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Name: William Benaquista () on Friday, January 5, 2001 at 02:44:47
Class: '70
City and State: Gardena, CA
Message: I really just want to know if there's anyone out there who can honestly say they remember me, in particular any of the female alums. I was friendly with a lot of people but never really friends with any but a very few of them. So, if you can truly say you remember me, then drop me a little "hello" email and perhaps we can start up a f/ship and discuss some of the old times. Oh, here's a bit of trivia to test your knowledge... in my senior year I was one of the student officers. Any idea which office I held? I'm also interested in any info on reunions for the class of 70 group of grads. The one and only that I ever heard about (and attended) was a 20 yr (1990) one. Looking forward to hearing from you...
Hi William, Please check the reunions page, as there's a multi-year reunion planned with your class for later this year. Thanks for checking in.

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Friday, January 5, 2001 at 01:40:53
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
City and State: Fullerton
Message: Happy New Year to everyone! I haven't written in a very long time. In fact, I just caught up with reading all of the pages I'd missed. There were a whole lot. I am so sorry about the loss of Kris Wadman and "Big Mac". They definitely made a positive difference in this world.
I have been so busy with work that the only time I'm on the computer is when I'm working. Teaching graphics and animation requires a lot of learning on my part.
We had a great Christmas and a fabulous new Millenium thus far. I hope all of yours have been the same. We just sent in our reservations for the '59, '60, '61 reunion. John, I can't believe they're leaving '62 out. Why don't you come anyway. I would love to see you again. We only live in Fullerton and we're staying at the hotel, that's how committed we are to this. Jim and I celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary on April 4th so this is kind of a sweet get-away. I hope all of the new friends that I have made on Cougartown show up. I'm especially looking forward to meeting Robin and his new wife, Royal, Diane, Alan Hauge, and so many others.
Sammy, our Golden is gorgeous. You were all right about the virtues of Golden Retrievers.
Love to Sharon Branigan, John Baker and to my family.

Hi Ricki, Glad you're still out there and also glad you're signed up for the multi-year reunion in April. I'll see how it goes as far as going myself. There're lots of people in that group that I'd like to see again.
Happy Wedding anniversary too, and tell Jim and Sammy we all said hi.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Friday, January 5, 2001 at 00:25:50
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne 90250
Message: During the 60's, I enjoyed educational TV. Programs such as Rowan & Martins Laugh-In and Soupy Sales entertained me and furthered my education with a wonderful cast of characters. Oh, Soupy's words of wisdom were so valuable. Now that the new Millennium is here, I have turned my attention to the Internet. Now my preferred source of knowledge and great entertainment is John Baker's Cougartown. Yes, you might say that I am really plugged into CT. One of my favorite personalities is Tilly Noodleman with her words of wisdom and famous sayings such as "I'm off like a prom dress"! ....... Tilly, I really like the saying that put such a big smile on your face when it connected for you. Happy anniversary to You and Janny!

Name: RICK ????????? () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 22:07:31
Class: 74

Wait a minute........Happy New Year to those who deserve it.......AND YOU TOO JOHN??!! Thank you.....I think.
I thought maybe you and Rip were abducted by the Ding Dong Sisters and were forced to become their Ken dolls or somethin'. Glad to have you back....

Name: Don "one arm" Di Tomasso () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 20:46:43
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message:'s day two back at my flat. I am most thanksful for my sister Lila HHS '72 and her family and my dear friend, Diane, for providing assistance in my physical recovery. I also appreciate the various e-mail responses of concern ...and of course...the medication...i've been seeing the most wonderful rock videos...:)...will take some busses tomorrow to see the doc and then to experience physical therapy torture...i sure hope my arm does not fall off...well then i would be seeing the MTV awards... And I also again thank John Baker for keeping this site going. Through this have recindled relationships, made new cougar friends, and rediscovered memories I would not have found any other way....

Again, you're welcome Don

Name: Dan "Pink Floyd" Johnson () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 19:17:45
Class: 77
Message: Worst song of ALL TIME bar none -- "Alone Again Naturally" Gilbert O' Sullivan. I mean, my gawd, no wonder that chick left the guy at the altar -- what a whinny jerk who should just die.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 19:13:04
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: "Killing Me Softly With His Song", by Roberta Flack, was from the Clint Eastwood movie "Play Misty For Me". And just for the record, "Muskrat Love" was originally written and released by "America", before The Captain (Darryl Dragon) and (Toni) Tenille sung it. Now, does anyone want to groove to (She Came Calling) WILDFIRE!

Name: Ron Dickson () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 19:09:36
Class: 67
City and State: Norco, Ca
Message: To Walter Holt, I can`t believe on the list of sixties music, you forgot the Doors. They always get into the top ten of greatest songs of all time. Kelly I can`t believe that bee bop is in any kind of Amish camp!

