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Name: Jodi Alexander () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 17:01:15
Maiden: Torgerson
Class: 75
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca.
Message: When I was probably 7 or 8yrs old my Grandpa Milazzo took me to a wrestling match in L.A. We sat in the 2nd row and I remember it well because Jimmy Durante was sitting in front of us.
Gorgeous George saw me and leaned over the rope and gave me one of his "Gold Bobby Pins".
I still have it. I guess that what was so special about it, was that I got to go with my grandpa all by myself. We ate popcorn, hot dogs and drank sodas and yelled are heads off. I still think to this day my grandpa thought it was the real deal!
My Grandma Torgerson watched wrestling every time it was on and George was her favorite. I gave her the gold bobby pin and I received it back, in the same box I gave it to her in, when she passed away some 34 years later.
Thanks for bringing back a great childhood memory of that special time that I spent with my grandpa, who has been gone a very long time. I still miss him like it was yesterday.

Name: Joy Rasmussen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 16:55:17
E-Mail: joyrasmussen99@hotmail
Class: 1974
City and State: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Message: My brothers and sisters all went to HHS, including me. Does anyone remember Lonnie Rasmussen, who would have graduated in 1968? He was killed in a car accident in 1965. I'd like to find some memories.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 16:25:58
Class: 77
City and State: 90250
Message: Does anyone remember the '77 Cougar who won a "pair of Pacers" on 93 KHJ during our senior year? Speaking of 93 KHJ, Ben Fong Torres (think "Almost Famous") has out an excellent book on Top 40 radio in the 50s and 60s called "The Hits Just Keep On Coming" Based on some of the interplay on this guestbook, many of you may be interested in this book. There also is a 'Boss Radio' website which pays homage to KHJ -- if you are so inclined. Curtis Conway had a nice game in a tough loss to Buffalo -- nice to see him back.

Name: Ray Nelson () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 15:42:58
E-Mail: prnelson
Class: 1973
City and State: Fayetteville, Ga (AKA Billy Goat Acres)
Message: I thought I knew a lot about Hawthorne and the 60s. Boy, am I humbled. I have one that might stump a few. Who's phone number was TR2-1880. This phone number has been imprinted on my memory cells most likely because I watched far too much TV as a kid.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 15:10:07
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: "Lotta Chatter"

Name: Bob Milazzo () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 14:37:13
Class: 60
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: Gorgeous George lived on York Ave I remember the Gold Bobby Pins and I can remember Jeff Baker, Gordon Martin and myself having a Tag Team match with him in his front yard. Must say he kicked butt on all of us!

Name: Steffi Payne () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 14:12:46
Message: I was referred to this site from a man I went to school with in Big Spring, Texas, William Homberg. I recently got back in touch with him via the internet. Having just returned from my 35th reunion in Sept. I was looking for more good friends and finding William was a great highlight of the day. Too bad he did not graduate with us, but it looks like he went to a good school and did well with his life.
Steffi Clark Payne, class of 65, Big Spring, Texas

Thanks Steffi for dropping by...........

Name: DAN PETTY () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 13:31:49
Class: 65
City and State: SANTA ANA, CA
Thanks Danny.......

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 11:54:00
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Aragon Ballroom!
El Monte Legion Stadium, Pan Pacific Auditorium

Name: Bob Milazzo () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 11:50:48
Class: 60
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: Gorgeous George had a Sail Boat in his back yard that he built! Once it was completed they had to lower all the phone and electrical lines and bring in a crane to move it into the alley!
Bob, Where did he live?

Name: Paul M. Evans () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 10:49:15
Message: I graduated from Lennox High in 1972 is there a Lennox web site also? Your Hawthorne site is the best.
Paul, I thought Lennox had a website, but I'll be darned if I can find it now. Sorry.....

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 10:11:21
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: John, I know the house you are talking about (120th street near Prairie) and always thought that the B on the chimmey stood for Bombard. Yes, I thought that Rachel Bombard '63' lived there, but not sure. Someone out there knows.
That "B" has been on that chimney at least since I went to York school in 1949-50. Anyone have a clue? The house is on the north side of 120th between York and Prairie, and the "B" is still on the chimney.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 09:44:36
Class: 71
City and State: LA
Message: To my dearest darling sister; ?My Mother the Car? is correct. I didn?t think you were old enough to remember that. I guess that you were forced into watching what I watched, (I controlled the clicker in those days), until you got your own TV.

Name: Howie's Mommy () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 02:50:33
Maiden: Southwick
Class: '39
Message: Little Howie just loved his favorite singing cowboy "Doye O'Dell" and he also loved his fried chicken, it was finger lickin' good.

and dig that Adirondack chair with a moon roof.

