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Name: Ricki Farrell () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 15:04:11
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: Clayton Williams is in Orem, Utah. If anyone out there wants to call him, email me and I'll let you know how to get in touch. He's terrible on computers and about getting back to you on the phone, but he's usually home in the late evening. I usually call him between 10 and 11 PM and we talk for an hour. I am going to try and reach him this week. I'd like to tell him about the connection Robin gave my regarding Ray Jonas ('60). I'd like to also tell him about Alan, he'll love it. He's into politics as heavily as he was when we were in high school. However, he is now a Republican. He can discuss anything, talk about a renaissance man. Nice revision on the "feedback" page John.
God Bless his GOP soul. Thanks Ricki.....

Name: Judy Liber () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 13:50:39
City and State: Hermosa Beach, CA
Maiden: Liber
Class: 1962
Message: RE: Les Johnson--very talented artist from the class of 1962: I just discovered this web site and wanted to post this information re: Les Johnson. He passed away on Friday, November 29, 2002, in San Francisco, where he lived. I don't have many details, but if you would like to connect, or talk, or share your thoughts or memories, please do so here, or contact me at my email address on Yahoo. Looking forward to hearing from you........ Judy
Sad news indeed about Les Johnson. Always tough to lose a fellow Cougar, especially one from our class, since the 62 memoriam list is very long already. Thanks Judy, for letting his friends know.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 10:52:17
City and State: TO, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Saturday, July 5 - perfect for a Cougartown T-shirt day! If you don't have a shirt please order soon, we have size L and XL. Don't wait until July 3 to order cuz you ain't gonna get it on time. I'll be wearing mine with pride!
Thank you Shipper Sharon and I'll be wearing mine too.

Name: Alan Hauge () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 02:36:46
City and State: Playa del Rey
Class: 1961
Message: To Ricki Farrell: I would love to speak to your kids about the motion picture business, especially about my involvement in "To End All Wars" with Kiefer Sutherland. Time is tight right now but maybe as soon as I get this premiere behind me at the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood and the week long engagement I'll have time. Email me Clayton's address and phone number if you can...I really was blessed by his teaching. I spoke at UCLA and a small high school and enjoy that everytime. Let me know when would be good. And tell your friends about "Wars". I have been in 50 screenings and after each one men can't talk and the women are all crying. Ask any coug whose seen it and they will tell you its true.
Alan Hauge

Go see it, Cougs. You won't be sorry.

Name: Gary Nix () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 23:18:54
City and State: Gardnerville, Nevada
Class: 70
Message: I want to thank everyone for the kind things they are doing for our armed forces in Afghanistan. Gary is in a position where he is on the computer everyday from there and we get to say hello once in awhile, alot are not so lucky, anything we do for them lets them know they are not forgotten, Gary is at a base in Bagram, if anyone wants to see photos from there go to and click on page 2, there are alot of pics.
Again thanks to everyone!!!!!

Hi Gary, good to hear from you and thanks for letting us know about Gary Jr. I don't know where we'd all be without the quality US servicemen in that region of the planet. Thanks Gary Jr for all you and your buddies are doing and the cookies are on the way.
PS. please be careful and don't drop the ones I send you because you might as well drop a live grenade on your toe.

Name: Judy Liber () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 21:04:34
City and State: Hermosa beach, CA
Class: 1962
Message: For those of you who may remember Les Johnson, I just was told that he died on Friday, November 29, 2002. He lived in San Francisco. I don't have any details at this time, but please let me know if you would like to learn more.
Hi Judy, sad news but there were two Les Johnsons, as I recall. One in the class of 62 and one in the class of 63. Yes, please let us know more, and which LJ it is.

Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 20:24:35
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Who remembers buying war surplus @ the Chicken House @ the corner of 133rd & Haw Blvd & down the st. was another Surplus store can't remember the name (United?), my mom would buy me the navy low cuts, didn't wear out so fast, also when I got older would buy the engineer boots there. Will post more when I can remember more Don
Hey Don, I remember the chicken place that was there before the Good Year store, but sorry, I don't remember the war surplus place that was there. I do remember the war surplus on Hawthorne BL just north of 120th. Great war stuff there and real cheap prices.

