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Name: sherrie moyers () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 20:10:14
E-Mail: rsmoyers@earthlink.ner
Maiden: driggers
Class: 76
City and State: Gilbert Arizona
Message: Dale Craig, how are you? Where are you living? Also, how is your sister doing, and where is she living. E-mail me when you can.:)

Name: Al Nieman () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 18:18:50
Class: 1960
City and State: Inglewood CAl
Message: Hi

Name: Norma Jean () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 16:40:14
City and State: Haw
Message: Hi JB!
I know you like to keep Feedback comments related to HHS & CT, but since CT is about people, I would like to say a few words about the passing of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Being an avid race fan, as I know you are, racing lost probably the greatest driver in history. But more important than that, his family, friends and fans lost much more. This man, out of the love for auto racing, created an empire that touched probably more than a million people. Aside from providing exciting racing, he created jobs through his enterprise, he donated time and money to needy causes, he put God, family and friends at the top of his list, and he was dedicated to his profession and to his fans. For one man to touch so many lives is just incredible, and it should make us all ponder if we couldn't do more in our lives to enrich others. Yeh, he got to do what he wanted to do for a living, but it didn't come without tremendous sacrifices, demands on his personal life and the precious time away from his family. But in the end, anyone who knew him, worked for him, or just went to a race to watch him, was better off for Dale Earnhardt to have touched their lives. What an extraordinary human being. In the spirit of Dale Earnhardt Sr., let us all continue to love, help and support others all that we can. That's what we are on this earth to do.

Well said Norma Jean.....I would say Dale Earnhardt meant to NASCAR what Babe Ruth meant to baseball.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 16:12:50
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: To Janice Jamison, I remember the Black and red Spanish style house. There were two pots that lined the walkway to the front door. Brother Bill and I were just talking about that house. And the Green and yellow Woody was a Jeep international wagon from the 50?s. I can still recall the guy who drove it. Someone said that he lived in that house with his mother. Does anyone know who this family is? Is the house still there? I will have to have a road trip over to Hawthorne and check it out. Ramma, you wanta go with me?

Name: Evelyne () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 15:17:43
Maiden: Avila
Class: 91
City and State: Signal Hill, CA
Message: Ten years have gone by so fast and I've lost touch with many of you guys. We have wonderful memories at Hawthorne. We were a Pary class :)Class of '91 see you soon at our reunion.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 15:12:02
Class: 77
Message: Thanks Kathleen! Actually I made my vocal "debut" in October 1999 at the Troubadour -- you can download it if you can stand it:

Name: Michele () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 14:00:36
Maiden: Libertini
Class: 1981
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Ok all, it's crunch time for our reunion and we need a head count! We currently have a date booked for July 21, 2001 at the Ports O' Call Restaurant in San Pedro. If we have more than 350 people attending we will have to look somewhere else. Please get in touch with myself, Lori Padelford or Marlene Olsen if you are interested in seeing people you haven't seen in 20 years! Marlene's email is:; Lori's email is: and you have mine. So don't hesitate or you may be left out if you respond too late.
Thanks, hope to see you all soon, Michele

OK 81ers. There you have it. I know I've said this before, but DO NOT miss your reunions. They are the most special times of your life.

Name: DALE CRAIG () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 11:05:53
Class: 76
City and State: HAWTHORNE CA

Name: Bobby Jensen () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 10:35:19
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: My dearest Ramma; Duty called, I was at my mother?s all weekend. (Tax stuff). Sorry that it has taken so long to answer. I would have used mother?s computer but she is very nosey and doesn?t approve of me talking to such a strong woman like you. Brother Bill and I would like to meet you and your sister before the PROM in August. We have a little group of Cougartown folks getting together on March 9th to go to Bob?s Big Boy in Toluca Lake and we thought it would be great for the two of you to join us. We all want to get a little peak before the big night. I suspect you want to get a peak also. We will even come pick you up in one of our BIG convertibles. How does that sound? There will be several people you know going that night. Maybe Walter Holt will join us. If there are any other C?towners out there that want to come along please email me for the directions. Bob?s BB is very festive on Friday nights with lots of hot rods, vintage and classic cars. Hope you and your sister can make it. Bobby
"A Little PEAK".... Bob, do you know what you're saying? People get a "little peak" at Mount Rushmore.

