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Name: Carlos M. Blanco () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 23:56:07
Class: 83
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hello Cougars; Hope Everyone is Well!

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 23:13:34
Maiden: 75.00andyoumayfindyouroldflame..
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: You who, Bob Jenson.. Thanks for the backing up on the $75.00 PROM NITE ticket. Yes, we'll have a buffet style dinner..and lots of prizes and fun.. This committee sincerely wants all that attend to leave feeling like they've just turned 17 again..only this time with brains and someone else's body.. I digress.. we could have cut corners..and scrimped here and there.. but what the hell, we deserve it!!! Beside that, how about seeing your old flame..or even finding out that he/she might still be single and having that dance that may change your life!! Perhaps a good TOMMY EDWARDS song will make it happen. (there I go again..getting excited over Tommy) Anyway.. I promise you'll love a lot more than $75.00 worth. Tomorrow we start taking money for tickets.. keep your eyes on COUGARTOWN for the info you need.. Now, back to finding just the right shade of lavender blue for my high heels.. (Leed's in Inglewood tints them free when you spend $6.95 on a plain white satin pair) and I still have to Rit dye my nylons to get that perfect shade of brown.. Judy Wudy...

Name: Bill Wadman () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 21:45:35
Class: 75
City and State: Las Vegas NV
Message: My cousin, Mike Wadman, lost his son Christopher to an automobile accident monday evening. I would like all Hawthorne High Alumni to please say a special prayer for our family, the Wadman name has a rich history in Hawthorne California. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, thank you all for your goodness of your hearts, thank you for Christopher Wadman.
Bill, we're sorry for your loss. If I personally can do anything, to help ease the pain, please let me now.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 21:41:58
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: John, help me out here. I went to your GO HERE page to see a picture of Capelouto. There are 6 teachers. Chauncey is the only one I recognize. Is Cappy really in that pic if so which one? Also like Doris I had Chauncey for freshman math and I too saw many football plays on the blackboard. What fun he was!
Dave Capelouto is standing to Coach Chauncey's right.

Name: Lana Winther () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 21:36:56
Maiden: Lana Battaglia
Class: 1959
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: I would like information about the reunion of
Hey Lana, For questions regarding the Prom, please email Judy Blomsterberg at

Name: Larry/Loretta/Eric Cuiper () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 21:15:33
Class: 60/62/00
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: How Shocked we are to hear of Kris Wadman's passing. Eric grew up with Kris, they played baseball together and we're close pals through High School. I will always remember Kris's big smile, loved his teasing ways, such a nice young man. Our heart and prayers go out to Kris's family.

Name: Brother,Brother,Sister,Daughter,Daughter,Father,Uncle,Aunt,Neice,Neice () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 20:42:03
Class: 63,71,80,88,90
City and State: Hawthorne,LA,San Diego, Denver
Message: Happy Halloween from the Jensen’s. Bill, Bob, Kathy, Monica and Adriana

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 20:39:00
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: You who, Judy; I was thinking, yes thinking, the other day. The value of a 1961 dollar VS a 2000 dollar is one to eight. Now I think the price of $75.00 is pretty good considering we get fed. Now in 1961 the senior class offset the cost of the prom by $600.00. They sold the Prom tickets for $3.95. In today’s world that is approximately $40.00. Back in 1961 everyone went out after the prom for dinner. Some of the fancy restaurants that received the graces of Hawthornites were Ben Blue’s, The Crescendo, The Clorister, The Plush Horse, The Islander, The Moulin Rouge, The Reef, and for those more conservative types their was Skippy’s, Foster’s and A&W. Now considering back then you would have spent at least $16.00 for dinner for two which would equate to $128.00 in today’s dollars you still have a pretty good deal for the year 2001. Now there are other costs that we have to consider. Tux rental for the guys. In 1961 you could rent a tux for $6.50, with shoes $7.50 at either The Dewdrop Tux Shop or Allan’s Men Shop on Crenshaw. I think I’ll choose the semi formal look and wear a dark suit. Dombrowski’s Flowers ran a special back in 1961 and you could buy a $5.00 orchid corsage for a student discount of $2.50. I called the number listed on the 1961 Cougar (Orchard 4-3039) and got Steve Dombrowski and I asked him how much a corsage was today. He quoted me $7.50 to $15.00 for an orchid corsage and to add $1.00 for wrist. I didn’t have the heart to ask for a student discount. Now that’s a deal. I guess flowers haven’t gone up that much in the last 40 years. Now with two bucks worth of gasoline in your father’s Oldsmobile you could have cruised La Brea all night but in today’s light it’s going to cost you at least ten bucks to drive your Astro Van from Orange County up to Manhattan Beach and back. Lets not even get into the cost of a hotel room back in 1961. Brother Bill can’t remember the cost so I guess no one was staying over bNo matter how you look at it $75.00 is a cheap price to pay for such a wonderful event. I can’t wait.
Glad you agree Bob......uhhh, I think. We'll see you there on August 18th and don't forget the tickets go on sale in the morning.

