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Name: Dewey Storie () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 09:46:40
City and State: in limbo
Class: 74
Message: YOU MADE IT!

Name: Sharon macDonald () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 08:29:15
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: I was talking with my boss the other day about what we remember about our first visit to a major league baseball game. What do any of you Cougars remember? What about your first visit to Chavez Ravine? Did anyone out there attend any of the early LA Dodger games that were played in the Coliseum? John, thanks for a great forum that allows Cougars of all ages to share memories and fun!
My dad and I were at the Coliseum OHHHH probably a MILLION TIMES!!!! Well, at least 3 times a week when they were in town. Dad was a machine parts buyer for Northrop and got LOTS OF TICKETS to Dodgers games. I still remember the numbers from lots of the early players. I remember 93,103 as the attendance for Roy Campanella night and everyone lighting a match in honor of Roy. Everyone smoked then so the place looked like a giant birthday cake.
This BTW, is now Page 500 and it looks like Wade Greasby is the person at the bottom of the page meaning he's the first person on the page. Hey Wade, that and $3.75 will get you a decaf latte at any Starbucks. Thanks Cougs for a great 500 pages.

Name: ROJO () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 08:24:41
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Maiden: NEVER
Class: 60
Message: JOHN I JUST GOTTA BE THERE ON THE BIG 500. ROBIN NICE TO SEE YOU UP AND AROUND AND ALIVE NOT THAT YOU'VE BEEN DOWN.I knew the B-Boys a little also JOHN. We had a little party over there after the big Samo Hi game and also a Senior annual signing party there. Brian did a great job on the piano entertaining us kids playing a little of his boogie woogie. Very talented young man and one heck of a nice guy. Also the intramural handball champ if I'm not mistaken. I think he was, wasn't he Robin? Well enough for now. Please be 500!!!MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
You DO know that the first feedback on any page is at the bottom, don't you?

Name: Robin Hood () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 02:58:16
E-Mail: "Itsasmallworldafterall".com
City and State: RB,CA
Maiden: Kiester
Class: 60
Message: Congrats on page 500 John!!...I came aboard at about page 30 something (spring of '99) and remember thinking how far behind I was and how kewl 100 pages would be..:o)...Hey, the HHS campus looks great..really glad to see it. And Jim , your 6 degree story is nothing. I ran into a kid up here the other day who is planning to build a garage the beach boys can pratice in by next year...I so mean can you top that Sloey???...(An old inside joke Cougs, dont worry about it)..Again JB , you da man and thanks for EVERYTHING...Later Skaters..:o)
HEY Robin dude, Glad you're still alive and zingin'em in there.
Did I ever tell you that I knew the Beach Boys personally? Well, some of them....well, a few of .......a couple .......I saw Dennis buying a jawbreaker in the Freeman market, once.
Thanks boy, and please come around a little more often than you have been. OH, BTW, did I tell you we got to actually view the inside of the girls locker room?

Name: Patt () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 01:55:32
City and State: Kennewick, Wa
Maiden: Prewitt
Class: 65
Message: You all are talking baseball,
The doctor I work for has a son, Steven, who just was selected for the JR Olympics baseball team.
How is that for COOL things??

Very cool, Patt......

Name: vern stephens () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 01:09:55
City and State: hawthorne
Class: 66
Message: I would like to contact Bob Kelly class of 66.
Thank you Vern Stephens

Name: Glenn Crist () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 00:55:01
City and State: Sonoma, CA
Class: 1964
Message: So, my guess is there are a whole lot of CTer's out there hoping they'll be the first to post to page 500 (amazing to be 1/2 way to a new "century"). And while I'll admit it would be fun to be the first of p. 500, this wonderful site that John Baker has created for all of us lucky enough to have an association with the hallowed halls of HHS has become something much greater than those associations we shared so many years ago.
JB2 talks about a rebirth of the Hawthorne High we knew and loved; I'd like to think that CT had a hand in that. And so many of us thank John and CT for reconnecting with those with whom we'd lost contact with so many years ago. And the smiles we've all had from reading CT feedback.
So a proposal. Page 500, I believe belongs to John. Perhaps an essay on what Cougartown means to him. And on page 501, maybe without page break, a tribute from the rest of us, to whom has become so much a part of our lives.

So Glenn, is this an assignment or what?
Thanks, my friend, for the nice thoughts. 500 pages......WOW. Maybe something should be said when we turn that page. It should come from the Ctowners, however. You people ARE Cougartown just as you people ARE Hawthorne High. So, "You're praises we'll sing, forever to ring", will be the theme for page 500. Let's hear what HHS meant to all of you.

