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Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 16:15:00
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: John, we are sorry to hear about Sandra. Our thoughts are with you and her family.
The Jensens

Thanks Bob.....

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 15:51:15
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: To the Jensen family...what was wrong with owning a Metropolitan Nash? I think those cars are cool and unusual. I wouldn't be ashamed of that!
And John....I am so sorry for the loss of your old high school friend. It is never easy losing anyone. I am deeply saddened by your loss and for her family. Reading that, I got all choked up thinking about some of my friends that are no longer with me. But, you are right, she's probably in a better place now.

Thanks Anita.....

Name: Robin () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 15:30:19
Maiden: East Side kid
Class: MCMLX
City and State: RB,CA
Message: Johnboy...The Skippy's pic took me back a few (decades)...Remember the days at good ole HIS when "Lucy" would catch "Ronnie" talking to "Terri" at nutrition...soooooo at lunch, Lucy would throw Ronnies skull and crossbone ring at him, chain and all, and choose off Terri for an old fashion after school a** kicking in Skippys parking lot..(It gets better:o)...the rest of the day was academically shot...Would Lucy have razor blades in her big hair like the last time???...Would Terri chicken out???...Did Ronnie even care???...Questions to ponder till the last bell and then it was showtime.......150 kids strong...the best seats were on the bike rack wall, bordering HIS and Skippy's ,so you had to be early...Lucy showed with her friends, Terri with hers...Ronnie came with Judy, his new steady for two hours by now and adorning his freshly polished ring (Ronnie had last period metal shop) for a good minute they pulled hair, scratched and kicked, but for the most part it was a verbal war of profanity...a much better show though than the guys, who for 5 min stood 4 ft apart and grunted "Ok you start it"...."no, YOU start it"...then a shoving match ended half of those or Mr. Hayduk would intervene...Dana missed the heartbeat of Hawthorne...Later Cougs :o)........PS...John, I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend and fellow 62'Coug ...These too young, too soon losses are wake up calls that hopefully remind us to count our blessings instead of our 401k plans.............
Thanks Robin, Sandy was very special and I'll remember her as one who kept me laughing. She was the best.
Great story too man, but I'm still stuck at nutrition and those terrific orange pushups. I do remember me and Sam Davis pushed each other all over the HIS campus spouting "You Start It...No, You Start It". We were both looking for a teacher to break it up, and couldn't find one. The fear of losing a fight and looking bad in front of your friends was worse than the fight itself.

Name: CHRIS HOOD () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 15:19:02
Class: 71
City and State: COOS BAY, OR.
Message: Judy D…saw you mention Phil Christiana from the old neighborhood, affectionately “Phil Wow” to us. I talked with Phily the other day and he mentioned you in fondness. He used words like fine lady and good people, that was however, before he new about the Saturday night pee in the sink contest. You know, us Oregonians have just a tad more taste than that. We prefer the snuff, chew and spit in the coonskin cap contest. That event allows our women folk join in and be a bit more competitive, you know the aim thing and all. And, as a bonus the winner gets to wear the cap home. ahhh you sissy Californians don’t know how to have fun…. Anyway, warm greetings from Coug Phil as he’s busy keeping our parks pristine and unfortunately he has no computer to kibitz with.
Chris, You just keep endearing yourself more and more to the OR crowd. I LOVE YOU MAAAANN!!! Have a great weekend.....

Name: Susie Russelle () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 14:13:37
Maiden: Kling...n
Class: 71
City and State: Albq.NM
Message: Bobbie Jensen...I dug out the pictures and you are right! You're not in Mrs. Garlows' class of 1959. But we are in 1st grade, Mrs. Browne and 2nd grade Mrs. Case together. Hi to Bill...have a great weekend..Susie

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 14:08:13
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: John, the Plymouth was dark green. Oh Sussie, I am so sorry. Brother was correct, we did have that NASH... I hate to admit to that and after we moved out of the Del Aire track father bought a RAMBLER for mother to go to the beach and supermarket in. By that time mom had a new SEDAN-DE-VILLE and father would get upset when us kids would get sand in the carpet and when mom would get door nicks in parkinglots. To sister Kathy, yes I do remember mom getting stopped by the HPD traffic officers. I don't remember who but I remember one time she was driving a Mustang Mach I and the cop asked her out for coffee at Tommies on Imperial & Hawthorne. I bet we had one of the few 48 year old mothers that were getting picked up by 28 year old cops. I always thought that was cool. Dad, on the other hand, did not...

