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Name: Paco () on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 12:11:19
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: John, I don't know a thing about cars, but my son just bought himself an early Christmas present it's a 70 1/2 Camaro. I guess it must be a good thing, he's been dancing for about a week.
Now I AM jealous!!!

Name: glenn () on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 12:07:38
City and State: thousand oaks, ca
Class: 1972
Message: i remember crystal radios and i remember building one in Mr. Craciolo's electronic shop class..."suffice to say, that this is a what? crystal radio? da da dit dit"

Name: Susie "klink" () on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 01:24:14
City and State: Land of Entrapment
Maiden: Kling n hay gen
Class: nineteenseventyone
Message: My sister Sheree(class of '75) got an early Xmas present...her son Christopher,(USAF) is home from Pakistan!!! And John whats a Camaro?!
Hi Susie, It's nice to know some of our servicemen are making it back for Christmas.
As to what's a Camaro, and me being a Chevy guy: When Ford came out with the Mustang, I was IN LOVE......but couldn't say a word to my Ford loving friends like Mike Shay, who bought one of the first Mustangs. I held out until 1970 and purchased a new Citrus Green Z28. I have not ONE picture of that car.
On the pictured Mustang; remember paper license plates? What ever happened to them?

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 17:55:11
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: Ooops, That's Los 'Angeles' Convention Center for the Silent Sacred Walk this Sunday.

Name: Neil Andersen () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 17:45:54
City and State: Dallas, OR
Class: '62
Message: Does anyone remember crystal radios? I wonder at those things from the past. If you made one now, could you get FM on a crystal radio? Maybe BOSE will bring one out after the first of the year.
Hey Neil, all I remember picking up on my crystal radio was KNX news radio. Their transmitter was, and I think, still is, in Torrance.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 17:36:05
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: Does anyone remember the street in (I think) Lawndale in the 50's that was a white wonderland Christmas. Supposedly some guy on the street worked for a fiberglass company and brought home enough fiberglass batting for everyone on the block. They all had it on their front lawns and on bushes and fences to look like snow. Then they decorated their yards. It's the only time I've every seen anything like it. I also remember Regent Circle - as you mentioned John - at Christmas it was something to see. That was the knob hill of Inglewood.
I always thought Regent Circle had the best displays around. The only one I remember in Lawndale, that had lots of snow, was about 144th or 145th between Yukon and Prairie.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 17:09:43
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: b-daywishandfruitcake
Class: 73
Message: Enza,Enza,Enza, fine italian wine. The Lakergirls could sure use some. Where have you been lately? If you'd show up at the House of Fredricks with the rest of the Lakergirls maybe they'd get a taste of that fine wine and quit wining about who's the best team in the NoBootieAllowed. How about them Golden State Warriors!!!! The fruitcakes that hang with Rodman are just that, doorstops. Ask him how many fruitcakes, er barflies, cant fit into his Hummer. Enza, what's Christmas going to be like when Sacramento comes to visit and the Lakergirls can't find their Victoria Secret uniforms to play???

Name: Kim Begley () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 16:51:26
City and State: Scotts Valley. CA
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 73
Message: Alan Hauge...When will To End All Wars come to Santa Cruz, CA? My father-in-law who passed away recently; spent 4 years in a Japanese concentration camp. He survived because the Japanese needed him for his medical training. He was going to medical school before the war. His family thought he was missing in action until he was identified in a newspaper upon his release. He rarely talked about the camp experiences because of his guilt being spared after witnessing many of his friends tortured and killed. He barely survived the starvation diet the prisoners faced. After the war, he worked 30 years as a Track Foreman for the Oregon railroad and never missed POW reunions. Many years later he was recognized with medals for saving lives at the camp because of his surgical skills. He used to say there are three very important things in life we should cherish-Food, Freedom & Family. I would love the opportunity to see this great movie and look forward to a Northern California release date.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 14:50:59
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Nancy I LOVE Big Bear. Used to go skiing at least 3 to 4 times a month up at Snow Summit. I was pretty popular there. It got down into the low 60's here a few nights ago. So it gets cold here to. A couple weeks ago at the North Shore they had one of the biggest waves ever measured at 70'+. Saw it on the news and it was unreal. That's a 140' face (14 stories). Some of the best times of my childhood were the times we went to our cabin and mountains. I had a motorcycle (enduro) and I went on every back trail and road in those mountains with my brother. Is Lloyds still there in Running Springs. That was a fancy restaurant back then.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 14:16:30
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: Hello Cougs, There's a Silent Sacred Walk for peace this Sunday morning at 8 AM at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Anybody out there still hoping for a peaceful alternative to nuclear war please join me.
Happy Holidays and May Peace Prevail in 2003.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 12:47:19
E-Mail: may you stay...forever young...
City and State: Sunny SoCal
Maiden: These Are The Good 'Ol Days!
Class: 72
Message: Just wanted to send Dean Morris a VERY Happy Birthday wish today. Hey Dean, are you Jack Benny's age...39 and holding?? :0) Just remember that we are getting better with age...just like fine Italian wine! Have a wonderful Day my friend. ;-)
Happy Birthday Dean.....

