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Time for a little HHS Merry Christmas. This version was produced by our own Janet Burkett. See, I do give you credit for a couple of things. Beach Boys




Name: Linda Dietrich () on Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 13:00:05
E-Mail: leonard-linda@juno.com
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Message: Looks like it's pretty darn cold out there in Hawthorne. I'll trade it in a minute for what we have here. Last couple days it's been just a couple degrees with a wind chill of -25. Today we have the white stuff, about 5 inches and still coming down. Sure wish I was in Calif. right now. That picture of the ladies all in a row, is the one on the end with the short dark hair Cheryl Puetz? She was my neighbor on 130th St. If it is she hasn't changed a bit. Still looks the same. I was just wondering?
Hi to everyone out there and hope you all are in a warm place. Linda D.

Linda, Yep, that's another one added. Thanks and stay warm.



Name: Tina Ferguson () on Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 09:49:06
E-Mail: sfandtf@juno.com
Maiden: Koerner
Class: 1968
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: I recognize 3 of the group on your Dec. 8th picture. Georgia Cook, Vicki Coombs, and Mary Jo Boland! Looks like they're having a good time!!
Tina, There's a Mary in the group but not sure it's Mary Jo Boland. The other two are correct.



Name: Raymond Smith () on Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 01:56:11
E-Mail: Kawabunganorth@Juno.com
Class: 1981
City and State: Poorrrrtaanannnd, OR
Message: Yes, I'm a wimp at this time of year. Yes, My loving wife hates this time of season not so much of the Seasonal hectics but my whinnnng. But, when it snows, I stop whinning for just a moment. You see I hate cold(as we all ex-Californians all do) but rain mixed with cold is just stupid. Now that it's snowing I can live with that. Sure I can't drive "L.A.Style" but I rather have a snowflake fall on me and I can easily brush it off and get warm inside of my car/house than to have cold freezing wet rain get my clothes wet and then have to sit in that (when driving of course). Therefore my vote is in without a recount....Let it snow, let it snow... IN PORTLAND!
Now there are a few folks who's looking for Marjorie Berkel. Well, she contacted me today so I'll be hearing from her really soon. Not sure if this was due to Cougartown.com or Classmates.com (no, I'm not a member if you ask). Check in for more info since I told her about this wonderful site.

Thanks Ray, I had to bring my brass monkeys in last night, as it got down to 37 degrees in Lomita. No rain yet. We went to my cousin's place in Tehachapi on Sunday and it was COLD. I called him last night and it was snowing there too.



Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 22:48:33
E-Mail: cjprewitt@juno.com
Class: 1967
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: With all of the people talking about the snow, Kathie and I took a trip to Disneyland for a gingerbread cookie and hot chocolate. While we were enjoying our treats, there were fireworks and afterwards it started snowing. I just don't know what you are talking about cold while it snows. Most of the people were in short sleeves shirts and pants. They did put on jackets while on the cold tram ride back to the parking structure to get their cars. I do enjoy watching it snow...



Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 22:46:21
E-Mail: JUDYWUDY@att.net
Maiden: CONDOMSENSE..
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Something just occurred to me.. I'm having a "PROM NITE" moment.. I'm just sitting here, listening to Napster.. "There's a moon out tonight" "Since I don't have you" "A white sports coat" "Chances are" etc.. Holy cow!! I hope this committee isn't responsible or sued for any babies born 9 months after PROM NITE. We'll have to keep a log for the "May babies" Hey, I think I just figured out what Robin and Marsha Hood can be for that evening.. in charge of "condom sense" (can I say that or is it politically incorrect??) oh oh.. Janny's back..gotta go...
Judy Wudy... aka Tilly Noodleman on a quest.



