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Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 22:14:49
City and State: Lake Elsinore, Ca
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: Hi C-Towners-
Short Story - I'm sure many of you remember the vapor trails from the rocket firings from Vandenburg AFB years ago. Tonight, while driving my daughter and her girlfriends to their first high school football game, Vandenburg fired off another one. The girls all freaked out, screaming "Oh my god, oh my god, its a nuclear bomb!!!!!!" I had to think fast - I hadn't seen one of these in years. "It's a rocket, uh, from that Air Force Base, uh, a trail, yea, a vapor trail!" Shades of the 1950's. . . . .

I've got a great picture I took of one of those about a year ago, but I'll be darned if I can find it now. I saw one about 3 months ago, so it's still happening. Thanks Betty.....

Name: art La Mere () on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 21:14:54
City and State: Bettendorf Ia.
Class: 73
Message: ok what is the farthest distance the cougartown balls have gone? ten of them arrived in Bettendorf Ia. today about 2500 miles from Hawthorne. thanks again Cheryl. Art
Hi Art, I think that's the record.

Name: Dan Dye () on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 20:23:21
City and State: Torrance, Cal.
Class: 1962
Message: I saw Jim Sloey today, he is recovering from his surgery, He looks good and can't wait to go home Saturday and watch college football all day. Some things never change. Get well soon Jimbo and back on the bike rides. Dan Dye
Hey Jimbo, I hope they made your leg a little shorter, that way you won't have as far to fall. See you soon.....

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 15:37:14
City and State: Lomita
Class: 1962
Message: Just got some sad news from Tom Quintana. Doug Robertson, long time Haytowner, member of the Board of Trustees, and publisher of the fabulous "Portraits of a Memory" book passed away on July 27th at his Fresno home. Doug was born in Canada but his roots were in Hawthorne, as he and his family came here in 1924. He went to school in Hawthorne and graduated from Inglewood High. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for many years and was passing out diplomas the year I graduated. Doug, you and your publication were a link to early Hawthorne and the South Bay that has been lost forever. You, my friend, will be truly missed. I didn't know you long enough.

Name: Jacquie Brissey () on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 14:55:55
City and State: Seattle, WA
Maiden: Jensen
Class: 1968
Message: I haven't browsed the Feedback page for a long time, and today I saw a few comments about Trinity Lutheran Church so thought I'd add my two cents worth. I was baptized by Dr. Falde (yes, he became a bishop in the American Lutheran church). I remember the ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of the church, as well as the dedication service. Pastor Heipler came some time before I started confirmation (1963) and was still there when we moved from the area in 1966. I saw him a few years ago at Trinity's 50th anniversary, and he hadn't changed much from the mid-60's, other than to get more gray hair. His daughter, Nelene, died a few years ago from cancer. My folks still hear from the Heipler's at Christmas.
I also remember the Del-Aire market -- we lived on 117th near Isis, and I marvel that we were allowed to walk all the way to the market without a parent when we were in 3rd grade! I don't think parents these days can be so brave! Does anyone remember the little branch library that used to be a couple doors away from the market?

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 10:50:47
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 1977
Message: Bonnie, would love to have some sort of get together for the So. Orange Co. area, so anyone interested, email me. If I get enough responses, I will throw out a few idea's of where and when. All classes are encouraged. I also noticed you live in Newport Beach, I work in Newport Beach. Hope everyone is having a great week.

Name: e.douglas butch () on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 23:59:55
City and State: hunt. bch calif.
Class: 62
Message: just looking around first time looker and to say hi!
Hey Butch, Glad you're out there and looking around. We missed you at our reunion. Join in anytime.

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 23:04:05
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
Message: It was so nice meeting Doris on Cruise Night. I'm sure you miss your pretty Idaho. Enjoy your stay in sunny Calif. I'm so glad you were up to coming.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 21:25:45
E-Mail: mlr922@hotmail
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: I'm sorry I missed cruise nite. It would have been a kick to meet Doris again. We were not friends in school but I remember (after straining my brain back 40 plus years) Doris being really friendly and kind of sweet and not overly, umm outgoing. Isn't it amazing how one changes over the years. When I read her postings I can feel the energy and lots of it. Hail to the Princess!!

