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Name: Jan Peterson () on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 09:24:50
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Maiden: Freeman
Class: 67
Message: My first car was a 1964 Plymouth Valiant. Complete with a push button shift. Clean car but I hated it. So as soon as I could, I traded it. In 69 I bought a 67 Mustang, and from Chaffee Ford. It was black. I added glasspaks, chrome wheels, a great 8 track tape system with speakers and it was "boss". I washed it everyday. I discovered a way I could make it sound like a stick shift while driving. (it wasn't). I am not sure what everyone else thought when I took off from a stop, but I was excited that I had the neatest car in town. All the Mustang chatter has brought back such great memories. Have a great weekend All!! Jan
Yep, I remember all the auto tranny people trying to make their cars sound like sticks. I also remember guys drilling holes in their fans so they would whistle, mimicking the sound of a blower or pulling the manual choke out so the car would lope like it had some kind of hotty camshaft. Thanks for that memory jog, Jan.

Name: Ron Dokken () on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 04:12:29
City and State: Endwell, NY
Class: 1955
Message: Well, only 10 days till my annual expedition to Johnnies, er, to see my siblings. Now to vent about recent photos from Iraq. I support the President, and the troops 100%. I know, when troops take casualties, the feeling is "kill the bastards" (remember 9-11?). But if these photos of atrocities are true, I hope they hang those GIs out to dry. This has set back the US, and confirmed what a lot of the world thinks of us. Sometimes I think that 24/7 news coverage feeds on acts like this, and gives aid and comfort to our enemies. Well, now back to more innocent - and simpler times at HHS.

Name: JAMES CICALESE () on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 02:00:52
City and State: Lakewood Calif
Class: 074
Message: Hi CT Update on the 30yr reunion Ill be checking on a dinner cruise in the Newport Harbor. It would be a four hour cruise of the harbor, It would include dinner, pictures, and dj. The price looks good i just need to go down and iron out the details. All we'll need is a head count. More details to come.

Name: samega, ernie () on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 00:51:38
City and State: torrance,ca
Class: 74
Message: Hey Keith when I am really scared I don't say Aloha. sheezzzz did I read it wrong?

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 23:29:40
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Class: 76
Message: I had two 66 Mustangs. My first car was a 59 MGA then I bought (well my parents) a 66 Mustang. It was a 3 speed and the Air Cleaner said 351 so I was really excited only to find out a month or so later it was a 289. I put headers and glasspaks to make it sould great. I just put in a McCleod Racing clutch and was going to race Robert Sanchez in his Corvette only to wrap my Stang around a light pole in the Castle Golf parking lot. I was the resident expert on the 289 and worked on any Mustang in Autoshop until backing up Kathy Lynch's Stang I left the drivers side door open and took it off backing up and hitting the car parked next to me. I love Mustang. Over here I had a 67 Convertible Firebird that was red and awesome. The old cars were great. On another subject, my daughter was surfing the other day and she said everyone was swimming towards shore yelling. She looked around and she said there a shark about 20' from her. She saw the fin and just started paddling. She was so scared she said. Aloha

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 19:43:00
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Maiden: Traded a Mustang for a Mazda?! Yeesh!
Class: 1972
Message: The Great American Pony Drive II Pit Stop will be at The Village Coffee Roaster at 23351 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills from 0900 to 1200. Hope to see y'all there! I'll be there with this (inherited from my Dad).
Note to Susie: I'll make sure to take plenty of photos for ya! - A.

Name: Gary Bickers () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 18:11:40
City and State: pve cal
Class: 63
Message: Since the time change and until it changes back every Friday night from 5:00pm to 8:00pm there is a car show in the public parking lot in front of RUBY'S in REDONDO BEACH. They get about 150 street rods and low riders each week. Just another good reason to live in the South Bay; which is in California the last time I looked. Aren't you proud of me John; I covered two recent "feedback" subjects.
U da' maaan, Gary.....

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 18:10:32
E-Mail: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Sherman Oaks CA -- fer sure
Class: 77
Message: Haven't seen Bob Bates (or his little sister Susan -- class of '81 I believe) since the 1997 at the 20 year reunion in Long Beach. At the time he told me he was in the private investigator business in Torrance but that he lived out Calabasas way. Jim, my step brother Brian Cheek (also a Coug, class of '76) is living out there in Colorado and working as a fire fighter. He lurks this board, so "hi" Brian, how are you? And speaking of "Mustang Sally" (with apologies to Wilson Pickett), anyone ever cruise theirs to Van Nuys Blvd before they shut that down (but after they made a movie of it!)