Name: Mickey Mathena () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 20:30:06
Class: 58
City and State: Woodburn Or.
Message: Doris, thank for the comments and remembering my face. Unfortunately time has taken it's toll, More weight, less hair. Sorry I don't recall you but like you I have a good memory of faces. My journey through life took me away from Hawthorne within a very few yrs and the only HHS alumni I know and keep in touch with is my sister, Donna Balara (Mathena). She was a graduate of 64 or 65. She lives in Chino Hills and is a school teacher there. I need to tell her about cougartown. Oh, where did that pic come from and so quickly? Must be from the annual I noted was supplied by Tom Bell. Tom and I shared lockers in our senior yr. Wonder if photography is still a passion with Tom? Do we get graded on spelling here? Many computer groups over look spelling. English was my real weak suit.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 20:17:34
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: “STARDUST” TICKETS NOW SOLD AT STUDENT STORE As the plans progress, the senior-junior prom gets bigger and bigger. The number of students able to attend is unlimited and the tickets for the gala event are on sale now at the student store. The price is set at $3.95, which will include refreshments. A queen and king of the prom will be chosen from the seniors attending the affair. “The names of senior girls and boys will be taken at the student store when the tickets are purchased,” announces Diana Baime, senior in charge of the arrangements concerning the queen and king. Nadine Hollingsworth is in charge of the decorations. They will consist of table pieces, large three-dimensional glittering stars above the dancing areas, and blue lights to create the effect of starlight. Other surprises following the theme of “Stardust” will be revealed later. Taken from Cougar April 14, 1961 Vol. VIII no. 29

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 19:34:14
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Many of you know that my son, David, was killed in an automobile accident on his way back to college in 1988. I'M SO VERY SAD TO INFORM YOU THAT KRIS WADMAN LOST HIS LIFE WHILE RETURNING TO SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY YESTERDAY. He sent me an e-mail in July telling me of his plans. He just graduated from HHS in June of 2000. His brother is Kevin Wadman and his mother, Melodie Wadman, worked at Cabrillo School. For those interested, services will be held at White and Day at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2000. It is located at Torrance Blvd. and Prospect. Melodie and Kevin - I have such overwhelming empathy for you. Much love to both of you. HCH
Very sad indeed, especially for such a young Cougar. Kris had just added himself to the list in early September. It's always shocking to lose someone so suddenly. Our condolences go out to the whole Wadman family.

Name: Cup () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 15:03:29
Message: Tami, it was Ronny Baldwin....

Name: Doris () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 14:34:40
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: To Mickey Mathena ... Hey! I was a year ahead of you and although I forget names of people I met YESTERDAY, I remember your face! (Yes, I'm good on faces!) Anyway, glad to see you joining us old f - f - folks! What did you THINK I was going to say!? Heavens to Betsy! If you know of anyone from the graduating classes of of the late 50's, give 'em a holler and tell them about the website. AIN'T IT NEAT!!!?? There was another coach who coached with CHAUNCEY ... an Italian name. He was much quieter than Chauncey, even a tad reserved, or so he seemed to me ... OH YEAH! Capelouto Wonder where he is and what he's doing now.
Good to hear from an old fogie like you, Mickey ... look forward to your input to COUGARTOWN.COM!

Dave was at the first ten years of greatness reunion a couple of years ago. Go here for his picture.

Name: Tami Moon () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 23:00:29
Maiden: Weyant
Class: 61
City and State: Santa Monica, CA
Message:I'm still looking for the nice guy in the red car with white rugs (was it an Impala?) who left a huge stuffed rabbit on my porch the day after graduation...wherever you are, you were nice and sweet and I didn't know enough to respond in kind. I'm sorry. Your kindness scared me. I hope you've had a good life & a good woman to comfort you. I've overcome my fear of kindness and now am filling my life with kind people. Let me know if you're suddenly single .

Name: Mike Riley () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 11:31:18
Class: 65
City and State: Moutain Home,AR.
Message: Hi Fred, Glad to see you found us. Don't know if you remember me? [Mike Riley] Hope you'll find old friends. I've have very good old friends here.

Name: John Baker () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 11:23:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message:Ok all you Stag Prommers. Here's our own Aunt Nora, AKA: Nora Colucci Schultz HHS56. NOW whattayasay. I'm pretty sure Aunt Nora will have a date for the prom. This woman is a knock out, so guys, get up some email guts, feedback her, and ask her if she'll go to the Prom with you. I think she should see a recent picture of you too, so if you have one, email it to me. No fighting now boys......

