"Hawthorne's own" "Chris Montez"
Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 08:14:37
City and State: Salisbury, NC
Message: When I was 9 years old, I wanted to play football, bad. Pop Warner was the League. The rules were you had to be a certain weight for your age. Being I was always as they said then husky for my age (Hell, I was fat). I couldn't play. My father felt bad too, so he got me interested in music and I joined the Hawthorne Area Youth Band. This was an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. They didn't care if you were husky or small, as long as you could play and instrument. I met alot of kids (both older and younger) from the surrounding areas. Went many different places, and learned how to work together as a team. Let's here from all the HAYB people, I know you have some great stories to tell. Donna, I'm selling it now. Wayne
Name: Jim Peppers () on Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 08:04:20
City and State: Athens, Greece
Message: Greetings to all from me and my family, Francia, my wife, and Joanna, my daughter. I would really like to know if there are any other Hawthorne High Alumni living in Greece? I know we had a foreign exchange student from Greece, Achilles Kokkas, in 1958. Does anybody know where he is or how to get in touch with him?
My address in Athens is:
Zoodohou Pigis 29
Melissia, Athens 15127
Hey Jim, Glad you checked in. I know we've got Cougs in Turkey, Ireland, and Germany so why not Greece. Now that you're with us we've got the whole Peppers clan in Cougartown. Thanks and stay tuned........
Name: Donna Wright () on Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 00:12:42
City and State: LaPalma, CA
Message: I am so glad my kids are grown and living on their own. If computers and Cougartown were alive when they were little they probably would have had to fix their own dinner and change their own diapers! Sorry Betty don't recall going to a party on Sundale...133rd... that was a different story. There were so many Estradas if each kid had a friend over that was a party in itself. Tricia Sokol...Where is your sister?? I haven't seen Roxie since our 10 year reunion. I remember we use to take the bus to the beach. We would get off at Rosecrans then THUMB back and forth from Manhattan to Hermosa all day long (How dumb was that!) At night we went to Holy Glen Park to the middle league field to watch the games.(More like the games were going on) I remember your mom making you and Roxie all those Bell Bottom outfits. They were "bitchin" they looked just like "Cher". That just reminded me of something. Does anyone remember Black hooded sweaters?? How about Angel Blouses?? Boy am I old. I can't remember what happened yesterday and here I am remembering 30 something years ago. Wayne Dickey... Sell that house!
Name: Doyle Mary () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 21:36:21
City and State: MB, CA
Message: John Rout mentions dance places I wish I could recall more of. Before they were famous (Ike and) TINA Turner at the Cinnamon Cinder LB, little Stevie Wonder, (age 13), at either Harmony Park or Retail Clerks in Buena Park (what WAS the name of that first big song he had?) and of course the Beach Boys, Dick Dale and Deltones, oh yeah must not forget the Righteous Bros. at the Rendezvous - we were up close to them, dancing as usual! How's that for the good ol days???
How about "Fingertips Part 2"
Name: Sheree Klingenhagen () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 21:34:00
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: I haven't heard anyone mention the parties at the Schuetze's, let's see there was Sue, Steve, Mike and Elaine that went to HHS & Kathy & Kevin, (they all went to St Josephs). They moved to Pueblo Colorado around 1974 but had some pretty big parties that Steve and Mike threw. That was around 71 to 73 or so. I can remember playing jacks on the kitchen floor and taking shots. (don't tell Mom!) They had some huge parties. They lived on 138th St between Oceangate & Shoup, Deby Giverink, Diana (Romero) Sanchez & Lori Belger also lived on that street. I can remember going up to Stellino's with Deby to buy cigarettes for her mom around 1970, much simpler time then.
How about parties at the Reagans on Freeman and about 120th in the patio on the alley. Janet and I went by there the other day and she remembers going to parties there. I'm telling you I'll put up the late 50's early 60's Reagan's parties against any parties in Hawthorne.
