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Name: Sharon Branigan () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 23:55:17
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Ron Teh, if you see this, please send us your email address if you can. I'm sure we can raise a flag in Cougartown; lots of Cougs would be more than happy to send Holiday E-Greetings to you and your shipmates. Thanks for being there for us. Thanks for having faith in your country and your leadership. And thanks for putting FREEDOM first.
We love you, maaaaaaaaan!

Name: DALE CRAIG () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 23:19:05
E-Mail: barbara.craig@worldnet
Class: 76
City and State: HAWTHORNE CA
Hey Dale, Glad you're back man, and I know Patty and Tanya are elated. Be a Coug boy....

Name: John Garrett () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 18:08:08
Class: 1992
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Will there be a reunion next year for the class of 1992
If we know about one, it'll be posted on the Reunions page.

Name: Karen Beebe () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 17:52:59
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: I am seaching for my friend DIANNA ORTIZ who graduated from Hawthorne High 1972. I graduated from Lawndale High 1972. Please if anyone knows Dianna's whereabouts please contact me. Thank you.

Name: Patti Smith () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 17:46:25
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: I fully agree with George Key. "Operation Dear Abby", whereby people could send mail to any serviceman or woman stationed overseas, has been cancelled this year for security reasons. For the past 13 years, this mail from many thousands of American citizens has brought a little bit of home and uplifting messages to our Armed Forces heroes...this year that cannot happen. George, if you read this, can you suggest an alternative? Is there some way you all could set up a special email address or 2 so that we could bombard with messages of hope and encouragement to be distributed around the ship? Please know that you are thought of and appreciated...GREATLY!

Name: JAIME PRONTO () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 17:28:10
City and State: strand, ca
Message: That would be Steve Grady now the football coach at Loyola High School. The next year it would have been Wilson Bowie. Grady also played safety and never really played too much offense, let's see OJ or Grady? McKay didn't have to be a genius afterall did he? When OJ went to San Francisco JC they originally wanted to make him a pulling guard because he was so fast and big. Now there was a genius.
YES!! You are correct, sir. Steve Grady was the answer. John, Tell him what he's won. Thank you John......Jim, you win a weeks stay at the beautiful Hyperion Beach Campground at Playa del Rey, CA. Please bring a clothespin for your nose and your own cot. Back to you John....

Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 17:12:11
Maiden: Same as above!
Class: 1961
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: I haven't been on for a while, so I wanted to wish all you Cougs out there a wonderful and safe Holiday Season, and a great New Year. You all deserve it for being the GREATEST group of people in the whole world! El Rojo, (alias: Jake, Red, Russ) Did you receive the pictures I sent you of when you were at my house? I just wondered if the Pony Express made it through! Thank God I'm a Coug, Royal
Hey Royal, the same back at you and Pat. Thanks for checking in.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 15:07:29
Class: 74
City and State: Seal Beach Ca.
Message: Sue, I do remember that concert. I drove Betsy Watts along with Jack Vallembois, sorry Jack if I screwed your name up. Sorry John, cakes, cookies, whatever, I guess they all begin to look the same as age settles in.....see what those sixties did to you guys, and you thought us 70's kids lived on the edge...take care.

Name: Larry Banta () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 14:25:18
Class: 78
City and State: Not Guilty
Message: Yep, he always had a real 'slashing' style of running,if you recall. He just let Al Cowlings lead the way and left the defense bloody and motionless in his wake. The Cal coach later stated that O.J. had singlehandedly murdered the defense. O.J. said he was elsewhere that weekend and didn't play, didn't do it. 80,000 fans must have mistaken someone else for him.
You left out the fact that he could cut with the best of running backs and would knife through the line like a meat cleaver through a shoulder cut. Yes sir, he could carve up a defense like Paul Prudhomme through a Pot Roast, and take the heart right out of his opponents. If he had his game face on you better call 911 cause he'd turn you into hamburger in no time at all.
TRIVIA TIME: Who was OJ's backup tailback in 1967? (Sloey, do you know this one?)

Name: Sue King () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 13:54:52
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974 (rules!)
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Yeah John - What Patty said!!!! Both times!! Don't be pickin' on the 70's kids! Bud, I was reminiscing about those things myself. Do you remember the Eagles concert that my sister Sharon, Betsy Watts, and ? opened the show for in their HHS cheer outfits? At the Shrine I think and who else was there?
ok......i'm being good, huh janet?

