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"Another 50's Classic" "The Chimes"

Name: Barbara Guyer () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 11:55:27
Maiden: Bruce
Class: 1956
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: Hi There,
This website is a nice surprise. I found out about it from a "classmate" and will pass it on to others. There are 5 of us, class of '55 and '56 who get together for lunch as regularly as we can. This is a great idea. Thank you for setting it up.
Most Sincerely,
Barbara (Bruce) Guyer
Class of '56

Thanks Barbara for checking in and yes, please do spread the word on the website.

Name: RICHARD DINES () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 11:39:22
Class: 78
City and State: PALMDALE CA.
Message: Hello Anita, Thanks for the effort in trying to reach the Painters. Its so cool that we have this site to hopefully make contact with old friends. If I make any headway I'll be sure to forward any info..
Happy Holidays to you and the Cougars!!

Name: Gina () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 11:22:46
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Many THANKS to all the Cougs who replied to my Tortoise distress call!! Can a 100 year old tortoise still "do it"? Tricia, My little Feisty is a WOP (WithOut Papers) at the current time. I have the Fish and Game form coming from the California Turtle and Tortoise Club. They have tags you attach to the shell. It's only illegal to own undocumented tortoises...OH MY GOD!! I HAVE AN UNDOCUMENTED TORTOISE!!!! She was domestically bred, not taken from the wild. Hey Michael, your email came back...please email me again. John, what happend to your "grass eating" tortoise? Judy, Feisty wants to be the ROWDY mascot!!
Lastly, anyone interested in adopting two little 5 year old Terrier mixes? My client's 17 year old son has a potentially terminal illness and the doctor has ordered all potential alergins out, and the house sanitized. I'm fostering the family's two little Terrier mix dogs and am seeking a home for them. I have them clipped up like schnauzers. (I have a dog grooming business) They are very sweet and very good, called Clifford and Cuddles (I would have named them Love and Devotion). They are small (15 and 20 pounds) and must go together. If you are interested, please email me.
I would keep them but I already have 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 parrots, 1 tortoise, 1 water turtle, 2 frogs, several goldfish and 1 husband. Boy, it's a good thing Randy and I never had children...can you imagine the zoo we would have? I must admit to being the guilty party. I drag most of the critters home. I'm also the one who takes care of them. I threaten my husband, almost daily, that one day I'll have a miniature horse. A HOUSE HORSE! Can you imagine the clip clop of little hooves around the house. The little whinney! He'll fit right through the doggie/horsie door! Just call me Ellie May Clampet!!

Gina, As Desert Tortoises live a LOOONNG TIME, I believe little "Shelly" is still wondering the yard on Cedar Av, looking for me, his little buddy. I think he dug a cave and that's the last we saw of him.
As to having babies, Carol Dunlap Calkins HHS61 has had the same two Desert Tortoises since she was in High School. Last year she found two half dollar sized tortoises in her back yard.

Name: Barbara Duran () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 10:14:17
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Fernando Zamora, it's about time!

Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 09:02:02
Maiden: Elizabeth Cary
Class: 1973
City and State: Amarillo Tx
Message: Hello and Happy Easter to all Cougs! It sounds like you all had a blast at WCW. If I had been there I would have had to sneak in my Spanada or good old Ripple just to bring back the memories. Recently got in touch with Art LaMere, great talking to you on email and look forward to seeing you when you come through Texas. That invite is open to any Cougs passing along I-40, if you ever get Amarillo way and have time, stop by for coffee or a bite, I'd love to see you. Just a quick comment in response to old Hawthorne Music, somewhere in my old records I have a 45 of Dovie Modean. If I can dig it out, I'll try to record it onto a disk or tape. Have a great Holiday and remember God loves you and so do I. Bye for now Liz

Name: Dewey Storie () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 08:51:25
Class: 74
City and State: Canoga Park,CA
Message: This world just keeps getting smaller. I was in Salem New Hampshire on Tuesday, wearing my Cougar Town T-shirt and went in to a 7-11, at the checkout counter the girl says, Hey I went to a school in So. Cal. they were called the Cougars it was in Hawthorne and asked if I had ever heard of it?
Hey Dewey, It's happened to Gordon Bell HHS62 twice now. Who was she?

Name: Lori Ahrens () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 04:11:04
Maiden: Holmes
Class: 81
City and State: Carson City NV
Message: Hey, anyone know what became of my sister Varsity Yell Natalie Dancho (Class of 82)? I came home from college the night 82ers graduated and saw her, I know she went to Purdue University, but we lost touch. We were partners in crime in Edith Harris's French II and III class. Be nice to get reunited with her. Thanks Cougs!

