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Name: Doris () on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 16:57:35
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: TF ID
Message: HEY BACKUS! Where the heck is "the rest of the story"!!!!? Quick! Give it to me! Give it to me!

Name: Carolyn Ladd () on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 16:10:15
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 62
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Message: To: Andrea Koon
Hi, Andi if you're out there send me an email. I still haul out (like every decade!) the picture of us and our dates at the Senior Prom. Memories. Are you going to the reunion in July?
Remember King?
Hope to hear from you.
Carolyn Ladd (Gamradt)

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 10:58:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message: OK, so I had NO RESPONSE to this picture. The answer is Bob Fraser HHS60 (big guy in the back row, left end), Brian Wilson (back row, right end)

Name: Tim Helble () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 16:24:33
E-Mail: Over my server limit
Class: 73
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: All this reminiscing about Hokey has me digging through some fond memories. To me, it was divided up into several areas. The part I think Rick T is talking about was between the golf course and the railroad spur crossing Sepulveda and El Segundo. It had great hills for both motorcycles and bicycles (you didn't want to mix the two very closely). Then there was Bollinger's farm to the east of the railroad spur and west of Douglas Street. You didn't want to mess around with it. For a while, somewhere on the edge of Bollinger's land, a remote control aircraft club had a runway and it was cool to watch them fly their planes. In between the golf course and Allied Chemical, there was a broad flat plain that was pretty boring, except that the slopes on each side were fun to ride down on bikes. To the south, an area bounded by Rosecrans, Allied Chemical, the foundry, and the Santa Fe railroad tracks was another good hilly place for motorcycle riding. There was also this semi-permanent pond of toxic waste in that area - probably dumped by Allied Chemical. I always wonder if the businesses that are there now are aware of that history. Going way back to the early '60's and before, the land along Aviation Blvd was also open and it was fun to fly kites there and catch snakes.

Name: Doris () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 15:10:07
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: COOOOLD, Idaho
Message: Good to hear from you again, Maurine! Wondered what happened to you. Love the picture of the train station; just wish I could remember it. And I have to agree with the Sloe One ... BACKUS! Come on with the rest of the story; I for one am waiting with bated breath! puff - puff; pant,pant,pant!
Better hurry Mike as CT will be closing today for a long weekend. I'll be back on Monday night. Have a fun weekend, Cougs.....

Name: Cindy Colby () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 13:41:22
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: Keith Jones, Boy are you confused, there is only one choice for you to make, HD forever. There is nothing that sounds like it, runs like it or gives you the thrill like it. Go for it boy.
Hey Keith, I've got a 1965 Honda 50 for sale.

Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 13:24:27
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsfullo'burritos, OR
Message: Keith: I'm with Sharon McDonald on this one! Harley's Rule! I've had many a boyfriend who've had them and hey, you don't believe me and Sharon, ask Larry Banta...he used to WORK for Harley Davidson! So, there will be 3 Harley testimonials for ya ( plus, I'm an old friend of your cousin, Carla Pasch...would I steer you wrong?) Think about it!

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 10:55:16
Class: 1977
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: I need help from my fellow Cougars. If anyone has a bunkbed you need to sell or get rid of, let me know. I know there are plenty of alumni that live in South Orange County. I will be more than happy to come and get it. Please email me at
Thank you.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 10:11:47
Class: 66
City and State: strand
Message: Speaking of the class of '62 and, by the way who isn't, doesn't Janet have a birthday tomorrow? Happy 29th Janet and many more! And Mikie hurry up and make up I mean finish your story.

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 10:04:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Janet, Here's a lovely Happy Birthday wish and a limerick written just for you. This is all you get, so enjoy;
"The life of Janet" by JB1
Janet from Erie was born,
She grew up and lived in Hawthorne,
Then later she'd fly,
to Orange County and cry,
It's Ahwahnee to play the French Horn
OK, so I'm not too good at this. Happy Birthday anyway, Evie

Name: Jerry Miles () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 10:03:40
Class: 66
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: When I was five my family and I lived in Inglewood at Florence and Inglewood Ave. I vaguely remember the station itself but I do remember my brother, Roy and I going on adventures of exploration in that area. There were always trains parked across the street and the natural thing for young men to do was investigate. We were chased off as often as we got on board one of the cars. My favorite at the time was the caboose especially climbing up high in the little observation area. I did find an oil painting of the old station if this jogs anyone?s memory.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 06:48:32
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City and State: Burlington (quite near Milwaukee), Wisconsin
Message: Keith Jones - go with the Harley - up here in Wisconsin we're pretty partial to them and the unique sound they make. Harley's 100th is coming up soon and there will be big festivities - you can imagine how important Harley Davidson is to the local economy when you know that for the Harley 90th they shut down part of the Interstate for the parade to the Festival Grounds.....
Now there's impartial testimony if I ever heard it.

