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Name: Pat () on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 19:09:40
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Class: 1963
Message: John I haven?t seen that old pool in years. I learned how to swim there way back in the 50?s. It took me a little longer to graduate to the diving pool, but I persevered. I was never able to master the high dive as I have a problem with heights. After learning how to swim I was able to go to Rosecrans and 26th St. beach. Thank you for the old memories. What other photos of old Hawthorne did you take today???? Pat Underwood LHS Class of 1963
More to come.....

Name: Alan Nelson () on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 17:45:38
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: The pool looks pretty good. God knows I spent enough time in it. From Hawthorne Swim Club from age 9 or so, all the way through High School, if I had a nickle for every hour I spent....
Does anyone know if the "wall" is still there?

Name: Robin () on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 17:21:48
City and State: RB,CA
Class: 6T
Message: Great Pics of the pool John....lets go swimming!...Like many guys, I said "excuse me" at that place more than anywhere...If you planned the trajectory of your dive , it was amazing what/who you could run into.. And all for a dime...:o)
Yes girls, send your comments to Robin "Cheap Feels" Hood at

Name: Pat Bagby () on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 17:18:19
City and State: New York
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 64
Message: Haven't been to Cougartown in quite awhile, but you know how we always return to our roots in times of stress. Life going on pretty normally here, but a really high level of anxiety. We all have different opinions about the war, Bush, etc., but now is the time to come together, wish each other safe passage, and wish our troops well. Stay alert, stay safe, and we will all make it through to better times. Pray for us New Yorkers; stress is high and we have been through a lot (but we are tough). :)

Name: Desiree () on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 14:15:04
City and State: LENNOX
Message: Im a freshman here at HHS, so far the year has been ok. The teachers are great, epecially Ms. Haarbauer. Classes are alright and the people here are nice. I enjoy attending HHS but they could make it a safer and funner environment.
Hi Desiree and welcome to Cougartown. When I was a freshman I wished it was safer and funner too. I think I shined every Seniors shoe on campus. You hang in there and you'll find that your high school years will be a big part of your life. Good luck at HHS and be proud that you're a Cougar as Hawthorne High is a great school with lots of history and tradition.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 16:03:38
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Maiden: Old Codger
Class: 52/97
Message: Dearest Dennis,
You are hereby given permission to call me "Harry" on the condition that it does not cause you emotional trauma. The reason I told Paco to get a job and stay with it was that I was reasonably certain he could not get another one. I agree with you that it is time to release him. Pay your Cougartown dues and say John Baker three times and you will be set free, Paco. (I feel so much better having done that) Seriously, you are both fine gentlemen and IF I had anything to do with it I am delighted. Pacita and Mammalita - I know a good optometrist if you are not seeing your spouses clearly.
Love to all and prayers for our servicemen, HCH

Optometrist??!! Both the wives were BLIND when they married these two.

Name: Susan King () on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 14:09:42
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: On this day, and those that follow, as Americans, may we all remember those words we spoke so loudly on 9-11-01.....UNITED WE STAND. God Bless America and guide our leadership.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 10:59:40
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 61
Message: Dearest Mr. Plotkin, may I call you by your first name after 47 years sir? … Harry sir… Paco & I are so very polite and may I say just squeaky clean guys “O” we were taught by the best/you to do the right thing and always keep smiling…what we are today is because of you Sir…
You know Paco followed your advice… You once told him he should get a job and never leave it (I don’t know why you told him that) …well it’s been 40 plus years. Mr. Harry, sir Paco is a man of his word and he doesn’t want to disappoint you... but sir I think its time to let Paco off the hook… Paco has had only one Job in his life as you suggested, he has been working very hard and it’s time for him to take a break. Paco would love to play Golf every day and enjoy life. ”O” Cindy, Snowed no not at all… see we were in Harry Plotkin's class and we were brainwashed, to this day Paco just can't let go. I've tried over the years to get Paco some help, but nothing has worked to this day… I'm asking the only person in the world that can help Paco to step up and do the right thing and release Paco from this spell. Hey even his company is trying to send a message to him. The other day a large truck showed up and dropped off a 10’ Grandfather clock… Please Mr. Plotkin set Paco free so he can enjoy the rest of his life…. Still squeaky clean and proud of it…

Name: Barney McArdle () on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 09:38:06
City and State: Everett, Washington
Class: 1958
Message: Hey Jake, I agree with your comments completely and I wish our troops God's speed also, as we all do. I sent an email to Dave over two weeks ago and I haven't heard back from him. I know he's old, does he need help? Just kidding, but I did send it to the email address you sent to me. Barney

Name: Ron () on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 03:08:34
City and State: Bremerton, WA
Class: 1981
Message: Back again! This is why we chose to serve. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you for your continued support. God bless America!

