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Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 13:00:20
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Ouch, I think I have just been spanked! Of course you are correct John, about C-Town being about HHS and Hawthorne. When I see you at Cruise night, you can punish me in whatever fashion you deem necessary.
No spanking and no punishment; just an observation. I've just GOT to learn to Shut Up!!

Name: Petey () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 12:35:29
Maiden: Gomez
Class: 1972
City and State: Salem,Don't Inhale 'Em
Message: Keith Jones I LOVE your style. You are what my friend Bebop would call "a good woof". Keep walking on the bottom of those pools.

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 12:32:13
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: I liked what you had to say John, right to the point. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARSHA!!!!
A few weeks ago, just before school started, our neighbors 15 year old son was getting ready to leave for the Beach, seems he found a great spot, alot of kids go to this beach "26" street. He has been going to 42nd street, but now he thinks he likes 26th better and BOY did that bring back those memories. When Darla was a teen in the 80's and Eric in the 90's with their friends they all went to 26th street too! What is strange is that 40/45 years ago, we were going to 26th street and hearing these kids talk like they just discovered something new and it was the "IN" place, was just like we had felt. History just keeps repeating its self. John so glad your are back...Always a Coug...GOD BLESS

and when we were going to 26th St. 40 year olds then, were probably saying the same thing.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 11:58:30
E-Mail: theysayitsyourbirthday.cxom
Class: 66
City and State: rb
Message: Keith that was nicely said. Happy Birthday Burko! And Marsha Russell-Hood a very special Happy Birhtday from my wife and I. Perhaps the remarks made by Kay would be better served if you have a comment to email Kay directly. These are interesting times from the prophecies of the Bible contained in Revelations and Daniel but then again no man knows the day or the hour, but be a Boy scout,(prepared) John 3:16.
I believe in John 14

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 11:51:22
Maiden: Relievedandcautious
Class: 75
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: I was at my mom's house the other day tending to the house, John, and a woman asked me to sign a petition for a new high school in the Holly Glen area? Did you hear about this? I guess the Wiseburn School District wants this...
O...Happy Birthday Marsha!

Yes, Jim Sloey knows all about it.

Name: joseph mailander () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 11:13:11
Class: 75
City and State: los angeles, ca
Message: Hey, John, I thought I would check in with the site and would leave the thesaurus at home. Thanks so much for publishing the eyewitness account of NYC 9/11. I lived in New York in the '70s and still have a few friends there, and fond memories of the place and even of the buildings in particular. One thing: I think when we have a tragedy of such proportions, that all responses to it, how ever marginal or seemingly out of step, are valid. Some people cope with tragedy through deep mourning, some through dark humor, some through assigning blame; some are comforted by the prospect of vengeance and some are horrified by it. Myself, I generally read the New York Times to garner remote opinions on world events, and I read Cougartown to commune with real people about anything at all that people from a community might happen to share. If someone needs to emote in a particular way with high school friends, though I may not agree, I can certainly understand the need--for, as I believe, though I don't agree with all responses to this, all responses to tragedy are valid, depending on who we are.
Thanks joseph......I think. You too, have expressed to the group, your opinion. Nice to know you're still out there, and maybe we'll see you on Cruise Night.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 11:07:55
Class: 1977
City and State: MissionViejo
Message: This is what makes this Country so great. We are able to express our opinions in a forum such as this without retaliation of the Government. This is what Freedom of Speech is all about. Although the religious spousing from Kay is out of context, she does have that right. We may not agree with it, some of us are probably offended by it, I know I am, and unfortunately there are other people who share Kay's opinion. This is what C-Town is all about, to have fellow Cougars express their views no matter how inane. I am not defending the rhetoric that Kay had written, but I will defend her right to speak.
Looking forward to Cruise night.......

Well that was about as subtle as a Grand Mal Seizure.
Actually this is NOT what Ctown is all about. Cougartown is about HAWTHORNE AND HHS!!!!!

Name: Gary () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 10:44:41
Class: none
City and State: HastalaVista
Message: Liz......if European, you must be a Rowdy! Make sure the sink is clean.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 09:44:19
Class: 69
Message: End of the World? Last days on Earth? Jeeze, Kay, you're a crack-up. I laughed so hard I'm European.

