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Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 20:29:28
City and State: Redondo
Class: 69
Message: Hello Dave Krikac! Your dad, and Kelley's dad, Jim and my dad had some really good times, bless their hearts. Those men really new how to enjoy life. The Mexico parties, you mentioned, were further down the coast, just south of Rosarito. I remember you and your brothers and Little Leo's other friends going wild down there. You all had dune-buggies or motorcycles and you never got tired of the M80's. Is there anything you boys didn't try to blow up? Sunbaked boys, beer, bonfires and lobster on the beach....yeah. I'm so grateful our dads knew how to party. Give your family a big hello from your old neighbors, The Estradas....kisses.....Elizabeth

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 20:14:59
City and State: Orange, Ca
Class: 66
Message: What!! Laying on a blanket while Grunnion come to you..How fortunate..For all the years of using Grunnion Hunting as an excuse to go to a beach party..To this day I have yet to see one..Good old 26th, I know I graduated from Canvas mats & plywood skim boards to learning to surf there on my first board a 9'6 Greg Noll then surfing with all my good surf buds from HHS. Guys like Darrell jones, Jerry Miles, Dale Frum, Mike Sokol, Ward Heckman & Dennis Zumwalt to name a few. We didn't realize the waves there closed out most of the time nor did we care. One really had to learn how to wipeout at ole 2-6 but occasionally it would break and when it did it would have some of the steepest fastest hollowest walls around. Our Boards also served as a good platform to lay on and sneak a peek at the girls in their 2 piece bathing suits, of course sometimes it turned into a downright stare. Then String Bikinis came in style and the girls started untying them which sent many a young man to the ocean to cool off. I know we always talked about how much fun it would be to take a cold drink and drop it on some unsuspectinng untied Bikini bather and never having the gonads to go through with it. I got to reminise a bit this past Sunday At Old mans in San Onofre. What a day, 4-6 foot surf breaking out over a 1/4 mile with long rides, surfing until I couldn't paddle any more, Sitting and walking on the beach in 80 degree plus weather wearing my straw hat and board shorts. Life doesn't get any better than that. Anyway all of the people from Dewey Weber Surfboards were there having a gathering for their competition team an I ran into some of the old guys I knew from my days on the team. There were a couple of guys I hadn't seen since 1963 and a couple more I knew from the Team I was on back east. What a blast it was talking about our old surf adventures and competitions. Hey does anyone else remember going to Redondo High and Mira Costa to go watch the Surf Movies in their Auditoriums, You know the ones before Endless Summer came out.

Name: ROJO () on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 20:00:35
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 6OH
Message: Hey Mammal, congrats to you two on your new g-baby thats super. And yes John the 26th street sign was the absolute real mc coy. It's funny now, that little did we know what an icon we had in our hands. But alas, it went with the house after we went in the service. I'm going to look around and see if I don't have an old photo that will prove it. I also think everyone went into their cave's after the super bowl. Dumb Raider's, dumb! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Not ignoring anyone; just VERY busy this week.

Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 14:03:18
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Another Manhattan Beach titbit - I worked as a draft checker at Thomas Brother Maps from 1970 to 1980 and one day I asked my boss why, in every edition for as long as I could remenber, we had this building on our map at the end of Marine Street labeled "Municipal Pavilion." I told him I grew up in that area and that there was no such building on the beach there, at least not any more, and that we should delete it. He just sort of smiled at me and said "don't worry about it." Later on, I found out it was one of those "copyright traps" we deliberately leave scattered throughout our atlases to catch competitors who might be stealing information from our maps. I don't live in CA anymore - does anybody know if the Thomas Brothers maps still show the pavilion there? Also, was there ever some sort of "Municipal Pavilion" located at the end of Marine Street in the early days?
Hey Tim, I've got a 58 edition that has it, but my 89 version doesn't.

Name: Art La Mere () on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 07:55:15
City and State: Bettendorf Ia.
Class: 73
Message: the VA medical is great. I have other insurance and they bill them and the VA takes what the insurance pays and you don't have to pay anymore. If you have a service connected injury you will pay nothing at all for this service. I have been on this since I got out of the military in 1984.

Name: Patty () on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 20:17:26
City and State: PVE, Ca
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
Message: Mr. Andrade! The things I did in Biology. I remember trying to hide the fact that I had eaten lime green starbursts or whatever they were called. Great vending machine nutrition. Except that Mr. Andrade stopped class when I responded to some question (probably not a hard one) and my tongue kept flashing florescent lime green. Welcome back to school! By the way, you were my best biology teacher, and yes, I did take some Biology courses in college. Glad to see you're enjoying retirement.

