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An early 60's classic...... Marvin & Johnny

Name: walter holt () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 18:34:08
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Hey since were on skin color...Enquiring minds want to know when good ole HHS had their first Pink skinned student. I seem to remember a guy in class of 66 named ED being awfully Pink but I dont know that he was the first.

Name: Robin () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 18:08:55
Maiden: Bobbin'
Class: 60
City and State: RB,CA
Message: Sloey beat me to it Danny ,but I knew I had something special on that Pop Warner team some 40 years ago...And Jim Harrick was always wanting to bench and save you for roundball...But who was he..then?..We CAN still be friends and I would have had you in my wedding had I known:o) ...Paco, did you have an appendage caught in that instrument when that pic was taken?..(So glad I stayed with wax paper and a comb)...Susan..IS Keith still standing after all these years? (I've never seen him:o)...Did anyone else have "Dick" the drycleaner with the early 50s butt ugly green Chevy panel truck ,or "Frankie" the Avon lady forever in Haytown, who kept our zits in check and smelling like french whores on payday?...Norm Vorhis...You are an inspiration...I remember when your brother Jim told us in 7th grade how you had recently lost a leg playing on the railroad tracks....I NEVER went back again to flatten another nickel, only to find out 45 yrs later your bro was pulling our leg about yours (so to speak) have to have been married for 40 years to get away with that comment..see ya soon bud!...Later Cougs..:o)

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 16:51:36
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Hey Liz, People actually take ROAD TRIPS to the Colorado River???? There's only one problem with the picture though. These days you'd be overdressed.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 16:17:41
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: Hey Danny I should have known the way you could play basketball you were African American. For those of you who didn't know Danny, John Wooden once said he was further along in his development as a Sophomore in high school than Gail Goodrich was at the same age. Goodrich was one of the leaders of the UCLA first two Championship teams and later played with the Lakers. So then Tom Litton was the first African American, class of '65, to graduate from HHS. And why you Danny never argued with us about shotgun and just always seem to get into the back seat of the car. By the way, Danny, like so many HHS athletes, didn't advance further, not because he didn't have the ability, he tore up his knee his senior year playing football. Of course Litton you know, we can never be friends now.

Name: Danny Litton () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 15:33:51
E-Mail: danny_litton
Class: 68
City and State: Fairfax, VA
Message: Sloey: Gary Player an African-American? My brothers and I ARE African-Americans. My mother is from Tunisia, North Africa and my father is from Inglewood, CA, USA. I think it's about time you knew!
So it's your father that's black then.....

Name: Susan Walling () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 15:29:08
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 77
City and State: Sonoma, CA
Message: Now that Sloey woke 'em...let me just add something to the Keith Jones saga here. Anyone who knew Keith at HHS would find it 'perfectly normal' for him to jump into deep water, not just holding a boulder, but with one tied around his ankles! Sounds to me like he's holding true to form and will always be the same Keith we all knew at HHS. I wonder how the guy could possibly still be standing after all these years of being bounced around on his head and now, intentionally oxygen deprived. We love ya Keith, and your stories too. John, us '70's people are a little quirky, but we sure are fun!

Name: walter holt () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 14:38:14
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Ok Wayne, Michelle & fellow Cougs...I too have to finally admit to being an accordion virtuoso while growing up in Hawthorne. My Mother (whom I think secretly was madly in lust with Myren Floren of Lawrence Welk & never missed that program to the point of not going out if it was going to be on) forced not only myself but my sister to learn that dastardly instrument. To add insult to injury I had to practice 2 hours a day with my sister whom had a tin ear...Yuck. Then there were those concerts we had to perform duets at, that almost sent me off the deep edge. Yes fellow Cougars I cannot say that was the most memorable times of my Youth and something I would mention for fear of losing my Dude status. However I do remember being able to play a mean “Lady of Spain”. On a cheerier note, does anyone else remember back in the early 60s wearing those white Swiss Army Ski Parkas that we used to have indelible ink drawings Of “Murph The Surf” on them. Also there was someone at HHS that used to do most of the drawings and I can’t remember who it was. Does anyone remember him?

