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Name: Mary () on Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 00:37:24
City and State: Huntington Beach, Ca
Message: John, just wanted to write and say thank you for a wonderful site! I must admit to being a "peeping tom", all looking and no writing! I did want you to know though, how much I enjoy your site and the shared memories in the feedback pages. Also, thanks to your site, I have connected with a friend from my HHS days, that meant a lot to me and I've wondered many times over the years where she'd ended up..now I know! HHS Rules...oh! that just slipped out...that memory thing, ya know? Thanks again! Best to you and all the Cougars out there!
Ahh thank you Mary and glad you enjoy the site and have reconnected. That's what it's all about.
Name: Jody Weller () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 23:15:59
City and State: Long Beach CA
Message: Answer to the question-Before TRW it was Space Technology Labs(STL). I worked there-in the Clean Room which we called the fish bowl. We had to go thru a room to blow all the loose particles from us, then put on our work robes and a cap before entering the main room. I was an inspector on the space capsules. Yes there have been a lot of changes in Hawthorne, all of our hot spots have disappeared from the boulevard.
YES STL was Space Technology Labs and now the building is Northrop-Grumman.... Lots of changes indeed. Thanks Jody
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 23:09:43
City and State: Burlington, Wisconsin
Message: Spent the past weekend in the "Motor City". We were there for my younger son's wedding on Saturday. Also the same week-end there was the Nascar race and the Ford 100th birthday celebration. Everywhere we drove there was lots of traffic and lots of old Fords - hated the traffic, loved the Fords!
Sounds great Sharon, and funny you should mention Nascar in Michigan as Janet and I are off to Sears Point in Sonoma for THIS weeks Nascar Winston Cup race.
Name: Kathy Downer () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 20:49:33
City and State: Marietta, Ohio
Message: Here are some summer-time memories from Hawthorne. In grade school going to the parks, the pool, "borrowing" shopping carts from the big T and riding in them. Taking the bus to Inglewood to see a movie at the Ritz. Putting blankets over clotheslines to make tents, then sitting in the hot tents for hours. Making popcicles out of kool-aid in ice cube trays. But my favorite memory of all was going to the firework stands and agonizing over which fireworks to buy. Fireworks are illegal here in Ohio, so we have to go to firework "shows". In high school I remember doing summer musicals at Leuzinger High, going to the beach at 26 st., getting sunburned all the time, and again, picking out fireworks. Roller skating at night so we could watch the sparks fly out of our metal wheels. And yes, I remember nailing shoe skates to boards to learn to skateboard. Thanks again, John, for this great website!.
Great memories Kathy, especially the Kool aid popcicles. I had forgotten that one.
Name: SURFBABE () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 18:52:48
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: Raymond smith..checked out the site for the beach posters..thanks i really enjoyed it...Kelley (:
Name: Kelley () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 18:48:46
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: i need a little help..planning a trip to see family at the end of September. would like to camp at Dockweiler, the camp site on the beach by El Segundo...does anyone know how to make reservations? email me please..thanks.. Kell
Hi Kelley, Go here for more on Dockweiler Beach.
Name: Diane Williams () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 17:39:46
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Attention all friends: We are having a reunion party at Dion Griffith's house in Hawthorne this Saturday, June 21st. It will start at 1pm. So if you remember Dion from school you're welcome to join us. You can contact Dion Griffith at (310)675-0909 or reach me through my Email address at firstname.lastname@example.org, to get his address.
Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 17:23:49
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Surfin' USA
Message: Hawthorne Boulevard During the 60?s
The other day I was driving down Hawthorne Boulevard and an old song came on the radio ?Surfing U. S. A.? by The Beach Boys. Lost in thought of times gone by and Dennis Wilson pounding the drums, I found myself cruzin? the Boulevard. By the time I caught myself, I was two miles down the road and had missed my turn a mile or so back.
I remember we would do anything to get on the Boulevard on Friday or Saturday nights. We would find a friend with a car or steal mom?s. Unfortunately I would have to do both, because I rode a motorcycle. Most of the time I would go with John Macarena of Hawthorne High School
(Mary and Sally?s brother). First stop was the ?A? for a nickel root beer, then on to the Wich Stand (short for sandwich Stand). We would do this over and over again until the wee hours of the morning.
