Name: christine () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 13:21:00
City and State: Round Rock Tx
Message: Hey, Liz! I too remember LAX and sittin' out thar and watchin' the planes go by. That was one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for joggin' the memory! Had a hell-a-ish storm yesterday evening. Small tornados, close by too, but not too close. The most awesome part was the golfball size hail! When it was done my son ran out and collected some and put them in the freezer! Then the rain started. Call me weird, I'm sure you do...") but I like a good thunderstorm, lets you know your alive! and God is all powerfull!
Name: Gary Lents () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 13:06:38
E-Mail: same one
City and State: Vista
Message: I just talked with Bill Tamburrino's (Serra HS but lived in Holy Glen) wife...They live in Ramona, and she promises to have Bill join in Cougartown. He also said Frank Lucio (67) is there too, and will advise him about the site. Steve Tamburrino is in Carlsbad.
Name: kelley () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 13:00:18
City and State: coos bay or
Message: Kebbie Ann, my Dad was a Fuller Brush Man, you probably don't remember. I'm glad you found CT, now how about your sister. Nancy Gonzalas lived across the street, sherry canafax (sorry about the spelling) The hunters lived on the corner for ever. Liz you have such a good memory, do you remember your trips to Catalina?? you go girl.
Name: Judy O'GRAZIA () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 12:39:29
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: ST.PATTY'S DAY STORY~~ Hey all you St. Joseph's School alumni..can you relate to this story??? When we were in Catholic school, (in the 50's) most of the priests and nuns were Irish. Therefore, a lot of emphasis was put on the Irish saints and Holy days.. we sang Irish songs.. sacrificed to the Irish saints..and did a number on St. Patrick's day. Then when I was about 10 years old, my mom told me that our nationality was Italian & Portuguese..WHAT A CULTURE SHOCK!!! I always thought we were Irish people that liked pizza!!!! (true story..cross my Irish heart) and now, once more for Sister Mary Celeste... I'm off like a prom dress..
Judy O'Grazia THE ROWDYS..
Sounds like a wee bit O the blarney ta' me.
Name: Tina Ferguson () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 11:33:29
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: ATTENTION CLASS OF 1967 AND 1969! Mark 11/3/00 on your calendars! The Class of 1968 is having a 50th birthday party on the Viking Serenade for the week end cruise out of San Pedro. Gary Lents thinks all of you may need a special invitation -- I haven't heard from any of you yet! I've heard from several from the class of 1968! It's been a lot of fun! Get all the info on the middle of page 218 of feedback! As is mentioned there, this cruise is open to anyone who wants to celebrate our 50th birthday with us, for all the HHS classes! I am busy trying to contact the class of 1968 who are not on the Cougartown list right now, but I'll be trying to e-mail all of the class of 1967 and 1969 when I can. THE MORE THE MERRIER! Send me an e-mail if your interested!
Sounds like a fun trip to me. OK Cougs, make your plans.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 10:12:03
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: To Patricia & Ed-Congratulations!! That was a great story. I wish you all the best. Last month an ol beau brought me his HHS class ring. He said, "I gave this to you once and I don't know why I ever asked for it back. Please keep it. Its yours." When I looked at it, it was like being in a time machine. I was 16 all over again.
Thanks again, John. This is wild.
To- JS, class of '67. I had the best dream about you last night...................Remember the Torrance Drive-In? We used to neck so much the windows would fog up. Never did more than kiss, but man that was great. And, anyone remember going to the fire pits on the beach in El Segundo? C Ya Be cool.
Name: Gary Lents () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 09:40:49
E-Mail: same one
City and State: Vista
Message: I talked with the old coach the other nite and we were discussing the '66 LB Poly game...We opened up with the "Chinese Bandits" kicking off, and it worked just as drawn up on the blackboard. Me, Dave Hobart, Roger Lent, Jim Schroeder, and Bart Graves (forgive me if I forgot anyone) were all on one side and Dave Chauncey was to kick the onsides kickoff, designed to roll a bit, then kick up in the air once past the first line of Jackrabbits...first man down, all 140# of me, was to take out their player (who was looking up at the ball), and 2nd man down (this time Dave Hobart), recovered the ball. We never looked back! Correction, we looked back a lot after the game (had to watch out for projectiles). They put us in a cage till the bus could get us outta there; the Jackrabbits became rabid! We went into that game ranked 8th, and them 3rd or 4th in all of CIF. Unfortunately, injuries killed our season. Coach Chauncey was in fine form that nite...all over the ref, for dirty play, and he was right. Enuf said, cept I thought it was 19-0 like Schroeder said, and I keep reading 20-0. Okay, my obsession with this site has lead to the following possiblity....I checked to make sure that Dick Dale does still do gigs at the Belly Up in Solana Beach...he does. I know the management there, and could set up a gig if you folks want to take a road trip??? They have a balcony that holds about 50-100 people. I had my 40th birthday party there and Steve Tamburrino came (he is still an animal). For reference, Solana Beach is the next town north of Del Mar, Amtrack stops right by the BUT (Belly Up Tavern). Does anyone remember Donald Takayama from Hermosa Beach surfin days? He's down here and still making boards. Haven't seen anyone mention Popeye, Olive Oil, Bluto, Wimpy, or Sweet Pee (toot, toot). Another good hang-out was Charlie Soard's Chevron, one block past the A&W toward Holly's. In 67, it was better known as the Bearclod's Station...Woody McCain, Paul Clark, Jerry Skaff, Steve DeCuir, Frank Gardner, and I were lucky enough to get to work there. We all ran to see who would get to wash the windows of the pretty girls cars. What a concept, we pumped the gas, checked the oil, washed the windows; times have changed eh? Oh, if you folks come to the Belly Up, leave the spitwads behind.