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 12:33:35
Class: 74
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Message: Go into the kitchen and bake a cake???? Did you hear that Patty V? I guess them old timers don't realize that us 74ers' as apathetic as we may have been do come to the aid of our fellow classmates.
Uh, that's bake a COOKIE, Bud, and I stand corrected.......I guess you DID need some help from Patty.
OK, I've gotten into too much trouble on this one already, Janet just called, so I'll go back into cut and paste mode and won't comment any further. yeah, yeah, yeah.......women rule, yada, yada, yada, and all that 70's garbage.....

Name: George Key () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 12:26:05
Class: 80
City and State: PVE--CA
Message: Hope all of you read the note from Ron Teh, class of 81 who is on an aircraft carrier in the war zone. I tried to send him an E mail but it would not go through. Remembering how lonesome it was at holiday time when in WWII I was in china and missed two Christmases I would encourage all of us to send a snowstorm of messages on CT to Ron to let him know his Cougar family thinks of him at this time and honors what he is doing to make the word safer for all of us.
Great idea George, These guys are not only on "our side", but are Cougars. Let's let them hear from us.

Name: Larry Banta () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 10:53:45
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 78
City and State: Troy
Message: I obviously didn't know Doc was Pacos' father either. Thanks. Gotta chime in on A.D. and Ricky Bell etc. The first game my dad ever took me to was SC vs.Cal. at the Coliseum in 1968. Of course, SC whooped em. There was and is not anything like those SC teams in the 70s. Anthony Davis, Sam Cunningham, Ricky Bell, Charlie White, Marcus Allen, Dennis Smith, Ronnie Lott, Anthony Munoz. I'll stop there. I'll put the Hawthorne connection in to SC here. Don't forget the current and very successful head baseball coach at SC is HHS grad Mike Gillespie. Now to current postings and JB e-mail-...Gee John, it doesn't sound like barefoot and pregnant was part of the old Hawthorne experience, does it?
ALL RIGHT LARRY, another Southern Cal fan. OJ must've really "carved up" Cal in 68.

Name: Chris Hood () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 10:29:01
City and State: Coos Bay, Oregon
Message: Haven’t said a word all season, but ladies, show the respect the politically incorrect BCS does not. Our web footed “zeros” were 3 lousy forth quarter minutes and two freak blocked punts away from a perfect season. Let's talk about the baby blue bombers that just can't seem to scratch up the pennies to attend a bowl (how rude and with a little coaching they could have been #2). If their destination was Tempe Az., you would be hearing hare rama U rama C rama L rama A in the terminals of L.A.X......John the 26 pics are tugging on my heart strings. Descending the stairs with my 8'8" Bing bouncing on my head (I was 4'4"), I can feel the cool breeze of the early morning salt air on my face. Thanks dude!
It seems I have to take about 60 pictures to get 2 or 3 to turn out. Thank God for digitals. Glad too that it shook your meninges. (Can you say that on the Internet?)

Name: Linda () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 10:27:44
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: KC MO
Message: John, I would like to know what kind of camera you have to take such beautiful clear pictures? The one of 26th Street at 6:00am should get a prize. We were at my brothers the other night talking about memories and CT and the beach. I said what I wouldn't give to be on the beach at 26th Street. Well he made some comment that didn't go over with me. Something about you can't live in the past. I can't say too much as he may be reading this but I may go to Florida one day and visit their beach or any other beach, but 26th St. will always be my home beach!!!!! Gosh, the last time I was there 2 years ago I could only stay a half hr. We were there for my reunion and we just had a few days. Well in those few days we had to go between my younger brothers house and my bro. in laws. There was NO time for us. Now I can't wait until my husband gets retired and we can travel and go where we want when we want. For now we have to keep on working so we can do this one day.
Linda, It's not living in the past to awaken the memories of places we loved as kids. I sure wouldn't want to be back there now, but do like to stir the old memory cells. It's nice to know others feel the same.

Name: Patty V () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 10:04:21
Class: 1974
City and State: pve, ca
Message: John-boy, I just love the way you exercise your e-muscles when Janet is out of town. Thank you. You actually made me smile this morning.
Man, have I been getting email. See folks, just KIDDING!!

