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Name: Raymond Smith () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 04:09:57
City and State: Portland Oregon
Maiden: sun shinning and warm today!
Class: 1981
Message: Colleen Martin....your story about Mr. Grahamer, the German teacher, was funny. Didn't we have a class together with him? I also remember you as being a Wrestling scorekeeper but I think you just wanted to flirt with us jocks. lol Good to see you finally post a note in C.T. Have you seen Tammy Duckworth? Last time I saw her was around 1983 when she was working as a waitress at some restaurant in Ingelwood. (You know, once I almost asked you out for a dance when we where in the 10th grade). I remember I was lucky enough to be a select few to get in Driver's education in the 10th grade and I was 16.5 yrs old by June. Did you ever attend Derick's Wrestling parties? Anyway, good to see you're kicking and alive.

Name: Dale Hahlbeck JR. () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 02:26:08
City and State: Moving to Nigeria to be King
Maiden: Doofus
Class: '75
Message: Marla Crane....I think the plural for doofus is doofi (do-fie) How are things?
Still need to make it up there to see you, Kitty Mathieson, etc etc
Unless you are planning to come down for our ...gasp 30 year reunion?!!
Any more thought on combining classes for our 30th??
Sorry I missed Cruise Night..but my hair frizzes up in the rain...yes that ONE alecs or is that smart alecses heck what do I care since I will be king...prepare to bow in my presence Mailander hey nice Sr pic too Joe...The Dead lives man!
Seriously anyone has info on our 1975 Class reunion e-mail me..and I will fly back from my kingdom to attend..
ttfn y'all and Rock Steady H1 out!
P.S. Stay tuned for a Summer Hahlbeck party production this year its gonna bring back some fond memories...and LUCKY LAGER too...details TBA
PSS Anyone been in touch with Lorna lately??

Name: Pat Underwood () on Sunday, March 7, 2004 at 17:17:59
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: The picture of the parade showing the Plaza, biggies / Skippy?s, Ryan?s and Lloyd Denees is what Cougartown is all about. Man I can?t believe what kind of memories that small photo brought back. People turned out in droves to watch the annual Hawthorne Parade, bringing their kids and making a night of the ordeal with their families. Ryan?s is where I bought all my cool shirts. The kind you buttoned second from the top and left the rest open. I was thinking about Ryan?s the other day and could have sworn it was in Inglewood on Market Street. Yes boys and girls I was a hodad, jelly roll and all. I did have the best of both worlds because I also surfed at Rosecrans Ave Beach. I was friends with the whole group and we all got along. I still have my old Greg Noll surfboard, only it now collects dust rather then sand, kind of like me.

Name: Don Burns () on Sunday, March 7, 2004 at 15:15:02
City and State: Downey, CA
Class: 57
Message: Hey Cougs, had another Cougar siting yesterday, Sat. @ the Lakewood Fuddruckers monthly cruise, her name is Sharon (Moore) Leech, forgot to ask her grad year, see ya @ the next cruise or Pinks run.
Regarding the parade pic, remember them well, the pic looks like it was taken from the roof of Market Town. Later Don
Later Don

Ah yes, I think Sharon was the class of 66. Anyway good siting, Don. Mike Shay had sort of a Cougar siting this morning at the Pomona Swap Meet. He sited Tom Burroughs' 56 Nomad. Tom, where were you?

Name: Nancy () on Sunday, March 7, 2004 at 12:18:29
City and State: Bethlehem, Connecticut
Maiden: Dorsett
Class: 1961
Message: I am looking for the following people, their email addresses or residential addresses: Les Bazis '60 and Colleen Horne '61. Please send to my email address: Thanks!

Name: Frank Romano () on Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 20:45:07
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: JB... The one that got away, what a hoot. No doubt the flip side of this two sided sword. The one that would not leave! O'Well... with the trend of older gals, and younger guys its nice to know that at my stage of life, the gals would not be able to run off, unless they had super charged walkers. A new class at Lions.
I hear ya'...

Name: BOB FAULKNER () on Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 19:46:41
City and State: GARDEN GROVE
Class: 1963
Hey Bob, Glad you're still with us and yes, it's all memories here in Ctown.

Name: Nancy () on Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 19:16:39
City and State: Bethlehem, Connecticut
Maiden: Dorsett
Class: 1961
Message: I have enjoyed looking through the reunion photos as well as the entire Alumni, teachers, news . . . it has been great going through the various pages of your site. I am so far removed from Hawthorne and those days of high school, living back east for many years now, but thankful I can look back through Cougartown and reminisce. Thanks. Nancy Dorsett Schuley
Thanks for the note, Nancy. Glad it brought back memories for you.