Name: Sheree Klingenhagen () on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 22:32:38
Maiden: same name
Class: 1975
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: This is a little late, but, what a shock to read Larry Biller's note about playing at the Klingenhagen house and my brother Tom being a good drummer. I always felt really left out as I was "the littlest klink" and didn't play any instruments at that time. We had alot of band's play at the house and it was pretty neat as my parents never had a problem with it as Tom and Susie were just practicing by themselves or with friends. I have to say that Susie just got an original Dick Dale guitar made just special for her, signed and everything and you should hear her play surf music, made me cry I never knew she could play lead like that. Anyway, hi to all, I read daily but don't post, I'll try to get better at that. Also, Larry Banta, say hi to your sister Terry Lynn for me, we were best of friends in the 60's. I used to spend alot of time at your house on 125th St. if you remember I lived on the corner or Isis & and 125th. Anyway hi to all and I will try to get to the next cruise night.

Name: Maurine White () on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 21:34:16
Maiden: Endicott
Class: 59
City and State: Huntington Beach
Message: When I saw Mary Kean Doyle's inquiry about the train station in Inglewood, I was sure I could find out. My brother Newell went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad--now Union Pacific--in 1963 and has been a conductor for many years. So, of course, I called him and he did remember the old Inglewood train station. After a quick look at a Thomas Guide, he said it was on West Railroad Place and North Cedar which is near where Inglewood Avenue meets Florence. Many communities have preserved their old stations even though they may be used for other purposes. Newell and I wondered if the station might still be there. I have no idea why you would wonder about this, but it did give me an opportunity to add to feedback. I'm looking forward to "Cruise Night"--I think I can find my way this time!
Thanks for the info Maurine. See you on Cruise Night.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 18:03:03
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Well. I'm officially old. My baby boy turned 21 today. It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was sitting in the hospital waiting for him to be born. I guess I'll go shawl and rocking chair shopping this weekend.
That's not old. I had one turn 38 a couple of months ago. Now THAT'S old.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 18:02:38
Class: 76
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Mark Blackwell was a hero of mine. He was a factory rider I think for Suzuki or Yamaha. His brother Greg was a good friend of mine. I feel bad for the people in the cold weather. It is in the low 80's today with sun all over the place. I am supposed to go to the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 22. Not to excited about going to freezing weather. I'm buying a Big Dog bike soon anyone out there have any feedback. It was between a Harley Fatboy and a Big Dog and so far the Big Dog is looking great. If anyone knows something I should know, tell me. Keith

Name: BOB STEVENSON () on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 15:02:24
Class: 63-64
City and State: LAKEWOOD, CA
Message: Hi, I did not graduate but If I had stayed in school like I should have, I would have graduated in 63-64. I married Claudia Miller and had two girls. We divorced and I remarried. Drop me a line if you remember me or my brother Gary. I remember Hawthorne Blvd and I worked at A&W for a while. I will be racing at Irwindale Speedway hopefully the first race March 16. Still love cars!
Take care Bob

Thanks Bob, I'm sure you'll hear from a classmate or two.

Name: Rick Trullinger () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 23:14:37
Class: 73
City and State: MT. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Message: Larry Banta, Yes that farm in Hokey-Po-Nokey was the Bollingers. They grew corn and had laying hens. My older brother Steve used to be friends with one of the Bollinger brothers, and rode his BSA out there. Sometimes my mother would pick him up at the farm, and their mother would give us brown eggs. Which I thought was weird as a kid. Hughes was located on that land until they were bought by Raytheon.
When I rode my dirtbike out there, Mark Blackwell (?Class of '71) rode out there, too. He later became winner of America's first 500cc national championship motorcross race in 1972. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.
I had a lot of great times growing up in Hawthorne.

