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Name: Susie () on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 04:03:59
City and State: Land of Entrapment
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 7T1
Message: All this talk about my friend and inspiration Dick Dale!!! After getting acquainted thru emails I met him in Colorado Springs and stayed at his hotel. I had a private hour or so of some 1 on 1 with my hero. Then he even put me on his guest list for that nites this isn't the end!
In June when I flew in for Barbara Wigleys memorial, I checked his schedule and he was playin at the Galaxy Theatre on Beach Blvd. So I emailed him and he gave me both his cell phone #s!!! We stay in touch thru emails and plan on hookin up again soon...he's 65 BUT drippin with sex!!!

Susie, be careful with those old rock and rollers. First of all he's 65 and a musician so he's probably dripping with something, but it's NOT sex.

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 01:59:03
E-Mail: dscwingo@pacbell. net
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
Message: Congratulations John on your new grandson, and Joyce too. Nice picture you put up Janet. He's a real cutie. Grand-parenting is just the best.
Thanks Sherry......

Name: Mike Shay () on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 16:48:11
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: OS6-9393
Class: 61
Message: Hello All; Thanks to John, and a couple guys that I work with, the huge case of the Klez Virus that had taken over my office computer has finally been nuked. What a pain in the fanny. I hope it didn't get passed on to any of you guys.
Congratulations to John on another fine looking grandchild. I can't wait for the day when we all get together at king harbor, rent a little dingy and a bait sled and teach our grandkids about bonitas (like we did our own kids).
Get well quick Sloey

That sounds like a fun day. The last time we did it with your two, the fish were jumping into the boat. I think we tied on Budweiser pull tabs for bait and that's all we needed.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 16:16:50
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: I'm glad our princess, Doris, arrived safely home. I'm wondering what the people rumaging through her luggage thought of the purple boa....hmmmmm? To those of you who enjoy the old surf tunes, Dick Dale will be down here this weekend at the Lobster Fest across from the Crown Plaza on Harbor Drive. Come on down and do the surfer stomp with us...DZ

Name: doris () on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 16:00:25
E-Mail: yes
City and State: yes
Maiden: of course
Class: veryearlyon
Message: INCIDENTALLY ... can't resist this one! You know all this talk about bike riding on THE STRAND from John, Sloey and Kissin'Dan? NOT! No banana! RUMOR! It's just that ... rumor. They do NOT ride bicycles on the strand and I had a little talk with the guy at that place called GOOD STUFF where they have that camera. It is well known in the beach community that these three guys drive down to the cam at GOOD STUFF, take their bikes out of the vehicle, pose for the camera and then put their bikes back IN the vehicle and drive away ... that IS! AFTER they have had pancakes with lots and lots of gooey syrup! YUP! There you have it! I did a lot of snooping around and I have this first-hand! By the way ... they DO have GREAT PANCAKES there! the princess
P.S. Oh yeah! And the big Sloey fall? STAGED!!! Yup! There you have it!
P.P.S. And what's this about Sloey winning that last contest??? I think that's staged, too! What was his statement ... was that printed while I was gone and I missed it or was it just kept hush-hush!??? Come on, John ... tell ALL!

It was printed while you were gone and not staged. Actually Janet and Linda picked the winner.
The pancake story is false. Never ate there but once with Janet. We don't ride there anymore. It's PV for Dan and me now.

