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Name: EL () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 21:13:34
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Message: And by the way whats this talk of "booze"? Us 60's kids would have never thought about it!! Jeez Howard, I would have sworn that you were a Soph at 22. Thats HHS, not sc. Although...most sc guys will be soph's all there lives. As The Great Robin Hood said, their numbers equal their IQ's!Duh!!! And to the rest of you, Dale Halbeck,you didn't realise that there were two old ladies on the end of those picnic benches when you threw them in the pool? They're using those old ladies skeletons as biology fodder to this day! Whats the statute of limitations Bake? And all you young whipper snappers out there, a good old bottle of T-BIRD and 7-up would perk up the most befuddled mind in the world. Did I just say that? Maybe thats why all I can do is go to the Bahamas when I'm lonely! Wally, are you listening? Jeez a Martoonie would be good now. Lymon... we need to put a hex on the Zero's, the conundrums (I'm being polite because I didn't want to say Rubber) and the pussycats this weekend. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE N JUDE~~~~~~~IN THE WIND!

Name: EL ROJO () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 20:36:07
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Message: Yo, COUGS... This # 1 greatest class thing is a moot point. Wal Baby,(heh, heh, we were close) when he and I used to go to lunch my Sr year, had some great conversations, as well as an Martoonie or so...and he said at that time ...Jake, there'll never ever be a class as great as the Class Of 60!! No doubt about it! Now that was along time ago COUGS...but when we got together in the Bahamas on vacation before the Great Ten Year Reunion, he told me over one of those silly Rainbow Drinks (actually it was a martoonie, thats what he called em folks) that the class of THE BIG SIX OH, was no doubt, had the greatest athletes, the best looking girls (except one) that HHS has ever seen bar none!!! The last reunion (59,60,61) he came up and shook my hand, put his arm around my large shoulders and said "Jake, you and Robin and the rest of the class of 60 have still got it!!! # ONE!!! the BEST! Lets go have a Martoonie! So you see COUGS you guys and gals are blowin smoke, and not from a doobie, well maybe you are. Thats just how the world turns kids! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! You football guys I will deal with (scum city paco). Lyman what happened? JAKE N JUDE!
Sounds like you've had tee many martoonis tonight Russ.

Name: Bob Kyllonen () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 19:42:52
City and State: Rancho Mirage, CA
Message: Yes,John, there were quite a few other principals but I can't remember their names. You 60's "old folks" missed one of the best. His name is Rudy Crew, and you would have loved him. He was very special, and I hope that some of the later grads will recall what a special principal he was. I will never forget him.
Thanks Bob....anyone else have a principal they admired?

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 14:24:16
Maiden: Afholter
Class: 61
City and State: Lake Forest, Ca
Message: Geez, all this booze talk. Didn't any of you go to class, do homework and drink Comfy tea, like the class of '61? I didn't have a drink or know anyone who did until I was 22 years of age, no, not my junior year. There was never any painting of Samo High campus before a big game, or celebrating afterwards, just a group of wonderful gentlemen and ladies. God I'm about to cry...It was so lovely then, walking to school in the snow..refilling my kerosene lantern to do my homework..wearing coconut helmets...
....with no face masks. Feeding the horses at lunchtime and drinking water from a bucket. Dipping Becky Thatcher's pigtails in the inkwell. Gosh, life was swell.

Name: Gomez () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 14:03:01
E-Mail: what'sthewordthunderbirdwhat'
City and State: You won't like it here, Oregon
Message: John that's the beauty of Red Mountain, Spanada, Annie Green Springs, Mad Dog, Silver Satin, Thunderbird, and Night Train. Not to mention Buck, Old English 500, and Generic beer. You HAD to be young to be able to stomach it. No one from HHS would ever touch that stuff now.
I'm Hep!!!

Name: Gloria V () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 12:27:21
Maiden: V6
Class: 76
Message: Te amo, Jorge!

Name: Gomez () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 12:26:48
City and State: Great Northwest
Message: Bebop invented the wine cooler. Take one big stainless steel pot, one big jug of Red Mountain, a bottle of 7-Up, and some fruit, stir gently.
On the way home from school we would cut through Beeps house and head for the party garage for a fine cup of wine cooler. It's a good thing.

Sounds yummy...........if you're 15.

