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Name: Linda Reynolds () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 17:23:56
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my Cougartown friends, old & new, er that is I mean "longtime" & newly acquainted! A special Merry Christmas to my oldest friend Danny Dye whom I've known since we were 9 years old! Also, a big thank you to John Baker who has made Cougartown possible, a great place to keep in touch. Merry Christmas Everyone!
Thank you Linda and you, Rick, Christy, Tony, and Goldie have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Name: Patti Smith () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 16:24:38
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very HAPPY and SAFE Holidays!! Thank you, John, for all you do in keeping CT running and all of us connecting. Just exchanged with emails from a long-lost member of my class...Bob Wadman. It's wonderful to be reminded of some of those old memories, and CT helps to stir and renew them.
Hi Patti, Thank you and glad you've reconnected. Have a great Christmas.
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 10:55:02
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Merry Christmas to all!
Hope everyone's Holidays are happy and safe.
Hi Sharon, Have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Name: doris () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 10:06:32
City and State: SNOWY Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: I've been trying to think of something very original and festive to add for my Christmas post, but doggone! My original thinking has gone out the window ... or quite possibly has frozen along with everything else hereabout! Christmas has a way of making us ALL a bit sentimental and God only knows, I sure don't need any help in THAT department! ha! So suffice it to say, let's try to remember in the midst all the hustle and bustle that has become a given in this holiday season, why there IS a CHRISTmas and thank God for the blessing of ALL blessings. And we ALL, every last one of us, have so many things to be thankful for. Not the least of which is our own John Baker and this medium he has provided to us for our enjoyment, enabling us to stay in touch, make wonderful new friends, and become one big HHS family. Thank you John ... from the bottom of my heart! Peace and love to all. doris
Thank YOU Doris for being a part of the Cougartown family. You're a very special person and a credit to the pre-60's Cougs everywhere. You and your family have a great Holiday Season and try to keep warm up there in Twin Falls.
Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 07:43:51
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: A happiest of Holiday Season to all Cougs out there. Hope that Santa brings all the toys and goodies that you've asked for. Please display a blue light in your Christmas decoration scheme, to honor those Law Enforcement Officers who gave everything this year so that we can be safe. You, too can be a hero this year by taking the keys and being a designated driver for Holiday parties. Your friends and family will thank you for it. Merry Christmas to all.
Have a great one, Alan.....
Name: Carolyn Ladd () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 07:41:10
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Message: From my family to all you Coug's and yours, we wish you a very blessed Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year! John, thanks so much for your time and effort in creating and maintaining CougarTown for all of us to enjoy. You are right, we were all blessed to have grown-up and gone to school in Hawthorne, and now, we are doubly blessed to reconnect with old friends, new friends and those wonderful memories. Thanks for the memories everyone! Have a merry, merry!! Carolyn Ladd
Thank you, Carolyn, and Merry Christmas to you and your family
Name: Lisa () on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 04:19:23
City and State: Ramona, CA
Message: HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Hi Lisa, Happy Holidays to you and yours.....
Name: EL & IDA () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 20:11:44
City and State: YOU KNOW
Message: Another year. More friends, more fun. Cougartown.... It's been quite a trip John. Glad it's perpetual, kind of like Christmas. It just get's better all the time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you Coug's and your family's, even you sc rooter's, from the Jacobsen's. Jake and Jude. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS.
Hey Russ, You Carson Palmer look-a-like you. Happy Holidays to you and Judi and be sure to watch and learn on January 2.
Name: Nick Fitzgerald () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 17:00:23
City and State: Medford, Oregon
Message: My Family and I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thanks John for this site.
Hey Nick, Glad you made it in under the weekend wire. Happy Holidays to you and yours.....
Name: Dennis Kilroy () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 15:52:44
City and State: OC CA
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone wherever you might be. And GOD Bless our Men and Women in Uniform!
Hey Dennis, Happy Holidays......
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 15:09:13
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: Mele Kalikimaka to all! You know Hawaii is alot like having Christmas anywhere else. We had the closest thing to a white christmas here the waves were so big when they closed out the water just turns white. We have very white sand here so that looks alot like snow too. Palm trees make great Christmas trees and when you lay on the beach at night and look up through the palm tree, you can see all the stars in the sky so you don't need Christmas tree lights. There are so many fat locals here they could all easily play Santa without using any padding. Instead of going to the grocery store to buy your ham all packaged and with preservatives you just go to the country and catch your own pig and throw him in a pit for about 10 hours. So as you can see Hawaii is alot like having Christmas anywhere. Just it is 85 degrees here and instead of playing in the snow you go diving or surfing.
Mele Kalikimaka, there Keith.....
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 11:19:20
City and State: redondo beach, ca
Message: It has truly been a year of rejoicing for our family. The miracle we have experienced has served as a reminder to us for the only reason to celebrate CHRISTmas. We hope that you all have a blessed CHRISTmas everyday of your lives! God Bless.
Hey boy, you were truly blessed these past few months. God bless you and yours this Holiday season.
OH, and since Nebraska is not competing in a REAL Bowl game this year, please feel free to root for USC on January 2.
