Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 16:01:14
Name: JIM SLOEY
Message: Randy Clendaniel! Memories! Randy and my brothers before Keith Jones began taking steroids use to work out at the Docs. Doc Duran, a truly wonderful man who we all loved. Well Randy was pretty strong and big. When Randy was a Senior we sat next to each other in Chemistry class. Phil Lombardi and I always had something going. One week we got everybody putting the little corks in the crooked neck faucets. When the water would get turned on it would make a POP sound. Well one day there were too many POPS and Miss Sasshima later Mrs. Takumi got upset and said "THE NEXT PERSON WHO DOES THAT IS GOING TO THE OFFICE!" Well actually the only persons doing them were Phil and I. We would traverse the room setting them up so unsuspecting persons would turn on the water and POP. Harmless fun, and besides the fact you don't directly breath 6 molar HCL, it was the only real thing I learned in Chemistry.
Well Phil has this smile on his face almost as big as mine. Randy's and my table is at the front of the room. The class is half divided, some were working on lab experiments and some were studying for the next day's exam. Phil and I were scouting faucets. Randy went up to the front to talk with Miss Sasshima. We attacked instantly. In no less than 30 seconds we had 12 corks into the faucet some around the bent neck. We walked away. We waited an eternity maybe 7 minutes. Nothing Randy was in the books for the duration. I looked at Phil he looked at me; "we got to do something!" So I grabbed two beakers one in each hand, and walk to the sink, Phil has alerted everyone, Randy is now at his table portion head down studying, I can hardly keep a straight face, "Hey Randy," I said, "could you give me a hand here and turn on the water?" Lombardi is already laughing his head off, and I now know if it really goes bad, I am blaming Lombardi. "Sure." was his response. As he turned the faucet on there was no action, I almost lost it. "Turn it harder Randy," I said. Randy almost ripped the handle off the sink. In about 5 seconds there was a series of POPS that even Phil and I did not expect. By the time the last one hit, I was in the back under a desk laughing hysterically along with everyone else. Randy is standing by the sink getting drenched and Phil is at his table turning purple, the obvious suspect.
Miss Sasshima looks up, (now in her defense I want to say I always felt bad about this, she was a very good teacher and a great person whom I respected and liked and MRS. TAKUMI if you read this I apologize for disrupting your class, and thank you for not kicking me out of class/school on game day)
Miss Sasshima looks up and asks the obvious question, "Who did that?" Randy who is soaked says meekly "I did."
"Randy you can go to the office right now."
"But they told me to do it he pleaded."
"Who told you?" her voiced grew stronger as Randy's grew weaker.
Randy gained control and said, "I forgot."
I am totally hysterical at this point and Phil is even more the shade of purple than the movie "The Color Purple."
Miss Sasshima sensing that Randy was innocent and that any further questioning would result in an unfair punishment for an innocent person lets it drop with "There better not be any more POPS." There were none.
Randy after class told Phil and I that he would have never squealed on us, unless he said he would have gotten sent to the Principal then his new name would have been stooly.
Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 15:23:26
Name: Loretta Cuiper
Message: Hi Cougars, Another trip down Memory Lane is making sure we got home in time to watch Dick Clark after school, then a couple years later we all had to get home to see Soupy Sales. Also did we not have a wanta be Clark show right here in Hollywood, were some of our early 60's cougars would go after school and dance on this show, if I'm not mistaken didn't we have a few girls from our class of 62 who danced on the show. Does anyone remember the name of that show? I know later on in years there were many dance shows, but I beleive that one in the 60's was one of the first here in Hollywood and I just can't remember the name. We all get so busy with our lives that sometimes looking back at our younger years make us remember happy times.
Note: Loretta, The one that comes to mind is The Lloyd Thaxton Show. Is that it? I know there were more. Speaking of TV, how about "Webster Webfoot".
Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 15:18:32
Name: Jacquie Brissey
Message: Yes, I remember Margie. Short, old (at least, she seemed old to junior high students!) and had braids wrapped around her head. She was a tough lady, but seemed to have the best discipline of any of the other drivers (Leon was hopeless!). Margie got us to Dana one day and wouldn't let anyone off the bus until we quieted down, and I think we were all late to class. Does anyone who attended Sepulveda remember the custodian, Frank? He was such a kind, gentle man. It's been great to follow the Inglewood shopping memories. The hamburger stand across from Sears served up some of the best grub, as I remember. My dad worked at "Bill Johnson's Clinic for Fords" on Manchester -- does anyone remember the Model A and Model T in the showroom window? My uncle owned them, and lived in Regent Circle. He'd take the Model T to his house at Christmas and join in with the neighborhood in the lavish decorations they had by placing Santa in the driver's seat and putting the whole thing, along with elves, reindeer and heaven knows what else, on the front lawn. The traffic through the "circle" was a mess, but what a great decorating job they did. Did you know that "Rusty" of Rin Tin Tin fame lived in Inglewood on Regent Circle? My uncle had a German Shepherd, and my cousin told me they used it for Rin Tin Tin! I suppose at the age of 8 or 9 I probably believed him!