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 22:52:55
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: Man Paco, you and Dennis are good, you guys have those girls snowed, after all of these years. But you don't fool the rest of us.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 21:34:29
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: God speed our Military Men and Women who now find themselves in harm's way. I thank you for your service, and hope & pray that you return to our shores safe.

Name: Howard A Duran () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 20:48:56
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: Dearest Harry, our wives, Mammalita and Pacita, think that Mammal is still adorable and I am still as pure as a light dusting new fallen snow....

Name: Gilligan () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 20:16:13
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 1976
Message: God bless us One and All - Our Troops, President and Nation.
Amen to that....

Name: ROJO () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 19:58:26
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 6OH
Message: Hey Bake, you dog...not really. Nice little contest. Sorry I didn't get in my picture to ya. Although everyone would have confused me for Kevin Bacon at an early age:)). And thanks Harry for sticking up for the Dana kid. My GPA actually was quite good while at Dana. But I won't disclose what happened from my JR year on at HHS. Wish I could have made the trip for cruise night, even though it got rained out, just to see you all again. You know... I'm not a real religious person, but God bless our troops and may the good guy, where ever he is, keep as many as he can safe and out of harms way during these trying times. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Glad you're still out there, boy. I been worried about you two.

Name: Pat () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 13:40:00
City and State: h
Message: Dear John - Boy I hate letters that start like that. LOL. On Friday of this week I just might become an associate member of the Cougartown as my youngest son Louis starts the last semester of his freshman year at Hawthorne High. Now he will be reunited with most of his former classmates from Dana Middle School. UGH!! You know how I feel about Dana. Now I can get Cougar tee shirts and go to Cruise nights and be legal. Did you forget that I also went to HIS, you were an eighth grader? Oh that?s right you didn?t associate with underclassmen. I was the chubby dorky looking seventh grader that rode the blue and chrome 26? paperboy special with the Springer front end. How does it feel now to be older then I am? LOL. On Sundays if you wanted to see me you would have to go to Thrifty drugs and hear me sing: ?Get your Sunday Herald here .25 cents.? God I love this town. Support our TROOPS and keep them safe.
Pat Underwood LHS Class of 1963

Hey Pat, No problem with Cougartown Tshirts, as lots of non-HHSers have them and attend Cruise Nights. Also congrats to Louis on being a Cougar. In 3 years he can also add himself to our Alumni list.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 10:28:18
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Maiden: Old Codger
Class: 52/97
Message: What a great contest with the children's pictures. They are adorable. That was truly the age of innocence with the possible exceptance of Paco and the Mammal - with that picture, John, I just can't place you with these two (I could be wrong. What does your Mother say?) During my 45 years being associated with Dana any rivalry with HIS was a friendly one. If my memory serves me correctly (who am I kidding?) Dana transferred Russ Jacobson to HIS the last week of the eighth grade - not. It was imperative that the faculty at HHS keep Russ's GPA up so he would qualify for sports - simple as that. Actually, the average GPA for Russ and Judy was respectable - you know I love you guys! I've been gone for six years, but Dana used to keep fairly high academic standards. Thanks for the plug, John. Love to all, HCH
Hi Harry, No I wasn't with those two. All the good looking kids went to HIS.
Where is El Rojo through all of this, anyway? Russ, are you still out there?