Name: Wade Greasby () on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 16:59:19
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: thank you
Class: 73
Message: Kathleen, Thank You for the compliment from your dad and let him know I appreciate it very much. I remember the work on Hal Cap field. Your dad did a great job. All the fathers who contributed on that project were loyal to the cause, providing a top notch facility for our school. Once again thank you and let your dad know. Wade

Name: BOB J () on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 13:33:34
City and State: MACON.GA
Class: 00
Message: The princess has turret?s syndrome!
TURRET'S syndrome!!?? Did you go to Hawthorne?

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 09:53:13
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Hi John, You know at cruise night we had good food, lots of fun and great company (Thanks Doris for introducing yourself to me). I did see one thing that was wrong. My wife had a hot dog and when I saw it I thought to myself, "Boy that just doesn't compare with a PINK'S!" So my question is, "When's the next Pink's run?"
GEEZ Chris, I haven't digested Saturdays cheeseburger and fries yet.

Name: Judy Meintz () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 20:09:34
City and State: Powers,Michigan
Maiden: Sundstrom
Class: 62
Message: Just got my reunion video. Really nice. Thanks to all who were interviewed, especially the choir.
Hi Judy, Haven't received mine yet. Can't wait to see it, though.

Name: Bonnie () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 18:53:10
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 1978
Message: Hey, Jill! That's a great idea to have a Cougartown event in Mission Viejo. If you decide to have one, please count me in!

Name: Patti Smith () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 18:21:54
City and State: Cypress, CA
Class: 68
Message: Another second-degree close encounter of the Cougar kind. I was in the elevator at work yesterday, and noticed the badge on a woman who works upstairs. I mentioned that I had gone to school with a guy of the same last name; she asked me his first name, and it turned out to be her husband, Tom Cannefax, C/O 68. Unfortunately, she also told me that Tom passed away 7 years details.
Sad to hear, but thanks Patti for the story.

Name: Cindy () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 18:18:28
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: "Message: A news update; Doris A.K.A. “The Princess” has been spotted cursing up and down Highland and Manhattan Avenue wearing a Diamond Tiara and a feather boa."
I was just trying to picture a princess CURSING down Highland in a tiara with a boa! Very interesting...

I was @#$%* trying to figure that one out myself.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 18:15:45
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 71
Message: Liz, I am finding purple feathers in my car and in the house. She is truly a Princess. She is one of the best Cougar Ambassadors that I know. Your party was a wonderful success. The guest list read like "The Who's Who of Hawthorne". Arizona Tom, Two of the Sloey brothers, Wolfy Poltash, Jan and Judy, The Hoods, The Beirman sisters, Brother Bill, John Crotty, Wayne and Donna and the list goes on. Mike Backus and the folks up in the Northwest were truly missed. Can't wait for the next 'LB' party. Perhaps you can have a "Going Away Party" for Doris next week.
Sounds like a great time was had by all. That's what it's all about....old friends getting back together and I'm sure the Princess has one more party in her before her coach turns back into a pumpkin, don't you Doris??

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 16:00:34
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 69
Message: I had a party Friday night and Princess Doris was the guest of honor. The night was a blur but I know it really happened because I keep finding purple feathers all over the house. Her boa is molting but Doris is going strong. What a lady! And what great gams! DZ

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 15:59:32
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
Message: John, I'm still recovering from back surgery I had on April 15. The 36 and the 46 are both in the shop for a total restoration. We will see them again in about a year :) I have good days and bad days. Lucky for me, my work allows me to telecommute or I'd be unemployed right now as well. The hippy is back in school, he's going to be a lawyer (will probably work for chickens) so he was busy on Saturday studying and I was laying around patiently waiting for this back to heal... Hope you all had a groovy time!

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 13:55:09
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
Message: Sharon! The Schullerstroms used to be my next-door neighbors, as they lived on 123rd street prior to moving to Hollyglen. If you happen to see Norma again, give her my regards.