Name: stillgotit () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 18:06:08
E-Mail: neverU@mind
Maiden: sevendees
Class: chic
City and State: oceanside
Message: We must not forget 'Afternoon Delight' on the 'worst of' list...or 'Muskrat Love' (I think that is the title, by Captain and T.)
Who are you? I know there's Leeroy and the Yamma Lammas but please use your real name. I don't want to start an anonymous Feedback Page. I know you understand and thanks.
Afternoon Delight can surely go on that list.

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 17:48:59
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Ok - what movie had the theme song - Killing me Softly with His Song? And, what later movie was a kind of remake from that movie? Also - Welcome to Cougartown Max Castorani. We go back to York school together. Hope all is going well with you. Check out the reunion page.

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 16:55:41
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: Stillgotit...You are absolutely correct..That is from KC & the Sunshine band. I happen to have seen him recently & he still puts on a heck of a show. Also I really haven't been looking for the worst song but now that you mention it. I would agree with JB Surfin Bird was absolutely the worst of the 60's. For the 70's lets put it to a vote between these beauties: Hanky Panky, Killing me softly with his song, You Light up my life, Daddy dont you walk so fast, Brand new Key, Funny Face, Delta Dawn, Feelings & Disco Duck. what do you Think CT?
I think Disco Duck was the best song from the 70's.

Name: Stillgotit () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 16:01:41
E-Mail: afterall@theseyears
Maiden: seventees
Class: dripinwith
City and State: thecoastwiththemost
Message: Walter Holt, Do a Little Dance...I believe was done by Casey and the Sunshine Band. You sure brought back a lot of memories of bands. Thanks. Stillgotit

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 15:19:05
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: A TOPLESS Bar on 138th St??? I grew up on West 137th St. between Shoup & Oceangate and used to go to Stellinos Mkt. & The Italian Sub Shop A block from there all the time. I vaguely remember the bars...But Topless?... Darn, I knew attending St. Joes affected me, but to the point of missing something like that.(guess it was fear of having to say all those rosaries they used to dish out)

Name: stillgotit () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 15:18:43
E-Mail: afterall@theseyears
Maiden: seventees
Class: dripingwith
City and State: westcoast
Message: Walter Holt, If you are looking for the worst song of the era, I nominate: "My Baby Does the Hanky Panky." There may be a few more words to it but not many.
Worst 60's song: "Surfin Bird"
Worst 70's song: toss up between "You Light Up My Life" and "Killing Me Softly With His Song".

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 15:00:25
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Well I'm back at work and the only good thing was checking in on CT and having a lot of fun reading the words of wisdom, memories, and humor! The group picture with Rob Daquila and the gang was an eye-opener, you're all still a pretty handsome group of guys. (Even if some of you never answer e-mail!) I'm glad the holidays are over, and I look forward to a great year 2001. Two teenagers, two jobs, and a new puppy are definite challenges for the new year. But, friends, family and Cougartown keep me going! God bless us all as we enter the true millenium.
Thanks Debra.....

Name: Doug Medina () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 14:36:18
E-Mail: gulliblebum
Class: 80
City and State: Murrieta,Ca.
Message: dear Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg,
I believe the name of the establishment was The Greatest. There was also a bar kiddy corner called Snoopy's. My grandparents lived on W.138 St. I lived there for a year after my parents divorced in 74'. I remember 'cause I used to get candy at Stellinos Mkt. across the street! Doug GGHS class of 1980 son of Peggy Peters 61' nephew of Mary Jo 66'

Name: Doug Medina () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 14:26:24
Class: 80
City and State: Murrieta,Ca.
Message: Dear Bill Cusac,
They are in Ojai now visiting Jims' sister Carole class of 61' I think. They will be back down next week as we plan to go to Knotts. I have your E-mail and will show them your response on the board. Take care and God Bless. Doug Medina GGHS class of 1980

Name: Paco Duran () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 13:37:55
Maiden: Ayala
Class: 61
City and State: Lake Forest Ca
Message: The topless bar at 138th and Inglewood Ave featured a HHS'61 grad. The grad's brother is a regular to "Feedback" and a newly wed. Any guesses?
Sherrie Peppers Wingo used to dance TOPLESS at the Go Go??!!!

Name: Bill Jensen () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 13:12:53
Maiden: chocolatecoveredgelatosplease
Class: 63
City and State: Hill Country 90250
Message: Oops! Poor choice of words. I can tell you that the establishment's name had "Go Go" in it. It was "The Go Go", "A Go Go" or just "Go Go". I am sure someone knows the exact name. I believe that a fellow Cougar was the manager or owner. John, the question should have been, do you remember this particular establishment?

