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Name: James Cicalese () on Friday, March 7, 2003 at 12:46:33
City and State: Lakewood, Ca
Message: Hi CT, One of the things I enjoy about CT is reading the old newspapers. It really gives you insight of where we were then and where we are now. I think I still have some old papers tucked away somewhere along with some old book covers from my freshman year. I was sad to read the police were called to HHS. I would like to know more on what happened.
Hi James, I do appreciate the Cougar newspapers, but seldom have time anymore to put them up on the site (it takes a couple of hours, anyway). I still have lots of Cougars to add so if you or anyone sends them, please be prepared to wait.
Name: Gomez () on Friday, March 7, 2003 at 10:59:04
City and State: Salem, OR
Message: I went to Morningside for a semester and
there was a riot once a week back in 1970. I got chased home a few times but the sad thing is the bad kids take teaching time away from the kids who are there to learn. It got to where I would have my math class at lunch time with a few other students just to be able to get the assignment. I went from a private school that only went to the 8th grade to Morningside. What a shock. The rest is Cougar history. Now Oregon schools are cutting programs right and left. Our schools up here are hurting. Just read Doonesbury.
Name: Patti Smith () on Friday, March 7, 2003 at 10:06:41
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: Another small Cougartown story. I was at my niece's house the other evening, talking with her fiance, and it turns out that his son is a freshman at HHS right now! So, as of next Saturday, there'll be another Cougar generation of our family.
Keep those small Ctown stories comin', Cougs....
Name: Pat () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 23:57:08
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: Greg Jones; What happened at Hawthorne the other day was exactly why I put my daughter in private school two years ago (at her request). The police were there everyday and the kids would throw bottles at them and other students. The worst thing we ever did was to take a towel and snap some guy in the gym and hide so the coach didn?t find us. LOL. Yes, bad parenting is one of our problems today. I wonder what the next generation will be like?
Pat Underwood LHS class of 1963
Hey Pat, You sound just like your parents. Every kid at HHS isn't involved in the "PROBLEM". The good kids, and they are in the majority, wish the problem kids weren't there too. In my view, the troublemakers get all the press.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 21:12:00
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: Hey auntie Steph, how about "La Playa de Memorias"...
Name: Stephanie () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 19:59:01
City and State: RPV, Ca
Message: Hey, Cougars, Speaking of the land/park at Highland and 26th: you probably already know there is a contest to RENAME that park. Who among you will give a new name? Shouldn't it be .........?
OK, Buryabeer Park....
Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 17:25:33
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: Hi Susie, The reason she will be in town is to pick up her new car. No more of those old lady Cadillacs for her. She went out and ordered herself a new Jaguar. Oh to be old and have a good time! I hope I get around as well when I am that old.
Drive on over to Fosters and join us Susie. I'll buy dinner.
Name: Enza Nicocia () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 17:02:55
City and State: So Sunny SoCal
Maiden: it's springtime in socal..wooohooo!
Message: Hey JB~What's up with the black and white photos that you posted? Are we suppose to guess who these Coug's are? I haven't a clue, although I think that they are from the early/mid 60's generation. On another note, the Lakers game last night was a real nail biter. Robert Horry, of course, came through with his game winning shot. It's true what they say about him, the man has ice water running through his veins! (Just what you need in a tight game.) Hey Wade~ haven't seen you post lately. Are you still out there dude? All is well here in SoCal~ it's party time with my fav sis-in-law Cheryl Christiansen Nicocia visiting with Grappa man John. I never giggle and laugh so much and so often as when she comes down for a visit (well, a few vino coolers help lighted out spirits..teehee). She is a quack up. Let the good times roll! :P
Enza, the pics above are just samples of what I'd like to receive from the regulars on the feedback page....Face-on head shots. Incidentally, I'm getting some pretty good pics.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 16:28:21
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: OK, I want to know what happened to all of those bound copies of the Cougar that were available at the student store? Does anyone have one? See: this page. Thanks Stephanie Hall Brito.
Name: Greg Jones () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 16:13:07
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I'm not quite sure exactly what happened today but Hawthorne PD rolled in force to our dear old alma mater around 1:00 this afternoon. It is a shame what has happened to our school. I guess the kids felt like they had to respond in kind to the events which took place last week at Leuzinger. Parents need to take control. Just thought I'd let you all know.
