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Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 20:06:45
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: How about Freebird by Lynryd Skynrd for a breakup song? That's not why I'm writing but just thought of it! Saw the post from Chris Knight looking for floral wedding arch pictures and thought I'd suggest a quick way to find some. Go to (seriously) and type in "floral wedding arch" and you'll come up with lots of websites with good pictures. Like any search engine, some results will be worthless but I bet you'll find some that will help. And hi to Sharon Branigan again! Called her the other day and had a great conversation after only what, 25+ yrs or so? Great talking to you Sharon. Hope Chris the concrete guy could at least help with advice. Hey I just got back from Indianapolis but it doesn't look like we have anyone who actually lives there huh? Except for the speedway, I can see why now! (Oh and John, throw out that high school picture of me PLEASE!!)
This one??

Name: Alan Nelson () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 19:27:06
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Best make out song: Paradise by the Dashboard Light, MeatLoaf. Best break-up song - Solitary Man, Neil Diamond. Oh, and Laura! - Re: Hemet. My in-laws live there. I avoid the place like the plague.

Name: Bob Melendrez () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 17:24:06
Class: 1971
City and State: Ocala, Florida
Message: Liz, your story made my day. Thanks for the VMI! (Vivid Mental Image) I love math too..... To all of CT, I hope to be back among you soon. Been back and forth from CA to Florida recently. Mom's recovering from a heart attack. Thanks to those who have e-mailed! Many Smiles, Bob.
Get well Mom, and glad to have you back Bob. Yesiree boy, helping him multiply fractions eh, that's the first time I ever heard it called "fractions".

Name: carole () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 16:43:35
Maiden: anderson
Class: 60
City and State: lake isabella, ca
Message: Does anyone else remember a time when a plane flew over hawthorne and dropped pieces of paper. if you got the right one you won money? or some sorta prize. it seems to me this was around 1955 or so but I could be a few years off. I remember us and our neighbors running around and grabbing them as they fell. It was some kind of promotional thingy.
Re the WTC. my daughter was in NY about 3 weeks before sept 11 and of course being her first trip there, had to see all the sights. She has a few pictures taken from the WTC observation deck and even sent post cards from the WTC and bought my grandson a t-shirt there with the trade center picture on it. Of course he has not even removed the sales tickets or worn it. She was so glad she was able to experience it before it was attacked.

Yes, I remember when they dropped the flyers from a plane too, and it was about 1955. I don't remember the circumstances, but do remember I was at a friends (George Gates LHS62) on 135th between Ramona and Hawthorne Bl. when they unloaded the plane. It was before any litter laws, I'm sure.

Name: Max Roelen () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 15:48:29
Class: 1974
City and State: Citrus Heights
Message: Hey Dewey! Nice picture! And as for the tribute band in San Diego, Steely Damned, some of the members are from the local band ROCKOLA. Only on special nights do perform as Steely Damned but I am sure that if you catch Rockola, you can make a request and you won't be disappointed. Rockola is probably the best night club band in So. Cal. Just to note, Steely Damned played in a competition tribute gig in NYC last year. It was on MTV I believe. Tell them I sent you. If they forgot who I am, I was the one with the cowboy hat and boots they made fun of. They also have a web site Go Cougs.

Name: Laura Porter () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 15:46:19
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: Haven't seen the Fast and Furious movie but do know that part of the open highway scenes were filmed out here in Hemet on our Dominigoni Pkwy. Hemet is becoming popular in the movies...Brad Pitt says he is from here in Spy Almost Famous there is a bumper sticker that says Hemet is Heaven...we're coming up in the world!!
Hi Laura, The Hemet C of C should have you on their payroll.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 14:01:55
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: So, you guys are saying that cute, 11 yr. old, Todd Wadman spilled his guts as soon as he recovered? And all these 40 years I thought it was my private, dark secret. Just shows to go ya, they don't call me Queen of deNial for nothin'. Let me tell you, though, in retrospect, it was worth every drop of embarrassment to have that little boy's face burned in my memory, all glassy-eyed and slack jawed, staring like a deer looking at headlights. (No pun intended). >wink<
Love you guys.
P.S The picture of the beautiful girl standing before the World Trade Center is my daughter. We love New York.