Name: Bob Clobucker () on Friday, March 5, 2004 at 21:37:02
City and State: Reno, Nv.
Class: 73
Message: John B. Thanx For the info. I will drop by the old HHS student store next week in search of any stickers-license plate rims etc-etc, (especially any NOS items) Love to paste em on my ol 73 Nova daily driver just because of the soul value of it all. I cruise around Reno during Hot August Nights every year. Check Hot August for more info. Definitely the biggest party in Northern Nevada every summer. Would be cool to see some Haytowners sportin some Detroit Iron up here this year!!! Best Wishes, Bob C. 73
Hey Bob, It's just too hard to make reservations unless you do it a year in advance, but will definitely do it one of these years.

Name: Jessie () on Friday, March 5, 2004 at 17:29:22
City and State: LA LA Land
Maiden: Corral
Class: Just the wanna be...
Message: All this talk about Holly's reminds me of that great old place still around?
Yep, still there......

Name: Holly Hatton () on Friday, March 5, 2004 at 13:55:04
City and State: Monterey, Ca.
Maiden: Hollingsworth
Class: 66
Message: Hi All! I haven't written for some time but have enjoyed all the "news" from fellow HHS alumni! The Holly's restaurant was very special to me (in the 50's it seemed no one had that name but me!) My family went there alot and although I have not visited Hawthorne for a while, that establishment will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you John for this website; it connects people in ways you may not even know! Have a great weekend!
Hi Holly, Glad you enjoy the webite. Yes, Hollys/Hawthorne Grill is one of the most asked about places in Hawthorne. It must have held lots of memories for many.

Name: jim cherry () on Friday, March 5, 2004 at 10:47:17
City and State: San Juan Capistrano
Class: 64
Message: I've seen Holly's mentioned in feedback quite a few times. My Dad, Bob Cherry, was the construction superintendent on the job, when it was built in the 1950's . He worked for E&T Constructors. They also built the Wich Stand along with several other 50' style coffee shops. One of them of was Pann's which is located near La Tijera and Centinela Blvd. Pann' s was declared an historical building and is one of the few old coffee shops that hasn't been torn down. It is still owned by the same family and still serves the same old delicious food. I have an old matchbook from the original Wich Stand which shows locations at Santa Barbara & Figueroa and Slauson & La Brea.
Hi Jim and thanks for the note. I think I asked a question once, but didn't get an answer. What year was Hollys built? Now I know it was built in the 50's but I'd like a specific year if you have it.
The Googie architecture that was Hollys, The Wich Stand, and Panns, also shows itself in Chips Restaurant in Hawthorne that was built in the early 50s. Let's hope it doesn't turn into another Auto Parts Store.

Name: Ana Steenson () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 22:50:18
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Maiden: Sanchez
Class: 1984
Message: When is the class of 1984 having a 20 year reunion?

Name: Gary Bickers () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 19:55:39
City and State: pve cal
Class: 63
Message: Is Holly's the same restaurant used in the first and last scene of "PULP FICTION". I think it is.
Correctomundo Gary....

Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 17:36:59
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Alas!!! Holly?s / Hawthorne Grill was replaced by the Auto Zone auto parts store and our famous A&W Root beer stand was replaced by Kragen auto store. Where?s a Service Center when you need one?
I'd rather have the Hangouts back.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 16:22:52
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Does anyone remember a substitute teacher named Mrs.Owens? I loved it when the weather got bad and the regular teachers got the sniffles, in stepped Mrs.Owens..She'd take roll call and would have her 30 students, she'd then turn her back and she'd have 28 students, I remember only sneaking out a couple of times because it was more fun watching everyone leave. One time I left only to come back for a book that I'd forgotten, it was harder to sneak back in. When I came back I remember Sharon Estrada was one of the 3 remaining students, all glaring at me!! Have a good weekend, I'm off to Temecula for Youth Hockey and Golf!!
Now how did I miss that class?

Name: Ingrid Jones () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 10:53:03
City and State: Temecula
Maiden: Schulte
Class: 84
Hollys Restaurant --- Monday Morning 6/21/99

Message: In the 1970's....I sure remember as a child every friday when my dad got paid. We would walk across the street from 137th street and have the best fried chicken dinner at Holly's restaurant. Does anyone know if the restaurant still stands? What has become of it?
Hi Ingrid, Hollys AKA Hawthorne Grill was torn down in 1999 to make way for an auto parts store. Sad, but time marches on.

