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Name: GLORIA () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 23:14:08
City and State: LAS VEGAS
Maiden: VALENCIA
Message: Thank you for your kind comments, dear Sharon. I understood what you meant and didn't blink an eye. I couldn't agree with you more; we didn't realize our great friendship until HHS days. I did know some of the HIS trivia, and remember Mr. Swanson well, just couldn't remember his name. I remember Mrs. Hollingshead was our PE teacher and I had Mr. Clayton in 8th grade for homeroom; he was the spouse to your Mrs. Clayton. He dropped an anvil on his foot during the school year and missed about 3 mos. of school. Ricki had him too and there are 15 years between her and me and so he was there for quite awhile. Anyway, thought I would say hi and back up old B3! XXOO
Now see, I thought his name was Mr. Clay"d"on.



Name: Harry Plotkin () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:43:00
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Maiden: Old Codger
Class: 2004
Message: John - Congratulations on your beautiful granddaughter and she does resemble you. Dean Morris - Great trivia questions. I could have won the prize that you rescinded. I remember you, Dean, as an excellent student and a great ballplayer. To all of you who wrote wishing me well on my pending operation (over now) I sincerely thank you. Paco - I think we might be related.!!! Love to all, HCH
Why thank you Mr. P. I thought maybe the picture didn't come through or something.



Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:34:33
City and State: Straight and proud of it
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: NO, JOHN, nothing like that. Though I probably would have asked her to marry me had I been a guy. Have you seen her lately? G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!
Is it me or this gettin' REAL WEIRD...



Name: Dean Morris () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:53:38
City and State: NorCal
Maiden: Dana Jr. High
Class: 1968
Message: Pretty Pathetic Response from the Dana Alum to the Faculty Trivia Quiz! Here are the names, out of order, and you can match each to a question listed below (sort of like Jeopardy). Who was ________? : *Ray Clark *Harry Plotkin (or Todd Snavely) *Mel Mack *Mr. McCann (first name never revealed, but he was last seen on the HBO special Deadwood) *Sid Ziff (bonus pts for this one) 1. He was a perfectionist teacher who, long before Ross Perot, drilled his students to "Measure Twice and Cut Only Once"? 2. A large PE teacher with a dramatic flair who told the same stories at 6th grade camp year after year about a helpless little bird in the hand? 3. A cranky intellectual history teacher who defied all convention and let students teach themselves through participatory learning? 4. The "world's best" math professor with a sense of humor and wit that always put his students in the mood to learn? 5. A one of a kind science teacher with a "hall of fame" name to boot (clue-- could be a Brooklyn haberdasher or an ace whiffle ball pitcher). He provided his students with their first lessons in human sexuality.
I only format these once.....



Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:24:41
City and State: Foggy Mountain
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: Jill, are you thinking of Mrs. Clayton? I remember her cat eyeglasses, white skin, and ruby red lips. I am probably one of the few Cougars to have attended both HIS and RH Dana, my parents having moved the family during the summer between my 7th and 8th grade years. Mom tried to talk the district to allow me to continue at HIS, bless her heart; but the cruel admins would not allow it, so I became a switch hitter. I believe it did expand my base of friends and acquaintances, so that when I reached HHS I had friends from both sides of the tracks. I met my dear friend Gloria Valencia in 7th grade where we were in the same class; we did not realize how perfect we were for each other until high school. Guess she had to miss me for a while to realize how much she loved me. She probably knows the answer to all the questions posed here; she has a mind like a steel trap, while mine is more like a plastic sieve.
How perfect we were for each other? Miss me for awhile to realize she loved me?
Hey Sharon, sounds like you were a switch hitter all right.



Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 16:56:27
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Grace Hendrickson was the principle at HIS in the late fifties (50's). I cheated, I looked her up in my good old 1958 yearbook.
Pat, I believe that one has already been answered.



Name: Maureen Trott () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 16:52:27
City and State: Hawthorne
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
Message: OK, on the HIS girls PE teacher in the late 50's, I believe her name was Mrs. Morgan. Does anyone know who she was married to?



Name: Jerry Pat Simpson () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 16:31:22
City and State: Santa Clarita CA.
Class: 1962
Message: Hey John, Its me again.... Darn, two postings on the same page....Boy! My new nick name will be Gabby. Can anyone remember the Teacher at H.I.S. that as a elective taught Cartooning? I remember he had been in the Air Force at one time, as he was always telling funny stories, about his time in the Air Force. Just can not remember his name. He was tall and on the thin side.



Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 15:44:53
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Dewey, Mrs. Putnam does not sound familiar. As for the "Name that teacher" quiz for Dana. Mr. Helvey would have to be the answer if the question was "Who was insane, and had no business teaching young impressionable youth" I remember a Mrs. Carr, Mr. Williams, Mrs. Stephens. I also remember the science teacher, but not his name. I do remember the Principal and VP as Mr. Mannion and Mr. Thornton, both very nice men. Am I to believe that those who went to Dana are considered to be Milquetoast, while those who went to HIS were 1 strike away from prison? Ah, the rivalaries :)
Yes and 1 STRIKE AWAY,I WILL STAY TOO!!



Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 15:23:33
City and State: Kona Hawaii
Class: 1976
Message: Mr. Mack was the Wood Shop teacher and he always wanted you to measure twice or even three times before cutting. I did set the record I think for most band saw blades broke. 5 in one class. I caught the thermo-fax machine on fire in Mr. Helvey's class the meanest teacher at Dana. Mr. Snavely was the PE teacher along with Mr Degner who thought he was the best athlete around and always competed with me. I can't remember the History teacher's name but he was mean too. We had an English teacher who was very very strict. She and the history teacher I think had something going on. And as for Mrs.Putnam,I stated before here she was beautiful. She defintely got the 8th grade boys thinking about more than baseball.



Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 14:15:41
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Class: 1974
Message: Hector there will be a Class of 1974 30th year reunion. Jim, Carol and Cheryl have done an excellent job of putting it together. The date is set August 21st 2004. It will be a Newport Beach Harbor Cruise. Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm- Departs promptly at 6:00 pm and docks at 10:00 pm promptly. Amount per person is $95.00. This includes as follows: Full Menu Dinner Buffet, cruise, DJ, Photographer, Soda and Juice Bar - (Alcoholic drinks & Parking extra) Attire: Business Casual - Dockers - you know comfortable clothing. RSVP: Jimco74@aol.com or call:(562)-420-1832 or Cheryl Swenson: pantheratigres@yahoo.com or call:(310) 676-9813 - must respond by July 1st 2004 - Invitations will be going out in the mail next week -they will include a RSVP card, list of hotels in the area, and map location to the reunion.



Name: Kelly Raguindin () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 14:15:35
City and State: La Quinta, CA
Message: Congratulations on your new grand-daughter! Where are the photos? :)
Yes folks, it can now be told. I am a grandpa for a third time!!
This is my daughter, Kelly, (Marina High 81) who did most of the work in making little
Katherine Grace Raguindin; weight: 7lbs 15oz, height: 19.5 in.
It's funny you should mention this now as I was just taking the pictures from my camera to the computer. She does look alot like me, huh.....
Thank you Kelly Malene and James for this beautiful girl.
I love you, Dad



Name: Schroeder, Jim () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 13:56:47
City and State: Oregon
Class: 1966
Message: Ah, once again the raging controversy that has on many occasions nearly torn Hawthorne asunder and tossed the unwitting occupants of "The City of Good Neighbors" in the most uncivilist of wars, pitting neighbors against neighbors, brother against sister, and shirts against skins-- the Dana vs Intermediate Issue. Whom is bestest? Being impartial, as my recent appointment to the Supreme Court (of the Optimist Club International) will attest, I do offer a few candid observations. To wit: At Intermediate's epic 8th Grade Graduation Party we were exposed to the ribald Jerry Lewis movie "Rock-A-Bye-Baby" (with French sub-titles)(that's not all the French I learned that night -- nudge, nudge, wink,wink). The Graduation Party itself lasted from 1962 (June) until well into the 70's. At said party, a pert young co-ed sat on my lap until my Butch-Wax started to melt. Other interesting Dana vs Intermediate phenomenon. 72% of all Dana graduates were viewed as victims of criminal behavior perpetrated by women shorter than 5 feet -- by the age of 43. Dana grads surveyed also stated that they often had dreams of vandalizing a Dunkin' Doughnut Franchise and confessed (under oath) that they fantasized about owning a '48 Hudson Hornet and playing ping pong in the back seat area of said auto. 13% of Dana grads have tattoo's of Sally Fields on their bodies (only 2% have her in the Flying Nun garb). Conversely, Intermediate grads had fewer cavities, they taste great and were less filling. So there.
Hey Jim, If they fantasized about owning a 48 Hudson Hornet they weren't car guys at Dana, as the first Hornet didn't come along until 51.



Name: Larry Bach () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 13:49:55
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: used to own a '65 Mustang
Class: 1972
Message: I remember when Jim Fox (my neighbor across the street as a kid), posting below, was in the Civil Air Patrol. They had cool uniforms.
Mr. Dana was also my 8th grade teacher at HIS, 1967-68, and the best teacher I've ever met. I owe him a great debt on that account. I haven't been able to locate Mr. Dana.
The principal at HIS at that time was Miss Hendrickson, and the Vice Principal Mr. Cardwell, a grim visaged personage one definitely did not want be sent to for 'counseling'.