Name: doris () on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 15:16:57
City and State: twin falls, id
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: HEY COUGS! WOW! What a trip! Stayed right on The Strand at a friend's beach house; started out with a couple hours ON the beach and then a dinner party, a party-party, and Cruise Night! The dinner party at Bob Jensen's was great; the Dori-Do at Elizabeth's house was fantastic; and I think I met next to EVERYONE at Cruise Night at Foster's. Being the bashful, quiet type, I walked right up to people and said "HI! I'm Doris; you know ... the Princess? Who are you!?" And the french fries and milk shakes at Foster Freeze are every bit as good as I remembered! What a great FAMILY Cougartown has allowed us to become ... we all have the same roots of Hawthorne, California and Hawthorne High School, and THAT ... is why we are family. Everyone was so friendly and good to me and I had such a good time. I finally met our very own JOHN BAKER, and of course, his main squeeze, JANET aka JB2; met Harry Plotkin and his very pretty lady, Kathy; Kissin' Dan (who gave me a very warm welcome ... eat your heart out Tilly) and Ann, as did so many others bestow upon me their warm welcomes ... Walter, Don DiTomasso, Karen Kuehl, Judi and Russ Jacobsen, and so many more whose names, due to my senior condition (HA!), I cannot remember right now. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and it was so very much appreciated. Was SO disappointed NOT to meet (and who ARE now on my S-list) Paco, Sloey, Backus, and Chris Hood, but DID meet 2/3 of the Sloey brudders and 1/2 of the Hood clan, so all was not lost! OH YEAH! Marsha and the HOODMAN! I met them. What lovely people went to HHS!!!! Can't wait to make another of the Cruise Nights, albeit the air travel to and fro leaves a lot to be desired these days what with having to be at the the airports TWO HOURS before flight time, having luggage rummaged through at will, and just the USUAL at the L.A. Airport. UGH! AH YES!!! Cannot leave out the very BEST party I've ever attended ... the Dori-Do at DZ's place. What a warm and loving feeling I had from the time I arrived t:-D Well, I'm tired now just reliving it!!! THANK YOU TO ONE AND ALL who managed to make a little old lady from beautiful downtown Twin Falls, Idaho feel welcome and warm and cared for! GAWD! I HAD FUN, FUN, FUN!

Glad you had a great time, Doris. Next time it'll be even better as we'll make sure your S-list is there too, or we'll just go door-to-door.

Name: Donna () on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 05:26:50
City and State: Friendswood,Tx
Maiden: Anderson
Class: 71
Message: I have been emailing Jan (Dorris) Brown HHS63, back and forth and just wanted you guys to know that her health is not doing so well. Her Husband also-he was admitted to the hospital this past week. Jan has MS among other illness's and has been taking care of everyone else around her but it is getting to where she is having to sleep most of the time and going through a lot of pain. Could you guys out there include her and her husband Clyde in your prayers. Thanks so much..:-D
Thanks Donna......

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 23:57:30
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
Message: John, you weren't kidding, Evan James IS beautiful! Congratulations to you and Joyce, it's all about genes you know!

Thanks Linda.....

Name: JERRY PAT SIMPSON () on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 19:59:20
City and State: SAUGUS CA
Class: 62
Thanks Jerry, You could've called me grandpa after the last one.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 09:44:12
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: Last Saturday at my son's wedding I got to talking to the photographer, turns out that he graduated from Inglewood High in 1962. His name is Gary Carson, we reminded each other of some of the hangouts such as the Wich Stand, A&W and parking at P.V. We had a really good visit. I told him to stop in at Cougartown. Oh, the wedding? It was wonderful. Easy to get lost when you meet someone from your old stompin grounds.
Thanks Cindy, Yep, still a bunch of early South Bay grads in So. Cal.

Name: Alan Hauge () on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 07:41:09
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Class: 1961
Message: John: Thanks again for a great cruise night a few weeks ago. It was fun once again to see old friends and just hang out with HHS alumni. With Rich and Mary's 60's reunion the weekend before it made for a very cool September.
This weekend I found the picture I spoke about on CT years ago when several of us in 1961 went to the A&W in a VW Bug and ordered 100 Root Beers. Beside myself there was Danny Kiefer('62), Don Conder('60), Jim Raines('62) and a kid from Lennox, Raymond Wheeler. The owner of the "A" took the picture and Raymond carried it in his wallet for years. He gave it to me years later and it ended up in a box with my class ring and was discovered just this past weekend. I want to send it in to CT so after scanning it, then what? Oh yeah, and I'm sure if Jimmy Raines sees this message he will want everyone to know what happened after five guys drank 100 Root Beers?

AT LAST!! Thanks Alan; I can't wait to see it. After scanning it, email it as an attachment to
I'll add it up here somewhere, for all to see. The other thing that sounds a little cramped is FIVE guys in a VW bug with 100 root beers in their bladders. There has to be a pit stop in this story somewhere.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 00:30:23
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: ... met Diane Hutchison, Leuzinger c/o 1970, Saturday at a pals surprise birthday party. And, found out a scouting friend of mine was born at Daniel Freeman hospital and spent the first 5 months of his life in a house near El Segundo and the 405. His family moved from Hawthorne to Thousand Oaks and he's been here ever since. Six more degrees, times two...