Name: Mickey Mathena () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 21:22:04
E-Mail: mathena@canby.com
Class: 58
City and State: Woodburn, Or.
Message: Yes, we Oregon Cougars are snow wimps. It snowed so bad last night I almost couldn't see the grass this morning. Was glad to see it gone by mid-day. Two inches of snow brings the whole valley to a stand-still. Be gone you winter weather.
Happened to stop over at the classmates.com site today and saw some new Cougars that I haven't noted on the Alumni list here. Would someone that has a paid membership on Classmates e-mail some of these people and inform them about CT?
I saw Kayla Hamre's (58) name on Classmates and would like to drop her a note. Her folks owned the Western Auto store in town in 50's-60's. I worked for them for a while.
John, what would it take for you to e-mail me some of those 50 temps this way?

Hey Mickey, At 8:06pm it's 51 degrees in Lomita. Not sure I can get off an email before we drop into the 40's, but I'll try.
About Classmates..... Glenn Crist, HHS64 is our man in the Classmates street. He periodically goes in and lets new Cougs know how to get to Cougartown. Thanks Mickey and try to stay warm.



Name: Paco () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 18:44:44
E-Mail: doo4usc@aol.com
Maiden: Villa
Class: 61
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: Oh the weather here is delightful......Let it snow,let it snow, let it snow. Fight On!!
Yep, Here's Paco fighting off those snowbird blues. It's terribly nippy outside. It's almost too cold to surf. Thanks Howard..



Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 13:28:05
E-Mail: kostiszak@yahoo.com
Maiden: Kostiszak
Class: 83
City and State: Portland Oregon
Message: I am in Oregon watching the weather pattern from my somewhat warm and cozy home. But I have the Chicken Pox! I dont have them too bad but it just bites having them. I cant get out and Xmas Shop! I just can't believe I have the Chicken Pox, its nice reading all your feedbacks though it helps with cabin fever I am getting!! Thanks..Terrie
I think I had that when I was 3.



Name: Doris () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 11:37:12
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: 1957
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: GOOD MORNING COUGARS!!!! Wanted to say a special "thankgoodnessyou'reback" to Judy DeGrazia "B"!!!! GAWD! It had been too long since we heard from you here! ALSO ... how do you think Skip Kelly knew???!!! hehememe!!
Here's another plus for Cougartown.com! I noticed on JakeNJude's epistles they would now and again state their city as I DY HO or something similar. So got in touch with them and come to find out they are quite near to where I live here in beautiful Idaho! Small world. They sent a very nice reply to my email and I was delighted. And PACO!!! Where has PACO been???? HeeelllOOOO! OKAY! Who else are we missing??? The Mquitties!!!! ooops! Rather "McQuittys" WHERE ARE YOU GUYS!!!???

Doris, I think you mean McQuitties or is it Mackwittees. And we haven't heard from Jake since USC stomped a big ole mudhole in UCLA about 4 weeks ago. I hope he didn't slash his wrists.



Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 10:11:09
E-Mail: rmac@genevaonline.com
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burrr-lington, WI
Message: Mickey M. - as much as 2 inches of snow! Yesterday we had 13+ inches with the temperatures down to single digits with a wind chill of -35 degrees. More snow predicted for Wednesday night and the week-end. Ain't it fun!
Yeah, take that you sissy Oregon snow wimps.



Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 23:08:57
E-Mail: JUDYWUDY@att.net
Maiden: Stillonaquest
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well John boy, I just wanted to get into CT and wish my hubby, Janny Blomsterberg, a belated Happy Birthday..(Prom nite tonight honey) See, I know how to get the most for my money. (this weekend it's off to Lenny's for the Senior Grand Slam) And another Happy Birthday to Joyce Savisky Chance~~ (and for you Joycie, I'll send my regards) I still just can't get over the fact that we're 50 something. I also just went to the PROM NITE TICKET LIST, and just love what I see. The tickets are still selling and it looks like the 60's people are in the lead. Skip Kelly called to say that he's getting in touch with several puterless alumni from the 50's. (are you paying attention Doris Donaldson?) This just keeps getting better & better.. Now, I have to go back to picking my favorite Tommy Edwards songs for the DJ. I have a couple of requests already, like from Betty Bell.."There's a moon out tonight" & John Baker will sway to anything that's Chuck Berry. Kathy Brooks wants Promrose Lane.. and Rowdy Mr. Plotkin will dance to either, "I enjoy being a girl"... or "I'm just a girl that can't say no." (1 more pic of Mr. Plotkin in drag Sid)
Happy Birthday Janny & Joyce..
Now, I'm off like a prom dress again.
Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg



