"More Early R&R" "The Dell Vikings"
Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 23:21:08
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: WOW..I just went through today's feedback..and may I say this about all that "love making" at Christmas time..or after a few toddies..or when it's cold outside..and being better than an electric blanket..or when it's hot, boring or only one bed in the house.. Well kids, I waited 53 years to get married..and I need to share: "I just do it" No real reason.. Like the Coke commercial says, "Just for the joy of it!!" Now, Janny and I have to get back to the kitchen table to complete John's birthday gift.. here's a hint.. "it's brown and it dangles" and I had to sneak it through Hawaiian customs.. Only a few more days to enjoy being 55 John boy.. Hey, that kitchen table is giving me some ideas... we'll finish your gift tomorrow...
Happy Birthday to you too PACO... Hope to see you soon.
JD Blomsterberg.. THE ROWDYS
It's brown and dangles huh.......that doesn't really conjure up anything that I want or need. Sounds downright..... well I guess I better reserve judgement until I see what it is first........hmmmm, it's not from a dog is it?
Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 23:16:16
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: The talk of Mall jobs made me remember one I had for about a week at the Olde Towne Mall as a janitor. I quit after realizing all the hard work it was cleaning up after all us Mall Rats. On the subject of Schools, every one of them have their problems. Be it Hawthorne, Parker, or Columbine. My son graduated in 1999 from Parker High School, here in the desert. Although test scores were right at the State average, they didn't factor in that out of a Freshman class of 228, only 110 graduated. Thats over a 50% drop out or reversion rate. But the ones that stayed the course showed PRIDE in the school and their accomplishments, and most of them were the ones who had US, the Parents, involved. When people give up and move out, the problems just intensify. If we don't get in and demand change, it'll never happen.
Name: Chris Fall Knight () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 22:13:24
City and State: Mich
Message: Okay guys, time to get back to lighter conversation. How about some memories of more carefree days : remember the Chinese fire drills, pep rallies, T.P.ing Senior Square, the submarine races, volleyball at the beach after classes, Surfers and their jacked up Chevys and Lowriders and their lowered Impalas, Rah Rah's and Jocks, putting books over your head to keep from being "bombed" by seagulls when walking across campus, walking thru Senior Square and slipping on all the olives on the ground from the tree, the big fight between Mr. Fix and Mr.Gaier,etc. etc. Now those were good times!!!!!
Do any of you early Cougs remember the term "Rogue"? (Guys that wore their blue jeans at half mast to show their "Plumbers Crack" and usually had a Duck Butt hairdo)
Name: Bill Sloey () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 21:42:04
City and State: ecc village
Message: JB Happy B-Day....u2 Paco, Gary Mykkanen well stated on the Hawthorne Intermediate Jocks, those were my thoughts but could not express them like you can. Liz, we went out once, you're not tagging me are you????? You wanted the wine..... Cya Bill
Hey Bill, Thanks for the birthday wishes and I'm glad to see that you and Myk are on the same team. It'd be an "Earth Shaker" if you weren't.
Liz, are you SURE that was your X under that Christmas Tree?Thanks for checking in Bill......
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 21:08:31
Message: Let me just say this.....in the 50's my brother and I were abducted from a store in Hawthorne by a child molester....a white man in a fancy suit and big car.....I was "attacked" my senior year by another man (also not of color)....Times haven't changed, dear friends.....neither have people....this has been going on since the beginning of civilization....so, as I have said before....TALK TO THE KIDS! Life isn't a sitcom.
Fancy suit in the 50's huh. Musta' been a "Jim Clinton". Hey Chris, trying to keep it Lite.
Name: Reuel Callahan () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 20:54:50
City and State: Westlake Village, Ca.