Name: Greg Jones () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 00:50:16
City and State: HAwthorne, CA
Class: 1973
Message: Mr. Sloey, just to let you know, Aviation and Wiseburn no longer run Junior programs. Pony/Colt took over and our two leagues signed an agreement not to run a competing program. Had to do with Pony running a Mustang program to compete with Little League; it was and is all political. However, I do have my sights set starting a Junior program real soon. Keith, as far as remembering things from our LL days, I do remember playing for Lennox LL in '67 and beating Aviation and Dennis Littlejohn 1-0. Roger Profit pitched for us. Of course, Mike Colburn and HALL beat us the next game 8-0.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 00:15:52
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Maiden: didimakepage500?
Class: 66
Message: What a small world indeed. As many of you know I have been riding on the Strand for almost 10 months crash and all. Today I find out the guy I have been riding with is a Cougar! Imagine that! John Baker class of 62, and to make it even stranger he is THEE John Baker, King of! And today he made the good stuff strand cam at 6:24 a.m. Cougartown what a country!
I'm not sure about that. That guy looks too handsome.

Name: Lori Padelford () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 23:55:23
City and State: Garden Grove
Class: 81
Message: Hi Cougars. I have a little favor to ask of anyone out there that remembers my brother Bob Padelford C/O 71. My brother passed away in 1984 the day after his sons first birthday. His son has now come to live with me and would like to know more about his Dad. We as a family can only offer him the stories and pictures we have but he would like to know more about him from a friend's point of view. If anyone can remember what Bob was like or have any funny stories or fond memories please e-mail me or feel free to call me or my nephew Cheyne at 714-899-2828. Thanks Lori

Name: Nancy () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 23:52:49
City and State: bigbearwhereelse?
Maiden: rose
Class: '79
Message: Because it is such a beautiful night up here, I got to thinking about all the cool parties everyone had in the summertime . They had flyer parties, where everyone would tell everyone, and pretty soon it was spilling out in the street. They sometimes had a garage band, but usually it was just records on someone's stereo. Lots of beer and lots of kids just trying to fit in and act cool. Remember those days???? God! It is SO much easier being a grown-up!

Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 23:33:37
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: To the class of '62 and all other cougar alum, I am happy to say that HHS is alive and well! Our committee had a field trip there last Saturday to plan some special entertainment for our upcoming reunion. The campus is looking GOOD again, thanks to assoc. principal Vince Bravo and some other awesome school staff now in place. What a difference from our last visit for the rededication of Nyman Hall. I'm afraid we all walked off the campus a little shell shocked from the look of the place at that time. What a difference now. So... Get ready 62er's for a super reunion at the end of this month! And, thanks to Mr. Bravo for all his hospitality, time in taking us on an indepth tour and, most importantly, his heart for HHS! See ya all in L.F. soon. If you haven't signed up's still not too late!

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 22:53:19
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: So much baseball talk. I love it. You know I am sitting here watching the best baseball show in TV (HBO) "When it was a Game" I love this show. Everytime I watch it I feel so good inside. It shows how baseball was and when it really was a game. They show old time footage and kids. They just showed bat-day, remember that. Now they don't do that cause people hit each other. How about ball day. I loved it back when I played and before. If you haven't seen this set of shows I reccommend them very highly. Just the best. Aloha

Name: Art La Mere () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 21:36:33
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Class: 73
Message: Well see page 500 is coming up. But what would the page count be if you printed this all out? Also nice to see Liz is still with CT. Thanks John for all you do.

Hey Art, Good to hear from you. I think you've just triggered the CT Crack Math Guy, Chris Prewitt into action.

Name: doris () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 20:27:30
E-Mail: yes
City and State: of course
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: CougarTown has done it again! I had my first Twin Falls facial today after having been here for 6 years! I was scared! ha! I would drive all the way to Sun Valley because I had gone to a gal there for years. So I go into the T.F. shop with some trepidition; very nice lady, and we strike up a conversation which now always goes back to L.A./Hawthorne and CT. She said "my best friends from Ketchum went to Hawthorne High, or at least he did. JACK RISNER!" Jack and I have never met face-to-face, but we have emailed a few times and have tried to meet on a couple of occasions. So far, conflicting schedules. CT ... IT'S A SMALL, SMALL WORLD! Thanks John ... CHEERS TO PAGE 500 and HERE'S TO 500 MORE!
Jack lives in Hailey ID. Where has Jack been for about a year?? Yep, another 6th degree story. Thanks Doris....

