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Name: Tom Buckingham () on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 11:44:03
City and State: Clovis, (Cowboytown) CA
Maiden: noneoftheabove
Class: 64
Message: The worst songs--anything by Air Supply. I would rather listen to an hour of bagpipe music then one minute of Air Supply! Of course, I would rather have "Fun, Fun, Fun" rocketing through my reverb unit while listening to Bill Ballance on KFWB. We all told our parents we were going to the library and then went cruising or stopped by the Youth Canteen (Club Gunga Din) for the Tuesday night Drop-In. A lot of local garage bands had their first on stage appearance at the Canteen while we danced, played pool and shuffleboard.

Name: Larry Biller () on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 10:32:56
City and State: Portland,OR.
Class: 1967
Message: I thought I'd mention a couple of FAVORITE songs and keep it HHS related. And that would be "You Must Have" by Emitt Rhodes.Short but beautiful song from his first solo album. Another favorite is "God Only Knows".

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 10:22:41
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: April Winchell (daughter of Paul) used to be on KFI weekends and she has a collection of the most unbelievable recordings you've ever heard... Go to, click on MP3... Lord help us, we are now "car people;" we have adopted a 67 mustang as a project for our 14 year old son. How's that for crummy; we always said we'd buy him a car when he got his Eagle Scout award. He's almost there, so instead we buy him a car that he has to build himself. Any mustang experts out there in CT with good advice to someone who knows NOTHING about cars???
Sharon, Go to the Car Talk page and take a look at Susie K's (HHS 71) 68 Mustang coupe. I bet she has an idea or two.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 23:58:01
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Speaking of bad songs (or good songs sung by bad singers), I was talking with a friend who is issuing a CD of songs that George "Superman" Reeves recorded in 1957. The subject of "Golden Throats" (you know, that album of William Shatner ("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"), Leonard Nimoy ("If I Had A Hammer") and other stars) came up. That album of bad renditions would have to make to the "Bad Song Hall of Fame." By the way, the Reeves songs did not make it onto the album. He actually had a good singing voice.
One More Time!!

Name: Danny Hegg () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 21:31:28
City and State: T.J. Mexico
Maiden: Beep
Class: 63
Message: Then there's the song, One Last Egg To Fry and the Braker Braker McCall guy and almost EVERYTHING country except Hank Willams Sr. of course.
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Name: Carol Shaner () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 20:47:07
City and State: san bernardino, ca
Maiden: Shaner
Class: 70
Message: If anyone is looking for a fun weekend.. Thursday, Sept. 18th the annual Route 66 car cruise begins. I heard about 1500 cars will be cruising the downtown San Bernardino area. On Sunday afternoon the winners cruise. Saturday night Jan and Dean and a few other surf bands will be playing. I have gone for the past few years and every year the Nomads are still my favorite car. The best part is.. its free. Bring your lawn chair, ice chest and find a spot on the street and sit back and watch the show! Hope to see a few Cougars there.

Name: Gary Bickers () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 18:18:55
City and State: pve cal
Class: 63
Message: Howard, I heard you won the prize. I remember working out with your dad when he would let us. What happened to Goodman?

Name: Larry Biller () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 17:53:59
City and State: Portland,Rain
Class: 1967
Message: "Killing Me Softly"?? John, you forgot to say you were just kidding. I've heard that the song was about Don Maclean.
There's another one. Bye Bye Miss American Pie.

Name: Max Roelen () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 17:10:24
City and State: Citrus Heights
Class: 1974
Message: Hey Dewey, leave My Ding-A-Ling alone. The worst song(s) of all times are Feelings and or You Light Up My Life. Period!!!! See ya!
You forgot "Killing me softly with his song" by Roberta Flack