Name: Kelley () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 21:33:59
City and State: coos bay, or
Message: finally someone mentioned the Grand in Torrance. Man did I ever dance there. My brother was so nice, if we happened to be there on the same night, he would have one of his friends ask me to dance just to get things rolling for me. Al Tatro was one I can remember. I also used to change ID's to guys could get into the Rendezvous. Please everyone, 133rd had only a few excellent parties, then there were just parties. I went to a few on Sundale, can't remember a thing about them lol. Just learned that lol stuff. Petey just reminded me that Patty Hearst of SLA fame robbed the Surplus Center on Haw. Blvd and 134th so the Cops had to go into all out backyards, now that's news. Gary Lents get a life.........again lol
Patty Hearst robbed Mels Sporting Goods on Crenshaw almost to Imperial Hwy, and I remember Al Tatro from Boy Scouts. I would have never again in my life have thought of that name if it wasn't for you Kel'. Thanks for the memory flogger.
Name: EL ROJO () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 20:19:21
Maiden: YOU KNOW
City and State: KUNA, ID
Message: U.C.L.A., U.C.L.A.,U.C.L.A., FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!"DOT COM", you s.c. lovers! EL! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!
Hey, EL, I'm a So Cal Cat. I'll pull for the BRUINS too. Be a Coug boy......
Name: Gina () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 19:53:54
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Firstly, John, your comment about the classes of '70s & '80s and "clues"...was that a remark? Although I remain forever greatfull to you...please remember, you do have a few years on us.
Gary Swaford, I would love to email you but I'm a little afraid! Your brother didn't like me very much. I think it was a boy/girl thing and a competition of Tony's time. I'll email you privately though. So sad, Johnny Lee didn't even say goodbye to me when he left for OK....sniff, sniff. The weird thing is that my childhood friend (from St. Joseph's) Denise Weber/Collins also died shortly after Johnny Lee, also in a car crash and also shortly after a move to Oklahoma! Moral of the story is: NONE of my friends can EVER move to Oklahoma because they will die!!!
Raymond Smith! How are you? Yes, the long red hair remains with me still!! We weren't at the beach because we a) Didn't have cash for gas and/or b) We had to work and only had a small amount of time to catch rays and/or c) We were not about to drag you to the beach with us...our eyes were cast upon the OLDER boys. Sorry. No, I don't hang with Kay and haven't since the very early '80s. Micki and I remain fast friends. Micki had surgery on her knee AGAIN and I went to nurse her for a week. The funny thing is Kay and Micki live in Fallbrook, only a mile from one another. They don't speak though. Can you belive Micki's baby Gabriel is 20 years old and living on his own now!! Not having children myself, time kind of stands still for me. Poor guy, every time I see him I get misty and her has to comfort me. He's a good guy though. Like you were back then.
My mom is one tuff cookie! No, I'm sorry to say she never gave me the messages...I'm sure she didn't give me many, many messages. That's why I always had my own phone at home!
Name: Gary Lents () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 19:00:40
City and State: Veeeeesta, Cali
Message: Hey Prince Jim, His Majesty has just appointed me an Ambassador! I hope I can justify this, and will try. First, a few have asked about my brother Gene, Eugene, errrrr Rooster Lents ('63). Gene died of complications following surgery for a disected aorta. I don't want say much more, as I get angry. The hospital was responsible, but see TRIBUTES for more..... Now for fun! I was wondering if anyone that went to Haw Intermediate knew if the man that wrote the book mentioned on this site, did Doug (?) Robertson have a daughter named Linda...she was Sally Coppinger Rowden's buddy back then. How about the days of summer at Alondra Park... How about putting several in the trunk when entering the drive in, or walking in the exit...hey, most guys were trying to get into some girl's car anyway. And Barbara Karpe had the coolest drive-in car...a Rambler with seats that folded down (YEAH BABY)... Any stories about the Hawthorne Youth Camp? Pantie raids....! For Eucalyptus grads....remember the square dances.
