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Name: Mike Backus () on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 15:02:47
Maiden: Motorhead
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR.
Message: Hi Dizzy Liz! I saw "The Fast And The Furious" last night with my wife and 13 yr old daughter. Having been a somewhat naughty street racer myself in my youth (John, keep your yap shut about my Mustang with the built 460 in it that I STILL drive every day!) I enjoyed the racing thrills. With my mind in '16 yr old mode' (a simple task for me) it was a blast. Afterward, in the car on the way home with my daughter, I started thinking about her out at night in an overpowered car with some testosterone driven maniac at the wheel. I felt compelled to lecture her all the way home. NOS is not illegal and makes more sense than some of the other expensive speed tricks that racers will use. About your only chance of talking him out of NOS is to tell him the motorhead network says that it is the quickest known way to melt your engine down if the fuel/NOS mix is not just right. The gasoline mixed with the nitrous actually cools the engine down. If the mix gets 'lean' (too much NOS, not enough gasoline) the NOS literally turns into a blowtorch. Truthfully, your only hope of keeping him off of street racing is to get him in with legitimate drag racers who do all of their racing at the strip. This will take lots more money to build a strip legal car (the extra money mostly going into helmets, rollbars, safety fuel cells that don't explode, etc) and also adult time to trailer him to the track. But it might also keep him alive. So says this motorhead. Good luck, Lizzy.
So start saving your money Liz, as it sounds like you'll be building him a Funny Car.

Name: Daniel Webb () on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 13:49:03
Class: '76
City and State: Dust Bowl, AZ
Message: Here is an essay question for the class: Recently, the HHS Music Bldg. was renamed in honor of whom? What is the notable value of this person to the Music Dept. and its hundreds (perhaps thousands) of graduates?
Your research should begin in the June 3, 2001 edition of the Daily Breeze. So check those bird cages.
I'll spring for a CT T-shirt to the first Coug to provide, on this very feedback forum, the correct answer, complete with a personal tribute to this person.
Good luck!

I know the answer, but I'll be still as I already have a Cougartown Tshirt. ....and no, it's not Fred Morgan, Alex DeLaO, or any Beach Boy.

Name: Vanna () on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 12:27:51
Maiden: D'Armetta
Class: 81
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: I would like to find out if anyone has information on Florence Bagoyo (class of 81). If anyone is registered with and can get her email address I would appreciate it. Thank You. Vanna (Darmetta)Guszak

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 12:18:17
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: I have my business in my home and sometimes I just need to get out of here or lose my mind. Last night was one of those times. After my last client left, I grabbed my purse and headed out into what was left of the day. I drove down to the beach to watch the sun set, then, not feeling the need to go home yet, I headed to the mall to catch a movie. I had no idea what I wanted to see, I just didn't want to go back home, so I asked for a ticket for the next movie showing. Perhaps I should have noticed that the majority of people in line for this movie were males between the ages of 15 and 25. It would have clued me in on what to expect. The movie is titled, "The Fast and The Furious." For those into street racing I suppose it was a great movie. For those into story line and plot, it leaves much to be desired. But, it did bring back a few memories of the old days of fast cars and hot guys. My 17 year old nephew is re-building a Mustang and he dreams of putting in NOS. It's illegal and dangerous, but like most 17 year old boys into racing he just smiles like a man on a mission when the adults warn him of the possible consequences, which brings to the point of all of this. Do any of you motorheads know about NOS? I need some ammunition to talk him out of it. It may not work but I'd like to keep him alive and out of jail, if at all possible. His name is Leo, after my brother and father. Any info or help would be much appreciated. Thanks Cougs, Dizzy Lizzy
NOS, or Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) to my knowledge isn't illegal. It's sold in all the magazines I read and the only dangerous part would be the tank rupturing (normally mounted in the trunk). I'd worry more about the bottom end of the engine, or a piston, going away. No help here Liz, but please tell Leo I wanna drive it.

