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Name: Susan King () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 22:56:00
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: OK, first of all, I LOVE that prom pic here on the feedback page. Those gals are my heroes! They made it possible to have a weekend that keeps going and going....I'm still walking on air! JB's 1 & 2, Judy and Jan, Marsha and Robin, you are too fun and wacky for words! Thank you for believing that a Prom is possible, that Cougars of all eras can come together and find a common bond, that lost friends can become found again. My only regret is that I didn't get the chance to greet and meet each and every one there. I had intended to do just that but the night just flew by, and before we knew it, the sun finally did come up and the party was over. I had the joy of seeing MaryAnn, Mike Backus, my dear V sisters, Konnie, Zoe AND Zak, Steve and Kathy, Ingrid, Colbern, Tony Manos and Mandi, Lori Padelford, Tesa Dallons, Rick DuPape, Dale and Don, Mr. Fetherston, Mr. Allen, (can we call them Bill and Rich?), and the infamous Dizzy Liz. We even brought a Polaroid of George Key to put on the table so he could be symbolically there. YOU people know how to have fun! I gotta start doing this in smaller groups so I can REALLY visit. Every gal there looked beautiful - especially Mom and Sharon. Joyce and Mo have very special places in my heart. And those Cougar men sure do clean up nice - I know Dan Dye was the kissing booth guy but did you girls get a load of Mike Backus?! Dream Date - YES!! If you missed this then you will just have to be jealous. I'll bet you won't do that again. And for those of you who have wondered about old friends and whether it is possible to rekindle that friendship, after 27 years I found we didn't miss a beat when we saw each other again. Don't wait another minute to make that connection. It's been too long as it is. And I think it'll be even better in the second half of life.....HHS forever.

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 22:08:06
Class: 69
City and State: La Palma, Ca
Message: John! I thought my mention of lime and salt would give the mystery liquid a name?
Lime juice.....Uhhh, with salt in it?

Name: Art La Mere () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 21:41:44
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: I didn't make it to the prom however I found it very interesting that you got rooms at the hotel and it sounds like you all stayed up all night and didn't need them. It truly sounds like the J's put on a real good time. I just have one question the hotel did they hit you for an energy usage fee? I just made a reservation for the San Diego area for Oct and they are talking about a energy fee per night. Also made a reservation for Chicago Il. and got a $2.00 a night energy fee. I thought that was kind of funny. you pay for a room and then pay to turn the lights on. can't wait to read more prom post god bless all.

Name: Carl Tank -Multi-Class Site () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 21:04:57
Class: 1971
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: Some of you were wondering about the video and memory book from the Multi-Class Reunion-August 11th. All who were there will receive a memory book as part of the ticket price. We are getting information on the video, and it will be available on my site as soon as we find more!
Glad to see the Prom Night was a success! Pictures from Multi-Class Reunion are now up--adding more every few days! If you have some picture to add from that weekend, please email me! Thanks, Carl Tank

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 20:31:50
Message: Mike Backus, Sorry about your eyebrows. My aim must be off... :) DZ

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 16:00:52
Class: 77
City and State: Sure Man Oaks
Message: This is one of those times that I hate demands of the practice of law. I was forced to choose brief writing over briefs wearing at the Prom (and I even had a pre-commitment to dance from several Bs and several Vs). And Zoe? Didn't she wear little Cougar ears and cheer with the Pep Squad? Anyway, lesson learned -- life's too short to miss a CT Prom. 2002?

Name: Alfred Rocca () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 15:07:42
Class: 70
City and State: Mesa, Az
Message: Will there be a memory book or video available for the multi-year reunion?