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 12:08:24
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: JB...I remember the drinks of our choice in 66 were Colt45, Mad Dog 20/20, & Sloe Gin... but today, I couldn't agree with you more JB on the drug thing, whether it Drugs or Alcohol. Especially after living through being hit by a drunk driver, being cut out of a vehicle with my back broken. Along with dealing with a good friends daughter being hit head on by a drunk driver in a Corvette doing an estimated 150 MPH and surviving with a broken back and 2 damaged knees. The truely sad part is, she was attending the University in Hawaii on a soccer scholarship and was being considered for the Womens National Soccer Team & has lost all that along with being left with some heavy medical bills. So Fellow Cougs if you do drink please stay at home, where you are, or call a cab. Fellow Cougs I'm not trying to knock anyone that still uses substances, but just asking you be careful. The music gets me high enough.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 11:08:44
Class: 63
City and State: Hawthorne 90250
Message: Yeah John, I wasn't talking about Tilly's Chocolate Covered Gelatos! The name of the establishment (southwest corner of 138th street and Inglewood Avenue ) was "The Go Go" or something like that and featured Topless Waitresses.
"The Go Go" or something like that??!! I thought you had the answer.

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 11:00:07
E-Mail: changingintomywhiteArmanisuitanputtinmy
Maiden: saturdaynightfeverlives
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: Stillgotit....Here's your song for ya. I forgot to include it in my last post.... Thats the way...uh huh uh huh...I like it...uh huh huh huh...Thats the way...uh huh uh huh...I like it...uh huh uh huh....Do a little dance...Sing a little song....Get down tonight...Ok, ya feel better now...heh heh (sorry JB)

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 10:19:55
Maiden: moreBOOBjokes
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well John boy.. it wasn't a boob was a boob reduction... so Bill and guess for the bar on 138th & Inglewood Ave is: The BOOB REDUCTION.. whatta I win? Now a serious guess.. was it THE BEST or THE ENTERTAINER. The bldg is still there, but it's been boarded up for over 20 years. I remember that they had a live band there and dancing there too...
Now, I'm still working on the Oregoners for PROM NITE.. (boy, that's a tough state to crack) Kellie Currie is a hold out.. Petey Smith won't commit.. Phil (WOW) Christiana doesn't answer his phone..and Chris Hood must be in a coma.. where are you Chris?? Anita Young, where's your money..(show me the money!!) We just got Jim Perry (HHS60) and Sandie Tully Perry (HHS62) in.. I don't want to hear ya all crying when the tickets sell out. Now, Happy Anniversary Janny.. one year ago today you set foot on the "kissing spot" on 190th (you know that spot Robin & Marsha-same spot you used on Oct 1).. and Janny, you've been in my life ever since.. I love you babe.
Tilly Noodleman I'm va klempt again.

Ahhhh, that's very nice Judy. Happy Anniversary to you and Janny.

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 09:49:51
E-Mail: IthinkI'
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,Ca
Message: Yamma Honey.. Good to see you made it through the weekend. Darlin you missed a rockin weekend in Orange this week end, we coulda tore up our dancing shoes....Stillgot it & fellow 70'S grads.... We 50's & 60’s grads haven’t forgotten that era (or what some us can remember of it). Least ye forget while you were still cramming for mid terms. Some of us had been to Nam, Woodstock, Altamont, Monterey Pop, Isle of Wright, Miami Pop, Charlotte Jam & many other great festivals of rock. Jamming & Hanging out with the Likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Greatful Dead, Janis Joplin, Ten Years After, Edgar & Johnny Winters, Rolling Stones, Country Joe & the Fish, Mountain, Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Vanilla Fudge, Led Zepplin, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Savoy Brown, Mott the Hoople, Fleetwood Mac, Dylan, Joan Baez, Buffy St Marie, Melanie, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Rod Stewart & many others. Nor Have we forgotten the music of Disco & Funk era & still listen to all of it on our CD players & Radio on a daily basis. Yes Fellow Cougars we are fortunate to have been living through the great evolution of ROCK & ROLL from it's beginning to now...Purple Haze is in my brain...Many things don't seem the same... Dont ask me cause I don't know why..Excuse me while I kiss the sky.. Go Cougars
Now see, the 62ers on back missed that "Cook your brain-Timothy Leary-Dead Head era". Not the sounds, but the Brain Cookin part. I can remember drinking Country Club Stout Malt Liquor in the 6 0z cans, a couple of times in high school. That was pretty much my drug of choice. Well Mike and I tried Blackberry Brandy one night at work, but quickly figured out that it will make you plenty dizzy.
The casualties of the drug era were numerous. Just look how many are DEAD from the list above. Then look at the Betty Ford Center candidates from the ones remaining. I guess alcohol, drugs, and musicians are pretty much synonymous, at least as far back as I can remember. The art form does tend to reach out and grab the free spirits of the world.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 07:41:07
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Kelly, I agree with John about the 5300 scanner from HP. I had one of the first HP flat bed scanners at work many moons ago. I am on my third HP scanner at home (always looking for the bigger, better, faster one) and have nothing to say but good about them. I once fell for an ad for a cheaper brand of scanner, but once I realized how much other software I would need to buy to get it working, I returned it for a reliable HP. I also bought the HP 1200 photo quality printer recently and I have been very satisfied with the output. Quite often HP has rebate deals if you buy certain combinations of their products. You can visit their web site and see what they are offering. The last time I bought HP products it took me almost an hour to fill out all the rebate forms. Also last time I bought HP, Best Buy was offering an extra bonus of a gift card as an additional rebate. Now if you have BIG BUCKS to spend, there are always the Kodak Digital Science 3500 series scanners - real workhorses with throughput up to 85 pages per minute at 200 dpi and they can scan duplex in one pass.....All this technical talk makes me want to go scan something........John, don't go there!
.......and if you've ever had your DUPLEX scanned, you know how painful that can be. Thanks Sharon.....