Name: Don Dallons () on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 10:28:55
Class: 1979
City and State: Long Bch.
Message: Did anyone happen to see Eddie Braun on Spy TV. He was the stunt driver taking a guy on a new car test drive scarring the crap out of the passenger. It was quite funny. Hi Lori Padelford give me a call.

Name: Nita Liles () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 22:45:15
Maiden: Cone
Class: 57
Message: A sad note to let you know that Bill Goodfellow died yesterday. He taught at Hawthorne from its beginning until his retirement in 1980. For me, and for many students, especially those who were in his Seminar classes, he will be remembered as an extraordinary teacher. He had been ill for a long time so his death was not unexpected. His wife, Elizabeth, is well. There will be no service.

Name: Dan Kurowski () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 22:07:17
Class: 1974
City and State: Saugus, CA
Message: Re: Mr. Goodfellow's passing...damn, I really liked that guy...he was sophisticated.

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 22:06:12
Maiden: We'reOnARoll!!!
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: PROM NIGHT UPDATE: (God, I feel like Walter Winchell) Heads up gals... ..PAUL MACKIE '63 is driving down from Bakersfield.. and now I have to go call Gene Gutierrez and get his money for his ticket.. Thanks John Boy, for getting us a better rate at the Marriott for Aug 18th.. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.. Hey John boy... How about a PROM NIGHT Summer Night.. (yes!! I want to hear it "again!")
Judy Wudy... It's getting hot out by that mailbox

Name: YAMMA LAMMA () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 18:35:43
E-Mail: sisters,sisters,
Class: Godhelpthesisterwhocomesbetweenmeandmyman
Message: RammaLamma, if I've told you once, Ive told you a hundert times -- don't mess with mah men! Youve got them Jensen Boys to dance with -- now leave Walter Honey outta this! Havin a twin sister is just great as long as you kin keep em away from yur men! Ramma, lets git together soon for practicin our duet for PROM NITE! Yeh we knew June is natl polka mo, but thanks for thinkin of us Ding Dong women! YOU KNOW WHAT!? 51 days till PROM NITE 2001! GO COUGARS! Better git them tickets quick!

Name: Paco () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 16:33:27
Message: You told me it was "Big Bootie Kell"....

Name: Joe Bell () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 16:02:34
Class: 59
City and State: Artesia CA
Message: Save gasoline, drive slower. I am thinking of getting a thing on the back of my car that reads: "I may be slow, but a Loving God put me ahead of You." See the world drive slower today. You can still get to the Prom by the 18th of August, my friend.

Name: big Hootie () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 14:01:32
E-Mail: hootie,com
Maiden: hoot
Message: yes I agree with little hootie I'm likin the name. big hootie kell. Maybe i should go the the prom as a Hootie. what ya think little hootie gomez. Timmy was in socal wow, bet the hoodie's didn't visit the currie's. Or maybe chuckie was at the golf deal..another 133rd streeter makes the news, Way to go Sharon, you are great!!!!!!

Name: Ruth Watson () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 12:46:14
Maiden: Kara
Class: 64
City and State: Morgan Hill, CA
Message: Hi John, Thank you Lori Padelford for the update on the special room rate at the Manhattan Beach Marriott for both the '81 reunion and Prom Nite events. I called this morning and was able to lower my room rate from $115.00 (which I booked in April) to the $79.00 rate. The gentleman said he was changing ALL room rates for the group but I advise those of you who have already booked to call and verify. Sometimes other requests (non-smoking room) don't get picked up automatically. I am really looking forward to a fun evening come August. I even talked my sister, Theresa Kara Armijo, in to attending this event.
Thanks Ruth for the update. I'm fixing mine this morning.

Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 12:02:33
Class: 74
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Message: Just a reminder to all wrestlers and scorekeepers, the Toast to Yost reunion will be July 14 at the Lakes Golf Course Restaurant in El Segundo. We expect 50 people to attend. Email me at if you need more information. Or call me at 916 933-4377.
Sounds like a fun event for all the HHS wrestlers out there.

