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Here's one you haven't heard in a LONG time....... Jimmy Rodgers

Name: Doris () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 14:23:26
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: AND ... my high school boyfriend had as his first car in about 1957, a MODEL T FORD with a RUMBLE SEAT! I loved the rumble seat so much, that's where I would ride. Funny ... he didn't keep that car very long. :-))

Name: Michele Enos () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 14:14:26
Maiden: Libertini
Class: 1981
City and State: Torrance, CA
This is set in stone:
Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach
July 7, 2001
6pm until 1am
Please get in touch with one of us so you don't get left out! There are many more details that you need to know about so please send in your addresses. Invitations are being printed as we speak and will go out to the addresses we have.
You may email myself or
Marlene Olsen -
Hope to see you soon...

Name: Jerry Miles () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 13:43:18
Class: 66
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: John, if you go back a few pages to my first car story, you'll find that I can verify a Chevy six will last about a week, for me anyway. And to Jim Sloey, I believe the store where you could record your own 4/8 track tapes was Olson Electronics. I spent a lot of time in there testing TV tubes.
Olson there's a name from the past. I think Newark Electronics was right across the street. Thanks Jerry....

Name: Mike Backus () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 11:34:28
Maiden: Sting Ray
Class: '74
Message: 1965 was one of the best years of my life. Maybe THE best year. Here's one of the reasons why. My dad bought a brand new '65 Vette convertible. My parents were very low profile people and never did things like buying flashy sports cars. I loved that car! I remember riding home from Kenneth Chevrolet in the back storage area looking out between the bucket seats. Unfortunately this car infected me with a weakness for fast convertibles that is still with me. My brother has the Vette now and shows no signs of parting with it. *SIGH* And YES JOHN, the little guy in the photo is a nine year old me. I don't feel nearly as bad about being younger as I used to!
Very nice car Mike. Your dad and I would get along just great!!

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 10:49:36
Maiden: run with the money
Class: 75
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: The first car I bought was a 67 Impala. I drove across country to the East Coast and gave it to a nephew.
It blew a gasket so I kept adding oil along the way....went about 25 miles an hour up the Rockies..I warned my nephew about the gasket. He forgot and the Impala died in the Rhode Island wilderness...

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 09:12:30
Maiden: don'thitabump..or..thesongisover!
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Re: Our first cars... I've told this blast from the past before, but I think it's worth the repeat...(just cause the younger kids think it's so funny) How about the first "in car" record players.. they were mounted under the dashboard and were "up-side-down".. and they played a 45 record..unfortunately, if you hit a bump..the needle would jump from one place to another..and so it wasn't a good idea to sing out too loudly, or you'd be singing by yourself. I especially remember "Mr. Peppermint Man"..and Hey Paul, Hey Paula" being popular at that time.~~And then came the 8 track player..(also mounted under the dash) I think I still have my 8 track of TOMMY EDWARDS. Now, back to blowing up balloons for PROM NITE.. AUG 18th.. (did I mention that this week or not?)
Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg..

Car record player.......never owned one, but thought they were cool.

Name: Doris () on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 09:03:42
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: Top a' the mornin COUGARS! So glad you decided to re-join us, Walter Holt!! Also good to see Frank Romano and Rick McQuitty checking in again! AND ... a couple of folks from the class of '58!
FIRST CAR: 1951 White 2-door Chevy convertible with black top and red interior in perfect shape. Went to work right after high school and bought that little beauty in 1957 with my very own money and I paid for the insurance and anything else that was needed, too! Good, dependable car, too. My brother who is 6 years younger drove it a lot, too, after he turned 16. Is it terribly obvious that I LOVED THAT CAR? My Dad and brother always did the work on it and we kept it running till it choked out its last breath!

Speaking of choking out its last breath??!! Just how long will a Chevy 6 last? The 51 Chevy pickup that I have right now has a 1954 motor in it. The 235 motor is almost a half century old and the engine runs perfectly. All I do is change the oil every 1500 miles (no oil filter). Also I can take the carburetor apart with a swiss army knife (a computer is needed for todays air/fuel mixers). Sorry, I'm startin' to sound like my grandpa.

Name: Laura Porter () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 23:53:22
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: may not believe this but I think I lived in the red house with the bamboo after you moved out...did it have a great treehouse off the patio with the split door and several carports in the backyard? Sad to say that many years ago they tore it down and built an apt building. I loved that house. I know the apt you talk about brother had a friend that lived in one of the front units..last name was Lytrell I believe and I did some babysitting in that area too. I also knew Maria Lococo then and hope she checks in again. After we moved out of the 11619 Gale house a family that lived there hosted an exchange student from Africa...can't remember now though if he went to HHS or Lennox...his name was Mustapha. Thanks for the time warp!
Small Cougar world folks......

