"Hawthorne's own" "Chris Montez"
Name: Petey Smith (Konnie) () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 08:09:14
City and State: Salem,don't inhale'm
Message: My cousins went to Hawthorne Christian school but we lived in Inglewood so my sister and I attended Lockhaven Christian School on 104th. We didn't have to wear uniforms but white go go boots were the devils influence indeed. Also my tennis shoes with the Beatles pictures on them was so taboo that I was forced to wear black patten leather or the famous Red Goose shoes with a goose egg for a souvenir until Jr. High. I graduated Hawthorne with some of those kids from Lockhaven Christian but they're not here in CT yet. When we got in trouble back then the principal would get the belt called old Betsey. I never had the pleasure of meeting her. Anyway if anyone knows where David Engstrand or Connie Bartley are, turn them on to CT or have them email me. We all had Mrs. Hoy for kindergarden and lived to talk about it. Big Kell meet me in Eugene or come up to Salem. We'll go to the big city. Kell I remember that crush on Andy, I was in Oregon when Andy had that sandwich shop but Rob Smith sent me some cool shades to wear that came with his sandwich order and I still have them. Rob was expecting pickles? Andy had his own style for sure. See you soon Kell.
Love Peace Cougars
Name: Eddie Braun () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 07:06:22
City and State: Manhattan Beach ,Ca
Message: Lori Padelford, much to my surprise Don (ill wait till the last minute) Dallons did call, and even took a day off to go to work with me. He actually spent the whole day on the set with me, it was great. We laughed and remember some of the stupid things we did as young criminals, as i saw in an earlier post by Susan Ciampa, when Don and i worked at Boys Market, after the annual football camping trip, we brought home thousands of live crickets only to turn them loose in the wilds of Boys shopping isles.....you were always back to nature as you could hear the lovely chirping when you walked down the produce and dairy sections. Life was sure simple then.....Take care Lori and all. Eddie
Name: Lori Ahrens () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 00:31:51
City and State: Carson City, NV
Message: Gary Swafford.... I was sorry to hear about your brother, yes I am behind on events. My heart goes out to you. Anyway, you most likely will not remember me, but my step-dad (Charlie Curnutt) rode with the Shamrocks M.C (desert) you and Troy were in the So.Cal. M.C and my parents were really good friends with Art and Goldie Knapp. One time I was wearing Charlie's Shamrock jersey during a dress up day at school. I was standing by the vending machines that were by the phys. ed. locker rooms my helmet under one arm, my hair back in a pony tail about as long as most of the guys back then. Either you or Troy came up behind me and recognizing the jersey, but not seeing my face, clapped me on the back and said "Hey hows it goin man?" When I turned around (either you or Troy) staggered back a step, all embarrassed, apologizing like I was gonna hit ya and said: "Oh man, I'm sorry, I thought you were a dude!" I was cracking up, cause you both were really quiet guys and even thought I'd seen you out in the desert and we both had dirt bike families we rarely spoke. Anyway, just wanted to share that with you, reminisce. By the way, I still have my mom's 1974 Husqvuarna 125. It still runs like a champ, the neighbors hate me, and the cops can't catch me! Heh heh! Take care.
Name: Lori Padelford () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 23:32:17
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: Hi Eddie Braun. How have you been for all these years? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at the address above. Don't feel bad about Don "lets meet for lunch" Dallons he has an aka it's Don "how bout you and Mario and me and Karen get together for dinner" Dallons. Poor Don we shouldn't give him a hard time he is a really busy guy and one day we'll get to see him, maybe at Pink's on the 31st. Judy D. thanks for Andy's e mail I forwarded that to my brother. Joann Sexton do you remember me? My mom and your mom were friends, I think you went to a dance in high school with my brother Chuck. In fact I think I have a picture of it somewhere. Gina Black why can't I picture who you are? I went to St. Joes and HHS but can't place you. I was fortunate enough to have Miss Fox for 1st grade and she had been a neighbor of ours so she was really nice to me. In 2nd grade I had Sister Ann and remember her telling my mom I would never be able to write cursive if I didn't change the way I held the pencil. She would get so angry with me but I never changed and write just fine. Do you remember the janitor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Rinaldi? Don DiTomasso, I understand you were at Pink's last time and so was I but we never met. If you go this time ask JB who I am and we'll finally get to meet. Why don't you bring the Padelford that you know so I can meet them? Marylin Ross...I noticed that you live in Garden Grove also and am curious if you are near me. I live right by Valley View and Lampson and if you know Robby and Linda Latta thewy live around the corner. Also If anyone is looking for someone and they have an idea of where they live I can run some names through the title companies I deal with and get an address. See you all @Pink's
Name: Jim Lowder () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 23:18:53
City and State: Mission Viejo, Calif.
