Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 17:10:17
Name: Kathleen Griffin
Message: Quintin is rumored to have been a graduate of Inglewood High School. He likes the Inglewood/Hawthorne local for filming alot of his movies. Seems there was a bit of Hawthorne in Pulp Fiction as well.
Note: Yes, the restaurant scenes in Pulp Fiction were filmed in Hawthorne Grill, AKA: Hollys. While I'm here, the bowling alley scenes in Grease 2 were filmed in Hawthorne Bowl.
Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 12:06:44
Name: Roni Kobel
Message: St. Joseph's, WOW, now there are some memories! No, Mike, I didn't go there in the 60's, but graduated in '72 after 8 years there. Where IS everyone else??? Perri Hill, Cindy Ediger Riggio, Tami Perius, Joann Bragg, Kim Bueltel, Joni Rutter, Debbie Weber Rudolph, John Achrem, Danny Rael, Ray Bulder, Sean Carroll, Pat Christensen, Jackie Gilman, Debbie Johnson, Michel Juif, John Lydon, Steve Santos, Patti and Jim Villanueva, Kathy Lorig, Mary Risner???? Where are you guys???? How can we let more people know about Cougartown?
Note: Father Redahan, if you're listening up there, turn a few Cougars toward Cougartown. Thanks
Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 09:35:54
Name: Loretta Cuiper
Message: Hi Mike and John,
I think it would be a good idea if you would get your 51 ready and Im trying to get Larry to drive the 62 Buick. Also, that is Joe and he still does live here in Hawthorne, we would stay in touch years ago when his youngest daughter Lissa played baseball with our daughter Darla(89) and we would see Joe every once in awhile around town. I went to St. Joseph's until the eighth grade,I went my last year to Hawthorne Intermediate. Do you remember my cousin's Vince and Anna Maria Schiavi? They both went to St. Joesph's and are also from your class of 61. We'll see you both at the Car Show
Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 01:16:11
Name: Mike Shay
Message: Hello John and all Cougars;
Cougartown looks terrific, I saw the menu from B.B.Q. Petes on the hang out page and it opened up a floodgate of memories. I got my first job there in 1957 washing dishes two or three nights a week and sunday afternoons. Mike Mc Garry's mom Mary was a waitress there and she was really nice. Mike was the toughest red haired freckled face Irish kid I ever knew. That was about the time my mom got to thinking I was getting into too much trouble at public school and enrolled me for the eight grade at St. Josephs. That was the hardest school year of my whole life. The best thing about it was that my freshman year at HHS was a snap, I had already done it. Any other St. Josephs people from those days out there??? I think the old car and motorcycle show sounds like fun..John you ought to clean up your 51' and at least show up in it.
Note: Mary McGarry...... now THAT'S a beautiful name.
Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 17:59:03
Name: Tina Calabro
Message: Thanks, John, for such a great WEB Page! You don't see too much feedback from the classes of the "80's"...so I thought I would just write in and say "Hi" to everyone! My sisters, Cindy (c/o '86) and Lissa (c/o '90) and parents c/o '60 & '61 are still local and all HHS graduates and have many great memories of HHS...my most memorable years were at R.H. Dana, though! Happy to see my very favorite teacher from Dana, Mr. Plotkin here! Thanks again, John!
Note: Hi Tina, Was your dad Joe Calabro? Knew him well. He use to hang around with Victor Aversano. I think he graduated in 62 with me. Why doesn't he ever show up at our reunions? Course maybe your dad's NOT Joe. :o)
Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 02:54:35
Name: Derek Barraza
Message: Great job John! It is really wonderful to have a web-site dedicated to all the memories of our youth and our community. Thank you for bringing us all together to share the stories of the past and news of the present. Our HHS Class of '80 will begin planning our 20 year reunion shortly. Past reunion committee members please contact me. Also, class of '80 members, please e-mail me your contact information so we can update our mailing list and keep you informed of next year's reunion. Thanks to John for bring "Cougartown" to life!
Note: Thank you Derek for being a part of all this fun. Please keep me informed of your reunion plans, so they can be posted here.
Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at 18:02:21
Name: Ted Gioia
Message: Time stands still . . . at least at this web site.
Some questions / thoughts.
(1) Does anyone know why director Quentin Tarantino has such a fascination with Hawthorne? I saw part of his latest movie a few days ago, and was fascinated by his decision to film on location at the Cockatoo. Does T. have any local ties?
(2) I am amazed to see the Green Phantom escapades of the 1970s hotly debated on these pages. Time truly stands still. I always thought that the green paint was a dead give-away -- indicating the Irish heritage of the Green Phantom.
