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Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 13:00:03
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Taking ammo on a hunting trip might imply a hope of actually shooting something! I got a deer once - with my 1976 Ford LTD ....
If you kids don't be quiet, I'll turn this car around ..... My question - did anyone's parents ever really turn the car around?

Another intelligent question from a grown up. "Do you want me to stop this car?!"
And I always thought that using a car to fill out your tag, was cheating.

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 12:40:19
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Message: Mike Shay...I think you are my "new Coug favorite" on here....those were hilarious, especially the Eleanor Roosevelt thing, OH MY GOD, ROTFL!!!!! What a thing to say to ANYONE'S daugther!
But another oldie but goody....."what if so-in-so jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?" God, what kid didn't hear that one time and time again ad nauseau most of their upbringing?

How about "Don't make me get up and slap you silly." or "Wash your ears or potatoes will grow in there".

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 12:33:24
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: I remember some of the things my dad would say. I remember doing things wrong sometimes and my dad or mom sending to my room. "Go to your room!" they would tell me as punishment. I loved my room. I had a Hot Wheels track, train set, TV, so many things that were fun. And I remember when my dad got mad at me and Les one morning just after breakfast and he sad to us "Go to bed!" We thought that was funny since we just got out of bed. I was told if you played with yourself you grow up to be a world champion and have your own business and always have girlfriends always younger than you. What wisdom they had back then. John, you need to get out more, they now have a movie out called George of the Jungle by Disney. The cartoon quit playing years ago (maybe a little on the cartoon network).
Hey Keith, So is the movie DEEPER than the cartoon?

Name: Cindy Colby () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 12:07:21
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: John, I guess that those sayings were good but the one that stands out in my mind is "stop crying or I will give you something good to cry about" My family put the fun in dysfunctional. Someone mentioned pegged skirts and Emma Trujillo, it immediately brought back memories I had forgotten, I remember Emma, she was quite a striking girl. I also remember Miss Hendrickson, I went to HI in the late 50's, those were pretty good times, I had Mrs. Hornaday in 7th. grade, I don't remember who the teacher was in 8th.
Mike Shay, you crack me up, I am trying to be all prim and proper here at work and I can hardly compose myself. Thanks, I'm up off the floor now.
Anyway, thanks people for the memories, I love this site.

"Put the fun in dysfunctional" Now THAT'S FUNNY..... Thanks Cindy....

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 11:54:06
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: Las Vegas
Message: Okay, talking about family had some strange ones. Here's a couple. Don't eat salt, you'll grow donkey ears. Don't do hand-stands, your liver will fall out. Don't eat tomatoes, you'll have an appendicitis attack. Don't eat lemons (we ate them daily) your blood will turn to water. And the all time favorite, don't pull on your mouth, you will get Ubangee lips! Geeze, it's no wonder we are all a bit neurotic!
I was thinking more along the lines of, "It doesn't matter who started it, I'm finishing it", but these are GREAT!! Any more?

Name: Mike Shay () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 10:50:13
Maiden: OS6-9393
Class: Finest
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: I remember a couple of them:
You're going to grow hair on your hand, One of these days your eyes aren't going to come un-crossed, Don't swim for four weeks after you eat. But my very favorite was one my mom told about herself....Her mom told her that if she played with herself she would grow up and look like Eleanor Roosevelt!!
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

I think I just WET MYSELF!!! That's the funniest one I've ever heard. That visual would keep all the young ladies REAL innocent. Thanks Mike....

Name: John Baker () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 10:21:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Who remembers the cliched sayings our parents would say to us to try and make us better kids? Things like, "if you make an ugly face, it will stay that way", "You're trying to drive me crazy, aren't you??", or "I'm going to wash your mouth out with soap."
What others do you remember?

Name: Gina Black () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 10:09:52
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Pasadena, CA
Message: JB2, No, I don't think priests eat phalic for them. The bananas are for George a pre-prom post he mentioned he felt he was so old that he didn't buy green bananas any more. That was back when I was pimping my Auntie Nora for a prom date. No date ever materialized so Auntie Nora, Micki Reitmayer, and myself all shared a room....we fell into bed in the wee hours of the morning...I heard little mouse noises about 7am and discovered Auntie Nora packing up...I made an "old people not requiring much sleep" comment, and was then dragged out of bed, kicking and screaming, to have breakfast with the Cougars....only to find NO Cougars breaking fast at all! Where and when the heck did you guys have breakfast, it remains a mystery to us.
We all got tired of waiting for you, so we went ahead and ate.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 07:57:27
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: The last time I was at Queen's Beach in Honolulu, there were quite a number of European male tourists wearing rather tiny swim suits - that might be more interesting than George of the Jungle (if you are a female tourist). Here in Wisconsin this is the opening week-end of deer season. Large numbers of pick-up trucks laden with hunters in blaze orange with all the tools of the hunter are headed north.
Let's see: toilet paper, jerky, playing cards, bourbon, cigars, cheese, beans, BEER, hat with the fuzzy ear flaps, swampers, game vest, deer lure, BEER, what am I forgetting - oh yeah - a gun! John, Gravedigger is OK but you gotta love BullDozer.....

