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Name: Bob Melendrez () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 17:38:40
Class: 1971
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: To Dan Johnson, sorry about the omission, but yours and several other groups were the victims of editing. When I did the interview for the article with Mr. Andersen, I did mention "Which 1 is Pink?". Geez, you guys get enough free press anyway....
See you out there soon!

Name: Lori Padelford () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 16:29:39
Class: 81
Message: Hey Cougs Happy Valentine's Day! I have a little announcement to make about the class of 81 reunion. We are finally in the planning stages of it and will soon let everyone know the details. I know some of you have been emailing Marlene Olsen your updated address and thats great but not everyone has e mail capabilities. If you are not able to e mail then feel free to fax me at my home fax machine. The number is 714-899-3339. Please spread the word to other class of 81 alumni and have them get in touch with us. We look forward to a really great reunion and will be in touch soon.
P.S. Fred Mertz tell Lucy I'm her biggest fan.

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 16:21:26
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Since my heart has so many wonderful memories of Hawthorne, I just wanted to wish all you Cougs a Happy Valentine's Day.
Happy Valentines Day Debra.....

Name: Patti Smith () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 15:37:08
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: Judy Wudy, one of the secrets of weight loss at our age is...TAKE IT SLOW!!! The skin isn't as elastic as it used to be, and if you lose a bunch of weight very quickly, you'll end up with wrinkles and sags and bags EVERYWHERE! It's taken me 10 months to lose the 50, so I average about 5 lbs. a month...each plateau I hit is viewed not as a setback, but as time for my skin to catch up. My diet is one that is extremely hard to stick to, but of medical necessity for me...I cannot eat wheat in any form. Not only do I have to stay away from the obvious (bread, bagels, pasta, cookies, cakes, sandwiches, etc.), but I have to read the ingredients of literally everything. So I am pretty much relegated to meat/poultry/fish (all unbreaded), fruits and vegetables. Although I do allow myself ice cream now and then. I've also been walking lots more and snacking lots less. So if any of you out there want to try it, more power to you. But like I said, it's very difficult, and I do admit to backsliding now and then, but know I HAVE to get right back with it to cleanse my system...believe me, my body lets me know when I've been bad. Sharon, my prayers are with you today...I'm fairly local to you, so email me if you need anything.
Kinda like the diet the Ding Dong sisters are on. They can eat wheat, but prefer bales of Alfalfa.

Name: Mike Backus () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 15:07:57
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR.
Message: Happy Valentine's Day Cougs! Sorry to hear the news about William Goodfellow. I was fortunate enough to have him for Seminar in 1974. I have to agree with Ricki, of all the many great teachers that I had at HHS, Clayton Williams and William Goodfellow were standouts. Grateful thanks and prayers to both of these fine gentlemen.
Amen to that.......

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 14:41:46
Maiden: David Gilmour
Class: 65
City and State: Cambridge, UK
Message: Hey, Bob Strongheart, just read the Entertainment Weekly December article on your Neil Young tribute Heart of Gold Great, except you mention every tribute band in LA except MINE. Cougs are supposed to stick together, maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. Which One's Pink? free at House of Blues this Friday night @ 11:00 p.m. (Who's going besides Kathleen Griffin?)

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 06:28:14
E-Mail: john14
Class: 1962
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message:Just want to wish my Sweetheart a Happy Valentines Day.

Roses are Red,
And Some are Yellow,
You've made me Happier,
Than a kid with Jello
OK, so I didn't have too much time to write this...
Happy Valentines Day Janet
I Love You Sweety......

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 09:28:02
Maiden: theWOWmancheckedin
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: OK girls. I've just heard from Phil "WOW" & Gayle Christiana, and he's got email now--so here's his email address-- I've given him instructions to get into CT, but he may need some help from anyone up there in Oregon. I'd still like to know how the "WOW" got added to his name. Any Oregoner girlies want to confess? And now for my sweet husband-HAPPY VALENTINE'S Janny. I love you babe. I'll have your "gift" ready for you tonight..(dont' go there John) Patti cough it did you lose 50 lbs.. a few of us gals would like to get into that slinky number for PROM NITE.. Judy Wudy.. sweating in the weight room

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 00:31:00
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Some sad news: Bill Goodfellow, English and seminar teacher for many years at Hawthorne is reportedly near death. I guess that he has been struggling with cancer for quite a while. Please keep good thoughts for him and his wife Elizabeth. He is truly a renaissance man! Many of us were very privileged to study under him.
Also, I might add that Clayton Williams had a pretty rough summer. He had, among other things, heart valve replacement. Tough going for a while but I spoke with him tonight and he sounds terrific. Back to his clever little self.
I have to say here that these two men were about the brightest of whom I've had the pleasure to meet. We were very fortunate to have had them both as Cougar teachers.
Sorry about the news, but glad to be in touch again.