Name: Larry Biller () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 15:37:04
City and State: Portland,Orgun
Maiden: 124th place
Class: 1967
Message: Had a great weekend hangin out with Ken Roberts HHS 69. As I said previously, he was up here to run sound for an Eagle's tribute band called Desperado. I saw the show and was impressed.They really delivered,vocals and all.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 15:05:49
E-Mail: robertjensen at
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 71
Message: After high school I got to know one of the Van Dorn (Van?s tennis shoes) kids. We use to take old Hawaiian shirts and they would bond the fabric over the canvas on our deck shoes.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 13:09:40
City and State: Sullivan, Illinois
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: As far as I know deck shoes have never gone out of style. I have a pair right now sitting in my garage to slip on when I need to go outside and I am not wearing proper footwear. In the 1980's my son wore them all the time. I think that when they are made from canvas they tred/cross the line to sneakers. Today I saw someone wearing a pair of shoes that looked like the cooool shoes guys wore with zoot-suits.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 01:38:11
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Up-date on Ramona School. Several years ago it received a complete make over and looks good now. Earth shoes? Weren?t they the one?s with the ribbed bottoms?

Name: Larry Biller () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 22:14:09
City and State: Portland,Rain
Maiden: Maidinchina
Class: 1967
Message: Another bad worst song would be the butchering of "Summertime Blues" attempted by Blue Cheer.
Eddie Cochran's version (1958) was the ONLY version I remember.

Name: Jean MacErnie () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 18:07:03
City and State: Albq, NM
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 68
Message: Bad songs....Well I can't remember the song, but maybe some one out there will when they think of Mrs. Miller....How about the great bands....Aerosmith, led Zepelin, 3 Dog Night,Bread, Janis Joplin, AC/DC...there are so many...From what I have been reading here though there were sure a lot of nerd/bad songs though....
My dad recently turned 81....My sister, Roberta, was telling me about getting my dad and Dale Hahlbeck together (Dale Sr). Roberta e mailed Madeleine Hahlbeck and found out that Dale and Madeleine had thought that my dad had died years ago....Everyone else was gone...They were surprised to find out that my dad was still here....So Roberta was/is trying to get them together. When my dad and mom were married my dad was close to Dale. They even went fishing a few times, I believe. Dale was my dads favorite nephew on my moms side of the family. My mother and Dales dad Bud Hahlbeck (Laverne) were brother and sister. I haven't heard much else on this, but I hope they do get together....My dad will enjoy that.
Speaking of Hahlbecks.....Many many pages back John you mentioned that Bonnie McDowell Hahlbeck might be one of our Hahlbecks....I believe you were right. Dales younger brother George was married to a very pretty girl named Bonnie. They eventually divorced...But did have a daughter named Darsi....I connected with Darsi a few months ago through while searching on the Hahlbeck family tree. I found so much stuff on my moms family. Its funny how people connect.
At work a few weeks ago...I was issuing a marriage license to this guy who was from Hawthorne CA...Though he doesn't remember living there (he left when he was about 5) he mentioned his aunt and uncle went to Hawthorne High and asked if I did....Their names were Barbara and Russell Montoya....He said they graduated some time in the late 60's to early 70's.
I haven't been writing too much...but believe me I check in all the time and love reading all the stuff.....Its great. Keep it up....John do you ever get tired of all the compliments? I hope not cause you're stuck with them. You are loved!!!!

Hi Jean, and thank you. I believe Bonni McDowell is our own Linda McDowell's (HHS62) sis. Bonni graduated in 1959.

Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 15:49:57
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 63
Message: Yes, I remember Earth Shoes. I was working a job that had me on my feet all day. My legs were continually hurting until I discovered those wonderful shoes. In no time at all, the pain went away. Now, whenever my legs hurt, I think of those miracle shoes!
My job was walking a concrete manufacturing floor all day and they were a blessing.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 14:31:45
City and State: Honolulu, Hi
Class: 76
Message: I loved deck shoes. They were cool to wear with no socks and just hanging around and it made you think you owned a yacht or something. They only converse all-stars back then and then I loved Stan Smith tennis shoes from Adidas.

Name: Jim Armour () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 11:06:04
E-Mail: Orcaarmour
City and State: Shell Beach, Ca
Class: 1970
Message: Does anyone remember Deck shoes and were they considered Tennis shoes. I loved those shoes. Obviously everyone has forgotten the Troggs as a nomination for the worst. One hit wonders and I wonder about the one "hit". Ramona School was a truly pleasurable experience. I went by there too and was disappointed to see that it was entirely fenced in and locked up. A sad commentary of our times. It would have been nice to walk the halls one more time. While attending there, I always looked forward to the May Day Festival and the Fair with the cakewalk. Goodtimes...
Does anyone remember Earth Shoes from the mid 70's?