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 13:52:49
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
Message: I finally had a Hawthorne Memory! Most of us had to take a class called State Requirements in order to take Driver's Training at HHS. Dallas Yost and a couple others of the Boys Coaches usually taught this class as a zero period in Nyman Hall. I was 15 in my Junior year at HHS (you had to be 15 to take the class) and had asthma so bad in the mornings it was sometimes 10:00 am before I could get to school (I had to walk back then from Del Air ?in the snow, barefoot, both ways--). Needless to say I missed most of the State Requirements class and was not going to be able to take Driver's Ed without it.
My dad was very friendly with the Football coaching staff (My dad was one of the electricians that volunteered to wire HalCap Field) and was an avid member of the HHS Football Boosters (even though his girls weren't on the team? for the record, he adored Wade Greasby and probably would have traded us females in for Wade if given a chance) Anyway back to my story. Coach Yost told my dad that he would pass me in his State Requirements class if I would give him a hand written reproduction (including all pictures and diagrams) of the California Driver's Handbook. So I spent my mornings and evenings reproducing the book and turned in one complete plagiarized version (in color) by the end of the semester. Coach Yost passed me with an A and when the time came to take the written test for my license I aced it with 100%.

Hey Kathleen, those are really tough to ace. Like the one HARD question I almost missed was:
When turning left, you should be:
A. In the center lane.
B. In the right lane.
C. In the left lane.
D. All of the above.
MAN, those DMV tests ARE brutal....
Where were you, the HIPPY, and the 36 Chev on Cruise Night?

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 10:35:55
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Sister Sue and I attended Shelly Gustasons memorial service on Saturday. Shelly was obviously much loved by many, many people... It was a beautiful service and I'll carry the memory of all that love with me for a long time.
At our church picnic Sunday, a woman sat down across from me and I asked her what I ask everyone I meet these days:
"Where are you from?" I almost choked when she said, "Oh, we moved here from the Hawthorne area." She is Norma Schillerstrom, who used to live on 134th in Hollyglen. Her daughter, Sue, was a 72 HHS grad. I told Sue to check out Cougartown and I hope she'll do it... we tried to find common friends and finally linked on Joy Rasmussen 74 (Sue Schillerstrom was friends with Joy's older sis, Jean.) Anyway, once again, six degrees of Hawthorne...

Thanks for the update on Shelly's memorial service as I feel she was loved by lots of her HHS friends. Thanks too, for passing along the Cougartown URL. Real strange how these Haytowners keep popping up all over the place; I love the "small Cougartown world" stories.
Thanks for the Tshirt drop off too.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 10:23:34
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 71
Message: A news update; Doris A.K.A. "The Princess" has been spotted cursing up and down Highland and Manhattan Avenue wearing a Diamond Tiara and a feather boa. After a week of intense partying with all of her favorite Cougartown people, Doris is lying low and resting along the strand in Manhattan Beach. She will be in Southern California one more week before she returns to her beloved Idaho. When asked about what she thought of Hawthorne, she responded "I don't remember it being so damp!" This reporter did notice that she was packing a big can of Aqua Net in her purse. Doris will be at home on September 25th.
Thanks for the "on the street" update, Bob. Diamond tiara and feather boa, huh.......she wasn't seen in a Pink Caddy with a black dude named "Good and Plenty" Reggie, was she? Geez Doris, you leave Twin Falls for a couple of days and look what happens. Check in when you can.

Name: Bobby Fitzgerald () on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 02:53:00
City and State: Santa ana
Class: 60
Message: The other guy in the middle of that pic is Mike Belcher
YES, thanks Bobby. You were a little R H Dana heartbreaker too....what happened??

Name: Mary McDermid () on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 22:41:22
City and State: Irvine, CA
Maiden: Strehle
Class: 1958
Message: Great time at Foster's on Saturday!! Does anyone out there know the whereabouts of Carol Stuart, class of '56 or Pat Wyszynski(Taylor), class of '57?