Name: Mike Shay () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 22:49:58
Class: 61
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey John and all Cougars,
Wow I forgot you had the pictures of our Mustang. Barbara and I had only been married a couple months and we really weren't sure we could afford those $110.00 car payments but what the heck, you're only young for a very short time. Barbara would still love to have it back. My very first car was a 47 Ford coupe. Very dependable little flat head V8 but lots of rust and other body and interior problems. It had a set of those old Rayco nylon seat covers on it that created enough static electricity to light up a medium sized trailer park.
See you all on cruise night..M.S.
Hey Loretta M. C., Is cousin Vince and his pretty wife coming to our reunion in April???

YIKES!!! Do I remember those seat covers. They caused more havoc than a small nuclear meltdown. I'll bring your pictures back now....Thanks Michael.....

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 22:46:05
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: My first car was a 1956 Ford. Blue and White with 2 spotlights on each side. I got it before I had my learner's permit! Yes, John I did pass the test 3 days later. The car cost $600. The class ring for 1964 cost $35, Senior sweater $10 and the yearbook was $10. Class of 1964 am I right?
Sounds like a fun car Sherry.....always liked that model.

Name: Rick McQuitty () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 22:45:02
Class: 74
Message: Hi all, I see you all talking about your first car. Mine was the "famous" 56 Ford pick-up, involved in so many incidents at the school. I was lucky, as I was born in March, and got my driver's license early, and as such, got to "drive all my close friends" to school everyday. Haha That truck has a history all it's own. My fathers cousin brought it to California in the early 60's and eventually sold it to my dad in 1966. From that point on it was a "big" part of my life. My father liked to duck hunt and he did his best to try and get Rip and I into it also. Once a year, from 1969 until I quit in 1972, we would drive from Hawthorne to Tule Lake, on the Oregon border, to duck hunt. It was a tradition and I enjoyed the time alone with my father, but it was freezin. We had a type of tonneau cover on the truck ( some of you might remember this, as I kept it for a while), and we would sleep in the back. OMFG. Anyway, I took possesion of the truck in the summer of 72, and attempted to change it from everything I remembered to something I wouldn't forget. As anyone who remembers seeing it, I think I did a wonderful job. It will always remain a part of me. I sold it when I went into the NAVY after graduation. As it was involved in the "GREAT STREAK", as the getaway vehicle, I will always remember it, and it's ties to the "GRAND OLE HAWTHORNE HIGH". WHOYA.
Keep up the Grand work John
PEACE Rick McQuitty

Great story Rick, Thanks......

Name: Susan King () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 19:54:17
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Well Sister Sharon, I too got a 1971 Ford Pinto as my first car when I was 16 - dad came home with it as a surprise! Mine was yellow, little mag wheels (which I hated polishing with simichrome) 4 speed stick and it became my home away from home! My little hot rod -I LOVED that car - it took me and my compadres everywhere! Which is probably why Dad gave YOU a limit on your credit card - I had none and must've taught him a lesson! I don't know if I ever properly thanked mom and pop for that most gracious gift though I think it was probably survival for mom - she'd have had to share hers and might never have seen it again! Anyway, thanks mom and pop - I love you!
Getting you two a car was the only way they could have a little time alone, and being as they were both Pintos.....well, maybe they didn't want you back at all. JUST KIDDING BEVERLY!!!

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 19:45:49
Class: 1966
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: Mine was a 1953 dodge, maroon, black tuck and roll, 3 speed on the floor [converted from the column] muntz stereo and two brothers to push, often. Mags on the front and cheaters in the back [I can't even believe i remember all this, probably not right], remember how many times we pushed that thing Chet? Big Tambo? My first love was much better than the car. Dan Johnson as to Stan and Bob Love, they were brothers. Bob was between Mike and Stan, in age, and they both did play for the Bulls, you may remember their cousin Jerry Sloan. They looked like twins when they were growing up, we could never tell them apart, then we realized that Stan was taller. A little known fact was that their great great great uncle married an immigrant from Viet Nam named Mai Love, who was the originator of scorekeeping in tennis. They had 10 children all with the first initial R. Speaking of stereos what was the name of the place on Century Blvd. you could take your albums and record them onto 4 and 8 tracks?
Jim, Do you mean uncle Eddie, the one they named their first child after, and the kid that spawned the Teen Queens biggest hit, "Eddie Mai Love"?