Thanks for the update Ricki, and glad to hear from you.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 23:44:36
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Now Patti...Thats what us “Whiskey Rock N Rollers” appreciate. Someone whose gettin in shape to cut some rug. Now as for givin those Ding Dong Girls a run for their money. Whooooweeee Looks Like there’s gonna be a Hot time at the ole Prom Night 2001. Guys I guess we better start gettin back in shape if were gonna try keepin up with these Cougarettes. On a more Serious note, Sharon my prayers go with you & your husband tomorrow. I would love to donate blood but like another of our Cougar Alumni, I too medically cannot. If there is anything else I can help with give me a call. You have my number.

Name: YAMMA LAMMA () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 23:37:32
E-Mail: biggirlsdon'tcri-yiyiyi-theydon'tcryyyy
Class: solongagohowcananyoneremember
Message: WALTER HONEY! Don't you be lissenin' to that sister a mine! I'll spread myself around where ever I want to, thank you very much, and I got plenty to share. But don't you be wanderin' far 'cause you save the 1st dance fer me!

Name: Patti Smith () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 22:36:54
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: Well, I'm back among the living after 11 days of running a temp up to 103.8! Really bad respiratory virus running around the country. Anyway, got to see Art Paton (kept our distance) on Saturday...was wonderful to see him after 33 years, and he's still one of the nicest guys I've ever met! Now, I've been lurking in the shadows, watching the repartee between Walter, the Jensen Brothers, and the Ding Dong sisters, and all I've got to say is...girls, I'm going to give you a run for your money at PROM NITE! So you guys like a woman with a little meat on her bones? I've recently lost 50 and do intend to lose some more before that fateful night, but will still have some meat left on these old bones, and I'm lookin' good and ready to rock! Wadda ya say, guys? And I do love to polka! Plus the fact that at least I'm not afraid to reveal who I am!
Now that's saying it like it is. You go gettem Patti. Hope you're feeling better too.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 21:41:25
Maiden: he'sback!
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well John Boy.. It's about time that you and Janet B. returned to the living.. we missed the snot outta ya.. (what do they do for day's on end anyway!) PROM NITE update: We just got Rich and Mary Sloan on the list of attendees.. Even with his hands full of the April reunion, he still signed on for PROM NITE.. Go Rich!!! Sharon Moore Leach..our fingers are crossed for you kid..please keep us informed. I'll be calling you.
John Rout, thanks for the Doo Wop concert.. my Janny got an autograph from Gene & Eunice..(Poco Loco).. Next event for the ROWDYS..the play "Late Night Catechism".. I get dibbies on sitting next to Annie Rout for this one.. hold on to your Catholic hats..
Judy Wudy .. with a glow in the dark rosary

Name: Art La Mere () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 21:29:42
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf, Ia
Message: John
If you will get me the name and hospital and a number to call and they don't mind some corn running in the blood I will get to the red cross this week and give some of this transpanted to Iowa blood away to help. Please let me know. Thanks John.

Hey Art, The name is James E. Greene and the Hospital is Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Sharon's email address is she can tell you more.
Thanks a million Art. Your generosity is appreciated.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 21:20:50
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Boy oh boy.....You sure have to watch out for these Jensen Boys. Well all I gotta say is Yamma N Ramma if ya want go, go ahead an go with those Jensen Boys. The one thing the 60s & 70s taught me is, if your a Rock N Roller there is always someone else out there to get down an Boogie with as long as ya got your dancin shoes on........So ”Some day baby when you’ve had your play....Your gonna want your daddy but your daddy will say..... Keep on movin...Keep Rollin on...I’m through with you...To bad your blue...I’m movin on.” (Steppenwolf 1972) I’m keepin those dancin shoes on For PROM NIGHT 2001. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DORIS

Name: Fred Mertz () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 20:40:10
Class: 22
City and State: NYC, NY
Message: This is dedicated to Doris Donaldson. Happy Birthday, hasn’t life been grand so far. Happy Birthday, who gives a damn how old you are. How that many years have gone by, don’t you fret and don’t you cry, cause old is better by and by, so have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She’s a Valentine baby.
Happy Birthday Doris

