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Name: Linda Dietrich () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 07:48:05
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
Message: Wow what memories of Washington school. I too had Mrs, Hoskins for kindergarten. I remember there were bathrooms in the back of the class. I think we had to bring a blanket for nap time. Then there was the snack and it was always the same, graham crackers and milk. When my X husband went overseas in the military I went home with my kids and they went to Washington for awhile. It brought back all the memories. My daughter Leslie was in the same Kindergarten classroom. My other daughter Lisa had one of my old teachers Mr. Barnes. He actually remembered me. He was a very cool teacher. I remember one nurse and I think we called her Nurse Andy. She was like everyone's grandma. We made up excuses to go see her. One other thing I remembered was when I was in Jr. High which they call middle school now. We were just getting to lunch and then the dreaded announcement of Kennedy's death. Everyone was crying and it was a big mess. One more memory and I am done. I don't remember what grade I was in but I was with my friend that lived over by Leuzinger. We were swimming at the Leuzinger pool and having a good old time. Then out of no where my dad showed up and said we were going home. I said no way I was having too much fun. Now it was very odd to see my dad, as my mom usually made all the decisions with us kids. Anyway he dragged me out of there with my friend and we went home. Later I found out there were riots over in Watts and he made us stay in the house for a long time after that. Guess he was afraid it would come to our neighborhood. I have lots of memories of HYC but feel I said enough. Yes I am still alive and kicking over here in Kansas City.
Great memories Linda, thanks........

Name: Denise Ginty () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 00:14:29
City and State: Ventura, CA
Message: Ah yes, the hours spent "cruisin" from the "A" to the "Wich-stand", how innocent, how fun, "time it was, oh what a time it was" Thanks for the site - it has been a fun trip down memory lane.
Thanks Denise, Hope you had a great time....

Name: Debbie Fautt () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 21:48:20
City and State: Clayton, CA
Maiden: Weeks
Class: 1971
Message: I just wanted to let everyone know that Barbara Wigley (1972) passed away this week. She recently had open heart surgery to remove a tumor from her heart and she was recovering very well. She was feeling better everyday and was very encouraged. At this time we do not know what happened, we are still waiting for information. I will post when and where services will be held as soon as the arrangements have been made.
We will all miss her tremendously, I know everyone who knew her has some great memories that will bring a smile because she had that affect on all who's lives she touched.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 20:05:02
E-Mail: DearWadeiftheLakersdoindeedlose....
City and State: ...pleasebegentlewithme! :-)
Maiden: Deanareyoustilloutthere??
Class: 72 Still Rockin'
Message: Wade,Wade,Wade, I thought that I had an amazing memory...Dude, you take the cake! I can't believe you remember the lunch menu for Thursdays. I too was a scrapper in 6th grade. Tacos (Tues.) was my fav, (Sicilian's know NOTHING about Mexican food) What else do you remember? I had great experiences at Washington. The teachers all took very special care w/this super shy child. Did you have Mrs. Donohue for 1st grade? She was truly an Angel. Hall Monitors, Charlie I remember those as well. I too was Hall Monitor and Arcade Monitor. What a sense of power..HA! It made you feel special to be assign such responsibilities. OK, here's my memory on 6th grade Camp. I went up w/Mr. Johnson's class ( I was the teachers pet) What can I was wonderful. My first experience of going to the Mountains AND Nature. Regarding Summer Youth Camp, I went w/Chuck Kidwell (Scorpion?) for many years. I heard ALL the stories, and you guys had WAY to much fun!! On the weekends the counselors would go to the "Avenues" beaches at Redondo. I recall beach parties that lasted way into the warm summer nights. Oh, the memories of young love! Btw, Bob Klein was married to my Dad's second Cousin Jenny. So, that made me related to the Kleins! For a while I was distant cousins with Terri, Faelin, and Rick...WAY COOL!

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 18:02:25
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: I'm enrolled in "Classmates" so if anyone sees somebody there, drop me an email and I'll look 'em up for you. I also remember 6th grade camp at HYC. I also went up there a few times with the Scouts, Troop 906. It snowed when we went, and we had a big snow sculpture contest between cabins. It's amazing what a bunch of 6th graders can come up with. There was a sphinx, assorted animals, and various monsters. If I remember right I think someone even made a full size VW Beetle. Our cabin made a huge snow fort, and just bombarded everyone else with snowballs.

