"Hawthorne's own" "Chris Montez"
Name: Shelly Stone () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 11:45:45
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I'm kinda anxious to hear from old friends, classes 1976, 1977, 1978. Is it possible?
Yes, VERY possible. Any of you late 70's Cougs know Shelly?? She needs email.......
Name: Tom Buckingham () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 11:25:44
Maiden: Lucky Buck
City and State: Clovis,CA
Message: I really enjoyed watching the Beach Boy movie, it brought back a lot of memories about those days in the 60's. Someone asked if Judy, Brians girlfriend was a real person. Yes, she was Judy Boles. She went to Eucalyptus School the same years I did. She had a twin brother named Jerry. I believe she is mentioned in Brian's autobiography. I went to school with Carl from seventh grade at Hawthorne Intermediate thru eleventh grade at HHS when he dropped out to tour with the band. Many of my memories of the Beach Boys music are connected to the times they played at the Hawthorne Youth Canteen dances held first in the HHS boys' gym and then at the Recreation Center when it was new. The Youth Canteen headquarters was the old Club Gunga Din that was built behind the City Hall and Police Station and next to the "new" Library at the Civic Center. The library was quite a hang out during the early 60's. I know the line in "Fun, Fun, Fun"--"forgot all about the library that she told her old man, now", means a lot to those of us who told are parents we were going to the library and ended up at the Youth Canteen or cruising the Blvd and ending up at the "A" or Foster Freeze. Speaking of cruising I remember one day Dennis showed up at HHS after he had dropped out to show off his new Ford Cobra sportscar. I remember he had an picture of a Cobra snake coiled and ready to strike on both sides of the car and lettering that said "Cobra-Powered by the Beach Boys.
Maybe some of you also remember Dave Marks band, The Marksmen. It was made up of some of our other classmates. The late Mark Grossclose (HHS 64) was the drummer. Mark was a very talented artist and had a great sense of humor. Bill Trenkle (HHS 64) played bass and junior varsity football. Gene Fetko (HHS 65) played guitar and was into electronics. Gene also passed away at a very young age, contracted a virus and never recovered from the illness during his college years. There was a fourth HHS student in the band, I can remember his face but can't put a name to it. All of the members of the Marksmen filled in for their Beach Boy counterparts if they were ill or unavailable to play a particular date. My memories of the Dad's Club after-game dances and the Youth Canteen dances on the week-ends are filled with the Beach music of Jan and Dean, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, The Mar-Kets, The Penetrators and the Beach Boys. Well, load up the woody and lets head for 26th Street and hope that the waves aren't too blown out or breaking too far inside.
Great memories Tom.......thanks
Name: Michelle Drapeau () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 10:22:37
City and State: Palmdale, CA
Message: Well.....I have to admit I've been a lookie-loo lately. I love reading all the news and have been meaning to write since I read Cindy Gindlesberger's feedback. Hey Cindy, remember me? It's a small world after all! I just found out you worked with my Dad for quite awhile at Continental Data Graphics. He says Hi! and it was great working with you! Hmmmm...wonder if I can get some dirt?.....NO, I wouldn't do that! Hey Risa Manriquez, my Dad also says 'Hi' and to tell you he's living in Pacific Beach, San Diego and if your ever in the neighborhood, stop by! To the guy asking about Vickie Palmer...we're friends and I have to tell ya, she's HAPPILY married and a GREAT mother of 2 (not that you were hoping otherwise), but I told her of your inquiry and she MIGHT e-mail you (might). Hey John, I can beat that snow picture in Mammoth with a picture in Lake Tahoe last month. I'm SURE we had MORE snow! I too wish more '78ers would write in, that's why I'm blabbing on. Once you get started, you can't stop...
Hi Michelle, Glad you're back among the feedbackers. Great picture of your family at Tahoe too. Thanks for sharing . . . . .
Name: NANCY MONTAGUE () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 10:19:49
City and State: HAWTHORNE, CA
Message: IN THE MOVIE ON SUNDAY NIGHT WHEN THEY HEARD THEIR SONG ON THE RADIO FOR THE FIRST TIME WERE THEY SUPPOSE TO BE AT FOSTERS AND THE GIRL THAT BRIAN WAS ENGAGED TO NAMED JUDY WAS SHE FROM HHS. WAS THEIR FATHER REALLY THAT MEAN?
Hi Nancy, The scene you're talking about looked a lot more like Frostys than A&W to me. In fact, I thought they did a great job of recreating Frosties, until I heard after, that it was supposed to be A&W. Maybe Mike Love, not being from Hawthorne, said A&W because he didn't remember the name "Frosties". I'm sure it was Frosties in real life.