Message: John Happy Birthday and enjoy Morro Bay. All this talk about Dana & H.I. how about us poor kids that went to St. Joe's and had to come to Hawthorne High and didn't know a soul. Wow now that was scary but as it turned out my best friends were from both Dana & H.I. Anyway you enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO, scary is Sister Sarah Slap Happy whipping the tar out of you with a wooden ruler for forgetting your homework. Now THAT'S Scary.....
Name: RON, JOANN DICKSON () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 20:52:54
City and State: Norco, Ca
Message: JOHN, JO ANN AND I JUST WANTED TO WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AND HAVE A FUN WEEKEND.
Thanks you two for the nice wishes. I'm sure we'll have a great weekend.
Name: Chris Hood () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 19:57:33
City and State: Usetobe Oregon
Message: Thought I would check in and gather some light hearted Cougar Feedback after a hard days work. Wow! I thought my day was tough. Come on down my fello northern fowl. My friends, I went to High School in Oregon with Billy-joe and his brother Jim-bob. And while I never feared for my life on campus, there was a gun rack in the back of every 4-wheel drive in the parking lot. Yup, we all save our ammunition for the recreational decimation of wildlife...A more wholesome pastime. And Kell, I love ya, but I heard tale of a few kids experimenting with drugs...not that I actually ever saw that for myself. Com'on folks, lets be real, by comparing twiddle-dee with twiddle-dum were scratching the surface of a deep rooted public educational epidemic that extends way beyond the Halls of HHS. Talk is great, but it can also be the bandage on the leak in Hoover Dam. The sense of community is being lost all over this planet as we humans focus on getting a little piece of the pie.....meanwhile the pie is rotting. And hey, if you want my advice, do your part (and only you know what that is), then forget about it...go to the fair, and eat that pie like John. Happy Birthday JB, keep it lite.
Hey Chris, Well I gotta say I don't think it could be said any better. That's it, pure and simple. You're well on your way to becoming my favorite "Hoody" boy, especially since old whats-his-name is without a computer. Thanks for the birthday wish too.
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 19:30:56
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Elizabeth- Hey, my daughter (whose birthday is today) was a "Christmas Present" too! We'd just moved into our first house. Only thing in here was the bed, so, why not!
John, Happy Birthday, and have a great time in Morro Bay. Love that little town!
Hey Betty, Happy Birthday to your daughter, and I like I always say, "If you're going to only have one piece of furniture, make it a BED".
Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 18:54:21
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Hey ... I haven't checked in lately, but I'm glad I did. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY KING JOHN! You youngster you - you've kept us all young with this web site and you are truly appreciated. All you Cougs (whether it be pre Dana or Hawthorne Intermediate) have a great weekend.
Hi Debra, Thanks for the best wishes. You have a great weekend too. Janet and I are headed for Morro Bay and I know we'll have a great time.
Name: Chris Fall Knight () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 18:30:33
City and State: Mich,
Message: I "graduated" from Hawthorne Intermediate in '68 and I do not recall any thoughts of Dana school at all. I am not even sure I knew about Dana until later in the 8th grade when we were told that there would be some kids from another school with us at HHS. I think we were more focused on the realization that alot of our best friends were going to go to Leuzinger and not to HHS with us. I always thought that Hawthorne Inter. was the MAIN Jr. High since it had the town name!!! One of those "kids from that other school" , I met in my biology class during my freshman year. She ended up becoming my lifelong best friend, Jamie Todd. I guess there will always be people that need some external element to make themselves feel superior to others. Get rid of unwarranted bias and what would you have? That would put an end to the world as we know it though wouldn't it? Oh well, we can always dream.
Well said Chris, my Hawthorne Intermediate Sister.
Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 17:33:51
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City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: I had a job at the Hawthorne Mall at a crafts store that sold ceramics, jewlery, etc. Can't remember the name of it. Probably because I only had the job for a month. Me and my brother, Mike, were living in an aparment managed by some friends of his mom ( Steve and Jim Olsen, anyone know them?). Anyhow, one day after work, I was viciously attacked, in broad daylight, by a man of color and I won't go into what he did, but let's just say, once my brother got home from work that night and talked to the cops, we immediately started looking for a place to live in El Segundo.
