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Name: Bob Clobucker () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 23:57:58
City and State: Reno, Nevada
Message: Not to say that I know anything about it-I didnt see anything, but does anyone remember the mass littering of campus by IBM cards of 69 or 70 ?? Or the time back in Fall of 71 when the Band practice was disrupted by an idiot (in a weird costume) riding a fast and loud mini-bike did a few hot laps around the track? VP Mr. Nelson almost got run over trying to block the exit of this truly demented individual. Just checking- perhaps just fig newtons of my vivid imagination! Best Wishes to all, BC
Too bad you copped to that one today Bob as the statute of limitations isn't up until next Friday, and the HPD just questioned me about it. They said they'd be watching the website so there's nothing we can do. I guess someone's gotta be the first person in the new Hawthorne jail.
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 22:27:12
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Maiden: Not him again
Message: Mike Hinsch - You have the name correct. Phil Churnside taught many subjects. I think he is currently teaching U. S. History and Constitution to 8th graders. If Bob McCann took Mr. Churnside's first name he would be Phillip McCann !!! John - Your creation of DICK HANKers is veeeerrrry funny.
It was Seymour Ziff. Sid Ziff was a sports writer with an L.A. paper
Love to all. HCH
Now see, I was saying the same thing about Sid Ziff. I thought that an odd coincidence. And Harry, I hope "Dick Hanker" doesn't catch on as intimating that to the wrong person could get you a re-arranged nose.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 22:08:28
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Maiden: baby brother
Message: Talking about grandkids Kathie and I have 3. But my little (in height) sister has many of us beat. She has a great-grand son! I bet that makes her feel OLD!
So can ANYONE beat 9 grandkids? I'm sure there's someone out there that knows someone who can. Hey Chris where has sister Patttttt been lately? She never checks in any more
Name: Miaaka () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 21:51:59
City and State: Olancha, CA
Message: Back to the trivia - I believe that the teacher at HIS that brought cow brains to school was Ms Holly!
I always herd that cows brians will make ya' samrt.
Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 21:20:00
City and State: Lake Oswego, OR
Message: How about my 7th grade teacher at Haw. Intermediate, Mr. Tabor? He was only there for one year. He was a college professor who decided that he would like teaching us younger people. But, at the end of the school year he said that he couldn't handle it and was going back to teach college. Ha! So there's a story where the kids ruined the teacher.
7th and 8th grade kids have got to be the toughest to handle. College kids have got to lots easier.
Name: Gloria () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:51:21
City and State: Las Vegas
Message: First, forgot to say congrats to you, John, on the beautiful new baby! She is a doll and so is her mama. Second, I stand corrected about Mr.Claydon; that is indeed correct. Also, yes I do remember fencing very well! It was wonderful and that was under the direction of "Clayton" Williams. Perhaps that's where the confusion began!
Thank you Gloria; and Joyce, this came after yours so I'm sure Gloria says congratulations to you too.
Name: Joyce Chance () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:41:27
City and State: La Habra,Ca.
Message: Miss Merryweather was my fourth grade teacher at Ramona Elementary(1954) and also my P.E. teacher at Hawthorne Intermediate(1957-58)
See, I knew that. Thanks Joyce....
Name: Joyce Chance () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:36:32
City and State: La Habra,Ca.
Message: As for grandchildren, I have one of the youngest. Katherine Grace Raguindin(Kate), born this past week, is my granddaughter also.
Both of her grandparents are HHS graduates ('62) and her (Katherine Grace's) mother was born at the hospital across the street from Frosties. So does that make her a Cougar by birth??
Congratulations Kelly,James,Cory,& Evan.
I love you all, Grammy Joyce
Yes but Donna Smith Andersen has 9 grandchildren so get busy, Kelly and James.
Name: Dana () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 19:02:24
City and State: Simi Ca
Message: In regards to HIS trivia; Does anyone remember the teacher who brought cow brains to school and expected her class to eat them? She was a little on the wacky side.
Name: Mike Hinsch () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 18:47:24
City and State: North Plains, OR
Message: This Richard Henry Dana talk is clearing out some cobwebs (I think?). Wasn't the tall fellow (at least 6'-8") Mr. Churnside teaching science for a while at Dana after a stint at Cabrillo as an elementary school teacher? Help me out here Cougs!
Name: Dewey Storie () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 18:27:21
City and State: Canoga, Park,CA
Message: grandkids? 3 and 1 on the way in
Not even close, Dewey. Come on back when you have 6 more. Donna is STILL Queen of the Grandparents.
Name: Neil Andersen () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 18:20:21
City and State: Dallas, OR
Message: I'm thinking that Donna Smith Andersen HHS'62 has the most grandchildren with 9, ranging in ages from 16 to 3 years old. I only have 3, ages 18, 15, and ten years.