Name: Hermosa Rat () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 03:18:32
Class: 60's
City and State: Still on the beach where ever the waves break
Message: 5 CORNERS; Yeah hanging out at Five Corners in Hermosa Beach on Friday and Saturday nights. That was a mid and late sixties thing. 22nd Street, Hermosa Beach. Waves broke good back then. 26th Street was a great hangout but Hermosa had the waves back then. And we produced some of the top surfers back then. Also cruising the Strand on a bike during the summer. Girls, parties, girls, standing out side of a liquor store trying to get some adult to purchase some beer for the night. Surfing Hagertys, Break Water, the Cove, Huntigton Beach, Oil Pier, Topaz, Trestals if the Marine MPs didn't catch you. But I have to admit that 26 was a great place to catch a few waves in the morning before school. But then again Hermosa had Taco Bills, The Surfboarder, Poop Deck, Critters, Lighthouse and girls and parties.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 02:42:09
Class: 77
City and State: Ocean Gate
Message: Wow, I did not know that Doc Duran is Paco's Dad! That's great -- I lifted at Doc's for about a week until I realized how much work it was going to be. Bulk was overrated for a "small" forward on a 5-22 basketball team

Name: JAIME PRONTO () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 00:45:16
Class: very little
City and State: strand or stranded
Message: Well I hear that Prince Robin has returned but he won't ride with us until the Ducks win the Rose Bowl or Harrington wins the Heisman. You know Robin its pretty cold now, we don't want to wait til it gets that cold. And please don't ask me how a third place team in the Big 12 is playing for the national championship but you got to love that BCS thing.
NOW I know what that BIG ZERO on their helmet means. JUST KIDDING!!
Don't feel bad Robin, I still think Anthony Davis and Ricky Bell got robbed, and hey, Carson Palmer wasn't THAT bad.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 00:38:52
Maiden: HustleMeNot
Class: 63
City and State: The Haunts of South Bay
Message: No remembrance of the Pool Hall on Inglewood Ave. I do remember PIZZ-A-CUE at 15017 South Crenshaw (at Compton), OR 9-2883 where in 1966 the Pool Players “Luncheon Special” Monday thru Friday 11:00 to 3:00 was One Hour of Pool and Lunch for Only 95 Cents.
Man, that one I do NOT remember, but I bet someone does. Thanks Bill

Name: Lori Padelford () on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 00:13:17
E-Mail: Loriinescrowland
Class: 81
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: Hi everyone! I thought I had better check in and say hi to all and especially Eddie Braun. Eddie, that was really nice to see you noticed my absence. I am sorry I havent contributed much here lately but all I ever do is work it seems. With interest rates so low everyone and their brother has been refinancing and someone has do a fantastic job closing their escrow's, so it may as well be me :). My average work day for the last month or two has been 13-15 hours a day and sometimes weekends too. Oh well a couple of months from now I maybe in here begging for escrow's. By the way if I can help any Cougars with their sale or refinance escrows please dont hesitate to contact me, I give great "Cougar discounts". My work # is 310-792-7343 Anyway I'm rambling on. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. John as always thanks so much for all you do for us Cougars all year long, your a truly wonderful person. Love Lori
Thanks Lori, You and Mario have a great holiday...

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 22:02:06
Class: 66
City and State: Orange, Ca
Message: Hey John I once shot pool against Duane Eddy at the old Hawthorne pool hall on Inglewood Ave. Did well against him on eight ball. Then he got me on a snooker table and cleaned my clock.
Yep, that Duane Eddy was a real Rebel Rouser and 40 miles of bad road all right....
I remember Utters Pool Hall and the Family Billiards place on Hawthorne and about 122nd. I also remember Imperial Billiards on Imperial and La Cienega. Where was the Old Hawthorne Pool Hall on Inglewood Av??

Name: Patty Valencia () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 19:49:59
Class: 1974
City and State: pve, CA
Message: HEY, BACK OFF of my '74 BUDS, John boy!!!!
You 60's crowd send enough feedback that should be email. Bud has never even written in before - you go boy!! My best friend Jill was married to Bob James, the guitarist for Montrose. Their son, Brendan has his own group now in Santa Barbara and I've been forwarding the reminences of Montrose to Jill. So, I guess I was a closet reader of the feedback exchange between Bud and Dan. Hurrumph.

Thank you Patty, but Bud doesn't need a class of 74 "skirt" jumping in to protect him from the evil 60's crowd. He's a big boy now. You go on back in the kitchen and bake a Christmas cookie like a good Girl Scout and we'll call you when we need a present wrapped or something important like that.
The Bob James I know plays the piano. Is Boney James, Bob James's brother? I know a guy who once won an autographed "Sammy Hagar" Firebird.

