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Name: nancy () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 18:40:55
City and State: big bear lake
Message: Does anyone know-----Is Sam's Place (i think i have the name right) still there on Hawthorne Blvd? They had the best burgers ever! Also, Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant. The best-------
Sams Place is gone. I agree, they were the best burgers in Hawthorne.
Name: Mary Doyle () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 18:29:26
City and State: Manhattan Beach
Message: That Holly's menu made me realize that my life entire life I have always ordered a pancake sandwich with butter, syrup (warm, of course) with 2 eggs over-easy on top with salt and pepper. Heaven! I love those memories of going to Holly's with my dad, who would send back to the kitchen any over-cooked eggs and say to the waitress "if I wanted "lace" on my eggs, I would have stayed home!" We still laugh about that. Holly's was just the best.
My dad would say, "Don't EVER complain about food in a restaurant. No one knows what's in that jar by the stove, but the cook." I always said, "Just the way I like it."
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 17:40:36
City and State: rb, ca
Message: No it wasn't me, but somebody has definitely watched a few good men way too many times.
Name: Surfwax () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 12:31:49
Message: You can't handle the truth. Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existance while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at parties you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. WE use words like HONOR, CODE, LOYALTY. WE use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very FREEDOM that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand at post. Either way I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to. SEMPER FI
Thank you Col. Jessep, Now into the Brig with ya sir. You're a sick human bein' and Lt. Kaffee knows it. Sloey, are you playing with your VRS again?
more Cougartown bandwidth down the drain......
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 12:18:38
City and State: rb, ca
Message: Dan Dye if you met us this morning it was Baker who overslept! He was worn out from yesterday caring a cold drink with ice in it. Tomorrow for sure.
Yep, it was me who overslept all right. Did my first 5K walk (about 100 miles I think) yesterday with "Captain Janet" and her band of Sprintsters. I'll be there in the morning though, I promise.....
Name: Terri Perkins () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 12:06:18
City and State: El Segundo, CA.
Message: 1992 graduates, I just wanted to pass on some sad news that I heard last night. One of our fellow graduates has past away. On Sunday Sara Brantley lost her struggle with cancer. I am not sure when the service is going to be held, but I will try to get back on Feedback to let you know. Please join me in sending your prayers to her family and close friends.
Sad news Terri; thanks for letting her friends know.
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 11:05:22
City and State: Mission Viejo,CA
Message: Hope all of you had a great week-end. I was busy being "soccer mom" Did anyone catch the big celebrity thing on Friday night? If so, what was your favorite? Mine was the acoustic rendition of Livin on a prayer by Bon Jovi. Did anyone else think it was odd that Celine Dion sang "God Bless America" Don't get me wrong, she has a wonderful voice, but she is Canadian. Maybe that was the point. Anyway, hoping everyone has a good Monday.
Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10:45:16
City and State: Los Angeles, California
Message: Thanks for posting the HOLLY'S menu, it sure brought back memories. I always loved the architectural people (headless people) on the cover. When I was young I always thought the black and yellow car driving through the carport was my parent?s car. And of course I always ordered a DREAMBURGER with no onions and a malt! And to top it all off a piece of coconut cream pie. Today I would have to choose the diet-plate. Thanks for putting this up on HANGOUTS. The rest of you should check it out. It will take you back to your youth and remind you of how Hawthorne was.
Thanks Bob, It's nice that one person can share a Menu that conjures up memories in dozens. Actually the thanks go out to Mike Collins LHS59. His generosity brought lots of memories back.....
Name: Tim Helble () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 08:51:07
Message: After seeing Keith's long messages get trimmed, I thought it would be wise to archive my last posting - and sure enough, that was a good idea. Apparently, there is a word limit to postings that we need to keep in mind. Anyway, here's the rest of what I wrote... Changing subjects again... While I was back for the '70 - '73 reunion, I also heard about the new high school for Wiseburn. People on my street (which T's with Don DiTomasso's) seemed to be saying that it was a done deal. It would be located between Dana and Burnett and would have perhaps 200 students. People said they were fed up with the problems at HHS. Kind of sad... Speaking of Don - he was (and apparantly still is) an amazing guy. He was sort of an honorary member of our Hansworth gang even though he lived on Wiseburn, and used to startle everyone with his ability to shimmy up all the way to the top of those eight sided, hard metal streetlight polls. Nobody else could come close to doing that. Enough Hawthorne memories for now... more later.
