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Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, August 9, 2002 at 00:31:02
City and State: MV,CA
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Darn...I knew it! We had just walked past the Masonic Temple a few months ago and I mentioned to John that I bet it wouldn't be long until that once very elegant building would be torn down with the rest in Hawthorne. I can remember very formal events there as a young girl, teas and ceremonies with candle light and soft music. I'm sure many more of us do. History will soon be mostly in our memories I'm afraid!
Yep, I guess Hawthorne needs another apartment building. Guess I don't understand why they can't save ONE piece of Hawthorne history.

Name: Polly () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 23:58:17
City and State: same place as always
Maiden: Beach
Class: 74
Message: Just thought I would drop a quick line. Thought you all would like to know that Hawthorne is about to lose another landmark from the old days. The Hawthorne Masonic Temple, on the corner of Broadway and Grevilla, will be soon sold and torn down. If you had any connections to anyone of the orginazations that met there. This is a sad time. It would be nice to hear from the Jobies, Rainbow Girls, and DeMolay that are HHS alumni. I know a couple of churches used the facility, not to mention square dance clubs, a scottish marching band, and some other clubs in the area. The memories are all that we will all soon have left of the place. From the history of that place, a lot of really great events took place there. Sorry, I am just sad to see Hawthorne lose another piece of its past. That's it for now. TTFN
Thanks Polly, I had heard that and had gone by a couple of months ago and taken pictures. It's always sad to lose a landmark. I was 4 years old when I took tap dancing in the great hall. So sorry to see it go.

Name: Laura () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 19:55:12
City and State: Hemet, CA
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
Message: Although not a member of Trinity holds fond memories for me..My brother was a Boy Scout there under Pastor Sherman Korshavn..Pastor Korshavn also married my first husband and I in 1981 and later baptized my son Bryan there in 1994. My family was never regular church goers in those days but looked on Trinity and Pastor Korshavn as our place of worship. He was also very active out of doors..last I talked to him a few years ago, he and one of his sons were headed down to South America, Chile I believe, to go white water rafting. Anyone else remember the extended station wagon they used for scout trips..the thing sat something like 12 people!!

Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 19:49:58
E-Mail: or
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
Message: Thanks for the info. on Robbie Hartzell. I got it in my e-mail today, but jeez, wish I could make it down for his services. My brother, Mike and I knew Robbie quite well. He was a regular fixture at our house in the mid to late 70's. Heck of a nice guy and he DID NOT deserve this (well, who does) but especially not so young. He left behind a 12 year old son, too, I hear. My brother and my sister-in-law, Ilona, both Hawthorne alumnus, used to see Robbie his wife and son all the time when they lived in Lawndale/Gardena before they moved out of southern CA. Mike is taking this really hard. God bless, Robbie and family.

Name: Gail Oliver () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 17:54:39
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Maiden: Beaird
Class: 69
Message: Pastor Heipler also married me and my husband in 1971. Later it was Pastor Oliver Olsen and my brother married his daughter Christine, also a HHS graduate. I would also like to comment on Chick Hearn..I came in contact with him about two years ago on one of my morning walks around Balboa Lake in Encino..I couldn't believe how fast he could walk as I couldn't keep up with this older guy..He had such long legs ! His daughter lived across the street from me in a gated community a few years before she died..My neighbors would say that she had quite a problem with anorexia..I also have a very close friend Catherine Scully and her Father is also a great announcer ! Vin in fact signed a baseball for my grandson after my son died and we were all deeply touched by his thoughtfulness.

Name: Ron Dokken () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 16:54:40
City and State: Endwell, NY
Class: 1955
Message: This talk about Trinity Lutheran Church brought back memories. I was confirmed there (kicking and screaming), and later married there in 1959. The pastor was Andrew Anderson. Because I was afraid of being late for the wedding, I showed up so early, the Pastor was still in his yard working in the garden. When he saw me, he hurried in to get ready. Seems to me there was a Pastor Falde also. I think he went on to big things in the Lutheran church.

Name: Betsy () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 14:50:26
City and State: Phoenix, Arizona
Maiden: Watts
Class: 76
Message: Greetings from Diamondbacks country. After living in NC, and NJ, have settled in Arizona. Hope to make it to cruise night..I work as a sign language interpreter so maybe I can teach you a few hand signals... Keith Jones. were at Don Smith school for 3rd grade? I remember performing "The Impossible Dream" in chorus. My mom was the lunch lady at Dana, she took away many drugs but didn't tell Mr. Manion, saved many hides. Me and my sister Sue got all the grief! Al Rocca - what do you do in Mesa?

