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Name: doris () on Friday, October 26, 2001 at 10:23:10
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: PAT STARK ... I remember your name but can't remember if we were in a class together or what!? It's my age, girl, it's my age! Glad to have you around; now don't be a stranger. It seems we older Cougars are at a minimum here on CT; sure would like to change that!
I agree, we need more input from the 50's and early 60's Cougs. Where are you people??

Name: Pat Stark () on Friday, October 26, 2001 at 09:50:42
Maiden: Phillips
Class: 1959
City and State: Santa Rosa, Ca
Message: Hi John and Cougs
It has been awhile since I have added something to the feedback page. I just had major surgery and I am home recuperating. I was so upset that I would be home for such a long time away from my computer and I wouldn't be able to check in with all my friends at Ctown, so my husband surprised me when I come home from the hospital with a new computer for home. I added my new Email address to Ctown this morning, also sent in my dues, you should have it by now. You know I live up here in the wine country, so maybe I can catch up with you when you come up here. I know so many of the people that write in feedback, but don't know if any of you remember me. Well take care Cougs and John, my cars sure look good on Car Talk, thanks.

Yes, we finally have a new Car Talk page. All you car people please take a look at Pat's contribution. Thanks Pat, and no hot rodding until you get well.

Name: Neil Andersen () on Friday, October 26, 2001 at 01:55:26
Class: 1962
City and State: Dallas, Oregon
Message: For Cheryl: Dallas, OR is 13 miles west of Salem, OR on HWY 22 enroute to the coast. Lived here from 80-90 then spent 10 years in Alabama and Virginia, came back here when my father passed away to take care of my mother. Growing up isn't all roses.
For Dan: Aren't you retired yet? Cops can only last so long. Just drove 400 miles round trip to watch my grandson play JV football for North Valley High School in Grants Pass, thank goodness he passed on the trainer route. Definitely ready for a 40 year reunion. That picture doesn't do me a present day justice.

Hey Neil, most of the pictures don't....Dans does.

Name: Robin () on Friday, October 26, 2001 at 01:21:49
Maiden: OSborne
Class: winners
City and State: RB, CA
Message: Frasers..OS-52562 Curries OS-64046 Gma Gmpa Hood FR (Frontier)- 25818...Hoods..OS-65329 ...John when Brian and I used to hear a party line click, we would talk so loose in the loafers, two steps would have made us barefoot....Never knew the people but they couldn't handle it...I called my old number just to see if its still used and its now a chop shop/ escort service....Chui seemed like a nice guy.....:o)
The Baker Cash Feed Store number in the early 30's was 310, now that's just the area code.

Name: Gina Black () on Friday, October 26, 2001 at 00:42:52
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Pasadena, CA
Message: BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!! Monday, I walked in on the tourtoises knocking shells!! Doing the wild thing! And, on Tuesday morning, I found two eggs!! So, I have them in the incubator and in 80-130 days, we might have little tiny baby tourtoises!! You guys I'm going to be a MOMMY!! Me and Fiesty that is. Can you tell I'm a little excited? Can you? Oh, by the way, Sgt. Lisa Allen is back on American soil. Safe and sound. Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. There is talk of them activating her unit again....Lisa says she will go to Germany or she will go to Canada. Any Cougs in Canada? John, what about those Cougar balls??
Cougar Balls.... Wasn't that Shipper Sharon's project?

Name: Tara () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 21:21:16
Message: Ron Berry was on the "missing", but found list in the Reunion section for class of 1970. Could someone double-check a yearbook for me? I'd really appreciate it. Maybe he only attended a couple years and didn't actually graduate from HHS? And thanks again to Petey, who actually had a photo of Ron and e-mailed it to me! Thanks to everyone who's been trying to help me solve this mystery!!
Tara, If Ron's been found then check with Carl Tank who handles all the Class of 1970 reunion people. Carl's email address is again, Good Luck

Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 19:36:36
Class: 66
City and State: Orange, Ca
Message: Sure Bobbie... I grew up on 137th ST between Shoup & Ocean gate. We used to go over to the vacant field where the 405 is and shoot our BB guns, Bow & arrows and ride our bikes pretending they were motorcyles in the field. I blew out many a tire in that lot. After they built the 405 We had to go over to the vacant fields the other side Aviaton across from Dana Jr. & the railroad tracks. We still had a lot of fun playing in the dirt they were piling up for the freeway and riding our bikes on the freeway after it was paved before they opened it. It was great you could ride your bikes on that freeway for miles. That was our main way to ride to Lawndale. Then they opened the freeway and ruined our fun.

