"OK OK I know it's time to change the music, so it's back to Doo Wop" "The Jesters"
Name: Howard A Duran () on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 13:56:55
City and State: Lake Forest Ca
Message: Hey Norm Steiner, Ya wanna buy a cheap "Velsey"?
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 12:22:36
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Norman glad you found the site. Remember the time we stayed out all night because I had lost my keys! I really did folks and Norman was very nice. Jan Blomsterberg is living close to you now. I understand you're a fireman.
Name: John Crotty () on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 10:55:46
City and State: Anaheim Hills, CA
Message: Last night on AMC they aired a special on The Beach Boys, actually, they aired two of them consecutively called "Endless Harmony," and "The Beach Boys;Then and Now." It showed the "Boys" in an early "lost" concert, circa 1964. It was outstanding. The remarkable thing was, they performed with only their amps behind them, no voice monitors (really didn't have monitors back then). Sure, there were some flats notes, but generally, it was heartwarming and nostalgic. I think that was the Santa Monica concert. Anyway, for all you fans, the program is available on VHS or DVD, as well as a CD. To order it you go to www.ampop.com. I've ordered mine, fact is, I watched the same program at 1 AM again....thought you fellow cougars might be interested...right now, I'm alone in the pad and have several of the "Boys" CD's playing full blast....."Surf's Up!"
Name: Karen () on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 02:39:33
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Hi to fellow St.Joe's students, Judy DeGrazia "64, Susan Walling '77, Gina '80. Your memories of grade school were funny and reminded me of so many stories. Yes, Elizabeth Estrada went to church with my family, I tried so hard to save her soul. And thank God she was around to show me the other side, so I had some FUN!! Glad to know the skirt check, bag lunches and mean nuns were a firm tradition before and after I was there! The whole school had to sing to Msgr. Redahan for St. Patrick's day,I still remember all the words to "MacNamara's Band" and other Irish songs. Who remembers the "Minstral show with the students in "black face"?!!! Hardly politically correct!!! I still have some of the "prizes" for selling The Tidings! And then there was the day Steve Sturges threw a football across the playgound (which was actually the street blocked off)and hit one of the sisters in the head and knocked her out. And the time one of the nuns threw a book at Joseph Brigante and knocked him out. And graduation day from 8th grade, the last ditch attempt to save us by telling us that french kissing is a sin! Come on Steve, you've got a better memory and more stories, send in some feedback!
Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 01:50:51
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hi John, Someone gave Elizabeth Castanon the wrong information regarding the Smith School. There are No Condos in Holly Glen. This side has only single family homes. What happened at that time was the school district owned that land and the the big beautiful park that was there, the district sold all that land, tore down the school, the pony/colt baseball park, they did save part of the park, and on that land they built these very large homes, 3,4,5 bedrooms, some are two story, the homes are lovely and the price back then in the 80's started at low 200's.
Name: Gary Lents () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 23:33:07
City and State: Vista, CA
Message: Well, I found Steve Tamburrino (thanks to his little sis)....he is at firstname.lastname@example.org...says he's a newbie to computers (now that's good to hear about a high school English teacher), but will be checking in to cougartown...thanks for the pic (NO RESPECT!), it really quacked me up...nice seeing you Connie. We were talking about missing Cougs...anyone heard about Nancy Noterman('66) ??? Hey, those that lived in Holy Glen...remember the RR tracks as a short cut, and getting through at the drainage ditch...how many sprained ankles running down those tracks.
Name: Susan Walling () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 19:41:33
City and State: Santa Rosa, CA
Message: Eddie Braun and Don Dallons?!?!?!?! I should have known it was the two of you that turned those crickets loose in Boy's Market! I'm not a bit surprised that you never got caught either. Now fess up.... was it you that used to take the portable p.a.'s in the bathroom and flush the toilets over the intercom system in the store? Now I'm certain it was you two that sucked all the gas out of the whipped cream cans in the dairy box.... RIGHT?! John, I don't have to crash the decade reunion party, right? You've had a change of heart and are now including all of us late 70's Cougars in this reunion.... right? You know, if you don't, you have the T-girls, B-girls, V-girls, and one Italian to deal with.
Love ya! Susan
I'm sure anyone that wants to go can go. It's their party though and doesn't haver a thing to do with me. i'll see you there.....
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 19:24:02
City and State: Badger Country
Message: It's on to the Final Four for the Wisconsin Badgers - miracles still do happen..... Looking forward to next Friday night - see you all then!
Good Luck to the Badgers. I'm pulling for them Sharon, since UCLA went south.
