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Name: Don Ellison () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 16:02:46
Class: N/A
City and State: Washington, D.C.
Message: I lived in Hawthorne from 1959 to 1963. Although I never attended Hawthorne High - I was too young - I did start my school years at Juan Cabrillo. I have never been back to Hawthorne or LA since we moved but my memories are strong and beautiful. I don't think there could have been a more idyllic place to be as a child. I lived on Glassgow Place, right beside the freeway, which was being built while we lived there. My friends and I would wander the neighborhood, free and safe, hitting the playgrounds, ballfields, and the freeway in the late afternoon once the construction workers had left. I remember these things: surfers pedaling to the beach with their surfboards in the early summer mornings; the sounds from the pony league ball field up the street wafting through my bedroom window, lulling me to sleep; the public pool filled end to end with screaming, bobbing kids; the invention of the skateboard, which I swear I witnessed one weekday afternoon in 1960 on my street, when one of the big kids took apart his wooden scooter, throwing away the fruit crate that held the handles, leaving only the base - a two by four with skates nailed to the bottom. Everyone had one soon after that, except for me; being at a drive-in one saturday afternoon with my family and having high-schoolers beside our station wagon in their "unsafe at any speed" corvair, "horsing around" as my dad said, disapprovingly; singing "Surfing Safari" with the other third graders in the playground; playing handball with enormous red rubber balls against garage doors at home and against 12 foot high wooden walls in the schoolyard; the weather; the beach; the never ending blue skies, etc. etc. Feeling a bit nostalgic at the moment for a glimpse of LA from long ago, I was looking around on the internet and found your site. It is a window on the past, beautifully done. Thanks.
Your recollections of Hawthorne in the 60's mirror mine to the letter. OH, and about that new 405 freeway being built at that time?.........Like me, it's now old, and past its prime. Thanks for the memories, Don.........

Name: Gina Black Peck () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 13:33:32
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: P.S. If you are looking for me, I'm the redhead in the black dress with the HHS Cougar tatoos on her ankles. Cio bella!!

Name: Ray Smith () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 13:17:39
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, OR(and it's sunny and hot!)
Message: getting back to the story that I left off back in late May........I was waiting for my buddy behind the church sign loaded with ammunition of "Eggs" waitn' for my reinforcement to arrive. The sun was now coming up and I felt my partner either gotten ambushed by his mother or lost his way thur the jungles of Hawthorne. Soon it was full daylight and I felt a surprised attack was out of the question for the day. I discarded my "Eggs" behind the sign as proof that I had been there waitin. By high noon I called the other fort(friend "Mike") to see if he was alive and lo and behold he was! Many question sprang up as to his whereabout but he kept me a running guessing. He finnally admitted that he went awol......sleeping in his nice Warm bunk while I tread the danger of getting caught with loaded eggs. So, mission was more mission after that since it was a total failure..... Speaking of failure, my computer crashed completely on June 1st and I lost EVERYTHING except for the actual stuff. I had everything redone but the network doesn't reconized my modem so it's back to the drawing board. How frustrating!!!!! Lisa "Flood" Dickerson is our newest member of the "Great Northwest" resident. She moved to Federal Way, Wa which is only a 2 and 1/2 hours drive from Portland. She has been a looong friend of the family and she moved from Carson, CA. My high school sweetheart was there to visit so it was grand fun to see them both and it amazes me that time has not change from 1981 as we giggles and kid each other. Miss my gang! My ex girlfriend Debbie "Pregler" Garcia is looking for ventures to move north too. Linda, you brat! You went to Hawaii without me. How could you? Get on my butt and to get me to your reunion next summer so I can make up for missing mine. Marlene Olsen, you look great in the photo albums. Makes me regret not come there. But, family comes first but dang, you guys are as close as family in many ways! Well, hope to see ya'al in October!
Thanks Ray

Name: Gina Black Peck () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 13:17:08
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Hi everyone!! Just thought I would ckeck in. I'm kinda sorta excited about Saturday!!!
Just to let all the fellas know...Micki, Nora, and I are comming stag.....and we want to dance ALL night, so if you see one of us standing or (Goddess forbid!) sitting, grab us by the hand and take us for a turn around the dance floor!!!!
This is SOOOOO COOOOL!! Can we do it again next year????? Huh? Can we????? Can we????

Gina, You didn't let me know you were coming stag. Please HURRY!!! Go to the Prom Stag page and sign in again. For all people who sent a deposit, signed up as a couple, and now plan to just walk in on Saturday night. ***That Won't Work***
You'll be stopped and probably won't get in, as we don't have badges or seating for you. Email me now if this is your situation. I don't want to send anyone away at the door, who thinks they're already signed up.