And Miss Merriwether was the girls Gym Teacher.



Name: Paul Mackie () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 13:43:16
City and State: Bakersfield Ca
Class: 1963
Message: Can any one remember the student at H.I.S. in 1958 who punched Mr Harris, our seventh grade teacher. This kid had guick hands and did participate in a few fights while at H.I.S.



Name: Dean Morris () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 13:26:02
City and State: NorCal
Maiden: Dana Dolphins
Class: 1972
Message: Great anecdote about the beautiful southern belle, Mrs. Putnam, who would go on a rampage whenever improper English was spoken in her class. All the boys had a crush on her with her Lady Di looks. Now for More RH Dana junior high faculty trivia, answer the following questions about the faculty (anyone answering all five correctly gets a free golf tournament pass):
1. He was a perfectionist teacher who, long before Ross Perot, drilled his students to "Measure Twice and Cut Only Once"?
2. A large PE teacher with a dramatic flair who told the same stories at 6th grade camp year after year about a helpless little bird in the hand?
3. A cranky intellectual history teacher who defied all convention and let students teach themselves through participatory learning?
4. The "world's best" math professor with a sense of humor and wit that always put his students in the mood to learn?
5. A one of a kind science teacher with a "hall of fame" name to boot (clue-- could be a Brooklyn haberdasher or an ace whiffle ball pitcher). He provided his students with their first lessons in human sexuality.
Good luck and Enjoy!
PS Do not believe the prize offering above.



Name: Dewey Storie () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 11:52:26
City and State: Canoga Park,CA
Class: 1974
Message: Jill, that would be Mrs Putman ..she wouldn't flunk you .. but she'd give you detention



Name: Jim Fox () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 11:02:08
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 1966
Message: Just to continue the thread, I had the honor of being in Jack Swanson's class in the eighth grade (although I didn't address him as Jack). He was truly an amazing teacher. Just to jog your memory, John, He was a tall fellow with light hair and may best be remembered walking down the center arcade with his hand resting on the shoulder of a student. Now, here are a couple more... What was the name of the H.I.S. principal during the late fifties and early sixties, and who was the teacher who taught photography and had the darkroom right next to his classroom?
Mr Dana was the "photo teech" AND my 8th grade teacher, when I was going to HIS, and I'll STILL let the Principal's name go for someone else.



Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 10:18:40
City and State: Speigel Catolog, Chicago 60609
Class: 1971
Message: I had the honor of being in Mr. Jack Swanson?s 8th grade class. I would say that he was one of my best teachers ever! He also became a good friend. And yes, he had a sixth sense. He knew everything that went on in that classroom. Brother Bill has Mr. Swanson?s equal at Dana Mr. Harry Plotkin the other renowned Educator.
Harriet Walker the arts and crafts teacher. I had her as my secondary room teacher. Everyone called her Crabby. I won some district award in English and it was Mrs. Walker who took me to receive the award. We drove in her Black DeSoto to HHS and on the return she took us (there were two others who received awards also) to Hollys for a Malt. That afternoon I found out what a wonderful teacher she was, not because she ?stepped-up? for the Malt, because she was understanding, compassionate and she really did care about all of her students.
Mr. Davis was our shop teacher. I believe it was his first year there. I will ask Larry Wetter if he remembers the old shop teacher?s name.
Now, who can name the Girl?s Gym Teacher? And have we all forgot HIS?s Principals name? I haven?t!

The girls Gym Teacher, when I was going to HIS, previously taught at Ramona School. I remember OUR Principal's name, but I'm not sure it was the same Principal. Who remembers the candy, sandwich, and fruit machines lined up in the front office area? Didn't we get ice cream from the ball room at recess?



Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 09:38:13
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Did anyone here go to RH Dana? It seems that a lot of you folks all went to HIS. For those who did go to Dana, what was the teachers name who taught English and had a rule that if you said "Shut up" she would flunk you?
These Dana people just can't stand it that we HISers are having a pop quiz.



Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 01:55:22
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: John you don?t remember Mr. Swanson because he didn?t come until you was in the ninth grade. See JB you missed a lot being an upperclassman.
Yeah, I guess....



Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 01:02:55
City and State: Lake Oswego, OR
Maiden: Nixon
Class: 1964
Message: I don't usually put in my two cents on the trivia challenges (only because I figure I'm probably wrong), but will do so this time. The only teacher at HIS with a limp that I remember was Mrs. Walker and she was my eighth grade teacher. Don't know if she taught arts and crafts and, yes, I thought she was mean, until the end of the year, when she invited us all over to her house (on St. Andrews Place somewhere) for a big party.
I always thought Mrs. Walker was a nice teacher.