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 22:38:23
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Hi All, I have been out surfing the WEB again. (Guess What got me on this topic...?) How about looking at some car history or some music history all at one site? Remember Little Oscar? Well there is an Oscar Meyer Museum at: You can take a look at the history of the Wienermobile. You can learn to play a Wienerwhistle, you don't even need one, there is an interactive Web Wienerwhistle! But if just have to have to have a Wienerwhistle toy there is a link to the Kraft Store and you can purchase 3 for $3.50!
Thanks Chris, but the price is a little high and I'll bet, without looking, that todays wienerwhistle is made in China.

Name: Big Kell () on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 19:51:26
City and State: Englewood,Or
Maiden: currie
Class: 1967
Message: I thought I would hear some mighty fine stories of Doris's life and times in socal by now but nothing..I'll keep waiting.....
I know I finally met Doris face-to-face on Saturday night. Very nice lady, BTW. I think she said she'd be here for another week or so. Have a fun time, Doris.

Name: Neil Andersen () on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 16:41:09
City and State: Dallas,OR
Class: '62
Message: The girl front and center is Linda Hoffman class of '60 The two men, Earl Griffin and Harry Plotkin
YES!! Very good for a 62er. Thanks Neil....

Name: Joyce Chance () on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 13:02:04
City and State: La Habra, Ca.
Maiden: Savisky
Class: '62
Message: Hello Everyone,
Just a quick note to let you know that I am back online after a couple of months. As you can see I have a new email address. I apologize for not answering anyone that mailed me at my old address, but I have not had that address for a few months. Hope to hear from you soon.
Joyce Savisky Chance

Welcome back, Joyce......

Name: Walter Holt () on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 12:50:16
City and State: Orange,CA
Class: 66
Message: Good Morning Cougs.... Just wanted to thank John for another great Cruise Night...It was great seeing everyone who could make it again...Also another it's a small world Cougar story...After much deliberation and not being able to stand watching anymore. Sunday I finally made up my mind to get back to surfing again. So off I went out on a venture looking for a new board. I started at Huntington Beach going to various surf shops working my way down the coast looking for just the right board. Finally I wound up in at a shop in Dana point. So there I am looking at boards and got to talking to a guy about this bitchen 10'4" noserider I am interested in. He wanders off to let me decide. Out of the blue I over hear him talking to someone about the Beach Boys and how they went to his old High School. Hearing that of course I had to inquire about it and sure enough he was from good ole HHS. His name is Gary Reider from the class of 65 so another Cougar found, and yes I did buy the board.....Let's Go Surfin Now....
GREAT STORY WALTER!! Thanks for sharing and for supplying the music on Saturday night. Hope you told Gary where he can find lotsa' his old buddies too.

Name: Cliff Rickson () on Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 07:30:16
City and State: St.Petersburg, Fla
Class: 1967
Message: Hi John, that's a great picture of the boy's from the '59 championship team. The loss to L.B.Poly was tough, but I still say the sweetest game that year was knocking off Santa Monica on their home field to win the Bay League title. No one on the planet gave the Cougars a chance to win, but we knew! Great memories.
Yeah, Thank God for Ron Petch and his golden toe, the Anderson to Jacobsen touchdown combo and Fred Ragatz great run for the first down to give us a chance to run out the clock. The greatest 14-12 game in HHS history.

Name: Bud () on Friday, September 13, 2002 at 16:45:08
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Class: 74
Message: John,I just saw your post with regards to Dr.Mia. Are you referring to Dr. Frank Miya who still practices on Inglewood Ave and 134th? Our family started going to Doc Miya back in 1960 and every once in a while I still make the drive up from O.C to pay him a visit. He is a great guy. Have a great weekend and a great cruise night.
Yep, That's the Mia I'm talking about. Thanks for the update. I would like to take my daughter by to see him sometime. The last time the good doctor saw her she was 6 months old.

Name: jodi () on Friday, September 13, 2002 at 15:36:36
City and State: bakersfield, ca
Maiden: torgerson
Class: 75
Message: Hey, Hey, Hey, Dr. Wiener delivered me! I think he did a pretty good job!! LOL
I think he had a car named after him too.....the Wienermobile, wasn't it??

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