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Name: Carolyn Ladd () on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 14:49:21
City and State: Saline, MI
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 62
Message: John, I'd like to add to the growing Cougar chorus - "my check's in the mail"! As a relative newcomer to the Cougartown website, I'd like to say how enjoyable it is and what a treat to read the "Feedback" section and see how many memories we native Hawthornites and Cougars share. This website has to be a labor of love, because short of that, nobody of sound mind would put the kind of time and effort into it that you so obviously did. Great job and THANK YOU!! Growing up on 117th Street, I remember the Del Air market all the way back to the time when some of us kids on the block would go house to house with our little wagon collecting lard - yes, lard - to sell to the meat market guy for pennies. Of course, we turned around and spent those pennies on candy for the day! Then later, (much later), I'd stop by the market and buy a pack of Marlboro's for a quarter. Those were the good ole days, alright. Especially, for those of us who haven't kicked the habit yet. I don't know what cigarettes are going for in California but I can tell you they are $41 a carton in Michigan. (I know, it's one of the stupidest things anyone could still be doing and soooo PUC). Besides all the fun times cruisin' between the A&W and the Wich Stand, I wonder if anyone else recalls a particular skit that two of our classmates performed at one of the "Assembly's". I wish I could remember their names because they did such a super job. This was a guy and a girl dressed up in a suit, dress and furs sitting at a little table in the middle of the gym miming to the record Jim Backus did about a couple getting tipsy over a bottle of whatever and laughing, laughing, laughing and ultimately falling off their chairs. The record is hysterical and to see it "performed" was just the funniest skit of all time. Does anybody else remember that?
For you hockey fans interested in the Stanley Cup playoffs - the Hurricanes win over the Red Wings was just a fluke - stay tuned - the cup will be back Detroit!
Thanks again, John, for making the website happen!

Hi Carolyn, Thank you for all the nice thoughts. I think cigarettes went from a quarter a pack to a quarter a piece. I had that habit too, but kicked them a couple of decades ago.
I don't remember the skit either, but that doesn't mean anything; Mike Shay and I probably skipped the assembly for a sojourn to Frosties in the middle of the day. Thanks Carolyn and hope to see you at our reunion in July.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 14:47:44
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 67
Message: For all of you who live in southern California, there is a chance that you could view a partial (70%) eclipse of the sun. On Monday 10 June 2002 at approx. 5:15 till 7:30 PM the moon will come between the earth and the sun. A website that explains more about when and how to view it can be found at:

Name: Carol Shaner () on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 14:29:29
City and State: San Bernardino, Ca
Maiden: Shaner
Class: 1970
Message: To Chris Prewitt: I remember every year having to get dressed up with the entire family and go down to Trinity so they could take the family picture. Check out if the Shaner family is in the directory.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 10:40:30
City and State: Wadeareyougoing...
Maiden: withtheNets???
Class: 72
Message: Wade, Wade, Wade...Don't start with me. You know you will never win! Ha! ;-)

Name: Jan () on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 05:59:13
City and State: Jonesboro, Ar
Maiden: Dorris
Class: 1963
Message: To all of you from '63 or other yrs that know me I'm asking for your prayers. The doctors told my husband & me that I'm a very sick lady right now. My MS is a lot worse and I now also have asthma and a lung disease called "Interstitial Fibrosis" and my body is just completely exhausted !! I'm sleeping between 16 to 20 hrs a day right for those who believe in prayer I'm asking for you to pray for me and my husband. I would love to hear from any of you who remember me, "Thank you"
Sincerely, Jan Dorris Brown
P.S. John I have my membership dues ready to mail tomorrow and "thanks again for a wonderful website. Keep up the good work, I know it's a big job to do !! Jan

Hi Jan, It's a big job, but not quite the load you and your husband are carrying right now. You fight the fight and please know that I and all your classmates will be praying for you.

