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Name: Randy Chapman () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 19:33:05
City and State: Lake Dallas, Tx
Class: 71
Message: Hey, John...and Cougs! Have a happy Thanksgiving. Here in Dallas, we will be giving thanks if the Cowboys can win a game tomorrow. I think the Leann Rimes concert after the game will be a better draw. Go Cowboys!
Thanks Randy, have a great day.....

Name: Janet Burkett () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 18:15:19
City and State: MV
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Want to break away from all the pie baking and preparation to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don't eat toooo much, but if you do...there's always the gym on Friday morning!

Happy Thanksgiving dear......did you bake me 2 pies?

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 14:18:57
E-Mail: (really it is)
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Maiden: thankfulismyheartjoyfulismysoul
Class: 66
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all, I know we have a lot that we are thankful this year. God Bless us everyone!
AMEN to that....

Name: Bill Cusac () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 13:37:25
City and State: South Lake Tahoe, Ca.
Class: 1965
Message: Betty, It was good to see Livy again and she still looks the same. You, Tom and the kids have a great Thanksgiving. Still waiting for some "good" snow up here. All you Cougars have a Happy Thanksgiving too.
Thanks Bill....

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 12:56:41
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: I'm dreaming of a White Thanksgiving! We have snow on the ground and turkeys in the fridge. Hope all Cougars have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
Thanks Sharon, you and yours have the same....

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 12:56:23
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all you Cougars!! I'll be looking for Holiday Pics for Paco's Pics. Be safe!!
Thanks Howard, Have a fun day.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 11:03:54
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Gobble, gobble!
Thanks Jill....

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 09:37:28
E-Mail: walter_holt_hhs66
City and State: Orange, CA
Class: 66
Message: Hello Cougs...Been awhile since I posted last. Been working hard and surfing a lot. Anyway with all these wonderful memories of Christmas past, Correct me if I am wrong, I seem to recall Hawthorne Blvd. Being decorated every year with Bells & Christmas decorations hung from wires strung Across the blvd.. They draped from the Buildings to the center Lightposts & across to the other buildings. Somewhere in the back of my mind I think I can remember even christmas songs being played from somewhere. Anyway everyone have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. BTW when is the next gathering??
Hey Walt, Glad you're back and thanks for the memory. I remember Inglewood had those "across the street" decorations. Lotsa tinsel and lights.
The next gathering hasn't been set yet, but will probably be in March for Cruise Night. Please bring your music collection.

Name: Art La Mere () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 07:32:30
City and State: Bettendorf
Class: 1973
Message: I can remember my dad putting up all the lights and santa and just making the house look really nice for christmas and coming home one night and the lights didn't come on. Someone had stolen all the lights from the front on the house; boy was he mad. He would buy more and they would steal more this went on for a lot of years. John and all if you are traveling be safe and have a wonderful TURKEY DAY. God bless all
Art LA Mere

Thanks Art and you and yours do the same.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 00:46:19
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: Hey, I still have an old Boston Store Christmas Box - I keep all the old family photos in it. Loved that place - had no choice. Enjoyed seeing Olivia Arias-Harrison tonight on Katie Couric's show. She looks great. And what a handsome son they have! Good to see old friends.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving, Betty.....

Name: Alan Nelson () on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 16:32:24
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: Gregg, were you asking about Gil Layral, coach of the Hawthorne Swim Club? (not HHS) His kids were Nancy ('69), & Wayne and Andre ('70). Last I heard he was living up in PV somewhere. Nancy is on the alumni list.

Name: Steve Eide () on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 14:50:34
City and State: Alexandria, VA
Class: 66
Message: Does anyone remember the "Santa Claus Lane". It involved a couple of blocks, in Lawndale, I believe, completely decorated from curb-to-roof. Some homes had animated characters out front. One house I recall had mannequins all dressed in their winter best ice skating on a "frozen pond" The cars would wait in queue for blocks to check it all out. What a wonderland. Does anyone know if they still do it?
I remember something like that on the east side of Prairie just south of Rosecrans. I'm not sure that one still exists. How about the Christmas decorations on Regent Circle in Inglewood? That one no longer exists but it sure was fun while it lasted. Thanks for the memory, Steve....

