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Name: Patti Smith () on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at 18:30:44
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: To Richard Smith, Ron Teh, my brother Bob Smith, Rick Turnage, Art Paton, Pat Daniel, and ALL other Cougs and Cougars-by-marriage who have served in our armed forces, I want to add my most heartfelt THANK YOU for serving our great country and protecting our freedom. You have risked your lives, some have given them, sacrificed greatly, missed time with your families, to protect those of us here at home. Those of you who are still in and going overseas, may God be with you and bring you all home safely.

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at 14:20:12
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message:This is from Petey Smith. I don't normally like to add these to feedback but this one just hits home. Thanks again to all the US Armed Forces who've given so much for our freedom.

Richard (my husband) never really talked a lot about his time in Vietnam other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8x 10 black & white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann-Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.

A few years ago, Ann- Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo, so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing. When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage.

Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted. Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home.

Ann-Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as 2nd in line, it was soon Richard's turn. He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her to see it."

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Vietnam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for "my gentlemen." With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them.

There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he was the only one there.

Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears. "That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army," he said.

Richard, like many others, came home to people who spit on him and shouted ugly things at him. That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I'll never forget Ann-Margret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband. I now make it a point to say "Thank You" to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces.

Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at 13:51:25
Class: 1981
City and State: Portland Oregon
Message: To Ron Teh, WELCOME HOME BUDDY and same goes for your crew/shipmate. Ron, I have to honestly say when I read your messages of your homecoming my eyes went into tears because not only you protected my FREEDOM but my daughter as well(she just turn 2) and the rest of this country. Everyday I see my daughter's freedom by the things she gets to do without Terrorist threatin her way of life(as well as all of us). I am Proud of being an American but MORE PROUD of your service to our country. It would be nice to welcome you back to port(Brementon right?)in person but I'm sure there will be many thousand flag wavers and families and such more to welcome you home. May the gov't gives you much timely rest before you have to go out again. I hope the Christmas Tree is still up at home for you to enjoy what you missed? Welcome home USS Carl Vinson!

Name: nicholai b. ferrera () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 23:07:45
Class: 1973
City and State: murrieta, california
Message: Living in the wonderful state of California and need to update my address at HHS so as not to miss another reunion. Please contact me at my e-mail address, "".

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 21:39:07
E-Mail: M.I.A.
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore
Message: Paco, thanks for posting the pictures! Such a fun day. Hope holidays were good for all. Except for my ISP going AWOL, we had a great holiday. I'm taking recommendations for favorite ISP!

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 20:50:11
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: I noticed that Lynne Johnson (Bommarito) Class of 1963 is a member of Classmates. If someone who is a member of Classmates is willing to contact Lynne and tell her about Cougartown and ask her to contact me at, I would sure appreciate it. I think that this might be a good friend who I last saw in 1968. Thanks Cougars.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 19:31:05
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Thank you Doris. The Paco's Pic's you refer to, were taken the first week of November at Donna Cook and Wayne Dickey's birthday brunch. Champagne goes a long way to put a smile on your face on a Sunday morning. : ) And John, Sweetie, skiing is the biggest pain in the ass sport ever invented. You must really be in love, Buddy. DZ
Hey Liz, Yes I Am!!!

Name: Dale Craig () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 17:54:54
E-Mail: barbara.craig@worldnet.attnet
Class: 76
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: To all Nebraska fans to bad they didn't have there best defense on the field facing Miami in the rosebowl Oregon would have made a better effort than Nebraska. Sorry Bill Sloey I know you went to Nebraska under former Green Bay Packer coach Bob Devine great coach and offensive coach Tom Osborne giving up 99 points in two games lacks defense get a new defensive coach Nebraska then I won't you again I still say the BCS still sucks go to a playoff system like pros my perdiction is the St. Louis Rams will win the Superbowl thanks for your time and happy new to everybody in cougarland signed Dr Tazmo aka Dale

Name: Dianna Tavares () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 16:27:38
Maiden: Oliveira
Class: 1980
City and State: Hana,Maui, HI.
Message: site was a kick..more my sister's era though. her name was Paula Oliveira class of 60 something don't know exactly what year..
Dianna, Glad you liked the site. Your sis was in the class of 69.