Name: Gloria V () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 12:10:07
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 75??
Message: Nope, it wasn't me. I was also a Spanada girl in those days. Maybe she just looked like me, Dale dear. (It's the Biermans that were into the Gin-fizz drinks.)
The Biermans drank in high school??!! I thought their upbringing was..........well, you know.....Mom B, please report to George Key's office.

Name: Peter Tremblay () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 09:55:35
Class: 1980
City and State: New York, NY
Message: Mr. Key always knew best....!

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 03:37:13
Class: '75
City and State: TBD
Message: Dearest Gloria, those picnic benches were filthy, and the quickest way to clean them was to dip them in the pool. Besides, we told the 76ers to pull them out of the pool, since we bought all the Sloe Gin for the evenings festivities....
I seem to recall.................remember?? H1

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 00:26:54
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: OK...I'm gonna try to tell you all this ONE MORE TIME...62 RULES! And, Robin I know this because Mr. Nyman (I call him W.N. nowdays) told me the class of 60 only sold enough seats in Nyman hall to have them reupholstered in Naugahyde...whereas we 62ers went for real leather! Now John, about that Coke and Aspirin was about as effective as the baby oil and iodine we used at 26th St! (I think we were all Alchemists in the making!)

You go girl!!! 62ers ROCK and that's the TRUTH. I know because W.N. told me in those EXACT WORDS.
NOW, I was always afraid to try that Coke and Aspirin because I didn't want to tarnish the family I just drank beer.

Name: George Key () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 23:02:20
Class: 80
City and State: PVE
Message: I am a very patient person and have known all along the truth would someday come out. I must advise you that the statute of limitations have not expired and I have made copies of all your confessions and will be turning them over to the Centinela High School district for immediate persecution.
Can any of you guys tell me why I wouldn't tell the V girls their whatever was the best.
If you want the truth from this old horses mouth, the class of 1980 was the best. You see in all my 32 years in CV schools the only time I hated to go to school was graduation day. I had to sit on the stage with my bosses looking down their nose at me because I couldn't control your antics. So on the way to graduation 1980 I told my wife if the class started going nuts I was going to say this graduation is dismissed and walk off the stage. I did not need to do that as the class was great.
I rest my case except to say I love you all despite the morning after grad night messes.

Name: Kelley () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 22:57:52
Maiden: Currie
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay,Oregon
Message: Nov.14th..Happy Birthday to my brother Charles Currie. he will now be taking 55 alive classes ha
Happy Birthday to our own "Duke of Boss". Have a great one, Chuck.....

Name: SACO () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 20:23:56
Class: 2OOO3
City and State: LANDALE
Message: LEU-HOUS YEs!!!!!!!!!!!! POPCORN NO

Hey Saco, Thanks for the literary masterpiece. I see you're from "Landale", so you must attend Louisinger hi-skool. It's a good thing you won't be graduating until 20003. That'll give you 18,002 years to bone up on your composition. Thanks for the Feedback.

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 20:16:26
Class: 69
City and State: La Palma. Ca
Message: Well, I am thrilled to see everyone taking an active roll in sharing your HHS memories. I really look forward to reading feedback every night. Your stories are all great! As for which class was the best. Why should we as Cougars have to even question that one. All classes from HHS are the best. Remember there are only 2 types of people, one's that are like us, and one's that want to be like us. Be a Coug!

Name: Bob Kyllonen () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 20:00:59
City and State: Rancho Mirage, CA
Message: What a fun topic to finally appear on Cougartown! I find it interesting that only two favorite principals are mentioned. From the safe side of retirement I can say very easily that they were two of the best. They always made me feel good too. I would love to see a post from either of these gentlemen in the future as well. George Key is listed on but Mr.(I could never call him Wally) is not. But I hope that they could read some of these fun comments. Incidentally, were any of you in the graduation class when I and Mary Dykton were reading names and the streakers ran behind the stage and diverted the attention of the BEST CLASS EVER?
Hey Bob, Streaking wasn't ALLOWED in the early 60's. Mr Nyman doesn't have an email address, but I have heard from his grand daughter and George Key (AKA Jorge Llave) is a regular reader and sometimes writer. His last comment was around the first of the month.
I know Hal Wetzler was Principal between Mr. Nyman and Mr. Key, but we never hear about any others. Were there any others?

