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Name: mike angle () on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 00:39:33
Maiden: almost a beach
Class: 67
City and State: aloha, oregon
Message: John... It would be best verified by Dr. Morgan himself but while on a fishing trip on the Imnaha River, in north eastern Oregon, my landlord, Fred Morgan, told me he gave Brian an "F" on a little ditty he wrote for a class assignment titled "BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL". The good Docter explained the grade by noting the use of the Notre Dame fight song as the major portion of the bridge when the assignment specifically required the composition to be original. And Mr. Morgan still stands by his grade, though somewhat reluctantly.
Chris and I were reeaallllyyy late for the get together here, but found everyone happy, friendly and looking good. We are looking forward to seeing the pictures posted. Can hardly wait...
I just love this history stuff....

Now if it came from the good Dr's lips, I say that's the story. Thanks Mike.....

Name: Lori Padelford () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 23:20:50
Class: 81
City and State: OC
Message: Just to let you all know I saw on that there is an all class reunion at Wilson Park. Its this Saturday starting at 10:30. Bring your own lunch and they say bring a sign with your name and year on it.
Wilson Park is on the east side of Crenshaw between Carson and Sepulveda. Thanks Lori

Name: Kell () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 22:17:58
Maiden: cur
Class: 67
City and State: coosbayoregon
Message: I have a question. Chris Hood did not attend HHS. Why are his posts in RED? Other folks who didn't attend HHS have there posts in BLUE. Is there favoritism going on here. He's from Lennox anyway. Love ya CUZ
Only Leuzinger folks have their posts in blue. Inglewood have their posts in green. I happen to like him so his posts are in red.

Name: Kelley () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 22:12:07
Maiden: Currie
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay, Or
Message: I had such a good time at the reunion. We only got there early to make sure the keg was tapped correctly!!!!! Everyone was so nice, we laughed all day. Seemed like we knew each other forever. Sorry we left just as Hammer got there. class of '68 we knew alot of the same people. Really for those of you who didn't attend you are FROM LENNOX for sure. Next year Petey and I will set a date, Tap the keg and you're on your own. Thanks Mike and Nancy for sharing your home with us. North Plains is a cool place. there is nothing there but pot fields. Paradise. Anita, as for the tan. will beach, sun, towel, sunscreen. Also Sun, sunscreen, and gardening. Hey I don't know about you but I never let go of the south bay surfer girl image. I'm not really tall, Petey is really short, she did get a good smuch from James Dean, I got to hold the hand of my idol Marilyn Monroe!! The cars were so neat!! and he had old drive in movie speakers in them! Thanks again everyone that got this together, as I said before it was a blast. Hope you get some Pictures to post.

Name: Norm Vorhis () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 22:07:14
Maiden: Norval
Class: 59
City and State: Monrovia, Ca
Message: Bill Jensen: You just reminded me. At the N/W corner of the airport at 120th and Prairie is the Western Museum of Flight ( A neighbor of ours Jack Wilson (retired from Northrop) is an aviation history buff, and a volunteer there during the week. He remembered Rusty Bell but not John Baker. One of the workers is compiling a history of Northrop and the airport, and he is looking for any artifacts, pictures, etc. He particularly wants pictures of Dr. Mudd's C-46, and/or the Doc's P-61 Black widow, which sat next to it for a time. Bracket Field sounds like my kind of cruise (vintage wings and wheels). I'll drop by as soon as I can. John Baker: Brother Jim verified Tom Quintana as Buds younger brother I remember his dad Henry and his brothers had the coolest cars, especially Pete's '50 Olds. Henry was one of the original area cruisers (Model "T"s) along with our neighbor Warren Jock, and a guy named John Baker. Loretta nice talking to you, your mother, and son yesterday.

Name: Stephen Colet () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 21:47:20
Class: 1968
City and State: Castaic
Message: Time delay here...just found this great site, thanks John...yes Tina Ferguson I remember Mrs. Clayton, I think I had her for both the 7th and 8th grade at RHD...remember being in her class when she told us JFK was shot...damn.....guess even I couldn't forget that, hey....and I thought my memory was getting bad!