Name: susie () on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 08:07:06
City and State: albuquerque,nm
Message: I wonder what Mom Jensen will be driving...I have my yellow Soupy Sales pin and found what looked like something off the Titanic but what turned out to be my track and field medals from Del Aire park circa 1960...
Name: Jean MacErnie () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 23:59:55
City and State: Albq NM
Message: Does anyone remember back in the 50's when people would set up small booths near the beach in the summer and sold hamburgers, hot dogs chips etc? They made them out of wood or anything they could think of. The food was very greasy yet people flocked to eat the stuff. I have a vague memory of this. Most people I talk to don't remember it but a couple have. I think it was a short lived deal probably due to health regulations. I can only remember one summer of this...but sometimes I wonder if it really did exist...after all I was a kid at the time.
I also remember renting those inflatable rafts from the beach for something like 50 cents. We would go out and body surf (?). If you didn't rent one then you just belly surf. I am not sure if this is what they called it. I just remember calling it that.
Last does anyone remember the little pins they sold at the beach (tons of them) during the hippie era? All those love and peace and flower power pins!
Then there were those who also wore flowers in their hair and anywhere else they could find a place for them. Just a few memories that popped into my head.
Name: Regina Jensen () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 18:24:13
City and State: Some where west of Laramie
Maiden: La Tendresse (Mom J.)
Message: Look out! The oldest Cougarette is plannng on being at Fosters Freeze on the 15 of March.
Save me a seat.
All right Mom J, We'll see you and the Jenson boys on the 15th.
Name: Omar () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 18:03:54
City and State: Downey, CA
Maiden: Omar Azze
Message: A special thank you to Dan Johnson for helping me out. As always Danny you have been there for me and I appreciate it.
Name: Pat () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 16:01:18
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: John my wife says you?re correct about the e-mail, so I apologize. I hate being wrong all the time. LOL.
Pat Underwood LHS class of 1963
Hey Pat, no need for an apology. Just needed to explain so people wouldn't panic.
Name: Pat () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 15:33:33
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: Hi C-Towners. I never get any junk mail because I never sign up for anything, but since this incident with Ron Davis I now get JUNK MAIL. Thanks Ron you piece of keep it clean Pat. My Uncle Vern was an avid fisherman and he purchased a pocket fishermen way back when. After casting his new contraption around the backyard a few times so when he went out he wouldn?t look like a fool IT BROKE. Hey John, when are those A&W pictures coming out??
Pat Underwood LHS Class of 1963
I'm waiting for the A&W pics through email. Also, because Ron Davis got your email address off this site doesn't mean he sold it to a mailing list house. My junk mail hasn't gone up, and in fact it's gone down. A harvesting robot will extract email addresses from a site if they are linked, but normally email addresses that are written as text are ignored, because they ARE text. I'm sure Ron Davis hand extracted these email addresses for his email purposes only. Not sticking up for what he did but I sure don't want everyone to think they get junk mail because they have an email address listed on the Alumni list. You'll get 50 times the junk mail just sending an e-card.
Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 14:24:44
City and State: Columbia, MD
Message: Re my posting a while back about 26th street, here's an interesting response that was forwarded to me via email --
As those of us who research history know, never believe everything you read or are told. Memories are embellished or faulty. Newspapers stories are not always accurate.
Tim Helble asks if the story a HHS literature teacher used to tell about the park between 26th and 27th Streets in Manhattan Beach is true. Mr. Helble can get the truth by reading Bob Brigham's "Land Ownership and Occupancy by Negros in Manhattan Beach,
California." It can be found in the Manhattan Beach Library and will take approximately two hours to read through. Please keep in mind that the issue takes place between 1912 and the 1920s.
Is the story true told by the HHS literature teacher? A quick answer and by no means a complete answer is yes and no.
True - The reason there is a park there is because Colored people owned homes on that block. The park was the idea of Mr. George Lindsey, a real estate man, who owned property in the northern section of Manhattan and who was also one of the City Trustees.