Name: Robert Shaffer () on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 01:42:22
City and State: Kenosha, WI
Message: Hey, Way cool site! I graduated in '73 but love all the music from the '60's . I'm a musicican doing an acoustic retro set from the 50's, '60's & 70's. How do I find the list of the top hits from other years? I found you from the year 1974. Thanks, Robert
Hi Robert, That's one of the best kept secrets in Cougartown. Just click on one of the dancing jukeboxes on the website (there's one on this page). Enjoy....

Name: Debbie () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 23:35:32
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Class: 77
Message: Just getting back online after weeks of no internet and no Cougartown! I got to go to Hawthorne Youth Camp twice in the early '70's. The first year it was a bunch of girls who had been going to camp together since they were six and seven years old, and I am forever grateful to the oldest girl, who made sure I was welcome and even though they all knew each other from school and camp. We had a similar meeting when Jill McF was a brand new 6th grader and she did fit right in during crazy sixth grade. BTW, I think the other 6th grade teacher was Mrs Wilson. She had a strong southern accent, and Mr Smith was the student teacher. His wife and my sister in law were pals at Inglewood High School. Small world, huh?
Hey Debbie, Glad you're back and yes, it is really a small cougar world out there.

Name: MARY SANCHEZ () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 23:28:56
E-Mail: I don't have email I am using a friends computer
City and State: ANAHEIM, CA
Message: HI, I didn't go to Hawthorne High School my father was transferred before my freshman year so we moved to Anaheim. I went to Washington and Hawthorne Intermediate. I remember some of those teachers that you have mentioned. I remember in the third grade at Jefferson playing Duck, Duck Goose. Wasn't that a fun game? We all had such good times running for the spot after we would tap someone and say Goose. Those were such fun times. Another fun game was Red Rover. Those were some fun times all right. What were some others? This sure is a nice place to visit thank you for giving me back some of my child hood. Duck, Duck Goose!
Hi Mary and thanks for letting your friends know you're out there. I remember a game called something like "Last Penny Over" that I thought was great fun at the time. We just plain got tired of hide and seek.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 17:37:35
City and State: Surf City
Maiden: deadbodiesdeer
Class: 73
Message: Teri, I recall that the animals pulled from Jackson lake were in fact deer and most were does. The Fish and Game Dept. and state wild life people spent four to six weeks dredging. The edison pole and downguy now have a light and plastic cover thanks to my cracked ribs. Those pictures would be great to see. We had some outstanding times up at HYC. All the staff and kids were great. Does anyone remember Paste? Merry Richards is teaching at CSULB. How bout those Nets Enza?

Name: Teri Hoenig () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 15:57:43
City and State: Paradise, Ca
Maiden: Klein
Class: 73
Message: If anyone really wants to know the scoop on HYC, just ask me. Tim, yes the water did come from Jackson lake. As far as fixing the water quality, nothing a filter and a little chlorine could not take care of. You really don't want all the counselors names do you? I have them if you do. MR.Greasby, did almost decapitating yourself on a guid wire at HYC, cause any long term effects? I served as Director at HYC for 6 years. OH the stories I could tell. As far as dead animal bodies go, try comming upon dead human bodies, wrapped in carpet(gang related). Try keeping that a secret from staff and campers. Will provide more HYC trivia if requested. Wade, it seems I have some old HYC photos of you.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 11:20:51
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Dale Hahlbeck, How could you ever lose your little black book? Don't you know that is a sign of your manhood? I still have my little book and it sure is fun to go back and look at the names. I even kept notes in mine. One of my friends, not from HHS, got married and somehow we got keys to his apartment. There were notes as to where to park, just in case they returned, we could retrieve our vehicles. Another thing was seeing how mobile some people appear. I would just cross out old addresses/telephone numbers and some people would have 2 or more pages. Kathie and I have only lived in two locations since we got married nearly 29 years ago. I also have a copy of a Trinity Lutheren Church membership address book from the late '60s. I wonder how many of those people still live in the same locations.
I never get rid of books like that either. To me, they're pieces of history. I have my dad's address book that he had for 25 years. I also have an Eastern Star book that belonged to my grandmother with all the local Hawthorne ladies from the 30s and 40s. I somehow don't think those are the kind of books that Dale is missing.

