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Name: Bruce Dobos () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 13:35:45
City and State: Lomita, California
Maiden: na
Class: 1968
Message: This is a sensational site. I graduated from El Segundo High. Met many super folks @ El Camino and around South Bay from Hawthorne High. Karen Lydon, the Perdew brothers, Tamburrino brothers, Jim St. Hilaire, Wendy Bonifilio, Joyce Mathews. Some wonderful talent out of Cougar Town ! Bruce Dobos
Hey Bruce, Glad you like Cougartown. Eagles are always welcome here. Join in anytime.....

Name: Gary Bickers () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 13:06:40
City and State: pve cal
Class: 63
Message: Now I know we are all having fun with Oregon and comparing it to California; but lets look at this way."Oregon Girls","Hotel Oregon",and "Oregon Dream'n" are all good songs. John Steinbeck wrote all those great Oregon books and Walt Disney, a man with great foresight, located his park in downtown Oregon. Yep, you guys have a strong case.
Of course then there was "It Never Rains in Southern Oregon" by Albert Hammond or "We're Out There Havin Fun In That Warm Oregon Sun" by the Rivieras. Also, who can forget Tony Bennett and his beautiful rendition about the City By The Coos Bay.
OK now again, we're just ribbing each other here. We all know CA has its smog and Oregon is beautiful, but this is a California website, so let's all remember our youth in Hawthorne and all the fun that went with it.

Name: Mary Ann () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 12:15:37
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Maiden: Stanley
Class: 77
Message: Oregon sounds great, but nothing can compare to watching sunset at El Porto with my friend Corona after a long day of teaching.

Name: Mike Shay () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 09:22:26
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: I Love LA
Class: 61
Message: It's a real shame that Anita couldn't spend more time with us but she was probably running late for her self assertion class. I don't know about anybody else but I've had enough of this "my town's better than your town" crap for a very long time.. Let's talk more about Mustangs!! When I saw the first one that showed up at Chaffee Ford (June of 64)I knew it was meant to be. I even sold my 57 Chevy to make the down payment. We loved the Mustang to death and kept it until we needed a bigger back seat for our two sons. (Then came the 69 Charger, but that's another story)
I know the Mustang almost converted me from a Chevy guy. Thank GOD the Camaros weren't far behind.....

Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 00:36:43
City and State: Hillsfullo'burritos, OR
Maiden: Aceves ( yeah, I know, Mike and Mary's lil' sis )
Class: 1978
Message: Well, if Larry, Kell and Petey Gomez are going to throw their 2 cents in on Oregon, I may as well ( been here 24 years, I have a right to, ya know )....all I can say is I agree with Kell 100%! Man oh man, when I go to L.A. to see family ( and that is NOT often due to the place drives me NUTS anymore ) the smog hurts my eyes and lungs like H*E* double you know and lungs feel like I am a 4 pack a day smoker! UGH! And the traffic, how do you guys EVER get from point A to point B anyhow? Now I loved living in Hawthorne when I was a kid, don't get me wrong, but when I got older, I KNEW that there just HAD to be somewhere better and yes, THERE IS, it's the GREAT state of Oregon! I love the GREEN of the trees and grass, love the BLUE skies and clear air, love all the CRITTERS that still exist and yes, I even LOVE the rain ( and even the snow we get from time to time ). I mean, to each their own, I guess, but to me, in a place where the weather is pretty much the same year round, how the heck do you know it's a different season for Christ's sake? At least it's obvious up here. And hey, there are literally TONS of us ex Californicators up here from good ol' HHS. I even met a few ( and love them alot-good ol' Kel and Pete Dog ) need to meet Mr. Biller, hey Ray Smith, you out there today )? And good ol' Mike Hinsch, class of '77 even let us go to his place and party for a bit a few years back. That good ol' Coug hospitality! On another a HUGE blast from the past in an e-mail the other day. Heard from someone I had not seen or heard from since my junior year at HHS....Mike Henderson! You fellow 78ers know him, right? Mike is a habitual LURKER and is VERY SHY about posting on here or EVEN adding his name to the alumni list. So I have a fun idea...those of you who WANT MIKE to post and/or add himself to us HUMBLE ELITE on this site, give him a HUGE SHOUT and a WELCOME so he won't be so hesitant! ( And Mike, since I KNOW you are probably going to see this soon enough, would that FINALLY make you get your behind in here, huh, huh?). You can't blame a woman for trying, can ya? I just think the guy could have some fun in here, that's all.
Don't hold back, Anita, tell us what you really think....

