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Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 19:06:10
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Happy Birthday, Bonnie McCoy-Roberts! Hope everyone is having a good week! Too cloudy today, I miss the sun.....guess I will try to find a bright hallogen lamp....

Name: John Baker () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 17:48:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message:Here's a couple of pictures that Ray Shelley HHS58 sent me. Ray's a cowboy at heart and say he lives by the credo of the old west, that a mans word is his bond and a handshake is as good to Ray as a signature on a contract. Ray was Sheriff of Mena, Arkansas for many years and now resides in Louisiana.
I hope you'll make it out next year for a Ctown function. I know you've got lots of old Coug buddies that would love to see you too. Thanks Ray for the pictures.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 14:40:52
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I'm probably crazy but I think PACO looked a little like Doris Donaldson back in high school. I sure hope she doesn't look like him now. Sorry PACO nothing personal - well maybe a little. I was saddened to hear of Steve Allens passing, but at least he had a good long life. I loved his late nite show in the early 60's. He was so funny, he could make you laugh by just laughing himself. He had such a weird cackle. He had so many expressions that he repeated over and over and it was funny everytime, hows your bird? and Schmock! Schmock! But seriously folks---. And he always talked about those little black things. A lot of great memories there.
Remember El Camino College Professor Julius Sumner Miller on his show? Steve and Dr Miller were at opposite ends of the planet. Another so-called doctor on Steve's show was Dr. Irwin Cory. Steve was a funny man all right. Thanks Marilyn......

Name: Laurie Kelleher () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 14:15:45
Maiden: Bednarski
Class: 74
City and State: New York, New York
Message: Hello Cougartown! Some time in the late 70's, I lost my class ring. Does anyone have any idea's on how I can get a duplicate? I never thought much about it before, but after reading the posts on Cougartown, I'm suddenly feeling the loss. I hope some of you that will be attending the prom will bring digital cameras to take pictures that I can see on the web-site. Make sure to list the names and classes, it will be the next best thing to being there!

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 12:51:24
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: This is for my dear friend, Bonita (McCoy) Roberts.....Happy 40th babe! You finally caught up with the rest of us gals! How does it feel?
You know Bonnie and whoever it was who lives in Woodburn, OR who posted last week.....the colors here right now are just to die for.....So Bonnie, here is what your birthday day looks like up here in the land of winning Ducks and Beavs.....clear, cold, blue azure sky, leaves in all types of wonderful colors such as bright yellows, electric orange and mind boggling reds, white, fluffy cumulus clouds hanging on the nearby Chehalem Mts., all over the hillsides that have wine vineyards on them, all the grapes leaves all are now a bright, blazing yellow! All of this is so beautiful, it almost makes your eyes hurt!
So happy birthday again, my dear. This day was tailor made for you!

Name: Kathy Frankforter () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 11:44:46
Maiden: Tom's Wife
Class: 79
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Re: Kris Wadman. Kirk Wadman (Mike Wadman's cousin) is on my husbands crew and Kris is Kirk's second cousin. We did not put two and two together until Kirk shared with my husband that he would be attending a funeral right next to our home. (We live right on Lucia where many parked on Saturday) Our sincere condolences go out to Mike Wadman and family. Kirk told us after the services that there had to have been close to 200 + people. He has never seen anything like it before. Kris was very special. It's amazing to me how very close all of us are here in the South Bay. You may have gone to HHS and I, WHS but either way we all know someone, who knows someone else, etc etc...Small world indeed. Living and growing up in the South Bay was and is a truly unique experience. Again, Tom and I send our heartfelt condolences to the Wadman Family.

Name: Doris () on Monday, November 6, 2000 at 11:30:14
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: 1957
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: BROTHER! I must be HOOKED on!!! I really missed you this weekend!
Yes indeedy do! I had a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Vic Tanny's Gym! I was very active with the gym 1960,6l,62! A few years later when I looked for a Vic Tanny's Gym, I was very disappointed to find out they had bit the dust! There was a class action suit against them in those days, but I was not involved in it.
QUESTION! Who is this "PACO"? Why is he called Paco? Why is he so infamous ... you know, his claim to fame? I'm just very curious! He must have been a freshman when I was a senior, but I sure don't remember the handle. Refresh my memory, John ... I tried emailing PACO but the email I mailed came back. Also, I'm going to try to rally some of the "old folks" from '57 into coming to PROM NITE 2001. If you have a name and address list, I would be beholden ... please mail it to me. I know you are busy, so just when you can. Thanks a heap! By the way, how was the Halloween party?!! And what costume did you wear? doris

Ahh Doris, I'm glad you asked about The Legend Of Paco Duran. "Paco" from the Spanish term meaning, "I can out-drink and out-surf any Mother Fletcher at 26th St." Yes, Paco came from a fine upstanding Hawthorne family. He was an outstanding HHS61 student; fine athlete, and later on a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. These days Howard has taken up something entirely new to him and he just loves it. It's called CROSS DRESSING. Although his family had to move to Canada because of the embarrassment, Howard feels totally relaxed and free now. Howard has come full cycle in his life and I for one applaud you Paco. "You Go Girl"!!!