(3) Does anyone know what has happened to ... Bill Featherstone? . . . and Randy Kaye (he was an ambitious actor, even had an agent and picture portfolio while he was still a student at HHS, if I recall correctly)? . . . John Ashley (I saw a book on math games was published recently by a John Ashley. Is this the former HHS math teacher?)
Remember, a sound mind in a sound body!
Note: Ted, I can answer the last one. "Men Sana In Corpore Sano"
Monday, March 8, 1999 at 22:08:02
Name: Roy L. Hand
Class: Lennox High 65
Message: Call me a history crasher, but a friend of mine, a graduate of HHS, forwarded this to me. I'm a '65 graduate of Lennox High, and I noted that Mr. Brubaker and Mr. Key, former Lennox principals, were on the E-mail list. Mr. Brubaker was the principal when I entered Lennox in the Fall of '61. Mr. Key took over in the Fall of '64. Mr. Orley Anderson, Vice-Principal use to follow me around my Freshman year because I wore a jacket just like one of the Hodads. He finally stopped following me once I went out for baseball my sophomore year, and he would come to every game I pitched. What a memory. I played ball against Danny Bigelow (sp) and Denny Gross. Denny and I both work at Boeing-Rocketdyne Division (use to be Rockwell). The education paid off. Respectfully, Roy Hand
Lennox, class of '65 Go Lancers!!
Note: Roy, Welcome to our little forum. I too knew the Gross family. I knew them all, from Art to George. Bob was in my class of 62. We were great friends in high school and played Little League together. He on the Pee Wees and I on the Optimidgets. I can't get any of them to make an appearance on the website. Carol Gross, George's wife, checks in once in a while but that's it. Denny.....are you out there??
Monday, March 8, 1999 at 18:23:19
Name: Kathleen Griffin
Message: Hey Ray, Thanks for that memory! Wasn't your dad the assistant coach on that team? I remember him as that man that was always smiling and laughing. Were you on the STARS when my dad coached? If so, I was one of your "cheerleaders". I spent many months of my life at the little league field wishing I was a boy so I could play too.
Monday, March 8, 1999 at 16:52:42
Name: Rick Straube
Message: Remember Perry's Pizza in the triangle of Hawthorne, Artesia, & Redondo Blvds?
Monday, March 8, 1999 at 00:18:41
Name: Ryan Long
Message: Hi everybody. Wow, it's great to know that people are so supportive of the city of Hawthorne and HHS. I am a class of '98 alumni and happy to be living in Hawthorne for going on 14 years of my 18 years of life. Take care everybody!
Note: Ryan, Welcome aboard fellow Coug.
Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 22:35:05
Name: Steve Johnson
Message: Didn't the Wilson bros (Brian, Carl & Dennis) go to this school? If so, I'm surprised they are not listed as alumni. If not, my mistake, sorry.
Note: Steve, Brian is the only Wilson brother that's still with us, and he doesn't have a direct email address. If you'd like to send him an email, please do it through his website listed on the "What's New" page.
Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 16:41:53
Name: Dick Dixon
E-Mail: getting a new one
Message: Burr from Burrmont (I mean Vermont), been here for a while and just got warm enough to pound in a few words to let those who care (really) that I made it with my dogs to Vermont and am doing well. As soon as I get my web site up (borrowed this one) I'll contact ya all with the new address. In the mean time I can be reached at 888-213-2272 days or pm's at 888-963-RACE. Lets pick up where we left off. I'll be in So Cal between 3/18 and 3/30 . . . call my toll free # if ya want to get together, Kruzin Gary, Big John #2 Baker, Joyce and my other pals. Also, JB I still have 4 fingers left for frostbite as it is around 5F as I'm plowing on these keys. See ya
Note: Hey Dickey, I didn't hear you mention the Spring Fling. What's the deal. People want to make plans here. Let me or Joyce know. Thanks
Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 16:00:51
Name: Patty Valencia
Message: Hi everyone, yay, a Bierman has added to the Feedback page. It's been so long!! Boy, Terry Hauser, Gene Skulick, Wade Greasby, what names from the past. I had a big crush on Wade, I don't think he even knew me. Hey, Las Vegas, John Baker, why don't you make a hyperlink from here? I didn't know about the "What's New" page until January of this year, and I'm the one who taught George Key how to enter Feedback. Scary ain't it? Ohoh, don't anyone tell Wade I had a crush on him in high school. That would be embarrassing. That's all for now.
Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 09:23:33
Name: Sharon Branigan
Message: YAY! Keith's back! More stories, please!
