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Name: Delia Hardy () on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 15:14:47
City and State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: More sad news. We lost another Cougar Mark Burris c/o 86 was killed on August 11, 2003 by a hit and run driver in Costa Mesa at 8:30 AM. (The driver turned himself in Tuesday evening)
For those interested in service information:
Service will be Friday, August 15, 2003
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, California
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 14:14:33
City and State: Honolulu, Hi
Message: Mr. Haynes was very nice. His daughter Dawn is one of the most beautiful and prettiest girls I have met. His wife was beautiful too. I didn't know him that well but did meet him a few times. A little cloudy here in paradise today. I am planning to come to Vegas to see the Mr. Olympia in mid October by way of LAX. So, if there is something planned to get together I may be there. Jimbo take care and nice hearing from you.
Name: myk () on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 13:33:51
City and State: Del Norte, CO
Message: Does anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Graham or John Matthews? They would have graduated in 62 also, but john matthews probably finished up his senior year a miracosta. Please let me know. Thanks.
Name: Kathy Jensen-Robinson () on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 12:19:33
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: News Flash! I hear that little Billy Jensen still has to be driven to his Class of 62 functions by his mommy. At least he can hold his head high riding in that shiny new, pretty blue Jaguar. A good time was had by all Sunday morning August 10 at that restaurant on 190th and Anza. I hear there was a nice turnout.
Name: Mo () on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 11:50:10
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: More sad news to report. A fellow cougar and retired Hawthorne Fire Fighter, Fred Haynes, class of 1956, passed away on August 10th. Services will be held in Pismo Beach where he and his wife Sally lived. We're going to miss you Freddie!
Name: Regina Jensen () on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 10:09:24
City and State: Hemet, Ca
Message: I just wanted to give a great big Thank You to Jan and Judy, Mo, Marsha and Robin Hood, Harry and Kathy, Bob and Karen Fraser, the Routs, and Bill. You guys made my month! Want a wonderful breakfast party. Jan and Judy you are too generous. I thank you again.
Name: Paco () on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at 17:03:28
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: TOM SHELLEY was at the Cruise? Jeeezzz I probably took his pic and didn't even know it! Oh well, next time Tom!
Yep, Tom's been at the last two Cruise Nights.....
Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 23:32:17
City and State: Ca
Message: So nice to see such a big turnout of ole' cougars at cruise nite. And so many from the early 60's including LINDA REYNOLDS and hubby Rick! And as always, Dan the Man and Ann, Cheryl and John N., Dennis (even without Eileen), Paco, Royal Lord and Pat, the coach and Mr. Plotkin and his lady, Cathy; Tom Shelley and Karen and Bob Fraser. (This is beginning to sound like a phone in radio request show!) Linda, you're on....the next dinner is up to us to plan it looks like. I'll phone ya babe!
ALL RIGHT SWEETY, DINNER!!! When??
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 19:42:13
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hi everybody. I suffered a sports injury today at the gym. I wanted to work off some of that flan I had over the weekend but I pulled a muscle trying to get my sports bra on. I thought about calling the paramedics, 'cause they're so cute, but the management frowned and cancelled my membership. They have absolutely no sense of humor.
Welcome back, Tom Burroughs! I missed you at Cruise Night. Hope you and your beautiful bride will make it to the next one. I second the idea for a gathering at HHS for Homecoming. That party afterwards at Stick and Stein was a blast. I'm afraid I drank one too many that night and ended up kissing the wrong man. That, of course, is the story of my life. I'll help put it together, John, if you just give the okay.
I love you guys!
Let me talk to the powers that be at HHS. I know we're ready for another one of these Homecoming things, but I want to make sure there's nothing else going on.
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 17:44:05
City and State: Prescott AZ
UNBELIEVABLE! UNBELIEVABLE!! I missed a Cruise Night! Am all moved, house sold & am completely retired & enjoying life & a wonderful gal. Please have another CN real soon if possible. TB from AZ
Hey Tom, Check in more than once every four months and you'll know when the Cruise Nights are. You missed a duesey this time.
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 14:54:36
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: I just saw the pictures of the school, all I can say is wow! As I was viewing the pics, it brought back memories of walking from class to class. What a simpler time back then. Our major worries back then were about boys, being cool, looking cool and boys. If only we could go back in time. Enza, thanks for the kind words, it was great meeting you too. I smile to myself when I think of all the great people I met at cruise night. Everyone, have a great weekend!