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 09:19:13
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message: Bob Poorman I have trouble even imaginging you without long hair let alone with those cool horn rims! JB -- and to think Mr. T wasn't even around in your day!
Yeah he was around. He was a 3rd grader when I was a Junior. I kicked his butt and took his jewelry. Think about it.....there was a time in my life when I was a better hitter than Barry Bonds. In 1987 I coulda kicked Kobe's heiny in a one-on-one game. Where was Mike Tyson in 1975, anyway.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 08:56:45
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: The "who are these Cougars?" was great fun. After looking at the photos the first time, I figured most of them were ringers - movie stars put in to throw us off the track :) so I didn't even try to guess. I am impressed that Marsha figured out my photo as I didn't move to Hawthorne until I was 15!
Movies Stars....yeah that #14 is a dead ringer for Shirley Temple.
Also I erased most of the "guessing feedback" as it'll be confusing to anyone reading this page at a later date.

Name: Bob Poorman () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 06:19:23
City and State: Wayzata, MN
Class: '77
Message: Okay John, so I was wrong. Mom did recognize the photo. Who would've thunk. I guess I'll have to dig deeper into the archives next time. That was fun thanks for the entertainment. Marla, welcome to Cougartown! It's been ages, hope you're doing well. Our moms used to call each other sisters, I guess that would make us cousins. Here's to a safe and speedy return of our men and women overseas.

Name: Lori () on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 00:34:47
City and State: Wedding stress , USA
Maiden: Padelford for 38 more days
Class: 81
Message: Hi John and fellow cougars. It's been way too long since I have posted feedback, but I have a great excuse. I've been planning my wedding. I had no idea what I was in for! I'm happy to say that we are near the end of the planning and will be hitched April 26, 2003. I really hope that " cruise night" won't happen that weekend or while were on our honeymoon. I always look forward to cruise night. Everyone is always so nice and welcoming. It reminds you of what a small community Hawthorne is and that there are some really sweet, caring wonderful people out there. Well I look forward to seeing all of you then. Take care and as always.....Thanks John, you do such a great job keeping us all connected.
Love, Lori

Well congratulations to you and Mario (I guess it's Mario ) on your upcoming wedding. It's about time the big guy popped the question. Still not sure when cruise night will be rescheduled, but will try to stay away from matrimony day. Thanks Lori and we'll see you soon.

Name: Jody Weller () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 20:46:33
City and State: Long Beach CA
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
Message: I should disqualify myself on the Cougar Kids photos, but that is impossible. #1 is Robert (Bob) Poorman-MY SON. Keep up the GOOD WORK JOHN-you always make our days complete.
No sorry you're incorrect.........YES!! Of course it's Bob Poorman. Thanks Jody for ending this Baby Picture Marathon. I've got to say IT WAS FUN!! We'll do it again real soon.

Name: Pat () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 20:35:03
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Class: 1963
Message: Hey John I was going through the old feedback pages and I kept reading about the rivalry between Dana and HAWTHORNE INTERMEDIATE. My last two children went to Dana and I never heard of such a conflict between the two schools. I know now that Dana was not a very good school because my daughter went to Hawthorne High her freshman year as an ?A? student and she entered all the honors classes which she almost failed. ?Go figure.? It seems to me that Hawthorne High gives special treatment to Dana students and Hawthorne Intermediate students don?t get squat. Please explain this to me like I was a student from Dana. Pat Underwood LHS Class of 1963 # 1 Jim Sloey
Jim Sloey-NO.....
About the rivalry. It would be hard for me to be objective seeing as I went to HIS. I think the rivalry on the Feedback page concerned sports. Academically, I would have to say that you couldn't find better teacher-administrators than the likes of Harry Plotkin, Pete Mannion, and a few others. No, I wouldn't grade Dana low on anything, although Russ Jacobsen single-handedly dropped their overall GPA about a point and a half in 1956. Now Russ, you know I'm just funnin' ya' huh. It was really only a point.

Name: Myrna () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 15:37:09
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
Message: Well, I haven't been here in a while, but I'm enjoying "catching up". The one thing I have to say, is that life changes every day. As to where you live, sometimes you end up there by choice, and sometimes by circumstance. All places I have lived (not that many) are different now than two years ago, let alone twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty. In my experience, I can be happy anywhere, it is my decision. I realize that there are days I do decide to be unhappy, but they are few and far between. It is up to me to be happy, not my surroundings!