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 15:59:48
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: Mickies bikini's, boy that takes me wife Sharon Schleper '62 worked there with about 5 of her closest friends. They would bring home the bikini parts and sew them at house. I didn't know they came in so many sizes...The girls would make themselves a suit and make a matching baggy for the guys..Mike Wood remembers!

Name: Dave Krikac () on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 15:53:30
City and State: Franklin TN
Maiden: Hello Davie...
Class: 76
Message: All this talk about the Estrada parties brings a smile to my face for SURE. But hey Auntie Liz, what about the Rockin parties the Estrada's sponsored in TJ Mexico? Man, remember the firecracker man with the Black T-Bird, M-80's and Black Cats? The beach, the seafood, (The Federales)the "trailer" and who knows WHAT the McLaughlins, Estradas, Currie's, Krikac's parents were up to....I am SURE Mexico trips by Cougs would fill up a few pages.....

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 15:06:16
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Terrie, the name of the place next to Mickies was I think La Paz. After high school, many of us from work would go out there for happy hour. I do know the place was nuts on Cinco De Mayo. Is it still there?

Name: Terrie () on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 13:46:33
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Maiden: Kostiszak
Class: 83
Message: I Loved Zeppys Pizza, I had to get 2 slices everytime. One for me, another for everyone on the beach. I would walk with a piece of Zeppys pizza on the beach to my towel and on the way ALL of my friends on the beach would stop me for a bite of my zeppys pizza by the time I reached my towel I had one bite left. What was the name of that bar next to Mikeys Bikinis, people got so drunk on the balcony of the bar they would fall over and bust open their head, it happened about once a week.

Name: Carolyn Ladd () on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 11:07:46
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 1962
Message: For those Cougars who still live in sunny California, I don't expect you'll fully appreciate this, but for those of you who have been experiencing the "deep freeze", you'll understand. There's nothing like -12 degrees one day to make 20 degrees the next seem downright comfortable! All of the 26th Street beach stories bring back such fond memories and Boy! do I wish I was there now!! Carolyn
Hi Carolyn, -12 degrees would sure make the water feel nice and warm.

Name: Jan Blomsterberg () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 22:47:57
City and State: Torrance, CA
Class: 63
Message: To all you Cougartown Veterans?and your spouses who are Veterans: Did you know that as a Veteran you are eligible for medical health care through the Veterans Administration? This is not insurance but actual health care. There are no premiums to pay. The cost to you is very low?$7 a prescription?$15 office visits. You can use the VA hospitals or their outpatient clinics?nationwide?you pick what facility you wish to use. If you are interested you can log onto their website at and read for yourself what this program is about. For those who wish to apply you can sign up over the Internet. For those who live in the neighboring cities of Hawthorne, a VA representative will be at the Hawthorne VFW post (131st Street and east of Ramona) on Tuesday January 28 from 8am until 4pm. Bring a copy of your DD214 and you can sign up tomorrow. My best to my brothers and sisters who have served and our fighting men and women who are serving today. Semper Fi. Jan
Thanks Janny

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 19:26:49
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca.
Class: 61
Message: Hey Ya All, Yesterday afternoon Jennifer, our daugher, called to tell me that I had the winning numbers in our local pool (Go Bucs) for the first half and at same time she started having labor pains?well I told her take a couple extra strength aspirin and call me after the game?
And here is the rest of the story Emily Rose 7lb. 11oz. showed up on Super Bowl Sunday?I got to say it doesn?t get any better than this. Football and a New Grandbaby all in the same day ?O? Yes let the fun begin?
Janet, you and John were right on...... O Boy or should I say O girl...

WAY TO GO, JENNIFER!!! and Emily Rose even had the decency to wait until the game and dinner were over. Congratulations to the new parents, and to Dennis and Eileen on their very first grand baby.
Hey, maybe it's not too late to change her name to Buck Raider.

