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Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 22:38:45
Maiden: Menuplanningnext
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Karen and Bob (Duke of Earl) Fraser. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOTH OF YOU!" See you Saturday night at Doo Wop! & another Happy Birthday to Alan Hauge & Franco Romano. PROM NIGHT UPDATE: Looks like I've gotten another '64 alumni with a ticket in his hand.. RICHARD CROUCH. And next, let me say that Janet Humphreys Burkett, John Baker, Janny & myself will be schlepping down to the Marriott to plan our buffet style menu for PROM NIGHT. I don't want to worry ya, but unless I see more ticket sales this week, you're all gonna be eating "squid sandwiches with a sauerkraut chaser".. I've said it before & I'll say it again.. "I know how to work your last good nerve and I know where you live-don't make me come get ya!"... August 18th will be here faster than you think.. don't wait til the last minute to get your tickets. Now John Boy.. give us a great slow dance to get us in the mood.. How about "This I Swear" by the Skyliners. OK boys & girls.. get up and get in the mood! Come on Janny.. and keep those hands where I can see them.
Judy Wudy.

Actually Judy is just kidding about the squid and sauerkraut.

Name: Doris () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 22:20:24
Maiden: Donaldson
Message: Yeah, Backus, I loved your story, but SLOEY!!! Yours was terrific!! It brought tears to my eyes ... really! Thanks for sharing. Gawd, I love this website! I have met so many fine, interesting people. THANK YOU JOHN!
Thank YOU Doris

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 21:50:36
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: Good job Sloey, you crack me up. Mike Backus, again you astound me. I have to add a story about old friends getting together. I received an e-mail from Jeannie Blevins, she and I, along with many other lost friends were in Brownies and Girl Scouts together. Jeannie and I, she from South Bay and me from Laguna Hills met in Seal Beach for a little catching up, ok, and a couple of drinks, we hadn't seen each other in at least 40 years, it seems like no time had passed, we knew each other right off and just had a wonderful evening. If any of you have the chance to reconnect, don't let the opportunity slip away, to sit across the table and look into the face and see the little girl you used to know is really something special. Thanks Jeannie, let's do it again.
Thanks Cindy, That's exactly what it's all about. Glad you reconnected with Jeannie. Now stay in contact.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 21:38:48
Message: Oh John, Don't think for a second I haven't entertained that idea. He's got a smile that made my knees weak....but, really, twenty-one years between us? Wait. This makes him how old? 29? Hmmmmmmmmm. Lizzy
Now you're talkin'...

Name: Susan King () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 20:02:08
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City and State: Thouand Oaks, CA
Message: And now you all know why we love Backus. I'm trying like crazy to get him to come to the prom and be my date since he failed me in high school so anyone else who's thinking of working that angle will have to line up behind me. I WILL, however, share him and his wonderful stories, smiles and eyes with any Cougar who meets us there. And Sloey, you had me going....I can't wait to get you all in one place, at one time and start the stories going. And Baker, the reason for the 12 hour dry period the other day is that you now have us on an odd schedule what with having to be "on the wagon" each weekend. I sign on and check anyway, hoping for news.....And where the heck has V5 been??
Yeah I do think the weekends slow down the feedback, but 12 HOURS??!! I thought someone unplugged the Server. Back to normal now though. And I don't know where V5 is, but V6 is all signed up for the Prom. I'll believe it when I see it.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 19:38:01
Class: 69
Message: A very handsome man came to my door today to deliver a package. I thought it was going to be my very lucky day. We got to chatting and as it turns out, he's an alumni of Hawthorne High. Great, I thought. We already have something in common. Then he asked me what year I graduated. I said, "69" He said, "I graduated in 90." Let me do the math for you.....that's 21 years folks. I'm old enough to be his mother. Anyway, I told him about CT. He'll be checking in tonight. So, here's to the cutie in the UPS uniform. If I was 20 years younger you'd still be here............The Goddess
Hey Liz, age never stopped anyone. I say ask him out.

