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Name: susie"Q" () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 23:30:32
City and State: albuquerque
Class: 9 years AFTER '62
Message: ...Tom Hatton had a restaurant in the Dana Point/Laguna area that my parents
took me to. (Funny I can't remember if my sister went with us...sorry Sherbabe)
My Dad belonged to the Southwest Anglers, a rod and gun club that had the coolest place for their weekly meetings on 104th Street in Inglewood.
He would take me surf fishin' and he taught me to dig for soft shelled crabs as they were bait...
It seemed to me that you had to sort through at least 200 hard shells before you finally found a soft shell sand crab. It was easier to buy'em.
Name: Jim Raines () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 23:09:42
City and State: Salt Lake City Ut
Message: Well this has been a great day for me. This morning I met Alan Hauge for the first time since 1968. He flew into Salt Lake on business and looked me up. El Rojo's comment about the UA theater when "A Summer Place" was showing brought back some memories that I had totally forgotten about. Danny Kieffer and I went to that movie at that time. I remember standing on the corner just south of the theater in Inglewood and saw this really cool candy green '57 Ford cruise by. We were 7th graders and couldn't wait 'till we were old enough to drive.
Name: Patricia Hydo () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 22:41:13
City and State: Lomita, California
Message: Hi Cougars,
First things first, John? Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to put all your time and effort in to this GREAT web site. I cannot tell you how many evenings I have spent here going back in time with the rest of the feedback writers. Thank you all!. Now that I have "broken the ice" I think that now I will join in with my memories of Hawthorne and the great times I had growing up there. Heres wishing you all a good day tomorrow and a special hello to my good buddy Judy Wudy whom I found right here on the alumni list :) Keep up the good work John!.
Hi Pat, and thanks for the nice thoughts. Glad too that you've found Judy here, and we look forward to your memories of Hawthorne and HHS.
Name: Neil Andersen () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 19:05:33
City and State: Dallas, OR
Message: The best time there ever was, was Saturday morning, at my grandfathers, in the early 50's, listening to "Big John and Sparky" on the radio. The theme song was "Teddybear's Picnic." In the Air Force, 62-66, in the heart of Texas were we able to get all the great radio shows, "Boston Blackie" "The Shadow" "Inner Sanctum." Wish they'd run them again.
Name: doris () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 18:52:54
City and State: DOUBLE BOOM, IDY HO
Message: It has come to my attention that it is ALSO our own EL ROJO's birthday! HAPPY HAPPY you young whippersnapper!
Happy Bday Russ......
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 18:00:22
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: I listened to a lot of R&B in the 50's. Huggie Boy was at Dolphins of Hollywood which was in the heart of South Central L.A. I found a site that lists a lot of radio stations in the 50's also drive-in's and other 50's memories. kissd.8m.com/Radio/radio.html . My boyfriend and I went to Dolphins about 1956, it was so crowded. Almost all black people. I was really surprised when I saw Huggie Boy and discovered he was white. He was in a glassed-in booth doing his radio show. My husband went there a couple of years earlier with a male friend and ran into a lot of black people in the streets. They stopped them and made them get out of their car. My husband was scared to death. Then they started dancing and wanted them to dance with them. This was truly "dancin in the streets". Everyone was just having a good time.
Name: Bob Brophy () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 16:45:00
City and State: Phoenix Az.
Class: Serra 63
Message: Hey John We lived on Roselle ave 1 block east of Prairie between 132nd and 135th Sts and I remember when that street wasn't paved and during the winter it was just a big mud hole with pollywogs. When my mother would drive down it she was sideways most of the time. Bob
Good memory, Bob, thanks....
Name: Kell () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 16:10:29
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR FOR YEARS...ELIZABETH ESTRADA..HAVE A WILD ONE
Name: doris () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 15:18:32
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: HAAAA...PY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ... happy birthday to you (come on everybody! sing! It's the Goddess' birthday!!!),
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ELIZABETH!