Name: Myrna () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 21:34:00
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Message: I have pictures of Tom, Gordon, and I sitting on a pony in those outfits. I think I was probably about 3 or 4. I don't remember the event at all, in fact if there weren't pictures of me on the horse I would swear it never happened!
Here's Myrna's brother Tom HHS58 on a pony too. Was that the same nag?

Name: Stephen Colet () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 20:57:24
Class: 1968
City and State: off I 5
Message: going to Crane's Records in Inglewood in the mid 60's and buying bootleg 4 tracks.

Name: EL (BRUIN) ROJO () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 20:39:20
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: STATEOFBLISS
Message: HOWIE, that was probably the best game s...c has ever played, you know last weekend:) The only sound you'll hear coming from birdland this weekend is "SQUAWKING" when the MIGHTY BRUINS replay the sound track from "caddyshack", oops I stepped on a duck. By the way, that line up that you showed in the headings, was that the guys who were up for robbery, dope, what? The names mean nothing to a BRUIN! I wish someone would have dispatched one of those guys along time ago, I forget his name. It would have saved the world alot of grief! Oh, and tell us how many #3 teams the dogs have beaten this yr? I'll be listening to the SQUAWK this weekend. Loving You. Jake N Jude. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! I can see the feathers flying!!!!!
Russ, You quack me up!!! Is it true the Bruins fight song is "Teddy Bear" by Elvis the Pelvis??

Name: Jack Hammer () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 20:28:28
Class: 68
City and State: Oakland Or
Message: Thanks Anita for all the nice words and THANKS Mike for having us over! I had a great time and REALLY enjoyed meeting some new Cougs. You guy's that didn't make it don't know what you missed. Mike and Nancy's home was nice but the shop was AWESOME! It goes without saying the cars were AWESOME too (all Ford's so from a completely and totally dedicated "CHEVY" guy that's got to come from the heart).
(If I'd a still had my "57" CHEVY we would of made it the first time)

Name: JIMMIE BOICE () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 19:57:53
Maiden: ROWE
Class: 61
City and State: NORCO,CA
Message: Hi John, I love the PROM idea, please tell Jim and Karen Essner about it the next time you get your hair cut, and please say hi to Jim for me thanks - Jimmie
I will do that. I know they'll come to the Prom.

Name: Chris Hood () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 19:27:00
City and State: Coos Bay, Or.
Message: Plaza Theater...Saw the original House on Haunted Hill through the holes in my baseball cap and still had nightmares for months...Also saw what had to be one of the first 3D flicks, “Thirteen Ghosts” with the red and blue visor...WOW, with movies like that and a regular dose of “Chiller” and “Strange Tales of Science Fiction” as a child, its no wonder that I’m a disturbed adult.
Not sure, but think either "The House of Wax" or "Charge of the Feather River" was the first 3D movie. Gee, wasn't THAT interesting. I remember I was about 9 and knew I was going to a 3D movie. They gave me those glasses and I sat through the first feature wearing them. I thought, "Man, this is a gip."

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 19:06:44
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Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: John....I had no idea how long the guy was doing the pics....I only know about me and my brother getting ours taken at roughly the same age. So, that would put it at the late 50's, early 60's. Cool that he had been around so long. When I mention this to a lot of people, they look at me with a puzzled look, that is why I was curious.
And, you'd be surprised what I remember from when I was 2 years old! I blow my mom away all the time with stuff and she comes back to me with "I had no idea you'd remember that. Funny how I remember more of my little kid stuff than I do my teenage stuff....must of been the partying! But, John, a lot of the Plaza stuff was there a lot longer than when I was 2 or 3! C'mon now!

I wasn't talking about the plaza stuff. I was talking about how you could remember, at 2 years old, that your mom said you couldn't have the pony so you cried. Actually I guess "thinking that the pony was theirs" would have happened to EVERY 2 year old that was put on the back of that animal huh, although I'll be darned if I remember it.
So hows the healing process coming along. Are you going to get to go back to work soon?