Name: ROJO () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 20:08:41
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 60
Message: Doris I hadn't seen your post and JB's response to How Hot Was IT until after I tried to make it onto pg 500. It's a big deal to me since I've been with King John since pg 15. Thats really funny stuff about the skunks and the potato's you two. By the way Doris we live about 8 miles so. west of Kuna, not really in Boise. That place is a nightmare any more. It's also 8 miles to the nearest grocery or even C-store from where we live. So as you flatlanders say thats really out in the sticks. Enough. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.

Name: EL ROJO () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 19:53:02
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 60/61
Message: John I had to write in just to see if I could make it 5 hundred hundreds. You know what I mean? Besides has any of you heard from Royal lately? Also Harry Plotkin. Just checking to see how they're doing. By the way Bake we've got 6 more days to fool with when we come down this Sep. I'll explain on an e-mail. I'm also going to get you that cd, done right, before cruise night in Sep. Take care ya'll. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Actually this page will get split in half; the bottom becoming the 499th page and the next split after that will be the TOP of the 500th page. We've got a few to go yet. Yes, let me know what's going on.

Name: Sheri Aust () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 18:24:41
City and State: Bishop, CA
Maiden: Miles
Class: 78
Message: I have just returned from the HHS Band Reunion and want to send my appreciation as this site contributed in spreading the word! There are plans to have another one, hopefully those who couldn't make it this time can the next time. I also noticed Dewey's post and wanted to contribute toward the 500th page. Oh, about the sweatshirts, I would also be interested, meanwhile I'll look into ordering one of the remaining t-shirts. Seems remarkable how many places they are seen! Which reminds me, that two people at the reunion, informed me that they each have a sister living in Bishop, one of which I have met here (she had moved from Hawthorne before High School.) Just a couple more degrees to mention here. Did this put you on 500 yet?
Thanks John!

Thank YOU Sheri for getting all these great Cougar band members back together. Reunions of any kind are the best.
Not quite to the 500th page yet, but I'm sure it'll be done by tomorrow. Thank you all for supporting your website.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 16:50:05
E-Mail: whathappenhere
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: dissedagain
Class: 73
Message: Jim, How did Hawthorne American fold? It had to be those WiseBurners up to their old tricks! Did they set new boundries? The Big L. R. used to say "there is only one league in this town and it's not the one east of the fire station or south of 135th Street." The Middle League rivalry between the two leagues was the best of all. How did you ever end up with 5 sons? Rent a Husker kid? I didn't know California winters got that cold! Anyway, congrats on your accomplishment throughout their growing up. I hope my two turn out as well. See ya at the Big Turn in Hermosa one of these days. Hope the barricades are down.

Name: Dori Giuliano () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 16:42:49
E-Mail: vincana@aol
City and State: southbay, ca.
Maiden: Gestone
Class: 73
Message: Enza, I married Steve Giuliano, and you are right, Giuliano's Gardena is the best Deli around. Its the only family store left. We own "Gaetano's" Restaurant. Gaetano was grandpa Giuliano (better known as nannu) who opened Giuliano's 55 years ago. By all means we have a private patio that seats about 40, bring em on and your mom too!! Wade, would love to see you guys, don't just promise, make it happen!!
see you soon, Dori

Name: Dewey Storie () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 14:57:59
City and State: on my way to Chicago
Class: not after this
Message: Looking at the pages ... John averages 30 to 40 post per page .. And as of this post there 40+ post on page 499 I say call all CT member you can and have them post and send John over the top ? PAGE 500! ?. Sorry John ..You know I am not one to start trouble!
Congratulations John

Thanks Dewey, We'll be there real soon, all right.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 14:45:53
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca.
Class: 74
Message: Steve Colet, If you're looking for Bob Hinders you might want to contact Dave Butner class of 74 at After Bob left Vegas he worked on Crab boats out of Seattle. Dave lives in Seattle and saw a lot of Bob and could probably update you as to when he last heard from Bob. Good luck.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 14:44:51
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Not to brag about Hawaii but we did do pretty good at the National AYSO Championships that were in Hawaii this past week. Out of over 200 teams from the mainland that came over Hawaii captured 6 of the top ten places. Not bad for an island. I think John Welsh played for Aviation not sure though. It blows me away how much some of you remember about ball games. I can't remember hardly anything about me playing and I was a starter and All Star every year I was eligible. I just played had fun and hit home runs and threw people out. I do remember though when Mr. Tamburino was hitting some guy in centerfield while I was catching though. I remeber Mr Frye sitting in his chair down the right field line near the foul pole. I remember the incident with Mr. Colbern that was sad at the time. I remember the time my dad kicked me out of the game for throwing my glove. But it is too hard for me to remember individual things in games. Just a few. But Wiseburn was always better.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 12:42:50
City and State: takemeouttoaballgame..
Maiden: theoldballgame!!
Class: 72
Message: OK JB, I've made some phone calls this morning, and I'm waiting for a return call from the group sales office for the Dodgers. From my understanding, it looks like we can order our tickets online, and sit together once they set up a "Cougartown" section for us~if there is at least 30 of us who want to go. Sounds good, although what date is good for everybody? I know John that you are busy with the '62 reunion, and lots of alumni are on vacation this time of year. So, how about September? The home games are Sept. 7th at 1:10 PM, 8th at 4:10 PM, 29th at 1:10 PM~they are playing Houston. This is good for me, how 'bout the rest of you Cougs out there?
P.S. BTW, while on hold for Dodger tickets, I listened to "Vin" Scully call a game from the '60's with Koufax as the pitcher. They even had a taped interview with Sandy Koufax talking about the game he pitched. It was so cool! Check it out. :-)

