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Name: Janette () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 18:48:03
E-Mail: sometimesiforgetmyemailbecauseiamsooldanddecrepit
City and State: anywhereusa
Maiden: Oke
Class: 1952
Message: Enzadear I know who 'Babe' is, as well as 'Vladimir' or whoever, and it aint Wade. BTW, who is Wade? John I don't want to hear one word out of you!! Thank you.

Name: Carol Shaner () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 16:37:27
City and State: San Bernardino, Ca
Maiden: Shaner
Class: 1970
Message: I went to Trinity Lutheran School till 7th grade, then to Dana. There were two of us in first grade that were chosen to go on the Art Linkletter's Show (I forgot the name of the show). When we got there, the other kid was picked to go on TV. So much for my hour as a celeb. Anyone else go to Trinity School?
Carol, The name of the show was Art Linkletter's House Party.

Name: Charlie Fox () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 12:46:36
City and State: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Class: 69
Message: Okay, in case anyone out there would like to discuss memories of growing up in Hawthorne instead of professional sports...I DO I DO!!!
Does anyone remember how Washington Elementary was divided into two sections, especially during recess. One side of the playground was reserved for grades 1-4, the other side was reserved for grades 5 & 6. I think the kindergarden class had their own recess area in back of the classroom (The kindergarden teacher in 1956 was Mrs. Hoskins). My 5th grade teacher was Mrs. Peterson. She used to read to the class from Baum's Oz books for an hour after lunch. I think we got through four or five of them by the end of the year. 6th grade was Mrs. LaBounty. The most notable even in her class was making marionettes, writing and producing shows with our puppets. Now I sit around (but not too often), wondering what all those teacher's first names were.

Good old Washington School doesn't get too much press here in Cougartown. Anyone remember these teachers?

Name: Enza () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 12:34:35
E-Mail: whereareyouWade?....
City and State: Imissyourfunnybanter..
Maiden: deanisthatyou...'Babe '?
Class: 72 Still Rocks!
Message: I must say that the stories of K. Jones really 'quack' me up. Babe, are you sure you not Dean? It sure resembles his repartee! Always a Lakers Girl... ;-)

Name: Vlade Divacs () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 12:27:23
E-Mail: Serbia
City and State: Sactown, CA
Maiden: IthoughtIwasthrubeingVlade
Class: 2002
Message: Condolences to all you Laker fans. Yesterday, we did not screw it up by tapping the ball to Horry for a walk off trey. If the Lakers could play team ball after Shaq fouled out, they might have won. But Kobe can only do so much by himself and the law of averages catches you every now and then. BTW, how did you like all those flops and touch falls on Shaq??? Reminds you of the old Pistons when Laimbeer used to flop all the time. I took good notes watchin those old tapes. Special condolences to one Laker fan in particular: Enza Maria Nicocia. We would love to have you join the dancin Queens up here in Sacramento. Baillamos! Vlade and the King Boys

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 11:33:22
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Class: 66
Message: Wes Clements is a coach at Calabasas high school, a good guy and a good coach. Played at University of Arizona and with the Astros and later I believe he was on the PGA tour. But he never hit 10 home runs in 11 games. And we never could get him to try the rock run thing under the water either.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 11:10:12
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Speaking of Hawthorne baseballers, Wes Clements could hit a bit too. Ran into a former NBA player from Palos Verdes named Mark Acres at the Which One's Pink? earthday show at Polliwog Park. He's a few years younger than me but he was sharing stories of playing against Leonard Agee -- Hawthorne's first 7 footer who played at Loyola. Good stuff. I went to a basketball camp at El Camino circa 1975 and got a chance to play against and with Bill Laimbeer (PV, Notre Dame, Detroit, IBM commercials), Gig Sims (Redondo, UCLA), and Russell Brown (Inglewood, ASU). My senior year we played St. Monica's High School who had a high scoring guard named Leon Wood (Cal St Fullerton, '84 Olympic team, Washington Bulletts (among others) and a current NBA official). We played a "box & one" defense which means that 4 guys play zone and one guy plays man to man defense against the other team's best player. Guess who got to guard Leon Wood? Yeah, me. I "held" him to 24 points -- which was 12 under his average. I scored 1 which was 9 under my average. Yes, I won that battle, yes siree. Oh, we got waxed in the game (at 5-17 we didn't prevail in too many tussles)

