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Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 13:32:29
Maiden: Wantingtolearnhistory
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Harry Plotkin, thank you for answering the question about the Bollinger's. Is it true that the farm was located where Boeing/Raytheon is right now - near the Nash metro station?
Don, The Bollinger?s farm was the land between Douglas Street and Sepulveda and south of El Segundo Boulevard to the railroad tracks.

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 13:21:56
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Sad but true! WEB TV will not bring up Prom list. But things could always be worse, the SOONERS could be ranked # 6 & the SUNS could be in 3rd place in the west!! Scavenger pipes, I remember seeing 2, 4, & even 6 to 8 outlets on some cars? Got a set of 4 put on my 59 IMP. at a muffler shop on Labrea, just south of Centinela on east side. Does anyone remember that shop & the guy`s name. Sonny`s Muffler seems familiar?? Hey Anita, I know I am probably the same age as your dad but ya gotta call me Tom! Mr. Burroughs sounds, soo, ah, well, just call me Tom!! So at this point the Prom attendees will just be another great surprise on Prom night? Life is just full of surprises!!
I saw this ad for four years in Cougars and never noticed until now that "Muffler" was spelled "Muffer", also "Stablizers"?

Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 13:20:22
Maiden: Kostiszak
Class: 83
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Hi Everyone, If you want some great photos of the Manhattan Beach Pier go this website: click on the pictures to get bigger view on the site. John Post has a booth at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair every year and he has a store in Manhattan Beach. I have bought some photos and Calendars he has made, his photos bring back many memories and his store has Lots more photos than whats on the website. He takes photos of 26th street and MB areas. My hangout was the MB pier everyday I walked there, biked there or bused it there then I ate at Joes Candy shop or Zeppys Pizza during the day and checked out the newest bikinis at Mickeys Bikinis. Once again the website: If anyone knows of other Manhattan Beach or southbay area websites please post them or let me know.
Thank you.

Thanks Terrie, love those South Bay pics.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 12:42:28
Maiden: Old Codger
Class: 52/97
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: To: Don Di Tomasso. re: Bollinger Farm The Bollingers leased the farm from Standard Oil. Among other things they grew some of the sweetest corn. During the season they had a stand on El Segundo Blvd. They had five sons and at least one grandson who attended Wiseburn Schools.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.
Love to all, HCH

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 12:28:40
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: John.. Just wanted to thank you again for the Site. Been perusing the past feedback pages the past couple of days to try to catch up ( not even close yet). I have ran across some of the pics of My old classmates including upper & lower Classmates I remember. Man when I hit those photos all sorts of memories come flooding back. The checks in the mail John $10.00 is a very little price to pay for this. V3 saw your pic in one of the past feedbacks, Man do I remember those dimples. Jim Sloey how the heck are you. We weren't best of buds, but we were aquaintances. I remember going surfing at 26th street, mostly a line brake that closed out quick. I preferred and surfed down by the Hermosa pier with some of my surfing buds, Donald Takiyama, Mike Purpus & Peter Pope. Peter was a huge Hawaiian that liked to borrow beer kegs from the trucks parked on the strand for our beach parties & grunion hunts. Does anyone else remember the insomniac, the beatnik club off the strand by the pier. To all my other classmates that I have received Email from, it is great to be in correspondence with you after all of these years. To all of you other Cougars I haven't met yet. I look forward to it. BTW Dan Nelson wrote about putting Coach Jones's VW btween two Buildings. Is that the same Red VW that somehow got parked between the sides of the Handball Court over by the boys locker room back in either 63 or 64?. John do you have the old "HHS Fight Song" on here?? We are the mighty cougars so brave and so bold..... Go Cougs
Thanks Walter for all the memory floggers and the check. No, sorry about the fight song. I don't have it.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 12:20:53
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: The Bollinger?s farm was the land between Douglas Street and Sepulveda and south of El Segundo Boulevard to the railroad tracks. I use to ride the trails through that area in the 60?s. By 1968 it was a haven for RC airplanes. The last time I was there my friend?s car (a purple 1965 Corvair Monza) was broadsided by a RC plane. It put a dent in the passenger door. The cost to repair the door was $25.00.
Does anyone remember getting car insurance with either 25 or 50 dollar deductible?

Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 12:12:28
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 78
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: To Don DiTomasso: Yes, I remember Bollinger's farm! According to my brother, Merrill McCoy (c/o 81), Old Man Bollinger would shoot you with his BB gun if you ever set foot on his property line! Apparently, a lot of kids would walk through his farm as a shortcut or just liked hanging out there. Bollinger was very agitated by this and I can kinda see why. Poor old guy! :(

Name: LEEROY FELDERRUSTER () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 12:00:46
Class: 1955
City and State: sam az befour
Message: WELPS, Beulah sez yuose bez funnin me wit me wit dat Bubba pikshure. I wuznt so shore but i donut tinks dat wuz bubba, cuz he be misin sum more teeths dan dat. i hopes youse wuznt funnin me toos muck Johns. LEEROY FELDERRUSTER AND BEULAH
LeeRoy boy, where have you been son? I know you've been hidin' in the woods because of the Presidential race, but that doesn't have ANYTHING to do with "Revenuers".
I guess you didn't hear that Pearly Mae donored her Mule, Daisy's teeth to Bubba as a "I'm sweet on you" present. Poor Daisy's been gummin' soggy alfalfa ever since.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 07:54:58
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance CA
Message: John Baker, did you or (anyone) ever know the story behind Bollinger's farm. I remember seeing on a small hill in El Segundo. It might have been in the place where that big Raytheon and Boeing (formerly Hughes Space and Communications) building is. I remember looking at the farm house and land around it. That kind of reminded me of a scene from Kansas.
No, don't know that farm. Anyone else?

Name: Mike Mecey () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 07:46:03
Class: 1961
City and State: Roseville, CA
Message: I think Bush & e-Gore should settle this election the same way that Hamilton & Burr did. e-Gore is a decorated Viet Nam vet and Bush comes from a state that takes pride in gun ownership... Seems like a natural to me... but since we are in a time where we want Action, perhaps they could use fully automatic Uzies instead of single shot dueling pistols... Put them in a 10 acre, heavily wooded forest (since the voting controversy has happened in FLOR a-duh, maybe a swamp might be better) have a flag hidden somewhere in the forest/swamp, and the man who comes out with flag wins... Another angle would be to have their cabinet join them in the search for the flag. Each person gets the firepower of his or her choice.... Sounds like a made for TV movie to me...
Naw, Al Gore would be afraid of striking a tree with a bullet. Put one in a 53 Ford and the other in a 48 Merc. Take them out on some secluded road and have them play "Chicken for the Presidency. No, that would be a waste of a 48 Merc. OK, OK, put them on a deserted islan........

Name: Brian Cheek () on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 01:09:19
Class: 1976
City and State: Littleton, Colorado
Message: Thanks, to Dan Johnson for telling me about this website. Class of 76: We have been living in Colorado for quite a few years now. I'm married with two children, a daughter 17 and son 15. Both attend High School here in Littleton. I work for the Fire Department as a Lieutenant, and my wife, also from the South Bay, is the Music Director at our church. We love it here in Colorado!
Rip McQuitty: Do you remember the time you, Glenn McCarroll and I took a trip to Huntington Beach surfing, and found your ripped-off surfboard?

Name: Cynthia Alvarado () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 23:40:07
Class: 1996
City and State: Gardena, CA
Message: Hi My name is Cynthia Class of 1996! I am glad to say that after 4 years I still keep in touch with my close friends from high school. I still bump into a few acquaintances and happy to know many are College graduates or about to graduate. During my senior year I had two teachers that gave me great advice and I can never forget there words. One of them was Mr. Roebuck and the other Ms. Lloyd. I am not sure they remember me but I know I will never forget them. Just want to share this. At the same time I hope that I can find friends from the class of 96 and 95! If anyone knows of Tamika Loving Class of 1996 and David Banales Class of 1996 please email me.

Hi Cynthia, Glad you found us and good luck finding your friends.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 22:53:31
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Prom Nite Update: Just got word from some Cougs that are trying to make reservations with the "room block discount." Seems the hotel does not have the room block on their computers yet under "PROM NITE" and are requesting guests to call back later. I'll call the hotel tomorrow and see what gives. Sorry for any inconvenience.. I'll set them straight tomorrow. I want anyone using the hotel to get the best rates..and it really is a big savings.. be patient. I'll get right on it.
Judy Wudy.. on a quest

Thanks Judy, That's why she's running the show one messes with a ROWDY!!!

