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Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 10:53:33
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Message: WOW! Lot's going on here. I want to give my condolences to Kathy Michael. My mother has worked in the Hawthorne School Cafeteria's for over 40 years and at 81, is still at it. She remembers your mother with fondness. God bless Kaz and all the cafeteria moms.
To Kelley and Mom B......Happy Birthday ladies! Spread out your can milk it for a good week, if you play it right. And to Karen 'Angel' Hare Mitani, Best Wishes. You are the picture of a beautiful bride.
And last but certainly not John Baker, Congratulations, Man. You have survived another ski trip with your legs still in one piece and your pride only slightly bruised. Not bad.
Those of you CT readers out there who are sitting on the fence regarding Cruise Night, stop procrastinating. Make your plans now, today. You may never have another opportunity to walk up to a friend and say......"Show me your Cougar balls." See you all there.....DZ

Thanks Liz and YES... Cougar Balls are a reality. I went to lunch with John and Cheryl Nicocia yesterday and they'll have them on Saturday night. We'll see you all then.

Name: Susan King () on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 08:58:09
Maiden: Bierman!!
Class: 1974
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Well, it's a big day here in Thousand Oaks. Just wanted to publicly wish MOM B a very happy birthday, tell her how much I love her and am glad she's MY mom and wish her oh so many more. Have a great day mom. Big birthday dinner tomorrow nite!
Happy Birthday Beverly, You are Ctown's Mom and we all love you too.
Have a great day and try to stay away from the Tequila this year. You do remember the incident a few years ago, don't you? Just remember; Hispanic gardeners, tequila, the Lambada, and leaf blowers don't mix. Have a wonderful day.

Name: HERMOSARAT () on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 01:19:16
Class: YES
City and State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Does any one out there know the late Greg Ulve sister, Wendy Ulve, class of 71 E-mail address? I'm not able to find her.

Name: lisa presby () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 23:45:34
Maiden: Graham
Class: 67
City and State: Ramona, CA

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 22:46:59
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: To Angel Karen- Congratulations!!!!! I'm finally back online (see new email address). Really wanted to see everyone Saturday Night, but my son's first Little League game starts at 4:30 p.m.
I'll send private messages to most of you. Have a great Cruise Nite!

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 20:49:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Here's a picture of Janet getting ready to GO FOR IT!!! This woman is a bonafide "ski ANIMAL".
She kept yelling, "Come on John, it'll be easy once you drop over the edge", but I didn't "fall" for that old line and this is where we parted company. YEP, as she set her sights on Gun Barrel, I was left, helplessly looking for a green trail. Yeah sure Janet, The black Diamonds are the easy runs....UH HUH!!! With names like "Deaths Door", "Gun Barrel", and "Are You Bleeping NUTS", I think I'll pass. I was looking for names like "Heidi", "Fluffy Pillow", and "Pink Squirrel" but never could find them, so faking a broken leg, I was finally picked up by the Ski Patrol, given a complimentary brandy, and taken safely to the bottom of the hill on one of those soft beds they tow behind a snowmobile. Ahhh, my kind of a downhill run.
Thanks Janet for a fun 4 days. I had a great time.

Name: Georgia Fiorante () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 17:21:13
Maiden: Cook
Class: 1968
City and State: Buena Park, CA
Message: Congratulations to Karen "Hare/Kusumi" Mitani on her new name change. I wish you and Ron the very best! Now you just have to get him to come home.

Name: Kathy Michael () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 17:02:04
Maiden: Groseclose
Class: 1976
City and State: Crystal, Minnesota
Message: I have sad news to report... My mother, "Kaz" passed away on February 19th from stomach cancer. She was 80 years old. She is being cremated and her ashes will be scattered in the Redondo Beach Channel near my brother Mark's. Many of you will remember her from the cafeteria, and the custodial department. Her fondest memories were of Hawthorne High. She enjoyed working with the people there, and she knew alot of the students. She will truly be missed.
Yes she will Kathy. I remember your mother from my senior year at HHS. Sad news indeed.....

Name: Patti Smith () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 15:09:51
Class: 68
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: I called Linda Macias at Josten's last Friday, and it seems I'm the fifth Cougar to call who hasn't received the Memory Book yet. It has been over 6 weeks, and she said everyone should definitely have them by now. So if anyone else hasn't received it, be sure to give her a call. The number is (714)693-5415.
Thanks Patti, It's been long enough....