Name: Mike Backus () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 10:23:10
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR
Message: I'd like to add my own encouragement to any Cougs from any graduating class that have stories to relate about our lives and times. It is a bit intimidating at first to 'hang it out in public' but so worth the effort. Don't worry about people judging you. Most Cougs are wonderful accepting people ( Doris Donaldson and Cindy Colby- xoxoxo). There is only the stray 'party pooper' out there, and people will largely ignore them. If we don't tell our own stories, particularly in writing, the life that we knew will just fade and disappear. It's up to us to keep it alive.

Name: Doris () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 09:58:28
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: Has anyone heard a later report on how James Green is doing? I read his wife's post that the operation looked like a success, but that was all I could find. Anything new?
Doris, To find out more about James Green please email Sharon at Thanks.....

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 09:33:46
Maiden: 2dayswithnomail
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: What da ya mean--it's a holiday and there's no mail!!! How can I check in PROM NITE tickets if I can't receive mail!!! Anyway, just a note for anyone in the Torrance/Redondo Bch/P.V. area that wants to get their hands on some fun candy from the 50's ... Mulberry Cottage on Palos Verdes Dr. and Sepulveda (next to Cook & Stuff) has the candy dots on the sprip of paper--double bubble gum--candy cigarettes--all chocolate Necco wafers-- & even Sen Sens-- Hey Mary Plater, do you remember how you thought using Sen Sens would keep your mom from knowing that you were out drinking.. Geesh, it was like eating soap...I'd rather take the punishment.. I'm mailing a package out to ya. Have a great holiday to all.. I'll just sit by this mailbox til tomorrow and check for my ticket money.. hope it doesn't rain. Jody Halberg.. finally got the spelling correct.. to me you were just known as, "Judy & Jody" down the street on Sundale Ave.
Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg.. On a quest.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 09:16:12
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: What a shocking and bizarre end to the Daytone 500. When I heard the news about Dale Earnhardt's death, the first thought that came to mind was "if it's your time, what better way to go - doing what you loved in a style that was your trademark" No matter what number you have displayed on your vehicle, the passing of #3 will be felt by all fans.
Will Dale Jr take #3 like Kyle Petty took Adam's #45? Time will tell....

Name: Janice Henderson () on Monday, February 19, 2001 at 04:07:26
Maiden: Jamison
Class: 68
City and State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: John: I've been to most of the other alumni sites on the net and Cougartown is by far the BEST! Thanks for all you've done. I'm currently living in Torrance but will be moving to Lake Havasu, Az. next weekend. I'll update my e-mail address next week. Ok Cougars, anyone remember the black and red house with the green and yellow woody on 135th st?
Hello to the class of '68..

Thanks Janice and welcome aboard......

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 22:07:53
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Hi Susie O'Gorman:
Hey, I remember Rite Note Music store too! The lady's name was Bernice Setterberg (Bernie) and her son's name was Al (Butch). My friends and I used to stop there every single day after school at Hawthorne Intermediate! About a year and a half ago, I was asking if anyone knew whatever happened to them. I'd love to know!
Linda Reynolds

Name: Art La Mere () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 20:08:56
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Well there was a good Daytona 500 today. I was just on nascar online and read that Dale Earnhardt sr. was killed in that last lap crash. Nascar lost a real good guy. god bless the earnhardt family and the things they have done for racing. so long # 3
It's been a sad day for me too Art. Without a doubt a giant loss to the NASCAR family. We'll miss you Dale.

Name: Ernie Nixon () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 19:37:02
Class: 63
City and State: Bakersfield Cal.
Message: Hi,everyone.I just wanted to relate a neat little story. My daughter was here the other evening and I mentioned our Prom Nite and that, among others, that Bob Milazzo was going to be there. Well, she said she knew that name and as it turns out she attended high school with Bob's son at North Bakersfield High School. Small world. According to my information, Dick Dale was performing surf style music in 1956. He is credited for having the reverb created, working with Leo Fender, who also is responsible for the electric bass. Together they are responsible for the improvements of amplifiers. Dick Dale has not only been called the King of the Surf Guitar but has been called by many, the Father of Heavy Metal, because of his work in music equipment. Thanks for listening to a big fan of Richard Monsour, AKA, Dick Dale.

Name: YAMMA LAMMA () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 19:34:39
E-Mail: somedayidon'tknowhow,ihopehe'llhearmyplea
Class: iwantaboytocallmyown
Message: Well, WALTER HONEY, I think RAMMA LAMMA must be in trubs with her dance pardner; she ain't heard a thing from him in over a week; since that "romantic" French garbage! Now you and I are still on for dancin ain't we? Hope she didn't screw it up again!
Iwantadreamloversoidon'thavetodreamalone! Cougarfever!!