Name: Danny Hegg () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 09:59:29
City and State: TJ Mexico
Maiden: Beep
Class: 1963
Message: Wade shhhhh don't tell anyone it doesn't rain in Portland ALL the time. You forgot to mention the wind, crowds, polution, and the wild animals that roam the streets at night.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 00:22:03
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Well I've been out surfing the WEB again. Has anyone else come across Charlie's Sneaker Page There is some history and lots of pictures. Did anyone know that Keds were in stores in 1916? How many people remember Jack Purcell's? What sport was Jack Purcell famous for? (It wasn't Tennis.) Do you remember Jeepers from Sears?

Name: ray castillo () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 23:21:21
City and State: palmdale
Class: 1973
Message: All this talk about bad songs.....I have to add ANYTHING by Tony Orlando, and ANYTHING by the Four Seasons. We play this game at work at least once a week, and Barry Manilow always ranks high on the putrid scale too.
I have to agree that Chuck Berry never recorded a bad record.....By the way, out of all his classics, "My Ding-a-Ling" was his ONLY number one song!

Name: Wade () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 21:45:49
City and State: SurfCity,CA
Maiden: Ididn'tneedaraincoat
Class: 73
Message: For all the Cougs who reside in the Portland Duck Pond area, I enjoyed one of the best weeks of the summer up there this year. Not one day under 85 and no water from the sky. My family and I went to the Beaverton Sunday Concert Festival and heard one of the hardest working, and most personal with their following, rock bands still performing, The Doobie Brothers. They were incredible and are alot better without Michael MacDonald. For two solid hours they rocked the park and after the show my sons were greeted by Keith Knudsen and Pat Simmons. These guys took the time to meet and greet us and we spent almost an hour with them talking music and life. The music was pure and the Doobs are a class act. Just another park another Sunday in the life of a traveling Coug Family. Safe weekend to all.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 18:34:14
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: "My Ding-A-Ling" a bad song?! It's kind of cute (reminds me of the summer following graduation). My submission for bad songs has to be ANYTHING by Yoko Ono. She has the knack to make even a well-written song bad.

Name: Dewey Storie () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 17:38:29
E-Mail: Should@stiil.inpain
City and State: Home
Class: none at all
Message: ok, the worst song of all time has to be Chuck Berry.. My Ding A Ling ...Chuck what were you thinking!!!
CHUCK BERRY!!?? Chuck never made a BAD SONG IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE!!!!

Name: joseph mailander () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 17:00:33
City and State: los angeles, CA
Class: 1975
Message: John, I hate to be a know-it-all, but it's so obvious to me, I just can't contain myself: the proverbial Worst Song of All Time is Leuzinger's alma mater. A pleasure to clarify things, Joseph.
Being that many Olympians check into this forum, I'd just like to say that you, Joseph, are entitled to your own opinion. How does that go again.... All hail to the blue and whi...

Name: Robin () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 11:39:58
City and State: RB ,CA
Class: 60
Message: Paco, the official name of the 134th and Ramona corner store was "The little store". I believe it belonged to the Barnes family (Kathy ,Carol). Bob Faulkner...To not appreciate James Taylors work is akin to enduring 3 straight days of Donny Osmond...Gary Bickers! I second Pacos emotion (less the Trojan drivel) And Bob I saw that black house for a decade while attending Ramona (loved that school:o). No one lived there but the woody and it was fur ser haunted. Later Cougs

Name: Laura Anderson () on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 10:34:09
City and State: Hemet, CA
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
Message: I beg to differ about Janis Ian's "At Seventeen"...when that song came out I felt as if someone knew my pain!! But I agree with Muscrat Love...what were they thinking!!
To bring this back to an HHS angle...I see our homeboy Greg Hetson and his band Bad Religion is back in town for some shows.....anyone attending??

