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Name: Kelley () on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 11:01:34
City and State: Englewood, OR
Maiden: currie
Class: 67
Message: Looking at the picture of 133rd..reminds of the street sweepers (looks like it needs it) anyway you couldn't park on the street a certain day of the week. So everyone had to park in there driveway or somewhere,since there wasn't parking on both sides of the street..Gosh that is still the narrowest street ever!! Up here when the street sweeper comes they just go around the cars..what a waste of time and money...speaking of money..anyone want to go to the Moon..I hear they may be taking reservations soon!!!

Name: Lillian Parra () on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 10:19:55
City and State: Havasu Lake, CA
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 63
Message: AH Yes, Taco Bill's in Hermosa Beach I remember it well - Big Fat Taco Burritos with gobs of sour cream - And I have the hips to prove it!!

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 09:28:55
City and State: Sullivan, Illinois
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: We used to got to Olvera Street and get taquitos that were deep fried and came with a guacamole sauce to dip them in - those were good eating. When we moved to Illinois in 1970, there were no local places on the North Shore to get Mexican food. My kids were used to eating tacos and frijoles so they were definitely feeling deprived. One week-end we drove with friends to one of the college towns for a drum corps competition and my boys spotted a Taco Bell and got really excited. My friend and her kids thought they were crazy. We went there for lunch and my boys were in seventh heaven and her kids were ready to go to McDonalds.
I never considered Taco Bell as Mexican food, but then again, I don't consider the quarter pounder a hamburger either.
Janet and I went to the Red Onion up on the hill last week and it was pretty darn good. Their sign said EST 1963. I guess that was about the time they moved from Hawthorne.

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 00:26:53
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 57
Message: Ahhh! Deep-fried burritos from Taco Tio! My wife, Sherry, still loves those, but like Betty R says, they are hard to find. There is a Taco Tio here in Riverside off the famous 91 and Van Buren but they no longer make deep-fried burritos. We have discovered that some older Tastee-Freezes still serve them but they are not quite the same. As I remember the ones from Taco Tio they were lightly salted when they were done. The reason I remember that is during the summer the salt burned my sun-burned, chapped lips. Uh-oh! Sherry just walked by with a hot batch of chocolate chip cookies.... There goes the New-Year?s Resolution!! Gotta go.

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 22:02:51
E-Mail: dzlizzy31@hotmail
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: WOW! Dizzy Lizzy'z World Famous Flan? Denny, find somebody to write a jingle. We can go national by summer. The secret to my flan can be seen in the movie, "Like Water For Chocolate"'s the love I put into it. That, and of course, the cream cheese. Shhhh My HHS English teachers must cringe when I try to punctuate....LOL Sorry. I never did figure out those English rules.

Name: Denny () on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 20:51:01
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 55
Message: Don't we have a cruise coming up soon? Today I happened to drive past Fosters and the asphalt was gone in the parking lot and hope they are just replacing it. See ya'll there in February I hope. Need my fix of Elizabeth's world famous Flan.
Geez, everyone is chomping at the bit for a get-together. I will post something within a week, I PROMISE!!!

Name: Sherry Ward () on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 19:55:32
City and State: The Atomic City
Maiden: Rout
Class: 1965
Message: I was doing just fine with all the taco talk, and then Gary Bickers had to go and mention Taco Bill's. NOW I'M REALLY HUNGRY! They had to have the best burritos EVER!

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 19:29:10
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: Lori nailed the best taco place, in fact, the best Mexican food place in the South Bay. It's now El Burrito Jr. Yum, yum, yum. But, you'd better double up on your cholesterol meds if you go there. They don't believe in low-fat anything. When I was a kid, our neighbors, The Considines, used to take me with them to Wilmington for Mexican food. It was a well known restaurant just off the 110 fwy, called Gonzales's. For years I've been in search of the enchiladas rancheras that could match theirs. Las Brisas on Artesia comes close but not quite. Now for the best homemade tortillas....Mama Mercedes Estrada's would melt in your mouth, bless her heart. Paco, if you want flan on the next cruise night you'd better get my pan back to me. I've saved your spoon. >smile< And your choice of pics this time...well, too cute. LOL
Class of 69. We've found a new place to gather for our 35th reunion. I think you're going to be very pleased. Think ocean, think yachts, think luau. That means we can wear flowered shirts and skirts and get lei'd. Catch ya on the flip side. The Goddess of Muumuu's

