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Name: Dewey () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 16:59:23
City and State: Canoga Park
Class: 74
Message: All this talk about sending Christmas cookies to the troops reminds me of my first year in the Navy. It was my first Christmas from home and I was feeling a little home sick, well one day at end of the of the day?s duties a few ship mates and I were headed back to the living quarters. When we entered the compartment you could smell a Christmas Tree. I got to my bunk and here was this four foot box on my bunk upon opening it I discovered that my mom had sent me a real Christmas Tree, complete with ornaments. That tree made a lot of people far away from home Christmas a little brighter. Well the following year the ship was in Guam at Christmas time and once again I found a four-foot box on my bunk, but this time you couldn?t smell a tree. Well mom was thinking that because I was in Guam it would take the tree longer to get there, so mom hosed down the tree with water and wrapped it in plastic. Well I unwrapped the tree and every needle fell off. I didn?t know what to do with it so I put the ornaments in a box to send back to mom and set the tree next to the trash can and headed for the chow line. After dinner I went back to the compartment and the crew that I shared the compartment with rescued the tree and put it up with ornaments and one extra item was put on the tree this time. One of the gunner?s mates tied a string to an empty bullet cartridge and when I asked him what it was he proudly told it was a cartridge in a bare tree.
Great story Dewey, thanks....

Name: Art La Mere () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 16:38:04
City and State: Bettendorf Ia.
Class: 73
Message: Tim glad to see that it was not just my dad that was getting hit. We moved to Wisconsin in 1991 and I got into putting all the lights and santa and the reindeer up and the manger scene I turned the lights on we went to the store and coming home I said to my wife the lights are not on. To make a long story short no one took any lights. The Rabbits had eaten the wires and the fur was laying right there. So John I like your dads idea but you are right, one way or the other you would be in court either to tell why you did it or being sued for doing it. Take care all have a good week end and be safe.

Name: Anh Tran (Ken) () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 16:21:54
City and State: Anaheim, California
Maiden: Tran
Class: 1992
Message: Could you advise me on who to contact for the 1992 10 Year class reunion. apparently, I was not notified and or invited... Help, thank you! Telephone: 714-478-5923
Hi Ken, I just looked on the Reunions page and have no clue who was running your reunion. Is there anyone from the class of 92 who knows who ran their reunion? If so, please contact Ken.

Name: Paco () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 16:18:07
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: Chris, left to right. Now I'm smilin'

Name: doris () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 15:40:50
E-Mail: yup
City and State: absolutely
Maiden: of course
Class: doubleoughtought
Message: Isn't that funny! I never noticed before, John, that Paco doesn't smile in his pictures!!! That's probably why he doesn't have any wrinkles! hehe
May be.....

Name: Tim Helble () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 15:28:41
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Hey Art La Mere - I saw your feedback before Thanksgiving about Christmas lights - we had the same problem with thieves stealing our lights. I've lived in a lot of places and Hawthorne is the only area where I've seen this problem occur. I put dozens of them on my bushes in front of my house in Maryland and never lose a single one. Back at my house on Hansworth, I remember getting so ticked one year (I think it was 1971) that I built a homemade alarm system to try to catch the thief/thieves. I made it out of one of my dad's old slide rules (remember those?) some wire, a battery and buzzer, a small wood box to hold the apparatus underground, and a long length of dark thread to stretch out about 6 - 9" above the lawn. In the box, I attached the thread to the slide rule and at the other end, I attached it to the downspout on the neighbor's (the Burneys) house. When something ran into the thread, the slide rule extended, completing a circuit and causing the bell to ring. Only thing I ever caught was a cat and my dad coming home from work, but one night we almost nailed someone when the alarm went off and I ran outside (as did Bruce Camilli and Bill Burney who were hiding next door in Bill's bedroom), and we gave chase to one or more people running down Hansworth towards the railroad tracks. They got away, but we didn't have too much problem with lights disappearing after that.
To heck with a burglar alarm. My dad had the same problem. He stripped back the hot wire and spliced a bare wire that came up around a few bulbs that were at stealable height. Not one problem after that. Today you'd find yourself in jail for attempting to shock a thief.

Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 15:18:11
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Just a reminder to all, my nickname was 'Crow', my mother used to hate it when I brought over a friend & they would greet her with Mrs. Crow. I haven't heard the name for 40 yrs. I don't really hate the name but there was a lot of people that only knew me by that name. Now I remember, Western Surplus, in between that & the Chicken House. Was Eddings Brothers Auto, in the machine shop worked Mr. Macobee, Dave Hil & I would hang out there and try to learn something, learned to not want to become a mechanic, but came awful close to it. Remember more later. Don

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 14:42:39
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Hey Paco, My wife was looking at Paco?s Pics and she now thinks that Doris and I have a thing going. Why is it that there is Bob Jensen and Doris, Liz and Doris, but you put ?Doris and Chris Prewitt?? - Today I spotted another Cougar Randy Flinders C/O 1989.
Attaboy Chris, keep the Cougar sightings comin'.

Name: doris () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 12:24:55
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: '57
Message: SO GOOD to see us oltimers on the last three pages, Ron Dokken, Marilyn Wisham, Don Crow, Karen Kuehl, Norm Vorhis, Carl Rilling and Beverly Toby! ALL 50's KIDS!!!!! Ya see, us old kids are still alive and kickin'!!!
A special "good to see ya" to Frank Romano ('61) who used to post to Feedback often and was funnier than a crutch! Also where are our jousting crowned clown princes, Hoodman and Sloeone? And how come, Paco, you have such a glum look on your face in that Santa picture? Are your knees freezin'? ha! And last but not least, Enza ... thanks for the nice words. NOW! For reminiscing ... uhhh ... uhhh ... I can't remember!

PACO!!?? Rarely do you see him smiling. From his wedding picture to his grad pic to most all pics you can find.....he's happy though.

Name: Laura Wang () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 11:52:16
City and State: Los Altos, CA
Maiden: Geele
Class: 76
Message: Don't have any cookies this year, but the annual baking of the (eek!) fruitcakes is finished. . .I hesitate to ask, but would the folks in the services like a few fruitcakes do you think? (Yes, there are people who like these things, mostly my relatives, who are fruitcakes in their own right.)
Hi Laura, If my cookie is a hand grenade, a fruit cake would be a "weapon of mass destruction".
Yes, I'm sure a fruitcake would conjure up memories of home and the holidays. Thanks for thinking of our service men and women and tell Dave that John says hey.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 10:58:38
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Greetings to all. Enza & Wade, I will be at Staples Center on Sunday to watch the Lakers. My company is having their christmas party there, anyhow I'll be thinking of you guys. Will try to get my World Famous Sugar Christmas cookies out to the troops next week. Love those Santa shorts, Paco! Hope all of you have a nice weekend.
Thanks Jill, I'm baking right now. let's see, I'm outta salt, I guess garlic salt will do........

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 08:53:38
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: Alan, Clayton's # should be on its way to you. I did talk with him on Wednesday for about an hour. He's doing great. His son is completing his doctorate in art history and his daughter has a masters in anthropology. Robin, he said that he ran into Raymond once. Raymond was a truly exceptional student. I'm glad that he's doing so well. I was very sorry to hear about Les. I knew him well. He was a brilliant artist who won some very prestigious awards at the high school level. What happened to him, what was he doing? Speaking of the SLA. Tommy Mathews, the kid that was kidnapped by them in Lynwood was a student that I knew quite well at the time. He still carries with him a piece of the handcuff that was used by them. He said that Patty Hearst kissed him before dropping him off. Neat kid! I remember Chuck Henry coming to the campus later and interviewing him. Lastly, Jim and I will be getting our cookies in the mail soon. Will Snickers hold up?
Hi Ricki, Yes, I'm sure Snickers will do just fine. Thanks to you and Jim for supporting our Cookie Campaign.

Name: Judy Liber () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 02:51:25
City and State: Hermosa Beach, CA
Maiden: Liber
Class: 62
Message: Please let me know why my messages are not showing up on this site, I guess I don't know how to use it. Are there special directions? Do I need to be a member in order to use this function?
Thanks! Judy

Hi Judy, No, there're no special instructions and anyone can utilize the Feedback Page....even Olympians.
Actually, you have other feedback listed but now it's on the preceding page. At the top of any Feedback Page there's a setup that looks like the "Earlier Select Later setup below. Click on "Earlier" to take you back one page, "Later" to take you forward one page, or "Select" to take you to a page where you can select any of over 500 pages of Feedback.