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 16:54:06
Class: 63
City and State: hawthorne
Message: John, thanks for the comments about HHS's Night Owls and the members. Too bad Jimmy Lendennie wasn't here locally. He could give a hand helping with the maintenance on my 1948 Stinson 108-3. I know many Cougars are interested in the old street racing machines and older classics cars. What I don't know is if there is much of an interest in old aircraft. If you are interested in both old cars and airplanes, there is a small monthly get-together at the La Verne Bracket Airport. On the third Sunday of every month, old aircraft and cars are on display. The airport is located just west of the fairground and raceway at Pomona. Anyone is welcome to attend or display their vehicle at no cost. There is a restaurant in the terminal building and a picnic area next to the displayed vehicles. Yesterday was the third Sunday and I was out there in the heat. Boy, was it hot! So, I spent a lot of time under the tree at the picnic table. A stock 34 Ford Roadster showed up. Wow! What a beauty! I am out there just about every month with my red Stinson, so drop by and say hello. Bill
Thanks Bill.....

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 15:52:04
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Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Raymond, ya silly knucklehead! Sorry if he harrassed you too much, John, on my horsey pics. Does anyone remember the guy who would come around Hawthorne in the late 50's, early 60's with a pony, and he had the props, too, the cowboy hat, chaps, vest and camera to take pictures of kids on the back of the pony? My brother has pony pics, too. I used to want a pony so bad when I was like 3 and 4. So, when this guy showed up to take our pics, I thought my mom and dad had finally gotten me that pony. That's why, in one pic, I am just smiling and beaming, and in the other, I am sad, and on the verge of tears! Right after the sad pic was taken, I started bawling because my mom finally told me that the pony was his and not mine and that he was going to take it with him when he left! I was just crushed! And, for the Hawthorne Plaza...Ray, it was really neat. I still remember it. Much nicer than that stupid Mall ever was! Palm trees, nice neatly cut hedges, benches to sit on, and the WW2 memorial, the old movie theater,....they do need to bulldoze that stupid mall, what's left of it, and restore that area to a somewhat reasonable facsimile of the original, I think. And re-do the WW2 memorial. To of removed that to build a mall is a slap in the face to all of those men and women who fought for our freedom. And for what, a stupid mall? For shame!
Anita, How do you remember that? You were only 2 years old.
You say does anyone remember the guy. I had my picture taken in 1946-47 on a pony that resembled yours, and I know of people older than me that had theirs taken in that same costume. I'm sure they were taking them from the early 40's to the late 60's or early 70's in Hawthorne. Also, look at that horse. He didn't move one bit between takes. I'm sure he was dead when the picture was snapped.

Name: Stephen Colet () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 15:11:45
Class: 1968
City and State: Castaic
Message: Ahhh..the wonder years, still tremble at the thought of confessing to father Redahan, guess that's why I made the detour to Chips after my parents dropped me off at St. Josephs. I remember riding my Honda 50 to Ivy's restaurant on Hawthorne to wash dishes. Sunday morning trips to pick up rolls and deli at Martini's and then Millers Italian deli on the blvd. Collecting and delivering papers from the L.A. Times distribution point behind the Plaza (thanks Bob and Scott Ferguson!) Anyone remember the library on Aviation, between Zootys and Wrigleys market?

