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Name: Jean MacErnie () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 20:47:40
City and State: Albq, NM
Message: Hi! I have been reading the feed back pages for some time now and thought I'd sign in and tell you that Cougartown is great. I have checked out a few others and there is no comparison to this! What a creative, caring, generous person you are John to do this for all those Cougars out there!!! I also want to let you know I enjoy reading about all those flash backs of our past....Especially those of Betty Kean Rodriguez and of Cindy Maxson Colby. Betty may not know of me, but I am sure Cindy remembers Roberta and Jean from across the street. Cindy has brought up alot of places and memories that I had totally forgotten about. (I lived on 122nd street, across the street from the Maxsons and down the street from Betty on Sundale. I graduated from HHS in 68....I will be signing up soon. Are the fees annually? When are they due?
I love this stuff! Jean
Hi Jean, Glad you're having a great time in Ctown, I know I do. Thanks too for the nice thoughts. Dues are annual, and due in June. Thanks for asking and sorry about chopping off the top of your head in the pic, but that's the way I received it.
Name: susie () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 20:40:29
City and State: winter is back,nm
Message: I was in the band "The Crystal Ship" my sophmore year and can remember playing the long version of In-A-Gadda-
Name: Jim Raines () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 20:31:15
City and State: Salt Lake City Ut
Message: Hi Cougars, Nancy Moffett asked about Danny Kieffer and John B. asked why he's not on this list. I can't say for sure but his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't send any prank messages or I will be in trouble.
Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 19:23:18
City and State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Got a chance to see Bob Melendrez on Saturday night playing as "Stephen Stills" in 4 Way Street a CSN&Y tribute. He's really talented and an excellent singer. Was he in any bands during his high school years? In my years at HHS, there were a ton of bands that played backyard and garage parties all around the area (Rage aka Silent Rage being among the best). What about you folks? And where are they now?
Name: Stephanie () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 18:38:04
City and State: Rpv, Ca
Message: Is there are prize??? Bobby Morton, I dunno, David Dye. Tomorrow I'll find the pic and see who they really are.
Hi Stephanie, The first one is Bob Gross HHS62. The others, I'm not sure. Thanks for the help and there's no prize.
Name: Jessie () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 12:15:35
City and State: LA
Class: Wanna be Cougar of '74
Message: Hey Pat Underwood, Would you by any chance have a brother, Mike? My sis-in-law and I were just talking about Mike last night. He is her son's godfather. Please let me know. I am sure she would like to hear from him. Tx!
Name: Ron Dokken () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 12:10:51
City and State: Endwell, NY
Message: Hi. Does anyone remember "Roys Steakhouse"? I was a dishwasher there around my Freshman year. I would occasionally ride my Powell scooter to work (whenever I could get it started). The restaurant was owned by Roy and Imogene Daugherty (sp). It was located either on El Segundo or Imperial Blvds. From here I went on to bigger things - dishwasher at Patmars drive-in!
Hey Ron, Don't remember Roys but Patmars, I do.
Name: Karen Kuehl () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 09:28:11
City and State: Templeton, CA
Message: A BIG THANK YOU to all my friends and family for all your kind birthday wishes over the weekend! Gawd, 61!! February seems to be a big month for birthdays. We have 5 of them in our family alone!! Thanks again to all my friends in Ctown. It was great hearing from you all.
Happy Birthday Karen.....
Name: Stephanie () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 06:54:34
City and State: RPV, Ca
Message: Jerry Pat, well, yes I did have to go to the El Molino to remind me of Linda Jones. Yes, John Renn also knocked off my socks with an email, sharing his good memories of you two walking the drainage canals(?), of car club meetings in Bobby Reagan's garage (right, John Baker?), and, oh, yes, of Linda Jones. Billye Ann is out there in her mountain sanctuary, reading the feedbacks. John Baker is amazing, making so many feel so good. By the way, John, Sue Jolly said to tell you she is getting email soon, real soon. I'm wondering if Lucy Wolfe is reading these feedbacks. If she is, it would be great to hear from her...please. All you Cougars are the best.
Yep, I remember Bob Reagan's garage/party room, and we did have car club meetings there. Me, Bob, John Renn, David Stark, Gordon Bell, George Gates, Gabe Fleming, and a few more that have flown from my memory. Glad too that you're enjoying the feedback, Stephanie. See you all on Cruise Night, March 15th.