Happy birthday to you!!!!! Doing anything special for the big day? 29 and holding and loooookin' good! Love you dearly my dear friend and Goddess of CT !
Happy Bday Liz....
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 15:14:01
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: My parents used to listen to KNX which would be about as local as it got with transmitter and antenna in Torrance. Does anyone remember when the antenna was cut down? It must have been the late ?50s or early ?60s. OK John I don?t remember, maybe you do, was it KHJ or KNX that used to have Tom Hatton read the Sunday comics. I remember going out in the morning to get the newspaper and lying on the living room floor following along reading the funnies.
Don't remember Tom Hatton and the funnies on the radio, but I do remember "Popeye and Friends" with Tom Hatton on TV.
Name: Jerry Miles () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 15:11:45
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Gee, 1959? I was only in sixth grade then so I count it. And John, an 8 track? How modern. I went straight from a Madman Ernie Muntz 4-track bought at Leo?s Stereo City on the Boulevard in the sixties to a cassette many years later.
Name: Kell () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 14:43:49
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: The first FM station i remember listening to was an underground station kppc..don't remember the numbers..it was either late 60's very early 70's..my brother (The Duke of Cool) would know...chime in here Dukie old chum.....
I think you mean The Duke Of BOSS, and was the station KPCC (Pasadena City College)? If so, it's the home of NPR radio in Los Angeles, and is still going strong.
Name: Jerry Miles () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 14:19:50
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Raymond, I know my father talked about ?surfing? on a paddleboard. He mentioned that with no skeg, it was mostly sideways surfing. I?m not sure if it was just before or just after he served in WWII but it would have been in that time frame. Also I have no idea when it started but there was a radio station in the area at the old South Bay Center where the Galleria is now. They had big windows so you could see them working inside. Toward the end it was automated and not much to look at. John, you forgot KRLA, 1110am.
Yeah, KRLA didn't come along until 1959, so I didn't count it. I can't remember when FM radio turned from hi brow music programming to stuff that we wanted to listen to; maybe 1973. My 70 Camaro just had an AM radio and my dad's 70 Chevelle had an AM/8 track.
Name: Tressa () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 12:28:44
City and State: Tustin, CA
Message: John: Did your grandfather's feed store become a market later in the 40's?
I recall my mother shopping at a fresh produce market run by an oriental man on the same side of the street. Maybe next door? I lived at 129th and Prairie (Main). My mother recalled when it was only a pot-holed dirt road and my grandmother rode her horse and buggy to the beach. (Probably took most of the day to get there!) Geez - how did the years go by SO FAST!!!!!!
My Grandpa's feed store was just north of the Chinese market (that's what we called it). You can see part of it in the picture.
Name: Raymond Smith () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 09:09:55
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Maiden: rain state..but in drought!
Message: To all you longer members here (hence..older folks)..I am curious the early history days of Hawthorne in the 40's and 50's. Was there a local radio show in town or did you get all your music from Hollywood? And did surfing exist in the 1940 era? Also, I'm not sure but I hear some tales that you could catch crabs in the south bay right on the beach? I love the old photo's of the area in the 30's and 40's. I heard from this old lady that was on my paper route that she lived in Hawthorne in the days when it was nothing but a cabbage field. Just mind boggles me.
Hey Raymond, I don't remember any local radio shows, and the first rock and roll stations that I remember were KFWB, Color Channel 98, 980am, which still has the same call letters but has been news radio since the early 60's; KDAY, 1580am; and KHJ, 930am. I'm sure others will remember different stations, but those were my favorite.
Hawthorne was mostly small farms in the early days. My grandfather, Louis Baker, owned the feed store pictured, in the 1930's. It was located on the east side of the Bl, between El Segundo (then Ballona Av) and 129th (then Maine). I'm sure others have their own remembrances of early Hawthorne, so let's hear from the early Cougs who remember their own little nitch in Hawthorne.
Name: Sharon Lomax () on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 19:21:34
City and State: Lake Balboa, CA
Message: I look forward to hearing more information on attending our class reunion.
