Name: Jim Reale () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 01:06:09
Message: The 10 year reunion was the best time I have had in years.
Hey Jim, If you want to have a real good time, stick around as we have some great parties ourself. Glad you found the site. Be a Coug boy......
Name: Pauline Matthew () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 22:53:27
City and State: Oakhills, CA.
Message: Welcome to Cougartown Roger and Jeanne. I agree with Donna, class of 69 has alot of classmates writing in to feedback. Hi to Donna, Wayne, Liz and the rest of class of 69. Hi to Gary Lents too.
Name: Sherrie Moyers () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 22:51:36
City and State: Gilbert Az
Message: I know a Rex O'Brient here in Arizona that says he graduated from Leuzinger in the 50's I think. Does anyone know him?
Name: marilyn ross () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 21:56:22
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I remember the iceman, of course I'm a little older. He would always let the kids steal a chunk of ice. If there wasn't any he would chip some off. Ice boxes were for us poor folk that couldn't afford the new fangled refrigerators. I also remember the margarine bags but that was a modern invention as I also remember when the color was in a bag and you had to dump it into the white margarine and mix it with a fork. And remember when we had to burn our own trash in the incinerator, and smelly old garbage cans. Thank heaven for garbage disposals. Even us 56ers had late nite weenie roasts on the beach at Playa Del Rey.
Yes, I remember incinerators and smelly garbage cans.
Name: Gary Swafford () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 20:39:39
City and State: Athens, Tn
Message: Gina, you mentioned Tony Epperson in a post, I stayed in touch with him until about 92 or so. He and my brother were good friends. He was doing good the last time I talked with him. John Hooper was also a very good friend. We spent his last few weeks in Hawthorne running together. I will never forget the day he left for Oklahoma. It was as though Hawthorne was losing a real character. If you would like any more info feel free to e-mail me.
Name: Lori Padelford () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 19:30:48
Message: Hey Judy DeGrazia do you remember me from the last run to Pink's? I ask who was Judy and all you guys pointed to the other( you had me thoroughly confused). Anyway I just found out that my brother Chuck c/o 68 at Leuzinger was friends with your brother Andy and my other brother Bob c/o 71 HHS was friends with your other brother. My brother Chuck wanted to know if Andy had an E mail address and if he could have it. I guess the Padelford's and Degrazia's did the holy Joe school thing at the same time but the Degrazia's ran out of kids by the time I got there. Well I look forward to seeing all of you at the next Pink's run.
Name: Wayne Dickey () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 18:16:08
City and State: Salisbury NC
Message: Pat and Ed, Thank you for the lovely inspirational words. Pat, I just hope that I can make Donna as happy as Ed has made you. Karen, Liz and all the fans of Monty and the Crystals, I will be talking to all the guys and see what they think about a reunion. Norman lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Chucks in Santa Maria, Timmy is in Arizona, and the rest are still in So. Calif. Just imagine Norman at 50 on his knees singing "Baby Please Don't Go"? Sends chills down my spine just thinking about it. Now that would be a blast from the past.
Name: BILL CUSAC () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 18:07:29
City and State: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA.
Message: Hell-o Hector, haven't seen you in 35 years, how are you? Does Jeanne have a brother named Dennis or Denny Burke? Also hi to Gary Lents and Petey...Betty, the piehouse used to have some good parties back in the early 60's too.....Bye for now...
Name: Tricia () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 17:32:13
City and State: 29 Palms Ca.
Message: Donna Cook- My sister Roxie(Sokol)and I were talking about you the other night. She thinks you are so funny. She also remembers you and her going over to Suzie Nelsons stealing cigarettes from Suzies Mom and learning to smoke. I think you were in Jr. High. Is this true? Tricia
Name: Wayne Dickey () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 17:16:54
City and State: Salisbury, NC
Message: Well I'm home again, but not for long (Just can't stay away from Donna for too long!!!!!). Betty, yes, Wolfie Poltash and I once road our bikes up Imperial one Saturday afternoon, to go under the tunnel and watch the airplanes land. We were in Jr High. I can remember I had a cigarette and started smoking it. Wolfie said that was dumb, so I put it out. 30 years later Wolfie and I are both smoking. I guess we didn't think it was too dumb? Roger it's good to here from you. Liz, you go girl!!! Linda, thank you for the kind words. Let's here from more 69ers. Princess, I really miss you.
Name: Bob Duggan () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 14:53:33
Class: LHS 57
City and State: Hawthorne, CAl.
Message: Leuzinger high alumni I like your stuff
Hey Bob, Welcome aboard.