Name: Dale Craig () on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 03:52:41
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: I remember the good old days of the drive in Theaters like the Twin Vue on Fig & Redondo Beach Blvd you could see two movies on two diffrent screens of course the Vermont the Torrance my favorite the Century insted of watching the movie you watch the planes the Centinela and the Studio had great times seeing great movies hope to see you at cruise thanks for memories Mr Hope you friend in time Dale W. Craig
Name: Matt Peterson () on Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 23:26:54
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Message: Hello from Taiwan. I am here visiting the inlaws. I just had to check CT. The temperature has dropped to 72 so all the locals are wearing coats.
Thanks for checking in, Matt. Guess that's why they call it the World Wide Web.
Name: Nancy McConnell () on Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 22:51:17
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: As I have been browsing through the Feedback, I have not seen mention of Sally's Drive In in Lennox/Inglewood. They brought your food to the car with those little shelves that set on the window. My parents use to take us there on occasion. I also remember walking home from the movies in Lennox/Inglewood with Donny and Jimmy Barton. We lived on 118th St at that time, where they ended up putting in the Boys Market, etc. Hey Pat Underwood, my mind is going, going, almost gone, but do you have a sister from the '62 class? Does onefamilyhistorian mean genealogy research? I remember seeing Jail House Rock, with that sexy and good looking new kid Elvis Presley at the Plaza Theater, we were soooooo daring! Has anyone seen/heard from Danny Kieffer lately? Oh, and Mr Wing's memorial service was very nice, (went with my brother and sister-in-law) he did alot for his church, besides the school. Very busy man. Saw a few of the teachers there. Sorry, got a little wordy. Everyone have a great day!
Hi Nancy, I think Jim Raines knows the whereabouts of Dan Kieffer. Dan, if you're out there, please let us know.
Name: John Baker () on Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 16:02:14
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: I just heard that Sherry Peppers Wingo broke her shoulder and is laid up in Torrance Hospital. Sherry, please get well soon enough to be at Cruise Night on March 15th. For anyone who wants to email a get well card, her email address is email@example.com
Get well soon, Sherry, we love you girl........
Name: EL ROJO () on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 20:02:12
City and State: YOU KNOW
Message: First of all, thank's to all you Coug's out there for the wonderful B-day wish'es. You made an old man very happy. Next, yea John I remember the re-verb systems. Between a new re-verb and a set of baby moons on my 62 Impala, when we had very little money, JJ and I had one of the few, but worst arguments in our long marriage. But it was still really cool. And North American park was the sight of many tackle football games in Jr high. We used to love to go over and play right after they had watered the fields. Slippin and a slidin, what a kick in the buns. Thanks again ya'll for all the kind wish'es. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE N JUDE. P.S. Robin, yea this class of 60 kid finally caught up with all you old 60 year old farts.:))
60!!?? Tell me it's not so, Russ....
Name: THERESA () on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 18:29:00
City and State: INGLEWOOD,CA
Message: HEY, WHAT'S UP CLASS OF 93'.......HOLLA BACK!!!!!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
THERESA M ANTHONY
Hey Theresa, welcome.....
Name: Pat () on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 17:53:38
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: John; Thank you for creating such a wonderful site for the Cougars. I am from Lawndale High class of 1963, but I enjoy visiting the Hawthorne site. You have truly put Hawthorne on the map. We went to Hawthorne Intermediate back in the fifties, but I was one of those underclassmen that eighth graders didn?t want to associate with. LOL. Where do all these Plaza Theater photos come from? When will they break out the A&W pictures?
Pat Underwood LHS Class of 1963
Got some A&W pics coming real soon, Pat, stay tuned.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 10:15:21
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: I see over on the "what's new" page that Scott Starr is doing a movie on the history of skateboarding. Some of Scott's work can be seen on: http://www.interlog.com/~mbrooke/skategeezer.html. Maybe some cougars can get a piece of the pie!
Yep, Scott needs help. He's looking for old 8mm films of early skateboarding, like back when we used to nail a shoe skate to a 2X4. If you can help, see the Whats New page.
Name: JERRY PAT SIMPSON () on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 08:33:42
City and State: Santa Clarita CA.
Message: Hey John, I remember Vibrasonic, I had one in my 68 Ford Torino. If I remember right it caused the sound to be delayed one second to the rear speakers, sort of making it seem like a stereo. When I got it I was going to have Don Scheliga,
put it in for me, but the last Don put something in my car everytime I turned it on I got shocked.
