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Name: David Barboza () on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 04:15:45
Maiden: got a prob. if I have one
Class: 74
Message: To whoever was talking about Cathy Koerner and a secret language she and a certain friend had. I was dating that certain friend (Jeanene Bowman) at the time and it was called DOG LATIN. Please don't ask me why. And even when Jeanene and I were married she tried to teach it too me. But as they say Easy For You...Difficult For Me. Never did get the hang of it. Wonder if Cathy still remembers any of it? How bout it Chat.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 02:54:07
Class: 76
Message: Alright, I know that you all want to hear these two stories. I told you I wasn't really all there when I was young. Well when I was in 5th or 6th grade I thought Mr. Spock (Star Trek)was the man. So I had a bright idea that maybe I good look like him. So, at night for about a few weeks I went to bed with clothes pins on my ears to try to make them pointy. That didn't work like I thought it would (hurt a little too) and I shaved my eyebrows so they would be pointy too. That worked but without the pointy ears I was only half a Vulcan and gave up on the transformation. My friends let me know how dumb I looked. The hand incident came when Miss Findlater (one of the best teachers I've ever had) made me the window monitor. One day the window was stuck and I pushed it with my hand to close it and my hand went right through it. Well bleeding very badly and asked if I could go to the nurse while holding my bloody hand and Miss Findlater screamed and sent me off. I went to the doctor and he stitched my fingers back to my hand. In fact the index finger on my left hand was cut nearly all the way off to the bone. But you can barely see the scars now. I remember lying on the table watching the doctor stitch me up. Of course you all realize this was when I was young and now I am older and don't do things like that anymore. How about the time when I got my head stuck in the bike rack at the Holy Glen pool and while I was waiting for the fire dept. to come cut me out everyone was taking pot shots at me. I could never figure out why my head got through the bars going in but would not make it out.

Name: Craig Reinhardt () on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 01:12:10
Class: 80
Message: Keith et al. I thought I should bring you up to date on the Reinhardt's. Mom and Dad retired to Grass Valley CA about 12 years ago and are doing great. Heidi is married with two kids, teaching 3rd grade and lives in Alpine CA (East of San Diego). Christa is married, also a school teacher and lives in La Canada. I am married to Kelly Newill (Class of '84) for 11 years. We have a 6 year old girl Rebecca and a 4 year old boy Eric. I live in Santa Clarita. I also followed in my Dad's footsteps and work for Beverly Hills Fire Dept for the past 11 years. I'll tell my parents hi for you and let them know you are doing well. I remember Melanie too. You lived next to Mike and Karen Krstich if I'm not mistaken.

Name: john hastings () on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 01:08:26
Class: 79
Message: hi john, great web page lot of good memories. hey jim sloey how are you & the family? hey dave krikac, how is your sister karen? tell her i said hi, dave you mentioned about the streakers i was told my brother (ted hastings)was one of them. but he won't say. so please tell me! was he? thanks again john. see you all at class "79" reunion
Hey John, Thanks for checkin' in. Sounds like the 79ers are going to have a great reunion. That House of Blues is great. Someone take some pictures too.

Name: Melanie Denise Martinelli () on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 00:13:35
Maiden: Howell
Class: 76
Message: Keith Jones, I was reading some of your messages in here and you brought back a lot of old memories. (mixing chlorine around in the pool at Holly Glen). Anyway reading these has brought back some of my own memories that include you. Do you remember (I think we were in the 6th grade) the time you shaved half of your eyebrows off? And the time in 4th grade when Miss Finlader (not sure if spelling is correct) asked you to shut the window and you stuck your hand through it? I'm sure if you keep talking I'll remember more.

Name: Dewey Storie() on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 23:58:09
Class: 74
Message:Keith, That's ok I have been trying to get her voice up here on the feed back page. we have been together for 13 going on 14 years. there are a few people she would like to hear from. she just started reading the feed back page while we were in Tulsa for my job, and my sons high school graduation. this is us at my 20th reunion.

Name: Bob Rierdan () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 23:53:44
Class: 61
Message: Hey, Did you ever pick up a can of hairspray and think it was Cheese-Wiz? Now, that can wreck sandwich.
Worse yet, a can of Cheese-Wiz and think it's hairspray. Now that's a bad hair day, boy.

Name: Ricki Farrell () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 23:27:09
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: Sharon B., I did believe that cigarette story for years. You're right, it saddened me when you told me the truth...but, you guys were so crazy that I wouldn't have put it past you. I think that I was very fortunate never to have found out what was going on with V5 and V6 in those days. If I had I probably would have had ulcers. I can't believe the difference between the kids of the 60's and that of the 70's, and worse, those of today. Our parents had mellowed by the time V5 and V6 became teenagers. I got restricted to my bedroom for a week everyday after school because I got home a half an hour late one day. I had been helping set up the art show. Actually, I wish the parents that I deal with were at least half as strict as my own were. John--I don't think that Mr. Newton was any relation to George. Does anyone know what happened to Bruce Griffin? A name that pops up in my memory once and a while. TTFN

Name: mia momma () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 23:22:29
Message: i got lost in that branigan story did she say she worked at the wild goose?
Yes, "total stranger who doesn't know the Valencia's or the Biermans at all", I think she said she worked there. She was the Benson and Hedges Girl, and man was she Smokin'!!

