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Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 16:41:41
Class: 67
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Another small world. I was getting gasoline on Saturday and a guy walks over to me and says, “Aren’t you Chris Prewitt?” I stared back at him and he looked familiar but he his work truck just didn’t look like drum sticks. It was Art Verduzco. He still talks with Dizzy Lizzy and check the CT page periodically. Thanks Art for saying Hi. We need to get some of the Orange County Cougars together, maybe Art you can stop by.

Name: Doris () on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 15:07:35
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls ID
Message: HEY BOBBY JENSEN! Just wanted to say Bon Voyage prior to your departure for Brazil! Hope I caught you in time. I wish you a great trip! However, you will definitely be missed! Have a TERRIFIC TIME, but hurry home!
Haven't heard from the Jensen boys since the Prom. Have a good trip Bob.

Name: John Baker () on Monday, January 28, 2002 at 13:05:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message: Gene Levene HHS60 passed away last Friday and his daughter Caren is looking for PHIL OSBORNE and BAXTER DODD, who also went to HHS. If you know their whereabouts, please contact Caren at or call her at 605-764-4449. She wants to find them before the funeral which is at the Anderson Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2:30pm in Canton, South Dakota.
Thanks Cougs....

Name: Larry Banta () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 18:52:16
Class: 78
City and State: Del Aire
Message: In the 60s and 70s my friends and I played in what was left of Mr.Leuzingers fields.We had heard about the shotgun with rock salt.My mom was one who did get shot at for playing in his bean fields.He obviously shot to scare and not to hurt anyone.I remember seeing him(the son)driving his old car with the hand controls that extended up from the floorboard.In the early 70s Walt Krumbach,c/o'77,and I were jumping our stingrays from the parking lot south of the farm into the field and decided to chance walking up to the barn.As we walked up I saw someone walking towards us through the slats in the barn.It was "Old Man Leuzinger" himself on his crutches and another gentleman.Once my pucker factor dropped below 200,we had a very pleasant conversation.It was always cool to have the farmhouse there in the middle of "civilization" growing up.I too was always told that was the son that lived there.Question:Was Bollingers farm on the current Hughes site? I remember a farm there when we used to ride dirtbikes at Hokey(El Segundo Bl.and Sepulveda Blvd.)I know there is still an old white wood frame house on 140th or 141st in Wiseburn that still belongs to a Bollinger.

Name: Jerry Miles () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 14:14:38
Class: 66
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: As a kid growing up in Del Aire I heard my share of Leuzinger stories that kept me from venturing too far into his field. We were told the shotgun was filled with rock salt and at night there was a guy with a hook. Adolph Leuzinger died in the 1930?s and I think it was his son that lived on the farm. But to separate fact from fiction go to page 166 and read Jack Hammer?s post about the farm. He worked at the gas station on El Segundo and Aviation and got to know them quite well. I also remember going down Rosecrans to the beach in the back of my dad?s cab-over camper. You could always tell when you turned onto it as you would start bouncing two or three feet off the seats. After they repaved, widened and redecorated it in the late sixties it was never the same. I miss it too.
This is Adolph Leuzinger's wedding photo. NO, I wasn't in attendance.

Name: Tim Helble () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 13:06:48
Class: 73
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: Ray & Jill - I remember old man Leuzinger's house on El Segundo. It always looked like one of those haunted houses in the movies. The legend I heard about people getting chased off the property with a shotgun had to do with Mr. Bolinger's farm. Dana Jr. High used to have a summer school class called "Science In Your Own Backyard." Supposedly one day in the mid to late '60s when a class was on his property catching butterflies, Mr. Bolinger came out with a shotgun and chased them away, teacher and all.
NOW you're talkin' CRAZY!!!

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 13:03:17
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Just one more thing, John, and then I'll shut up. If anyone out there was ever curious about where Saturday Night Live got their inspiration for The Coneheads, check out Paco's Pic's. (Thanks Paco) My family refers to it as "The Conehead Incident of '65". Picture it blue and call me Marge. DZ
It's funny you mentioning it, as I already had this one made up for the next DZ feedback. Where did those Beehives go?

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 12:44:04
Class: 1977
City and State: MissionViejo
Message: Regarding old man Leuzinger (never knew that was his name till now), it was also rumored his aim was really bad. Also heard he would put bear traps in the field as a deterent to trespassers, namely unruly kids who curiosity got the best of them. Whenever we played truth and dare, the dare would be to go to the crazy mans field. I always picked truth.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 10:33:46
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: I remember hearing about that old man off of Isis and El Segundo! He had a field behind Del Aire park. The urban legend was if you were caught on his property, he would aim his shotgun at you and shoot you to chase you off. Also heard he was crazy. Boy, havent thought about that in years.
Looking forward to buying my Cougar Ball at cruise night.