Name: Norv Vorhis () on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 00:27:59
City and State: Monrovia,Ca
Message: Stephanie: Bring the Plymouth.
Name: Ray () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 20:58:53
City and State: Mena, Arkansas
Message: Hi John
Earlier post mentioned radio stations and announcers. Do you remember Dave Hull? The "Hullabalooer" was voted one of the top djs in Southern California between 1957 and 1997. I listened to him a couple of years ago at KNXY-Palm Springs, still doing his thing. What a great career. Say hi to Tom for me and you stay safe.. Ray
Hey Ray, How you doin' down there in "Lum and Abner" country? Yeah I remember the Hullabalooer. Funny guy..... and speaking of great DJ's from the past, Gary Owens is back on KLAC 570 in the LA area. Still pretty witty too.
Name: Robin () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 19:31:39
City and State: RB,CA
Message: Scrivners was the first drive in I remember. Raymonds in Hawthorne once had a drive thru....Vibrasonic was a system that had the speakers delayed a nano sec from one another..reverb I think they called it?. Hagathorn...I played on a Northrup team that played Eddie and his court once and that was enough...it was like trying to hit sunshine...Happy B-Day Russ, the child of our class...Later Cougs..:o)
YES, that was the Vibrasonic all right. Does anyone remember when cars had 2 speakers; one on the dashboard, and one behind the rear seat, and you had a little switch mounted under the dashboard that said Front-Rear-Both. Now that was techie for the early 60's.
Name: Donald () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 19:01:12
City and State: W.Covina
Message: Has anyone been to the Donut Hole in La Puente? My next door neighbor owns the building, but leases out the business. What a bummer, no free donuts.
Name: KKARLA ADLER () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 18:50:50
City and State: HAWTHORNE, CA
Message: I AM WONDERING ABOUT OUR 20 YEAR
REUNION.... IT'S THIS YEAR BUT I AM
WONDERING WHEN AND WHERE IT'S GOING TO
TAKE PLACE. I NEVER GET NOTIFIED ABOUT
ANY OF MY REUNIONS....IF ANYONE HAS ANY
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLASS REUNION
FOR 83....PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU!
Hi Kkarla, As soon as I hear ANYTHING about a reunion it goes on the Reunions page. Please check back.
Name: Donald Scheliga () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 18:34:37
City and State: West Covina
Message: Ahhhh yes Muntz stereo. That brings back a lot of memories. I still have my original 4-track and the 4&8-track players.
In Jerry Miles post he mentioned Madman Muntz. I believe he was known as "Earl Madman Muntz" He used to sell cars and TV's. Any way, John Aguilar's (HHS 63) dad "Big John" was for a time a home distributor for Muntz. One day while John and I were at the Muntz store in the San Fernando Valley to pick up some tape players for "Big John", the Ambassador from El Salvador was also in the store. Earl and one of his sons Steve, I believe, asked John to translate for the ambassador and John did just that. Up to that time, I didn't know that John could speak Spanish. I had only herd he and his sisters speak English. John has always been a very pleasant and polished person and did an excellent job translating.
Oh yes! My old tape players still work.
I think I've mentioned this one before, but who remembers what a Vibrasonic was?
Name: Gomez () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 18:31:02
City and State: Salem
Message: Babs Dairy was the first drive thru I remember.
Name: JERRY PAT SIMPSON () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 17:55:21
City and State: Santa Clarita, CA.
Message: Hello Stephanie, Did I lose you, with all the background, on Linda? I just got a EMAIL from John Renn today. (knocked my socks off) Any ways do you remember Linda?
John found out through his sister Billie.
So Billie, if you are out there, alot of people remember you, and would love to hear from you here on Cougartown. Stephanie, how about bringing that Plymouth to Cruise Night??? By the way John remembers you very well. I wonder what that means?
Name: Mike Shay () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 17:54:51
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Class: Lost in the 50's
Message: Hi All;
The very first drive in anything I remember was the "Big Donut Drive In" that you guys talked about a couple weeks ago, on Manchester. Must have been around 1951 or so??
Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 16:58:29
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Maiden: Rain again today!