Name: Larry Banta () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 19:25:17
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 78
City and State: Del Aire, CA.
Message: Just wanted to ask Keith Jones or anyone that may know what ever happened to the gentleman that ran Doc's. I believe it was on 133rd or 134th St. between La Cienega and Ocean Gate. I recall guys that went in there big and came out huge (like Jones, Morlock, Kukuk, Collins). Also, does anyone remember the Perahia brothers that had the Plymouth Cuda (Highway Star) and Fury hot rod/show cars? Wasn't Josh Perahia a bass player? Although I don't think he played with Montrose or Chuck Berry. Adios.
Hey Larry, The gentleman who ran Doc's was Doc Duran, our own Howard "Paco's Pics" Duran's father.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 18:17:32
Class: 77
City and State: Back to the Future
Message: Chuck Berry? Chuck Berry? Can't place 'em. Wasn't he the guitar player for Sha Na Na? Hey, wait, now I remember. He's the guy who did My Ding a Ling, right? He stole his riffs from Michael J. Fox. "This is your cousin Marvin, Marvin Berry . . . ."
On "It's A Beautiful Day" -- sorry Jill, I don't know anything on the market for vintage vinyl. However, there is a famous store that just opened a branch in Hollywood called "Amoeba Records" that says they'll buy your used vinyl. Maybe they'll give you a quote over the phone.

See, you're not as young as you sound.

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 15:230:14
Class: 62
City and State:Lomita, CA
Message:: Here's another one of those 26th St pics. I took this one a few weeks ago and should bring a few of you surfers home from Minnesota. It was, again, taken about 6am. Talk about another beautiful fall morning in the South Bay.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 15:10:13
Class: 77
City and State: I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Message: I agree with you John.
OK, then repeat after me....."We need more Chuck Berry music."

Name: Cindy Colby () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 13:52:24
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: I hope everyone looks at the pictures on Paco's Pic's, that one of the three little boys and the one with the boy flying through the air just make my heart happy, I love them. Who do those kids belong to? Thanks Paco and thanks John for this wonderful website.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 13:04:42
Class: 74
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca.
Message: John, I apologize. Though I was responding to Dan my e-mail was intended for all who shared and enjoyed the music and times we lived in during our high school days. I very seldom check into Cougartown let alone respond to an e-mail, maybe I dont know the rules here, but Dans e-mail hit home and stirred up some memories I wanted to respond to. Thanks.......
Hey Bud, No need to apologize for talking about old times. Just clownin' with you guys. God knows the Feedback page can sometimes get WAY off the topic of HHS or Hawthorne. Talk away......

Name: Susie Russelle () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 12:40:32
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: '71
City and State: Albuquerque,N.M.
Message: Checked your weather b4 writing this, yours is 58 and mine is SNOWING!!! Won't be taking my '68 mustang out of the garage today... Saw some feedback on concerts, how about Black Sabbath opening for Yes at the Forum or Creams goodbye concert there...and this odd combination, T-Rex opening 4 the Doobie Brothers in Long Beach. Had tickets for Jimi but got caught with beer in the trunk of Wes' '64 Comet...oh the memories
I saw Anita Bryant in a grocery line once.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 10:17:17
Class: 77
City and State: Santa Monica Civic
Message: I thought the music we listened to during High School and the concerts we went to were fair game.
Mentioning high school music and musicians like Pink Floyd is fair game. Don't you agree that when the conversation is just between two people, it should go to email?
Unless of course, we're talking about Little Richard or Chuck Berry.

Name: Eddie Braun () on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 23:01:57
Class: 79
City and State: Manhattan Beach, Ca
Message: hey john, whens the next cruise night? im looking forward to finally meeting you in person....i guess that you finally got my check?? hope things are well w you and look forward to meeting you before i have to leave town again for god knows where...... DON DALLONS, where the heck are you? you havnt called lately.....and Hello to LORI PADELFORD if you are out there..........Eddie
Hey Eddie, Yes I received your dues check, thank you. It'll probably be late February or early March for the next Cruise Night. We'll see you there.

Name: Lanny Harris () on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 22:33:36
Class: 1962
City and State: Salt lake City, Ut
Message: Hey John, How's the weather in Hawthorne these days? One of the things I miss by living up here in Salt Lake City is that I'm not able to work on my car all year long. Best regards Lanny
Hey Lanny, glad you're still out there.

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 22:26:43
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: Kansas city, MO
Message: I just wanted to welcome Rod Potts to CT. I'm sure you will find a lot of your old buddies from the old days here. Now I find myself cruzing Classmates to find the ones that are not with us here. To tell them all about this wonderful place called Cougartown. Call me a busybody but I just want everyone to know we are here and that this is such a great site. Hope everybody has a wonderful and safe Holiday Season.
Thank you Linda and let's keep on finding those lost Cougs.

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