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Name: Tina Ferguson () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 20:45:43
Maiden: Koerner
Class: 1968
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: Hi Joy! I remember Lonnie very well. He was my "boyfriend" in 7th or 8th grade! I lived on 131st Street, too, but between Ocean Gate and La Cienega. Lonnie was a lot of fun -- a really funny guy! He just LOVED to kid around! My grandmother called me up sobbing when she heard about the accident, and she didn't even know him! She just knew I'd be crushed. He was a good friend!

Name: Polly Martens () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 20:18:44
Maiden: Beach
Class: 74
City and State: GROUND ZERO
Message: Howdy, it's been a while since I last checked the site. I see lots of good things are happening, which is great. Some events has happened in my family brought back some really good memories of growing up in Hawthorne.
My youngest has just joined the Brownies, which made me think of my bad old days as a Brownie. The troop I belonged to was #266, which met out of Eucalyptus School in the early sixties. Our leaders name was Mrs. Dianne Oye.
Boy did we have fun in that troop, making stuff, putting on shows for the PTA. Even at one time dressing up as Carmen Miranda's to do a little dance for the PTA annual show. Going camping indoors at the Oye's house. Going to POP, getting sick on the rides, then getting soaking wet looking for sand crabs.
We kept in touch with the Oye family over the years. Mrs Oye, passed away in 1977 of complecations from a long illness, and Mr. Oye followed within six months. Cindy Oye Marquez 73' still lives in Torrance, I see about once a year through mutual friends. Julie Oye Shindle 76' (our troop mascot), now lives in Pennsyvania.
My Mom, used to help with the troop, alot still lives in Hawthorne.
I don't remember the name of the other lady who helped with our troop. But, would like to hear what happened to her since then.
I know Pam Sherril 74', still lives in Hawthorne, her son used to attend the same school as my girls. Plus, my Mom is really good friends with her Aunt.
I have always kind of wondered what ever happened to the rest of Troop #266. If anyone out there has anything to add to this memorie, please do. Or if you were a member or know of a member of our troop please contact me. I would love to hear from you. :)

Name: Ida Martinez () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 19:27:34
Maiden: Martinez
Class: 1962
Message: Well, John ... I guess the theater was so crowded I missed seeing you! I had to get this bit of trivia to you before Bill Jensen beat me to it! Thank you so much for this website, I've found several schoolmates I must email! and thank you Bill for telling me about it! (HOW ABOUT THAT DO?)
Hi Ida, Glad you've found us. It's always nice to find a 62er in this sea of Cougars.

Name: Betty East () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 18:45:55
Maiden: Wright
Class: 74
City and State: Rabbit Hole Too
Message: Hi Joy Rasmussen. I remember you well. I've thought about you a time or two over the years. Glad to hear from you. Hope all is well.

Name: Marion Rich () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 18:31:19
E-Mail: hrichhrich@aol
Maiden: Burkeman
Class: 56
City and State: Hawthorne, ca
Message: Hi all Hawthorne alumni. Would love to hear from any of you who recall who I am.
Some of the people I have been trying to find are, Nancy Lemberger, Lois & Lorretta Allen, Virginia Ingram and lots more
Marion Rich
14612 Yukon Ave #C
Hawthorne, 90250

Name: Ida Martinez () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 17:52:12
Maiden: Martinez
Class: 1962
Message: Remember when you could see a movie in Nyman Hall at noon (I think it was a dime to get in)? you didn't dare miss a school day! I remember going to see 'Heaven Knows Mr. Allison' with Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr. 1960 may have been the last year movies were run ....
Ida, I must've been in there too cause I saw the same movie. I also remember seeing "Sayonara" and "Gigi" at the noon movie in Nyman Hall.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 16:50:22
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Kathy, sure I remember Dr. Demento. Bob and I were just trying to further your musical education. Yes, sister you are right about Spike Jones doing Der Fuerer's Face and I see John is correct with Alan Sherman and Camp Granada.
Larry, I don't know for sure if any Croats tried to cross the highway and enter illegally. I can tell you that a small group of us musicians played for a dance at the fort atop of Hawthorne Hill one night in 1963 and I know that there were Bohemians in the crowd. I think there may have also been a Croat or two amongst them. Yea, there were Texans, Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Mexicans, and others. And, and and a Native Californians of all things. I guess that's what makes Hawthorne so interesting.

