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Name: Petey () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 19:24:21
Maiden: Honduras
Class: 1972
City and State: Salem,Oregon
Message: John, the reason your sack lunch was a mess is because of the wax paper bags we use to put the sandwich in. There were no plastic bags or zip lock bags back then. Also if there was a banana in your lunch EVERYTHING tasted like a banana. Once you moved up to lunch pail the thermos took on it's own special odor. I had a metal Beatles lunch pail for years. Of course the thermos broke the first day. See all of you Pacific Northwest Cougs soon.
Wax paper bags weren't invented yet. This was wax paper wrapped about an oily sandwich.

Name: Ray Shelley () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 18:26:09
Class: 58
City and State: Pride LA
Message: John B, thanks for the E. I wasn't worried you wouldn't do your part, just concerned about the postal service doing theirs. I have been reading the post and am amazed at the retention of some of these former Cougars. Great stuff. I have been racking my brain for a tid-bit to add to the feed back page. One event that came to mind was back in '52' or '53' the year they opened the first fast food restaurant in Hawthorne. I believe it was called Skippy's? Anyway, those were the days of brown bag lunches. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a couple of cookie's and an apple to clean your teeth. John, that was an everyday event! You can imagine at lunch time when the smell of hambugers and french fries circled Hawthorne Intermediate what I would like to have done with my brown bag. I remember what my mother use to say as I left for school. "Ray, have a good day at school, don't smoke, and bring back your lunch sack". ha. Do they still make brown bag lunch sacks? I never see them... Take care John and keep up the good work.. Your friend, Ray
Hey Ray, Yeah, I remember brown bag lunches. Everyday I got a tuna sandwich that would soak through the bag and be a big mess by lunchtime. I also got an apple and maybe a cookie or a sno-ball.
Skippys was a great place for the after school crowd. 2 burgers, fries, and a malt would cost you a cool 77 cents. Ah yes, times were good in Hawthorne in the 50's. Thanks Ray.....

Name: BOB JENSEN () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 17:21:27
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: Hey Susie, haven't heard from you in awhile. We all agree, our mother included, that the car was light blue grey. Do you remember what my parents drove, I believe your's had a Ford sprint wagon (kinda brown grey?) when we lived down the street from you. No it is not the Lococo's. You will have to wait awhile, want to see if brother Bill can remember. Sorry we won't be at the hot air fest. Want to go sometime. When we do we'll look you up. Everyone, I like Susie, she was the only girl I knew who was as keen on cars as I was in the 4th grade. She was (and still is I think) a great baseball player. Oh Susie, Brother and I can not remember our Kindergarten teachers name. Mother cant't remember either. I think you were in my class, do you remember. If anyone else can remember it was 1951 to 1958 at Anza School room 2. Please HELP. Bobby

Name: Susie Russelle () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 16:10:46
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 71
City and State: Albq.N.M.
Message: Hey Bobbie Jensen...for some unknown reason I re- member the Leuzingers' car as pale yellow not blue. Is the name of the family that owns the corner the Lococos'? Anyway the hot air balloon fiesta is set for Oct.7th, I'll be lookin' for any lostnfound cougars...Susie

Name: Bill Jensen () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 15:54:39
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne, CC
Message: To Alan Hauge and CT, Alan thanks for the history. I met Leuzinger's son once about the time that Sepulveda School was built. I was riding my Schwinn bike up and down some three-foot high dirt mounds along the perimeter of his field, between the farm and the school. Leuzinger saw me at a distance and could not figure out what, or who was bobbing up and down in his field. He drove the old Chevy out to investigate the situation. Leuzinger quizzed me for a few minutes. Then, upon his request, I demonstrated my bike riding abilities. Leuzinger informed me that he never saw anything like that before. I wonder what he would have thought if I demonstrated my ability to ride backwards while sitting on the handlebars? I remember he was a very pleasant guy.
Does anyone know how the name of Hawthorne was chosen?

