"Hawthorne's own" "Chris Montez"
Name: Raymond Smith () on Friday, March 3, 2000 at 05:10:12
City and State: Portland,OR
Message: After reading the feedbacks I was very surprised to learn that the Beach Boy's house was not far from mine.I moved in the neighborhood in the summer of 73' on 116th and Kornblum and I had a friend who lived on/near 119th and Almertens. I had no idea that the Wilson's house was in that area. It's amazing that in that time (1973-74) I would visit my friend and then went I go home I would get jumped and beaten up by others who weren't my own color. I couldn't understand why things happened like that but I learn to forgive and forget. Now, seeing on the feedback I completely understand from you others that traveling across the bridge to the park was a no-no. Times sure has changed fast! Now a question. In the first part of the movie (I missed the second one) I did not or ever heard any of the Beach Boys being Drafted for Vietnam. Did they get lucky or gotten 4-F?
Very interesting question. I never thought about Vietnam and the Boys. Anyone??
Name: ????? () on Friday, March 3, 2000 at 01:53:21
City and State: somewherein theusa
Message: Richard Fleshman: Please check your e-mail address in the alumni listing...tryed to send you a message, but came back---not good! An old friend!
Yes people, please do NOT put up a phony email address. It is counter productive here. We need your REAL email address. I say that 10% of the email addresses on our list haven't been updated. Please check yours to see if it's correct.
Name: Greg Jones () on Friday, March 3, 2000 at 00:28:30
City and State: Hawthorne, CA.
Message: Just got turned on to this page the other day. Glad that it exists. However, maybe someone out there can help me track down Terry Howse. We were good friends in school and I've lost track of him. If anybody would have any info about him I would be most appreciative.
Class of '73
Name: Carol Sartain () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 23:19:54
City and State: Shady Cove OR
Message: A long lost friend just located me (Barbara Curtin Graves), so now I'm hoping to find another friend who also graduated with me in 1969, Andrea Emmick Croxton. If anyone knows her whereabouts, please let me know. Thanks so much.
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 23:09:00
City and State: redondo ca
Message: Yup that was my boy Jono (his youngest brother couldn't say Jonathan when he was younger). His mother is also a Cougar Judi Storie class of 67. Needless to say we are very proud of all our sons and feel very blessed by all their accomplishments. Jono was truly blessed to have been given the opportunity and success he had on the Price is Right. We have heard from many friends and family who saw it. It was great to see and yes I do have the video but John the party was last night, and sorry you missed it, everybody else was there. Jono is "sort of" graduating this June from UCLA with a BA in History; the Ford Mustang will be a great graduation present. Thanks for asking Sharon. Sloey
Congratulations Jono, enjoy the car.
Name: Cindy Matthies () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 22:44:13
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Hey Cindy Gindlesperger! If my sister really picked on you, don't worry, I'll give her a good swift kick in the beeehind! (Oh calm down sis, you know you can take me!). Hi Tammy Tagami! And Roni Treckman! And Chris Penny (I sent you an e-mail to catch you up on what's been happening). I still can't get over how great it is to see all of these old names (errr, wait, I didn't mean 'old' as in OLD, I um meant, well, I uh ... aw heck I forgot what the conversation was about anyways ...) Want to feel really old with me? I got a cramp in my ahhhh nether region today while chasing my grandson around work (they stopped in to say hi). His wonderful mommy laughed at me for how old I was getting! Yea, and guess who's name I forgot to put in the will ... What would we all do without Cougartown to keep these great YOUNG memories alive and well??? After reading the latest posts tonight, my um 'area' feels so much younger .. I mean better! John, I said it before but it's worth repeating ... You ARE the KING! and we are just not worthy!! It's GOOD to be the king, eh? By the way, here's another memory for all of you 70's kids -- Cheech & Chong! How many of you DIDN'T know the words to every single routine they did? Ooooh and I have a question for anyone and everyone because I want to know if it's just a Northwest thing or if they say it elsewhere. EVERYONE up here knows this but I never heard it. Finish this saying: "Hurray Hurray, the 1st of May, ------- --- (or words to that effect) begins today." Anyone heard of that? (It's something really fun to do ... yikes! You can censor me if you want to John!).
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 21:30:51
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Marilyn Wisham, hang with me on this, I remember it as Fosters Freeze, before the hot dog , hamberger stand was ever built in the back? We are either older than all these people or we have totatly lost our minds! Probably both!!!
You know, I think it WAS a Fosters in the 50's, but Russ or Russ's mom had a problem with the Fosters company and went with Dairy Freeze.
Name: Dawn Moffett () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 20:08:49
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca.
