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Name: Carolyn Bainton () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 23:08:49
Maiden: Petersen
Class: 67
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hello fellow Cougars...Have some sad news to report. We lost a fellow Cougar on Monday July 31st. Her name is Christine Granath and she graduated in the class of 77. I personally didn't know her that well, but I have lived next door to her brother Rick Granath for 14 years. Her death was very sudden and unexpected she was just 41 years old. I just thought I would share this information with everyone as I'm sure there are fellow classmates and friends out there who are not aware of her passing. Chris had just moved back to So Cal from Medford, OR a few months ago so I don't know if she had been able to contact any of you. As of this writing I'm not sure of the actual cause, but if anyone would like to email me at the address above please feel free to do so. I will be attending the funeral tomorrow, Thursday. Okay everyone, just wanted to let you know. Take care and say a little prayer for Chris and her family members. Thanks for being here.
We'll do that Carolyn. It's always sad to lose a fellow classmate or faculty member. Thank you for the information.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 21:37:03
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: ALAN HAUGE.. talk about making the "connection mistake" Here's my faux pas. Last year (before the first Fosters Cruise night) The ROWDYS were emailing Jim Sloey everyday.. but had never met him. He had "a secret" that I just had to know..and since I work for and ice cream company, I emailed him and told him I'd fork over a 5 qt pail of his favorite if he'd devulge "that secret" which he did.. The next day a nice looking fella walked into my office and said, "Are you Judy?" so thinking it was Sloey.. I got up from my desk..threw my arms around him, kissed him hard, and said, "IS THAT YOU SLOEY?" The stranger said, "no, I'm your Las Vegas Distributor." (BTW..we got the account and I have comp tickets to dinner in that town) Good to see you Sat. Alan.. I haven't stimulated my pancreas since you talked to me.. honest.. (I heard that John) ZELMA PINO..SHARON MOORE..PAULINE MATTHEWS.. I'll be in touch with you all..good to see you. Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg..THE ROWDYS (loved your aviator's cap John Baker) P.S. don't forget that there's a car show in El Segundo this Sat.. should be great!
Another mistaken identity story....I Love It!!
Yeah, George was always a cowboy, I was a soldier (see the rifle strap over my right shoulder), and Loren was whatever George and I said he was.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 19:17:21
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: I think you're all wrong, it looks more like, Alfalfa, Spanky and Froggy to me.
Very Funny Alan.......

Name: Joyce Chance () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 18:22:26
Maiden: Savisky
Class: '62
City and State: Anaheim,Ca.
Message: My guess for the three little juvenile delinquents in the photo would be:
George Gates, Loren Heath, & John Baker!

YES!!! We have a winner over here folks. Not too fair Joyce, but it's getting late and I'm heading for Janet's. Thanks Cougs

Name: Cute Guy in the Middle () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 18:12:46
Class: ?????
Message: It has been a long, long time since I've seen this picture!!!!!! It's hard to believe we were ever that little.
CGITM, I knew you'd remember this classic pic.

Name: Marsha Russell-Hood () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 17:38:22
Class: 64
Message: OK......second guess. The one on the left that is not a Coug is George Gates.
YES!! George Gates LHS 1962; that's one.

Name: Marsha Russell-Hood () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 17:16:11
E-Mail: RussellMG1@AOL
Maiden: sameasnow
Class: 64
City and State: sometimeshereandsometimeshere
Message: Hey JB..........the little guy in the middle has to be you.
WRONG, but you know him. In fact YOU know them ALL!!

Name: HOODY-1 () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 15:44:58
City and State: CB,OR.