Name: Wright () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 14:02:25
City and State: LaPalma,CA
Message: This site is spreading like wild fire. Hello there Roger Ridings, Jeannie Burk. I remember Hector C. my sister Georgia liked you in the 9th grade. Roger Ridings we went to Cabrillo together. This is Cougartown but the class of 69 has more names on the list than faces at the reunion!!! I love it. John Crotty...Great feedback. John B. you said it..It didn't matter if you were there in the 60's, 70's, or 80's, we all know the places, times and people. Keep it up Coug's...(By the way Betty & Liz, I really think John C. wins for the best street...He remembers every house on the block)
I just took a ride down 133rd from Inglewood Av to the Blvd this morning. I might have to go back and get some pictures for all you 133rd St people who live out of town. Email me the addresses you're interested in and I'll see what I can do. Put "133rd St" for a subject line in the email. Thanks Cougs.....
Name: Linda Dietrich () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 12:47:24
Message: Thanks John C. for saying the things you said about us all living on great streets. I grew up on Freeman Ave. I felt that was a great street because we had the railroad tracks just a few doors down and a really neat alley. I would ride my skateboard and bike around and around the block. That was the thing to do back then. But when I was in 7th or 8th grade my dad decides to move to a bigger and nicer house on 130th Street, between Washington and Jefferson. It was just a half a block from the Jr. High, Intermediate. Well I cried and cried because I thought I'd have to go to the other high school, Leuzinger. The day we went to look at the house my dad already picked out I ran into a couple friends from school. They told me to stop my crying, that I would be going to Hawthorne High and 132nd was the cut off street. Later I found out there were quite a few that lived in 132nd. that went to our school. I guess they could choose which school they wanted. I feel I lived on a great street. My best friends the Pressburg's lived across the street with a few other of our class mates. We were able to stay out after dark and walk up to Hawthorne Blvd. and Thrifty Drugs for and ice cream or run up to the liquor store. We weren't afraid for our lives like it is today. Wish things wouldn't have to change so drastically.
YES!! Freeman Av. Another great street in Hawthorne. I grew up on Cedar, just one block from Freeman and 1 block from the tracks.
Name: Gary () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 11:21:15
City and State: Vista
Message: Hey Connie.....she's still a dancer, but changed from modern dance to swing. I remember the modern dance squad (YEAH Baby!) Much nicer outfits than the whites the girls wore for PE...The cruise, Tina? Is that one of the Ensenada runs? They are fun; count me in. All I meant was that I would be glad to help in contacting folks...I think a lot of peeps are registered here, but don't read the feedback, and I know our 67 Prom Queen isn't registered, but I can contact her, right Pauline! I traded E's with Dan Litton, Dan Smith, Chuck Armstrong, Dave Chauncey, Coach Chauncey, and some other males, but I admit that talking with females is more fun! Just ask the wicked Mrs. Fix...she kicked me out of her French class with two weeks left in the school year for talking to Debe Schwiekert & Carole Warnecke too much...hey, that was after spending a year in Tennessee, so what would you expect a guy to do? Sure wish Don Blackburn would check in here...I know he's up in Oregon...
Gary, You're becoming a disciple. Enjoy it dude.......
Name: Gary Lents () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 11:04:05
City and State: Vista
Message: Hector, you are my neighbor again.....OH MY GOD! How about your brother?
Name: Linda Dawson () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 09:15:54
City and State: kansas City, MO
Message: This will make me sound old as dirt but I remember when the airport was built. My dad took home movies and we were over on a hill somewhere by Imperial. I was just a little kid but I remember it very well. My dad worked at the new airport at the power plant. We got to go on top of the control tower a couple of times. Both my brothers worked at the airport. Steve K. needs to get on here and tell of his memories of the airport. When I was a teenager he took my family to see the new 747's. I loved to go to his work TWA because there were so many guys there. It was a blast to grow up during that time and place. The memories I have will stay with me forever. Thanks to my brother Ray Dawson for putting all our home movies on video tapes. You're a dear!!
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 08:27:03
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: I saw a lot of names I recognized this morning on Feedback! Roger Ridings (dated Linda Neal in high school), Jeannie Burk (I think we had typing together), Hector Carrillo (lived in our neighborhood - has a brother named Lalo). Liz - don't you think we should have a contest about the best street/neighborhood - cause I sent pictures & everything!!!! I do remember 133rd being pretty hot though. There was always someone out there that you knew. John Crotty - your post was sweet (just a little drunk, but sweet). I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I STILL like to go watch the airplanes take off & land. Its just harder to find a place to park now! The 747's really shake you up! Does anyone remember riding bikes through the Sepulveda Tunnel? What were we thinking???? Betty
Name: Connie Beverly () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 23:06:32
City and State: Fullerton, Ca
Message: It's been a while since I've been back. I have a lot to catch up on. Gary Lents emailed me and made me laugh a lot. He's got a whole slew of women he's talking to. At one point today he said can you email me that. I'm typing, talking on the phone all at the same time. Emailed Bettye Jones today. I hadn't seen her in 20 years. Keep up the good work.