Name: Robin () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 14:55:36
Maiden: I didnt dance with Dan either
Class: 60
City and State: RB,CA
Message: " The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. "...Emerson...Im not sure what this has to do with the prom but I easily impress myself :o)...Way to go COUGARS!! I know Judy,Jan,John,Janet,Joyce (see a pattern here?)and the rest of the committee would want you guys to know these events are a blank page without the people who attend them, and attend you did...The only way you could not have enjoyed this full tilt boogie night was to not have been there...John..I searched every woman who asked and both of them were flask free...:o) The only black mark of the night was a planted, Im sure, bottle of white zin in a Macys bag, and under my table no less...No names like Pat Huffman or Teresa Kara need be mentioned..:o) Always great to see Rich and Mary Sloan...Betty guess is you were flash frozen in the summer of 61 and only thaw out for these gigs...Bill "Youngy" kicked butt in the stroll line...Mom B, you dance like I wanted to 35 yrs ago...Nice to meet you Mike Backus...see ya soon... Great to see the Estrada sisters at something other than a wedding (inside joke).....We really did have something special growing up as Cougars in Hawthorne...and you know what?..We just proved we still have it!...Thanks again to all and later Cougs..:o)
Hey Robin, Thanks for all the help. Glad you found my Macys bag too. No rush, bring it over any time. HEY, did you find my Happy Face Paddles? They're missing in action along with about 13 cameras.

Name: Mike Backus () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 13:16:33
Maiden: imbuyingatux
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR
Message: The carriage has turned back into a pumpkin, the carriage horses back into mice, my tux is back to the rental shop, and I'm here at my desk in Eugene, Oregon ignoring the work that has piled up while I played hooky down south. My mind and my heart are so full that there is no way that I can be productive until I write a few words. I will briefly add my thanks to everyone that made this incredible prom possible. You are the heart and soul of Cougartown. ** What I really want to talk about are the incredible Cougar women that I visited with Saturday night. OH MY GOD! Talk about a kid in a candy shop! After ten years in Eugene (you know what I'm talking about, Robin) I was dying for the company of some Cougar women. Brian Wilson wasn't writing about "California Girls", he was writing about HAWTHORNE Girls! From the gorgeous, ageless Valencia sisters (thanks for asking me to dance Patty), to the warm and wonderful Ingrid Larson, I don't think that I have ever seen so many beautiful women in one place! Dizzy Liz, when I used to read about your 'Latin Heat' I just said "yeah, yeah, sure". But let me tell you, having met you, I'm a believer! I just know that there is an ashcan in your bedroom closet full of the charred remains of would be suitors! In ten minutes you gave me several looks that singed my eyebrows! The B Girls. I love you women so much that it's embarrassing to talk about it publicly. Thanks for adopting me. You are family. ****** John, what you have done with Cougartown is to resurrect a lost culture, a shattered community, and reunite lifelong friends with each other. The grief that I felt at having lost the Steve Stonebrakers and Susie Biermans of my youth was more than anyone should have to bear. Thanks so much. WE LOVE YOU MAAAAAAN!!!!!
Well darn......that's pretty much how I feel. Thanks Mike for being there, not only for you, but for your friends as they enjoyed you too. I knew you'd get ALL of the "Take Me Back" part of Prom Night and I do know the "I Can't Stop Thinking About It" feeling too. You'll be OK in about 3 days, but until then, just float.......

Name: Sandy () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 11:06:16
Maiden: Snyder
Class: 1962
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Hi Everyone, Just wanted to say thanks to the committee that worked so hard on the Prom. I really had a great time seeing old friends. Sandie Tully, who lives here in Vegas is my friend and hair dresser, and does an awesome job at both. My e-mail buddies Tonya Hobson, Cheryl Christensen, and Loretta Morelli. Linda Mc Dowell, Joyce Savisky, Sherry Farlow, who I had not seen, since the 30 year reunion. Sorry to have missed that dance with Dan Dye, he probably would not have known who I was anyway, but I hate to miss out on anything, it sounds like he was the bell of the ball. Tonya was excited about being Queen of the Prom and she deserved the title, she hasn't changed, wonderful person. I talked my friend Jane Brown and brother Larry Snyder (both 1966) into coming down from Northern California, they had a great time. I hope that we can all stay in contact, John has done such a wonderful job keeping the site current and providing contact information, we should all take advantage of his hard work. Thanks John, My best to everyone...
Sandy (Snyder) Wheeler, Las Vegas, NV (1966)

Thanks for coming Sandy, and glad Larry and Jane showed too. Hopefully we'll see you at the next function and yes Cougs, please stay in touch with your classmates.