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 16:38:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message: Here's another group of Class of 60 people. This was a 1st grade group (1949) from York St School. There're 2 people in this picture that I know and maybe more that you know. Good Luck

Name: Mary Doyle () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 15:35:53
Maiden: Kean
Class: 66
City and State: Manhattan Beach
Message: Can anyone help me remember where exactly the Inglewood train station was? I'm thinking Florence Ave. but my memory is so fuzzy. Thanks.
The tracks ran down Florence but I'll be danged if I know where a station was.

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 13:05:14
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Hillsfullo'burritos, OR
Message: I would like to wish a HAPPY COUGARTOWN Birthday to Terrie Kostiszak, class of 1983! Now Terrie, I'm going to be calling you today down in Nevada, and I DON'T want to hear ANY whining,ya hear! You haven't even reached your 40's yet, ya Spring Chicken! Have a good one, soaking up the sun and hangin' in Vegas, ya knucklehead! Love ya!

Name: Bobby Fitzgerald () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 01:42:10
Class: 60
City and State: Santa Ana, Ca.
Thanks again Bob.....

Name: Dale Craig () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 01:41:05
Class: 76
City and State: Sunny Hawthorne Ca
Message: To all people in cougartown warm greetings from a cool guy in sunny Southern California last week was one of the coldest weeks we had since the late eighties when the temp was down in the high 20 in Rolling Hills driving on black ice is no fun at all.
Went up to Washington to see my brother Jeff in late November early December I thought I might see snow for the first time since my Grandmothers funeral in 1973 but I didn't see any up there.
To Cindy Whittaker the next time I'm in Washington I'll have to look you up. I will be in Billings Mt. on May 11-15 to bowl in tournament. Hope to see everybody at cruise night March 2, 2002 and good night everybody from cool dude Dale W. Craig

Name: Janet Burkett () on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 00:54:02
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62 (THE best)
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message:'s gonna be good! You can't miss this one, so whatever it there!
Dennis and Eileen...great Superbowl party, thanks!
(Too bad JB1 and I both blew our diet!!)

Well, if you call 6 enchiladas, half a bowl of Janet's famous cream cheese dip, and a dozen chocolate chip cookies "blowing your diet". Thanks a million Campbells. We had a blast. OH, and thanks for 3 quarters of the pool money too.

Name: JAKE N JUDE () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 19:55:44
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60/61
City and State: KUNA, ID.
Message: Picture... L To R! Top Row. Bob Fitz,Mike wood Bobby Scott, MR. Porter, Jim Hoel, Dave Cato, Bill Burch, Mike Scuriba. Bot Row L to R! Mike Houch, yours truly, Don Smith, The Fonz!Bruce Johnson, Dennis Hayes, Mike Belcher, Tom Porter. Fast pitch softball champions of all of Hawthorne and area and undefeated to boot. Go Ducks!!!:) Boy I'm gettin old. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE N JUDE!
Show off........

Name: Ruben L. Rodriguez () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 19:09:57
Class: 2001
City and State: Hawthorne,CA
Message: The site is great, hopefully more graduates from my class sign the guest book or post themselves so I can keep in touch with them. I got the high school a chat room on it's more for the students still attending an just recently graduated but theres no age limit, for it.
Thanks Ruben for letting us know you're out there.

Name: Cheryl () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 19:03:16
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(onthethawingriver)
Message: Hey DAN, was that an "OLDERTHANYOU" remark? Yes, 62ers, lets make this reunion the BIGGEST ever.

Name: Cal Kappen () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 18:55:19
Class: 59
City and State: El Cajon, CA.
Message: Is that Ted Spraque to the right of Jim Hoel?
I don't know Cal, but I'm sure Bob Fitz does.....Bob??

