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Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 19:41:58
Maiden: Same as above!
Class: 1961
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: TO: Bill Booth (1971) Yes, You sent the feedback to the right person. I just wanted to thank you for those kind words. We don't always hear how some of our hard work turns out. I Coached in the Cerritos area, Jr. ALL-american, Little League baseball, and City Basketball for 14 years while my son was growing up. I also spent 28 years In the Hawthorne Elementary School District as a teacher, Principal, and District Office Administrator. My main desire was to work with kids, and it all started at Eucalyptus Park as a Recreation Leader. You have truly made my day and all the years I spent working with kids. Thank you. I might also mention that I had the privilege of coaching the Sloey brothers (Bill & John) while working at Eucalyptus Park. Hope to hear from you again. Thank God I'm a Coug, Royal

Name: Frank A. Romano () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 18:02:31
Class: 1961
City and State: Las Vegas, NV.
Message: Happy Holidays to each and all... Maria has been busy at work. I've been staying out of her way. Christmas as you know is celebrated here regularly. At least the praying part. A large number of folks at the casinos are asking God or calling to her for one thing or another. You can hear the most interesting prayers near the long tables with the dice (cleaned that up) and at the Black Jack tables too. Most begin with Oh God... Etc Etc. Etc. We are expecting a few folks from California this next weekend. Las Vegas will be ushering in the true new millennium. The "Strip" will kick off the celebration with 4.5 miles of fireworks. I'm hoping that the display starts early. Short naps aren't much fun unless (can't discuss anything to kill the "G" rating). Hear me now! Party and enjoy the memory making festivities with those near and dear to you. Stay Sober, Safe, and Sane. Okay JB and all you others.. Two out of three isn't all that bad a score. God Speed to you all and I'll be lookin' to see you at the feedback pages on the flip side. RCG, Frank.
Hey Frank, that reminded me of the old joke about the problem with being an atheist is, you don't have anyone to talk to while having sex. I guess it also works for the gamblers of the world too. Happy New Year to you and Maria.

Name: Yamma Lamma () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 16:38:54
E-Mail: WellthencouldIhavethefirstdanceatPromNite2001???
Maiden: Ding-Dong
Class: wayback!
Message: Oh Walter HONEY! Save a dance for me, preferably the first!!! Your excitement made me get a little anxious about PROM NITE 2001! Cannot figure out why more oldtimers have not signed up for this 'cause it's gotta be a danged fine time! Need more input from the Prom Chief Honcho ... where are you JudyWudy?!!! Jump in there! Let's get everybody revvvvved up for this great gathering of Cougs!!! Remember now, Walter Honey ... 1st dance!!!
Thanks Yamma (or should I call you Ms. Ding Dong?) Judy will be along later as she doesn't have Internet at work.

Name: Dan "Danny" Johnson () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 16:07:51
Class: 77
City and State: Lost Angeles
Message: Tracy Turner, I'm still sorry I struck out with the bases loaded down by one run with two-outs in our all-star game against Wiseburn. And I'm still sorry about the numerous "emotional bummers" that I put our basketball team on in the 76-77 season. On Christmas, my mom broke out some "super 8" film of our last game against El Segundo (I think you were out the last few games because of injury, right?) Some good shots of Joe Galindo, hair flowing, shooting some free-throws and "Preacher" hoisting up a few. I read that you are into "jamming"? What are you playing? Take care old pal. DJ

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 15:53:45
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Happy Holidays to all of Cougartown (better late than never). I hope Santa brought everybody what they wanted, since I KNOW that you've all been very good little boys and girls (yeah, right!) Everyone be careful on Amateur night, New Years Eve, and either be a designated drinker or a designated driver, but not both. Let's all welcome in the REAL Millenium safely, and charge into 2001 head first with both feet.
Thanks Alan, Well said. I usually don't travel far from home on Amateur Night.