I've never heard it called a "CAR" before, but .......
Name: Howard A Duran () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 17:36:53
City and State: Lake Forest Ca
Message: Hey Franz.....Remember the "GREEN POTATO CHIP" ?
Name: Cathy Vinci () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 16:16:05
City and State: Vista,CA
Message: Taco Tio on Hawthorne Blvd.
Great Hangout Cathy, Thanks......
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 15:04:29
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: To Pat Cummings '75-- The guy in blue you refer to is John Baker the KING of Cougartown. Without him this would not exist. He wasn't a 133rd Street party boy but Frosty's was richer because of him. Be nice... Hello to Jeannie Burke and to Roger Ridings (Do I owe you an apology?) Does anyone know if they perform weddings on the cruise?
Hey, "The Guy In Blue"........I kinda' like it.
Name: John Rout () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 15:04:26
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: In 1964, we were a bunch of dancin' fools. Anyone remember Cinnamon Cinder-Alhambra on Tuesday nights (show time), CC-Long Beach on Thursday nights (show time), Rendezvous Ballroom on Friday nights (show time), Aragon Ballroom on Saturdays (Dick Dale), or Harmony Park on Sundays (Dick Dale). There was also The Grand Hotel in Torrance. Also remember the summer of 1962 being at the first annual Surfer's Ball at the Hollywood Palladium with Jim Reale. Had people like Dick and Dee Dee, but no actual surf groups.
Anyone else remember others?
Hey John, I remember lots of those places. Thanks to you and Ann for stopping by on Sunday too. Great meeting you two and even though you do know Rowdy Judy, you're STILL welcome anytime. Also add your name to our alumni list. If you "Attended" HHS, then you can add your name. Just list it under your grad year. Thanks again John........
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 14:38:28
Maiden: never was jones
City and State: redondo beach, ca
Message: Gary Lents how is you? Brother Gene? I'll email you. Tell Tambos hi. Roger Ridings tell your brudder Steve hi! and u Too! Wayne Dickey you brought back some real fond memories. I have to tell this one. Wayne was a junior wrestling heavyweight against Mira Costa. The heavyweight wrestler was a guy name Sidoti who probably weighed in at 245 Wayne was probably 210, but a svelte 210 at that. So it came down to Wayne battling Sidoti, if Sidoti pins Wayne HHS loses, if Wayne wins or just loses on points HHS wins. Wayne was a good wrestler and a tough kid and if I was ever in a fight in a dark alley I would want Wayne there to well at least fight the little guy. So the match gets into the 3rd period and it is a close match and as I recall Sidoti is one of the top CIF wrestlers but Wayne is holding his own. But as fate would have it in the last minute Sidoti gets a take down and positions Wayne for the pin, the Cougars are done for, NOT! Sidoti jumps off Wayne just before the hand of the referee goes down to declare a pin screaming like one of Custer's opponents at the little big horn, and he has got blood spurting from his left breast. Wayne nonchalantly gets up and gets an escape and either wins or ties but what the heck he wins the match and HHS is league champs. Fernandez the wrestling coach from Costa is hysterical "he bit my guy he bit my guy", Referee never saw it he was looking at shoulders and mat, match was over. The next year my brother Bill is wrestling heavyweight and Wayne moved down to 191 (we never realized why until the Costa match) Same scenario all Bill has to do is stay away from a pin. Well Bill had knee surgery three weeks before this match and I was the one in charge of assuring the folks that Bill wasn't wrestling. He wouldn't have if the score had been different. He manages to get behind 2-1 then he got a take down and it got close and i think bill lost but he didn't get pinned and again HHS is champs. Well 6 years ago I was managing a 13 year old baseball team we finished 5th in Southern California, one of the preliminary round games was against North Redondo. Guess who there manager is? Yup Sidoti. When we took the lineups to homeplate I asked him if he was same Sidoti who wrestled at Costa this guy is about 6'4" and 300 pounds and very grumpy. He says yeah, I said my brother wrestled you in high school he was from Hawthorne. He screamed profanities for 20 minutes with ever profanity buttressed by the words he bit me! We proceeded to win the game 22-2 shortened after 5 innings, needless to say there was NO after game handshake. So Wayne baby when you get back to town give me your address I think you and Sidoti have a lot of catching up to do. And Monty and Crystals! the best!!!! You guys were great Sloey
Now that's the kind of "Nuts and Bolts, Get The Job Done Thinking" that puts Hawthorne at the forefront of the CVUHSD. Wayne, I'm proud of you boy, for thinking on your feet like that. BTW, I'd leave that behemeth from Costa alone for at least another 2 or 3 decades as it doesn't sound like he's over it yet. Thanks Jim........