After you click on the "Submit" button you have to wait until it goes to the next screen before coming back to the "Feedback" page.....that's about it. Also, Feedback submissions aren't instantaneous. It may take just a few minutes or several hours for them to show up.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 02:32:10
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: For anyone who is still confused about the SLA shootout, Randy was right. Western Surplus in Hawthorne was Charlie Mansons guys and SLA was Mels Sporting Goods (I looked it up on the Internet).
Glad we finally got that straightened out.....thanks Marilyn

Name: Norm Vorhis () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 00:38:08
E-Mail: olds88coupe
City and State: Monrovia, Ca
Class: 59
Message: RE: Mel's Sporting Goods and The surplus store. One was SLA and the other was Manson followers. I don't remember which was which. Nice to see you staying open for business this late.
Hey Norv, Mels Sporting Goods was Patty Hearst and the SLA. I think they were running low on tube socks.

Name: Steven Dimmick () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 21:02:00
City and State: Carson, CA
Class: 82
Message: Does anyone know if the Class of 1983 has someone in charge of their reunion? I'm trying to find out information for my brother Geoff, who by the way donated a kidney to me in March. What a great brother, but he was already a great brother before he did that. Anyone that knows him already knows that though. If you have any info can you e-mail,, us or call us at 310-352-4965. Thanks Steve
Steven, The reunion committees usually check in here about February, so please check the reunion page then for info on the Class of 83 reunion.

Name: Randy Chapman () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 19:55:27
City and State: Lake Dallas, Tx
Class: 1971
Message: hey Gail Oliver! Regarding Western were almost right. First of all, it was me, that your sister Alice was out with..we came home in the middle of the whole shootout! My dad was standing outside our apartment on 133rd with a gun right next to the L.A. County Sheriff's. Too weird! When the cops ran out of the alley behind Goodyear, I turned around and Alice was gone! But, it wasn't the S.L.A. The S.L.A. did rob Mel's sporting goods, but this one was followers of Charlie Manson! BTW....what is Alice and Billy up to these days?

Name: Sharon () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 19:24:13
City and State: Tis the Season
Message: 9 1/2 lbs worth of choc chip cookies, Christmas colored M & M's, candy canes, and a tree ornament on their way to our troops. Gary and Company enjoy. No grenades here; I hadda get those things out of the house before I ate them all. Come on, Cougs, get inspired and send off a bundle. It's the least we can do for our folks "over there." God Bless America.
9 1/2 lbs??!! One of my cookies weighs that much. Thanks Sharon....

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 17:48:35
City and State: Sunny SoCal
Maiden: lookingforaheartofgold...andi'mgetting..older?
Class: 72
Message: Hey Paco~ nice PICS! Say, those are cute Santa shorts. (Legs aren't bad either :-)) Doris~what great PICS of you too! Are you sure your NOT from the class of the late 60's or early 70's? You have kept yourself looking good GIRL!! What's your secret? JB1 & JB2~ you guys are looking cute~as always.:-)
Dan Johnson~Did you catch the Paul McCartney special last week? Wow! Wish I'd gone to that concert. Never new that "Black Bird" had such a deep message about racial issues of the 60's...who knew?
Wade,Wade,Wade~who are you rooting for in the NBA? Are you enjoying the Lakers and their temporary losing streak? BOO-HOO! :0(

Name: Robin () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 15:53:33
City and State: Redondos Beach, CA
Maiden: Hearst
Class: 1960
Message: Western Surplus was on 134th and Haytown Blvd and the SLA did make a visit ...Frostys and Goodyear (post chicken joint) had 133rd covered....Sorry to hear about Les Johnson, a great guy. Paco can I order some of those Santa shorts? great for winter running. Better go check on my Mothers Taffy Creams Im baking...:o) Later Cougs...
134th and I remember.
Mothers Taffy Creams??!! Robin, someday you're going to make Marsha a lovely, lovely wife.

Name: Paco () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 15:33:09
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: I remember an old store that had live chickens that you would pick out then farmer John would give him a twist and there would be dinner. In the meat case he had eggs, cut chicken pieces and WWII surplus goodies. Ty Goodman and I would ride our bikes over there about once a month to check out the new backpacks and canteens...I think this was the store Crow spoke of.
Is that the store across 133rd from Frostys, on the southwest corner of Hawthorne?

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 14:51:19
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Class: 74
Message: The surplus store on 133rd was Western Surplus. We used to buy our Levis' there. I'm not sure, but I believe it was somehow tied into that whole Patty Hearst thing.
They must have robbed both places.