OK thanks Neil, so far Donna Smith Andersen is the Queen Gramma with 9 grandchildren. Can anyone beat that?
Name: Matt Peterson () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 17:07:46
City and State: El Dorado Hills
Message: All this talk about Dana and HIS trivia. How about St. Joseph. Can anyone tell me the name of the mean nun that wore the black habit?
Name: Charlie Fox () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 16:36:29
City and State: RPV, CA
Message: Mrs. Yowell and Mrs. Morgan are one and the same. She was married to Fred Morgan first. During band class one day she made her cello sound like a squadron of B-17s flying over. Odd woman, but a good music teacher.
Name: JOHN CROTTY () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 16:23:15
City and State: HERMOSA BEACH
Message: MR. BILLER, I FORGOT THAT WE WORE SUITS AND TIES TO THE DANCES. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. BUT, I DON'T REMEMBER THE DANCES AT THE LOG CABIN. THAT WAS THE DEL AIRE COMMUNITY BLDG WHERE I WENT TO CUB AND BOY SCOUT MEETINGS. GOOD OLD PACK 796 AND TROOP 786. DEL AIRE PARK HAD DANCES TOO! DON'T YOU REMEMBER OUR BAND PLAYING AT A FEW OF THEM. WE SET UP ONCE OUTSIDE FOR THIER ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY AND IT WAS SO COLD AND DAMP THAT NIGHT, MY DRUM HEADS GOT WET AND SORT OF SAGGED. THEY SOUNDED LIKE CRAP ALL NIGHT. AT ONE OF THE DEL AIR DANCES, RICK SOARES SAT IN ON DRUMS (HIS OWN SET) AND THEN EMMITT RHODES SHOWED UP AND PLAYED A PHENOMENAL DRUM SOLO. RICK WOULDN'T PLAY ANY MORE THAT NIGHT AFTERWARDS. I DON'T BLAME HIM. EMMITT STUNNED THE WHOLE PLACE. HE WAS ALMOST AS TALENTED AS YOU LARRY, IN THAT, HE COULD PLAY EVERY INSTRUMENT IN THE BAND JUST LIKE YOU COULD.
Name: Larry Bach () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:56:14
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: I didn't see it mentioned but Mrs. Yowell was also music teacher at Eucalyptus school for awhile on certain days. I wouldn't have wanted to be married to her either. I thought she was mean, but in retrospect she was actually very talented and just wanted effort and excellence from students. Mrs. Yowell had a very fine old, Stradivarius Cello, with an interesting history now forgotten, but which she could make sing.
Hi Gloria, remember fencing class in 1972?
Name: Jerry Pat Simpson () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:46:25
City and State: Santa Clarita CA.
Message: Hey! Grandpa. Congratulations. Now you have three, to spoil. I have four. Now thats a thought. Who has the most Grandkids?.
Thanks Jerry and who DOES have the most grandkids?
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:23:18
City and State: RHDana Memory land
Message: Thank you Mr. Plotkin for straightening out the Mr. McCann legend. I liked Mr. McCann and I am sorry to hear he has passed away. John C, not much changed from the dances at Dana. While I was there the same thing happened. I sort of remember that our girls PE teacher, Mrs. Gallagher? would be the chaparone and she would reposition those that got too close while slow dancing, what a hoot these memories are! Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend. Looking forward to the golf and goodtimes next weekend.
Name: David Kelly () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:19:47
City and State: Colorado Springs, CO
Message: Yes Shannon, it did snow last night. Nothing like Springtime in the Rockies. Though I do miss the ocean and good mexican food !
I'm sorry to hear Mr. McCann has passed away. I remember sitting in his class watching the watergate hearings on TV. History in the making, live on TV. I also found the dances at Dana were quite entertaining to say the least. (like the dance scene in the film Sixteen Candles).
I'd love to play in the Cougartown Classic, but I'm a bit geographically challenged to make an appearance. Good luck.
John, I happened on this site a few days ago while in the midst of some genealogical research. This is a great site that has helped bring back some awesome memories. Thank you.
Hey David, Thanks for being out there and feel free to add a memory of Hawthorne life any old time.
Name: Lillian Parra () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:12:32
City and State: Havasu Lake, CA
Message: I use to "live" for those Friday night dances at RHD and they'd alternate every other Friday with the Hawthorne Community Building over on Aviation Blvd. at least I think that's what it was called - and Mr. Myerson use to be our very own version of Dick Clark. He did all of the dances and he use to tell "them" turn those lights down low - he had two sons that attended school with all of us. Gary, and I don't remember the other brother's name - I remember getting "separated" when we'd dance cheek to cheek - to this day one of my favorite songs is Sixteen Candles - I sure liked the smell of the "hair stuff" the guys used - I guess it was just the animal in me!