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 14:51:50
Class: 1962
Message:Let's see if anyone can guess who these 3 amigos are. This picture was taken in 1950. I have to tell you that one of these guys (the one on the left) is NOT a Cougar, but a........yes that's right, Olympian. The other two however, are bonafide Cougs. If you're in the picture, you can't answer. Good luck

Name: Loren Heath () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 14:41:06
Class: 64
Message: Hi Gang!
Sorry I haven't been on line, but having "puter" problems at home, again. Anyway, I have also been buried here at work. We have two temporary openings that may lead to permament, full-time positions in the credit department. If anyone has accounting background and would like a make some extra money for Christmas or want to get back into the work force, please e-mail at the above address or call me at 310/306-3636 ext. 3150. If you like to research problems and enjoy the satisfaction of completing a large project, this is the job for you. At first, large phone volume to collect info to reconcile accounts. The office is near Culver City and the pay is based on experience, starting at $12.00 per hour.

Name: Anita Young () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 12:39:16
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Chris Hood, I know what you mean about being the youngest of a well known Hawthorne family clan. My older siblings Mary (72) and Mike (74) had made a big name at HHS for me by the time I got there. We just lived across the street from HHS on El Segundo. In fact, HHS' address was 4859 W. El Segundo Blvd. Ours was 4858 W.El Segundo Blvd. It was a white apartment complex, in apt. A was the Photos family, Nikki (72, I think), Pete (75 or 76) and Marcia (right after Pete). We were in apt. B, Fred Austin (75 or 76) was in apt.C. Apt. D was two older bachelors. It was party central in that apt. complex, let me tell ya! The stories I could tell would not be suitable even for Cougartown! But, Mike's insane wit ( Mike is kind of like a John Belushi character, more so then), was not just reserved to torture me and Mary as well as my mom, oh no! Poor Pete Photos! Any time that poor guy would bring a girl over and go up to his room with her, Mike would go upstairs ( our upstairs bathroom was next door to Pete's bedroom), and proceed to taunt and torment Pete and the woman of the moment! Wild stuff like acting like he was taking a dump and pounding on the wall with all kinds of groans and stuff and then, after doing this for about 3 minutes, finally flushing the toilet! Or, yelling out a wild phrase from the movie "Black Christmas" which was "BILLY, WHERE'S THE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!" or making all kinds of wild noises as if 2 people were doing it, except REALLY LOUD!!!!!!! We all thought it was just awful that he did this to Pete, but it was so damned funny at the time and we all were in a state of severe "attitude adjustment" at the times he'd do this stuff....we'd all be laughing so hard, sometimes we'd be crying! I tell ya, it's amazing Pete kept trying! He knew what was going to happen if he had a chick over and Mike was home! Poor guy! So Pete Photos, if you are out there or if anyone knows of his whereabouts, hey, I hope you didn't have to go through years of therapy because of my funny but insane brother Mikie! You weren't the only one who had to put up with his insanity. I hope you were able to marry and have kids and not had to worry about a psycho neighbor to taunt you while you dated in later life! If so, and you had halacious therapy bills, I can let you know how to reach Mike so he can re-imburse you!

Name: Sharon Leach () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 11:38:07
Maiden: Moore
Class: 66
City and State: Long Beach
Message: Alan Hauge, you made my morning. That is a funny story. I'm still laughing.

Name: Somewhere-in-Time () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 11:09:57
E-Mail: hoodsterfriendfromtheOS65329days
Maiden: littleleague
Class: guess
City and State: heartland usa
Message: Finally, you two "connect"! Keep it up old Hoody, Hoody-1. Nothing beats brotherly love.
A Schroeder brother?

Name: Suzanne Reynolds () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 09:48:01
Maiden: Jokela
Class: 1966
City and State: Hawthorne, California
Message: Hi! I lived in Hawthorne from birth to 15 yrs old when I moved to Dayton, Ohio. But, I attended Hawthorne High until I moved in 1964..So, I didn't graduate with "my" class...I graduated in Ohio, but I have many friends that I grew up with and I consider Hawthorne my "home".....Hope to connect with someone....
Hi Suzanne, I'm guessing that Sharon HHS62 was your sister, and if she was, where is she? Please tell her about the website, and thanks for checking in.