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 09:04:14
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Class: 1962
Message: ATTENTION CLASS OF 1962: If you're planning on attending our reunion in July, please note the ticket prices:
$40.00 per person BEFORE June 15
$60.00 per person thereafter.
Please make checks payable to:
Linda Reynolds
22112 Sun Ranch Ct.
Chatsworth, Ca. 91311-1270
Click here for more reunion details. Can't wait to see you all again.....

Name: George Herman Ruth () on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 13:32:29
E-Mail: don'tknow
City and State: somewhere
Maiden: BABE
Class: 1927
Message: I was born George Herman Ruth but some of you probably know me better as the Babe. I was 6’3” weighed 255 pounds, when I was in shape which wasn’t often and until 1974 hit more home runs than anybody, except for Keith Jones. I never heard of no Dr. J or some of those other folks and in my day we didn’t have no basketball stars. Baseball was and is king. And I was a pretty darn good storyteller, some of you might refer to it as a bull- - -, uh , well you know what I mean after all there are some ladies out there. But lately my storytellin’ days seem to be on the wane in fact Cobb says I ain’t much at all. In fact everybody here just can’t wait for those Keith Jones stories. And I understand the new rock carrying underwater world record held by none other than Keith Jones is from Honolulu to San Diego in under 30 minutes. I can't wait for the next one.

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 12:41:11
City and State: LF
Message: John, I don't know if you got my message in the e-mail I sent to you earlier, I have old e-mail addresses..My computer is out of service for awhile..I'll be back up soon! Thanks Paco

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 04:52:34
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Mike Castro, I think I hit 10 home runs in 11 games that year we won the Middle league World Series up in Santa Maria. I even se out a game cause I liked Lindsay Castle who was seeing our coach Terry Mack. I remember a guy from Orcutt who was an awesome pitcher but didn;t come close to Greg Staffon. I remember the newspaper asked me and Staffon how we were going to stop some hotshot base stealer I think Santa Maria had. Well he was thrown out before he could even start his slide. I remember the kids from the neighborhood would ask me what field I would hit a home run over and play cup ball and when I got up to bat they would yell my name. That was an awesome tournament. I also saw some basketball names I recognize. I had the pleasure to play in a celebrity basketball game in Boca Raton, FL around 1987. My teamates were Dr. J, Rick Barry and John Havlicek and some other guy from Star Trek. When I think about it I was pretty lucky.

Name: Pat Bush () on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 19:24:52
E-Mail: pwbush@aol
City and State: buena park
Class: 80
Message: Growing up I lived on 139th and Prairie and played Hawthorne American Little League. I remember Randy Boyce throwing gas, but he was a little older than me, also remember Jerry Johnson being great all around, after his S.D. Padres days I ended up playing on a softball team he was on ,he played short and we won many tourneys. Guys that went to H.H.S that were really good in Sr. league but I dont know if they ever played High school ball were Jerry Womack the dude threw hard, and a guy named ?? Bowie use to hit the ball from Prairie field to the infield on Cordary side..... Just some thoughts
Thanks Pat....