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 16:32:50
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Duckpaddle
Class: 73
Message: Has Nike left the building? About is this place they call Oregon, All the employees would tell me is Nike owns 3/4 of it, Californians own the other 1/4, and there are spotted owls on every corner when it isn't raining. There isn't any surf, the civil war is between ducks and beavers and Bend is near Three Sisters who play in a Portland Rose Garden!!!!

Name: John Crotty () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 15:45:04
City and State: Hermosa Beach
Class: 1969
Message: Speaking of great cars. In 1972, I bought a '67 Corvette Stingray for $2100.00. It looked new and ran fantastic. It had a 327 with 365 horses. I was completely unaware how fast it was (I bought it on sight, I never even test drove it) until I started driving home on the day I picked it up. That Saturday morning, I was driving south on Hawthorne Boulevard from Inglewood, when this kid in a Falcon Sprint kept revving his engine and challenging me at every signal. Finally, I just floored it at the next light, burned rubber, and threw it into second gear. The Sprint was in my rear view mirror and he turned down some side street after I embarrassed the hell out of him. I never got into third and she was screaming. Then I also pulled over on a side street and stopped. The car was idling but my heart was still racing. I thought to myself, "What have you done? This is way too much car for you!!!" Anyway, that little silver beauty was the best car I EVER owned. On the day I picked up the pink slip from my credit union, some lady in a big station wagon was reading the old marquee at the old May Co. and didn't notice I was stopped for the red light at Hawthorne and Redondo Beach Blvd. She slammed into me, I hit the car in front of me, and the Vette was totalled. She hit me so hard, the keys flew out of the ignition and were found about 20 feet to the east of the heap. I got five grand from her insurance company, but I couldn't find another '67 at that price. I settled for a '71. Another great car, but not even close to the Stingray. I have resolved to buy another '67 when I retire and collect my first pension check. I have been searching e-Bay for months. There are plenty of them out there. It's just that the price tag on them now averages $35,000 to $70,000. Oh well.
It'll be a cold July 1st in Baghdad before you find another 2100 dollar Corvette. Great story John and I'm truly sorry for your loss.

Name: Vince Jesse () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 14:39:18
City and State: Woodland Hills, CA
Maiden: Ex 65 Mustang owner
Class: 83
Message: My first car was a 65' Mustang Coupe. I bought it from my mom in 1982. I sold it and bought an Audi in 84'. I wish I hadn't done that. Also had a 70' SS Chevelle I should have never got rid of. This Mustang rodeo is near me so I am going to check it out. Hey Larry, I remember that Blue fastback. It was a 3 speed stick.

Name: Larry Bach () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 14:11:08
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: ex-'65 &' 66 Mustang owner
Class: 1972
Message: It's traumatic reading all these Mustang feedbacks. Might have to visit Oregon to recover. Bought my first Mustang in 1972, a souped up '66 sedan, which I stupidly traded for a pickup. In 1975 I bought my dad's '65 Mustang fastback 6 cylinder that ran two weeks on a tank of gas. Let that one go too like a dummy, for a Mazda! Family cars!! Of the many regrets I've had, giving up my two Mustangs are very close to the top of the list. Whaaaa! :>(
See Cougartown "The way it was" page.

Name: Jessie () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 13:49:44
City and State: Smog City, CA
Maiden: Corral
Class: Wanna be...
Message: this Just kidding!! Have a great time to all that are going to the car show. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful weekend for it! Don't forget your sunblock!

Name: Mary Hymes () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 13:03:55
City and State: Grants Pass, OR
Maiden: Rose
Class: 1970
Message: Does anyone have ,or know of, for sale a 1970 or 1971 class ring,, mens or ladies??? my e-mail is,, also I have a 1969 mens class ring for sale

Name: Anita Young () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 11:19:54
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
Message: Two really cool people that have the same birthdays today that I have to mention in here....Cyndi ( Anderson ) Hench, class of '79 ( but I've known since Dana Jr. High days ) and another person I met at Dana....Mr. Harry Plotkin, Dana's own! May you BOTH have a GREAT birthday and party all weekend long! Love ya BOTH!
Happy Bday, Harry and Cyndi.....

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 11:12:49
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Okay Mustang fans, tomorrow's the big day, Woodland Hills 9am-noon, there are supposed to be over 350 ponies that are making the FL/CA/FL drive at this pit stop. I have a flyer, if anyone wants it email me directly. Hope to see you there! My son is apprenticing at a local shop, learning auto repair, so he can put his own 67 Mustang project together... he's 14 1/2- he's got 18 months to get it road ready!