Name: Ron Reinholdson () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 09:40:41
City and State: Claremont, CA
Class: 65
Message: I worked at the A & W, as did many of my friends, in the summer of '63. I started off washing mugs for $1.10 per hour. But there were perks. Workers paid half price for any food or drinks except root beer, which we got for free--all you could drink. After the first week, I didn't drink ANY root beer--ever.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 01:38:23
E-Mail: wch1ispink at aol dot com
City and State: Inglewood, CA
Class: 1977
Message: My old buddy Francis Rodriguez used to work at the Wienerschnitzel on Manchester across from the Beacon. Let's just say I got a few bargain dogs from him and then he went on to a football scholarship at USC. Yes those two events are linked.

Name: Bob Clobucker () on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 00:36:57
City and State: Reno, Nevada
Class: 73
Message: Cool to see a pic of old A&W,my older bro and my cousins would take me there from time to time if they got stuck with me tagging along. Question: Does modern day HHS still have a student store like back in the old days? Im gonna be in town in a week-like to check it out if possible.
Bob Clobucker, My friend Marty's little Bro..... YES, HHS has the SAME Student Store it always had, in exactly the same place. PLEEEEEZE HHS, keep this one last thing from our past.

Name: Janet () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 22:37:44
City and State: Ca
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
Message: I loved the A&W pictures! Too bad Mike Shay we CAN'T go we're happy with liverwurst!!
Private joke but if you like the stuff, Janet and I know who sells the BEST liverwurst on the planet.... Yes we do.

Name: Lisa () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 21:57:34
City and State: Ramona, CA
Maiden: Graham
Class: 67
Message: The Concert for George is wonderful and so full of love. My husband gave it to me the day it was released on DVD. I can only look at box and my heart wants to sing with joy. Such a talented group and George, wow. Since the money goes to George's favorite charity you may want to buy it rather than record it from TV. Enjoy, Lisa

Name: Jessie () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 18:06:36
City and State: Los Angeles
Maiden: Corral
Class: Just the Wanna Be...
Message: Hey John, Thanks for posting a picture of the carnival. It brought back lots of great memories...I mean besides spitting on dimes ha!
Glad you liked it, Jessie.... those were the good old days.

Name: Matt Peterson () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 16:37:05
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Class: 74
Message: The photo of the carnival brought back fun memories. I once won three huge stuffed animals in one night. I don?t know what the big deal was about the Scott Williams email. I replied that I was interested in the money and to contact me at my new email address. Then I pasted in the email address from the email scam that starts ?Dear friend, I am Mrs Sese-Seko, widow of late Preseident Mobutu Sese-Seko of Zaire?.? I haven?t heard from either one since.
The last stuffed anything I won at the Hawthorne Fair was one of those GIANT California Raisins.

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 15:43:19
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca.
Maiden: Koch
Class: 78
Message: Someone brought up the Tribute to George concert that will air on KCET tonight, if you haven't seen it and like the Beatles (even a little bit) you've got to watch! It is a fitting tribute to George and full of great songs. If you miss it you should pick up the DVD, it's worth it Hope everyone is having a good week, only two more days to go (smile).
Thanks Dawn, I know I'll be recording it.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 13:35:10
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Last night out of desperation I stopped by my local Wienerschnitzel. Boy did I miss Pinks. How about a Pinks run when the weather warms up? Maybe we could have it sometime in May? Just thinking of Pinks makes me hungry. I may not be able to wait till May.
Sounds good Chris, let's do it.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 13:28:29
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Wait I have more hotties from the sixties. My green 52 Chevy pick-up with a 327, 320 degree high-rise dual quad manifold with two AFB?s sitting on top, a four speed tranny and 4:88 posi. OR Lance Scott?s (HHS64) Navy blue 1957 Chevy or Cheryl Cordy?s (HHS66) White 1957 Corvette. These were all very fast cars owned by us the average kids that cruised the ?A?. John what did you drive thru this piece of history (A&W)?
This was my car during high school (58 Chevy Biscayne), shown here at Lions. It ran G stock (348 with a 4 barrel) and would trophy almost every weekend. I wish I had it today.

