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Name: Cuiper's () on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 14:19:49
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 60/62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: John, Im with all, You need to find away to keep Cougartown going!! You need help, then lets get a group together to help you sort things out. Ask and I bet there would be a few Cougartown Folk who would be able to help. This is NO disrespect to Sloey and Robin, but COUGARTOWN is John's baby and without John then there is no Cougartown! There is a whole group who were there right at the first when John started putting Cougartown together, so it is very very sad/hard to see the possiblity of COUGARTOWN going to sleep. John, I have known you since we were 13, we all have gone through many things in our life; saddness, happiness, but to say I knew the KING of Cougartown is the best!! DO NOT GIVE UP. Love Ya John...... ALWAY A COUG!!!!
Hi Loretta, Thank you for your concern and I just want to clarify this thing.
It's a Sloey/Hood joke. That's all it is. It's tongue in cheek. It's meant to be funny. I have heard from many Cougs who are worried that realcougartown is trying to take over Cougartown. Please do not fret. There's no such thing as
It seems like Sloey starts these things and I DO GO ALONG, but I'M the one who has to answer all the email. Sloey/Hoody, it's over. Let's put it to rest.
Loretta, Cougartown will survive too. Don't you worry. We just have to work out a few things.
I thought I was 12½ when we met......

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 13:17:03
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Gee John now I'm really confused...If all our hang outs were great Third Places. Then where & what did we do at our superb 1st & 2nd places? Does anyone remember? (An here I thought Philosophy was confusing).

Name: wa () on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 12:53:45
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Lets See...If You are truly a Cougar...Then you would Know if Dan Johnson is going to the “WHICH ONES” “ PINKs” Run and more than likely know if Doug Medina is having a DÉJÀ VU on Jim “SNIFFLES” Sloey & Robin “KING ” Hoody’s REALCOUGARTOWN.COM or how they equate to John ‘THE REAL KING” Baker’s Cougartown “PROM NIGHT” & Howard “PACO” Duran’s Picture Page. (Glad to Know we don’t do any plugs on this site).
Thanks wa, "with the best oldies collection this side of Dick Clark's" for straightening that all out.

Name: Laurie Bolin () on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 12:01:40
Message: I just wanted to thank John Baker for the wonderful site!!! I am doing research for my social psychology class based on Ray Oldenburg's book "The Great Good Place" and the hangouts of Hawthorne High were supreme examples of what third places should be. Thanks again
Thanks Laurie, but it never crossed my mind that I was at a "third place". It was always just a "hangout".
Good luck on your research.

Name: Bob Melendrez () on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 11:33:13
Class: 1971
City and State: 90278
Message: Dan Johnson, I'm so proud of you! No plugs! Not even a reference to "PINK" asbestos, or "WHICH ONE" of the buildings may have been affected! Maybe it's just that you've become comfortably numb.... 8^) Cheers, Bob "no-plugs-m'-lady" Melendrez
Yeah Bob, You've got a "heart of gold" man.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 09:20:28
Maiden: ohhhnoooh
Class: 75
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: Ok...unhappy with, check out hear there is a raffle for a 7 day excursion to Hawaii...volcanoes included...I wonder if it is all "for real"...
Cougartown gave away a Tshirt yesterday. Does that count??

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 20:51:34
Class: 77
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Here's a preface to a strange question: I have this vague recollection of there being an asbestos scare at HHS maybe even a couple of years before my freshman year (which was 1973 if you are keeping count). In the fog of distant memory, it seems that it had something to do with the celing of the auditorium but I just can remember. Does anyone remember the situation to which I am referring? (And I'm not even plugging anything)

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 19:17:49
Class: 66
City and State: rb, ca
Message: John, I think Mr. Medina has something coming. Tell him what he has won John. Just for being a concerned supporter of COUGARTOWN.COM
Well Doug, You were the first person to ask, "Real Cougar town? What is that anyway?"
The first person to ask receives a FREE Cougartown Tshirt. Just email me your size and address, and it's on it's way; and thanks for playing our game.....Back to you Jim.