Name: Adrianne () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 16:59:35
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 63
Message: Okay, here's the latest on our 40th Reunion. October 18, at the Redondo Beach Crowne Plaza Hotel. Please spread the word. All years are welcome. Just e-mail your current addresses to me ASAP, and anyone else you can think of. This will be a fun, casual time.
Thanks Adrianne, I'll add it to the Reunions page.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 16:58:07
City and State: Portland Oregon
Class: 1981
Message: Oh wow, talks about beach and 26th Street making me warmer up here in Oregon. Now I was more of a Manhattan Beach go'er but I did visit 26th a few times. One day parking was crappy in M.B. so we headed to 26th street. Now, at age 16, I tried to paralelled park facing upward/east. I did such an awesome job and perfect between these two tightly cars. My buddies and I were just thinking..hey, We're hungry...let's head on over to so and so to eat first. So, instead of getting out of the car I slowly inch my way out of the parking space. As I was doing this some older dude on the beach was running full blast screaming HEY........HEeeeeey! at us. My buddies were scared of this mad man running after us. By the time he was on the stairway we were long gone. He must of thought that there was no way a 16 yrs old kid can park perfectly on such a hill. Well, not a scatch was done...on us or his car.

Name: Steve Printz () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 16:50:31
City and State: Denver,NC
Class: 1967
Message: I've been out of touch for awhile. I'm in North Carolina and would like to hear from folks that remember me from way back.

Name: Lynnette Zaunmiller () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 16:18:26
City and State: Filer, ID
Maiden: Palmer
Class: 1973
Message: Does anyone know if there is a 30 year reunion in the planning for HHS class of 1973?

Name: Jessie () on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 12:02:59
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Maiden: Corral
Class: wanna be Cougar of '74
Message: Hi all, My brother would like to know if any of you know about a History teacher he had...Mr. Hoy. He was there in '65 - ? Thanks for any info you might have.

Name: Sheree Klingenhagen () on Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 16:59:48
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Maiden: I love that name!
Class: 1975
Message: I have to say my sister Susie does not lie! There were quite a few times when she came home and was pretty partied up! I don't know how she got away with it and think I'll ask Mom if she knew! Our Dad used to surf fish and would bring home sandcrabs and put them in our beds, boy would we scream! I still hate those things! I remember going to the Manhattan Pier (southside) with Diana Sanchez, Elaine Schuetze and myself. First we would have parents take us until we could drive then we'd go in my 67 Mustang Fastback. We'd also cruise the Hermosa Avenue from 5 corners where Critters, now the North End is, to the turnaround by the Redondo Pier. My kids went to the beach by the Green Store in Hermosa I'm not sure what street that is but it was always an easy drop off and pick up for me. Now I just hang out in the backyard and continue to prematurely age my skin!! Except now it's not premature. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Great beach memories, Thanks Sheree.....

Name: Nancy McConnell () on Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 13:12:28
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Maiden: Moffett
Class: 62
Message: Lounging around and reading feedback to see what's going on in Cougartown. Sorry to hear about Mr. Wing passing away, he was one of my favorite teachers. 26th St! Dad let us go to the beach once a week, said we didn't need to be hanging around down there. But drill team did march on the beach for a couple of weeks before school started one year, that I remember, to get in shape for performances. Remember our military in your prayers.
Good to hear from you, Nancy. 62ers are the BEST!!

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 00:36:21
City and State: A retirement home in T.O.
Maiden: Anotherteengirlwhowon'tdissectafrog g
Class: 76
Message: Mr. Andrade! Blue Eyes himself! Please accept my apologies now for my bad behavior in Biology. Chalk it up to teenage hormones. At least there was a scientific reason for it!

Name: ROJO () on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 22:16:15
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Class: 6OH
Message: Jill McFarlane...There was only one good excuse for going Grunion Hunting. And that was not getting cold. It had something to do with perching above the Torrance cliff's with a blanket on the sand and letting the Grunion come to you, while you waited with your Grunion hunting partner. Never got wet or cold. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! JAKE. P.S. OK Bake, it's been a half an hour and nothing's been posted ... and you said you wanted to hear from us old folks! ::)) RIGHT! AN OLD COUG!
Hey, don't feel guilty, Russ, you're doing great. Where's the rest of the early Cougs?

