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Name: Nancy () on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 07:01:57
City and State: Bethlehem, Connecticut
Maiden: Dorsett
Class: 1961
Message: I keep coming back to this site reading the letters . . . the difference between living back East and Hawthorne is "heart". People back here are stand-offish and it took years to get to know anyone. In Hawthorne, or for that matter, California, people are warm hearted and friendly. When the younger generation comes aboard saying how great the site is, they know they have a treasure. You don't know what you have until it is missing, that is what HHS is to me with all the great people and memories. There were so many terrific people in the Class of '60, I admired so many and were awe struck by them. Once again John, "thanks for the memories!".
I too remember people in Hawthorne being warm and friendly, but I guess I was too young to know the difference. Maybe we assumed every place was like ours. Thanks Nancy....

Name: Ray () on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 23:51:08
City and State: Mena, AR
Class: 58
Message: John, it was nice to see a current student of HHS add to your feedback page, Melissa DePillo. But, it makes one think. Not only was Melissa not around, but her parents were probably not born yet, the year I started at HHS. 1954. John, say it isn't so...are we getting that old???? Have a Coug.. Ray
MAN, that IS a thought. I guess the wheels keep turnin', huh Ray.

Name: Don Burns () on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 23:25:33
City and State: Downey, CA
Class: 57
Message: Hey Cougs, Thank you very much Melissa DePillo, for adding to this time machine, that allows us old folks to be able to hear from the students that are attending our alma mater, and hopefully more of the current students can be encouraged to post more current news from HHS.
Later Don

Name: Melissa DePillo () on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 22:09:44
City and State: Hawthorne,CA
Class: 05
Message: I am currently a Junior at Hawthorne High School and enjoy it immensely. I love its diversity and the fact that it is really getting better every year. I like going back in time and seeing what the school was like back in the 60's too.
Ah yes, Melissa, I can relate to you saying "that it is really getting better every year". That's exactly how everyone feels as they step up the ladder to their Senior year. Thanks for the feedback and please join in anytime, as it doesn't matter when you attended HHS, we are all Cougar brothers and sisters.

Name: Colleen Again () on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 20:24:25
City and State: Camarillo, CA
Maiden: dizzygirl
Class: 81
Message: I meant the fire of 1981 up here, reading about the fires just reminded me. Can you have a blond moment if your hair is now dyed blond? Oh well...

Name: Colleen Adams () on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 20:14:06
City and State: Camarillo, CA
Maiden: Martin
Class: 81
Message: John, I really have to thank you for this web page, my family is starving, and my boyfriend is neglected and cranky, and I'm growing to my chair like Jordy in "Creepshow". I was reading old feedback and saw something about the fires of 76-77. That was when my parents bought a house in Camarillo, and a fire was just across the street from our new house. I was praying it would burn down so we wouldn't have to move away from Hawthorne. I had tried to get my mom to let me be a foster child and I would move in with Gayle Umsteads mom, who took in foster children. She wouldn't let me though, and dragged me away kicking and screaming. This came to be home eventually, although I really missed Hawthorne a lot, and I love reading about where I grew up and the city I didn't want to leave.
Hi Colleen, Everyone's home became home eventually, but we all miss Hawthorne the way we all remember it. Thanks for the funny feedback. You can always go back to Hawthorne through Cougartown. That's why we're here.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 19:27:41
City and State: Surf City Ca
Maiden: POW
Class: 73
Message: Saw the message with Col. Wm Thompson, C/O '51 Leuzinger. He graduated with my mom, Irene Whitaker Greasby. I wore and still have the P.O.W. bracelet bearing his name. Did his name ever get put on The Wall? He was an incredible person according to mom. The Hawthorne sign in the picture is down at Haw. Blvd and Rosecranes. There was also one at Haw. Blvd. and Imperial. I remember going on family vacations and when we returned always seeing the signs at the ends of town and feeling good about being back home. Bud, did you get my e-mail? Cougs, have a great weekend.
Hey Wade, I'm sure his name is on the Wall and yes, you're correct about the signs. I wonder if they're laying around in the Hawthorne yard somewhere?