Name: Bobby Jensen () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 16:03:27
Class: 71
City and State: Cheviot Hills,CA
Message: Dearest KEJ-R; Could that song be "Pencil Neck Eek"?

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 16:02:22
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Joy Rasmussen...I remember your brother Lonnie very well. We had a math class together in 1965-1966. I was heartbroken when I heard about the accident. You can call me, 310 543-4771 or email if you'd like to chat....Elizabeth

Name: Larry Wetter () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 16:01:36
Class: 63
City and State: HH 90250
Message: To Bill Jensen; All I remember was the Sons of Italy hall on Imperial Highway. Did the Croats ever try to cross the highway and enter illegally?

Name: Ed Sharp () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 14:05:25
Class: 68
City and State: Anaheim Ca
Message: Joy Rasmussen, I lived down the street from you on 131st. I knew Lonnie and remember hearing about the accident. I also remember the truck your father was converting to a RV. Write me and we can talk.
Ed Sharp

Name: Bill Jensen () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 13:06:33
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: It is October and Octoberfest time. That brings back memories of Polka Bands. My parents were originally from the Minnesota where polka music was about as popular as country and western music. Our neighbors, the Meleziva's were from Wisconsin and were very much into polka dancing. In the early 50's, I remember going with my parents and the Melezivas to polka dances locally. The dances were held at the Croatian National Hall located on Budlong Avenue just south of Imperial Highway. In those days, I didn't know what a Croat was. Boy those guys in the band seem so big. They dressed differently with short leather pants and large colorful peacock feathers stuck in their hats. They sure had a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Everyone just seemed to have lots of fun. Does anyone else remember this place?

Name: Kathryn Jensen-Robinson () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 12:55:31
Maiden: Jensen
Class: 1980
City and State: San Diego, CA
Message: Hey Bill and Bob, Remember Dr. Demento? Der Fuerer's Face was also done by Spike Jones wasn't it. Ok who did Camp Granada? I have been on Napster downloading all these songs that both of you subjected me to as a kid. What song did Freddie Blassie do? Hint....a song about a neck....LOL
Alan Sherman did Camp Granada

Name: Mom B () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 12:08:39
Maiden: Bierman
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: John, I am glad you did not make that a little yellow Pinto. It would have caused a little consternation between sisters, I fear.

Name: Lyman Moss () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 12:04:56
E-Mail: Lyman.Moss@PSS.Boeing .com
Class: 59
City and State: Everett, Wa.
Message: Hi John, My membership check is in the mail, thanks for carrying me for the last year or so. By the way do you think you could make my star rotate counter clockwise?
Another subject: good to see your posts Cal Kappen, Norm Vorhis and Camille Hill. Cal, I worked with a guy that said that he was the real 'Masked Marvel' if anyone can remember him.
Roho, if you are looking for another team to root for maybe could adopt a husky, that way you would have a good Dawg to root for.
Take care cougars.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 11:02:19
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
City and State: Thousand Oaks, RABBIT HOLE, CA
Message: Thank you Keith for confirming my initial instinct, Eric was a 76'er. As for the locker room incident, I'm sure it was an innocent mistake. HHS uniforms on Dynasty? Sorry I missed that one. Come to think of it, Keith, you're like the ghost Cougar; no one ever really sees you, but shadows of you are EVERYWHERE. And all your pictures in the yearbook are shadowed or shaded... How do you do it? John, I am told Conejo is rabbit in Spanish; I am not sure because I am language impaired, having taken 1st year Spanish for 3 1/2 years and still managing to get D's in the classes. Mr. Pizarro pointedly requested I NOT re-enroll in his class the next year. Kelly Dunn and I took his class together and although I don't recall either of us being troublemakers, I guess the sheer presence of our pulchritude (thank you Joe) was too much for poor Mr. P. Back to my point, being, it's not the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (which of course would be named after "Saint Fer (meaning for) and Nando (meaning Saken) - Saint Forsaken."
Pulchritude....isn't that something you use to kill snails in the garden?
Actually I was about the same with Spanish teachers. I too had Mr. Pizarro, but he had been warned that I was on my way to Spanish II by Mr. Acosta, who quit teaching shortly after I left his freshman Spanish class. When I left Spanish I, Mr. Acosta was having trouble communicating in English AND Spanish.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 00:41:07
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CONEJO VALLEY, CA
Message: Sorry - a correction is in order - that was a 1971 Pinto not 76. I'm surprised you car-type guys didn't jump all over that. Probably giving me a break due to my missing automotivengineering chromosome.
Hey Sharon, doesn't Conejo Valley mean Rabbit Hole in Espaņol? And yes, a 71 Pinto WAS a Toad!!!