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 15:38:27
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: You are way too kind Sharon and John. I wish that my talent was as brilliant as you seem to think and that I had a lot in storage. I've given many pieces away and sold a few. I'm currently working on a portrait of a friend who just passed away in September. It's for his wife.
I do owe any talent that I do have (in art or teaching) to Clayton Williams. He was a great teacher and mentor. I still seek his help when I have questions. My students will have a website soon and I'll let you all know.
Thanks again for the compliments, they warmed my heart.

You are welcome, Ricki and thanks for being a part of Cougartown. BTW, where is Mr. Williams today?

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 15:32:38
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Thank you for the info on Minot. I found out it is Bottineau they bought a ranch at but that is close to Minot. I'll never leave Hawaii.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 15:25:18
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: Yesterday when I was driving to work in the ice and snow (slow going) I had time to do some thinking. This is often a dangerous thing, but this time I had an idea that I can actually remember today. Why not next Summer we designate a Saturday or Sunday as Cougartown T-Shirt Day. Everyone who is a CTowner will wear their Cougartown Shirt to what ever activity they are engaged in. Then we could all keep our eyes open and see how many other CTowners we can spot!
Great idea, Sharon. Let's make it a Saturday as lots of people can't wear them to work. How about Saturday, July 5th. That should fall right into the Independence Day weekend. Does that sound OK to everyone?

Name: doris () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 12:17:55
E-Mail: yes
City and State: of course
Maiden: naturally
Class: loooongago
Message: HEY! Understand by way of grapevine that it's time to wish DENNY UNFRIED a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNY! LOOOOKIN' GOOOD! okay ... all together on the count of three, sing: "HAPPY BD TO YOU, HAPPY BD TO YOUUUUU! HAPPY BD DEAR DENNNNNNY ... HAPPY BD TO YOUUUUUU! AND MANY MOOOOORE!!!"
Did you hear us Denny? :-D

Happy BD Dennis....

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 10:38:38
City and State: TO, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Speaking of talent, Ricki Valencia Farrell has to be one of our MOST talented. She is waaaaay too humble about her abilities! I just wish she'd put some of her works up for sale. Maybe we can get her to auction some items off for charity? How 'bout it, Ricki? I'll bet you've got TONS of stuff sitting in storage. Time to share some of that beauty with the world!
Yes, Ricki is very shy about her abilities. She credits Mr. Clayton Williams, HHS Art director in Ricki's era, for much of her ability today. Ricki is an art teacher now, and I'm sure she has many proteges of her own.

Name: Patti Smith () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 18:29:51
City and State: Cypress, CA
Class: 68
Message: Keith Jones...I spent 16 months in Minot, ND back in the early 70's. They were by far the WORST 16 months of my life!! I don't think your ex knows what she's getting into. For one, they didn't like strangers there, it's a small town, and you have no idea what COLD means till you've lived in that frozen wasteland. Nothing to do in the winter either. Not much the rest of the year for that matter. We had to drive 90 miles to Bismark to do any decent shopping. I used to say it was "Hell frozen over". Not even any skiing because there are no mountains!!

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 15:15:39
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: Happy Holidays everyone! Wow Alan. I'm very impressed. Just saw the trailer and other options on your company's movie. I wish that you had the time to come and speak to my academy students on the real work it takes to produce the work that you do. It's so important for them to understand the reality of research. Most of them are incredibly talented artists... but obviously it goes beyond that.
I am overwhelmed with "Cougar" pride when I think about the talent that our little school has accomplished in its alumni.

Hi Ricki, Isn't that the truth. We have such a wealth of talent in many different arenas. Most people think of the sports figures and musicians that have come from HHS, but there're many many other talented people that have emerged from Hawthorne High. Thank God we're all Cougars.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 14:51:51
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Man, what a thanksgiving. Over here they can eat and eat and eat. First off it started at noon. Went to my Hanai families house. They went fishing in the morning to catch the days appetizers. Like fresh sashimi ands seared Ahi along with 5 lobsters they caught. We all ate that while wating for the turkey, ham (which they got earlier that day from a neighbor who had a whole pig they put into the pit and cooked during the night). I am the "official" yam maker so I brought about 10 lbs of those along with my custom peanut butter candies I make. What a day and night of eating. Had a great time and I hope everyone else did too. Alan, how can get that film to show here in Honolulu at the Sunset on The Beach that happens here on the weekends. About 2,000 go and they watch movies on a huge movie screen on the beach with all kinds of food and tables with candles setup on the beach during the sunset. It really is neat. Plus the majority of the people there are tourists and it looks like that film is excellent. Just asking. If possible I would like to get it done. By the way anyone in North Dakota. My ex just sold their house in Vegas and moving there. Bought a 35 acre place with a lake on it and barn and stuff. It is by Minot I think. My oldest has already moved here with me now and it looks like my youngest is moving here too cause she isn't going to like it there. Aloha
Sounds like you had a filling Thanksgiving, Keith. Send me some leftovers.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 13:35:32
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: I'll admit I'm not big on baking but I'm cooking up a batch of chocolate chips to send to Gary and our guys. I'm going to throw in a few little Christmas ornaments too, help them create a merry mood "over there."
Please go see the film Alan is distributing, "To End All Wars." It is an amazing story of the power of the human spirit. Thank you Alan, for inviting us to your screening.
Hope you all had a great holiday. Now get out there and get shopping!