If he shot you with a shotgun, how could you run away?
Adolph Leuzinger was NOT crazy. Now THAT'S an urban legend.

Name: Cheryl () on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 10:13:50
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(gonnabeundersnowsoon)
Message: Re: COUGAR BALLS .... of course, it goes with out saying, that any and all profits,(after cost), acquired from the sale of COUGAR BALLS, will be donated to "COUGARTOWN.COM". (lets see we will have to sell 8900 balls to make enough to cover the cost of using the name............)

Name: Ray Castillo () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 23:17:05
Class: 1973
City and State: fifth padded cell on the right
Message: I remember tumble weeds as big as beetles too....Did anybody ever have old man Leuzinger chase them off his field? Back before the Wooden Shoe was built at Isis and El Segundo Blvd?

Name: Ray Castillo () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 23:02:58
Class: 1973
City and State: somewhere over the rainbow
Message: Sad to report an alumni's passing tonight. Jim Carr, class of 1967 passed of an apparent massive heart attack this morning. Jim was my neighbor when I was a kid...He was a volkswagen fanatic, and I think he could put one together in his sleep. I hope God gives him a few to work on up there, he'd like that.....R.I.P. Jim!
Always sad to hear of a Cougar's passing. Thanks for the info, Ray.....

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 21:18:04
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62rules
City and State: Keno,Oregon(stillfrozen)
Message: OOPS, I forgot.. I finally got the Prom Memory Book today, good job guys ... (but oh I'm glad I'm on a diet) And Happy Birthday Johnny (JB's mini me)

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 21:10:39
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(can'tseetheriverthruthesnow)
Message: COUGARS BALLS are coming .. COUGAR BALLS are coming .. Yes, it is offical, I am in the Antenna Ball business. And, my very first project was to order COUGAR BALLS. After all the positive feedback about the interest, I hope they go over real big. They should be ready in mid Feb., so I will have them at Cruise Night on March 2nd. They will be a whole wompin $1 to purchase, so be sure and buy several. Anyone NOT at Cruise Night who wishes to purchase them, please contact ME, and we will see what we can do. I will try to make sure they are available at ALL Cougartown functions. I can't wait to see them myself. See you all March 2nd........
Cheryl, did I mention the $4500.00 a year to use the Cougartown name? I guess you've factored that into the price though.
I can't wait to see them either. See you on Cruise Night.....

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 16:00:28
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: All you 50's & 60's South Bay cruisers remember when Rosecrans was a two lane road lined on both sides with eucalyptus trees, all the way from Aviation to Sepulveda Blvd. The open fields were full of weeds and wildflowers before Mattel, TRW, the 405 freeway and the DMV. I remember sitting in the back seat of the family station wagon with my dad at the wheel. We were driving south on Inglewood Ave approaching Rosecrans and the winds were rocking the car. Dust devils were carrying sand and bits of paper in circles down the street. The static electricity made my hair stand up on end. The wind was coming in off of the ocean and was strong enough to rip the weeds out of the ground and tumble them down the middle of Rosecrans. We stopped at the intersection and watched them. There seemed to me to be hundreds of them, some as big as a VW Beetle, just like in the old Westerns. It's been windy around LA the past few days. It has blown the sky clean and you can see every building in all of Los Angeles, from Palos Verdes to Malibu to San Bernardino. But I miss the tumble weeds, and the Eucalyptus trees. Nostaglia blew in with the wind today. Have a good weekend, and mark your calendars for Cruise Night. I love you guys. DZ
Geez Liz, it sounds like a ghost town.

