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Name: Ron () on Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 05:50:47
City and State: Endwell, NY
Class: 1955
Message: Really enjoyed my first cruise. Fell in love twice, and by the time the cruise ended, the ladies were running in panic when I showed up on the dance floor. I also got to go to Johnnys pastrami twice. Hmmm...what did I enjoy most - the ladies, or the pastrami?
Hey Ron, Too bad you couldn't have hung around for Cruise Night this Saturday night.

Name: Don D. () on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 23:33:41
City and State: South Bay
Class: 75
Message: John, I hope you had a great Valentine's day. Note that I also attended the HHS Cheese Cake Factory reunion but had to leave before the photos were taken. I think other people may have departed earlier too. So, the turn out was greater than the photos provided by Michelle Whittaker indicates. Dana Salley did a great job of bringing people together.
That's great, Don, and thanks to all who got together to visit with old friends and reminisce about the good old days around Hawthorne and HHS. I know you all had a fun time.
Now that you're in the reunion mood, please try and make Cruise Night at Fosters. It'll be happening next Saturday night, so hope to see you there.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 18:43:55
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: lostand found
Class: 1963
Message: Come on guys you remember what ?Boat Drinks? are. ?Boat Drinks? were what we could get in the cooler before we left the docks to go water skiing. DUH!!!!!!

Name: Paco () on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:33:41
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 1961
Message: Glad you're back from vacation! My mother was talking to the grandkids the other day and mentioned the oil well in the bean fields close to our house on 134th st and Anza. Evidently it made our families very rich, Mom said each of the families living above got a whopping $20. Does anyone else remember it?

Name: Bill Ennis () on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 21:27:55
City and State: Nevada City, CA
Class: 1966
Message: To Joseph Mailander, I read that whole thing, and all I can say is "Huh?"
John, No, no, no... boat drinks are NOT like me on this one...
Myrna Wood, Welcome to Nevada City!!! I have been here since 1989... I will e-mail you later...

Thanks Bill, for straightening me out on that one.
Actually just got the word from Gary Bickers. He writes,"The term BOAT DRINKS is a greeting used by former inmates. It refers to the good times they envision having after they get out of the can. The movie, Things To Do In Denver After You Are Dead was built around the term." Thanks Gary.....

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 14:50:46
City and State: Honolulu, Kona Hawaii
Class: 76
Message: Yes I'm surprised that no one knows the LoCocos (I don't even know how to spell there name). Anyway Mr. Lococo opened and owned the Cockatoo Inn for a long while then sold it to my friend who I can't remember his name (Frank something)who owns a hotel in El Segundo called the Hacienda. At least that is what I rememeber. Tony and Frank were the olders brothers and Steve was my age. Definitely had that "family" tie. Aloha

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 11:16:25
City and State: Belmont Shores
Class: 74
Message: I had a Cougar run in this week. Ran into Denise, maiden name Dye, in Dr.Miya's office on Wednesday afternoon. Haven't seen her in years, still looks the same, was nice to say hi and catch up quickly. We talked about C-town and the many mini-reunions that take place because of this site. Which also brought up a point made by some fellow class of 74 grads I spoke with this week. Its 2004, that means we should be talking 30 year reunion shouldn't we?
Hey Bud, Good one, and glad you reconnected. See you on Cruise Night. Also, Dr Miya delivered my daughter about 4 decades ago. Isn't it time for the good doctor to retire?

Name: Jim Peppers () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 23:47:53
City and State: Athens, Greece
Class: 61
Message: Dear Cougars, Frank Romano, you brought up a really nostalgic feeling when you mentioned the "Hit Parade". We used to watch it every week. Because of old age, I can't remember the names of the singers except for Giselle Mackenzie. Who were the others? Thanks to anyone who can jog my memory. Jim Peppers
How about Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, June Valli, Tommy Leonetti, Johnny Desmond, and others....

Name: Debbie Miles () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 23:03:58
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Class: 77
Message: Wayne, I'll bet it was Mrs Mayer. She went on to get her Doctorate of Education. My sister, Sheri, had her, and she was a special teacher, indeed. Maybe you and she were in the same class? Mrs. Bell recently retired, can you believe it?