Name: Bob Melendrez () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 11:16:56
City and State: Walker, CA (Temporarily)
Class: 1971
Message: Dear Cougars, I am so sad to hear of the passing of Barbara Wigley. She had a sweet and gentle spirit, and was a true and loyal friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
PS: My friends, if there is one thing that I may encourage you to do, it is to "speak the words" to those who are special to you. You will not only make their day, but your own as well...
Take care, everyone!
Bob M. ('71)

That's not just a cliched idea, folks. Speak the words to the people you love, NOW.
Thanks Bob....

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. () on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 06:34:33
City and State: Newport Beach CA
Maiden: "Gypsy"
Class: '75
Message: Yeah Yeah I have re-located again... My new address if interested is 6905 Seashore Drive NB 4 blocks from that Dennis Rodman dude.....what a nut! Anyway..during my latest move I lost my little black phone book so I am in need of all Cougs who want to stay in touch with me....yeah all two of you so feel free to send your info to my above e-mail domain...unless you have that "virus" then don't bother...just call me then at 949-646-8700. I share the line with my landlord Ms. Stearns but if you leave I message I will respond....went bodysurfing last weekend for the first time in 15 years and did ok since my "board" is a little wider and my "skag" is a bit shorter....but has the ocean always been that cold?? Hope all is well and where is the 500th page ceremony going to be held John??
ttfn Cougs and Rock Steady ya'll H1

We're having the 500th page thingy at Dennis Rodmans place. Rock steady Dale.....

Name: Ken Green () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 22:28:37
City and State: San Clemente
Class: 69
Message: I rememeber Sweeney (SP?) at HIS. I recall the sex ed classes that ended with a viewing of "boys beware", definitely not PC these days. What about Mrs. Holly. Had her for 7th grade math. I think she told us about feeding her kids horse meat. Made you think seriousely about being a vegitarian. There were some great math teachers at HHS. I also was fortunate to do my fresh & soph years at El Camino, and the math and science staff there was exceptional. My GPA went up when I transfered to UCI. I was actually bored my junior year because I knew so much more than the students who started out at Irvine.

Name: Vlade Divacs () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 18:45:22
City and State: Sactown, CA
Maiden: Wewuzrobbed!
Class: 03
Message: Some fan sent me a pasta dish before game 7 and I had stomach cramps the whole way. It hurt so much I couldnt do my usual flopping except at the end when I rolled around in agony after a cheap 6th foul. We shoulda won if we only hit our free throws. We'll get you next year. Sometimes the best team doesnt always win, heh but I dont accuse me of sour grapes. Instead of going to Disneyland, I am going to Bosnia for my vacation. Vlade

Name: Wade Greasby () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 18:09:04
City and State: Surf City
Maiden: Truckin I'm a goin' home
Class: 73
Message: Enza,Enza,Enza, must have been some good pasta you served up! Congrats!!!

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 17:36:42
E-Mail: TheLakersare....
City and State: ...ontheirway! :-)
Maiden: Laker Bambina
Class: 72
Message: I have another memory to share from HIS. Does anybody remember the P.E. Teachers, Mr. Sweeney and Mrs. Hollingstead? Sweeney always had a crew cut and looked like he just stepped out of the Army. Mrs Hollingstead was one tough cookie. Softball and Volleyball were my favorites, soccer I could of done without! And, wasn't the Music teachers name Mrs. Yowell? I think she was the teacher for both Washington and HIS. I played musical instruments in both schools (very poorly, I might add), however, it got me out of class for a couple of hours, and I got to be with Jack Beland, (my Junior High secret crush!)and his rendition of "Moon River" on his Trumpet. (What a girl would do to be close to the one she liked). The big finally was a concert at the Memorial Center. I should of paid more attention to my music than to Jack!
Wade, Wade, Wade, I'm not going to say anything about the Winners of yesterday's Basketball game. I won't rub it in. However, the Kings are "Truckin" on out of the Playoffs, and storing their Cowbells for another day! Vlade, have you left the building yet???