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 19:17:31
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: Great to see Loren Rector joining in. I had a class with him and Gordon (B.B.) Jones. Can't remember which class but the 3 of us shared a table in the back of the room. It was a lot of fun sharing that class with them. I think it was Mr. Gaiers class and he could be pretty intimidating. I was always afraid they would get caught fooling around and get us all in trouble but they never did. I don't know when Taco Tio opened but I only remember it after I graduated. We used to take our kids there. After we moved to San Berdo we would come back to visit my mom and always hit the Taco Tio because San B didn't have tacos that could match Taco Tio. I do remember Olvera st. The first time I ever saw a taco it was there. A friend ordered one and it looked very good but I wasn't very adventuresome when it came to new foods.
I would say Taco Tio came along around 57 or 58. Does anyone know for sure?

Name: joseph mailander () on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 00:05:29
City and State: Inner City, Los Angeles, CA
Class: 1975
Message: That's a great photo of the fabled 129th Street parking structure, John, a structure on which the very sense of what it is to be "Hawthornean" pivots. I'm sure the LA Conservancy will be very interested to preserve this classic monument for posterity. I think I recognize a Corbusian sense of proportion and lots of Gropius in the ramp angle. But if you really like parking structures (and who doesn't?), there's also one in the South Bay that's very famous--it's behind the old Broadway in Westchester; it's a double ramp and looks like someone folding their arms; it appears in Reyner Banham's Los Angeles, The Architecture of Four Ecologies. There's also a good spiral one by Cesar Pelli (did the Blue Whale in West Hollywood) behind the Worldway Post office just off of Century (actually on World Way West, I believe) near the airport, at Airport Boulevard. The only problem with these kind of stacked parking structures is that they typically service large-scale commercial or retail enterprises and therefore reduce the opportunity for for far more vital taco stand development.
thank you joseph mailander for your "PARKING STRUCTURES AROUND THE WORLD" commentary.
Actually the picture was added because fellow Coug from 77 Lyle Tucker from Albuquerque NM requested it. Seems he got stuck in the elevator on a weekend once and thought he might perish before finally getting the darned thing going again. Glad you lived through it, Lyle.
Tomorrow, I'll be doing my annual Jury Duty thing so I'll read you all tomorrow night.

Name: Patty Saville () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 23:11:31
City and State: Laguna Beach, CA
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
Message: A couple of recent items have caught my attention...El Tarasco on Rosecrans/Highland - I used to love that place. I remember having gone to a fancy-dancy dinner one night and the next day found us at El Tarasco's for lunch. I remember just savoring the smells, sauces and textures while thinking - what could be better than this?!!! (certainly not the fancy-dancy dinner. Secondly, the water down here has been pretty darned clear - unbelievably so the last few days. Ok, so it's not warm and the clarity represented a freak event, but hey, it was clear...
You mean like in Hawaii?

Name: Dewey () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 22:08:34
City and State: at home still recoping
Class: 1974
Message: John ? Don?t be so hard on Keith, it?s just his way of saying that he really does miss Hawthorne ? Think about it ? we have the wide open spaces and he has ? well you can only go around a island so many times!
Yeah you're right.....sorry, Keith.

Name: Lori Garcia () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 21:46:06
E-Mail: Desilulu4u@aol
City and State: the o.c.
Maiden: Padelford
Class: 81
Message: All this talk of taco places made me want to put in my two cents. Did you know that there used to be 2 Tito's taco's? The other one was in Anaheim on Ball Road just East of Beach Bl. They sold it and it is now called Tom's Tacos. The good news is that it is the same food as Tito's and all the O.C. people don't have to go as far for it. Also let's not forget one of the newer taco joint's that has great food, El Burrito Jr.'s they are popping up all over the place. John have you seen the new place they are building at Sepulveda and Normandie? I believe its supposed to be like a 50's drive in. Looks like there will be lots of parking there. Maybe we could do a cruise night there. Take care, Lori
Hi Lori, Yes, I've seen it. We'd better check out the food first.
Actually we've really got too many places to have a get together and someone is going to be unhappy. I think our Cruise Nights should always be in Hawthorne as that's what we're all about, but I guess we could venture out to a Pinks type run. I know the OC people have been wanting something out that way for a long time. We'll see what we can do.