Name: joseph mailander () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 23:01:20
City and State: Urban Enterprise Zone, LA CA
Class: 1975
Message: Sharon, as you were brave enough to inquire, and fortune of course favors the brave, permit me: a "boat drink" is a concoction, usually of a dimension that competes with a tulip vase or even umbrella holder, that freights supercargos of both alcohol and personal poignancy. In the alcohol dept, it is beyond weapons grade: people in lab coats classify it as completely fissile. When prescribed for periods of distress, a "boat drink" has the explosive effect of a favored poem you chance upon at the funeral of a beloved elder. These drinks, Boat Drinks, basically put you in posh when your ticket says steerage. They often have copious amounts of gin, they often have flavors of delicate liqueurs delicately mixed, and they often require no second drink. I first noted the redeeming value of the Boat Drink when a Reuters correspondent came over from Singapore one year, desperate for any Angeleno variant of a Raffles Bar Gin Sling. (The best boat drink in town in my estimation is the ritualistic "Blood & Sand" at Tiki-Ti (viz. or Google "Tiki-Ti" for more useful information), here in the Inner City--he thought it a sturdy variant, and also the best in town, though a few drinks at Trader Vics, such as the dependable Samoan Fog Cutter, finish in the money.) Any politesse you may detect, as your sister has, in intermittent scribes such as my friend and even myself is surface-deep only--at the inner core we whose trade is words lead completely uncalibrated lives, and a Boat Drink is the best South Pacific tonic for the roughest of all these internal maelstroms. Peace and boat drinks to all who require or desire them, and thanks to Susan and Enza and Don DT and Patti and John (btw John, I LOVE YOU MAAAANNNNN!!) and all who acknowledged what I only acknowledged with passing anxiety--my birthday. It is always a maelstrom all by itself, now safely passed without capsizing the vessel here, so thanks again, you were all fixed stars and fair winds to me.
So uhhhh.... a Boat Drink is like a beer?????

Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 19:59:31
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Cuervo and limes, Sharon I love you already. Looks like my first cruise night will be a gas. See ya there.

Name: Vicki () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 19:36:17
City and State: Laguna Hills/ca
Message: Does anyone ever remember the LaCoco Family? They lived on Glasgow. I don't know why they came to mind. I sure wish the high school I graduated from had a website like this.
Hey Vicki, Yes, there are two Lococos listed on the Alumni List. If you know them, I'm sure they'd be glad to hear from you. Rekindle that old relationship.....

Name: Myrna Wood () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 19:30:42
City and State: Nevada City, CA
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
Message: Hi John - thought I'd let you and anyone else who cares know that I still exist! Been out of Coalinga into Nevada City since September. It's great up here - have a bit of snow, but not too much. Saw your post to Glenn about wine country - this area is an up and coming wine country itself. Come by on the way to Gordon's and we'll give you a tour of these wineries.
Hey Myrna, Glad to see you're still out there. Tell Jim we said hey, and Janet and I will definitely come by and see what the new place looks like. In the meantime, check in here once in a while.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 18:19:16
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Joseph, best wishes on another fabulous year of life! Pat I love your style; let's sneak in some Cuervo and limes, too... is too fattening and takes too long. Peace and boat drinks... (what IS a boat drink???)

Name: Frank Romano () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 18:15:21
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: Here I am, an old Sicilian, who hasn't lost his temper in over 30 years....The Louisville slugger over there, is memorabilia from the Cubs. Never watch the Soprano's. Believe that the hit parade is just an old top ten music program from the 50's. No such thing as connected...just ask anybody that knows.... but do that on the QT...
Frank, you're more Haytowner than Sicilian.

Name: KIRK C. GREASBY () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 15:21:15
Class: 1976

Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 14:08:03
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Talking about Anza Elementary visit here Anza school or contact Helen Bell the old Principle of Anza and she will push you in the right direction (if she?s still there). Anza had a complete makeover you know. Joe, you gotta get over this age thing 47 wasn?t bad at all. I was 47, 12 years ago and I?ll be 59 tomorrow 2/6. It?s all good buddy as long as you wake up and take a deep breath, you know it?s good. All this violent talk about rumbling with the kids at other schools. I would back you up in a heartbeat, but you gotta know our bones will take three time longer to heal then the kids we fight (if we do any damage). Now why don?t we sneak in a 12 pack and talk this over on cruise night. Old time memories are a lot better then present time FAT LIPS.
Happy BDay, Pat....

