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Name: Nancy McConnell () on Monday, July 29, 2002 at 10:12:49
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Maiden: Moffett
Class: 62
Message: Just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Reunion Committee for a great time and all the work you guys did. The food, music and decorations were great. It was great seeing everyone (still looking like they did in high school ), and catching up. All those that did not make it to the reunion, you were missed and hope to see you at the next one. I like the 62/62 suggestion (but I will never be that age). The name tags were also great John! And Dawn Moffett (my sister-in-law), John does do a great job with and really cares about keeping everyone informed. Take care. Love to all.
Nancy, Thank you for being there on Saturday night and so sorry about not having your nametag there. I found it Sunday when I got home, in my driveway. Please send me your address and I will mail it to you.

Name: John Baker () on Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 23:28:14
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: MAN, another great HHS reunion this weekend in Lake Forest, CA. Great turnout by the class of 62, teachers, spouses, etc.
Our Friday night mixer was a blast and really helped start the weekend off with a bang. Lots of people I hadn't seen since High School. Frank Oliver, Bob Shull, Ben LaSala, and Sam Taylor from Hawthorne Intermediate were all there to add to the stories and become friends once again.
Then came reunion night on Saturday with Faculty members that read like a who's who of Hawthorne. Mr Wally Nyman was there, and added so much to the affair. He's slowed down a step or two physically, but mentally he's in tip top shape. He doesn't have a computer, but keeps up with Cougartown through his grand daughter. Then there was Otto Plum who was on vacation on Catalina when reunion night came. He left his wife on the island, picked up Mr Nyman, and drove down to Lake Forest to be with us all. Thanks Coach Plum for everything. Everyone enjoyed your company.
Coach Semon and his wife were there too, and he looks like he's actually in better shape now than in 62. He retired last year from his head linesman position with the NFL, but hasn't really retired. His wife says she sees about as much of him now as then. Thanks Coach Semon for taking time to be with your old friends and students.
Next is Coach Chauncey.......when he says he's going to be there, he's there. But now it's going on 7 and he's a couple of hours late, so I called him at home and no answer. I figure he's on his way. He was on his way all right as he was involved in a big wreck on the 405 freeway totally his Town Car. Being the man of his word that he is, he had his totalled vehicle towed to the nearest Lincoln dealership, whereupon the dealer loans him a new Town Car so he and Cathy can make it to the reunion. Thanks Coach... you're STILL our hero. John Wayne would've been proud.
Coach Lou Jones and his wife were there too, filling in stories of HHS past. Thanks Coach for being there on Saturday night, and for bringing home the water polo trophies over the years.
Thanks also to Vince Bravo, present Associate Principal at HHS, and his lovely wife for taking time out of their schedule to become a part of our reunion. Sorry I left you hanging on the dress code and starting time, but glad you figured it out. Thanks again Vince for being there.
Thanks also to Cabrillo Schools Miss Kathy Brooks and RHD's Mr. Harry Plotkin, who are always welcome at these events, as they prepared lots and lots of Hawthorne's Westsiders for HHS. Thanks for the drink too Harry. The next one's on me.
And thanks to all the 62ers too. Without you, it would've been just an empty venue. I think Al Caruso came the furthest and Bob Gross was second with Susan Lively coming in third, from New York, Virginia, and Florida, respectively. It was super to see them all, but it's always good to see one of the best friends from my youth, Bob Gross. Thanks Bob for being there.
Thanks to all the reunion committee members; Dan Dye, Janet Humphreys Burkett, Nancy Brooks Kari, Karen Hoffman Newkirk, Linda Jones Reynolds, and Paul Penn. Also, Judy Penn, and Melodee Beery Rea, John Connoy and his wife for their help on the video and decorations. Special thanks to George Rea for leading the committee and making this the best one yet.
There will be pictures Cougs.....Lots of pictures. Now it's time for me to get some well needed rest as these things always let the air out of my tires.
Great time Cougs....LET'S DO IT AGAIN REAL SOON!!!

Name: Johanna () on Friday, July 26, 2002 at 13:37:45
City and State: Eugene Oregon
Maiden: Anderson
Message: Hey Cougars, I am Ando's daughter and I know that he is in rock n' roll heaven with a big huge smile right now. Everything is going to be all right. Johanna Elise Shindler

Name: catie cooper () on Friday, July 26, 2002 at 13:23:31
City and State: Bandon,OR
Message: Class of 1967 there will be a potluck picnic in lieu of a funeral for Michael David Anderson "ANDO" at the shindler house in bandon, or. on August 3, 2002 at 3pm. you all are invited to join us in a true celebration of ando's life.