Name: Mike Shay () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 10:44:56
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Mikey
Class: 61
Message: Hi All; Seems to me that the A&W picture was pretty typical of how it looked at about 2:00 in the afternoon on a weekday. A Corvair Monza, an Austin Healey and a Nash Ambassador. But later as darkness approached the sights and sounds took on a much different feel. The cars that cruised through that place in the late 50's and early 60's were the things a young kid lusted for. Like Mike Weedameyers Buick Powered 40 Ford pickup, Ray Seidels Lincoln Powered 57 Bird, Barry Weiner (the flying Jew Boy) and his high winged 60 Plymouth, Ed Lenarth and his outrageous Blown Olds powered Studebaker, Bob McLure and Denny Unfried and their super-fast Corvettes.... Oh God Please take me back!!
Excuse Me;

Great memories there, but how about Mike Shay's Black 57 Chevrolet Bel Air that started out as a genuine "A1 OK Used Car" but after replacing the original Turbo-glide with a Borg Warner 4 speed and adding 4:11 gears it was transformed into a genuine "Hawthorne Bl. Sleeper".

Name: Jim Peppers () on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 00:25:38
City and State: Athens, Greece
Class: 61
Message: Hi there Cougars! I love the picture of the A&W. Does that bring back memories. Wish I could have some root beer here, but alas it doesn't exist here in Greece. Speaking of pictures, I saw Paco's picture of Marsha Soares and was dumbfounded. First, she must have a portrait that's getting older and she's not, or what? Marsha, you look just like your beautiful mother. Of course that comes from a very weak memory. However, except for the hair color, you look just as I remember her. Sandy often talks about you. What a beautiful family you have! Take care all, and thanks for the Hit Parade names. How do you remember all that stuff? Jim Peppers
Thanks Jim, and honestly, I do not know.

Name: James Gibson () on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 21:27:32
City and State: Redding, CA
Class: 1967
Message: HHSers should make it a point to look for & attend an upcoming Brian Wilson concert (slated for fall, '04 in the U.S.). A follow-up to last year's sensational PET SOUNDS tour, Brian is presently in Great Britain, in the midst of his SMILE concert tour, garnering fabulous reviews, & playing to sold-out venues. He offers an acoustic set; a Beach Boy classics set; a note-perfect rendition of the legendary, previously unreleased SMILE album (done to absolute perfection by Brian & his AWESOME back-up band of 10, multi-talented musicians, along with a string section); some of his solo works; and a finale that is sure to bring back memories of early & mid-sixties Hawthorne. This senior citizen can still ROCK!!! Why not make it a Cougartown night @ one of his L.A. shows?!?!
Sounds like a good idea, James. Maybe we can get some group tickets.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 17:57:38
City and State: Belmont Shores
Class: 74
Message: Hey Wade,I just read your post.Did Bob Hurley live in Hawthorne?I'm involved in a rather large project with Hurley International and it would be amusing to share something like Hawthorne with Bob.Take care,Bud

Name: Desmond Ford () on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 11:26:09
City and State: Littleton Colorado
Class: 62
Message: I sure enjoyed Cougartown
Hey Desmond, I remember you. Glad you found Cougartown and please join in anytime.

Name: danny () on Monday, March 1, 2004 at 22:18:18
City and State: stanton,ca.
Message: Judy Tully, Batista. It would be great to talk! Danny
Judy Tully Batista.....if you want to talk, email danny.

Name: Ron Burgess () on Monday, March 1, 2004 at 19:32:30
City and State: Westchester,CA
Maiden: N/A
Class: 63
Message: I heard about this web site from Leroy Cannefax....I'll keep in touch
Hi Ron, Glad you found the site....

Name: Glenn Crist () on Monday, March 1, 2004 at 18:43:55
City and State: Sonoma, CA
Class: 1964
Message: I don't know if anyone else saw the promo for Great Performances: Concert for George, a tribute to George Harrison which airs of PBS, Wednesday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. You can check for local stations broadcasting it at, but it will be on KCET in Los Angeles and KQED in San Francisco.
Wednesday at 9pm here in LA. Thanks Glenn

Name: Dale Craig () on Monday, March 1, 2004 at 03:30:33
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Class: 76
Message: I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend cruise night but I heard it was great as always to bad about the rain that night I talk to a fellow cougar the other night talked about Brian Wilson's tour in London a five minute standing ovation so be on the look out for Brian Wilson's tour in Los Angeles later every one Dr. Taz aka Dale Craig
Thanks Dale