Name: Larry Banta () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 18:18:45
Class: 78
Message: Well, I'm glad that's settled.Class of 78 is the best. How 'bout graduation ceremonies now. My recollection is ours was pretty uneventful and nice with one exception: Someone in our row handed out bottle rockets. Most went off skyward without a hitch. One of mine headed due south skimming the ground. It exploded beneath a female band members dress. Now this was a beautiful, long prom style dress with quite a bit of it gathered on the ground. I was truly horrified and shaken watching the smoldering flame being stomped out by a fellow band member. At least for a second or so. Hello to Anita Young, who I was too nervous to speak to until this afternoon.

Name: Gomez () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 17:11:52
Class: LOVE
City and State: Duck or Beaver??
Message: During our graduation with the peace signs on our caps and someone passing around bottles of champagne I was too "ascared" my dad would see me through his zoom lens. They were passing around other things as well but I swear I DID NOT inhale. After the ceremony when I caught up with my dad it seems they had been passing their own bottle. We were the class of love, peace, body womping.
Dang hippies is what they was.....

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 16:21:01
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Now Now, let ME settle this. I distinctly remember the day that the JB's, Cheryl, Dan and I were talking to Wally and he was saying it was the Class of 62 that was, by far, the top of the line! Why....I even remember what I was wearing that day. It was my little pink gingham dress with the matching shoes and purse.....So there you go! Linda
Gosh, you make it sound so long ago. Wasn't that the same gingham dress that Shirley Jones wore in the movie, "Oklahoma"? Is Shirley your daughter?

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 15:29:14
Class: 62
Message:Just got this news on the class of 69's Susan Edgell McNamara.
Her parents write:
Our daughter Susan Edgell (McNamara) class if 1969 passed away 11-5-01 in Incline Village Nevada. Sue had a heart transplant 3 years ago and went slowly downhill the last year. Nancy Edgell Tanana and her parents Steve & Evelyn Edgell also her brother, a professor at U of Louisville, miss her very much.
Although I didn't know Susan, I know many on this website did. We're very sorry for your loss.

Name: Larry Banta () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 15:11:11
Class: 78
Message: People please. You're reaching,...really reaching. The honorable Mr.George Key told me this past summer that the class of 78 was the bestest. The obvious difference is timing. Much more credibilty when the statement is current and witnessed by none other than Mr.Danny Fix and Vic Hovsepian (also class of 78). Me thinks when you get the obviously rehearsed version in your senior year, it's synonomous with don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way off campus.

Name: Tressa () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 15:08:13
Maiden: Gerkin
Class: 61
City and State: Tustin, CA
Message: Hey all you guys with the vandalism and drugs...The class of 61 must have been the "soshes" of the century - we didn't do anything outrageous at school. If my memory serves me right, a small scandal was once created when some of the cheerleaders/song queens were at a party where there was drinking!!!! As far as I was concerned, I knew nothing of drugs until I met some "bad boys" (probably "ho-dads" hee hee) from Leuzinger High LOL! We were a very innocent generation - not that I didn't do my share of partying in my senior year and those that followed!!! I'd really like to hear some feedback from the class of 61! Thanks, as always, John, for this site!
Drugs!!?? I think the drug of the early 60's was a Coke with an aspirin in it. What the heck was that supposed to do anyway?

Name: gloria herlosky () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 14:23:00
Maiden: valencia
Class: 76
Message: Dale dear, as I recall, Mr. Key said that to me for the 76ers, as we did NOT repeat the vandalism from the class of 75. Didn't you guys throw the picnic benches in the pool???
Why would you do that Dale? Picnic benches can't swim.

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 13:34:18
E-Mail: same dudes
Class: '75
City and State: TBD
Message: George Key liked the Class of '76, but LOVED the Class of '75 CLEARLY!! Over and out H1

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 13:18:07
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Message: Hey Raymond....geez, I can believe you can't remember or knew who those chicks were on the I move closer to you and you don't call or send any e-mail, ya bum! Must not remember that I moved closer either! LOL! Just giving you some S**T!!!! God knows you need it!
And Dan....what do you mean you and Which One's Pink was not in the tribute to cover bands? What a rip! And I remember all too well the vandalism you spoke of for the class of '77'.....I know someone who took a picture of the bong and a bunch of us who sat around it, but alas...have not seen this person in AGES and they are not on the alumni'd be funny to see that pic now, huh?