Thanks again Liz for the story. Guys always look like a real boob when that happens.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 12:39:20
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: What about Hawthorne? "Quadder Dollars" refers to a HHS carnival held in 1976 in which you paid for various food items and carnival games with "Quadder Dollars" -- basically a fancy name for tickets. Gloria and Sharon were selling Quesadillas at this event -- it was the first time I had ever heard of this food item -- and I spent every Quadder Dollar I had on them. Sufficient?

Name: Gail Oliver () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 10:12:39
Maiden: Beaird
Class: 69
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: About the movie, THE FAST AND FURIOUS...if you read the credits at the end you will see Alumni '69 Rick Carden, his son Kyle Carden and also Gary Beaird Jr. worked on the movie for three months..The crew was also given a book of all the stills of cars, cast and crew from the photographer...

Name: Larry Banta () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 10:04:31
Class: 78
City and State: So Cal
Message: I was at the Daytona 500 in '89 and everybody was talking about the time a Hawthorne girl was helping a Hawthorne boy with his math. Seems he saw something that day and it changed his life forever. In '92 I was in Seattle for the Harley Davidson Dealers convention and heard hundreds of people talking about the same thing. This last year I was at the USC/ucla football game (SC beat ucla in case you didn't hear) and they told the same story at halftime over the PA system. No specific names were given. No specific dates. Ms.Estrada, I'm sure your secret is still safe, but for the fact Mr. Baker now knows. Thank you for sharing and happy new year.
So THAT'S the 6th grader they were talking about in the noon movie at HHS in 1962. Hmmmmm.....

Name: Norm Vorhis () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 02:18:59
Class: 59
City and State: Monrovia, Ca
Message: I finally rented "Fast and Furious". The first street race was shot at Prairie and 120th. It seemed like they had the area blocked off for weeks. I saw a little black rice burner on the border between Hawthorne and Redondo Beach, the other day. The plate on it read "COOGRRR". It got me curious.
Can anyone local, point me to a good exterminater. The one my Dad used is no longer. Anyone with a referral please email me at See you at Cruise night.

Name: John Baker () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 22:50:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message:Here's something you'll never see again.

Name: Kristi Pealo () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 22:48:59
Maiden: Perkins
Class: 89
City and State: Naval Air Station Lemoore
Message: I saw Erin Jacobson from c/o89 on Wheel Of Fortune. She did great. It was nice to see someone from Hawthorne High win some money on TV.
Take care everyone,Kristi

Amen Kristi, thanks for the update.....

Name: Jim Raines () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 22:37:15
Class: 1962
City and State: Salt Lake City, Ut
Message: Well here it is almost Feb. and the Olympics are about to begin. Security in Salt Lake City is at an all time high. As many of the local folks as can swing it must be out of town by 3pm. That means that they must be to work a few hours earlier. The main streets will be turned into a walking mall till the early morning. I'm glad it's coming but will be happy when it's all over and life can resume it's usual mundane routine. The movie American Graffiti seems to have been written by someone who cruised Hawthorne Blvd. Maybe Alan Hauge knows?
Jim (Lanny Harris)

I thought everyone knew who wrote American Graffiti. George Lucas, from Star Wars fame, with help from Gloria Katz.

Name: John Baker () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 21:50:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message:Here's a bunch of 62ers that are still as beautiful as the day they graduated. Thanks goes out to Cheryl Christensen Nicocia for this picture taken on Prom Night. Glad you found your camera Cheryl and thanks for sending the picture.

Name: Ray Castillo () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 21:32:41
Class: 73
City and State: state of constant annoyance
Message: All this talk of Steely Dan....Boy, I haven't checked in for many moons, but I've got to say that Steely Dan is a group that I'm definitely partial to. Having tried for YEARS to learn more of their songs, I'm tempted to visit Dan Seigo to see if these tribute guys have it together....
How about a kiss for your cousin Dupree??

