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Name: joseph mailander () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 18:09:26
Class: '75
City and State: los angeles
Message: Hey, John, I have no news but am always glad to drop in and see who is posting at your site. About a year ago, my girlfriend's sister bought a mint '61 Continental convertible with the suicide doors (and of course zero seat belts), so I am anxious to roll down to Foster's in the spring and show a few of you '60's grads how to cruise '70's style, but perhaps without a few varieties of wildwood weed on board. (I know you even have some current high school students reading the site, and wouldn't want to give them the wrong idea about the heroic exploits of our storied '70's generation.) Your site is still immensely appreciated and something I check into regardless of wherever I happen to be (Los Feliz, Silver Lake, or even Echo Park). Keep the Biermans and the Valencias in line and remember--I LOVE YOUUUU MAANNN!
HEY joseph, great to hear from you. I was just asking myself whatever happened to you and Ted G. Of course there was no answer. Can't wait to see that gas guzzlin monster of a "Hebrew Canoe" pull into Fosters, although if you were driving it in 1961 it would have been pegged as "Daddy's Car". See you at Fosters.

Name: Larry Banta () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 17:44:05
Class: 78
Message: Hey Ken c/o69, I saw and had lunch with Mr.Mosher a couple of times in '99. He was doing great. I think he lives around Parker Dam but I'm not positive on that. He had just sold the orange chevy van he had when I was at HHS. Said he bought it for $2600.00 and sold it for $2500.00 twenty something years later. He should have maintained it better. Hey Anita Aceves, I'll e-mail you and we'll catsup. I don't have the crush on you anymore, that's what I was referring to. As for a Christmas memory, does anybody else remember the big red Christmas tree up east of La Cienega around Ladera Heights every year? It was up on top of that hill every year and you could see it from all over the south bay it seemed like.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 17:38:12
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Message: Well, all things said, now I got a new one to ask. We all come from different generation but I was wondering if this was the same in the late 70's as in the 50-60's and that is BOOZE! When was their first exposure? Mine was in my freshman year just 2 weeks into the school season in 77'. I went to a party that had a live band and some dude...maybe a HHS alumni...stood next to me and ask if I wanted to take a hit on his big bottle of wine. Not wanting to look stupid I did. Later he left it for me and soon enough I was walking quite happy and buzzzz. Lucky my mom didn't find out but my sister threw a fit cuz she couldn't go out when she was that young and my mom says..."HE'S a boy....I don't have to worry about him". I laugh behind mother's back in front of my sister. Ah love. I seldom drank for the next 4 years but buying alcohol wasn't a problem for me. Knew 2 joints on Inglewood Ave. One was called Capri Liquor store and even the oriental lady would say..."Don't take bottle outta bag". I wonder if she's still in business? And Gina good ol' friend....I want a reprint of you xmas pic in bikini's...

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 16:24:28
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: What was it Mark Twain once said? The rumors of my death have been greatly exagerated? Mike Burris, glad to have you here among the living.
Got a message for Dan Johnson, I know you are a big Pink Floyd fan, and now whenever I hear a song on the radio from PF, I dont think of smoking you know what and watching "stonervision" (Stereo up, TV volume down) I now think of good ole Dan. I did visit your website, cool and I suppose it would be paradise if I were a PF fan.
Those old decorations on Hawthorne Blvd. were cool, my favorite were the Candy canes that were criss crossed. I also recall there were about 7 or 8 houses on 120th, west of Inglewood Ave that would link their lights together. So many memories, too little memory.

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 16:19:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message:Just a reminder, if you haven't sent Paco your Christmas pictures please do it soon as he is putting together a veritable Cougar Christmas Card on Pacos Pics. The pictures can be anything from snow scenes to Christmas trees to family dinners....anything that says Happy Holidays. Email your pictures to
Thanks Cougs

Name: Neil Andersen () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 12:55:31
Class: '62
City and State: Dallas,OR
Message: On a dark and stormy night, in Salem,OR., inside a dark and smokey bar what else would you think of running into but another '62 Cougar. Turns out she's been traveling with the mother of an almost ex-son-in-law, friend of mine, just got back from India and is on her way to Spain in Feb. She hadn't heard of Cougartown but swears she'll be one line today. Lorraine Bleeker
Hey Neil, You never know when or where you'll find that elusive Cougar. Thanks for spreading the word and we'll look forward to hearing from Lorraine.

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 12:52:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
I have some good news for all the Mike Burris fans out there. It seems the story of his demise was a bit premature according to Dennis Campbell, who called Pat Burris to give his condolences. Brother Pat says Mike's alive and well. Sorry for the mix up and glad to have you back, Mike.