Anyone who wants to go to a Dodger game, please contact Enza and tell her the date or dates you can go. I'm not saying we can do this, but we should be able to find 30 Cougs who'd like to get together at Dodger Stadium. Email Enza at
Thanks Cougs

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 12:32:51
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Alan, thank you so much for posting that picture of you in your uniform. You look very handsome. John, we would love to see a picture of you in your cub scout uniform. I see we are almost on the 500th page. What a milestone. I see this talk about cruise night, when?
Cruise Night will be September 14th. The cub scout picture, I will have to find.

Name: Larry Reese () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 12:10:03
City and State: Hawthorne, of course
Class: 63
Message: Hey John, sorry to start such a controversy about the sweatshirts, but it looks like you can make a little money there for the website. I'll order one and if you're going to do it witn the iron-on transfer type, maybe you can sell "do-it-yourself" year-of-graduation add-ons for those who want them. I went to see Mike Love on Sat @ Disneyland and they sounded pretty good. There are a lot of old groups coming there this summer (from Herman's Hermits to Three Dog Night), so everyone ought to check out the Disneyland site to see when to go.
Make a little money??!! I wish we could first sell the 300 or so Tshirts we have left.

Name: doris () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 11:35:56
City and State: TF ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: HEY JOHN! It floors me that no one has mentioned we're coming up on page 500 ... SOOOOON! WOW! The CTers used to come unglued every time the pages turned 100, 200, etc. Now that it's so close to 500, is everybody asleep???!!!! CRUMB! I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT! Aren't you?
500 what again??

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 11:21:51
E-Mail: askTSWit'
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Class: 66
Message: Having coached at Wiseburn little league for nearly 16 years ending in 1996 [what else would someone do with 5 sons and a love for baseball], I have seen a lot of Aviation/Wiseburn games. In 1993 Wiseburn and Aviation joined forces to begin a Junior Senior little league for 13-15 year olds. It went from 1993 through the 1996 season, my last. The junior program was for 13 year olds with some of the better ones playing on the senior teams also. In 1994 we had an outstanding group of 13 year-olds. I was fortunate to be the manager of the all-star team for this group. We played the Senior team in an exhibition game prior to the tournament and beat a very good older team fairly convincingly. We won the district, the Section and finished 5th in the Division-which was the Southern California championships out of 8 teams. The top 5 teams in that tournament were never separated by more than 2 runs. We lost 2 games by 1 run each. The winner from Thousand Oaks went on to win the World Series beating Hamilton, Ohio by 15 runs in the championship game. These kids were all the same age as Sean Burroughs now of the San Diego Padres. So as far as Aviation/Wiseburn goes, they were all Hawthorne kids. BTW the top two players in the South Bay when these kids reached high school were from that team, one of them was Daily Breeze player of the year, the other was #2 in the state in home runs behind the kid that was player of the year. They were both Wiseburn kids! Congrats on a great year Greg! Wade, Hawthorne American disbanded in 1988.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Monday, July 15, 2002 at 10:53:14
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Iplayedballineasthawthorne
Class: 73
Message: Shannon, I played in Hawthorne American Little League, Somewhere east of Van Ness Ave and 120th street. We, and I mean alot of Cougs had little respect for the boys on the other side of the freeway. Greg, congrats on your presidency and good luck in the play-offs. When we played it was single elimination. One loss and a bucket of ice and a long drive home. Steve Colet, Bob Hinders is, at last recount living in Vegas. Check with Clark County Fire Dept. or LVFD. He was a paramedic. Dori, my long lost crush from 5th grade, so good to hear from you. I will take you up on your offer to dine at your place. I'll bring my family and Enza can bring hers. As long as her Laker friends don't show up... We'll enjoy the fine Italian dishes and recall the days of future past.

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