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Here's one you haven't heard in a LONG time....... Jimmy Rodgers
Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 09:29:11
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Another quick memory~~How about in the late 50's when Clark Drugs and Boy's Market went in on 118th & Haw. Blvd. Does anyone remember how they set up a long line of tents with samples of food (like little weenies and cheese on a toothpick & little samples of soap)..and after school the kids would like up, hog everything, and drive them nuts.. then shortly afterward came Kresges. I miss those old 5 & 10 cents stores.. now we have the 99 cents stores, but it's just not the same. And well, John (The Bully) Rout.. I hope you feel better now that you and Terry O'Ryan and my bro. Andrew have confessed to "lightening up" the Sunday offering basket a little at ol' St. Joe's.. and I wouldn't be surprised if the priest had to draw a line on the wine decantor just to keep things in order.. You boys use to look so sweet in those black and white robes, with your candle snuffers...like little angels (from hell). & now, I have the glow in the dark rosary all wrapped up and ready for mailing.. all I need is the name of the next person that buys a PROM NITE tickets.. I hope I don't have to give up my crucifix that doubles as a pocket knife. But I will if I have to. Looks like once you get use to making sacrifices, you just can't stop. Today, I woke with a headache, but rather than take 2 Tylenol, and be done with it..I'll just offer my pain to God. It's a race for Heaven ya know.
Judy, Are you OK?
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 08:07:29
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: I thought Keith's story was funny. I'll bet the husband kept taking pictures at first and they will both have a good laugh later on, about the whole thing. I remember once reading that any joke (be it ethnic, religious, weight, gender, hair color, etc. related) is funny if the faction being the brunt of the joke can be switched for another faction and the joke is still funny. Thus the Polish jokes are still funny if blondes are substituted for Polish people. Keith's story was funny to me because I could see the story replay in my mind with a big brawny football player wedged in there instead of a large lady. I have a good friend and we have decided that our friendship endures because "we agree to disagree". This could also be said of the contributors to Cougartown - we agree to disagree. Thanks to John Baker for giving us a forum to express our thoughts, likes, dislikes, and show off our grandkids photos!
It's nice NOT to be all alike.......
Name: Patt Prewitt-Deckard () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 01:28:15
City and State: Kennewick,Wa.
Message: First I will Respond to my brother. You were not cheap, you were thrifty. B sides of Beach Boys records. I had a promo record of the Beach Boys. one side was, Sloop John B, Other was Spirit of America. That is a really Pretty song. I was sorry when my precious offspring broke that 45. Next I remember the produce man. Mr Smith. We got FRESH fruit and Vegetables every Monday morning. Growing up on FRESH fruits and vegetables was the best! When I moved to Washington State. I HATED to eat their fruit. it was tastless! Tree ripened fruit is not to be reckoned with!! We have 2 apricot trees and a nectarine tree, and walnut trees. We eat tree ripened fruit in season, and the Squirrels eat the walnuts!
Name: Bill Jensen () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 00:55:31
City and State: 90250
Message: Wasn’t there both driver’s education and training or was there only one class? I was driving my first car during my sophomore year and didn’t take drivers education until summer school between 11th and 12th grades. I tried to get out of the class since I already had my license and almost two years of experience. It was a graduation requirement at the time and with the four-four plan for my senior year, I was forced into summer school. The only behind the wheel training I received was from my Dad. On one hand he did a good job since I never had a wreck with my 53 Chevy. On the other hand, I pick up some of his habits. I drove hard and fast. I broke just about every major mechanical component on that Chevy; it was just not as strong as his 55 Buick.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 00:13:58
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Hey Freddy Dayton, Why don't you stop by Foster's for cruise night and look me up. I personally would like to know more about HHS in the 80's and 90's. I'll even buy you a cone... What I would like to know is what type of places do/did you have to hang out? What type of social activities did the school have for you? I am sure that the schools today don't have the budget to do what we (the 60's people) were able to do. If you want I am sure that others would like to know what was available to the 80's students. You could even post it here.
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 00:48:06
City and State: redondo beach, ca
Message: Quite a mixture of feedback today. Poor Juan is in the middle of a blackout and he blames John, Keith tells a fat woman story [he didn't tell the part how he and three of his buddies pushed her and wedged her in between the wall and palm tree]. Heresy gets stamped on his forehead, our first African American visits the site, welcome Freddy don't think twice about what John said. You are who you are, not what someone wants to call you. Tell your brother Mike I said hi, and amid all this we have lamma and yamma and a street car named DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING. Memories. And whatever else Barbra said. Cougartown, where everbody knows your name and we're really glad you're lame or something. Moon Rocks? Geez Keith! Didn't you say Javelin football would take off better than the XFL?
Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 00:05:10
Maiden: Same as above
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: Hi John, I haven't been on in a while as my Dad, Royal Wm. Lord Sr. passed away on March 7, 2001. We had the services on March 13, 2001. He was a long time Hawthorne resident. (over 60 years) He attended Washington Elementary School and when Williams Elementary School opened he was moved over there. He went to Leuzinger High School for three years and had to quit school to go to work for the family. He continued at Inglewood night School until he graduated. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, 3 children and their spouses, 7 Grandchildren and 5 spouses, and 7 Great-Grandsons. Just wanted to let you know. Thank God I'm a Coug. Royal
Hey Royal.......Yes, I know all about it. I was just waiting for you to say it all. Thanks, and we'll miss your father.
Hope to see you for Cruise Night.
Name: Bill Jensen () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 23:11:27
City and State: Ingledale Acres
Message: I don’t recall a bus that came down the street with groceries and sundries in it. During the early 50’s, I do remember a produce truck that came down the street with fresh fruit and vegetables. However, I preferred the health food from the Helms truck. At the time, my favorite nourishment was from the Good Humor Man. Hey Paco, those red shoes are really bright!
Hey Bill, Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding.....REPEAT
I've asked this one before, but does anyone from the 50's and early 60's remember the Egg man that rode a 3 wheeled bike. He had Cerebral Palsy, I think. Of course I remember him from the East side of Hawthorne. I can't remember his name. Also the name of the blind broom salesman that went door to door.
Name: bustios juan () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 22:11:14
City and State: Torrance Ca
Message: i'm not the fastest writer, but every time that i'm almost finished i get logged off that really pisses me off! another thing is if you don't like what your reading respond with a private e-mail i'm also upset at whoever in charge for not informing any upset people in doing so PEACE! to my big BRADDA keith
Thanks Juan, I'll tell the guy in charge how you feel.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 21:54:27
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: You know I figured there would be a few offended by my story. And I'm sure they are the same ones who can't stand watching Bloopers or Candid Camera or other shows that show the reality of life. I didn't tell the story to make fun, but of course there a few who read into it that way. Ask yourself, if we can't laugh at ourselves who do we laugh at...your dog chasing the light beam on the floor?
Hey Keith, My dog, DUFUS, is NOT stupid just because he likes to chase a light on the floor.
Now you're making ME mad.
Name: Mary Weiler () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 21:48:48
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I have really enjoyed the "first Car" stories, as well as other parents' stories about driving with their kids! Hair-raising! I know we started out better drivers. In addition to driver's training at school (which was way more hours behind the wheel than these two Saturday specials they have now), we also had time in the simulators! Those were a blast. They even had drop down clutches for those who wanted to learn to drive a stick. I remember the first day we went to actually drive in the cars. The instructor told one of the girls to go first. She squealed with delight because she said she "had never even sat in the driver's seat of a car". Thank God he changed his mind and had one of the others drive first. We used to cruise down at the beach. It is a shame the district couldn't continue that program
SIMULATORS!! I had Drivers Ed in a 1960 Chevy donated by Kenneth Chevrolet, and it was whenever your Phys Ed class was. We went to Hollywood Park and drove in the parking lot. I STILL had about 8 wrecks the first year I had a drivers license. So much for Drivers Ed.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 21:37:18
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Paco...does "K & K Cleaners" (in Inglewood) ring a bell for the laundry service? And speaking of roller rinks, does anyone remember skating at "Spec Saunders" roller rink in Redondo Beach, near the old pier? One had to climb the stairs to skate upstairs on a wooden rink. I remember my brother Carl would always have his skate wheels ground down to nearly nothing...don't ask me why...they were just way too small. But he could skate really fast! Another event this Friday night (and every Friday night) at the Hawthorne VFW...BINGO! If anyone is interested come on down. See ya at Cruise Night. Janny...aka Howie
"Spec Saunders" of the LA Thunderbirds? What a hero of the 60's set. What happened to the NEW Roller Derby anyway?