Great stuff Gary. Anytime I can get a happy ending to a Jackrabbit story, it makes my day. Bob, are you out there?? Sorry to hear they were so unsportsmanlike too. Guess they just weren't used to becoming "Cougar Food."
You also mentioned Jerry Skaff. The Skaff name has been around Hawthorne for many moons. My dad and Mitch Skaff were best friends from their school days at Inglewood High in the early 30's.
Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 09:33:18
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: TOP O' THE MORNIN TO YA!
Hope everyone has a great St. Paddy's day and they have a wee bit o the ole green on!
JB(the other one)
Name: Konnie (Petey)Smith () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 09:03:30
City and State: Salem, don't inhale'em
Message: Some of our little towns here in Oregon still deliver milk. The milk man still wears all white and carries a variety of dairy products. Our milk comes every Tuesday and Friday, it does a body good. I also can still charge groceries and cheese at the Bandon cheese factory. As for living up in the great northwest with all of the rain, it's not for everyone and that's the beauty of it. Peace, love, cougars
Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 07:01:29
City and State: Amarillo TX
Message: Hi Cougs, Wish that my husband and I were going on the weekend, it sounds like it will be great! Just a little memory for the one looking for more cool places, remember parking at the end of the runway at LAX (when there was still houses up there) and laying on top of the car to watch the jets go right over head, you could almost touch them it seemed. Im surprised that know one has mentioned poor old Dennys where we used to go for shakes after the games. This may be just a memory for me but remember when POP burned up, well some of my buds and I used to go up there and sit under the pier on the burned up supports and do some thing we were not supposed to do. There was nothing like being a teen in SouthBay!!! See ya soon, always a Coug, Liz
Great memories Liz......
Name: Diana () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 00:56:47
City and State: Bloomington, CA
Message: Have known Sheree Klingenhagen since 1st grade and will probably be good friends with her till one of us hits the high road but I am sure she will be happy to know that she was considered "Popular by some" !!
** As for Brenda Martinez Yes, I have spoken to her recently and she is doing great!!I get e-mails from her cousin Deby often and will let them know that someone is looking for her.
**Heather, how can you leave us ? We have been the fearsome threesome for forever!!!
Name: norm vorhis () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 00:48:59
City and State: monrovia ca
Message: gary lents: funny you should mention the weinermobile, just last monday i saw it (one of them) westbound on el segundo blvd next to the refinery. the little league fields are still alive and kicking. jb: is tom quintana related to bud c/o 60. anybody: remember the airraid sirens on friday afternoons, there is still one standing on the n/e corner of 119th and the blvd across from chips. my brother jim (would have been c/o 60) was asking about jim whitaker from the same class. whoever sent me the name of the kid that lost his leg, i had a harddrive problem and didnt have my mail files backed up. if you can do it again i would appreciate it. if anyone is curious if anything is still there i cruise the area every day, let me know and ill take a look. Norm
Hey Norm(v), How ARE you doin' dude? We will use you for some on the spot reporting of good old Hawthorne as time ges by. Thanks for checking in and here's something for tomorrow. "May you be in heaven 20 minutes before the devil knows you're dead." Be an Irish Coug Norv........
Name: Janet () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 00:35:41
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Hey everyone headed for Sonoma.... Please get your feedback in ASAP to Glenn regarding what you're interested in doing. Anyone who hasn't sent in a survey and now wishes they were going, it's not too late if you hurry and get us your info soon. Guaranteed, you won't have a better weekend at a better price in a better place!
She's right folks, so let Glenn know what you want to do. This is going to be very reasonable and a whole lot of fun, but we have to know soon, as the big weekend approaches. Thanks Cougs......