Name: Eddie Braun () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 14:16:20
City and State: Manhattan beach,ca
Message: Boy im reading some names that i havent heard about in years.... Hello Lori Padelford, and Gary Swafford, hope things are well with you guys....DON DALLONS, remember that we are supposed to have lunch this week, dont chump-out on me again, im only in town until 3/27 then ill be gone again to north carolina so lets see if you dont flake.....Eddie
Name: Bob Milazzo () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 13:30:55
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: Just wanted to say thank you for the page. I found friends from the Old Days, it was really great to have contact after all these years (almost Forty). Once again thanks to all for all the hard work!! Bob Milazzo Class of Sixty
Well, Bob (Bobby) Milazzo..... I still own that flame jobbed Meyers Manx dune buggy with the leopard seat covers that you sold to Steve Causley. My dad traded a 31 Chevy Coupe for it (bad trade, I know). Great hearing from you, thanks for checking in, and do NOT be a stranger here.
Name: Gary Lents () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 09:09:02
City and State: Vista, CA
Message: Funny thing happened the other day (my obsession with this site has gone outside of cyberspace)... I was telling some folks about Cougartown at our local hockey rink, and this guy says "what school"? I said HHS, and he says "I went there!" Turned out that he left after soph year, but went to Eucalyptus & Haw Intermediate too...he even had my 4th grade teacher, Mrs Hutchinson. His last name is Simon, and would've graduated around 69-71, I think. "Hey" to Ron Dickson, Pauline, Billy Cusac (haven't seen you since El Camino when you'd returned from Nam), Lisa, I contacted Hector...the server is AOL. He is in La Costa area, and listed on internet white pages. Hey Rob Daquila, you can call me your "OLE COACH"! Cathy Terry (68) lives about 3 minutes from me in Vista (just found that out too)...the world is shrinking...one fond memory; we had the perfect yard for "Whiffle Ball" when we lived on Broadway...How many here worked for the Parks & Rec? And which was the favorite park? Personally, I preferred Eucalyptus.
I know Ricki Valencia HHS61 worked for Eucalyptus, and Jim Sloey HHS66 did too, I think.
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 08:43:10
City and State: Burlington, WISCONSIN
Message: Well, it seems that the WISCONSIN BADGERS have managed to get into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1941. No one is more shocked than the Wisconsin Fans! In 1941, some of you may have been mixing the color packets into margarine, but if you had lived in Wisconsin at that time, this would have been an illegal activity. Margarine was not allowed to be sold in Wisconsin in those days. If you wanted it you had to smuggle it in from Illinois. (Not having been born in 1941, this information was imparted to me by my uncle.)
Sharon, I wasn't squeezing the color into the margarine in 1941 either. It was the early 50's. BTW.....UCLA's another BIG surprise in the sweet 16. GO BRUINS......
Name: Gary Lents () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 08:07:05
City and State: vista, ca
Message: Just wondering if the Poop Deck is still there? Strand in Hermosa.....the last time I saw Rosecrans, it made me think to the 2 lane bumpy road over the sand dunes. You could hitchike easily down that road. How about the black rain from the fire that had been the Redondo Pier.
