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Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at 10:12:40
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: cOrNhUsKeRhOtCaKeS
Class: 73
Message: Sloey, you and your bros need to get healthy quick. Big Red needs some of your hot cakes but quick. Bill should suit up again and John will play a vital role in re-establishing the tradition of the Black Shirts. Hope the healing process is going well.. Might see you at the Hometown Fair this week. You may need to get out! Take care, Wade

Name: J. Bustios () on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 22:52:52
City and State: hawthorne
Class: 1980
Message: Hello to all sorry I have not been in touch with you all for a while I guess that's what prison will do for ya. Just kidding.
Hi Juan, Glad you're back. Do you have a new email address? If so, please go here to change it.

Name: Jerry Pat Simpson () on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 18:34:59
City and State: Saugus Ca
Class: 62
Message: Sure do remember the sign after a trip to the Wich Stand, we would see the sign and know to start looking for Fred and Pinky. That looks like my dads Studebaker parked in front of the Escrow office. I wonder what interest rate they are offering at Real Estate office? John there something (to me) not right about, that 58 behind the police, the front end just does not look right. Maybe I need new glass. John lets get in a time machine, go back to when the picture was taken and do some car buying. Cougars Rock Jerry Pat
Just a joke, Jerry Pat. That isn't REALLY me, nor is that REALLY Fred or Pinky, and that's not REALLY a 58 Chevy.

Name: Robin () on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 14:18:34
City and State: "Redondo Beach LA"
Maiden: Sloey...Jim Sloey
Class: 60
Message: Hey John, that was one stylin' Haytown sign....If you look real close , I think thats Pinky and Fred Moore going for donuts on the left...The new Anza School looks great, but do they need to paint the name of the street in it?? But as you have always said ,those west siders never were the sharpest pencil in the box...:o) Later Cougs
No, that's me in my white 58 right behind them. They're escorting me to the City Limits, THEN Fred will spend the rest of his shift at Winchells.
About the Hindry sign: We Eastsiders look right up near the top of the street sign pole, on the corner, to find out the street name.
Thanks Robin, your humor has been missed. Get Well Sloey.......

Name: Mary Ann Avila () on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 08:16:39
City and State: Del Aire
Maiden: Stanley
Class: 77
Message: For those of you who are interested, Wiseburn's website has detailed pictures of the demolition of the old and construction of the new Anza.
Thanks Mary Ann.....

Name: Jeanette Medsker () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 22:39:10
City and State: GoldenValley,Az
Maiden: Wellbaum
Class: 1956
Message: Just want to say any of my old friends out there! Whoever, you are! It's been a long time but not long enough to forget the good times at HHS.

Name: Jerry Pat Simpson () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 22:03:40
City and State: Saugus Ca.
Class: 62
Message: Well, John. I'm very surprised that Don Scheliga did not guess the location of the Spin Inn. I remember that he knew all the Bars in Hawthorne and the surrounding area. But its the coming out of the Bars, where he has a little problem. I remember the year I got out of the Army in 65. Don and myself had spent a little time in the Silver Spigot five hours or so. We were on Hawthorne Blvd. in the middle, and it was about two in the morning. Don was going to take me home to 119th and Prairie. So Don turns off Hawthorne going east on a 136th. Don puts on this tape he made, an 8 track of Wooly Bully, the song repeats itself about 5 times and pushed his 63 ford up to about 80. Now we all know thats there's two cross streets between Hawthorne and Prairie; Washingon and Jefferson. So we shot through the stop sign at Washington and zoom through the stop sign at Jefferson, and next was Prairie. As it approached, I told Don that it would be a good idea to slow down, as you had to make a right or left on Prairie, Don said are you sure? I said yep, Don its best to do something about it now because Prairie is about 30 feet from us. So Don hits the brakes and turned left (not good) so we slide across Prairie all four lanes and hit the curb, bounced over it slide across someones front yard, hit a 55 Ford parked on the yard pushed it into a car in the driveway then we stopped and all of this on my side of the car (nice guy Don). Don finally ask what happened to Jefferson? Don we went right through it. Oh!! No one was hurt. Then the police show up. They all knew Don from his partys, now theres some storys there. So Don he wants to fight some policeman but I stopped it. Finally its over and as we are going home Don said Welcome home. What a ride e-ticket stuff. All of that because you fell off my scooter? Cougars Rock. Jerry Pat
Sounds like a Scheliga story to me.....