Name: Joe Bell () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 01:44:50
City and State: Artesia CA
Message: We Cougars have moved so far, yet this C-Town site puts us all together again. When I was at HHS, after the covered wagon days. I remember when the Swimming Pools, were put in. Lots of funny signs were put around the Pool like, "We don't swim in your toilet, so please don't ___ in our Pool." There use to be Bomb Alerts too, at least once a week. Nobody seemed to be afraid, it was a chance to go outside for 1/2 hour or so. While the Bomb Squad went though the whole School. Seems like times were different back then. Tires were not as good then either, lot more Tires would Blow-out, more so in hot weather. 10,000 Mile guarantees, were common. I can't recall any tires that were guaranteed over 20,000 Miles? The Oil-Changes were good for 2,000 Miles back then. white socks were only about 3 or 4 Pairs for a dollar. Use to be a lot more swamp lands around here near Hawthorne, too. Life seemed more simple, and good back then? Maybe it wasn't, but looking back on it 40+ years later, well I guess I wasn't as good as I remember me then? Wow, I would have to have been, almost Perfect to match my memories? I was in my reunion about 15 minutes the 7th of April, when a classmate pointed out a 'Giant Mistake,' I did back in the 8th grade. Well I'm probably not as good as I thought I was. 'I don't think anyone could be as good as I remember me?' Well, God Loves You, so enjoy the day under the sun.
Name: Ruben Louis Rodriguez () on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 00:32:55
City and State: Hawthrone,CA
Message: Please place me under class of 2001, I would love to be on the alumni list. This is great site I try to visit it once a week.
Name: al rocca () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 11:43:20
City and State: Mesa, Az
Message: When I was 16 and just got my driver's license my older brother bought a new 1968 Corvette with a 454 engine. The same day he got it he told me he wanted to take a nap before he went out for the evening and asked me if I wanted to take his car for a spin. Well, needless to say, I was in hog heaven. When I got in the driver's seat, I could hardly see over the steering wheel!! Well, what does a sensible, responsible 16 year old do with such a car? Go to Imperial ave. in El Segundo, parallel to the airport and look for a good drag race. It didn't take me long to find a competitor, so we raced. Mind you, the only car I drove before this one was a Nash Rambler with a whopping flathead six that couldn't get out of it's own way. Anyway, I hit the gas, my mouth dropped, my eyes just about bugged out and I hung on for dear life. I ended up smokin' the other guy but needed to change my pants when I got home. When I got home my brother asked where I went and what did I think of his car. I said I just putted around and it seems to drive well. Little did he know. I still haven't told him.
Hey Al, You just did.
Name: Patti Smith () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 11:29:32
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: Goddess, seems like a fair trade to me. Zealot for zealot. Doesn't matter what religion, a spade is a spade...we got 'em here, too.
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 10:31:30
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Our Queen Judy and I have exchanged a few emails. She and Jan are doing well and are enjoying the down time since Prom Night. She asked me to take the position of 'Queen' in her absence, but everybody knows a Goddess can't be a Queen. (Conflict of interests I think) Besides, I think she's tricking me into thinking a real crown goes with the title. She may be checking in from time to time so, Judy, thank you for your offer but you are still the Queen. Long live the Queen. Here's a thought. Does anyone think the Taliban would exchange Bin Laden for Jerry Falwell? Just a suggestion. Or maybe a twofer as a fellow classmate suggested, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Hmm? OK don't freak out....it's a joke.... sort of...
Be safe, be proud and hang tough Cougs. DZ
Hey Judy, Get back up here. We miss you.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 10:17:56
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Hey Tim I remember you. You were a good friend of my brother's. I remember his slot cars. I think I had a Maclaren he gave me or something. We liked racing. How about the track off of La Cienaga up in Westchester on the way to Fedco. If I remember right you played on the Phillies. Was my dad the manager then? Holy Glen was a great place to grow up. A little different now. I did go by my old house on 137st across from the park and Don Smith and between the houses was my bros name and mine in the cement still more than 30 years later. A whole ton of memories. Do they still have Zemi machines in the locker rooms. They were great.
Name: Patti Smith () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 10:16:26
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: As some of you know, my daughter is a bartender at a pub in Fullerton. Last Sunday, she pledged her entire day's tips to the Red Cross...a total of $1,032! Anyway, to the Hawthorne part. I finally got to connect with Dale Hahlbeck, Jr. It was so good to see him again...haven't seen him since he was a little boy. And, it turns out that the manager's cousin is Dennis Fairley, c/o '68! Small Cougar world. Now, to get Dennis to check into CT!
Keep after it Patti. We'll find them all someday.