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 13:02:29
City and State: Hermosa Beach
Class: 77
Message: I consider this tangentially HHS related because its South Bay (and no, I have NOTHING to do professionally with these two bands) BUT, tomorrow Saturday 5/24 at 11:00 am at Hermosa Pier, Led Zepagain will play a FREE show and they will be followed by Doors tribute Peace Frog around 2 pm. Have a great holiday weekend C-O-U-G-A-R-S, Hawthorne Cougars rah.
Thanks Dan

Name: JGarcia () on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 11:59:29
City and State: Bagdad by the Bay
Maiden: nolongervlade
Class: 60s
Message: Grease-Man, Did not know you were a deadhead with that whining redhead Walton! Always welcome to come to our revivals up North, their still great, even though I am gone now. We got thrown out of Oklahoma a time or two during our better years. Anyway, as both a musical and basketball purist, I agree with the WadeMeister, pro basketball has too many frilly distractions. Just went to Pac Bell Park not too long ago and the same things happenin there- little stupid dot races around the damn scoreboard because the fans are too ignorant to enjoy a tight game. Stupid looking seal mascot slingshotting t-shirts into the stands. It's enough to make a grown man cry! Enough trash talking. Let's just play the game and see where the chips fall. As for me, I believe that the Hollywood bunch should sweep in LA and win it in game 6! "The Original Deadhead" Jerome Garcia I

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 10:48:37
E-Mail: somewhereoverchina
City and State: surf city
Maiden: watching the tears flow
Class: 73
Message: Enza,Enza,Enza, as I gaze out over the great wall I remember when Pistol Pete would shoot the lights out of the Lakers, when b-ball was played the entire four quarters, Hondo would drive past Clyde, West would hit from Morningside, Walton would outlet to Bobby Jones, Russell's board sealed a victory. We didn't have to wait until the fourth quarter to see a guy walk to the basket, trip over a gold chain, cry foul and miss a free throw. All this while girls roller skating on the hard wood. It really takes a die hard to watch a game and be energized by the fourth quarter. I am amazed at the Bill Walton Tour, he is the best analyst and his enthusiasm is outstanding. He says it like it should be, not making excuses. He's the only reason I've been half viewing these games. So when the fourth quarter arrives and the Laker Girls have left and the Laker Girls are throwing up bricks, missing free throws, walking to the hoop and playing with two er three players I'll be listening to the Big Red Headed Guy and "Truckin". Go Kings.

Name: Enza () on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 00:27:00
E-Mail: Wade,Wade,Wade..
City and State: Deanwhereareyoursnappycomebacks?
Maiden: I'mplayingwithfirewithWadeandDean...
Class: 72
Message: JB1~I've had Senior moments all day! Yes, the game is indeed Friday night. Hey Wade, remember, don't get blurry eyed watching the 'girls' do their little dances. You need to be able to watch the last quarter in order to see how the Lakers put the Kings away. Ha! Dean, where is Vlade? And why can't he handle the Big Boy Shaq? He's going to 'POUND' you, better get out of the way Dude! ;-)

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 23:07:32
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: To all Cougartown afficinados of Peeps, I was browsing at the drug store yesterday and saw that they have red, white, and blue decorated Peeps Stars for the Patriotic Holidays! Peeps, they're not just for Easter ...
Thanks Sharon, now no one tell Paco....

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 18:11:43
E-Mail: alittletroubleinLakerLand....
City and State: neverhurtanybody...
Maiden: theywillovercome...
Class: 72
Message: Wade, Wade, Wade ~ Why are you still picking on my boys? Don't you know that little setbacks make for good character building. Let's talk Monday, and see how the game goes tonight. I think they are going to turn up the heat, and it won't matter if anybody got a stinking haircut, etc :-). Lets just hope the refs call a good game. Remember, they're at Staples tonight. The Home Boys will be there to cheer them on. Don't get to close to the TV, when the 'girls' come out and do their might get eye strain! Ha! The Siciliana Bambina :-)
I think it's tomorrow night.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 17:24:52
City and State: Surf City Ca
Maiden: Indian fever
Class: 73
Message: Dan, I remember Jody. He was a big right handed that played for the Giants, threw hard with good control. He went on to pitch at Leuzinger then threw his arm out. He's a pilot for Contnental. There was a left hander, Irwin Murdock, that threw hard but nowhere near Jody. He was on the Angels, Dodgers, and Colts. The best Middle League World Series was in '70. Haw Amer. won three games on the final Sunday for the Championship. I remember the Big L R was lost for words. Enza, Enza, Enza, what will happen in the next exciting chapter in the adventure of Phillip and the Laker Girls? Shaq gets detained? Kobe eats a brick? Fox gets a haircut? Horry goes back to Houston? or Jeannie gets her man?