It was named after Nathaniel

Name: Sherry Ward () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 13:56:46
Maiden: Rout
Class: 65
City and State: Close to the Smokeys
Message: As best as I can remember, Hessie McKnight (62) was the girl in the T-Bird. She dated Dennis Wilson for quite a while, and her dad did have a T-Bird. I have no idea if he ever took it away from her, but I think it was her.
Hesselyn, Were you the girl Hmmmm?

Name: Robert Jensen () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 13:20:33
Class: 71
City and State: Cheviot Hills, CA
Message: To my big brother: All this talk about restaurants is making me hungry. Remember when mom and dad took us out for dinner at Bar-B-Q Pete's or Mel's House of Raymond. We thought we were so fancy eating from the relish trays that were so common at those 1960 lounge type restaurants. Do you remember the name of House of Raymond before it was House of Raymond? Do you remember who built it and what is was named after? A hint, the family still controls that corner. Maybe John can give you a hint also.
See ya at the movies.

No idea

Name: Joyce Chance () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 10:20:20
Maiden: Savisky
Class: '62
City and State: Anaheim,Ca.
Message: The name of the restaurant on 135th & Inglewood Ave. was Rozzutti's.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 09:38:43
Maiden: I'mthereforyaKingypoo
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: John, John, John... regarding taking over the weekend CT duties.. Marsha & I are just what CT needs in your absence.. We'll have *Food fight Friday night* & *Saturday night pee in the sink contests..* Sundays at 26th street watching the surfers... The winner receives another famous glow in the dark rosary.. (incentive for the Catholic School Cougs) Now, Happy Anniversay Marsha and Robin Hood.. 4 months of wedded bliss..(how do I remember these things) and only 8 more months until we all return to Hawaii... Yeah!!!! Now back to getting Janny's hair in that jelly roll for Doo Wop.. and I still have to iron the points in my bra.. & change the dental floss on my "going steady ring" and paint it pearl white~~'s not easy going back to the 50's and 60's.. it really was work.
Judy Wudy Blomsterberg... THE ROWDYS

I don't mind you doing all that, I just don't want you messin' up the place......

Name: Guille () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 00:37:32
Class: 1995
City and State: Inglewood, CA
Message: A Career Network should be added for alumni, so contacts can be made between alumni who are in the fields others are interested in pursuing.

Name: Gina Peck () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 23:44:51
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: I couldn't go to my reunion because I was in Catalina, with my best friend Micki Reitmayer, celebrating my birthday, sitting on the beach, in white, at midnight, in a ring of fire, scrying the smoke of the incense, and attuning to the Goddess! We were being watched, and Micki thought I was being paranoid, but they used to burn us Wiccans for less!!! I was just waiting for the cops to harrass us for open flame on the beach or something. For her protection and benefit...Micki was just "sitting in" with me as she is a Christian. when I got home I had a 9-dog day (not to be confused with a 3-dog night) and I was near death (due to exhaustion) when the curtain opened for the REUNION!!! But, I scried was a snooze. Fellow '80's classmates...prove me wrong...produce the attendee list and the videos!!
Anita, darling, that note you emailed me was tooo funny. You should share it with the rest of the Cougs. And, I'll email you the "Heavy" cheesecake recipe in the morning...I can't get down the stairs right now.

Name: Frank A. Romano () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 21:43:13
Class: 1961
City and State: Las Vegas NV
Message: JB.... I for one believe that you have earned many times over the little time you take away from your CT Kingdom, and in particular the blue editing pencil that keeps feedback, well! Keeps feedback. I know Judy Rowdy Queen has your best interest at heart and I am almost certain that the blue pencil would be safe in her able hands. Judy would surely keep and protect feedback with her integrity, good judgement and spirit of fair play. Yeah right! Fair Play. You know that day in 8th grade when they separate the girls and boys... We learn fair play, the girls learn "I first person" But take a shot JB give the lady the chance. She really wants to Yeah Right Again. Mr. Sloey, I see from your well selected verbage that you are staying well ahead of them. Keep on going, and don't look back. HCH... happy to hear about the breakfast. How goes all the other important stuff you're doing? RCG Frank
Frank, I'll give up CT to Degrazia when they pry my cold gray dead fingers from the keyboard. JUST KIDDING Judy.......yeah right again!!!