Name: Michael Gustafson () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 10:19:45
Class: 68/69
City and State: Hawthorne,California
Message: looking for old friends

Name: Debbie () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 01:14:30
Maiden: Johnston
Class: 72
City and State: Incline Village, NV
Message: A GREAT BIG HUG TO THE REUNION COMMITTEE! I have not had that much fun in years. Stick & Stein was great, broke the ice and made for really fun reunion. As I said to many, it's like 30 years have gone by, we have not talked to some of our best friends, but it was like a time warp. Picked up right where we left off. Fun was had by all and lots of hugs and love for one another was given and received. Please, let's not wait so long. Thanks again. Dw
PS Mike, was looking for you too, didn't think you would remember me. Rick, Thanks for organizing our group and keeping us going. deb

Name: Janice () on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 00:13:10
Maiden: Irvine
Class: 1973
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: What a great job they did on the 70-71-72-73 Reunion. My hats off to those who took all the time to plan it. It was great to see some of the old familiar faces and share in memories I hadn't thought of in nearly 30 years! What a great new memory! Let's do this again!

Name: Les Jones () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 23:32:41
Class: 73
City and State: Temecula,CA
Message: I enjoyed my time at the 70 -73 class reunion. It was good to see my buddy John Dye and the rest of the guys.

Name: Sharon () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 22:11:38
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: I'm really getting excited about the Class of 1966 reunion on Friday night and the prom on Saturday. I've got my dancing shoes shined, my beehive sprayed, my petticoats starched, and my flask cleaned and shined. I've been brushing up on my doo-wop and surf songs. My hully-gully is a little rusty. I seem to have more gully than hully these days. I can't find my Saint Christopher medal, but I plan on bringing plenty of dental floss and bubble gum pink nail polish, just in case my date gives me his class ring while we're slow dancing or smooching on the terrace. You guys out there, we gals are wise to those shiny patten leather wing tip shoes. So don't try any of that stuff. Got to go now and help my honey find his harachi sandals and baggies. Looking forward to meeting many new friends at the prom. Can't wait to meet Doris Donaldson.
Sounds great Sharon, we'll see you there.

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 20:03:37
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: Thanks a million 'Multi-Class-Reunion Committee' for the great reunion! I still have not caught up on my sleep! So wonderful to talk to people I have not seen in almost 30 years! A real Twilight Zone experience. Hope there is another multi-class reunion soon, because not everyone was there! ss

Name: GARY NIX () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 19:58:04
Class: 1970
City and State: Gardnerville, Nevada
Message: Just got back from the 70,71,72,73 reunion, Paul crotty and company you guy's did a fantastic job, my wife and i had a blast, it was great seeing everyone, the multi class reunion idea was a great one, seeing old friends from other graduating years that you wouldn't normally see was priceless, for all that didn't make it, you missed something special!!! And yes steve it was really me!!!

Name: Regina Jensen () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 14:43:43
Maiden: LaTendresse
Class: 41
City and State: Hemet, Ca
Message: Back in 1950 when we first moved to 121st street in Hawthorne we had a mailman by the name of Rocco. He was a wonderful person. One day we had a new mailman so I asked, "what happened to Rocco?" The new guy told me that Rocco went and opened up an Italian delicatessen. Several years later we moved south to 138th street and I saw a place called Rocco's at 137th. In those days we always went north to shop in Inglewood and I never explored the south end of Hawthorne. So one day my husband and I went in and sure enough, there was Rocco standing behind the counter. I tell this story because the world is very small and I know that on Saturday's PROM we will have lots of "Small World Stories" to tell. Look for the old lady in blue!
Thanks Regina, we'll see you there.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 14:35:13
Class: 75
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: Well...I wish I would have gone to the 70's reunion but I am too much of a 'baby' having graduated in 1975...I probably would have known more than several people there since I was aquainted with a lot of my sister's friends when growing up but again, then I would have been the 'baby-brother'...well, it will be nice to go to the all-inclusive, all-classes, all-grades, all-star prom next saturday....
See you there Don

Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 13:48:25
Class: 77
City and State: My Ami
Message: "Way too late" which proves that I buzzed right by that Elizabeth Estrada post. At least I didn't cheat! Bob walked up to me at a Which One's Pink? show in the Valley about a year ago and I didn't recognize him in person! What's my prize?
1 ticket to a W1P thingy at the House of Blues on July 28th 2001.....HEY, that's all I have.

Name: al rocca () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 11:45:53
Class: 70
City and State: Mesa, Az
Message: Kudos to Paul Crotty and company for a great job in putting together the multi-year reunion! This was the first reunion I had attended and it was a blast! I have to admit, on Friday night at Stick & Stein's I was a little nervous about how well my memory would serve me. After an hour or so I was very comfortable and wondered why I didn't go to the 10 or 20 year reunion. Everyone looked great, even after thirty years. My wife and myself came away with many wonderful memories to have for years to come. Thanks again to all and take care.
See Cougs, It's fun and easy to reacquaint with your school friends and believe me, initially they are just as worried as you are about remembering faces, but it only takes a few minutes and you're back in high school again. Thanks Al

Name: Barbara Duran () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 11:00:34
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: To everyone involved in putting together the reunion...good job & thanks so much!!