Name: Paul Mackie () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 19:14:09
Class: 63
City and State: Bakersfield Ca
Message: My mom still has a 67-OS # as does Lynn Brooks. I'm sure he is the only HHS graduate to still have one.
Hey Paul, I'll bet lots of HHS grads still have 676 and 675 numbers. I know Pam Heath HHS78 (Loren Heath's HHS64 little sister) still has her parents 676 number from the 50's and I'm sure there're more.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 15:16:20
Class: 66
City and State: strand, ca
Message: Well that's a start with Cheryl on the handlebars and Grappa man on Dan's shoulders. We can dust him then!

Name: Dan Dye () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 13:32:34
Class: 1962
City and State: Torrance Calif.
Message: Cheryl, I will try to find you a banana seat. Jim, John, can you see the faces on the worm riders when they see Cheryl on my handlebars going back to the pier? John, JB2 said Saturday is the big day when you get your new bikes. Jim we better have a rope Monday to tie to John's bike so we can keep up. He won't want to stop at Imperial Hwy. He will be going to Santa Monica Beach. Jim, will you still ride with me after John joins the worm? See you guys at 0 dark hundred.
OK, for all your information, "The Worm" is what we call this column of 30 to 50 "Tour de France" type bike riders. They're bunched up and drafting like Nascar Winston Cuppers on a Sunday afternoon at Talladega and moving just about the same speed, only they're silent. God help the person that gets in their way as we almost did one morning. Dan, that bike helmet will not save you when it happens.

Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 12:42:09
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Message: So, what's this I hear about Bonita ( McCoy) Roberts getting engaged, and I have to come in here to Cougartown to find out about it? What's up with that, Bonita? For shame, my dear....well, at least you had the taste to get hitched to a Portland, Oregonian....CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I sent ya a fun card in your e-mail box, my dear, if ya didn't already get it....
Dan Johnson, thanks so much for the warm welcome back, I missed you too, bud. How's the band's gigs going?
And I don't care who's a feuding and what gossip is going on about whomever....Just wanted to come in and wish ALL you Cougs and Cougarettes a very fun, happy, candy-filled and bizarre Halloween! I know a bunch of you are going to parties this weekend and just wanted to send this early, in case my "old timers" kicked in and I forgot to do it tomorrow! Be safe but insane! Love you guys and gals!

Name: Max (Ed) Roelen () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 12:05:05
Class: 1974
City and State: Citrus Heights
Message: Is it Friday yet! I never could wait for Friday afternoon during football season. I was the equipment manager for the sophomore team and sometimes helped with the varsity team. So, I got to leave my math class early for the Friday afternoon game. I sure had alot of fun back then and I am reminded of that everytime I open the closet door where my letterman jacket hangs with the scarlet & gold H and the MGR emblem.
I was just reminiscing and want to thank you JB for this web page that allows us look back in time. GO COUGS!!!

Well thanks for that Max. It's you all however, that supply most of the memories. I just tack this stuff on the wall for all to see.

Name: Mike Mecey () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 11:40:09
Class: 1961
City and State: Roseville, CA
Message: Haven't checked in for a few weeks. I just got back after a week in Shreveport, Louisiana. FYI, if you ain't got no reason to go there...don't go cuz there ain't nuttin there... (My apologies to Mr. Elmore... I'm sure that last sentence would not pass one of his English tests... but it does get the message across). John, I looked back on some of the old feedback in order to get caught up and noticed a little rift in paradise.... Actually I think it's kinda cool.... As a result I probably won't have to fast forward past all the JudyWudy noise... Keep up the good work John... You and you alone are the one that keeps this site up, running and fun. The rest of us just input filler once in a while. I don't think there is one of us who would put in the time, effort and personal sacrifice that you do... You are THE COUGAR...
Thanks Mike, That means bunches....

Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 11:36:58
Maiden: Osborne 6-4025 and Orchard 4-3072
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles 64
Message: I too remember the construction of the San Diego Freeway. Does anyone still call it the San Diego Freeway? My friend?s father had a contract to pour cement for the State Highway Commission and we use to go up on the Freeway and run our go-carts. I tell everyone that I was one of the first to drive on the 405 at the age of ten. My mother use to ask where I had been and I would say, ?I was playing on the freeway?. After the freeway opened and my mother would get ticked at me she would say ?why don?t you go play on the freeway? and that is how the term got coined in our family.