Name: Delia Hardy () on Friday, July 26, 2002 at 13:21:07
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Maiden: Yawnick
Class: 86
Message: John – Thanks so much for posting the pictures of HHS! They make me smile. It’s nice to see the school with a face lift! It makes me want to take my lunch over to the steps of Nyman Hall and eat there like old times…..
Yep, it's magic what a little elbow grease and a few million bucks can do.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, July 26, 2002 at 13:07:24
City and State: MV
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Tonight's the night.....our '62 reunion reception, with actual reunion tomorrow night. If any of you 62ers are sittin on the fence....come on down! It's gonna be good!
ps....The trees are walking to the kitchen, don't step on the squirrel!

And if you've ever stepped on your squirrel, you know how painful that can be.
Anyway, see you all tonight at the Tree-Tree Hotel in Irvine. The squirrels are out so keep an eye on your acorns. It's gonna be fun!!!

Name: john anderson () on Friday, July 26, 2002 at 12:08:14
E-Mail: rightchus2002
City and State: bandon,ore.
Class: 73
Message: contrary to the directory, i am still alive and living in bandon, oregon.
Where does it say you're NOT alive?

Name: lisa () on Friday, July 26, 2002 at 00:08:15
City and State: Ramona, Ca
Maiden: graham
Class: 67
Message: i am so sad to hear about ando - i still remember the night my dad took ando and lyle (1967?) to cockatoo to buy them drinks with the thought they are old enough to go to war they are old enough to drink - i will have to dig out some photo's of lyle, ando and timmy that i have someplace - ando - you are in my heart always have been and always will be. rest in peace my friend - love, lisa

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 22:41:50
City and State: cental coast
Maiden: Graham
Class: 59
Message: John and Alan, keep the antlers of the hogs down low, the goose is loose in the closet so turn around 3 times and beware of the cat!

Name: Bonnie () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 18:09:48
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 1978
Message: Hey, John! When's the next cruise night gonna be??? I've been outta the loop for quite awhile.
Thanks & God bless you!

Hi Bonnie, Next Cruise Night is 9-14. Thanks.....

Name: Kell () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 14:43:42
City and State: Englewood,Or
Class: 67
Message: To all of you who knew and loved Mike Anderson..He passed away July 23rd..of a massive brain hemmorage...He will be truly missed here on the Oregon Coast..He lived in Bandan since the early 70's.Mike was and will ever be a big part of our lives..He gave us some fun times...There will be a wake for him Aug 3rd....Peace MY WOOF...Kelley

Name: Paco () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 13:25:35
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: Does anyone know who the coaches were on that pic of the 1970 Orioles?

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 12:14:16
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Dan, thats what us girls like to see, more men in uniform! Who else from HHS might be in that little league picture? JB, the school looks great! It is too bad you don't have "before" pictures. But I like what you have shown so far. Thanks John, you have no idea how much joy you give to those of us that visit this website on a daily basis. Have you received my dues?
Thanks Jill, and yes, I've received them.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 02:03:55
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Class: 77
Message: Kathy, is Steve in this photo? I am, back row, far right!

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 00:18:53
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: Did you ever get the feeling that Feedback is being used to relay secret coded messages to unsavory third world spies?
Alan, The men sleep in the closet with the antlers of the hogs.

Name: Linda () on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 23:53:54
City and State: Orange, CA
Maiden: Brammer
Class: 1964
Message: Was in Hawthorne last Sunday to see old friend Maureen (Mo) Trott, lots has changed. My husband, Harold, also worked for Del Bradford at the Chevron Station. He was working there when we got married in 1965, making about $2.00 an hr. I think. Amazing! He always talked of his days working there, it was a good time...

Name: GOMEZ () on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 23:04:44
City and State: Salem Don't Inhale 'Em
Maiden: SMITH
Class: 1972

Name: Big Kell () on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 22:16:50
City and State: Englewood,Or
Class: 67

Name: Bill () on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 17:01:12
E-Mail: McDonald
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 1966
Message: Have a nice Birthday Billy C. and keep your line wet.