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 22:51:47
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: Yes Janet, the house is always open to visitors...come on up...the Grappa really tastes good this time of year. This is our first snow of the year, isn't it beautiful? I love it. Grappa John isn't sure yet (this will be our third winter here). But I was raised mostly in Minnesota, so this seems mild to me. John is from Sicily where the weather is just like So. Ca. so he is having to adjust a little. We have a HUGE fire going all the time. Very cozy. So let us know when you want to pay a visit....I'll turn on the electric blanket in the guest room..........
Cheryl, Can I come up too?

Name: Janet Burkett () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 22:20:38
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: So Cheryl and grappa John, What's wrong with a little snow?? Looks beautiful to me as long as you can ski in it! Or, if ya can't ski, make a good drink and a great fire. Are you open for visitors? JB2
Yes they are, and this is a view out their front window to the Klamath River literally 50 ft from their front door. Cheryl and Grappa John, get the Margaritas ready and we'll be right there.

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 18:28:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message:Here's a picture from Cheryl Christensen Nicocia's driveway. She says it's been snowing since yesterday. And all us So Cal people thought it was cold. Thanks Cheryl for the picture.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 16:04:33
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Chris Olson Beaird, Are you the same Christine Olson whose father is Pastor Ollie Olson? If so, he was a positive influence in my life. Give him my regards.

Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 15:31:48
Maiden: kostiszak
Class: 83
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any information about the 20 year reunion for the class of 1981. I know it is early but someone might have heard something about the beginnings of it for 2001. My sister Gina Kostiszak aka Wienicki, is from the class of 1981 and would love to hear about any information. Thank you...Terrie Kostiszak
OK 81ers, anyone know anything??

Name: Chris Beaird () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 13:53:31
Maiden: Olson
Class: 75
City and State: Agoura Hills CA
Message: Sharon Stowe! What a nice surprise to see you on feedback. How is Mark? I would love to see you two. My e-mail address is on the alumni list. Hope to hear from you!

Name: Bob Jensen () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 09:38:23
Class: 71
City and State: Greater Los Angeles
Message: Hi John, what are scavengers? I remember the term but I am way too young to remember what they are. Can you shed some light on the subject?
These pipes are scavengers. They were flare tipped and usually pretty loud as they resonated against the floor boards of your favorite ride.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 09:31:52
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: A poem about Hawthorne High: I walk the walk ways surrounded by students some with smiling faces and some none I know each day that friends will pass me and smile The sounds of lockers opening, books shuffling, laughter and chatter Walking to and away from classes, to the field, to the pool Memories on the lawn, eating a cold sandwich with the sun shining Chatting with friends watching people, so many people I wonder about their lives, what makes them happy Hours in classes thinking about other things Thinking about life, reflecting on knowledge Observing teachers, their mannerism, listening to their words Gleening from their thoughts to change my thoughts Hawthorne High, the best school for me A place that brings me fond memories that have lasted a lifetime.

Name: Ron Dokken () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 08:12:22
Class: 1955
City and State: Endwell, NY
Message: Hi, haven't been on your site lately, but had to comment on Jane F. I flew 200+ combat missions in SEA (B-52 and AC130 gunship) and I will never forget the picture of her sitting on the AAA gun with a big grin on her face. I was lucky, but a lot of others weren't.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 08:09:18
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Another poem: There's a place in Palos Verdes where the clifts meets the edge of the sky Where the sounds of crashing waves can be heard from thousands of feet away Rocks below, rocks in water, birds float in the wind and play The sunlight dances on the water and through the air highlighting the hues of green trees and steep slopes.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 06:12:17
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Yes, your right John Baker, the treatment plant part of my poem should have been removed. I could not help that one because this place actually exists and the treatment plant looks like something from another planet. Perhaps I could have described it differently...:)
Something else..... I am amazed how internet access has made a difference in my life. Sure, there are some very negative aspects to it, but the positives are the so many wonderful people I have met and come to know. This is especially true with Cougartown. John, your website has been one of the most positive influences in my life. I met and recontacted some very supportive people through it. Something very interesting happened recently as a very special, supportive person disappeared from my life (someone whom I had also recontacted through Cougartown) I received an e-mail from someone from my past. She said her husband (a HHS alumni) had been looking for me, wondering about me for the last 25 years. She found my e-mail address through (Of course I told them about Cougartown) I met with both of them over the weekend and found out what a positive force for good I had been in both of their lives 25 years ago. I remembered the incidents we discussed but all this time I had no idea I had been such an influence. This is such an encouragement to me. I was amazed at the timing since I had just begun to undergo a significant loss of a special relationship.
Again, I think places like Cougartown are wonderful. I am so grateful I live in the South Bay area so that I can go to Cougartown events. I have met so many wonderful people from all class levels. To me, that is so important, to have positive people in my life. Much of this would not be possible if it were not places like Cougartown - a way to reconnect with people, a way to remember the past positively, a way to meet new people, a way to embrace life in a positive way.