Name: Dale Hahlbeck JR. () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 12:33:26
City and State: Newport Beach CA
Maiden: toocheaptosendcards
Class: '75
Message: Just want to wish H2 and H3 HAPPY B-day Sisters (Val '76 and Sheri '78)
Hope you both enjoy your special day (Yes they share the same b-day...makes it easier to remember.)
Please send me those fruitcakes (Not Dennis Rodman..I see him too much already too) I resale them cakes as doorstops. Hope to see ya all soon
Happy B-day again H2 and H3 from your younger Brother H1... I mean H4
Rock Steady ya'll

Happy Birthday Val and Sheri...

Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 09:40:39
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Hey John & Sharon, received my t-shirts & they are really boss looking, it will give me more incentive to lose that 30lbs to fit the x large. Thanks Don
Thanks Don, glad you like them.

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 09:01:01
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: Thanks Alan. I'm going to run a special announcement in our newsletter about the movie, with a photo (if I can do it). Our newsletter looks professional. It isn't just a sheet of paper. I have heard such good things about the movie. I'm not sure that I can get there on the 12th, but I will see it. How's late January for you about coming to our school? I will get back to you. My students are really looking forward to it.
Also, in our newsletter I am encouraging our academy families to send cookies etc. to Gary Nix and the troops.

Thanks Ricki, Sorry I had to shorten your feedback, but anything that is copy and paste isn't allowed on Feedback. Thanks for understanding.

Name: Nancy () on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 01:25:30
City and State: Big Bear Lake, CA
Maiden: Rose
Class: '79
Message: Hey Keith Jones!!! Right now I would trade my 25 degree Big Bear Temperature (night time) for your golden sunshine Hawaii! Running Springs is still here, but I don't think Heidi's Bakery is. A lot has changed up here, and a lot has stayed the same. All in all , I think you would find it a good place to still visit. We are in a drought, though, and if any of you that know the area can believe this can literally walk out to Garstin (china) Island. The lake is hurtin for water!

Name: George Magdalany () on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 15:49:04
City and State: Hawthorne, CA.
Class: 1977
Message: Hi Cougars! Hawthorne had it?s Hometown Parade this past weekend. It went really well. For the last three years Hawthorne has been doing this parade the beginning of December. It?s not quite like the old ones but it?s improving every year. The church I pastor, Hope Chapel Hawthorne, was one of the participants. I got to ride in a red 1968 Camaro convertible! Man, I wish I had a car like that in high school!
Hey George, Thanks for the update on Hawthorne's Hometown Parade and welcome to Cougartown.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 14:40:44
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Alan Hauge, I need to know if and how to get you or the film out here to Hawaii. Military everything is popular here and I know it would be a huge hit. Tell if it is possible cause I think I can get going.
Alan, Please email Keith back on this. Thanks, JB1