Does anyone know where Nancy Spofford, class of 1968 is? Would love to find out. Keep up the good work everyone. It's great to trip down memory lane with Cougars!
Note: Jacquie, Man do I remember Regent Circle. The Christmas decorations were spectacular and yes, I knew that Rusty (Lee Aaker) lived on Regent Circle. I also remember Bill Johnsons place too. These are great memories. Keep'em comin' Cougs. The picture of Rusty and Rinty was donated by fellow Cougar Alan Nelson. This is an autographed picture that his wife received from Lee Aaker from 1993. I don't think Rinty is still with us. Thanks Alan
Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 12:43:50
Name: Susan Walling
Message: Keith Jones... a name not long forgotten! Now that I know how to find you... you still owe me that $40.00 to replace my tennis racquet that you broke in half!!!! :-) And... by the way, thanks for the compliment.
Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 12:40:07
Name: Bob Rierdan
Message: Tom, ?Red light - green light? Engineer Bill came to the Food Giant on Hawthorne Bl.
? Signed a Classics Illustrated for me. He looked so much bigger on TV! Don't forget the Jones Boys on Jalopy Derby. Some of the KTLA sponsors I remember were Fletcher Jones Chevrolet, ?Giant? Felix Chevrolet, Eastside Beer, Maywood-Bell Ford, ?Troy, Troy, What A Joy!?
April 6, 1999 at 06:22:38
Name: Tom Klingenhagen
Message: I remember some of the names from "Jalopy Derby". Kelly Lopicallo, Dick Atkins, Jack Kelly, the Odd-Ball Hudson. How about Steve Bilko of the Pacific Coast League L.A. Angels (before the Dodger came to town). And the Hollywood Stars, Engineer Bill, Chucko the Birthday Clown. Seems like "I Married Joan" was on the TV every time I was sick. I was going through some of my school junk and a found Cougar newspaper from the day JFK was shot. Also, a complete set of newspapers from 61, I think. Gotta get back to work.....great job on the site. I check the "feedback" every morning.
Note: Great memory floggers from the past Tom. Here's a pic that's been up here before, but not in over a year. I'm sure this will jar the old memory banks of a few people. Enjoy.
Monday, April 5, 1999 at 19:51:08
Message: Thanks Bob! You're right, it's Volcano... Their stuff is great and it's across from Los Al.
I wish I'd kept one of those "Harbie" seals. I think that we all had them. The best thing I have from the 50's is my Hopalong Cassidy watch with his engraved signature on the back. I also have an original Minnie Mouse purse. Still smells like '50's plastic.
Note: How many remember "Cyclone Malone". Now that should take you primitive Cougs back to early 50's TV. I have a Cyclone Malone book that I had to send for, and it also came with a Cyclone Malone Lariat that......well......isn't around anymore.
Monday, April 5, 1999 at 17:06:12
Name: randy clendaniel
Message: Living in north pole,alaska. please place me on the list for the next reunion!!! thank you
Note: Hi Randy and welcome aboard. Please email me with your mailing address so your reunion committee member will have it. I will then take your name off the missing list. Thanks, John B
April 5, 1999 at 15:51:12
Name: Bob Veach
Message: Are you referring to Volcano Burgers on Cerritos Ave. It is across the street from LosAl High. Great food, never tried the pastrami, but it has a killer burger and fries.
Monday, April 5, 1999 at 14:53:05
Name: Robin Hood
Message: Jalopy Derby, Dick Lane(never missed it), the guy on the top of Sears directing traffic (I'm still a Kenmore man),the 5 car ( went all the way to Eagle Rock), renting air mattresses by the pier(learned what those round bandaids were for after a day on one those canvas puppies!) and Harbie (anyone still have one?) I think Bob found a Hawthorne trivia book (or should write one). I didnt think anyone remembered all that stuff but me...tooo funny...Ricki this is a time capsule...These hard drives and discs will last till my safe rots...Thanks again John and later Cougs... PS ..Roller Derbys back but I haven't seen Ralphie Valederas?? I heard he hung up the skates and is singing with Zeke..Just a rumor gang...:o)
Note: Speaking of Jalopy Derby, Who remembers the Stogie Smokin' "Termite Snyder"?