Name: ROJO () on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 21:47:06
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 6OH
Message: Ok, you Coug's...been looking at the feedback and the Kingy guy wants us to write, no stuff from us 50 or 60 folks HUH ? I say balder..uh..whatever. Hi "Harry Plotkin" from Jake and Jude. We love ya man!!! Another 26th STREET story. A guy named Charlie, used to live in Lawndale, maybe around 145th or 155th east of the blvd, we used to call it Banana Land, friend of my brother (class of 58..his name's Dave) shows up at Frosty's one night in a 46 ford convertible with these Bannana tree's in the back seat of the Ford. That was cool in itself driving around the blvd with these tree's in the back seat. Well we were all trying to figure what to do with them and someone says they would really look good at 26th street, you know make it a tropical paradise or whatever. So we jumped in our beaters (you know the cars we used to drive) and took em to the beach. 26th street! We planted them, right next to the south end of the showers. We figured there would get good water there. They looked so good we spent the next couple of nights under the palms. ...Now I know that some of you are quite sceptical of this story, but the law and the lifeguards were a lot more lenient about pranks back then than they are now. I don't really remember how long they stayed but they had started greening up after a few days and looking good last I remember. Damn it was fun back then! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE!
Seems like there was always something strange hangin' out of a car while cruising. I remember seeing a car full of guys with a real Cape Buffalo head sticking out of the trunk. What some guys wouldn't try, to strike up a conversation with girls.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 21:41:49
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: El ROJO, thanks for reminding me of the "Studio's". Oh did we get into trouble big time!! And speaking of memorabilia, how about a giant stuffed beaver! Now try and think of a story to cover that one...And once we had Peter Potter hitting golf balls at us, from their private driving range. I think it was Desilu Studios..

Name: Adrianne () on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 21:18:13
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 63
Message: Thanks so much to all of you that are responding to our 40th Reunion. We may be able to pull this off after all. I will keep everyone posted as we make decisions. Please pass the word around to all interested, no matter what classes want to combine with us. This is going to be a "no frills" and no "dress to impress" night. We are beyond that, and putting on our "party masks". Come whether you are rich, poor, hurting, happy, lonely, single, married, fat, skinny, grey, bald, warts and all. There will be someone there happy to see you, and reminisce. I know I'd love to see and talk with you, even if you don't remember me. I wasn't, but would have loved to be with the in-crowd. I just admired from afar. One night out of 5 years can't be that bad. The 30th reunion I went by myself because my husband was in a convalescent with a stroke. The 35th I had just become a widow in the Spring. I needed to escape to another comfortable place and time. It was like a potion. It really helped. So please let us hear from you. Thanks.
I'll tell you we had a no frills reunion last July and I believe it was the best one yet. It is lots more relaxed and no one had to buy a new suit or dress. Just great people and great memories.
Adrianne, let me know when you get a missing list and more details, so I can add them to the Reunions page.

Name: ROJO () on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 21:12:35
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Message: Ah 26th st! Thats what us old people used to call the place. No 2-6. Yuck. My memories of 26th are the same as alot of you. Getting drilled face first into the sand by the big storm pounders while body surfin and such. Checkin out the "chicks" and thats all we used to do was "check em". I couldn't begin to talk about surfin as I only tried it a couple of times after I got out of the service and sucked at it. I was like a top heavy cork. Ended up under the board, rather than over most of the time. favorite memory of 26th was in the summer of 59, the night my brother and I and a couple of others dug up the 26th street and Highland street sign, which was a concrete post at that time, buried about three feet deep, and took it home and deposited it next to the door of our room (it was detached from the house) in our backyard. Our parents were gullible as we told them they were changing street signs and they said we could have the old thing. It was a classic!!! The Manhattan Beach Police dept. even ended up at our house a few months later due to a mis-understanding (of course) and they just stood there and looked at that post and shook their heads and laughed!::))And that was before they saw the "City Jail" sign, the "fire hydrant" and memorabila that we had collected from the MGM studio's. What a coup!!! Right under their nose's at 3 or so in the morning. Not even the drunk's from Doc and Bill's ( oh I forgot! Some of the HHS faculty used to go there, sorry) or Pancho's or Cisco's and such saw us. As I wrote in the recollection page, I wish I still had that "Post". Thats my best, but not the last. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude!
You mean you had a bonafide 26th St sign and don't know where it is today? I always wanted to bag the spire off the top of the Wich Stand.

Name: susie as in "Q" () on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 21:03:36
Maiden: klingenhagen
Class: '71
Message: I recall only one nite of partyin' down at twenty-sixth st. It was my senior year, the lower parking lot still had the ten foot concrete wall, there were probably thirty of us there with COLT 45, MICKEYS, SPANADA AND BOONES FARM stashed in their cars, someone thought they saw Barbara Wigley's Dad, she being quite "faced" at the time, went over the wall, landed on her feet and ended up heading south (I think!) on the Strand...god what fun we had! I may be 800 miles from "two-six" but I've a surfboard hanging on my wall that might make it to the pool soon...
All you needed was some Ripple, Cold Duck, Red Mountain, and Mad Dog 20-20 and someone mighta' felt it the next day.

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