Name: Lyman Moss () on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 07:26:59
Class: 59
City and State: Everett, wa.
Message: I thought it was H. J. Caruso
It was.....I knew someone would catch that one.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 23:23:51
Class: 63
Message: John Baker, "The Joker" was located very close to the bar that my Brother is talking about. "The Joker" was located mid-way between 138th and 139th Streets. There are two houses between the two locations. The bar in question was exactly on the southwest corner of 138th street and Inglewood Avenue, while on the northeast corner was and still is "The Greatest". Let me see if I can give a clue or two that may help. The bar was in business for some small number of months if that long during, I believe 1967, and was very unique from the other Inglewood Ave. drinking establishments. Think of Tilly Noodlemans .....?? John, can you name that establishment?
I know I know.........The BOOB JOB???

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 23:00:42
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Take the Heisman FSU, we got the championship!! Old fashioned tackle football boys. SOOOOOOOOONERS!!! Made my day!
Hey Tom, Excellent defensive game by both teams. The best bowl game yet.

Name: Ump pa pa ing Bob () on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 20:14:16
Maiden: bringbackbringbackbringbackmyLammatometome
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: Oh Yamma, what have you done with your dear sweet sister? The last time I saw her was in the freight elevator at the Beverly Hilton going down. I rushed out the kitchen doors to the back alley but my little Lamma was nowhere in sight. Please bring back my Lamma to me.

Name: Stillgotit () on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 20:09:23
E-Mail: singlebut@Notdesperate
Maiden: fromthesevendees
Class: plentyofit
City and State: southbay
Message: You 60's people are talking as if all the women going stag to the prom reunion are desparate. THAT may just keep some fun gals away!! Plus, the music mentioned so far is soooo doo-oup-iee. Please throw in some from late 60's early 70's too! All you '70,71,72, and 73 grads keep in mind the multi class reunion is going on this summer too.(Personally, I'd like to see some folks from the 1969 grad class there too!) Sincerely, Stillgotit
Who says there won't be 70's music at the Prom?? There'll be 80's music too.

Name: Yamma Lamma () on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 19:23:19
E-Mail: extremelypersonalandprivatesodon'
Maiden: Ding Dong
Class: AsJudywudywouldsaydon'tgothere
Message: Walter Honey and Bob Dear,
Ramma Lamma is not home yet, but speaking for her and myself, it was a GRAND weekend. Thank you both ever so!!! Unforgettablethat'swhatyouare!!!

"Unforgettable" my behind.......more like "Baby Elephant Walk"!!

Name: Bill Jensen () on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 19:07:05
Class: 63
Message: OK Brother Bob, does Tina Caruso sell anything that we could use? If it is cars, I will pass. I remember King Benson Motors on 111th and Hawthorne Blvd. I think in his early years he sold new cars, may have been Buicks. All I remember is the used cars. Now with a name like King Benson, I am not sure if we are getting into the Royalty or the Side-Show end of the car businesses. Do you remember Crown Motors? Yeah, they sold some real Gems! Do you remember the other used car and wagon lots and associated people such as Eli Bender, Elmo Hicks etc?
I remember Lee Jay's Used Cars in about that same area. He always had a Ford or Chevy around for 25 dollars. Wagon City was another and how about Burton Motors. I remember their ads in the paper before I could drive. They'd list a column of cars starting at the top with the cheapest (maybe $14.00) and go all the way to a $250.00 beauty at the bottom.

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