Name: Mickey Mathena () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 10:51:55
Class: 58
City and State: Woodburn, Or.
Message: Just found out about Cougartown yesterday, thanks to a message from Glenn Crist (he spotted my name on, and have I been missing out. I spent at least an hour exploring the site and what a walk down memory lane it was. Saw names and pics of classmates that I hadn't thought of for many years. Regretfully I also saw a name or two I remember in the tribute section.
Hated to see Coach Sevier's name in the tribute section but what a pleasure to see Coach Chauncey is still around and contributing to this wonderful site.
Have been living in Oregon for 30 yrs and I don't get down to South Bay area very often. I was in the area on business about 8-10 yrs ago and stopped by the school for a stroll down memory lane, unfortunately it wasn't the school I remember. I guess it just proves the old saying "you can't go back home". But with today's technology and sites like this we can rediscover and visit with friends of our youth.
I've bookmarked CougarTown and it will become one of my regular spots to visit. I would welcome a word from anyone that remembers me.
Regards, Mickey Mathena

Hi Mickey, and thanks for stopping by. Please stay in touch as more and more early Cougs are finding Cougartown. Thanks also to Glenn Crist, our resident'er, who from time to time, gleans Cougars from Classmates who are wandering aimlessly, hoping to make a connection over there.

Name: Keith Jones () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 02:54:52
Class: 76
City and State: Vegas, Honolulu
Message: Well going back to Vegas tommorrow. Moving back here in Dec. on a more permanent basis. Caught the island fever again.

Name: Fred Munch () on Monday, October 30, 2000 at 01:19:13
Class: 65
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Graduated 1965. Two years in Viet Nam. Graduated UCLA and then on to IBM where I early retired. I now own a B & B in Prescott, AZ and life is better than ever.
Hey Fred, Thanks for the shout. I know you've got friends out there as the 65 class is very active. Come on back once in a while.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 23:00:29
Maiden: ~~excitedallready~~.
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: RE: PROM NITE HOTEL RESERVATIONS. If you wish to make reservations at the Marriott Manhattan Bch for PROM NITE 2001.. please call after Tue..Oct 31.. & make sure to tell them that you're with H.H.S. PROM NITE FOR AUG 18th.. as the 70 to 74 classes will hold their reunion there just the week before.. and we want you to get your Prom Nite discount for this event. And just so you all know, the committee was asked to plan our Prom Nite either a week before or after the reunion so that a lot of Cougs could get in on both.. Oy.. Cougs taking over a Marriott for a week.. hope that won't cost me extra.. Now I have to get back to picking out all of TOMMY EDWARDS songs to play at Prom Nite.. Many a tear has to fall~~but it's all~~in the game.
Judy Wudy..blowing up balloons..

Name: Aunt Nora's Niece (Gina Peck) () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 18:31:30
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: The Niece is present, at long last. I've rung up Aunt Nora this morning and John, a photo will be coming your way soon. I haven't checked in at Cougartowne for a while as I've been busy spinning and weaving and preparing the Yuletide gifts for the family....don't worry Nodo (that's what us nieces and nephews call Aunt Nora), yours is in the mail already!! Wear it in good health!! Thanks to all the Cougs who have been "watching" out for me lately, I really appreciate your help.
Hey Gina, Glad you're back and I'm looking forward to Aunt Nora's picture. OK Nora, stand back from the monitor cuz when I put your picture up, there's gonna be a flood of "Prom asking emails" coming your way.

Name: Kim Begley () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 14:59:45
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 73
City and State: Scotts Valley, CA
Message: The class of 1973 has joined with the classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 for the multi-class reunion Saturday August 11, 2001 at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach! Please check out the reunion web page for more information. The 1973 missing Cougar list is under construction so check back at the end of the week. See you there!
Ahhh yes, and it just gets better and better. You 73ers be sure to check in and be a part of your reunion. You won't get these reunion chances back.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 13:08:25
Class: 66/84
City and State: leigh, ne
Message: Sooners? December 2, Kansas City. See ya then! THE SLOEY BROTHERS