Name: Debbie Noguera () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 17:54:28
City and State: La Palma, CA
Maiden: Cook
Class: 72
Message: I was shocked and saddened to see that in print about Barb Wigley. I talked to her for a long time at the reunion in August. Whoever has info please e-mail me also. Thanks, Debbie

Name: D.R.'S BROTHER () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 17:10:20
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1966
Message: DJ, Cliff Branch was a world class sprinter and a wide out for the University of Colorado and the Oakland Raiders, zoom, zoom zoom. D.R. could run too,[4.6 in the 40] but not like that but then again Cliff would never try to run a crossing pattern in front of D.R.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 16:52:35
City and State: Surf City
Maiden: Monster (Camp name)
Class: 73
Message: HYC was a great place. I worked there as a camp aide and counselor in '71 and'72. Everyone had animal names. Teri Klein's father, Bob, was the camp director, alias Thorn. Sometime during the late 60's they dredged Jackson Lake and found dead animal bodies. This could have been the reason for the infections. When I worked up there the staff was mostly HHS alumni and current students. Some of the names, Wolf aka Wayne Kamiya, Duck, Steve Barron, Cricket, Jeannie Dors, Griz, Bob Kobus. There were other HHS alumni, Merry Richards, Kim Stembler, Teri & Faline Klein, Vicky Luna, Rick Weaver and a host of others. Great Times. Hal Chauncey would arrive every Wednesday morning for breakfast and inspection. I even think Jim Sloey and or John would ride up there when coach came up. Mickey would ride up also. The camp was spotless, fun to work at and lots of memories. The care taker was John Friberger and his family.
Enza, I remember Thursday lunch at Washington. It would be hotdogs or Sloppy Joes. I was one of the scrapers of the food when the kids would finish eating and bring their trays to the front.

Name: Dewey Storie () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 15:53:08
City and State: Home This week Maybe TX next week
Class: 74
Message:Kelley, the answer would be..."If you want to be happy by Jimmy Soul...sorry John.. It's My Party want not #1 till the week of 7/6/63
So Kelley, What's the answer??

Name: Susie () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 15:23:26
City and State: Albuquerque,N.M.
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
Message: I got a call last nite from Gayle (Stromberg) Hepperle, class of '72 about the passing of Barb Wigley. I am stunned...Anyone with info please email me. Thanks, Susie

Name: Tim Helble () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 14:35:40
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Re Hawthorne Youth Camp - I was talking to a Forest Service guy up at the Wrightwood office last summer and he instantly knew where it was. I remember going there in the mid 60's. The Forest Service guy told me the camp took its water right out of Jackson Lake, and that's probably why half the kids in my group had to go home sick that week. We were overrunning the infirmary and they had to have our parents come up and take bunches of us home to make room for more sick kids. I remember my dad driving up midweek and taking me and three other guys home who I never knew until that week. The camp was sure fun while it lasted! Turns out, later on when they started looking at data for that summer, the number of sick kids rose steadily each week until it hit 50% or more. Never found out what they did to fix the water quality problem. Do any other Cougars remember being affected (or should I say infected) by this? Another memory - all the counselors had animal nicknames, but the only one I remember was sort of an intimidating guy named "Fly." Anyone remember the nicknames of others?

Name: Cindy Colby () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 13:56:35
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: 6th. grade camp, what a wonderful memory. I only went to Washington for that one year since they were re-building Eucalyptus Elementary. I was in Mr. Fry's class, he was a really neat guy and very supportive of me. I really don't remember the school that much but I do remember the play ground, I did get an A in recess after all. Camp was the first time I was away from home and what a wonderful time it was. My boys went to 6th. grade camp through the Westminster school district, they too had a great experience.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 13:20:24
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Sue King, I did a quick check on the City of Hawthorne WEB page and the camp is available for families & groups September thru March. It is available to residents and property owners only so someone from Hawthorne would need to reserve the camp. The price would be $7 per night plus at least $140 for the main lodge. Take a look at
- Chris

I've got property in Hawthorne.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 12:54:17
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message: Hey DR, where did Cliff Branch go to High School? Tell us a little more about that game. Paco, we're leaving Saturday for a week in Cabo feelin hot hot hot.

Name: Doris () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 12:41:09
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: Mrs. Peterson was my 5th grade teacher way back in the very early 50's (as in 1950!) and she was a wonderful teacher and a fine person. And Charlie Fox! Here's something that warmed the cockles of MY heart ... see what it does for you! Through people I've come to know through COUGARTOWN (Thank you John!!!), and people they know, I have managed to make contact with "kids" I went to school with in 5th grade when Mrs. Peterson was our teacher. One man who actually found ME through the above channels was Harold Danny Hinzo, a really nice kid who had a great sense of humor and was extremely artistic. He thought so much of Mrs. Peterson, he actually looked her up a couple years ago to tell her how much she meant to him and the rest of his siblings. Wasn't that a neat thing to do!
That's what this site is all about. Thanks Doris