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 23:11:57
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
Message: I was wondering if anyone knew of the whereabouts of a Steve Hill from 1967. We went together off and on, breaking each others heart. The funny thing is that we ended up getting married on the same day in the same church (JUNE 12th, 1971) Him in the morning and me in the afternoon. My marriage just lasted 12 yrs. I hope his did better. Steve if your out there let me know you are doing OK. I'm thinking he had a cousin, Cindy Appleton that was younger than me by a couple yrs.

Name: ME () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 22:32:14
Maiden: HA
Class: 62
Hey Cheryl, "The Sweat Head Is Dead"

Name: Bob Rierdan () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 21:48:18
Class: 61
Message: Hey John,
After seeing those hairstyles on the girls from the 60's & 70"s and the boys in the 80's it's no wonder there's no ozone layer left! I wud lik to ass the queschun - if al theez FEEDBACKERS whent two HHS, howe cume tha tipe an spel so pourly? Bob

Hi Bob, Yeah I know those beehives would eat up a couple of cans of Aqua Net a week. I know that Joyce could get a real "Cloud" going with that hairspray in the morning. Did you ever accidentally pick up the hair spray and use it for deodorant? That'll mess up your day boy.
The reason for the typos is because I'm editing them. Most of the mistakes are probably my fault. Oh BTW, above, where you said 60's and 70"s...... ahhh, that's supposed to be 70's. I think the way you have to enter the message in the message box on the guestbook page, it's hard to proofread your message. It's no big deal and it happens to all of us. Glad you checked in man. We need more of the 50's and 60's crew up here, and like the psychiatrist said to Albert DeSalvo, "Don't be a Strangler".

Name: JORGE LLAVES () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 21:31:16
Class: 80
Message: You see John Boy I warned you about the B & V girls and Keith writing these books now and just reading them the cig smoke has gotten tooooo meeeee OH GOD I can't go ooooo//[[1133$$
George....George.....Hello.....Heeeellllllo.....Nope, he's out folks. I can't raise him.
When you "come to" George, did you know Mr. Newton from H.I.S., and if so, do you know where he is now??

Name: Linda Shahian () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 20:39:08
Maiden: McDowell
Class: '62
Message: Dear HHS Alumni:
Penny Mitchell and I are STILL looking for Mr. John Lasley, Van Van Pelt or whatever he calls himself these days!!! Class of '62. If anyone out there in cyberspace knows anything about this one-in-a-million character, please email me at We are aching to find you John!!!! Come out of your hiding place. We love you and want to talk to you.
Your Dear Friends,
Linda McDowell & Penny Mitchell

Name: Lori Padelford () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 20:25:38
Class: 81
Message: Hey Keith! I haven't seen you for ages! Where have you been ? I saw the mention of a Palm Springs story in your message earlier. I'm wondering if that is the same story I would tell about how you got me kicked out of my room at the Westward Ho in P.S. in about "82". I can look back and laugh now but then I was panicked because I had nowhere to go and you went on your merry way to go party @ Zelda's. Do you have a remorseful bone in your body yet? Good to see you're still around. What ever happend to Kurt Morlock?

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 19:52:28
Class: 76
Message: Dewey, I didn't know you guys were married. Oh well. Yeah, just wanted to say Hi to old neighbor. Remember her well. Say Hi. and maybe someday we'll see each other. Keith

Name: friend of a friend(maybe) () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 19:52:14
Class: 52
Message: hey branigan that was a great story! You are right cigarettes can and do kill, but why did it take you 11 years to figure it out! Can't wait til the next episode of Keith Jones! see ya cougs!
Gee, I just don't have a clue who this one is from.

Name: Dewey Storie () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 17:59:41
Class: 74
Message: Hey Keith Jones :
do you want me to give Denise (Melanie Howell) a message for yeah...I mean it don't take much to yell for her when she is in the kitchen or tell her when she is here in the den!

Name: pv () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 17:48:33
Class: 1974
Message: THERE WAS A PINK ELEPHANT, I HAVE A WITNESS. Ok, she embellishes a bit, but it was an elephant and it WAS PINK. The S.W.A.T. team hadn't yet been invented. And I don't think Swifty smoked yet. I'm not betting my life on that last thing, she might have already been a familiar face in line for cigs. I heard the clever line, "OK I'll Have the Marlboros", as a preface to being tied-up and face down and rescued by the S.W.A.T. team. And by the way, V5 was named after some junior high bestest friend of V1. I think her name was "Patty"
Is there a REAL story, or is this "Cartoonaroony Version" the only one the "B" and "V" girls have?