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 17:04:52
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I have a teacher memory, not from HHS, but rather from Sepulveda Elementary. I entered Sepulveda in 6th grade, prior to that, I had been taught in a LA Unified school. Needless to say, my skills were that of a 4th grader. I caught up quickly enough in all areas but Math. There were three teachers teaching 6th grade, they were Mrs. Bryant, who taught english, another teacher whose name I do not recall that taught social studies, and then there was Mr. Kelly who taught Math. Mr. Kelly saw that I was struggling with math, and had asked my parents if he could tutor me to catch me up. My parents agreed, and he would have me stay after school two days a week and tutor me. He was kind, patient and really broke down the elements for me in terms I could understand. Because of him, my math grade went from a D to a B by the end of the year. Teachers like him made it worth coming to school. As a side note, when I got into Dana Jr. High, whatever confidence I had gained with Mr. Kelly, was completely shattered by Mr. Helvey! But that is another story for another time.

Name: doris () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 15:54:40
City and State: tf id
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: HAPPY BD PETEY, you young thing, you! Such a puppy! Hope it's a great one. For me? Well, I am having a M-O-N-D-A-Y! AAaaargh!!!!

Name: Kelley () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 09:56:15
City and State: Coos Bay, OR
Class: 67
Message: Happy Birthday to Konnie (Petey) Smith. I'm not really sure how old she is..but i do know she is just a baby..not even 50 ..Love you My Woof...K
Happy Birthday Gomer...

Name: Cheryl Lundquist () on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 01:05:00
City and State: Valley Center, CA
Maiden: Baumgardner
Class: 69
Message: Wade, John, & Myk-Got a kick out of your additions to CT. The Paul Baumgardner family did live on Cedar off of 120th. My Dad retired as Batallion Chief from the Fire Dept. in 72 and moved to Vista. Gaylen & I rented their house til 75 when we found out the mall was going to be built so we headed South. We ended up in Valley Center and are still there along with cousin Jody, she and her husband live down the hill from us and Wade she still has horses! I'll have to ask her about the Poison Oak. Brother Richard lives in Eagle, Nebraska. Ron lives in Encinitas. Carol lives in Fallbrook and Uncle Mack lives in Fallbrook with his 2nd wife, she's a ol sweetheart from H.S. back in Oklahoma which he struck up a romance with at a reunion. The Baumgardner's were from Mangum, Ok. Cousin Jackie lives in Bermuda Dunes. The Haw. Youth Camp was fun, we got to go up there while it was being built. The Fire Dept. and other city volunteers went up their and built 4 cabins. The flag pole was put up with a light on top in case someone got lost they could find their way back at night. Great idea! Thanks everyone for all the good memories, we tend to forget about them if they go untold. Congrats to Steve Fraser, just heard he retired from the Fire Dept. Thanks to Linda Dawson Dietrich, Cathy Satter and Suzan Fernandes Lee for the e-mails. John-Our "checks in the mail".
Hi Cheryl, Thanks for a little history of the Hawthorne Baumgardners. You can hardly find any book on the history of Hawthorne without the name Baumgardner in it.

Name: Kim Begley () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 12:01:11
City and State: Scotts Valley, CA
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 73
Message: HYC holds the best of times & memories of my youth. So much so I ended up getting a BS in Recreation Administration due to my mentor, Bob Klein. Bob was the Camp Director forever as well as managing Hawthorne Parks & Recreation Department. I managed recreation programs for corporations which led to my career in Human Resource Management for high tech companies. I owe allot to Bob including my relationship with his daughter, Teri Klein since passing her a note in 7th grade class exclaiming my infatuation for Tom Leeman. We've been best friends ever since. Teri also managed Hawthorne Youth Camp for a number of years several years ago modeling the program after the great experiences we all had as kids as well as camp employees. The experience of being outdoors and smell of pine trees. Remember the overnight hike each week? The best of times. Speaking of Junior High dances, if I didn't have Teri to dance with these would have been sad events. If we waited for boys to dance with girls we would have never gotten to dance!
Thanks Kim, Have a great weekend Cougs.....