Also, I was listening to Mark and Brian on KLOS yesterday morning and Mark said the "Beach Boys" were from the valley. Lots of mis-information on the Beach Boys floating around. Thanks Nancy
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 10:01:54
City and State: Lake Elsinore, Ca
Message: I thought the movie on the Beach Boys Family was very well done. I think many of us had emotionally detached fathers back then. It was just part of the 'times'. I remember something about a trip to the Colorado River with the Theveneys and Mattesons. Dennis Wilson was out there with the Manson clan. Sis, do you remember this? It was before the Tate-LaBianca scene. John, looks like you all had a great weekend in Mammoth. How is the Membership Drive going? Am I still the only one with a #2 inside my spinning star on Alumni List?????? Betty
Hi Betty, Thanks and yes, you're the lone "" person on the list.
Name: Jeanie Robertson () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 09:22:25
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Watched the movie about the Beach Boys last night and the night before, and it sure brought back a lot of memories...
Name: Janet Burkett () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 01:40:54
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Wow...quite a special on the Beach Boys tonight on ABC. Glad I knew them in the "happier" times having lived a block away during those earlier, innocent days of sun, fun and HHS! Was a nice spot they did on the 11:00 news about Hawthorne in those good times too. We were really blessed to be there "then"! JB(the other one) P.S. John, lots of fun THIS weekend too! Glad you were there.
Name: Terri Perkins () on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 00:49:00
Maiden: Still Perkins
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Ok all you Cougs out there who went to school with the Beach Boys or just knew them...how did you like the movie? Did Dennis really know Charles Manson? Was Brian really that bad off? The actor made him seem almost retarded. What was the real story. I am intrigued by history of people, especially the ones we relate to. Is the Judy or Amy that were portrayed in the beginning of the film on line? I liked the movie, it just proves that no matter what someone looks like, you'll never know what is really going on in their heart or minds. I admire the Beach Boys for going through all they did. Well that's all for now. I hope more Cougs than just my Family watched the movie. Best wishes Terri
Hey Terri, I knew the Boys and yes Dennis knew Charlie and yes, in my opinion, Dennis was the BAD Beach Boy and Carl was the GOOD Beach Boy. I thought the show was pretty close. Anyone else want to comment on the show?? Our own Robin Hood was a very good friend of Brians. What did YOU think Robin? El Rojo, you were there too, and Frank Romano. There're lots of people on this website that felt a kinship with the Beach Boys. Let's hear from you.
Name: Jennifer Adams () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 23:50:12
Message: I have been enjoying myself reading through the feedback. I personally did not go to Hawthorne High, but i feel a part of me belongs. Actually a part of me does belong. My father was a part of the class of 1967. His name was Doug Williams and if anyone remembers him, i would love to hear from them. I would really love to hear how my dad was back then. If anyone every cruised Hawthorne Blvd. and remembers my grandfather Sergeant Don Williams would definately love to hear from you. Its great there is a website like this. Thanks for it.
Hi Jennifer, I knew your grandfather, or, at least, he knew me. I think he knew me through my dad, another John Baker. Don Williams was one of the good guys on the HPD in the early 60's.
Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 21:42:08
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Im sure the old Classmates of Curtis Conway(89) will be interested to know that Curtis has left the Chicago Bears and now will be playing for the San Diego Chargers. Had heard that Curtis had always wished to stay in California. Welcome Home Curtis....
Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 21:34:27
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Welcome back John, we missed you......I was trying to E mail an old St. Joseph Friend and her E Mail address is wrong in Cougartown. ZELMA PINO Please E-Mail me. I ran into your Sister Stella and she's the one who told me that you two are sisters. What a small world, Ive known Stella for about 10 years and never knew she was your sister, but then again, we all do not go around with our maiden names stamped to our foreheads. Would love hearing from you!
Name: rena () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 20:53:25
Message: Actually, im not sure how many letters you get from immediate High Schoolers...but im a senior at HHS right now...and i just wanted to say that ever since i found this website, i walk around school with a new-found respect. its not as interesting there or impressive to say the least, but knowing all the cool history it has, and all the people that share the memories have this common ground makes me stand a lot taller knowing i will one day be in your shoes. I think the best for me would have to be the experiences written by alumni, and definitely the old pictures of HHS and the city of hawthorne are also really fun to see. well, i will be back!
Rena, Thank you very much. Your feedback speaks volumes and I'm so glad it makes you a little prouder of your HHS. It's YOUR turn now to make US proud, and to continue the rich tradition and history of OUR alma mater. Soon you'll be the one looking back and reliving the BEST years of your life. Thanks again Rena; you're welcome here anytime.
Name: John Baker () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 20:44:38
Name: Patty Valencia () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 20:25:25
John if you are done vacationing while we serious feedback'ers are w-a-i-t-i-n-g, here is a contribution. Horace and Doris cartoons on Foremost milk cartons. Now there is a memory. Gloria before she could read - there's one that's probably unique. The pink elephant in the alley...never mind. Welcome back from Mammoth.