Name: Wayne Boettcher () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 11:46:36
City and State: Tucson, AZ
Message: Hi, I was in Juan De Anza Elementary for Kindergarten and First Grade in '65-66. I remember we learned to read with ITA (Initial Teaching Alphabet) and we had a really great teacher. All through my life I have read voraciously because of this great class. Is there anyone else that was in this class or learned to read with ITA? Do you remember the teacher's name? And do you love reading, too?
Hi Wayne, I guess that would've placed you in a high school grad class of 77. Anyone else remember Wayne, the Teacher, or Anza's ITA?

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 11:40:20
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 69
Message: Jeeze John, Even I'm connected. My last name is really Aleccia...I use Estrada here for protection. One can't be too careful, you know? Ask Sloey. He knows the 'family' I was married to. We don't like to say 'mob'. My new love is a Texan with green eyes and he couldn't be further from all of that. Here's some Hawthorne news. I've been asked to help with a book about two young teens falling in love, in of all places, Hawthorne. It takes place in the 60s and has the Hawthorne Blvd cruising scene as well as a few high school dances. The rumbles haven't been addressed yet but I'm sure they will be. It's a hoot! I'll let you guys know when it's finished. It's a beautiful day here at the beach. The sky is blue, the ocean is clear and I can see Catalina Island. It's great to be a Coug! I love you guys! DZ
Thanks Liz, sounds like a fun book.

Name: Linda Kalsbeek () on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at 03:50:47
City and State: Del Aire CA
Maiden: Schlegel
Class: 1970
Message: Does anyone know where Viki Pipkin is?

Name: Frank Romano () on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 21:14:06
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Maiden: ole' ez
Class: 1961
Message: Hey John... Don't be worried about the nice folks in the old country, unless that's where you plan on starting your car! The image of being connected is a way over used. Besides, The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association is a myth, just ask Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Oscar's story is published, "Of Rats and Men". He also played himself in Casino... outside of the movie, he was one hell of an attorney for the non existent organization. And for the record, Las Vegas was a much nicer place when the boys ran the casinos. Instead of Louie the Hat collecting markers, they use Sheldon, the accounts receivable manager now. Nice kid, but what is so scary about Arnold Stang's look alike. By the by, Radio Shack has those remote starters to warm up the engine in cold weather... not a bad idea....
Frank, YOU, CONNECTED TOO!!?? Say it ain't so.

Name: Cheryl Costello () on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 16:02:12
City and State: Lawndale, Ca
Maiden: Jansson
Class: 1978
Message: Does anyone know the where abouts of Mark Gallego? Has anyone heard from him or stayed in contact with him?

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 12:53:14
City and State: Lomita
Class: 62
Message: I got this from Rich Sloan a month or so ago and it just slipped through the cracks. Sorry Rich
Cindy Sullivan HHS60 passed away from lung cancer in July of 2003. She was an honor roll student, GAA member, and won the Bank of America Business Award her Senior year. She left two children; Melinda and Mike, and 5 grandchildren. I'm sure lots of the early 60s people remember Cindy. Very sorry to hear of her passing.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 12:44:22
City and State: SoSunny, SoCal
Maiden: putanothercandleonmyb-daycake....
Class: 72
Message: Happy Birthday Joseph! I have no doubt that you and some of your 'home boys' would of defended our alma mater, no matter what JB says. And, if you need some help nowadays to enlightened a certain quack that call themselves 'Doctor'; I still have ties back in old Sicily that would be more than happy to oblige. ;) Just be happy that your not going to turn 50 in a about 6 weeks. :( Enjoy your forties, and remember ~ "These ARE the good old days!" Peace and boat drinks to ya.
I swear, I don't think I ever met an Italian who wasn't connected.

Name: Barbara Duran () on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 09:41:05
City and State: El segundo
Class: 72
Message: I'd like to thank my family and friends for making my 50th so special, I had a great time celebrating. This weekend my son and some friends are taking me to Vegas to continue the party. After the party is over, I'm going back to claiming to be 47 and that's , that!
What a great family. When I turned 50 it was me, my cat, and 2 Burgies in front of the TV.