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 09:54:47
Maiden: Istandcorrected
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: A quick clarification here... regarding Mrs. Jensen that will be attending PROM NIGHT.. Regina Jensen was known to the schools at "Jean Jensen" and served Peter Bernett & Kit Carson in special ed from 1976 - 1980.. She was also a 3rd grade teacher's aid and noon supervisor. I understand that there's another Jean Jensen that taught at HHS..I'm still working on her.. I also heard from Mr. Nyman, and he might be out of town on our date, but will be attending if he gets back in time... keep your eyes on the Prom Night list.. more people added everyday..
Judy D

Name: Dennis Kilroy () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 09:50:42
Class: 77
City and State: OC CA
Message: Hi to all at CTown. I know alot of you guys are into Music. So check out the following Link They have a review of the Beach Boys new CD Titled "Hawthorne, CA Birthplace of a Musical Legacy".
It is nice to see Hawthorne in print associated with something good.(Besides Cougartown ?)
Take Care

Thanks Dennis, for the info. I'll check it out.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 07:20:13
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: OK ... this is a big one we almost missed .... especially the Jensen boys, Ramma & Lamma, and Wayne Dickey .... June is National Polka Month!!!!
Now why would a "Badger" from Wisconsin know that?

Name: Lori Padelford () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 23:09:03
Class: 81
Message: Hi John welcome home you were missed! Just a reunion reminder to the class of 81. Hurry up and get in those RSVP'S the reunion is a week from this Saturday. We have a list of the RSVP's in the message boards of Classmates. Also to all Cougars out there that are staying at The Manhattan Beach Marriott for the various reunions and prom night, we just found out that they are having a special "Come out and play" special and rooms are only 79.00. I don't know what they quoted the rest of you for rooms for your event but we were told $110.00 Thats big business for ya! Anyway if anyone has questions about the reunion please feel free to call me @ 714-899-2828. By the way does anyone know the whereabouts of Lisa Rowe, Milton Brophy or Gina DeRoma? If so let me know. Lori

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 23:02:38
Maiden: notimetobeROWDYnow
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: PROM NIGHT UPDATE: Looks like Bob, Bill and Kathy Jensen will be bringing their mom to Prom Night.. I understand that she knows more alumni than the teachers do. So look for REGINA JENSEN on August 18th, now known as MOM J. Now we have Mom B. (Bierman) and Mom J. (Jensen)... & now, as for giving up the ROWDY GIRL stories.. I just don't have time anymore for such foolishness... but... Do you think this Prom dress makes my butt look big??? Oh ya, on Aug 18th, I'll be meeting Betty Bell and Sandy Tully in front of the Marriott's main door about 9:00 for a "slug" of whatever Betty's toting that night and a cigarette...just for old time sake. Then we'll lead a cheer..and pass out in the ivy. Betty promised to make sure my legs are together.. what a friend. Ahhhh..the good times.
Judy D. Still ROWDY after all these year.

Name: Mike Backus () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 20:58:24
Class: '74
Message: I received a call from Chris (Gudbranson) Wojtowich HHS Class of '75 today. Apparently William Goodfellow passed away today. There was a report some time back that he had passed. This seems to have been premature. The call to Chris came from Mrs. Goodfellow and so can be considered reliable. Condolences to Mrs. Goodfellow and many thanks to William Goodfellow for his many years of exemplary instruction at HHS.
A teacher who loved his work. Mr Goodfellow was just that. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 19:43:26
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: John, I'm envious of you going to Sonoma for the race on Sunday. I would've liked to have been there to see my buddy ALMOST win, after tangling with a lap-down rookie. But that's what racin' is all about. 2nd aint too shabby, anyway.
I'll tell you that the seating sucked. We had 80 dollar tickets (although we got Mike Doyle's discount. Thanks Mike) which means you have to find a place to watch the race from. We ended up on a hill in a weed patch. Very Red Necky!!! We were the Marin Red Necks though, as we took wine, cheese, and bread.