Name: Louise () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 13:58:47
Class: 77
City and State: Lancaster, Ca
Message: Heard some disturbing news this past weekend. Heard that one of the Rael boys passed away. (all coug alumni's) Be it Mike or Danny or Robert not too sure. If anyone knows anything, please email me.

Name: Brenda Beasley () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 12:35:46
Maiden: o'saile
City and State: Cowarts, Alabama
Message: Thanks for letting me post. I truly enjoy reading your memories. God Bless Everyone. Brenda
Hey Brenda, Glad you're out there for your friends to find. Stay tuned.

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 11:03:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Congratulations to Bob(HHS62) and Vicki Reagan on the birth of their first grandchild, Bradley Jay Reagan.
Mother Lisa, and baby are doing fine, however the father, Jay Reagan, still hasn't come back down to earth yet.

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Friday, February 22, 2002 at 09:57:17
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Hello Class of 62! I'm starting to receive checks for our 40th reunion (July 27th) and it's so exciting! Here's who's coming so far:
George Rea, John Baker, Dan Dye, Paul Penn, Linda Jones Reynolds, Nancy (Cheryl) Brooks Kari, Cheryl Christensen Nicocia, Sandie Tully Perry, Tonya Hobson Braham, Janet Humphreys Burkett, Ken Streltzoff, Richard Boureston, Linda McDowell Shahian. Really, really looking forward to seeing everyone. (We are such a great class)

If you want to check the list from time to time, please click on 62 reunion attendees. Thanks Linda

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Friday, February 22, 2002 at 09:09:32
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: HERE COME THE "COUGAR BALLS" Grappa Man and I will be heading South to Hawthorne on Sunday, with a stop in Simi Valley to spend a couple of days with my BUD Tonya. (still have to talk her into Cruise Night). I also expect to bring sis's-in-law Enza, c/o 72, and Lena, c/o 65, and Jackie, c/o 70. See everyone on Saturday, 3-2. Bring $$$
See you then.....

Name: Dale Craig () on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 17:51:55
Class: 76
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: Dear Mr. John: I hope that there will be a lot of people at cruise night on 03/02/02 at Foster's on Hawthorne Blvd. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of people from the 1950's to 1980's. God bless America in the Olympics go USA your friend in time Dale.
See you there, Dale....

Name: Susie Russelle () on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 08:35:12
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 7T1
City and State: about 800 miles east of Hawthorne
Message: Hello from Albuquerque!!! I remember " Hobo days " at Sepulveda school and even remember making hobo stew...and what about the cake walks and the Fergusons' mom making all those doll cakes that she donated...Also walking from Isis and 125th street, to Anza school (kindergarten age) with Jan Chauncey, and Jeanne Hays...

Name: Bobby Fitzgerald () on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 02:56:33
Class: 60
City and State: Santa Ana, Ca.
Message: Hi cougars looking forward to seeing a lot of you on cruise nite, FYI Gary Mykkanen class of 63 and Bruce George class of 62, will be joining us. see you then.....Fitz
Sounds great Fitz.... see you there. Please ask Bruce to update his email address.

Name: joseph mailander () on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 01:37:56
Class: 75
City and State: los angeles ca
Message: John, someone asked about Parks & Rec and I agree, the operation was a special one. Not many "coaches" could both coach a football team and prep kids for chess tournaments but the Parks & Rec people did this as part of a day's work. I remember in particular a coach named John Warner. I was on many of his teams. When he got reassigned from York to Eucalyptus, it seemed like he had moved to New England. And when he did time at Holly Glen, forget it, it seemed like a half day's bike ride away to a sixth grader. I think I played every sport that Parks & Rec offered, "Big Ten and Ivy League", except caroms. Nice memory, whomever brought it up.
Thanks joseph and where have you been? I hope you're planning on making Cruise Night.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 00:02:11
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Pat nice to get your message.
Our 62 reunion is going to be GREAT! Lot's of folks coming from out of town/state. More details on the hotel arrangements will be coming soon.
Sounds like Mrs. Cable's whole Rowdy dance class of 62 is gonna be there! (Cheryl...we already know her FIRST name!)
All you 62ers....MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!!

Now all we need at the reunion is Ms. F. Cable

Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 19:43:37
Class: 67
City and State: Portland,Oregon
Message: I had a paper route with the Herald examiner. We just folded them in 3's. I just loved throwing them papers on cold mornings and getting stung by breaking rubber bands. Also won a trip to Seattle Worlds fair.