Thanks Sharon, I haven't baked up 3 dozen of my "toe busters" yet (if you drop one, you'll know what I mean), but will this week. If they can't eat them, maybe they can launch them at the Taliban.

Name: Patti Smith () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 13:20:15
City and State: Cypress, CA
Class: 68
Message: Speaking of Cougar sightings, especially involving Chris Prewitt...on October 20, I was in the CHOC Walk through the Disney resorts in Anaheim, to benefit CHOC hospital. At the end of the walk, who do I spot but Chris Prewitt!! By the time I realized where I'd seen him before and went back to say Hi, he was gone. But I did confirm with him later that day that he was indeed there at the time. Chris, you sure do get around!!!
Now this is getting weird!!

Name: Alan Hauge () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 12:36:06
City and State: Play del Rey, CA
Class: 1961
Message: Attention CT,
"TO END ALL WARS" is a new and very powerful film being released by my company, GMT Pictures, and stars Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle.
Some of you saw a private screening at Sony Studios several months ago and it will soon be opening for an exclusive run for Academy Award and Golden Globe consideration at the ArcLight Cinemas, on Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, west of Vine, for one week only, Friday, December 6th thru the 12th.
You can see the trailer at It has already won "Best Picture" at the Heartland Film Festival in October and the VFW in Washington DC gave it its highest award for excellence. Hope you can make it, you'll be glad you did.
Alan Hauge '61

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 11:31:15
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: '67
Message: Well Coug?s I guess I threw some of you off by saying watch over your shoulder at restaurants? This time I was at a Target store and whom should I spot but Joyce Savisky Chance c/o ?62. If any of you just happen to spot a Cougar by accident (no Sloey not that kind of accident) in a public place I would be interested to hear about it. By the way I think that every Cougar that I have spotted recently, I met through Cougartown.
MAAANN!! This is becoming a habit. That's 3 in a little over a week. I'll be looking for you lurking in the bushes somewhere, Chris, and thanks for the report.

Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 09:44:02
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving, we enjoyed having family & friends over for a delicious dinner. Hey John are you going to get any more XXL t-shirts? We hope everybody has a great holiday season this year. Don
Not at this time, Don. Tshirt sales are WAY down.

Name: Dale Craig () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 09:32:06
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Class: 76
Message: hi all cougars welcome to another great holiday season everything going USC way now they are hoping for a Bruin win to smell roses to answer the ? about the HHS Cougars problems new coaching staff the players were bad they win one game but had to forfeit because of a ineligable player lost a homecoming maybe the basketball might do better who knows they win one game couldn't be worse than the football team everyone have a save holiday as I always say stay sober God bless everyone Dale Craig spirit of 76

Name: Bobbie Spencer () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 03:08:56
City and State: Hesperia, Ca.
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 74
Message: Hi All, hope everyone had a great thanksgiving. I have just been reading some of the feedback, and man does it ever bring back the memories of Christmas in Hawthorne when I was little. Yes I do remember going to the fire station to see Santa Claus. I also remember going to see all the houses done up with the lights and all. Hope all of you have a very merry christmas and a happy new year.

Name: patti Mccoy Dhillon () on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 00:24:31
City and State: Corona,Ca.
Maiden: Mccoy
Class: 1982
Message: Hi, Happy Holidays!