Name: Jeanne () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 10:01:35
Maiden: Burk
Class: 69
City and State: Carlsbad, CA
Message: Times have changed since we all were kids. I remember when I lived with my grandmother on 119th Place.. She beat my ass once a day just to let me know she was boss, and then my ass wasn't so big! I remember every year during school carnival time, she would remind me to buy one of those paper umbrellas... so she could use the stick from it ... yep, to beat my ass. I got whopped in the mouth a few times for "inappropriate" language. That wasn't too effective... still use inappropriate language. I noticed Jack Hammer's feedback. Reminded me of when my dear friend Joanne DeBry had the BIGGEST crush on him. We used to ride by his house on our bikes everyday. Hope you're well Jack. Happy Holidays to all.
Hey Jeanne, you sound like a slow learner.

Name: Greg Jones () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 03:03:41
Class: 1973
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Speaking of the paddle in the boys locker room. I never got the paddle but did receive a swat with a tennis shoe on my wet rear end. I walked around with "Converse" imprinted on my fanny for days. Haven't worn a pair since. For the life of me, I can't remember who gave me the swat (it might have been Coach Minami) or why I got it. It hurt like hell but the last thing I was going to do was shed a tear in front of the guys. All I could do was laugh it off (was a little difficult walking it off). Come to think of it, I do believe I deserved it.
How many of you had to dry shave with that DULL RUSTY razor they had in the coaches office? It wasn't really that bad as the cat could've licked the peach fuzz off my face my senior year, but I remember complaining about it. I think it was Coach Walker that made me shave....Fond of me, he wasn't; and the feeling was mutual.

Name: Ken () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 00:30:51
Class: 69
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: I was wondering if Tom Mosher (spelling?) our auto shop teacher, is still around. I remember his drag boat with a 409 in the late 60s. Nice looking valve covers at least. Around 68 or 69 I think he moved up to a 427.
Mickey Walker and I managed to take Auto Shop III in 69, even though the schedule only had I and II. I remember that someone stole all the tools at some point that year, made things a little dull for a while. On the last day (or about than) of school in 69 (also the last day of HHS for us), I can remember Mickey getting his white T shirt dirty, and I found a can of white spray paint to spray over the black marks. I never heard how well that worked when he got home.
I can remember making a conscience decision to not go into auto repair, because I figured there was no future in it. But I also remember talking to a BMW mechanic not too many years ago, and he was doing a lot better than my aerospace engineer pay, guess I blew that one.

Name: Steve Hill () on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 00:25:31
Class: 1967
City and State: Nevada City, CA
Message: Anyone know what happened to Dave Pierce (class of 1967)? We were best buds for years and after grad nite haven't seen or heard from him.

Name: Gina () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 21:31:59
Maiden: Black
Class: 80
City and State: Pasadena, CA
Message: Parental punishments: My Grandmother would threaten to Hang my mother, complete with the noose! My Mother would threaten to "kill" us, on a daily basis. We were afraid of being "killed", but obviously, it never happend. I remember Aunt Nora sitting on my Grandmother's bed, my grandmother was in the bed, and Aunt Nora was teaching me dirty little songs in Italian....Grandmother told her several time to stop and Aunt Nora kept singing and singing. Before you knew it Grandmother hit her with her slipper and Aunt Nora just laughed. Aunt Nora was 40+ at the time. Child Abuse: If any man struck my child and left an imprint on the face, the man wouldn't be signing anything...he'd be dead. As a matter of fact, if anyone SPEAKS too harshly to my animals, there life is in serious peril. I once had a nun rear back with a ruler at me....I met her with a cocked fist, encouraging her to hit me, as my father told me never to start a fight but to be DAMN sure I finnished it. The nun back down. Christmas memory: Putting up the "flocked" fake tree, with my sisters, in bikinis and taking a photo and sending it to the cousins in Maine!!! He, he, he!!

Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 16:39:54
Maiden: Cary
Class: 1973
City and State: Amarillo Tx
Message: Hi Cougs, been a while since I came on..had some issues boiling back here in Armadillo, but I have a need to know question..When is the next Cruz night or Pinks night and is there one planned for Jan, late feb or early March...I want to make a trip out there and I want to arrange it so I can attend a function, finally...My favorite Christmas in Hawthorne memory was going to the tree lot in in circle before they made the mall and picking out the prettiest and smelliest tree on the lot...We are going to have a real tree this year if I need to burn the old phony one...bye for now LIZ
Hi Liz, We have no plans as of yet, but it will probably be late February for Cruise Night.