Name: Gina Black Peck () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 10:46:44
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Lizzy Estrada! Don't wait for Mr. Right, honey...go for Mr. Right NOW!! You will have more fun! I too am still too stove up after the evenings enthusiasm....but what a great time and well worth the pain and suffering.
Okay, when and where was the breakfast? Aunt Nora had Micki and me up at 7AM to have Cougar breakfast and we didn't find anyone! (the lengths I will go to please that woman, just cause I love her so much!) I made it through the meal without falling face first into my eggs, though. A special thanks to "that man at our table" for the fine prayer of thanks for our dinner...How come every OTHER table had TWO balloons? Yes, yes, it wasn't sacreligous....just the voice was different....
Patty, honey, I'm really sorry, I was BORN this age! I'll try to age a little for you for the next event...I'll try, honnest!! Margie, you little darling, will you dance with us forever and always?? Bring your brother was fun wearing him out! And, I know I had a lot to drink....but didn't we first meet you in the ladies room...something to do with pantyhose and girdles...and what happend to Duke? I had to envoke the "Neighborhood kid rule" and demanded a dance with David Montoya, thanks Dave, and thanks to the Coug guy who took me by the hand and helped me find him. Mike Bacus....did you know you look just like the prom guy in the Mystery Date game? Wow, I did a double and triple take, and then I had to point you out to Micki! Dude, you could be a movie star!!

How about Gina's ankle tattoo??

Name: Barbara Duran () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 10:35:43
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Does anyone from the classes of the late 80's or early 90's, know the whereabouts of Lehel Zuch or Gustavo Sonng? Thanks

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 09:44:53
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: What a GREAT PARTY, Cougars. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to ALL of you responsible for "Prom Night". What FUN we had. Always great to see "old" friends. Dancin with the "girls" again .... too much fun. Thanks to Dan Dye for making me feel 13 again.(sorry ladies, but "I" was first to kiss him) I ditto Dan's complaint, not enough time to talk to everyone. (7 hrs?) Yes the feet hurt, but the shoes were soooo cute. I did find a dress at the last minute (friday) and it didn't shame John's $$uit from $$icily, huh? Again, thank you JB, Janet, Joyce, Judy, Jan, the "Hoods", and everyone else that worked so hard to make it the smashing success it was. Thumbs up, Cougars Rule!

Name: Judy DeGrazia-Blomsterberg () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 09:43:34
Maiden: OffTheHook
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: FINAL PROM NIGHT UPDATE: Please let me clear up an issue that has been recently addressed to me.
Prom Night will NOT be responsilble for babies born in April & May..
We will NOT pay Dr. bills on any backs or hips thrown out on the dance floor or illnesses caused by indiscriminate drinking out of unlabeled pickle jars.
Judy Wudy.