Name: Cal McDougal () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 20:34:20
E-Mail: Phoenix@snowhill.com
Class: 62
City and State: Enterprise, Al
Message: Hey guess what came in my mailbox friday afternoon! The long awaited Hawthorne High School Alumni directory. Mentions John Baker as a famous Cougar and the founder of Cougartown.com. All in all I am glad I spent the money for this book, it has a lot of folks I have been looking for and had exhausted my means of locating. The book isn't 100% complete, (my sisters are missing) but at 416 pages of fine print it looks like they did a pretty good job of checking the names and addresses. I have already called a couple of people I haven't heard from in 30 years. Thanks John for letting us know about this one. Cal
Hi Cal, Actually you can thank good old HHS for this one.



Name: darryl () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 20:31:55
E-Mail: darwade@msn.com
Class: 58
City and State: lake oswego,or
Message: Want to join the fun, but can't find the path. can you help. dhw
Hi Darryl, You're having fun now, aren't you?



Name: Mickey Mathena () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 20:09:41
E-Mail: mathena@canby.com
Class: 58
City and State: Woodburn, Or
Message: I'll second all the other Ore. Cougars about the white stuff. Went to Salem today and got about as far south as brooks and the rain turned solid. Salen was all white with about a 1/4" build up. My son called a little while ago and said we could get as much as 2" of snow south of Wilsonville. Hope it doesn't decide to stay too long. Can handle overnight OK. John, lighting up your fireplace for looks doesn't count. We still use Wood for heat in a lot of homes here. I've have the wood stove going for most of the time for several weeks. You know wood provides heat several times during its use? Once when cutting and splitting, another time when carying into house and finally when you put it in the fireplace or stove. Next stove is going to be a pellet stove. I'm getting too old to enjoy chopping wood. Hope all are getting their Christmas shopping done. Last week I received an e-mail from Betty Bell and she said she and her husband travel about an hour's drive away to shop at a mall and they camp out in a motel room over the week end, shopping during the day and wrapping presents at night. Now does that sound like FUN??
Lighting for looks heck!!! It must be about 55 degrees down here.



Name: Dewey Storie () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 18:13:02
Class: 74
Message: John! seniority! seniority! hahaha snow knows no seniority..I thinkn I may have ticked someone off to get sent to Buffalo..but that's ok, I am back working in CA this week



Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 18:07:19
E-Mail: chernico@cvc.net
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: WINTERWONDERLAND,OR(ontheriver)
Message: Hey Petey & Sharon, It's snowing here too! Wheeeeeeeeee.....this morning it was all brown and dreary, and now it's white and beautiful. I LOVE IT! Grappa John got a plow for the front of his Quad so he is out clearing the driveway so he can go to work tomorrow.....ME? I'm stayin in where it's warm....



Name: Anita Young () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 17:58:06
E-Mail: youngun39@yahoo.com or youngun97@msn.com
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newchillyburgers, OR
Message: Yeah Pete Dog.....snow and freezing rain mix here in Newberg! Whew! And me and the munchkin are sick, so I can't go out and play in it, bummer! Looks really cool, though. I have my jazz Christmas tunes a goin' and the fireplace a blazin' and a spiked cup o' tea to keep the chill off and the cold cooties from taking over!
Happy Holidays in a Winter Wonderland, kiddies! I love this!
Anita the Bonita Aceves....BBBRRRR in Oregon!



Name: carole ferruccio () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 17:52:37
E-Mail: isahighcarole@yahoo.com
Maiden: anderson
Class: 60
Message: this is a question for Brett Loranger who had a feedback a little while ago. Brett, what is the name of your parents? I knew a large family named Loranger in the 1950's. A good friend of mine even married one of them. I would love to contact her if you belong to the right family.