Name: doris () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 14:32:42
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: TF ID
Message: GEE JOHN ... give me a sraight line! I just can't resist this one; sorry about that!!! :-D
Not all adults "bounce" when they fall before they learn to ski ... some people go "splat" or "klunk"! Depends on how much FAT they are carrying! hahahehehehaah hahahah hehe oh I hurt myself laughing so hard! And here's another one ... some people don't even FALL before they learn to ski; they just get up on their skis and take off. They have to be TAUGHT how to fall. Seriously! INCIDENTALLY, LIZ! Great Paco Pic's of YOU!!! Where were you having all this fun?

Yeah well, I've taught myself how to bounce pretty good so far.

Name: Myrna () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 11:50:23
E-Mail: probablylostinspace
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
City and State: Coalinga Station A
Message: Hey John - don't worry, I was the oldest (and I think probably the biggest) in my ski class and also bouncing down the bunny hill.
I think everyone bounced when they started skiing. You have to crawl before you walk and bounce before you ski.

Name: Charlotte Rodrigues () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 11:42:48
Maiden: Lindsey
Class: 1975
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Aloha to all my old friends and classmates!! If you are ever in Hawaii or are planning to visit please contact me. My best to all of you. :)

Name: Linda Hogeboom () on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 00:15:32
Maiden: McClain
Class: 65
City and State: San Ramon, CA
Message: John, thanks for the great web site! Its nice to get in touch with HHS grads. Thanks to Patt Prewitt for her note. I hope to hear from more HHS in the near future. Hey Rabbit, are you still out there? Send me a note.
Thanks Linda, Glad you're reconnecting with your classmates.

Name: Shelly () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 21:46:36
E-Mail: msperky
Maiden: (Tomlinson)
Class: 1978
City and State: the hills
Message: I was very, very sad to read the news about Lynn Maguyre. I ask God to bless her family and those who loved her. I have very fond memories of her, most vividly, her beautiful, CHEERFUL smile, and contagious laugh. Michelle, my prayers are with you. I do remember how close the 2 of you were, always reminding me of Laverne and Shirley. Bless your heart.

Name: Frank Romano () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 21:44:25
Class: 1961
City and State: Las Vegas, Nv.
Message: Hello everyone... Sorry I have fallen off the staying up to date..however, for sometime every change that I tried to send out a feedback, JB had cut out for the weekend... John. Didn't anybody tell you that girls make your legs weak! I also know one or two that could really hurt Cha... "Like the fellow surprised by the devil in church... You don't scare me... I've been married to your sister for years."
Anyway/// I want to wish everyone visiting Cougartown a wonderful New Year. 002 should become one to remember. We shall all get done what we must do. God Speed to all of ours serving all of us... RCG Frank Romano

Hey Frank, funny stuff and I'm glad you're back. The weekends have been filled with travel and fun. Now it's time for Janet and I to pick up and put away the holidays in our respective abodes for another year. Thanks for still being out there and Happy Holidays to you and Maria

Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 20:05:54
Class: 66
City and State: Orange, Ca
Message: Hello Fellow Cougs....Well I made it through the holidays and glad to see so many of you did too. Happy belated Holidays to you all. John Good luck on the skiing venture. Wish I still could, The ole back won't take it anymore. But I Still Do a mean Innertube. Fellow Cougs shout out a big welcome to my sister Julianna "Holt" Tell, who just signed on to Cougartown. Now back to kickin back an listening to all of those old "Oldies" of mine. P.S. I guess "Maimi" did Kinda show who was #1 but I would have loved to see them play "O" U with Harrington airing the ball out, after watching him against Colorado.
Be A Coug.