Name: Nedic Zivko () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 09:06:28
E-Mail: zhile@ptt.yu
Class: 1981
City and State: Vrsac, Yugoslavia,
Message: Hello to all my classmates, Nedich from Mr.Hall's photo shop in 1980-1981.
Hey Nedic, Glad you found the website. Add yourself to the alumni list and stay tuned.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 03:03:17
E-Mail: The
Class: 69
Message: Someone inquired about Sherry Spivey a dozen or so messages ago. Sherry is another 133rd Street Member. If it's any help, her parents, Harold and Dona Spivey live in Leisure World, Seal Beach. My mom ran into them just last week. Give them a try. They are wonderful people. Good Luck! If you get stuck, email me. I'll see what I can do. xoxoxox Elizabeth

Name: Christine Baire () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 01:38:55
Maiden: Penny
Class: 76
City and State: Round Rock TX
Message: were right! and thanks to Marilyn Ross for clearing up my baffled head! :^} Those websites are pretty cool!

Name: Alan Hauge () on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 01:08:39
Class: 1961
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: SATURDAY NIGHT WAS A SUPER BLAST AND A HALF....REALLY. AND ALL OF YOU WHO KEEP PROMISING US WHO GO, THAT YOU WILL EVENTUALLY SHOW UP ARE MISSING A GREAT TIME. After the first cruise, many months ago, I stopped by one warm sunny afternoon to have a burger for lunch. As I sat alone thinking back about the crowd from the first cruise it made me realize how empty it was without the CT crew from HHS. Especially John B. and all of the B's, C's, V's and Rowdys, (never have got that straight yet), who made it a very special place. And the never ending stories which I hadn't heard for decades like killing crabs with an ice pick when they try and run away from the ben gay...(gosh Judy, now I'll get in trouble like you always do with that prom dress comment), anyway, it was great fun. And a time to relive the days when friends were friends and the only drive by shootings were committed by a kid down the street with a squirt gun. Thank God he chose HHS for me when I was growing up. The time, the people and the place I wouldn't change for anything.
Oh yeah, and recently I was in Las Vegas waiting for a flight back to LA when I thought I had enough time to look up Frank Romano. (Frank will enjoy this story). Anyway, I went up to the car rental counter and demanded to speak with Frank Romano and acted as if I was there to complain about a car rental. The guy said Frank was out to lunch, to which I said, "he always has been." A few minutes passed as he made several calls while searching for Frank. Finally he handed me the phone saying he got him out of an important meeting. I took the phone, (and still being a wise guy), I said, so what the hell took you so long? The Frank on the phone says "who is this?" To which I replied, "who is this?" He said "Frank Omano"....from "Thrifty rent-a-car" After hanging up the phone and slithering away from the counter it dawned on me Frank works for US Rent-A-Car, not Thrifty. Not a story I wanted to tell face to face with other Cougs.
See ya next time,

GREAT STORY ALAN!!! Im'a rolling on the floor here man. Great seeing you on Saturday too and glad you're back in Ctown.
I agree that we were all very lucky growing up in Hawthorne in the days of innocence. At the time we didn't realize how lucky we were. Thanks for making my morning Alan.

Name: Petey () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 17:13:23
Maiden: Honduras
Class: 1972
City and State: Salem,Oregon
Message: Hoody I always felt that we were the really lucky ones to have had grown up in Southern California with the fun,fun,fun of the warm,sunny beaches and 25 years later to be able to call Oregon home is like having the best of both worlds. We owe it all to your mom and dad and those cranberry boggs!
Then to be able to hook up with our friends 25 years later is like having it all, and we owe that one to John. Thanks.