Name: Hector Carrillo () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 22:48:03
Maiden: not applicable
City and State: Carlsbad, California
Message: Anyone who knows me, e-mail me
Name: Jeanne Carrillo () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 22:45:41
City and State: Carlsbad, California
Message: Does anyone know what happened to Jim Miscik, graduated 1968?
Name: EL ROJO () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 22:41:31
Maiden: YOU KNOW
City and State: KUNA, ID
Message: Kingy, your talk about the milkman brought back some more of the good stuff. You were saying you were old if you could remember the Milkman coming to your door ( hence the old milkman jokes) or putting your goods right in your frig. But you know you're old if you can remember the "ICEMAN"! He would put the ice right in your "ICEBOX", OR PUT IT IN A CHUTE THAT WAS CONVENIENT! I remember the guy would pull up in a big truck and he had on like a Darth Vader costume. With all this Rubber Rain Suit Stuff and he had this great big pair of "tongs". Those are like big pincher's of the sort, that, well most of you know, grabbed things. Thrown over his shoulder like a ragdoll. The Iceman would bring up the Ice and throw it in the box (25 lbs or so). You were set for another couple of days. The milk would stay cold. The veggies stayed cold. That, alot of you folks will remember, is where we got the name "Icebox". Now, it's called the Frig.! Sometimes we still catch ourselves calling it the "Icebox"! Fun games Cougs! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! JAKE N JUDE!
Russ, It's funny you're just two years older than me, and I don't remember the Ice Man. I do remember putting the yellow color in the margarine though. That was my job to add the color and squeeze it into that colorless mass of whatever it was. Man, these Cougs from the 70's and 80's don't have a clue what that was all about.
Name: Raymond Smith () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 22:23:27
City and State: Portland,OR
Message: Now there's a name I've been looking for for the last 10 yrs. "Gina Black" class of 1980. Hey Gina, how are you? You and I took an interest to each other back in the summer of 79 and you and Kay would sit out in her back yard to keep up with the Tanning stuff (why weren't you at the beach?). I really liked you then but I sure don't know what happened to us? I guess I moved on or you weren't ready yet? I've tried to call your old number 10 yrs ago while I was living in Portland and your mom answered it but she wasn't about to give me your number and I gave her mine for you to call. What happened? Do you still have that beautiful long red hair of yours? I still have that cougarnewspaper of Micki's article. I hope to talk to ya thru your email. Do you keep in touch with Kay? She and I had a really good time at Disneyland. Now a question popped up in mine. Does anyone remember Bob's Big Boy on Century Ave and Hawthorne blvd? Well, across the street there was this hotel (I think) and on top of it was this huge army cannon. Does anyone know why it was there? It would had to be airlifted and I was wondering if it was still there. Also, the jet airplane at the Memorial Park. Man I had many a fantasy of flying that plane and if I was bigger I would of trespassed and gotten on that plane. But, they took it away before that happened.
Ray, That hotel was called the Sojourn Inn and the cannon is long gone.
Name: Gina Peck () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 22:08:35
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Judy doesn't lie!!!! St. Joseph's was realllly Irish and they did more for St. Paddy's than for Christmas! If you weren't born Irish you were shaped Irish. We are Italian/Irish and I can relate. Every year they would make this poor girl get up on the stage a "jig" for the head priest. That memory was dug DEEEEP. I've never had so many belly laughs as with this site! Thanks so much for putting it together!!
Glad you're with us Gina......laugh on.
Name: Gina Peck () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 22:03:26
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: I guess it was a cheap family thing to do, but our family also went to watch the jets on Aviation! I remember when my dad would drive into the tunnels (under the runway) we girls would scream, squeel, and plead for the windows to go up as we were "driving into the giants nose"! We needed to escape all the boogers!! What my poor parents put up with!