Name: Richard () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:02:57
City and State: of Long Beach
Message: Francis Yoell (sp.?) was the music instructor at HIS and Yukon-IS prior to the mid '60s-at least to the mid '70s, and was the former Mrs. Fredrick T. Morgan. I was a part-time 'teachers aide' (aka: bouncer) at HIS, HES, and YIS from fall of '69 until spring of '75. Besides missing the great burritos Andy would deep fry for us at Taco Tio, also missed the Sizzler that was beside HIS @ 'The' blvd, & 129th St (now a dry cleaners!?).
The Dry Cleaners was Skippys (Biggies/GNG) when I was going to HIS.
Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:59:01
City and State: Greater Los Angeles 64
Message: Mrs. Frances Yowell (sp) was the music instructor at HIS and was Fred Morgan?s wife at some point in her life. I still have her hand written note on one of my music books that says ?DON?T PUFF CHEEKS!!!!!!!!!!?
Name: Larry Biller () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:58:45
City and State: Portland, Or
Message: Weren't some of the Dana dances held at a log cabin type building somewhere in the vicinity of Aviation and 120th or thereabouts. I can remember the crowd of students waiting outside till the doors opened and when they did (as Mr.Crotty mentioned) the girls would head for one side and the boys the other side. We wore ties too. Imagine that!
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:31:09
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: For the record: Mr. McCann's first name is Regis, but he went by Bob. I'm sorry to say he passed away. He had a bad eye but it wasn't glass. John is right - it is a "D" in Claydon. He didn't go by his first name, he preferred "Pete". John, this is the first time I heard the Dick Hanker name. I don't mind as long as you recognize their superiority (just kidding). This is such a fantastic site for the scattered Cougars to keep in touch with their roots. You should be very proud, John Baker. I feel some kind of kinship with all you marvelous Cougars who write feedback. Love to all, HCH
Hey Harry, If my name was Regis, I'd change it to Bob too.
OK, so that "Dick Hanker" thing, I just made up, but I hope it catches on at HIS.
Thanks, Mr P, for your incite into teachers names and their eye material and such. So how about some juicy details on what went on in the teachers lounge at RH Dana?? Oh, come on, Harry, we won't say anything.
Name: JOHN CROTTY () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:20:15
City and State: HERMOSA BEACH
Message: JILL, THOSE DANCES AT DANA WERE "THE" THING TO DO IN MY DAY. COULDN'T WAIT FOR THOSE NIGHTS. THE GUYS WOULD STAND AGAINST ONE WALL AND THE GALS AGAINST THE OPPOSITE. WHEN A SLOW DANCE CAME UP, THE GUYS WOULD KINDA ASK THE GALS TO DANCE. NOT TOO MANY OF US DID ANY FAST DANCING. THE GIRLS WOULD FAST DANCE WITH EACH OTHER ALOT. WAS THAT THE SAME WITH YOU? ALSO, IF YOU DANCED TOO CLOSE, THE CHAPERONES WOULD SEPARATE YOU AND ABSOLUTELY NOOOOO KISSING!!!!
Name: nick pappagiorgio () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:01:33
City and State: LV,NV
Message: I remember a music teacher at maybe Ramona, maybe Intermediate by the name of "Mrs. Yokel". I had heard that she was once married to Mr. Morgan. I think "Jess" McCann was a student in the class of "74 or "73 (no glass orb). I think he was the editor of the Cougar or the yearbook. It's all so fuzzy now.
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 12:46:11
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: What on earth is a "Dick-Hanker"?
If you attended "Richard Henry" Dana, then you are a DICK HANKer. That's not the first time you've heard that, is it? All the HISers know what a Dick Hanker is. See, "Dick" is short for "Richard" and "Hank" is....well, you get the picture.
Name: Shannon Keys () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 11:47:30
City and State: Colorado Springs
Maiden: Did it just snow last night or what?
Message: Keith, Per Mr. Mack, when marking that thrice measured line, don?t forget to ?roll that #2 pencil?. I remember seeing him many post-Dana years later at of all places?. Home Depot.
Dana vs Intermediate. Is it just me or does it seem that the easterners from HIS have a smidge of a inferiority complex? Must just be me. Along the lines of intra-city grudges, Anza 6th graders (yes in my day Anza had expanded to include K-6 grades) took a school sponsored road trip north to Cabrillo for a soccer match. Besides a seemingly full student turnout, I believe many interested neighbors watched the confrontation as well. In kindness to our friends and future Dana classmates north of El Segundo BL., I won?t reveal the winner, though the result was much discussed amongst (yet to be) friends in the ensuing years.