Name: Janet () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 00:59:32
Maiden: Hilliard
Class: 55
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: I was extremely happy to learn of this website. Janet Hilliard Martin Class of 55'
Glad you found us Janet, stick around....

Name: Sharon () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 18:00:48
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: John, you are absolutely correct, it was Gail Storm. Another SENIOR MOMENT!

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 16:21:01
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Help me out on this one Denny, but living on 130th st between Ramona & Ing. Ave I remember Gorgeous George living on 131st between Ramona & Hawthorne Blvd? I do remember Ramona being 2 stories. Cafeteria down below. Played & lost a lot of good marbles under those pepper trees. Merry go round north west corner. Broke my glasses falling off the monkey bars. Hate to brag but was a very good 4 square player! Dodge ball one of my favorites, but no one could jump as high as Ronnie Ostler! I remember the roller rink in Culver City as being inside & huge? Wooden floor, real organ player & all? The outside rinks I remember were Westchester & Lawndale? Hope we get the Gorgeous George thing cleared up? Too bad the Gorgeous One is not still with us! He would probably know??
You know, now that I think about it. The house that I'm talking about had, and has, the letter "B" in the chimney, and I think someone told me that Baron Leone, another wrestler, lived there in the 50's. Does anyone know?

Name: Donald Scheliga () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 15:39:53
Class: 62
City and State: Buena Park
Message: Hey Mickey, I remember the old school. The Principal, Ms. Kellogg's office was up stairs. And as I recall, she was pretty handy with a paddle. Later, my Kindergarten teacher, Ms._______ , became principal. Can you name her? Do you recall the Halloween carnivals held each year at Ramona School? And Mr. White, Ralph White's dad, and his P.A. system announcing the cake-walk? My mom used to put in a costume and work in one of the many fun-booths. By the way, how is your dad? He used to pull along side me on Haw. Blvd., in his black cruiser, and say" I've got a room reserved for you". Fred Moore, a motor officer, almost made it a reality.
Take care Mickey

Don, Did you have to mention the F.M. word and ruin my day?

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 15:13:37
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: ?It?s About Time? starred Imogene Coca who got her start with Sid Caesar in the 1950?s Who played opposite Imogene in ?It?s About Time?? Hint: This actor also played opposite Fred Guinn in ?Car 54 Where Are You?.

Name: Sharon () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 15:01:56
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Joan Davis. Some other 50's were My Little Margie with Ann Southern; Oh Susanna, with Ann Southern; Peoples' Choice, with Jackie Cooper and the lovable talking basset hound, Cleo; Bachelor Father, with John Forsythe; Phil Silvers Show; also my favorite news reporter George Putnam. Does anyone remember the way George opened or closed his new report?
Sharon, My Little Margie and Oh Suzanna, I think were Gail Storm.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 13:37:18
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Does anyone know the whereabouts of Linda Chu who graduated HHS in 1974? Any information provided will be appreciated. Don Di Tomasso

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 13:37:05
Class: 76
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Juan I may be in Hawaii in December, call my cell. 702-278-5897. Cindy I will definitely call you and I will try to get to Kapiolani on Saturday. Some people are coming over to the house to cook me food on Saturday so hopefully I can get there in the morning and say Hi to you. Is it cloudy on the North Shore cause it is beautiful here in Hawaii Kai and the tradewinds are blowing all the clouds north. I want to come out that way when it clears up. So much talk about car dealers. I remember in 1969 my dad, brother and me were in our 196? Corvair when going down the driveway the rear axles broke. My dad got pissed off and we went to Cormier Chevrolet and he bought a new off the floor red Chevelle 396. It was awesome. Does anyone remember the show Its About Time.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 13:33:23
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: A whiskery kiss
For the one
You adore
May not make her mad
But her face will be sore

Name: Bill Jensen () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 13:03:31
E-Mail: william.jensen
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne

I've read these signs
Since just a kid
Now that I shave
I'm glad I did
Burma Shave

Name: Chris Hood () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 12:53:33
City and State: LAND OF QUACK
Message: Too much fun stuff, and I thought I was a TV junkie... What was the wrestling move unique to Mr. Moto? I use it on my kids when they cop and attitude. Were the full and half Nelson coined from a move Ozzie put on Harriet?... As for westerns you couldn’t beat McQueen in Wanted Dead or Alive. Paladin was cool too. A while back someone mentioned Sheriff John but I preferred Engineer Bill. How many glasses of milk were dumped playing red light/green light. The show had to be sponsored by the dairy industry... Speaking of green ("GORGEOUS GREEN") lighting things up John Boy, I’ll send you the whole Quacking six pack of HW Private Reserve, you’ll need it after Saturday.
Mr. Moto was famous for his Sleeper Hold. My gramma would yell at the screen, "HE'S TRYING TO GET YOU IN THE SLEEPER HOLD.......HE'S TRYING IT AGAIN!!!!" She loved wrestling in the early 50's
I got 30 points and I'm not sure that's enough......