Hey Sharon, I love your list. I can't think of a thing you left out except for maybe ammo.
Also I don't think Janet would be comfortable around a bunch of hardbodies in speedos, so I'm calling of the Hawaii trip.........darling, we're goin' deer huntin' in a MONSTER TRUCK!!!

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 02:21:48
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Message: Dan are right, that reporter on CNN does look a lot like Omar, doesn't he? Glad I am not the only one who saw that! (where the hell is Azze nowadays, anyhow?) Petey Gomez....yeah, I remember your guy's graduation all right! My sister Mary was in your class....cheese Louise, you guys, it's amazing you all were able to walk and not totally stumble out off the field! I smelled that stuff all the way where we were in the middle of the stands! Larry Banta...why in the world are ya too scared to say anything to me? Long time no see or hear from....not since junior or senior year, huh? Drop me an e-mail and let's catch up ( and I don't mean the stuff you put on french fries). Class of '78 was pretty cool, I think but then, maybe I'm just a BIT partial!
Anita, you were two when the COOLEST class graduated.

Name: Carl Rilling () on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 02:12:12
Class: 1959
City and State: Orygun City, Orygun
Message: Talking about "Pegged Skirts" I can picture Emma Trujillo dancing at the Gunga Din to the "Pachuco Hop", black pegged skirt, white blouse white Bunny shoes and her really long black hair..Very pretty young woman, and friends with so many people..
NOW I remember what a Pegged Skirt looks like.

Name: JB2 () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 23:44:25
Class: 62
City and State: MV, CA
Message: Yeah John...I'm up for Pina Coladas on the beach in Hawaii...can we take a train??
Gina...So did the Priest have the bananas?
Hey, I'm worried about you guys who are reading this feedback tonight...Isn't the Victoria Secret's Fashion Show on TV right about now? God, you really ARE getting old!

Vickies Secret??!! I've been watching Monster Trucks on TNN and you just gotta love "The Grave Digger".
Though, I will go to Hawaii with you, JB2......

Name: Gina Black () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 22:44:18
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Pasadena, CA
Message: THANK YOU, GEORGE, FOR SETTING THEM STRAIGHT!!!!! We co'80 didn't even toss our caps in the air!! At the time I felt cheated, but I see it earned us BRAGGING rights!! I don't have a principal story, but I have a Mnsgr story: I was in the eighth grade at St. Joseph's and Mnsgr Redahan was handing out our report cards. When it came to my name, he was strangly silent and then he told me I was going to go to hell. I asked why, and he was insenced. He told me I would burn in the fires because of my "B" in one subject....Since my Mother is full blooded Italian and Catholic...and my Father is Protestant and IRISH, I decided I would have a little fun with this one, so I calmly asked if how he knew hell was such a bad place...had he been there or had someone come back and told him? From the back of the room came a scream of "HERATIC!!" from Sister Mary-someone. Mnsgr's eyes got HUGE and he bellowed that he would call my father that same evening....I told him he should probably talk to my Mother, which angered him even more. NO!! YOUR FATHER IS WHO I WILL SPEAK WITH!!! Okay, I said. I prepared my parents at dinner, my father could not stop laughing and my mother was snikering. The phone rang, I answered, it was the Mnsgr, I asked if he was sure he wouldn't rather speak to my Mom. I handed the phone to my father, Mnsgr told him what I said, My father calmly asked him, since he was a man of the cloth, why didn't he ANSWER THE QUESTION!!! Had he been there? (to hell) or did someone come back and tell him? Mnsgr hung up on my Father. This memory still makes my parents hold their bellies and roll with laughter!!
P.S. Jorge Llaves, I have some nice RIPE bananas...and I share, too!

