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Name: Bob Faulkner () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 20:36:14
Maiden: HELPES
Class: 63
City and State: garden grove, ca
Message: John, I HAD A NAME CHANGE IN 1980, IS THERE A WAY TO REFERENCE IT? how about adding the pizza show it was a major hang out. Suggestion, pick an athlete for the history of HHS through 1999.
Hi Bob, I just added Helpes to your Email Listing. The Pizza Show is already under Hangouts. Major athletes......I pick Gary Mykannen HHS63 and Bill Sloey HHS69 (anyone can pick Mix, Conway, Laidlaw, or Scott). Now that should start some major banter.

Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 19:58:26
Maiden: kostiszak
Class: 83
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Message: I am sorry to hear about Kye Courtney He was one of the best teachers at Hawthorne High!! If I were in L.A. I would be at the services. Mrs. Courtney was a big influence to alot of my friends whom were on drill team and I loved her as my math and typing teacher. I hope the best for the Courtney family and wish them strength during this tough time.

Name: Mom L () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 17:13:58
Message: Thanks for remembering and yes I did get my T-shirts. Went to Homecoming and bought them there. Love them, they are great. Thanks again

Name: Mandy Martes () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:50:13
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 81
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Message: I had to check in to read all the posts about dear Kye Courtney. What a wonderful man, an inspirer and mentor. I wonder if there will be room for all the Cougs in at the service at Nativity... Hi Beth! I haven't checked in for months, either. Open house at Holy Trinity was today. Mission accomplished! Tucker is at the doctor getting his shoulder x-rayed. Why weren't you baby sitting him better? It's great to see more 81ers checking in! Keep it coming. I'll have lots of catching up to do come summer. Shannon, I was just telling someone that used to be a cheerleader in high school that cheerleaders rarely showed up to track or cross country meets. Oh, well, we all rooted each other on!

Name: Sandi Crenshaw () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 13:56:01
Class: 1968
Message: I have been trying to locate Kevin Eaton for some time now. If anyone knows how she is doing or where she is today, I would really like to hear about it.

Name: Donna Wright () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 13:53:26
Maiden: Cook
Class: 69
City and State: LaPalma, CA
Message: I also got my reunion book and was really surprised to see how many names were in there that I have never seen at any of the reunions. I especially was excited to see Denise Carr's address. Denise and I were best friends from the 6th grade. She went with Mike Lee, (68), Renee Lee's brother, all through high school. After school I have never been able to find her. I talked to Tom Engel the other night. He is up in Sumner, Washington building houses and raising 2 teenagers. Wayne Dickey, when you come out to California will you call me or E-mail before you leave??? I need a few things from North Carolina...Thanks, Donna

Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 10:41:35
Maiden: Rowdysincreasinginnumbers
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Looks like it was another great Pink's run.. Weather was cold-but the dogs were hot. We even inducted Linda and Ed Chesson into the Rowdys. Thanks Linda, for not cooking, cleaning and being wife material..and having the guts to admit it and sharing that quick boiled meat & peas recipe with us. Stand tall girl! Marsha & I wept for joy when we heard that we made the connection with yet another ROWDY. --- Now, I'm off like a prom dress.
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 23:21:40
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Message: Yesterday in the mail I received my Memory Book from my 30 yr. class reunion. In it it had alot the address of our classmates. I'm sure some of them were old but hopefully most of them are recent. I couldn't help but notice there was one person (Marilyn Sturn) that lives very close by me. She actually lives in the same neighborhood as my daughter. Now that wouldn't be such a big deal if we lived in LA but we both live in Kansas City. Next thing I know my husband is looking up her phone number and getting a map to her house. All these things you can do on the computer. I really felt funny about calling her as she was very much into school and I wasn't. To make a long story short I did call her and we talked for an hr. or so. She had never heard of CT so I told her all about it. Hope to see her on here soon. Gosh, what a small world. I'm sure there are many more out there who haven't heard of CT so lets continue to let our fellow Cougars in on our wonderful secret here. Our home away from home.
Great story Linda, and yes it IS a small Cougar world out there. There are literally 1000's of these undiscovered discoveries out there. Who's next??

Name: TRICIA MCDOWELL () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 22:46:46
Maiden: SOKOL
Class: 70
City and State: 29 Palms
Message: Wayne Dickey- Saw your car in Lowrider magazine page 78. Nice car!!! My son is Lowrider's #1 fan. He goes into withdralls if it doesn't come at the 1st of the month. He has a lowered Civic. I guess he takes after me. Mark Escalante (ms) used to ask me how I liked dragging my A__ around town. I still love lowered cars. My husband thinks I'm nuts. Tricia

Name: barbara Gordon () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 17:38:51
Maiden: Billswife
Class: 57
City and State: Wofford Heights, ca.
Message: Marylin Ross, I am Bill Gordons wife and I was wondering if you know where Jeanie Musgraves is today? Her father and Bills father were best friends. Bill and Jeannie went through Dana as well as HHS together, if you see her let her know Bill says hi.