Name: john hagethorn () on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 19:03:14
City and State: `lvnv
Message: cheryl christensen, sorry dont remember. did have a white chevy. i worked saturday at the gas station on haw and imperial. speaking of imperial anyone remember the dairy farm at imperial and inglewood? anyone remember north american bb parks at imperial and aviation? saw the king and his court fastpitch softball there. john 60
Hey John, Believe it or not, the King and his Court is still going strong and Eddie Feigner has got to be in his mid 70's. His wife now plays 3rd base. For you Cougs who don't know who the King and his Court is, please click here for the story of the ageless Eddie Feigner and his 4 person softball team.
Name: KKARLA ADLER () on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 18:51:26
City and State: HAWTHORNE, CA
Message: Great Website! I am hoping to find a couple of long lost friends from the
class of 1983. I can't seem to locate Anita Kovacs....where are you Anita?
Name: Dan Johnson () on Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 09:56:12
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Hey JB, I said the theater was "cheapy" not classy ;-)
Name: Larry/Loretta Cuiper () on Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 00:38:15
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Happy Valentines Day to all Cougars.
Love this walk down Memory Lane regarding the Drive-In/Movie Shows. Good times. ALWAYS A COUG
Name: EL ROJO () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 19:52:16
City and State: YOU KNOW
Message: Hey all you beautiful Cougarette's out there, Happy Valentine's day from the El. And "hey Doris", happy birthday neighbor and thanks for the Bare Facts joke I'm still chuckling at that one. John that was a classic about the Elvis placard. Man you were smooth :). MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Yeah I guess we were in the 7th grade when we destroyed Elvis. That thing would be worth hundreds today.
Have a great weekend all and Happy Valentines Night.
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 19:14:33
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: I just thought of something that I haven't seen discussed. How many of you ever broke a window at a drive-in when you forgot to put the speaker back on it's pole. When my boyfriend got his license we went to a drive-in alone for the first time. Of course he was driving his parents car. I was showered with glass when we drove away. The bad part is we knew of other people that had done it and still forgot. I also had a friend that always lied to his mom about going to drive-ins. He broke a window and had to come up with a real good story to cover that one.
Luckily, I always remembered that one.
Name: Ray Nelson () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 18:28:52
City and State: Billy Goat Acres, Georgia
Message: Doesn't anyone remember the San Pedro Drive-In? We don't have drive-in theaters in Billy Goat Acres. Might scare the mules and make them dawgs howl.
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 17:45:03
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Happy Valentines Day everyone. I think all the movies in the 70's looked different than they do now, that's what makes the 70's the 70's. Hold your sweetie tight, and let them know you love them, be it your parents, kids, close friends. Sorry, can't make it to Cruise night, but I will look forward to the pictures. Have a great weekend!
Name: JERRY PAT SIMPSON () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 17:38:17
City and State: Santa Clarita CA.
Message: OKAY Stephanie, Well maybe a little more background. She was John Renn's sweetheart, in the Fourth Grade (Sorry Dan, You had to find out this way) and She sent me to the Principals office for jaywalking, across York Ave. Also she was very shy, but always showed up to ride bikes with John. She was the Top Cop at York Ave, School.
Mrs. Linda (Jones) Reynolds.
Yep, that's Linda allright. Always causing trouble.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 16:55:11
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: I was looking over [The "V" Girl/"B" Girl Mini-Reunion Page] and was thinking maybe one of them the V or B girls could contact Danny Fix and invite him to cruise night. If anyone knows how to contact any of the teachers please invite them, it would be a pleasure to talk to them. Remember Cruise Night #8 is going to be Saturday March 15, 2003 at Fosters 120th and Hawthorne.
Great idea, thanks Chris....
Name: Karen () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 16:23:16
City and State: Brisbane, CA
Message: Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends from Hawthorne High. My husband won two tickets for a cruise on the bay tonight (dinner and dancing included). Think back to when you were in school, go out with your loved one and like back then, have a great time!