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 14:27:20
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Wayne Dickey, we definitely did all the cool stuff in Haw. I took accordion lessons 6 years from Al Manfredi, on Western just north of Imperial. Hey bring that box to cruise night & I`ll bring a coffee can & we can take donations & pay for burgers!! Over here where I live there`s all these red necks! Just yesterday I saw a bumper sticker on a pickup that read, Play an Accordion Go To Jail! I`ll tell you it`s scary living here! Paco, I remember Pauls Bakery truck, seems like he bought an old Helms Chevy panel truck & had a route? So Wayne you gotta bring that Accordion to Cruise Night! What better way to kick off Cruise Night than a little Lady of Spain, Beer Barrel Polka, etc. I`ll bring some pencils to put in the can to kind of get things started! JUST DO IT!!
What's the difference between a Trampoline and an Accordion?
You don't go as high when you jump up and down on an Accordion.
If you drop an accordion, a set of bagpipes and a viola off a 20-story building, which one lands first?
Who cares?
What's the difference between an Uzi and an accordion?
The Uzi stops after 20 rounds.
What do you call ten accordions at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 13:52:19
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Michelle, I was in Student Council and motioned to start a Ski Club at HHS. WHich we did. Not sure if student council is at all high schools. But I think that is a good place to start. I have no new non-hawthorne stories but will try to start something new here again. Candid Camera is still one of my favorite shows. I recall an episode where a veteran carpenter was instructed to install some new bookshelves. As he measured the wall for the shelves then went to the next room to make the cut, the CC crew moved one of the side walls in just a little. SO when the guycame back the shelf was to long. He scratched his head and remeasured and made the new cut. In which the CCcrew moved the wall again just a hair. Now the guy takes the shelf and with a pencil marks the shelf against the wall. No way can he be off now. Well the CC crew moved the wall out a hair and now the shelf was to short. This went on for awhile till finally he peeked around the corner and saw the wall move. This is still my favorite segment. Does anyone else remember their favorite episode and does anyone know anyone who was caught by Candid Camera. Hopefully someone has a Hawthorne connection to this so I don't get in trouble with John.
YOU'RE IN BIG TROUBLE NOW MISTER!!! Just kidding Keith. My favorite Candid Camera was when the guy pulled into the gas station (back when there was an attendant), and the car splits in half and the front part drives away. Also liked the kids segments.

Name: Paco () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 13:50:32
Message: I took accordion lessons at the "Ferraro Accordion Studio's" on El Segundo. I still have nightmares of me playing the "Marines Hymn".

Name: Elizabaeth Estrada () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 13:15:55
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: I did not remember that road trip to the Colorado River until I saw that photo, Kelly. But as soon as I saw it the moment you captured came back to me. As I recall we were fried and the sun was hot too. We weren't the only Cougars in attendance. Tony Jocqua (may have misspelled that one.) Was there a Hegg brother there too? Man, those were the days. Thanks for the memories.

Name: Charlie Fox () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 12:46:25
Class: 69
City and State: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Message: Music Lessons: I took saxophone lessons at Melody Music. My instructor's name was Mr. Clothier. I learned enough to get into the Hawthorne Youth Band. I toured Canada with my brother, my sister, Wayne Dickey and his brother Tom and many others. When I took guitar lessons, I went to Chuck's Sound of Music, also on Hawthorne Blvd, south of Melody Music. Wayne, it's great that you still play the accordion. Didn't you play trombone in the youth band?
Hey Wayne, Maybe you could bring that squeeze box to Cruise Night and do a set of "Lady Of Spain" for us. Thanks Charlie.....

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 12:16:28
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: Isn't Gary Player an African American? And how many of you when describing an event start off with "Well the white guy was going south when.." Enough of the black white stuff unless of course it involves HHS or Hawthorne and is really funny! So there was this really fat African American, I am not sure if he was black or white because it was too dark, male, who fell off this wall at HHS ....
Sooooo.....the Pit Bull finally falls asleep and you walk over and kick'm in the ribs.......

Name: JudyMac () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 12:06:45
City and State: Santa Monica,Ca
Message: Hi to Richard Hanson. My brother, Terry Mclean, is doing just great..Still living in the Valley. I will see if I can get him to Cruise Nite. I also found another old friend through this web site: Carol Ward [now Tuttle].... The Wards lived across from us on 123rd ST: Les, Mary & Tommy. Having a great time seeing these familiar names on the alumni list and getting reacquainted via email. Thanks, John, for doing such a great job.

Name: Richard Hanson () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 11:22:35
Class: 56
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: To JudyMac, I worked with your brother, Terry for 20+ years at Rocketdyne until he retired. If he's still around, see if you can get him to cruise nite in two weeks.

Name: Ola Sprague () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 10:51:49
Maiden: Campbell
Class: 70
City and State: El Toro CA
Message: I haven't been to any of the reunions, but I'm thinking about coming to the "combined" reunion in August. I'll be fun to see some old friends and catch up on life.