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 13:13:22
Maiden: IgotagirlnamedRammaLammaLammaDingDong
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: Merry Belated Christmas fellow Cougs & Cougettes.. I Didn't get a chance to wish all a merry Xmas before John took off. Paco & Sloey thanks for the Cards. Well John I have made it through the 60's on the music downloads & have recorded 12 Cd's so far covering 1960 - 1962 & am now working on 1970. Ok Cougarettes, I will download the TOM JONES songs (Why, Why, Why, Delilah) But I'm puttin my foot down on the BOBBY SHERMAN ones. I won't corrupt my hard drive with those. Bye For Now....Whats New Pussy Cat, Whoooa whoa whoa Whoa
Glad you're all getting excited about Prom Night.
To all Cougs who've signed in but haven't sent their money:
Please don't wait too long to send it Cougs, as just because you've signed up doesn't guarantee you a seat. You need to send at least, your deposit.
You got a card from Paco and Sloey?? I didn't. Thanks Walter

Name: Regina Jensen () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 12:10:56
Maiden: MOTHER
Class: 63,71,80
City and State: HEMET, CA
Message: I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I have been keeping an eye on Cougartown for the last few months and I have to tell you that even I am getting excited about the Prom. I can?t promise anything yet but I think I would like to attend as a chaperone if that is possible. I can still spot a flask and a pack a mile away. I have to tell you that Cougartown has helped me get in contact with several friends of mine. As I read through feedback and the alumni list I see names of students and then remember their parents. Back in the 50?s I got to know a lot of the parents through PTA, the Del Aire Women?s Club, and the Community Building Association (I wish I had kept up my dues on that one). Then in the 1970?s I worked at Peter Burnett School. Some may remember me as ?Sarge? I was aid to Ms. Frank and also worked the yard during lunch. Having three children over a twenty year period (yes 20 years) I got to know a lot of people. I have contacted several and received messages back from everyone I contacted. It has been wonderful. I do believe the Internet is better that television. At least we don?t just sit around and stare at a test pattern after program hours. It is fun to remember and it is even better when remembered. So as John Baker says ?Make a contact with an old friend?. It is the best thing you can do. Best Wishes for a Happy New Year to each and everyone.
Hi Mrs. Jennnnsennn..... Thanks for the nice comments and I don't see why parents of HHSers can't participate in Prom Night, but I better check with Judy first. She's running the show and I don't want my name yanked from the guest list because I over-stepped my authority. Whattayathink Judy??
Glad you too are getting the most out of Cougartown. I know my mom found a long lost neighbor she hadn't seen in 38 years. The Internet is MUCH better that TV and there're millions of channels too. Thanks again for being a part of all this and for having 3 very knowledgeable HHSers.

Name: Franklin (Francisco) () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 11:47:56
Class: 1990
City and State: Westminster, CA
Message: Anyone spoken to Brad Cline. If you know his email address. Please send it to me. Thanks

Name: Dennis Esguerra () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 11:42:44
Class: 1996
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I'm glad I don't have to do anymore term papers.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 09:53:09
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Oh John Baker, shame on you!..:) You know if I would "go" on a cable car I would be in lots of trouble...On the other hand, SF is a liberal city....

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 08:45:09
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Good to see ya back, John Baker...hope you had a nice holiday. I had a great day in San Fransisco yesterday with my sister Joan (HHS '67) and brother-in-law, Van.
It was the first time I went on a cable car ride in more than twenty years. I should be in Sacramento through Wed. I used to live up here. It will be nice to see some of the sites again.
Fellow Cougs: Note that I modified by poetry link to
I am also planning to work on a story link. My first story will be something true about my contact with a woman I had met in Italy while I was in the service. I will let you all know when the link is available.
May you all have a pleasant and safe new years...Again, John Baker, nice to see you back.
Don Di Tomasso HHS '75

Hey Don, We had a great weekend and it's good to be back. Glad too that you had a good time in SF and I didn't know that they had bathrooms on cable cars. Thanks Don

Name: Larry/Loretta/Darla/Eric Cuiper () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 20:52:20
Class: 60/62/89/2000
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca and Allen, Texas
Message: We wish a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, Stay Safe this Hoilday and God Bless to All.

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 16:06:51
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Thanks for the Holiday drink ideas. Margaritas may just become a Christmas tradition with me and I am a sucker for Guacomole. I am not sure about the Brandy and eggnog though but never know till ya try.
Debbie(Lee)McGregor, I just read in feedback from earlier this year that YOU were the one who stole Darwin the Daring Dragon! I am so impressed! I was in Ms. Adkins Algebra class at the time of the kidnapping and I thought it was a great caper.

