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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: Pauline Matthew () on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 11:46:37
Maiden: spencer
Class: 69
City and State: Oakhills, CA
Message: I just received my Alumni book and found that sections G, H, I,& J were missing from the bio section. Has anyone else noticed it in their books or is it just mine? Paid good money for this and they did a poor job on the book I received. I thought this was going to be good, the same company did the book for my son's high school and their's turn out great. If anyone elses book turn out the same way, please e-mail the company and complain. Maybe we can get them to redue it or refund some money to us. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my Cougartown town family. Pauline
Pauline, The book that I have has all the sections you mentioned. I'm sure there's no need to complain as it sounds like an honest mistake in bindery. Just ask them to replace your book.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 11:15:16
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: John Baker, Here's a link for the HHS class of 71. Perhaps you already know about it?
Don, It's on the reunions page.

Name: Karen Peterson () on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 11:10:08
Maiden: Mann
Class: 1978
City and State: Edmond, Oklahoma
Message: Haven't visited this page for a while, just updated my e-mail on the alumni page. Wanted to wish all HHS Alums a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Snowy Plains of Oklahoma! Any other HHS Alum out here in Tornado Alley? Special Happy Holidays wishes to my friends I stay in touch with: Laura (Twitchell) Porter, Julie (Stutts) Baker, Pam (Heath) Betraun. Send me an e-mail!
Happy Holidays Karen, Where HAS Pam and Laura been lately?

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 10:34:46
Class: 74
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: What a beautiful morning! The sky is clear and the mountains look close enough to touch. I am thankful for so many blessings in my life. And I'm letting all of you know, that all of you are just one of them. Simply having this connection to tune in to each day, gives me warm happy feelings. Each time I see a new name (even though they're hardly ever names I recognize) I know that our circle is widening - drawing in more old friends and acquaintances.
Rather than be overwhelmed by all the "things that have to get done by Christmas" let's take time to thank God for the wonderful gifts we already have - wonderful memories, the love of old friends, and the common bond of Cougartown. Thank you John, for making it happen.

Thanks Ingrid, Well said. We ARE truly blessed by all the found Cougs and the love that's felt on this website. When I meet someone face to face for the first time, it's like I've known them for years. Like it or not Cougs, we are all related, and for that I feel blessed. So borrowing from Royal Lord HHS61, "Thank God I'm a Cougar" and thank God for Cougartowners.

Name: Dale Interrupted () on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 09:19:05
Maiden: canttypewellatall
Class: 75
City and State: Yorba Linda CA
Message: Damn, trying to write a tribute and hit the wrong button...anyway like I was saying..
San Clemente got suddenly hip with the blues playing, Tom Waits wailing, manikins on the tracks getting hit by Amtrak trains smashing good times Big Mac Mike McClain. My football buddy, good friend, and my comedy mentor.....A heart that big had to go because only the good die young...
Big Mac, save me a cold one pal, I'll bring the "big rods" and we'll sing all the hymns "Waits" style for JC, the "G" man, say happy b-day to him for me will its my time to shed my tear, just one, because Mike would prefer me to smile then it goes....
If my first message never made it through, this one turned out better anyway.....I miss ya Mike
and again I am speechless..........H1
Rock Steady Big Mac

Name: Art La Mere () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 21:46:24
Class: 1973
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Ok John, I keep saying I sure hope he didn't have the year book from 73. Anyway if I only had all that hair still. thanks ....

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 21:45:32
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well...Marsha Russell Hood... so your hubby bought you a beautiful, new "expensive" ring for Christmas.. Welllll, my Janny just mailed a beautiful box of Godiva Chocolates to me...and he didn't have to drag a metal detector through the sand at the beach for a week to get it either.. but who am I to judge. (too bad I started my diet today) So, the candy box is open..and so is my front door...(don't go there John) Let's go crusin' the lights and get some dinner.. Come on John and Janet.. How about Thurs night? I've even got something called "Smog" in the fridge.. The dairy called it a combination "grog~ eggnog & L.A.smog" .. All I know is it has a "kick" to it.. and you don't have to worry about breakfast the next day. To all my new and old friends.. the ROWDYS.. the V GIRLS..the B GIRLS.. the GREAT 50's PEOPLE..the ROWDY 60'S group.. & all the great kids after that. To everyone that makes up this crazy quilt & journey called COUGARTOWN.. Each step is a gift & the best is yet to come.. Who said you can't go home again!! (now get your ticket money in for PROM NITE and be done with it!) Merry Christmas... drive safe.. Judy Wudy..
(pinching the chocs)

We'll see.......