Name: Janet Reeves () on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 11:08:08
City and State: Prescott, AZ
Maiden: Hardy
Class: 74
Message: I had a boyfriend who had a 1966 fastback mustang and when he told me it would be worth something someday, I laughed at him. I guess the laugh is on me. I did own a 1970 fastback mustang. I am the original owner of my 1986 GT convertible mustang that just turned 64k miles recently.

Name: JAMES CICALESE () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 21:42:03
City and State: Lakewood calif
Class: 074
Message: Hi CT, I am in the process of getting prices for the 30yr reunion and time is getting tight. Open days at some of the places are going fast. If anyone from the class of 74 is interested in going to the reunion email me. If anyone knows how many we had at the 20yr that would help also.
Thanks Jim for trying to put this one together.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 21:40:21
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
Message: My husband and I got our first new car in 1964, a 1965 Mustang. We just missed the 64 1/2 models. We waited about 3 months for that car. You couldn't get a good deal because they couldn't keep them on the lot. I loved driving it but we had 3 small children and it was not a good family car. Everything that could go wrong with a car did. 3 water pumps, 2 radiators, 2 differentials, 1 transmission, brakes and tires every 10,000 miles. The drivers seat broke, one of the window handles broke and black goo kept seeping out of the seams in the door panels. We had it 5 years, put about 70,000 miles on it. I learned to hate that car. But I still get nostalgic when I see a 65 mustang. It's still a great looking car. Oh, yeah and we had it all of 2 weeks when a car pulled out of an alley and bashed in the front fender. They never got the paint to match so one fender was always lighter that the rest of the car.

Name: Susie () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 21:30:12
City and State: 87111
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
Message: JB and all Cougars (for life)... I dropped the "aol" email address, please use the "msn" only...sorry for any problemas! I am loving all the Mustang stories PLEASE keep 'em coming! For all the lucky people still living in So. Calif. and driving Mustangs, have you joined any of the Mustang car clubs?

Name: Jim Magrini () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 20:26:29
City and State: Littleton Colorado
Class: 1976
Message: Dan, I remember it well. I played in a street hockey league in Orange County for a few years. Had a blast. Anyone know how to add my pic? Bevan, Whats up? I called you some time ago, but never heard back from you. Give me a shout sometime.
Hey Jim, that's all I can do until I get some 76 senior pics.

Name: Gary Nelson () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 19:48:20
City and State: Granite Bay, CA
Class: 60
Message: Pat; Where to live? Your comments reminded me of how I struggled with that question for years. In my business I have had the opportunity to move around a lot. I have left and come back to Calif. 5 times. I have lived in Hawthorne, Sacramento, New Jersey- New York City, Atlanta, Destin (Fl), Phoenix, Las Vegas, Newport Beach (twice), Danville and may have missed a few. Came back up here to Sacto because (not that anyone cares); higher elevation (colder climate- minor smog), just below the snow line but not in it unless I want to be, great weather, only really hot a couple months out of the year, water / trees everywhere, less people (but getting more traffic), a little slower pace, larger lot sizes- lots of vacant land especially farther out, generally, numerous Colleges / Universities, 1 hour from San Francisco, 1 hour from Tahoe, 1 hour from LA- O.C. and lots of Hot Rods. Rains 50% of what Oregon gets and twice what LA gets. is still California. My point is I have spent time in just about every state in this country; nothing is perfect but nothing compares to opinion. Now, that should raise some comments.

Name: Sarah () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 19:36:53
City and State: West Hills, CA
Maiden: Baca
Class: 74
Message: I also had a 67 mustang, and I loved it. I lived across the street from Hawthorne High school on Inglewood ave and Broadway on the corner across the street from the dairy, and I still had to drive that mustang to school even if I could of walked, because it was fun to drive! And that was my first car. And the funny thing is, is that my daughter's first car is also a Mustang! A 98 Mustang, and she loves her's!

