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Name: Maureen Desmore () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 23:51:14
Maiden: Manning
Class: 64
City and State: Woodland Hills, CA soon to be Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: The tornado was on November 7, 1966. When the tornado hit I was giving birth to my son at Hawthorne Memorial it is a day I will never forget! The trees were down and the roof tops came off all along 135th street, between Inglewood Ave and Hawthorne Blvd.
Thanks Maureen, I knew someone would pin it down. Don't forget to send along your new address.

Name: Mike Shay () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 23:50:54
Class: 61
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hello John and fellow Cougars,
It's been a little while since I posted a message but I wanted to wish all of you that are going to the wine country a great trip. I was in Santa Clara a couple weeks ago and the weather was just perfect. Hey Baker if you find the place that makes makes Peach Brandy "don't go there" ....If I remember correctly You & I were working at Tangers Shell the night after your Palladium Party (1962) and you found some of the stuff in your car. It went down soooo easy that we finished that bottle and another one and I don't remember much after that....Boy did I get sick....Why do I seem to remember Joyce sewing my hand back together after I fell into a glass door??? If you find Boone's Farm buy me a hat.

That wasn't a door. You stuck your hand through the glass on the gas pump. Man, whattanight. It was Carol Dunlap Calkins HHS61 that did the butterfly stitch on your hand and I got REAL sick that night too. I can't go near Peach or Blackberry Brandy to this day. I think Boones Farm is made in the back yard of some guy in Downey or Norwalk, but I WILL bring you a hat from wine country.

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 21:56:23
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Sorry to dispute your memory, Patty Smith, class of '68, but I only lived in that area of Hawthorne and only went to Ramona elementary in 1966, when I was 6 and my brother was 11. The year was 1966 when the Tornado hit! And Bonnie McCoy...thanks for the info. on Teri Painter. I hope that will help me find her.
Anita, That school year would've begun in September of 66 and ended in June of 67. Maybe that's where the confusion lies.

Name: Laura Nyce () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 21:55:25
Class: 78
City and State: Westminster, CA
Message: I think a great place to have a Pinks type of party would be at The Shack in PDR. I live in OC but would be willing to travel for a Shackburger.

Name: Karen () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 21:38:24
E-Mail: onceanangelalwaysanangel
Maiden: Hare
Class: 66
City and State: Anaheim, Ca
Message: To all you COUGS making the wine country trip, have a great time, and we will be waiting to hear all about it when you return. John I think a lot of us will be having CT withdrawals before you get back home... Michael Hagerty, did you grow up on 123rd Pl in the Del Aire area, and to Pete Smith, I was able to get a hold of Sandra (Boom Boom) Lowrance and was she ever surprised, thanks for the numbers... Angel K

Name: Ron Dickson () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 21:15:11
Class: 67
City and State: Norco, Ca
Message: That tornado that hit Hawthorne happened in my senior year, probably early 67. The reason I can remember it is, that it hit while I was home for lunch. John Norman and I were standing in my driveway at my house when it hit. My older sister told us to get in the house quick. We stood at the kitchen window and saw it tear down the Escalante`s fence across the street and some shingles as it continued north on Ramona. It also tore down Mike English`s fence at the corner of 137th place and Ramona. When we got back to school that was the talk of the day, how Hawthorne had it`s first tornado.

Name: Mike Hagerty () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 20:06:54
Class: 65
City and State: Tucson, AZ
Message: Has anyone from 65 seen or heard where Ann Childress is, or what she did after graduation? We each thought the other would find a career in films. Just wondered if she went any further with her acting talents?
Mike Hagerty
Class of 65

Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 18:53:15
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 78
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: To Anita Young: As for the people you're trying to find, the only one I can offer info on is Teri Painter. The last I heard, she was married to Brett Ely and they we're living in the South Bay, but I don't know exactly where. You could look her up by calling information in the 310 area code. Good luck in your search!!!

Name: Patti Smith () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 18:45:19
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: The tornado that hit Hawthorne was in my senior year, so it was probably in 68. I remember because I was taking tailoring with Miss Saal right after lunch, and she wanted to know what to do if there WAS a tornado. Well, about 2 minutes after, IT HIT! It didn't do any damage to HHS, but jumped over I think to Eucalyptus. I remember that it was the first tornado Hawthorne ever had. Funny, I was living in Waco, Texas when THEY had their first tornado ever. Is it ME???!!!
Patti, PLEASE stay out of Lomita!!!

Name: ERIK AGUILAR () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 18:25:07
Better than what? I'm sure you're not speaking of the written word. Let's see now, "WHAT UP COUGAR" I think you meant to say "What's up Cougars?" Then, "ALWAYS REMEMBER LEUSINGER IS BETTER" Again, I'm not sure but I think you meant to say, "Always remember, Leuzinger is better." (I went to HHS and even I can spell Leuzinger)
That's not too bad for a Leuzinger guy though. A seven word essay and only six mistakes.
It's never too late Erik. If you can't get it done in the daytime at LHS, maybe you can take some night classes at Hawthorne. Thanks man.......