Name: Jerry Rigney () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 19:35:00
City and State: Palmdale, Ca
Class: 59
Message: That didn't take long to solve. I had the right intersection but the wrong corner. By the way congratulations "Grandpa".
Yeah, thanks Jerry.....

Name: Larry Biller () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 18:30:23
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1967
Message: It's amazing how much two locations can look alike.It was that tree and that barber shop thingy that got me going. It was fun to guess. How about some pics of the Del Aire area?

Name: Jerry Rigney () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 17:50:06
City and State: Palmdale. Ca
Class: 59
Message: Giving where you got the picture I was thinking it was of business in Hawthorne. Del Aire was not in Hawthorne city limit's, it was county territory with Hawthorne and Inglewood mailing addresses. Hope you find what your looking for.
Thanks Jer', The case has been solved.

Name: Denny () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 17:46:46
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 55
Message: Lee Leonard nailed it. Checked a 1960 business directory at the Haw library today and it had the Spin In located at(4756 W. Imperial Hwy.) which would put it on the S/E side of the intersection
GREAT!!! Sorry for doubting you Lee, but the lot looked too small. Thanks Denny for your time.

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 17:02:23
City and State: Orange,CA
Class: 66
Message: I have been racking my brains on this one...I know it wouldn't be Aviation, as railroad tracks ran parallel to Aviation on a vacant field so either the building wouldn't work looking Southward or the trees in the picture wouldn't fit looking Northward. However with the 4 lane highway showing and vague recollection, either El Segundo & Douglas Street Or Imperial & Douglas Street come to mind. Which might fit with the Douglas gas station..
We need a 1955-60 phone book....

Name: Jerry Rigney () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 14:50:28
City and State: Palmdale, Ca
Class: 59
Message: I remember the station and the bar but not absolutely sure of the location. I think the 25mi. speed limit would be more likely on Inglewood or Prairie ave's. rather than Imperial Hwy., El Segundo bl. or Rosecrans Ave.
Or maybe Aviation....

Name: Larry Biller () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 13:21:06
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1967
Message: I'm noticing more in that photo that makes me think it's Aviation & 120th. To the left by the street is one of those things indicating a barber shop. I used to get my hair cut at a shop that was located between Wrigley's market and Del Aire Liquor. That tree to the right looks like it is possibly in the backyard of the house next door to the building where I lived for a short time in the early 70's. Looking very familiar!
Thanks Larry, I'm going to Hawthorne today. I'll check it out.

Name: Larry Biller () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 11:07:20
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1967
Message: The Spin In photo looks like the corner of Aviation & 120th facing north. The Spin In looks alot like what became Del-Aire Liquor with what was Wrigley's Market just north of it. Just a guess but looks too familiar.
That sounds like a good bet. Denny Unfried, since you are our Class of 55 Del Aire expert, what do you think?

Name: Jerry Rigney () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 09:55:55
City and State: Palmdale, Ca
Class: 59
Message: John; Try the S.W. corner of Inglewood Ave. & Imperial. Notice the shape of the building is similar to the Patmar Drive-in on Imperial & Sepulveda. The westside of Inglewood Ave. only had sidewalks in a few places between Imperial and until later in the 60's.
So instead of looking east on Imperial you're saying we're looking south on Inglewood Av?

Name: doris () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 09:35:00
E-Mail: happybirthdaytoyou
City and State: happybirthdaytoyou
Maiden: donaldson
Class: yup!
Message: Happybirthdayoldsloeone ... Happybirthdaytoyou! Tomorrow! Happy 39! (Well gee, Baker! That's what he told me!) Yes, Russ and Judy ... Cruise Night really is, now that I look back at it, a big blur. Same here ... nice meetin' you two and hope to see you guys soon! And PLEASE don't remind me of the oncoming ... sss ... sssnn ... I just cannot FORCE myself to say it! 32 degrees this morning. Brrr! Love and hugs Cougs!

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 02:49:33
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76

Message: That Denny guy from 1955 is an exact match for Mike Colbern. They just had a nice piece on FOX Sports about Curtis Conway.
Yep, I can see it.