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 13:35:20
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
Message: Just a quick note to correct that address. For some reason it posted incorrectly. I'm not sure it will be a big deal but to be sure, to ship Cookies from Cougartown:
Gary E. Nix
APO AE 09354
Thanks again to all who are participating. I'm giving Thanks all of you this season.

My mistake Kathleen, it's been rectified.

Name: Kathy Frankforter () on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 12:48:10
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: To: carl rilling Class: 1959
Carl wrote: Hank from Wynn Bros auto parts always gave away cases of Sta Lube racing oil at the speedway.
Carl, I worked for Sta-Lube, Inc for 16 years. Great products and a great place to work. It was neat seeing the name mentioned on Cougartown so I wanted to respond...

Name: Greg Hill () on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 11:54:37
City and State: Fort Collins,co
Class: 1984
Message: Hi all, saw some interesting posts awhile back about Gil, the swim team coach, anyone know what happened to him or his three kids, Lance, Lynn and Lisa?

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 11:07:49
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message: Uh, the Cougars were 0-10 this year and they're not even in the Bay League any more. Which One's Pink? Sat., 12/7 @ Club 1650 in Hollywood.

Name: Louie () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 19:12:08
City and State: Quartz Hill, Ca.
Class: 1991
Message: I just wanted to say that i was looking in the southern california newspaper and i didnt see anything about our Varsity football team. What happened to our team? In my years we were always ranked, but then again we had Curtis Conway and Chris Alexander playing. We were the best dayyum team out there. Is Mr. Casillas still coaching? what's going on with the football program? Does anyone have a clue. Are there any available seats at our home games? I remembered if you didnt get there early enough you had to stand. well thats all. and for all you 1991 graduates who remembers me, YES I DID GROW. LOL. Later Cougars and the class of 91' rules....
Hey Louie, Don't know how the team did this year. I'm sure someone will let us know. Thanks for the shout and good to hear from a 90's Coug.

Name: Randy () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 16:58:07
E-Mail: Chapman
City and State: the Lone Star State
Class: 71
Message: On Christmas memories...I remember the May Co. And the Broadway in the Crenshaw district in L.A. Always great displays during the holidays. During high school, I worked at the Boston Store at Crenshaw-Imperial during the holidays, and since I was a child, always remember their unique gift boxes that they just gave out with free gift boxes with those bright gold lids! They were great! You never had to wrap anything!
I think my mom still has one of those boxes. She never throws anything away.

Name: Beverly Tobey () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 16:22:46
City and State: Simi Valley CA
Maiden: Adams
Class: 59
Message: I've been away for a while (from Cougartown), sorry to say - had some great times and some bad times but I love the nostalgia I read here today. Cal Kappen said it all when he remembered the saddle shop at Sears. When I was little (sigh) I would have to go downtown with my parents while they shopped forever. If I was good they would buy me an "orange sherbert" and let me sit on ALL the saddles. The creak and smell and feel of the leather was pure heaven. I think most of the shoe stores had those little x-ray machines - I usually went to Buster Brown or Paul Parrot in North Hollywood. We didn't move to Hawthorne until my junior year and it was the third high school I had attended (all in that year) and by far THE BEST ONE. Hope everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving, Hannukah and Christmas (we keep them all).
Love and Happiness to you, Cougs!

Happy T. H. & C. to you and yours, Beverly

Name: Janet () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 15:49:21
City and State: MV
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: I remember our first Thanksgiving in Hawthorne, 1957. We only had one car (as probably most families did then) which my dad drove to work so, my mother, brother and I walked from 119th and Prairie to the Boys market on Hawthorne Blvd, towing our wagon. Mom bought the turkey and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner. We loaded up our wagon with the bags of groceries for the walk back home. But, Mom also found an enormous ceramic turkey platter that my brother and I had to take turns carrying all the way back. I think it weighed a ton but, fortunately, it arrived safely at home and my daughter now has that platter almost 50 years later!
JB2 favorite EATING holiday.