Name: Michelle Drapeau () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 10:10:43
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 78
City and State: Palmdale, CA
Message: Wayne Dickey - I took Accordion Lessions too! So did my sister. Pretty funny when you think back at how that was acceptable then. Can you imagine signing our kids up for accordion lessions now?! I also took guitar lessons at a music store on Hawthorne Blvd. but can't remember the name! I begged and begged my mom for a guitar and lessons, then when I got it I HATED going to my lessons! Probably because my mom would ask me to play "Time in a Bottle" for all our visitors! I admire those who stuck it out and can play! Looking through my yearbook, I noticed we had a dirtbike club (I didn't pay attention to a lot of clubs we had! Too bad for me!). Anyway, I was wondering how that all came about. My son just got a dirtbike and I've told some of the high school kids in our neighborhood about the club we...I mean they...had. They are in awe of our school allowing such a club. Living here in the desert, it would be so cool to get something started like that, just wasn't sure how ours came about. Any suggestions?
MAN!!! A dirt bike club. What a cool school. BEFORE me was the Rifle Club, then when I was there the dangerous club was......BOWLING CLUB!!!

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 02:50:28
Message: I'm glad someone else remembered "Pauls" Bakery. Our driver was Johnny and he had a drawer full of candy and suckers, plus CREAM PUFFS
Do not remember that one.

Name: Norm Vorhis () on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 00:59:53
Class: 59
City and State: Monrovia Ca
Message: Talked to the bartender at the 352 club last Friday. Her mother used to own the place. She said it was the second oldest bar in Hawthorne, and that it was a liquor store before it was a bar. She was not positive, but she thought the Spa (across the street) was the oldest bar. First car was a '47 Plymouth business coupe I got (with the cooling , ignition, and charging systems in the trunk) for 35 dollars, from a guy in the trailer court on Inglewood next to the repair shop at Broadway. It had a straight body and very "rip & tear interior". After we got it back together, I could swear I could hear all seven of the six rods knocking. Gary Rubino was inspired. I gave him the car and 35 dollars for his strong running '42 Plymouth Club coupe with a nice interior. He took the car home, (it was a Friday) did what he was famous for, and the following Monday, showed up at HHS auto shop with an Olds and Hydro in it. Sounded terrible and everyone was laughing, until he properly impressed all with a monster burnout. Me, I went cruising, blew the engine, and the whole car wound up in the care of Lawndale Auto Wrecking. Monday at one of my stops, a guy asked about my T shirt. His name is Sandoval, HHS '85. Not much of a coincidence, we were in Hawthorne at the time. Drivers training, '56 chevy 6, with "three on the tree", Mr. Barton doing the honors. Lastly, since Monday, I have been wondering if anyone knows where Bernie Pressburg might be these days. See you at "Frosters"
Hey Norv, Great stuff. I was waiting for the part where the Chevy pickup jumped in, but I guess that's one for later. Thanks and we'll see you on Cruise night.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 23:24:27
Class: 1967
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Bobby Fitzgerald, I remember suckers that when you removed the outside paper you might find a strip of paper that said free. I also remember the "Good Humor" popsicles that one of the sticks might say "free good humor". (I even remember the good humor trucks.)

Name: nancy sargent () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 22:56:31
Maiden: rose
Class: 79
City and State: big bear lake
Message: Mary...I remember the tornados. I remember that Food Giant on Hawthorne Blvd. got some of its windows broken. The last I heard, Food Giant was turned into a Pic n Save. By the way...I remember that there was Thrifty's on the corner, then there was ashoe store, then Food Giant. Does anyone remember the name of the shoe store?

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 22:03:23
Class: 69
City and State: La Palma, Ca
Message: Patti! I too took lessons at Bob Cole Studios, But they were Accordion Lessons. I still play, do you still tap dance? If I remember correctly, his studio was on Hawthorne Blvd. almost into Inglewood. But I have become old and may be mistaken. Can anyone out there place exactly where? Hey John, When's the Car Show?
Hi Wayne, The studio was on La Brea and Hardy. The car show I haven't heard, but it should be in May. Hope you're planning on making Cruise Night with the big Impala.

