Page 262

Home | 60's Slang | Alumni List | Car Talk | Cougar News | Feedback | Hangouts | Memories
Recollections | Reunions | Street Scene | Teachers | Tributes | Vietnam | What's New | Keyword Search

"Here's some 50's Elvis" "The KING"

Name: Cheryl () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 23:59:09
E-Mail: youknow
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: HI JOHN, How are ya? I just wanted you to know, I'm still here. Always check in at least once a day, even if I don't say anything. I've been enjoying the summer, sittin on the deck, drinking frozen margaritas, watchin the river go by.....(wish you were here)
I just told Janet last night that I hadn't heard from you in weeks. Glad you're still here Cheryl. Try and stay cool and tell the Grappa Pappa I said hi.

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 23:50:40
Maiden: Koch
Class: 78
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: Thanks for the computer lesson John. I have no idea how these things work, I am just grateful that they do. I told my computer buff husband to "fix it" so maybe I'll get that day back. I guess this site is the only one I visit that gives the day and date. This is obviously a good thing because some days I lose track. I don't know about all the other Cougs but being around all these graduating kids at this time of year sure brings back memories! Does anyone remember the change in the cap and gown colors in '78? The years previous the guys wore scarlet and the girls wore gold. In '78 we all had to wear scarlet because of some anti-discrimination law. At my kids High school this year the guys wore green and the girls wore white. What is HHS doing these days? I really liked the two school colors being represented and missed it at our graduation. Thanks again John for setting me straight on the clock thing!
So the government has a law that says the boys and the girls have to dress the same for graduation huh......Man, I'm glad the same rule doesn't apply to the football players and the cheer leaders. To straighten out the date on your computer, just double-click on the clock in the lower right hand corner of your screen and you'll get a "Date/Time Properties" window. Set it there and your Cougartown date will be correct again.

Name: Judy Degrazia Blomsterber () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 23:37:36
Maiden: SHIUDY..
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: So John Boy.. You want to know where everyone is.....~~well, gulp~~I'm taking my life in my hands with this one...but... could it possibly be that some of us Cougs are AFRAID to put our feedback in for fear that you'll post a few of those "BUTT UGLY PICS" of us again.. Just because Janny and Robin have girl's names doesn't mean they have to live the part.. Ever since the "look alike" pics posted, Janny's been saving for a eyebrow tattooing & Robin thinks a full body exfoliation might help his complexion. And how about poor Mr. Plotkin in drag.. The man hasn't been able to push his little dog in it's baby stroller around the mobil home park since, without getting whistles.. Now I'm off like a prom dress...if I can just figure out how to get Janny to take it off for an evening. (he likes it belted)
Sheudy DeGrazia Hamsterberg

I guess it's true what they say..... Judy, does Jan own a bulldog?

Name: Irene Fernandez () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 22:54:35
Maiden: Callahan
Class: 60
City and State: LA, Calif.
Message: EL ROJO, Glad to know there are at least a few out there from the class of "60". Not sure if we are still called Soch'es but I remember John's 51 Ford convertible very well, but for the life of me I don't remember or can't figure out "EL ROJO"!!! I believe I know but come on help me out here after all it has been forty years!!
El Rojo is RED in Espanol. When Russ HAD hair, it used to be RED!!

Name: Larry/Loretta Cuiper () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 22:21:38
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 60/62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hi John, Were all here, I guess we are all just a little on the quiet side, maybe the weather?? We both want to thank everyone who have been sending Anniversary E's to us, It's always nice to be remembered! We are getting ready for Eric's graduation, He's the last grandchild and we're expecting out of town guests, they will be here for a week and half, so if you don't hear from us we are in Balboa. So sorry, but we will be missing the Pinks run, We were looking forward to a run, but we sure will not miss Cruise night. When we get back, then we will be starting the plans for Homecoming. So until then have a safe/happy two weeks. Always a Coug.
Have a great two weeks yourself and stay out of the wine. You know it makes Larry frisky.

Name: Lisa () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 22:01:01
Maiden: Graham
Class: 67
City and State: Ramona, CA
Message: I am still in Ramona - where did the this site go? Lisa
Is anybody out there????

Name: Kell () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 21:23:04
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay, OR
Message: Boy john I'm with you. It's like outer limits. Is there something going on we don't know about? I've been thinking about pantyhose since someone mentioned dying them. You guys won't relate to this but gals remember when they first came out. I was in like 7th grade. Pantyhose were not stretch, they were long and had an actual foot in them, my legs were so skinny that they just hung on my legs, it was so funny, but much better than those darn garter belts than seemed to want to go down around your butt, and they left little sores on your legs. And you couldn't dye them just any color it was coco brown I think. Boy have nylons come a long way. Well you can tell I don't have much to think about. Is any body out there.
Yeah, is anybody out there???