Name: John Crotty () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 21:29:52
City and State: Anaheim Hills CA
Message: Liz, Liz, Liz,...Karen, Karen, Karen...133rd was not the best street in Hawthorne...124th Place was..."Gotcha!!!" Actually, every street in Hawthorne was the best, because from every street in Hawthorne, came a "Cougar," and every Cougar counts. When we at HHS, it was all about status and popularity, and that is sooooo normal for teens. But, after the years all catch up with us, none of that matters anymore. You're Liz and you're Karen,...and I'm John, and we shared a moment in time, walking through the corriders and the campus of good old HHS, that others traveled before, and others trailed after, that makes us all really,....special. Not better, just..."THE BEST." We're Cougars...and if this web site doesn't prove how really special we are indeed...then....
And JB (poor English there, Mr. Oliver would kill me)...you made it all happen...for now, from then, for tomorrow, from yesterday....and "forever to ring" .....WE OWE YOU!
Well, I sign on tomorrow and give another lecture...(maybe) for now, I'll just pour another Scotch...so long
Thanks Big John.....what a great feedback, as you've figured it out too. This is where Cougs come to quench their thirst for past friendships and relationships. Reunited, they are magically transformed into seniors relating stories that happened maybe decades before, but reliving them like they happened last night on the Blvd. The story may have happened to someone else, but we all relate because we can SEE 133rd St, Fosters, Holly Glen, or the corridors of good old HHS. John Crotty, I'm 7 years your elder, but right here and now we are both seniors and too young for that Scotch. What the heck, have a shot for me too. Thanks John for being out there. Be a Coug boy......
Name: Jerry Miles () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 20:06:23
City and State: Fair Oaks, Cailfornia
Message: Speaking of LAX, anyone remember riding bikes up Aviation Blvd. to go to the bowling alley and (purposely) getting zapped by the prop/jet wash before they put up the barriers? It wasn't bad riding there as it just blew you into the dirt. Although coming back was a different story. Thankfully, there wasn't that much traffic back then. The fire pits at the end of Imperial also bring back a flood of memories. Does anyone else remember the beach party there after the '67 Ditch Day at Catalina? Take care, Cougs.
Hey Jer', Hope you're planning on Wine Country Weekend. I'll see you there.
Name: Konnie(Petey)Smith () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 19:51:36
City and State: Salem don't inhal'em
Message: Going to the Century drive-in in your PJ's and playing on the swings before the it got dark and the movie started. That heavy speaker that would hang on the window,it must have weighed 10 pounds. Also hanging out at Tropicana Lanes with my cousins because our folks bowled in leagues.
Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 19:03:52
City and State: South Bay
Message: Heather Ruggirello, I e-mailed you indicating that I have a friend from the service who lives in Lake Stevens (3 to 8 miles from Everett). He stated that he would be glad to answer your questions about the area. Let me know if you received his e-mail referral. I am sorry to see you leave the Southern Ca. area, however, I found that Washington State is very beautiful. You might get used to the rain. Fellow Cougs: Next Wave is new composition at http://www.mp3.com/MystApplied
Name: Jack Hammer () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 19:02:17
City and State: Oakland Oregon
Message: BOY! I thought my family was the only ones wierd enough to go out and park on Aviation and watch the planes take off. I can remember my mom and me and two other carloads of cousins and Aunt's and Uncle's having a picnic on the side of the road and (as my uncle Ted would say )Them Damned jets all they do is make a lot of noise
Name: Roger Ridings () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 17:07:03
Maiden: Roger Ridings
City and State: Dallas, TX
Message: Cool web site - a classmate turned me onto this. You did a great job!
Hey thanks Roger. Glad you found your roots......
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 15:04:52
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Sure wish I could do the wine country trip but my mom is having surgery that week. But the cruise sounds great!!! Count me in.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 14:57:02
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hey, Kelly. I remember your dad being a Fuller Brush man! WOW. And now that you mention it, I do remember sneaking away to Avalon and telling my parents I was babysitting for a friend. My mom caught on when she saw what I was packing. (bikini, suntan oil, camera, etc...) Had a ball on Catalina Island with the big boys. My, my, my. Now, you have a great memory. You didn't say if you remembered the "pop beads". Or how about the time you, Sherry Kriens and I drove to Redondo Pier and sat in the car watching the car next to us rock and roll? I just had to interupt their fun by knocking on their fogged up window to tell them their flashers were on. I can still her that chick screaming. You're great Kell. Your mom was here yesterday for cards. Those old friends are still together after all these years. Isn't that great?
Name: Mari Davis () on Friday, March 17, 2000 at 14:39:44
City and State: Lubbock, TX
Message: Just wanted to let you know I finally was able to locate Linda Pettit after trying off and on for the past 5 years. Wendy Rideout knew someone who knew Linda's mom and was able to put me in touch with her. I can't tell you how great it is to be reconnected to the Pettits after so long. Thanks so much.
That's what it's all about Mari....Thanks.