Name: John Rout () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 21:32:50
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Judy, Judy, Judy, the only reason Annie never got to say anything at Late Nite Catechism yesterday was because you tried to rat on her to get her started, and Sister Superior didn't like tattletales. That's why you were standing there sheepishly saying "Yes, Sister", "No, Sister", "I don't know the answer, Sister". You even got scolded for trying to tattle on me, something about the Sunday collection enhancing my weekly allowance. I don't know about that one, I don't think I was even there. Annie is still moping around here saying,"Let me at them, 12 years of Catholic school, it's my turn!" But noo, you had to tattle.
Name: FREDDY DAYTON () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 21:26:41
City and State: hawthorne, ca
Message: To Keith Jones, that's a great story, The movie version I believe is Winne the Pooh. Great site John, But it seems to me it is more orientated to middle class white people who attended in the 60's. Get with it man, the African American is part of the Hawthorne culture as much the Beech Boys. I am proud of my heritage and that I went to HHS, remember we are here too. A cougar comes in many flavors.
Hey Freddy, It's BEACH Boys, not BEECH Boys.
Man, you are the FIRST Black (is that politically correct?) that has said so in Cougartown. Of COURSE this website is geared towards the 60's and middle class whites (that's when I went there and I started this website), and Hawthorne did not have ONE BLACK PERSON IN IT!!! Unless you're talkin' about James Valmore who was a SUPER running back for Leuzinger in 1959.
My dad told me that Hawthorne had a sign at the City Limits in the 30's that said, "Nigger, don't let the sun set on YOU in Hawthorne."
Freddy, those days are history, and HHS was your High School too and you are just as welcome as anyone else (you wouldn't have been in the 60's though). Thanks for being out there and feel free to join in ANYTIME!!! It's the new millenium dude and the Jesse Jacksons or the David Dukes of the world do not belong here. Thanks for joining in.
Name: Pam Stockard () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 20:04:06
City and State: Austin, Texas
Message: Message to Keith Jones: I take your story regarding the "overweight" woman offensive. Some things are better left unsaid.
Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 20:00:21
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Looks like we have a couple more PROM NITE tickets sold to John Crouch '66~~ & Terry Robinson '58 & Judy Barnwell Hunter '60. All I can say is that we're really seeing a great response from the 60's people and the 50's people are finally getting with it.. YEA!!! Now, for our teacher, Miss Kathy Brooks...in regards to the "Late night Catechism" play we saw last night..the STIGMATA is not a "bad thing"..it's suppose to be a "good thing"..but I agree with you, somehow it doesn't make sense.. & I really don't think I want it either. I don't ever want to be that good. (hope I didn't lose ya there.) I'm still waiting to hear from John about the next ticket form emailed over to him..to send out that glow in the dark rosary.. (I'm running out of incentives here)
All right then, the next Prom Night ticket signed up for gets a FREE "Glow in the Dark" Rosary, and it doesn't even matter if you're a Catholic. Thanks Judy...
Name: Walter Holt () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 19:26:25
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Dimples N Bobby Boo...Since I'm not one to stay in the way of true romance. I believe I will step aside and leave The Ding Dong Sisters to you fine Cougar gentleman with no hard feelings.(Ok Cougs did I bow out of that gracefully or what)
Name: Dimples () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 18:17:42
City and State: 90250
Message: Oh YAMMA LAMMA, you sure are on my dance card. Yes, you are number one. As a good sport, I think that it is O.K. for you have a dance with Walter. Just don't go and get to familiar with him.
Name: Lorry Neal () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 17:55:41
City and State: Seabeck, WA
Message: RE: Denise Cherry Standaert
I have not yet contacted Denise, but here is her mailing address:
P.O. Box 411
Seabeck, WA 98380
Thanks Lorry.... Small Cougar World folks....
Name: RAMMA LAMMA () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 17:29:23
Maiden: DING DONG
Message: Gittin a little worried that I aint hurd from ya Bobbie Boo; ya ain't mad air ya? Still countin down the days to prom nite 2001 and all thit ther dancin'! Took my shus in to the shoe guy and had a couple inches took offn the heels. 5 inches is just danged hi! And walkin on the treadmill and doin breathin excercises so I kin keep up with ya. EWWWwwieee! 5 months and countin till we're a dancin! embracememysweetembraceablleyou
Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 15:31:09
City and State: Back in LA
Message: In the early 60?s I remember the laundry man coming to the house to pickup and deliver my father?s white shirts. I guess my mother did not do shirts. This fellow had a white Ford panel truck. Dad use to get half of his shirts folded and boxed and the other half were on hangers. I also remember the Jewel Tee man. And let us not forget the Fuller Brush Man!
