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Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at 23:23:02
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, WI
Message: Sorry about that Ray Nelson - all we could manage was that short down pour in Social Circle. My son has them coming in later in the month to kill the few surviving scraggley weeds, re-grade, and hydro-seed with Bermuda grass. They have a BIG yard and HIGH hopes. After last Sunday, Wisconsin has even more fields under water. Wish we could figure out a way to send some of that wet stuff your way.

Name: Tricia McDowell () on Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at 20:26:50
Maiden: Sokol
Class: 70
City and State: 29 Palms, Ca.
Message: Hey did any of you see PINKS on the cooking channel last night. It looked very interesting. Wayne Dickey, my son told me he saw you and Donna. I told him he should have taken a picture of you two so I could see what you look like now. I'm sure you look the same.

Name: Ray Nelson () on Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at 19:02:36
Class: 1973
City and State: Fayetteville, Ga
Message: Hey Sharon MacDonald, Where's that rain from Wis? Thought you were going to bring it with you. Yes it's hot here. My electricity bill looks almost like the price needed to buy the darn generating plant. I hope your son got his landscaping done. If we don't get some rain soon, earth tones will be the prevailing color scheme here. Georgia will become Arizona East (sorry Alan Nelson)

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at 16:19:24
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Just got back from a visit to Georgia. Hot and dry down there (they did have a short downpour in the town of Social Circle Sunday evening - the locals all sat on the porch and watched it rain, marveling at how nice it looked). That same evening they had about 3 inches in 3 hours back home. We leave tomorrow for the Old Car Show at Iola, Wisconsin. If anyone from Cougartown plans on attending, stop by the Toy Barn and say Hi (we're the ones with the bright plaid tablecloths. Hope everyone had a safe Fourth of July holiday.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at 00:43:41
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Another quiet Holiday weekend on the River. I'm not sure 2 make a Cougartown Reunion, but I had the pleasure of meeting Dale, and letting him buy me an Ice Tea. At first he was hesitant to let me know who he was. It was kinda like he had experience with a guy carrying a badge and a gun looking for him. (Just kidding, Dale!) Also had a chance to check in with Tom Mosher. He said to say HI to you all. Hope you all enjoyed the fireworks and had a safe and pleasant 4th.

Name: Judy Swain (Miles) () on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 21:20:41
Maiden: Cougar Mom
Class: 62,66,77,79
Message: Can anyone help me find this person??
Her name was Nancy and she graduated in the early sixties. She was a close friend of my son, Roy Ryse HHS62. If you have any information please send it to my son, Jerry Miles as I am Internet challenged.
Thank you,
Judy Swain (Miles)

Name: Evan Nielsen () on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 21:20:41
Class: 71
City and State: red. bch. ca.
Message: I would like to find any of my classmates if any of you are interested send me a few words .

Name: Debbie Egland () on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 18:24:22
Maiden: Hagopian
Class: 80
City and State: Placentia, CA
Message: Hello, Cougars, Does anyone know where Sheri Chalekian (class of 81) is? Please e-mail me if you do. Thanks!

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 14:01:03
Class: 69
City and State: La Palma, Ca.
Message: Hey Trisha Sokol, I met your son at the Irvine Lowrider show. Nice kid! Looks alot like your brother Mike. We had a good conversation about lowriders. I guess your past had alot to do with him loving lowriding. Must be in the genes? Tell him I won Best Car in the show. John B, I really enjoyed Pink's. I finally got to meet some of the older Cougars, although I didn't get to meet everyone. Maybe next time. Wayne

Name: Christine Baird () on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 03:41:01
Maiden: Penny
Class: 76
City and State: Round Rock TX
Message: Just checking in...Let's see...I seem to remember a bakery store by the name of Dolly Madison but not sure what Blvd it was on. I had to cross so many to get too and from school. Gas prices...the highest I saw was at Needles as we crossed the border heading in to California, $2.09, I think. Here in this part of Texas..I would have to say it is in the neighborhood of $1.43. AGE...let's see, I believe I was carded the first time ever, in my life, last year by a guy hardly past 21. I didn't even get carded when I was underage! I also seem to get carded regularly now when I buy beer at the grocery store. I asked the young clerk, emphasis on 'young', what the deal was since I had been shopping there for the past 10 years without being carded. Her reply was, "It's a new policy, were suppose to card anyone that looks under 30." I think she said '30' but she might have said '35', but what the hey, who am I to complain! Actually, I would have to say that my 40th year was a really good one and 41 has been almost as good. I sure hope this is a continuing trend! And always....BE A COUG!