Name: Jim Phillips () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 21:29:17
City and State: Bella Vista, Ca
Class: 1960
Message: Hi Class of '60. I just found this site, its great.
Hey Jim, Glad you found us.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 20:01:05
City and State: Honolulu, Kona, Hawaii
Class: 76
Message: Yes, but you can't compare the beaches, weather or water to Hawaii. Oregon is cold as hell and So. Cal has the dirtiest water around. And it's 85 degrees here. SO pretty hard to compare those apples to these oranges. But you can try. Oh and I know once in awhile it might hit in the 80's in January or February in LA.
Hey Keith, When are you going to say something positive about Hawthorne? This is NOT a Hawaiian C of C mixer here. These people know Hawaii is a nice place but this is a Hawthorne website.

Name: Anita Young () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 19:12:31
City and State: Hillsfullo'burritos, OR
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
Message: Keith Jones, you crack me up, dude! Here in Oregon, we have a commercial that has this group of people, 2 guys and a girl out on their boards, waiting for a wave ( yes, as CRAZY as it sounds, there are people INSANE enough to surf here in the Northern Pacific coast water, which is so darned cold, you'd freeze your unmentionables off, but they do it anyhow). When one of the guys says "the waves are flat" and then, they all look at one another and say "Road trip"! Then, they go for a drive and end up on Mt. Hood (which you can see from Portland like if it was the Matterhorn at Disneyland) and go snowboarding! See, to get from the Oregon coast to Mt. Hood is only a hour and a half to 2 hour drive. It CAN be done and people do it ALL THE TIME!
Speaking of snow....hope Petey Smith and Larry Biller and a few other Cougs I have not seen in here in a bit are alright. Check in you guys! Up here in the Pacific Northwest, last week, we had one of the WORST Artic storms here in like 10 years! Snow, followed by freezing rain, sleet, winds coming out of the Columbia Gorge (some of the COLDEST winds out there, people) screaming in some places up to 75 MPH! We're talking COLD! Closed the Portland Metro airport for like 3 or 4 days, and the city practically, as well. We are FINALLY starting to thaw out now (but as I look out my window, I can still see the white stuff all over my lawn and in the streets. Man oh man, will I EVER be HAPPY to see this stuff finally GONE!
Hope all you other Cougs are WARM, DRY and HAPPY this early part of the New Year! And I didn't hear anyone mention Olveira Street for some good ol' Mexican eats! Shame on ya all!

Kinda like the distance between 26th St and Mount Baldy. Plenty of snow here too (the mountains, I mean).

Name: Loren Rector () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 18:34:55
E-Mail: rect34974
City and State: Okeechobee, Fl.
Class: 56
Message: Been reading your forum for some time now, what a great website you have. Don't remember the tacos places, but I do remember the the Clock drive-in's and the hot deep dish apple pies. And there was something at the corner of Sepulveda Blvd. and something, sorry can't remember the other street, but we ate a lot of hamburgers there late at night. I bet Marilyn Ross or Eleanor Zeigelhoefer might remember that, I know Larry Hobson and Gale Sloan must remember.
Thanks for the memories your website provides.

Hi Loren and thanks for letting your friends know you're out there. The place on Sepulveda and Imperial was Patmars restaurant.

Name: Gary Bickers () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 18:00:47
City and State: pve. cal.
Class: 63
Message: Speaking of tacos, anyone remember TACO BILL'S on Pier Ave. in Hermosa Beach? After long hours of socializing, the HYMIES made up of class of 62 and 63 would hit that place. I remember it as a harrowing trip from the SWINGING DOOR to Hermosa, but the food was good.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 15:51:32
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: Wow, Taco Tio! Dear old Andy, he was always so nice to us kids. I bet kids today don't feel welcome at fast-food joints like we did. My favorite was the deep-fried burrito. Does any other place make them like that?
Hey Pieboy, you out there? Betty

Name: Jessie () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 15:21:36
City and State: LA, CA
Maiden: Corral
Class: Surfs up!!
Message: Check out the Outdoor Section of the L.A.Times today...The front page story is about surfing..."The Lost Ride" Also, I remember those tamales well that Sharon is talking about. My mom was a Member of the Mission Circle at St. Joesph's for as long as I can remember. They use to sell the tamales for a dollar a dozen! Now those were the days!