Name: Paul Crane () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 14:45:19
City and State: Thousand Oaks, Ca
Class: 65
Message: Anyone know where Sharon Hardwick (Evans)66, is now?

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 09:58:40
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message:Before we start sending everyone "back to where they came from" let's take today's "Mr. T" history quiz: From whom and how did the United States "acquire" California?
I think we ripped California from Mexico's gullet during the Mexican American war, about early-mid 19th Century.

Name: Susie () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 09:55:25
City and State: GOT SNOW?NM
Maiden: startswithaKendswithaN
Class: '71
Message: Okay, I have no clue, but will #15 go steady with me...
He always was a lady killer.....

Name: Les Vlieger () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 09:42:16
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 68
Message: FYI Coug's, Jeff Bottoms passed away this past Saturday.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 09:17:42
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 61
Message: We'll gang I think Kelly, Penny, Paco & I should win something. We were all picked out of the line-up with in hours of our pictures going up. I wonder if JB had something to do with that? Bobby, Robin & Jim was it my hopalong suspenders that gave me away?
See ya all at the next cruise night.
Dennis (Mammal)

Hey Dennis, I knew you and Paco would go quickly, as you two haven't changed since kindergarten

Name: kelley () on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 09:10:54
City and State: Englewood,Or
Maiden: c
Message: I'd just like anyone out there who knew Jeff Bottoms..class of 1969 (not sure about that) He passed away March 13,2003...I will miss my friend Bottle Neck....Cheers to you....

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 23:33:55
City and State: redondobeachcalif
Class: 69
Message: Hello Everyone. It's too bad it rained us out of a good time Saturday night. A few Cougars ended up at my place for a visit. Sweet smelling Bill Jensen made it for a glass of wine or two. Tom Burroughs drove in from Arizona to introduce his fiance, Paula and what a doll she is! You're all gonna love her. Congratulations Tom. I'm looking forward to the big wedding bash in June. Our Princess Doris flew all the way from Twin Falls, Idaho and were her arms tired. bada bing. We'll try it again next month. In the mean time.......let's all keep our service men and women in our hearts and prayers. I love you guys. DZ
Congrats Tom on your upcoming wedding. You told her I get the Nomad, right??

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 19:11:20
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Happy St. Patricks day! Glad JB1 & JB2 have returned from their vacation, if anyone deserves time off it's you two. Now back to reality. Sorry to hear Cruise night was rained out. I know we got 4" on Saturday, it was fun driving in it. Everyone have fun tonight, be safe and "watch out for the other guy" Anyone remember that commerical? JB, I don't have my kids on 3/29, maybe we can do our cruise night then? Something to think about.
We'll see how it goes....

Name: Pat () on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 17:41:54
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Class: 1963
Message: Boy it rains here in Hawthorne one day and the rest of the lower 48 asks how we are doing. Try living in Florida or Louisiana when the weather gets really bad and your car is in six feet of water. LOL. The only thing the rain did was to ruin a good cruise night it didn?t even flood our streets. John this would have been my first cruise night since they closed the ?A?, when can we expect another one or reschedule the cancelled one? Pat Underwood LHS Class of 63
Maybe next month. I'm booked for the next 3 weeks.

Name: Tim Helble () on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 17:04:05
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Hey - it looks like feedback is back up. I heard So. Cal had a big rainstorm last Saturday - did everyone "weather" it o.k.? In some earlier feedback I heard that the Hawthorne Pool was running again. Does that mean HHS has a swim team? Lots of great memories from the summer public swim sessions - you could have fun all afternoon for 10 cents. Also remember the morning swimming lessons. Anybody remember swim instructor Winnie in the kiddie pool? She was the best!!
Weathered it OK, but it rained out Cruise Night. We'll soon try it again.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 16:54:18
City and State: Portland Oregon
Maiden: still raining!
Class: 1981
Message: OMG....MARLA Manriquez.....she spoken and found Cougartown. Wow. Hi there and welcome. I remember I used to keep basketball scores for your team that you coached on the HHS JV team in 1981. It was fun especially because My girlfriend Debbie Pregler was on the team. Last time I saw your brother "Gilbert" was back in 1991. How's ya other brother Richard doing? Good to see you again Marla!

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