As for Raymond's comments on Oregon vs. California schools, I don't think he was trying to beat anyone up. I know Raymond. Just sounded like it. The Kip Kinkel incident at Thurston High in Springfield,OR, should of been a wake up call for all Oregonians, and Columbine for all Coloradians. Just because you move to a nice, beautiful, clean environment doesn't mean that you can all of a sudden shut off the rest of the world and it's problems. Today's youth is under so much more pressure than we were academically, as well as socially due to how fast our lives are today and the world's technology, etc. We, as parents, and as a society, are responsible for paying attention and giving a damn about these kids. They are the leaders and business people of tomorrow. It starts in the home, but teachers, neighbors, aunts, uncles, etc. have to keep an eye out, too. Watch for the warning signs. Kip's parents sent him to couseling. His dad made him quit because he didn't think it was working. So,....look what ended up happening. As to how those parents of the kids at Columbine didn't know those guys were making bombs and stuff in the garage....to me, a perfect example of parents not involved with their kids. No matter where you send your kids to school, you have to care, you have to be involved. Thurston and Columbine can happen anywhere, anytime, people. Don't be fooled. No one in Oregon or Colorado ever thought it could happen there. Love your kids by giving a damn and being involved. They are worth all the effort. And they deserve it!
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 17:33:05
E-Mail: hasthepulitzerprizewinnerbeenannouncedthisyearandwillit beraymondsmith?.com
City and State: RB, CA
Message: LIZ-Yes I have met you're ex he is a nice guy but there aren't enough lights in the world for me to get under a Christmas tree with him. And how about that thesis on our education system by Mr. Smith!!! I know I know we should only really look at the substance of what he has stated and not the form. Nevertheless he fails there too. Sorry Ray but I have never read, heard or known anyone in the South Bay to get shot running for a touchdown, get-away-car, yes, but not a touchdown. Unfortunately as Mr. Rheinholdsen (hey Ronnie) pointed out, the test scores at our alma mater are deplorable. If you review the reading scores for 9th grade kids alone, 60% are below the 25th percentile. Attitudes have changed, the area has changed; education is not a valued commodity wherein our day it was a necessity as it should be today for all people. Questions are easy to formulate but answers are difficult to understand or perhaps do not exist at all. I can't fault your decision to move, (mea culpa), as we all want what is best for our kids. But let's not hyperbolize the truth, the reality is severe enough without it. I love this site because for a little while everyday or two I can see what it was we had and in the 60's it was pretty good in Hawthorne.
STAY TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL! Hey Brian, put it to music!!!
Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 16:33:40
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: To Laura Nyce: One of my best friends from HHS, Maria Provenzano,(she was supposed to graduate in '78, but went for the accelerated program and graduated in '77 instead) worked at the JC Penney store in the Hawthorne Mall. I interviewed with a few of the stores, but wasn't hired. However, I worked at the Pioneer Chicken in Lawndale and a clothing store in the Old Towne Mall during the Christmas holiday. What memories, my drunk friends would come into Pioneer late at night and ask for the leftover free food and then end up having food fights! If any of you remember Ron Kelly (c/o 78), he was the one that would initiate them!!! I wonder what ever happened to him???
Name: GARY MYKKANEN () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 15:51:24
City and State: BREA CALIF
Message: JOHN THE JOCKS FROM DANA ALWAYS APPRECIATED THOSE LITTLE GUYS FROM HAWTHORNE INTERMEDIATE. WE NEEDED THEM TO FILL-UP THE B AND C TEAMS. THANKS FOR FEEDBACK. I JUST STARTED READING IT THIS WEEK.
Hey Gary, Glad you made it to the Feedback Pages and please don't be a stranger here. Yessir, The Myk; a better Catcher, there WASN'T, at HHS.