Name: Petey () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 14:34:38
E-Mail: frostythesnowman.com
Maiden: Honduras
Class: 1972
City and State: FrozenDuck
Message: It is snowing so hard right now that I have a feeling work will be put on the back burner. Snowboarding then a hot spiced drink seems more like it. Mt. Hood here we come!!! Peace, Love, and Hot Buttered Elves
It's not snowing here but I did light the fireplace.



Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 14:14:20
E-Mail: rmac@genevaonline.com
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: It has been snowing here since about 2:00 AM. The weather is so bad that they closed the Outlet Mall! To Walter Holt, American Flyer trains were in S-gauge which featured a track with 2 rails. Lionel (and most of their other contemporaries) were in O or O27 gauge with a 3 rail track. The O and O27 gauge ran on the same track, but the O rolling stock was a little larger. HO was a smaller gauge that was also made by most of the big manufacturers of electric trains. The fact that I had any electric train (a "boy's toy") when I was a kid in the 1950's, even if it was a Marx, is interesting. I've never been sure if my parents were just ahead of their times or if my father just wanted an excuse to have some really cool toys around the house.



Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 12:42:06
E-Mail: robertjensen@satco-inc.com
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Welcome Sandy Poltash! I have been trying to get your cousins (Roland and Wolfgang) to join in. Maybe you can give them a little push. To Brother Bill FELDERRUSTER, I do have our Tonka Road Grader. Maybe the Supreme Court can decide who is the rightful owner.



Name: Jim Palmer () on Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 23:15:57
Class: 55-56
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Looking for David W Barnes. He grew up in Hawthorne and probably graduated HHS between 55 to 57.If you have any info please contact old army friend, he served with in honor guard co, Ft. Myer Va. Tomb of the unknown soldier. Jim Palmer paljimann2@aol.com



Name: Anonymous () on Saturday, December 9, 2000 at 00:40:17
Class: 1980
Message: Derek, Aug 26 was class of 1980 20yr reunion its now mid DEC, WHERE the HELL are the reunion memory books?



Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, December 8, 2000 at 17:56:04
E-Mail: walter_holt_hhs66@hotmail.com
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: Hi Cougs... John good to see your Puter is fixed and feedback is back up...I thought I was going to have to go to Al Anon soon for my withdrawl symptoms I've been experiencing. Oh well found another project while this was down, thanks to your Juke Box... So far I have been able to find almost every song from 1960 & over half of 1961 that is on your list of hits and loaded them onto my computer... THE MISSION.... to find every song 1960 through 1979 before PROM NIGHT an burn em on CDs.....Have a good weekend Cougs...Be Safe...Steve Fraser good to see you...
Now that's a project...
I hate to disappoint you all, but I'm shutting it down again for the weekend. I'll be gone so no need in the feedback building up on this end. Everyone have a great weekend......



Name: Dewey Storie () on Friday, December 8, 2000 at 16:49:50
Class: Cold Class Of 74
Message: That thermometer at the top of the page sure made me feel warmer this week, while I was in Buffalo,NY
Buffalo in December??!! Dewey, I thought you had more seniority than that.



Name: John Baker () on Friday, December 8, 2000 at 15:46:14
E-Mail: jb1@cougartown.com
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message: I get email once in a while asking about Brooks Paint and Hardware on Inglewood Av. Here's a picture of HHS62 Nancy (Cheryl) Brooks Kari and her school buddy Joyce Savisky Chance. Cheryl lives in Woodland Hills with hubby Bob and has two children and two grandchildren.



Name: John Baker () on Friday, December 8, 2000 at 15:26:14
E-Mail: jb1@cougartown.com
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message: Here's a happy group of late 60's Cougars. Can anyone identify them?



Name: Steve Fraser () on Friday, December 8, 2000 at 14:44:03
E-Mail: sfraser53@hotmail.com
Class: 1966
City and State: RPV, CA
Message: Eldon Toys was Hawthorne's second toy company. They were at the corner of El Segundo Blvd and Wilkie Ave.