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 20:17:48
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Message: Picture it. Hawthorne 1962. Ramona Elementary School had a sixth grade teacher named Miss McLaughlin. She was a tiny lady with a powerful presence and my favorite teacher. This is why. I was one of the unfortunate girls who developed early and was required (by parental force) to wear, the still dreaded, bra. One cold Spring morning I went to school dressed in a wool skirt, warm sweater and thick tights, but by lunch time the winds changed and the Santa Ana's brought the temperature up into the 90's. I was dying. I raced home and changed into a light cotton tank top and comfortably returned to school, sans the bra. Miss McLaughlin asked me to help Todd Wadman with his math. Eager to please her, I made my way to the front of his desk and leaned over to show him how to multiply fractions. I patiently explained each step and even showed him how to check it. When I looked up to see if he was following me I saw that his eyes had glazed over and he was staring at something but it wasn't the math. I looked down and saw my uncovered, unharnessed boobs right there in front of a boy! I was mortified. I stood up and walked out of the classroom and went home. I cried to my mother that we either had to move or I had to be sent away to a private girls school. My mother called the school and spoke to Miss McLaughlin. The next day she met me out in front of the classroom. She was so sweet. She had a talk with Todd and assured me that he had promised never to speak to anyone about what had happened. To my knowledge he never did. Miss McLaughlin handled my most embarrassing moment with great understanding and sympathy. And Todd Wadman handled it like a gentleman. So there you go, John. A Hawthorne story. DZ
Great Hawthorne story Liz. The fantasy is, being a sixth grader once myself, Todd Wadman may be a gentleman but, I'm bettin' HE TOLD IT ALL!!! Not only did he tell it, he EMBELLISHED IT!!!

Name: Chris Knight () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 19:31:52
Maiden: Fall
Class: 71
City and State: Boyne City, MI
Message: I was hoping that there are some fellow cougars out there that might have a photo or two of a floral wedding arch from an event they went to or had for their own. I am trying to get ideas to design one for my daughter's wedding in April. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks again, and also to those of you who voted for my photo in Birds and Blooms !!!!! Chris

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 18:50:32
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: LV
Message: AJA! Beautiful! Wish I would have thought of it! "Ms Quadder Dollar"???? Boy, that is going to get me in trouble. I believe you are wixing your mords up! It was a "Quasadillas" (not quesadillas) that you are thinking about.
I give up......

Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 18:12:20
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Gloria, did you know that my daughter's name is Aja? I'm not going to even get into what I wished about in High School (Ms. Quadder Dollar) There's a Steely Dan tribute band in San Diego that really has to be seen to be believe "The Steely Damned"
What happened to HAWTHORNE!!!

Name: Wendy Zeller () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 16:59:28
Maiden: Frye
Class: 79
City and State: Gilbert, Arizona
Message: I haven't seen my favorite "you just dumped me", break-up song... mentioned at has to be "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
Man does that song SUCK.... er, in my opinion anyway. I'll put that right next to "You light up my life" as a make out song....

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 15:45:40
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
City and State: Las Vegas
Message: First, Here's a big BIG raspberry to you Juan. Second, thank you Dale for the little ego-bite, but really I have a scroll of names that have DUMPED ME! (And the list continues to grow!) Third, Dan Johnson, Steely Dan is my all time favorite! How I wish I would have gone for brains/blondes in high school...but such is life!
"Really I have a scroll of names that have DUMPED ME"..... I rest my case......

Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 12:30:38
Class: 77
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Jay and the American's didn't really start Steely Dan. Walter Becker and Donald Fagan appeared one day at the "Brill Building" attempting to peddle their songs. They stumbled into the offices of the management company of Jay et al. and were signed up to play in the backing band. While they were there, they recorded some demos that they used to get a deal with ABC/Dunhill in LA. They bailed on Jay and recorded "Can't Buy a Thrill" Years later, after Steely Dan became one of the most influential bands in history, the Jay manager had the demos pressed on to CD and sold -- a bitter episode for a band that prides itself on the ultimate in studio quality having the most ragged and rough demo quality stuff sold for public consumption.
How do you "press on to CD"?

Name: Larry/Loretta Cuiper () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 11:46:15
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 60/62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: On Saturday we were in Balboa and we saw this boat, the name on it was Cougars, with the same type of lettering we use for Cougars, also a cougar painted next to the name. We were wondering if this boat belongs to one of our Cougartown folk? This was on the peninsula side, the boat was docked on Edgewater and I believe the side street was Cypress, if not then it was the next few streets down from Cypress. We are always down in Balboa and this was the first time we saw this boat. Does anyone know of a fellow Cougartown Folk having a boat by the name of COUGARS? Take care all. Always a Coug
OK gang, fess up!!! Who owns the "Cougars" boat.....and can I borrow it?