"The ole back won't take it anymore", YEAH RIGHT!! But you can go down a hill at 50 MPH on an innertube that you can neither steer nor stop!! UH-HUH!!!
Welcome back Walter and welcome to sis, Julianna, too.

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 19:25:55
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Happy new year to all. New year , new E-Mail, new house, new life, same guy! Hey John can you catch me up so I don't have to read back over the last 6 months. When is the next CT event, the Nomad needs a good workout! See you soon, TB from AZ
Hey Tom boy, How're you doin?? Glad you're back. The next CT event will be Cruise Night in February/March. Hope you and the Nomad can make it.

Name: karina () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 16:08:33
Class: 99
City and State: inglewood , ca
Message: i think its real cool this page has been made it gives you a chance to see our first teachers

Name: Gloria () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 15:46:12
Married Name Goes Here: Herlosky
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Ron Teh! Congrats on getting to go home! You are a hero, baby! Hope to one day thank you with a big hug and handshake in person. I will still pray for your safe return home and all of the armed forces. And I am totally humbled that you would thank me; I am certain our peers feel the same. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 15:24:28
Class: 61
City and State: Mission Viejo CA
Message: Hey John, did you say snowplow 3hr lesson on the bunny slope? How many kids were in your class? I'll bet you were the oldest one and the biggest, right! God I can just picture it now you and a couple hundred kids coming down the bunny slope “O” my that had to be one of the funniest things ever to see hey now that's a real Kodak moment right! Hey Janet I hope John boy is able to keep up with now, or maybe that was idea; knock him off and collect the money. Sounds like something Eileen would pull. Hey guys Happy New Year to you and the rest of Cougartown… Later…Manual 61’
Yeah I looked pretty much like the Abominable Snow Plow out there all right. Thanks for not making fun of me too, Dennis. I feel much better about skiing now.
Yep, SUPER HIPPO on the slopes. A regular kid squashing machine..... Look out for me boy, I'll run ya' down like a runaway train......

Name: Ron A. Teh () on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 02:11:31
Class: 1981
City and State: Bremerton, WA
Message: First of all I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! It's been a long and arduous deployment but it's all worth it. Being in the North Arabian Sea for the most part of our deployment was definitely both scary (because we don't know what we were up against or what to expect) and angry for what they did on 11 Sep 01. Now, we are on our way back home after being properly relieved by another carrier. I can't wait to see my family again. Before I close I would like to say thank you to the following people for their support and prayers while WE were in the middle of nowhere starting with you John (especially for the opportunity to post my messages), also to Sharon Branigan (thanks for the email), George Key, Dale Craig, Ricki Farrell, Patty Valencia, Gloria Herlosky, Jill McFarlane, Howard "Paco" Duran, Doris and All CT. On behalf of the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) crew (It's OK to name the ship now), I would like to say "Thank You COUGARS!" God Bless us all and God bless America! Your Fellow Cougar and friend, Ron
Hey Ron, You are entirely welcome, and thank YOU, the crew of the USS CARL VINSON, and the entire US Armed Forces for taking time away from your families at the holiday season to keep our home soil safe. You are the true heroes here and I'm very proud to call myself an American.
I'm sure you'll have a wonderful belated holiday. At least everything will be on sale when you get home. Thanks again Ron and please stay in touch....

Name: Julianna Tell () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 22:23:46
Maiden: Holt
Class: 1964
City and State: Caldwell, ID
Message: Would love to hear from any of my classmates.

Name: Barbara Storm () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 19:26:43
Maiden: Erson
Class: 1970
City and State: Folsom, CA
Message: What a surprise to see my Dad's name mentioned on this site (Sig Erson Racing Cams). Yes, my sister and I did attend Hawthorne High...and no, we were not twins. She was scheduled to graduate in 68 and I was two years behind her. We moved to Rolling Hills in 1967. This is a great website and brings back so many memories.
Sig Erson was your father??!! COOOOOL!! Thanks Barbara and please add yourself to the Alumni list too, as you didn't have to graduate from HHS, but only "attend".