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 21:14:13
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: I remember the black house very well. I believe it had red trim also, and the black was high gloss enamel. It was really gross. Don't know who lived there though. As for worse music, I have to vote for Tiny Tim's, Tiptoe. It was bad but funny. I have also seen a lot of my favorites maligned. Jim Stafford was great and his Spiders and Snakes was a fun song. The Carpenters were classics. Some of their songs were overplayed but they were still great. I Love Barry, he is real fun too. And Keith Jones, if you thought an hour of Donny Osmond was so bad why did you listen to it? On the first sound of RAP I hit the mute button or change stations. I am not ashamed to say I loved the Osmond's music. My daughter was and is a great fan. The Beach Boys music has stood the test of time and will go on years longer. Good music is in the ear of the beholder. Thank goodness for the great variety.
It's funny how different generations have different tastes. My mom thought swing music was the best music in the world. I guess when it all comes down to it, we're all correct. Music is as subjective as paintings. I mostly agree with Marilyn; Jim Stafford's music was fun music, like Ray Stevens stuff, and yes Keith, why DID you listen to an hour of Donny?

Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 19:35:49
City and State: Orange, Ca
Class: 66
Message: John Kay is back and reformed Steppenwolf a few years ago and been back touring smaller venues. He will be appearing Saturday in Vegas At the Fremont Street Fair. I saw him a couple of years ago with Steppenwolf and he still puts on one heck of a show. I was fortunate to see Eric Burdon a few months ago at The Coach House, he too still rocks the house.....I vote the absolute worst song ever is...Tip toe through The Tulips by Tiny Tim....He was flat awful

Name: BOB FAULKNER () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 18:38:17
City and State: GARDEN GROVE,CA
Class: 63
WHOA!!! I'm sure you'll get a rebuttal from a few on that one, Bob.

Name: Howard"Paco" Duran () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 18:07:07
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 1961
Message: Hey welcome Gary Bickers...A fellow Trojan!!

Name: Bob Melendrez () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 16:57:31
City and State: Back from AZ
Class: 1971
Message: Worst songs IMHO: "Chick-a-boom chick-a-boom, doncha just love it?", "Hot child in the city". Anything disco. Favorite bands: Beach boys, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield. Again, just MHO... Have a great weekend Cougs!

Name: Gary Bickers () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 16:39:35
City and State: PVE. cal
Class: 63
Message: Hey, I know you guys.
Hey Gary, Glad you finally checked in. Come on back anytime.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 14:46:03
City and State: Honolulu, HI
Class: 76
Message: I remember back in 1971 or 72 around there KHJ radio played one solid hour of Donny Osmond "Puppy Love" that was a nightmare. Also, anyone who comes to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii stop on by the Gold's Gym there if you want to train and tell them you are friends of mine. I officially now own that Gold's Gym. I still live on Oahu and go back and forth. It is only a 22 minute flight. Our website will be up soon at My grandson is now 5 weeks old tommorrow. He is awesome. Yes I am young to be a granddad but I couldn't help it. Mahalo and Aloha Keith

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 13:17:24
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Tim, don't you be picking on my Barry, he is so nerdy, he's cool! Besides he gives a great live performance. I see nobody has mentioned the Carpenters, how many people here used "We've only just Begun" as a theme to their wedding?

Name: Paco () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 13:02:46
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: Jill, all but "You light up my life" I thought were songs to scheme by....What was the name of the mom and pop store on Ramona and about 133rd?
I remember the store, but not the name.

Name: Tim Helble () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 12:11:13
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Nerd groups?? Why limit it to groups? How about Anne Murray and "The Pride of Arcadia High" Barry Manalow. Worst song "At Seventeen" -- I think the artist was Janice Ian. "Benny and the Jets" would be a close second.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, September 12, 2003 at 11:56:46
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Best of the worst songs-Seasons in the Sun, Midnight at the Oasis, Muskrat Love, anything by Abba, and You light up my life. I agree with Dan about Alone again, naturally, that song got on my nerves. Hope everyone has a nice weekend. Am saddened by the deaths of Johnny Cash (A boy named Sue) and really sad about John Ritter.

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