Message: Wow John, you're fast. I had started to write and got interrupted after the first line. I just wanted to comment on the BB movie that everyone is talking about. It makes me wonder how they could make such happy music when they had such a rough time as a family. Sure does make me want to be a better parent! I grew up on 116th and Prairie Ave., went to the little church on 117th and Doty when I was young also. My sister-in-laws went to school with the BB so the stories are still floating around. Last August my husband took our kids to the Ventura County Fair to see the BB (the BB with Mike Love). I had to work and I'm still bummed! Someone mentioned the Santa Susana pass and all the weird stuff in the BB movie happening here...they were right and the pass and Box Canyon is still a pretty strange place, we locals don't go there too often. I ran into Kelli Tagami two weekends ago and told her about CT, hopefully she'll check in soon. Glad to be a Cougar!
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 19:57:37
City and State: Burlington, WI
Message: Hey, who was that young Jonathan Sloey who "sort of" goes to UCLA who won the big prizes on the Price is Right????
That's our own Jim Sloey's son. He has it on video and one of these nights he's going to have a party and invite everyone in Cougartown over to see it. HUH JIMBO!!!
Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 18:26:26
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Message: The only part where they showed the Beach Boys going to Hawthorne High was when they showed them hanging out at the Foster Freeze wearing the red and gold Letterman Jackets...that was pretty cool, but I did not see anything else, did anybody else?
Name: marilyn ross () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 18:17:15
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: O.K. I've been trying to get all the early hangouts straight in my mind. Frosties was Fosters when I was in school. Now I remember the "new" Fosters down the street. I couldn't remember the A&W until my husband said it wasn't built yet when I was in school. I do remember it now though because when my two oldest kids were very small we got two baby mugs there which I still have. I don't think I ever went to the Wich Stand but the name is very familiar. But I don't remember a Sallys. I left the area in '66. But still visited my Mom there. Where was it? It's not listed on the hangout page. I haven't read too much about Scrivners. We went there a lot. Loved the Suicide and Murder Cokes, which had different combinations of flavors, yum.
Hi Marilyn, Frosties wasn't a Fosters, but actually a Dairy Freeze. Sally's was a bar AND a drive in. The bar was on the northwest corner of Arbor Vitae and La Brea, and the drive in was a couple of doors north.
Name: Shelley Medrano () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 16:24:32
Maiden: La Mere
City and State: Arlington, Texas
Message: I came upon this page sort of by accident, and I am so glad that I kept reading!
I was visiting the Hawthorne area last month and drove by "Cougar Country" and saw on the bulletin that Mr. Kye Courtney has passed away. I was very upset when I read this information. If anyone can tell me what happened and when I would appreciate it. Mr. Coutrney was a wonderful man, great sense of humor, and knew how to keep his kids in line.. he will be missed.
Kristi, I read your message.. how are you?? Write to me and let me know what you are up to! Life is good here in Texas! We have lots of catching up to do... anyone from the class of 1990.. see you at the reunion?? Talk to you all soon..Shelley~
Shelley, Kye Courtney had Cancer.
Name: Tammy Tagami-Reeves () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 16:02:43
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: Hi Roni...Nice to hear from you. I've been reading through some of the posts...what a dialog goes on in here! Looking forward to reading more. Tammy
Name: Janet Callaway () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 12:58:31
City and State: currently in Pioneer, CA
Message: John: I saw your website while I was searching for information on Hawthorne's Class of 1970 reunion. Awesome! I particularly like the Alma Mater playing and the words displaying ... brought a smile to my face! All the other music is great, too. Good job!!!
Janet, Glad you like the website. Now that you've found it, please stick around. Thanks.........
Name: Roni Kobel () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 12:08:18
Message: Hey, Tammy Tagami-Reeves! Great to see you on Cougartown!!
Name: Dawn Moffett () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 10:57:22
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: Hi guys!
Hi Dawn .......
Name: Christine Baird () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 09:45:46
City and State: Round Rock Texas
Message: Hi Cindy Matthies....I lived on 119th place, three houses up from Doty, and my grandmother lived around the corner on Doty. Her house was the big white house with the big cement porch and the white pillars. The name of that store was Gil's, I think, and if you headed back west from the store, where the street became a 'T', you were looking at my grandmothers house. I didn't know I grew up so close to the Beach Boys actual house. Yes I used to go to that Park. Down the alley past 'Mario's' house, whom I had a crush on and then on to the park. I think I even went down into the water ditch/drain. Safe? Probably not, but what did I know. So how ya doin' Cindy?
Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 09:32:32
City and State: Amarillo TX
Message: Hi to Christie (76)? and all...In response to earlier memories, yes I remember the park west of Kornblum well. When I used to ride over to Joyce Frankens to play and she was busy, I would ride over to the park by myself (which was a nono). Sometimes my friends and I would climb down into the drainage ditch which you could get into by swinging down at the bridge. Does any one remember the little white church on the corner of 117th and Doty? I went to Bible school there in the summers when I was younger and going to York. We lived at 3834 115th from 1962 until I graduated from High School at HHS. Here I go getting homesick again but I know the old neighborhood is gone. I dont even know if my old house is still there!
Name: Christine Baird () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 09:13:20
City and State: Round Rock, TX
Message: Chuck Kelley.... I saw that you had an uncle by the last name of Hoffman in one of your posts. I was curious if you also might have other relatives that are alumni of HHS, more specifically.... a David Hoffman? He would have graduated in 1974. He was the first boy I dated for more than a month or two. Actually I think we went out for almost a yr. Sure would like to know what happened to him. Does anyone else know? Thanks.
Name: Jerry Rigney () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 03:59:29
Message: The Spahn Movie Ranch was located in the Santa Susana Mtns. on Santa Susana pass rd. between Chatsworth and Simi Valley, not in the Mojave Desert. Some of the "Family" were caught at their hideout in the Panamint Mtns. in Death Valley.
Name: Dan () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 01:30:29
City and State: Torrance , Calif.
Message: Beach Boy Info. The B.B."s live on the 3700 blk. of 119th st. Yes the corner house .I lived in 3731 w.117th st . I went to the same church , same York Street school , Hawthorne Intermediate , then Good old HHS . Brian played the piano and sang in church a few times . We use to meet at the B.B.'s house , then ride our bicycles east across the bridge over the drainage ditch to the park and play baseball . I was at their house a lot but never inside . I saw Mrs. W. many times , however I never saw Mr. W..Brian was a Q.B. I was his Center on the J.V.football team. I was in the 10th grade , Brian was a senior . I use to cut Dennis's hair at my house. flat tops were big then. ( I wish I had enough hair for a flat top now )I did not know Carl very well. ( Royal Lord. Carl'W's picture is on page 87 in the 1962 El Molino . Check out Your brother Dennis's 1962 year book. Dennis W. is on page 76 in the same El Molino ) . I didn't see the B.B.'s after they made it big . However my brother David saw them when they played at P.O.P. years ago . he talked to them while they were on a break , they were very friendly , talk about old times on the block . Thats my claim to fame . Dan
Hey Dan, Great stuff. Got your message too late. I'll talk to you tomorrow.
Name: Janet Burkett () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 00:54:10
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Hey Mom B, or any others from the old "Wilson" neighborhood, Do you remember the old corner store about Kornblum and 119th? I remember Dennis always sitting on the counter, swinging his feet, drinking a coke, and embarrassing the heck out of me when I'd come into the store. He was a real "ladies man" as early as the 7th grade! And I do remember the bridge to the park. Got my first Motorola "portable" radio for my birthday when I was in the 8th grade, some ugly grey and maroon thing, and it was the hit of the neighborhood. We'd all escape the adults, go to the park, and listen to the latest tunes for hours.
Name: Sheree Klingenhagen () on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 00:45:42
Maiden: changed the name but got it back again, yippee
City and State: Torrance real close to Hawthorne, CA
Message: Oh my gosh, when I saw Kathleen Griffin's message about Mrs. Rogers Studio boy did that bring back memories. I took there for a few years to build up my legs. Tap and ballet is what I took. We always had "recitals" on Fathers Day which was a true bummer for my Dad I'm sure. The last thing he wanted to do was get dressed up on Fathers Day but he did for me. I still have the pictures we took in front of her garage door. Well, I've bored all of you guys enough now unless you remember Mrs. Rogers and her lessons so I will end here. Oh, by the way, I loved the Beach Boys movie it made me cry, but times and parents were different then. Not all parents hit their kids but they did rule the roost and we respected them. I raised my kids that way, to respect me and their elders, just don't EVER refer to me or my friends as Elders! Now I will go listen to Pet Sounds yet again. Long live Hawthorne High!
Name: Jim Cherry () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 23:54:50
City and State: Holualoa,Hawaii
Message: I always get a kick looking back at HHS. It brought back a lot of memories. Thanks Jim Cherry class of 64.