Message: What a great site to renew old friendships. Thanks for all the time and effort you have put into it. I've already emailed (and seen some) friends from a very long time ago. Communicating with everybody from Redondo Beach, San Bernardino and Monterey. Anybody knowing where all the Boesigers have ended up or if you have emails for them, drop me a line, old girlfiends are welcome also to respond. All you old cougar basketball players from my era, drop me a line. Talk to you all later. Doesn't seem like 33 years have passed by until I look in the mirror!!!!!!
Hi Jim, I know Darryl (HHS62) is in Renton WA. If you want his address just email me.
Name: Ernie Nixon () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 22:21:39
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: John, For some of us dummies that don't know where Pinks is, could you give us some directions. Thanks
Sure Ernie, Pinks is on the west side of La Brea about 2 doors north of Melrose Bl. Very easy to find. We'll see you there on the 31st.
Name: Marcie Mathews () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 21:19:41
Maiden: Marcia Prowense
City and State: Rolling Hills Estates
Message: What a wonderful Homepage! How are all you Cougars doing? Did you know Tim O'Malley moved to San Diego. My husband and I are moving to Auburn, CA (Lake of the Pines) in the very near future. I received this web site from Mark Bishop, now in Placerville. Where is Debbie Weller?
Name: Kelley () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 20:54:01
City and State: booze bay by the sea
Message: Judy DeGrazia, I didn't realize Tom and Andy were your brothers, I knew them also. I remember when Andy had the deli on Inglewood Ave. I had the biggest crush on him, and he just didn't care. We did a lot of partying on 133rd st. at Janet Porters. Yes that is the same 133rd st. I really don't remember Andy partying as much as watching us party. Just read the memories page, Pam Cleeton surfing, wow i had forgotten she surfed, there is a great picture of her in the 67 year book at the vending machines with her squaw boots on, remember squaw boots? I also remember taking a bus to the beach that went down Ocean Gate, you could even take your surfboard on. Did anyone else take that bus I was probably in 7th or 8th grade. Also took the bus to South Bay Shopping Center, now the Galleria or something like that. That is still the most windy place in the south bay. May Co. was the big store back then. Enough. One more thing does anyone know the whereabouts of Bob or Billy Gomen, Kenny McKinley '65 he had an older brother, they both played a mean game of football.
Name: Mo () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 20:42:09
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: John, I regards to your comment to Judy D. mentioning adding early 60's and late 70's, etc. to the 2nd decade reunion. Out you saying I was a "spillover" at the 1st decade reunion? That I went where I "did not belong"? Too bad ^:^ I had a great time, and besides, I was with an alumni from the class of 1960 (even if it was my sister and her husband). Judy, I guess I got confused, I thought you guys were talking about a second decade reunion for St Joe's....not HHS. If you were talking about HHS, PLEASE add me to the help list for 1964.
Yes Mo, You were a spillover...
Name: Gina () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 19:03:04
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: St. Joe's principal's name was Sister Mary Elizabeth (aka Sister Mary Elephant). Those silly nun's would measure our Patricia Plaid skirts and as we left the line we would roll them up at the waistband and shorten them again. Remember "Patrol Girls"? They would have "watch" on the exterior corridors and bathrooms at recess. Only 7th & 8th graders were allowed to be Patrol Girls. For the folks who didn't attend St. Joe's, we had to wear uniforms and we packed a lunch (no caf and no hot food for the prisoners). But once a month, we had "room mothers" who would arrange "hot dog day" and we could BUY our lunch that day, hot dog, juice and a bag of chips, AND we could wear regular clothes. This was a BIG DEAL. Once while I was standing at the head of the class and waiting for my grades to be read, Msgr. Redahan told me I was going to BURN IN THE FIRES OF HELL because I got a B! I asked him how he knew it was such a bad place. Had he been there or did someone come back and tell him? The nun screamed "Heratic!" from the back of the room. Needless to say the phone rang that night...too bad my PROTESTANT father answered. Too bad for old Msgr Redahan that is!! My father told Msgr to answer my question. LOL Do you think I have a problem with authority figures? That MUST have been the night my parents decided I was ready for public school.
No comment as I DO NOT like lightning.
Name: Penny Prouty () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 17:24:23
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hi John, There's been some time that's passed since I've been onboard cougartown and I have a question that may have already been answered in one of your feedbacks......Do you have the headcount for all of us out here, who have logged in or who are on the alumni lists (total count/all classes)....just curious....I really think it's phenomenal, all of us connecting again after many years apart...and from all over the world. This is "home" ... our memories, friends and our roots...a good place "to come home to".
Hi Penny, I just looked and it's 2537 as of today on the alumni list. That IS phenomenal. That's 5 to 6 full classes worth of alumni and it's picking up steam. Keep passing the word Cougs. We'll find them all yet. Now it's 2540 as we just added 3 more.