Name: Mike Backus () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 18:15:39
Maiden: ithinkitwasjohnb
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR
Message: (Mom B.- I knew your son Steve by '69, it wasn't him. It COULD have been John Baker however. Same blonde flat top haircut, same look in his eye. John?!?) As the Poster Child For Road Rage was busy burning 10,000 miles worth of rubber off of his tires, we were busy running for the opening in the chain link fence at York School. We knew that we would be road kill out in the street. Our only hope was to get inside the school. I looked back to see where "Mad Max" was, just as he ran his precious 1960 Galaxy up over the curb and onto the sidewalk. Half of the sidewalk anyway. The car was so huge that it covered the entire sidewalk and grass parkway and still had it's other tires well out into the street. With it's huge stainless steel 'mouth' it looked like some kind of hellish grain harvester, only this one meant for harvesting terrified 13 year olds. I kicked it into adrenaline overdrive and passed two of my friends who were normally much faster runners than I. The Spitter was still ahead of me, which really annoyed me. I wanted to throw him to the ground in sacrifice, hoping that Max would be appeased with running only him down. Luckily for Spitter, he made the gate before I reached him. I dove in a second later and looked back to see the last two dive in just as the Galaxy roared past. Max was either playing this for maximum drama, or we had just had a very close call. **MORE TO COME**

Name: Paco () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 17:20:37
Class: 61
City and State: Lake Forest

Message: Fitzy top row left to right #1, #2 Mike Wood, #6 Cato. Bottom row #6 is Mike Belcher #7 Tom Porter. I also need help on the computer, I have a file that will not delete, I can get it to the Recycle Bin but will not delete. Any Guru's please e-mail me thanks Cougs!!
Right click on the file, then look at Properties. Whatever it says, change it to Archive, then you can delete it. You may have to restore the file first.

Name: Mom B () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 12:45:52
Class: 1950
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Re: Mike Backus car attack story...Since you were age 13 when your story takes place, I believe you are speaking of 1969. I had an early 60s Ford Galaxie in 1969. My son, Steve, got his drivers licence in 1969. We lived very near that intersection. Please tell me it wasn't him.......

Name: Dan Dye () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 11:38:56
Class: 1962
City and State: Torrance, Cal.
Message: Class of 1962, get ready for our 40 (forty) year class reunion. That means we are 3.2222 times better than we were in 1962, However Cheryl Christensen is 3.2778 times better.
DZ, am I off the hook now.
Still a COUGAR, Dan Dye

Next reunion meeting is next Monday night.

Name: Cheryl () on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 08:16:09
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(onthefrozenriver)
Message: I KNOW! I KNOW! Well, I think I know three of those guys in the picture. Front and center, our own "Fonzie", Bruce Johnson.(4th) I think the 2nd guy in the front row might be our own El Rojo. Then in the back row,(4th guy) is Jim Hoel. Am I right, huh? Am I right? What do I win???
YES YES!!! YOU ARE CORRECT, however the cutoff time for prizes was Monday, February 4, 2002 at win nuttin'

Name: John Baker () on Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 23:46:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, Ca

Message:Here's a picture that Bob Fitzgerald HHS60 sent in. The picture was taken in 1956 and all these guys went to HHS and were in the class of 60. Can you name any of them? Thanks Bob, for the picture.

Name: Liz () on Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 23:36:28
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 69
Message: I knew a guy once who had a set of Cougar balls. You know, attached to his antennae. Really! This is a true story. It was about 30 years ago when he and his buddy bought themselves a couple of Yamaha 175 Enduros. One day they were buzzing down the boulevard when they came upon one of those long lost open fields we've talked about. Somebody had unloaded tons of topsoil in huge mounds all over this field. They jumped the curb and blasted up and down and all around that field of dirt for hours, having a blast. They didn't stop until the sun went down. A few weeks later, my friend, the one with the Cougar balls, was riding by that very same field. He figured he had time to kill, so, again, he jumped the curb and went flying up and down the mountains of dirt, picking up speed as he went. His Cougar balls were just a vibratin' on his antennae. He headed for this one huge mountain of dirt and opened the throttle. As he crested the top of the hill he looked down and saw that some builders had dug out a very large hole for the underground garage they were putting in. My friend hung in the air for a moment, kind of like Wyle E.Coyote does when he's chasing the Road Runner. Well, I'll tell you, that boy really scrambled his Cougar balls all around his antennae. It was days before he could walk upright again. I'm telling you this story to remind you to protect your Cougar balls, you know, the ones you're going to buy at Fosters on Cruise Night. In fact, I'm thinking I'll be picking up a set of Cougar balls myself that night. DZ

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