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 11:34:22
Class: 76
Message: Heres a short story. I remember walking by the Taco Bell across from HHS one day. I was out of High School already. There were a ton of cops cars in the back. I went up to the window to get a taco or something and the girl said they were closed because they just got ropped and the cops were investigating and what not. So I said Ok and left. I later found out right after I left a couple of guys came up to the same girl and tried to rob her. They didn't even notice all the cops inside and around back and they got arrested for attempting to rob the Taco Bell with no money and the whole HPD inside. Not to smart... they couldn't have gone to HHS. I was working at the Jack in the Box across from HHS one night (yes I had a job) when some guy came in the back door. At first I thought they might have worked there but in a short time figured they didn't and were robbing us (I did graduate from HHS...didn't I?). I remember when they opened the cash drawer there was hardly any money in it they ask one of the other employees if that was all there was and she said yes but then the assistant mgr. said no there is more upstairs. So the robbers took him upstairs and got alot more than they should have. Just my experience with robbery when I was younger. To keep this short I will tell a real good I had in Palm Springs around 1982 or so in my next message. Oh by the way I just received some information on the Sunshine Kids from Faelin Klein an organization she started up in Northern Cal. I will be doing a web site for her and helping her raise money. I am sure all fellow cougars will be more than happy to help her once we are ready. She has been very successful and to all that remember her, She is looks exactly the same as in high school. She has gained maybe 1 or 2 pounds and is still as beautiful as she ever has been. She recently won "Woman of the Year" from Glamour magazine. Another success story of a cougar.

Name: Tina Ferguson () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 10:56:18
Maiden: Koerner
Class: 1968
Message: Marilyn Monroe DEFINITELY lived in Hawthorne. Some of you may remember my mother, Mary Koerner. She worked at Leuzinger and Lennox High School. She was very involved in alumni, etc., and found a picture of my father-in-law in 2nd grade with Marilyn Monroe! What a kick! My father-in-law remembered her when he saw the picture, but didn't know until then that she was THE Marilyn Monroe. He said she was real quiet and shy in school.

Name: Frank Romano () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 10:50:42
Class: 1961
Message: Hi Ricki, aka "NO SHOW AT LAS VEGAS" A little bird told me why you No Showed too! Yes I remember George... In those days he seemed huge. George use to get his hair cut at a barber shop on Hawthorne Blvd, near 142nd street. I had the shoe shine stand in the shop for about three years. George was a regular customer. Later most everyone switched to Pat's Barber shop on El Segundo Blvd. About the clock...I didn't recall that till you mentioned it. Including that Pat Larson did the work on that project. Ya know how the medications cause memory hiccups... At least thats the story when I remember it!

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 10:07:27
AKA: Swifty
Class: 76
Message: It was a dark and stormy night ... Oops wrong story... Try again... I was young and slender and stretch-mark free. (okay now you KNOW its a fairytale!) You may not know this but I used to ... whisper... smoke cigarettes... (kicked the nasty habit in 1991 after the loss of our dad to lung cancer- MAJOR HINT to anyone out there who smokes!) Anyway, I used to buy cigs on my way to work in the am (circa 1980). Lived in Redondo, worked at LAX, took Aviation Bl and always stopped at the liquor store right in the parking lot of the - Wild Goose ?? No, Borderline... well, whatever. Anyway-decided to stop at the store (Blue Bird Liquor maybe?) on about 119th and Aviation because I didn't feel like greeting the cook from the Borderline who used to hang at the liquor store. Nice guy but too friendly. So, I walks into the store see, and behind the counter there's this youngish looking kid, see, and I says to him, "A pack of Benson & Hedges" and he pulls a gun on me!!! Downright rude. Well...I've walked in on a robbery. (So much for intuition.) I'm a smart girl, I've seen all the cop shows on TV so I raise my hands in the air- I'm so brilliant I think he actually works there and he's going to RAPE me..But no it's just money he wants (Thank You God) He takes me to the back storeroom gun pointed at me all the time. There are 5 other people back there (and another guy with a gun), they are all lying face down on the floor and tied up. These guys have me lie down ON TOP OF EVERYONE ELSE (very nice I thought ; didn't want to get dirty) tied me up with my own belt and took some jewelry and $$, yelled "Don't move for five minutes" and ran out. Immediately everyone is moving under me yelling "get off me!" and of course I say, "they said not to move!" Okay I was pretty scared. Police came, reports taken, I had only lost 6 bucks and some gold. Felt pretty lucky and went on my way to work. About, what, 6 or 8 years later I find out that Glo has slightly modified the details. She's told her family that when I asked for the Benson & Hedges and the guy pulled the gun, I put up my hands, stepped back and said, "OKAY! I'll have Marlboros!"
Ricki apparently believed this version for all those years; I remember when she found out the truth, she looked at me with such sadness: that I hadn't had the presence of mind (or sheer Valencia nerve) to actually say this to a man holding a gun in my face. I was crushed. BUT - I WAS ALIVE.