Name: Charlie Fox () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 12:35:36
City and State: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Class: 69
Message: Enza...thanks for the memory jogger! I was a morning arcade monitor during my 6th grade year. My post was the walkway that divided the lower and upper grades, where the flag pole was located. We had brass badges that said "Safety Patrol" or something like that. Our main job was to make sure nobody ran in the halls. I also remember being a projectionist that year. The screens were portable, but not the kind that rolled down. They were solid, sat up on a large tripod, and had to be transported in narrow carts. Then there was the task of unraveling the mystery of the 16mm Victor movie projectors...does anyone else remember learning to thread one of those beasts? Hawthorne Youth Camp...the year I went, the camp director's name was Mr. Mosher (another first name never learned). He wore some kind of military jumpsuit and combat boots, and he looked like the meanest man on earth. It was an interesting contrast when he took us on our nature hike and helped us compose a poem about the wonders of the forest. Great place. I was there in the 6th grade, and again on a trip with the Hawthorne Youth Band. Have a great day, Cougars.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 12:10:56
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: 6th grade camp, what a blast that was. I think I have a few pictures of that, I should see if I can track that down and scan them. I remember being kind of scared of going, because it was one week of being around classmates with nowhere to go. It was the first time that there were going to be boys around 24 hours a day. The food was dismal, but it was one of the best memories of my school years. Sue, my fiance is a handyman, so if you could get us some details, I may be able to persuade him into volunteering for the renovation of the camp. Good luck to all Laker fans, it's not over till it's over, just watch those fouls!

Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 11:33:08
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Class: 1981
Message: Been awhile since I've been here but I am in need of some help. I don't remember who the gal who would help us find lost friends in but I saw some people that added their names that I've been looking for, for years. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Email me...(thanks)
Hi Ray, I'm sure someone will help you. Good luck....

Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 11:26:33
City and State: Surf City
Maiden: Greasdog
Class: 73
Message: Steve, you got it. Dan was on the USC National Championship team and has one hellva ring. He played tight end and H-Back. The home run he hit in Boulder, about 550' into the student housing building, was the longest ever hit there. People couldn't believe it. The building has a plaque on the spot where it hit. A monster of a shot. Colorado dropped baseball in 1980. The best baseball team that has come out of Hawthorne was, biased opinion, was the Connie Mack Team in 1973. A true Hawthorne Team. Lost in the state tourney in the bottom of the ninth inning of the third game in that day. There were guys from St Bernards, Serra, Leuzinger, and HHS, all Hawthorne residents that made up that team. Scott, Colburn, Burns, Mauer, Thomas, Balo, Howse, Myself and others. An incredible group of talent. These were days of wooden bats so you had to crush the ball to go yard. The Babe would've been proud of us. Enza, I'm not the Babe. Dean, I can hear "Truckin" coming through the air waves. The Kings have arrived for tomorrow night. Sloey, how was breakfast?

Name: Susan King () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 11:16:44
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: OK, Wade brought it up so it's a good segue to Hawthorne Youth Camp. Two weekends ago, I conned Darryl into a Saturday drive up to Wrightwood (via Angeles Crest Highway - that's a trip!) Anyway, it was quite a walk down memory lane. It STILL exists! There was a group of people there who had rented it for the weekend but we toddled all around the place unbothered and the sights and the smells were so much the same! Funny, at this age, it doesn't seem quite so big....I didn't really know how to get there, I just remembered Jackson Lake at the bottom of the little road that winds up to the camp. Had no difficulty finding it and no trouble navigating the camp. I camped there as a child summer camper, for family weekend camp, 6th grade camp and finally as a camp counselor when a senior at HHS. I have the most wonderful memories of HYC. Though the camp still stands, and the buildings seem sound, it certainly could use some love and attention. I'm talking flooring, fixtures, paint and the like. Perhaps that's the next grand scale CT event we should plan; a 3 day weekend retreat to HYC for fun and work. With all of the great folks here in CT, I'll bet we could coordinate supplies and manpower that would transform the place and ensure it's future. I sure hope current campers are having a good time there! Does anyone know who runs the camp now and how one arranges a stay there?
I remember that somewhere in the summer of 56 was my weekend at HYC. Actually I think Dickie Dixon HHS63 was along that same weekend. The thing I remember was raiding the girls cabin, although I'm sure we did more than that.
I don't know who operates the camp now, but we sure could find out from City Hall. It might be fun to have a CT camp out/work detail there next summer. Sue, you have just volunteered to find out all about it. Thanks....

Name: Kelley () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 11:00:09
City and State: Coos Bay, OR
Class: 67
Message: A little trivia ... What was the #1 billboard hit on May 30, 1963????
I'll say "It's My Party" by Leslie Gore. What do I win??