Yes I'm done vacationing Patty. Let the feedback roll once more. You're not going back to that Pink Elephant in the alley thing that Gloria made up are you?? Man that girl HAS an imagination.
Name: Kathleen Barrett-Baasch () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 14:49:13
Message: I was raised in Lawndale off Manhattan Beach Blvd and Inglewood Avenue on west 172nd st. in the 50's and early 60's. I went to William Green elementary and Will Rogers Junior Hi, Just as I was about to enter (get this) Leuzinger High (I never could spell that schools name) in 1964 my mother picked us up and moved to Orange County where I finished school at Westminster high class of 67. In 72 I did return to Hawthorne and got a small place on Yukon and 135th st. Then moved to Cerise Street and stayed for another 15 years, working in Physical Therapy at Centinella Hosp in Inglewood, and later for the Air Force at LA Air Force Station in El Segundo. I LOVED growing up in Hawthorne, Do you remember when Senator Kennedy came to the South Bay Shopping Center just before his election? Do you remember when "The May Co." opened? or when the horse got killed on the tracks, because the conductor was asleep in Jun 1960? Or here is a blast from the past...The Puppeteria??!! It was the tiny little hot dog stand in the middle of Hawthorne blvd BEFORE the freeway went up, actually it was torn down because of the freeway. Alondra Park, mid-summer 1959, about a zillion kids in a sleep-over around the pool and all the sprinklers went on at 2 in the morning? Or the chick in the "yellow polka dot bikini" every week-end the summer of 59... because of the "then" hit song of the same title (coincidence?) Growing up in Hawthorne...Taco Tio..Farmers market on saturday mornings, Food Giant and Lucky Market on Hawthorne and Rosecrans! The Beach Boys were part of my past and will forever be a part of me. When Al left to become a dentist and David Marx took his place, I went to see them at a record shop on Harbor Blvd in anaheim for a promo they were doing, David never really fit in. The group he formed, Dave and the Marxmen did not do very well and I to this day wonder whatever happened to him. Thanks for your time and consideration and for allowing me this blast from the past.
Gig Harbor, WA
Great memories Kathleen. Thanks. . . . .
Name: John Rout () on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 14:10:31
Message: While I graduated from Serra High in 1963, I was fortunate to be a Cougar my freshman year. Finding this site has allowed me to reestablish contacts with several old friends and I sincerely thank you for that. This has been a real blast!
Thanks John and welcome aboard......
Name: chuck kelley () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 18:36:34
City and State: Pasadena, CA
Message: Hello- I'm a Hawthorne High School alumni, as well as my mother, Sherry Hoffman, Class of 1962 and my uncle Lee Hoffman, Class of 1967. I just wanted to tell you about a show I do at www.luxuriamusic.com dedicated to Hawthorne CA's greatest musical export The Beach Boys. Every Saturday from 2-4 PM (Pacific Standard Time) I play the best of the Beach Boys and related artists. Please come check it out.
And please stop by the chat room and say hello.
Name: Laura Porter () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 17:50:54
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: Okay Class of '79er's....I know alot of you lurk out there....the Memory Books from the 20 year reunion were posted on Tuesday so if you don't get yours by the end of the week...let me know. I have a few extra at $12 each if anyone is interested. We're also sending out an open invitation to all classes to join us for an informal reunion on Saturday, May 20, at Cirivellos Sports Bar and Grill in Long Beach. Just show up around 6pm...any and all are welcome. When we got together in July there was an interest in an annual event so we thought we would try this. I understand a motion has been made for a Vegas trip in 2004 for the big 25....Don Dallons and I are kicking around some ideas...what do you think guys??? If Andrew Erazo is still there maybe we can get a deal at the House of Blues again. Not like the 20 year but maybe a discount on the main stage concert....
Man, this is what it's all about. It's nice to see everyone getting back together and not waiting for a 10, 20, or 30 year reunion. Friends are too precious to wait 10 years to see.
Peggy Westbrook Sarvis is getting the class of 59 together too. If you 59ers know the whereabouts of any of your classmates, please let her know. Thanks Laura
Name: Steve Eide () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:51:36
City and State: San Francisco
Message: About Chucko the clown. His family lived on the corner of Yukon and about 132PL. I remember meeting him (without his clown outfit on. Not so scary then.