Name: Jody Weller () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 23:02:59
City and State: Long Beach CA
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 59
Message: Yes John, you were right. The Block & Tackle was on Inglewood Ave, The Hatch Cover was on Rosecrans, all owned by Tom Wadman. He also had the Kelp Bed on Hawthorne Blvd. I worked for him (4)years, at all three, but was mainly at the Block. Wednesday nites were always exciting. It was Keg Nite, 50 cent pitchers. We always had a great time and John Nix HHS 6l was in Viet Nam. We would spend the evening with everyone writing to him, even the blind lady named June. I remember the SpinIn, but I am having a senior moment remembering where it was. Thanks again for everything you do for us.
Hi Jody, Didn't they have Piranhas in an aquarium at the Block and Tackle?

Name: Denny () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 22:16:05
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 55
Message: Hey John, I think Lee Leonard got it. Seems like that old station was there before DeWalds. Nothing smaller than a tractor could get up those steep driveways. If this is correct then the Spin-Inn was replaced by Al-Jo's restaurant.
Maybe so, but just doesn't look right to me. The Douglas gas station lot is too small for the Texaco station. The Spin In might have been replaced by the Texaco lot. Anyone else???

Name: Laura () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 21:56:24
City and State: Los Altos, CA
Maiden: Geele
Class: 76
Message: Spin-In -- Inglewood and Rosecrans? Looks like some of the buildings that are still there.
Anyone interested in a 57 chevy? It needs a new home. . .

Name: Lee Leonard () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 21:02:01
City and State: Haw
Class: 66
Message: To answer your question, I believe the "Spin In" was located near the southeast corner of Inglewood and Imperial (actually facing Imperial Hwy)
The SE corner of Imperial and Inglewood was Dewalds Texaco. Nice try anyway, Lee......

Name: EL ROJO () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 20:46:05
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Maiden: HA!
Message: Well here we are! After 2 absolutely marvellous weeks in So. Calif and a week back to work to catch our breath we're back down to the nitty gritty. D**N! But, still buzzing from the class of 60 party at Rich and Mary Sloan's, to the bitchin Cruise night at Foster's, where we finally got to meet so many of the Coug's we only read about on Cougartown. We would like to thank all of you for all the hospitality and friendship that was shown to us while we were there. Rich and Mary, John and Janet, Royal and Patty Lord, Cal and Eva Kappen thank you, thank you, thank you, for everything (except the lesson over at Dennis and Ilene's house John :)) it was the best! Doris we agree that we don't miss the humidity of that area either, but I'd rather have the humidity than what's coming in next few months. And Doris I wish we would have had more time to talk while at Fosters on cruise night but it becomes just a blur and then it's over. We would just like to say hi to all of you, because all of you helped make our lives happier and brighter while we were there. Thank's everyone. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Great to have you two here, Russ. It was a fun week for me, especially the night at the Campbells. Thanks for coming.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 20:26:29
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca.
Class: 61
Message: Yes John the Harbor station was on 117th. I called it the seal station way then... It was located on the southwest side of Inglewood & 117th one block south of there was the Hatch Cover...good beer bar back then...ask Hoodey about that place...The name of the owner was Tommy something maybe Watten.. not sure again ask Hood he would know...
For the record, the Hatch Cover was on Rosecrans near El Porto. You are thinking of the Block and Tackle. Both bars were owned by the same guy, Tom Wadman. BTW, this info provided by Dennis Unfried. I'm sure this picture wasn't taken on 120th and Inglewood Av. There was a Barber Shop on the NE corner, a Church on the SE corner, T&R Signal on the NW corner and a Mobil station on the SW corner.
So where was the SPIN IN? Paco, do you know??

Name: Walter Holt () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 20:19:22
City and State: Orange, Ca
Class: 66
Message: Well Cougs here's the up to date surf report...Don't know how the waves were in good old Manhattan, Hermosa or Redondo...But in Huntington Beach waves over the weekend were 2-3ft on Saturday and 4-6ft on Sunday of just perfect outside line tube breaks. I couldn't have asked for more for my first weekend of being back surfing. I must say for a 20yr. break I was surprised I could still get up and surf. Not nearly as good, but enough to control the board & to make me feel Stoked. The new 10'4" nose rider did just fine. I do admit being way out of surf shape and sore today. I wish some of my old surf buddies from HHS could have been there with me. I guess sometimes we're not to old to do some of the things we Love, if we try. Today's report: 4-7ft of perfect waves again & I had to work...What a Bummer.....COWABUNGA COUGS

Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 18:34:30
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: Just in case there's any demented individuals out there that, like me, enjoy watching "The Man Show" on Comedy Central, last night's show had Adam Corolla "trying out" for the SWAT team at, you guessed it, The Hawthorne Police Department. They also had about 20 members of HPD in the audience. Now with the dozens of Police Departments in the LA area, why do you suppose they chose Hawthorne?
Good question....