Name: ROBIN KACENA () on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 13:06:13
City and State: HAWTHORNE CA
Class: 1978

Name: Jodi Alexander () on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 11:49:45
City and State: Bakersfield, Ca
Maiden: Torgerson
Class: 75
Message: Hey Uncle Bob, I will see you at Famosa if you are going to be there on Saturday. Look for me, I will be wearing my original Lions Drag Strip Tee-Shirt. Steve Sturgeon (Retired Hawthorne Cop) has a dragster so look for me around his pits. Also John, the hells angels have been gone a long time. It is a great time. Hope to see some familiar faces out there!
Have fun.....

Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 22:53:37
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Holy cow Batman if that?s Fred Moore then that has to be Jim Crawford with his lips stuck to Fred?s fanny. Why they would be on the south end of Hawthorne is most likely because of the bar just out of the picture. Its name was (back then) The Gold Candle later to be the Way Station then the Rocket. They usually were on Imperial and Hawthorne, close to the Black Boar now the Den. They did their fair share of drinking. I know this because Jim Quinn was my next door neighbor and we always had drunk cops in the hood.
OK all you nice Hawthorne Police Officers out there. His name is Pat Underwood and he lives in Hawthorne. Hey Pat, I wouldn't be parking in the street if I were you.

Name: Bevan Feist () on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 21:18:55
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Class: 1977
Message: Sean Carrol, I have a NUAI dive card, but not from HHS I wasn't aware you could get one from HHS. Need a dive partner? give me a shout! P.S. Hello fellow Cougars!

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 20:18:08
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I know we aren't normally allowed to put personal messages but John, just to the left side of the picture of the Hawthorne sign is that your bud Fred Moore?
By golly, I think it is that TICKET GIVIN' BAS**RD!!!!

Name: Susie "klink" () on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 19:00:22
City and State: 87111
Maiden: Kling...n
Class: '71
Message: Camille....wasn't our softball coach, Joe Wolfson, a big time surfer? They had his obit in the Albuquerque Journal of all places! ....

Name: Jan Blomsterberg () on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 16:59:50
City and State: Torrance, CA
Class: 63
Message: ?Poor is the nation that has no heroes. Shameful is the nation that has heroes?and forgets them. No nation can long survive without pride in its traditions.? (Unknown)
IN MEMORY OF LCPL DONALD ZOBOBLISH - Hawthorne High Class of 1962; Marine Corps - Regular; 22 year old Single, Caucasian, Male born on 03/05/43; from Hawthorne, California. Length of service 1 year; CASUALTY was on 03/01/66 in QUANG TIN, SOUTH VIETNAM

IN MEMORY OF COL WILLIAM JAMES THOMPSON - Leuzinger High Class of 1951; Air Force - Reserve; 46 year old Married, Caucasian, Male born on 02/19/33; from Houston, Texas; His tour of duty began on 08/01/68; CASUALTY was on 03/05/69 in NORTH VIETNAM ?The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.? (Benjamin Disraeli)

Name: Colleen Adams () on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 13:43:50
City and State: Camarillo, CA
Maiden: Martin
Class: 81
Message: Hey Raymond! Nice to see you remembered me. All too well it seems, I was a scorekeeper and you guessed my motives too! Was I that transparent? We did have German together, I can still count to twenty, and that's about it. Haven't heard anything about Tammy D. I wish I did, we were quite close in school, we lived next door to each other on 135th street. She was a kick! Hope everything is great with you up there in the boondocks of Oregon.

Name: Carl Johnson () on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 23:56:36
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Class: 1969
Message: I check into feedback every once in a while and enjoy all the chat that brings back those great Hawthorne High days. Wanted to add to the Dewey Webber buzz. Gary Bicker's E- mail brought back memories of the Dewey memorial held at Avenue C. It was truly an epic morning where God seemed to dial everything in in tribute to Dewey. One correction - the boat that Dewey's wife and kids were on for the at-sea memorial was actually the Body Glove boat "Disappearance" from King Harbor. That morning saw many of the great 60's surf stars in attendance including David Nuuhiwa and Donald Takayama.
Sin, Sex, Beer, Wine ....we're the class of 69!!!!!

Sorry about the hair Carl, but that's the way I received the picture. Something else you might want to visit is the Surfers Hall of Fame plaques on the Hermosa Pier. Don DiTomasso has them pictured on his website. Click here to view them.