Name: Lori Ahrens () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 04:05:16
Maiden: Holmes
Class: 81
City and State: Carson City NV
Message: Hi there Bonnie McCoy! I remember you very well. Always envied that beach bunny blond hair and perfect skin. I had forgotten you were a Hot Box Girl until you mentioned it, but now remember you. As for the mini reunion in May, I can't commit. I live 800 miles away in Carson City (think "Tahoe") and unless it is a 4 day weekend, it looks pretty slim. My vacation time is pretty non existent (ski days in lieu of sick days Ha Ha) But hey how about thinking about a similar gathering up here for us Northern California and Nevada Cougars? Lake Tahoe would be perfect, nice beaches for camping, and plenty of hotels. The weather is great in July and August. I'd be willing to help put it together if any others are interested. I have seen Cougars claiming this area as home, and it would be great fun! And Hi to any one who may remember me here are a couple clues: I once dressed up as a Hot Dog while campaigning for a friend running for Victory Queen, and on my 17th birthday I came to school to see a huge poster on building 4 with 3 foot letters that said "HAPPY 17 BIRTHDAY LORI HOLMES" sure made me feel special all day, and I am sure good old Gary Mann was the chief instigator. That's Cougar friendship!

Name: Donna Gohr () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 01:41:22
E-Mail: DGohr@aol
Maiden: Van Douris
Class: 69
City and State: Torrance
Message: To Art LaMere: It's nice to know you're thinking of others. I will be traveling this weekend to see my son at school south of Santa Cruz in La Selva Beach. Your thoughts and prayers will be appreciated.

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 01:25:59
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Sharon Willis...hello there, this is Mary Aceves' little sister here. Hey, are the Ely's that you are spending Easter with related to Bret Ely? I'm just curious because an old HHS bud of mine from way back, Teri Painter, married Bret, and I have been trying to find her. And, a guy in here named Richard Dines, is looking for Teri's older brother, Russ, who used to play in a band with him. If you could do me the honor of a favor and find out if they are relations of Bret's, I'd greatly appreciate it, and then, I could also help this guy find her brother, if I find Teri, that is. Thanks a bunch! And to Cheryl old friend of mine, Barb Boice, that I used to work with, is now in Keno, Oregon. She loves it there. She just married a retired doctor there by the name of John you know him? He has been there for ages, so I've heard.

Name: Richard Dines () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 00:11:53
Class: 78
City and State: Palmdale Ca
Message: Hello, what great memories! would like very much to hear from anyone who may remember the band "ECLIPSE". I've looked for fellow members and haven't had any success yet, I played keyboards with Russell Painter,{guitar} Mike Dekins,(bass} and Tony Zacklin(drums}. Would love to hear from anyone in regards to them, or would like to share some memories of those days. Thanks Cougartown
sincerely Richard Dines.

Hey thanks Richard, I know someone will know your old band buddies. Whattayasay Cougs???

Name: Sharon () on Friday, April 21, 2000 at 00:00:26
Maiden: Willis`
Class: 72
City and State: Maui
Message: Aloha Wino's and Coug's...
Glad you all had a great time. For those of you who remember Pam Cleeton (Martinez) I just received a long letter from her, (she doesn't have email.) She is looking forward to the reunion next August 2001 for classes 70,71,72! She says she will be there. I'm planning the trip, if I have to swim! And to all my ol Gal pals that are tuning into feedback, Aloha! Happy Easter to all, my hubby and I will be spending our day on a Maui beach with Nic Ely, niece of Wayne Ely 71' and Jeanie (Aakhaus) Ely class of 71'.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 23:54:54
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Thanks to all you wild wine country weekenders for the kind words and messages, but, all the REAL work was done by Glenn Crist and his on-site party coordinators: Mom Crist, Dave Homewood, Mike're the best!! Can't wait to get back up soon and try out the other 493 wineries we didn't get to yet! I had a great time meeting and wining with ALL of you. (See I told you Glenn, we had NOTHING to worry about!) A Blessed and Happy Easter to everyone too!

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 23:42:24
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno, Oregon (ontheriver)
Message: I'm a "60s person" and yes, Raymond, I remember my MIA/POW bracelet. In fact, I found it when I moved to Oregon two years ago, after not seeing it for 15 years or so. I had no idea what happened to COL. WILLIAM THOMPSON, until I found his name up here on the Cougartown Vietnam page right after I moved. Yes, Cougartown is an amazing place.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 23:11:27
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: I want to first to welcome Kauri Swanson c/of 82. It's been a long time since we've seen/spoken to each other. How are you doing? Petey Smith, thanks for the cheese tip in Bandon Beach. The cheeses here in Oregon are totally good. Talk about beaches. Oregon kind of reminds me of home because we do have our very own "Manhattan Beach", Oregon. And this message to Arno Portegros, Michelle is due to have a baby REAL soon so look up her email on the alumni list. Last week she told me she's expecting a baby boy. And now does anyone remember the "Other" tornado that touched down (barely) in Hawthorne? I do believe it was in 1975 or 76 and it was near Memorial Park (a few blocks away south) It tore a roof off a house and that's all I could see. So, would that make "2" for Hawthorne? Now another flashback for you 60's folks. Do you remember the MIA/POW bracelet we would wear on our wrist in support for the love ones? I had one for Capt Mark Smith and I got to see him at home being interviewed by Larry Carroll of Channel 7 News.
Ray, Great memories man, thanks.......