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 19:38:56
Class: 77
City and State: Love Shaq
Message: John, I thought you were testing me. My understanding based on limited exposure to the case through the media is that Stan was representing a wing of the Wilson/Love family that was trying to gain "custody" of Brian away from the alleged control of Eugene Landy -- at least this was the gist of something I read in the LA Times Sunday Magazine several years ago.
My first car was a '65 Plymouth Barracuda, gold with the bubble "hatchback" back window that didn't open! It finally gave up the ghost about 1976 and Jesse Upegui came by with a family tow truck and took it away for free.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 19:00:33
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: John B...Could Stans Being involved in the lawsuit have something to do with Stans "Beachboy" web Site?
Have no idea.

Name: Betty East () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 18:56:55
Maiden: Wright
Class: 74
City and State: Amgenland
Message: My first car was 1969 Toyota Corona, a hand-me-down from my sister. It was a white 4-door automatic. I had it painted by Earl Scheib, a $99 metallic brown paint job, added brown shag carpet, and an 8-track. I remember attending a summer party when I was 16, and when the party was over, we all took the left-over wine. I put a bottle of Tyrolia in the trunk and drove home wondering what the heck I was going to do with it. Next afternoon I got in my car to go to work, and the smell about knocked you over. The cap had come unscrewed and the wine leaked out all over the trunk. It was the dead of summer and hot! My only thought was I'm dead - my dad is going to kill me. There's no way I'm ever going to get the smell out. Well, with heavy use of deodorizers, the smell eventually faded, but the car was never the same. And the best part, my dad never found out.
Thanks Betty.......

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 18:52:23
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: First car: 1971 hunter green Ford Pinto, stick shift, chrome wheels, little aluminum mud flaps that I put on myself; am/fm stereo that my boyfriend installed. The back seat folded down so that the back area became a cargo area. My brother called it the "Tode" (toad?) Gas was 50 cents a gallon, and dad gave me a Shell credit card and permission to fill my tank once per week. I must've gotten great gas mileage because I can't remember ever having to buy my own gas. (Dad also paid the insurance.) My son has already been warned not to even dream of a drivers license until he has earned his Eagle Scout rank. (Dangling carrot...) Tonight he receives recognition for earning his First Class rank. He's got a way to go but hey, he's only 11.
Way to go Mikey!!!

Name: Ray Nelson () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 18:34:44
Class: 73
City and State: Fayetteville, Ga
Message: My first car was one that was very near and dear to Ralph Nader's heart - a 1962 Corvair. It featured the famous Powerslide tranmission with two speeds - slow and slower. What a car.
My mom had a 60 Corvair with a powerglide tranny. I took that thing to Lions, took the exhaust system off, and it turned 22.6 seconds and 61 miles an hour. Somehow it's hard to believe someone could actually get hurt in that thing.

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 18:27:16
Class: 74
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Cars! My first car was actually a hand-me-down from my big brothers. Eric bought a black '71 Maverick brand new for $1900 (what a deal!). It was the epitome of the basic cheap car - no chrome, no carpet, no A/C, no power steering, no radio, nothing but the absolute essentials. When he went into the Navy (in the final days of the final draft) he passed the car on to Neil. By the time I inherited it it had PosiTraction wheels and tires, a really great sound system, air shocks, and my favorite thing...the trick horn that played the first 8 notes from "Bridge on the River Kwai". I drove that beast until it had 300,000 miles on it. It was like a Timex watch - takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I swear I hardly ever provided any kind of maintenance; just gas and go! It had been in so many fender-benders that absolutely every piece of the body had been replaced; doors, fenders, quarter-panels, maybe not the roof, but who knows?
In about 1981 I sold it to a friend for a couple hundred bucks. He drove it for a year and sold it for the same amount. To this day, whenever I pass a Maverick on the road I wonder....Could it be Whinnie?

Now that's getting your 1900 dollars worth.....thanks Ingrid.

Name: LEEROY FELDERRUSTER () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 17:31:57
Class: 1955
City and State: manhaddan beechs
Message: HOWDY! WELPS, mys furs kar werd a pece a bord wit a ded possems we puts weels ons and a gas enjun frum a lawmowa. ZUM aftern 3 daz its smeled sos bads wes tride a lif germun shephar. Shep feled ofn its ans gots herts buts hez be ok then nows hes ded buts den he wuz ok. LEEROY FELDERRUSTER AND BEULAH BEULAHZ furs kar wuz a 1956 cheby nomas ord sumding.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 16:58:11
Class: 77
City and State: No Static At All
Message: Uh, that would be Bob "Butterbean" Love one of the most underrated players of the 60s and 70s. Stan, a teammate of Bob's for a very short period, is Mike Love's brother. Joe, if you plan on being here in August, please send me an e-mail in advance and I will arrange for you to pick up your prize (assuming we book one or more gigs in August -- which is likely).
Yes Dan, I know. That Stan Butterbean Love comment was a feeble attempt at "tongue in cheek". You still haven't answered the burning question. What does Mike's brother, Stan Love, have to do with the Mike/Brian lawsuit?