Name: Reuel D. Callahan () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 15:05:55
Class: 65
City and State: Westlake Village, Ca.
Message: John, I want to wish you and yours and all Cougars a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Everybody be safe and enjoy. Once again thanks for COUGARTOWN. This web site is something special and it has enabled me to get in touch with some very old friends. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Reuel, Have a great holiday and we'll read you back here after Christmas.

Name: Chris Hood () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 14:46:31
E-Mail: oksloeyyourguywon
City and State: Oregon on the Bay
Message: Hey John, Damn nice fireplace screen (but that California fire, is that a Lincoln Log?) and say, your daughters a real dish, is she married? Now Seriously (if that's possible), during this time when we celebrate the blessing of life, to you and this Cougar Clan that you have so unselfishly brought together, peace and love. Be kind to one another and may the force be with you...The Hoody that's not a pig!
Hey thanks Chris, Yes that's a sissy California dura-flame in the fireplace and that lovely young girl you think is my daughter, I cut off a Christmas Card and, through the magic of computers, made lifesize.
Seriously, it's nice to hear from you. You were another one that had slipped onto the "Where are they now" page. Thanks Chris for checking in and have a great Holiday. Now where do you suppose the "McCUTEY" boys are?

Name: Tracy Turner () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 14:37:33
Class: 78
City and State: El Segundo,Ca
Message: Happy Holidays to the Broadway gang. (Rob Daquila, Russell Turner, Jamie Litton, Rick Mercurio, John Warner, Ray Millman and Steve Mclain?etc ) and to my friends (Francis Rodriguez, Kurt Golgart, Bill Snyder, Frank Louder, Craig Gibble, Fred Torren and Danny Martinez), Haven't heard for you guys for a while. Bill, Frank, has your email changed? Craig, where are you? Let me know. Rob, lets get together and jam. Rick, Steve see you guys at the labor day party. Everyone at Cougartown, have a Happy New Year! Here's a picture of the class of 1971-1972 at the Labor Day Party. Jim Sloey, you should know most of these guys. John, Great job on the web site.
Keep on Rocking!!!

Thanks Tracy, Great lookin' group. Have a great one yourself.....

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 14:33:12
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Charlie Fox, "I don't care much for eggnog either..."
One does not need to drink Egg Nog for usefulness:
Egg Nog can be...
1. Fire extinguisher on Christmas eve
2. Supplement to Antifreeze.
3 Plasma replacement to ensure the Christmas spirit.
4. Tasty paste for a first grade class Christmas project.
5. Mixed with bleach to remove stains.
6. Soak your feet for that soft, cosy feeling.
7. Wash your cat with it to give him a hip look
8. Fill your jacuzzi with it during a water shortage
9. Soak your absentee ballot with it to ensure there are no pregnant chads

Name: Paco () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 13:29:19
Maiden: Duran
Class: 61
City and State: Lake Forest Ca
Message: Just spoke to Bruce Hoover class of 1961, he said to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I think I talked him into coming to the Prom along with Dennis Morris and Rich Thomas! Send in those Christmas pic's of family and scenes.
Thanks Howard, That'll be a fun group for Prom Night. Now if we could just find Ronnie (Indian) Edie.
Yes, Cougs, send Paco your family Christmas pics and snow scenes. Send them to and join in the Cougartown family photo album.

Name: Charlie Fox () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 13:27:16
Class: 1969
City and State: RPV, CA
Message: I don't care much for eggnog either, but I find that if you wrap just a little of it around a big ole glass of brandy or something, it works just fine.
Merry Christmas, JB, and all of Cougartown.

Works for me. Thanks Charlie and have a Happy and a Merry yourself.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 13:08:49
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: "A Margarita, floating some guacomole with a corn chip...."
John's one that is a source of protein:
Take a pound or more of smoked pork, ham or smoked pork hooks and cook it....