Between each stop were the races, the roar of Glass Pac?s, burning rubber, the revving engines and congratulating each other for winning the race or wanting to race again if we lost. Then we got serious about racing, we found a little place we called S.T.L. over by TRW. Remember the blast (fun) we all had there. Pinks were lost, tempers flared and girls screamed their heads off. Then they had to ruin it for us by bringing those fuelers and rails and popping their parachutes to stop. The Redondo Beach Police didn?t care for this too much.
Then there was the never-ending quest for chicks on the boulevard. Back then at our young age if one said yes, we wouldn?t know what to do (only the Seniors knew for sure).
The Boulevard is still there, but we moved on with our lives got married and had children of our own. Gone is the A&W Root Beer Stand, gone is the Wich Stand. Gone is the Plaza, Toco Tio, Biggies, Russ?s. Gone with the passage of time are all of our hang-outs. Hawthorne Boulevard is still there for a new generation but ?We? no longer go cruzin?.
Pat Underwood Lawndale High Class of ?63?
There's one from the past. Before Thompson Ramo Woolridge was STL. What did that stand for?
Great memories Pat....
Name: Carole () on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 18:24:02
City and State: lake isabella, ca
Message: Ruben Longmore - Did your brother Tom marry a girl named Karen Larson? If so can you give me some news about them and a way to contact Karen. Thanks for any help.
Name: Fern Neuschafer Wettstein () on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 17:07:17
City and State: Liberal,Mo.
Message: Hello : I went to grade school and junior high with several of you in 1950-51-52-53. I graduated from Leuzinger in 1957. We may have met at some of the football games. I was active in drillteam and Head Majorette in my senior year. Also represented Hawthorne in the 1958 Rose Bowl Parade my fondest memories.. I also worked at Thrifty Drug Store in the candy and ice cream department in 1956 and 1957--Great years the 50's Lot's of Memories..
Thanks Fern for sharing. I'm sure you have some friends here in Cougartown as lots of Leuzinger people are here too. Hope you find some of your old Hawthorne friends.
Name: SURFBABE () on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 16:27:21
City and State: Englewood,Or
Message: http://www.oregonsurfpage.com/photos/photos.html this a good look at some of the Oregon surf scene....We went to the beach this morning low tide -2.4..it was amazing...hang ten..Surfbabe
Name: Penny Prouty () on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 14:48:33
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Did anybody see the Beachboys movie this last weekend? I know it was a repeat but it sure brought back some memories........I was hoping it was going to be a new version, with updated information, including Brian's wonderful comeback, etc. (and maybe with more input from Brian, in the movie)....would have been good! Also, about Eddie Longmore......the recent notes about him reminded me of being in classes with Eddie, Jeff Pratt, Dickey Arnold and Glen Eely?(can't remember Glen's last name, for sure)....does anyone remember being in Mr. Hood's 5th or 6th grade class, in 1955 or 1956, when Mr. Hood sculpted a likeness of Eddie's head, in clay?.....it was really a special time (and memory)!
Name: CD Parker () on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 14:11:37
City and State: London, UK
Message: I'm a screenwriter working on a true-life story based in the Hawthorne area. I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who lived in the neighborhoods which were demolished to make way for the 105 freeway - especially if you stayed on in the area when it was semi-vacated. If you have memories or stories you'd like to share, please contact me - CDParker104@aol.com. Thanks!
Name: Ron Reinholdson () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 17:34:04
City and State: Claremont, CA
Message: I just read Walter Holt's feedback about surfing Old Man's. Anybody else out there surf San Onofre? Bob Wankel, I know you do. Sounds like a good place for a Cougar get-together.
Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 15:25:27
City and State: Orange, CA
Message: Hello Cougs.... I join Don in wishing all of my fellow ?Dad? Cougs out there a Happy Fathers Day this Sunday. I will be doubly blessed that day as it is also my birthday ? 55 and stayin alive? which I will be happily spending the day down at ?Old Mans? ridin some waves, drinking some beers & eatin some fish tacos. Man life just can?t get any better than that... John, I join others in stating how great it is to be able to connect with long lost friends that I wondered if I would ever talk to or see again, which I only was able to do through the efforts you have so wonderfully put forth....Peace, Love & May the Surf God be with You All.
Thanks Walter, and may not only the Surf God be with you, but also the Parking Pixie.
Name: Jan Peterson () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 15:20:55
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: I joined a gym in town and was very surprised that on the stationary bikes there is a screen and while you are "riding" you can watch TV or surf the web. So I logged into Cougartown.com and started reading. Next thing I knew I had done 5 miles. Don't get much better than that!