Name: Cindy Colby () on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 14:50:10
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: Bob Fraser, thanks so much for the great pictures, I knew that they had been painting old HHS but I had no idea that they were building all of that, it is going to look great. It makes me feel good to see that our school will be around for a good long time.
Name: Pat Underwood () on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 14:21:12
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Message: The new facelift of Hawthorne High is what its needed for a long time. Coed Locker-room? What do they have, a wall that divides them or some security guard sitting in the middle? Our children will be glad to see the completed project. Sorry I missed cruise night, from the comments on the feedback pages, I missed a dilly.
Hi Pat, Yes, a wall that divides them.
Name: Enza () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 21:30:59
City and State: SoHot , SoCal
Class: 72 still rocks
Message: Cruise Night was great! It was nice to finally meet Jill McFarland, Doris Donaldson, Sharon Bierman, Dizzy Lizzy, among others (I missed out on the flan, Liz :-( It seems like Debbie Lee and Noreen Crotty, c/o 72, have found the fountain of youth~And, Jill will need to show her ID if she goes into a Bar~Are you sure your the c/o 77?? BTW, I look over and I see the 'girls' singing their hearts out to "You don't own me" ~ Deb, Noreen could THIS be the secret??...having fun no matter what?!?! May we ALL stay forever young~No matter what our drivers license says! :P Thanks JB, you're the best!
Name: Debra () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 16:09:40
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: I'm so glad I took the bumper to bumper traffic from this hot dusty desert to Hawthorne for Cruise Night! Had a blast. I stayed the night in Manhattan Beach before having to head back late Sunday. When I opened my suitcase upon return, there was my chocolate Cougar sucker. Thanks so much Bobby. I'm rarin' to go again ...
Just seems like this last Cruise was extraordinary.... Thanks to all who participated.
Name: Paco () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 15:51:43
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: Thanks Cougs, I had a great time at the Cruise. Bobby Fitz' Cougar Candy is proudly displayed in my USC trophy case!Don "crow" Burns just sent me about 50 new pic's so we'll have alot of pics for the rest of summer. If Tressa Gerkin is out there please email me!! Thanks for all the fun Dudes and Dudettes...
Name: Qiana () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 14:59:58
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: Im getting married June 2004!!!
Are we all invited??
Name: Shannon () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 11:56:49
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (not provided for Ron Davis's benefit)
City and State: Colorado Springs
Message: Happy 40th birthday to Jeff Olson. Almost the best distance runner to come out of the class of '81'. Jeff update: Got his first pubes 2 years ago, started shaving this past March. Good luck on your upcoming adulthood!
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 11:22:01
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Dan, congrats on the new baby, I guess it's a good reason to have missed C/N. Maybe you can make the next one. As I stated before, I had a blast Saturday night. Thanks John.
Name: Dale Craig () on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 01:27:03
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: Dear John sorry I missed cruise night on Saturday busy in no cal with fellow cougar Rusty Perkins doing my favorite sport bowling didn't do to well had a good time any way went to Oakland & watched the Yankees get beaten up by the A's soon I'll be seeing you a home coming good luck have great summer Dale W Craig
See you at the next one, Dale....
Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 22:58:26
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Well Jill, and everyone, I'm sorry I missed the CN -- my wife hosted a wedding shower in the Marina that day and we just found out we're pregnant again -- when she got home she needed me to handle putting Aja to bed and everything else. I had every intention of coming but as you can see there was no way to do so under the circumstances
Name: Jean MacErnie () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 21:48:25
City and State: Albq NM
Message: FIRST OF ALL HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SHEREE KLINGENHAGEN...HOPE THAT YOU HAD A WONDERFUL DAY!
I WAS CHECKING OUT THE HANG OUT SECTION AND NOW I AM A BIT CONFUSED WITH THE LOCATION OF TACO TIO....IT MENTIONS THAT IT IS LOCATED ON HAWTHORNE BLVD AND 126TH ST. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS ON INGLEWOOD AVENUE AND EL SEGUNDO BLVD....ON THE SE CORNER? I REMEMBER THAT IN THE EARLY 60'S A LOT OF KIDS WOULD GO THERE FOR LUNCH UNTIL IT WAS BANNED....IF IT WASN'T A TACO TIO THERE THEN WHAT WAS IT?