Name: doris () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 10:28:18
E-Mail: yes
City and State: twin falls idaho
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: Good to hear Dan's back in the saddle, but too bad Sloey had to quit to get Dan to ride again. Just made you feel safer, huh Dan? oh hahahaha! Anyway, keep peddlin' guys! SO SORRY to learn of Judi's auto accident! I was looking forward to meeting them, finally, in CA on CRUISE NIGHT.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 01:33:16
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: I went to Trinty Luthern for Kindergarten through 3rd grade till I got expelled around Valentines Day. All I really remember is getting alot of paddelings. I led the school. Then I went to Cabrillo then Don Smith then Peter Burnett then Dana then HHS. I also went to nursery school just up the street from Trinty Luthern. That is my educational background please save it and show it to your children. It will encourage them to do better in school. Even though I'm doing pretty good and what better place can I be. Aloha
Keith, You left out pre-nursery and who your babysitter was......

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 23:27:43
City and State: MV,CA
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Art and Carol, The Burkett family belonged to Trinity Lutheran for years. Pastor Hiepler married my late husband, Fred Burkett, and I in 1963. He also baptized both of our daughters. Judi, sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you are up and feeling great again soon!
Best, JB2

Name: Debbie () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 21:56:33
City and State: Bakersfield,CA.
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 73
Message: Nick are the best!

Name: art La mere () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 21:37:53
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Class: 73
Message: Carol this Oct will be my 25th wedding anniversary. My family went to trinity for years and Pastor hiepler married my wife and I on Oct 22 1977. John this is why cougartown is so great one person can say or write a name a place and the memories come right back thanks for the site and by the look of the 62 photos you all must of had a wonderful time. Hope to see some photos from the 62 at 62 part. God Bless all and with 911 coming again please keep all the one affected by it in your prayers.

Thanks Art...

Name: Carol Shaner () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 19:43:21
City and State: San Bernardino,CA
Maiden: Shaner
Class: 1970
Message: Hi everyone..When I was in 7th grade I had to go to a class at Trinity Lutheran every Saturday for nearly 3 years. It was so I could recieve my first Holy Communion. I know alot of Hawthorne Highers that were in that class too. Any one remember Pastor Hiepler? The worst part of the class was graduation night...we had to answer Bible questions in front of everyone.

Name: doris () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 19:20:50
E-Mail: ofcoursewhatdoyouthink
City and State: sameosameo
Maiden: againofcoursewhtadoyouthink
Class: late50's
Message: HEY DENNY ... I plan on leaving my hearse at home; will fly down from ID and then rent a hearse ... oh, I mean CAR! Maybe, just for the heck of it, a whole bunch of us "late 50's" should rent a hearse and all show up in it for CRUISE NIGHT! Maybe even one of us could pop out of a coffin and do the old soft shoe! Can you hum it? Just trying to rattle your cage a little, John. HEY! You and the sloeone still riding bikes and crashing into people? And has Kissin' Dan joined you guys yet or are you NOT riding any more? What gives? Haven't heard word one about the riding for ages. Kinda miss the tall tales! ha! And where has the other prince been ... ole what's-is-name ... HOODMAN!??? Nary a peep for ages. And they talk about us "late 50's" folk ... at least we're still around and kickin', huh Denny?! :-D
Jim is OUT; Dan is IN. Actually Jim is taking this week off and Dan wants to ride again, so we've switched venues. This morning it was PV Drive West. Fun because it's something new.
I just got a message from Russ (El Rojo) Jacobsen that Judi was involved in a car accident and is pretty banged up. He says they won't be making the Cruise Night trip. Sorry to hear that and sorry to hear Judi is hurting. Keep us up to date, El.