False - No homes were burned. There was a report that a mattress under Bruce's Lodge was on fire. The actual Bruce's Lodge was not set on fire.
They say the mattress was set on fire by the KKK. There is no proof who set the mattress on fire.
In 1924, the City purchased all of the homes from the Colored people and all were allowed to purchase property elsewhere in Manhattan, just not on the beach.
Again, I recommend the reading of Bob Brigham's "Land Ownership and Occupancy by Negros in Manhattan Beach, California." It is well researched and written with no bias views or conclusions from the author.
Bonnie Beckerson, President
Manhattan Beach Historical Society
Name: jenny () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 12:04:02
City and State: apple valley ca.
Message: Hey, does anyone know when the 25year high school reunion is for the class of 1977.Or did I miss it??????
Haven't heard a thing, Jenny
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 01:32:19
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Message: I was reading the message on buying from Mail order catalogues and it reminded me of when I went up to see my Uncle and ask him what he was up to. He had some woman in an office at his house and all she did 8 hours a day was buy things from mail order catalogues from around the world. From what I understand he actually rented a warehouse to store all this stuff. I don't know what ever happened to it after he died. By the way any new news on the SS Catalina (his old boat..I mean ship).
Hi Keith, No, I haven't heard a thing on the Catalina, but I bet someone in Ctown knows what's going on.....
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 23:01:04
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: One of the things that I collect are old mail order catalogs. It is interesting to see the old gadgets. Some of them were clever while others were down right crazy. Remember the popiel Pocket Fisherman; or how about the Percobaster? Or maybe the donut maker that was plastic and you pressed a button to put batter into boiling oil to make donuts? There was always something about plastic and boiling oil that seemed like a poor combination.
Yeah that pocket fisherman was a real prize all right, but Ron Popeil is laughing all the way to the bank. I think that was his first invention.
Name: Jean MacErnie () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 22:22:15
City and State: Albq, NM
Message: I have an interesting Cougar story to share with everyone. Last week I wrote to this website for the first time. I noticed that the letter before mine was from Susie Klingenhagen Russelle. She sent it 7 minutes before I did...The funny part is that she is now living in Albq NM too. That was sort of weird, I thought (2 people from Albuquerque at almost the same time...) The next day Susie emailed me and I thought that was nice of her. She too was surprised that there was another HHS person in Albq. Anyway, 2 days later as I was leaving work, one of the surveyers that comes in to our office told me he met a Hawthorne Cougar. He said the guys name was Tom Klingenhagen and he had graduated from HHS in 64. Susie had mentioned this to me when she emailed me. Tom is Susies brother. (my source is a guy who was from Torrance or Gardena). Glen said that Tom was a surveyor who comes into our office a lot to do research. I do not know Tom or Susie so it was quite a surprise to connect with both of them in some sense with in 3 days. Neither of them were aware of this. I plan to share this with Susie when I email her. What a different Cougar connection. The next time Tom comes in maybe Glen will be there to point him out to me. I have run into a couple of Cougars in Albq. A guy named Joe came into the office once and he really looked familiar but I had no idea who he was. We started to talk about where we were from....Well he was a 68 Cougar. A few months past and I forgot all about the incident. He called me at work to assist him with a real estate search...He started the conversation off by telling me I won a free round trip for one week to Hawthorne CA. I was speechless and confused. He finally admitted who he was...So I told him "So where are my tickets"?
Everyone is always sharing their Cougar connections and I thought these were pretty neat.
Small Cougar World stories are our favorite, Jean. Thanks for sharing and if you go to the Car Talk page on this website you'll get to see what Susie drives everyday. Thanks for the story and BTW, one more Coug that I used to talk to regularly is HHS77 Lyle Tucker who is also living in Albuquerque. Could there be more??
Name: Jerry Rigney () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 21:39:37
City and State: Palmdale,Ca
Message: Hey Mike thank you. I couldn't agree with you more. Thank's to JB and Ctown we do get together once in a while. I still remember when we first met, and of course I think your right about Sharon. I was and remained the envy of many thru the year's. Looking forward to seeing you guy's and the gang at Foster's.