Name: Myrna () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 19:13:35
Maiden: Bell
Class: 77
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Message: Hey John - was this your first attempt at skiing? After my first trip (1995) I swore I would do it again - I loved it! Then I met Jim, so much for the skiing.
Yes it was my first time. I took about a 3 hour lesson, did the bunny slope a few times and then Janet said it was time to soar with Eagles.....well I almost Sonny Bonoed a tree and I DID slow plow a little snow with my nose, but outside of that, I think I did OK, especially after Janet taught me how to turn. That's kind of important, yahno...... turning. Pictures are coming.

Name: Mike Mecey () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 18:08:43
Class: 1961
City and State: Roseville, CA
Message: John... Ginny has just given me an early fiftynnnnnth birthday present.... On February 9 we will be at the Konocti Harbor Inn watching the Beach Boys... If anyone would like to join us, you can get tickets and a room at the Inn by calling 800-660-LAKE.... Konocti Harbor is on the south end of Clear Lake about 2 hours north of San Francisco and Sacramento... Love to have a bunch of old Cougars join us.... We could hold up a big HHS ALUMNI banner in the middle of the concert (which is a sit down dinner) When you are fiftynnnnth, the concert can't be too rowdy or you wouldn't make it through the whole thing.... Hope to see some of the old Cougars there... Mike
Sounds great Mike.... There you are Cougs, a Beach Boys concert. Any one in that area want to join in??

Name: Bill & Linda Hogeboom () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 16:14:47
Maiden: Linda McClain
Class: 1965
City and State: San Ramon, CA
Message: Hi Everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas. Linda and I just thought we would send a note and wish you all a great New Year.
P.S. We would love to hear from any 1965 grads out there.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 12:01:14
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hello all you holiday survivors. Whew! I recieved an email from Karen (Considine) Sturges, c/o '70. She used to live in Pasadena and her brother lives there still, just around the corner from Colorado Blvd where the Rose Parade passes by. She has been to see the parade several times in years gone by and decided to venture out this January 1st with her two children. She said there was something different about this years crowd of spectators. People from all over the country had come, as usual, but the difference was their attitudes. She said that all the people were much more friendly and helpful to one another. Another friend told me that there was a sense of Peace in the large crowd, unlike the past. People were eagar to share their space and their hearts. How about that? One Nation Under God, Baby..... Happy New Year Everybody!! Dizzy Lizzy the Libido Goddess.
P.S. John, Thanks again for Cougartown. You've changed so many lives with your hard work. I hope you know how much you are appreciated and loved. Peace, Prosperity and Health to you, Sir, in 2002

Well thank you Liz, and I would like to echo those thoughts to all in Cougartown for the coming year.

Name: gary mykkanen () on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 09:01:02
Class: 63
City and State: brea ca.
Message: Happy New Year Cougs. I'm trying to round up all the basketball guys who played for Toby Erlinger in the 60's. E-mail me or call me (714-672-0289)if your interested in a round ball reunion this season.
Hey Gary, Sounds like a fun reunion for all the "Toby Basketballers". Let me know the interest level and we'll add something to the Reunions Page.

Name: Janet () on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 23:26:42
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Happy New Year to all. May 2002 be a wonderful and blessed year for you and yours. May John still want to continue his ski lessons, and may I stick to my diet!

.....and may the pain from blistering ski boots subside soon.

Name: Sharon(Kettering)Johnson () on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 22:06:35
City and State: Nampa, Idaho
Message: class of 61 LHS. I heard from Jerry Rigney over the weekend. His wife, Sharon, (Cantor) HHS 61, is back in the hospital, and has been there for a month and they don't know when she'll be able to come home, her cancer as come back. I know everyone will want to send their prayer to Jerry & Sharon. They stopped here to see me last summer, we had a great visit, talking about old times and people we knew. Sharon's brother, Pete, lives in Sun Valley, Id. I also had a chance to visit with him last year. Thanks John for bringing old friends together.

Thanks Sharon for the information. I'll add them to my list tonight.

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