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 13:06:27
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Bob Jensen: Mrs. Slaback is living in El Segundo with her husband. Other than arthritis she is doing fine. Miss Frank moved from Colorado to Arizona to Capistrano, CA where she is living with her sister. She is quite ill with a rare form of meningitis. Love to all, HCH
John: Would it be better if I e-mailed this kind of information? Mr. P.

Harry, I get tons of email asking about teachers. Please, if you have info on them, or any other pertinent info about Hawthorne or it's schools, let us all know on Feedback. Thanks.....

Name: John Baker () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 13:19:00
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message:I've just been dealt some very sad sad news about one of my favorite "Joined at the Hip" friends, Sandra Rohwedder Bottai HHS62.
This note is from her sister;
John, You have been a good long time friend of Sandra Rohwedder Bottai and I thought you would like to know that Sandra passed away this morning. She will be missed but she is out of her pain and suffering. Thank you for remembering her with your cards and notes all these years. Sincerely, Mary Jeanne
Sandy, I will miss your infectious smile, your contagious laughter, and your perpetual happiness. I will remember you always, and I know you're in a better place.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 12:41:45
Class: 63
City and State: hawthorne,ca
Message: Bob, Susie is partially correct about the car she remembers. It was a red-orange and white 56 or 57 Metropolitan Convertible. Now that was only one of many work cars that Dad owned over the years. The 47 Pontiac convertible was green when Dad purchased it. I believe it was purchased while we were still living on 121st. Shortly after the purchase, it received an inexpensive white paint job. I remember that we still had it when we lived on 124th. I think the Metropolitan was the next work car. He only kept that one for a short period of time. It was cute, but not too practical. I always thought it would run better with a small block Chevy under the hood. Dad had so many work cars over the years. He picked them up for very little money in those days. Some non classics were the 50 Studebaker and 47 plymouth. Oh, I just remembered that one of the earlier cars was about to be junked, when a fellow came by Dad's business and bought it for the Destruction Derby. Remember Ascot and the Jalopy Derby with Dick Lane announcing. Later WJ
Bill, Jalopy Derby was actually at Gardena Speedway on about Western and Rosecrans. Thanks, and BTW, what color was the Plymouth?

Name: Ruth Watson () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 12:24:04
Maiden: Kara
Class: 64
City and State: morgan Hill, CA
Message: Dan Dye lived on 117th street next door to my family. His Mom used to bake the best bread on the block and my Mom used to make boysenberry jam with the berries that Mrs. Dye grew in her backyard. To this day I make jam (I know, a lost art) but I buy the berries from the local farmers up here in Northern California. Does anyone remember Imperial Farms on Imperial Highway (and I can't remember the cross street)? It had a deli with dill pickles to die for.
Now that's the Dan Dye I remember. I just talked to his mom a few months ago and she's doing fine.
Imperial Farms was on the corner of Imperial Hwy and Prairie Av. Thanks Ruth....

Name: Kathryn () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 12:00:43
Maiden: Jensen
Class: 1980
City and State: San Diego, CA
Message: OK OK, looks as if the Jensen's have taken over. Hey Bobby and Bill can you remember the name of the motorcycle officer on the Hawthorne PD that used to pull mother over all the time? He is from one of the families we all know and remember.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 11:33:54
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: I couldn't stand it anymore. I got in the car and drove to Anza school and as I drove into the driveway I remembered her name. Miss Slaback. Sorry Mr. Plotkin, you were correct, the name Lucille gave me a curve. Mr. Plotkin, my mother would like to know if you know where Ms. Frank (@Peter Burnett) is these days. My mother was her aid during the mid 70's. Mother was known as "THE SARG" on the playground and at home. Thanks to everyone, now I can sleep at night. Mr. Plotkin, forgot to ask, do you know what as become of Miss Slaback?

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 10:39:21
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Bob Jensen: Sorry about that. I put you in kindergarten before your time. You were there in 1959 and Joan Garlow was teaching kindergarten then. For your third grade try Margaret Case, Sylvia Kirkpatrick, or Ruth Nelson. Your nurse was Julia Morris, and Pete Mannion was your principal. This was at Sepulveda School. A great big happy anniversary to the Hoods and the Blomsterbergs. John, I think you're right - four months is COMPOST!! Love to all, HCH
Thanks Mr. P. and I know the 5th month is the Dust Bunny Anniversary.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 10:06:36
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: Sussie a NASH? NEVER....Mother had one of those huge two tone Buick Super 2DR HT, Black and Yellow. She racked up a few traffic tickets in that car, getting stopped for the loud pipes. She liked to put it into low gear to jump the signals when making left hand turns (before left arrows) and then let off the gas, the car had glasspacks. Dad had a White Pontiac Convertible. My Grandparents had a NASH with FACTORY AIR, stick w/overdrive and no radio. Grandpa was frugal, safety minded and comfortable. The NASH was green and black. I must be loosing it. Brother and I agree it was not Miss Gralow. Gosh, if I'm in that picture I really must be loosing it. Anyone, please help, please name all the teachers at Anza school from 1951 to 1958 I can't sleep at night wondering who my first teacher was. I do remember I liked her. John, were those Carol Coombs own feet???
GOSH, I hope not!!