Name: Steve Cogan () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 10:24:06
City and State: Windsor Ca
Class: 1975
Message: Wade, to answer some of your Dan Burns trivia questions. I played tackle next to Dan at Santa Monica College after he left OSU. He went on to play football and baseball at USC. I remember Dan as one of the strongest people I played ball with.
John, great site. I enjoy reading the feedback.

Hey Steve, Thanks for the info on Dan and glad you're enjoying the website.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 10:12:33
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Talking about elementary school, how many people received nicknames from their friends? Adrian Reynolds and others coined mine as ?Grasshopper?. At Dana I used to climb the ropes. When I would climb I guess they thought I looked like a grasshopper. I guess that I was fortunate that my nickname wasn?t something that was down grading.
On the rope climb they called my turtle......

Name: Mike Doyle () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 00:17:21
City and State: Napa Ca
Message: John I was looking forward to seeing you and Janet up this week possibly for the Vintage Car Races. Hope you will make it to the Nascar event next month.
Hey Big Mike, Love to be there but lots going on right now. We'll see how it all works out.
Thanks for the invitation.

Name: Enza () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 00:13:57
E-Mail: VladethanksfortheinvitetoSactown.....
City and State: Iwillonly"Bailamos"forthehomeboys ;-)
Maiden: N/A
Class: 72
Message: Memo to Janette Oke???~I don't think HHS was around in 1952. Are you sure your a cougar?? Vlade is Dean, and sometimes he's the original "DeadHead". However, I might be mistaken on "Babe". It read like a Dean story, but now I don't know who it is. Whoever came up w/that is one clever Dude! Sloey, was that you? Wade are you "Babe"? Speaking of Washington School, I came across an old Lunch Menu the other day, (I dont' throw anything away!) It was dated April 1968. As soon as I get my scanner up and running I'll post it..what a trip! Lunches 35 cents, Milk 5 cents. I remember in Kindergarten going home w/a note pinned to my blouse, reminding the parents to send in their money for milk. Who remembers the GREAT graham crackers and ice cold milk?? I too had Mrs. Hopkins (who had a great big turtle in the back play area, that I would bring lettuce for),and Mrs. Petersen. Don't recall their first names however. Does anybody recall the Arcade Monitors? I remember over by the First grade room, there was this cement platform that no one could go up on during recess and lunches. You had to police the little ones from jumping off the darn thing! OK, one more memory. Occasionally in the Cafeteria, they would show movies, (I dont' recall which ones), but it either was during Summers on Saturdays, or during regular school, on Saturdays. Can anybody help this gal out?? My memory is not as sharp as it used to be. JB1, I gave Hawthorne WAY more time than I usually do. Won't you be glad when B-Ball is over? Ha! Later :-)
Yes, HHS was around in 52. The first graduating class was 1954.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 00:11:01
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: I too went ot Trinity Lutheren till 2nd Grade when I got expelled for writing my names on all the walls in the newly painted bathroom. I also was the proud winner of recieving the most paddelings in the school. I beat everyone out easily 2 to 1. KDJ
No Keith, you're not supposed to write YOUR name on the walls. You write some OTHER guys name.

Name: diana () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 23:28:44
City and State: Prairie du Rocher, IL
Maiden: sechrist
Class: 73
Message: I've found a few people through the cougartown website. So glad it was put together. I've really enjoyed looking through the reunion sites. Thanks!!

Name: Wade Greasby () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 21:36:29
City and State: Surf City
Maiden: Watchingthe Kingsroll
Class: 73
Message: Charlie, I went to Washington also. I had Mrs Hoskins for kindergarten and Mrs Petersen for fourth grade. Mrs La Bounty was my sixth grade teacher. We did the puppets and put on a stage production of the Emporer's New Clothes. Sixth grade camp was the best. Our counselors were from HHS. I had Herb Lewis, '68. He talked football and cars and avoiding the draft. Two playing fields, K-4 and 5-6. I was there from '60 to '67. Lester Wandale was the principal. Enza, Enza, Enza, the "cowbells hurt Shaq's ears" if he whins anymore his whole family will be in the bathroom throwing up. I missed the Laker Girls warm up show. But i tuned in for the last seven minutes of the game, and saw what was important. Hey, didn't you and your brother and sisters go to Washington School? Danny Burns hit the farthest Dingers I ever saw. One was at Cal St L.A. over 500' as a senior in high school and the other was another 500ft plus shot at Boulder Colo. as a freshman at OSU, Oklahoma State, not Woody Hayes. He holds the record for longest tape measure shots at OSU. Trivia, where did Burns go after OSU and what gift of jewelry does he own? Also where did Burns go to high school and why?

Name: D.R. () on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 19:11:23
E-Mail: wwwfliper42
City and State: long ways behind
Class: Absolutely
Message: DJ ; Your story on guarding Leon Woods reminded me of my one on one coverage of Cliff Branch in the flat.....same results. DR.

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