Name: John Rout () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 23:15:22
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Reading the feedback on the Beach Boys and watching the movie brought back some memories. I lived on 118th Street and Doty and hung around with Dennis for a little while. One day, 1959-60, he invited me over to his house because Brian was going to play the piano. A bunch of us got together, it was the corner house, and played and sang the tunes of the day. At least until I got bored because I couldn't sing, so I left. Who was to know what was going to come! Also, during our freshman year I played on the B football team and Dennis was trying out for the C team. His locker was next to mine. One Friday I came in from practice and Dennis was sitting there crying. I asked him what was wrong and he said Coach Halladay had cut him. I told him to talk to the coach to see where he was weak and to give him another chance. He did, Halladay did and the next Friday Dennis was clearing out his locker again, but this time he was okay with it. Considering the kind of guy Dennis was, seeing him crying was the most shocking thing I had seen up to that time. Also spent the summer of 1962 lifting weights with Al Jardine in Dean Stafford's garage and he some interesting early Beach Boys stories to tell, but that's for another time.
Just a quick question, the Judy DeGrazia that left a feedback message wouldn't be the same Judy I went to St. Joseph's Grade School, would it?
Dean Stafford....another great Cougar whose life ended way to early. Thanks John and yes Judy Double DeGrazia went to St Joseph's.
Name: Cal Kappen () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 23:07:09
City and State: El Cajon Ca.
Message: I was at Fosters Freeze the night Dennis Wilson came in with his XKE. It had a big smile in the front, dead center. I asked him what happened and he said he hit a telephone pole. I thought to myself, that's going to be expensive to repair! I didn't think about just getting a new one
Name: Laura Porter () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 22:40:18
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: Hey Pete Tremblay....I thought that was you. How are you...I'm so sorry you didn't make it off of the "fastest finger" row...my daughter and I were really pulling for you. I remember all of us curling up every Saturday night on the Berkel's floor to watch Saturday Night Live....you better add your name and email to the alumni list...I looked there for you last night to email you but couldn't find you. My daughter wants to know if Regis's teeth are really as white as they look to her on TV. Did you at least get some lovely parting gifts???
Name: Cindy Gindlesperger () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 22:32:05
City and State: El Segundo, Ca
Message: Hi Michelle (Whittaker) Drapeau! Yes, I do remember you. Didn't you pick on me in 6th grade? Ha Ha. Now, about your dad... Boy, Do I have some dirt on him! How much time do you have? :o) Hi Shannon Keys and Diane Libertini, see you at the Patio soon?
Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 22:02:44
Maiden: Same as above!
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: I am currently reading a book titled "WOULDN'T IT BE NICE" written by Brian Wilson with Todd Gold, published in 1991. I'm about half-way through (total 390 pages) and the mini-series that was on TV follows the book very closely. Does anyone know what year Carl graduated or would have graduated? I think I mentioned before, when the Beach Boys were performing at the Cerritos Theatre of the Performing Arts, My wife and I took our son, daughter and her husband, and my wife's mother all of which were Beach Boys fans. We got there early and met Alan Jardine as he arrived in a lemousine. As he got out of the car he saw me and he yelled "Hey Royal, What are you doing here?" I told him that we had tickets for that night and I wanted to know if it would be possible for my family to meet the Beach Boys? He took my whole group into the stage entrance and we spent 45 minutes to an hour talking of old times, and taking pictures. Then we went out and enjoyed the performance.What a memorable night for all of us and what a great bunch of guys. I'm being long-winded again, more later. Thank God I'm a Coug. R. LORD
Hey Royal, Carl's grad year was 1964, although I don't think he graduated. How about bringing some of those pics to Pinks and I'll put them up for all. Thanks, and Thank God you're a Coug!!!!
Name: Cindy Matthies () on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 20:38:07
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Hi John! Sheesh, I haven't been here in awhile and you guys have all been writin' fools! (We're building a house so never any time!). John, you mentioned thanking Bill Gates for Ctrl C and Ctrl V ... don't forget F4 for repeating your last action! Way cool! Re where the Beach Boys lived: I lived on the same block, same side of the street but a few houses down (3723 W. 119th St. - directly across the street from Joyce & Astrid Franken. They had a banana tree in their backyard!). The neighbors all said the Wilsons had lived in that corner house that Mom B described and I'm not absolutely sure but I think the Davies' (Alan '76 and Carolyn '78? were babysat by them so check in guys and confirm, eh?). My sister drove me by our old house not long after it was torn down and it was sad to see it gone. Boy, did that neighborhood go to seed! Does anyone remember that little corner store around the block? Did anyone ride bikes to that park that was east of Kornblum that had the bridge (we weren't allowed to go there .. not safe .. but snuck over anyways on our stingray bikes! And living so close to the airport, we used to hear airport conversations on our walkie talkies and always believed they could hear us when we talked into them! Does anyone remember the house that was directly across the street from the Wilson's? It was hidden by a huge hedge all around the front? No one ever had enough nerve to go in there on Halloween... or any other time for that matter!
Hi Cindy, Thanks for the info. I would have sworn the house was NOT on the corner. Anyway, I'm glad that's cleared up.