You're welcome

Name: Chris Hood () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 16:00:34
E-Mail: Touchdown
Class: 71
City and State: Coos Bay
Message: Anita, Anita, Anita, We love you too, did all along! Growing up with two older male siblings in the eairly 60's, the first thing my mother taught me was to get even and run like hell. It wasn't uncommon to hear her on the front porch Yelling Ruuuun Hoody Ruuuun. Fastest kid on 133 St. Knew every tree top, roof top, crawl space, and the top of every open garage door within three blocks. I learned early, if you can't handle the heat your _ _ _ _ _ _. The monkey bump on the top of my head is permanent, but the experence of growing up (as some of us refuse to do) in Southern Cal during the 60's is one we are all fortunate to have experenced. It waaasss cool!!! As for the tent maker jokes, those boys are older and should know better.

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 15:34:57
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Dawn Moffett....ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Man! If I would of been down in L.A. I would have gone with you in a heartbeat, woman! WOW! Those two people, and at the Hollywood Bowl, with that setting and those acoustics?! I can go to something like that just as easy as a rock n' roll much music, so little time! If you are ever in Oregon, Dawn, look me up and the next time I'm in L.A., I'll look you up, alright. Deal? We ladies will go see some good jazz together and have a good ol' time!

Name: Patsy (Sutton) Howerton () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 15:33:59
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 58
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif.
Message: What a neat site! Good to walk down Memory Lane.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 14:22:08
Class: 1977
City and State: She Had to Leave, Los Angeles
Message: Anita, thank you for the nice comments! Now, back to the HHS memories. Climbing into George McCord's window (because I wasn't supposed to be at his house) and listening -- with appropriate mental adjustments -- to the Outlaws "Green Grass and High Tides" (What's sad about this is that my first wife -- we're now divorced -- Rolling Hills, class of 86 -- HAD NEVER EVEN HEARD THE SONG until it came on KLOS one day on the radio) I mean, Green Grass & High Tides was up there with Stairway to Heaven and Free Bird as the anthems of the mid-70s. I guess video did kill the radio star.

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 11:14:11
Maiden: Koch
Class: 78
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca.
Message: Hey John, I wish I'd have known you liked Diana Krall! We could have saved Randy some hours of pain! I had three FREE tickets and I couldn't get anyone to go with me when they heard Tony Bennett. I couldn't believe it! The show was amazing! I'm not sure how old Tony is but he can sing a note longer than anyone I've ever heard! Diana was does she sing and play the piano turned toward the audience with her legs crossed??? What a voice. Next time I'll meet you there. I ended up giving the extra ticket back to the friend who gave them to me and she sold them to people in the bus line, which was lucky for them...the show was sold out. Randy said he was glad to have seen Tony once in his life, guess that means he won't go again. I'll work on Randy for the next cruise night. Hope to get there soon.
Hey Dawn, Tony just turned 74 on August 3 and can still sing like he was 30. Diana Krall has been tickling the ivorys since she was 4 years old, so she can probably play that thing standing on her head.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 07:56:36
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: I was amazed at Cruise Night III. So many people with interesting stories. Some Cougs from '64 had so much to talk about I told them I wish I could go back in time. I look forward to future gatherings. I also hope more people from the 70's and 80's could happen....