Name: Jerry Schroeder () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 10:28:00
Class: 1971
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Message: I just went to our 30 year reunion. Very fun.

Name: Billy Jack Long () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 01:13:39
Message: I'm probably a little young for your site (I just celebrated my 44th birthday last Friday) and I'm not from Hawthorne, but I love your site. I can relate to a lot of what happened ten years earlier. I invite you all to look at my webpage at Thanks! Bill
Hey Billy, Thanks for stopping by. Actually I've got over a decade on you, but lots of 80's and 90's Cougars on this site would consider us both GEEZERS.
I love your site, especially the McDonalds where the sign says "Over 1 Million Served". Man, I think our local McDonalds served that many yesterday afternoon.

Name: Margie Hough () on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 00:47:37
Class: 86
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I haven't seen any mention of the Beach Boys. They are a good part of HHS history, mine as well. I won't name names, but one of the Beach Boys taught my mother, Lynda Ruppe and her cousin Hesse Martin, how to drive. The song "Til Her Daddy takes her T-Bird Away" was written about our cousin Hesse. She was from a well-to-do family and owned a beaut of a T-Bird, she was extremely mischievous, sort of wild I guess, so her dad, Robert Martin, took her T-bird away....
I remember all the talk about the A&W Rootbeer Stand on 118th and Hawthorne Blvd...The beautiful old cars, everybody hangin out in the parking lot smokin' cigarettes and talkin about who won the last street race, what they did on Sat night and with whom. Sounds like good times. My mother married in 66', gave birth to her first child (Leroy Derwood Hough, Jr.), therefore was unable to graduate in 68. If anyone remembers any one of my family members, please contact me at 213 949-4262. Thank You and God Bless. (Oh, my aunt Shannon Ruppe graduated in 66 or so)

Had to be Dennis Wilson,
and if I knew Dennis, his intention wasn't to teach your mom and her cousin to drive.
Wasn't one of the Hough boys killed on a motorcycle in Mexico?
And see now everyone thought that Hessie McKnight HHS62 was THE "Hessie". Also, the A&W was on 136th and Hawthorne Bl. We were talking about street racin all right, and I guess a few of us smoked too. Thanks Margie for the story.

Name: Doris () on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 19:03:22
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: Well, I'm off for L.A. bright and early in the morning! For two whole weeks or maybe more! Don't think I'll be able to post before Prom again, so one last time ... I AM SO DARNED EXCITED! Can't wait to meet everyone! Until then ... ALWAYS A COUGAR !!! And thanks to you John for this website; thanks to you JudyWudy for Prom Nite!!! And a special thanks to everyone who helped with this 5-decade reunion!
See you Saturday Doris......

Name: Bob Jensen () on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 18:51:03
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: The Multi Class Reunion was this weekend. I was unable to attend the Saturday night function but did stop in on Friday night’s event and then saw a few friends on Sunday at the picnic. I must say “Hats off to all who planned this event” Everyone who I talked to say Saturday night was just wonderful. And from what I can see I think the husbands and wives of the Reunion Committee need a big THANKS also.
Thanks Bob, and thanks to the Reunion committee members from 70-73 for a job well done.

Name: Robin () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 23:52:41
Maiden: Hot Rod Lincoln?
Class: 60
City and State: Condo Redondo
Message: Johnny Angel....Its ok if you gave Loretta a little kissy poo...Your cover is blown bud and now every woman from Joyce to Janet knows your old line "You know you are the first" was a pile...Thanks Loretta..the truth shall at last set him free...Liz...dont quit your day job:o)....Cant believe I see Franzys name on the prom list...Oh and Keith...It takes a real man to admit he has Dennis envy...later cougs :o)
All I ever heard from the girls was Johnny B. Goode. See you next weekend boy.

Name: elizabethestrada () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 22:41:49
Class: 69
Message: If I'm not at the prom Saturday night it's becausse Eric Clapton is going to see me sitting in the audience Friday night and will request my presence backstage for an intimate serenade. He, of course, will fall in love with me and we will be in Paris by Saturday. If by some outside chance that DOESN'T happen, then I need to ask the Yamma Lamma Ramma Ding Dong Sisters, "When's our rehearsal?" the diz

