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Name: Doris () on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 12:49:51
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Well here goes John! First of all, I think it's "big galute" rather than "old galute". And perhaps I should look for the word in the dictionary before I start throwing it around so freely, right? ANYWAY, WELCOME HOME YOU TWO! And by the way, HAVE YOU HEARD ... the skinny about JB1 and JB2? Huh, CTers, have you, have you?
I thought it was GALOOT.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 11:58:35
E-Mail: ificaughta26lbshinooksalmoniwouldtelleveryoneand
Class: 66
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: John Baker the fastest guy on two wheels. Dan he got a ride. I have gotten a few emails from some friends I played baseball against and with from Leuzinger. This site is a favorite with the Olympians too, So Babe Anderson [its a guy honey] I will call you, and Scuderi too. After all many of the Olympians are Hawthorne folks too and regardless of the stuff we throw back and forth some great people too. And Mike Backus don't email me anymore...unless you attach some of the Shinook to the attachment! Seriously, kudos to Mr. Backus who just caught a 26 pound Shinook Salmon,... or so he says. And Pinks was featured on the Gilligan Island movie Sunday.
Hey, I just know when to turn around and head back. And Mike, just make sure you keep your Shinook out of the pepperoni bucket.

Name: Patti Smith () on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 11:33:42
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: For those of you who have viewed Paco's Pics of October 14 (and still up so far today), the "Our Girl Brandi" is my daughter. She raised $1,032 for the Red Cross in a tip drive on September 16th. I finally got to meet Dale Hahlbeck, Jr. there! Haven't seen him since he was a little boy. Another Cougar small world story...Louise Bufkin Johnston, c/o 59, lives 4 doors down from me!
It IS a Small Cougar World....thanks Patti

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 11:04:22
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Hey John, so glad your back. I have been going through feedback withdrawals, started getting the shakes on day 1, and hallucinations on day 2. I have no hair left on my head, from pulling it out.
Hope you and JB2 had a wonderful time in Wine Country, if any two people deserve a break, it would be you two. Hope you got my membership check, so no more freeloading this site.
Missed you guys, and glad to have you back.

Hi Jill, Thanks....and thanks for the membership check too. Janet and I had a great time and always look forward to wine country. I think Cougartown might try another wine country weekend next Spring. It'll be a small group (about 30) so be watching for it.

Name: Art La Mere () on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 08:16:27
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: John hope you had a restful vacation. Well it is my turn. I will be leaving for the Golden State on Thursday. Will be in Poway to see family for a week. Anyway good to have you guys back. God bless and thanks for the site John, you the MAN.

Have a fun time Art. I know Janet and I did, as it's always nice to see Glenn Crist and the rest in wine country.

Name: Rick Straube () on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 02:25:29
Class: 1972
City and State: Palmdale, Ca.
Message: I noticed in the public responses about the multiyear reunion, a note from one Mike Kratz. He stated that he missed it due to having six more years left at Folsom Prison. Does anyone know if this is true? I was a good friend and occasional roommate of his brother, Dave, and lost track of his family almost 20 years ago. Anyone know where they are? Hey, Mike, if you read this, Let me know wassup!!! Or Butch, or Chuck???

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 18:41:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message: Hey Cougs, We're BAAACK!!!
Does anyone know about the class of 91 reunion in November? I guess people have been calling the 888 number on the Reunions page without any success, and I can't remember who sent me the info on that reunion. If you know anything, please leave the information here so other 91ers won't be left out.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 00:41:51
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Who says committee members "can't talk"?? You know me.... We had a great prom which was a lot of work by a lot of people. And, I of all people, know how much time, money, and effort John has put into CT . One question...Paco, who said those pictures were of the "prom committee"?? Did I miss something? Love and cougar poop to you too! And Mr. Kyllonen...yeah, what's a '62 event if JB1 and I weren't there??? JB1..are you ready for our wine country escape, hmmmm?

Well a few of them were the Prom committee, and yes darlin', it's time to go. We are outta here.....thanks Cougs!!

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 23:09:49
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Tonight, one of those random thoughts strayed into my conciousness. I remember that when we lived close to the neighborhood store, I would try to run there and back during the commercial break of whatever show I was watching on TV with the loaf of bread (or other commodity) my mother wanted. I also remember my sister and I playing catch with the loaf of bread on the way home from the store. Did anyone else engage in such interesting shopping techniques?

Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 22:58:20
Message: No luck with the scanner. I'll make a copy tomorrow and mail it to you after Steve identifies everyone he can. He said that "CS" Fred is one of them. ;-)
CS, does that stand for Cycle Stud?