Name: Lyman Moss () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 08:21:43
Class: 59
City and State: Everett, Wa. 98205
Message: O.K. so my Dawgs let me down against the Beavers, but the way the Beavers played, no team could have beat them that day. Robin don't forget what happened to the Ducks last year when they played the Beavers. Russ I watched the game between U.C.L.A. and the Big Zero's and I was very upset about the outcome as I am sure you were. It is going to get very interesting to say the least. By the way Robin when was the last time the The Big O went to the Rose Bowl, were we still in High School, was it when Dan Fouts played there or what, I really don't know. The Cougars are my back up team thats all. The Zags are only famous for basketball and I don't follow that very closely. One thing that I will always do is to root for a PAC 10 team against A Big ten team every time. Take care Cougars

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 02:06:26
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Gloria, the class of 77 was on the vanguard of the revolution baby! We were an unruly bunch who might have been soothed by the attention of certain 76 cheerleaders whose names escape me at the moment.

Name: Robin () on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 01:44:26
E-Mail: IsthereanydoubtRuss?.com
Maiden: Wallys favorite
Class: Classes
City and State: RB,CA
Message: No,no,no Janet...I hate to burst the c/o 62' bubble but...On the day we dedicated the newly reupholstered Nyman hall, Mr. Nyman (We call him Wally now days) confided in me (with my wife present), that as much as the 60s was the decade that set the standard for HHS, THE class of 60' was far and away the best of the bunch. We have known that for 40 yrs and in your heart so did you...So puleeeeze..dont try to pump up a leaking inner tube now...Be content that you even rank in the top ten. I know the Ducks do...Later Cougs :o)
No, no,no Robin. I was there that day and I remember you asking Wally what was the Best of Class in his tenure at HHS. Well, he thought you said MESSED UP CLASS.......Sorry Robin dude

Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 21:13:58
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: No, No, No have it wrong. He said the class of 62 WAS the greatest to have graced the halls of HHS. Just ask Dan, or Linda, or Cheryl, or Don, or George, or....

You are CORRECT sweety, NOW it's all coming back........

Name: Marty Sasaki () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 20:22:54
Class: 1972
City and State: Arlington, MA
Message: It was a long time ago that I followed Marianne White to go to school at MIT (she went to Wellesley). I've fallen in love with New England and the Boston area is now home.
Just a note here to say hello.

Name: Doris () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 17:18:06
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: DANG! Mr. Nyman said that to US too! Now that really ticks me off! That must have been a speech they handed down, not just one year after another, but to those who followed in THEIR footsteps. Shoot, if you have a good speech, why re-write it ... who would have thought we'd all be "comparing notes" via CTown on this contraption called a "computer"! :-D
Yeah but he REALLY meant it when he said it to me.

Name: Patti Smith () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 17:12:50
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: John...suuuuuuure you did! Now, about that oceanfront property in Arizona you want to sell me...
Hey, Mr. Nyman said it was a good deal, OK.

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 16:25:38
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: Vegas
Message: You're so jealous, John!

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 15:15:30
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: las Vegas
Message: Well, Mr.Banta and Mr. Johnson... the class of 76 had a much different farewell then did your class. As I recall, we were congratulated by none other than Mr. Key! Our pranks consisted of nothing more than writing silly things with washable paint on the windows of the cafeteria. I do believe there was some minor things too, like knocked over trash cans and a lot of toilet paper in the trees and Senior Square. I think we even changed the letters on the bill-board over the school. But Mr. Key and Mr. Featherston were very pleased with how respectful we were. If memory serves me, (and it does), George Key said something to me like, "Gloria, it is a pleasure to have been associated with you and all of your peers. The class of 76 is by far one of the greatest to have graced our halls." I always admired the honesty of G.K.
V6, The thing is he said that to ALL his classes, as he didn't want them coming back in the summer and wrecking the place.
Our class was the best though, as we picked up all the papers blowing in the wind, swept the halls and generally made the place pristine for those rowdy class of 63 people. Mr Nyman, our Principal, said to me, "John, it is a pleasure to have been associated with you and all of your peers. The class of 62 is by far one of the greatest to have graced our halls." I always admired the honesty of Mr. Nyman.

Name: Don Scheliga () on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 14:59:48
Class: 62
City and State: W. Covina
Message: Hey! Larry Banta The Rib Junction was one of my family's favorites also. With picnic benches, sawdust floors and fantastic ribs and sandwiches, made it a great family place to go. I think it opened circa 1949. We continued to go up to the time it was sold, I believe some time in the late 70's or early 80's. I recall going back once after the sale, it was familiar but not the same. I think it's closed for good now. Thanks for bringing it up; it brought back lots of fond memories.

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