Name: Bill Barmore () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 12:45:09
Class: 74
City and State: Atlanta Georgia
Message: Ok Denean and Carol, the car was a 1969 Barracuda Fastback and I don't recall either of you declining a ride so I would have to chalk the speed issue to memory problems. As for Denean riding on the motorcycle, that would have been suicidal on my part as your mother would have killed me. In regards to tire tracks at your house Carol, probably just teenage exuberance.

Name: Dennis () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 12:39:19
Class: 61
City and State: Mission Viejo Ca.
Message: Hey Cal, How the heck are you anyway? Small world Cal, I'm involved with a company back in Eureka Springs Arkansas, that's in the Educational business and have been for the passed 20 years. I get back that way about once a year or so I used to be in Eureka 3 or 4 times a year. Great place and for sure the people are real nice. The name of the company is Child's Play. The president of the company runs around town in a 1985 Rolls and his name is Ross Sackett great guy. Ross lives up north in Illinois now but most of the Sackett family kids went to school there in town. Ross was on the school board. I love that place. And yes I do remember "Man Mountain Dean" Later man
Not in person you understand.....Man Mountain Dean's real name was Frank S. Leavitt and he died in 1953.

Name: Carol Shih () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 12:06:05
Maiden: McClintick
Class: 75
City and State: Saratoga, CA
Message: Moi? Tell you not to mind a teenage boy driving too fast since he was a good driver? Whatever was I thinking... What I remember is the tire tracks he used to lay when he left my house...Yes, it's good that our Moms didn't know half of what was happening....altho' now that I have my own teenage daughter I am convinced they knew more than we thought they did.... The car was a blue Barracuda....and I don't remember the visibility being poor out the front....question for the cougartown guys....What car company made that model? just curious
The Chrysler Corporation made the Plymouth Barracuda.

Name: Mickey Baumgardner () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 11:57:06
Class: 1962
City and State: Del Norte, CO
Message: John, Does anybody out there remember Ramona school being two-storied with a basement. They showed movies in the basement during the summer vacations and square-dancing in the cafeteria. They also had underground cellar-type thing out in the playground under the Giant Peppertree. I remember shooting marbles under that tree. It was filled in but it might have been something to do with the war effort in the 40's as well as Anza School. Does anyone remember the roller skating parties at the pier in Redondo or in Culver city outdoor rink????? Just thoughts. Thanks. OH, by the way, Gorgeous George did live in Hawthorne around Prairie Ave a block west of the end of the runway at Hawthorne airport. I can't remember the street name. More Later, TTFN.
He lived on the north side of 120th St between York and Prairie.

Name: Myk Baumgardner () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 11:28:58
Class: 1962
City and State: Del Norte, Co
Message: Hello, I'm trying to find some old friends of mine. We spent a lot of time together and haven't seen each other since the early 60's. The names are John Matthews, Jim Graham, Steve Emmick, Ray Gagne. I would like to talk to them again after all these years. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks a lot.
Hi Myk, If you contact Linda McDowell Shahian, I think she can help on a couple. Her email address is on the list. Ray Gagne was on our reunion committee in 1992. Good Luck......

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, October 13, 2000 at 11:42:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message:I just got this from Marsha and she said this was our own Robin Hood last year on Halloween.
Thanks Marsha and tell him what I do is go trick or treating early, then come home and pass THAT stuff out. It's cheap and you don't get your house egged......

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 10:52:28
Class: 74
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: OK, OK! My turn! I'm waaay younger than you guys and I remember My Mother the Car. I also remember a show from the early 60's that was probably only on for a short while, but I loved it. It was called McKeever and the Colonel - set in a military school for boys. A little later was It's About Time - a really stupid show about astronauts that got accidentally sent back in time to the stone age - Theme song: "It's about time, it's about space, it's about two men in the wildest place."
And speaking of Maverick, weren't there a bunch of westerns that all had the same "look" at the same time (probably the same production company); Maverick, Bat Masterson (Theme: Back when the west was very young, there lived a man called Masterson. He wore a cane and derby hat, they called him Bat, Bat Masterson), Sugarfoot (Theme: Sugarfoot, Sugarfoot, easy-goin' cattle-ropin' Sugarfoot)
How do I remember all this garbage? Especially since my bedtime was 8:00 p.m. back then. Thanks for the memories

Great memories Ingrid. You remember that stuff pretty well for a kid. Keepem Comin' Cougs......