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 19:39:35
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: John Baker, thanks for making the URL change for my homepage at Cougartown.
I also wish everyone a pleasant and safe holiday...a Merry Cougmas and a Happy New Rear (for those not helping with cleanup after big holiday meals - spending too much time on the couch)

Thanks Don

Name: Maureen 'Mo' Trott () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 18:13:28
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City and State: City of Good Neighbors
Message: TO ALL OF COUGARTOWN: May the wonderful feelings of Christmas stay with you long after the gifts are unwrapped, the tree is taken down, and the ornaments are stored away. May the once-a-year joy of Christmas return to you in memories throughout the year, each time tugging at your heartstrings...each time bringing a smile.

Same to you Mo......Thanks

Name: Bill Cusac () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 16:38:44
Class: 1965
City and State: South Lake Tahoe, Ca.
Message: John, Up here at Lake Tahoe, we might not have as much snow as some other places, but I bet no one has a SNOWMAN as big as we do ? Merry Christmas to all you CTers.
Hey Bill, Now THAT'S a Snowman. Thanks and have a Happy Holiday.

Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 12:58:46
Maiden: Kostiszak
Class: 83
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Hey John, I LOVED your photo of you on the patio with the snow globe, what a crack up, I am laughing so hard, thank you for the laugh I needed it!! Your warm sunny picture makes me want to get out of Portland ASAP and run to So. Cal. I will be moving to Sunny Las Vegas, Nevada soon, I cant wait to see the sun again!! Thanks for the humor I loved it....Terrie
Terrie, After a Summer in LV I'd be longing for the rain of Portland. Have a great holiday wherever you are Cougs.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 12:52:21
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles 64
Message: After seeing the December 1961 COUGAR I now know what I want for Christmas. A CAR-FI. CAR-FI is designed to enjoy while driving. "The record player for automobiles. "Touch Control" design on the tone arm permits accurate placement of the needle on the starting groove of the record "without" visual aid. It's attractive geometric styling with a smart ebony metal cabinet and a polished aluminum door. You can get it at P.O. Box 13, El Segundo, Calif. Dept. 61. Brother Bill are you reading this? It's the only hint you're going to get from me.
How about a speaker switch for that little number? Remember the ones you bought at Wynns Bros in Hawthorne. It said FRONT-REAR-BOTH

Name: Sharon Angel () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 11:55:05
Maiden: Keel
Class: 70
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Don't know if there was a reunion this year. I don't think I could be found. Didn't hear anything.
Hi Sharon and welcome. Your class reunion is going to be a multi-year reunion combining 70, 71, 72, and 73. Please check the Reunions page for more details.

Name: Art La Mere () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 09:39:08
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf (cooled )Ia
Message: John the weather out there looks good. We are looking at about 5 to 8 more inches of snow here today with the wind chill attttt about -30 anyway happy holidays to all and if you travel be safe out there and god bless you John for the fine job you do with this site. Happy holidays from the La Mere Family in Iowa
Thanks Art, and Seasons Greetings to the La Mere family too. I think it's supposed to be 80 with a wind chill that'll drive the temp down around 76. Better wear the knee-length shorts today.

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 09:32:31
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Ho, Ho, Ho....Merry Christmas, my fellow Cougs and Cougarettes! Thought I'd get my wishes in to you all early, since I know a lot of you are going to go and travel to be with loved one's or are going to have your hands full with out of town loved ones!
Have had a great year in here! So glad I found this place in late April! Have found so many old friends and made a lot of new ones!
Here's to more of us Cougs being found in 2001, a SPACED ODDITY!!!!! And you all have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! Fleas on the Dog, I mean Feliz Navidad!

Thanks Anita...You and yours have a great holiday season too.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 07:43:49
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: John, I think that all us snowbound Cougars can take vicarious pleasure in your photo (the snow globe was a nice touch). Milwaukee (the closest big city) has 22 inches on the ground and up to 8 inches are predicted for today. This past Saturday, the temperature warmed up to 32 degrees so we took the truck to the car wash! I have tucked my little gas-saving Cavalier in for the Winter and have taken the wheel of my 4-wheel drive GMC for the duration. After all, it's easier to find a black Z-71 with lighted visor & running boards in a snow drift than a silver Cavalier!
Hi Sharon, I don't have to worry about snowdrifts, but I can never find my car at the Del Amo Mall at Christmas time.