Name: Gina Peck () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 21:16:56
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: So, Pat, who was at the reunion? how many people showed up? Who suprised you the most? Who had the oddest job? Who changes the most/least? Whew!! This Coug is hard to converse with!!
Gina, That's why YOU are supposed to go to YOUR reunion.

Name: Gina Peck () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 21:14:19
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Oh King John.....are you planning to be away this weekend? If so, please be sure to leave Judy the key.....
I'll be around this weekend although I'll be in Cerritos most of the day on Saturday. I won't close the website down, but you won't get prompt service either.
Judy wouldn't know which button to press on the computer, but she could surely come by, vacuum, and pull some weeds.

Name: Alan Hauge () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 21:01:26
Class: 1961
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: To Bill Jensen and CT;
Yesterday you asked about the blue chevy convertible parked in Leuzinger's barn? And what special equipment was installed on the chevy...well here is a piece of real historical Hawthorne trivia... In the 1930's on the same corner as the ranch house and barn owned by the Leuzinger family, my Dad, Cliff Hauge had a small gas station and cafe. He rented the property from the family. The last Leuzinger family member who drove the blue chevy had my Dad install a special device so it could be driven by hand because Leuzinger's Son was crippled from the waist down. The sad but true part is...his father had beat him in the barn with a lug chain crippling him for life. He was a nice guy and I met him many times with my dad. The last time I visited the farm I took about 100 photos of the farm and old cars which I have somewhere before they tore it down.

Great story Alan, and if you ever run across those photos, please email them on over.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 20:56:01
Maiden: Morememories....ofthebeach
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: If anyone wants to see some great pictures of what the roads to the beach looked like back in the 50's and 60's...just go to the little red school house museum at POLLY WOG PARK on Manhattan Beach Bl. and Peck.. You'll find picures of the 2 lane roads lined with those beautiful, big Eucalyptus trees..and dotted with the little houses. "long gone now".. (post cards & pics for sale too) There's also an old house museum on Flagler and 190th that has more of the same for the city of Redondo Beach.. worth the time to see it if you've ever traveled those shady lanes to the beach. Now.. the ROWDYS will be heading out this weekend to Universal for *The DOO WOP CONCERT.* Thanks John Rout.. for setting it all up.. I have my Aqua Net & rat tail comb ready for hair emergencies..and Janny's got a flask of Sloe Gin for the guys.. Oh ya, he's bought Butch wax & combed all his hair forward in a futile attempt to wear one last Jelly Roll.. OYE!!!
Let's ROCK * ROLL....
Judy Wudy... THE ROWDYS

Have a great time Rowdys, and please come by and get my autograph book. I still need "The Cadillacs".

Name: Pat Bush () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 18:55:14
Class: 80
City and State: BUENA PARK
Message: 80'S REUNION ??????? Just Kidding. Still Hang'n. It was fun, i thought there would be more people. That's was O.K., More Rum & Cokes for ME !!!
Pat, Thanks for that in depth look at the class of 80's reunion. Sooooooo you actually went, NOT to see your High School friends, but to drink rum and cokes. Hey, that's great......

Name: Bill Jensen () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 18:09:56
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Mom, do you really think I would put my brother in the trunk to save a dollar? Ha! Ha! That reminds me of a true story. One day during my Junior year I gave several of my friends a ride home from school. However, there was not enough room in my 53 Chevy for the whole group. Not wanting to leave anyone out, I thought for a moment and decided that I had room for the last person if someone was willing to ride in the trunk. Well, Laurence Richmond "63" went in the trunk. On the way, I forgot that Laurence was in the trunk. I took one turn a little fast and heard this loud thud. I continued to drive for several minutes before dropping someone off. I got out and opened the trunk. You should have seen the look on Laurence's face. I am not sure if he ever forgave me.
Sure I remember Zoody's Cafe located on Aviation between 120th Street and Wriggley's Market. It's still there. The name has changed. I'm not sure of the current name.

