Al Davis at the Encore Motel for 60 days. That'll teach'em both. Thanks Dan........
Name: Glenn Crist () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 01:19:41
City and State: Wine Country, U.S.A
Message: Anyone up for a kite flying contest in the Valley of the Moon? If we take a break from some serious wine tasting, food consuming, and sightseeing, and if the spring breezes cooperate, I think we can find enough wide open spaces here. A year or so ago, someone put in a fancy slot car track (banked turns and the works) in Boyes Springs, but it didn't survive for long, so I guess the only option that's left is to go fly a kite. Hope to see as many of you as can make it here for what I hope is a whole lot of fun.
Thanks Glenn for all your hard work on the Wine Country Weekend. This is going to be a premiere weekend folks. If you haven't made reservations yet, please do it tomorrow. Do not miss out on this one.
Name: norm vorhis () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 00:26:26
City and State: monrovia ca
Message: Asked my brother Jim about my peg leg, he remembers it being either, a brother, or a close relative, of Larry young from Intermediate, who slipped and fell under the wheels of a train. He was trying to hop the freight that ran parallel to broadway and behind HHS. He would be the one who lost a leg. I've been trying for six months to remember the name of a guy from '57. He had a light blue or grey forty coupe. One afternoon, in metal shop, he and George Singleton ('49 Olds 98 4 door sedan) had a discussion, about who had the quicker car, the '40 flathead, or the 4500 plus pound stock olds. George had his girlfriend with him, so I was invited to ride in the forty to make things even. Just as school was letting out, we went off westbound on El Segundo from Inglewood Ave, stopped at shoup and did it again. The Ford was spinnin' and shudderin' and george was grinnin'. I'll be back after I shake some more cobwebs out of my memory. Norm
Hey Norval, I just knew you OR your dad (the OTHER Norval) weren't limping bad enough to have a wooden leg. Great story also. I would've picked the Olds too. Thanks man and come on back anytime.
Name: Steve Fraser () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 00:25:45
Message: Big John!..Across the street from the old "Big House", (the original Hawthorne Fire Dept. Headquarters) was Pat's Barber Shop. In the late 50's and early60's anybody who wanted a stylish buzz cut went to Pat. He left just enough on top so he could then run the cutters down the middle from front to back for that "cool" landing strip effect.. I'm sure there's a few out there who know what I'm talking about. Keep up the good work John and I'll get to PINK's as soon as a trip is planned when I'm off duty.
Hey thanks Steve. Yes, I too had the "Landing Strip Cut" in High School.