Name: Dale Craig () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 15:37:15
E-Mail: barbara.craig@worldnet.attnet
Class: 76
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: John God bless you in the memory of your son on his 36 birthday I know he is in a better place than here on earth he is with the almighty Savior Jesus Christ our Lord God Bless you Big Brother in Christ signed Little Brother in Christ Dale W Craig
Thanks Dale, but let's not be morbid here. My son's been gone for 30 years. Let's please move onto HHS and Hawthorne stories.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 14:59:54
Class: 1977
City and State: Stepford, CA (aka Mission Viejo)
Message: An antennea ball! Great sign me up. I wanted to welcome Ron back to the good ole USofA and say thank you for the sacrifices he and his shipmates made for me and my children and their children to come. We have lost two members of the Saddleback community to this terrorist campaign, and as far as I am concerned that is two, to many. Now, there have been some great make-out and break up songs mentioned, how about songs that just make you smile or make you cry each and everytime you hear them. The song that makes me cry everytime I hear it is "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood, even before 9/11 it gave me a chill, but more so even now. Another song that makes me cry is "Arms wide open" by Creed, I think of the birth of my boys. I have to think about the ones that make me smile, I will get back to you.
The one that always made me cry was "My Ding-a-ling" by Chuck Berry.
Let's move on.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 14:37:16
Class: 1967
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Hey John, You should be more observant Sloey has put his correct email address at least 5 times on CT feedback! Look back to November 1, 2000, April 2001, June 4, 2001 November 2, 2001 and January 24, 2002. Talking about observant Kathie and I were in a restaurant and Karen (Hare) and Ron Kusumi stopped by our table. We only talked for a minute or so but it was nice to finally meet Ron. Maybe Ron will show up on one of our CT events. I'm looking forward to cruise night on Saturday March 2. What time should I get there???
Hey Chris, You might have FOUND that many "correctly filled in" emails for Jim, but I probably added a few of them.
As for Cruise Night, how about 5:30??

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 13:23:21
E-Mail: (really it is)
Class: 66
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: Hey John I hope you have a great day and may the memory of your son and his birth warm many memories in your heart. God Bless.
Thanks Jim, but people please, I didn't do it to conjure up sympathetic feedback. I did it for John R. The thing that makes me REAL happy is you filled out the name, email, city and state normally. I'll bet this is the first time too.

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 10:34:14
City and State: Lomita
Message: Attention all you antenna ball lovers out there. Coming soon to Cougartowners. Cheryl Nicocia has taken on this project and we'll soon have Cougartown Antenna Balls. Don't know the cost yet, but they'll be here by Cruise Night so stay tuned for more details from Cheryl.
Also on January 24, 1966, my son John Robert Baker was born into this world. Happy 36th Birthday son; I love you, and know you're in a better place.

Name: PAT HARDY TAYLOR () on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 09:46:32
City and State: CARSON, CALIF.

Hi Pat, and John, Welcome to Cougartown and I hope you find lots of Olympian friends. I get email from lots of people that went to Leuzinger, Westchester, Morningside, Lawndale, West High, North High, South High, etc. This site is not only for Cougars, but for anyone who can still remember the South Bay as it was then. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to add Feedback anytime.

Name: Jerry Allison () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 21:03:09
City and State: Frazier Park, CA.
Message: I went to Leuzinger, class of 59, this site is really cool and brings back some great memories.

Hey Jerry, Come on back anytime.

Name: Ray Castillo () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 20:14:57
City and State: i can't remember
Message: Larry Biller gets bonus points for "Wipe-Out"...I see he still has his wry wit! Hey larry, how about an old Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks song----"How Can I forget You When You Won't Go Away"?

Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 19:38:52
Class: 1967
City and State: Portland,Oregon
Message: Breakup songs: "Hit The Road Jack" or how about "Wipe Out"?!

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 19:31:58
Class: 66
City and State: Orange, Ca
Message: Ok Cougs, Break up songs: How About "It's All Over Now" The Rolling Stones, "Another One Bites The Dust" Queen, "I'll be Alright Without You" or "Who's Crying Now" Journey and "Bye Bye Baby" Janis Joplin

Name: Dale Craig () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 17:11:20
E-Mail: barbara.craig@worldnet.attnett
Class: 76
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: To Gloria aka V-6 witch Dale were you reffering to when you saying the break up song by Neil Sadeka Breaking Up is Hard to Do? Now to press conference with the bitter Mike Tyson who bite Lennox Lewis on the poor guy had to go to the doctor to get a tetnis shot just think Mike Tyson will never be able to fight in the USA ever again what an idoit to Patty Valenca I'll take three thin mints from your little girl scout hope to see everybody at Cruise Night 03/02/02 thanks for your time your friend Dr.Tazmo aka Dale Craig spirit of 76

Name: Myk Baumgardner () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 16:45:39
Class: 1962
City and State: Del Norte, CO
Message: What's going on with our 40th reunion. Please let me know if I can help. Thanks
Hey Myk, Just got an email from Linda Jones Reynolds last night. She and George Rea are going to meet the last of this month to get some details ironed out. As soon as that's done I'll put something up.

Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 15:08:45
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Very funny John Baker! This means I'll have to do whatever I can to get to the next Cougar event so's I can thank you proper in person!
Actually your senior picture reminds me of my daughter, Kelly, about that same time.

Name: Neil Andersen () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 12:33:38
Class: 62
City and State: Dallas,OR
Message: With very limited experience in '62, the best place to "make-out" was Decker Canyon in Malibu. Full view of the submarine races. If Michael Franks had been around in '62, I might be a great grandfather by now. That is a user beware due.
I just turned on Michael Franks....well, not literally of course. What a talent he is.....

Name: Ron Teh () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 09:58:05
Class: 1982
City and State: Bremerton, WA
Message: We're home!!! Great to be home once again safe and sound. It was nice to spend 6 days in Hawaii for a well-deserved rest and relaxation. Made a quick stop in San Diego after to drop-off our Combat Air Wing and finally after 6 long months, we are home. I can see Seattle in the background and in a few hours we will moor in NSB Bremerton, WA for what would be a great homecoming! Thanks COUGARS and thanks America for all of your support. It's great to be home again! Sincerely, Ron
Hey Ron, You are welcome and thank YOU and all the armed forces for kicking some taliban butt, BIG TIME!!!

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 07:41:30
E-Mail: sharon's39@hotmail
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 72
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Make out song (now not then) Anything by Sade. Best break up song, Would I lie to you? By the Eurythmics.

Name: Brenda Steele () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 03:07:13
Maiden: Steele
Class: 1987
City and State: Spokane,WA
Message: This is to add to those who remember Bobby Kraag. What a sad loss. He was a bright spot on many rainy days during our high school days. He had such a loving a giving heart and I'm glad that he was a huge part of the best of my high school memories. He will be missed. "Don't You Forget About Me" TTFN

Name: bigkell () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 01:08:19
E-Mail: thekellgirl@givepeace a chance .com,
Class: 67
City and State: booze bay
Message: oh yes songs, always a memory there some favorite for most occasions was "the pusher man" by steppen wolf...necking, breaking up just partying...thats the song. Bryan Bertrand's memorial service will be held at the Marshfield Auditorium Sunday Jan 27. I ask for a moment of silence sometime that day for him and his other service members killed in, on the fuel plane in Afganistan....Thank you...and in the same Auditorium Feb 15 we'll be rocken with Edgar Winter....What a great life in a small town..If any Cougars would like to send any thoughts to Rebecca and her family you can send them to Rebecca Peters c/o Cone 9 Pony Village Mall, North Bend, OR 97459...she would apprciate hearing from some Cougars..since she has to hear about you all the time....Peace Enough is Enough....Burn your Bras ladies...Lizzy use tape after you burn yours......the next peace rally here will be soon...sit in is coming up. i believe that will be in chucks backyard in Haytown.
...and she was so clean cut as a freshman too. What went wrong??

Name: Patt () on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 00:20:48
Maiden: Prewitt
Class: 65
City and State: Kennewick, Wa
Message: I did see FAST and FURIOUS! I loved it. Made me want to hop into my 2002 Kompressor and PUNCH IT! It took me 6 weeks to get it into 6th gear at 85.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 23:49:48
Class: 1981
City and State: Snowing Oregon
Message: Well, here in Portland we did get a few inches of snow but not staying around but winter is NOT over! Well, good makeout places. I have to say I have a few favorite spots! Malaga cove and Torrance Beach. Great place with no hassles! And there was a place that overlooked San Pedro Harbor...OMG...fastinating place. It's near Fort MacArther somewhere. But I am surprised that no one...not even you 60's folks...mention "DRIVE IN'S". Go see a boring movie so your date will be more interesting in you instead of the movie!

Name: Jim Raines () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 22:14:47
Class: 1962
City and State: Salt Lake City, Ut
Message: John, I know that Lucas wrote "American Grafitti". It just seems more than a little familiar to me, as if someone who cruised Hawthorne influenced the movie. I realize that this was going on all over the place but Just thought someone might know for sure.
I'm sure there were ideas being thrown out from lots of sources.

Name: Ray Castillo () on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 22:10:58
Class: 1973
City and State: state of confusion
Message: Okay, on the topic of break-up songs......Let's give Steely Dan credit for "Reelin' in the Years", (the things you think are precious, I can't understand) and how about "Layla" from Derek and the Dominos?

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