Name: Tim Helble () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 09:26:41
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: More Hawthorne memories... Someone a while back was asking if anybody remembered American Hobbies - I think it was Backus. Well, I remember the place well. It was an "upscale" slot car track on Hawthorne Blvd a few blocks north of El Segundo. They had two or three separate tracks, and all you needed for an hour of fun was a slot car (which was #1 on the Christmas list for many 60's kids), a controller, and I think 60 cents for an hour rental. I had this huge slot car with twin-bubble windows that looked like a blue version of the Batmobile, and it wasn't too swift. My buddy Les Jones had this skinny little slot car called the "Asp" which was no wider than its electric motor and man was it fast - I think it could approach relativistic speeds and still never fall off the track. There was another track in Hawthorne - Al's Speedway a few blocks to the north. It wasn't near as upscale as American Hobbies, but the hourly rate was lower. I still remember their back track - the one with a near 90 degree bank turn. My huge clunker would get about 1/3 the way around it and then fall off. There were some "big kids" who had super fast cars like Les's and I remember being totally in awe of them. Fortunately, the track in the front was less steep and my car could make it around... A few people were talking about rain days. I grew up in Holly Glen - the newest development in Hawthorne - and how we couldn't go to kindergarden at Cabrillo a few times because the streets were flooded. Then, the city came through and dug up all the streets that were just built a few years earlier and put in huge storm drain pipes. I remember how fun that time was for us kids because, before the pipes were installed, we could play in them at the end of each day after the workmen left. They made great forts!... Changing subjects again... While I was back for the '70 - '73 reunion, I also heard about the new high school for Wiseburn. People on my street (which T's with Don DiTomasso's) seemed to be saying that it w
Sorry Tim, but I didn't cut you off there. Hey Keith, it happens to others too.
Name: Kathy Frankforter () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 00:34:47
Maiden: Tom's wife
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Kay wrote: Wake up, wake up the end of the world is here. Where do you stand????? Wasn't that a song by Skeeter Davis? (Wink) Wait a minute, the lyrics were, "It's the end of the world cuz you don't love me anymore" Sorry about that, got em mixed up ...
By the way, a West High Alumni lost 4 co-workers last Tuesday. My dear friend of 41 years worked closely with Peter Gay, Raytheon V.P. I believe he was on Flight 11. Raytheon is devastated by their losses. Keep waving "Old Glory" !!! God Bless America and please support our military.
Name: Pauline Matthew () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 00:27:01
City and State: Oakhills, CA
Message: I feel there is a time and place for preaching and CT is not the place or time to voice your religious opinion. We have heard from other people on TV voicing there opinions on why this happened and why so many people lost there lives and now they are backtracking on what they said. Maybe Kay need's to back track on what she said.
Name: Doris () on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 00:02:54
Message: GEEZ JOHN! Don't hold back ... say it like it is! You know what they say about holding your feelings in ... it builds stress and causes all kinds of trouble physically! So just put it out there, John! Get rid of those pent-up feelings. hehehehahahahH! Oh? excuse me ... just fell off my chair onto the floor from laughing so hard. Shoot, John ... it's part of your charm!!!
Sorry Doris, when I'm quiet, it usually means I'm working at my REAL job or have got something going on the website. A little bit of both tonight as my boss was stranded in Chicago last week and now I'm trying to catch up. Also, just put up a Hollys menu on the Hangouts page. I'll be caught up soon though and then look out.
Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 23:38:30
City and State: Orange, CA
Message: Welcome back JB.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARSHA....Hell fire N damnation Kay You would do those ole Southern Baptists Proud back there in the Deep South. There probably holdin a job for ya right now so dont delay. (Uh what happened to a kind loving God we all know and love?) Keith you done good. Ok nuff said... good ole Phils, I remember my first bike from there. A shiny new red three speed (that was before Sting Rays & 10 speeds for you 70's crowd) with honest to goodness hand brakes. Well after about a month they came out with those high rise V Butterfly handle Bars. Man I had to put those on mine. So I customized that beauty. Stripped off the front & rear fenders, tore off the Chain gard, grabbed me a can of hot red Rustoleum paint for the frame, installed those Butterfly handle bars & put multicolored streamers out of the handles. Of course I had to grab some of my moms Clothes pins so I could attach some of my dads playing cards through the spokes. I mean a bike like that just had to sound like a real motorcycle. Yes now that was a bike you could jump curbs & do brodys with. Good to be back on Cougartown and BE A COUG!
Name: Art La mere () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 23:29:41
City and State: Bettendorf Ia.
Message: This took all day to ponder about the feedback from kay. Yes heavenly Father is every much aware of the goings on. If we or whoever is not allowed to make mistakes then we would all be perfect just like him. If we are all perfect then why do we need him? We are not perfect we are getting there little by little. and someday we will return to be by his side once again. Art
Name: Charlie Fox () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 20:27:59
City and State: RPV, CA
Message: Phil's Bike Shop. I think until I was 19 or so, every bike I owned came from Phil's. I used to do the same thing. I'd go in there after school and drool over the 10-speeds. Jim Wedworth, who went on to be a senator, owned the shop at that time. When I was 12 or 13, my dad made arrangements with Wedworth for me to buy my Stingray bike on a payment plan. I would work at my dad's mortuary (Dunnaway Fox Mortuary), watering the lawn and sweeping the parking lot twice a week, and for that I was paid $5.00 a month. When I got paid, I'd take my five dollar bill to the bike shop and give it to Jim. In the meantime, I got to take the bike home and ride it, just like any other financed vehicle. It took me eleven months to pay the bike off, and in the process, my father and Jim Wedworth taught me to be responsible with my money. Not bad. Try getting a business owner to do that today.
Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 20:02:52
City and State: Keno, Oregon (ontheriver)
Message: Dear John, This is a story about HAWTHORNE. Well, not exactly a story, more of a plea. You see, a month ago, while the Grappa Man and I were in HAWTHORNE, to attend the HAWTHORNE Cougartown Prom, "we" lost our camera. (sniff, sniff) And of course, all the pictures that we took at the HAWTHORNE Cougartown Prom were IN the camera. We have checked with his Sainted Mother, where we stayed, (who still lives in HAWTHORNE), but, alas, it has not turned up. Sooo, my plea is, to anyone who has pictures that you think we might enjoy, (of us in HAWTHORNE, at the Prom), PLEASE send us copies and I will gladly pay for them. Thank You So Much .......Cheryl & John Nicocia Po 795, Keno Oregon 97627
Sorry to hear that Cheryl, I hope someone has pics of you and John, as I don't see him much in that Mafia suit he was wearing. Kinda looked a little like Don Corleone huh.
Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 17:20:16
City and State: SoFoNoToGoCo, California USA
Message: Last week my Strand Cruiser needed some repair so I took it in to Phil?s Bike Shop in Hawthorne. I remember as a child just standing and looking at Phil?s glorious showroom the same way my father and brother would gaze in the showroom of Buffington?s in Inglewood. It?s still called Phil?s but obviously owned by someone else. The showroom now looks tiny and gloomy. I guess the world changes as we get older. I had two tires and two tubes replaced and some adjustments and the bill came just under $50.00. About one half of what I paid new for the bike in 1971. I also remember my first 386 and thought it was pretty darn fast!
Hey Bob, I've already told the story of my 2nd bike, a Schwinn Panther, purchased at Phils by my dad in about 1952. I was 8 years old and it too cost $100.00, but had streamers, knee action, goose neck and risers, 2 horns, 2 headlights, reflectors everywhere, chrome fenders, speedometer, saddle bags, basket, and more. It was so heavy I had to push it where ever I went.
Name: Maurine White () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 16:44:06
Message: Hi Cougars, What a busy day here. I must jump in an respond to Kathy Stonebraker. Yes, I too was surprised when I saw your name come up on CT. Jaye Lyn '60, and Harold Stonbraker '62, lived on 137th Street near Ramona school. I have stayed in touch with both and know Harold's first wife too. Glad to hear she is a principal--I'm not surprised. Harold teaches in the ABC district--that's Artesia, Bell & Cerritos. I've been racking my brain for a good Hawthorne story, but haven't come up with one I can share yet!! Judy Wudy, you are missed. If I were you, I would still be in my prom dress running around like a crazy woman! I hope you have recovered from the prom--it was wonderful and we all thank you Judy, and Jan for the inspiration, and all of you that made it possible. And also, Happy Birthday to Pat Burris. Have a great day--I know you will!!
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 15:04:22
Message: John, please don't ever shut up, we look forward to your opinions, we may or may not agree with you, but they are a staple of this webpage.
Keith, you were very eloquent in your words earlier. Happy Birthday Marsha!
John, as far as punishment goes, you already have punished me by posting that awful picture of me. Couldnt I just buy you a chocolate malt at Cruise night instead?
Sorry Jill, but you'd have to face the wrath of Janet, as I'm on a diet to lose a few dozen pounds. Maybe a celery stalk?
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 13:37:40
Message: Gary Lents, you old pirate you. Glad to see you're still among the living. For those of you who don't know Gary or don't remember him, he's a Hawthorne High Legend from the mid 60's. If you ever want to hear a good football story, he's your man. I'm not a "Rowdy", Gary. The Rowdies are way to hip for me. I'm really rather shy. heheheheh. Speaking of the Rowdy Girls, where's Off Like A Prom Dress, Judy?
Name: Cindy Colby () on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 13:22:14
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: Thanks everyone for the response to Kay, I was very upset and wanted to respond myself but, you guys said it much better than I could. This is way too Falwellian for me.
Now to the Hawthorne memories. I went to live in Texas in September of 1962. When I left, there was no 405 freeway through Hawthorne. When I returned after one year the freeway was there and the houses were gone. Hawthorne hasn't been the same since.