Name: Laura Anderson () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 23:34:10
City and State: Hemet, CA
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 79
Message: Re: Pony Bob Melendez, my hubby and I are proud owners of a '72 Mustang with a 351 Cleveland as well. It's a blast to drive and I enjoy nothing better than blowing past the Honda's with those bizarre tailpipes and racing stickers all over them...PULEEZ..the funny thing is our mini van won't pull a small travel trailer but our '72 sure will! Put in a good stereo and a few Bread, U2, Buddy Holly and No Doubt CD's. Just got the upholstery done and now it's down to paint and a new AC unit. We're not restoring it, just making it fun to drive. Of course, it's name is Eleanor, even if it's not a's our baby.
Sounds like a fun car Laura, bring that one to Cruise Night too.

Name: Bob Melendrez () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 13:11:44
City and State: Tucson, AZ (temporarily)
Class: 1971
Message: Hello CT, many moons since logging-in here... Re: "Pony Cars", yes, I have one stabled in my garage. It's a '72 coupe with a 351 Cleveland that still blows away a lot of other cars from a standing start. If you happen to see "7T2PONY" with a Cougar Ball on the antenna, then there's a Cougar behind the wheel too...
Hey Bob, Bring it to a Cruise Night sometime. ATTN Non-car People: A Pony car is a Ford or Shelby Mustang. A Pony Car is NOT a Ford Pinto or Dodge Colt.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 11:29:40
City and State: Sullivan, Illinois
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: In response to Armand's query about "pony cars", I can say that I have owned 2 in the past and dearly wish I had either of them now. The first was a 1967 dark green fastback with a 289 engine and a 4 speed transmission. The second was a 1966 red coupe with a 289 and 3 speed. The '67 died and was sold and the '66 was traded in on a more family type Galaxie when my boys started growing and their knees were under their chins when they sat in the back seat. And if you want to know what old cars will probably become classics, just ask me what I have driven in the past - most can be seen at the local Car Club Shows :)

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 11:10:36
City and State: sunny belmont shores
Class: 74
Message: OK all you golfers. We have one week until our money is due. We have already paid the deposit and must have everyone send their fees in asap.
Thanks. Any questions please e-mail me.

Thanks Bud....

Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 10:48:55
City and State: Portland,Or
Class: 1967
Message: After living in Portland for about three months we drove back to L.A. for a visit. Everything was relatively fine until we saw that brownish grey cloud. With watery eyes and smog inhalation we somehow made it to our destination. I used my brakes more upon entering the L.A. area on 405 than the entire drive from Portland.
Yeah that'll happen all right.

Name: Kelley () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 10:19:31
E-Mail: pleasedon'
City and State: englewood or
Maiden: currie
Class: 67
Message: Wait a minute i didn't invite anyone to move to Oregon..Nevada is where Enza was moving's 45 here at 8 am and the sky is blue no wind the birds are singing.. the dear and antelope play even in the here don't even wear rain coats if you see anyone with an umbrella you know they aren't from the pacific northwest..I learned that the first month here..i moved to CB in 1982 it rained more that year than it had in 20 and it hasn't rained that much since..if we didn't have the rain we wouldn't have the beauty...rain vs smog i chose rain baby. webfeet vs black bet ya..I can go 15 miles would be 60 now and later most likey 80...anyway Enza just by the 4 wheel drive to then have many choices where to move...I rest my case..Gary come up again try Aug..simply beautiful
Thanks Kelley....

Name: Konnie Gomez () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 09:31:29
City and State: Oregone
Maiden: Smith
Class: 1972
Message: The reason Oregon has more rain is that there is more to water here. It's been in the 80's already, garden is looking good and not a cloud in sight.(((sh))) I mean it never stops raining here, yeah that's it.
OK OK, we're just ribbing here. Now I know the sun comes out in Oregon. I saw it once on Ripleys.....

Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 02:42:19
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: If people stayed in California long enough to learn the old stuff about Los Angeles, they would know that even back in the 16th and 17th centuries the Indians called this place ?The Smokey Valley?. Ya see Los Angeles is surrounded by mountains and won?t let the smoke from fires escape and even the smog can?t get out.
Yep, that's true and as the Indians would say, "Wah-sh-tay" which loosely translated meant, "it might be smoky but at least it's not raining".

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 00:17:16
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Sharon, thanks for the information on the Mustang gathering in Woodland Hills this Saturday. I'll pop on over with my '89 and maybe "Klink" a glass with the group! Speaking of "a certain someone" [;oD], we were discussing Mustangs last week and were wondering how many Cougars are proud owners of "pony cars." Well?