Name: Maria () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 17:29:30
E-Mail: coughin'& wheezin'
Maiden: Juaneza
Class: 80
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: I was just was just sitting in bed nursing a cold when I thought about 7th grade. My teacher was Mrs. Holly. We called her "Brains." She got this nickname because every year she brought cowbrains to school to teach her students the finer points of fine dining. We cooked all kinds of things in class: cow brains, alfalfa sprouts, and other nuts and grains. She even had us watch Yoga, and science programs. Thinking back now, I think she did all those kooky things just so we didn't get into too much trouble. By trouble I mean chewing gum or eating sunflower seeds. Once I was sent to see Mrs. Alba and Mr. Blythe because I got caught eating sunflower seeds. At the same time, there was a mature looking 7th grader in the office with me. He was being sent home to shave and to change clothes so that his chest hairs wouldn't show!! Can you imagine what big problem that was!!? Too much hair showing!! But I don't recall that they sent any girls home for showing too much b...(oops) oh well. I wonder if they would do the same today. By the way, I got my sunflower seed bag taken away, and I had to have my parents come to school for a "meeting."
I remember Gene Jones in the 8th grade at Intermediate. He had a tattoo of a Panther on his forearm, and that was 1957. You talk about having some "hair". Thanks Maria........

Name: Neil Andersen () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 15:32:09
Class: 62
City and State: Dallas, OR
Message: Yes John, I can still "box" papers. I thought that was for the Inglewood Daily News. Sometimes I wish I still had my old afternoon "Mirror" route, all around Jose Sepulveda school. We used to rubber band those, but I had great customers, Penny Prouty, George Rea, Sue Smith, Barbara Orr, Diane Dalton, I think when I started it was $1.25 a month. Ended my career with a morning car route with The LA Times, yes those were the good old days.
Hey Neil, I think you'll see all your old customers at our Reunion in July. If you can explain how to BOX a paper in an email, please send me the instructions. I think I got me a morning route.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 15:07:43
Class: 71
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: We just arrived home from South America and received sad news.I don't usually pass on news like this. I know you are all busy but sometimes we have to pause and truly remember what life is I pass on this sad, sad news...There was a great loss today in the entertainment world.
The man who wrote the song "Hokey Pokey" died.
What was really horrible is that they had trouble keeping the body in the casket. They'd put his left leg in and...well, you know the rest.
John! What do you expect from someone who has just flown 22 hours through 5 time zones? See ya all at Cruise night.

Good one Bob, OLD, but good. See you on Cruise Night......

Name: Karen () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 14:04:50
Maiden: Hare
Class: 66
City and State: Anaheim, Ca
Message: Liz, wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more to come. Angel K

Name: Kathy Downer () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 11:46:51
Maiden: Peterson
Class: 70
City and State: Marietta, Ohio
Message: John - Here's a memory from "old" Hawthorne. I have wonderful recollections from the great Parks and Recreation Dept. in our area. I recall Halloween costume parties, pet contests, toy loan programs, doll contests, theme parties, and organized games. I loved going to the pool, and cheerleading for the Pop Warner teams. I remember joining Hawthorne Youth Band in Jr. High. My kids don't have as many organized activities to do that are free nowdays. My kids also don't live in times when it is safe to walk around all by yourself. We would take the bus to Manhattan to go to the beach or Inglewood to see a movie. Even with my kids growing up in a small town, we as parents have to use more caution nowdays. Does anyone else remember the great programs at the parks?
Great memories Kathy, I remember making whistle hanger thingys out of that plastic stuff at the Parks and Rec. Does anyone remember how to braid those 4 strand lanyards with the square slider thingy? Also, does anyone remember when they used to fold the Hawthorne Press like this? Can anyone of you paper boys remember how to do it? I can't cuz I've tried.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 09:23:59
Class: 1967
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: John, you mentioned speedos in XXXL well I just checked their site and I am glad to say no they do not! For some of you better proportioned Cougs they do have some good prices on clothes. You might like to check out As for Janet's band saw I hope you got her some eye protection also. I wonder if anyone has a copy of the safety test that we had in school? A bigger question is could anyone pass it today? See you at Cruise night!
She won't be needing any eye protection as she only gets to dust it.
Thanks for the heads up on "Fat Boy Speedos too, Chris. I think I still have my "Baggies somewhere. See you on Cruise Night....