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 18:55:09
Class: 66
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Well Cougs ...Today is a great day. I see 2 more fellow classmates from 66 on the new arrivals. A big welcome to Stuart Gondor & Richard Whitman so a big welcome to cougartown to you. I believe I have obtained a 1966 yearbook. (since mine were so kindly lost not by my doing. Thanks NLeonard for the heads up on that one. Sniffles AKA Sloey, you been taking too much cough medicine or something??? Mike - Great one, I'm sure we all can relate to rekindled friendships. Nothing can ever replace where we came from.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 17:49:19
Class: 66
City and State: rb
Message: In 1983 our Grandmother had died and my brothers and I flew to Detroit on a Thursday night red-eye for a Saturday funeral. With 4 sons whose ages at that time were 8, 5, 2, and 1, I was not allowed to be gone long so I was returning Saturday night after the funeral. We arrived early Friday, spent some time with my Aunt and Mother, who had left Tuesday night, and cousins we hadn’t seen for 20 years. Saturday the funeral was a real celebration of our Grandma’s life but it also had some sadness associated to it even though she had not been sick, died peacefully and was 89. Saturday evening I hitched a ride to Detroit with one of my cousins who was going home that evening. Waiting for the plane I called home only to discover that the phone had been disconnected [we lived in Holly Glen and all the numbers with a prefix of 973 had changed Friday night to 643, I later remembered]. So there I was all alone in Detroit, sad, lonely and not knowing what was or if, anyone was waiting for me in California. Well I went to the Men’s room, when there across the room was a familiar friendly face. I smiled, he smiled, I waved, he waved. I went over to him and, I must have looked like I really needed a friend, because he just nodded and smiled all through our conversation reliving all the good times in Hawthorne. Before long it was time to go, and I said good-bye and I realized that I could not remember his name as I left the men’s room. As the door shut, and I turned to head for my gate, I passed two more familiar faces who just stared at me and as I passed I heard one of them say, “That’s the nut that was in the head talking to himself in the mirror. I am sure glad I am not on his flight!”
Man, I thought it was a slow day for ME......

Name: Bob Poorman () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 13:35:39
Class: '77
City and State: Wayzata, MN
Message: Now hold on there Maurine - I can live without that Ewell (sp?) Gibbons nuts and berries stuff but to have my wine supply dry up? Now I'm feeling your pain! It's an outrage! The volts are in the mail.
Yeah, Janet and I sometimes turn the lights off and light the candles, BUT we have to have that glass of Chardonnay.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 12:27:12
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Backus...........that was great.

Name: Mike Backus () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 11:39:36
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR.
Message: Have you ever had the experience of running into someone you knew in an unexpected place? I remember once in high school I ran into a classmate from HHS hundreds of miles from home. We hardly knew each other at school, really just enough to recognize each other. I was surprised at how thrilled I was to see a familiar face from HHS. We talked and talked like we were best friends. I realized that they were feeling the same thing, something familiar and comfortable far from home. From that point on we always stopped and talked to each other when we saw each other around campus. All because we had shared that one moment. Getting back in touch with old friends is very much like this. But what are a few hundred miles compared with 20, 30, 40 years? If you are a hundred miles from home you know that you can get back. If you are 30 years from 'home', there is only one way back. In the company of the people that you shared that place and time with. Old acquaintances become good friends. Old friends become something that you need a few years of road behind you to fully appreciate. They're like coming home.
Well put Mike, I totally agree and hope you'll make it the few hundred miles down here to Prom Night. I feel that you ARE an old friend; I just haven't met you yet. Take care.......

Name: Bill Jensen () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 02:03:05
Class: 63
City and State: 90250
Message: Prom Night 2001 is only three months away! Are you planning on attending? If so, get your ticket before it is too late! Unfortunately, I missed my Senior Prom and there is no going back to change that fact. After graduation, I was fortunate of having the opportunity of going to a couple other Proms. I am glad I did, these events are memorable. I just came across a picture from the last Prom that I attended, “One Enchanted Evening” Class of 67 Inglewood High. I attend with Kitty Morgan Inglewood Class of 67. I would appreciate help in finding Kitty since I lost contact with her many years ago. If any Cougars have Sentinel friends or mates that may have attended Inglewood High during the mid to late 60’s that can help, please have them send me an email. Thanks Cougars.
Remember Proms are memorable events. My ticket is paid for and I am not going to miss this one, are you?

OK, I know someone has to know Kitty. Please tell Bill where she is. She looks like a very nice young lady even though she was from that OTHER school.
Good luck Bill in finding Kitty and we'll see you at the Prom, regardless.