Name: Lisa () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 08:03:40
Maiden: Graham
Class: 67
City and State: Ramona, CA

Name: Ron Dokken () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 05:37:25
Class: 1955
City and State: Endwell NY
Message: A bit of trivia..In the early 50's I rode a 1947 Powell scooter to HHS. Don't remember having a license, insurance or training for that matter. A friend of mine (are you out there Kirk) put milk in the gas tank as a joke. Of course it wouldn't start. I pushed it home. Think I put more miles on that scooter pushing than riding. I'd always heard about boiling out the carb, so I took it off and boiled it in a pot of water on the stove. AAah, the good old days.
"Boiling out the carb", there's a term I haven't heard in decades. Thanks Ron
Does anyone remember Powell Pickups?

Name: nancy () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 03:01:40
Maiden: rose
Class: '79
City and State: california
Message: What!!! Are you for real Kay???? I cannot believe what I just read on this message board :( The USA PERPETRATING TERRORISM on OTHER COUNTRIES????? And YOU bring GOD into all this???? First---The US Has Done NOTHING but HELP other countries and Peoples----Second---GOD Has NO HAND in what happened September 11th 2001!!! He is OUT of the MIX---He allows EACH OF US FREEDOM OF CHOICE--GOOD or EVIL--Love Him or Leave Him---He Does not make us choose---We choose --He is allowing each of us to control our lives and make our own choices...otherwise he would be controlling us, which he choses not to do. It was the choice of the people that caused the evil ---it had nothing to do with God. I was deeply disturbed by what I read-----------

Name: Robin () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 01:36:17
Class: 60
City and State: RB,CA
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful bride Marsha Russell-Hood !!! :o)
Happy Birthday Marsha....

Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 01:27:12
Maiden: Lorig
Class: 76
City and State: Anaheim, CA
Message: Does anyone know of a STONBRAKER that would have graduated from HHS around '66?? The principal of the school I work at was married to him. She said she had to look twice when she hired me because of the last name. It's spelled a little different than ours. (And we thought we were the only Stonebrakers in Hawthorne.)
Thanks for any info!!

Hi Kathy, Harold Stonbraker was in the class of 62, although I don't exactly remember how he spelled it.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 00:41:43
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: I've really enjoyed and really admire all the positive feedback concerning last weeks hideous act. (It will be interesting to see how much of this message gets posted) I am a person who alot of people look at and see a guy who is big and strong and nothing can hurt. The old saying Sticks and Stones may break my bones buts word will never hurt me is very wrong. Cause there really isn't much that can hurt me physically at all. But the words and scenes I have seen in the past week have hurt me more than anything. I feel for everyone affected. But, I am so happy with what is coming out of it. This country is bonding more than anything or at anytime. I'm not sure but I know that I haven't heard one story on vandelism anywhere. Not like the Rodney King thing. This country is stronger and so is the world. We are all pulling together as one and there is no way that Bin Laden or any other terrorist is going to survive. Enough of that. Now to Miss Hoffman. Don't fully understand what you are getting at. But I did read where what did we expect. You mention God. As much as this is going to start a big riot here in CT I will come straightout and tell you are full of &*$%! If you honestly believe that there is a god that is totally in control of the actions of these people or our people and that this is his way of teaching us a lesson well you really need to check yourself. I don't recall and I'm no history buff, but in the recent past I don't recall the U.S highjacking a plane and flying it into anything and killing 5000 people and plus the people on the planes. Please don't preach god stuff and tell us that we deserve and should have expected this to happen. No one in this country should ever have to worry about something like this. Did I make sense? And start attacking me now cause I AM expecting that. KDJ

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 23:35:01
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Ok, let me get this straight, in the late 50' early 60's students would have the day off because of rain? Flooding? Now I am envious. Us students in the 70's had to go to school everyday unless it was a holiday, or if we participated in a teacher support rally. But I guess back then, drainage was a problem and thanks to modern technology, we now have storm drains. That was a cool story about the rain days though, and very informative of the Hawthorne that some of us were too young too remember or not born yet.
By the way, the End is not near, if anything, its a chance for new beginnings and a rebirth of a better World. I have faith in that, and I believe that with every ounce of my being.