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 22:45:00
Class: 76
City and State: las Vegas, Honolulu
Message: Eric Banks won the Pacers. Well John looks like I'm back in Hawaii for awhile. In fact looking for house to rent this week and car. I'll just go back and forth to Vegas. Loving this mid-life crisis. Got to feed a couple dolphins today at the Kahala Mandarin. I recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to eat and see one of the best views in the world. It is absolutely one of the reasons I'm moving back here. Don't care what anyone else says, the atmosphere and scenary in Hawaii is the best in the world (except of course the view we had one day when we got into the girls locker room at HHS). This is how bad my memory is but if I remember right in 1987 when I was on the TV show Dynasty playing a football player I got the wardrobe department to use the uniforms from HHS. We were the colors they were looking for. I bring this up because they were just playing a rerun of this episode on TV last night here. Aloha Nui Loa Keith
Keith, You're every females dream......don't ever change dude.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 21:15:03
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: Does anyone remember Patooties (advertised in the COUGAR newspaper around 1968 and 1969)? They also had patottie launchers. Did anyone buy these things? Did anyone ever see one of these things? Did anyone ever play with these things? Does anyone remember how to spell Patootie? Please help...Patootie challenged

Name: EL ROJO () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 20:45:06
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 6OH
Message: Hey JB, now I know where L.A. got it's nickname of "Lost Angeles"! With our two futball teams it might as well be. But I'm not giving up on the Bruins. There's still an outside possibility. But I think the Birds and Rodents have been cheating. They have to have 50 cals. mounted on their wings and a...h you get the idea. Sorry I didn't get a CD down to you folks. We had a house full of people for over a week. Wish we could have come down for the game ,we tried, but her dad said that this was his last trip to the northwest ,so it changed our plans. Wish the Cougs could have pulled their game out. JJ and I are hoping that we'll be able to make it down for that reunion in April. It would be great to see alot of you folks that we know only from this site. I still hate sc worse than anybody in the PAC 10. I'd really like to root for someone other than my BRUINS if they don't make it. But damn those Duck uni's are so dadgum ugly. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE N JUDE.
Jake, let's all take a lesson from Janet. It doesn't matter who goes to the Rose Bowl as long as the Pac-10 wins. Actually Janet is a Michigan St. Spartan and she doesn't mind donning the So Cal colors at all..... Yeah Right......

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 20:15:09
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: I remember the Mobil Economy Runs. They took place while John Baker was out street racing. Someone had to make up for all the gas that John was using.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 20:07:05
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Oh, so many memories! I remember Spider would occasionally be a little late for early morning band practice. One morning in 61 or 62 he was very late. The only teacher that I remember being late. Anyway, the guys in the band became somewhat restless and were in need of releasing some restless energy. Well what came next was similar to Sharon's Pinto story. Several of the boys lifted a sports car that was parked in front of the office, placing it backward over the curb and on the walkway. The car belonged to women who worked in the office. I don't remember anyone getting in trouble for that one, but I can tell you that she never drove that car to school again. She brought the big Detroit Iron in. Hey, any of you band guys out there that remember this one or any of the other band extra curricular activities.

Name: Bob Brophy () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 19:32:26
Class: 63 Serra
City and State: Phoenix, AZ
Message: I remember the house that had the big boat in the back yard over in that area. I didn't think it was a sail boat but it was made out of steel. don't know what ever happened to it or the man who built it. I know everyone was wondering how he would ever get it out of the back yard and to the ocean. Bob Brophy Serra High '63
If it's the same one I'm thinking of, that wasn't Gorgeous George's boat. The boat I'm thinking of was in a backyard on 126th and about York.

Name: Ray Nelson () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 19:14:00
Class: 1973
City and State: Fayetteville, GA
Message: Bob Jensen - 1 John Baker - 0. Bob, I suspect you probably know who it was.
These Jensen kids are TOO GOOD! Thanks Ray......

Name: Jerry Miles () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 18:41:26
Class: '66
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: To Paul Evans. Lennox High has several sites. Try: (Plays "Be true to your school" ) or

Thanks Jerry, I knew they were out there, somewhere.