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 09:51:21
Maiden: Osborne53977
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hey Alan Hauge.. I didn't realize that we were practically neighbors in high school.. I was on 118th St and Sundale..& Hessy McKnight was right around the corner.. Sundale had a lot of H.H.S kids.. John Nix. Maureen & Colleen & Francie Trott.. Dan Dye...Gene Gutierrez & Phil Christiana Judy & Jody Halberg & Dan Pearce . (ring any bells?) Now.. if memory serves me well.. OSborne - PLeasant & FRontier were all local phone numbers..mine was OSborne53977.. and we all had "party lines" (but I never, never listened in) Now..back to ratting my hair with a tooth brush for THE DOO WOP CONCERT. (have to start now so my hair gets plenty of body) Judy Wudy THE ROWDYS
Judy, Dan Dye didn't live on Sundale.

Name: Dennis Kilroy () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 09:20:34
Class: 77
City and State: CA
Message: If anyone would like a more detailed history of Hawthorne, check out the city of Hawthorne Site. they have a cool site.

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 01:37:13
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Hey Neil you know if Mike Huerta had a brother named Chris? Their last name is unusual, like us Aceves', so was just wondering, or maybe a cousin? Chris was one of the fun "knuckleheads" that hung out with me and my brother and gang at our old El Segundo place. I always wondered what happened to Chris.

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 01:10:55
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Great picture of Skippys Ray Shelley. Didn't that place become Biggies. No kidding I remember the name.
Sherry, please go to the Hangouts page, then click on Biggies AKA Skippys. After it was Biggies, it was called GNG's for a year or two.

Name: neil larson () on Friday, September 8, 2000 at 00:20:09
Class: 71
City and State: CRESTVIEW, FL

Name: Alan Hauge () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 23:19:49
Class: 1961
City and State: PDR, CA
Message: I lived on 115th street and knew Hessie McKnight who lived three blocks east of me, well....if I recall correctly, she was in fact the girl the Beach Boy song "Fun, Fun, Fun" was based on. Her father had a white 1957 T-Bird with the port holes in the top. And I think she got caught cruising the A&W when she was supposed to be at the Library...actually I think she was the only teen-ager to con her parents....ok so maybe we all did it once or twice except JudyWudy...she did it three times...told me so at Pinks, that's why John won't trust her with the CT website. Something about a prom dress.... Alan
Hessie, at the Library??!! Come now Alan........ If my parents saw my car at the library, they'd come in and find out what I was up to.

Name: Alan Hauge () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 23:13:57
Class: 1961
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: Triva addition:
A few other local telephones started with: OSborne in Hawthorne and if you lived in El Segundo it was EAstgate, or was it WAtergate, no that was back east somewhere, hummmm, I guess sometimers get's all of us eventually, or was that alltimers???....and regarding the last living Leuzinger on the farm... he was a great guy and all those rumors were just that, rumors. Everytime I met him he had a great since of humor and lived a simple life just as if he was back in the mid west somewhere. I also knew someone who made a sizeable offer to buy his property....which he turned down and said he wanted to live out his days on the family ranch which had dwindled to a few acres.
Bye CT for now....

Name: Susie Russelle () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 22:15:38
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 71
City and State: Albq.N.M.
Message: Hey Bobbie Jensen... yes we had a white falcon squire wagon with the wood on the sides, a luggage rack on top and a 260V8 under the hood. I remember a red n white Nash in your driveway, please say I'm right! Oh and our kindergarten teacher was Miss Garlow...I still have our class picture. Thanks for the compliments, you made my evening!!!Susie
a NASH!!??

Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 21:41:35
Class: 71
City and State: Cheviot Hills, CA
Message: Thank you Ray Nelson and Mr. Plotkin but that was not our teachers name. I also had Ms. Brown for 1st and Miss Case for 2nd, Herbie Hammer for 4th and then we moved. For 5th is was Mrs. Sumpter for 6th it was Mrs. Santos, 7th was Mr. Davis, and 8th was Jack Swanson and Harriet Walker for my second room. For the life of me I can't think of my K or 3rd teachers. Maybe Jan Norton, Mike Trotter, Gina Dunn or Cindy Appleton can help I think they were in the same class as I.
John, cute photo, love her pedicure. Please notice the phone exchange OSborne. Who recalls any of the other local exchanges in the area?
Mr. Nylander moved to Hawaii several years back and I believe he died waiting for a kidney transplant.
To my brother Billy, yes you're close. It was the Green and Gold Cafe. I always thought it was named after Hawthorne Intermediate's school colors.

The girl in the Nylander picture is Carol Coombs HHS61, but I don't think I can name all of her teachers.
Other exchanges were ORchard, ORegon, FAculty, DAvis, SPruce, and the imfamous ZEnith. Try and find that one on your cell phone.

Name: Max Roelen () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 21:37:31
Class: 1974
City and State: Citrus Heights, Ca
Message: To Bob Jensen: I do remember the old farmhouse with the barn on Aviation/El Segundo Blvd. I don't remember the car too well because no one ever got close. Rumor had it back then, if one set foot on the property, the old man would shoot you with a shotgun. It must have been a war zone when TRW took over. But I am sure he made a few dollars on the offer!

Name: Pat Bagby () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 21:03:54
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 64
City and State: NYC
Message: Regarding the name Hawthorne, I remember learning in school that it was the favorite author of the daughter of the man who became the first mayor.
I'm quoting from the pamphlet "City of Hawthorne" by Robert S. Hartman.....Hawthorne was founded by B.L. Harding and H.D. Lombard, who began the development of the city in 1905, by purchasing acreage from the land company and creating the Hawthorne Improvement Company. The name "Hawthorne" was chosen by the daughter of Harding, Mrs. Laurine Woolwine, who shared her birthday with author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 20:55:49
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Brother Bob: The earlier name of Mel's House of Raymond was the Green and Gold Room. The John Phillips family built the restaurant, naming it the Green and Gold Room after a church group that the family belonged to. I believe the name change occurred in the mid-fifties when Mel Raymond bought the business. The restaurant is no longer there, having burnt down some years ago. The Phillips family still controls the property.
What's was the name of the studio that was located south of Phillips Plumbing (corner of 138th and Hawthorne)? WJ

Name: Alan Hauge () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 20:33:21
Class: 1961
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: Is there any Cougars in the mid-west? Especially central Indiana? On this coming September 22-24th in Fairmount, Indiana they are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the death of James Dean. (September 30th, 1955). In previous years, 50,000 people a day, mostly fans, pour into his hometown. We will be premiering our new film "James Dean American Legend" in Fairmount. If any Cougs are close by, stop in, it should be fun. Especially when 50,000 people invade a town of 3,000. There's also a car show with 5,000 custom cars, a James Dean look-a-like contest, a fair and loads of hometown food to be had. We will have a booth at the park and VHS copies of the film will be available all over town at sevreal locations. Look me up. Fairmount is about 70 miles north of Indianapolis and 160 miles south east of Chicago.
Alan Hauge class of 1961
"James Dean American Legend"
a new film by the only Hollywood producer to ever read the diary of James Dean
Visit our new web site at:"

Hey Alan, Great looking website. Any Cougs in the area, I know you'll have a fun time.

Name: Ray Nelson () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 20:29:08
Class: 1973
City and State: Fayetteville, Ga (AKA Wet -Billy Goat Acres)
Message: Hey Bob Jensen, I think that Kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Wilson. I was at Anza in 1960 and I think I was in room 2. Hope this helps. I do remember my 1st grade teacher, Mrs Brown.

Thanks Ray

Name: Russell-Hood () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 20:25:42
Maiden: Russell
Class: 64
Message: And they said it wouldn't last! Happy 4 month anniversary on the 8th to Jan and Judy Blomsterberg...AKA Noodlemans (I wonder how I remember these things?) I hate to cut this short but my husband wants to start celebrating........and I don't have to tell you the Hoody reputation.

Have a great 4 month Anniversary--- Hoods and Blomsterbergs. I think the 4 month anniversary is the Compost Anniversary isn't it.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 20:24:16
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Bob Jensen: My earliest list of kindergarten teachers at Anza is for the '56 - '57 school year. There were three: Lucille Slaback, Catherine Chaudet, and Merna Wilson. I hope one of those names rings a bell. Love to all, HCH

Name: Gary Lents () on Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 19:30:20
Class: 67
Message: Did Don Bowen go to Hawthorne? Would've been around '62 graduating class (give or take a coupla years)....

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