Name: Carol Shaner () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 22:00:27
City and State: San Bernardino
Maiden: Shaner
Class: 70
Message: This past weekend was the annual Route 66 cruise in San Bernardino. It gets bigger and bigger each year. This year they had over 2400 cars cruising the downtown streets. Dick Dale played all the Oldies. I saw lots of my favorite cars of all time..the 56 Nomad, even one that looked alot like my first boyfriends'. It is a fun weekend for kids (9 years old and 13) can't believe how excited I get when I see an "old car". Brings back memories, I guess.

Name: Kathy Martinez () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 20:23:09
City and State: Spokane, WA
Maiden: Tindel
Class: '77
Message: Chris Prewitt, thanks for pointing out Danny Bonilla's story. It was definitely worth reading.
Thanks to all in charge of organizing Cruise Night. I got to see some good friends that I hadn't seen in several years. Unfortunately, I got so caught up visiting with my old friends from the 70's that I didn't get to meet some of the feedback regulars as I had hoped to do. Hope we'll get a chance to come to another Cruise Night. Lots of nice cars and great company! Thanks again!

Thanks Kathy, Cruise nights are lots of fun and happen twice a year. We'll have another one in February or March.

Name: Mary McDermid () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 20:17:08
City and State: Irvine, CA
Maiden: Strehle
Class: 1958
Message: Great picture of Evan. Best of everything to all of you. Grandkids are the best. Luv ya, Mary
Thanks Mary...

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 18:51:17
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Heartfelt congratulations to John and his family on the arrival of Evan James. What a little cutie. How odd though that my youngest Trevor was born on your birthday (8/28) and I too have a son named Evan James, but then so does Bruce Springsteen, and every one else I know who has named their son Evan, I guess James is a natural middle name for Evan, it sort of rolls together nicely. Hope your daughter is doing well. Congratulations again!
Thanks Jill, Yes Kelly and Evan left the hospital yesterday morning and both were just fine. Nothing against the name "Evan", but I think I'll call him "Little Johnny".

Name: Bob Fraser () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 11:37:05
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 60
Message: Hey John and Joyce, Many Congratulations on your very handsome grandson..He's a keeper !! Keep us updated with pictures.
Thanks Bob, I will.....

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 10:53:02
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
Message: Congratulation on the Birth of your new little Grandson. Im sure everyone is thrilled. Little Evan is a nice big baby, hope all are doing fine and God Bless. ALWAYS A COUG
Thanks Loretta......

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 09:05:44
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
Message: CONGRATULATIONS Grampa John! Big hugs to Mom Kelly, Gramma Joyce, and Baby too. I agree that Sept. 22 is a great day to be born, as it is our own Lil Lisa's B-day also.
Thanks Cheryl, and Happy Birthday Lisa......

Name: Steve Akin () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 04:14:03
City and State: Paradise,Ca
Maiden: Steve Akin
Class: 1960
Message: Where is my GO, Cart?

Name: Joyce Chance () on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 01:49:23
City and State: La Habra,Ca.
Maiden: Savisky
Class: '62
Message: Congratulations to my daughter Kelly and her husband James on the production of my new grandson Evan James Raguindin. He's beautiful.
Grammy Joyce

Name: lisa () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 23:16:55
City and State: ramona, ca
Maiden: graham
Class: 67
Message: happy belated birthday to pat burris, lisa

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 22:51:10
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: '67
Message: How many people have read Danny Bonilla?s story? Hint: What?s New Page?

Name: Jody () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 22:37:29
City and State: Long Beach CA
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
Message: Congrats John & Janet on your new addition. This is a break down of Bob Poorman's message 9-20 regarding his kin from the 50's thru the 90's at HHS. 50's are Uncle-Denny Eldredge, Mom-Jody Halberg. 60's Aunt-Judy Halberg. 70's Bob Poorman himself. 80's Brother-Bruce Bird. 90's Bob's Daughter-Reannen Poorman. OK Bob, do you think anybody can beat our record???
I was wondering if Bob was going to clarify his claim. Thanks Jody.........

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 20:42:13
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: Hey, congratulations John on your new grandson - what a doll. September 22nd is a great birthdate as it happens to be mine also.
Thanks and Happy Bday to you too, Marilyn....