Name: Robin () on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 15:10:11
City and State: RB,CA
Class: 60
Message: Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving..The girl in Pacos pics is the ever lovely and almost my sister in law Diane Jansen c/o '62. Was that pic wadded up in your baggies Paco?..:o)
No, he had it in his hip pocket and was riding Traveller tonight.
If anyone got the number of that bus, please send it to Carlyle Holiday.

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Friday, November 29, 2002 at 16:39:34
City and State: Prescott AZ
Class: 1958
Message: Belated happy Thanksgiving to all Cougars. We surely do have so much to be thankful for in this land. Glancing at feedback, on Hometown Jamboree CH 5, & Town Hall Party CH11, Cliffie Stones show had Nancy Sinatras 1st husband,Tommy Sands, Dallas Frazer, Gino Quinn, Ernie Ford, Herman the hermit & of course my first love Molly Bee!! Town Hall Party, I think hosted by Jay Lawrence had the Collins Kids, Joe & Rose Maphis, was she the former Rose Maddox of Maddox Bros. & Rose?? I bet someone knows the answer. Also Merle Travis. 2 best pickers in history, Joe Maphis & Merle Travis playin together on those double neck Gibsons? Roller Derby, if Red Smarts wife was Joyce Beasley was she then not Joyce Smart??? Bye!
TB from AZ

Great stuff Tom. I had forgotten all about those double necked guitars until now. Also Rose Maddox and Rose Lee Maphis weren't the same person.

Name: ROJO () on Friday, November 29, 2002 at 13:12:29
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Maiden: HOHOHO
Class: 6OH
Message: Hey Coug's, happy belated Thanksgiving. Hope you and your's had a wonderful day. I should have written sooner but was pre-occupied. JJ had to have a little surgery on her knee (results of the car accident in July) but she's doing fine. Actually up and around quite well. Have a great weekend. And yea Paco I'm still throwing up over last Sat.:)). But I kind of expected it. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude.

Name: doris () on Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 13:48:25
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! It's a beautiful CRISP day here in beautiful downtown Twin Falls, 40 degrees, VERY sunny and bright, and no wind ... so it's hot and dusty! Turkey cooking, smelling oh, soooo good and a year to be thankful for so mannnnny things! Thanks to you John for CT, for your friendship and hard work, for just being you! Thanks CT gang ... you're the best, you Cougs are ... THE VERY BEST!
Hi Doris, I was wondering about you. Thank you for being such a big part of the Cougartown family. You and yours have a wonderful day. I'm going to Janet's but not until 2pm so I'm missing all the good smells.

Name: karen kuehl () on Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 07:59:59
City and State: templeton, CA
Maiden: Graham
Class: 59
Message: Happy T-Day from Lake Orion (o-ree-on), Michigan. It's a snowy wintery day. Over the river and through the woods by air is the only way to go!! I got here on Monday and have been enjoying the very cold climate and snow and visiting with my son and his family. This old California/Central Coast girl doesn't get to see much of this winter stuff where I live. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and all the joys this time of year brings. Try not to eat too much!! Love you all! I am so grateful for this great Ctown site that's given us all the opportunity to reconnect and become so close!! We're family!!
Thanks Karen, you too have a great Thanksgiving today. Yes, we are a family; that is for sure.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 22:34:12
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: We gotta stop meeting like this... My wife Kathie and I were out for dinner again and guess who we should run into but Karen Hare Mitani (c/o 66). She was asking about Jim Sloey, wondering how he was doing. (Look who writes in on the same day.) I did get to see the show with Olivia. I thought she showed great respect for her husband. Have a Great Thanksgiving everyone and look over your shoulder I might be there.
Yep, you never know who's going to be next to eat with Cougartowns phantom dinner guy, Chris Prewitt. Thanks Chris and have a Great ...well, you know.

Name: art La Mere () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 22:08:45
City and State: Bettendorf Ia.
Class: 1973
Message: Bill Cusac saw your photo with the hat on and was just wondering if that was a hat from the Quad Cities River Bandits? their hats are like the one you have on. art

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 20:56:13
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
Message: HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone in C-town and your loved ones. Love you, Cheryl.
Have a great day, Cheryl. Tell John that Janet is making grappa sweet potatoes.

Name: Frank Romano () on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 20:51:46
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: Hi everyone...Just paid a visit to wish each & all a wonderful Turkey Leg Day, and offer up one thought. Give thanks each day for that day. They're numbered for a reason.
Thanks Frank, you and Maria have a great day.

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