Name: Bob Melendrez () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 11:27:31
Class: 1971
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: Hey Bobbie Spencer, we grew up in the same 'hood. When my dad retired from the Navy in '55, we moved to Hawthorne. 458 Glasgow Place, on the corner of 135th St. The houses in the area were just being completed, and none of the new home-owners suspected that 7 years later the 405 freeway would pass through that open field. I remember those early years in Holly Glen as being quiet and peaceful. Later all of the homes on the East side of Glasgow Pl. would be purchased by the State and relocated for the eventual widening of the 405. Progress, huh? BTW, Osborne 5-6680. But it's pointless to call... there's no one there but the memories. Have a great weekend Cougs!

Name: Bobbie Spencer () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 09:25:24
Maiden: none
Class: 74
City and State: Hesperia CA
Message: Well I have to put my 2 cents worth in on the old phone numbers. I still remember my very first phone number, it was an osborne # as well. It was os6-3746. I grew up on 136th street. Here's a question for all of you out there in cougartown, how many of you remember when the 405 fwy was not there. I remember my older sisters going and playing on the empty field which is now the 405 fwy. Well that's my trip down memory lane for today. You all have a great week. (what's left of it, anyway).
I remember when it wasn't there. The blue line indicates where the freeway runs today. This map is from a 1958 Thomas Guide.

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 08:44:47
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: Hey, you guys, are you pickin on me? If I can ride on Dan's handlebars, I'll be there (can we put one of those banana seats up there). I don't mind getting up at 4am (need time for hair and makeup)
See you soon .......

Hey Jim, Cheryl on Dan's handlebars might be the handicap we've been looking for.

Name: Pauline Matthew () on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 00:50:41
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 69
City and State: Oakhills, CA.
Message: I remember my first car, a 1952 White Ford. My parents bought it for me at Christmas. I was in the 10th grade, but I had to wait to drive it until February when I turned 16. I sold it later on and bought a 1966 Ford Mustang. It had a 289 and 3 speed on the floor. Only if I had that car now. Both were great cars.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 23:13:46
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Oh yeah.....Dan and Jim, I understand I owe you both thanks for my getting a new, state of the art bike for cruisin the strand. JB1's taking me out looking on Saturday. I told him I want that $1,400 job like yours Dan. John...are you getting the same one for yourself? Let's see $1,400 X 2= are SO generous! However, I'm still not gettin up at 4:30 to go riding!

I was thinkin' about gettin' you a Schwinn Sting Ray with a Banana Seat. .....and it's not 4:30, it's 5.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 23:00:19
Class: 66
City and State: strand or stranded
Message: me too Keith its sort of like watching I love Lucy. Dan Dye your looks haven't changed since your graduation picture. The rest of us still struggle to recognize who that is that stares back at us from the mirror. See you in the morning guys watch the worm.

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 22:03:57
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Message: We just got back from visiting our daughter in North Carolina. They live real close to the mountains and how pretty it was to see it in the Fall. Anyway my first car was a 55 Willys. It was the Greem Bomb. Nothing could hurt that car. It was a tank. But before I owned it, it belonged to my big brother Steve Kristof. He would let me use it but whenever I did I'd get in trouble. One Halloween I and some friends took it out and we got egged real bad. When I got home I didn't wash the eggs off and next morning I got in trouble from him. Another time I skipped my last class and was in the wrong place at the wrong time and this old drunk ran into us. That messed up the front and one headlight just a little. It was very hard explaining why I was where I was at that time. There was another time I was racing with some friends on Rosecrans. My friends got caught and I got away. Boy was I lucky but my friends took the heat. Anyway soon after that Steve got sick of yelling at me so he gave me the darn car and bought himself a newer one. I continued to get in trouble of course. I caused my parents some grief but I have paid for it over twice with my 2 daughters. Thank heavens we all grew out of our wilder days. Now we'll wait and see the grand kids go through it all. Maybe we'll get lucky but I already see it coming with a couple of them. Guess it is just part of growing up. But from what I read on here a lot of our fellow Cougars are still pretty wild and crazy. BTW now I drive a old grandma car, a Buick Century.
Linda how do you mess up a headlight "just a little"?