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 18:01:46
Maiden: Sharon Ritch
Class: 72
City and State: Maplewood, MN
Message: I just found out about this website from Debbie Bowen class of 73. So cool! I remember taco tio. WAY better than taco bell. I remember good times at HHS. Even though it was SO LONG AGO. I am a psychotherapist in MN, I come home to Hawthorne when I can't stand being away from the ocean! No place like home.
later, ss

Glad you found us Sharon. We've been here almost 3 years. Stay tuned.....

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 17:57:43
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Yeah John, it was 1966. Forgot to say what year it was. Also...I am looking for some old classmates...anyone know how to reach: Norm Fields, Brian Perry, Lauren Bryan, Margie Galindo, Teri Painter, Debbie Araujo? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated! This site rocks!
Another challenge. Can anyone help Anita with her search??

Name: The Goddess () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 17:34:48
E-Mail: dzlizzy219@aol
Class: 69
Message: To Rowdy Janet, Queen of CT....I've noticed that John always posts that cute picture of you in your uniform and boots whenever he gets a chance.....I'm bettin' if you pack that cute little outfit for WCW you'd be smilin' all the way home.... :o) Have a great time everybody...We'll be waiting for a full report and pictures upon your return......(all pictures, John) LOVE THE GODDESS
Janet, Do you still have that flag girl outfit??

Name: Michael () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 17:04:05
Class: 1976
City and State: Riverside, California
Message: I had four great years of varsity track at HHS and would like to locate some of my running buddies. In particular, I would like to find out what has happened to the guys who ran (and dominated) the Mile Relay with me from 1972-1976: George LeDoux, Duane Wristen and Lee Whitely. I'd also like to know what happened to all the other guys I ran distance practice with, including Neal Severance, Harold Stephens, Eric Clement and his brother Bryan, Dave Gonzales, John Howard and others too numerous to name.
Hey Michael, I'm sure someone knows someone on your list. Anyone??

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 16:21:27
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: This is to all of you: Just reading some of someone's letter about 136th and Ramona brought back an old memory of mine... My mom and dad had just gotten divorced a short while ago, and we moved into a house on 129th st., in between Inglewood Ave. and Ramona st. I think even the school me and my brother, Mike, went to was called Ramona school. (Bear with me, I was only 6 people). Anyhow, one day, this freak small tornado came down Ramona Ave. and only lasted a couple of blocks, but it hit our school. I remember all our windows blew out, and we were all under our desks doing the good ol' "duck and cover" and when it was all over, the huge Eucalyptus tree in the park was toast, sand from the sandbox and swingset area was everywhere, there was various debris everywhere, and my brother's 5th grade classroom,across the street from mine, the ceiling flew away!
What I want to know is was any of you other people there at that school or lived in that neighborhood remember that freaky day the tornado came to Hawthorne? I'd love to hear your stories. I'll bet my brother, Mike, would too!

I remember it as the tornado that tore up Truro. I think it was about 65 or 66 and it was pretty rough on the Ramona/Truro area of Hawthorne. I was living in Lennox at that time and was pretty much out of harms way.

Name: Larry/Loretta Cuiper () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 14:20:56
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 60/62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Wow John, I opened this computer and low and behold, there was Jim Isadore. Unbelieveable, we have been looking for Jim for over 30 years. Called Larry at work, he was shocked, told me to E him. Brought tears to my eyes, we thought he was not around anymore. So glad to know he is with us. You were so right, old Cougs find their way back. I have E'ed him, now we just wait to hear from him! Thank you John, I know I have said it again and again, but this is a wonderful site!
Hi Loretta, Yeah, I kinda' like this place myself. Glad you, Larry, and Jim connected again. Now stay in touch and you won't lose him again.

Name: Jerry Rose () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 11:57:56
Class: 1969
City and State: Hayden Lake, Idaho
Message: Nice Site!

Name: Jim Isadore () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 11:16:29
Class: 60
City and State: Lake Worth, FL
Message: Dear John...What a great Web Site...I was editor of "The Cougar" in both 1959 and 1960...I learned from you today that my fantastic journalism teach, Clara McGinty, has gone home to be with the Lord. Best Regards--Jim Isadore, Class of '60
Hey Jim, how're you doing? I think I remember you living on 136th St at about Ramona. Thanks for checking in and BTW, Larry Cuiper was asking about you, about a year ago and I told him to be patient as all old Cougs, sooner or later, will show up. His email address is
Thanks Jim and be a Coug boy.......