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 18:29:21
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Never had a Mustang of my own, but knew several people who did. My first boyfriend drove him mom's 68 Mustang fastback. He got that baby up to 100 mph one night on Imperial Hwy, between Sepulveda and Pershing. Wow, talk about a rush, and stupid. A girlfriend of mine had a dad who worked at Chaffee Ford, so their whole family had Fords. Debbie had a really neat 65 Mustang, that weird green color, while her sister Sharon drove a really souped up Pinto, sort of sounds like an oxy-moron doesn't it? Her Pinto had these huge side pipes and whenever you got out of the car, you had to be careful not to burn yourself. My biggest fear in that car was being rear-ended, I am sure the explosion would've been seen for miles. Congrats Liz on your upcoming "Big Committment Thing" May good things be waiting for you and your guy!

Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 16:54:37
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: It seems to me that all this talk between the Californians and the Oregonians is coming to a head. I have nothing against Oregon as I have two son?s there, one in Portland and another in Bonanza. My brother lives in Bend and several Aunts and Uncles and Cousins do. My cousins Doris and Janice Walters of HHS class of between 59/62. I do like the serenity of Oregon, but personally I like California. I have lived here since 1955 and have grown accustomed to the smog or lack there of. Back in the seventies we created unleaded gas to help Alleviate our smog problem and as far as I?m concerned we did. I love the rain when it does fall in our little town, but the thought of 90 inches a year like in Oregon scares me and if I want snow, I?ll go to Big Bear. I was raised here, I went to school here and I grew up and have several times had the opportunity to move to other places or other states. But I like California, I like the weather here. It doesn?t rain much, I never have to put chains on my tires. I live here for the weather, a place where I can wear shorts every day and go barefooted. All my memories are here also, all I have to do is step out of my front door and drive or walk two blocks east to Hawthorne Blvd and listen to the yelling teenagers or the squealing tires of the Ford challenging the Corvette. Chasing the Beach Boys to dance the ?Surfer Stomp? too their new ?Pet Sounds?. To all of you cougars who live out of state, you know what I?m talking about. YELLOW POLKADOT SLICKER? Damn Paco, you go guy. LOL.

Name: Paco () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 15:43:06
City and State: LF
Maiden: OS6-2378
Class: 61
Message: John, my favorite Doors song was "Coos Bay Woman" And a song by the Bandon 5, "Itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot slicker"...Gosh it makes me feel warm and fuzzy!
Now THAT'S not fair.

Name: Cliff Hitchcock () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 15:20:37
City and State: Palmdale, Ca
Class: 1973
Message: Good topic Mike. I am also a lifelong Mustang fan. I remember seeing one for the first time on 4-17-64, the day they were introduced. Before long my Dad traded in his 1955 Bel-Air for one and I was hooked.
I have owned 11 or them over the years and currently have a 1973 Convertible and a 1973 Grande. Both are in showroom condition and I wish I had every one I previously owned back again.
Recently I went to The Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro for a concert starring "The Zombies" (Tell her no, Time of the Season, Shes not there) and took one of the Mustangs to round off the nostalgic feel of the night since the car and the music was of basically the same era.
Any other Mustangers out there?

Now there's a diehard Mustang fan. Thanks Cliff....

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 14:54:47
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 69
Message: In the summer of 1969, my father came to The Proud Bird, where I was working, and said he needed to talk to me. I was so afraid of what he was going to say. Dad never did that sort of thing. He quietly took me outside and stood next to a cream colored 1966 Mustang and pointed. It took me a minute or two to understand that it was mine, all mine. He smiled and handed me the keys. I'll never forget that night. I drove that car for years but sadly, traded it in for a Toyota Celica. A real P.O.S. Damn! It was a model that wouldn't let you start the car if you didn't have your seatbelt locked. Only the sensor in the seat didn't always work. Drove me nuts... I'm going to Dallas this weekend to meet my new man's friends and family. He got down on his knees Tuesday and asked for the 'big commitment' and I didn't bolt! Holy Mole! Must be love. I love you guys. Have a beautiful weekend! DZ
Thanks Liz and Congratulations to you and your new man.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 13:38:04
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 1977
Message: Looking forward to the golf tourney next month! I've been living in So. Orange County now for 14 years, and yes, when I do have to drive up and see my folks, everything about the drive bothers me, the smog, the traffic and the distance. But once I get to Hawthorne, it goes away, because it is where I grew up. True, it is far different from what it was when most of us were here many years ago, but I will let you in on a little secret. Whenever I do have an occasion to spend the night at my folks house, it is one of the best nights sleep I get. I do admit, when I drive up here I do have to put on my South Bay attitude, but once I am back in the So. Bay, I am flooded by memories galore. The places may have changed but the memories & sentiment remain. Bob M, good to see you back on C-Town! Everybody have a great weekend.
Well said, thanks Jill....