Name: Laurie Kelleher () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 14:37:51
E-Mail: lauriekelleher
City and State: New York, NY
Maiden: Bednarski
Class: 74
Message: Does anybody remember going to the fire house to see Santa? I remember Santa sitting in a fire truck and you used to get to climb into the truck to visit Santa. Afterward you would get a toy! Boy, those were the days!!!
Does anyone remember the Model T fire truck?

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 14:05:57
City and State: Newport Beach CA
Maiden: G.KEYFAN
Class: '75
Message: Mr. Key, as long as your picture never appears on a milk carton...the world and Cougartown will be a better place.
Gobble Gobble to all you Cougs. Gotta give a shout out to Lorna Ingram... hope you had a great b-day a few weeks ago. I think Laurie Bristow had one too, both of them from the proud class of '75 (Mr. Keys favorite I reckon)
Teresa Deuel Barnard '75 thanks for my card and I will try to call you over the holidays. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you all, and please I do not need any Christmas gifts this year....just send CASH! Go Forty Niners! And to the Greasbys my sis Val still says "Sooners Suck..Go Big Red eh Bill Sloey...
PS Jeff Mann, I will get in touch with you too....ttfn Rock Steady y'all H1

Happy Turkey Day, Dale.....

Name: Patti Smith () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 13:50:18
City and State: Cypress, CA
Class: 68
Message: I remember the Broadway and May Co. in downtown LA...the Broadway was at 3rd and either Broadway or Figueroa, and the May Co. wasn't too far north of that (about a block or 2). Both had fantastic animated window displays for Christmas. Never before Thanksgiving, though.

Name: Susie "klink" () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 13:34:38
City and State: Albaturkey,NM
Class: 1971
Message: I have 2 very vivid memories...the first is the old wooden bike racks at Sepulveda, the ones that held the front tire...I recall walking on them and getting my foot stuck! The other is the sound of the tetherball chains in the breeze...have a safe n insane holiday...
OOOooo!!! Tether Ball Chains....I can hear them now. Thanks Susie

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 12:18:47
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I also remember going to the Wilshire area and looking at the holiday displays. I think that the May Co and the Broadway were in competition for the best Holiday decorations. My grandmother use to take us there and treat us to lunch at the Broadway.
Maybe that's where it was. Not sure...

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 11:03:30
City and State: Long Beach
Class: 74
Message: Excellent Feedback lately! I love all the memories that have been jogged. Keep the good stuff comin', folks!
When I was really little, my mom didn't have a driver's license yet. She would get all three of us kids dressed up nice and we'd take the bus to downtown L.A. to see the Christmas decorations in the store windows. We'd do the sit-on-Santa's-lap thing there.

I remember somewhere downtown, in the windows of some store (May Co.?), they had the best animated, motorized scenes of Christmas. Does anyone remember those scenes or where they were, exactly? This memory is from the mid-50's.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 17:09:44
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: thelonesomecougar
Class: 73
Message: Go Golden Bears and Bruins Have a great weekend Cougs

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 15:03:29
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Class: 74
Message: Spotted on the 405 heading north bound a week or so ago. A SUV, probably a Jeep Cherokee, with the license plate reading doo4usc. Could it have been you Paco?? Have a great weekend Cougs
PS. John, do you remember the Orange Julius that was on Hawthorne Blvd. down around Lennox, my uncle worked there around 1962-63? There was a theatre right next door.

Yeah I think I do remember it. It was on the west side of the street at about Lennox Bl. Thanks Bud...

Name: carl rilling () on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 03:28:33
City and State: orygun city, ore
Class: 1959
Message: Herman the Hermit was the pot/pan player and father of Cliffie Stone. Bill Welch announced the races on Channel 11 for a period of time. Hank from Wynn Bros auto parts always gave away cases of Sta Lube racing oil at the speedway. And Johnny Parsons (racer) had a son that was an LAPD officer. I worked with him in late 69'. Ralphie V. skated out of Westchester Skating rink on Manchester Bl. in late 50's. Dick Lane referred to Ralphie as the Lil' Chilli Pepper. Shortie Hill Coached At Westchester late 50's. His son David skated there also. Coach Hill would not let David compete as he never made it to workouts. Paul Busby also skated there in late 50's. Cheeez, all that gave me a headache.
Hey Carl, You're doing great. Keepem comin'.......