Name: Donna Gohr () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 10:08:55
Maiden: Van Douris
Class: 69
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Sue Glasser - Are you the Susie Rhoades that tried out for El Camino pep squad with me? Cute, short blonde hair? I've never forgotten you (that is, of course, unless this isn't you). I don't think we really got to know each other until just before graduation. I hope you're doing well! Donna

Name: gary () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 09:55:59
Class: 67
City and State: vista
Message: Petey should do something for the Oregon clan...she has enuf pics of "Old" Cougs to do her own website....awesome! JB, this is a hint.
Petey has sent pics, but frankly I just am at a loss this week. I'm still doing taxes, WCW this weekend, tying up about 3 websites that I'm doing, plus my REAL job AND Cougartown. Things will be back to semi-normal next week........ I think.

Name: Gary Lents () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 09:53:32
E-Mail: glents3030@aol
Class: 67
City and State: Vista
Message: Feedback has been very good for an Orange County version of Pink's....Bettye Jones, The GODDESS (and all her rowdy friends), Joe Cox, Debe Schweikert, Jim Pasternak, el de Grazias, Lynn Jax, Jean Chesson, our own Angel, Cusac, Bonnie McCoy, the Satters, Lupi Perkins (and friends), Bryce & Suzi Barboza, Donna G, Pauline Spencer, Lisa Graham, and many more have replied. I will bring Tambo, Hector, John Fernandes, and some more San Diegans. Connie and I were discussing that this may be bigger than Ruby's could handle, and were thinking of a beach party (like Beach Blanket Bingo, LOL)...any ideas or others that are interested in coming should contact Ambassadorette Connie at SNCBEVERLY@EARTHLINK.NET...btw, Connie will need help. She's good, with plenty of experience, but it looks like 100 or more people are possible. one more thing...Sue Kiester Ferguson lives in San Jose, and has wanted some reunion info. Could someone going to Wine Country hook her up? I don't think she reads the feedback, but is listed on Alumni "67.....

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 07:35:57
E-Mail: DGWwillumeetme@thechurch
Class: 69
City and State: So Ca, here I come
Message: Trish, Angie's father was 4 years older and went to Lynwood High, but we use to cruise Bellflower Blvd, Tweedy Blvd, and Hawthorne Blvd together. Who, in the Tridents did you date? We had a reunion, 3 years ago and had a good turn out. But there are still some members that we cannot find. Donna, the hydro's, make it go up and down and the brakes stop it. Simple! I hope it wasn't a [blonde thing]. No matter what I still love you!

Name: Sharon () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 01:26:27
Maiden: Willis
Class: 72
City and State: Maui
Message: Petey and Kell, I remember the hot sand at two-six, and the best part about the sand was when the cops came to our two-six parties at night we would all run to the sand, the cops wouldn't or couldn't run in the sand with those boots on!! It was a good laugh. (Hey we call go-aheads or flip flops ~ "slippers" here in aloha is all we wear. My first date, ahh, where is Terry Mack??? He may not have been my first date, but he was the one I dated the most in High School. Keep on keepin' on...Hey, Lisa Graham where are you?

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 00:50:08
E-Mail: amyinor@webtv.or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: This is to Elizabeth Estrada...Thanks so much for your hearthfelt letter to me. It really means a lot. Yeah, my mother-in-law would be better off if she goes soon. I don't like it when people have to suffer and linger like this. I just want her to go to her better place and be at peace, not only for her sake, but my hubby's and his siblings. Again, thanks so much. Sharon Willis! I remember you! You used to party with Mary all the time! I thought I recognized your name and picture in here earlier. Yeah, Mary and Toni LaFontaine (Morrison) go back a long way. Since they were little kids, and we lived on 125th st. behind the football field, and Toni and her family lived around the corner. Victor, Toni's dad, had the nicest lawn in the whole neighborhood. All Dichondra grass. Mary, Toni and Lisa Carey and another girl I can't remember her name, all belonged to the Beatles fan club, and one Halloween, they all dressed as their favorite Beatle. And, I remember them screaming and going nuts when The Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show. I was only like 4 or 5 then, and thought they were nuts. Funny the weird things you remember about your siblings and their friends, isn't it? How long have you been in Maui? Me and my mom went to Oahu when I was 16. I had an aunt, uncle and cousins who lived there then, on the North Shore. Would of loved to of gone to Maui or another island, too. Maybe if me and hubby ever go there, we'll have to look you up,huh. Kell Currie...Coos Bay was where I lived when I first moved to Oregon with my boyfriend, Drew Shryock. We lived there from 1980-1982. I miss Cape Arago, Sunset Beach and lighthouse and Bastendorf Beach. And hiking in the woods off of one of those places and hear the seals barking like dogs out there on Simpson's Reef. I always felt kind of weird at first when I moved to Coos Bay. A good friend of my sisters, Don Pike, died there a few years before I moved there. They found him face down in either the Coos or Coquille river, can't remember which. Just really sad. Don was a funny guy, from what I remember of him. He was only like 24 or 25 when he died.
Speaking of such...I put in a tribute to a friend of mine who died a few years ago, Kathy Byrns. Maybe someone who knew Don Pike and more about the exact year and stuff of his passing should put something in the tributes, as well. Any takers out there? Just think it's important that we remember the cool people who gave us good memories long ago to be thought of in here, as well.