Name: Lyn Biggers - Neal () on Monday, July 3, 2000 at 16:36:21
Maiden: Lyn Biggers
Class: 66
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: My good friend Sharon turned me on to this page, we still keep in touch. High school doesn't hold the fondest memories for me but, it would be nice to know what has happened to some of the people from there. I live in Oregon, have two daughters I am very proud of and three grandchildren. I have done some interesting things during my life since Hawthorne High, but right now am pretty much in a medical standstill. Bye

Name: Janice Waters () on Saturday, July 1, 2000 at 20:38:44
Maiden: Fulton
Class: 64
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Just want to let all their friends know that Danielle Waters and Wayne Atkins (both class of 88) were married today on the beach in Hermosa. Some may remember Wayne's dad, Mr. Atkins who taught English at HHS. It was a beautiful wedding for two beautiful kids. (OK, I am a bit proud.)

Name: Linda Kristof () on Saturday, July 1, 2000 at 19:01:57
Maiden: Christian
Class: 64
City and State: Kansas City. MO
Message: Hey, Judy, De G. B. I saw you lost all your e-mail addresses, so am writing you here. What is all the fuss about identifying that picture of St. Joe's football team. I wonder if you could dig up the pic of us at St. Joe's in our "little Dutch girl" suits from girl scouts. We could identify all OUR long lost friends!
I can't believe I am writing in, only 2 more weeks until our daughter's wedding! It is crazy time here!
Take care,
Linda K.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Saturday, July 1, 2000 at 00:56:04
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Hey Melanie, IF you do keep in touch with Gail tell her a BIG HELLO! She needs to put in her 2 cents worth here in CT. Just remember something that you wrote in my yearbook 19 yrs ago. You wrote a comment of the "Hawthorne Hills" picture (Land dump of dirt for the new fwy) which is actually now part of the new fwy. How are you going to rename that? Now I figured out why there are alot of 60's folks and not enough 80's folks. It's because they either retired or the kids are away from home while we 80's folks are still in the fast lane which means THEY have more time on their hand(yes?). Time to run an ad in the Daily Breeze to put the word out. How many more would respond? Probably more than John can handle. Oh well, word of mouth is the next best thing. Diana Oachs (Hantgin), I know we're like 350 miles apart but we got to see each other this summer since WE DO live in the same state. Let's plan an August date? My 8 months old would love to see your new 2 months old. I still would like to get together with all of these HHS folks living in Oregon/Wa but with 4 jobs(5 if you're counting my 8 months old). I just don't have the energy or time. I got ideas that are great but someone has to turn the wheel. How about meeting on the 4th of July at the Coast Guard Station in Newport Beach (overlooking the bay) to watch the firework show which to me is better than the Portland/Vancouver one. How about it Anita, Terry, Mike, Robin,Toni,Diana and all others?? Maybe we can butt heads together to have a real reunion? See ya.

Name: Terry () on Friday, June 30, 2000 at 15:54:46
E-Mail: O'Ryan
Class: 64
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Mike Shay: Don't remember the name Charlie Ramey Unless you are talking about Pappy, Never knew his name just always called him "Pappy". The other night at John's house we were talking about Sonny's, do you remember we used to go down on Prairie Ave. and get the big trucks and wash them on Sundays. I remember the first time I drove one of them I got it in first gear, at about 5000RPM I was doing about 5mph, didn't know anything about compound gears. It took me about 15 min to go 8 or 10 blocks, anyway you taught me about compound gears. As for the guy that did everything, don't have any idea who he was. See you at Fosters in Aug.

Name: Lori Padelford () on Friday, June 30, 2000 at 00:01:09
Class: 81
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: Hi everyone out there. Long time no gab. Glad to see the 2 new editions to C-town, Jimmy Howell and Robert Hall. Robert, I have not seen you in ages. Do you remember me? I had such the crush on you in High School. Do you remember when Larry Culbertson and Teresa Green were dating and they tried to get us together. What have you been doing all these years? Whats New? And by the way Eddie Braun is the same person we called eddiot in High school. I understand he is really great at what he does and is still the same nice guys he always was. Jimmy Howell how have you been? I haven't seen you for years too. Whats new with you. John sorry I missed the Pink's run but we are relandscaping the back yard and by the time I was finished working on it Saturday I was too pooped to pop. I will make it for the Foster's run though. By the way did Liz make it to Pink's or couldn't they pry her off the stage at the Goose????
You mean "to pooped to Pink". Yes, Lizzy and Zorro showed up (see above). Great time as usual and we'll see you at Fosters......