Name: Maria Fitzgerald () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 18:31:25
City and State: Torrance,CA
Maiden: Juaneza
Class: 80
Message: Congratulations John and Janet! Your new Grandbaby looks gorgeous. I wish the baby and the parents happiness and good health.
Thank you Maria......

Name: Betsy () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 18:04:11
City and State: phoenix, arizona
Maiden: Watts
Class: 1976
Message: Shelly Gustason's greatest gift was her laugh and her great ability to sing! I grew up in her family's kitchen and worked my first job under her wing at Camp Conrad for many summers. My waitress today in Chandler, Arizona is a HHS grad, class of 1994! I referred her to cougartown :)
Thanks Betsy, let'em all know, Cougs

Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, September 23, 2002 at 11:45:09
City and State: MV
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Congratulations to Kelly, James, and "Grandpa John" on new baby, Evan James Raguindin!

Thank you Sweet Pea.....
Yep, a new family member has been added. "Evan's the name and poopin's the game" Born 9-22 at 4:40pm; 9lbs 12ozs and 22 inches. And he looks just like his Grandpa......
Seriously, congratulations to my daughter Kelly and husband James on this gorgeous edition to the family tree.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 16:41:43
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 69
Message: On Oct. 1st, CSI Miami will be filming at our HHS pools. What a kick.
Thanks Liz....

Name: Carolyn Ladd () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 16:18:50
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 1962
Message: Hi, Cougs - Just have to respond to Bob Poorman's mileage challenge. I think I've got you beat - Ann Arbor, MI! I am fairly new to C-town. It's addictive - like going back home to the good ole days. I believe our house on 117th Street is now part of the Imperial Hwy offramp on the San Diego Freeway. I used to live next door to the Hopkins family and down a few houses from Roy and Glen George. Great memories growing up in good ole Hawthorne!! Have a great weekend Cougars!

Yeah Bob, I think Carolyn's got you on the mileage. Thanks Carolyn and have a great weekend yourself...

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 15:05:44
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I was listening to the radio this morning and one of the TV stations is looking for a family in the outskirts of nowhere to be moved to a house in the 90210 ZIP CODE. This is to be a reality show based on the TV show ?The Beverly Hillbilly?s?. Where is Leeroy Felderruster when we need him?
LEE ROY, You out there??

Name: Jacquie Brissey () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 15:03:49
City and State: Seattle, WA
Maiden: Jensen
Class: 1968
Message: The Schillerstroms lived on 117th before 123rd, at the other end of the block from where we lived. Norma is my aunt's sister and they hosted a going-away party for my family when we moved to Oregon, 1966. Small world!
Speaking of small world, a few years ago I had reason to call to Expeditors International in El Segundo, and the person I ended up talking to was Chuck Griffin -- I asked him if he was THE Chuck Griffin who had been 1967 Senior Class President and it was! Don't know if he is still there, but it sure was a pleasant surprise to talk with a Cougar out of the blue like that!

Name: Bob Poorman () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 12:56:04
City and State: Wayzata, MN
Class: '77
Message: I've got this competitive streak in me so knowing that there must be Cougar Ball sightings farther away from Hawthorne than I am here's another challenge that I think I stay on the top of. Can anyone beat this streak of family members which attended HHS? I've got kin in classes that would have or did graduate from HHS in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's & '90's.
That could be a record, Bob.....

Name: Cindy Colby () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 09:24:55
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: I also saw that missile or whatever from Vandenberg last night, when I first spotted it, I could actually see the missile making the vapor trail. For a split second it scared me until I remembered that we used to see them all of the time.

Name: Bob Poorman () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 07:52:42
City and State: Wayzata, MN
Class: '77
Message: I've got Cougar Balls here in the Twin Cities (thanks Mom!). I think I may of just edged you out Art as far as miles go. Surely there must be Cougar sightings farther east. Sound off Cougs.
Hey Bob, Met your Cougar mom at Cruise Night....nice lady. Yes, I think you may have just aced Art out. Who else has big mileage on their balls.

Name: Robin () on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 01:31:38
City and State: RB,CA
Class: 60
Message: Just wanted to wish my favorite two ladies happy birthdays...My beautiful bride Marsha 9/20 and my beautiful mother LaVerne 9/23....Also get well soon Jim, beautiful or not...:o)
Happy Birthday Marsha, and a Happy Birthday to my grandson Cory too.

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