Name: Mike Shay () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 17:47:43
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey John and Cougs in General;
Can't wait till cruise night. As far as I'm concerned these are more fun than a full on reunion. I see Jerry Rigney just checked in. When my mom and I first moved to Hawthorne from the great
frozen north (Lennox) in 1955, Jerry was one of the first friends I made. We both loved cars but he already had one.
He was about 15, and I was 12. By the way, Jerry later married one of the prettiest girls in HHS class of 61, the late Sharon Cantor Rigney. Hope to see you at cruise night OLD FRIEND.
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 14:23:49
City and State: garden grove ca
Message: Thanks Chris Prewitt for the web site address. They have so many items from the past it was fun to look at. They had Bissell sweepers , pants stretchers, oil cloth table cloths, old style ice trays, Ovaltine, Dippity Do, Double bubble gum, Oxydol soap and Walnettos. Remember these items? They even have corner strainers, like we used for draining garbage in the sink before garbage disposers. And a portable phonograph that plays 33, 45, & 78. Now thats rare. And also the Feemster slicer of course. I'm not trying to sound like an advertisement it was just so surprising that you can really still buy these items that I thought were long gone.
Name: Ingrid Larson () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 10:48:11
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: This may not start off sounding Cougartown related, but bear with me...I was in Florence, Italy in about 1981, standing in the museum, looking at that incredible statue of David done by Michelangelo. There was a crowd of people all around, a quiet hush in the room. I looked around at the people in the room with me, and lo and behold! what did I spy? There was a guy standing there with a t-shirt on with four big black letters on it...F.F.F.F.
I walked up to him and said something like, "Wow, I've come a long way to bump into someone from Hermosa Beach!"
So, there's my Fat Face Fenner's Faloon story, folks!
The world is getting smaller.
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 10:05:47
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Message: For those of you who don't know, "Lysistrata" is a humorous Greek play written about two thousand years ago about some Greek women who decided to withhold marital favors from the men to make them stop warring. I was not named after her. My parents didn't want me to be called anything but,Elizabeth. In fact,back in the 50's, on 133rd Street, if anyone called me anything other than Elizabeth they lost their allowance. If Kelley Currie or Karen Considine or Christie Higgins called my house asking for Liz or Lizzy my family was instructed to say,
"I'm sorry there's no one here by that name."
Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 01:19:49
City and State: San Gabriel Valley, CA
Message: I just want to make a comment about Mr. Nyman. He was a great principal and I had the pleasure, as an office nurse, to take care of him in the past. He was a most gracious and kind man and the article you posted from the Daily Breeze truly did him justice. I think that it would be almost impossible to find someone who can come close to the way he ran HHS. I'm glad to see that he is enjoying his senior years. Of course, since we are approaching our golden years (which is hard to believe), we can take a lesson from Mr. Nyman on how to do it right. He's still someone we can look up to. Maybe the secret lies in just enjoying ourselves and having a good time.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 23:38:35
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Marilyn Ross take a look at http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/ and search for Feemster Slicer. Jerry Rigney you said my thoughts almost word for word. John, I?ll see you at cruise night. I?m a couple of years behind. Elizabeth Estrada were you named after Aristophanes ?Lysistrata??
Hey Chris, That's what mine is called. Thanks and see you on the 15th.
Name: Jim Raines () on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 22:47:17
City and State: Salt Lake City Ut
Message: Looking way back to Doris' day when Danny Kieffer and I rode our bikes up to see the brand new '56 Fords on the corner of 120th and Hawthorne. I remember it was a pink and black victoria. Man, for us sixth graders that was really cool. Soon all the kids in school were wearing pink and black stuff. girls in poodle skirts and pony tails and the guys in peggers and ducktails. Music was Elvis and Little Richard. Great time and place to be growing up. Thanks John for this site.
Great memory Jim, thanks....
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 22:11:37
City and State: garden grove ca
Message: o.k. my message wouldn't go through earlier so I am trying again. The slicer is just like the one my folks had in the 50's. It sliced the greatest thin tomatoes and my dad would buy those fat dill pickles and slice the whole jar. I think he really had fun doing it. My husband and I were just talking about the slicer yesterday! I wish I still had one.
Yep, it took me back too. My mom had one but I think she thought it was too dangerous so she tossed it.
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