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 13:44:40
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: KELLEY, I remember the bus that ran down Oceangate. My bestfriend lived on the corner of 130th and Oceangate, we walked across the street to catch the bus to the beach. Hermosa had a place to get snow cones. I loved those snow cones! Of course it was a few years before your time. I think the bus line was Sunset. LORI PADELFORD I live on the other end of Garden Grove near Lampson and Euclid. LORI ABRAMS mentioned Larry Banta. That gave me a jolt, I haven't seen him in over 30 years. He wouldn't even know me, he is about my daughters age. I knew his parents. I think his mom still lives in Del Aire.
Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 13:30:38
City and State: Amarillo TX
Message: Hi JB and all, Just checking in to say that I would sure love to be brought in the back door for the "2nd Decade Reunion". Yes I know that I am class of 73 but many of my old buds were from class of 72 and 71 and I sure would love to see them and of course all of my new friends like Rowdy Judy and Christine Penney and all. Since I have found this site I feel as though I have a whole new group of "high school pals" and I would love the chance to meet all of you. Also to the question about Don Smith School...my oldest son David attended there for kindergarden and I have a picture of him taken on his first day of school in front of the school. We moved from Holly Glenn the next year and was saddened to hear of the school being replaced by condos. Progress? Oh well, see ya'll soon. Be a coug, Liz
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 12:40:17
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Small world! Reading Lori Ahrens Feedback & having ridden Dist. 37 from 1966 to 1985 I remember using Curnutt shocks on several bikes over the years! Charles senior was one of the nicest guys I ever met. I remember a shop in Long Beach early on & then it seems like I went out by 29 Palms to a shop, or somewhere in that area? I rode the 1st Barstow to Vegas 1967, 150 total riders. Rode with 100s MC, Cactus Cats & Roves MC. My youngest son Matt still races & is team manager for Husky. I guess as we go through Cougar Town we will find we are connected by more than our school. Thanks! TB from AZ.
Name: Gary Lents () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 12:38:26
City and State: Vista, CA
Message: Well, I am back....have a computer virus, dang! First, thank to Bill Duck, Monkey, and Ed Chesson for the condolences. Next, Big Kell...I have another life! ;-)~ But this one is so much funnnnnn....I have connected with too many to mention, so hello to all. We have a rivalry here in Vista that reminds me of HHS/LHS...it's RBV and Vista HSs...Tambo is a teacher at Vista, and I coach hockey at RBV...we played them Thursday nite in the sectional playoffs for hockey...beat em 9-0 in my son's return to the net (he is a great goalie)...this is my "other life" Kell....see ya!
Name: Lori Padelford () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 11:22:27
Message: Hi again all you Cougars. Seems like I have written in more this week than in the last 6 months so please bear with me. My brother Chuck Padelford LHS c/o asked me to find out if anyone knew Tim King and how to get in touch with him. They went to St. Joe's together and also Leuzinger and he would like to get back in touch with him. If anyone knows please email me at the address above. To Eddie Braun congrats on nailing Don down for a lunch. I'm concerned that if I have to do stunts to get together with him and Karen well, I may end up in a full body cast (my middle name is NOT Grace) remember me in 9th grade me doing a cartwheel and I ended up fracturing my elbow. Well I really like Don but I have to draw the line somwhere. Also Eddie are you going to be in town for the run to Pink's? If so I'll make Kelly go too.
Name: Norm Steiner () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 01:26:32
City and State: manhattan beach,ca
Message: Roth's Market at Hawthorne & El Segundo Bl. Lyons Sporting Goods. Rae's Cafe at 132nd & Inglewood ave
Name: Gary Swafford () on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 00:55:59
City and State: Athens, Tn
Message: Lori, Thanks for reminding me, I think my face was redder than my hair. It was great to see another desert racer in school. And I just had to pat "him" on the back! I knew of no other desert racers at HHS at the time, maybe a couple Dirt Diggers but they don't count ;^) That is something special we share, on the weekend we were all just people that loved desert racing. It made no difference where you lived or what you did during the week. When you were in the dez everything else ceased to exist. We were the original Weekend Warriors. After a few years away I returned to racing every weekend right up till the day we moved. I'll never forget my first Vet (over 30) race. I smoked all them old men. *Grin* That is one thing I really miss about Ca. The desert gets in your blood. These days I just watch my son race, I hope to let him ride out there some day. Just before I moved to Tn. in 1993 Art Knapp started coming to the races again after several years away. He even raced a couple Times.
I still have a couple pairs of Charlies shocks laying around in the garage. If you didn't have Curnutts you didn't have shocks! I sure wish I had an old Husky sitting around, you wouldn't want to sell it would you??? Thanks for the memories, Gary
Name: Keith D.Jones () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 23:17:19
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Some one mentioned Glenn McCarroll. He is living with wife and child in New Mexico and is in Real estate and is a nationally ranked Triathalon competitor in his age class. Remember his great hair...he's bald now for competition. Last time I heard about Robert Davidson he was a very successful photographer with his own book out. Just got back from playing some craps. Did well, parlayed a $1 12 bet into $900. Had to leave after that one and have dinner. Was on the table for less than 5 minutes. I just love this country! No taxes either!