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 21:39:36
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Dan Johnson, there is a name and face I won't forget (I think). Linda Cota had a sister of Sheryl Cota. She (Linda) at the time had just won the Miss Teenage Los Angeles title. I was a very lucky young boy who was fortunate enough to be able to say that Linda was his girlfriend (at least we did most of the things that qualified this statement). She was very pretty with beautiful dark hair. Cause of my advancing Alzmeirs I can't remember too much since I think I was around 15 or 16. If this is the same Linda Cota. I have not seen her since then. Do you still see her at all. Folks, when you get to Hawaii we have a new thing that goes on here on Waikiki Beach (closer to Queen's Beach). It is Sunset on the Beach. They put up a 30 foot screen and have booths selling food, live music and put tables on the beach and you can have dinner on the beach while watching a movie on the huge screen and look out at the beautiful ocean. George of the Jungle was on Saturday. I think this is a monthly event now. It is a must see when you are here. Aloha Keith D. Jones P.S. The class of 76' was in my opinion the best. We had everything plus so many other things happening in the world that year.
Hey Keith, I'm not sure I want to come to Hawaii to see George of the Jungle on a big screen on the beach. Janet, how about you and I and a couple of Pina Coladas, and we skip the cartoon.

Name: Bob Kyllonen () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 19:44:23
City and State: Rancho Mirage, CA
Message: This Principal Thing just became too interesting! But they were all such sincere souls.

Name: Doris () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 19:08:54
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: Heavens to Betsy, I DO remember Grace Hendrickson, but I don't remember that she was the principal at Hawthorne Intermediate! Dan Johnson, I LOVED your principal story! Truly a cinematic moment! And "pegged skirts" were very tight fitting straight skirts that got smaller and smaller toward the hem, making the skirt sometimes so tight around one's calves, one could hardly hobble, let alone walk! And last, but hardly least, so glad to see you on CT O' Great Sloe One! I've missed you! Quite a principal story, too! Did you get the five bucks???? Very funny. Oh! And I think what the principal meant at your graduation when he said "No class has ever given a principal so much joy..." was to continue that sentence with " graduating and getting heck outta Dodge!" heheheh
I think Miss Hendrickson was a teacher in Hawthorne as far back as the early 30's. She was a very nice lady.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 18:31:33
Put a lie here with a dot com after it: robinwearestillridingeveryday
How old will you be in 13 years: 66
Put the first name of an actor named Scott here with a comma after it, then what is AWOI spelled backwards: RANDOLPH, IOWA
Message: When I was in the 8th grade, we lived in Iowa at the time, [ huh Connie?]the Junior High School Principal took me home after a basketball game. He came into our house and stayed for dinner and when I went to bed he was still there. In the morning as I went downstairs again there he was eating breakfast with my mother laughing and joking, and I sensed something was going on. I sat down at the table to eat breakfast and looked him in the eye, and with all the courage I could muster said, "Dad,could I have $5 for a year book?"
As for the best class, I think the argument is rather senseless, we all think our class was best, BUT Mr. Harold Wetzler said to the class of 1966 at graduation "No class has ever given a Principal this much joy!" He and Cap went dancing off the podium high fiving each other all the way across the railroad tracks. Were we great or what?

You were "what"....... and just one more thing. Was your mom sleeping with the junior high principal too? No wonder you got good grades.

Name: Tressa () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 17:21:57
Maiden: Gerkin
Class: 61
City and State: Tustin, CA
Message: Did anyone out there go to Hawthorne Intermediate? We had an OLD white-haired female principal that kept her eye on the way the girls dressed. I got called to her office one day because I was wearing a "pegged" skirt. (guess that really dates me) She called my mother to pick me up so I could go home and change. (I "pegged" my skirts in home ec class so my mother wouldn't know! oops) Does anyone remember the principal's name or what "pegged" skirts were?
Pegged skirts, NO. Principal's name, Miss Grace Hendrickson

Name: Pat Bush () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 17:06:49
Class: 80
City and State: Buena Park
Message: Wow, After reading about all the stuff about what year was the best. We finally know the truth, 1980 and that's the final answer. P.S. I remember Mr. R. Lord being the main man at a school after being a 6th grade teacher at Washington (I Think).
Hey Pat, You say "at a school". At what school, Jefferson?

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 16:54:08
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Someone should include this principal story in a movie. In 6th grade at Eucalyptus, I had a crush on Linda Cota. I also was sporting a broken collar bone at the time. On my sling I had written in green felt pen the words to "Happy Together" as kind of a tribute to my feelings for Linda. Anyway, I mustered the courage to ask her to "go steady" -- you know, a Christopher medal, and all. She turned me down and later in the lunch hour agreed to go steady with my friend Russ Painter. Well, I was distraught and in class took a piece of paper and wrote every swear word I could think of. The teacher demanded the paper and I refused. I was sent to Mrs. Quesch (sp?, pronounced Kwoych) for discipline (it was across the street from the classroom). I went to her office, blathering in tears about my misfortunes that day. Mrs. Quesch asked me to hand over the paper and I refused. She then offered me a deal -- she would give me an envelope, I would give her the paper and she would agree never to look at the paper. I agreed to this. (You just KNOW she looked at it and immediately understood why I wouldn't hand it over). As I was leaving her office, I looked down at my sling and discovered that my tears had completely obliterated the words to Happy Together. If that's not a cinematic moment, nothing is.
Thank you little Danny Spielberg. Anyone else have a principal story or a teacher story?