Name: Joe Webber () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 14:53:10
Class: 1970
City and State: Nashville TN
Message: Dan,..SURE I do!In August! David Gilmour's one of my favorite guitarists and I missed out on seeing Roger Waters. I DID however see Steely Dan though.. on their '93 tour here.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 14:41:39
Class: 66
City and State: mission Viejo,CA
Message: OK Cougars....Time for every one to welcome another Found Cougar and a newly found friend of mine from the class of 66, Randy Matt. We went into the Navy together in 1965 & the last time we saw each other was 1966 in Danang Viet Nam. Randy Sign up and get your name on the Alumni list. Yamma Yamma Yamma A guy turns his back for two seconds an ya go runnin off. Hmmm Looks like another dear John…
Thanks Walter and a big old Ctown welcome to Randy Matt. Join in anytime Randy....

Name: Maureen "Mo" Trott () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 14:41:17
Maiden: Trott
Class: 64
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: OK, I think I can remember that far back. I didn't have my own car in high school, I drove my Dad's 1963 Dodge Dart. After graduation and I was married, the first car I bought was a 1957 Chevrolet 210, 2-door sedan. I bought that car from none other then our own JudyWudy.

Name: Dimples () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 13:14:00
Class: 63
Message: Yamma Lamma, I am all ready for Prom 2001. Gee I just bought some new dancing shoes and I can't wait. I will have a custom Hibiscus and Sweet Peas corsage for you that will compliment who you are. Wally's loss is my gain. CUL Dimples
Hibiscus and Sweet Peas........favorite food of the Sea Cow.

Name: Randy Matt () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 12:38:27
Message: OK, I'm late, but then again I always was. First car, 1960 Chevy, white a beaut!! Later had a 66 olds 442, ((((WOW)))), then a 67 mustang. Funny thing, bought my step-daughter a car last year, I offered to buy her a bitchen 65 mustang, she chose......CHOSE mind you a, get this, Plymouth Breeze, yuchhhhhh. My cousin Diana (Price) just recently informed me about CT, love it,
Nope, rather have the Mustang. Pictured above is Mike Shay's 5th car. A brand new, right off the showroom floor at Chaffee Motors, 64 Mustang. That car almost made me convert to Fords.....I said ALMOST!!

Name: Mike Backus () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 12:37:57
Class: '74
Message: First cars! A fun topic. Glad to see so many women responding to this one. My first 'car' was a real oddball. I bought a brand new 1972 Chevy LUV pickup for $2300. I just wanted something cheap to haul my dirt bike. Cheap it was. The engine made noise and not much else. The springs in the bench seat would start boring through your butt cheeks after about half an hour of driving. I probably should have traded it in on a real car or truck. But I didn't. I drove that truck all through HHS, college, and my first five years trying to make a living. I kept replacing and upgrading things as they wore out or fell off. By the time I was done it had a 300 HP turbo V6 engine, Recaro driving seats, a handmade solid black walnut dashboard and on and on. I did all of the work myself and by the time I was done I was a pretty decent mechanic. I sold it after 12 years and 150,000 miles to help finance my wedding in '85.
Very cool conversion and QUICK too....Thanks Mike

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 12:26:06
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: First car 51 Merc, black with coral & silver scallops by Joe Anderson, black & white tuck & roll int. chrome window frames & glove box door, full length lake pipes, appletons, Buick wheel caps with 56 Royal lancer spinners, coral & white striped angora dice, mirror warmer, horn ring cover, gear shift cover, turn lever cover, & a Toucans car plaque in the rear window with angora around the edge also! Must have spent a fortune on angora! All beautifully knitted by Katy Luzinski LHS 1958. Thought to be one of the nicest cars at HHS in 1958. Still have many pics. of that car! Cruise night, Friday night? OK If Millie can make it from Paso, I guess I can get from Prescott. Can I park my old station wagon in front again?
Tom, Yes, park it in front and send pics of the Merc......

Name: Melinda Farrow () on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 11:55:28
Maiden: Elia
Class: 82
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: My first car was a 68' Pontiac Firebird, it was bright orange, raised in the back with a rebuilt 350 engine in it, man was that puppy fast. My mom and dad bought me it for my sweet 16. Everyone would call me leadfoot. And I lived up to that, my boyfriend at the time even replaced the gas peddle with one of those metal foots. It was cool. My friends and I had a blast in that car. A few years ago I ran into a fellow HHS student and he recognized me and said you're the tall one with that Firebird, thought that was cute. Now my daughter who is 16 is itching to get behind the wheel of my new Explorer, I am so SCARED! I don't remember my parents being as paranoid as I am now with my daughter driving. Are there other parents that feel the same?

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