Name: john fredrickson () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 22:45:25
City and State: marion kansas
Class: 61
Message: everyone, hello, feel free to e-mail. would like to hear from anyone that remembers anyone of the old bunch.
Hey John, welcome to Cougartown....

Name: Gary Bickers () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 20:01:30
City and State: pve
Class: 63
Message: Hey Kelley I saw your invitation to come to Oregon. My first and last trip was to Oregon State for a weekend some 40 years ago. It never stopped raining. The kids at OS ate, played, and literally danced in the rain. The dance was on a dorm roof and no one stopped when the rain hit 3 inches per hour and the wind was 25 miles per hour. If you stop for rain in Oregon you would never get anything done. By the way its 74, 10 mile per hour winds and the surf is running at 3-4 in the cove and "overhead" at Malibu.
Malibu..... that hell hole!!!

Name: Kelley () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 18:15:29
City and State: Englewood. Or
Maiden: Currie
Class: 67
Message: Enza buy a four wheel drive and get the heck out of the smog! Just a thought my dear..I just read LA county has the worst smog in the entire that's UGH.. Love you caleforeians.I remember as a kid having to come inside because of the smog chest would actually it's the same when i visit..My niece didn't even know there are mountains around that's smog!!
Yeah Enza move to Coos Bay where they get between 60 and 90 inches of rain a year.
That'll keep the smog out of the air.

Name: ROBIN KACENA () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 17:15:09
City and State: HAWTHORNE, CA
Class: 1978

Name: Carolyn () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 16:17:08
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 1962
Message: Sharon Branigan's invitation to come see a herd of mustangs gave me a good chuckle. Several years ago I convinced my husband to come with me to a Mustang auction. Little did he know that we would be bringing home two of the real McCoy and starting our own herd. We've had as many as six and are now down to the final four. There's nothing like being in the house and hearing the thunder hoofs of horses going by. They're great pets but not what my husband was hoping to bring home at the time. From a city girl turned Mustang lover! Carolyn
There's nothing like being in the house and hearing the thundering 375 horses of a Boss 429 going by.

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 13:39:04
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Maiden: Larson
Class: '74
Message: My brother Neil's most recent post was talking about the chickens we used to have. He couldn't think of the name of the little old lady in Lennox who had the back yard FULL of chickens. It was Mrs. Petsen! She even had one chicken with no top beak! She had to hand feed it. What a gal!
Hey Ingrid, You know what my Grandpa called a chicken with no top beak, doncha'......A FRYER!!!

Name: Bob Jensen () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 09:45:41
E-Mail: robertjensen at
City and State: Los Angeles 64
Class: 71
Message: You have brought up something I haven?t thought of in years. Growing up we lived next to the Dunaways on the west and Dr. Delbert Sourby on the east. My father always said that one was going to kill him and the other would bury him. In 1964 my parents were Democrats and the Dunaways were voting the other way. Their kids, Sean and Dana were putting up bumper stickers for Barry Goldwater on the telephone poles around the neighborhood. Liking a good slogan i.e. ?All the way with LBJ? I decided to hand letter my own bumper sticker and affix it above the Barry Goldwater sticker which said ?Dig a hole and?. Sean and Dana caught me and started yelling at me. So I yelled back ?Do away with Dunaway?. The Dunaways are all well living in RPV. and Santa Barbara.
Funny stuff Bob, thanks...

Name: Larry Bach () on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 00:09:49
City and State: Torrance, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Interesting photo John. Always wondered what was in the 'B of A' parking lot before my parents were born. I grew up in that neighborhood during the 1950's-1970's (126th & Manor Drive), after the "new" civic center was built and homes constructed on Manor Drive cul de sac. Our neighbors across the street were the Fox's. Del Fox was also a mortician, but the funeral home was located in the tract east of Acacia on the other side of Hawthorne Blvd: "Dunaway and Fox". I always thought "Dunaway" was an odd name for an undertaker. Del Fox was much involved in Hawthorne High School activities during the 1960's. Indeed, he was a member of the El Camino College Board of Trustees for many years. Sadly, Mr. Fox passed on several months ago. Some may remember when Mrs. (Mary) Fox was the school nurse at HHS.
The name "Dunaway Mortuary" was actually in Ripleys Believe It Or Not, way back when. Most all of the local Bakers have entered the Pearly Gates through the portals of that Hawthorne institution.