Name: RAMMA LAMMA () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 18:31:57
Message: OH BOBBY BOO -- so romantic! And of course I'd consider talking to Yamma Lamma about -- your uh -- proposition uh -- about Bill. But would the other uh -- have to be "dumped"? Couldn't they just share? Ewwwwie! PROM NITE 2001 sounds more and more promising all the time! Hi John Boy -- missed you. Hope your trip was a good one even though you don't like me and Yamma much; we think you're the cat's meow!
Hey Ramma Lamma, It's not that I don't like you two. I'm just concerned that there'll be some Plankton left for the rest of the Pod.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 16:55:35
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Fellow Cougars...For some of you that are not aware there is an EMAIL VIRUS going around. I have received this from three of my fellow cougars over the past 2 days. If you receive an email that looks like this: Here you have, ;o) with an attachment that reads: AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs. Do not click on the attachment it is a virus & will infect your computer along with emailing itself to every one in your address book. I would strongly suggest that everyone upgrade your Virus software.
I've gotten it from 2 sources this week too. Go To START|FIND|FILES AND FOLDERS type in AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs and erase any of these files found.
2. Click on START|RUN and type in regedit. Remove the following registry keys HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\OnTheFly and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\OnTheFly\mailed
that should do it.

Name: Doris () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 16:42:48
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: BOY! Did I ever miss you John! I wasn't able to even put in a word edgewise last week, but managed to keep up with FEEDBACK and then on Friday I had a little extra time to put in my 2 cents worth and voila! I was a day late and a dollar short! Just shows to go you ... don't put off till tomorrow what you SHOULD do today, huh?! Wish I could give blood for James E. Greene ... they won't take mine ... mono when I was 31 OLD years old ... that's old for mono!!! Ouch! ANYWAY ... I will pray for him! I have several connections up there and will put them to good use for James! Who are the Dinga Ling twins?!!? Come out of the ding dang closet and let us know who(all) you (female(s) or male(s)) are!!! hehe! John, I know you "think" you know who it/he/she/they is/are but "think" you are going to have to "think" again. You're dead wrong!! More detective work needed here. Thanks to MO TROTT for POLICING HAWTHORNE!! She's a real "trouper" ... no pun intended! GARSH! I missed you COUGS!!!
Hey Doris, We left for Sedona last Friday morning and got back last night at 6pm. We had a great time. Lots of things to see and do.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 15:01:32
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Don't try to sell the idea that surf music was invented in the 50's or 60's to any Hawaiian. I'm sure they would argue that when the "Duke" was surfing back in the 20's & 30's the old drums and ghourds were beating away. John, Leuzinger High had the name "Olympians". I heard they were they only school in the country allowed to use that name. In fact they even had to get permission from the IOC which owns the tradename. Am I right for once? It's been a rainy here folks. Luckily it still warm and not freezing. Aloha
Hey Keith, I know the 1932 Olympics were held in Los Angeles; the same year Leuzinger opened its doors. I don't know if they're the ONLY school in the country to have that name, but it's an interesting concept.
I do know that the 1932 Olympics were the 10th Olympiad and that's why 10th St in Los Angeles is called Olympic, but that's another story.....

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 14:15:46
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hey Mike... There was no mis-representation on your part. Dick Dale is considered "The King of Surf Guitar. I remember The Old "Rendezvous" in Balboa and seeing him there with some of my old Surfing buddies from HHS. The "Ventures" record just came out first and Duane Eddy was recording The reverberated Guitar sound in the mid to late 50s on his Gibson.(not taking away anything from Fender) Also others we used to Listen to with the Surf sound was the Chantays & The Surfaris in the early to mid 60s. Its all great music & fun to listen to today

Name: Mo Trott () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 12:00:48
Maiden: Trott
Class: 64
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Hi everyone! This is for all who's Birthday falls in February (that I know of). Those people are: Eileen Campbell (2/5), Janet Burkett (2/8), Russ Jacobsen (2/19), Terry O'Ryan (2/19) and Beverly "Mom B" Bierman (2/28) HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVERYONE, AND MANY MANY MORE! BTW John, I was able to get about 6 copies of the "Policing Hawthorne" book, and have had 3 requests so far. I will try and get more if possible. Anyone interested can E-mail me direct. Also, hope you and your sweetie had a great weekend!
Thanks Mo and Happy Birthday February Cougs.......

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, February 13, 2001 at 09:47:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message: Good Morning Cougs. I received the following from HHS66 Sharon Leach Moore this morning:
Hello John, I don't know if you are going to be in town before the need is over, but my husband has just been diagnosed with a large brain tumor, and needs blood donations. He is in Long Beach Memorial Hospital and is having brain surgery tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 14. What we really need is blood donations of B negative blood. It is a rare type and he will need at least 6 units. As the tumor is very vascular and the size of a small grapefruit they expect a lot of bleeding. If anyone wants to donate they can go to Long Beach Memorial Hospital and give blood for James E. Greene. Although B negative is preferred, anyone can donate to help replace supply of blood in his name. We also need everyone's prayers. If you could ask people on Cougartown for blood donations and prayers, we will be eternally thankful.
If you can help, please give in the name of James E. Greene and I will add James to my prayer list tonight. James and Sharon, we're all with you on this one. I just called the hospital and the hours for giving blood are:
Mon, Tue, and Thurs - 10-11:15am and 1-5:30pm.
Wed and Fri - 8-11:15am and 1 to 3:30pm.
I'm sure you can give blood anytime for James, and not just today or tomorrow. Park in the parking structure and go across the street to the Rehab lobby. Turn right and it's down the hallway on the right. Please eat before you give blood and they do validate your parking. If you need more info, please call 562-933-0808. Thanks Cougs