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:16:19
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: A+ to Marilyn Wisham on her feedback! I did remember the Academy & the 5th avenue in Morningside Park. I had forgotten where they were. Bob Taylor & I went down to the Roller Derby training school 2811 Leeward Ave in LA & skated on the banked track. Quite a thrill at the time I guess that`s why I remember the address. Do you remember Claudia Forkes? She was a good friend & I think was a 56 grad.? Can anyone remember a tiny movie theater in Lawndale? Or did I dream that? Thanks to Mr. Plotkin for the location of the circus in LA. I was just too young to remember the location. Honest!! We had no car at the time so probably took the 5-car down to LA. Before TV, can any one remember getting the comics out of the Sunday Times & one radio station would do a dramatic narration of all the comic strips. Dick Tracy, Blondie & Dagwood , etc.? I guess I better stop before I get a cramp in my memory! Thanks again Marilyn!
Does anyone remember the Rex theatre on the Broadway Circle about 4 doors east from the Taxi stand?
Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 11:39:09
Maiden: Same as above!
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: John Baker, I didn't get your feedback reply on Feb. 20. It said transmition interrupted. Please repeat your reply, Thanks. We are going on vacation for two weeks in March but we should be back in time for the next Pinks run so we are going to try and make it.
Lily Craig, Haven't talked to you for a while. How have you been? I remember the long hours we put in working on the "Pride Day" Committee and all the "Pride Days" at each of the Hawthorne Schools. Cheveron and you in particular should be commended for a job well done. It sure helped to make our schools in Hawthorne (including the Hawthorne, Wiseburn and Centinela Valley School Districts} look better and build Pride in our students, parents, and school staffs.
Thank God I'm a coug! R. LORD
Royal, It said,"You're welcome Pat, as you fit right into the Cougar mold. The parades were great and are missed by lots of people."
Name: Kathy Zamora () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 10:33:09
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I have been reading CT for a few months now. What a great site. My compliments to Mr. Baker. I am a coug from 77 as is my husband Miguel. I am amazed at how many cougs are still living in Hawthorne. Miguel and I now own Shaw's Marine on the corner of Inglewood Ave & Rosecrans. So I guess we will be staying put for many years to come. Keep up the good work!
Name: Charlie Fox () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 09:42:12
City and State: RPV CA
Message: Chucko the clown...yet another blast from childhood, coming out of the same dark corner as Engineer Bill, Skipper Frank, and Hobo Kelly. I remember Chucko had a hat that was actually a miniature merry-go-round. When it was cartoon time, he'd spin the merry-go-round and the camera would zoom in on it until it was completely out of focus before cutting to the 'toon. I never got to see Chucko in person, but I did see Skipper Frank one time in the Food Giant parking lot, and my mom drove me to some parking lot in Inglewood to see Engineer Bill. Those sure were simpler times. Thanks, CT, for providing this well of memories.
Name: Petey Smith () on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 07:48:33
Maiden: Petey Smith
City and State: Salem, Oregon
Message: Someone was asking abou Terry Mazzota and he is living in Oregon with his wife a two children. He's a firefighter in Coos Bay-North Bend.
Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 23:13:13
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Who can forget the playground visits of Monte Montana, with the big white horse and lariat rope tricks? Hop-along Cassidy made a few of these appearances, too. And in keeping with the western theme, didn't we all get our pictures taken on a pony, by the guy walking through the neighborhood? Nowadays he'd probably have the police called on him. I will always remember the sasparilla sodas at Corriganville, and the wild west shoot-out shows. Yippie-ki-yay....! (I'll leave out the last part.)
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 22:23:48
Maiden: never was jones
City and State: rb,ca
Message: ROBIN HOOD ROFLMHO! PARDON ME BUT I HAVE 2 CRACKED RIBS AND AT LEAST ONE HERNIA. AS jOHNNY WOULD SAY THATS SOME FUNNY STUFF! SLOEY BTW I APPEARED ON BARKERS SHOW IN 1972 WHEN HE DID A GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS SHOW FOR THE OLD TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES. A BUDDY AND I HAD SET THE RCORD FOR THE LONGEST EGG TOSS, RAW EGG WITHOUT BREAKING, 270' 1". I SUGGESTED HE GET THE GIRLS! TRUE STORY! REALLY! TELL EM KEITH! WELL THE EGG PART IS! MONDAY AT 3! CBS! CHECK YOUR LOCAL TIMES THE PRICE IS RIGHT!
Name: George Gladback () on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 21:25:54
City and State: HuntingtonBeach, CA.
Message: Leuzinger High Class of 58
Hey George, Welcome to Cougartown. Too bad about that Leuzinger thingy.
Name: TOM BUCKINGHAM () on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 20:21:16
Maiden: Lucky Buck
City and State: Clovis,CA
Message: Hey Central Valley Cougars and readers of CT, how about a cruise night at Fat Jack's Drive-In on Shaw Ave in Clovis just east of Fresno State University. I will coordinate if there is interest. E-mail me if you will participate, bring your rod or custom or classic car. How about a Saturday night in late March or early April?
There you go Central CA Cougs. No excuses now. Thanks Tom......