Saturday, March 6, 1999 at 14:45:57
Name: Keith D. Jones
Maiden: always been jones
Message: Ok, where's everybody. Here is a little nostaglia from my era. As a freshman (1972) I remember how "special" it was to have a lettermans jacket. All the athletes had one. I remember my brother (Les) was the biggest guy on the football team (and most recently known as the biggest Highway patrolman ever with the CHP)and going to watch him and my best friend Donald Dye's brother (John) play along with Gene Skulick, Terry House, Wade Greasby and others. They were our heroes. I remember one day walking through senior square and some of the seniors were going to put me in a trash can till one of them said I was Les Jones's brother. They let me go. I loved having him on my side. Another memory that just popped into my head. When I was in 8th grade at Dana we went to HHS for orientation. At that time I was about 130 pounds. I remember meeting Coach Yost the wrestling coach and the team was having practice. He picked me out of the crowd to try my hand at wrestling. I remember the guy Kai Nakai who was All-League and a state runner-up in his weight class. Well we started wrestling and in about two minutes he tried to pin me and I did something and turned him over and pinned him. He was realy pissed and left the room. From then on Yost tried to get me to wrestle.
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 22:48:31
Message: It was great checking in on the feedback page, (something my family thinks I do far to often, I too need a 12 step program!) and being remembered by a fellow classmate. Ingrid, I remember very well our drama class our freshman year. Your brother Neil, Kenie Braham, and Tom Valentine. All the drama productions we had to attend at the other high schools to critique. It was a lot of fun! I will never forget Mr. Danny Fix. The best compliment I had from him was after drama class was over, we were doing skits in Nyman Hall for an english class, He didn't know who I was and thought I was pretty good. Must have been his teaching the semester before! Glad to hear he's still a rebel! Do you ever hear from anyone else? How is your brother? Didn't he help Tom make his movie about gliding "Stepping Away" Funny the things you remember. Hawthorne holds great memories for me. I love this web site. Takes me right back!
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 19:23:37
Name: Ray Castillo
Message: I was pleased to see Gary Nix mention the cotton candy and "Sidewalk Sundaes". His dad was my first Little League manager. Back then, they lumped all the 12yr olds who didn't make a majors team in with the 7-11 yr olds. I recall Craig Foster and Jimmy Storey being the big bad 12yr olds on my team. They always went the extra step in making the new kids welcome. Jimmy Storey used to call me Kangaroo for jumping up and down when we got a hit, or scored a run. Gary's dad was a great guy. The first year we played, the field was in the southwest corner of Anza school, and was not in very good condition as I recall. We played subsequent seasons at Sepulveda school, on a very nice grass infield. Being involved with my kid in Little League now, and being on the Board of Directors, I have the fondest of memories for all who volunteered their time and efforts to the kids. They taught us lessons far more valuable than they could have ever imagined. Man, Aviation Little League was great!
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 18:35:23
Name: Norman Greenfield
Message: Hi John--How are you doing. I just talked with Don and he reminded me of this web site. Just thought I would look at it and say Hi to you.\\Best Regards-- Norm
Note: Whoa Whoa there fellow Cougar.......back up the Alumni Wagon. There's a little thing about you going over to the Alumni Page and adding your email address to the list so your fellow Coug buddies know where you are. OH and good to hear from you Norm.....don't be a stranger huh.
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 18:28:15
Name: Harry Plotkin
Message: ROLLER SKATING - Dana PTA sponsored monthly skates first on the west side of Hawthorne Blvd. somewhere around 160th street - then on the North side of Manchester East of Aviation. I chaperoned most of them - FUN. ALL SKATE!!
Note: Now THAT just took me back. Yes, I remember roller skating when I was going to Hawthorne Intermediate. We would get dropped off somewhere in Culver City. I remember the organ music to this day. Thanks Mr Plotkin, for that memory flogger. I was real fast on the straightaways, but could never make those darned curves. "Couples Only"
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 12:39:06
Name: Ingrid Larson
Message: This just keeps getting better and better. When I check in to see who the latest Feedback is from, and it's someone I recognize, it's really a kick. Janice Dorman was the one that did that just now. We were in the same Drama 1-A class our freshman year under the tutelage of the gregarious Danny Fix. My brother, Neil, was in that class too. I imagine he wasn't too pleased that his goofy, Freshman sister was sharing a class with him, a Senior.
Then I began to reminisce about other events from that Freshman year (70-71). My PE class introduced me to a group of folks that I would otherwise never have met. Somehow, the fact that we all had to get undressed together and wear the same outfit for an hour made me feel like we were more or less on the same level. It was an equalizer. For that one hour a day, the coolest girls were dressed the same as me, and we were constantly mixing in different groups, depending upon the whim of Miss Sake, or Miss Likens. I was rubbing elbows with Amber Overhulser, and Elenita Chimilowski, Debbie Darling and Joy Rassmussen. Outside the volleyball court, these people wouldn't give me the time of day.