Name: Ilene Newman () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 21:46:09
Message: Hi. I graduated from Gardena High School in 1967. I was just introduced to your website by a friend of mine and I have really enjoyed going back into time. Cruising the "A" holds very special memories for me. Thanks for putting this together!

You are welcome, and thank you for checking in, Ilene. Always nice to hear from a bonafide Panther. I guess Cougars and Panthers get along. Come on back anytime. Also Gardena High has their own website too. Click here to be transported there.

Name: Dan Dye () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 21:14:28
Class: 1962
City and State: Torrance,Calif.
Message: What's up Neil? Good to hear from you. There are a lot of us 62ers still out here. In fact two of them (John Baker plus that Kid Jim Sloey 66) and I ride our bikes on ths strand 5 to 6 days a week. Tuesday I asked John and Jim if they would have ever thought 40 years ago that they would be one of the old men riding their bikes at the beach at 6am. Russ, good to see you back on your feet. How's the back? John, we have to start riding harder, because Cheryl's going to join us on our beach ride when she comes to town next month. Be True To Your School, Go Cougars
The only place Cheryl will ride a bike is on your handlebars. Thanks Dan, and we'll see you in the morning....

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 20:55:07
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: YEA! Linda and Loretta, more 62ers. I say we don't HAVE to wait for a formal reunion...we should plan something soon! Os6-1796....that was the Burkett's number, but I don't remember my own! Guess that's because Fred and I pretty much burned up that phone line many evenings in 61 and 62. We only had one ugly black phone in our house too. My Mom told me if I wanted to talk longer than the allotted time, I'd have to get my own phone. So...working at the Hawthorne Pool, I did...a pink princess style, WOW, was I somethin! Then I realized I had to pay the bill too! However, my 97 year old grandma in Pennsylvania still has a black, rotary dial phone in use today. She doesn't take a shine to this new fangled technology. Makes it interesting when I visit...I have a real excuse for not dialing up my laptop! JB2

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 20:16:01
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Mike Castro, I love hearing stories about me. It brings back times when I could remeber, see, eat what I want, do what I want to do (oh I still do that), be bad where all I had to worry about was getting a spanking from my dad. Those were the days. Nowadays I have to watch what I eat or it will go down the front of my shirt and when I do something bad it ends up costing me $1000 and wishing I had never met her. But other than that how bad can it be, I live in Hawaii! I figure it's the closet I'll be to Hawthorne considering the first three letters are the same. One day I'll have to come to one of the runs at Pinks or Fosters. I'll have to rent a car but I promise I will rent the most exotic one I can get. I saw some of cars you old timers drive and a normal rent a car just won't cut it. Sorry about the old timers remark. We are only as old as we feel. Well gotta go, got to go play fussball against all the high school kids. Aloha
Yeah, all you old timers out there, sorry for the crack.

Name: Denny () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 17:18:55
Class: 55
City and State: Del Aire
Message: Our original Phone was a many party line with no dial and to call out we had to go through an operator. The number was "Hawthorne-778J". In the mid 40's we got an Osborne# and a dial phone. About the same time the Edison Company changed their service from (110 Volt 50 Cycle) to (60 Cycles per second) and everyone had to replace their electric clocks.
Denny, wasn't that the same year that Whitney came up with the Cotton Gi................never mind

Name: MIKE CASTRO () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 15:29:23
Class: 77
City and State: LAX
Message: My first car was a 68 Camaro, no RS/SS, just a green body and peeling black vinyl top. The HHS baseball team were up against Rolling Hills High for the championship of the El Segundo Tourney in 76 and we did not have a bus to the game. Coach Minami let us drive our own cars to the Rec Park in beautiful downtown El Segundo. HHS won the game and I was feeling rather giddy (read dumb) on the drive back to HHS. In my car was Rick Bainbridge and behind us was Keith Jones and Greg Staffon in Keiths white Barracuda. We pulled up to the stop light at El Segundo & Aviation when I decided to jump out, run back and pound the hood of Keiths car. As I was running toward Keith and Greg I didn't wonder why their eyes grew wide and they were pointing and laughing until I turned to see my car following me and kiss Keiths bumper with my bumper. I put it in R instead of P. Sorry Keith.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 14:32:13
Class: 66
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: Hey I have been calling all these numbers, you people aren't there anymore?!
Another slow day at Sloey Law....

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