Happy Fathers Day to all the DAD's in Cougartown. Jan
I log into Cougartown all the time and I sit on a thing kinda like a stationary bike.....well, it's stationary.....
it's called a chair.Happy Fathers Day to you all.
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 15:07:35
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there, and to the Mothers who are also Fathers. I am planning to take my Dad golfing on Sunday, and I think I will let him beat me! If only you knew how funny that statement is. Also, a little Happy Birthday to my "Younger" sister Denean class of 80. I love you alot, I mean a lot! Have a great weekend everybody.
Name: Bill Ennis () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 13:56:20
City and State: Sacramento, CA
Message: John, you are to be blessed by bringing old friends back together... Only a couple of the people I have found via Cougartown have sworn revenge... Now, the only girl I dated at HHS that I have not found is Ann Childress HHS 65. If anyone knows any information regarding Anne, please let me know...
Hey Bill, Glad you're reconnecting and good luck finding Ann. Anyone know her whereabouts?
Name: Bud () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:30:52
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Message: John, a while back I posted with regards to finding two cougars as next door neighbors, Richard and Linda Green, 59 and 62. Well a long lost friend saw my post and e-mailed me. Bill Ennis was Richards best man at their wedding and was excited to know where they were and that they were doing well. I printed a copy of Bills e-mail and brought it over to Richard and Lindas'. Well long story short, they wound up getting in touch and are planning a trip to Sacramento to visit Bill at his Restaurant/Brew Pub. They were very thankful to me for getting them back in touch when all the credit goes to you and this site. I know you've heard it a thousand times but there are a lot of folks rekindling long lost friendships that wouldn't have happened without you big guy, thanks from all, and have a great weekend cougs.
That GREAT Bud. Gosh I love those "People haven't seen each other in years, and have found each other again" stories. Thanks for sharing. I'll bet we, as a group, are big enough that someone in the group knows the whereabouts of almost any missing friend from HHS. That's actually what the feedback page was initially set up for, and it's working. Thanks again......
Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 09:41:01
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Message: Hey Cougs, I want to wish all of the Fathers out there in C-Town a happy Fathers Day, I'll be spending the day @ the Classic Galaxies car show @ the Center Street Promenade, in Anaheim, SE corner Lincoln & Harbor, it's an all Ford show. more later Don
Thanks Don and a happy Fathers Day to you too.
Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 22:59:16
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: New in town
Message: When Marilyn Monroe went to Washington School wasn?t it called Bologna School like in lunch meat and wasn?t El Segundo Blvd. called the same? I?ve only been here since 1955 so you old timers will have to chime in and fill us new comers in. Pat Underwood Lawndale High Class of 1963
It was spelled Ballona, and yes El Segundo Bl was Ballona too. I believe it was changed in the late 30's.
Name: Cindy Colby () on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 17:56:21
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: I'm here John, just didn't have anything to say. I have to admit that I too remember Eddie Longmore from 6th. grade at Washington Elementary.
I remember Eddie Longmore as a feisty little guy, who'd fight you at the drop of a hat.
Name: carl rilling () on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 17:28:04
City and State: Orygon City Ore
Message: Ruben Longmore! How about your Blk 57' Chev. Remember Tommy and Eddie also.
Name: Ron Dokken () on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 17:24:57
City and State: Endwell, NY
Message: Is anyone else out there addicted to Ebay? I can't seem to stay away from the car auctions. Now I'm bidding again! (I have to hide it or my kids will have me put away). I wish I were hooked on Pez containers, or some other inexpensive toy. Sorry, I've got to get back to the auction!
Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 14:13:00
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Maiden: cooling off in OR
Message: Just wanted to wish my good dear friend Linda "Elia" Farrow (Class of 82)a very happy birthday(which is June 14th, "Flag Day") whom has been one of my very special friend for 25 yrs now. May this day be a GREAT day for you! Love ya babe!
For those who like seeing Pictures of the beach area I recommend going to www.johnpost.com. They have some excellent photos for sale and I going to buy a few myself!
Name: Ruben Longmore () on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 00:42:31
City and State: LasVegas,NV
Message: attended Hawthorne High in 1952-53,
Lived on 123rd street. Younger brothers
Tom and Edward also.
Hey Ruben, I remember brother Eddie, or Edward, as you call him. Thanks for letting us know you're out there, and welcome to Ctown.