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 15:54:57
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: To Susan Ciampa Walling.. Oh yes!! I was there when Monsignor Redahan first set foot at St. Joseph's School. I remember that he gave us a day off to celebrate his taking over the parish. (made some big points with us for that) And how about that good looking Father McCarthy and Father Mulvahill & later Father Sutfin. Now..here's some more Catholic School memorabilia from the 50's.
1. The cloak room (why or why didn't they say "coat room"?) and how on Friday it smelled of tuna and egg sandwiches. yum!!
2. Babushkas..as the nuns called it. Better known to us as "scarves".
3. Being seated in the classroom of 62 students according to grades..
Ugh.. I always made it to the back by the cloak room. (with John Rout)
4. Mea Culpa..(don't ask) I still walk to the park to say mine now and again.
5. Holy relics ~ usually a piece of cloth from a Saint's robe.
6. Scapulars...what a blessing that was. Prayers to be said in front and back.
7. Plenary Indulgence Prayers~~to release the souls from purgatory. (I spent many a recess saying mine)
8. Before we had a parish hall, we lined up in the halls and sat on the floor to watch Heidi ~ The prince and the pauper ~ The Lady of Fatima~ and a few more.
9. The Tiding drive ~ The Donut drive ~ The Paper drive. and we know what the prizes were too.
10. The Pagan baby fund.. ??? Remember the push pins.. boys against the girls.
Now I'm off to say a few mea culpas for making fun of my upbringing.... what the hey~might as well fit one more sin in... I'm off like a prom dress. (was that a venial sin or a mortal sin?) Back to the park.. Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS
Judy, Yes you SHOULDA' been a Nun.
Name: Patti Smith () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 15:43:52
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: To Mike Smith: Hey, big bro! It's about time you found this site! I know you're really going to enjoy it.
Name: Jeanne () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 13:51:07
City and State: Carlsbad, CA
Message: OK Guys, I just sent my money off to go on the cruise to Ensenada. Anyone who knows me who is going, let me know. I am really thinking this could be lots of fun. A ship, the open sea, a few drinks, old friends. This is really a recipe for a "blast". Let's party.
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 11:53:29
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: WOW!!! The glow in the dark rosaries just arrived yesterday..thanks to Nancy Sexton (St. Joe's alumni) Looks like we'll have a St. Joe's memorabilia museum if JoAnn Dickerson can dig up a few Holy Cards and some dashboard Saints..I think I still have my blue and gold ribbon & graduation tassel. (don't go there John)
Regarding the 2nd decade reunion ('63-'72) that Patti Smith wants to get going..I'm all for it and I'd love to be part of it. (you now know what the door prizes will be like) Count me in Patti and tell me what you need.. How about opening it up to everyone! We really wouldn't want to exclude the early 60's people or late 70's etc.. what do ya think? Now..IOLAPD Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS
At the first decade reunion, there were a few spillovers from other classes, but for the most part it should be for the 63 to 72 group (just my 2¢ worth).
Name: Susan Walling () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 11:32:39
City and State: Santa Rosa, CA
Message: OK, Judy (off like a prom dress) D. If Msgr. Patrick Redahan was at St. Joe's when you went to school there (WAY BACK THEN!) that would explain the many decades of Irish influence at the prison. I actually loved St. Joe's for the most part. Everything except the part where the principal (wasn't her name Sister Superiority Complex?) came around and measured the length of your skirt with a ruler, and when the nuns pulled your ponytail, and hit you on your knuckles with the yard stick, AND when they read your grades out loud while you stood in front of the class waiting for them to hand it to you. HEY, we did get 'HOT DOG DAY' and 'FREE DRESS' once a month! :) JB (both of you), I'm looking forward to seeing you guys next month in beautiful Sonoma. Janet, I have a couple of 'wine pourer' jobs lined up for us. John, don't forget my chicken taco from El Tarascos.
Hey Sus', It's about time you checked in here girl. Can't wait to see you and rest of the Walling crew, and yes, I'll bring you a half dozen chicken tacos from El T.
It sounds like you "actually loved St. Joe's" all right. We'll see you in a few weeks.
Name: Michael W. Smith () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 11:10:38
City and State: Fountain Valley, CA
Message: This website is attractive and very well organized - I know because my wife creates websites and I'm frequently drafted into reviews of her work. The large body of photo work is appreciated and the contacts are wonderful; I'm corresponding with two guys I haven't seen in over 40 years. I've never been to any reunions, but that could change thanks to this website and thanks to my daughter for directing me to it.
Hey Michael, Thanks for the wonderful compliment on the website. We want to keep HHS number one in all fields, and this website is my contribution to that end. Thanks too for joining in.