Name: david clayton () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 16:11:53
Class: 1983
City and State: Reno. NV
Message: How come I never got my diploma? Was it supposed to be mailed to me, or was I supposed to pick it up? I have had a hard time getting a good job because I couldn't prove that I was a high school graduate. I am not a happy camper.
David, I see by your email address that you are affiliated with Mann theatres, and without that diploma I'm guessing the Popcorn Booth??

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 15:17:05
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: Thank you so much for this wonderful site! I am an early Cougar. It was so much fun in the 50's going to a new school. I loved reading the stories from Coach Chauncey. He was my freshman math teacher and everyone loved him. We all called him just "Chauncey". I remember the day my boyfriend came to pick me up at school and drove on to the campus right up to the girls locker room. He was from El Segundo High, Darryl Ross now my husband of 40 years. Chauncey caught him and sent him on his way without me and told him not to come back. He really protected his own. My husband never liked Chauncey after that but I got a real laugh out of it. I saw the tribute to Mrs. Ton. She was my Sr. Problems teacher, one of the most respected and loved teachers on campus. And Mr. Goodfellow what a neat man. I always felt privileged to have him as a teacher. I remember hanging out at Russ' Hamburgers behind the Foster Freeze and going to Skippys for french fries and coke with my friends from Leuzinger High. Do you remember when they built the big gray block wall around Leuzinger and everyone called it Lucatraz? Public pressure made them tear it down. Jeanne Musgrave from the class of "57 was my best friend. A group of us girls went to Disneyland for Sr. Ditch day! What a great time we had.
Marilyn, Thanks for some great memories and unless you could "Walk On Water", coach Chauncey wouldn't let you get by with a thing. The good Coach and his lovely wife Cathy are living in the Palm Springs area and are both doing very well.

Name: Kathy & Tom Frankforter () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 11:41:57
Class: 79
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Tom and I would like to send our condolences to the Courtney Family as well. Tom was very upset to read about his passing in the Daily Breeze.
Tom is not much into the computer so I'm writing this on his behalf...

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 11:41:30
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Christine Penny, Legoland is located in Carlsbad near San Diego. Your kids should have fun there.

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 11:00:29
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: My deepest sympathy to Cheryl Carr Courtney. She was our mentor/instructor for Varsity Yell. I had Mr. Courtney for a summer session of health and he was very kind and handsome. They were only dating back then, but what a vibrant couple they made! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gloria

Name: Miaaka () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 10:38:22
Maiden: Lester
Class: 1977
City and State: Cartago, CA
Message: My thoughts, prayers and sympathies to the Courtney Family and Friends. If I had not had such a wonderful person and mentor during my years at HHS I would not be who I am today. Kye brought me strength and to believe in myself. Thank you KYE for all you have done and all the lives you have touched.

Name: blonde once again! () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 02:07:45
Message: Very funny John.....I wasn't trying to be blonde! I'll go there tomorrow. lol
Christine, I know you'd eventually have thought of that. Be a Coug girl......

Name: Patty () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 01:51:17
E-Mail: Meraz
Class: 1982
City and State: Playa Del Rey, CA
Message: I just want to say how sad I am on the passing of Kye Courtney. My deepest sympathy goes out to Cheryl Courtney & her family. I didn't have the privilege of being in one of coach Courtney's classes, but he was a BIG MAN on campus. His presence was known & felt throughout the school. I had algebra classes with Mrs Courtney (Ms Carr), who was my favorite teacher. She always took the time to make sure I understood. That's the kind of teacher she was. I've been told that Kye Courtney was an inspiration in his teaching, coaching, & in his life. Heaven is rejoicing & throwing a 'football' bash for their newest member.

Name: LYNDA NELSON () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 01:44:25
Maiden: KLOCK
Class: 63
City and State: SIMI VALLEY,CA
Message: So glad to find Cougartown. I don't visit here often but just wanted to say hi to all my buds out there. Sometimes you wonder if any of your old highchool friends out ther remeber you. It has been so long since I have heard from any of my classmates, I have reconized quite a few names on this site.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 01:29:02
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Calling on the CLASS OF 1982.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Sherry Eckert??? She was on Drill team for a few years. She was one of my closet friends and everytime I read her writing in my yearbook I once again miss her. It would be great to get back in touch with her. She had a brother "Terry" who graduated in 1980 or 81? The burden and sleep would be lifted by any info: Thanks.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 00:29:25
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Don-
Hey, who's paying for this vacation!! Can I go??? You left out Palm Springs, Temecula Wine Country, Julian, Big Bear, and the Mohave Desert. And what about that place in the desert where everyone goes dune buggying? Glamis??
It takes years to see California, doesn't it.
Betty Rodriguez