Name: Kell () on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 22:32:32
Maiden: Currie
Class: 67
City and State: coos bay OR
Message: Marsha, please post the Rowdy Rules or what it takes to be a Rowdy. It's so confusing, rowdy is as rowdy does. Marsha will soon be my Cuz, so that must make me a Rowdy just be Cuz. I hear Terry Mason aka DUKE, is playing golf in the tourney down south. Is this a fact? I sure Love that man. He's my bud. Hell-o Terry if you are out there. I love the go-aheads, then they were flip-flops, now thongs, (or are thongs panties). we used to say you can wear your go-a heads but they will fall behind! and you always had that sore between your toes. ouch. Sharon Willis and Pete woof remember how hot the sand would get at two six? you couldn't run fast enough!!!!!! bye

Name: Elizabeth () on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 22:00:15
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 69
Message: To Anita Young Aceves, I don't believe you and I have ever met but your last message moved me to write....I am so sorry for the struggles you, your husband and his mother are going through...There isn't anything more painful than the loss of a loved one to a painful and extended illness....I send you and your family my love and prayers. There is a beautiful place just beyond the horizon where we will all meet peace....Take care.

Name: Cindy Matthies () on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 21:40:34
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Man! The more feedback I read from the 60's classes, the more I think us 70's kids still have lots to learn about how to really party! You guys sure sound like you have a lot of fun and I think all the rest of us ought to be hanging out with you way more often! Can we come over and play huh huh huh???? We had the blood bank come to my work today and one of the staff said he went to Carson High (class of '86! yikes! and he was the one with the needle ... what was I thinking?) ... anyway, does anyone know of any sites for their high school? I told him to check ours out just to get some great memories of our old neighborhoods. Hey Mike Aceves! How ya likin' our Washington weather lately, huh? Time to dust off the bikinis and jump in that mountain water!

Name: wright () on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 20:15:40
Maiden: cook
Class: 69
City and State: myheartisinnorthcarolina
Message: + Well, I am alive and living. All I can say is you senior "Rowdys" - MOVE OVER. Georgia's party rocked until 4:00 AM (your must remember, not all of us are 50 yet,) John Crotty-The tape was perfect, thank you, thank you.. Marlyn Jenkins-All the way from Houston, way to go...Betty Kean-I have your T-Shirt, shall we save them for our 50th??.. Donna Van Douris-you'll always be my second oldest sister, I love you.. Gail Sturges-you look great, check in once in awhile, now that you have found CT..Elizabeth, the Goddess, Estrada-what a great surprise, even though my mom now knows about the W---G----(and all these years, she thought you were the good one) Vicki Lloyd--YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!! By the way, did summer come early this year for you? Wayne--Thank you so much, the girls loved the purple car. I know you can fix it, I just get confused between the hydraulics and the brakes, I just need more practice.

Name: Myrna () on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 19:50:56
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Message: King John - We're anxiously awaiting the coming weekend! Sorry to say we won't arrive until early , sort of, Saturday morn. (Hopefully before the vans leave, otherwise we'll have to find you) Marie Schultz (Damon) you are one of the people that Cougartown has brought back into my memory bank. Think about your mom, and girl scouts and all the years of fun we had. Had some e-mail contact with Linda Oldes in Colorado Springs not to long ago. Hope to hear from you, too!
Hey Myrna, I'll be putting a map up on the site later tonight or tomorrow, so you can find these places. Don't worry, we won't run off and hide.

Name: Georgia Fiorante () on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 18:30:08
Maiden: Cook
Class: 1968
City and State: Buena Park, CA
Message: To everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! The biggest gift of all was sharing it with the people who meant the most to me-old friends from grade school through High School. Marlyn you are my oldest and dearest friend, Cheryl/Gail we have always had the best of times-I forgot about those Friday nights at my house thinking we could get drunk on extracts. Goddess-YOU HAVE NOT CHANGED ONE BIT! I will definitely make the next trip to the "Goose". Betty-what has it been? 25 years at least? You are truly a wonderful friend. Speaking of not changing one bit-Donna (Van Douris) you look exactly like you did in high school except your hair is shorter-you will always be my fourth sister. It felt so good to see you all. Vicki-we have so much to catch up on that, thank god, you extended your stay until next week-end so we have the rest of the week to get in trouble. And to my sisters-Donna and Debbie you are the very best sisters and friends any one could possibly have. Thank you for making this birthday easy-I love you two.

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