Name: Maria () on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 03:24:34
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: Juaneza
Class: 80
Message: The other day, a friend and I were standing in line at the Auto Club and I was telling my friend about Cougar Towners baking and sending cookies to our troops in Afghanistan. The lady who was helping us overheard our conversation, and she said she thought that was so nice of the the Cougars to do that. She also said that her 19 year old son was also in the Navy (USS Iwo Jima), and they are shipping out to the Middle East in a month. This brought tears to my eyes, because, I too have a 19 year old son, and I can't imagine the thought of my son leaving for the possibility of war. Don't get me wrong, I would be proud if my son served our Country by being in the military, but, I would also be afraid. Anyway, to thank our troups for all that they do, my girlfriends and I are planning on a cookie baking party this Thursday to send to Gary Nix. My only question is, if everyone sent out dozens of cookies, who would eat them all? Does Gary have contact with other troops to share the many cookies that will be coming his way? Or are there other military personnel that we can send cookies to? I think this is such a cool thing to do, and fun too. Again, thanks to John for creating this site. By the way, while we bake the cookies we will pray that no war takes place, but if we do have to go to war, we will pray that our men and women come home safely. It would be nice if those who pray can pray that, or those who don't pray can just send good thoughts to our men and women in the military. What do you think Cougs?
Hi Maria, we really have to give the credit for this idea to Kathleen Nix Griffin, Gary Nix's aunt, for the Christmas Cookie thing but I just love it and think we could do this every year. It brings us closer to our troops and I'm sure it brings them closer to home for the holidays. Lots of people are adding Christmas ornaments, candy canes, tinsel, among other things, to their cookie boxes. I'm sure Gary can find more troops to give cookies to, than we send. Thanks Maria for thinking of our troops and keep sending those cookies, Cougs.

Name: Diane Williams () on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 02:32:32
City and State: Lomita, CA
Maiden: Diane Salazar
Class: 76
Message: Happy Holidays & Happy New Year to all my old schoolmates out there.
Thanks Diane and welcome to Cougartown.....

Name: Alan Hauge () on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 00:31:54
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Class: 1961
Message: Yo John, Can you put up the movie one sheet once more on "TO END ALL WARS"? The film is at the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood and it's exclusive engagement ends this Thursday evening December 12th.
The Premiere last Thursday was attended by 500 people including many of the cast and crew. Kiefer Sutherland stayed for hours afterwards and signed autographs. Many of the cast from "24" were there along with actress Dyan Cannon. That first evening after the credit roll there was a five minute standing ovation. Something, theater management said, they had never seen at any of their premieres. Many of the performances last weekend were sold out.
Go to to find out more information and see the 30 second TV spot or go to You'll be glad you did.
And Ricki Farrell...yes I would love to come to your class and encourage them in any way I can. Call me.
John, let me know what you and Janet think?
Alan Hauge '61

Hi Alan, Yes, I've heard nothing but great things about this one. As soon as we see it I'll let you know.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 18:48:41
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: I heard the Bible Answer Man on the radio this afternoon and he was raving about the movie To End All Wars. He said everyone should see this movie. He just went on and on about it. I can hardly wait to see it.
I know I'm gonna see it.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 14:57:49
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: I remember going around the neighborhood (Holy Glen) and taking christmas bulbs. I remember back then if one bulb was out the whole line wouldn't work. What a pain trying to find the one bulb that was bad. I remember looking out my window at the snow on the mountains too. When I start at HHS we started going to our cabin up at Running Springs for Christmas. That was alot of fun. We always got one of those live christmas trees (that cost $70 back then) and then planted it outside after. By the next year it was the perfect size. They have the best bakery in the world up in Running Springs too, Heidi's. Yesterday was the Honolulu Marathon and on Sat. Brian Wilson had a concert. I heard Al Jardine will be here for New Years.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 13:50:13
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Went to my first Laker Game in 20 odd years, my goodness, what a production! So dramatic, it sort of takes away from the game. Rick Fox is even better looking in person. I see the Laker girls keep getting skinnier, so much has changed. But a good time was had by all. Thanks for posting the picture of the servicemen we are trying to fatten up with our cookies. Now that we have faces, they are not so anonoymous and makes this mission so much more important.
Hi Jill, I was just going out the door to the post office with a few dozen for the boys. Thanks for helping out.....

Name: George Knowlton () on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 13:19:52
City and State: Scottsdale AZ
Message: I went to Culver High in Culver City but spent many, many hours at the Wichstand, A&W, etc. with my fast, Powder Blue '55 Chevy! Thanks for the memories!!! Jeeze was food cheap back then. How would we have ever known! Oh, yes..... Hawthorne Airport..........