Name: Sherri () on Monday, December 18, 2000 at 01:35:08
Maiden: Smith
Class: 1965
City and State: Moreno Valley, CA
Message: Hello Class of 1965

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 22:56:02
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Fellow Cougs, I've added an El Segundo Murals link at my website in the South Bay section. My new homepage URL's are or (John Baker the link is no longer valid. I think the company was bought out and the server discontinued. If you can change to the Juno link at the cougartown website, I would appreciate it)
Also note that the phone number and address listed in the HHS Alumni 2000 directory is incorrect. Feel free to contact me via e-mail if you need the changes. Hope you all have a nice week!

Thanks Don, I'll change the URL now.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 22:43:33
Class: 66
City and State: redondo beach, ca
Message: Merry Christmas to all the Cougars. May God Bless you all during this time of the year and always, and may you all have a most blessed New Year!
Jim Sloey

Jim, The same to you and Deb. Have a wonderful holiday.

Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 22:28:31
Maiden: Same as always!
Class: 1961
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: To all you Cougs out there, Pat and I want to wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a Healthy and Happy New Year. We hope to hear from all of you throughout the New Year of 2001. John B.---Did you get my e-mail about the T-Shirts. I already got the cancelled check back. Pat and I are not going to be able to go to the Prom Night because we will be in Longview Washington attending our son's (Royal III) wedding. We are planning on going to the '59, '60, & '61 reunion in April especially since it will be in Cerritos. Have a Great Holiday season! Thank God I'm a Coug! Royal
Hey Royal, Yes I got your email. Glad we got that one straightened out. Sorry you won't be attending Prom Night. You and Pat have a Happy Holiday too and it's nice to hear from you.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 16:54:19
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Wow, you wouldn't believed what happend here in the weather pattern of Portland, OR. First, we had all this cold and maybe an inch of snow(Portland is 300ft. about sea level). Then, it got just a bit warmer to produce that Godaweful rain and what do you get during the nights??? Ice and Black Ice(for your driving pleasure if you know what I mean). I personally didn't have to work in those few very bad days since everyone was getting into a wrecks in one form or another but I bet 75% were Ex-Californian drivers. One story tells of an accident on the Bridge (over the Columbia River) where the driver got out and another car was crashing towards him and he jumped over the railing to avoid being hurt but guess what? He fell about 100 ft into the COLD ICY river. Found out the guy was not only rescued but was a SAN DIEGO RESIDENT. Now, the summer air(as one weatherman puts it)says it'll warm up and it did. We went from 28' to 52' in just a matter of a few days. Thank you whoever in CA that was responsible for that and keeping us warm again.

Name: John Baker () on Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 15:54:14
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message:This is for all you cold weather Oregonians, Washingtonians, and Minnesotans. Yesterday, Mission Viejo, on Janet's patio at 9:30 am. Breakfast, and no need for a sweater. The only hint of snow was the snowglobe in my right hand. Geez, it was a little cool (72 degrees). The weather man says a balmy 80 degrees for tomorrow. Have a great winter, all you snowbound Cougs.

Name: Julian Marquez () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 21:40:43
E-Mail: roofcop939354858
Class: 1959
City and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Message: Hi everyone;
Just found this website - I am excited. Maybe get in touch with some of the guys that my brother, Richard and I use to hang out with. I live in Las Vegas, NV with my wife Janet and continue to work in the construction industry. Have (4) children and 11 grandchildren. The oldest (3) children live in So Calif and youngest son lives in Las Vegas. Looking forward to retirement and relaxation, after working since I was 13-years of age. Hope to hear from some of my classmates. Take care!

Name: Delia Garza () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 16:26:25
Maiden: Yawnick
Class: 86
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: Mike McCann, Just read that you are Fionnula Murray's cousin. I then used my logic classes and figured, since Fionnula was Steve's sister (twin I think).... HE must be your cousin too! AND you may just be seeing him during the holidays too. If you do, PLEASE pass on a hello from me. Steve is great and I always hoped to get back in touch with him. Thanks!