Name: Doris () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 20:18:56
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: WELL!!! I'm packed! WHEW! Of course I'm staying for two weeks, so I have a pretty good sized suit case and it is HEAVY!!! Yes, John, I left a whole host of people off of my "I-can't-wait-to-meet" list, but doubt that I'll be meeting either Felderruster or the Ding Dongs ... has anyone noticed lately that some of our lady CTers have been picking up the Lamma girls expressions? Can't remember who, but one lady used "lammalamma" somewhere in her post and another used "owie" or "bow wow" or something like that. Do you suppose John ... could it be possible, these three "ghosts" are a whole lot of people combined??!! Oh well, maybe they will all be at the PROM and all will be revealed. In the meantime, a week from tonight, just about this hour, we ought to be having a rip-roaring-good-time! Thanks again to everyone who facilitated this party of all parties!!!!
Hey Doris, I'm not sure who the others are, but I'm REAL sure who Ramma Lamma is. See you Saturday night.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 19:38:36
Class: 77
City and State: Sheman Oaks
Message: Is that the man with the Strong Heart in the CT T-shirt?
WAAAYY too late on that one "Pinky".

Name: Dewey () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 19:32:51
Class: Maybe
Message: John must be running a fever...the page is still OPEN!!
Hey Dewey, Nothing else to do. Janet's gone to her daughter's and Judy's mad at me.

Name: Director; National Security Agency () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 19:29:25
City and State: D.C.
Message: SECURITY ALERT; Intelligece shows that the following virtuous but notorious indivisuals may be in the Manhattan Beach area on or about the 18th of August. Robert Ruggeri, Duane McDonald, Jim Suess, Terry Blunt, Jack Hammer, Jim Wilcocson,Ed Sharp,Mike Hendrix, Larry Furstringer,Kratz, Greg Shambaugh and other alumni from the class of 67-70 All necessary security pre-cautions should be taken.
"Intelligece" what the heck does "Intelligece" mean?
Hey Ed, if you come by, bring Pat. I haven't seen you two in ages.

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 17:36:26
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Ok John, if you say that was our song, but I would think it would be something more like JOHNNY ANGEL... you were such a sweetie at 13, carrying my books home, just holding hands and maybe just sneaking a little kiss. That was at 13, now when we all were 16, well maybe we should not touch that!! Life was so sweet and uncomplicated in those early teen years for all of us. You still have that sweet guy thing going and in many ways John you have not changed. You will always be one of my favorite people. Thanks John for being just you and putting together this wonderful town,(I know I said it many times and so have others, but we mean it). Have a great week and we will all see you on the 18th. Always a COUGAR!
I remember the book carrying and the hand holding, but I wasn't old enough to kiss anything but my gramma.
Thank you Loretta, This whole thing has been a blast. See you and Larry on Saturday night.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 17:00:41
Class: 1977
Message: Fellow CT's, Does anybody have any information on what became of Caron Evans? I had known her since the 6th grade at Sepulveda, and we were inseperable in the 10th grade. For some reason which was never revealed to me, she stopped talking to me. Wherever she is, I hope that she is happy and well. We use to hang out with Louise Chavez, Lora Maynor and someone else who I cannot recall (sorry). Anyway, I am not interested in getting in touch, I just want to know she is doing ok. Thanks.
P.S. I have been asked by John B. to act as a class representitive for 1977, which I am flattered to do. So if you have any information on 77 alumni,let me know, so I can compile a missing persons list. If anyone wants to help me, please let me know on my email. Thanks!

Name: elizabeth estrada () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 11:35:02
Class: 69
Message: Holy Frijole, JB! Jan and Judy are doing the Lambada? Somebody call 911. Pronto.
Everyone should see their groinacologist before even attempting the Lambada

Name: Patti Smith () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 09:07:08
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: The drummer in the CTown T-shirt is Bob Melendrez, c/o '71. Okay, so I cheated. All I had to do was look at Paco's Pics. See y'all on Saturday...PROM NITE! Woo Hoo!!!! Can't wait to meet so many of you! Many, many thanks to all those who toiled ceaselessly lo these many moons to bring the Prom together. And JB, what can I say? YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
YES, It's our own Ctown Drummer, Bob Strongheart Melendrez. Thanks Patti......

Name: Coos Bay Crasher, Not () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 05:37:35
Class: 67-73
City and State: Beaver
Message: John is the guy on the drums from HHS or a near by school?? A Cougar at heart from Lawndale?? He looks like Steve Valencia. Have a rootin tootin good time at the prom and don't forget to take a lot of pics for Surfbabe.
Kel, No, he's from Hawthorne High and from time to time, hangs out in Cougartown. This, I thought, was pretty easy.

Name: Joe Bell () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 03:46:10
Class: 59
City and State: Artesia CA
Message: Just got home from Oregon. So now 2 issues are up in the air. And I know little, and care less about how they will turn out. I'll just walk in that Prom, next Sat. and enjoy the Music and.. ? 'Life is for living in the now.'
Hey Joe, We'll see you then.....

Name: where are Friday's posts? () on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 00:07:50
Message: Did you close early for the weekend?
Yes, that's why this isn't up here.......

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