Message: You know..it still amazed me how nice to have a drive up in regardless of going to a fast food place or phamacy. I can imagine the good ol' days where you had to actually get out and had to physically get your stuff! Now I was wondering...what was the first drive thru in Hawthorne (or anywhere else?) Doesn't has to be a food place but I be curious to know. I was wondering what the comments the parent's made seeing such a thing going up? The first one I can remember was McDonald. I remember my first McDonald that open up I beleive on El Segundo Blvd near the Max Factor bldg and near the Golf course (my mind can't remember it exact location). My mom would stop by there from going to church in Hollywood when we got off the Harbor fwy. I remember being at A&W (not a drive thru) near El Camino College they had waitress come out to your car with a tray on your window. Not sure if they were or were not on rollerskates?? Memory frazed me because I might of been like 5 at the time. But I love the good ol' days!
The first Drive Thru that I remember was the Jack in the Box on Imperial just east of Inglewood Av. The weirdest was a drive thru liquor store in Las Vegas.
Name: Sharon Leach () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 14:53:38
City and State: Long Beach
Message: Someone mentioned the old radio shows which I just loved. If you want to hear a couple of episodes of "The Shadow" here is a link http://www.shadowradio.org It's a lot of fun to listen to. There is an all news station that used to play all the old radio programs. They came on at 9:00 p.m. I don't know if they still do. I think it was KNX, but not sure. I know it is the station that plays the Lakers and Dodgers games. My favorite radio program was Sgt. Preston. Thanks for the memories.
I'm a Lum and Abner fan, myself.
Name: kelley () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 13:56:52
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: Happy Birthday ROJO...i love all these pisces bithdays!!!
Who was the stranger who loves lancers and cougars? I know you if you love the lancers...not many of us know the lancers....who are you??? e-mail me at email@example.com...thanks...i'm hoping to make the lancer picnic this year...sorry for the personal stuff John but these mysterious feedback people, you just can't email them back...
Name: Tim Helble () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 13:44:44
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: John Hagethorn - I played my first baseball at the old North American facility on Imperial Hwy. From what I recall, it was located about half way between Aviation and La Cienega. They had several diamonds and a rec center in the middle. They started you on fast pitch at 5 years back then (but a coach did the pitching) - now they make kids that age play T-ball. Great memories from playing there. The facility was there at least until the mid-80's as I remember going there then to get some company discount tickets for Disneyland. I was out there in CA last week and noticed that the the area looks like it is covered by a giant warehouse now. BTW - I was out there for the American Meteorological Society meeting and experienced the big Southern CA rain storm. The ceiling in the exposition room leaked in twelve places. When I got back to Baltimore it took me three hours plus to dig my car out of the snow. Maybe large groups of meteorologists do bring bad weather after all.
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 07:52:27
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to our Goddess! Sorry I'm a day late - Little League and Back to School Night.
Hope we see you Sunday! Betty
Name: Bob Fitzgerald () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 03:11:13
City and State: santa ana. ca.
Message: Happy B-DAY ROJO, Have a great day.
Hey Bob, Long time no hear from. See you on Cruise Night.
Name: Gilligan () on Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 02:26:48
City and State: Three Hour Tour
Message: Thanks Cougartown for reuniting me with Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Pal Marsha Barnett (HHS Class of 1976) after 31 years! We spent an adventurous day on Catalina Island reacquainting ourselves.
I am very glad to have had the pleasure of spending the day with a delightful and charming childhood friend, grown up. Fortunate, I am, I felt like Gilligan for a day!
Response to Laurie Kelleher... I was a wee-wee tot when the Lennox theater burned, the second time, in the middle of the night. It was empty that second time. We lived on Burin Avenue behind it and the Pappy had a car lot, directly north, next to it. I remember Pappy moving all of the cars as fast as he could away from the burning theater. Must have been age 5 at the time! Corvettes, Cadillacs, Studebakers and Edsels! Reminded me of Pup & Taco -- the novel approach to diversity in the 60's! -- on the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Lennox Boulevard.
My first drive in movie was Bonnie and Clyde at the Century Drive In. HOW do we remember these things?
Good Times To All!
tobey <<< Loves Lancers and Cougars
Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 23:33:04
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Message: Hey Cougs, speaking of the KNX tower being cut down, that would be in 67-68, I was the salesman for AA Fence Co. on the new chainlink fence that was installed around the complete site, a good commission for that one. When we moved to Haw. in 50, it was mostly a one lane on each side of the drainage ditch up to Rosecrans, no curbs or gutters, then 2 lanes north with (if I remember crs right), parking in the middle to Broadway then the streetcar
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