Name: Bob Jensen () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 09:42:00
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: Thank god you're back.
Sounds like Cougartown withdrawals to me. Thanks Bob......

Name: Mike Backus () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 09:24:44
Class: '74
City and State: Cowabunga, Oregon
Message: Hey Walter! Thanks for understanding that my mis- representation of the facts is based on my own ignorance and not any desire to intentionally mislead. In this case my error was encouraged by Dick Dale himself. The history section of his website ( reports as follows: "Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950's. Not the '60's as is commonly believed. He was given the title "King of the Surf Guitar" by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down." I would LOVE to hear a discussion from our 'grown-up' Cougs who were there in the day. Did Dick Dale invent the Surf Sound? Did The Ventures? Any claims that Dick Dale invented the internet seem to be unsubstantiated.
I thought Fender Stratocaster invented the Surf Sound.......

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 08:35:36
Maiden: Je ne connais pas
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Cher Bob Jensen précieux, qui est RAMA LAMMA?

Name: Gary Smith () on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 02:53:30
Message: to John Baker
Hi I am a 1953 Graduate of Leuzinger High and am the Proprietor Of the Memorabilia Site at I would like to thank you for putting our link on Cougartown. We will be adding a link to Cougartown if it is alright with you. Thank you Gary Smith

Hi Gary, Yes that'll be fine with me. For all you Cougs who live close to Hawthorne, Leuzinger is having their annual Memoribilia Days in March. Please go here for more info.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 18:15:59
Maiden: Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: Bien chere RAMMA; C?est impatience que j?attendais votre retour de la Mexicanine Riviera. J?espere que vous etes bien reposee et que vous etes prete pour ?PROM NIGHT 2001?. Durant votre voyage je me suis entraine a danser. S?il vous plait dite a votre soeur d?abandonner Walter Holt et de se joindre avec mon frere Bill Jensen. Il est un tres bon danseur et aime les femmes elancee. J?attends avec impatience le mois d? Aout. Avec mes respects, Bobby
Darn computers actin' up again......oh well, back to the shop.

Name: RAMMA LAMMA () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 16:16:25
Message: OH BOBBY BOO - you must have missed me even more than Walter Honey missed YammaLamma! Cuz I ain't seen no posts from you for some time - you ok Bobby darlin? Great vacation Bobby but missed you awful bad! And for YOUR information MR. JOHN BOY -- I don't intend to lose one pound for PROM NITE! I look good just like I am - tan, red hair, --- pounds and all! Eat your heart out!
Yeah you look good all a pride of lions

Name: Susan Walling () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 15:59:49
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 77
City and State: Wine Country R Us
Message: John, is anything in the works for the weekend of March 2-4? I'll be down for the weekend and wouldn't want to miss Cruise Night or a Pink's run.
Hi Susan, What's March 2-4th?

Name: Kell () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 14:18:11
Class: 67
City and State: coosbayoregon
Message: You can check out a picture of chuckie with an old sweetheart and and long time sweetheart on paco's pics. Oh where oh where is the Duke of Boss?

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 14:02:04
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Mike Backus... Dick Dale Used to have a club on PCH in Huntington Beach until a few years ago. Also he wasn't the first with the surf sound. That would be The Ventures "Walk Dont Run" Album (1960) included "Wipe Out"(the First Surf Song). Dick Dales 1st album "Surfers Choice" came out in 1961("Miserlou" 1962). The Beach Boys first Album "Surfin Safari" in 1962. All of these were superceded by the great guitarist Duane Eddys "Rebel Rouser" album in 1958. That of course is not taking away by any means the talent of Dick Dale.

Name: Mike Backus () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 12:06:03
Class: '74
City and State: I forget
Message: You are correct John; Miserlou. Damn Alzheimer's! Just for correcting me, here's DD's website url: Surf's up!
I do it all the time......

Name: Bill Jensen () on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 11:42:29
Class: 63
City and State: City of Good Neighbors
Message: John, that is a picture of the favorite R. H. Dana teacher Harry Plotkin.
YES!! You are CORRECTOMUNDO!!! Thanks Bill.....

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