Name: Maurine White () on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 01:33:43
Maiden: Endicott
Class: 59
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: Oh boy, where is Alan Nelson's spirit of loyalty. Don't be so smug over there in Arizona. California is the 7th largest economy in the WORLD and if we go down, there you go too. I don't think California will stop selling other states vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy products, software, movies, airplanes, or defense systems, but it's an interesting thought. We also produce over 17 million gallons of wine per year. We'll need all of it to drown our sorrows when we think about the fact that no matter how many California products we export to make everyone's lives better, no one can see their way clear to help us out with a little electricity. Maybe we'll all just have to move to Arizona! That ought to fix it.
Yeah and I think about two thirds of that wine goes to the party animals at Parker AZ, so Alan, send me some volts.

Name: Ron () on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 23:50:49
Class: 70
City and State: Ca.
Message: Sorry bout that, yes the last name is Greg Fry Timmy Fry Janietta Fry Thanks.
And uhhhh, your last name would be.........

Name: Alan Nelson () on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 23:49:09
Maiden: POWER-R-US
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: No posts? Maybe everyone's trying to conserve electricity with your bills going through the roof, or the rolling blackouts caught up with them. Funny how just across the river, we've got more than enough electricity. We just broke ground on a new power plant just east of Parker. If anyone needs help from over here, just supply your own 300 mile extension cord.
Could be some line loss there, Alan. I'd be lucky to end up with 3 volts. Thanks anyway.

Name: Pauline Matthew () on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 21:36:23
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 69
City and State: Oakhills, CA.
Message: A sad note, we lost a former Cougar over the weekend. Dana Linderman, class of 1990 (?) died. He played soccer with my son in Region 21. My prayers go out to his family.

Sad to hear, but thanks for the info Pauline.
On a more statistical note, we just went 12 hours between feedbacks. What IS the problem Cougs, do you all have writers block?

Name: Mike Shay () on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 09:23:52
Class: 61
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hello All and thanks to John for the kind words? I'm not sure I invented the Double-Meat, Double- Cheese Cheesburger but I sure helped make it popular. You did too buddy!
I'm pretty sure I got the very best take-out order that ever came from Frosties. She and I will try to see you all at Pinks....

Name: Astrid*Trees () on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 02:00:59
Maiden: Brignoni
Class: 86
City and State: Seattle,Wa
Message: Just want to thank my best friend Terry (Indovina) Hodges for telling me about this website. Hello to all '86ers. I just happened to mention HHS to someone at work recently! How I miss the beach...sigh.*
Hey Astrid, Welcome to Cougartown

Name: GORDON BELL () on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 01:14:38
Class: 1962
City and State: DOWNIEVILLE , CA. 95936
Message: If John loses any weight he will have to finally break down and buy some new clothes.
All Right!! ANOTHER 62er checks in. Yes, I'll have to buy new threads Gordon.
Maybe I shouldn't lose weight then. Anyway, thanks for caring, and glad you've finally found Cougartown!!!

Name: Jan Brown () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 23:31:48
Maiden: Dorris
Class: 1963
City and State: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Message: I have a dear friend name Susie Ostrom (Maiden name) that email me a letter. I accidently deleted her email before getting her email address. If you should know her or know her email mail address please contact me. She left H.H.S. and moved to Hacienda Heights High I believe she said..not for sure but believe she would have graduated in 1966 or close to that year. Deeply appreciate your help. If any of you remember me would also love to hear from you...thanks for your help! Very good job you are doing keep up the good work. Jan Dorris Brown

Name: EL ROJO () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 21:07:50
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Message: Judy and Jan, Robin and Marsha. Happy Anniversary. It will only take 40 MORE YEARS to catch up to us. We hope you guys had a wonderful time on the Islands. We're jealous, as we've never been there. But I also want to mention that there are many COUGS with a great deal of longevity with their marriages. John and Cheryl Nicocia, Royal and Pat Lord, Jim and Sandy West, Jim and Sandi Perry, Tom and Diane Porter, Rich and Mary Sloan. Most of these COUGS have more than 35 yrs plus in their marriages. SO YOU YOUNG KIDS need to hang in there and work hard like we have. I'm feeling better and ready to come back to the COUGARTOWN office and have another party, even if it did give me "P" monia. And by the way Judy Wudy, did I tell you I got to hug Dan Dye also? Dan and Ann I will send you an e-mail this week, I promise. Geez I got to hug about everybody in California. Glad Dan wasn't too friendly. By the way Sandi Tully Perry, I'm going to have to go to a Psychiatrist to get that image of Jim in the boat on lake Mead out of my mind:) . Other than that we're normal. Other than you dumping me at the Jr Prom! LOL, LOL! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! JAKE N JUDE!
Judi and Jake, Come on back anytime. I'd like to add Mike and Barbara Shay to that anniversary list. They just celebrated their 37th Anniversary. Although Barbara was a Seahawk, she worked at Frosties and made the meanest Double Meat Double Cheese on the planet. Mike BTW said he invented the Double Cheeseburger.