It's curious how important image and social status seems to be at that age. Fortunately, as I grew a little older I learned that being in one of the really cool people, didn't always guarantee success in life. And the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment come from within, it just can't be bestowed upon you by others.
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 09:30:55
Name: Richard Hanson
Message: John, whats happening?. Only three messages in three days. That has to be a record low. For those of us that check everyday, we don't have much to read.
Note: Hi Richard, Don't worry, it's just a little lull in the storm. Things are picking up even now. Good to hear from you.
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 07:28:07
Name: LYMAN MOSS
Message: JOHN B., YES INDEED I REMEMBER DON HINZO, HE WAS THE BEST SNOOKER PLAYER THAT I EVER SAW. HE ALSO COULD PLAY JUST ABOUT ANY KIND OF POOL. HE WAS THE MAN AT THE OLD TROPICANA BOWLING ALLEY. TELL DON THAT LESTER (HE NOW GOES BY HIS MIDDLE NAME GLEN) THAT HE IS LIVING IN RIVERSIDE AND HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE BOEING CO. FORMERLY McDONNELL DOUGLAS FOR THE LAST 34 YEARS. HE IS INTO GOLF NOW. I'M SURE HE WOULD ENJOY SEEING DON AGAIN. THANKS JOHN FOR CONTACTING ME AND TELL DON HELLO FOR ME.
COUGARS ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE
Note: Thanks Lyman, I'll say Hi for you.
Friday, March 5, 1999 at 02:04:35
Name: Miki Wan
Maiden: Reilly, Linda
Message: Please contact me regarding the Car & Motorcycle Show at HHS on May 1, 1999, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. awards to be given for the following categories: Best of Show, Best Classic, Best Engine, Best Import, Best Interior, Best Race, Best Paint, Best Muscle Car, Best Motorcycle. Winners selected by popular vote by attendees at event (age 13 & older). Admission: $2.00 for Adults, $1.00 for students, children under 12 free. To register call Melanie Chacon (310) 643-6953 @ 5327 W. 141st Street, Hawthorne, CA 90250, by April 15th. $20.00 registration fee, after April 16th registration $30.00.
Note: Miki, This one sounds great. I will contact you on this later today.
Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 23:34:43
Name: John Baker
Message: Lyman Moss, I just got back from Leuzinger High tonight. I was over there photographing a bunch of pictures that are going up in their memorabilia room for Memorabilia Days tomorrow. Anyway, a friend of mine, Don Hinzo, went with me and your brother's name came up. He knew Lester back in the old days and was wondering where he is now and what he's doing. I told him I'd ask. Thanks for your help.
Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 23:16:09
Name: Dennis Picard
Message: Any information on Robert (Ike) Jones?
Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 13:52:41
Message: Has a date been set for Las Vegas Reunion, don't want to miss it and getting very busy.
Note: Sandy, We've got it narrowed down and it'll be up on the site tonight or tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at 20:56:23
Name: gary nix
Message: Well john, I just finished sending you that ditty, it's like 1960, my dad is playing softball at Anza school, the ice cream truck is there and we're eating cotton candy and a nice big sidewalk sunday, oh to be alive in Hawthorne in the 60's. IT WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Note: Gary, Yeah..... my sentiments exactly. Oh and thanks for the ditty. :o)
Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at 05:42:36
Name: John Ogren
Message: What a hoot...
Monday, March 1, 1999 at 16:17:50
Name: Angelia Crespin
Message: Hi! Hope all is well. Class of "86" HHS Cougars #1 Always
Monday, March 1, 1999 at 15:34:57
Message: OK Yvonne,
See what Yo Baby did. Now you will have to make time in your busy schedule for the reunion in Las Vegas, girlfriend. Sandy
Monday, March 1, 1999 at 08:06:59
Name: LYMAN MOSS
Message: HEY EL ROJO, THANKS FOR HAVING CAL CONTACT ME. I AM ABOUT TO SEND HIM A REPLY. BUY THE WAY, I TALKED TO MY BROTHER LESTER (HE NOW GOES BY HIS MIDDLE NAME GLEN) YOU MIGHT REMEMBER HIM, HE WAS CLASS OF '60'. HE SAID HE REMEMBERS YOU AS A VERY GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYER. WE BOTH WORK FOR THE BOEING CO. I WORK AT THE EVERETT WASHINGTON PLANT AND HE WORKS AT THE LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA PLANT. WELL THANKS AGAIN, I AM GOING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH CAL NOW.