Name: Konnie(Petey)Smith () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 07:46:36
City and State: Salem, don't inhale'em
Message: Judy (off like a prom dress) do you have two brothers by the name of Andy and Tom?? I graduated with Tom. After high school he came up a few times to Oregon for some great camping and fishing. And Drew how are you? I'll send some pictures. Write if you can. Love peace Cougars
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 01:43:19
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Pieboy- Lets take a poll - everyone who attended a party on Sundale Avenue sign in - then everyone who attended a party on 133rd Street sign in. Now we want verifiable stories, okay?
OK you Party Animals, let hear'em.......
Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, March 20, 2000 at 00:36:26
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Hey, another 62er hits the page! Hi Jim Reale, you're right, the 10 year was a great time, but as JB said, you ain't seen nothin yet! Thanks Rowdys for another super weekend. Marsha, it's gettin closer! I can hear the Hawaiian wedding song playing now! Can't wait. By the way JB, nice picture...that's one for you! JB(the other one)
Yes actually two 62ers in a row. Jim AND Patty Roberts Kalla. This is great. Robin, It's getting closer. I can hear "No Hu Hu" playing now. Can't Wait for this one, and JB, I kinda like that picture myself. I will add it to the page from time to time. BTW, you don't still have that outfit do you?
Name: Pat () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 20:14:16
City and State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Elizabeth... oops.. I was thinking 133rd around the Oceangate area. I'd have to drive the streets to remember exactly who was where. Hey you..the guy in blue.. I'm kinda new here so I don't know my way around yet. Don't know your name but we of the 70s do have a clue about the color in the margarine thing. I put the color in at my Grandmas house. We got Milk delivered too. I was darn young but I do remember it :-)
Name: Cindy Matthies () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 16:42:58
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: So how many Cougars ended up working at Northrop - the big industry in Hawthorne? I know of a few of who did and some who are still there. (I did! 1984-94. And so did my sister, Michelle and her husband, Dan Drapeau). (Or The Forum?? I did that one too!). (John: Putting the color in the margarine???? Kidding, right?? I had a great-grandmother who still had an icebox when we lived in San Diego).
Hi Cindy, No, not kidding. The margarine came about the color of mayonnaise and we had to add the yellow color to make it look like butter.
Name: Ron Dickson () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 15:40:23
City and State: Norco,Ca
Message: I have been reading all this stuff and just had to add to it.Gary Lents is really addicted but he has a memory like a steel trap.I don`t know how he can remember all the things he does. I remember one little race story with John Norman and me.I had a 57 Chevy wagon that I had just put a new motor in. Frank Gardner challenged me to a race, so like every other racer I accepted. There was one problem, I hadn`t got my single exhaust converted to duels yet. John and I went to his house at lunch time and drilled about a hundred holes in the muffler, great idea huh. Well, then we met on Douglas St. to race.I did win that one, but we don`t know if it was due to the holes or not. Oh just one of many races John and I were a part of. I think the guys will like this story more than the ladies, but it is one of my memories.
Name: Lisa () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 08:25:29
City and State: Ramona, CA
Message: Hector, I remember you. Your e-mail comes back as "server unknown". Nice to see you on the feedback page. Lisa
Name: Kathleen Purchase () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 07:42:12
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Does anyone remember what happened to a threesome of friends who went to Richard Henry Dana... Andy Naismith, Mike Wilson & Mike Thomas? Andy Naismith & Mike Wilson started out at HHS but graduated, I think, somewhere else.
(Mike Wilson moved to Huntington Beach and attended Huntington High). Thanks.
Kathleen (Kathy) Hamler Purchase
Name: Larry Biller () on Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 04:08:59
City and State: Portland,Oregon
Message: Great feedback from John Crotty. Well said John. A lot of us HHS people lived on 124th place. Del Aire Park was our second home.