Name: Mike Mecey () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 22:39:23
E-Mail: mmecey@rcsis
Class: 1961
City and State: Roseville
Message: Sorry I missed the wine country trip...Right in my own backyard too... But being a CPA, this wasn't the best of weekends to desert my partners. That would not have been a prudent decision. Do not think you were forgotten, a vintage Boones Farm was unscrewed and tipped in memory for all that went.
Thanks Mike, I'm sorry you missed the festivities too. We'll see you at the next one.

Name: Art LaMere () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 21:41:37
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Happy Easter to all the Cougartown gang. Be safe and if you are traveling, watch out for the other person. God Bless you all

Thanks Art and have a good one yourself.

Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 16:21:32
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: ~WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND~ What can we say.. just perfectly ROWDY.. However, I was forced to withdraw from the tasting part as a good stiff swig of GORDO~RED (Gordon Bell's home brew) ruined my taste buds for all 3 days. I was told that the second glass gets better, but even I, the Rowdy Queen couldn't get past the first. UPDATE: ROWDY Linda Chesson is out of surgery (don't ask) and will be back in action very soon. Hang in there Linda~~ Good to meet Cheryl Nicocia, Tonya Hobson, Ed and Jan Carpenter and all the rest. Hey Rowdy Myrna Bell & husband, Jim..just because you roomed next to us, I don't want any reports going up in CT. Mo Trott, thanks for keeping Janny and I on course. Janet Burkett, John Baker and Glenn..thanks again for all the efforts that paid off 1000 fold. I love you Janny..thanks for "everything" and for being S.W. (don't ask) All this is called "MAKING MEMORIES for the rocking chair"..and it's just begun. If you miss it, you'll have to just sit in that rocking chair with your El Molino's and recall what you can instead of living it again right now. Hey John.. back to the drawing board to work on my velcro prom dress.. a little floor length number with 3/4 sleeves & an empire waist for me.. I'll tape a flask of ~Gordo Red~ to my thigh..(hope it doesn't blow) Hey! I'm 53 years old~whattaya want!! Now.. IOLAPD Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS.
Judy, Gordo Red only comes in "Extra Large" bottles. It'll be better to tape it to the outside of your thigh and tell the teacher chaperones at the door that it's a "thigh gouter". They'll never pat you down after that. Get well Linda. We won't ask.... Thanks Judy

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 15:54:51
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Hey ... Haven't checked in for awhile. Barbara Duran - yes we MUST go to the next Pink's run. Welcome to CT Debi Darling (always loved your name!) I wish everyone a wonderful Easter. This yr. Easter falls on my son's 13th b-day. Now I have a home with two teenagers and I still feel like one myself. Have a great 3 day weekend those who have tomorrow off - God bless ...
Debra, The same to you, and to all our Cougartown people. HAPPY EASTER

Name: Jeff Heckathorn () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 14:30:57
Class: 76
City and State: Fresno, CA
Message: Found this site while just messing around, It's great! Sure brings back alot of good memories. A quick hey to those who know or remember me.

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 09:43:11
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno, Or (on the river)
Message: Well JB, (both of you), What a GREAT time we had in Wine Country. We've been home for 3 days and I think I've dried out.....What a Fun bunch of people that showed up. Now I have faces to put with all the feedback. I tell you, the trip was worth it just to meet Janny Wanny & Judy Wudy. (now I can't wait to see her prom dress) Also had a good time at the campgrounds, being with Tonya, Steve, Sandra, Dallas,(our sober driver) and met new friends, Terry Leeper and his own Judy Wudy (and of course "Brewsky") It was a fun filled weekend, and HUGE THANKS to Janet and Glenn. It was very obvious how much thought and planning went into it. All those winerys, all different, all interesting, and all GOOD ! Even my John had a great time and picked up a few pointers. I can't thank everyone enough. We are looking forward to the "next time". Cheryl and "the GRAPPA man"......
Hey Cheryl, Glad you and the Grappa Man showed, and thanks to all who showed up for the weekend. It was great fun.....