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 01:01:47
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: My Internet has been down for about two weeks so I have been reading a LOT of feedback trying to catch up. Wow the memories are flying again. I remember the washer with pokerchips in Sears. The hot dog stand next to Sears was Kennys. I worked for Bank of America down the street, right out of high school. I ate there often (Kennys that is), also at the snack bar in Sears. I still remember well visiting Santa in Sears as a young child - that would be the late 40's. They didn't take pictures then. It was all about Santa, you sat on his lap and he gave you (I think) a candy cane and a small comic book - all free!. I remember the x-rays for shoes at Sears. I loved looking through the viewer. They decided you were getting too much exposure to x-rays and stopped it. I also remember the washer woman on the top of the building. We went to the Clyde Beatty Circus at Centinela Park. We also went to the fireworks show at the park on the 4th of July and to the plunge in the summer. A couple of stores that haven't been mentioned lately in Hawthorne were Dexter's and Joels. Joels sold womens clothes. The "rich" and "popular" girls all had clothes from Joels. I just did a lot of wishful thinking. My husband and I bought a lot of furniture from Leonards when we first got married in 1959. As for the hamburgers at Hawthorne, well there was no cafeteria when I went there, only a snack bar. I often ate the Hamburgers but I don't know why as they were really baaad. We had no soda only juice in really small cans. I think there was a fresh fruit machine too. Now see what you all started. My head is spinning with memories. Keep it up. Thanksgiving is only one week away, I hope you all have a great day.
KENNYS, that was it!! I was trying to remember that name.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 00:46:33
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: Crow, Little Ralphy passed away a couple of years ago, and was married to skater Honey Sanchez. I saw him every year at Parker Hannifin dance where his sister and my wife work. He had some great stories and was quite the ladies man and dancer.

Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 23:25:48
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Another one of the old variety shows was the Ina Rae Hutton's All Girl Orchestra. Also Harry Owens Royal Hawaiians, with Hilo Hattie, & others. My parents wouldn't miss either show. Wasn't Cliffie Stones sponsor Golds Furniture. Ah the memories Don
Golds Furniture and Jim Clinton Suits. Great memories......

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 22:45:21
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: This evening my wife Kathie and I went out to dinner at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop in Anahein. We saw a person who looked exactly like Janet Burkett. We decided that it couldn't be her because John was not with her;-) Isn't it funny where you can find a a cougar. I didn't even have a Cougartown T-shirt this time! By the way John do you have any XL left. Maybe I can talk Kathie into purchasing me a couple for Christmas.
Hey Chris, I think we might have a couple XL's left....BTW, the Worlds BEST Chicken Pot Pie at the La Palma.

Name: Randy Chapman () on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 22:18:13
City and State: Lake Dallas, Tx
Class: 71
Message: Yup, John..that's Merle Travis, alright. Does anybody remember Billy Mize?
Wasn't he on Town Hall Party and maybe the Hank Penny Show?

Name: Mike Shay () on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 21:27:26
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Class: 61
Message: Great feedback lately, congratulations!! Is that Molly Bee herself standing next to Tennessee Ernie?? Anybody care to guess who that is with them?? If it's who I think it is he was one of the very best guitar pickers (finger style) of his time. Who were some of the other regulars on the jamboree? Larry and Lori Collins, Cousin Joe and Rosalie Maphis and wasn't Cliffie's dad on occasionally?
Have a nice Holiday, M.S.

Yep, I think Cliffie's dad played the bottles, the bells, the tin cans, the alley cats, and just about anything else they could drag out on stage. I think the other person in the picture with TEF and Molly Bee is maybe.... Merle Travis?

Name: Randy Chapman () on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 21:14:09
City and State: Lake Dallas, Tx
Class: 71
Message: from Robin's post: Home Town Jamboree! Wow thats a memory flogger with Cliffie Stone. Cliffie's son, Curtis was a member of the late 80's Country group, Highway 101. How about Town Hall party? Another great show that launched a lot of career's, including Barbara Mandrell.

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