And as for rh dana, Gary, you know I loved that school just like I loved good old
Glad you're here Myk. Come on back anytime.
Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 15:44:23
City and State: Portland,OR
Message: Just wanted to commet on the HHS issue regarding the school itself. First of all when I was thinking of my future and where my kids are going to school I knew Hawthorne would not be it because of what I hear and seen and it's all bad. I guess the good stuff don't get aired much but the enviorments my child has to grow up in has to be my no.1 priorities. I moved to Oregon 12 yrs ago not for only a better future for my kids but a better education without fear. Sure Springfield, OR had that gun killing kid but that was a long shot but it's the everyday fear my kids and myself has to endure. Fear that I didn't have in H.S. I grew up in the neighborhood of 116th st. and Doty where gangs were growing and my old neighborhood of Chadron and 135th st. Latino gang was growing there as well. I could not afford the high cost of housing in the Beach towns so up north I went. I praised Linda for her decision on moving to a better enviroments for her daughter where she can be free to do as pleased without gangs, guns, and whatever else that comes up. Look at the facts. They took out the vending machines, then it was the locker and now the stalls in the restrooms(at least in the boys bathrooms) and upgraded secruity and bars around the campus! Sad. Now I hear HHS is on the bottom of the list of schools? Sounds like Lennox yrs ago. I feel that the 80's were the last group of people to really enjoy HHS and now the school has been dying. I still believe there are good teachers there but I would rather look forward to going to school than to fear it. We, from the past really had a blast but now kids today have to fear the unknow. I heard of one girl's life at stake and because of her color and she dropped out. I remember a football game Inglewood vs. Mornigside and Inglewood running back was running for a touchdown and he got shot before he made it. Hawthorne could be next. I do not enjoy this. I fear the worst and here up north and as well as in the towns like Sagus, etc there a better choices. I pray for those w
Hey Raymond, thanks for the upbeat, happy, and positive walk through the halls of our old alma mater, not to mention a few other schools in the old neighborhood. I, by the way, didn't cut you off, but I think the form-mail program EXPLODES after a few thousand negative comments. And about the Inglewood High running back that was allegedly SHOT while running for a touchdown. I wonder how they kept that off the 6 oclock news. Just what is the penalty for winging a wing back whose winging his way for the end zone? That's gotta be a 15 yarder anyway. HHS isn't the ideal school today. The school however is on it's way back. No one is saying you have to stay and send your children there, so why are you beating people up that do? Nuf said......
Name: Laura () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 15:07:22
City and State: Westminster
Message: The questions about the Hawthorne Mall got me thinking about my first job at the Carls Jr. there. Did anyone else get a job in the Mall when it opened in the mid 70's? If so, where were some of the places you worked? Anyway I heard Hawthorne has a Starbucks too!! Have a great day everyone.
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 13:45:13
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: 56 are ya? I remember when I was 56. Just barely though. I think Janet should go out & get you a new bike. Maybe even some real cycle garb! I think maybe once your dressed properly, & you get away from that step through frame bike you have been riding, you will feel better about yourself & begin to come out of your shell a little!! Happy 56 JB. TB from AZ
Hey Tom, Yeah I do hear people snickerin' at me on my BIG WHEEL, and I know Janet's shaking her head. Maybe I oughta move up to a two wheeler anyway. Keep your eyes peeled for a "Paper Boy Special" or maybe a 20 incher with a banana seat.
Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. (H1) () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 13:39:39
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City and State: Yorba Linda (Bush Country)
Message: HELP! AOL/computer down at home hence why I have been AWOL on AOL should be fixed this weekend.
75'ers should have info on Oct. 7th by now...if not contact us IMMEDIATELY for info...
Happy B-day John....come down to the river Labor Day weekend and the B-Day drinks are on me!!! ( I make a mean H20!)
I will check in when my computer is up and running time to get back to work!