Bob, lest we forget the Raleigh Man......
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 15:25:49
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Keith Jones- Have you ever heard the term, 'think before you speak'?
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 14:07:59
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Not sure if this is old or new but I know it was new to me. I went "Moon Rocking" yesterday. What you do is take a rock heavy enough to take you to bottom of the ocean but light enough to run with. The first run is really fun cause you are on the boat and you jump off and the rock sends you to the bottom. The water was about 15 or 20 feet deep where we were. Then once you hit the bottom you start running with the rock. You see how far you can go before going back to the top. Then the rest of the time you dive down to the rock and grab it and run. It is a blast. It is a great workout and it's fun watching everyone else. It's like being on the moon. You pick the perfect rock and you can take big steps. Anyway I reccommend it to everyone. Just be sure the water isn't too deep. KDJ
Name: Anita Young () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 13:56:52
E-Mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: This may sound weird to some of you Cougs in here, but then, maybe not....I want to wish a Happy 41st Birthday to an old friend of mine who, unfortunately, I have not found yet. Her name ( when I hung out with her) was Lauren Bryan. I met her in the 7th grade at Dana Jr. High. We were good buddies all through high school at good ol' HHS. I kept in touch with Lauren a bit after I moved up here to Oregon, but lost contact with her in the mid 80's. I know she has 2 kids now a boy and a girl and has been married twice, her first married name was Szukalski and then, her second one was Cherry and last I heard, she lived in Idyllwild. I have many a fond memory of good ol' Lauren, and it's odd that of all things, of all of my old friends, even, I remember their birthdays, even if I no longer am in touch with them. So Lauren, wherever you are now, I hope you have a great day and I hope sometime in the near future, we hook up again. I sure do miss ya, kiddo!
Name: Paco () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 13:28:02
Message: Doris I remember the "Ice man", and the laundry was picked up and delivered 2 times a week. Before we moved to Hawthorne, I lived with my grandparents on Denker St in LA, there the produce was delivered by a man with donkey pulled cart.Why don't you Coug's send me a picture of yourselves on your front lawn, dressed as cowboy on the "Pony".
Name: Doris () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 12:31:38
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: Paco: I don't remember the bus with the food; all I remember is the Helm's Bakery yellow and light blue truck with the tastiest sweets in the world! The one in particular that I remember, and cannot find anything even close to it, was a small lemon bundt cake with a melted lemon icing. Gee, that was and still is my all-time favorite cake! I can still taste it! I also remember the milk trucks that delivered. Here's one for you Paco ... do you remember the "ice man" who delivered ice for ice boxes before we had refrigerators?
Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 11:33:28
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Best driving music - Flirtin' With Disaster, Molly Hatchett, I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar. Who needs anything else?
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 10:40:57
Message: Next door to "Kiddie Land" was the "Teardrop Trailer" lot, my sisters would be on the rides and I'd be checking out the trailers..Does anyone remember a bus that came down the street in the late 40's, that had groceries and small hardware and sundries in it? This was before the "Super market" opened. I also remember 2 street cars that were attached to one another and made into a house, that was across the street from me, on 134th st just off Anza. FIGHT ON!!!
I remember the teardrop trailers. They were owned by the Boyce family.
Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 10:08:59
Maiden: "GUILTY" again
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well, last night about 16 of us ROWDYS (even Rowdy Mr. Plotkin and Ms Kathy Brooks) went to see "Late night Catechism"..and today I've got my scapular back on and I'm saying penance. Seems Sister managed to put me in my place 40 years after sitting in a Catholic school room. (they still have the power) The good part is that I won another "GLOW IN THE DARK ROSARY & A CRUCIFIX POCKET KNIFE" so I'm OK after all.. Rowdy Karen Fraser won and upgraded (from small to large) statue of Mary..and Annie Rout had nothing to say..(still can't figure that one out) and we were all very happy about that..because we all know what Annie says about Catholic school~whew, it was close. Then off to PINK'S for chili dogs.. as if being in a Catholic school room wouldn't give us enough acid indigestion. Next, we go to see the play with the "V" word in it..(can I even say the V word on CT???) Now, back to my real job of sitting by the mailbox waiting for your PROM NITE ticket money to roll in.. if I put my glow in the dark rosary up for raffle, would it help you get your tickets now.. OK..next person to buy a ticket gets my rosary.. GO!!!!
Judy Wudy.. saying 6 Hail Mary's and 1 Act of Contrition. ugh