Name: carole () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 23:19:10
E-Mail: isahughcarole
Maiden: anderson
Class: 60
City and State: lake isabella
Message: Sorry John but you finally have a feedback up that I really disagree with from Kay, No way I say. Her idea of God is different from mine and I agree we are all allowed to disagree but I do feel it was too soon for this one. It just made me and my family angry. The hurt is still too new and too have a finger pointed at all Americans and be told it was our fault. Really, God must have forgot to give Kay compassion.
Hi Carole, I purposely didn't say a word there, but............well I won't say anything here either, except once again this is a Hawthorne forum, for the most part. Agreed, we can't ignore the events of last week, so LOTS of leeway has been granted. I've been trying to steer everyone back to Hawthorne, but the wounds are still bleeding. So I will say something here. I know what God wants. I don't need a self righteous Christian quoting scripture to me. People aren't GOD as they sin every day. Also God wants us to rid the world of evil and that's what we're going to do.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 21:58:39
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Okay, here's a memory. I remember when one of those oil storage tanks in El Porto caught fire and burned for almost a couple of weeks. A plume of black smoke blew right over Hawthorne for days! I don't remember when it was, but everyone tried to drive down there to get a closer look. No luck tho - Chevron made sure of that. And does anyone remember that ship that ran up on the rocks in Palos Verdes in the early 60's - I think it was called the Dominator. Now a joke. If you enter a restroom an American, and exit a restroom an American, what are you while inside the restroom? Ready? European! Thank you. Betty
Man that one took me back to 4th grade. Thanks Betty...........

Name: Kay () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 21:36:50
Maiden: Hoffman
Class: 59
City and State: Des Moines NM
Message: As I've read the feedback posted over the last couple of weeks I have been amazed of how little mention has been made of our Heavenly Father. Does He not know all things? Does He not control all things? Does anything happen that is not permitted by Him?
The difficulty here seems to be that most Americans haven't a clue who He really is. What we sow is also what we reap. If we were honest with ourselves we would see that this act of terror happened as a direct result of all of the acts of terror perpetrated by our country against other countries. What did we expect? That when we hit someone we won't be hit back?
We say in our country "In God We Trust", but do we really? If we did wouldn't we follow His instructions? What does He say about what should be done? He says this:
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Rom. 12:19.
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matt. 5:39.
"Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above." John 19:11
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matt 5:44
If we truly trust in God why wouldn't we do these things? The truth is we have become a Godless society. God has been taken out of everything, schools, government and even our churches. If anyone here is interested in the truth of what is happening in the world now there are a couple of websites that explain everything very clearly. They are: and
My prayer is that all eyes will be opened to reality of what is occurring in these last hours of earths history. Wake up, wake up the end of the world is here. Where do you stand?????

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 21:19:33
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: A Hawthorne story, I do recall the proposal of the Century Freeway (105) in the late 60' early 70's. What a stupid thing that was. I believe they started tearing down houses in 1969 or 1970 maybe a little later. They tore down houses on the East side of the 405, between El Segundo and 120th, it was really a waste only because they did not even break ground on the thing until the late 80's and it was partially completed in the early 90's. I am a little confused if it's the Glen Anderson Fwy or the Ronald Reagan Fwy. If they are going to name it, they should've named it the Beach Boy express or something. Anyway that is my Hawthorne memory. That and the best times I had ever had was at Sepulveda Elementary, next to Del Aire park. At recess we use to lay on the grass facing the sky and watch as the 747's come in, it was such a thrill to see those giant birds come in. Of course the boys got excited when the Playboy jet would come in. That big black plane with the White Bunny on the tail section. I will be looking forward to my first Cruise night, and am looking forward to meeting everyone face to face (even though your all a little older than me).
The Ronald Reagan Freeway is the Simi Valley Freeway, isn't it?

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 20:44:55
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: When your stomach gets in knots and your breath is shallow and your shoulders are drawn up around your ears, you are experiencing the "flight or fight" response to fear/stress. Your body is going into survival mode. Take several deep breaths, relax your body and tell yourself to trust. Breathe and trust. Stay with it until you do. Remember, sustained stress can make you sick. That's where ulcers and heart attacks come from. So breathe deeply and trust. Take care of yourselves, so your kids can keep you around. Now a funny thing happened to me back in '68. Donna Van Douris brought her dads car to school. It was a big old car. Reminded me of an old '54 Buick. It was two-toned green. You didn't need a key to start it, you just turned the ignition and that tank fired up. Donna Cook, Sherry Kriens and I were supposed to meet Van Douris in the parking lot at lunch so she could cruise us over to Jack In The Box on Hawthorne and Compton (now Marine). I thought playing a little trick on Van Douris was in order, so before she got there I drove her car around the block to freak her out. The three of us, Cook, Kriens and I, were laughing ours asses off just thinking about the look on Van Douris's face when she came out and found her car gone and us with it. We couldn't wait to pull back into the lot to see her standing there. We cracked up as we pulled into the lot, but there was dead silence when we saw her standing there with one of the counselors. We were up shit creek. We didn't make to Jack In The Box. We made it as far as the principals office for the rest of the day. And when I got home I was told I wouldn't see Jack In The Box or any other Jack until I turned 21. I wonder why these things were always my idea. Dizzy Lizzy P.S. Some good deals in the Stock Market. Buy! Buy! Buy!
Now see, there's a good story. Thanks Liz