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 22:50:40
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Hey everyone, I think what we all need here is a good ole' food fight!

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 20:58:39
Class: 1967
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Hey John, Is Kathy Stonebraker sending you a new dartboard cover? What ever happened to the glove compartment full of written critique of your driving ability?
Naw, too many years without Fred has made me yearn for the sight of his carotid artery glistening in the moonlight, and the said written critique was turned into Charmin many drag races ago.

Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 19:36:31
Maiden: Lorig
Class: 76
City and State: Anaheim, CA
Message: Yes John, I believe Fred Moore is one of the officers in the pictures. I'll double check with Steve tonite.
GREAT!!! My turn Mr. Moore sir.....

Name: Mike Backus () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 18:41:22
Maiden: enuffeudingalready
Class: '74
Message: Hey John B.- This seems like a good time to tell you ONCE AGAIN that you have changed my life dramatically for the better through all of your work on CT. I will not belabor the emotional state that I was in before Sue B. found me and drug me in here wet and sputtering. The short form is that I had lost the best part of myself. If you need help posting feedback, doing graphics, laying out html pages, shovelling horse s**t, all you have to do is ask. I've noticed that you're human. It doesn't keep 99.999% of us from loving you and knowing that we are DEEPLY IN YOUR DEBT. In conclusion I have but one thing to say; "When are we going to build that virtual model of the A&W?" Hang in there bud. WE LOVE YOU MAAAAAAAAN!
Thanks Mike, in the events of the day, I'd kinda let that A&W thingy slip to the back burner. I appreciate all that you do for the website. Your stories are the best and you are one of the people I think of when I say I've found some great friends from other eras. Thanks for volunteering too and don't worry, I won't put you in the stable with a spade.

Name: Eddie Braun () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 18:38:59
Class: 79
City and State: Manhattan Beach, Ca
Message: Hello John, First off lemme tell you that ive put a check in the mail today.....really. you should be recieving it this week, if not you have my permision to publicly ridicule me and call me names here on ctown. I had hoped to meet you and all the others at cruise night, even had my 67' 427 stingray cleaned and ready to roll, but unfortunatly i had to work the entire weekend. Perhaps next event.... Ive read so much about all the people here at ctown that i feel like i knowem, well kinda. Anyway, about these flattering pictures that you posted, please repostem, cmon i wanna see them. Were they that funny? With all that ive read about Judy (only one last name please) Blomsterberg, she seems like a great gal with a helluva sense of humor, im sure that she probably got a kick out of them as well. In light of all the recent events of the world today i find it hard that people would get so upset over such trivial stuff. As Rodney King would say, " can we all just get along?" I for one really appreciate the hard work and time you put in here...i have to admit that im way too lazy to do such hard work, so thanks so much. You know ive checked in on ctown several times from different countries just to see whats up around here, kinda makes me feel like im home....kinda. Well enough of my rambling on and on..keep up the good work, hope to meet you and all the other characters around ctown face to face soon. Eddie
Hey Eddie, thanks for that. I've had a blast doing this stuff. I've met lots of nice Cougs from different eras and have re-acquainted myself with lots of friends from my era. The pictures I've erased. Thanks for the membership check and for checking in once in a while, and please feel free to come to any Ctown event that you want. No Pressure. Always do what you want in life as long as it doesn't harm others, and in your case, "keep the shiny side DOWN" Thanks again.....