Name: Doug Medina () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 16:51:22
Class: 1980
City and State: Murrieta, Ca.
Message: Hi John Baker, I didn't know the ruckous about your site was for real. I was hoping it wasn't true. I just wanted to say goodbye if it was to end. If I went to your school I could at least have my wife cut a check. No. She didn't go either. She doesn't share my sympathy. I hope it all turns out alright though.
Hello sadness! I suppose this is it. Real Cougar town? What is that anyway? Did I miss something?
I'm not privy to what's been going on. Sorry for yours and Cougartowns misfortune. It's been nice reminiscing with all the cool people. That guy was right when he said it. It's nice, just to check out the board, wherever you happen to lay your hat. And that girl with the nice words about my fourth grade teacher at Cabrillo, Mrs. Jansta. I have really enjoyed sharing some memories with the "people"! Wow! I think I may have even known a Bev Borland back in the 1972 I think was the year. I swear she had blue eyes, dark hair, and a smokey voice. They were both divorced. She had two girls. Can anyone verify that? Drop me line if it is. My Dad dated a Bev back then.
Hawthorne. Though I havn't lived there for twenty-six years, it will remain in my thoughts always. It looks like most of the kids that lived there got the most out of growing up in such a fine city. I only lived there for a year. My grandparents were there until 1976. We practically spent all our weekends there as kids. Great days! Great people! Thanks for the yearbook pictures of my Mom and Aunt. They were pretty fine back then! Oh, and I would love to feast my eyes Walter Holts' CD collection some day! That's what I read anyway.
~God bless and thanks again John Baker. God bless to Cougars everywhere~
Doug "a wannabe Coug" GGHS 1980
PS I lost the information about long time educator John McCarthy.

Thanks Doug but we're not going anywhere just yet. Thanks too for being out there. You are not alone as there are numerous people from the South Bay that look in on Cougartown. Stick around for a while and see how this turns out. As to REALcougartown, Sloey, what do you think??

Name: JudyMac () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 16:47:27
Class: '63
City and State: santamonica
Message: Yamma Lamma...You hit the ol' Jurisprudence right on the head regarding Mr. Sloey. Where DOES the man find all that free time! Wish I had an attorney like him when I needed one. Maybe he gives discounts just to drum up business. But he does seem like a nice man....Even if he does need to get a life, don't cha think?
Sloey, they're on to you dude......

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 16:10:42
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Yes…I would echo Mr. Leary, visiting is a sight for sore eyes or at least it will leave them sore.(mine still haven’t adjusted). Such vivid artwork only depicts the essence of those dayglo days of yore. ( I know they had to hide subliminal messages in there somewhere)Truly this site has been put together with much imagination (or maybe a few mushrooms). Why, I had to go an throw Ina Gada Da Vida on the ole CD after that trip. An where ever did they find those cool bikers. They're right out of Altamont. Man, I would pay that $95.00 but I too, am afraid of getting flash backs. Peace, Love An Long Live Rock n Roll. Another “proud to be a member of cougartown” ( me thinks missing” Cruise Night” affected ‘Sniffles” waaay tooo much or maybe it was getting his picture with Al )
I'm not too sure if "sniffles" can make it on Friday. That's game night and someone in his family has got to be playing a game somewhere.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 16:07:39
E-Mail: avariceandnarcissismisbaker,com
Maiden: hoodisking
Class: 66
City and State: rb
Message: Well we are having cruise night this Friday. We have made such a great deal with Gates and Geffen [I let Robin deal with him, a little light in the loafers] we are tearing down that stuff at 136th and rebuilding the A&W, it will be ready Friday night. Although I would like to invite everyone, King Robin says members only. Free food and Root Beer.My dear "old" friend Al Jardine, Jan and Dean, Dick Dale all the old Gremmies, [sorry no hodads], and will be giving away a '57 Vette [again members only eligible], so be there or be square!!! [John you are comped! Robin said.]
Members only huh. Sounds like Jardine, Dick Dale, Jan and Dean and a few others will be performing for you and Robin. I'll try to make it Jimmy, but I might have something else to do, but if I can I'll be there but probably not, then again......

Name: Alan Hauge () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 15:33:58
Class: '61
City and State: Playa del rey, CA
Message: John:
I finally sold that IPO stock I purchased two weeks ago in Well, actually, I went to Pink's this weekend and traded several shares for three of their "special RealCougarTown" Hot Dogs. By the time I got through with the second dog my heartburn was so bad one of the owners called the Paramedics after standing down wind from my breath. At the Hospital when I told them what I ate they pumped my stomach with a fire hose and filled in the scar tissue with cement. Whew, am I glad that's over. If anyone wants the remaining stock certificates for they are available along with additional certificates to trade for those special Pink's Hot Dogs. If I don't have any takers by Friday, I may donate them to the re-elect Clinton campaign which is picking up steam outside of Indio California.

Thanks Alan, Actually I might take those Pinks certificates. You know, cast iron stomach and all.