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 12:44:49
City and State: Belmont Shores
Class: 74
Message: If my memory serves me well, and I'm starting to have serious reservations, I recall in our senior year there was a thing called the "taco scarf" or "taco feed" that was held in the cafeteria. It was all you can eat for a dollar. I saw some serious destruction being done to that events fund raising bottom line.
Yes, I too could make a major dent in any profits expected from an "All You Can Eat" fest.
My dad and I used to frequent Norms restaurant in Torrance on Mondays for their all you could eat fish special. When they saw us pull in the driveway they would shut out the lights and close the curtains.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 10:40:48
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: John I can?t believe you were in high school when you tasted your first Taco!!! You poor deprived child. LOL. My first Taco?s came from Taco Tio in Hawthorne. I would ride my bike from Hawthorne Intermediate to Taco Tio and get my daily dose of two tacos for .30 cents plus tax. It was either Friday or Saturday night that they had their Taco special of ten for a dollar (my limit). Plus, plus they had their famous tostado?s. I could only pound five of these because they had beans and hamburger on them plus mounds of lettuce and tomatoes. I also think it was at Taco Tio that the Beach Boys heard their first record released on KFWB channel 98 the radio station of the 60?s. Great picture of El Tarasco, now all we need is one of Taco Tio if somebody out in photo land will cut loose with one.
It was Marilyn who didn't taste a taco til HS and yes, if anyone has a decent picture of Taco Tio, please send it along. Maybe one of the Lococo clan?

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 01:29:50
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: In my freshman year I never had heard of tacos. The first one I ever ate was in my Sophmore Home Ec class. One of the girls in our group made them. She put the whole taco together then dipped it in the hot oil and had to hold it together with her fingers. The whole thing - lettuce and all - was dripping with grease but it was pretty good. My friends and I learned how to make them right and we had a lot of taco parties after that. Everyone got involved in cooking and preparing the ingredients. I can't believe how many the guys would eat. Some would eat 10 or 12 at a sitting. The girls usually stuck to 2 or 3. What's the most tacos some of you ate at one time in high school.
I don't know about High School but I can easily eat 7 tacos today.

Name: kelley () on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 19:34:00
City and State: Englewood, OR
Maiden: currie
Class: 67
Message: I remember when the El Tarasco in Manhattan Beach first was so could take in your own beer, they didn't sell they now? the BEST Mexican food ever..I haven't been in there for so long..I lived on Moonstone in El Porto so it was so close.We ate there so much..What great memories i have of that little place..thanks for the picture it looks pretty fancy...

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 10:17:11
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 71
Message: Vizcarra's Mexican food was the place on La Brea down by Buffington Cadillac between Regent and Queen. I would also like to mention that there is a Petanque park about a half block away from Tito's where we could meet and eat. John, do you know what Petanque is?
Hey Bob, Isn't that something like Bocce Ball? I saw it once on the Cosby Show.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 08:33:00
City and State: Decatur, Illinois
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: I seem to recall that one of the Woman's Guilds at St. Joseph's would have a tamale sale from time to time as a fund raiser. My mother would order a grocery bag or 2 filled with all the different kinds and the family would sit down and devour the whole lot in one sitting. They were some of the best tamales I have ever eaten.
Here in the Decatur area we are lucky to have a number of good Mexican restaurants. Also in Wisconsin there are quite a few that rival the California favorites.

Name: john hagethorn () on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 00:43:25
City and State: lv nv
Class: 60
Message: Saw in the paper the other day that Max West died. He was a major league baseball player in the 30's and 40's. He played for the minor league LA Angels. I use to listen to them on the radio, one night in the early 50's he was at bat and was being intentionaly walked, according to the radio announcer Bob Kelly he reached across the plate and hit a home run to win the game.

Name: Art La Mere () on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 22:00:03
City and State: Bettendorf Ia.
Class: 73
Message: Ok I have been reading about the good Mexican food and we here in Iowa can not get good mexican food and then I read that susan B. is asking for a Pastrami sandwich. How that is one that I have not had for a long time no one here makes them like they do in California. My son is getting married in July and the Family will be coming back here so the shopping lst will start IN and Out Pastrami. will hope all had a good holiday take care Art

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 21:02:27
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: Hey John when did your Grandma go to the Church of Christ? That was my church from about 1948 to 1965 or 66. I knew most of the older women that went there. What was her first name? I knew Larry when he was born. When we first went there it was just an old army barracks that sat far back off El Segundo Blvd. It was added onto many times over the years.
She went there in the early to mid 70's to the early 80's when she went to the BIG Church in the sky. Her name was Laura Baker but everyone knew her as Sally.