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 16:07:37
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Do hope you are all well, those living in the Napa region. That earthquake sounded like it was pretty bad. I should have posted this earlier. Hope you and all the wine are fine.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 15:02:40
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Today is the first day of school in the Wiseburn District and we had our 12th annual retirees' breakfast ... and Marie Gardner was there. Tomorrow she will be 99 and is doing great!! Superintendent Don Brann dropped by and gave us an update on the happenings and plans - sounds exciting. The restaurant at 135th and Inglewood Ave. was called Rozzuti's. Barbara Rozzuti is a Dana and HHS alumna. Love to all, HCH
Thanks for the update Mr. P. and Happy Birthday to Ms. Gardner.....

Name: Chris Hood () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 14:52:49
E-Mail: Fun, Fun, Fun
Maiden: Moondoggie-1
City and State: Sunny... at least today Oregon
Message: I don't know if daddy ever took her T-Bird away but I do know Niva France????? use to kiss this little guy good night at Hawthorne Youth Camp. Talk about FUN, FUN, FUN.
Ah yes, Hawthorne Youth Camp.......where young boys learned much more than just how to spot Poison Oak.

Name: Regina Jensen () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 12:48:22
Maiden: MOTHER
Class: 63,71,& 80
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: Bill Jensen, this is your mother speaking. Do not, I repeat, do not stick your little brother in the trunk of that car just to save a buck.
The answer to your question: Mr.Leuzinger was on crutches and he had hand controls installed on that car.
For the life of me I can not remember the name of the cafe on 135th Street and Inglewood Avenue. A question for you. Do you remember Zoodys Cafe on Aviation?

The restaurant on 135th and Inglewood Av. is called Genes. I don't recall the earlier name.
Thanks Mom "J" for checking in and feel free to join in anytime.

Name: Ron Dokken () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 09:22:36
Class: 1955
City and State: Endwell, NY
Message: I lived in Hawthorne from 1948 to 1958. Lived on 131st st and remember walking over the hill on the way to Hawthorne Intermediate. Seems to me the Baumgartners lived on the top of the hill and that there was a VFW building there that looked like a fort. Other people on that street were, Bob Patchin, Ray Booth, Fred Campbell, and "Pudge"? At the Inglewood Av end of 131 st was "pops" grocery store. Remember an old man there who would always add up the bill on a paper bag rather than use the register - great penny candy. Used to take the streetcar to Inglewood to set pins at the bowling alley. Also washed dishes at Patmars drive-in. Worked 3rd shift in order to support my 49 Ford. Don't know how I managed to graduate HHS. Remember a great sandwich shop on Hawthorne blvd later in the 50's named Green Farms? Also remember Jonnys Pastrami in Culver City. Made the mistake of going back to Hawthorne many years ago and found everything gone due to the freeway and general rebuilding craze. Anyone know where Ed Dorsey is? I ushered at his wedding and haven't heard from him since. Thanks for a memorable site.
Hey Ron, Thanks for the memories yourself. Green Farms has been gone for about 10 years, but Johnnys Pastrami place in Culver City is still there. The VFW is still there too and the reason you thought it looked like a fort was because the main room was made from the old Hawthorne water tank that sat on the highest hill in Hawthorne. I know about old Fords too and it would probably take an extra shift to keep them running. Thanks again and come on back anytime.