Name: Betty Boyer () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 09:42:26
Maiden: Bell
Class: 61
City and State: Denair, CA
Message: "Great Job" to everyone who was involved in organizing the "Prom". Every detail was planned and thought out. The music was just right, sooooo many memories came rushing back with each old song. "Thanks" to "all the boys at HHS" for the song dedication. The food was great and the hotel was beautiful. The tables were arranged so that we were sitting with or close to the friends we attended school with. Some wonderful prizes were given out (lucky Dan Dye). We felt so surrounded by "friends". My husband and I commented the next day after breakfast, what a really nice bunch of people. I had forgotten how friendly and wonderful, as a whole, the grads of HHS were. Something about that school, those times, that window of time that created really special friendships and people of a caliber that is difficult to duplicate. I enjoyed every minute of the whole week-end. So many people attended and seemed happy to be there. What fun we had with the "drinking thing" out by the fountain. I'm sure glad they didn't get a picture of me, feet up, going into the pond. tee hee. I too got to dance with Dan Dye. Also, we had a chance for a long talk. Lots of memories there. What a nice guy......see what I mean. Judy, I'm sure life around you is never boring. What a great sense of humor you have. It's that kind of thing that made this so fun. John, you've invested a lot of time and effort into getting us all back to "HHS", I hope you're having as much fun as the rest of us. To everyone who didn't missed it and those kinds of magic nights are hard to re-create. I'm sure glad that I was there....I had "fun, fun, fun,........"
Ahh yes, those nights are very hard to duplicate. Glad you had a wonderful nostalgic journey back to your Hawthorne roots, Betty. I know there were lots of early 60's HHS boys there that would say you're still as beautiful as the day you graduated. Thank you so much for being a part of Prom Night.

Name: Sharon Willis () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 01:51:46
Maiden: Willis
Class: 72
City and State: Maui
Message: Wow! Do we all know how to party! I was not at prom night, but was at the same location the week end prior for the multi year reunion. We also talked and laughed all night in the lobby! The hotel staff was very accomodating, taking pictures and all. We really are fun people with good ol memories.. the time at the reunion went too fast! I am still receiving emails and calls from the week end. It was a weekend I will never forget.
Thanks to John for the web site, I know we are admired by other high schools! I just received a call from a former Cougar David Dane, sp? he is living on the islands too. He's just found this site and got a lot of information and blast from the past...John, Keep up the good work!!

Thanks Sharon, Glad you had a great time. That's what it's all about now, and please Cougs, pass the word onto other Cougs or just Centinela Valley friends. I receive email from lots of people from Leuzinger, Lawndale, Lennox, Morningside, Mira Costa, Aviation, Westchester, Inglewood, and others. The website not only has a Hawthorne base, but is now spreading to all of Centinela Valley. Thanks to all of you for being here.

Name: LORI PADELFORD () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 01:31:56
Class: 81
Message: Wow! What else can be said about Prom Night? My hat goes off to all of you that were involved in the planning of such a spectacular event. I really think that all the committee members could do very well with a business on the side planning parties and reunions. I am so impressed!!!! And not to be repetitive but ....John it all started with you and Cougartown. Thank you all for all your hard work. Oh and by the way for all of the people out there from the late 70's and early 80's You really don't know what you're missing. These people from the 50's through the early 70's know how to have fun and party. You should try it sometime.

Thank you Lori, Glad you made it to the Prom. I've been getting so much positive email on this one. Geez, maybe people would rather have Proms than Cruise Nights. I'll be getting pictures from Paco, Dennis, and a few others soon and I'll get them up as soon as I can.

Name: Billine Flynn () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 01:18:11
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 66
City and State: Oak Hills, CA
Message: Judy, Jan and all the gang that put the prom together and Sharon Leach and the gang that put the "66" reunion together, you all did such a wonderful job. This past weekend was just incredible!!!! John, there will never be enough words in the English language to express how we all feel about what you have managed to accomplish with this great website. Thank you everyone!!! We will be looking forward to the next event whatever it may be. John, how do we order a copy of the video? Most of us knew nothing about it until breakfast the next morning.
Thanks Billine, I will place the video info on the website today. The video isn't handled through the website, but through Patriot Video.

Name: Norma Jean () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 00:10:16
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: John, hope it's OK to post this on CT...but someone named Kathy from Cerritos asked me about the DOO WOP concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and I told her I would post it on CT for her....Kathy: it's Saturday November 24 with 2 performance (2:00 & 8:00). Hope you can go!
Thanks Norma Jean.......