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 23:36:28
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Well, here we are facing another Holiday weekend, and for some it will be a 4 day-er. Maybe the gas prices will keep most of us close to home for the 4th, but for those who are going to help line the pockets of Big Oil, BE SAFE! Watch out for the idiots on the Road or the Waterways. And if you make it to the River, be sure to stop in at the Rio, (Old "Sportsman's", "Harvey's" or a few other past names) and say HI to Dale behind the bar. When you see the nice Marine Sheriff, go by, flag me over and say HI also. Better you should stop me, than have me stop you. :) Susan, 'bout time you blessed us with your words of wisdom. We missed you!
Hey Alan, you be careful out there too and have a great weekend.

Name: Gail Chavez () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 22:23:27
Message: Hello John:
Just wanted to tell you that I enjoy going to your Cougartown and reading the feedback from fellow alumni. I am Kathy Frankforters partner in crime trying to start up the West High web site. I must commend you on taking on such a big job. There are two of us and setting it up is overwhelming at times. We can only hope that our response is as well received as yours. Keep up the good work and please come visit our site so you can give us some pointers. Finding old photos of the city is what our mission is now.
Thanks again, Gail Whitney-Chavez

Hi Gail, Your website looks great. You have all the walls up, now start adding the furniture. Take it slow and you'll do fine. Stay within what you can handle. Go to your City hall and ask for the historian or the public info officer. I'm sure they can help you with the pictures. Good Luck

Name: EL ROJO () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 22:04:30
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60
Message: Irene Callahan, thanks for returning our post. It was great to hear from you. Please tell Mr. Blue that he doesn't have a hair if he doesn't write his version of the original "chinese fire drill" when we returned from a baseball game in Culver City on this site! We had a very prominent HHS celeb laying over the hood of a car when the Duff pulled up. It was hilarious. Tell him don't be shy! We need some more 60's people on this site!
Which leads me to Sue B's comments about reading this thing from page "one"! Do you people realize that nobody gives a big rats whatever (family forum) what people think of you now? We've lived our lives (and hopefully still going. Robin and Marsha are you still going ?) Judy and John don't go there! So get out of the mindset that what you say is stupid! I've written some of the dumbest things that could possibly be said. One reason is, from the time I got on line I was trying to learn to type and learn this computer thing, but JB has made this too much fun. I have received some of the greatest comments and offers of friendship that a person could ask for. From a place to stay if we come down to So. Cal. from people that we have only met through this site, to e-mail jokes! Do we like it? Yeessss, we like it! So get off your proverbial high horses and join in some fun. Tell the king and the rest of us COUGS your story's. By the way Jimmie Boice, Clydeene Boenish was living in Boise Id in 1986. Her married name at that time was Babcock. Big Jim West thanks for the CARD! Thats special to me and mine! All you COUGS have a sane and happy 4th and remember that its a celebration of our Independence and everything our country stands for! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! EL/IDA.

Hey EL, You just CRACK ME UP SOMETIMES!!! You have more fun than any 5 sane people and I LOVE YOU GUYS MAAANN!!! Be Cougs til the day you become vertically challenged!!!