Name: Mike Shay () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 12:49:09
Maiden: Mikeypoo
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hello John and all Cougars;
Before our beloved J.B. leaves town for the holidays I wanted to take a second to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season....I can't wait till next year! Another cruise night, prom night, and a big reunion for our class of 61 as well as 59 & 60, and hopefully more time spent with my family and friends. I am a lucky fellow.
I never knew "Big Mac" but just to read the things his friends are saying about him, and the love they are expressing for him, you just know he was someone very special.
See ya next year!!

Thanks Mike, The same to you, Barb, Pat, Tim, Bobbie, Alec, and Isabel. I'll see you next week.

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 12:17:46
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: Betty East, I LOVE your attitude about Christmas celebrating. Your words are pearls of wisdom on how to enjoy the season. Let the rest of the year be full of guilt, Christmas should be enjoyed. I, however, do not like eggnog but I will work around it somehow. Any suggestions for other Holiday drinks?

A Margarita, floating some guacomole with a corn chip, and in lieu of cinnamon, sprinkle on some cayenne pepper. It has that festive red/green Christmas look to it, but isn't for the sissy Cougs out there. It WILL get your heart started on Christmas morning.

Name: Betty East () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 10:52:40
Maiden: Wright
Class: 74
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I'm sure we can all relate to the following. Happy holidays to all! And watch out for the food police. Eat, drink and be merry, I say.
Holiday Tips:
I hate this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism and forced frivolity, but because it's the season when the food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds. You can't pick up a magazine without finding a list of holiday do's and don'ts. Eliminate second helpings, high calorie sauces and cookies made with butter, they say. Fill up on vegetable sticks, they say. Good grief. Is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas a carrot stick? I didn't think so. Isn't mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph. I have my own list of tips for holiday eating. I assure you, if you follow them, you'll be fat and happy. So what if you don't make it to New Year's? Your pants don't fit anymore anyway.
1. About those carrot sticks. Avoid them. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt Scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt Scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnogaholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with Gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember college?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between Christmas and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. You can't leave them behind. You're not going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards, mate.
10. And one final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips.

Thanks Betty, Very good advice for all the Christmas dinner junkies like myself. Now I won't feel so bad...........uhhh, on the outside anyway.

Name: Joe Webber () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 09:56:42
Class: 1970
City and State: Nashville TN
Message: Happy Holidays to you and yours John B. And to all the rest at CT. (No rhyme intended!)
Thanks Joe, You and yours have a Merry Christmas too, and we'll see you back here next week.

Name: Sharon () on Friday, December 22, 2000 at 09:53:03
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City and State: Long Beach
Message: First I want to wish all at CT a Merry, safe, and warm Holiday season. To JB1 for all you've done for all us Cougs, may your holidays be especially joyous and blessed.
To all '66 Cougs, Prince Sloey (or rather my underling) and I should have news about our 35th reunion by next week. We have been working diligently on this project. The date, time, and place will be published on CT, so stayed tuned for more info.
Now I want to tell you all about the great idea I had this morning. While cooking breakfast for my dear Hubby. I thought it would be a good idea to broil the bacon, and started to wonder why more people didn't do this. I mean you can make a lot at one time, and it won't splatter all over everything. Therefore, I proceeded to load the broiling pan with bacon, close the broiler, turn it on, and watch it now and then. I just learned why people don't broil bacon. It causes a grease fire. When I walked back into the kitchen the entire stove was alight with black smoke and flame. The house was quickly filling with black smoke and the dog was headed for the door. Luckily, I remembered that baking soda puts out a grease fire. Unfortunately, I had trouble finding the baking soda. By the time I dumped everything out of the cupboard to reach the baking soda in the back, our neighbor was knocking on the door with a fire extinguisher in his hand. He had seen the black smoke billowing out of the house from the windows my Hubby had opened so we wouldn't die of smoke inhalation. By that time I had dumped the supersized baking soda purchased at Costco on the fire and it went out immediately. The moral of the story; don't cook breakfast for your Hubby. It can be hazardous to your health.
Again a Happy Holiday to all. Drive safely.

Sharon, I'm not sure but I think you've just moved up to "6th degree ROWDY Girl". I know Marsha and Judy will be so proud when they here the "don't cook breakfast for your Hubby" news.
You and yours have a happy and safe Holiday, and please STAY AWAY FROM THE STOVE!!!

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