Name: Sharon Leach () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 18:35:52
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Okay Cougars. Here's another Cougar story. Walline Hohenthaner Watson (66) is visting here from AZ. She and I went to Shoreline Village in Long Beach and were visiting the gift shops. We went into one of the clothing stores and were looking around when the saleslady asked if we were from out of town. Walline said she is from Arizona, but grew in Hawthorne. The saleslady said,"Oh, I was raised in Hawthorne." Guess where she went to school? Right, good old HHS. Her name is Theresa Bowsman. Don't know if I spelled her last name right. We immediately told her about Cougartown and she said she would check it out tonight. She said her aunts and uncles went to HHS too and she is going to tell them about Cougartown. John you are right, it's a small Cougar world. So Theresa if you are out there reading this, welcome to Cougartown, and how is your last name spelled? Always a Coug.
All right Sharon, It IS a small Cougar world out there. I'm glad you had a close encounter of the HHS kind and now know how it feels. Anyone else have a similar story to share?

Name: John Baker () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 17:55:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message: Well folks, I'm not sayin' that those LHS cheerleaders are a....Uhhhh, well you know what I mean, but this is ridiculous.
With that, I'm sailing on into the weekend. You all have a great one and I'll see you back here on Sunday night. Janet and I are going to a Halloween party tomorrow night and I'm hoping to get an outfit similar to this, for her to wear. Yeah I know Janet.......DREAM ON JOHN!!!
Have a great weekend Cougs.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 17:45:12
Class: 77
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: Jennifer Murphy -- I was at HIS and HHS at the same time you were. Off the top of my head, I don't recall you --- I had Mr. Dana for 8th grade and can't even remember my 7th grade teacher right now. Ring any bells?
Rip McQuitty: I think you were surfing buddies with my step-brother Brian Cheek.
To all Cougar Bowie & Pink Floyd fans: This Sunday at the old Aviation High School parking lot, they are holding the CyberNet Festival involving all kinds of computer "stuff". The Bowie tribute is playing @ 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and Which One's Pink? is playing at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $6.00 and let's you into the whole festival including the music. (The festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday)

Mr. Dana was my favorite teacher at HIS.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 17:30:18
Class: 77
City and State: Hawthorne CA 90250
Message: To the Wadman family: I'm Dan Johnson, an old time friend of Bill Wadman's and Uncle to Kristen Bamrick -- a classmate of Kris' at HHS and SDSU. On behalf of the Bamricks and myself, please accept our sympathies and prayers. The Bamrick family is really shaken by all of this -- they have so many wonderful things to say about Kris (whom I did not know, unfortunately). From what my family has said and from what I've read here in CT, Kris will live on in everyone's hearts.

Name: Jan () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 15:51:44
Message: I'm hoping to find a photo of a Paul Charles Christenson who went to Hawthorne High School. I only know that he was there in 1965..don't know what class he would have been in, but I suspect freshman or sophomore year.
Would appreciate any help.

Name: Laurie Ferguson () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 15:35:38
Maiden: Atkinson
Class: 75
City and State: Sylmar, CA
Message: Hey John: You finally cashed my membership check dated Sept. 1999!!!! Wassup with that??? Isn't there a statute of limitations somewhere??? Sorry, just couldn't resist! Actually, another check is on it's way for 2000 dues. You are not the only slow banana in the bunch! :)
Yeah, how bout that. I'm going to try to keep up from here on out. I PROMISE!!! Sorry Cougs for the delay.....

Name: Jennifer Semeniuk () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 15:33:45
Maiden: Murphy
Class: 1977
City and State: Kent, WA
Message: I would love to hear from anyone that remembers me from Eucalyptus, Hawthorne Intermediate or Hawthorne High.