Name: BARBARA WALKER () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 15:33:00
Maiden: CURTIN
Class: 1969
City and State: BOULDER, CO.
Message: Gee John B. is this why so few showed up for Cruise Night? If so, how pathetic. I, as so many others, are so very glad that this site is available to reminisce and remember the good times of our youth. In light of the state of our world, it would be nice for us all to pick carefully what we feel we need to gripe about, especially when those complaining don't have the whole story or the real truths. None of us should point the perverbial finger at anyone, even if we know the whole story behind whatever BS seems to be filtering through this beloved CT site. Just as in every situation there are two sides. None of us can allow any situation to undermine the effort John has put into this CT page. If someone has a gripe, handle it offline. Those not involved do not need to hear about what someone's opinion is about something they know nothing about. Our world is in turmoil, let's not bring that turmoil to this venue. This site has become a blessing to many of us. It brought me back home after leaving 30 years ago. It has opened my heart again to old and priceless friends and memories. It has allowed me to make new friends and new memories. Just as we are Americans and supporting our country, so should we support this CT site and weed out what may cause it harm. If someone was upset about an unflattering picture being viewed, then they should not have put themselves in the position to have had that picture taken. Aren't we all adults. Let's let go of this and move on and leave behind those who need the attention. So who ever missed Cruise Night, you missed a great evening and I missed seeing you there. John I am sorry you missed talking to Pat Williams and hearing the roar of the engine. I had 21 years of talking to do, and Pat thanks for the flattering comment, and John can you prove you saw me in diapers some 48 years ago, is there a picture I don't know about? If so please show it on CT for all to have a good laugh. Speaking of pictures....No let's not. Let's act like the middle aged people we are an
Thanks Barbara, Sorry but the formmail will only accept so many words. See Keith, it happened again, and it wasn't you.
You are correct. This is a place to reminisce and have fun. Let's do that from here on out. I will be either asking for volunteers or just automating lots of the website. I've done my part and now we've got lots of Cougars involved and it's time for me to give lots of attention to my favorite Coug and the love of my life, Janet.
Paco, you can put up all the pics you want. Everyone please send your pictures to Paco from now on. Judy, you can keep the Prom pics or just send them on to Paco, as I changed a few things in the Memory Book which BTW will be sent out in mid January. Paco, you'll get a free memory book too and so will Janny and Judy. You all did a great job on the Prom.
To all who've been emailing, asking me about the pics on Pacos website right now, they are from the Prom Committee dinner at Arturos on September 15th.
Thanks to all...... I LOVE YOU GUYS MAAAANN!!!

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 13:36:25
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks, California 91423
Message: What John Baker needs/deserves is a simple thank you and a dues check. Hey Bonnie, that's great. Here's wishing you and yours prepetual hapiness. Hello also to Anita, so very nice to see you here.

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 12:58:14
Maiden: notCTresidentphotog
Message: Johnny boy, we're not into competition, "these are mine", "those are yours"..I think of it as contributing. People send me pics, and I will say, 90% say that you sent them to me. Sometimes I'll post pics in Paco's and shortly there after I see that you post the same pic, geez that makes me feel happy. And that pic of Mo in "feedback" today ,was posted last night on Paco's Pics, so we share, these aren't copy written are they? Lets have fun, we're out of hight school...I saw the lost pics, are there's a bunch, I posted 150 of the ones I took and that Prom attendee's sent me and there at least that many more of the "missplaced pics" out there, so when you get them, send some my way and I'll assist. "Love and Cougar Poop" Paco

Name: Ron Dickson () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 11:48:57
Class: 67
City and State: Norco,Ca
Message: John, like Pat Williams, I did not get to introduce myself on Saturday cruise night. I got there late along with my sister-in-law Nancy(Sexton)Hutchison. We talked with Pat and Barbara until she had to leave. I hope to come with Pat in the EL Camino next time. Thanks again for the site and don`t let the small stuff get to you.
Thanks Ron, and sorry I missed you on Saturday night. We'll have another Cruise Night around February, so be watching for it.

Name: Bob Poorman () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 11:37:32
Class: '77
City and State: Wayzata, MN
Message: Well John, a lot of people out there seem have quite an appreciation for all the work you put into this wonderful medium. I won't get into the bruhaha that's rumbling in CT but I will remind everyone that the time you personally put into this site is done through the kindness of your heart. The equipment and services however are another story. I'm not sure when my dues are due or if they've passed but this seems like a good time to pay them again. I would encourage others to do the same. Everything has its price and the cost of attending CT on a daily basis is, uh, PRICELESS. Man I hope the Visa people weren't listening to that. They're liable to sue me.
Hey thanks Bob, Dues are due in June. If you've never signed up for membership, please go to the Student Info page and fill out that form before sending your membership money. Thanks Cougs....

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 11:10:03
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Dear John: I don't check in with Cougartown everyday but I do on a regular basis, maybe 3 times a week. In high school (Class of 62), I was pretty shy and don't have all the memories that a lot of you have. But I sure enjoy hearing all of your memories. Cougartown has been a Bridge for me to return from adulthood and take a peak back into childhood.
Thank you John Baker for making this possible. Thank you for every minute you put into Cougartown as I know you do it with love. I, among many many others (and remember there are 5000 of us in Cougartown now) are very grateful for everything you do! Love, Cougar Linda

Thanks Linda, I know the majority care about Ctown. Also I know that the majority of the committee members care too. They just can't say anything.