Name: Miaaka DeForrest () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 15:05:00
Maiden: Lester
Class: 1977
City and State: Cartago, CA
Message: Looking for info on Class of 77 reunion for 2002 -- anyone know anything about one?????/
No, but if you find someone that does know, please clue me in so I can add it to the Reunions page.

Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 14:43:04
Class: 73
City and State: Manhattan Beach (I wish!)
Message: Thanks Alan for defending us aquamen from the football team. I think I remember Dave Fujinaka or Mike McGuire talking about that epic battle. I remember the sweat parties too - for some reason they seemed to occur mainly during my freshman year. One time someone started up one of those janitor carts and backed it into the locker room wall, and boy did we all get it. Of course, the girls never had to worry about drilled out paddles or sweat parties, since they don't have a sin nature. (Ha!)

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 13:05:33
Class: 77
City and State: Sure Man, Oaks
Message: Is '77 doing a 25 in '02? I just taught my baby "Na, Na, Na, Na Na, Na, Na, Na Hey Hey-a Goodbye" Steam!
That's great..... Can I go back to work now?

Name: Cindy Foster () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 11:24:00
Maiden: Gindlesperger
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Anita and Terrie, I run into Mark Escovedo once in awhile at The Old Town Patio in El Segundo. If I see him again, I will be sure to give him the messages or tell him to visit Cougar Town.

Name: Anita Young () on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 01:23:10
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Message: I second the lookout for Mark Escovedo.....Terrie and I have known him for a long time. I, from when me and his younger sister, Annette, used to hang out all the time when we were just jr. high knuckleheads at Dana. Terrie worked with him at Hughes in the late 80's, early 90's. He was in touch with us from this site for a long time, and then, a few months ago, he just up and disappeared. He was living in El Segundo and freelancing at Mattel. We are both worried about him and wonder if he's alright. His e-mail addy in here is defunct. His phone disconnected with no new phone number. If any of you know where he is at, can you tell him to contact me and/or Terrie so we won't worry about him anymore. Jeez....I hate it when stuff like this happens!

Name: Charlie Fox () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 22:30:13
Class: 1969
City and State: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Message: Besides the mythical paddle, the coaching staff had other devices to keep us in line. I remember my freshman orientation in the boy's gym, when Coach Chauncey explained to us that anyone caught with cigarettes would be given the "tobacco taste test," in which the person caught with the cigarettes had to eat all of them and then write a one page essay on what it tasted like. I also remember the threat that anyone who didn't get their hair cut was subject to the "bowl cut." Apparently, along with the paddle, the coaches had a bowl they would hold over one's head and cut any hair that was visible below the rim. I never saw the bowl, the paddle, or anyone eating cigarettes, but I believed in the possibilities. That was enough to keep me in line...oh yeah...and the fact that my mom was the school nurse. I couldn't get away with anything anyway. The very real thing that I remember were the "sweat parties," in which the entire PE period had to be punished for the sins of one silent perpetrator. Great days. I wish that was all we had to worry about now.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 20:57:15
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Yes, Tim. The paddle was real, and they did use it. I was on the receiving end after a pretty nasty towel fight between us water polo players and the football team. The fight was pretty harmless, just throwing wet towels back and forth until I stepped it up a notch. Remember the big tub of that ben-gay/atomic balm stuff? Well, after soaking a towel in it and nailing a naked football player in the (ahem - you can figure it out), the coaches felt I needed a little discipline. It was worth it though, watching the way the guy walked around school for the next couple of days. You would've thought he rode a horse to school every day.
....and the magic paddle STRIKES AGAIN!!

Name: EL ROJO () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 20:32:59
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60
Message: You folks have set off a few nerve's in my bod, let alone my BRUINS. The paddle? The locker room? Ah, but I saw first... no second hand, what the paddle could do if you got caught screwing around, towel fights etc. Jim Hoel class of 60 did get caught! And I loved coach Sevier's saying " Hoel , bend over and grab your ankles"! He was flat Nekked! Well Jimbo had blood blisters on his butt from that one swat. But as all have said, if your parents found out it was really big trouble if you got caught doing anything wrong in school. The other thing was you had to be tough! If you let your buds know you weren't, you were in for some serious put downs and lip service. The other one I remember was from my MOM. It seems that I had told a neighbor to "go to hell". I was about 8 yrs old at the time, circa 1951. Well the good neighbor reported this to my folks. To make along story short, which my MOM denied to her last days, I ate soup and mashed potato's for a week. Sore puppy and you know I never cursed another adult from then on, at least until I was big enough to back it up! But I think I learned alot from those little episodes. These kids of today...say BOO, and you're in trouble. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE N JUDE!
I think Coach Sevier liked his job just a LITTLE TOO MUCH!!