Name: Wade Greasby () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 17:11:55
E-Mail: WadeKath@juno.coms
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: olddays
Class: 73
Message: John, could that be the corner of 120th and Inglewood Ave. South westside? Or even the Northeast corner? Hope everyone out there had a good weekend. To the Sloey Bros, what the heck happened on Saturday?
Don't know but sounds like you're close.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 17:00:48
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 61
Message: "Spin In" O Yes Inglewood Ave & 120th… that was Paco's hang out for many years… Yes we talked about this yesterday I'm sure! …Hey it was right next door to the Irish Den I think just down the road from the Hatch Cover next to the Seal gas station Now how would I know that?

Are you saying the Douglas gas station in this picture is the Harbor station with the seal? Wasn't the Harbor station more like 117th?

Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 16:57:36
City and State: MV
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: John, I can't believe there was a gas station in Hawthorne that you didn't know the location of! Since the name is "Spin in"...could it be by the airport somewhere, like on Prairie?

Could be, but I sure don't remember it. I've been getting lots of email on this one. Denny Unfried and others think it was on Prairie too, but he thinks it was at 104th St. Notice the absence of sidewalks. The picture came from the collection at Hawthorne Savings, so I think this was in Hawthorne.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 15:49:25
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: Gee John, that almost looks like the South West corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Imperial.
Don Scheliga said the same thing, but I don't know. The speed limit of 25 sounds a little low for Hawthorne or Imperial and the south west corner had a pastrami stand right out on the street. This Douglas gas station doesn't seem to fit that corner.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 14:47:58
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: That picture looks like it is on a corner somewhere..........
Thanks Keith, that narrows it down.

Name: Penny Prouty () on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 14:30:08
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Maiden: Prouty
Class: '62
Message: The "Spin-In" photo.....could it have been located on Aviation Boulevard (near 120th St.), in Hawthorne?
(that billboard's neat.........from the 1950's?)

Could be, I don't have a clue. Anyone know for sure?

Name: doris () on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 15:30:58
E-Mail: iwouldn'tbehereifididn'thaveemail
City and State: gladiliveinidahobutgladmyrootsareinhawthorne
Message: Had to say something before the weekend. More thanks to one and all. And something clever ... okay, since I can't think of anything clever (still trying to cope with real life today ha!), a weather report. Low 50's in the morning and it may not reach 70 for the high. Although I do NOT miss the humidity of Hawthorne and the beach area, I seem to be missing the warmth and the sound of the waves! What a wonderful medium, CougarTown. Thanks a heap John John!!!! I'M GLAD I'M A COUG! Happy weekend to all!!!
You're welcome. Doris. Have a great weekend, Cougs.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 12:10:24
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: I received an email yesterday from a friend of Steve Andreen. Steve passed away Friday, Sept. 20, in Des Moines, Iowa. I'm sure many of us have memories of the Andreen kids; we Bierman kids were in the same classes at York, HIS and HHS. My big brother Steve was cruising around with Scott Andreen the night brother Steve met his future bride, Michelle Buguy... they have been married 28 years now! My heart goes out to the family. Another sad loss for all of us. His obituary can be viewed here: - Search by last name and the date of Sept. 26, 2002. I don't have any information regarding contacting his brother or sister but I do have an email address of his friend in Des Moines who told me of Steve's passing. If you have any messages for him, please send them to me and I'll forward them.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 10:26:30
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Pac Bell Report
Class: 73
Message: Hey Cougs, SBC Pac Bell has announced that it will cut 11,000 jobs, 2300 in California. Hope your phone service is on and working. The communication network as we know it has taken a big hit. The problem is Pac Bell is run and operated by Texans and they have little clue of the life styles here in California. Their research proved that they could operate here in Ca. the same as operating in Tx. Not so. The demand of Cal customers of "I need my service yesterday", compared to " I'll wait til you'all get here" has not paid off. Cougs beware of the cuts and a time lapse in your service. Thanks for letting me vent. Sloey, got any pancakes left? Maybe a job riding on that John Deere?

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