Name: EL ROJO () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 22:01:06
Maiden: YOU KNOW
City and State: KUNA, ID
Message: Hey John, Robin, Jim, Royal, MoMo, Jan B., Cal K, Glen C., were alive and well. Some health probs., but doing O.K. now. We appreciate the concern. John... not dear, just "kingy", your post on pg. 210 about the best athlete brought back some great memories too me. I really have several choices for "best athlete". One being Mike Gillespie. Another being Al Geverink and the 3rd being Bruce Johnson. All made "all CIF teams". In fact Al was on the HHS, 59 CIF football team and was all CIF in the high jump that year. Bruce was a phenom from the start as a frosh. Started as a freshmen on the 7-0-1 "b" football team. Quit sports basically until his Sr. year and then made the first team CIF as a linebacker in 59. Mike G. was all everything at HHS, especially football and baseball,(presently the USC baseball coach) and past winners of the NCAA Baseball World Series. But I have a story to tell about Gary Mc.!He was a frosh my Sr. year and a very good athlete(duh?) Well, when we would go into the locker room, I'd see Gary and I would punch him in the shoulder and say " how the hell are you Gary?" Well, Sr. to Frosh, it was quite intimidating to him. He would just say "aw jeez Jake don't do that". Although, I was 6-2 and 165 lbs., Gary was 6-1 and 185 and a "puppy". Hell, I guess its called buffaloed! Well the bridge burning came to light at El Camino JC one night at pick-up BB games. A bunch of us guys were shooting around, waiting for the next game and all of a sudden, I felt this thunderous crunch on my shoulder. I moved about 3 feet to the left and turned to look at who had deliverd this blow. There stood the "Mc"! All he said was "Hi Jake, how the hell you doing?". All 6-3 or 6-4 of him and about 250 lbs..I still only weighed about 170. My shoulder hurt for a week! Good to be back JB. But all you youngsters remember what you're doing. You could be burning a bridge. Thanks for the concern. What a family! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! EL AND IDA!
Hi Jake GREAT STORY, and how the hell are you............and the ID Queen. Thanks for checking in as I was really getting worried. Now all we need is Big Frank and all is right with Ctown.
Name: Cindy Matthies () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 21:48:36
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: You're a funny guy John! You better watch out for those leprechauns tomorrow .. I paid a few off to come visit ya ...
Can't wait Cindy, but I'm still not kissin' any Blarney Stones.
Name: Karen Sturges () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 20:58:53
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Sorry I just keep thinking of people and things, here's another one. Do you remember having milk delivered to your door? In glass bottles and the wire carrier you used to leave the empties in? The Fuller brush salesman? And yes, buying bread from the Helm's truck. The day the "Food Giant" burned down? I remember seeing "The Alamo" at the Plaza Theatre. Does this mean we're old?
I remember when the milk man just walked in the back door and placed the milk in the refrigerator. Now THAT'S OLD!!! Do you remember that Chocolate Milk???
Name: Karen Sturges () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 20:46:24
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Please help me, do you know where these people are? Mike Winter (last time I saw him he was living in San Diego and his hair was down to his cute butt) and his sister Sherry, Cheryl Blunt and Sue Severson. So WHEN IS Monty & the Crystals having a reunion? Whatever happened to Norman?
Name: Karen Sturges () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 20:11:00
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Hey Liz, I've been reminiscing for hours! Here's a memory of 133rd St (the best street in Hawthorne) Do you remember playing kick the can after dark in the summer with all your sisters and mine? Your dad called me "Considine the 4th" and Chuck Currie called me "Kebbie Ann". And those infamous Estrada parties. Remember my cousin "BOB" and Linda Pavey showing her boobs to him? Hey Kelley Currie how are ya? Do you remember the night someone set a trash can on fire at HHS? We thought the school was on fire and called the Fire Dept! Donna & Wayne! Way to go! Donna, I still have the St. Christopher Steve gave me when we went steady in 6th grade! So Wayne, when ARE Monty & the Crystals having a reunion?
Man, you 70's folks CAN party...........OH, you too Robin.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 20:01:12
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: To: Betty Keane-I just got a phone call from an old Coug who informed me that the info I gave on Sharon Volland and Woody McCain was wrong. They live in El Segundo, not Hawthorne, and they have 2 boys not three. What can I say? Wrong again. Patycks- Hi, How u doing? 133rd Street had The Curries, McLaughlins, Considines, Krikacs, Spenskos, Spiveys, Estradas, (I know I'm forgetting someone.) 133rd was at the bottom of the big hill on Ramona that everyone liked to ride down. Jerry Skaff, Artie Verduzco, Robert (Butch) Lanphere, Joe Cox all lived up on that hill. It really was the best street in Hawthorne, just ask Robin Hood. My hair cut looks great, Thanks for the new 'do'. I look just like Renee Russo now.