Name: Chris Knight () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 20:39:50
Maiden: Fall
Class: 71
City and State: Michigan
Message: John, I do not want to underscore in any way the events of last week, what has happened will never be understood or recovered from. What I do want to do though, is to thank any of my fellow Cougars that voted for my photo in Birds and Blooms magazine. My photo won ! I know I could not have won without the support of all of you that voted. There will be two more divisions and then the final competition. All the winners will compete against each other for a vacation package. The competition ahead will be stiff. Maybe I will be fortunate, but during these times, it really isn't all that important in the grand scale of things, is it? I am really happy that the photo won, but it is hard to be happy at this time.

Good Luck Chris

Name: Joe Bell () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 19:53:06
Class: 59
City and State: Artesia CA
Message: Nice to able to contact so many I haven't seen in 40+ Years? The Cars I use to drive had Stick Shifts, now the newer ones have Computers, to help us get lost. Or just Stop the car entirely. Dick Tracy talked into His Watch. Now Folks walk around, or even Drive Cars holding Cell Phones? Folks would have thought I was talking to myself if I held something that small talking into it? An inch or 2 of rain, in a Day, those Streets stayed 'Flooded.' For several Days, too? Sometimes the Radio would say, "No School today." Too much Flooding in Streets. Ah, the Days in the 50's. Lots of Snack-bars on Campus, to get Chile, and other stuff. No one had even thought about a Mall in Hawthorne then, now that has come and gone too. I had Happy days, and I made some Blunders, too. I sure am glad I have Found so many Friends, and meet new ones, too. God Bless Us Cougars.
Thanks for the C-Town Site, John.

You're welcome Joe, and I do remember "Rainy Day Sessions"...............actually I longed for thhem.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 18:00:37
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: The only Hawthorne story I can think of now is when we used to have to "duck and cover" under our desks once a month. We look at the news now, and long for the "good old days". We have to remember that the "good old days" consisted of wondering when we were going to get nuked, and thinking that flimsy wooden, steel framed desks would protect us. Later we wondered when our number would get drawn, and we would get to go off to some Southeast Asian Country. We watched on the news as the reporters gave us the local body count, like it was Sports Center on ESPN. "Viet Nam-2,523, US-14) We have gone soft over the last 30 years, often forgetting or blocking out those fears of WWIII that we all had. A generation of Americans have grown up without a significant war and are seeing the process for the first time. Hawthorne was a wonderful place to grow up, but there was always the haunting fear that the button would be pushed and life as we knew it would cease to exist. PS-I've not been recalled as of yet, but this thing may take a long time, so there's always tomorrow. God Bless the USA!
Thanks Alan, real funny story.....

Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 17:55:36
Class: 73
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: As for USC vs. Oregon - like one of my T-shirts says, I root for UCLA and anybody who plays USC. O.k., so John wants a Hawthorne story. It's hard to be humorous now, but maybe we could use a little. Remember how HHS has a railroad track running through the middle? (every Coug knows this). Well, I think it was in my freshman year - that would be 1970 - me and all my P.E. classmates were dutifully standing in front of our assigned numbers painted on the wall of the gym (remember those?), waiting for Mr. Semon to come and take roll. I think a girl's P.E. class was lined up against their gym wall further east. Just then, a short train came by from the west - a switcher engine, maybe a few cars, and a caboose (they don't use those any more!) After it went by, everyone in the class suddenly started laughing uncontrollably. I was a bit nearsighted and knew I missed something, so I turned to Steve Hollywood next to me, who was also cracking up and just about lost it and asked "what happened?" Steve managed to tell me that a guy standing in the back of the caboose was relieving himself and then suddenly saw all these high school kids lined up against the wall looking straight at him. Guess he figured that being behind the Thriftymart, it was a safe place. Not!
Yep, I'll never do that again.

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