Keith, Very good, then you have enough money for a Cougartown T-shirt and Membership.
Name: Lori Padelford () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 23:13:58
City and State: Garden Grove
Message: Hey Lori Ahrens! Well as far as the list of people your wondering about, the only one that I have seen is Robert Davidson. I had to meet with him about some real estate business about 2 years ago. He has his own company, he produces commercials for TV and at that time lived in El Segundo. What a nice guy and good looking to boot. As far as the other names, do you have any idea where they might live? I know Kevin is on the alumni page so he doesn't count. Want some other names????? Donna Courtney, Desiree Bobb, Robert Hall ummmm...I can't think right now. I will think of more later. Oh, how about Rodney Kay and Gary Darnell? Your turn...
Name: Glenn Crist () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 22:08:03
City and State: Wine Country, CA
Message: I'd like to voice an opinion. I think the "Second Decade Reunion" plans should be changed to a "The First Two Decades Reunion" planning plan. I sadly missed all of my Class of 1964 reunions (each time I was unable to get away from work that weekend) and plan to be there for the "First Two Decades Reunion." But I have a "larger" family of alumni and friends now [John, has anyone told you today how much we here at Cougartown "owe" you for your efforts and what our lives would be without it] and can't imagine being there without all of those who preceded us being there too. Anyone arguing against this idea, just look back at the pictures, and tell me that we won't miss an essential of "our" history. After all they set the "Scarlet and Gold" standard for all of us who followed. Judy Wudy are you listening! ( I talked with Susie Walling and she's planning on crashing the party; John can you sneak her in, too). The only problem I see is finding a venue that could host a cast of thousands.
Hi Glenn, Yes, happily, I'm reminded by someone almost every day on how Cougartown has changed their life or lives for the better. I just can't imagine a better or more rewarding feeling than these warm fuzzies from brother and sister Cougs. The thing I'm so proud of is people like you, Janet, Susan, Frank, Patty, Chris Prewitt, Delia Garza, The Rowdys, Ingrid Larson, Tom Bell, Gary Moore, Gary Nix, Janet Sondericker Kinder, Sharon Badger MacDonald, Kathleen Nix Griffin, and many others, who've made a conscious effort to add something to Cougartown, whether it be planning events, pictures, yearbooks, stories on Feedback, Tributes, Favorite teachers, Recollections, etc.; YOU ALL are Cougartown. Without YOU, I'd have run out of stories long ago. I thoroughly enjoy Cougartown as much as you do. I can't think what my life was like without it. Thank you Glenn for all you've done to make the upcoming Wine Country Weekend a real success. I know it's taken lots of your time and it's appreciated by all the Wine Country Cougars.
Name: Connie Beverly () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 21:11:13
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Hey do any of you 74' or 75' persons that went to St. Joe's for elementry remember my brother George Jax? We called him Robbie. He had to go to North High, because the Century Fwy took our house. So the poor kid had to go to North. Anyway he is a fireman for the city of Torrance and a carpenter, and has a girl & boy. They live in P.V.
Name: Lori Ahrens () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 20:13:27
City and State: Carson City, NV
Message: Hey there Lori Padelford, you sure know how to make us think and remember long forgotten fond memories.... Anyway, you said throw names at you if we were wondering about classmates, so here's one(or two, or three...): Glen Gouldbeck. Where is he now? Performing magic at the Castle perhaps? And we havent heard from our buddy Kevin Frye in a while... he must have gotten busted reading Cougartown at work on company time... Natalie Dancho? Jason Wymond? Glenn McCarrol? Robert Davidson? Larry Banta? AHHH such FINE memories! Let's keep them going!
Yes, come on 80's people, Where Are You???
Name: Gina Peck () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 16:19:33
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Lori Padelford, I had long red hair and I hung around with Teresa Zack, Denise Weber, and Anneke Nelson. You might remember Teresa Zack. She had the six brothers and all 7 of the kids had "white" hair. I think Larry Zack may have been in your class. He passed away in 1978 or 1979. He died in a surfing accident. Her mom was a room mother. My mom was a room mother, too. You well know when you went to St. Joe's you "grew up" with the same set of kids from 1st to 8th. The rest is pretty much a blur for me too. I do remember the Rinaldi's and my favorite teacher was Mrs. LaFever (5th grade). She told me I loved to read...and she was right! I remember and still have the reading certificates for reading the most books in the first and second grade! In second grade I won the Poster Contest. Remember our carnivals? I loved them. The cake walk was something I always wanted to do but never did. I did "fish" though. I had Mrs. Petit for second grade, how am I remembering this? Remember the dreaded Sister Ann Denise? She tried to keep the entire class (including my poor sister Mary) after school for making noise in class. She ticked my mom off once too often that day. Mom went to her room pointed to Mary, Imelda Hinajosa, and Nanette Escalante, and said you, you, and you get in the car! She looked at Sister Ann Denise and told her she was personally responsible for taking the rest of the kids home that night because she had made them miss the bus for no reason. Sic 'em Mom!