ALSO IN 1976 WHILE IN HAWTHORNE VISITING...THERE WAS A FAST FOOD PLACE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM HHS ON EL SEGUNDO BLVD....ALMOST DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE OFFICES. WHAT WAS THAT?
SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE CRUISE NIGHT....MAYBE SOME DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO GO...GLAD EVERYONE ENJOYED THAT FLAN!!!! I DID NOT KNOW LIZ ESTRADA IN SCHOOL, BUT I DO REMEMBER SEEING HER. FROM ALL THE STUFF I READ IN HERE SHE SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY GREAT PERSON.
NOTHING GOING ON IN ALBQ, EXCEPT HOT WEATHER....I SAW A BLACK PORSCHE THE OTHER DAY ON COORS BLVD AND THE LICENSE FRAME SAID MANHATTAN BEACH CA...I WONDER IF THAT WAS A POSSIBLE COUGAR SITING?
ONE LAST THING HERE....ROBERTA I WILL BE SENDING YOU A VERY LONG LETTER IN A DAY OR SO....YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT HOW LONG IT IS! (ROBERTA IS MY SISTER. LOVE YOU ROBERTA!!!) JEANIE WEANIE
Hi Jean, Yes, Taco Tio was right at the Plaza Square. There may have been another later, but that's the one I remember. Yes, Cruise Night was a BLAST!!
Name: Paul Wisman () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 17:56:53
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Message: Hey Cougs, What a great time my daughter and I had at CN last Saturday! It was absolutely the best I've ever attended. Actually, it was my very first C-Town event. Now I see what I've been missing all these years. Lizzy, I saw the flan making the rounds, but didn't have a chance to try it. I am sure it was delicious. My daughter thought she was going for a free meal off Dad, but thoroughly enjoyed the experience also, especially the cars, they were awesome. It was great connecting with old friends and meeting new ones too. Can't wait to do it again. PROUD TO BE A HHS COUGAR!!!!!!!
Hey Paul, Glad you liked it. We'll see you at the next function.
Name: Raymond Smith () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 16:58:27
City and State: Portland Oregon
Message: Ok, I know this is a long shot but I have no other way to get in contact with another friend. LORI HOLMES...where are you? Lori contacted me a year or so ago through Cougartown and is missing again (both of her emails are invalid). So if anybody knows where's her whereabout..I greatly appreciated it. She lives in Nevada (Carson City) and her name is Lori Ahren. thanks......
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 15:37:57
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Another great Cruise Night! So good to see all of my "old" CT buddies, and meet "new" CT buddies, Jill, Debbie, Dennis, Bud, Robb, who did I miss? WELCOME to the phenomenon called Cougartown! We are sold out of size Small and 3X shirts, but we still have M, L, XL and 2X in stock... and going fast. How about another Homecoming this year, what's it been, 5 years? Isn't it about time?
Name: Bud () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 13:30:34
City and State: Seal Beach,Ca
Message: I concur, Lizs' flan is REAL GOOD. Actually Robb and I stopped by an old haunt, Leos Mexican Restaurant on Inglewood Ave for a bite to eat after cruise night, just like old times. Nothing has changed, the food was just as I remembered but I couldn't find it in me to order the flan for dessert after what we had at cruise night. Great time, take care all.
Thanks Bud, and glad you could make it.
Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 11:40:58
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Message: Cruise Night was great! Loved seeing all the great cars and good friends. I met Bud Rhodes and it turns out that he and my younger brother, Leo, were good friends. It warmed my heart to connect with him. It was great to see the Jensen Brothers, and the many from the class of 1969 who made it. I saw a lot of new faces this time as well as our regular CT group. Mom B and Sharon, Mr. Harry Plotkin and Our Miss Brooks, "THE Coach", The Rowdy Marsha and Momo, Lori and her blinding wedding rings, Paco, the flan lover, and photo editor, (thank you). All in all it was the best Cruise Night yet. I think we may have time for one more before the demolition crew shows up. I hope more of you quiet readers out there will make the trip. You won't regret it. I'll make enough flan for everybody but you'll have to eat your dinner first!
Again, John, Thank you!
Dizzy Lizzy the Flan Goddess
Hi Liz, Glad you had such a fun time and I don't know if you all got a bite, but that stuff was FLAN-TASTIC!!! Thanks for bringing it.