Hey Don, I know there're lots of people who've had the very same experience, as I receive email every week that reflect these same thoughts. It's nice to know that Ctown is such a positive place for so many. Thanks for sharing......

Name: Rick McQuitty () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 00:32:31
Class: 74
Message: I want to thank my brother, ICC McQuitty, for his 15 years service to our country. I love you Bro,and i'm proud of you.

Name: Rick McQuitty () on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 00:29:07
E-Mail: You know it,if you need it
Class: 74
Message: I would like to thank all those who supported Veteran's Day. As the son of a Vet, the brother of a soon to be Vet, and a Vet myself, THANK YOU for your support.(all U.S. Navy)
Thank You John, for the weekend time. I was under the impression you didn't post on the weekend. I didn't get a chance to see all the wonderful comments until tonight. Your Vet's site was awesome.
As a member of the Hawthorne VFW Post 2075, I would like to say thank you to Robbie, Jack and Dewie, if they are still there.
Well done troops.....well done. ONE OF THE MCQUITTYS

Thanks Rick

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, November 13, 2000 at 23:58:46
E-Mail: cindymcolby
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: I think that the fine drinking establishment that everyone is refering to as the Irish Den on Inglewood Ave. just North of 120th. was in the early 50's called Pappy's, then it was the Big Chief (I might be wrong about this, that may have been the place down the street) later it was The Irish Den owned by someone named O'Brian. My father owned the place next door in the 50's called Centinela Industrial Janitorial Supply. I could be wrong seeing as this was back in the covered waggon days and I have oldtimers (well you know the rest).
The Chief or Big Chief was on the west side of Inglewood Av. and the Irish Den was on the east side.

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, November 13, 2000 at 22:39:49
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Alright, this IS REALLY ODD!
That feedback I spoke of, is now back again. It was there early this afternoon, then later it was gone, now it's back ( Twilight Zone music plays in the backround.....)
And, to answer your question, Mr. Baker and I'm sure it's true for Mr.Burroughs, as well, no, I can't read the list of new arrivals on this limburger cheese couch potato internet thingy either! I think I'll throw it under a semi after I get my puter up and see how well it crunches!

I don't know what Web TV uses for a browser, but call them and see if they, or you, have to enable Java. I'm sure there's a way to do it. Kathleen Nix Griffin is our CT Helpdesk person. Email her at she may be able to help.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, November 13, 2000 at 22:34:05
Maiden: ROOMS4RENT.....
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: PROM NITE UPDATE: For those coming from out of town..or just want to stay at the Marriott Manhattan Bch for PROM NITE. I've just arranged "special rates" for 20 rooms.. this means that if you call in and tell them you're with "Hawthorne High Prom Nite", and place your reservations before July, you'll get a room price break. Still more tickets to sell, so get on in there and reserve your space. It's only been 2 weeks and we're lookin' good.. Check the list changes every day. I'm so excited about this that if no one else makes it, I'll still have a good time...and all that food too... just me and Betty Bell, spiking that punch....both Queens... God, it's good to be Queen!!
Judy Wudy The ROWDYS

OK all you Outta Towner Prom Nighters, call the Marriott Manhattan at (310) 546-7511 and make your reservations early. Oh and Judy, If no one else makes it, they won't let you or Betty in the ballroom and I'll be in prison.

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