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 20:19:35
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: I'm still here, John. It's just too D*MN hot to expend energy typing. It took me 2 quarts of ice tea, just to type THIS!
and it ain't gonna get prettier where you are until October. Good luck Alan. We'll see YOU in the fall.

Name: jim kwak () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 18:59:51
Class: 1994
Message: thanks for the page... alumni list was a blast
Hey Jim, Thanks for checking in.......

Name: Jim Lambert () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 12:56:04
E-Mail: thememoryisthefirsttogo.what
Class: 1962
City and State: Oh Hi
Message: To Jim Sloey, That game against Long Beach Poly at the Coliseum for the CIF 4A championship was in 1959. I will spare you the final score. I believe that we were underdogs in every playoff game. It was Coach Chauncey's last game, the following year Coach Plum took over the program. '59 was one great year from start to finish.
Yep, December 11, 1959 --- a day that will forever turn my stomach.
Thanks Jim for checking in and do NOT be a stranger. We need more 62ers here.

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 12:48:41
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Were still a few guys from finishing this one up. Can anyone name the rest of the St. Joseph football team from about 1959?

Name: Kelley () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 09:59:46
E-Mail: isn't133rdstreetcutein56
Class: 67
City and State: coos bay,ore by the ocean
Message: Hi, I think the 133rd picture was taken about 1956. it was my birthday. The unidentified, the tall boy in the back is my cousin Jim Currie and the girl is his sister Carolyn, they went to Loosefinger. Thanks for posting the pic John.
Another 133rd St Mystery solved.

Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 03:50:27
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: This is for you, John can I ever thank you for this wonderful website? You have no idea how much I appreciate the friends I've been able to hook back up with and the new one's I've made, and all the good vibe's that have come from it. I feel like some huge pieces of the puzzle that is my life is coming together and making me a more complete person again. You do an outstanding job on this site, hands down. You don't get paid to do it, and you love it. The care that goes into it shows it. You are one hell of an awesome person and have a good heart. I for one just want to say thanks for it all and I just wish there were some way I could do something as phenominal for you as you have done for me. You are the man! = )
Anita, Thank you for the thoughts. That's what keeps me going, and the puzzle part, I feel exactly the same way. I've found, been in touch with, been to lunch-dinner with, met anew, etc, so many friends here. My old friends I would have waited for a reunion to see for 3 hours and then waited another 10 years to re-experience them. Now they're as near as an email address or the Feedback Page. Stick around and I'm sure you'll have many more old friendships surface as more and more alumni find Cougartown.

Name: Blondie(er) now that I've been in the CA sun! () on Thursday, June 15, 2000
Maiden: Christine Penny
Class: 76
City and State: Round Rock TX
Message: Well, I'm back and thanks goes to Harry Plotkin for the nice send off! I do regret that I was unable to work in a visit to Hawthorne. Our time was so jam packed with visiting grandparents and great grandparents and aunts an uncle and the such, who hadn't seen my oldest Brion, in 11 years and had never seen my youngest, Cory. In addition we went to Disneyland, Mexico and stayed several days at a beach house in San Clememte! I was only able to claim one real 'down day', where we did absolutely nothing but lay around, in and out of the sun. My sons have dubbed the pacific ocean 'the cold one'! haha was a tad on the chilly side in San Clememte, but once you got down close to the sand it was quite nice and the sun was rather intense. I should be peeling in a day or two! It was a nice trip, and although I am still a California Gal, it is nice to be home to my own stuff, not forgetting to mention MY OWN BED! My family is glad to be home too, if nothing more than for my cooking! I got more praises tonight at dinner than I have gotten in a month of Sundays! First night to cook since we've been back. John, I've been curious and have often in the world do you find the time to do all you do with this site? Does it take a lot of your time? I'm thinking that it does, although it does appear that you have a life outside of CT. Oh, and thank goodness that in those pictures of the newlyweds that the guys are starting to look like the gals and not the other way around! whew! now that's a scary thought.
Hey Blondie, glad you're back, as we missed you terribly.
I have very little life outside of Cougartown. It used to be that I could do my Ctown things and do my work as a CAD MAN too. Not so anymore. If you people leave feedback and don't see it displayed within 3 hours or so, it usually means that Janet and I are gone for the weekend. Last weekend we went to Ojai. That's why feedback was so slow. All this is done by me. There's no one helping here. My boss wonders where I've gone sometimes. It's becoming a real job taking care of both, but do not worry as I love CT too much to ever give it up. So if you leave a Feedback message, or answer the question of the week which should be renamed the question of the quarter, and I don't answer it right off, it's because I'm doing something other than CT right then, but I will get back to you.
Thanks Ctowners for being out there. I don't know what I'd do without you Cougars in my life.