Name: Charlie Fox () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 11:41:16
City and State: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Class: 69
Message: Enza...I had Miss Donohue for one day. Before my first day of school was over, I had been moved into Mrs. Sloan's class. I remember being in the Christmas program, though. I played the part of a shepherd. Those were certainly different times. The Christmas show consisted of various tableaus based on readings from the Gospels. I don't imagine they do that sort of thing in public schools anymore. Wade...I had Mrs. Plotner for 3rd grade, too, except when I was in her class she hadn't yet married and went by the name Miss Gillette. She was the second teacher I developed a crush on. She had a great southern accent and drove a powder blue Sprite convertable...what a combo! Enough to drive a 3rd grader wild. I also remember Washington Elementary hosted square dance night once a month. I hated the dancing part, but everyone got a 50/50 bar afterward, which made it all worth while.

Name: Kelley () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 11:32:19
E-Mail: itsmypartyandi'llcryifiwantto
City and State: Coos Bay, OR
Class: 67
Message: John, you picked it..I was sent a couple of e-mails from Gomez, which also noted that Lesley Gore had the #1 billboard hit on May 30 1963..I remember when that song was popular...I went to a party in someones garage. I must have been in 8th grade..and that song was played over and over, the chick giving the party had just broken up with her boyfriend..funny that I hadn't thought of that until I saw that bit of trivia..
Thanks for the question, Kel......

Name: Dean Morris () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 10:26:50
City and State: Reno, Nevada
Class: 72
Message: I am sorry to hear the news about Barbara Wigley. She was always so kind. I remember in 5th or 6th grade being shy around the girls and Barbara had such a friendly and relaxing way. She and I palled up to dominate the PE basketball games. I bet had she been born a few years later she would have had a women's athletic scholarship wherever she wanted. Now she is playing in a bigger league, going to the hoop or doing whatever she wants every damn day!
On a less serious note; does anyone remember junior high school dances on Friday night where the guys hung on one side and the women on the other. The guys of course were eating while the gals were jockeying for access to the most popular dudes. Sadly, it usually took a girls choice dance to get the whole thing started. I still am haunted by the favorite slow song of the times: "She Wore Blue Velvet", one of the all time worst songs every written.

Name: WadeGreasby () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 10:00:40
City and State: Surf City
Maiden: Washington Alum
Class: 73
Message: Enza, I had Miss Donohue for first grade. The Christmas presentation was her specialty. She and Miss Plotner 3rd grade teacher, would work with all those kids for an evening presentation of songs and scenes from Christmas. Miss Donohue was also into sports. She made us run sprints for bad behavior, I ran alot until she figured out I enjoyed it. Then it was writing sentences.

Name: Christopher James Prewitt () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 09:38:28
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: '67
Message: Denise Ginty, Did you see that Joyce Sadler Miller came up with a menu from the Wich Stand? If you hadn't take a look at the what's new page. It is sure to bring back memories.
Yes, Thank you VERY much Joyce. Actually I saw this menu in our 30 year reunion video and had wanted to borrow it to scan for the website. It finally happened.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 07:55:54
City and State: Life is too short...
Maiden: ..And only the good die young..
Class: 72 Mourns the lost of Wigley
Message: I too was shocked and saddened to hear that Barbara Wigley had passed. We had exchanged E-mails about 6 months ago, and I still found her to be extremely funny and quick witted! What a shame that we had to lose such an extraordinary Lady. I know she is probably up there with the Boys sharing stories, partying, and making everyone laugh. She was truly one of a kind. I'll miss you girl!

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