Name: Sean Carroll () on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 22:39:36
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA.
Class: 77
Message: Hi I need to find anyone that took the NAUI Scuba Course at HHS and still has a dive card.
Thanks, Sean

Name: Camille () on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 18:13:57
City and State: Manhattan Bch
Maiden: Hill
Class: '59
Message: While the subject of surfing & Dewey Weber came up - I always remember Dewey for his outgoing cheerful personality. He asked a couple of my friends & myself to help score at a surfing contest in the '80's at the M.B. Pier...we had no clue what to do or how to do it, but we sure had fun up on that platform giving it our best shot! Bikini's & Dewey T-Shirts. We also played darts with him and had a lot of laughs - he referred to me (& about 20 other blonde beach ladies) as his "future ex wife". What a guy.

Name: Jim Peppers () on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 00:42:04
City and State: Athens, Greece
Class: 61
Message: Hi there all you cougars! I just have to ask Jim Cherry is he is any relation to Tom Cherry and if he might know how to get in touch with him. Tom was a real decent guy and I have often thought about him. If anyone else knows how to contact him, please let me know. Thanks, Jim Peppers

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 23:28:51
E-Mail: wch1ispink at aol dot com
City and State: Sherman Oaks via Sacto
Class: 77
Message: Merrill. I too am a Cougar and a Hornet (Sac State). Talk about your rare breeds!

Name: Gary Bickers () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 20:39:46
City and State: pve cal
Class: '63
Message: Just a quick note about Dewey Weber. In his second shop built across PCH from the old 60s shop, Dewey started over in 1982. His real job was holding down the 4th. stool at the Hermosa Bar and Grill next door. If you wanted anything thats where you could find him. Well he died. His funeral was held at C street in Redondo Beach. The weather had been very bad, but the morning of the funeral the sun came out, the surf came up to about 4-5 feet and two hundred guys hit the water along with the O'neil surf boat brought up from San Diego.
It was an affair fitting of Dewey or any Viking king.

Interesting story, Gary, thanks for that one....

Name: Myrna () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 20:30:24
City and State: Nevada City, CA
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
Message: Finally caught up with feedback - ooh I'll never forget the nights my oldest brother, Tom, would let me take his '57 Studebaker Golden Hawk to cruise through A&W!
Yes, go on.....

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 16:07:44
City and State: Orange, Ca
Class: 66
Message: Holly Hollingsworth glad to see another C/O 66 checking in...I must say for one of the more popular girls of our class you were always one of the truly nice ones. Along with Karen Armstrout...Well great surf stuff. There were a few other surfboard makers in our area back then Hobie, Rick, Con & Gordy to name a few. I have had the good fortune this past winter to surf with a few of the truly great surfers from our time but none can compare to a lady that pioneered womens surfing named Eve Fletcher. She is in her late 70's and can out surf most of us men. Paco you may remember her from your days at Sano.
Hey Walter, Glad you're still with us.

Name: Jeannie Jones () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 15:54:11
City and State: Anaheim,Ca
Class: 1984
Message: For those who are in the class of 1984 and have inquired about your 20 year high school reunion on feedback. Please call Great Reunions at 1-800-655-7971 we need to update addresses & missing classmates. We are in the process of making plans for your event. Thank You
People, if you are planning a reunion PLEASE let me know as soon as possible so I can post SOMETHING on the Reunions page. Cougars are constantly emailing me about their reunions and I can't give them any information without help from the reunion committee person. Jeannie, are you the contact person for your committee? If not please email me with that information. Thanks and have a great reunion.

Name: Bonnie () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 15:28:45
E-Mail: bdriscoll@providence .com
City and State: Torrance CA
Maiden: Brodeur
Class: 1980
Message: John I apologize but I need to get a message out to Bonnie McCoy Shepherd that I tried E-mailing her to respond to her email but it comes up undeliverable. Again I apologize. Hello to all fellow Cougars this is a fun sight. Thanks John
Hi Bonnie, No apologies necessary. That's what we're here for; Cougar communication.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 15:03:31
City and State: Honolulu, Kona HI
Class: 76
Message: They have a Velzyland at the North Shore on Oahu. It's where all the poor surfers from around the world shack up. I knew a guy who lived in a one bedroom bungaloo with 6 other guys all from different parts of the world. The rent was just $500 a month so the rent was low for all. No one cleaned everyone just surfed everyday. What a life. Anyway, here in Kona it's very hot today. If anyone is coming over here soon, the lava is flowing really good. The snow is good too here right now. Anyway Aloha to all