Name: Susan King () on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 01:23:39
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: Hey John, don't let Joe's suave demeanor fool you, he was a swashbuckling knight in shining armor that first CT Homecoming 4 or 5 years ago. A tussle broke out in the section just above us and he burst into action risking life and limb and a great leather jacket to save Konnie Krislock from the barbarians! What a stud! But I'd always known that! Happy Birthday Mailander - you're checking in to 47 and in October I'll be checking out. So far it's been a very good year. Enjoy it. And tell Lily to give you a big old birthday smooch from Sue and Sharon.
Swashbuckling!!?? I always thought that meant you wore green tights and a hat with a feather? Anyway Happy Birthday you Journalism Teacher Savin' Son of a Gun!!!

Name: joseph mailander () on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 23:47:51
City and State: Inner City, Los Angeles, CA
Class: 1975
Message: You know what I miss about high school, John? Maybe the girls who have sensibly blossomed into women won't get this so much...I'm sure you could guess if you had testosterone enough and time, but I miss: RUMBLES. The guys from HHS going over to Leuzinger and just kicking the holy *$#% out of them. Or even guys from Lennox coming over to the railroad tracks and jumping a few of us--so what if we would lose, at least we were eager to fight. I miss the allegiance, win or lose, that comes with local hallowed grounds. This is not off-the-cuff, John, this is the only wisdom I have to offer right now. I am 47 in about two hours and twenty- three minutes, John--by the way, I LOVE YOU, MAAAANNNN--and as I reflect on what that means, what I could use right now, more than anything else, is a posse of Cougs assembling behind the gym, crossing over the tracks, hopping a fence onto 126th, getting into a '64 Tempest with an inline 6, and then--just maiming the holy #@$%ing &$@* out of a certain fake journalist I know, and also an insipid loathesome doctor I know. It turns out, indeed, that I could have used this particularly enchanting element of high school to excellent advantage all through my forties, were it available to me...alas, now I am adult, and only see the boys of summer in their ruin...lay the gold tithings barren...too late for good rumbles anymore...peace and boat drinks anyway, man--
"Boy, Boy, crazy boy, get cool boy; Gotta rocket in your pocket get cooly-cool boy".....
Alas, a violent side to the swankiest of swank Cougs, joseph there a Shark/Jet mentality in there? I always thought of you as the one who turned his nose up to such pedestrian antics as "RUMBLES IN THE STREETS". Then again maybe you have a Tony, Arab, or Action mentality roaming the grey matter; then, yet again, NAAAAHH!! Mercedes coupes and Belize sunsets are your passion. If the rumble did break out you'd be the first to get on the satellite phone, call officer Krupke, and GPS him into the trouble zone. Happy Bday, joseph, and hope to see you on the 21st....

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 22:55:21
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: Happy 50th to little sister Barbara Jo Duran. Geezzz
Happy Bday, Barbara....

Name: terrie kostiszak () on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 20:31:42
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Maiden: kostiszak
Class: 83
Message: I have been busy moving, I finally got back online to see everyone, some new people that is awesome! I moved from Las Vegas to San Diego but San Diego was too crowded. I moved out of Calif. 10 yrs ago and it has changed, the beaches were too crowded to enjoy. So I moved back to Las Vegas. But now everyone has the same idea as I, they moved from Calif. to Vegas. If anyone knows of any Hawthorne reunions in Las Vegas please email me. Thanks for keeping the site John and maintaining it all these years, its been a blessing for me and many others, thank you!
It doesn't matter, Sin City or Dago, Cougartown is there. Thanks Terrie.....

Name: Dana Salley () on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 17:33:36
City and State: Simi Valley California
Maiden: Salley
Class: 78
Message: Hi everyone. This is the big weekend! Just a reminder to join us at Cheesecake Factory on Saturday, February 7th starting at 3 pm until WHENEVER. We are taking over the lounge and have response from classes 75, 76, 77 and 78. SEE YOU THERE!

Name: Travis Kistler () on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 00:05:10
City and State: Austin,TX
Class: 84
Message: I remember the fun days "Senior Square" and all the jocks would hang out thinking we were cool. Our trashcans were always filled with freshmans. With all the changes going on now...Is senior square still existing at Hawthorne High???
Hi Travis, No, Senior Square is long gone. And back in my day we didn't waist valuable trashcan space with Freshmen, we just shot'em.

Name: Glenn () on Monday, February 2, 2004 at 21:15:14
City and State: Slonoma
Message: Spoofing? You know you are in real trouble when your SPAM goes down to five messages or less per day
HEY GLENN, Yes, we are ready for another Wine Country Weekend and yes, you do owe me Sonoma Creek glasses AND bring a CASE!!!