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Name: Tim Helble () on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:02:37
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 1973
Message: Burnett teachers I had 4th - Mrs. San Juan, 5th - Mrs. Mikelman (sp?), and 6th - Mr. Weiss. Mrs. San Juan was great - she steered me towards the career which I am still in today. A tree was planted in front of Cabrillo in her memory. Mr. Weiss was funnier than heck - when he called on you to answer a question, if you paused and said "ummm," he'd quickly say "incorrect!" and move on to the next student before you could come up with an answer.
The teacher who pulled your ear was Miss Frank. One day Mrs. San Juan kicked me out of class for talking out of turn and sent me to do time in Miss Frank's class. I remember one of her students raised her hand and said "Mrs. Frank..." and she quickly answered back "It's Missss Frank - I haven't been able to catch a man yet!" The whole class erupted in laughter and I think I joined in.
The reading teacher was Miss Songer. When she married the president of North American Aviation she became Mrs. Atwood. I always thought she had a rather regal look to her - she didn't look like a regular teacher. With all those millions, I guess she just taught because she liked to. Anyone remember the guy who used to go from class to class teaching music - Mr. Schwab? I think PeeWee Herman copied his dressing style.

Name: Debbie () on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:49:13
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1977
Message: Someone's spamming CTown. I just received several more "failed delivery" notices, one is from Delia Garza, and I'm sure she's a CTowner. If your email included "thebiztype" in the user name, I've gotten it from you, too. Be careful, guys!
Thanks for your concern, Debbie. I get these constantly. In the case above, it doesn't mean that Delia Garza has a virus or is in any way doing anything wrong. Her name could be in someone's email address book and THAT person has the virus. The virus takes a random email address (in this case, Delia's) from the address book and places it in an email and sends it to ANOTHER email address in the address book, making it look like it came from Delia, when it really came from another source. This is just one scenario. I used to get all weird about it; now I just erase them.

Name: Debbie () on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:15:46
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Sharon Moore, you might to run your computer's virus checker. I just received an error message in my bulk email folder, and I'm not going to chance opening it right now. Hope this is a false alarm, or if other Coug's got this message, at least they know it's not just them.
Sounds like everyone had a great time golfing, five year olds can beat me at miniature golf! But I'm glad those who could go had a great time!

Name: Walter Holt () on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:06:17
City and State: Costa Mesa,Ca
Maiden: playintheotherfairway
Class: 1966
Message: Sharon...You should have joined the fun. It wasn't about who could play golf well but getting together and having some Cougar fun. So next time grab your clubs and join the rest of us duffers. I haven't seen any other interest for a summer picnic so maybe we'll catch up on another event.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 21:45:10
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Come on Jorge, take credit where it is due, that was a killer shot, it was beautiful.

Name: Bob Veach () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 20:26:04
City and State: East Long Beach, CA
Maiden: Can't remember
Class: 1972
Message: Neil Minami retiring! Now I really feel old. He was just a 2nd or 3rd year teacher when I graduated in '72.
I'll never forget, it was July 4th that year when I attended a party given by my good friend, Bob Voeltz, c/o '66. He had just returned from the Navy and had rented an apartment on The Strand. He asked me to come even though I was only 18. I was sitting there looking dumb among all these older guys and their wives/girlfriends drinking a beer when I saw Mr. Minami and Mr. Spensco come in. I kinda gulped hoping they didn't see me, but Neil did. Later on he asked if I didn't just graduate from HHS. I answered in the normal sauve mannor I always displayed around teachers, "uh, yeah". I wasn't scared too long as he then said "go ahead, have a good time. You're among friends here." What a great guy.

Name: Jorge Menendez () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 18:00:49
City and State: Redondo Beach
Class: 1977
Message: Bud and Wade-Thanks again for putting on a great tournament on such short notice. And a special thanks to the other members of group #5 (Jill, Cindy, Dean and John). Looking forward to next year. P.S. I'm having trouble convincing my golf partners that I won the longest drive contest. Although I was credited with 310 yards, I think it was closer to 275 yards (that was quite a head-wind we were hitting into).