Name: Walter Holt () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 11:17:07
Class: 66
City and State: Orange, Ca
Message: Ron Reinholdseon...To Answer your Question .... The Jay Of Jay & The Techniques' was Jay Proctor and never was with Jay & The Americans. Hope That helps.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 11:08:52
Class: 72
City and State: LaLa Land
Message: I really don't have a "fav" make out song, it really didn't matter.. if you had the right person to make out with!! The sound of the ocean was always very romantic...the sand, well that's another story!!
On a more serious note - I have a situation with a dear friend who is also my Mom's gardner, Ernesto. He is going through a really hard time.. he has a terminally ill daughter who is only 9 years old. Anybody out there who needs a good man to work on their yard, or trim your trees, plant veggies, he even paints houses, he is real handy. He even moves furniture around for my sister Lena and I, when we ask!! He covers Palos Verdes all the way down to the if you need his services, please email me, and I'll give you the phone number. The power of prayer is a great miracle....lets give Lizzeth Ramos that miracle!!
See you all at cruise night, this will be my first time to this event...looking forward to seeing some old friends again..and making new ones!! Ciao, Enza

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. () on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 03:34:00
Class: 1975
City and State: Fullerton CA
Message: OK OK Best Make Out Song Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Break Up Song Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Best Party/River Song Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC My Funeral/Wake Song Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Best Song to Do Homework Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Kinda song for ALL occassions........and who would ever break up with Gloria V6??????? (Guys who listen to 10cc and not AC/DC..) Rock Steady Cougs Ciao H1 "It was double time on the seduction line....."

Name: Kathy Frankforter () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 17:46:17
Maiden: Tom's wife
Class: 79'
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Gosh, I love Cougartown's feedback... Yet, another great song and possible break-up song. :} "How do you keep the music playing" by James Ingram & Patti Austin

Name: Kathy Frankforter () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 17:38:24
Maiden: Tom's wife
Class: 79'
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Betty Everett & Jerry Butler... "Let it be me" Great Song!

Name: Delia Hardy () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 17:36:01
Maiden: Yawnick
Class: 86
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: I'd like to request help from anyone out there who is a member of Classmates. While searching for friends who may want to be made aware of Bobby Kraag's memorial service, I found our friend Caroline Adams c/o 85 on Classmates. If anyone could send her a message and either have her email me directly or stop into Cougartown Feedback, I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot!

Name: Kathy Frankforter () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 17:26:19
Maiden: Tom's wife
Class: 79'
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Has anyone mentioned, "Breaking up is hard to do" by Neil Sedaka? (Laughing)
Yes it's been mentioned......about 4 times.....

Name: Doris () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 16:29:35
E-Mail: allthismakeouttalkismakingme..."anxious"?
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: Way back when!
City and State: TF ID
Message: The GREATEST make out place I ever saw in my life!!! was up on the San Pedro side of Palos Verdes ... don't even know what street it was, but it was unbelievable! The lights below and out L.A. way would actually sparkle and twinkle, just like the eyes of the one you were with ... wow! What great fun, huh?!!!

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 15:33:31
Class: 77
City and State: Sure Man, Oaks CA
Message: "The End" is a song about killing your father and having sex with your mother -- not my idea of romance. "I'm Not in Love" is in fact 10CC (who also brought us "The Things we do for Love" and, of course, "Dreadlock Holiday" ["I don't like raggae, I love it"]). Another break up song "Let's Just Kiss and Say Goodbye" by the Manhattans. Another make out song -- Me and Mrs. Jones (My sister was 8 years older than me and influenced me with a lot of soul music -- quite unusual for a metal head)
Thanks for pointing that out.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 15:29:15
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Break up song, "Two out of Three aint bad" by Meatloaf. I did not know that Gloria V and EJ had a thing together. This is why I love this site, I can re-live the stuff in high school I missed the first time.
Tim, Pershing Drive was great, 2nd only to my Mom and Dad's driveway. After a date, I would let my Mom know that I was home, but outside, when it was time to go in, Mom would flash the outside lights twice and in I would go.

Gloria V??!! It would be much easier to list the guys she DIDN'T go out with.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 15:26:15
Class: 61
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: Timmy, a "Thrashing" is 27-0 :

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