Rock Steady H1
Hey Dale, I'd take you up on that one, but Janet and I are heading for the Mariposa County Fair. Yep, can't wait to get into that Pie Eating Contest. Thanks for the birthday wishes though, and give all my birthday drinks to Alan. Be a Coug boy.....
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 13:38:53
City and State: stillhereatthebitchenbeach
Message: Thanks Bonnie, My daughter was born Sept. 20th and as I recall that previous December we had gone to a Christmas Party and came home in that wild mood. We laid right down under the Christmas tree and make the worlds most beautiful baby! I think it was a combination of champagne and the glow of colored lights that did it. Hmmmm, Sloey, you've met my ex....It must have been the lighting....right? Love
Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 13:03:51
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to John and all the August birthday people. One comment on all this talk about HHS students. What ever happened to the Cougartown scholarship fund? Is it going to happen? That would be a good way to reward a worthy HHS student.
Hey Matt, Yes, that's coming from the HHS Tshirt fund and so far I've been trying to recoup my own front money. Like everything else it's just taking a little longer than hoped. It'll happen.
Thanks for the birthday wish too.
Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 13:03:21
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Happy Birthday, John....hope many many good things happen to you this week!
Me too.....thanks Don.
Name: Kell () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 12:15:34
Maiden: Not Hoody
City and State: coos bay,ore by the ocean
Message: Happy Birthday John and Howard, and all the rest of you August birthday people. I actually thought you were older john, but then I did go to HHS, my math is not that good. lol Personally and this is just me, I wouldn't live in Hawthorne now nor would I send My children to HHS. But you see I live in the beautiful state of Oregon where everyone is safe, all are schools are prestine, no guns, drugs or behind Boys Market fist fights.I have no idea why Robin would leave such a wonderful enviorment,oh but for the sake of Love. May I add that I'm just kidding before I start something here. Happy Birthday!!!!!
Thanks Kelley........I think.
Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 12:14:45
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City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Yeah, Bonnie, but also, for us folks up here in the Pacific Northwest or points farther north, it's pretty darned cold in those months, so, not only the Holiday drinking is involved.....some of us like to curl up in front of a nice fire while the electricity is torched from a bad snow storm, make some hot toddies, or some other nice hot libation, and get warm the most fun way possible! Sure beats an electric blanket or an extra comforter! And, I think it extends into the months of October and November, as well, on a lot of births, due to January and February not being very warm months, either! Viva la romance in the Fall and Winter!
Name: Shannon Keys () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 11:39:44
City and State: Colorado Springs
Message: Is the twenty year union for the class '80' really this weekend? Oh man! I linked up with list of attendees.........THE NAMES!! THE MEMORIES!! Chris Thomason (five hours early to our Little League games), Delene Fenton, Norman Solis, Vince Eden, and on, and on, and on! Have a blast.
I hope todays' technology, as well as this forum that John's been gracious to provide all of us will allow me a glimpse of the weekends faces and festivities. Hello to all and take care.
Good Luck Class of 80......have a great reunion.
Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 11:36:26
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: To answer Elizabeth Estrada's question "Is November a specially sexy month?" - "Yes!" My Mother always said that a lot of people are born in the months of August and September, due to all the holiday parties in November through December. The parties usually involve alcohol and well, you know what happens next............ ; )
Face down in the mashed potatoes, snotty faced drunk??
Name: LEEROY FELDERRUSTER () on Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 11:31:00
City and State: manhaddan beechs
Message: HAPPY BEFDAYD TA YOUSE
HAPPY BEFDAYD TA YOUSE
HAPPY BEFDAYD DEER JOHN EN PACO
HAPPY BEFDAYD TA YOUSE.
MY BERFDAYD WUZ IN MERCH. BEULAHS OKTERBUR
LEEROY FELDERRUSTER AND BEULAH
Thanks LeeRoy for the birthday greetings and for the Ecard too. Why if you were any more Special, you'd be in a coma boy, but we love ya' like an old coon dog. Bee a Cuge.....