Name: Greg Jones () on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 00:00:49
Class: 73
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Two words for all ya---GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK Lakers.......120-118 tonight and just one win from a championship since Kareem and Magic were Kings of the Forum.

Name: 133rdStreetGang () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 23:28:14
Class: 69
Message: Robin, is that you back row center? I vote for that picture being from early 60's. That makes The Goddess 39? Yeah, I like that. xoxoxox
It's over and Dizzy Liz wins hands down. Thanks for playing our game.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 23:16:47
E-Mail: DZLIZZY219@
Class: 69
City and State: Sunnybeautifulbitchinbeachtown
Message: Oh my, oh my......I recognize that picture..Kelly Currie, and brother Chuck, The Estrada sisters and isn't that Linda Spivey? You crack me up, John. Who else is there? The Considine sisters? 133rd Street was so groovy. I do love you guys sooo much! 133rd Street was so groovy. OK, Kelly, what year is that? TheGoddessoftheKodakmoment
Hey Liz, you didn't miss many in the pic. Tim Hood is the one with the squeeze box and there are a couple that are unidentified. Well done girl......

Name: CHRIS KNIGHT () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 22:45:47
Maiden: FALL
Class: 71
Message: I am interested in finding out any information available on Dan Jones, class of 69. We used to be really good friends and I am just curious as to how his life has gone. Some of his friends were Les Onaka, Stewart Anderson and Dave Ryan. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you, Chris
Hey Chris, I'm sure someone out there in Ctown knows your friend, his sibling, or maybe his parents. Can someone help a fellow Cougar out here?

Name: EL ROJO () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 21:26:17
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60
City and State: KUNA, IDEEHO
Message: Irene Callahan, it's a pleasure to see your name up here. There are far too few class of 60 COUGS on this page. Are we still known as the soch'es, or what? Must be too many out there that still won't tell their mom and dad what they did in H.S..I'm so glad to hear that you've been in contact with John Blankenship. Just call him "Mr. Blue". What a great 51 ford convertible he had when we were in school. Tell John hi for Jude and I. And "hi' to you also. The rest of you COUGS, keep the shiny side up! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!EL/IDA.

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 16:42:33
Class: 74
Message: "Guess who's in the Photo" - I'd have to bet that with all the Valencias in the Hawthorne area in the late 50's - early 60's, there's probably one or two of them in there somewhere.
Hi Ingrid, There's not a single "V" in that picture, but thanks for trying.

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, June 14,, 2000 at 14:09:19
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message:Hey Cougs, Here's another picture from Hawthorne past. Can you name any one in this picture. I'd think it was from the late 50's to early 60's. Hint: some of these people are Cougartown regulars.
Thanks Cougs.....

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 13:49:52
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: John, I just wanted to tell you that you are so funny......talking about what you did to Robin and Janny!!! Always a Coug........
Why Loretta, I don't know what you're talking about. Those are totally unretouched photos.

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 13:44:17
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hi all, just a note to up date you on the Home Coming Game, Please keep these dates open: Oct 6th--Game-- Friday nite and Stick N Stein after the game. Oct 7th--Saturday day--50th Anniversary of HHS---On Campus..... We have been asked to join in on the planning of this event, it is just in the beginning stages, but there will be food/games/entertainment and more. We will be sending out a letter to Alumni/passed Teachers etc. Please keep those dates open and pass the word around about these two days. Later on, I most likely will be asking for some help and I will be forming a committee. More later on this summer. Be A Coug.......
To: Sharon and Howard, have a wonderful Anniversary today--HAPPY 38TH..........

Thanks Loretta, Yeah folks, this year HHS will be having their 50th anniversary on-campus fair on Saturday after the Homecoming game. We're going to have our own Cougartown fun and games, just like last year, only this year it'll be at HHS. It's going to be loads of fun, so please plan on joining us.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at 01:41:37
Maiden: HALCAP
Class: 66/84
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: Well John did we find a "new" Pinks? Thanks brudder for the dawgs.

Ok a little history lesson from an older coug, one that my generation will appreciate and one I hope you KIDS (ERIC) will appreciate.