Name: Mary Weiler () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 20:05:23
Maiden: Risner
Class: 1976
City and State: Hawthorne, CA 90250
Message: Does anyone remember the tornados we had come through Hawthorne? I remember watching one from the second floor of St. Joseph's as it touched down near Eucalyptus school. That had to be late 60's early 70's. I know there were two others, one hit near 140th and Ramona (got the roof of my aunt's old house)and another that cruised through a corner of the Del Aire track.
Yep, I sure do remember the tornado, at least the one that hit Truro. I think that tornado was a topic about a year ago and the consensus was it happened in 1966?

Name: Robert(Bobby)Fitzgerald () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 19:55:31
Class: 60
City and State: Santa Ana, Ca.
Message: Do any of you Cougs remember Pauls Bakery truck? He used to carry candy and he had those big fruit suckers and if you were lucky you would find a slip of paper that said free inside and you got one free. See you cruise nite.

Name: walter holt () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 17:42:25
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Ok Cougs....Update...You can get to the Chat site using MY Forums on Delphi, if Hawthorne Chat Central shows.. Geez I think I'll just stick to Talking about good ole Hawthorne & HHS here on CT an using the email. Later Cougs

Name: walter holt () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 17:25:40
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Ok Cougs.. Regarding using the Hawthorne Chat site..If you sign on as a new non paid member on and/or are a non paid current member. Dont even bother trying to get to the Hawthorne chat site from or direct. 1. Use Johns link to get there if you're already signed up. 2. If your not signed up, then after signing up exit off of Delphi and come back to Cougartown and use Johns link to go to the site. otherwise you'll go on a wild goose chase.

Name: JudyMac () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 15:12:12
Message: Hi Cougars! Didn't graduate from HHS, but I would have been Class of '63. Grew up 3 blocks from HHS, went to St. Joe's. Left Haw. in '59 [became a "Valley Girl"..don't hold it against me!!]. But I have lots of great Hawthorne memories, mostly because of my older brother, Terry McLean, and sister, Jeanne McLean. I remember John Niemela, Mike Burris, Gary Hoffma, Neil and Dale Larson, and Dave Roelen, Connie Huckaby, and the Hauck sisters [Jeanne and Patty]. So now that I've found this site, I'll cruise for fun facts. Here's one: Does anyone remember being at Foster's, probably mid '50's...and my sister, Jeanne, and Maureen O'Malley hid under some big boxes in the alley and 'walked' inside the boxes towards the crowd to catch a glimpse of some 'heart throb'... Gads, my sister is gonna kill me for telling you this!
Thanks JudyMac, Come on back and tell Fosters stories anytime.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 13:30:56
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: I have to say that my stories are nothing compared to what you 50's & 60's people are making out of the this "Black" issue. Practice what you preach folks. I find it hilarious, your backwoods attitude. Oh by the way I can remember this flesh colored guy that got a touchdown one game. WOW!
Keith, Please don't be upset. The "Black" issue pertains to HHS and Hawthorne; your Fat Lady story was something that happened to you in a restaurant in Hawaii a couple of days ago.
What color was the flesh on that guy that scored a touchdown anyway. Thanks Keith for being out there. You add lots to the Feedback page and I know you understand.

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 12:56:34
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: John... Just to let you know, I tried to go to the Hawthorne chat room link. You can't post on delphi or classmates anymore unless you are a member.
Then become a member. It's free.

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 12:47:14
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Bob Cole`s dance studio, up stairs, on the south west corner of Hawthorne Blvd. & Hardy? He had a gorgeous blond wife named Dorothy ! Russ Tamblyn was his claim to fame! Vickie Lawrence of the Carol Burnett show also took lessons there briefly as a child. Gladora dance studio across from Sears. Run by 2 sisters, one of which had 2 sons. Lee & Dee Aker. Lee later went on to be Rusty on the RinTinTin show . How do I know that? I`ll never tell!!
I know Lee lived on Regent Circle in Inglewood. How do I know that?......I don't REMEMBER.

Name: Kelley () on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 10:52:42
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay Oregon
Message: I remember Bob Coles. I went there with my two left feet!! I did a solo spot on stage singing " you are my sunshine" My mom says that it was pretty good, only because i had the guts to do it. Been talking with Kathy Barnes, daughter of the owners of the store on 134th and Ramona. As far as she knows it was called "The Little Store". Petey I'm here just haven't been on line lately.
Liz i sent that picture to Paco. Remember the time Sherry, you and I went and Sherry blew up the motor of the boat before the wifes got there!!!!! and Paco I remember the ice man in Hawthorne. My Grandma Currie didn't have a frig when i was little just an ice box. and some dude delivered ice. That was a flash back. Thanks Paco. Be a Coug!

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