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 14:49:15
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
Message: Dearest people, we have been under siege again. I've been getting lots of email sent to the email account containing the Klez virus. If I discover the return path, I write you and tell you that you have the virus.
Today one came with John's email address on it, it wasn't really from John though (he only sends me updates on GOP happenings in the area). Once again, my services are free I offer them out of gratitude for all those who make Cougartown what it is.
If I write you back saying you have the virus, you have the virus and it's not because I say you do. I spent three hours on Friday removing the virus and 372 replications of it from another Cougartown computer.
This virus is foul; if you don't know how to follow software installation instructions, please take advantage of my offer to help. If you are the consummate do-it-yourselfer, click here to get the tool to remove the virus. All the instructions are there for removing the virus. Once the virus is removed from your machine, you may have to use Norton Antivirus to clean up your email box. That's where I found the remaining 372 virus's living on the previously mentioned computer. Norton Antivirus is a wonderful investment for your computer, it's not expensive and it will really save you a lot of heartache if you purchase it. I don't work for the Norton people, I just believe in their product. The newest versions will automatically update your virus definitions as long as you remain an active subscriber. Please do something about this.
Most sincerely,
Kathleen Nix-Griffin
Class of 1974

I agree, this thing is out of control and the worst part is the only people who know about it are the people with virus protection as this virus does nothing to disrupt your computer, it just silently generates virus packets and sends them out to your Ctown friends from your address book. Please take this help from Kathleen. This thing is way out of hand.
Thank you Kathleen for your generosity.

Name: Denny () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 14:29:14
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 55
Message: John...,in your comments a little ways down the page you said that lots of (late 50's) people would be at Cruise Night. Sounds like we're all deceased and will arrive in a huge hearst. Also does anyone remember the one about the guy signaling to make a left turn in a sports car when he ruptured a traffic cop? Oh Well, guess the young drivers don't have a clue as to what that story is about.
Denny, You mean arrive in a William Randolph Hearst?
Man, that joke took me back to BEFORE I was driving.

Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 12:44:56
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Hi everyone - I haven't posted anything on feedback for a while - was out in, of all places, CA for a few weeks. Hey John - why can't you schedule a cruise night when I'm out there?!!
Was sorry to hear in the news about Chick Hearn passing away. How about some favorite "Chick Hearn-isms":
"Couldn't quite put the mustard on the hot dog"
"This one's in the refrigerator"
"He puts him in the popcorn machine"
"The Lakers can't buy a hoop"
"West throws up a prayer... it's good!!!"
and, of course, "Slaaam dunk!"

I'm gonna miss the combination of Mr. Hearn and Mr. Lantz at the mic too....."Chick n Stu"

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 11:18:16
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Maiden: stillLARSONafteralltheseyears
Class: '74
Message: Hand signals?!? Don't get me started. When I was still living under my parent's roof, the car I got to use was huge turquoise green 1966 Ford Custom 500 4-door sedan. That monster was so big, you could put a twin size mattress in the trunk and sleep in there! That car and I never got along.
It needed one foot on the accelerator at all times - even when applying the brakes - in order to avoid stalling out.
That wasn't the only thing wrong with it. The turn signals didn't work, and the driver's window wouldn't roll down. My solution was to open the little wind-wing and jam my arm out to make hand signals. Left turn signals weren't so hard - but turning right required me to be a bit of a contortionist!
Thanks for the memories!!!!
By the way, John, can I come pick up my El Molino's?

Seems like it would've been easier to fix the turn signals.
Yes you can but wouldn't you rather come to Cruise Night and pick them up there?

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 10:47:41
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I used a hand signal this morning, some yahoo cut me off on the 5. Don't think my hand signal is in the DMV book. Ok, I know I have stated the obvious, but someone had to. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Everyone must be on vacation this week. Looking forward to Cruise night, so classes of 73-78, make an effort to attend please.
I know lots of late 50's early 60's people will be there on Cruise Night. It doesn't really matter as we all have a common bond; HHS. Come on out and join in. You'll have a great time.