Name: Jack Risner () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 16:06:02
Class: 74
City and State: Hailey, Id
Message: Here's a story I still get goosebumps and a laugh from-- My best friend Bill Caldwell lived 3 houses from the corner of 127th Pl. and Isis. His dad had two BIG Arizona cypress trees, one on either side of their plate glass window. Bill and I would climb on the roof and grab the acorns off the trees and throw them at our sisters or whomever and then hide in the foliage. One evening we had the brilliant idea to take some eggs with us. As we were standing there, we could here the traffic on El Segundo Blvd, one steet over. We could even tell when cars were turning onto Isis. Bill bet me he could time his throw just from listening and hit a car going down Isis. NO WAY, Dude, was of course, the immediate reply. We listened...he threw...the car was coming into view...the arc, the timing was was a LA Sheriff's cruiser!!! Splat, right against the passenger window! Man-that car stopped, the lights came on, and down 127th he came. Bill and I were of course doing our best to merge and become one with those trees. Where is the Zen when you need it! The deputy came down almost in front of Bill's house and jumped out and ran to the bushes in front of the house across the street yelling for us to , "Come on out, I know you're in there"! He did this to several houses. We were almost in tears from trying not to laugh. He left the block only to come roaring back a minute later. This went on for what seemed like forever (probably no more than half an hour). Just as we were beginning to think we had pulled off the greatest thing ever and it was safe to come down, Bill's dad came out on the front lawn, turned and looked up at the trees, and yelled what he always did at us-" Billy what the h$%% did you blow up now"! We lost it and sat on the roof and howled! The Del Aire district was a great area for H-town memories.
And ANOTHER great Cougar story comes to life. Thanks Jack

Name: Alan Nelson () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 15:22:34
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: I was watching this MSNBC investigation show last night, about some idiot from Mesa, Ariz. trying to say that her car (a Kia) stuck the throttle, lost brakes, clutch. transmission, etc. and blamed the car company. Well, the spokesman, on TV for Kia turns out to be none other than our own Geno Effler, '73. Way to go, Geno! You got your 15 minutes of fame.
HHS strikes again......

Name: Troy Wheeler () on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 12:20:39
Class: 80
City and State: Citrus Heights, CA
Message: Hi all, I was just browsing through here and noticed a few entries regarding Band Eclipse. I was in the band for about the last year or so of their existence. I played Guitar and sang and was there when we played in Nyman hall and on the Quad. Those were definitely fun days!
RICHARD DINES - As I see you've been informed, Tony and the rest of the Z gang do live in Canyon Lake. I just contacted Russell's sister and she has given me some info about him as well. He is living further south near San Diego with his wife and kids. I'll be contacting him soon and will forward your info, if you'd like, so he can contact you.
I recently spoke to Mike a few times on-line Via IM as well, but we kind of lost touch again...I'm sure I can find his E-mail addy though if you're interested.
WOW...this all seems like forever ago. Since then I was in, I don't know how many, bands trying to get a record deal which never came. I finally decided I'd better work for a iving and am now a sales Supervisor for a large ISP.
Take care all!
Troy Wheeler Class of 80

Name: Bob Stinson () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 22:22:38
Class: 81
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Are there any other Cougars (who still live in the area) who loved and will miss Breakfast with the Beatles every Sunday morning on 97.1 FM? The host Deirdre O'Donoghue passed away a couple of weeks ago. She was on KMET in early 80's too. That radio station will always remind me of Ceramics class with Karna. I think KMET was part of the curriculum. Anyway, she was great and will be missed.

Name: Susie O'Gorman () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 20:46:22
Maiden: O'Leary
Class: 61
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif.
Message: To add to the previous message, Gunga Din, Football games and The Roadium Drive-in. To my friend Helen [Teague] Sciurba, who I finally got reconnected with, Roy [Dewey] Weber, and eating lunch on the lawn at good ole HHS. The years have passed too quickly.

Name: Susie O'Gorman () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 20:39:20
Maiden: O'Leary
Class: 1961
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif.
Message: To all the friends I lost over the years, like David Dye, Lizzie Sisneroz, Tony Lund ,Ray Pogue, and many others, I hope to see some of you at the 40 yr. reunion in April. I will be flying in from Oregon. I remember Rite Note Music, and Al Setterberg, what a cutie.
I remember Rite Note Music and the large lady that worked there, or maybe owned it. What was her name? I know HHS60 Bob Fraser remembers her.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 18:03:45
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: John, I've got PLENTY of youthful Hawthorne stories, but instead of history, most of those stories would be classified as EVIDENCE!