Name: George Dickey () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 13:55:17
Class: 64
City and State: Austin, Tx
Message: I echo May 1st's letters from Cougs Campbell, Holt, and Hood, to say the least! Who needs cute graphics? All of us early 60'sers ACTUALLY learned to read. Mr. Baker has acted completely in the spirit of those innocent times. 90's avarice and narcissism can never replace integrity. I discovered this site only a few weeks ago, and it already has enriched my life tremendously. I spoke at Seymore Ziff's funeral, and had a class with Bill Goodfellow. Those gentlemen had integrity, as does John. Let's reward John (and ourselves) by keeping this site open. Let us all know what we have got to do, John.
Thanks George, I'm working on it now and will let all know in a few days. Was your dad's name Marvin?

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 12:55:47
Class: 61
Message: needs more pics of Harry Plotkin...He's our biggest request from the younger crowd (I think it's the dimples on his back). By the way 3 of 4 Durans will be at the "PROM", be there or be square!

Name: Bill Pennock () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 10:51:13
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: I am looking for an Army buddy of mine. We went through boot @ Fort Ord and went to Germany 1963-1966. He was from Hawthorne. His name is Gary Fredrickson, possibly class of 61-62. I am hoping someone knows of him. Thanks

Name: Petey () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 05:42:17
Maiden: Gomez
Class: 1972
City and State: Salem,Oregon
Message: Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? I thought I was until a visit to It's even better than the Church of Elvis here in Portland. I can tell by all the hard work that went into this site that it won't be around for long either. Wow I'm glad I can walk away experienced. Thanks Butch! Love ya. Hey Chuck get out the home movies. Remember when we all watched them one afternoon with Joey Kennedy many many moons ago? Trying to stay dry up here. Have a good day.
Well if it isn't our own Petey Gomez. Yes, that site has got me worried. I feel a dip in the ratings here at Cougartown as we speak. I just wish I knew who does their decorating. I hate to admit it, but it's absolutely stunning. Oh well, there goes the neighborhood.

Name: JIMMIE BOICE () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 02:40:03
Maiden: ROWE
Class: 61
City and State: NORCO,CA

Name: Judy Curnes () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 02:33:18
Maiden: Toten
Class: 74
City and State: Azusa
Message: Hello again Cougars! It's been a while since I've been on...and WOW!!so much has changed! It's great to see so many more of us! I even caught a glimpse of my "secret crush", Wade-ahhhh...what memories! Got married last year and moving to HB soon. Hope to make it to the next cruise nite. I will be on vacation during the prom so hope everyone has a wonderful time!
Hi Judy, Nice to read you once again. Thanks for checking in and letting us know what's going on in your life. That's what all good Cougs should do when they've been away for a while. Hope to see you at a Ctown function soon.

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 01:15:15
Maiden: DollyLevi
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: As you probably know, once again I've sent out my monthly mass emails announcing PROM NIGHT ticket sales.. I received some "great comments" Here's one I'd like to share with ya..but the sender's name has been omitted to protect the innocent!! (he says) "I will go if Peggy Treckman agrees to be my Queen. Since we are both married and have families I doubt that this is a reality." (I say) Well Mister, neither do I, but I'll bet that Peggy Treckman is grinning from ear to ear tonight. I'll hold your ticket for ya Peggy!! signed: ANN LANDERS
See there T3, you might be a middle aged married woman with a family, but in someones eyes you're still the Queen of the Prom. I hope it made your day.

Name: Lori Padelford () on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 00:40:03
E-Mail: Desilulu4u@aol
Class: 81
Message: Hi everyone! Linda Reynold's, I read your feedback about the firetruck and wanted to let you know there is a place nearby my house in Orange county that buys, sells and restores old fire trucks. I will drive by this weekend and get the name for you and e mail you. John did you ever find out who Yamma and Ramma were? Yesterday on the way home from work I the parking lot known as the 405 S I spotted a Grand Cherokee with a license plate of "1 Yamma 1". I tried to get up next to it but I couldn't maneuver too easily in all that traffic. Just a reminder all you people from the class of 81 don't forget to get your tickets for the 20 year reunion. See the reunion page for details.
Hi Lori, Thanks for the Fire Truck info. I know Linda's getting tired of driving that thing to work. All 81ers out there please don't miss your reunion. It's not something you'll ever get the chance to do later.

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 23:33:57
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Hi Everyone! My 85-year old uncle passed away a few months ago and left us a 1952 Mack Fire truck. It's needs to be restored (paint & chrome). Anyone have any ideas of how we can sell it? Or...know anyone who does restoration? Help! (Why couldn't he have left us something a little more useful! I'd appreciate any ideas! Thanks. Linda

Name: Ann Colwell () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 22:27:24
Maiden: Keeling
Class: 61
City and State: Corona, Ca.
Message: Do any of you know the where abouts of Bev Borland, Cheryl Dyar or Diane Guindon. I would love to hear where they are.
Hi Ann, Beverly Borland is listed on the 61 Alumni List. Go to the top of this page and click on Alumni List. When that page comes up, click on 61-63 and she'll be on that page.