Name: Holly Hatton () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 14:17:01
City and State: Monterey, Ca.
Maiden: Hollingsworth
Class: 66
Message: Hi everyone! Hope the weather where you are is as beautiful as it is here; Indian Summer on the Central Coast! To Cindy, no I am not related to Vicki Hollingsworth, but my brother Michael graduated in the class of 61 as did Nadine Hollingsworth (again no relation). Hope everyone has a great week!
Thanks Holly....

Name: Bob Milazzo () on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 08:53:33
E-Mail: rmil93312@aol
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Class: 60
Message: Looking for some sitings this weekend at the March Meets at Famoso Raceway. Will be on the look out for Cougartown Shirts.Bring your sun block temp will be in the high eighties.
Hey Bob, Last time I was at Famoso (1961) the place was full of Hells Angels. Have they left yet?

Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 20:49:17
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: Great story about Dale and Rocky, Paco. That's another way the Cougar world gets intertwined. I surfed with Rocky all through my younger days in MB, and my wife went through school with him from grade school, up through Aviation. I, too had one of Velzy's creations, along with my Weber Performer. Unfortunately both are no longer with my.
That's just about it for So Cal, unless someone can come up with a "Bing" story.

Name: Patty Saville () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 20:47:46
City and State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
Message: Speaking of old time longboard surfers, my husband turned in his second-hand board and bought a new Wardy board in 1964. It has since been restored and hangs on a wall. Recently he was wandering through town and found a new Wardy board - turns out Wardy left Laguna Beach for New York, but left NY after 9/11. On his way to Washington - he stopped off in Laguna and made 6 boards - a perfect birthday present for the Hunchback. He looks 16 years old as he surfs those San Onofre waves. Lots of longboarders like that board (Makes me look like a longboard gift-giving genius).

Name: Merrill Wasserman () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 16:27:15
City and State: Reseda, California
Class: 1985
Message: I am wondering what ever happened to:
English Teacher, Bob Davis
Student, Marcello Oscar Valverde.
Please note: After I graduated from HHS in 1985, I went to California State University Sacramento and earned my B.A in child development and my M.A in special education. I am currently working on my teacher credential.
Bob Davis is one reason why I decided to work towards my credential. He taught the fun way...learning does not have to be mundane...It can be a true experience ...that is what makes it easier to master whatever you are learning.

Hi Merrill, I don't know as he wasn't around during my years, but I bet someone knows.

Name: Howard Paco Duran () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 15:38:33
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: Keith,I was at a long board championship in the early 80's when an older gentlemen hodad and myself started talking about the good old days and I mentioned that I had and old Velzy Jacobs board, his old lady was giggling thru the whole chat, he was wearing leather and biker gear and drove an old El Camino, we shook hands to say goodbye when he asked my name and I asked his...Dale Velzy he said, I went down on my knees to kiss his boots..We drank together the rest of contest, old friend Rocky Sabo asked if I was gay? I guess I had my arm around him and his wife all night, what stories he told.

Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 15:16:44
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: Holly Hollingsworth: Any relation to Vicki Hollingsworth? I checked the alumni page and didn't see her listed.
or HHS61 Nadine or Michael Hollingsworth?

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 14:13:40
City and State: Honolulu, Kona Hi
Class: 76
Message: Saw Fudruckers mentioned. That place has the best burgers. I wish they had one here. Not sure if I mentioned this before but about a month ago an older man came into my gym to workout for the three weeks he was here. He was from Redondo Beach. I started talking to him and found out his name is Hap Jacobs of Jacobs Surfboard. He is 75 and in great shape. He was so nice. He comes back here every couple months. Anyways, thought some of you more mature surfers would remember him. My daughter finished te Great Aloha Run but had to stop at the 10 mile marker in the Honolulu Marathon due to knee problems. Start looking for her clothing line in surf shops in about 4 months. It's called Sick Surf and it's starting to get known here. Aloha