Name: Ray Smith () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 12:26:22
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland,OR
Message: Talking to Kel at the Picnic got me a wondering what Hawthorne was like in the area where the mall was built back in the 60's.(It would be nice if we can add pictures of Hawthorne at the Prom). I barely remember seeing a train depot where they would unload Christmas trees but Kel said there was a WW2 memorial there at one time. I would love to see pictures of that. Too bad they can go back and restore that area like it use to be. That's one reason I love it up here in Oregon. Lots of old buildings from as fare back as the ol' West. Anita house was built in 1890's and my eyes were BIG just looking at the place. Then at Mike's house he had his old cars and stuff. God I can't get enough of the great ol' days. Now, our kids are telling us we had it so good.
The WWII memorial was in Broadway Circle park and was torn down to build to Mall. The plaque was taken to Hawthorne Park and hung on the wall over there, but the memorial was bulldozed.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 12:18:27
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland,OR
Message: Ok John, hand them over. Ya know what I'm talkin about. Those pics. Ya know, the one with the dame with brunette hair riding on a phony. The dame's name?.....ah Anita it was. Still is I reckon. Need to see them because the suspends is killin my nerves. You have the rights to remind but also to share. If you give up those rights then ship them back up here in the Northwest so we can raid the house to go lookie see. Tha dame is getting mighty bummed not having her baby pics around. Look like a case of kiddnappers of the pics. So whatda ya say big boy?
There you go Ray

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 11:41:29
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: John, wasn't Dombrowski's located on Anza near Imperial? Yes, Anza! Anza is better known today as La Cienega for those very very young Cougars. Yet, I still think of it as Anza. I remember that Airline Drugs was on the southeast corner of Anza and Imperial. Dombrowski's, from what I recall, was south of Imperial on the west side of Anza, maybe a block south. What do you say John?

I remember Dombrowskis Florist being on Century, just east of Inglewood Av., but that was in the early 60's. Also portions of Anza, between Rosecrans and about Manchester were called Freeman St.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 11:08:44
Class: 69
Message: That's the one! Vic Leroux's Nomad was the bomb, Baby. As I recall, Vic wasn't too bad either. thanks, Gary.

Name: Gary Lents () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 10:46:52
Message: I think the Nomad you are talking of belonged to Vic Leroux

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 10:41:53
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Bob, it was the Night Owls! I am sure that some of the band members are active, like Dennis Herbst, Greg Bowman and Dennis Noday. I have heard roomers that some may even be members of an appropriate band. Some of the early sixties members were Jimmy Lendennie, Wayne Woodruff, Victor Rice, Dennis Herbst, Ed Palmquist, Milton Calkins, Darrell and Russ Boesinger, Ken and Ray Crocker, Laurence Richmond, Bob Wallace, Chuck Weatherly, Gary Curnutt, Steve Rigg, Eugene Obillo, Bill Mason and others. How about it! Are any of you guys out there? Let's hear from you. Oh, by the way, I can't forget to mention that the late Jan Pitkanen was a member of the dance band. Well, if the old group were together again, Spider would have to direct. I bet he would still have his hands full, trying to keep the guys out of mischief.

Jimmie Lendennie is in Texas and is a helicopter mechanic. Vic Rice I saw at our 30th reunion in 92. Darrel Boesiger is in the Pacific Northwest I think, and Eugene Obillo was in Lomita as of our last reunion. I do remember these guys playing at after game dances and other HHS functions, and they were very good, or at least I thought so at the time. Thanks Bill....

Name: Linda Farrow () on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 09:03:29
Maiden: Elia
Class: 82
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Message: Message to John Baker: John I received the Cougartown t-shirt for Brian Wilson, but I have a question. The front of the shirt says, Cougartown.Mom, what's that about? .com was lined out with mom. Is that the ways it's supposed to read? Let me know. So did anyone Cougars make it to the Taste of Newport on Sunday? The Beach Boys, (only one, Mike Love) were great! I sat front row and danced my butt off! They put on a great long show. My daughter kept grabbing me to relax and stop dancing all over the place. All the great songs were played I had a blast there.
Hi Linda, No Brian isn't a Cougartown Mom. Those shirts go out to Cougar Moms who also have Cougar Kids. I will get the shirts by Wednesday and send you another one. Please send that one back to me at PO Box 1406, Lomita, CA 90717. Sorry for the mix up Linda.

