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Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 17:12:31
Class: 73
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: I think we bought trees at the H. Joseph lot a few years. My memory is that the lot was located on the E. side of Hawthorne Blvd. right where the S.P. railroad tracks cross. That would place it where the Hawthorne mall entrance is, or at least used to be. Tonight's the big night for the Terps. Let's see if they can survive the Gators.

Name: Kelley () on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 14:06:21
E-Mail: k.k.currie@somethingdotsomethingdotnetsomething
Maiden: Currie
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay,Oregon
Message: Hell-o everyone, hope you all had a great holiday..I was working hard, retail time was big here, especially at Cone 9, we rocked...Haven't had much time for the computer so haven't read much of CT..But was wondering if anyone ever bought their Christmas Tree from Jimmy Josephs lot. I think it was on 137th? Curtis A. stayed there and watched the trees at night...My brother, Dave Collins, Bob Anderson to name a few would gather there during the holidays to spread joy to the tree buyer...sure they did....Love and Peace to all of you CT readers Kell
Hi Kell, I thought that lot belonged to Harry Joseph..... Jimmy's dad. Thanks for the memory. I remember Jimmy had a maroon '62 409 Chevy I would have loved to own.

Name: Larry/Loretta Cuiper () on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 13:55:16
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 60/62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hello John/Janet and all Cougars, Hope everyones Holidays were good ones. Happy New Year to all
Thanks Loretta.....

Name: Cheryl () on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 11:43:25
E-Mail: Nicocia
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(onthefrozenriver)
Message: HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone out there in Cougartown, and all your loved ones. Here's hoping that it is a Blessed and Peaceful year for all of us.
Love Cheryl, and the Grappa Man.

Name: myrna () on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 12:38:09
E-Mail: lostinthesanjoaquinvalley
City and State: flatanddesolate
Message: Hey John - I still exist!!! I'm glad you guys had a white Christmas (I'm assuming you drove 99 and not I5 to get there!!) Now that the new year is about here and the self-inflicted stress of the holiday season is subsiding, I hope to become a regular member of Cougartown again. I'm also hoping to get together with my brothers (Tom and Gordon Bell) late in January, in Chico, so that we can celebrate Dad's 85th. Reading back a few pages, I enjoyed your descriptions of OJ's feats on the football field, and I especially appreciate you picking on the 70's kids. After all, there must be some advantage to being the older kids.
ME, PICKING ON SOMEONE??!! You must've been reading someone else, huh Janet.
Glad you're back Myrna and tell dad, "Rusty Bell", John says Happy Birthday.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 19:54:57
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Well hope everyone had a great Kalikimaka. Tried to get to Sunset Beach yesterday cause the waves hit 25 foot. But the traffic on the one lane highway was backed-up for about 8 miles so I gave up and turned around. About 82 degrees here. I think the only snow is on the Big Island right now. Have a safe New Years and it looks like 2002 is going to be a great year! Aloha Keith

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 19:12:08
Maiden: Imstilllookingformysoulmate!!
Class: '72
City and State: La, La Land
Message: Hope everyone had a loving and fulfilling Christmas...and Happy New Year to one and all! I was just wondering if any of the alumni who had gone to Washington Elementary, remember Mrs. Hopkins( kindergarten teacher), and Ms. Donahue (1st grade). They were a big influence on me as I entered school. They were the kindest and sweetest teachers ever...they showered me w/all kinds of attention and made me feel so special! I even remember Ms. Donahue sometimes sitting w/me during lunch...(can you believe this Sicilian gal was so shy and timid, that she needed her teacher for extra security, it only took me till my Sophmore year at HHS to come out of my shell!!) Some other teachers that I remember as also being exceptional were, Mrs. Fraser (who drove a cool looking Jag), and Mr. Johnson (I had a BIG crush on him, what a cutie he was/Is). I think that it was his first year teaching (6th grade)and I was the teacher's pet! Mrs. Fraser (fifth grade) was kind and caring. I remember she would read to us often. One particular book was called "Island of the Blue Dolphins". I still remember to this day the story line, and how well she could capture our attention for so long! I still see Mr. Johnson in the school yard at HIS, he's still a P.E. teacher. I ran into him at Manhattan Beach some years back, and yes he is still jogging along the beach, still looking cute! He had to go thru about 4 other siblings names until he got my name right! Can't believe he recognized me after 30 yrs! Well, I should of posted this when everyone was remembering their teachers that inspired, touched, or just made an impression on them, but being the middle aged gal that I am, (the old brain is not what it used to be!). On another note, there are so many Nicocia's, that I thought I would give you an update on a couple of them. My younger brother and sister, Annie & Nicky (74), do not have email addresses, ... so, if anyone wants to get in touch w/them, just write me. Just a quick note on what's been going on w/them: Nicky lives is Palmdale, and has 2 children, Rhianna 18yrs, and Andrew 14yrs..and they are really BEAUTIFUL kids! Annie lives in the hills of Sherman Oaks, and has one daughter, Christina who is 5 1/2 yrs., going on 15! She is just like her mother, BEAUTIFUL, SMART, and full of ENERGY!!. She is the apple of my eye! I am very much a DOTING AUNTIE!!...and just love to spoil all my nieces and nephews, that at last count added up to be eleven!! You know how Sicilians are...many, many children do they have!! I'm ramblin' now, and must go...before I get into my other sisters updates, and that would cover a couple of pages! More later... :-) Ciao, Enza
Thanks Enza, When I get the picture, I'll add it.