Name: Bonnie McCoy () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 11:01:17
Class: 1978
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: Hey, John! Where can I view these infamous prom nite pics I keep hearing about???
Hi Bonnie, You can't. Judy and Janny have them.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 10:57:01
Class: 66
City and State: RB, CA
Message: In the words of that wise old sage Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along?" Take a step back take a deep breath and let it go. Done. We almost lost Cougartown this morning and two of his merry men!
Man, I don't EVER want to come that close to death on a bikepath again.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 10:44:49
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Just wanted to pop in and say that I was sorry that I missed Liz, and the B & V girls on Saturday. I was looking forward to meeting you guys because you seem like a lot of fun. Now to throw in my 2 cents about the Prom pictures. Given current events, this seems a little petty, but I do not know the whole story. As usual there are two sides to every story and everyone involved with the prom worked very hard to ensure that those attending have a good time. So please, kiss and make up, because life is too precious to harbor any bad feelings. John, this is a terrific site, I cant even imagine the hard work you put into it, some would give up. For many of us this website has become a staple in our lives. I guess what I am trying to say is dont let this incident take the joy out of what you do for this website. I am sure I speak for the majority here when I say that we at C-T are 100% behind you. Any plans for a 500th page celebration?
Thanks Jill, No plans yet.....

Name: Mike Shay () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 10:07:35
Class: 61
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey Baker: In the unforgetable words of your late father, Mr. John Franklin Baker, "Non Matrimonious Carborundum" (don't let the bastards grind you down). It is a far better thing you have done my boy!

Thanks Mikey, Was my father from Latin America??

Name: nick pappagiorgio () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 10:01:25
Maiden: rusty
Message: Was the record store "Cranes" between La Brea and Market?

Name: Maureen () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 09:39:04
Maiden: Trott
Class: 64
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Well, I guess I'll try again, since I guess my first feedback got lost??? I thought ALL or most of the PROM pictures have been posted in Paco's Pics. Isn't he the resident photographer and the one that posts all the pics now? I know that most if not all of the people go into Paco's Pics to see pictures from any and all events. John, don't you usually tell people to go there to see any pictures I wrong?
No, it didn't get lost. I actually didn't think that was you, and NO Paco is NOT Ctown's resident photographer, doesn't handle Cougartowns pictures, and YES, you are WRONG. He might steal a few off the website, but they've already been seen here. Cougartown puts up it's own pics, and BTW the candid pics that you sent Paco were Cougartown property. Those were exclusively for the Memory book so that was a DEFINITE no-no Momo. Those pictures weren't yours to give away. Thanks for all your help and another FREE Memory book is on it's way.

Name: oneofmany () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 08:58:27
E-Mail: yougotmail
Class: yes
City and State: allovertheUSA
Message: In time and troubled souls, we come across a bumping toll, friends that once were, will always be, givin enough time to ultimatley see, that friendship and closeness needs the challenge, of disagreement and change of ally. Testing this measure we all have done, but a true friend was never won, as it is in the everyday that we build our lives and it is the long haul not the race that we really thrive. Stay the course John, don't let the little things bother you. Thanks for your efforts, this is a great tool to connect to the true friends, as I have used it with a few friends of mine. It is great to be a COUG. Onward

Name: Art La Mere () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 07:34:34
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf, Ia
Message: John I also want to thank you for your time and the hard work in running this site. In time this will all pass. Living out of state it is fun to read about the prom, cruise night, and the other functions that are going on, and please don't stop your input on the feedback. This site keeps me, and I'm sure other out of towners, it touch with Hawthorne. John thanks again for all your time spent. god bless the usa and you John. Thanks again. What photos you do have are good also.
Art La Mere

Thanks Art, I know Cougartown is needed and appreciated.

Name: Ron Dokken () on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 06:50:57
Class: 1955
City and State: Endwell, NY
Message: Hi! Just wanted to remind you not to let the small stuff get to you. You provide a unique service. Hey, where are all the Cougars of my vintage? Got out my 52' Ephebian (9th grade). Sure like to hear some of their stories. For instance, I mentioned to you last year about my 47 merc. Now, I'm on my way to Oregon to buy a 35 year old motorhome! Going to stop in LA (end of Oct), then take the southern route (I-10) to NY. I realize such bizarro behavior bears watching. Guess I'm not ready yet to settle for my daily bowl of gruel. Keep up the good work! Ron.
Hey Ron, Don't ever settle for the gruel man. You've still got steak and eggs to eat. Thanks for checking in and good luck with the MH ride.....

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