Name: Ron () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 19:21:14
Class: 70
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: I used to walk Janietta to school during the fourth grade and was wondering anyone know what became of Greg, Timmy, or Janietta?
Hey Ron, Do you or any of these people have last names??

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 19:04:44
Maiden: Sloey&Al-lookin'good
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hey John Boy.. I'm a happy camper today. Just opened up my PROM NIGHT ticket sales to see the following people reserved their tickets..and you know how I love those 50's people getting in there.. so here you go: MIKE HUNTER '59 coming from Arizona - & RICHARD CHATTERTON '56 all the way from Utah - & then my 60's people, GEORGE REA '62 & his wife, MELODY BERRY '64.----- & one more Coug from the great 70's, DALE HAHLBECK '75. For those that are making reservations at the Manhattan Bch Marriott, please tell them you're with Haw High's Prom Night to get your discount. Rooms should run $115.00 per night.. Now, one last note to Al Jardine on that surfboard.. "YOU LOOK MARVELOUS!!"
Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg

GREAT!!! Prom Night sales are on fire folks. Please don't be left on the outside. When they're gone, they're gone.
Yeah, Al looks good but how bout that Sloey......

Name: Raymond Smith () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 16:40:19
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Message: Well, came and gone this weekend in Calif. Thank you Linda for the great welcome home party. Make me wish to come back soon again. Surfing was a drag though. Heck, even the weather was cold for Portland, OR standards(it was 65 in Manhattan Beach when I left 79' Oregon's weather.) But, nice to sit and enjoy the food(the Kettle) and beach life. Making me itch to come back again. Until then....Kawabunga dude! Now what happen to Taco Bell? It's now a check cashing place. Don't they let the kids off campus to keep it in business? And the bars are not so bad around HHS once it was painted. I'm glad I didn't get to see the black color eyesore.

Name: Nancy () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 14:33:58
Class: 1962
City and State: Aspen, Colorado
Message: John Baker, I want to thank you for this fine website. Sure brings back the memories. I attended George Washington High, also graduated in 1962, and we sure loved those cruisin' days between the A&W and Wich Stand! Actually, I had a few friends who met their mates at those hangouts! Keep up the good work. I'll check in from time to time.

Thanks Nancy, Come on back anytime. Lots of So Cal people hanging out here from lots of different schools.

Name: Nancy K. Bosshard () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 14:23:48
Maiden: same
Class: 1962
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: To: Tom Maddux
Thanks for turning me onto this great website!
Nancy K. Bosshard

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 13:54:29
E-Mail: surf'
City and State: rb, ca
Message: Since I was a midwesterner by birth, and moved to California late in life, by surfer standards, I was always leery of surfing. I am impressed with the picture of Jan and Dean oops I mean Judy, in Hawaii very good. But I guess when Al Jardine and I became good friends, that is when my surfing days took off. Those were the days, and what is this nonsense that Dennis was the only surfer, Al was the best,and thanks Al for taking the time to help a fellow Cougar learn how to surf. Surf City here we come!

Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 11:38:42
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: I have another request for any '73ers out there. If anyone still has their '73 class ring (male) and has the ability to photo or scan it and email me a picture I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to replace the one I lost years ago, and want to get it as accurate as the original as possible. Thanks for your help.

Name: terry hodges () on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 00:12:44
Maiden: Indovina
Class: 1986
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca
Message: Just wanted to say hi to all my old friends.
Hi Terry, Welcome to Ctown.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 21:53:16
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: As if spending Mother's Day (and your birthday) moving your youngest into his first apartment doesn't make you feel old enough, I come home today and find the copy of my Senior yearbook (that I never got) in my mailbox. It's enough to make me go wheelchair shopping. Seriously, thanks so much to Sharon B. who tracked down a source for the El Molino, and to Rich Allen at HHS for shipping it out. You've made a old desert rat very happy. Happy Mother's day to all you Mother's (and Mutha's) out there in CT.
Alan, Consider yourself very lucky. Yours is one of only a couple of classes with extra yearbooks.
Enjoy it Gramps.

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