Name: Lanny Harris () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 21:58:34
Class: '62
City and State: Salt Lake City, Ut.
Message: Hey, this is a great site! From 1948 until I went into the Navy in 1963 I lived between Gene Gutierrez and David Winkley on 118th st. The Trott sisters lived across the street. Danny and Calvin Kieffer were my cousins who lived over on 120th. I have a ton of stories about those days with Alan Hauge and the gang. Anyway, it's good to be able to take this trip with of you.
Hey Lanny, Glad you're here, especially being a 62er. If you've got stories to tell, this is the page to tellem, so tell away.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 20:31:22
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: John & Fellow Cougars ... If it takes $30.00 or $100.00 to keep this site going I feel it's well worth it for all it has given us back. I would much rather pay to keep this site open & stay in contact with everyone then waste my money on a site like classmates. And I'm sure a lot of other Cougars feel the same. So let us know what it's going to take to keep it going.
Thanks Walter......

Name: Kell () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 19:49:29
Message: Wow is too kool....robin,sloeylaw, good boys got your s--- together......My 95 is on it's way. hope the gold coins will be okay...I really want to see the virtual tour of my old crib...should bring back lots of memories....Happy B-day Timmy,first time in many years I actually forgot..I love the May festival at Ramona School.Learned a lot of different dances..My Dad has some of film. Chuck(where are you)Currie has those old movies if anyone has the desire....

Name: April Dame () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 19:27:22
Maiden: Cortese
Class: 1974
City and State: Lancaster, VA
Message: Hi John, I loved your 60's homepage!!! It was fun to listen to the old alma mater. Thankyou. I got an email for a prom night party and I can't swing it this time. But it's nice to be in touch with everyone. See you later, April
Thanks April, not everyone can make it. Maybe we'll see you down the road at another function.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at 18:31:21
Class: 61
City and State: Mission Viejo Ca.
Message: Hello fellow Cougars & John Baker, Our King. Well John I'm very happy to see Cougartown growing so fast but on the other hand I’m so sorry to learn that you will need to shut it down sometime soon. As they say all good things come to an end. WOW Are You Kidding?
Well fellow Cougars, I would personally go "Bananas" if it wasn't for Cougartown as I travel around the world and I know when I get back to my hotel room I can really go home even though I might be in China, Thailand or god only knows where.
As a lot of you know I work in the International Trading Business, buying and selling, living out of a suitcase weeks on end. That's the bad news.... the good news is it pays the bills.
Here's my point. I know there are a lot of us that don't contribute storys everyday or every month but I'll bet there are a lot of you out there that log onto CT when you get to your hotel room in the evening or you go to the business center of the hotel and check-in to CT. Hey in Mission Viejo we have a carwash that has two computers setup so that you can check out what is going on in the world.
John started CT as a hobby and now it's grown into a full time job! John needs to hire a hosting service that can handle our fast growing website. John also needs to hire a programmer to automate all the stuff he does by hand right now, ie. email list, new arrivals, email changes, etc. Hey this will cost $75.00 per hr. and it shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks to get this done. What has taken place here is we have a wonderful hobby/pastime that is now costing John a lot of extra time and money.
I would like to call on some of the seniors out there that have run a business that would like to do some brainstorming and help John out, and come up with a way to not just throw money at this, as a short time project/fix but come up with a long term fix.
Here are couple ideas that I have come up with: 1. Long term fix…Take the feed back pages and turn them into a screenplay/book {I'm sure it would be a best seller}. All the money would go back into running the website. Any writers out there? This would take sometime but it would be a lot of fun. 2. Short term fix; have a two-week fund raiser (Webathon). John thinks we'd need to raise around $12,000.00 this would take care of the website for a year. 3. Long term fix; Member only website at $30.00 per year per person.
John has brought us all together in his little playhouse and we all love it... Now it's time to step up to the plate and help out our King John. Please pass along you're comments...Thanks for listening.

Thanks Dennis for your thoughts. This website has been great fun. I want to continue it, but to be quite honest, it's eating into my work time and play time not to mention my wallet. As the site grows, so does the amount of time it takes me to complete all the tasks connected with it. Then too, as the site grows, frankly so does the financial burden. We could use a programmer to automate the nuts and bolts part of the website.
I'd like for every class to have their own section on the website, and be run by that class. We need more bandwidth, etc. Anyway, bottom line, we're growing and need to step it up a notch or two. Thanks Cougs.....

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