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 00:19:30
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Hey... how bout those Olympics! John, don't you love those men's Aerials? Not to worry, by next week, I'll have you on the reallllly big jumps too! But, no, you can't wear the red Speedos, you've got to wear the new ski pants. And, remember what I keep telling you to repeat: "no guts, no glory"!!

Yeah the mens aerials were real cool and NO, you're not going to get me to try that, OR the red speedos in this lifetime why don't you just push me naked out of a four story window....I will do the bunny hill in ski pants but I won't try to go as fast as the 4 year olds.

Name: Pat Hydo () on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 00:04:28
Maiden: Lee
Class: 64
City and State: Lomita, California
Message: Hi all you alumni from 64! I found this web page at and decided to visit. GREAT site. Mo! remember me? You, Colleen and I had some good times together. Email me sometime, would love to hear from you as well as anyone else that wants to email. Take care all! Pat(ty) Lee Hydo
Hi Pat and welcome to Cougartown.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 22:20:29
Class: 69
City and State: Redondo Beach,Ca
Message: I just love birthdays! It used to be you had a birthday and you had only one day to celebrate. Now my celebrations start one weekend and will last all to the next with lunch dates, dinner dates and movies. My daughter gave me a facial, and last Saturday Donna Cook, Wayne Dickey and John Crotty came here to take me out for Margaritas and enchiladas. We came back here to my studio for a soak in the hot tub and to listen to Doo Wop. Thanks you guys. I had a great time. Thank you Dan Dye, Matt Peterson, the Sloey Brothers, Handsome Dream Date Guy, Backus, Betty and Total Princess Babe, Doris, Larry, Judy Wudy, and Momo. I really, really, really do love you guys. Here's a P.S. to you, John. My life is fuller because of you and CT. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing back to me my dear old friends and my wonderful new ones. You will surely get extra credits in Heaven for this venture. xoxoxoxox Today I really do feel like a Goddess!
Ah geez Liz, Thanks and I'm gonna need all the extra credits I can muster and Happy Birthday from Cougartown.

Name: Doris () on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 19:21:58
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GODDESS!!! From the Princess! Now you have to tell us what you did for your birthday! Hope it was GREAT!!!!

Name: Mike Backus () on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 11:06:52
Class: '74
City and State: Eugene, OR
Message: Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!! Forever 21.....

Name: Donna () on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 10:51:58
E-Mail: DonnaDGW4
Maiden: Cook
Class: 69
City and State: LaPalma, CA
Message: O.K. Betty you beat me to wishing the goddess a very happy birthday. So from the youngest of the the infamous class of 69 to my bestest Buddy: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH. LOVE YOU AND THANKS FOR THE GREAT MASSAGE....

Name: Brenda Beasley () on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 02:10:37
City and State: Cowarts, Alabama
Message: I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your web site. I have written before about Brian Wilson and "Surfer Girl". I have read everything that I could get my hands on about Brian. I know that he did write the song for Judy Bowles. I keep up with her and she has shared a lot of memories of Brian and Carl. Thanks for sharing your memories. Brenda Beasley
Hey Brenda, Glad you like the site. Hope you grabbed the kindergarten picture of Brian a couple of pages back and thanks for keeping up.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 20:15:47
E-Mail: Still shopping
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: I want to be the first here to wish "The Goddess" a very Happy Birthday on Tuesday! Love ya, girlfriend! Tentatively planning to see everyone at Cruise Night.

Happy Bday DZ.

Name: Mary Ann Avila () on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 12:25:25
Maiden: Stanley
Class: 1977
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Message: Hello fellow Cougars, I too was interested to find out if there is any upcoming news for the Class of '77's 25th reunion. It would be great to touch bases with old friends from both St. Joseph's and HHS. Although having bought a house (3 houses from my mother's) on the same block I grew up on, in Del Aire enables me to keep in touch with a few friends from would be great to see those who have moved out of the area. For any of you who recall me back in my high school days....the big joke is ... and too much amazement...I'm a high school teacher.
Thank you John for the great web-site,
Mary Ann

Thanks Mary Ann, Although nothing is listed for the class of 77 25 year reunion, please feel free to call the school at 310-263-4400 and ask there too. They could hear of reunions before Cougartown.

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