Great Mom story Gina...
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 12:31:03
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Message: To: Gina BLack, '80, I just read your last feedback and like I just wrote to Judy DeGrazia, your feedback is so funny. Thanks for the stories of St Joseph's. I'm thinking I should go to church this Sunday.............
To: Jeanne Burke, I'm planning on going on the cruise too. Let's talk!
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 12:24:26
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: To: Judy De Grazia, You and I have never met, but I just have to tell you....You crack me up! I love reading your feedback.....I didn't go to St Joseph's School but my best friend, Karen Considine did and I am relieving her stories through you. I went to church there a few dozen times with her family...(I think they were trying to save me)......I gladly went 'cause the Catholic boys were soooo cute! Thanks for the memories....You go girl.....You're crackin my a** up. Oooops! There I go again. Pray for me.
Hey Liz, you sound like good Rowdy Girl material to me. Judy, whattayathink??
Name: Connie Beverly () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 11:34:22
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: I'm having great fun reliving my High School days thru these pages again. Not getting much done anymore either. When Hubby comes homes says , did you get to this or that? Ahhh NO! I've been too busy FOTCROTFL! But I have been sharpening my humor skills. I remember Mr. Morgan, I think he caught Janet Umbarger, Janet Ruger and I at El Camino, Skipping School to go to college and check out the talent there (and I'm not talking the marching band. Janet got called in first, and the counselor got called away from the office, she took the paper that had our names on it. I never got called, but thought it was just a matter of time, so I told my parents. Got grounded. Shoulda waited! Hey Kelly, Gary's got a life and it just happens to include this site and those who love it. Now he has been appointed the Ambassador, ya better watch you P's & Q's. you Go Gary, we want to hear more. And by the way where are all you 67'ers. I think I'm going to mass email all of them to get some steam in this engine. that isn't spamming is it? I wouldn't want to get in trouble ya know.
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 11:31:47
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Kelly, Yes, Andy and Tom are my baby brothers..and I'm proud to say that I was the one that broke the hard Italian ice for them both... by the time they were teens that hard ice was sweet sorbet (not easy either) And just to set the record straight, Andy and my folks (Sue and Frank) had the International Italian Deli on Hawthorne Blvd. & El Segundo in the 80's.. (use to belong to Mayer Joe Miller but it's long gone now~~& speaking of that strip of land, Jan Blomsterberg & I took a long walk down Hawthorne Blvd last Sunday (after VFW breakfast) as he wanted to see what the old stores looked like now and we found out the surplus store was Roscoe's 5 & 10 cent store.. Jan thinks the tables in there are the originals from apprx 45 years ago. The old Mode O'Day and Chaney's still have their names etched in the tile in front of the stores.. Jan still remembers almost all of the old stores by their "use to be" names.. He smiled all the way down the blvd. MEMORIES...(you know the song) Mo Trott..looks like we're on the "2ND DECADE" reunion committee... gonna be fun! Now..back to sewing that velcro on my prom dress.
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS
If you're on the committee, can you sneak me in the back door?
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 10:38:11
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: So far I haven't seen anybody mention Don Smith School in Holly Glen. Is there anyone out there that went there besides me on this site. Do you remember the bell outside the front entrance. I remember having contests who could walk the farthest on the piping they used as borders around the planters. Also, climbing on the roofs and getting the small rocks that were up there and throwing them at each other during war games.
Name: Ed Chesson () on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 10:14:12
City and State: Norco, Ca.
Message: To Gary Lents, HHS class of '67, my wife Linda and I offer our sincere condolences regarding the loss of your brother, Gene. I knew Gene well in high school; he was a good friend. I was really saddened to see Gene's picture in "Tributes." You may want to know that the Poop Deck in Hermosa Beach is alive and well. Also, I worked on the Redondo Pier fire back in the late 1980's. My crew and I were a part of over 100 firefighters who battled that blaze for almost 8 hours. The new pier they built just isn't the same as the old wooden one . . . no character!
Well, JB, Linda and I look forward to seeing you at the Pinks Run on the 31st. along with Ernie Nixon ('63) and his wife Brenda, and I don't know why, but I even look forward to seeing Judy D. (you too, Jan) and the rest of the Rowdys! :) Just kidding, Judy, but I think the "straw thing" might best be saved for another time! :)
Thanks Ed and Rowdy Linda, we'll see you there.