It also had Frostys
Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 18:01:32
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Hey Rob Daquila - it's about time you checked into Cougartown. Put your e-mail on the alumni list so I can bug you. Still checking in everyday, this site is so much fun. Everyone wear green tomorrow and have a great St. Patrick's day. John - thanks again for all your hard work, it's made a lot of people happy. Love to hear about the "Cougartown Love Connections".
God bless ...
Hi Deb, Thank YOU for being a part of this craziness. I love you guys and I'm too addicted to the site. Hope to see you at Pinks on the 31st.
Name: Cindy Matthies () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 15:38:54
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: JOHN!!! What the HECK did you do to my face??? Oh yea, it's all that green beer .... guess I oughta cut back a bit, eh?
Ooooops! Nevermind .... the picture loaded correctly. It was only 1 picture and it was 2 FT WIDE when I first logged on. Well?! What was I supposed to think?
Yeah see I knew there was no problem, because when I fix'em they stay fixed.
Name: Patricia Gard () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 14:39:36
City and State: Anaheim Hills, Ca
Message: To Elizabeth Aleccia (Estrada), saw your posting regarding re-kindled loves on Cougartown. Ed Sharp and I, both class of '68, found each other one year ago because of this wonderful website. (page 39). And its true about what Wayne said about connecting with someone who has the same history as you, it is so special. Wayne and Donna, we both want to wish you two all the best in the years to come. We decided that our first anniversary should be the day Ed flew back here to see me, after thirty years. You'd never seen two more nervous people at LAX as us, both hoping to recognize the other first, since we didn't really exchange recent pictures. That first trip Ed gave me his class ring and said that I should have had it thirty years ago. Since then, he's also given me a St. Christopher medal. Wayne, if you're flying back and forth to see Donna, Ed can sympathize with you, that only lasted for two and a half months with him, (he'd been living in Springfield, MO for the past three years) one day he just packed his stuff and drove out here for good. We figured we're too old for that long-distance-romance, and life was just too short. We don't know where the past year has gone, it seems as if we've been together forever now. Ed found a great job out here, just two blocks from where I work. He's also gone through another type of lifestyle-change, I've convinced him to buy his own Harley so he can ride along side with me. I wouldn't let him ride my bike, and he got tired of following me around in his truck. He's gotten back with his old buddies, Jim Willcoxson who lives in Palm Springs and Robert Ruggeri, when he was in town. I sat through an entire evening listening to stories about all the trouble those guys use to get into. Ed recently got back all of his year books, and I found the page where I had autographed his senior yearbook. Boy, was that ever a weird feeling to see my handwriting years later. We're still amazed to this day, that we've found each other again, but he sure is my
Pat, Don't know what happened to the end of your feedback, but I can see you two are really in love and looking forward to the rest of your lives together, and I'm so glad that Cougartown was instrumental in the rekindling. May you both be riding Harleys together decades into the future. I really mean that. God bless you both........
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 12:35:51
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: OK..I'm back like a bad penny...Just got the St. Patty's dinner info...from Loren Heath (he's having puter problems) so-HAWTHORNE VFW DINNER FOR ST. PATTY'S DAY. Saturday night/March 18th - starts at 7:00 - serving Corned beef and cabbage/potatoes & dessert - $8.00 per person or $15.00 for 2 - Karaoki too!! Marsha Russell has a Blarney Stone kissing contest in the works..(don't ask John) Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS
I'm not kissing ANYONES Blarney Stones...........
Name: Cindy Matthies () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 11:53:49
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Heather R: I live in Washington state so I'll see what I can find out about Everett for you. I'm more south (between Bremerton and Tacoma). It's a beautiful place to live! I don't regret it for a second! I've been here since '94. Today there is bright sun and blue blue sky and just a slight spring chill in the air! (Hey, nobody has gotten back to me on that "hurray hurray, 1st of May, ------- --- begins today" yet! I think it's just a Northwest thing.)
Cindy, I don't know the answer, but there's got to be someone that does. Anyone?
Name: Mari Rutter () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 11:45:22
City and State: Lubbock, TX
Message: John, where did you get the pictures of those cute little cardboard Helms trucks?! My brother Mark and I played with those ALL the time! I gotta get me some. Mare
I still have 2 of the originals in my Hawthorne memorabilia.
Name: Amanda () on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 11:38:33
Message: I'm looking for anyone who has information on what cool hangouts were in the 50's, 60's, all the way up to the 90's. If you have any information, e-mail me at email@example.com
Also if you have any information on a man who gave up his dog for $1.00 could you also e-mail me.