Name: Bill Jensen () on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at 13:06:54
E-Mail: william.jensen@trw.com
Maiden: Toys
Class: 63
City and State: The Hills
Message: John, your are correct. I was thinking about Tonka toys. I had a Tonka road grader that was indestructible. I am not sure where it is now, but I bet if I check with my brother he may have it at his place. Does anyone remember the other Toy manufacturer in Hawthorne? They had a life time guarantee on their toys and it is not Mattel. If you remember this toy company, do you remember where they were located?



Name: LEEROY FELDERRUSTER-JENSEN () on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at 11:28:06
E-Mail: leeroyfe@yahoo.com
Class: 1955
City and State: shiloam springs. ak
Message: HOWDY! Yups dems gotza bez Berta's boys. Wen dey wuz growin ups dey libe doun da riber bys ol Mc Donals farms. Wez alweyz funnin Berta bys singin, ol Mcdonals hab a farm eieio ans ondes farms hez hab a McQuity eieio. Wit a quak quak here. Ya Gits da idee? i cants memeber da rist ob dem werds ans BEULAH aints heres now, shes be dribin down hiway loking fer the lunsh pecel.
LEEROY FELDERRUSTER ANS BEULAHS BEZ BAK SOOONS.



Name: Jack Risner () on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at 11:12:06
E-Mail: rencaj@netscape.net
Class: 74
City and State: Hailey, Id
Message: On December 1st my cousin, Margaret "Peggy" Ross passed away after a courageous battle with malignant melanoma. Peggy attended Hawthorne only for her senior year of 1970. She was an Orange County Sheriff's Deputy for several years and then transferred to Torrance where she eventually made Detective. She was an energetic, vivacious lady and I will miss her very much. Her memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday December 5 in Lomita. If any had wished to attend sorry for the late notice but it happened quickly and on a weekend. It would be nice to remember her (and her two brothers that are police officers-Torrance and Gardena) when you light your blue light as will I. Thanks Alan Nelson for the tip about this fine demonstration of solidarity. One other thing- Peggy and I never gave up the concept of flashing the peace sign at each other or using the word peace as a goodbye gesture. Maybe the best thing to come out of the 60's and 70's. So as we go into this holiday season think, live and say-PEACE. (Goodbye, Peggy)



Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at 11:00:45
E-Mail: walter_holt_hhs66@hotmail.com
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: Top of the day Fellow Cougs... I am glad we finally got the Mcquitty matter clear up…I was getting sooo confused... It felt like I was back in English class.. Besides, Rick I hate to tell you but you were a bit late on taken the cloths off...We beat you on that one back in 69 at Woodstock.(Yes I was There) Speaking of toys...American Flyers, were those O or HO gauge. I don’t remember. My Dad Bought me a Lionel O gauge for Xmas one year, then decided it was too big so the next year he got me an HO gauge set that he could play with. We wound up with the garage half taken up with a layout that could run 6 train sets at a time. THEN SLOT CARS CAME OUT. Guess what happened to the train layout…. TINKER TOYS weren’t those what we used in science projects to show molecular structure ? Did anyone else go over to the Mattel factory and climb the fence to get their rejected toys?? Those were the toys we didn’t get in trouble for breaking or blowing up with fire crackers. Keith Jones…. Motocross Madness is a kewl game, have you tried Need for Speed High Speed Stakes, Carmageddon 2, Decent 3 or Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator yet???….What, me play Computer games….never. Donna….Thank you for the refresher on the HHS fight song.. Wasn’t there more to it than that???….Lisa Graham….A big hello to you, I remember you from some of the classes I was in. (please don’t ask which, the ole brain cells couldn’t take it). Cheryl Nicocia… Must have been nice to write your own notes, my sister (class of 64) worked in the office my 1st 2 yrs. At HHS, so I couldn’t sneeze wrong without it getting back to my parents. Mr. Plotkin… I wish to say a big hello to you also. In my opinion you were the best teacher that I had the pleasure of knowing. You have been a positive influence on my life; as well as countless others & I thank you for that. I look forward to see you again at Prom Night. Whew…Guess that catches me up on the last couple of days….GO COUGARS


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