Name: Dan Dye () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 00:08:53
Class: 1962
City and State: Torrance,California
Message: I have two complaints about the prom, one, it was too short, two, I didn't have enough time to spend with all my good friends. The prom went by so fast. Did I tell you I got to hug and kiss Judy Wudy? However it took five requests and five hours before she would dance with me. Judy, I hope you and Jan can take some time off to recover. THANK YOU ALL who worked so hard on the prom. I don't think it could have been better. I even got to dance with my first girlfriend from the 8th grade, Cheryl Christensen Nicocia, even though she dumped me 41 years ago. It was great to see Rick Cooper and his wife Betty. I have known Rick for 45 years, he may be big, but his heart is even bigger. Thanks again John B for CT. I wouldn't have reconnected with Rick had it not been for CT. Connie Brower Zellmer, sorry we didn't have more time to talk. Ruth Kara Watson, what can I say,you are the greatest. I have known Ruth for about 54 of my 57 years on earth, (Can anyone beat that? Besides her sister Theresa) My wife Ann said I can't name off all my special friends. So I will close with, Thank you everyone for a great prom. And remember, everyone that attended, you made the prom special for someone. Dan Dye, Class of 62
Thanks Dan, Great seeing you over the weekend. Don't worry too much about Cheryl dumping you in the 8th grade. As I recall she dumped about 80% percent of the Intermediate boys that year. It's still a record. I think she even asked me to go steady with her, but by them the body count was so high, even I said NO.
Thanks Lucky Dan, the Prom's Grand Prize winner of a new Dell Computer.

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 00:07:21
Class: 69
City and State: La Palma. Ca
Message: First of all, I would like to congradulate all of those people who work so hard to make the Prom the great success that it was. So many people and so little time. Friends from the past such as Liz, Karen, Steve, Roger, Cheryl, Pauline, Al, John, Walter, Barbara and many more. Also a special thanks to Tom B. New friends such as Ron (79), Margie and her brother (86 & 88) and those whose names I can't recall. Judy, about that pickle jar. That was not what you may have thought it was. I was quite disappointed when the queen of the Rowdy's turned down a toast. I even had lime and salt!
Thanks to Liberace Wayne and Donna for being there too.
What was in the speciman jar, Wayne?

Name: Patty Valencia () on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 00:05:26
Class: 1974
Message: Gosh. What a great night. My first dance of the night was with Gloria. Geez. She could have kept her excitement to herself!!! :0) Bill - Y Ennis, you CAD. It was great to see you and your harem. Gina - you are a hilarious one. If you were only a few YEARS older, we would have liked you more. I hate people who are younger than even Gloria! Sharon, Sue, Mom B, MaryAnn - you guys RULE. It was fun to see everyone and, you know what? It did feel like a prom. Except the teachers were way more relaxed. Wendy Brooks, Konnie Krislock -what fun we had seeing you guys again. Except I just can't believe the Z-children are actually beautiful adults - it just doesn't seem fair! Julianne Dicus, a giant apology for the mistaken identity by my sister - hey, I liked you! Oh wait, maybe that wasn't you. Oh well, I think it was. MaryAnn - what a treat to spend the time with you. Vickie Willett, Mike Backus, Ingrid Larson - These are people I'm so pleased to be in contact with again - THANK YOU JOHN BAKER. Norma and Lee - You people are so wonderful, I'm pleased to know you! Bill Fetherston - Thanks for the Memory! Don, I think I would like to be on the final interview panel for the starlets who will play me. Thank God Bette Davis is no longer available. Liz - you are cool - you actually took a breather? Thank you Prom Committee for the opportunity to spend one great Summer Night. I guess I'll leave it at that for now.
Thank you V's for being there too. You all added a Valencia charm that..........OH CMON JOHN, Whatta LOAD!! You V's are the greatest!!! Thanks for adding to the Prom and good to know that Cynthia and Gloria leave Las Vegas once every decade or so. You guys with the Biermans and Mike Backus too? That had to be one ROCKIN TABLE!!

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