Name: BLAKE WITHELL () on Sunday, September 17, 2000 at 22:49:03
Class: 67
City and State: TORONTO CANADA

Name: Anita Young () on Sunday, September 17, 2000 at 22:43:46
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Well, here it is, kids....the report on the Pacific NW Cougs BBQ reunion on Saturday, September 16 ( Happy Belated Birthday, Omar Azze).
Petey Smith and Kelley Currie were the first 2 to make it there, heck, they beat me and hubby and I was one of the committee persons! Kel is much taller and darker than I expected ( I forgot to ask you, Kel, how do you tan in Coos Bay? I lived there for 2 and a half years, and all I got was oyster white!)
It was me & Hubby and child; Mike and his wife, Nancy; Raymond and his daughter, Terra; Petey and Kel for the first few hours and then, lo and behold, who shows up but Jack Hammer! He and his wife, Joyce, made it, despite their car breaking down on I-5 about 6 hours into it. They turned around and were able to get their car back home and got in their other car and came back. They did this all the way from Oakland, Oregon, which is not far from Roseburg, which is roughly about 145 miles, approx. Talk about your Cougar spirit! And Kel had a lot of her Coos Bay Coug buds weenie out at the last minute! Jack, you make me proud to be a Coug, buddy! By the way, John, even though, technically, Kel came the farthest, Coos Bay, since Jack had to turn around, go home and come back, he actually did come the farthest, so he won the Cougartown T-shirt! Way to go, Jack! The 2nd and 3rd place winners, Petey and Kel, won a nice collectors tin of chocolate, yogurt and fruit flavored hazelnuts and a beer mug that said on it "Oregon Bite Me Bait Company". They were both happy with their prizes!
Too bad Petey and Kel left the earliest. An hour or so later, Mike Angle and his wife, Chris, showed up! They came from a car show down in Grande Ronde to be there! Thank goodness, they only had to go home to nearby Aloha, OR so as not to have that long drive home!
So, the classes of the mid to late 60's were well represented at the reunion as was the late 70's (me and Mike), early 70's person was Petey and the only 80's person was Raymond (sorry buddy). Fun was had by all....the cars of Mike's on hand were immaculate and beautiful. Just wait until all you car buffs out there see the pics! My fave, the powder blue t-bird! Oh momma! What a dream that car is! Kel and Petey got a "Thelma and Louise" pic in it and Petey got a James Dean hanky panky pic in the coral pink Edsel! That James, what a grabby guy he is! Petey loved it!
And Gary Lents, dear, we talked about you a lot at the reunion. For some reason, you were a HOT topic! Must of been the double batch blueberry CHEESECAKE I made in your honor! We took pics of it, too, so you can gaze upon it fondly once the pics are posted!
Would of been cool if more folks would of shown but hey, for a thing that was planned and put together in a month, not bad at all! Plus, those of you in Southern Oregon that grumbled, I'm sorry, but this wasn't supposed to be an Oregon only event. We wanted to include our neighbors to the north, in Washington. To of made this farther south would of been a big hassle for them too. If you've ever had to travel anywhere north of Seattle or even through it, you'd know what I mean. It used to be only a 3 or 3 and a half hour drive years ago. Now, to go through downtown Seattle, even on a weekend, or the other side of the sound and have to go over the Tacoma Narrows bridge....night mare traffic city! So, it would of taken those people just as long to get here as it would of you, no lie!
Petey and Kel already expressed interest in getting one of these together next summer somewhere around maybe Eugene or points further south. At least they have more time than we did and maybe this next one will only be Oregon only, I have no idea. But ya know, at least we had the dream and we gave it a shot....that's all anyone can do. To Jack Hammer, Petey Smith, Kelly Currie, Mike and Chris Angle, and, of cousre, to Raymond, for having the drive and dream and Mike, for keeping his cool and letting us use his wonderful house, and cars for this thing, all I have to say is.... I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!! YOU ARE ALL THE BEST! Thank you all for being there and making this fun! Be a Coug!

Hey that's is great. Glad you all had a good time and can't wait for the pictures. I know it's hard to get lots of people committed on such short notice. Now you've done it. The next one will be easier. Thanks Anita......

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