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Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 23:23:06
E-Mail: burnslock@yahoo.com
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Hey Cougs, I remember the snow of 49, we lived in Harbor City @ the time, I had a bad cold & could go out and play, had to watch from the front room window while all my buds were having a ball. Now if I could remember the way to work tomorrow, well maybe not remembering is a good thing. Later Don



Name: Vivian Cavanzo () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 21:32:02
E-Mail: cavanzo@bellsouth.net
City and State: Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Maiden: Sotto
Class: 1983
Message: Your website provided a quick and easy way to access reunion information. Thanks!
Thank you Vivian for adding that to feedback. Lots of people think the Feedback page is all I do here. Have a great reunion.



Name: john hagethorn () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 20:28:53
E-Mail: 73cougar60@msn.com
City and State: lv nv
Class: 1960
Message: My family was living in LA in 49 when it snowed. I remember it like it was yesterday. Now if only I could remember yesterday. We lived on 42nd and Hoover, 6 blocks south of the Coliseum.
It's funny how you can remember things from your youth, but not where you parked your car.
Thanks John



Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 17:29:31
E-Mail: lbiller49@yahoo.com
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1967
Message: I still have a copy of the L.A. Herald dated Jan.11,1949 (my DOB). It reads "SNOW BLANKETS L.A."
Talk about a small Cougar world. Thanks for the verification, Larry. Marilyn, you must've been out of town that day.



Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 16:22:13
E-Mail: TKHelble@netscape.net
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: John - it looks like the snowstorm was on January 10, 1949. Snow reported on many beaches, Burbank got 5" Obtained this info on a web search. Getting it from our obs records would have been a pain. Isn't the Internet great?
Yeah tis.... That sounds about right too. Thanks Tim, I was beginning to think I dreamt it.....



Name: KATHLEEN ROE () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 16:11:16
E-Mail: kroe@socal.rr.com
City and State: HAWTHORNE, CA
Maiden: FITZPATRICK
Class: 1968
Message: THANK YOU FOR COUGARTOWN.COM. KATY
Thank YOU Katy, for being out there.



Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 16:06:42
E-Mail: onefamilyhistorian@socal.rr.com
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: John I was born in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1945 and in 1947 I was trying to move to Southern California to get away from the snow. Being 2 years old my parents prevented my leaving and my verbal skills were limited and they just didn?t understand. LOL. So if when I moved here there would have been snow, I would have run away from home.
There was snow for a few hours anyway.



Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 14:29:04
E-Mail: mlr922@hotmail.com
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca.
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: I lived in Lennox from 46 to 48 then on Imperial Hwy. I never saw any snow where I lived and don't remember hearing about any in the area. Seeing it would have stuck in my mind but if there were some in other parts of the city I probably wouldn't have remembered. I was 15 the first time I saw snow and that was in Snow Valley.
I didn't live that far from you (122nd and Cedar).



Name: Paco () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 13:41:00
E-Mail: doo4usc@cox.net
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: I remember the snow..It was such a big deal. Does anyone remember in late 40's or early 50's a helecopter landed in the bean fields around 134th and Anza and Santa got out waved, that was about as big a deal as the snow!



Name: Tim Helble () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 13:16:13
E-Mail: TkHelble@netscape.net
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Hi Everybody - I haven't written any feedback lately, but I've been visiting. Re the distance to school - I had it easy, living on Hansworth just south of the Air Force facility. It was only about a minute to Cabrillo (you could hear the recess bell ring from my house), maybe 6 minutes to Peter Burnett, and about 5 to Dana. It only took about 15 to walk to HHS if you took the railroad tracks, so I guess that's a little less than a mile. To you guys who claim to have walked through sleet and snow on the way to HHS - I'm a Weather Service guy, so I know the data. There's only two days I can remember it snowing in Hawthorne during the 60's and 70's. One was in early '69 and I was in Spanish class just after lunch at Dana and Mr. Williams looked out the windows at the back of class and said "Hey, is it snowing?" Instantly, the whole class rushed to the windows to gasp as a few flakes fell to the ground and then that was it. The second time was in 1979, when we had a series of very cold storms pass through So Cal. One day, it snowed 6" up on Stunt Road in the Santa Monica Mts. On Channel 7 news, they showed the Salvation Army Camp covered with snow. Palos Verdes got an inch or two from the same storm, and I remember my brother Gary saying that at HHS, he could see white slush up against the buildings on campus (I wasn't in Hawthorne then - can any other Cougs from the late 70's/early 80's corraborate this?). Anyway gang, all the other snow/sleet stories are fiction.
Hey speaking of snow, I remember when I was very young, maybe 4 or 5, it snowed in Hawthorne and it stuck. I mean probably 2 or 3 inches (enough to play in). Do any of you oldtimers remember that one? Tim, if you can look those stats up, it would have been 1947-50 era.