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 23:53:42
City and State: to be advised....
Maiden: goodbye city life...greenacres here I come??
Class: 72
Message: Just returned from a quick trip up to Las Vegas this weekend where I was checking out a little cabin rental up in Mount Charleston (altitude 8,000 ft.~ about 30 miles outside of sin city.)It was a lovely 2bed/2bath log cabin, and VERY reasonalbe for 1200 sq. ft.; the only thing was: you needed a 4 wheel drive to get up the steep gravel mountain road. UGH! What's a girl to do? I'm in between homes and I need a transition house before I relocate out of good old Hawthorne and jump feet first into the housing frenzy. Anyone know of a reasonable, relaxing, away from ALL car alarms, smog, etc., vacation home that I can rent for a couple of months?; (ie, Santa Barbara/Ventura County, Crestline/Lake Arrowhead, or ANY beach front shack would do!! :)))))

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 12:55:15
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Hey car fans, the Great American Pony Drive, a caravan from FL to CA and back to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Mustang, is in So Cal this weekend - I think they're in Anaheim Friday, and they are scheduled to stop in Woodland Hills for a 3-hour tour on Sat May 1st from 9 a.m. to noon. Ford, TV, radio, all are expected to cover the visit. If you've never seen a herd of Mustangs before here's your chance. At "The Village Coffee Roaster", 101 freeway at Valley Circle- east side of the fwy.

Name: Neil Larson () on Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 14:32:55
City and State: Crestview , Florida
Class: 71'
Message: Denise Dickerson, - Thanks! I remember that store! There also was an old lady over off Lennox Blvd. (west of Hawthorne) I don't remember her name ? She had a backyard full of chickens of all kinds! My mom purchased several hatchling chicks from her around 1962 so we children could have some "farm" wisdom. My father built the "mother of all chicken coops!" for those yardbirds. Gee I wish I could remember her name... She also kept a variety of rabbits, everything was up off the ground in wire cages. She sold a lot of eggs, and always did a bang up business around Easter time.
Ps I used to pal around with Ricky over in the "hood" when I visited The Sweet family down the street from you'all.

Name: Denise Cherry () on Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 09:47:41
City and State: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Maiden: Dickerson
Class: 66
Message: Hey, just saw some talk of feed stores and "Easter chics". My parents (Roy and Billie Dickerson) owned and worked at the Lennox feed store. It was called Distributors Feed Co. It was on Lennox Blvd., one block west of Hawthorne. My dad worked there for many years with the original owner, Mike Graham, then when Mike retired my parents bought the place. (1959??) The talk of Easter chics brought back many memories for me as they got them every year and in all colors! Can't do THAT any more! We always had a variety of pets at home, dogs, cats, birds, chickens (pink for me and blue for my brothers), sick guinea pigs, you name it. We got a lot of fresh eggs every day, Easter Egg hunts daily in the back yard! Both of my brothers worked in the store when they were old enough (Rick Dickerson and Les Dickerson) Paul Cardaropoli worked there for many years (class of '66). So many memories...they sold it in about 1984 or 1985. Did anyone ever meet the talking myna bird (obnoxious thing!) or Sally the monkey? Oh that reminds me...Sally escaped her cage one week-end and was swinging all around the store throwing bottles and anything else she could pick up all over the floor. What a mess she made! Passers by the windows got a really funny show but my Dad was p.....d! He had to clean it up. If I can locate a photo of the "store" I'll send it in. Well, that's enough rambling...Hi to any of my "old" friends looking in! Denise
Hi Denise, I know where that place was. Thanks for sharing.

Name: Cal McDougal () on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 22:46:51
City and State: Enterprise, Alabama
Class: '62
Message: I remember an incident that Robin Hood would probably love to forget. Oh heck, why not drag him through the mud one more time. Robin was on the B basketball team in 58-59 and according to what he wrote in my El Molino, he was "THE GREATEST BB PLAYER OF ALL TIME" Modesty precludes my telling you what he wrote about my managerial skills. The incident: It was the custom to rotate the team Captain duties, so in due course it became Robin's turn to meet the referee at Center Court prior to a game. After a short discussion Robin returned to the Cougar bench and told Coach Means that the Ref didn't believe him when he gave his name and that he was being thrown out of the game. Coach Means, being blessed with the logic and patience of an Algebra teacher as well as a Basketball and Baseball Coach managed to convince the Ref that Captain Robin should be allowed to play, but it was a close thing for a few minutes. I am sure Robin could tell hundreds of similar stories, but this one I witnessed really makes him stand out in my memories. BTW, Thanks Robin for the kind words in a Freshman's yearbook.
Great story Cal, but it could've been worse. His parents could have named him Little Red Riding.....