Name: Georgia Fiorante () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 13:12:13
Maiden: Cook
Class: 1968
Message: To Wayne and Donna-Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Donna and Wayne, Happy Birthday to you! You guys have a great Birthday week-end. Wish you were going on the cruise with us.

Name: Mickey Mathena () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 12:34:45
Class: 58
City and State: Woodburn, Or.
Message: Where to begin? John: The pic I've been trying to get to you is now posted on Paco's pic page. Don't know why there was such a problem getting it to you. Hope the pic brings back memories for some of you old timers.
Millie: I was scrolling up the page and it stopped with your pic and last name showing, immediately I said that's Millie. It sure has been nice seeing pic and names I've haven't thought of for many years. I do hope the world has been treating you well. For you city folks, you sure are missing out on the fall colors. We've got everything from the deep greens through the yellows and then on to the bright reds. I can also see some of the shrubs and trees putting on buds for next season. I hope the upcoming holiday season is going to be enjoyable for all. I just received an e-mail message from a friend in China and they are coming on a trip next month and will be stopping by to visit close to Christmas. This lady is from China and her "best friend" from her youth lives 20 miles from me. It sure is a small world. Speaking of small world, does anyone have any small world stories, i.e. being a long way from home and meeting someone you know or someone who shares mutual friends?
Happy TGIF to all

HCH has a story about running into someone in San Luis Obispo. There are a few stories about people wearing their Cougartown Tshirts and being confronted, far from home.
Thanks Mickey for the picture. I don't know why you couldn't send it to me either. If anyone has a problem with the Internet, please email Kathleen Nix Griffin at and she'll be glad to help in any way she can.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 11:55:07
Class: 69
Message: Happy Birthday Wayne Dickey and Donna Cook Wright! Two Scorpios? How do you do it?
Love Elizabeth

Happy Birthday Wayne and Donna. Wayne, ask her to the PROM!!

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 09:24:07
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: RE: PROM NITE. We've crossed all our T's and dotted all our I's..and now it's time for you to get your money in for One Summer Night-Prom Nite. (and then all you have to do is sit back, relax and let us plan the rest) I have a great committee working here.. Janet Burkett..John Baker..Jan Blomsterberg..Mo Trott..Joyce Savisky Chance..and lots of "helpers". If you complete the payment form correctly and send in your money ASAP then it'll make this whole thing a piece of cake.. I'll tell ya, WE LOVE THIS!! and we think you will too.. everytime I've seen that ballroom, I just picture us all out there ..rockin' and rollin' twistin' and all that romantic, slow dancing to all those great old songs.. I even see John Baker dancing.. and it ain't pretty. (I have to give up those smoked oysters at night) And that's why I want to get those fellas to a dance class.
Now I'm off like a prom dress again.
Judy Wudy Blomsterberg..

Me and dancing??!! Just picture the Lucy episode where she was stomping grapes......

Name: Donna Hoerl () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 01:42:36
Maiden: Beckwith
Class: '60
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: This is an awesome website, hope someone from the good old days at HHS will remember me or my bro Robert Beckwith (living in Laguna Niguel) Come to the PromNight 2001. So many memories will make us relive the great days at HHS. Lots of fun to be had. Thanks much.... Donna Beckwith Hoerl. Hope to 'recognize' all you 'kids'.

Name: Danny Patterson () on Friday, November 3, 2000 at 00:02:02
Class: 2002
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: This goes out to Mike Wadman and his Family- Mike I have been greatly devastated by the loss of Kris. He was a great friend of mine. I may not have talked to him every day but I knew he was always there for me to talk to. Out of every one I know, he was into hockey the most even more than me. When I heard of his passing I was shocked I couldn't think. It didn't really hit me until a few nights ago when I realized that Kris was gone. As a tribute to Kris Myself, Cesar Acosta, David Littrel, Jason Williams and Adam McGrath will be wearing his initials KW on our hockey helmets. We all played with Kris and we all thought of him as our friend. Also this season of Hawthorne Cougar Hockey will be dedicated to Kris. Mike, Wadman family you have my condolences.

Name: Donna () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 21:52:21
Maiden: Cook
Class: 69
City and State: LaPalma, CA
Message: Happy Anniversary Betty & Tom...Happy Birthday Wayne Dickey...Now is "no" your final answer to escort me to the prom???