Name: Mike Castro () on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 17:14:43
City and State: LAX
Class: 77
Message: Dan, don't know about Apple Valley, however Orcutt, Santa Maria, Milpitas were the good teams that we played against in Middle League. The last year of the leagues existence we won the thing behind the pitching of Greg Staffon and Tracy Turner.

Name: Ed Sharp () on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 15:01:16
City and State: Anaheim Hills
Class: 68
Message: Hi Carol I spent some time with Larry Clark last year. He was living on Inglewood Ave. near the 405. He moved and I lost touch with him, but Jim Wilcoxson will know how to reach him. I will be talking with Jim sometime this week and will ask about Larry.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 13:46:27
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message: Wade, I remember those Indians teams but I was pretty little then. Do you remember a left-handed pitcher named (sp?) Jodi Groshon? My fuzzy recollection gives me a picture a very fast left hander with sort of horned rimmed glasses. Or am I just flashing back on a left handed Charlie Sheen in Major League? I also remember that Middle League all star series including teams from Orcutt and Apple Valley -- or is that just a flashback too?

Name: Carol Shaner () on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 21:02:28
City and State: San Bernaghetto, Ca
Maiden: Shaner
Class: 1970 ROCKS!
Message: I've looked on the list of missing COUGARS and the inlisted list...but there's several people I knew that's not listed anywhere...Linda Boles from 71 has vanished...Larry Clark from 69 can't be found...can any one help. Also, I remember Maureen Miller from 1970, but her last name is listed as my memory fading?
Carol, The missing lists come from the reunion committee member listed at the bottom of that page. I'm sure it's a mis-print. Please check with that person.

Name: The Gig () on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 18:13:28
City and State: Hollywood, CA
Message: Hello Hawthorne Alumni...On behalf of The Gig we would like to cordially invite all Hawthorne graduates to come and celebrate Memorial at The Gig in Hollywood. We will have a variety of performers including the spunky sounds of Mari, who is an amazing pop country performer as well as the classic smooth & sensual sounds of jazz performers Susie Burns & Gil. You will also laugh along with LA comedian Barry Haliday as he performs his famous Manifest Destinyfest. The Date...Monday, May 27th. The Time...5PM-9PM. The Gig is a 21+ club with proper ID required.
The entrance fee is $10...that is for the performers, the room and for the staff.
If you have any questions you can email me at
The Gig is located at 7301 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90046
The number is 323 936-4440 ext5.
Hope to see you all there!
Rosemary Staltare
Special Events the Gig

Sounds like a fun party.

Name: Susie () on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 20:25:36
City and State: Albq,N.M.
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
The man was a class act, RIP J D

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 17:29:26
E-Mail: It'snotoverallover....
City and State: ...Ithasjustbegun! ;-)
Maiden: Do you have to ask??
Class: 72
Message: Wade~What's Kobe doing eating burger and fries right before a game anyway? Shouldn't he be carbo loading? I think a plate of my pasta WOULD of been a better choice! ;-) I agree with the traveling calls. Those boys walk a mile before they slam dunk. The refs are a little "off" in these series. However, I still have HOPE! It's exciting when they are finally matched with a team that can play well.
On a more serious note. I heard we lost Jerry Dunphy yesterday. Boy, does he bring back memories for me from when we first immigrated. My Dad would be glued to the TV set, and I would have to interpret for him. He loved Jerry, and so did I. He was one of the greats!
Also, my condolences go out to you Judy. I don't know you, but I went to school with your brother Tom. I know my Dad is probably sitting down to a fine Italian meal with your Mama. He just loved his Frittata's, not to mention the Linguine!! ;-)