Name: DALE CRAIG () on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 18:06:05
E-Mail: barbara.craig@worldnet.attnet.
Class: 76
City and State: HAWTHORNE CA

Name: Art La Mere () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 19:06:46
Class: 73
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Well here we sit in Iowa with no snow. Just want everyone to be safe and enjoy the holidays. Hopefully we will get snow on sunday just in time for all the kids to ride the new bikes in. Enjoy your time with family and loved ones, God bless and be safe Art La Mere

Name: Susan King () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 17:33:36
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Dear John: Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas before you head out for your yuletide adventure. Last year at this time, the class of '74 was mourning the loss of our own Mike "Big Mac" McClain and this year we have spent it reconnecting with one another and taking/making opportunities for special visits. Cougartown continues to be the main catalyst for all of that. Whether as Cougars or as Americans, we all have learned a lesson about how fleeting time is and why it is important to come together whenever and wherever possible. I wish you all the magic of these special holidays, the love of your families far and near and friendships everlasting. And I hope it's not too cliche to wish for Peace on Earth....
Thank you Sue. I don't know WHY you aren't a writer. You lay words end-to-end in such a beautiful way. Ctown has reconnected me with lots of former classmates and friends from Hawthorne. It has also connected me to NEW friends as I travel along MY length of time. Before it ran out, I was very lucky to have found the Bierman clan. What a fine all American family from Hawthorne.
Big Mac, I was very lucky to have known you, albeit for such a short period. If it hadn't been for this website, I would have never had that honor. Geez, I'm ramblin here. Take the time to connect and reconnect, Cougs. There're lots of great people out there.
As far as that Peace on Earth statement goes, there'll be Peace on Earth as soon as we kill that no good SOB!!!
Have a wonderful Holiday week.......

Name: Bob Kyllonen () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:16:54
City and State: Rancho Mirage, CA
Message: Merry Christmas to this large, slightly wild, but wonderful Cougar Family. This has been the year that Cougartown has brought back so many people into my life. Thank you, John, for making this possible. A day wouldn't be complete without checking "Feedback" a couple of times. And I still am aglow from that great "Prom Night 2001". Best wishes to you, George Key. How nice to hear that you are doing well and meeting Cougars in unexpected places. Aren't they a wonderful group of people!
Happy New Year everyone. May all of your wishes come true.
Sincerely, Bob K.

Thank YOU Bob for being a part of the memories, small talk, and just plain zaniness that emanates from these feedback pages. I hope you realize how special the teachers/principals are to all Cougs. I wish more teachers would jump in with a story or two.
You and yours have a wonderful holiday and thanks again for being out there.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 13:57:59
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: All Cougars Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou to all. What a great place to live during winter. It is clear and warm (about 80). The water is clear so some of us are going diving this afternoon. I took some pics John I just have to develop them. Hope everyone is doing great and have a safe and happy holiday. Aloha Keith
Thanks Keith, and yes, I don't pretend that the South Bay competes with Hawaii for glorious weather. Please send the pics along and I will put them up.
You and yours have a wonderful, although snowless, Christmas Season, and thanks for being a part of Cougartown, Keith. You add so much and I do mean that.