Name: doris () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 10:26:26
City and State: Twin Falls, ID where the weather is GRAND!!!!
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
Message: JOHN ... not to despair! Email is also extremely slow for some reason. Do you suppose people have just realized, "Well, WOW! Summer is almost over and I'd better make the best of it!" and they all disappeared to the out-of-doors? That's my hunch because even the people I've emailed and said "Are you ok?" ... "Is something wrong?" and even "I'm getting WORRIED about you!" ... have not responded. Maybe they are just trying to make up for lost summer days indoors. You hang in there kid; take the break and enjoy it 'cuz it probably won't last for long! :-D
Oh I'm NOT complaining. It's nice to get a break, but it just seemed strange to go 13 hours between feedbacks.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 06:51:13
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: Now days people still use hand signals - they're used with the windows rolled up and for a different reason! I had an early 50's VW Beetle with the turn signals that popped out of the door posts. In 1968 or so the San Diego police gave me a ticket for not having operational turn signals - they said the door post kind didn't count!
Think you might have been had on that one Sharon. If it comes from the factory that way, IT IS LEGAL. I got stopped in El Segundo for only having one operating taillight on my 51 Chevrolet pickup. I told him that it came from the factory with one taillight. It took him a minute to check it out and then returned my license and said have a nice day.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 00:57:27
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: On my way home from work I had the drivers window down and got to thinking about 35 years ago when one would use hand signals and turn signal lights were optional. When was the last time you used hand signals? When was the last time you even had the windows down so you could use hand signals? Small things for small minds.
Don't think a 21 year old (born in 1981) would have a clue what the hand signals meant. I remember when they were on the DMV written test.
Just noticed that we had a grand total of 2 feedbacks today. The first was at 9:57am PDT and the next was at 10:57pm PDT. Just wondering the last time two feedbacks were that far apart. Can you figure that one out, Chris?

Name: Betty East () on Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 11:57:09
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Wright
Class: 74
Message: I saw in our local newspaper this morning an obituary for Robert (Robbie) Hartzell. He died on August 2. He was a resident of Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard since 1990. I remember Robbie from elementary (Peter Burnett) and junior high school (Dana). He grew up on 140th (?) Street in the Hollyglen area of Hawthorne. Robbie didn't attend Hawthorne High. The year we started high school the boundries were changed and he had to go to Lawndale. We lost touch. But anyone who grew up in the Hollyglen area will probably remember Robbie. Sad...he was only 46. Don't know the cause of death, but wanted to pass along the info. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wed Aug 7 at McCormick Mortuaries, 13806 S. Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 676-1193 and the funeral will be 10:00 a.m. Thurs Aug 8 at St. Joseph's Church, 11901 Acacia Ave., Hawthorne (310) 679-1139.
Funny thing is that his wife Alice may have worked at Amgen. I've been at Amgen for over 10 years and knew of an Alice Hartzell, but never made the connection.

Thanks Betty for letting us know.

Name: Dale Craig () on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 23:34:14
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Class: 76
Message: I want to show my deepest sorrow to the Hearn family from the Cougartown family we will miss the legend of Chick Hearn thanks for the memories God rest your soul
thanks Dale W Craig

Name: Sharon () on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 23:17:49
City and State: Maui
Maiden: Willis
Class: 72
Message: Al, Pam looks the same!, she is staying with me here on Maui, we just went surfing on Saturday it was just like to old 26days...And speaking of Boys Market, Pam worked there too! We have been reminiscing about those days. Pam Cleetons personal email is she would love to talk to everyone.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 19:55:19
City and State: Dodger/Laker Land
Maiden: tickytackyfouls...
Class: '72
Message: Hey Terry Hammond~I remember you from the "Boys Market" days. So nice to see your name on the "New Alumni" list. Welcome! Hope all is well with you and your family. Great memories working with the "gang" at Boys Market in the early '70's!
On a much sadder note. So sorry to hear about Chick Hearn. The light SEEMS to be out, the eggs are cooling, butter's getting hard, jello's jiggling......(perhaps for the last time??...I hope not) It won't be the same without you Chick. Our Prayers are with you and your family.

Name: Al Rocca () on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 17:27:38
City and State: Mesa, Az
Class: 70
Message: Happy b'lated birthday Pam. Sorry we missed you at the reunion. I hear you are still a fox!!!

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 14:19:15
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: Over the weekend I witnessed something I haven't seen since the 60's, when Bill Brown, Mike Wood, Robin Hood, Doug Frohoff and I would do this, "Herding Flies". We would surround some dried kelp on the beach and with towels, we would herd the flies down the beach, yelling old cowboy stuff...Passers by would look and shake their heads...I never thought I'd see it again, they do in San Clemente.

Name: Dale Craig () on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 01:28:38
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Class: 76
Message: congrates on the 500th page of the feedback I wish I was part of it but to busy at the job to write I will be at Foster's on the 14th of September for a great night of fun. I just hope that people from the classes of 73-79 show up and see how much fun they can have hope to see Patty Valencia there and or Gloria have great day Mr. John Baker signed Dr Tazmo Dale W Craig
Thanks Dale, see you there.....

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