Name: Cal Kappen () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 10:15:32
Class: 59
City and State: El Cajon CA
Message: I was reading all the feedback on the wrestlers of our time and it made me think of the time I met a man at a lake in Eureka Springs Arkansas. I was on vacation with my family visiting my birthplace. Well anyway we were down at the boat docks and my kids were talking to an old man fishing for perch. We got to talking and he said he used to be a professional wrestler. I asked what his name was and he said "Man Mountain Dean". Didn't he have a beard and were coveralls?
Yes he did. I guess a few wore coveralls in the days of prehistoric wrestling.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 09:51:16
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: COUGAR-Hawthorne High School, Hawthorne, California October 13, 1961 Thirty-nine years ago today:
?SNAKY UNDULATIONS? ah, come on, fellows, you can?t be the yell leaders from South! Dressed in their best cheerleader?s outfits, GARY MYKANNEN, LES JOHNSON, GEORGE REA, DAN DYE, AND KENNY UMSTEAD round up Cougars for a pep rally in the Boys Gym. SPEAR THE SPARTANS is the word for tonight, and PEP is the keyword for today?s pep rally.
SCHOLARS MEET TO ELECT EXECUTIVES?Senior MIKE STARY was elected Scholarship Society president by the 57 members of that organization at its first meeting on October 5. Mike is also vice-president of District 7 of the California Scholarship Federation. The other officers elected at the same time include: DIANE BLEEKER, vice-president; DEANNA PETERSON, recording secretary; PEGGY PIERCE, corresponding secretary; and LINDA McVEIGH, treasurer. Dues are now being collected by the president, treasurer, and Mr. Goodfellow, sponsor. A student, although he may qualify for membership, is not actually a member of CSF until he has paid his dues, which are 50 cents a semester.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT SPORTS SPORTY SENIORS ? The feminine half of this weeks? spotlight is petite, 17 year old, ANNE ARMSTRONG. Anne is a native of Colorado born on September 22, 1944 in Denver. She arrived on the California scene in 1951. This senior wants to attend UCLA and become a nurse. At the present she hopes to join the Pre-Med Club soon. Anne is head flag girl in the HHS band and enjoys performing in the half-time shows at the Varsity games. She also likes the excitement of the parade season.
Although her grades don?t readily show it, Anne chooses trigonometry as her favorite subject. She also selects band as a favorite class. Anne?s favorite sport and hobby are wrapped up in one ? Salem (sic) water skiing.(skiing on one ski). She hates steak but loves spaghetti and ?eat it all the time?. Her favorite choice saying is, ?I always put my foot in my mouth, I swear!?
Anne?s superstition is the news coverage she is getting on such a day as Friday the 13th.
This week?s Senior Celeb is tall, good looking, 17 years old, VIRGIL NIEMALA. Virgil is what you could call a native of California. He was born in Hawthorne Community Hospital, on February 28, 1944, at 3:00 AM.
Virgil is as yet undecided about his future plans, but he would like to attend El Camino College and major in electrical engineering or go into the Marines after graduation.
This year feminine styles seem to disagree with Virgil, who says, ?I like girls to look like girls?. Speaking of girls, his favorite is BONNIE SUTTON, one of HHS?s Varsity yell leaders. He enjoys going bowling with Bonnie, ?because I like to watch her goof?, laughed Virgil.
Football is this Senior?s favorite sport, and he plays ?first string, defensive end? on the HHS varsity. Be sure to watch for that number 74! He is superstitious about playing football on Friday the 13th.
RUSHING PROVE KEY TO HHS VICTORY?..Again the cry of victory went up Friday night as the mighty Cougars blanked the Redondo Seahawks 31 to 0.
JIM REALE and GENE FAY, our hobbling halfbacks, scored two touchdowns each in some of the finest running we?ve seen. GARY MYKANNEN snatched off a Seahawk egg and turned it into six points to account for the five touchdowns of the evening. GARY BICKERS was a standout on defense making five tackles.
DUE TO THE IOWA TEST, the cougar Sports page may not be published next week. This is most unfortunate because of our all-important Homecoming game with Inglewood. So, lets all get out and ?ROCK THAT RED AND GOLD?.
Taken in part, Vol.IX No. 5 My question to all you seniors is WHAT WAS THE IOWA TEST?

Great stuff Bob, Thanks. The Iowa test was like today's SAT's, as I recall.

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