Name: JAIME PRONTO () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 13:51:05
Class: 66
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: In response to Lyman's post I am compelled to say MERRY CHRISTMAS! Remember always the reason of the Season! To my biking buddies a dry, windless path and of course, sand free with no dogs or inattentive Grandpas or out of control worms heading toward us or surfer dudes that just can't wait to get to the next set. Best wishes to everyone on this most wonderful time of the year. Last night our neighbor came home from the tree lot with her tree. She came over to ask if i could help her get it out of her back seat. Visions of my brudders story filled my head as I looked and saw that it had been put in BUTT first. Before I could even ask she told me how she hated the tree and complained to the owner and the two boys who had flocked it but suddenly before she knew it the tree was in her car where it remains this morning. After two hours of tugging it is indeed a mere twig of its former self.
Yes Jim, You ARE the "MIracle Worker", and tree trimming Christian neighbors are VERY lucky to have you around.
Maybe she could decorate it in the car.
Have a great holiday, Jim and Debby, and please be careful of all Strand hazards.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:17:26
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Happy Holidays all. As I was just telling Larry Banta, I found in my box of memorabilia a 1971 Aviation Little League Program listing names, addresses and ages of all the players that year. The President of the League was a true character, Fravell Johnson (no relation). Anyone interested in information from that Program, feel free to send me an e-mail.
Here's wishing you a Pink 2002 (Which One's Pink? 1/12 @ Canyon Club in Agoura, 1/26 @ House of Blues, Anaheim [with world famous Doors tribute Wild Child] and 2/9 @ Paladino's).

Have a Merry Christmas, Dan.

Name: Patty Valencia () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:21:07
Class: 1974
City and State: PVE, Ca
Message: Merry Christmas to CTown! No matter where I travel to, I find myself at home in CTown. Thank you John and thank you feedbackers for making it fun and easy to relive childhood memories here. God Bless America and all the service people for keeping her safe.
Thanks Patty, You and the kids have a Merry Christmas too.

Name: Lyman Moss () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:50:09
Class: 59
City and State: Everett, Wa. 98205
Message:Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all... ...and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2002, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee. (By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.)
Political correctness is such a pain in the @#$%^&*()!!

Thank you Lyman, for the holiday "whatever that was". You and yours have the SAME.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:01:15
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Merry Christmas to all and may the true meaning of the holiday shine through!

Thank you sweety, and Merry Christmas to you, most of all. May all your Christmas dreams come true.
I love you very much.....

Name: Richard Hanson () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:54:14
Class: 62-6
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: Although I am not a member of the Class of '62 (that would make me only 57 instead of 63), I know in my heart that your class or age makes no difference in C-Town. We are all one big family and I love you all. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night and a good night to me means I got lucky.
ALL RIGHT RICHARD!! You and Joanie have a Great (lucky) Holiday. Yes, we're all seniors in Cougartown so there's none of that "AGE" stuff to get in the way. I did receive your car pictures too and will add them soon. Thanks Richard, for being a big part of Cougartown.
We Love You Too MAAANN!!

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 04:48:54
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsfullo'burritos, OR
Message: I want to wish all my Coug buds a Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year's. My family and I get to go up to see my psycho but fun brother, Mike Aceves and his family for Christmas and New Year's...this ought to be FUN! Ol' Mikey is so "loco in the cabesa" ( but who am I to talk?) but that's what makes him so much fun to be never know what Mike is going to say or do. Such a CAD!!!! And Bud Rhodes....Dave Butner, my brother knew ( knows that guy, funny how some names just hit ya like that) have a fun visit with him. You all be safe now and have a great time. Much love from Orygun!
Hi Anita, have a wonferful and safe holiday.

Name: George Key () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 03:05:07
Class: 80
City and State: PVE-CA
Message: We Cougars do meet in the darndest places. Thanksgiving week I was bored and felt the need for a new experience so took a four day field trip to Little Company of Mary. I woke up one morning and this darling little nurse was looking at me rather puzzled. She said - you are Mr. Key. It was Nancy Chadwick class of 79. She healed me and gave me a wonderful Christmas. Thank you Nancy and all of you wonderful Cougars who have given me such happy memories.
I love you all so much. Have a great holiday-JORGE

Hi George, Thanks for the "small Cougar world" story. You and Olena have a very Merry Christmas.