For anyone who didn't know, the football field at HHS is named HALCAP field after two of our favorite coaches of all time. If there was a hall of fame, they would be the first inductees, Hal Chauncey and Dave Capelouto, hence HALCAP field. They were the coaches of the team that made it to the finals at the coliseum when HHS played that team from Long Beach with Red shirt Seniors ETC ETC ETC.
Anyway I believe the year was 1961 after the "other" season both Hal and Dave (by the way this is a true story as both Hal and Dave have told me the story, SEVERAL TIMES and it was as I am telling it to you now) were really tired from the season and all the hours they had put into the season, it had not ended as well as they thought but it was a good season nonetheless. It was about November 24, 1961 a Friday night about 10 pm. the team had just lost [not to Bugs bunny] their final game and Hal says to Dave "let's go deer hunting tomorrow in Paso Robles." Dave says ok and they are off at 4 the next morning. They know a family of transplanted Hawthorne folks named Miller who Hal has promised Dave they will welcome them with open arms and allow them to hunt on their 10,000 acre ranch. Dave insists all the way to paso robles for assurances from Hal that it will be no problem, and Hal is quick with the assurances telling Dave that he'd just talked with old man Miller the day before. The Millers had left Hawthorne 4 years before and if truth be known Hal had only talked with old man Miller once and it was HI buddy. But Hal needed to do some Deer hunting, teacher pay being what it was, it was food for the winter. Dave is relentless in his request for assurances, Hal becomes as relentless with his assurances, Dave not even noticing when dates and times are changed around in Hal's testimony that is only designed to further advance their right to hunt the elusive deer. At the hour of about 8 am HAl and DAVE pull into the driveway of the Millers, a long and winding one, befitting the large estate it fronted. Hal gets out of the driver's seat and tells Dave to wait, lest he have to explain to Dave any inconsistencies he may have had in his previous sworn assurances that took on the aura of court testimony during the 4 hour drive.
Hal knocks on the door and old man Miller opens the door. Now he, as well as us older Cougs know when we are in the presence of greatness and old man Miller spared not one accolade about the Coach's abilities. Even Hal who had become accustomed to this treatment was taken aback by the manner he was being treated . Now what you younger cougs have to know is that these two guys were really celebrities in Hawthorne. I mean to be seen with them was the pinnacle of social success. To ride in that jeep they ran around in, in the summer, and to be seen with them, was a social blessing beyond anything the Pope could do for you. Grades were assured, dates were guaranteed for months, you were IT. They came before the Beach Boys and in some of our circles were more popular and certainly more admired. [Sorry Brian but its true, we still loved your songs.] So as old man Miller continues he tells Hal to follow the road out to the trees where the river runs through the property and he would see some fresh tracks. And he said to be sure and stop back by when you're done and we'll put some steaks on and please spend the night. Hal is thinking how great this is, as he was prepared to convince old man Miller to just let them hunt for a few hours. So as Hal is heading back to the car where Dave is nervously waiting with terminal apprehension, Hal turns to old man Miller and says. "If there is anything we can do for you..." He didn't even get it the rest of it out when old man Miller went into yeah there was something they could do. "Name it," said Hal, " Just name it." So old man Miller tells Hal about the Pet mule the family has had since they moved up to Paso Robles 4 years ago but the vet was just there and he was terminal, the mule not Hal, and could Hal please shoot the mule when he drove by it on that little road that went out to the river. The family was in town and he was going to have to do it but he just couldn't, but if Hal would, he would come right out and bury it so nobody in the family would have to see. Well shooting Mules was not what Hal had come there for and it was not on his top ten things he enjoyed doing, but as we all know Hal, he asked, and being big on commitment he agreed. Feeling kind of depressed he walked back to the car with his head down. He got in the car and was besieged by 35 questions from Dave all punctuated with "What did he say?" and something that always ended with word "Cops" but Hal couldn't discern it as his mind was on the mule. As they started down the road Hal looked at Dave and said, "Remember last year when we played Paso Robles and we played so badly?" Dave nodded. "Well old man Miller had $3000 bet on us and what was worse he said to me over and over again is all the hounding he has taken by the neighbors and friends around here. He can't go anywhere in the area without somebody shouting out the score or asking if "those girls from Hawthorne" are still playing football, or as he put it 'oh don't hit me I am from Hawthorne.' But the worse thing," Hal continued, "was what he said about you and me, I am just really glad you weren't there to hear it Dave. It was just awful, but in essence he thinks we should give back any money we ever took for coaching." As Hal finished with his story he had arrived at the location where the Mule was tied up behind the barn. He suddenly slammed on the brakes, got out of the car and went to the trunk, removed his rifle and walked to within 3 feet of the mule and BANG! BANG! A humane gesture if ever there be one. As he returned to the car, he desperately wanted to see Dave's face but he dare not look, yet, so he kept his head down. As he took two more steps he heard, BANG! BANG! As he looked up he saw the smoke coming from the barrel of Dave's gun and Dave shouted, "Hurry Hal, I just shot two of his cows!"

Happy retirement Cap! To both of you, Hal and Dave. We, the many "kids" in my generation who knew you and respected you and loved you, we were lucky to have you guys as role models and friends. Thanks for everything you did! And you were right about everything you said!!! Best wishes to you both always!!
Jim Sloey

Great stuff Sloey.
Happy retirement Cap, and yes, EVERYTHING you and Hal said was the truth. Thank you both for being there for all us early Cougars. Your dedication to the youth of Hawthorne and your words of wisdom are engrained in all of us to this day. We love you both as we love our own parents.

If you have comments or suggestions, please email me at