Now that's what I'm talkin' about. Thanks Karen....
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 15:59:52
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: I have about more than a dozen stories like Dan's but I want to keep it clean on cougartown. See John I can. I don't know of any drive-in anywhere near Ala Moana. But then again I got here in 89' and it was probably tore down awhile ago.
Hey Keith, Thanks for keepin' it clean.
Name: kelley () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 13:25:06
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DORIS!!!!!!!!!!!
and a HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ALL YOU COUGARS!!!!!!
The last show i saw in Redondo was Fantasia with Rob Smith...for some reason it looked different in the 70's..
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 13:03:55
City and State: LF
Message: Keith,I went to Hawaii for a stay around 61/62,we went to a drive-in in Honolulu pretty close to the new Ala Moana shopping center. Do you know it? I remember that most of the kids were not in cars.
Name: Patti Smith () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 12:43:50
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: To Dan Johnson: the theaters at Hawthorne Plaza aren't the same as the Plaza Theater in Hawthorne. That building was gone long before your niece was conceived. On another note, and speaking of nieces, I was planning to make it to Cruise Night this time, but my niece (daughter of brother Bob  and Linda  is getting married that evening. Leave it to the kids to spoil all our fun, huh? Hope everyone has a good time, though.
Next time, Patti.....
City and State: Templeton, CA
Message: HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE!! Don't you think this would be a great day to take your honey to a drive-in! Check out that site that JB provided above about Fun places in So. Cal. Drive-ins still do exist in your area.
Have a loving day, Cougars.
Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 11:24:57
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Message: One of my nieces (also a Coug, class of '97 or '98 I can't remember right now), was conceived in January 1978 after my brother in law and sister took me to see Saturday Night Fever in the "cheapy" theaters at Hawthorne Plaza. Thankfully she does not participate on this board and therefore will not be embarassed by the public disclosure of this fact. Any one else have a pregnancy story tied to a local movie theater?
Real classy Dan and thanks for the LAST pregnancy story connected to a movie theatre.
Name: LISA () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 10:58:13
City and State: RAMONA
Message: HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO EVERYONE, LOVE,LISA
Name: Stephanie () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 09:25:29
City and State: RPV, Ca
Message: OK, Pat, you have stirred up the curiosity: was that a York School Safety Crossing Guard? I'm too shy to drive the Plymouth to Cruise Night. But maybe I can arrange another set of wheels.....
YOU STILL HAVE THE PLYMOUTH??? Stephanie, that was your trade mark. Bring the Plymouth....
Name: Gomez () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 08:18:10
City and State: Beaver
Message: We all loved the theatre in Redondo Beach and for 99 cents you could see two movies. The last movies we saw there was A Clockwork Orange and Deliverance, back to back. Scott Davidson and I were never the same after that.
PS Happy Birthday Doris Dear!!
Boy, these early 70's Cougs really go in for the classics. Happy Birthday Doris and Happy Valentines Day to all....
Name: Neil Andersen () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 01:17:23
City and State: Dallas,OR
Message: It was a dark and stormy night in 1965 at the Gulfway drive-in in Genoa, Texas. They had a dusk to dawn show, 6 or 7 movies. The movie was "Major Dundee", I still have a pending lawsuit against Charlton Heston, if he'd been a better actor I wouldn't be so close to being a great grandfather.
Name: Norv Vorhis () on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 00:28:53
City and State: Monrovia, Ca
Message: The first drive in I ever went to was the Olympic, at Olympic and Bundy, in Santa Monica. That was long before the Roadium or the Vermont were built. The Roadium hasn't shown movies for 25 plus years, but is a 7 day a week "swap meet"
I remember the Vermont Drive In would have been next door (to the south of) Carroll Speedway.
I remember when 174th St was extended thru the top half of Carroll Speedway, which created the intersection of Vermont and Artesia. What I don't remember is, were they ever both in operation at the same time?
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