Name: Michael Dragoo () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 20:15:02
Class: 59
City and State: Colusa, CA
Message: The power of the PE paddle did wonders for me back in the 50's. Mr Sevier brought our class into the gym one day and told us that we were going to climb the rope hanging from the roof. Now, some of the guys jumped at the chance to show off their physical abilities but I had little "noodle" arms back then and knew I didn't have a chance. Coach Sevier lined us up and looked each of us in the eyes and said EVERYONE will do it. I snuck back towards the rear of the line hoping that one of the class members would fail before I did but it didn't happen. I was the last person and it was my turn and I was shaking as I looked up at what seemed liked 100 feet of thick rope. Coach Sevier gave me that fierce look and pulled out that paddle that had been tucked into his waist. It did have little holes drilled in it. He waved that paddle around as I jumped up as high as I could on that rope. I had my eyes closed as I struggled to gain a few feet up. I looked down one time and saw him smiling and waving that paddle. I just kept at it and the next thing I knew I was at the top. I came down much too fast and got a nasty rope burn that I proudly displayed for the next few days.
Ah yes, the magic paddle did it again.....or was it just Coach Sevier hmmmmm?

Name: Russelle () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 19:39:18
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: seventyone
City and State: Albq,N.M.
Message: So how do I catch up on 3 months of Feedback... I still have not received my pictures from "The Reunion" in August. Does anyone have a # that I can call or business name and address? The NEW Cougartown is ill!!! Klink....
Hi Susie, The memory books won't be ready until mid January. I know, I feel the same way but books take longer to manufacture than videos. Please be patient.....

Name: Jack Hammer () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 19:01:47
Class: 68
City and State: Oakland Or
Message: I just felt I had to add to this punisment thing. My Grandmother had a cane which when she felt I needed it she would give an attention getting WHACK. The part that really hurt though was when I got big enough and the WHACKING didn't do much good she would go outside and WHACK my car. Now that HURT.
HEY GRAMMA!!! Don't be messin' with my wheels!!

Name: Mike Shay () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 18:51:54
Maiden: OS6-9393
Class: 61
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hello Again; Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, we sure did. Took an RV trip all the way to Yorba Linda. One of my old friends and ex-bosses used to use the term "left town" in place of the word "died". "How's old bill?" "He left town!" It didn't seem to leave such an empty feeling. I found out over the weekend that a couple of Hawthorne homeboys and Frosties alumni left town in the last few days. Harold Lanksbury left us last week, and Mike Burris did the same just a couple weeks before. I know they were friends and I think they were both from the class of 59 but I'm not sure. These were two of the good guys from a time in our memory that was the absolute best. I wish I would have made a better effort to make contact with them before it was too late but I didn't. We will surely miss them both.

I know Harold had a good looking 57 Ford, and who could forget Mike's red 1960 Ford with 360 of the throatiest nastiest horsepower on 133rd St (Frostys). These two are up there bench racing with Bob McClure, Charlie Bovian(sp) and a few others from the greatest hangout this side of Mels Drive In. You two will be missed.
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Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 18:08:38
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: My son just left me a little fortune from Bazooka Joe - Don't Gossip on a Farm - the Corn has Ears. Reminds me of all the old comic strips, like Little Orphan Annie, Lil Abner, Brenda Starr, Mary Worth. John, does this qualify as a "Change the Subject"? Betty
Yes it does.....I never understood how someone could read an on going newspaper soap opera like Mary Worth at 3 panels a day...
How about Terry and the Pirates, and is Henry still around?

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 16:36:13
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: I think that John just hit the nail on the head with "Just knowing the paddle was there would keep most guys on the straight and narrow." That was the way it was with most punishments, the fear of what our parents (or teachers, or coaches, etc.) might do was often the best deterent!
AMEN to that.....

Name: Hoody () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 15:40:24
City and State: Southcoast, Or.
Message: I think this all started with parent’s sayings and all this uplifting abuse talk brings me to one of my favorites. “This is going to hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.” Yeah right, tell that to my aching ass! And hey, good to see the Goddess is back in town.
Good one, Chris.....

Name: Gomez () on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 15:12:40
City and State: Beavers!
Message: I went to Lockhaven Christian School and the principal, Mr.Mac, had a belt he named Old Betsy. I never met Old Betsy myself but he did use a leather belt on the kids as punishment. That was a different school anyway. They hated my Beatle tennis shoes I got in fourth grade. I wasn't allowed to wear them. I think this school is located on 102nd and Doty? Is it still there? I know a few Cougs that went there as well.

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