Name: Mary Ann Avila () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 12:26:51
E-Mail: Mavila7428@aol.com
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Maiden: Stanley
Class: 77
Message: Just like Larry Biller (in fact he was my neighbor) I lived (and still do) on 124th Place in Del Aire...but I didn't get to walk straight down the block to Sepulveda...oh no...I walked all the way to 119th and Acacia to St. Joseph's (2.1 mi according to yahoo!). I was so happy when my parents let me go to Hawthorne...can you imagine the walk all the way to St. Bernards?



Name: Bob Melendrez () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 11:40:50
E-Mail: Strongheart@pacificwest.com
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Class: 1971
Message: To Rick Trullinger: Yes, I lived at 13458 Glasgow, corner of 135th. Our house was one of the 90 or so moved for the 105/405 widening project. On another subject, has anyone seen or heard from Larry Grimes, HHS '68? He was a good bud during gradeschool, and was a big help during my first awkward days as a freshman at HHS. Thanks!



Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:24:57
E-Mail: lbiller49
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1967
Message: I lived on 124th Place and in my elementary school days also had to make the long journey to Sepulveda which was way down at the end of my street. My brothers of course, who were younger, were eventually faced with the same hardship. Going to Dana was a different story because I was bussed there. The bus rides were fun and we kept ourselves occupied during the trip by either yelling, "singing" or seeing how many Corvette Stingrays we could spot.



Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 00:35:14
E-Mail: onefamilyhistorian@socal.rr.com
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Class: 1963
Message: I lived at 4726 W 141st Hawthorne from 1955 1966 half way up the hill. I went to Trinity Lutheran in 5th and 6th grade and I rode my bicycle both ways. Then at Hawthorne Intermediate for 7th and 8th grade I rode my bike both ways. In 1959 I started high school at Lawndale High. I didn?t ride my bike because I was a big timer and didn?t want to get caught riding a bike, so I walked both ways. Yes, I walked in the sun, in the rain (you old timers remember how Inglewood Avenue flooded during a storm) and I did this barefooted and without a jacket. LOL. Remember those days John?
Yeah I do..... Thanks Pat and goodnight Ctown.



Name: susie () on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 00:12:55
E-Mail: Mustangsusie21@msn.com
City and State: abq.,nm
Maiden: klingenhagen
Class: nineteenseventyone
Message: ...don't know the distance but as kindygartners we walked from 125th /Isis to Anza, 1st grade at Sepulveda(across the street 4 me!) then 2nd grade back at Anza and 3rd thru 6th at Sepulveda. My 1st day at HHS was also moving day for the Klingenhagens. So I left from one house in the morning and walked home to 137th pl. after school. Carole Wilson would walk from her house on Aviation/138th, stop by an get me and we'd make it in 30 minutes to HHS, of course that lasted 2 years, I had my learners permit by Aug.68...



Name: Dan Dye () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 23:54:04
E-Mail: DanADye@earthlink.net
City and State: Torrance, Ca.
Class: 1962
Message: I have you all beat. I walked 10 miles to Hawthorne high school from 3731 w 117th st. (at least that's what I tell my kids) and it was also up hill both ways. Why is that so hard to understand? Rain sleet and snow, yea that was it. We had neighbor's three houses west of us that had horses and there was the goat man on the 3600 blk of 118th st. My kids had to be driven to school because they were about 100 yards from school. The poor kids.
Dan Dye



Name: Cindy Colby () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 21:59:57
E-Mail: cindycolby@att.net
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: You guys are cracking me up. I lived on 122nd, just a hop skip and a jump from HHS, not a bad walk to HIS down the railroad tracks, that was kind of fun. The big thing I remember was that when I went to Eucalyptus, if the weather was really bad or really cold, we could wear Levi's but we also had to wear a dress over them, that must have been a beautiful sight. I always liked wearing jeans and hated wearing dresses, I was quite a tomboy.



Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 20:32:17
E-Mail: srbranigan.srb@verizon.net
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Okay, you wanna play hardball? We moved 8 times during my K-12 career. 115th; Gardena; 118th; Oregon; another Oregon; 117th; 115th; 137th Pl. 7 different schools: York, Gardena, York, Roseburg, OR; Springfield, OR; York; HIS; Dana; HHS. I will never forget that house in Gardena. There was a goat shed in the back yard. I, being 6, didn't know it was a goat shed; I thought it was a playhouse. One day shortly after we moved there, I walked into the "playhouse" to find my loving brother Steve holding a big white chunk of something that seemed to have a few dirty spots on it. "Here, try it," he said, "it's sugar." I damn near choked to .......on that bovine salt lick!
Man, I don't know HOW you dodged Leuzinger. Salt licks were a favorite of mine AND my cousin's pony too.



Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 20:14:55
E-Mail: burnslock@yahoo.com
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Class: 57
Message: Hey Cougs, we lived @ 142nd & Ramona also, but about 17 yrs before Bud did, so that means it was a lot harder for me then Bud, because everything was harder back in them old days(ha ha. Later Don
That's right Don, why I had to get up extra early and milk the chickens before I walked to school (actually sometimes we took to early train right up Broadway).



Name: Janet Burkett () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 20:08:27
E-Mail: jmburkett@sti.com
City and State: Ca
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: I just heard of Ronnie Baldwin's passing. He was a real fixture around the Burkett's home and he and Fred were pals from way back. Never a dull moment when he was in the house! I am glad I had the chance to see him and have a long conversation with him at the last reunion. Condolences to his wife and whole family, he will be missed.



Name: Marilyn Ross () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 18:49:03
E-Mail: mlr922@hotmail.com
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: I lived at 3866 W. Imperial Hwy. According to mapquest that is 1.68 miles to Hawthorne Intermediate and 2.26 miles to Hawthorne High. I counted thousands of sidewalk cracks over the years. If I was lucky I got a ride but mostly walked, rain or whatever. Inglewood city bus lines had a bus that went down Prairie to El Segundo blvd but they stopped it the year I started 7th grade. As for the old pre school next to the Church of Christ I remember that well. I went to that church and when my daughter was about two years old my husband saw a couple of small trikes in the trash at the pre-school. He grabbed them and between the two came up with one whole trike. He made it look like new and it hardly cost a thing.



Name: Paco () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 18:31:19
E-Mail: doo4usc@cox.net
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: Well I had to walk from 5167 W 134th st across the 405 to Dana..



Name: doris () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 17:37:27
E-Mail: princess
City and State: tf id
Maiden: donaldson
Class: prehistoric
Message: Way back in about '52, my folks moved from Washington Avenue, just across the street from Hawthorne Intermediate, to Eucalyptus, near Broadway. That last year at Haw Interm I walked or rode my bike about a mile, rain, snow, sleet or hail. Granted, this is no record, but after having lived across the street from school since I was a 1st grader, it came as a bit of a shock!
And what's this Sharon? ... it was uphill both ways"??? How can THAT happen. Splain please!!!



Name: Alan Nelson () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 17:32:49
E-Mail: boatcop@boatcop.com
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: My walk to School was 1.4 miles from 132nd and Jefferson for my first 2 years at HHS. We moved to 117th and Aviation and it turned into 1.6 miles.
I was figuring it to the pool at Broadway and Inglewood, since that's the first place I went in the mornings, and the last place I left in the afternoon.



Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 15:24:12
E-Mail: wch1ispink@aol.com
City and State: Imperial & Inglewood
Class: 77
Message: Sharon, I don't remember my address on Gale (and the house I lived in was torn down, although it was across the street from Danny Anderson and next to the apartment building of Omar Azze and Kathy Atkins. Anyway, Mapquest keeps saying you've got to go to La Cienega and then to El Segundo to get to HIS -- which is absurd but it comes to 2.09 miles if you go that way. You know, we moved an awful lot. I lived on Gale, at 12712 Ramona (near the Church on El Segundo with the catchy sayings on their marquee), 4672 w 118th Street (in Michael Deakins' old apartment), an apartment on Eucalyptus near El Segundo (near the Hawthorne Ball) and that doesn't count our place on 111th & Yukon before we even moved to Hawthorne or our place on Van Ness near Manchester before we moved to Inglewood. As some may recall, my sister is a 1969 graduate of Morningside (where Jim Harrick was her history teacher and Stan Love tore up the basketball court!)



Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 14:15:41
E-Mail: bud.rhoades@fullmerinc.com
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Class: 74
Message: Robb Russell and I had to have the longest walk imaginable in High School.How about 142nd and Ramona to HHS everyday.
1.3 miles according to Yahoo. The longest walk I can think of would be the Wilson brothers. From 3701 w 119th to HHS, Brian Dennis and Carl walked 2.1 miles......and they did it in the snow.



Name: Miguel Zamora () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 14:13:44
E-Mail: shawsmarine@earthlink.net
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Class: 77
Message: I noticed everyone mentioning Shaw's Marine. My wife Kathy Buzby and I bought Shaw's Marine 11 years ago. Mr. Gordon Shaw passed away in 1985 at which time the boxing ring closed. Mrs. Shaw continued on with the business having her son Jim run the whole operation, including California Material and Shaw's Marine. We purchased the marine portion in 1992 and the material portion was subsequently closed. Mrs. Shaw passed away in 2001 at which time the children decided to liquidate all their fathers' assets. We were fortunate enough to have Mayor Larry Guidi rezone our new location so we could remain in Hawthorne. We are now at the site of the old preschool on El Segundo Blvd. and Ramona. Next to the Church of Christ. We were requested by the Shaw family to change our name so we decided on M&K Marine. Please feel free to stop in and visit us. Miguel and Kathy Zamora, HHS 77
Thanks Miguel for the story and good luck at the new location.



Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 13:45:15
E-Mail: srbranigan.srb@verizon.net
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Well, Dan, you didn't give your address on Gale but I think the Bierman kids had you beat... from 3755 w 115th to 4766 w 129th (HIS) is 1.9 miles (driving) according to Yahoo maps. That was before the 105 so we didn't have to go around, but I'll bet you it was at least a 1 1/2 mile walk back then. Of course it was uphill both ways. The Harrison kids (next door to us to the east) had about 80 more feet to go! I guess my folks wanted to save on shoe leather, because in my 8th grade year, we moved to 137th Pl and Isis; it took about two minutes to walk to Dana.
Hey this is a good topic. Any one else think they had it rougher than Dan or the Biermans?



Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 11:20:07
E-Mail: wch1ispink@aol.com
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 77
Message: Subject: Long walks to school. I believe that I had one of the longest walks to school from Gale 1/2 block south of Imperial Highway to Hawthorne Intermediate. I remember there being a series of vacant lots that ran just to the south of our house from Inglewood Ave through to Manor Drive (through Eucalyptus, Ramona etc.) that would have been approximately the same address on each north/south street. I think the power lines ran over these lots so they didn't build houses there. These lots were great for bike riding and when it rained puddles (sometimes a foot or more deep) would gather there. I still recall seeing ice formed at the edge of these puddles. We must have had a cold winter around 1969 or 1970.
That was quite a jaunt for a 12 year old. My walk to HIS was 4 blocks.



Name: Robin () on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 21:52:56
E-Mail: RHood10542@aol.com
City and State: RB, CA
Class: 60
Message: In a lifetime and if you are lucky , you might know a Ronnie Baldwin. He was one of those rare people that you always felt better after talking to , no matter how you felt before. Laughing till you cried usually meant Ronnie was part of the conversation. The 59-60-61 reunion means a whole lot more today because I saw my old buddy/teammate and had a great time. My condolences to Ellen and family. He will be greatly missed....



Name: Anthony Walker () on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 19:11:17
E-Mail: walkerut@mailstation.com
City and State: Salt Lake City, Utah
Class: 1983
Message: I checked the Reunions page and found information on the Class of 1983's 20 year reunion. While I appreciate the Reunion Committee's efforts in planning a 20 year high school reunion, I don't understand why it has to cost so much. $80.00 per person is too much money. That's $160.00 per couple plus the cost to travel to the reunion if you're like me and you live out of state. Couldn't the Reunion Committee have come up with a venue that's a little more affordable? After all, things are kind of tough financially right now for a lot of people. Is the $80.00 a typo?



Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 18:15:26
E-Mail: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: Hey Dean I remember Mr. Mack too. He was awesome. He thought I was crazy cause I always broke his band saw blade everything I used it. I used the band sander once and let go of the piece of wood and it went flying into the window and broke it. That same day I had already broke one band saw blade. I was an expensive student to have around. I liked smelling the new blueprints. I really liked Pat,Rick, Ron and Terry. They were great coaches. Ron Treat always had a huge wad of chew in his mouth. Dean do you remember my brother Les Jones. I remeber you very well cause you were very good.



Name: Larry Biller () on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 17:07:23
E-Mail: lbiller49@yahoo.com
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1967
Message: This is Cougartown related because I know many of you were very into Motown. Just saw the film "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" and I highly recommend seeing it. It's about time that the musicians behind the sound got the recognition they deserve.



Name: Cindy () on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 16:39:13
E-Mail: cindycwhittaker@msn.com
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: Hey Krikrac... Actually MY main squeeze of almost a year has the best legs but a "best legs 25 yrs later" contest is still a great idea. How about the same clothes and same poses? Where's Frank P anyhow? And as far as feeling like a teenager... I never stopped! You might have to get older but you never have to grow up! Congrats on 24 yrs by the way.(Side note: To everyone who offered to help me forward emails with my fiancee's missing daughter's poster, we found her! I lost my list of names so I apologize for using CT but had to share the good news.)



Name: Paco () on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 15:59:37
E-Mail: doo4usc@cox.net
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 61
Message: What a shock, Ronny was one of the funniest guys I ever knew. Our fathers went to high school together. We were both getting outta hand the first 20 years after school then we parted and I didn't see him until our 40th reunion in Cerritos, he and his wife were back together again and looked happier than poop. I remember how proud he was of his son making the honor roll and even brought his report card to the reunon, whata guy. My heart goes out to Ellen and brothers Greg and Jeff.


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