Name: Scott Beers () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 15:57:45
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: LHS Visitor
Class: 1976
Message: This is for Vicki Neilson and Keith Jones and others who wondered about teachers from Peter Burnett. I attended from '68 to '70 (4th, 5th, 6th grades). As best as I can remember, the teachers were: 4th Grade: Miss Mayer, Mrs. Code and Mrs. Finlater (sp?). 5th Grade: Mrs. Dane, Mr. Rivers, Mrs. Jacobs. 6th Grade: Mr. Wiess, Mrs. San Juan, Mrs. Kilgore. That's only 9, there are 18 rooms including Room 1 which was the reading lab. Can't remember the reading lab lady's name, but her husband worked for NASA and she got to watch Apollo 11 lift off in Florida. That's all I remember, must rest brain now.
Thanks Scott....

Name: Wade Greasby () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 13:02:40
City and State: Huntington Beach, Ca
Maiden: Holenthree
Class: 1973
Message: JB, Here is a list of those who played and those who came out to the tourney. We had a great time. Team One, Frank,aka Skip,Effler, Mike Effler, Geno Effler and Dirk Bailey, Team Two, Gino Skulick, George Alverez, Mike McDowell, Wade Greasby, Team Three, Bud Rhoades, Tony"Pete" Manos, Alan Forbes,Walt Holt, Team Four, Greg Guererro, Dan Johnston, Jim Ventura, Mike Stallings, Team Five, Jill McFarlin, Mac McFarlin, Jorge Menendez, Cindy Colby, Team Six Jeff Bodkin, Craig Bodkin, Jeff Mann, John Crotty. I think I'm forgetting a couple of people though. I apologize. Cougs help me out!! Bill Booth came after the tourney and best wishes were sent by Mike Scott, Dave Whippo and Gary Poltash. So, Cougs plan a Saturday in May 2005 for our next golfing adventure. Walt will bring his camera as well as other Cougar faithful. Skip Effler and Tony Manos have some pictures to send in. Thanks again to all. Bud, big thanks and to you too Jill.
Thanks Wade.....

Name: Barney McArdle () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:37:54
City and State: McKinney, Texas
Class: 1958
Message: Thanks John for the Jesse Belvin song. Back in 1961 he was one of my favorite singers. My favorite of his was "Funny" and I haven't heard it in 40+ years. Where did you find this song of his? Thanks again for Jesse's song.
Hi Barney, I really don't recall where I got that song. I'll see if I can't find "Funny" for you.

Name: Matt Peterson () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:30:18
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Class: 1974
Message: I wanted to let everyone know that Neil Minami will be retiring at the end of this school year. That?s more than 30 years of teaching at Hawthorne High. He was a great teacher and inspiration. If you had Neil as a teacher, why don?t you drop him a line at or
Thanks Matt, for the information on Neil Minami. He wasn't there when I was, but I've heard lots of great things about him and know he was one of Hawthorne Highs pillars. Thanks Neil for all your mentoring. I know that over your 30+ years, you were truly appreciated by lots of Cougars.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:18:02
City and State: Jorge's partner
Class: 1977
Message: JB, I can give you a few names based on my shoddy memory. Of course Bud Rhoades, Wade Greasby, Craig Bodkin, his brother, whose name I do not recall, Jorge Menendez class of 77 (rah), Cindy Colby, John Crotty, Walter Holt, and I'm sorry but thats all I remember.
Thanks Jill.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:04:47
City and State: BelmontShores
Class: 1974
Message: John here is the list of players from Saturday. Geno Effler, Mike Effler, Skip Effler, Dirk Baily, Gene Sculick, Gary Poltash, Mike Scott, George Alvarez, Bud Rhoades, Al Forbess, Tony Manos, Walt Holt, Greg Guererro, Dan Johnston, John Crotty, Jim Ventura, Mike Stallings, Jill Macfarlin, Mac Macfarlin, George Rameriz, Jorge Menendez, Wade Greasby, Cindy Colby.