Name: Ellen Coppage () on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 15:24:10
City and State: Seattle, Wa
Maiden: Powell
Class: 62
Message: Hey, What a great picture. Hope to make the next reunion. Keep me posted. I married a grand guy, Gary Coppage, from Lennox High. We have three childern and seven grandchildren. From the ages of 15 to 5. Hope to see you all at the next party.
Aloha, Ellen Coppage (Powell)

Hi Ellen, Our reunion is Saturday night. I'm sure you can make it so have your 60 bucks ready and we'll take it from you at the door.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 10:52:35
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69

Name: Kathy () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 22:54:26
City and State: Spokane, WA
Maiden: Tindel
Class: '77
Message: Dan, I do remember Vela's being the sponsor, so I'm pretty sure you were on the same team. I asked Steve to drag out his old Little League pictures to see who else was on the team. I remember coming to Hollyglen Park to watch some of the games with my best friend Debbie Prothro. My husband Bob and I are planning on coming down for cruise night. We were waiting to hear whether or not there would be a 25 year reunion for the class of '77, but since that's not gonna happen, we're coming anyway. Really looking forward to it!

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 20:55:55
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: Sharon-My 10 year-old son and I attended the screening of "To End All Wars" too. I agree with you 100%. It was a wonderful experience for him. Harsh, but he handled it well.
Thank you, Alan!

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 20:40:37
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Steve, you are right about Bob now that you jogged my memory. Say hi to your dad. I not only forgot about the $50 I forgot what car I bought. Was it the Falcon. Email me his address and I will send him a check. If I can spend $75 on gas here a week (and I live on an island) then I can send him $50. Just don't charge me interest. What would that make it...24 years WOW!
Keith, At 6% compounded monthly, you owe Steve's dad $210.28.

Name: Steve Dimmick () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 20:16:23
City and State: Carson, CA
Class: 82
Message: Hey Keith, The Dodger vendor your thinking of was named Bob McGowen. He had a house on 140th St. west of Isis. All the kids were welcome and hung out there. He had all the pre hitech toys and games, a pool, trampoline, pinball machines, air hockey and darts. You could always win half dollars by beating other kids at these games or by being able to dive to the bottom of the pool and scoop them up as he tossed them in. He would buy birthday gifts, take you on trips, and of course, take you to Dodger games. Everytime I'd go to a game with him, I'd eat so much I'd get sick. I was his paperboy for two years and on my birthday and on Christmas he would always give me 10 dollar tips. He used to give me $2.50 for a home run and $5.00 for a no-hitter. That was a ton of money back in the day. I'm not sure what ever happened to Bob or his dog TJ. You might ask Heath Jones. He was another local there. My father said to tell you that you still owe him $50.00 for the car he sold you.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 16:28:23
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Reunion
Class: 73
Message: With all the reunions coming up this might be a great time to suggest an all class reunion this year. An idea would be at an early home football game this season, in September, have all the classes back, a huge Bar B Que, tailgate get together on campus before the game, Cougar Football, then a dance afterwards! The possibilities are very promising. Kind of similar to a college game day. Just a thought. Enza Enza Enza, you could bring your pasta!

Name: doris () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 16:23:47
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: WOW! I love today's picture of HHS! It looks absolutely GREAT! Have enjoyed all pics John, but this one shows there actually IS green grass left! I thought it was solid buildings. Looks like before long, some of the old trees will need replacing, but that's minor stuff. THANKS for the updates on HHS ... you're a special kinda guy, you know!!!
Special, me??!! I didn't renovate the campus.
Actually they're adding a few new buildings, but nothing on this part of the campus. The grass, two years ago, was pretty much non-existent because the sprinkler system was inoperative. Now, it looks great.

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 14:01:25
City and State: Prescott AZ
Class: 1958
Message: John I believe the 57 pickup with the scallops at Dels, belonged to Bob Brand. Bobs pickup, my 51 Merc, & Norm Frantz, 54 Ford we all had scallops done by Joe Anderson. Norm also worked for Del. Help me out Scotty, was the pickup black with red scallops?? I thought they said the long term memory was last to go! Oh well! TB from AZ

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 13:39:16
City and State: Lake Forest Ca
Class: 61
Message: VCR ALERT!! Late tonight, on AMC at 2:30am, "Girls on the Beach" will be shown. And the Beloved ones among other Rock and Rollers will be featured. The song "Girls on the Beach" is one of my top 2 or 3 songs by the Boys...The Lyrics are a killer. I spend alot of time on the beach and still find myself humming the tune...To be 23 again!!!