Name: Doris () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 12:44:14
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: 1957
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: HELLO ALL! But most particularly this is dedicated to my all-time favorite teacher, HAL CHAUNCEY ... gawd! It's been so long; hope I've spelled his name right! :-) Anyway, the story goes like this: When I was but a youngster, BEFORE high school, in the late 40's and early 50's, I had my own softball team that played in a league at Hawthorne Park, "CHANEY'S", and Mr. Chaney of Chaney's Department Store in Hawthorne sponsored us. We had all the equipment we needed and wanted and Mr. Chaney was very generous to us. Does anyone remember Hawthorne Park? I'll bet Chauncey does! He was caretaker for the park and had the softball diamonds in A-1 shape for our games. I remember him from that time like it was yesterday. When I started high school I already knew him and guess what! He was my Freshman math teacher ... I remember a lot of football plays being drawn on the blackboard; it helped me in later years to understand and enjoy football. Also learned a little math while I was at it! I got an A+. Of course, I was always President of Chauncey's fan club, but I'm sure that had nothing to do with the fine grade I received!
I took all the secretarial classes I could in my 4 years at Hawthorne and that training has served me well. In the last year or 2 years at HHS, I had a class called SECRETARIAL TRAINING and each of us in the class chose a teacher to whom we could serve as a secretary. Naturally, I chose Chauncey! It was most enjoyable, I have to admit, and I could do no wrong!! He was such a great guy, and I'm sure he still is! I look forward to seeing him at the Prom and would love to hear from him via email prior to that time if he so deems. THANKS COACH! For being such a great guy, role model and FRIEND to me ... and I'm sure that goes for all of us '57 graduates! Love ya! doris

Doris, "THE" Coach is in great shape to this day and will be one of our chaperones on Prom Night, along with his lovely wife Cathy. Thanks for remembering one of the early GREATS of HHS. The Ol' Coach is the greatest, as far as I'm concerned, and I truly believe he CAN "walk on water". Thanks Doris......

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 10:59:27
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: TO MR. KEYS.. FORMER PRINCIPAL OF H.H.S.>>> YEEEEAAAAA!!!! I'm just tickled to see the teachers starting to check in as our chaperones for our PROM NITE 2001.. The committee is searching them out relentlessly... and don't worry your head about missing it. If you "pass" before prom nite (heaven forbid)..I'll make this solemn ROWDY vow to you.. Us ROWDYS will just dress you in a tux-put a smile on your face-prop you up in the chair of honor.. and put a vodka collins in your hand. It's a win/win situation Mr. Keys.. and a ROWDY promise is a promise.. (piece of cake) OK~We'll play a few old tunes from the Lawrence Welk era for you, but I'm not sure about "Ghost riders in the sky" ROWDY MR. PLOTKIN'S request. Oy Veh.. He claims that the only tune he can dance to. He gives the beat a 10..
Now-update: Janny and I schlepped over to the Marriott Manhattan yesterday, to check out the site one last time.. and it's gorgeous.. lots of space..and a beautiful, huge lobby with plenty of plush seating & tables for those that want take a dance break and have a quiet place to "talk" in peace with old friends.. A full bar is just to the side of it.. we'll also have bars set up inside the ballroom & foyer. There will be plenty of food..and lots of great songs.. Now, the $64,000 questions.. my prom dress was white-as I borrowed it from my neighbor and it was her wedding dress.. do I have a bid??.. back then I could wear white proudly.. (I heard that John!!!) PROM NITE tickets go on sale OCT 31st. in Cougartown. DON'T MISS IT!! You'll hate it when you see the pictures in CT and "you're not there" (especially Mr P. dancing to ghostriders in the sky) Judy DeGrazia 64

Name: Susan King () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 10:02:33
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Thank you Darlene Schimming '79 for firing off a message to my old cohort in high school crime, Mariann Dowell Patterson. Glenn Crist also emailed her thru but I have not heard anything yet. I'd like to think that she just hasn't checked her mail lately. I also hope that you both referred to me as Susan Bierman as she wouldn't know me by my married name, King. I am anxiously checking my email everyday hoping for contact. She, Marilyn Murray Pearson and I had some great escapades at HHS and I'd just like to know that she is well and happy. Thanks Darlene and Glenn for Cougar kindnesses and I hope you both find those special friends from your past as well!!

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 08:03:14
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: To Mr. Key....I don't know you, but I can testify that "Aunt Nora" is a babe. Nora Colucci Schultz is class of 56 and is a friend of Johns (Grappa Man) family. Not only is she a babe, but a fun lady. In fact, if Grappa Man backs out on the Prom, I was thinking of asking her to be MY date..
I met "Aunt Nora" at Grappa John's birthday party and also witnessed that she's a "Babe". Aunt Nora, don't give up your search for a Prom date. I know someone's out there.

Name: Richard Lopez () on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 00:53:39
Class: 1989
City and State: Lakewood, CA
Message: Sheila Sz., as I read your message about any 'twentysomethings out there', I was going to respond but then I remembered my birthday coming in a few months....the big 30! What a bummer!! Yikes! But honest, I dont feel 30!!!! Although I have noticed a lot more gray hairs.....
Thirty.....Richard, you're still a puppy.....

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