Name: Karen () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 11:53:06
City and State: Brisbane
Maiden: Avena
Class: 1964
Message: My folks moved to Hawthorne in 1955 and still live in the same home on 135th Place. I remember being the new kid in second grade at Cabrillo and when Peter Burnett opened our teacher walked us over to our new classroom (not sure which grade) and how impressed I was with the new school. I went to Dana for 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes. My favorite teacher at Dana was Mrs. Troy. She would read Greek mythology to us when we were caught up on our lessons. On test days she would read to us but only after the last person put their pencil down. No pressure there! Those were fun times, not to mention the Friday night dances where boys would be on one side of the dance floor and all of us girls would be dancing with one another. Remember the stroll? Anyone else out there remember Mrs. Troy? Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 11:34:26
City and State: BelmontShores
Class: 1974
Message: Thank you to all who made this past weekend a very special one indeed.The turnout was fantastic for our first year, there was roughly about thirty of us out on the course. John we were all as surprised as you were with the no-shows who all said they would be at the post tourney party. I am sorry you didnt stick around a little longer as the first group was just finishing as you were leaving. The day was a huge success and we are already booking next years event as we speak. I will let everyone know very soon the details and date for next years tourney. It will be on a much larger scale than this years with some real cool surprises being discussed. As far as the gathering John, we all hung out and had a few adult libations at the bar for a few hours and then I invited the rest back to our home where my wife had a huge spread laid out. We grilled steaks and drained a few bottles of fine aged bordeaux and hung out until the wee hours. It was a great day all around and for those who couldn't make it this year you all have a years notice to put it on your calander. The feedback already is that next years could easily top a hundred golfers. Thanks again to all who came and supported this, the quality of our people was fantastic, what really wonderful people, be proud of your fellow alumni they are a class act.

Name: JOHN CROTTY () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 10:35:00
City and State: HERMOSA BEACH
Class: 1969
Message: JB, Don't feel bad. I had some people say they were coming out just to watch and they didn't show either. So, if you roamed around looking for fellow CT rooters, there weren't any. Sorry I missed you guy. We were the second to the last group and finished at about 4:30pm. It was a hell of a great day and I met alot of just fabulous fellow Cougs. Yes, it's true, my fivesome (Cindy Colby, Jose Mendez, Jill and hubby Dean, and moi) came in last, but to me, that is not of any major concern. It was all about having a great day and a total BLAST, which it was. Again, thanks Bud and Wade (enjoy the clubs dude!) and you too JB. If you hadn't started this web site, the tourney never would have happened. Wade and Bud have already arranged for next year's event, so word of mouth and future postings are gonna make it HUGE!!!! Thanks everyone.

Name: Sharon () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 10:34:46
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: Hey Walter, I'm up for a picnic if you can get a bunch of people together. I think that would be a lot of fun. I didn't join in the golf because I play a lousy game and it's quite embarrassing, but I still love the game. I just try to play with people who play as bad as I do. I think a picnic would be great fun.

Name: Walter Holt () on Monday, May 24, 2004 at 09:05:17
City and State: Costa Mesa, Ca
Maiden: stillslicentotheright
Class: 1966
Message: John, You were at the right place. I believe during the time you were there we were still out on the golf course. The first group of golfers were more than likely just finishing the 17th or 18th Holes. I don't know how you missed the banner it was hanging from the starters table just in front of the coffee shop. Jill did a great job on the banner...Maybe the guys from Radisson weren't at the table when you were there. I know a couple of guys had cameras and had group photos taken. I don't know if they took any out on the course. I was dumb enough to leave mine at home, right where I put it so I wouldn't forget it. Anyone up for trying to get together for a picnic somewhere this summer, possibly at the beach. It's back to surfing till the next event. Cowabunga Cougs....
Thanks Walter....

Name: Lisa () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 23:12:23
City and State: Ramona, CA
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1967
Message: Happy 91st Birthday to our Dad, Herb Graham today. Herb, owned the Signal Gas Station on Inglewood Avenue and Rosecrans in the early 60's. We love you. Lisa
Happy Birthday Herb....