Monday, April 5, 1999 at 02:06:21
Message: Thanks Mike for telling me about Maxine. Jim(my husband) and I need all the encouragement that we can use. One minute she's (Sammy) great and the next, she's trying to bite our hands off. We already love her. She's soooo smart. I could use her in class to teach discipline. She starts obedience training next week. Sammy really is beautiful. We're proud parents.
Secondly, the Katella Deli is good and you're right, it's on Katella. But the place I'm talking about is on Spring as it becomes Cerritos. It's a drive-in type of place. Really terrific. It's about 5 or 10 minutes from Mayfair (all CIF in football and basketball so far this year).
Bob, I remember Harbie. Jeez, I hadn't thought of that in 30 years. I'm telling you guys, this site is like a time capsule.
Sunday, April 4, 1999 at 23:20:12
Name: Mike Shay
Message: Hello Cougartownians;
Can you guys be thinking about the Katella Deli?? It's on Katella not too far east of Los Alamitos and I think Spring street becomes Katella. Great place. They also own the South Street Deli in the Cerritos Mall. Hey Ricki, I hear you've got a new Golden. Maxine has lived with us for twelve years now and I forget what it was like without her being part of the family. She loves to do whatever we're doing no matter what... The only problem with the larger breeds is that they don't live as long as the smaller types and she is really slowing down. We've got a place up in the mountains behind Crestline and it's built on a serious hill-side so there are lots of stairs to contend with. I have to grab her back end and help her get up the steeper ones now. She has been the best Dog/Camping Partner/Playmate/Companion we have ever known. We are going to treasure whatever time she still has with us. Your puppy is going to drive you guys absolutely nuts for a while but you will enjoy her more than you can imagine.
Hey J.B. this would have been the weekend to try your new Durango in the snow. We had six inches or so fall Saturday and it never got out of the 20's I'm too old and fat to be shoveling that stuff. Hope you all have a great time in L.V.
Note: Mike, I don't need to get the Durango in unnecessary precarious situations. Don't want to mess up the "Tire Black" you know. Besides, this is one of them "City-fied Asphalty Durangos". :o)
Glad you two had a good weekend.
Sunday, April 4, 1999 at 21:56:44
Name: Bob Rierdan
Message: Carl, Yes I remember Harbie & Skips. I worked at the garage that sold Union 76 at the corner of 118th & Inglewood. I think John worked at the Flying A at about 119th & Inglewood. That little store on El Segundo at Doty was my pit-stop when I'd ride my bike over to Dickie Arnold's house. They moved over there, off Doty when the San Diego Freeway took their house. Les Bacon & Sons Ford used to sponsor the Jalopy Races on KTLA every Sunday - Remember old "Leather Britches" Dick Lane, he was the play by play man on the races - he also did Roller Derby.
Note: "Whoooaa Nellie!!"
Sunday, April 4, 1999 at 05:04:05
Name: Keith Jones
Maiden: always been Jones
Message: Ok, haven't writtren anything lately. Shannon sorry for that. When I was training for the World Championships in 1986 I was also training some girls. I remember each one would call me the day after the workout and tell me they had to call in sick because they were to sore to get out of bed. Love to hear that. The guy who trained me was Ray Mentzer a former Mr. Universe and one of the best known bodybuilders ever, used to love making his clients throw-up. So my method was very tame to some. Susan Ciampa.. I remember you. You were very tall and good looking. I remember. The place in Los Alamitos I know but can't remember the name. My friend designed their logo. Another very great place to get a pastrami sandwich is on Kauai at J.J.'s Broiler at Anchor Cove. Say hi to Richie (the owner) for me. To keep you up to date what I'm doing. In June you will begin to see Gold's Gym Nutrition products on the shelves. You will also see our products on Suddenly Susan, Friends, Fraser, and some other top TV programs. Just remember a former Cougar is responsible for it all. Other than that just busy and having fun. Hoping to be at the Vegas Reunion. It's hard for me to say (and I live here) because I may have to leave town on business. I hope not. I think the Cougars should take over the Crap tables that day. Hi Jimbo. John sorry about the advertisement.