Name: Doris () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 17:31:57
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: MIKE BACKUS ... could we PLEASE have at least one new story a week? I don't even care if you make them up. WHAT A HOOT!

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 16:46:37
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Message: Hello Cougars! I just wanted to let everyone know that they missed a fabulous show last night at the House Of Blues. Anyone who reads feedback knows that Dan Johnson manages a band called "Which One's Pink?" and they also know that he offer's us free tickets from time to time. Being a lover of the fine and performing arts, I try to attend "live" performances whenever possible. Especially if they are FREE!. I realize that this music may not be everyone's favorite but I have to tell you, this group is not your average garage band. They are a tight, very professional bunch of guys and gals and I guarantee that if you all take an evening to go see them, you will not be disappointed! BTW Dan made his singing debut last night with the backup singers and all I can say is Danny boy, You Rock! Just a suggestion though, the bra tops and hip huggers outfits look great on the ladies but hot pink isn't your color?.smooches!

Name: Cindy Colby () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 15:19:55
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: It is really great to hear the kind of stories written by Mike Backus, they tell of a time when we were maybe not so innocent but most of the fun was just that, fun. Mike, I don't know what you do for a living but, if you aren't a professional writer you should be, I am able to actually see the scenes that you are describing and I have had some really good laughs about it. Thanks to everyone who has written about the good old days, it always triggers some kind of memory. God it is good to have grown up in Hawthorne, I wish I could find another town like that somewhere.
I agree Mike. Great Hawthorne story. Does anyone else have a story from their youth they'd like to share?

Name: RAMMA LAMMA () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 15:02:44
Message: Boy of boy JOHN BOY! You bitter be nicer to me or I'll fall on you at PROM NITE. And I did NOT say "fall for", I said "fall ON", and thet culd hurt like the dickens! Now say somethin' nice. RLDD
OK, wanna carrot stick?

Name: Mike Backus () on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 12:32:38
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR
Message: In The Dark- Part II ********* This was not good. Trapped in my apartment in the dark with a my date on one side of the door and her highly agitated mother on the other. My truck was parked outside, incriminating us hopelessly. We were sitting in the dark pretending not to be there only to postpone the inevitable and horrible confrontation with THE MOM. We were sunk- and we knew it. Suddenly, inspiration struck. Obviously, the reason that my truck was parked at my house was that we had gone to the movies with friends IN THEIR CAR! Brilliant! Now to get from my place to theirs without being caught. Mom seemed to be pounding on my door and shouting "I know you're in there!" for five minutes, circling the block in her car, and then pounding for another five. I still haven't figured out what her reasoning was on this. But after about the third five minute pounding interval, we decided to make a break for it. Steve Stonebreaker (there's that name again) lived about a block away. He was a good buddy and had one of the noisiest Baja Bug VW Beetles in the South Bay. I wanted to be SURE that Mom heard us bring Daughter home. We started sprinting down the block for Steve's parent's house and safety. About halfway down the block we saw a car's lights coming. Ever gallant, I dove into some bushes, pulling my date in after me. It was MOM. She had the same possessed look that Cruella DeVille had in 101 Dalmatians. And I knew that it was MY hide that she wanted to make into a coat! She passed, seemingly more intent on dealing out another five minutes of abuse to my door than actually looking for fugitive teenagers. We ran as hard as we could for Steve's and were relieved to find him home. Safe at last! Now, of course, the whole series of events became hilarious! We acted out our little play repeatedly, taking turns acting as furious Mom and terrified teenagers. Finally it was time to take my date home. I explained to Steve the importance of his role in my Machiavellian deception. "Make noise Buddy, and lots of it!" Steve did not disappoint, revving his Bug as we pulled into her driveway like he was cued up for the Barstow to Vegas race. Loud goodnights and other obnoxious hootings and hollerings and it was done. We had escaped! ----- Now that I have my one significant instance of 'misbehavior' in high school out in the open, I'd like to thank John for printing any fool thing we choose to say and not presuming to judge or censor us.
Great story Mike, but I thought you would go out through the chimney or flush yourselves down the toilet or some COOL thing like Batman. Geez, I coulda' thought of that one.
Anyone would you have gotten free of the Maniacal Matriarch..........I still think she was MY mother.

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