Name: RAMMA LAMMA () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 16:39:20
E-Mail: walkritein,
Class: daddyletyurmindrollon!!
Message: HEY COUGAR GANG! Its almost PROM NITE 2001! Got yur dressinup clothes an dancin shoes ready? Gotchyur dance card lined up? GOTTCHYUR TICKETS!!?? EEEeewwie! Caint hardly wait to see everbody all duded up, dancin the nite away and jest bein silly and kids agin! WALTER HONEY where you been!? Caint hardly wait!!! Eeewwiie! Everbodys alkinboutanewwayawalkin!!daddyletyurmindrollon!!!

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 14:12:18
Class: 77
City and State: Hawthorne, CA 90250
Message: High School work stories? Let's see, I worked at Flight Services in El Segundo cleaning headsets used on passenger aircraft -- remember the old plastic kind with the white rounded ear pieces? After working that job, I vowed never to use one of those headsets. We were supposed to "clean" them -- but I knew better. There was an overhead conveyor belt with hooks where these things were placed. As they went by, we were supposed to grab 'em and "wash" them in a tray that consisted of two push broom heads laid on their side in a trough of soapy water. Needless to say, sometimes these steps were skipped. I also worked at a company in El Segundo called GMB West. They were a Japanese company that made Universal Joints for cars. We'd get shipping containers of these things in from Japan and then unload them, place them into individual boxes and re-pack them for shipping to Pep Boys, etc. We had a Japanese supervisor named "Toshi" He'd stand over us while we worked and we'd snicker in English (presuming, incorrectly that he didn't understand) about how he could not possibly do the physical labor we were doing. One day, he just jumped over to the table at which we were doing the packaging and ripped off the boxing process at light speed (reminded me of Dr. McCoy re-installing Spock's brain before the effect of the magic helmet wore off). What we didn't realize at the time is that Japanese managers are taught ALL ASPECTS of their business from the ground up. Toshi had boxed these joints (no pun intended) during his apprenticeship in Japan. Finally, I took a job at "CMAS" (Continental Mortuary Air Services) in Inglewood. That's where I learned to drive a stick shift that was used on the Toyota "body wagon" CMAS shipped "casketed human remains" to the airlines for transport to wherever the deceased neeeded to be buried. This was a fun job, particularly when the morticians would come and do final "preparation" for shipping in our facility on Isis. Sorry to bore (or is it boar) you with these

Name: Petey () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 13:13:28
Maiden: Hootie Jr.
Class: 1972
City and State: Salem,don't inhale 'em
Message: I like it! Little Hootie Gomez. It has a nice ring to it. Bad Hoodie, how's Bert and Ernie? Or should I ask? hee hee hee

Name: Kell () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 12:20:58
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay,Oregon
Message: Alice, do you mean Hootie or Hoody. Are we talking Robin and Chris or Hootie and the Blow Fish?
Kell, I thought you and Gomez were Big Hootie and Little Hootie.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 11:59:10
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: To Chris and Tim Hood, Damn you guys are handsome. What happened to Robin? Heheheheh Enjoyed our breakfast, Chris. Thank you and hurry back. Now, I would like to brag for a moment about sister Sharon Estrada Verduzco. She was voted one of the top 50 Hispanic Business Women in the United States. Congratulations Sharon. Dad would be so very proud, as we all are..... Go get 'em Boom Boom.
Congrats Sharon, see you on Prom Night.