Ah yes, a Centaur....thanks George and glad you could share your memories.

Name: Leslie () on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 11:33:18
City and State: Inglewood, ca
Maiden: Torrez
Class: 2006
Message: Hey, I'm a freshman at Hawthorne far its been cool. The dances are fun and the people here are great! The best part are the teachers..especially Ms. Brown, a freshman and jr. teacher. She inspires her students and helps them as best she can. So far being at Hawthorne has been and will continue being a great experience!! ")
Hi Leslie, You sound like a very positive 9th grader with focus. Thanks for your candid comments on our favorite school, HHS, and good luck in the coming years.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 10:15:02
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: OK I have sent in my money for two new Cougartown T-Shirts. After a weekend of not spotting a Cougar and no one came up to me; I believe it is because of my CT shirts. I guess that they don't like me showing them how much fun they can have on CT events. On one of my shirts I have some chili and mustard stains from Pinks. The other has stains from chocolate ice cream from Fosters. I am not sure where I got the tear in my shirt but it may have been from climbing over the fence to get into the HHS homecoming football game or looking under the hood of a car at one of the car shows at HHS. John, I know that you were trying to sell Kermit but if you haven't I have some slightly warn T-Shirts that would do wonders on cleaning his wheels! I will try to keep one of my new shirts clean and hole free for July 5, 2003 when I expect to see Cougars world wide showing their pride. Maybe we can have a contest for the most unusual location that a CT T-Shirt was photographed or spotted on the 5th.
OK, the most unusual place photographed gets a new Tshirt. Thanks Chris.....

Name: Dan Johnson () on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 22:33:26
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message: My niece, Shannon Bamrick, is Class of '92. She attended her 10 year reunion some time in October. I know because she turned down the opportunity to babysit Aja that night.

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 19:44:09
City and State: Keno,Or(onthefrozenriver)
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
Message: Well, I baked all afternoon and my pkg of 3 dozen cookies, plus a lb of SEES chocolates is all ready to go to the PO tomorrow morning. AND I didn't even eat one .... :o)
Thanks Cheryl, I know they'll enjoy the goodies.

Name: Robert () on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 17:20:54
City and State: Miami, FL
Class: 81
Message: What an unusual site...I ran into this by accident. Well here's my e address for whom ever. If you remember me and my twin brother, Jimmy. We're both fine! I moved to Miami in 94 and currently work for Major League Baseball team, Florida Marlins. It's great here! Just wanted to put that out there.

Hey Robert, I'm assuming you attended Hawthorne High.

Name: Bonnie () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 18:50:17
City and State: Newport Beach
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 1978
Message: Well, I lived in the Hollyglen part of Hawthorne and no one ever stole any of our Christmas lights. It could have been because we had a ferocious German Shepherd in our backyard. He barks at any kind of noise, intruder or visitor. Guess that's why no one ever tried to break into our house or cars either - go figure. Have a great weekend, all! : )
Have a great weekend, Bonnie....

Name: Cindy () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 17:49:06
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: Dewey! Great story about the Christmas tree in the Navy. You should send that in to Readers Digest. They've gotta use that one. Here's the link to submit it online: Then click on "Make us Laugh." Do it Dewey!
I already did and they paid me 25 dollars.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 17:25:56
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: My husband and I moved to 134th st. just west of Crenshaw in about '64. When we started to put up christmas lights around the porch our neighbor warned us against it. He said the kids will just steal them and break them. We thought he must be joking, who would do a thing like that. We put them up anyway. Next day the street was littered with broken bulbs. We didn't put lights around the porch after that. We only had that problem in Hawthorne too. I guess there was a crop of scrooges around then. Bah Humbug!
You should've called my dad.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, December 6, 2002 at 17:14:15
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Kingfan
Class: 73
Message: Enza,Enza,Enza, I'm rooting for anyteam that is playing the Lakers. I saw the former Lakergirl, Dennis Rodman, today. He was down here in Surf City with his Hummer cruzin' for "birdies". How did this guy get out of Camarillo? Hope everyone has a great weekend. JB you forgot to add the baking soda!!!!!
I didn't have any baking soda, but I had some spackle.

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