Name: Bob Poorman () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 11:03:20
City and State: Wayzata, MN
Message: HHS (Health, Happiness & Success) to all in Cougartown! May your holidays be Merry and White. Best wishes of prosperity to all in 2003. A special holiday wish to you John for all you do to make every day seem like Xmas as I open my browser to CT to see the gifts that this site brings. Everyone have a safe and somewhat sane holiday.
Ahhh shucks Bob, I feel the same way about all the Ctowners that spill out onto my computer, every day. Originally, this was to find MY old friends, but has turned into so much more. I've met hundreds of Cougars and teachers from so many different classes. Many have become very good friends over the past few years. I have to thank the good Lord for bringing you all into my life and for bringing together hundreds more old friends who frankly would've never had any communication after their HHS days. We are all family, whether we like it or not. We were very lucky to start out life in Hawthorne CA. and attend Hawthorne schools, especially HHS.
Name: Cindy () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 10:52:18
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Happy Holidays to everyone at Cougartown!! May all your wishes come true for this holiday and the new year!
Thanks Cindy, and you too have a great holiday season.
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 10:26:16
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Maiden: Old Codger
Message: Greetings John, et al-
Balch's WAS on Vermont. They had great tow trucks. I spotted them all over the southwest.
To all my former students who read Cougartown Feedback and all my new HHS Alumni friends(and you ARE GREAT) I wish you the greatest of holidays. Stay safe and count your blessings.
Love to all, HCH
The local police didn't like the way my 58 Chevy was parked one day in the mid 60's, so they had it towed, and it ended up at Balch's Garage. I went to pick it up and pay the exorbitant $1.50 a day fee. I talked to a man who gave me the bill and the keys and all. This was long after my quarter midget days, but I asked him if he was Mr. Balch and he said yes. I told him I was an ex-quarter midget racer and that was all it took. We proceeded to talk about our quarter midget days, and he showed me lots of memorabilia like blown engines, and carburetors, and I remember he even showed me a make-shift dynomometer he had built for estimating engine horsepower. We must have talked for 2 hours about people we knew and tracks we'd raced. Anyway, I left there with a new friend and thought at that time, he had to be one helluva GREAT DAD.
Name: Ron Dokken () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 08:57:58
City and State: Endwell, NY
Message: Greetings. Another item on ebay for all you sports fans is a 73 Motorhome decked out for Patriot fans. Of course you have to pick it up in Boston! Happy holidays to all, especially all the 55 lurkers out there.
Hi Ron, and thanks for the tip on the Patriots motorhome, but don't think I'll bid on that one.
Have a great holiday season and try and stay warm.
Name: Paco () on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 01:05:22
City and State: LF
Message: Chris, I must be as weird as you, I also took the pic to work and two South Bayers that I work with both guessed it. One from Inglewood, class of 1962, said his friend was also a midget racer his name is Don Decance or Dechance and the other from Lawndale said he had a friend named Mike Noka that raced..Later
Another Inglewood High racer, and a GOOD ONE was Kenny Balch. He owned the only catchers mitt for lefties that I have ever seen. His dad owned Balch Garage on, I believe, Vermont.
Name: Dan Dye () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 19:30:30
City and State: Torrance,Ca.
Maiden: Dan Dye
Message: Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to all of my old and new Cougar friends, stay safe and God Bless you all,
From Dan and Ann Dye
Thanks Dan boy, and the very same wishes right back atcha!!
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 17:09:16
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: I'm not sure when you're shutting down so Sharon and I would like to say "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" to all! Even you bruin fans. And thanks John for putting this all together, I've rekindled alot. Say why don't we all pick a name from the alumni list, someone you only nodded to in school, and wish them a Happy New years! Later off to work!
Have a great one, Howard and Sharon and I'd like to wish Tommy North a very Merry Christmas.
Name: Neil Andersen () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 16:32:18
City and State: Dallas,OR
Message: I visit my HHS class of "62 ring everytime I'm in California. I had a wife once that threw it off the end of the Huntington Beach Pier. I know the ring is still there, I wonder sometimes where she is.
NOW THAT'S FUNNY!!
Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 15:49:01
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Hey Cougs, have a happy and "Pink" holiday season from "The Valley" fer shure. Shine On You Crazy Diamonds!
Janet and I just got back from lunch at Pinks. Have a great one, Dan
Name: Jerry Rigney () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 14:16:32
City and State: Palmdale, Ca
Message: We wish everyone a Happy Healthy and Safe Holiday.
John, did you try over at.... oh never mind i'm sure you did.
Hey Jer', Myrrh-y Christmas to you too...
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 14:03:34
City and State: Mission Viejo
Message: Thought I better post a warm and fuzzy holiday greeting to all Coug's out there before John takes it down for the holidays. Everybody, have a wonderful Christmas! If you're anything like me, it will be spent traveling from one place to another. Everyone be safe and sound this holiday.
Thanks Jill, and you to have a safe Holiday.
Name: Betsy () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 12:46:24
City and State: scottsdale, arizona
Message: Happy holidays to all. I came to LA last spring after many years in the south, all the new freeways kinda freaked me out...I remember Christmas on 135th Street, before Xerox, we would gather tumbleweeds, paint em white and build snowmen (think my mom missed North Carolina)....trying to decorate cactus now :)
Happy New Year!!