Note: Keith, I thought you dropped off the face of the planet. We were about to put you on a milk carton again. Good to see you're still checking in and please try to make the LV reunion.
Happy Easter to you Keith, and to all you Cougartowners.
Sunday, April 4, 1999 at 03:30:49
Name: Carl Rilling
Message: Bob Rierdon, 61'. The old Sunset Stage buses were a real fun ride, purple color and yellow lettering and the tattered seats. Do you remember the Harbor gas station at 115th and Inglewood ave. Had the little plastic seal and even had decals. Name of seal was "Harbie". The fine paint jobs from "Skips" bodyshop right next door. To all the Hawthorne intermediate people do you remember the little store at El Segundo and Doty Ave. What about the Ballfields right across the streets with the giant Euclyptus along El Segundo Blvd. The trees came out in 58 or 59'. Les Bacon Ford in Hermosa. The popcorn stand and restaurant just N/ of the pier beach side.They topped the bag of corn with warm peanut oil. The Gene drink stand first shop south of the pier E/side of street. The air fill surf mats that could be rented just north of the pier. And thats all I have to say about that.
Sunday, April 4, 1999 at 00:07:11
Name: Ricki Farrell
Message: Happy Easter Cougars! I know of a great pastrami place. It's in Los Alamitos. I don't know the name and address but it's on Spring just a few blocks east of Los Alamitos Blvd. All their stuff is excellent. When my aunt and uncle visit here from Washington it's among the first places that they want to go.
I used to love Skippy's next to Hawthorne Intermediate. Their burgers were tops when I was a junior high kid. Before school we'd stop at the little store right before Skippys and get giant dill pickles for snack time. We were so easy to please. What's with the kids today. You guys should see what your kids eat at school. My stomach turns just watching it. Gummy bears? Those kids will need dentures before they're out of they're teens. TTFN
Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 23:52:12
Name: Susan Walling
Message: Hey Denis! Still looking for Bill Gertsch? He hasn't gone far and his mom still lives in the same house in Del Aire. You can find Bill every Sunday morning at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach with his wife and kids. Stop by there... or e-mail me and I'll give you his info!
Also... while I'm here... anyone out there from 74-77 remember our "band director" Mr. Alex DelaO? He's still around too, and just conducted my daughter at the Top Talented Students Honors Band for CA. BAND NERDS UNITE!!!!!! Where are you all hiding?!
Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 21:51:31
Name: Shannon Keys
Message:Finally a Keith Jones story of my own!
I was (for most who have no knowledge) a 60 lb. freshman (OK senior) cross country runner who, while waiting for Coach Bravo's daily howl to attendance, made the big mistake of wandering into the weight room (adjacent to the wrestling room and mens [boys?] basketball gym). Keith (entrepreneur, worldwide mogul and all), who was apparently there for post high school educational? / or coaching purposes (or chicks?) decided he was going to be my personal trainer for that day. After about an hour (or what felt like five hours) of his highly persuasive, "strong arm" training techniques (remenber, me 60 lbs) I literally crawled out of the weight room! Forget that days cross country workout.
Come Friday, at race time, the coaches couldn't figure out why I ran in the back of the pack that day.
Ever try running, let alone walking without the use of your ARMS?
Many thanks to Keith THAT WEEK!!
Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 19:44:12
Name: Bob Rierdan
Message: Speaking of transportation from the old days: Remember the Redondo Bus Line? We would catch the bus on Anza near Rosecrans and ride to the beach during the summer. About half the time the bus would either break down or get a flat tire. When that would happen you just sat there and waited for a couple of guys from the bus-barn to show up and change the tire or fix the old bus. Those buses had standard transmissions; I remember watching the drivers struggle to get up and down those hills at the beach without rolling backwards and crushing whatever was behind.
The old Biltmore Hotel, on the beach in Hermosa, used to have a swimming pool with windows right on the Strand. You could go swimming for a nickel or just look in through those windows at hundreds of kids splashing.
Anyone remember Margie? She drove the "big bus" at Dana?
Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 10:58:22
Name: Frank Romano
Message: The Pastrami sandwich... After bypass, and while waiting for transplant, hospital food just didn't make it. I was making people nuts with what I would ask for. Among the items that I really wanted was a "good" Pastrami dip sandwich... This made the doctors nuts, and Maria even more crazed with me. After transplant the doctors would allow the patients to eat whatever since most of us had lost so much weight. I never found the Pastrami sandwich, but waiters on wheels did a grand job to the point half the transplant floor at UMC Tucson was ordering take out meals... Thanks so much for remembering the great taste of that Pastrami. It's good to know its not just in my own head.