Name: Hector Patti () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 00:51:50
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Class: 1974
Message: Wanted to know if there was going to be a 1974 30th Year Reunion. e-mail maricelapatti@hotmail.com Thanks



Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 22:05:21
City and State: Hawthorne
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Mr. Swanson was the blind teacher, but he was like a normal educator. I remember he was our substitute once for two days, I stood up and walked to the drinking fountain, and he asked; ?You?re a new student in my class aren?t you? Please sit down.? I was completely amazed!
I do NOT remember that guy.



Name: Frank Romano () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 21:17:53
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: The planet JB "Owes a great debt of gratitude to MY chorus teacher at HIS, Mrs. Bouchier, who told me to take up ANYTHING but singing". Just the other day, a source that will go without name, said they would be rushing toward better health, to avoid you holding class... However, in your defense... you host a wonderful web site...
As for Jimmy, Royal, and all the wonderful folks without you, we would be searching instead of knowing...
TTFN, Frank

Thanks Frank....I think



Name: Susan King () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 20:22:54
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: The blind teacher at HIS was Mr. Swanson. I never got the privilege of being in his class but I marvelled at his abilities. Does anybody know what ever happened to Mrs. Joan (Gove) Mahoney, the chorus teacher? I owe her such a great debt of gratitude for the impact she had on me. Thru Bob Jensen I have a lead on an HIS classmate who didn't go on to HHS with us, Sean Dunaway. Thanks Bob and also for the offer for Sunday's VFW breakfast. Can't make it this time but can I have a rain check???
I owe a great debt of gratitude to MY chorus teacher at HIS, Mrs. Bouchier, who told me to take up ANYTHING but singing.



Name: Tom Buckingham () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 19:33:22
City and State: Clovis, CA
Class: 1964
Message: I believe the name of the blind instructor was Mr. Anderson. I had him for a summer school reading class and believe me he knew everything that was going on in the room. He had me believing that he really could see.



Name: Bud Rhoades () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 18:35:02
City and State: BelmontShores
Class: 1974
Message: UH Wake up buddy boy and finish your reading assignment.....sorry John didnt mean to steal your thunder.



Name: Bud Rhoades () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 18:20:31
City and State: BelmontShores
Class: 1974
Message: The p.e teacher was Mr Sweeney
Uhhhhh....yes Bud, I think I got that one already.



Name: Bob Jensen () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 17:24:08
City and State: Dicker and Dicker Furs, Los Angeles 64
Class: 1971
Message: Here is some Hawthorne Intermediate School Trivia: Name the blind teacher. Name the Arts and Crafts teacher with a limp. (Most people thought that she was a bit mean but she was really a pretty neat person). And name the boy?s Gym teacher (just as well known as Hal Chauncey to an eight grader). Mo Trott you are not allowed to answer any of these questions.
Good questions, Bob. I will answer only the easiest one and let the rest go to our Intermediate group. Mr. Sweeney or "Laps" as I liked to call him, was the Gym Teacher. He seemed to love watching us run around the back stops.
Who was the wood shop teacher at Intermediate in the late 50's? I really do forget his name.



Name: Stephanie () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:31:38
City and State: RPV,CA
Maiden: Hall
Class: 1961
Message: Hi, RICKI, This is Stephanie Hall Brito, your class. I saw your posting about Roberta Burket. Both of you are to be commended. I retired 2 years ago after 33 years in teaching, and have become busier than ever. Who knew that retirement would require a plan book! Please pass this on to Roberta and thanks for keeping us informed.



Name: Jerry Pat Simpson () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 08:11:40
City and State: Santa Clarita CA.
Class: 1962
Message: Hey John, Pop quiz. Remember the woodpecker logo. The one with the cigar in his mouth? Do you remember what product, it was for? I remember Moon, and Hooker Headers, and a bunch more, but the woodpecker, just can not remember it. This came up while looking for someone to build me a set of 9 foot lake pipes for a truck.
Hi Jerry, Yes, the woodpecker logo was owned by Clay Smith Cams. Very popular logo in the early 60s. Thanks for asking.....



Name: Jim Peppers () on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 07:26:48
City and State: Athens, Greece
Class: 1961
Message: Dear Cougars, What a great site this is. It gave me such a nice feeling to see Bob Worrel's face and message. I remember him as being such a really fine person. Anyway, Frank Romano, my name in Greek is Τζεημς Πεππερς, or as my old friends call me Piperis. The Jim has become Dimitris or Tzimis. Then again my old Air Force buddies insist on "Peppers you as***le" Enough vulgarity! It looks like Athens will make it by the skin of its teeth. As for quality, the world will judge. Be cool -Did I say that? Bye for now, Jim Peppers


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