Cougartown?s finest duffers gathering next week in OC for a good time??.???? I?m Jealous. Hit?em strait and bring along your foot-club.
Hey Shannon, Now why would the HISers feel inferior to the "Dick Hankers"....just wondering.
Name: Enza Nicocia () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 11:01:14
City and State: wade,wade,wade~how bout them lakers?!?!
Maiden: derek fisher is... "THE MAN"!
Message: HIS was a great time for me as well. I remember that we had to go across the street to Washington Elementary school's cafeteria for lunch. Why was that? It was kinda strange that we did not have our own cafeteria (I wonder if that still is the case?) Speaking of Washington elementary; who was the principal there in the early/mid 60's. I remember him well, and the after school dances that were held in their cafeteria for the HIS students. Max Castoriani and Rhonda Hearndon? used to 'cut a rug?' to the tunes of Mellow Yellow, and other great songs of that era. Sadly I was a wallflower, and just was too shy to participate. JB, I too remember the vending machines in front of the admin. offices at HIS; the brownies were the best, along with the green apples. Dean Morris, aka 'Dizzy Dean'; nice of Mr. Plotkin to recognize your many talents at HHS. He forgot to mention that you have an amazing sense of humor/wit; not to mention your unique way of expressing yourself in your writings. One thing that you did not excell too well in was: to pursue even harder when a girl says she just wants to be 'friends'.... ;))
Hey Enza, Wasn't the Cafeteria was called the Cafetorium at Washington?? I always thought that sounded strange.
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:56:23
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: John, congratulations on the birth or your grand-daughter. Like the others she will be a joy.
Thanks Sherry, I know she will....
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:51:45
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Sharon, I think you are right about the teacher with the glasses and lipstick, and weren't you and Gloria voted cutest couple in HS? :)
Dean, I remember Mr. McCann, I think his first name was Jess, I just remember he mumbled when he talked and I think he had a glass eye, at least that was the rumor. Anyone remember those hokey dances every other Friday at Dana? Those were fun.
Name: Jim Sloey () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:27:34
City and State: redondo beach
Message: Lakers? Are they still in the playoffs? Didn't the Rockets eliminate them already? After the Celtics got eliminated, I have been too busy watching the Dodgers. How about those Dodgers?! Wish I was going to be in town for the golf tournament but will be in North Dakota for a family graduation, Schroeder want to go? Hope all is well with alls you. Lakers huh. Now you'll get Enza started John and there will be no enza to this topic.
Oh, congratulations Grandpa. Your legacy lives on.
Yet AGAIN, you'll be out of town on a CT weekend?? You and Paco are going for some kind of record.
Name: Jim Fox () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:06:50
City and State: Haytown
Message: Okay Lee Ann -- As I recall, this is how it went. Mr. Wittle must have been the music teacher for all the Hawthorne Schools as I recall his stopping in at Washington from time to time with his autoharp. Fred Morgan was indeed the band director at HHS, and to make things a bit more confusing, in the late 50s he was married to Frances Morgan who was the band director at HIS. Now whether that was the same Mrs. Morgan that taught P.E. I can't say. Maybe someone knows for sure.
I say Miss Merriwether taught PE at HIS.
Name: Jan Peterson () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:47:02
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: Congrats to the new "Grand" papa. We have 2 grandsons and 15 months ago were blessed with our granddaughter. She is a joy. Thank you for posting the picture of Mom & Daughter. They are great. I can't wait until she realizes what a treasure her Grandpa is to alot of people.
Great banter about HIS. I remember Mrs Mc Daniel, and my 8th grade teacher was Mr Hughes. I also had Mr Swanson, and I thought it was for a math or history class. He was an awesome person.
Have a great weekend Cougs, and best wishes to the newest "Baker"..
Thank you Jan.....
Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:21:08
City and State: Lake Oswego, OR
Message: Oops, I just realized, it was Mr. Wittle who was the music teacher at Eucalyptus. Wasn't Mr. Morgan the music teacher at HHS? I forgot to take my Ginko Biloba this week.
Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 23:34:20
City and State: Lake Oswego, OR
Message: This is for Mo - my first reaction to your question about who Mrs. Morgan was married to was, of course, Mr. Morgan. Then I remembered there was a music teacher in elementary school (Eucalyptus, in yours and my case) whose name was Mr. Morgan. Was he her husband? He was a great teacher and he helped me learn the saxaphone, which, in reality, was a joke, but hey, it got me out of regular class for awhile.
Name: Susan King () on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 23:27:22
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Congratulations Grandpapa!! And best wishes to Kelly too. Baby Katherine is indeed beautiful and actually John, I see a lot of her mother in her! Keep those pictures coming!
Ahhh thank you, Sue. I guess it doesn't matter who she favors, as she'll be a valued member of our family, regardless.