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 10:27:41
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Hi Jim, I don't have a clue about Tom Cherry. Royal Lord do you know? Were you able to get my email? Keep on feedbacking. John Baker is our main man. You were in the bowling club with him.
There you go Jim. The picture below should bring back a few friends. Be a Coug boy......
Name: Lynda Kimes () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 10:16:42
City and State: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Message: I'm so happy to find CT. I've been looking for Betty Owen for years. Hi Betty, Karen Hare. I'm also looking for Alan LEE and Yolanda EVANS. I also have a memory of the Beach Boys. You all know what a big flirt I was. Well before they were the 'Beach Boys' I used to strut my fanny in their direction by their house. Dennis saw me walk by and said what a fine behind I had..only he used a stronger word for butt. That was the last time I walked by there for a long time. Also my brother Danny played little league with Dave Marks. They lived about 2 blocks away from me. Catch ya all later. Lynda
Lynda, Don't feel too flattered, as Dennis used that line ALL females. Thanks for being a part of Cougartown.
Name: Jim Peppers () on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 07:56:36
City and State: Athens, Greece
Message: Hello from Athens. The nostalgia bug definitely bit me when I found the site. A lot a very creative people have done some nice work. I particularly liked the 60's slang section. I shared it with some of my students. Can't say they were as excited about it as I was, but did the memories ever come rushing in. I guess nobody knows where the Achelles (Achlleas) the 1958 Greek foreign exchange student is. My daughter, who is just 16, saw his picture and thought he was very cute. I reminded her that he was probably about 60 now. Freak out! Does anybody know where Tom Cherry is? I don't have internet at home yet, but I'll keep checking when I have a chance here at one of the companies I work with. Hi Sherry, Sandy and anybody else that remembers who I am.
Name: Sheree Klingenhagen () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 23:30:53
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: OK, now John, you have a few years on some of us and some of us may not have been quite old enough to have partied at your parties, actually I think I was watching Engineer Bill and drinking milk at the time that you were having a grand old time! haha!! Anyway, it's all good! It doesn't really matter where the party was as long as a good time was had, that was the basic point for having or throwing a party. And since Heather Reoch,(Ruggerillo, I know I never spell it right) will be leaving our area in the near future I think a party just might be something to be thrown pretty soon. I was lucky to make the best friends of my life in grade school, threw thick and thin we will always be there for each other and I thank them. You know who you are! Heather please tell me your not really moving!
Name: Lily () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 23:03:45
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Royal Lord; Thank you so much for your kind words. How the heck have you been? It's been a long time since I've seen you! Hope all is well!
Name: Sharon Willis Quesnel () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 22:28:47
City and State: Maui
Message: Hey cougar town! Long time no check in, been getting lots of feedback from others who find me on the list, thanks! This is a great deal... Sharon
Name: Gary Swafford () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 20:46:31
City and State: Athens, Tn
Message: Hello Eddie Braun its good to see your name in here, I used to check in often then slacked off, I read through some feedback and see where you joined. It is good to see more people from our years posting. Things are good here in Tn. I work for the state as a bridge inspector. My oldest is about to enter high school, are we old or what? Gina, it was good to get your mail. I will keep in touch.
Name: Jo Ann Dickson () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 20:01:22
City and State: Norco, Ca
Message: Hi Everyone.. Couldn't resist not commenting on the "glow in the dark" rosaries! Judy, you wouldn't believe the things Nancy and I have come across the past few months. I'm sure we could open our own religious store, from everything our mom had. Boxes and Boxes!!! Nancy and I are amazed at how much there was! Karen Considine, how are you?? It's been alot of years, hasn't it? We have some stories we could share, all the years of school together, from St. Joe's through high school. Seems time has gotten away from all of us who come to this site, but thanks to John, it's as though it was yesterday. It's amazing how memories of things that happened years ago, come back so clearly..Again to you John, a great big thank you, because without your pride in HHS, none of this would have happened. Take a bow John :)
Name: Karen () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 19:13:18
E-Mail: ONCEANANGELALWAYSANANGEL hehe
City and State: Anaheim, Ca
Message: Hi John its been awhile, so I thought I would check in. I can't believe all the new Cougars that are checking in and writing such great memories. Nice to see Jim Peppers found his way to CT and Linda Oldes, Hi you guys and welcome.
I haven't seen anyone mention the BelAire Club in Redondo, that was a good place to go dancing also.
See ya all at Pink's
Well Karen Angel Hare, You DO know how to leave Feedback. I thought you only knew how to send those joke thingys. Be a Coug girl....
Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 19:02:24
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: Hi, Dianna Libertini! It's great to hear from you on the feedback page. Last time I talked with you was at our 20-year reunion. How are you doing these days?