Name: Gail Oliver () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 13:39:25
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Maiden: Beaird
Class: 69
Message: I could be wrong, but I thought the SLA robbed Western Surplus on 133rd and Hawthorne Blvd. My sister was dating a guy that lived in a nearby apt. and was told over a loud speaker to not leave your house and she was so scared that she literally hid under his kitchen sink..

Name: Carolyn () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 12:48:06
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 1962
Message: Well, I don't have to worry about individually wrapping the cookies I'm about to send to Afganistan! No crumbs here. Perhaps, John, your cookies and mine might better be used IN the war effort. Either way, I know they'll be appreciated by our troops. I am only too happy to show my gratitude, in this small way, to our sons and daughters who are laying their lives on the line to protect and preserve our freedom. Thanks John/Ctown for providing the vehicle for all of us Ctowners to feel connected. Question: Whatever happened to Gil Gaier? He was a memorable teacher and left quite an impression on me. In spite of his obsession with starting a sentence off with the word "well", I decided to do it anyway : ) Thanks everyone for all the wonderful holiday memories!
Hi Carolyn, and thanks for helping out with the Ctown Cookie Campaign. Sounds like lots of people are getting involved.
I'm not sure where Mr. Gaier is today. If anyone knows his, or any other teachers whereabouts, please post it and I'll add it to the Teachers page.

Name: Bob Brophy () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 12:17:30
City and State: Phoenix, Arizona
Class: 63 Serra
Message: About that war surplus store on 133 and Hawthorne. I believe that was the store that Patty Hearst and her friends robbed. Bob
I thought the store that was robbed by the Patty Hearst, SLA bunch was Mels Sporting Goods on Crenshaw and about Imperial.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 11:26:14
City and State: HHS
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: Judy Liber, so nice to see you on CT, but so sad to hear about Les Johnson. He was a class act, even in high school. Judy, as I recall, you were quite talented yourself. Weren't you the one who won the contest naming Hawthorne the "City of Good Neighbors?"

Name: Linda Reynolds () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 09:38:12
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Maiden: Jones
Class: 62
Message: I am so truly sorry to hear of the passing away of Les Johnson, Class of 62. Besides being a good artist Les was a very funny person. In high school we always sat or stood next to each other because my maiden name is Jones. I remember sometimes getting into a little trouble from Les making me laugh. Goodbye Les, it was nice knowing you.

Name: Linda Shahian () on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 01:13:36
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: McDowell
Class: '62
Message: For those who knew Les Johnson, I'm saddened to tell you that he died on November 28th, 2002. If you would like to learn more, please email me or Judy Liber at
Thanks Linda for the Feedback. Very sad news.....

Name: Tara Dickey () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 22:52:22
City and State: san pedro,ca.
Maiden: Dickey
Class: 1991
Message: do u get to the class of 91
Hi Tara and welcome. Go to the top of this page and click on "Alumni List", then click on the graphic that says 1989-1992 and you're there. Good luck....

Name: Mom B () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 18:58:43
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Today, I sent off three dozen peanut butter and three dozen oatmeal raisin cookies in care of Gary Nix for the boys of Company C. I enclosed each cookie in one of the little plastic sandwich bags so that if they have a rough trip, each bag of crumbs equals one cookie. This is by far the most enjoyable gift that I have given this year. Try it, you'll like it! Sent a little red, green and gold ribbon to make bows to go with Sharon's ornaments. Even sent a slim package of silver tinsel. I wonder if any of them are old enough to know what it is used for? I have not seen much (any?) foliage in the news reports. Maybe they can make a tree from all the cardboard boxes that I hope they get from Cougartowners!
Thanks Beverly for your contribution to the war effort and I hope lots more Cougartowners do the same. When you send the cookies, please let us all know what kind you sent and thanks Cougs for your Holiday generosity.

Name: Ricky () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 18:14:54
E-Mail: Pierson
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 86
Message: Where in the hell are all the people from the 80's? I see alot of regulars on this board from the 60s and 70s but none from the 80s..??
By the way John - Happy Holidays - Your efforts on this site are brilliant!

Thanks Ricky and I'm with you, where are the 80's people? Come on 80's Cougs, this is your website too. Chime in and let all your classmates know you're out there.

Name: rusty () on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 17:30:24
City and State: vegas
Class: 70's
Message: does anyone know whatever happened to Ms. Demattais (sic) ?

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