Name: Jim Jensen () on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 00:03:30
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Although I only had the honor of knowing Kye for the past 4 years, he became my best and most supportive friend. I honestly believe my life and the lives of all his friends and students have been enriched beyond words. Those students I met impressed me greatly with their maturity and thought processes-you are all lucky to have had a teacher that cared and gave as much as Mr Courtney did. Whatever careers you choose to pursue, do it with the heart and devotion Kye did and you'll honor him greatly and no doubt, succeed in life.
Thanks Jim

Name: Christine () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 22:47:19
Maiden: Christine Penny
Class: 76
City and State: Round Rock, Tx
Message: LEGOLAND! LEGOLAND is in CA?! Where? We are planning a trip to CA this summer, and my 9 year old son loves Legos. In fact, we were just talking about Legoland the other night. He even has a subscription to Legoland magazine. Okay, where is it? Thanks in advance. I honestly thought it was somewhere else.
Uh, Blondie.....if I had Internet access, I'd try something like.......oh, I don't know, maybe WWW.LEGO.COM

Name: Steve Kristof () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 20:23:22
Class: 61
City and State: Kansas City, MO.
Message: Hey John! Have you ever just been doing your normal thing, and all of a sudden for no apparent reason you remember a detail from your past such as a Hawthorne police officer we called "pinky"? Used to drive a three wheeled Harley around town. A bit of a grouch!
Hey Steve, Yes, I remember Pinky. I never had any trouble with him. Of course he couldn't catch me on that 3 wheeler either. Nah, I thought Pinky, like Murphy, and Don Williams were the best.

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 17:40:52
Maiden: Koch
Class: 78
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: I was very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Courtney. After reading all the feedback I truly feel I missed out by not having had the opportunity to be in one of his classes. I was however, in a Modern Dance class with Mrs. Courtney and I loved her! I know that he must have been a wonderful person because he chose a wonderful, sweet companion. My deepest sympathy go to his family. If the feedback is any indication his legacy will live forever in the lives of those he taught.

Name: KARA COURTNEY () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 17:24:14
Maiden: Courtney
Class: 87
City and State: Laguna Beach CA
Message: Dear Hawthorne Alumni and current students,
I'm Kye Courtney's daughter and although I didn't attend Hawthorne High, I feel as if I know many of you through my father. My father was very proud to be part of Hawthorne High School. He always spoke highly of Hawthorne High and the many people who touched his life over the many, many years that he was there. I want to thank everyone that wrote in for their kind words and support, it means alot to myself and to Cheryl.
P.S. I agree! God did just add another member to his coaching staff!!!!

Name: Laura Porter () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 16:18:55
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: In reading all the wonderful tributes to Coach Courtney I can't help but think of the wonderful legacy he leaves behind. I don't know who wrote this but it comes to mind today...A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child....we should all hope that we leave the mark that Kye Courtney left on those he touched.

Name: Kristi Pealo () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 15:11:31
Maiden: Perkins
Class: 89
City and State: NAS Lemoore,CA
Message: Cougartown has done it again!! I just got a hold of one of my closest friends, John Milleson c/o 89. More like a brother to me. I found his mothers name on the alumni list, Connie Milleson c/o 59. I emailed her and she wrote back with all the information. Now I have my brother back!! Thanks John.
My sympathys for the family and friends of Kye Courtney. I did not know him that well. I wish I did. God Bless.~~Kristi

I'm tellin' you Kristi, all your friends are here. You just have to know who to ask.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 14:58:14
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Cougars-FYI- In the Times TV guide: "The Beach Boys: Four-hour dramatic examination of the early years of Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson; their cousin, Mike Love; and Al Jardine, showing how, as surfing teenagers they went from humble beginnings to fame and fortune in the '60s and '70s. ABC, Feb. 27-28." Hi to Jack Young, Tahoeman. Are you keeping your powder dry....or wet.....or packed? Have fun on the slopes! John, sorry about Pink's. I'll be at the Long Beach Philharmonic Pops for a Valentine Program. We go four times a year. AHHH, KITES. March and April were fun times of the year. I reused my sticks frequently. My grandmother taught me how to make a paste from flour, salt, and water to glue my newspaper on the strings. How sad I was if I pulled the bow string too tight on my cross stick and it broke :(.
Great memories. Love to all, HCH