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 13:11:54
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Class: 77
Message: Hey Kathy, I remember both you and Steve. If you had asked me with no reminders I would have said that Steve played with me on the Stars BUT I was in fact on the Orioles when I was 10 so he's probably on the money (our sponsor was Vela's TV -- I STILL have my uniform top!) I will check my 1971 Aviation LL directory to see if there are any clues there.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 11:35:02
City and State: SunnyinRedondoBeach,CA
Class: 69
Message: John, Thank you for posting the pictures of the Hawthorne High's new and improved look. I does my heart good to see the old girl all spruced up.

It does my heart good too. I wish I had taken the same pictures 2-3 years ago for comparison.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 10:13:21
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Mom and I had the good fortune to accept Alan Hauge's invitation to screen the film "To End All Wars" yesterday. WOW! This is such a powerful film; a deeply disturbing look at the atrocities of WWII. Parts of this movie are so hard to watch, not only because of the graphic depiction of life (and death) in a Japanese POW camp, but the emotional and mental abuses inflicted on the prisoners as well. The story behind the story is fascinating in it's own right, and I hope both stories will become well known and talked about. This is a true story written by one of the men who survived. The book was written years and years ago; Jack Hafer, the man who produced the film, worked for 30 years to get this film made. He created a deep, disturbing film that takes you to rock bottom then lifts you to understanding and forgiveness. It's amazing to me that anyone could survive such conditions and find the strength to go forward with their lives. Remember how you cried during Schindler's List? Well, bring the kleenex. You're going to need it again. Go to the website at to learn more about it, and plan on seeing it when it comes out in September.

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 23:49:50
City and State: Templeton, CA
Maiden: Graham
Class: 59
Message: Well, congratulations to John Baker and all the Cougars who've contributed to these 500 pages. I found the place where I started Ctown and it was on page 8 in July of 1998! Wow, time sure flies when you're having fun on Cougartown!! I hope to see you all at Cruise Night in Sept. I'll be there with my Ctown T-shirt on or better yet, if those sweatshirts are available then, I'll buy one or two for sure with or without a zipper or hood. I had a guy come into my office today and he started talking about Lawndale. He told me that his wife went to HHS. We had a good talk about this site and growing up in Haytown. Hope she looks us up again soon and adds her name to the Alumni List. How 'bout it Linda class of 64? You all take care and here's to another 500 pages of Ctown!! Are you up to it John? hehehehe I hope so!!
Thanks Karen, and yes, I'll sure as hell be here on the 1000th page. Glad you're still out there and will definitely see you on Cruise Night...

Name: Kathy () on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 23:25:33
City and State: Spokane, WA
Maiden: Tindel
Class: 1977
Message: Dan Johnson, I talked to my brother Steve last night and he thinks that he played on the Orioles with you in Little League. Also, I'm wondering if anyone knows how to get a hold of Brian or Billy Feist. I think Brian was class of '78 and Billy was a couple of years younger. Thanks

Name: Denny () on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 17:52:47
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 55
Message: John to help you with your ?? about Skip's body shop, it was located on the S/W corner of 119th and Inglewood Ave. Don't know when he started business but he did some nose & deck work for me in the early 50's. Also had him do some custom work and a paint job about '56'. Did nice work and had a son that worked there also.
Thanks Den', Maybe my memory's fading like an orange double-knit leisure suit, but I was thinking it was on Imperial or El Segundo Bl. after that.

Name: carole ferruccio () on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 17:00:04
City and State: lake isabella, ca
Maiden: anderson
Class: 60
Message: Hi John, This last Saturday I was in Hawthorne for the first time in about 20 years. We went by HHS and saw the fences and new school color. Since I had lived on Eucalyptus near El Segundo I was really familiar with that area but didn't see very much that I could remember except for the green water tower. What a change but I guess life goes on. Still it was a trip pointing what had been where to my husband but I don't think I'll go back again, too sad to find out all the memories aren't there anymore. Long live the Plaza show and the Gunga Din!!!
Hi Carole, Yes, the memories are fading from sight fairly fast. Hawthorne High however is looking very promising.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 12:50:35
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: To everybody who was planning on coming to my place tonight for the mini-reunion, to see Sherry Kriens '69....... she called this morning to tell me she had been in a car accident last night, on her way home from work. Her arm is broken and she's a bit bruised and bumpy and won't be driving her car for quite some time. Party will be re-scheduled for September. Maybe she'll make it to the next Cruise Night. I'll have to do something with all of this food and margarita mix. Hmmmmm? Maybe a full moon celebration? Later Cougs. Dizzy Lizzy

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