Name: Dan Dye () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 00:19:35
Class: 1962
City and State: Torrance,Calif.
Message: Merry Christmas to all of my old and new Cougar Buddies. Cougar Town has renewed old friendships and brought new friends into my life. After 9-11-01 our lives have been changed. Family and friends are more important than we ever knew. Remember to tell the people you love, that you love them and don't be afraid to hug your friends and smile at someone you don't like. Have a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year For Ever A Cougar, Dan Dye
Hey Dan, Thank YOU for being out there and for contributing to this forum. You and Ann have a Merry Christmas and I'll see you next week.

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Friday, December 21, 2001 at 00:10:24
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Message: I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from a sunny Kansas City. This place is crazy. Last year at this time we had snow and ice storms and today it was 60 and sunny. I can handle that. Please all you Cougars and families be safe!! There are so many accidents this time of year and none of us want to hear of any in our CT community. Thanks to all the service men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. Thank you John for letting us all be together as an extended family here on CT.
Thanks for being out there Linda. Have a great holiday.

Name: CHERYL () on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 23:38:37
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(undersnow)
Message: Hello John and everyone out there in Cougartown. Well, I am ready for Christmas. The house is decorated, the tree is up, the cookies are baked, the fire is blazing, and it is snowing like crazy outside. All that is missing is the kids, and they will be here Saturday. We want to wish all our friends, old and new, out there in Cougartown a wonderful Christmas and a GREAT new year. Wish you could all be here with us. Merry Christmas John, love ya .....CAN
Hey Cheryl, Merry Christmas to you, John, Ryan, and the girls. Janet and I are off to Oakhurst, where I get to play with her grandkids and all their new toys. Nothing like Christmas with little ones around. It's magical....

Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 23:17:24
Maiden: Cary
Class: 1973
City and State: Amarillo Tx
Message: Hello Cougars, just a quick note to wish all cougars a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..Part of me is with you all in California as I sit here in Amarillo Tx..far from my memories of growing up in a wonderful place and a wonderful time...Thanks again John for allowing us to put all of these great memories that we have held in our hearts, into words and shared thoughts that can only bring us joy ...May everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday...Your Amarillo Cougar....LIZ Cary ( Castanon )
Hey Liz, You and yours have a wonderful holiday season, and thanks for being a part of the Ctown family.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:53:15
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Dear C-towners- I'd like to pass on a message from a distant relative in Maryland.
"The year that is now about to pass will be one that will be remembered not only by us but by many future generations. I hope that you are in accord with my family and me, wishing it had not come to pass, the tragedy of September 11th and its aftermath, the war in Afganistan. Hopefully it will not go on for a long time like the clash between Israel and Palestine, that seems to have no ending. We are sad for all the people whose lives have been changed forever.
During the holidays may you and your loved ones enjoy all the happiness of this wondrous season"
Betty Rodriguez

Thanks Betty.....

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:31:34
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Just want to take a minute to tell every single Cougar in the whole world MERRY CHRISTMAS! Here's hoping the BEST day of 2001 will be our WORST day of 2002! Happy New Year too! Linda
Hey, it's class of 62 day. Thanks for the well wishes Linda, and you, Rick, and the whole family have a great holiday.

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:26:25
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Thanks for posting those beautiful blessings of mine for all of C'town to see, Mr. John! Thanks for a great site and helping so many of my old chums get back in touch with me. You're a good egg! God Bless all our armed forces this season and God Bless America!
Thanks for sending the picture, Gloria, and you and all the little Herloskys have a Merry Christmas.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:25:48
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out in Cougartown. Most of us will be with family and for that I am truly thankful. I am also thankful for those of you out there who will be standing in harms way, helping to keep this great Nation safe and free, either on the homefront or abroad. Thank for your sacrifice. I will have an extra place set for you at Christmas dinner this year, and pray that you will return to your families soon. *09-11-2001* We will never forget!
Amen to that, Alan. We as Americans have lots to be thankful for. Have a great Christmas.

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