You mean you'd give up a wet rainy night, outside, under a tin umbrella with a bunch of greasy chili dogs for the Philharmonic??!! And you call yourself a Hawthornian. OK Harry, but next time YOU are picking Pinks Night. Have a great time.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 14:05:56
Class: 75
City and State: South Bay
Message: **I need some help. I had e-mailed someone about places to see in California. The thought of doing that gave me an idea to add that content to my homepage as a way of promoting our state. The following is what I had sent to someone. Feel free to provide additional sites that may be of interest...I will give credit to "Cougartown visitors" when the text is complete enough to place on my site. "Before you pass've got to tour California at least once. I would take about week or more...start down in San Diego, go through La Jolla (Scripts Institute is there), then Oceanside, San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach (artist community there), Fashion Island and Balboa Island in Newport (take the harbor tour - the 90 min. )...hit Disneyland, The Main Place shopping center with Crystal Court in Santa Ana, then go to Knott's Berry Farm....then to Long Beach - eat at a restaurant on Pine Street, then go to the Shoreline Village, the Long Beach Aquarium and Queen Mary, from there go to te Ft. MacArthur museum in San Pedro after getting something to eat at Ports O' Call (Harbor cruise, helicopter ride there - can also take a trip to Catalina - either two harbors or Avalon) You can then proceed to Alpine Village in Torrance, from there to the Del Amo Mall and stay the night at the Marriott. In the morning proceed down Torrance Blvd. and park down near the beach and spend some time at the Redondo Beach Pier. From there get something to eat somewhere near the Esplanade in south Redondo Beach and then take a drive around Palos Verdes (go to the top to see those monstrous mansions) and return. Head North on Pacific coast Hwy and spend some time at Hermosa beach near the pier and then go to Bristol Farms on Rosecrans an! Pass the studios there and then down to the Manhattan Pier. After visiting the south bay area take some tours of Los Angeles (the stars homes, to Farmer's Market near CBS studios on Fairfax, the museums if you'd like, the Getty Museum, Go to the Venice and Santa Monica pier and the 3rd Street Promenade) Make sure you see Universal Studios. Up north you can take the coast drive - take Highway 1 all the way to San Fransisco...stop in Santa Barbara, San Luis Opisbo, Morrow Bay, Monterey/Carmel, Half-Moon bay on the way. Continue north and then swing around after seeing places along the ocean there and come down through Shasta county and then from Sacramento head east to Lake Tahoe/Reno, then proceed down Hwy 395 (can take a trip to Yosemite....)...then take Hwy 15 to Las Vegas.....

Don, and my favorite, LEGOLAND.

Name: Dale Tobiason () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 13:59:06
Class: 1970
City and State: Yucaipa, California
Message: Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Kye Courtney, Heaven must have needed another GOOD COACH & TEACHER, as someone had previously said. Never had him as a coach, did have him as a teacher - he could be a task master, but was always fair (did not think so then, but later realized that my best interest were his reason)
Slot cars - Al's Speedway - high banked curve at the back of the track, if your car was not fast enough it fell off. American Speedway - on the Blvd, near the Library. I got caught there once, by my MOTHER. I had said I was going to the library, instead went to the track. Lost my cars & all for over 6 months. COX motors & controllers where the ones to have. The Cub Packs & Boy Scout Troops (786 & 796) in Del Air were at the Del Air Improvement Association (LOG CABIN) building, across the Del Air Market parking lot. The 796 Boy Scout troop was absorbed by 786 & the Cub Pack 786, was absorbed by 796. Some of my fellow Del Air Scouts (later HHS students) Tim Cook, the Ritchie Brothers, Ralph Ferges, Dennis Johnson, Jim Dunbar, the Perkins Brothers, the Gertsch Brothers & many more, just this OLD TIMERS DISEASE plays with what little memory I have left.

Thanks Dale, I'm sure that'll bring back a few memories.

Name: Cindy Hoy () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 13:14:28
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Be sure to check out today's Daily Breeze article on Kye Courtney.

Name: Cindy Hoy () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 12:46:38
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: I am touched by all the wonderful words about Kye Courtney.

Name: neil minami () on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 11:55:31
Sat., Feb. 19th, 11:00AM @ Nativity Catholic Church
1447 Engracia Ave.
Torrance, CA
(it is located, east of Crenshaw Blvd., and north of Carson Blvd., take Cota north, it runs into Engracia. Church is about 2 blocks directly north of Torrance High. Reception to follow at Hilton Hotel, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd, between Carson Blvd. and Torrance Blvd. In lieu of flowers, they are accepting donations to be used for the Kim Courtney Schlarship Fund (Dana Hills HS female with the highest gpa). Make checks out to Kim Courtney Scholarship Fund, PO BOX 1644 , Laguna Beach, CA 92652 If you have any questions, please call Neil Minami @ 310-263-4464 or 310-371-0555, Jim Walsh 310-263-4509 or Pat Macha @ 310-263-4505.

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