Name: le,dung () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 07:53:25
E-Mail: currently, i don't have my own email address yet.
Maiden: truong
Class: 88
City and State: springfield, IL
Message: Hi, You got some Hawthorne High pictures older than my age. None of the pictures look familiar to me. I think only the roads on four sides are the same, everything else has changed. Things were different in 1988 and I heard that it has been change lately. My friend told me that if I come to Hawthorne High I wouldn't imagine it is the school that I attended. He said that the school has fenced its perimeter. I hope you will put some of the school picture in the 80', 90', and 00' so that everybody who attended Hawthorne High lately has some memory about his/her school in the past and the present.
Thank you very much.

Name: Gary Lents () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 07:52:25
E-Mail: glents3030@aol
Class: no class
City and State: Vista
Message: Obviously Nick from class of 2003 doesn't know all 60s history...remember what Maynard G. Krebs thought of the word "work"!!! With that I will be like the rowdy prom dress, heading to Phoenix. Any cougs out there that know me, drop me an Email.

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 00:50:31
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hi John and all, I am helping Melanie Chacon with the Car Show. I'm involved with the Donut/Bagel/Coffee Booth. I will need 11 workers for the booth. There will be 3 shifts at 2 hours each. 7am to 9am, 9am to 11, 11am to 1pm. All money goes to Cougartown. Please, I need people to help, Contact me at my E-mail,
Also John, Melanie asked if you would like a booth to sell our Cougartown Shirts, If so please contact Melanie if you are interested. I will help you schedule the workers for your booth if you want my help.
One more last thing, this is regarding the HHS Alumni Directory, I am helping Melanie on this too. The Harris company will put this book together for us, but we need to submit information and to make it more interesting, we are getting together pictures of the Alumni, Teachers, Principals, anything that is history we have pictures of the 50's,60's,80's and 90's, but, no 70's. Would anyone out there be able to help with the 70's. Please send your pictures (for any years) to: Loretta Cuiper 5170 west 137th Place, Hawthorne, Ca 90250. We also need information of classmates who have made a name for there self, such as Doctors, Attorneys, Actress/Actors/Singers, Coaches, Ball Players, etc, send us any information you have, the more we have the better the book will be. I must tell you that the Harris Co are the ones who chose what will go into the book as far as pictures, but if we could have that list of classmates who made it, we know about the Al Jardine and Brian Wilson of the 60 class, but what about classmates that came from your class let us know. I will need this information before the 2nd of May. Please help..
Thank you

Loretta, Thanks for stepping up to the plate. I knew it would be a 62er that would volunteer. OK folks, we need a few more volunteers for the coffee booth. I'll have to check on the T shirt situation. I'll let you know, but put me down for a couple of hours in the coffee booth where ever you need me.

Name: jim sloey () on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 23:47:16
Class: 66/84
City and State: rb ca
Jim, You'd just make an excuse why you couldn't be there.

Name: Art La Mere () on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 21:18:51
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf Iowa
Message: Wine country, well glad your trip was good and look forward to the photos. Hey Liz as for the speedo's flashback, That wouldn't be a pretty sight at this age.

Name: Tricia McDowell () on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 18:13:39
Maiden: Sokol
Class: 70
City and State: 29 Palms

Name: Gina Peck () on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 16:38:48
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Hi everyone!! Hope you had a great wine on your time weekend!! I need HELP!! I have just acquired a Desert Tortoise and it's laying eggs! Does anyone out there, by chance, have a boy tortoise who would like to have a good time? Any info on diet etc. would be great, as I've only ever had dogs, cats and parrots. I planted a beautiful garden for her of what I thought would be plenty for her to eat. I put in a doz different lettuce plants, mint, thyme, basil, rosemary, 6 chard plants etc. "Feisty the egg laying Tortoise" has mowed down 6 whole Romaine plants in 4 days...what else should I plant? Someone out there has had these creatures, I'm sure of it. Please share any knowledge.
Also, Catalina Island was great last week. You guys didn't do too much damage on Senior ditch day. I'm headed back,soon, to celebrate my birthday and spend a glorious week reading in the sun. No phone, no tv, no voicemail...just my bestest friend and me, at the edge of the sea, watching the tide roll in.

My tortoise ate grass back in grade school.

Name: Debbie Soucy (Chapman) () on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 16:20:03
Maiden: Chapman
Class: 1972
City and State: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Message: My good friend Lynn Hopkins (St.George) recently told me about Cougartown. It sounded fun so I thought I would check it out! Some of us really did have a good time in high school. I guess I never got over it because I currently work as a high school counselor.

Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 15:54:57
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 78
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: Hey, Lori Holmes-Ahrens! Now I remember who you are. I was one of the Hot Box Girls (dancers) in Guys & Dolls. Wow, does that ever bring back some memories! Will you be going to the HHS Mini-reunion on May 20, in Irvine? It would be great to see you there, as well as everyone else.

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