What I want to know is, after all that....did you go back to the "Wild Goose" to buy your cigs or what??......

"OKAY! I'll have Marlboros!"...... Now THAT'S FUNNY!!
Thanks Sharon.. you are a great embellisher too. Maybe you and Glo' would consider doing a story a month for good old Cougartown....Hmmmm???

Name: Gloria Herlosky () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 09:07:10
E-Mail: Gpork
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 76
Message: Hi Laura, welcome to Cougartown! The "Great-Shed Escapade", sure, I remember. Isn't that the story that includes: gloves, rollers, brushes, ski masks, nylon caps, coca-cola, giggling teenagers, metro, the helicopter, the getaway car, walkie talkies, handcuffs,the swat team, the Doobie Brothers, the Beach Boys, George Key, Danny Fix, Mr. C-l-a-y-d-o-n and of course, paint? Sure, how could I forget that? That was one of Sharon and my favorite nights! (Oh, wait. Before I start EMBELLISHING, I believe Sharon was in the library, (as usual), figuring out equations, she couldn't make it that night. Or was she buying cigarettes at a 7/11?) Wait a second, did you say the night BEFORE graduation? Oh, then never mind. We didn't touch the shed till much later in the summer.
Gloria, you've left out Sue Bierman, Peggy Sue, Peggy Lee, Molly Bee, Della Reese, Peewee Reese, Peewee Herman, Herman Melville and Rex the GREAT WHITE WHALE.....Oh and the "Little People" from Acacia Av, and that mysterious illusive Pink Elephant that hung out around 117th and Truro. Reeeall Funny Girl!!

Name: betsy wright () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 06:46:41
Maiden: watts
Class: 76
Message: It's a small world after all.....I just wrote a check for my son's high school graduation to the co. Ms. Krislock works for....hopefully will see her this summer in the big apple. Rumor has that Janey Crews has been located in San Diego, but where or where are my missing partners in crime? Amy Jensen, Betty & Sally Upegui. Anyone know Diane Fallaha (sp) from Leuzinger? I pulled out my grade school pics from Cabrillo and I think Keith Jones is in every one! Who went on the 6th grade bus trip to Yosemite, Carson City, etc?

Name: John Baker
Class: 1962

Message:The following is a Funny Car that Gary Nix, Class of 70, was a part of in the early 80's. Gary's standing in the middle of the photo with the earsavers on. Thanks Gary

John, Here is the picture I told you about at the Las Vegas reunion. This was taken in 1982 at one of the 64 funny car shows at Orange County Raceway. It's a Keith Black powered 426 hemi , Crower clutch , Lenco 2 speed , driven by Craig Epperly.

Name: Ricki () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 00:48:39
Maiden: Valencia
Class: '61
Message: Okay, I can't take it anymore. Frank Romano and I had Mr. C-L-A-Y-D-O-N in the 8th grade. It was his very first year as a teacher in California. I remember every detail of that year because it was one of my favorites. I had the best of friends, a baby sister, and a great teacher. I loved school and I loved hearing all of Mr. Claydon's stories. Yes, little V5 was born that year and everyday anticipating her arrival, I was the center of attention. "Has the baby been born yet?" Those were the first words out of everybodies mouth.
It was the year that I knew for sure that I loved being in a classroom and I loved drawing. It was an insight as to what was to be and is. I remember when the rumor of Mr. Claydon's impending marriage hit our young ears. Our class bought him a great big clock. I thought it was beautiful. Remember that Frank? I think Pat Larson picked it out. Frank, do you remember George Newton?

Do you know what became of him? I think he ended up as ASB president at Leuzinger. When I was coaching at one of the Hawthorne parks, I ran into his mom and I think that she said he was coaching basketball somewhere in the Valley. He was so tall. I was still well under 5 feet. I am the shortest V girl.
I just had to write in and say that the yearbook was accurate about the spelling of Claydon. I remember it specifically because of the "different" spelling. If anyone is in touch with him, please write in. Thanks.

Hi Ricki, Was George Newton any relation to Mr Newton, the Vice Principal at H.I.S.? Mr. Newton was a great guy and all the kids liked him. I bet George Key remembers him. Do you Jorge??

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 00:47:26
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: WHAT SHED? I'm not even sure WHERE the football field was. I was usually in the library working on equations and ... such... Hello, Laura, welcome to Cougartown! Howyadoin?
Tonight Swifty!!!

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