Name: Cal Kappen () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 21:17:03
Class: 59
City and State: El Cajon CA
Message: Linda (Guisinger) Dixon- My brother and I lived on 135th St across from Ramona school. Ron and Rene Ostler live in Utah. I sat with Rene at the Greatness Reunion. She said her brother Ron didn't come down because he didn't like to fly! I remember playing ball with my brother Kelly, Ronnie Ostler, Dave Page (Carol Mountains husband), at Ramona. Cal

Name: EL ROJO () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 20:45:00
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60
City and State: KUNA, ID
Message: Paco... Howard Duran...I remember that gym! Redpathe's? Geez, isn't that where the sc athlete's still train? Boy I never thought anyone would remember that place. But this ole Du.. ah, Bruin never forgets. Soon.. sc football players will be lookin for a taxi because they shouldn't be seen on a school bus, or plane. But good ole Redpathe's gym! Now thats an historical hi-light! Paco, we need to have a beer and check out the tee times at the Stick and Stein. ....Irene Callahan, thank you for your mail. Have you heard anything from John B.? I've heard nothing since our conversation a month or so ago. He doesn't answer the internet. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! JAKE N JUDE!

Name: Linda Dixon () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 17:22:08
Maiden: Guisinger
Class: 58
City and State: Norco, CA
Message: Tom...I lived at 610 W 136th street between Ramona & Inglewood Avenue. My house was across the street from Ramona School and you are was a two story structure. The buildings that were built after the original were all one story on both sides of the street. We old folks do have a memory. There were three other HHS '58 kids on my street: Tommy Graves, Ronny Ostler and JD Haas. Has anyone heard of them and where they are?
Hi Linda, I don't know about two of them, but Tommy Graves is listed on the alumni list. Good Luck.....

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 17:09:08
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Hey ... To maiden name Donaldson, that weathered look is best defined as having "character lines". I'm sure quite a few of us Cougs have these lovely "character lines". But, none of us have wrinkles! Judy Noll - welcome to Cougartown. I remember you as far back as York School. My mom told me to make sure that I said hello to you from her. I'll be e-mailing you too. John, I'm still having a blast in CT and connecting with a lot of past friends, again, Thank You King John. Have a great weekend Cougs. Thank God tomorrow's Friday ...
Hi Debra, Glad you're still connecting. They'll all come back sooner or later.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 16:17:49
Maiden: Robinson
Class: 1961
City and State: Lake Forest Ca
Message: Bob, my father and I worked out at Vic Tanny's in Inglewood and Hawthorne from 1957-1961. My father also was one of their trainers, until his gym was built. Does anyone remember Redpathe's gym in L.A, now that was big time!

Name: Cindy Thompson () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 12:32:58
Maiden: Field
Class: 80
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: As I was driving my son to school this morning I couldn't believe my eyes as I saw the Rest in Peace for Kris Wadman sign at Hawthorne High. I immediately became overwhelmed with emotion. Kris Wadman, how could this be. My older son and Kris went to pre-school together and quickly became friends. Because they were both in the same class the teacher nicknamed them "K" Kris and "C" Chris so she could identify them. He will always be K-Kris to me and my family. My heart is broken to hear about Kris, he was such a great kid!! Mike and Melody my heart is with you, I can't even imagine what you are going through. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. What a terrible loss. Love, Shawn, Cindy, Chris and Jonny Thompson.

Name: Sean Ramey () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 09:15:07
Maiden: Fitzpatrick
Class: 72
City and State: Corona, CA
Message: I too know and love the Wadman family and can't even begin to express the pain I feel for them. Kris's untimely passing will leave an emptiness that can only be filled by knowing that Kris is in the arms of the Lord and safe once again. My heart felt condolences to the Wadmans.

Name: Rip McQuitty () on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 02:22:46
Class: 1977
City and State: Great Lakes,IL
Message: Just stopped in and haven't had a chance to surf your page yet, but this is way cool. I just recently went through a divorce and started looking around to find old friends. I'm sure many of you either know me, (Rip McQuitty Class of 1977) or one of my 2 older brothers (Rick McQuitty Class of 1974 & Randy Neal Class of 1967, I think, ha ha) since we were all raised in Hawthorne our entire lives. I left in 1986 to join the Navy and have been in ever since. I'm currently stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois, Naval Training Center, Service School Command. (Really, it's not as bad as we all thought back then) I've been to many interesting places and seen a lot of interesting things, including the Gulf War. (And to think I hated History "when" I went to school) :-) Great Site! Keep up the good work. Revised 2/4/98? What's up with that? ha ha
Hi Rip, Glad you found your home on the web. I think the Navy could use you in their recruiting office.
The revision is when I changed the page "look" or format. Has it been that long??

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