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Monday, August 7, 2000 at 22:34:18
Maiden: Koch
Class: 78
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: I guess we'll have to check out a cruise night sometime. It sounds like too much fun. Anyone out there who remembers Randy Moffett, class of 73, maybe you could look him up and send him an email. If we can get him excited to go I'll get to go. Last Sat. Night I drug him to the Hollywood Bowl to see Diana Krall who opened for Tony Bennett. Randy did not have fun, I'm sure he would have rather been at cruise night! Maybe if he knew someone who was going to be there he'd get motivated. Driving to Palmdale daily from Simi doesn't make him want to drive on the weekends (we took the bus to the Bowl). I'm sure we'll get there someday! Hope you are all having a great summer! School's almost back in (yeah!) I might survive if the kids go back soon!
Diana "Peel me a Grape" Krall is one of my favorite jazz people. I have 2 or 3 of her CD's. Hey I like Tony too. Thanks Dawn, and I'm sure you'll make one of these soon.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, August 7, 2000 at 21:35:17
Class: 66/84
City and State: LEIGH, NE
Message: There was a cruise night? Gee and i missed Myk? Hey Gary why doesn't your email work? Really sorry I missed it John and then I learn Royal's little brother was there too. Gee would have liked to have seen him and Royal. Did Burko make it? Pat no Trojan national championship this year. Maybe 3 years though. hey Royal how are you doing with the knees? Hope you are doing great. El Rojo I gave the first Sen your message and he got a kick out of the note, he is puter illiterate so give him time. He had a lot of great things to say about you, but I wasn't buying it!! Best to all cougars. Sloey UNDERLING TO MADAM CHAIRWOMAN SHARON MOORE LEACH FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE JIM
Yeah here's the OTHER flake on Saturday night. All these cliches, "Really sorry I missed it John" Sorry I missed it". Yeah Pat was there and he had that 1500 bones he lost to you on the 1966 USC-UCLA game, but you weren't there to pick it up. He said he'd see you in another 34 years.

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Monday, August 7, 2000 at 21:11:06
E-Mail: gpork
Maiden: Valencia
Class: V6
City and State: LAS VEGAS, NV
Message: OKAY, So I missed another cruise night, crucify me! (BTW, did any one notice?) Please post some pics of my sisters, (v3 and v5) so I can remember what they look like. And please, a pic of my mommy, as V5 has held her captive since June!!!. Does she have a note she needs to read? I swear, I will be there in October....Gh
UH HUH, SURE!!!! I think we've all been over that bridge before.
I have not ONE pic of V5, V3 or Mom V. I did talk to all your family members personally though and can testify that none of them MISSED YOU AT ALL!!!! Gloria, I must've collectively spent 30 or 40 minutes with said family members on Saturday night and your name didn't come up once. However, Carlos' name came up 3 times, Leo was mentioned 4 times and Pongo came up once. Thanks for checking in as I almost forgot what you looked like. Yeah, we'll see you in October......UH HUH!!!

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, August 7, 2000 at 20:24:24
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Well John, it took me a week and 4 and a half days, but I did it.....I read all of Cougartown feedback from page 1 until I found out about it and signed on on March 4th of this year. In a word.....WOW! What a slew of memories, information, jokes, sadnesses,etc. Better than reading most of the books that are out right now. We have so many wonderful,funny, eloquent, wild, crazy, humble, sensitive, giving people in here. What a great little community and bunch of people we as Cougs are. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be a part of this and to of grown up in a town and at a high school with as much integrity, spirit, great history and joy that Hawthorne High has! No one should ever take that for granted. I feel like I know so many of you already, even though most of you I have never met or talked to. I've laughed, cried, said Oh yeah, etc. to so many posts. I've even learned a lot I didn't know about classes before and after mine.
I love each and every one of you. You are all very special and unique individuals and I also would like to apologize to a few people for getting off on the wrong foot, a couple of these people we have already made our peace via private e-mails, but for the others....first of all, Kelley Currie...wonderful person, sorry our first time out was confrontational. Me, you and Petey need to party at the Pacific N.W. get together (I promise for the others out there, definite info. on that this weekend! Yea!), Dan Johnson, what a fun and neat person you are....Chris Hood, hey, ya smartass, all is forgiven, give me shit anytime you want, and for his big bro, Robin! You are a funny, crazy man! Hell, I love the Hoods, whether it's you guys or the other Hood's ( hey Randy, how's the tribute to Don Pike, coming, hon?)
Alright. It's done then. Thank God we are all Cougs....the best bunch of people in the friggin' west man! Love you all, especially you, most of all, King John! You are and will always be DA MAN!!!!!!!!!!

Geez thanks Anita, UH........have you been in the Cooking Sherry again hon?? That stuff'll make you "speak in tongues" yahno.

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