Name: joseph mailander () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 12:44:57
Class: 75
Message: Damn. A couple of years after I graduated, I went down to San Clemente to visit six-pack Mac, Mike McClain. He had a great apartment just south of the pier and overlooking it. I got there, and the door was open, and he was listening to a Tom Waits album--that was the first time I ever heard Tom Waits, and I've been listening to him for almost 25 years now. He was filled with enthusiasm to see me even though I just showed up, as he had always requested me to. He was even more happy to learn, for some reason, that I had hitchhiked down. We went straight into Dana Point and this old bar (the Pelican) and never mind the fact that we were both underage. Dana Point then was nothing like it is now, it was just beginning to get condo creep, but it was still a seaworthy sailors town. Then we met up with a friend of his and he pointed to one of them and said "Party at John's tonight." This was news to John. Mike went to the payphone to make a few phone calls. Within minutes, there were about fifty people at John's.
But the funny thing was, Mike himself didn't stay too long. We met a couple of girls at the party and went out to eat with them at the Harbor House. This also happened so fast that by now I knew I shouldn't try to execute any kind of control over things myself, I should just ride along. Seemingly within one hour, Mike had grabbed me, had a few drinks at one place, started a party at another, left it, and was on to dinner with enchanting strangers. Don't want to get into the evening after that but I am telling you that if he had even a few more evenings like that in his life, he lived a complete and satisfying one. I went down a couple more times that summer--how could I not? It was sure better than anything I was doing. To hang with Mike right after high school was to put yourself on the perimeter of a thunderstorm.
When I think of people who have taught me how to live--how actually to connect, commune, and converse with people in social situations--Mike McClain is near the very top of that list, and remains so even today. To be around him, for me, was like being around someone like Ernest Hemingway, you never knew where it was going to go next, you just hopped on board for a while and let him take you along.

Great stuff joseph. Thanks for a morsel from the Saga of Big Mac. The way you tell the story, it's like it happened last weekend. His life must've been filled with similar adventures and I'd love to have the rights to the book. Anyone else have a Big Mac anecdote?

Name: Robert J Sanchez () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 11:58:12
Class: 1977
City and State: Austin, Texas
Message: Keith Jones et al: Thanks for the info and cellular. I will look you up upon my arrival. This cougar feedback is quite interesting and makes you really ponder yesteryear. For those of you who sent emails thanks and I look forward to the renewal of friendships.

Name: Mike Mc Cann () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 11:02:38
Class: 1980
City and State: Moreno Valley, CA
Message: I notice Margie Schroeder had recently inquired about Fionnula Murray. Fionnula is my cousin, I see her off and on throughout the year. I'll see her over the holidays and let her know you were asking for her. She is currently a teacher in the Orange County area.

Name: Doris () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 10:32:40
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: HEY JOHN! WOW! What a response yesterday on FEEDBACK! What do you make of it? Is it 'cause "the weather outside is frightful"? And everybody and their brother are inside on their puters? Whatever it is, it is "delightful"!!!
And Judy-Wudy ... everytime I read your latest input in FEEDBACK, I'm ready for the prom tomorrow!!! GOLLY! Your enthusiasm really gets me goin'!!! It really rubs off! Thanks!
Was also delighted to hear from someone from the first graduating class at good old HHS! Wish we could light some fires under "those" ... oops! under some more of "US" old codgers and get 'em on here! Guess I HAVE to include myself on the "old codger" list, what?!
If I don't get back to you today, John all COUGS everywhwere ... happy weekend and be safe! I want to see you at PROM NITE 2001!!! Heck! I want to see you here on FEEDBACK come Monday morning!

Name: Deano () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 09:45:48
Class: 65
City and State: rustinintustin
Message: for all the cold country folks i thought thats what brandy was made for, cause when i head for my cold country snow shack (big bear) that sure keeps the hawk away.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 08:45:50
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Patt - here in Wisconsin we have more than enough snow (about 19 inches on the ground and more predicted for the week-end). So if you send yours here it will just blend in..... Last night I was driving home late on the back-roads, and kept encountering patches of FOG! Lets see, how close am I to the 85 points that I need to retire someplace warm...... Howard - I purchased a Hewlett Packard notebook a couple of months ago (pentium III with a DVD) for just under $2000 and I really like it. HP has other models that are less (you can go to the HP web site and look at the models that are available).

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