Name: Susan King () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 20:11:52
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City and State: Thousand Oaks
Message: Was just doing my daily check-in and whoa baby, we're up to page 266!! Read a couple of notes from folks who have just now found CT and was darn grateful that I found this site when we were only at page 13. Now Cougars, to truly appreciate and discover what this little nostalgic stroll is all about, you should really start at page 1 and make your way thru to the current page. (THAT is the point that I was REALLY glad to have tuned in around October 1998.) While it truly IS a daunting task and will require perseverance and a weeks' vacation, I recommend it highly. Only then will you get to know this squirrelly (hahaha) cast of characters and understand what this labor of love is all about and why we are all so fortunate to hail from the City of Good Neighbors. And for gosh sakes, join in and get sentimental. And don't forget to send your $10 membership fee to Cougartown. (Nice commercial?) It's time the Class of '74 got crackin' and spearheaded the membership drive!! (That's a challenge!) We love you JB - looking forward to seeing you and JB2 (and crew) in the Bierman Hood this summer for BBQ!!
Yes, Very Nice Commercial. Geez Sue, you ARE an old timer now. The B girls are so quiet lately. I had to call the head Tshirt Shipper, Sharon B, the other day just to hear her voice. AND where is Mom B HMMMM!!!??? You're all Cougar family yahno.
OK, now I feel better and am truly ready for Tri-Tip Wars----John Kicks Butt!! Janet and I have a great marinade this year that's guaranteed to blow Mike and Daryl OUT OF THE WATER!!! I can't wait. The only trouble is we are running out of empty weekends. I think it'll probably be in mid September now. Whattayathink?? Thanks Susan and stay in touch B's. Tell Stuey I still think he's a weird cat......

Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 18:19:42
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Debra Lee McGregor...hey, Hennessey's...jeez! Does that place, and Hermosa Beach, in general bring back a lot of WILD memories for this lady! Hey, if I weren't all the way up here in Orygun, I'd be there, no problema! Have fun you guys, and drink a few for me!

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 16:02:10
Class: 62
City and State:Lomita, CA
Message:The piece below has been sent to me by about 40 people in the last 3 days. Like I said, I don't put "email forwards" on the Feedback Page but the pressure is being put on me here, and it IS an extaordinary piece, especially this weekend, so here it is.
Thanks to Frank, Colleen, Bonnie, and a few dozen more.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British.
We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!
It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
By John Alberts

Yes, it's not just about fireworks anymore is it. I love this piece and have read it a dozen times. I know I'll give thanks for these Signers who gave so much for my freedom.
My great-great-great-great-grandfather, William Baker, fought in that war and luckily for me made it through to raise his family. Just think, if one of King Edwards men had stopped him, there wouldn't be a Cougartown today. Everyone have a safe and fun weekend and keep in mind why we're free.

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 16:54:05
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Hey ... for what it's worth - and if anyone can make it that remembers us, or whatever! Noreen Crotty and I are gonna meet at Hennessey's in Hermosa Beach tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. for a "I haven't seen you in forever" reunion. All are welcome! If you think you can make it, please e-mail me or just show up. We're both class of 72, but look so young still (ha!) Don't we all! God bless ... Go Cougs.

Name: Robert Hall () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 15:45:11
Class: 79
City and State: Ogden Hills,Utah
Message: Hi, im new to this site, someone recommended that i check it out. has anyone herd the whereabouts of Eddie Braun class of 79? Someone told me once that he was a bigtime hollywood stuntman, I saw his name on quite a few movies, one on tv the other day with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts called conspiracy theory, the over the weekend i saw it again on the new Jim Carrey movie Me,Myself and Irene. can anyone tell me if that is the same Eddie Braun that we all went to school with? i always knew that he was a little crazy, but stuntman? also if anyone knows where he lives, or a phone num, or an e mail addy i would be thankful. also this is a great site, i will check it out much more often. thanks R.Hall
One and the same. Email is good luck.....

Name: Jim Howell () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 14:15:16
Maiden: Rodriguez
Class: 1981
City and State: Boulder, CO.
Message: Anybody out there from the class of 1981? Would like to hear from you. Also, what's up with the 2001 reunion? I missed the 10 year but would like to make the 20. Saw lots of names I recognized on the alumni list on this webpage... added my name to it. Hope to hear from some of you!

Name: Fred Simmons () on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 13:29:17
Class: 59
City and State: Diamond Bar Ca.
Message: I went to Hawthorne High in the year 1956-57 and my mother passed away and my family moved to Long Beach. I went to Richard Henry Dana School and would have graduated with the class of 59. My best friend went to Hawthorne and his brother Ron Zobobolish class of 62 graduated and I really would like to hear from him or his family. I also would like to hear from any old classmates from the class of 59
Hi Fred, Don Zobobolish attended the "First Decade" reunion in 1998. I don't have the info on his whereabouts but I bet if you contacted Cheryl Nicocia at, she could help you contact him. Be sure to add yourself to our Alumni list so your friends can find YOU too. Thanks Fred....

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