Name: Wade Greasby () on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 17:20:57
City and State: Surf City.Ca
Maiden: Greasdog
Class: 73
Message: Myk, thanks for the information. I remember going to a house down in south Torrance and riding horses. Jody got into some poison ivy and was in bad shape for awhile. Your dad and mine came to California on either Harleys or Indians. I have a picture of the two out on 66 taking a break. I'm sure our paths have crossed one time or another. I remember always going to the Plaza Square and parking out front on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The fire and police would have family dinners in the summer. A ton of kids were always there. The city employee picnics were a great time for everyone to get together. As a kid they seemed to last for ever. Even the Sloey Brothers were there. Sloey, the Mark Lee story was great. He was called "The Vulture" in San Diego and Portland. Dean, The guys who came from Haw Amer. to HHS were also pretty good ballplayers, though I have to admit the talent pool from the other side of the freeway was better. The teams at HHS had a good mix of talent. The best days were also the time of the Hawthorne Fair and the parades. All families gathered at the fire station. Lots of water from the fire/police clowns. As we got older the best place to hang out was the middle league fields. Both sides of town. Or Sundays during the fall at HHS football field for the pop warner games. Bill Tamburrino was the game announcer. Bakes, Your dad and Jack, from other friends, had some great times. It seems all our dads had a great time in the good old days of Hawthorne. I said it before all our paths have probably crossed once or twice. Hope they can again this is really an outstanding site. Enza, Enza, Enza the Laker girls are done.
Thanks Wade, Yep, I too remember the firehouse picnics and parties there. I remember climbing all over the fire trucks (I think we had two) and being placed on the firepole when I was about 4 years old and sliding to the bottom ALL BY MYSELF!! That was a long way down for a 4 year old.
Also the very FIRST TV I EVER SAW was upstairs in the old firehouse in about 1948 or 49. I remember wondering why those people were so small, and how they got into that box. Great memories......

Name: Rusty Allen () on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 15:07:52
City and State: Del Norte, CO
Maiden: Baumgardner, Myk
Class: 1962
Message: Hello Wade and everyone, I knew your father, Bruv, since I was a kid. My dad, Mack and he were good friends from Oklahoma. I suppose so was my uncle Paul. My uncle Paul, had three kids, Richard, Ronny and Cheryl. My dad Mack had three kids as well, Mickey (me), Carol and Jody. Paul lived on 119th and Cedar and we lived on 135th St and Inglewood Ave. My uncle Paul retired from the Fire Dept as Chief, and my dad retired as Captain of the P.D. He didnĘt want to be chief because of all the Politics. My family mostly live down in Fallbrook, Calif. area and I live in Colorado. I have no idea where ther rest of the families live. I think we┤re pretty spread out. If you need more information, I can give you some addresses or E-mail addresses for my side of the family. I┤m pretty sure my dad has some pictures of the "good ole days" when the Fire and Police were in the same bldg in Plaza Circle. Nice to hear from you even if I┤ve never met you.
Hi Myk, I've got a story about Jack Baumgardner (Hawthorne Police Chief from the late 30's to early 50's) and my uncle, Louie Baker.
It seems that my uncle and Jack were heading for the Hawthorne bowling alley one night in the late 30's. They were on Hawthorne Bl. and were crossing El Segundo when someone ran the stop sign and my uncle hit him broadside, turning the other guys car on its side. Jack Baumgardner (the Chief) jumped up on the car and opened the passenger door which was now facing the sky. He called to the fellow to climb out of the door and the reply was, "I can't". Jack asked why, thinking he was hurt, but the guy said he couldn't climb out of the door because he was sitting on it. Then the guy hands Chief Jack a pint of whiskey and says, "Hey buddy, do me a big favor and hide this before the cops get here."
True story.....

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