Name: Petey () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 18:14:22
Maiden: Honduras
Class: 1972
City and State: Salem,Oregon
Message: I remember running home from school to watch the Lloyd Thaxon Show. Our own Kelley Currie was on that show once as was my cousin Sandy Lawrance. I believe it was a lip sync moment for both of them. I also loved Where the Action Is, Combat, Rat Patrol, F Troop, Sky King, Sea Hunt, Circus Boy, Mr.& Mrs. North, Fury, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Johnny Yuma was The Rebel, Patty Duke, Lorado, The Real McCoys, Wagon Train, Make Room For Daddy, My Three Sons, Invisible Man, Bonanza, Beatle Cartoons, Our Gang, Bachelor Father, Disney, Soupy Sales, Captian Kangaroo, Spin and Marty, Donna Reed, and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.
What, no "Bowery Boys" with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall? I remember the Bowery Boys when they were the Eastside Kids. My dad wouldn't let me watch them because he didn't want me to grow up to be a "wise ass". It was OK to watch all the killing going on, on the Cisco Kid, Wild Bill Hickock, and the Range Rider though.
The part I liked on Lloyd Thaxton was when they'd play a record and hold the mike to your mouth and let you sing along, then they'd "play you back" WITHOUT said record. Thanks Petey......

Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 18:10:49
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Brother Bob, I was not referring to you. However, you did have a reputation for being very talkative at a young age. I believe that Denny nearly has it or is correct? Lotta Chatter was a character in Spade Cooley's band. She came out on stage and did a comic act with Spade Cooley. Denny says it was one of the fiddle players. I thought it was one of the trumpet players. Yes he came out dressed as a woman called Lotta Chatter and did a goofy skit. If I remember correcly, The Spade Cooley show was televised from the Aragon Ballroom in Santa Monica. Talking about goofy, and I don't mean the Disney character. Does anyone remember Spike Jones?
Cocktails for two......yes I do.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 17:55:17
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CONEJO VALLEY, CA
Message: Hey Danny, I'm feverishly skimming my yearbook looking for the name of the guy who won the Pacers. I always thought he was a 76'er! I remember dark brown curly hair and a round face. Named Eric? Am I close? Well no matter, while searching for his pic I came across the headline "Seniors win Cougar Car Rally, Juniors take close second." I remember THAT very well! Jodi Swain and I won the rally in my '76 dark green Pinto which my brother nicknamed The Toad. (!) We decided to participate on a lark and spent most of our drive haphazardly following the directions while consuming a leisurely lunch and cruising to those Boss Tunes to which you refer! We laughed like crazy the whole day and then laughed harder when we got to the finish line (Redondo Beach marina I believe it was) and found out we had the winning time! Just goes ta show ya- sometimes you want something so bad you can taste it; other times you could care less and it becomes yours! I believe that's the day Jodi tried to pull the passenger door shut when it was stuck on the grass and pulled the handle right off the door! OOPS! I remember a football game my senior year when I got sick (strep I believe) and had to sit out the cheerleading; watched the game from the stands. When we got back to HHS after the game, some of the big guys- who were the twins, athletic guys-?-had picked my little Pinto up and placed it on the walkway in front of the Admin bldg. Unfortunately I was too sick to truly appreciate the humor. So let me say a belated, "Thanks, guys, it's nice to be loved!"
Great stuff Sharon, and it reminded me of another car thing from the 60's. Do any of you remember the "Mobil Gas Economy Run"??

Name: Deny () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 17:26:39
Class: 55
City and State: Del Aire
Message: Jodi, You are the proud owner of a gold Georgie Pin as thats what GG used to call them. JB, Is the rumor true that you are going to start charging $.25 per feedback and $.50 for non-members?

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 17:15:19
Class: 71
City and State: LA
Message: Brother Bill, are you referring to me??? I do recall you complaining about my excessive talking as a young child. Do you or does anyone else remember Alice the Goone? Ray Nelson are you referring to Triangle 2-1880?
No, Trinity 2-1880

Name: Denny () on Monday, October 16, 2000 at 17:07:16
Class: Yes
City and State: Del Aire
Message: Bill Jenson, Whats with this 'Lotta Chatter'? He was the nutburger that played the fiddle with Spade Cooleys band.

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