Hi Betsy, You and yours have a great holiday season.
Name: Janet () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 10:07:03
City and State: Ca
Message: My best wishes to all for a wonderful Christmas. May the true meaning and blessings of this season be with you and your loved ones.
Now John.....do you have all the presents wrapped?? Including the myrrh?
Well, you see.....like I went to KMart and they said they were all out of myrrh, so I tried Sav-on then Rite-aid and they thought I was NUTS, so then I went to......
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 01:56:06
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I, too, lost my class ring my senior year. Broke my heart! If anyone has a 76 ring for sale give me a yell.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 23:40:44
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Well John, I tried just what you said,"Where was this picture taken?" I found a person, where I work, who lives in Inglewood and asked him. He looked at me and said, "Manchester and Market". Is anyone else out there as weird as I am. How about trying the same or similar thing; ask someone to ID the intersection. You might learn something about a friend or co-worker you may not have known.
Name: WadeGreasby () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 21:24:25
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Message: Wishing all Super Class Cougars a very Merry Christmas. Enza,Enza,Enza, there is no joy in Lakerville. JB the classic pics you come up with are just that, classic. I sincerely hope we all have a warm holiday season and everyone can experience the joy of giving from their hearts. My youngest son, Garrett, 7, selected our family tree this year. Can you say Charlie Brown? He said nobody else would take this tree and he felt it "belonged in our home for Christmas". He was right, the tree looks great decorated. This is what means the most at this time of the year. Kids. I used to work at Harry Joseph's tree lot from '69-'73. Great memories of people buying trees and the faces of excitment on kids when they'd have their tree tied to the top of the car going home. Merry Christmas to all!!!!
Well said, Wade. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a special Merry Christmas to all the kids out there.
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 20:18:56
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: My senior ring looks alot like the one on e-bay except smaller of course. My husband, who was my boyfriend in my senior year, lost my ring and had to buy a new one. If memory serves me right he paid $10.00 for the replacement. As far as towns changing if you drive down Main st. in El Segundo today it looks a lot like it did in the 50's except the trees are bigger. But I agree most older towns do get run down and everyone moves to the newer places. Garden Grove has a short old Main street that has worked hard to keep the old charm but it is only a block long. There are even a couple of old time shops still run by the same families that have been there many years.
I spent many hours shopping on Market street and saw it a couple of years ago after about 35 years, boy what a shock that was.
Name: Jessie () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 13:39:24
City and State: LA
Class: I'm the wanna be cougar of the bunch
Message: By the way, I can't believe the class ring is only going for $12.00 so far!! That is a real bargain as far as class rings go. Does anyone remember what the original price might of been for one of those rings back in the day? I know in '74 mine cost $50.00. That was alot of babysitting money for me then.
Mine (pictured) was 22 dollars AND it was made in the USA.
Name: Jessie () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 12:21:12
City and State: LA
Class: Wanna be Cougar
Message: Hi all, The photo of the midget race, isn't that Inglewood on Market St? I could swear that that's the same C.H.Baker Shoe Store where I bought many a pair of shoes.
Hi Jessie, Yes, it's the very same place. Inglewood was the very first mall.
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 12:05:25
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: John, that picture did jog some memories. It is Inglewood isn't it? I also remember Carls shoes. I ate a few lunches at Woolworths. Inglewood doesn't look like that anymore. I'm wondering if that is Lerner Shops between Kress and Woolworth.
Yes, it's the SW corner of Manchester and Market in what used to be "Beautiful Downtown Inglewood".
It's a picture of another time in history, about a half century ago. I personally believe I could hang this picture in what was then, the C.H. Baker shoe store window and ask the question of passers-by, "Where was this picture taken?" and would get an "I don't know." from 99 percent of the public. Does all the country turn over in 40 to 50 years?......I don't know, but I would hate to think it does.
Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 09:58:48
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Message: Hey all. Got a special request, am looking for anybody out there in Cougartown who remembers Glenda Wilson, she lived on 123rd pl, between Burl & Sundale, on the So. side of
the St., had a younger bro. named Butch, and an older sis named Marrianne. Can't remember if she
was in the class of 57, or 58. She married Jimmy Morton after graduation, he lived on 134th & Lemoli, then their family moved to the other side of La Cienega, had a sister named Nancy & a bro named Doty. Any help would be appreciated. Don
Glenda was from the class of 1958.
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 09:07:12
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: The man selling the ring on Ebay thinks the ring belonged to a Hal Parker, c/o 62. Anyone recognize that name?
BTW, JB, love the graph on the alumni list.
I don't remember a Hal Parker but I don't remember where I parked the car, either.
The only Parker I remember was Nancy Parker and the only "HP" listed in the 62 El Molino is Harry Phillip.
Thanks Sharon, for the detective work.
Also, about the graph. I get lots of email on which class has the most people signed up on the alumni list, or which class has the most members, so I thought I'd do a graph. Now we know how the alumni list looks, as a whole.
If you have comments or suggestions, please email me at