Name: Laura Porter () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 15:20:00
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: So ya want principal stories....I was only called into the principal's office once and it was senior year. Mr. Key wanted to speak to me about the articles I was writing for the Cougar. He was concerned about one that discussed rape and included a true story about one of our teachers being raped as a teen..(a good journalist never reveals her sources. But the one that got me called in was when I phoned the number in the "Pregnant? Worried?" ad that we ran every week. I wanted to find out who it was behind the ad and write about it. He very nicely asked me to tone down my stories and stick to campus news. I felt like such a bad girl!!
Great story Laura. So let me get this straight. You had a PREGNANT HOTLINE in the COUGAR newspaper. Sounds to me like you WERE sticking to campus news.

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 12:53:40
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
Message: OOOOPS! Almost forgot, please help me wish V5 a Happy Birthday! A milestone year for her. She still has the body of a teenager and a sharp mind. She's only 45 , but can read like a 50 year old!
Happy Birthday Patty. You don't look a day over 45.

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 11:56:36
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
Message: Okay, here's a principal I remember from Eucalyptus Elementary, Mrs. Leader. She was great! Always dressed to the nines. Huge hair, blonde, (pre-I dream of Jeannie days) and a lot of make-up. I had her from K- 6th. I believe most of my siblings did, too. I remember in 5th grade, in Mrs. Gross' class I got the hiccups. I couldn't stop and I was apparently a big disruption to the rest of the class, (can you imagine that?), and I was sent to the principal's office. On the walk over there I was so scared... it took those hiccups right out of me! When I got there all Mrs. Leader did was smile and give me a hug! Gotta love it.
Another Principal story, thanks Gloria.....any more??

Name: Mike Riley () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 11:04:18
Class: 65
City and State: Moutain Home, AR.
Message: Hi Jan Brown. It's nice to see another Arky from Hawthorne down here. Have a good Thanksgiving. Hope all you Cougs have a great holliday.

Name: Larry Banta () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 10:04:10
Class: 78
Message: Good morning Mr.Baker and non-best, non-78 grad cougs. Re:Principals - At Anza we had Mr.Marguiles (correctly spelled I hope),at Sepulveda we had Mr.Ziff, and at Dana we had Mr.Mannion and Mr.Thornton. They were all fine by me as I never went to their offices more than once. If I did I had much more to worry about from home than anything the school could dish out. But the top spot is occupied by Mr.Key at HHS. I say this because I now consider him a friend. I had no contact with him from 74-78. He was a customer of mine at a Harley dealership in the 90's, as was Mr.Danny Fix. We have gone out to lunch on a semi-regular basis (along with Vic Hovsepian, another friend, former customer, and 78 grad) and Mr.Key joins us when he can. Marine Corps veteran, teacher, principal, husband, father, grandfather and friend, this true gentleman is a blessing to be around and to know. I am proud to call him my friend. He can still punch like a prizefighter and has a grip like a vise and will probably use both on me next time we get together. Not to prove anything, but because he also has the trait of most great men - Humility.
Hey Mr. Banta, Mr. Key already picked his favorite class.

Name: Greg Jones () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 00:44:25
Class: 1973
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Okay, after seeing my good name (ha) slandered by Mr Banta I am compelled to respond. As anyone who has served in a presidential capacity can tell you, the prez ain't supposed to do anything; he delegates! And I am a delegating machine! Just kidding about Larry, he's a good guy. AS for all the hoo-haw about best or greatest class, well, my choice is '73 (surprise, surprise). By the way, for the record, I played Little League ball at Lennox Little League and was a proud member of the '67 All Star team. We beat Dennis Littlejohn in the first round that year by a score of 1-0. Our pitcher was Roger Profit, Lennox grad who went to San Jose State and later played for the 49ers. Unfortunately, Mike Colburn beat us in the next round. Aw, the good ole' days.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 00:24:36
Class: 77
Message: Does anyone watch CNN? I just noticed that reporter Santinder Bindra looks exactly like Omar Azze (right down to the the same smirk that Omar got when convincing the Inglewood High track and field announcer to announce my name as "Pussyfoot Johnson"

Name: Jan Brown () on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 23:52:16
Maiden: Dorris
Class: 1963
City and State: Jonesboro, Ar
Message: Just wanted to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving and the very best of Holidays. Jan...class '63
Thanks Jan, The same to you.

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