Name: Wade Greasby () on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 23:31:37
City and State: SurfCity,CA
Message: Enza, and your family. My deepest apologies to you and your family. I mis-read the CT note about your mother. My thoughts went right to the loss of a parent and how much it feels to loose one so close. I am very apprecitive to all those Cougs who sent me an e-mail expressing that your mother is alive and well. My thoughts turned to joy for you and your family and I sincerely hope everything turns out positive for your mother. My best to you and your family and thanks to the Cougs for your updates. Good Health and Long Lives to all, Wade
Name: Bob Milazzo () on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 09:53:25
E-Mail: rmil93312@aol/robert_milazzo @khsd.k12.ca.us
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: So glad to see Sue Jolly's name on the site after all these years. She was a class act in school as she is now.
As you know I lived by her and dated her in school. She will always have a special place in my heart!
Have been in contact with her via e-mail, sounds like she is doing great with retirement and life.
Thanks Bob, and yes, the whole Jolly clan was the class act of 119th and Freeman Av.
Name: George Dickey () on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 08:41:26
City and State: Austin, TX
Message: Ah yes, The Plaza! Sometime around the sixth or seventh grade a few of us friends from Dana were watching the "Original", IN COLOR movie "The Blob" at the Plaza. Just as some poor guy was being engulfed almost totally by the evil gelatinous thing there on the screen, who but the always hilarous Harold Lafferty yelled out "Can he live with just a HEAD?". The place erupted!
I'll always miss the Plaza and my old smart-ass friend.
Yep, we all had the smartass friends who would drop a rubber spider down in the face of the girl in front of them during a Tarantula movie. I forget who that was now but the poor girl got out of her seat, never looked back, and was trembling all over like she just saw someone eat a garden snail.....she walked out and never returned.
And the line sometimes would go all the way around the theatre, and then some, but it seemed we always got in and we always sat with whoever we went with.
Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 02:22:52
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: Remembering the Plaza Theater?
I remember seeing those wonderful horrors shows all for under a buck: The Tingler, Cyclops, Them, IT, War of the Worlds, Tarantula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob and wearing those 3-D glasses! Don't forget The Forbidden Planet, I think the Plaza Theater owned a copy because I seen it there about 100 times. Remember those Sugar Babies, Jordon Almonds, Bon Bon's, and that great (dripping down your arms) buttered popcorn and the carton, which was made into a flying missile during intermission. It was one of those cardboard popcorn cartons that tore the screen at the Plaza Theater. It's so sad to think that the old Pink Palace is now a mall that lasted only a few years and now it's closed and our dear old Plaza Theater is no place to be found. Maybe it?s under Albertson?s super market.
Pat Underwood Class of "63"
Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 01:16:52
City and State: La Verne, CA
Message: Well, I, for one, will own up to what happened at the Plaza and really don't know what my mother was thinking, letting me go there like she did. Guess I have to now think about what my being gone meant for her. Must have been worth it.
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 00:04:00
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: My parents used to send me off to church with the neighbors every Sunday, then to the Plaza for the afternoon.
I always wondered what they did all day without us around. . . . . .
Bet you know now, huh Betty....
Name: Pat Bagby () on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 19:30:55
City and State: New Yawk
Message: Had a great time with Lee Ann (Nixon)Roehm coming to the Big Apple last weekend. She and her son came by to our place and we were trying to figure out what to drink when my hub Jim went down to the wine cellar and came up with something BRILLIANT. He'd found a bottle from the '64 alums 25th reunion that I'd received for "traveling the farthest to the reunion." What a kick drinking the 16 year-old wine and for such a perfect occasion. Lee Ann remembered that Leo Ainsworth was connected with Mondavi vineyards and later she checked and, sure enough, he'd supplied the wine for the reunion. My compliments, Leo. It was really good (what I remember of it----doesn't take me much to get a little high these days).
Hey Pat, Glad you're connecting with old friends. That's what it's all about.
Name: Bob Brophy () on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 16:24:15
City and State: phoenix az
Class: 63 Serra
Message: Hey John. All this talk about the plaza bring back a lot of memories of the back row of the theater. Anyone remember the back row and what went on there or will we admit to it at this stage in our lives where our grandchildren might read about it. Bob
I don't think I ever went to the Plaza to make out with a girl. I tried to put my arm around Sue Jolly once at the Plaza, and she just about ripped it off at the elbow.
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