Friday, April 2, 1999 at 23:34:16
Name: Ricki Farrell
Message: John, I remember the guy with the microphone on top of Sears. I still think it's a good idea, especially at the big malls at Christmas time.
I feel like I just walked down Market St., turned at the big Post Office across from the first Red Onion and down to Sears. My mom worked at Sears for 11 years while she earned her college degrees. We went to Cal-State together. Different majors!
I took only one class with her at State. At the end of one class she said, "You should go to the bathroom before we drive home!" Ugh! I thought I would die. Another time, I walked in late because I was working on an art project. Picture this: The teacher is lecturing (statistics), and mom yells out,"young lady you're late!" That was the last class we took together. She really took mommying to heart. Now, at 82, she's still a tough old bird.
I also remember that Pastrami place on Hawthorne Blvd. and Imperial. Great stuff. We should rent a bus and take an old fashion tour of Hawthorne. End up at HHS, get the old gym and have a casual prom. We could even chaperone ourselves this time.
Friday, April 2, 1999 at 22:42:53
Name: bill sloey
Message: In response to El Rojo, class of '60 and the Jealous SouthBay Schools on Hawthorne's CIF Championship, He asked for input and I thought I could kick it off.:) Ok. fact! no SouthBay School was Jealous of H.H.S, They were scared straight of H.H.S.
Friday, April 2, 1999 at 20:43:36
Name: karen kuehl
Message: Yes, I remember that Pastrami stand. I lived in Inglewood when we first went there. My dad and I would go get in line (in our car) which was unheard of in those days. I think it was the first drive thru ever! They had the best pastramis I can ever remember having. I have made it my life's goal to find a pastrami dip like those. I did come very close when we moved to Atascadero. Then they closed a few weeks later. I wish they had known that that was the only reason I moved to Atascadero was to be closer to a place that sold delicious pastrami dips like the ones at the old stand in Hawthorne!!!
When I was 9 or 10 and still living in Inglewood, my friend and I would save our milk money and catch the #5 bus into downtown. We would walk around acting like grownup ladies on a shopping spree. We would buy an ice cream or some candy and do alot of window shopping. My mom thought I was at my friend's house and her mom thought she was at my house. So we could spend all the time we wanted.
One time we took the #2 bus to the airport which was not much more than a quanset hut with a tower on it and a runway. We were escorted by a pilot who showed us the weather chart room. Right then and there my friend and I wanted to be stewardesses. Neither of us did reach that goal, but it was sure fun dreaming about it. Ahhhh . . .Those were the days!!!
Friday, April 2, 1999 at 14:15:57
Name: LYMAN MOSS
Message: READING ABOUT ALL THESE PLACES FROM THE PAST BRINGS BACK TO MEMORY SOME OF MY FAVORITE PLACES THAT I USED TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT.
REMEMBER THE PASTRAMI DIP STAND ON THE CORNER OF HAWTHORNE BLVD AND IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND DON'T FORGET WANG CHOWS RESTAURANT NEAR THE CORNER OF 116 TH AND HAWTHORNE BLVD ON THE WEST SIDE THAT HAD THE BEST FRIED RICE I EVER HAD TO THIS DAY FOR ONLY .90 CENTS. IT WAS WONDERFUL LIVING IN HAWTHORNE IN THE FIFTIES AND EARLY SIXTIES.
ALL YOU COUGARS HAVE A GREAT TIME IN VEGAS. REMEMBER JUST BECAUSE WE ALL CAN'T BE THERE DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE ARE NOT THINKING OF YOU.
GO COUGS AND LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT.
Friday, April 2, 1999 at 13:00:55
Name: Jerry Harding
Class: Lennox Lancer 1970
Message: Hi I was a Lennox High grad in 1970, and grew up on 113th and Inglewood Ave. I guess old Lennox High is a junior high now and everyone goes to Hawthorne since construction of the 105 fwy. as far as growing YES we all do but I do live for the past. I have a 1965 Pontiac GTO with 389 cu.in. and 3 deuces and a 4 speed. I live in Chino and work for Long Beach School District. Would like to find out whats happening at my old high school as far as reunions, I'll look for some old pictures....yeah, I remember A & W and blew up my hot 55 chevy on Imperial out by dead man curve at the stink plant at El Stinko. Oh yeah the old surfing places one was D & W (Dockweiler Beach) I also have a 1964 Harbour Trestle Special in great shape. Great looking web page.....