Name: Bob Melendrez () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 11:40:43
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: Hello Cougars, glad to hear C/N was a smashing success! There was yet another convergence of Cougars over the weekend of Aug. 1-3; the 11th annual Moose Mountain Jam. Hosted by Mike Taylor (c/o '71) and wife Kim in the foothills of El Dorado County.
In attendance were: Keith Young, Don Watts, Fred Mintun, Danny Melendrez, Betsy Watts Wright, all HHS alums. LHS alum Nick Deitch and AHS alum Doug Johnson were also there, along with many more. MMJ has become a much anticipated annual get-together of friends and families from Hawthorne who shared musical tendencies in our youth, and who now share something much greater: lifelong friendships. The 2nd generation now has taken our places behind the microphones and instruments, leaving us to share stories and memories centered around our families and our HHS days. In all it is a wonderful time, and reminds us that we are blessed with such opportunities to reconnect. Hey, kind of like Cougartown... Hope to see you all at the next C/N!
Hey Bob, Wish we would have known in advance of such a strong HHS presence. Please let me know next time and we'll make sure it's posted somewhere on the website. Glad you had a great time.
Name: Dennis Kilroy () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 11:19:52
City and State: OC CA
Message: Hey John,
I had a ball at Cruise night! It was too cool finally meet everybody. John, you are the best for helping us all get together and having so much fun. It was great talking to Harry Plotkin and his nice family. And talking to Jill McFarlane '77' and meeting everyone from all the different classes and looking at all the cool cars. And, it is like I always thought, the Hawthorne Women are the Most Beautiful Women in the World. Of course I married one so my opinion might be a little biased.
Take Care John You are the BEST !
Thank you Dennis for the nice thoughts, but these events need the HHS Alumni to be successful and this last Cruise Night had lots of them from many different eras. That's what makes it special. Nice to meet you in person too, and hopefully we'll see you at the next one.
Name: Shirley () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 11:00:17
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Maiden: de Man
Message: I would like to thank the committee members for taking the time to put the reunion together this past weekend (8-1,8-2 & 8-3). It was great to see all of you who attended, but also missed those that were not there. Hope to see everyone at the next round-up.......
Everyone take care till than.
Name: Laura Anderson () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 09:24:18
City and State: Hemet, CA
Message: Sorry I missed the cruise night...they always sound like such fun. I was in the big state of Texas visiting my recently acquired in-laws. I have also recently acquired a pretty hot '72 Mustang with a 351 Cleveland in it that we are in the process of restoring to it's former glory. It drives well but needs some fine tuning, new upholstery etc. Hope to cruise over to the next gathering.....OH....and we are still updating out Class of '79 email/contact list for a reunion of some sort soon...let me know where you are!
Sounds great Laura, we'll see you AND the Mustang at the next Cruise Night.
Name: Bobby Fitzgerald () on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 02:13:21
City and State: Santa Ana, Ca.
Message: Once again JB you did it. What a great cruise nite. It was great to see sooo many cougars from sooo many different classes. When are we going to do it again and next time Jake(Rojo) and Jude you better come down we missed you. Later Cougs.
Thanks Fitz, for being there and bringing the 56 Ford and the Cougar chocolates. Yes, we'll do it again real soon, hopefully one more time at Fosters.
Name: Don (crow) Burns () on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 20:53:22
City and State: Downey, Ca.
Message: Hey Cougs, Great Cruise nite, met a lot of nice Cougs that I had only read about, now can put faces to names. Had another Cougar siting today, George Zelaya C/O 02 came into the shop for a padlock, seems to be a real nice guy. Later Don
Thanks for being there on Saturday, Don.....
Name: Linda Reynolds () on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 18:46:09
City and State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Nowwwwwwwww I know why everyone likes Cruise Night so much! Why didn't you tell me John? Oh wait! You have told me many times, haven't you? So casual & everyone's so friendly! It was nice seeing you, John Baker and Janet Burkett and my friends from Oregon, John & Cheryl Nicocia and my oldest or I mean the "kid" I've known the longest...Danny Dye along with his wife Ann (who I keep thinking was in our class (62), just seems like I've always known her!) And...Paco it was nice meeting you and finding out where the name "Paco" comes from! It's so nice of you to always take pictures.
Thanks Linda and Rick for coming all the way from Chatsworth to attend. I told you it was a fun event.
Also, I thought everyone knew that Paco was Spanish for "whatever you say dear".
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