Name: APRIL () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 09:59:12
Maiden: FLICK
Class: 69
City and State: LAWNDALE, CA

Name: Mike Backus () on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 09:48:04
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR.
Message: I turned 16 in 1972. Sixteen is one of those milestone years, the ones that come on you in a flood. Along with getting my driver's license and my first car, I got my first job that year. It was the kind of job you expect a 16 year old with no experience in anything but going to school and hanging out with his friends to get; I worked the Jessups Dairy on Prairie near 117th. My official duties included fetching milk and other items for the customers of the drive thru, stocking shelves, and cleaning up. It was mindless grunt work and I was making all of a $1.70/ hr (min wage in '72). The only thing that made the job tolerable was that my motorcycle buddies had taken over this particular drive thru. Every shift I was working with a different friend. There was a different routine with each. With Brian O'Ryan we'd have stocking contests (which he'd always win- he could grab two cardboard half gallons of milk in each baseball glove sized hand) or I'd watch him do wheelies or burnouts down Prairie on his Honda 750-4. With John Smith (his real name, honest) we'd have food fights with loaves of stale bread or cans of compressed whipped cream. I remember one time in particular I had just blasted John in the face with whipped cream, making him look more or less like a rabid dog. I was chasing him out of the office pummeling him over the head with a bag of white bread when we ran out front to find- customers. Mom and Dad in the station wagon with all the kids in back. Very hard to look businesslike with whipped cream all over your head! Dan Wilson was my best buddy at the Dairy. Dan and I would supplement our $1.70/ hr with food. We'd have an open half gallon of Chocolate Chip Mint ice cream back in the freezer which the two of us would go through in a shift. The owner watched his beer stock like a hawk, and if any cans were missing or opened there was hell to pay. But Dan and I discovered that if you dropped a can of beer enough times (or threw it high enough into the air and let it fall on blacktop) it developed a 'beer geyser' that was consumable. The unopened empty can then became 'breakage', which the owner got credit for. High school jobs are usually menial, often boring and almost never pay well. But I have never had a job since that was as much fun.
Great high school job story Mike, and I agree, the best jobs were high school jobs. I remember working at Tanger and Weitzel Shell Service on El Segundo and Birch in high school. Now they pumped lots of gas at that station and we were always busy; from servicing E.W. Hahn dumptrucks to patching wheelbarrow tire flats, there was always something to do. Then I went to work for Earls Flying A Service on 118th Pl and Inglewood Av, the summer right out of high school. Nothing happening there at all. Earl, who worked for Tanger and Weitzel with me, had purchased this station and was going to make it a winner. Earl worked for Virtue Bros in the daytime, so I had the day shift at the station. Well it pumped about one tenth the gas of Tangers, and had no service bay business. I was in HEAVEN. I had nothing to do there and got 1.65 an hour for doing it. I remember my friends who were on unemployment at the time; Mike Shay, Harold Lanksbury, and Charlie Hunter would come by and we'd have 3 in 1 oil can bowling. That's when we'd stack up 3 in 1 oil cans; 3 on the bottom, 2 on the next level, and 1 on top, and shoot at them with one of those plastic dart guns that had the rubber suction cup tip. We'd actually keep score. One day someone brought a boxed up football game made by Parker Bros. We played that thing for months. It was a job made in heaven. I was living at home and making a "Fortune" at the station playing dart bowling and football, AND could work on my own car. What job could have been better?

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 22:05:26
Maiden: I'vebeenquietlongenough!
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: John Boy.. I'm having withdrawals from your absence.. so here I go..I'm on a roll... PROM NIGHT UPDATE: Tickets are reserved for these newcomers. LORAINE SHUE WEBER '64 -- SUZAN FERNANDES '69 -- ROGER RIDING '69 -- DAVID NETTLETON '64 -- & here come !!THE ESTRADA GALS!! SHARON ESTRADA '61 -- VICTORIA ESTRADA '64 -- LAURIE ESTRADA '76 -- AND "DIZZY LIZZY ESTRADA '69. (Estradas, Omeys and Beebes composed half of the school at one time) Don't forget to check out the Prom Night Memory Link (up top) to get in on the best deal now! Whether you're planning to attend PROM NIGHT or not, you'll be able to reserve your memory booklet now. Then you too can say, " "HEY, WHO ARE ALL THOSE 'OLD' PEOPLE?" Now, back to blowing up all these balloons..
Judy D

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