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 09:04:03
Maiden: Alan not Alex oops
Class: 75
City and State: Yorba Linda CA
Message: River was great...sorry Alan I meant you not Alex....I don't even know an Alex??
Reunion update ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT be sure you have sent your Registration $ for the Oct 7th reunion Need more info or can't find your registration packet, contact the HHS '75 reunion committee details in the Reunion section of Cougartown Rock Steady ya'll H1
PS 74 and 76 alumni are welcome the more the merrier : )

Name: Gina Peck () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 09:01:49
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Mr. Xmas is in the red hat!!! Don't you get it? Kindje is Thanksgiving, Bowie is Xmas, Justice is Hannaka, Shadow is Quanza, and Klondike is New Year! I used this photo for our xmas cards two years ago. You know how you can never please everyone (Hubs side of family is Jewish, friends are Christians, I'm Pagan) I was going for political correctness, but I blew it...Klondike should have been Chinese New Year. Kindje, Shadow, and Klondike are no longer with us, but Revel (Klondike's daddy), Millie, and Lucas joined the family to fill their "Hats". Okay, the cat is out of the bag...Janet, those "Hand-painted" sheets of Johns' really ARE hand-painted....but John is the artist!! (Ha, Ha!) How else would he know about the "racing stripes"? I was trying to share the color with you on the sly, John. Anita, I HATE it when women do the "secret recipe" thing. Good lord, if you are any kind of a cook you can pull a recipe apart by tasting the dish!! Unless of course your taste buds are shot. Funny how the best recipes have the simplest list of ingredients. I'd be happy to swap recipes with me directly with yours first!
Hey Derek!!! Tell us about the reunion!! How about a list of attendees? Some photos? Dude!! Are you out there?

Yes, What happened at the Class of 80 Reunion? Anyone???

Name: Patti Smith () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 07:32:56
Maiden: Smith
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: John, regarding the T-Bird, I remember that Pat Slaughter, Becky's older sister, drove one. Living next door to it, I couldn't miss seeing it every day and thought it was sooooo cool! And no, her dad never took it away.

Name: Louie Seven () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 01:44:27
Message: Hi ~ ya I scan through your TERRIFIC and CLEVER Hawthorne Site, I sense the Beach Boys presence behind every tree and lurking in every shadow. Yet, one would expect something a bit more official (like a special Beach Boys page (shouldn't be difficult to do). It's almost like them Wilson boys are given token acknowledgement, but that's all. Perhaps Cougars are tired of hearing about it; Perhaps the Beach Boys light shines too brightly; Perhaps The Beach Boys are the BIGGEST thing to ever come out of Hawthorne? Sure, they caused moments of embarrassment, but HEY, they sure put Hawthorne on the MAP. I think for that, they should be given the benefit of the doubt and awarded a corner of space here as a tribute to some regular guys who made good. REAL GOOD<>---> Louie Seven
Hi Louie, Yes, the Beach Boys went to HHS and that's pretty cool in itself, but this website isn't a Beach Boys website. It's about "ALL" HHS students and Hawthorne in general.
The Beach Boys can join in anytime they want and add to this forum just like anyone else. They all know Cougartown is here. If they do join in, I'd hope it would be stories about their school days and not so much about "The Boys".
Marilyn Monroe lived and went to Hawthorne schools too, but this site isn't about celebrities, it's about Hawthorne; the places we all frequented and the people we all hung out with, Beach Boys included.
Thanks for your comments.....

Name: Anita Young () on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 01:13:47
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Hey Gina, the guys in the 70's were usually stoned, too, but it seemed to make them nicer....odd how some people get under attitude adjustment....and the cheesecake....well, I never used to give out the recipe because my ex's mom and I are still good buds and she never wanted anyone but family to know it....well, I wasn't the first to blab it to people. Her other daughter-in-law had the odacity to publish it in a Nike holiday recipe book a few years back when she worked there! Needless to say, that made my ex-mom-in-law and her mortal enemies, I'm not kidding! You don't cross Germans! So, after that, she said since it was out of the bag to too many people, what was the point of it being secret, secret anymore? Good point, I think. Just nice knowing that I kept the secret for almost 15 years and didn't blab. Only took her other daugther-in-law 2 years! Some people! Maybe, we should compare recipes or send one another each other's cheesecakes? Interesting idea.

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