Name: Cindy Colby () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 21:56:32
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Jill you silly, that is closest to the pin. Congratulations to all who played, Jill got longest drive, that girl can smack it. Wade and Bud, thank you for such a fun day. JB, the banner was up on the second floor balcony until it was moved to the starters table just in front of the coffee shop, we were all in the bar, oops, I mean the coffee shop drinking sodas, you should have seen someone were you at the right course? A special thanks to Bill Schultz for allowing me to take his place, George, John Crotty, Jill and Sweetie, you guys are great, a fun time was had by all. See you all next year.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 17:05:19
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Class: 1976
Message: I went to Peter Burnett for 4th thru 6th grades. Miss Findlater was the best. Mrs Bell was the hotest. Mr. Weiss was the tallest. I can't remember the teacher who would always pull your ear when you were bad. One of our teachers was the wife of the President of Northrup North American Rockwell or something like that. I always thought she was bragging. I remmebr we had to do square dancing there during PE. It was an easy walk for me to all the schools since I lived on 137st. They were all just across the street from me (Dana, Don Smith, Peter Burnett, Cabrillo).

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 17:03:53
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 1977
Message: What a day yesterday! We had a pretty good turnout at the tournament. I am not sure what time the first team finished, but JB, you should've run into someone. Bud, Wade thanks again for a great time. Next time bring those name tags! Congrats to Cindy Colby for "shortest to the pin" in the ladies category, and Jorge for longest drive in the men's category. Both were on my team, but we still came in last place! John Crotty, it was nice to meet you as well, I say the 5 of us meet for golf every few months so we can kick some Cougar butt next year.
How many played in the Tournament, and who were they? Still don't have a clue where the after-tournament festivities were held. Were there any after-tournament festivities? Where was the banner you were going to hang, located? Were there any non-golfers there besides me, Patty Saville, and her hubby, Michael?

Name: Sandra Jenkins () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:04:31
City and State: CA
Maiden: Sandra Jenkins
Class: 1973
Message: I am trying to get the 1969 and 1970 yearbook. does anyone know if they are available?
Hi Sandra, I doubt it, but call the school and ask. 310-263-4400

Name: Walter Holt () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 10:46:07
City and State: Costa Mesa, Ca
Class: 1966
Message: Well Cougs....I must say a big thanks to Bud & Wade they did a great job on putting together one heck of a fun event. In my opinion the 1st Annual Cougartown golf Classic was huge success. I will say to all the Cougs who couldn't make it to this one, do try to make it to the next. You won't regret the $$$$$ spent and spending time with the greatest people on earth (meaning our fellow Cougars).
Thanks Walter, but where did the after-tournament event happen, or did it? I couldn't find anything set up for that.

Name: Wade () on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 10:28:12
City and State: Greasby
Maiden: forethis
Message: Thanks again to all the COUGAR loyals who participated in the first COUGAR Classic. Bud, Jill and all contributed to this outstanding day in the sun. Congrats to the Effler Bros and their playing partner Dirk Bailey for their first place finish. Well Done. This is the start of something good for all. We're planning for next years event and we hope to get the info out much earlier. I really felt the "togetherness" and "Good Vibrations" of all those who attended. Friendships really stay true til the end. The tourney was a success and the new clubs are great!!! Thanks again to all. Wade
And thanks to you too, Wade, for your efforts to make this a fun event. Congratulations to the winners and hope you all had a great time.

Name: Neil Larson () on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 20:35:05
City and State: Crestview , Florida
Class: 1971
Message: Sifting back thru some of these messages- Bob J. & Bob M. , You mentioned Cindy & Sunny Appleton. We lived "kitty corner" from them , I knew Cindy since I was five years old. She was in episodes of Fantasy Island & Love Boat! Momma Appleton would occassionaly practice "scales" in the front room with the windows open, on warm Summer Days we could hear her "Vibroto" , she sounded like an ANGEL! Mrs. Appleton was an accomplished Opera singer! It is just my opinion, but I always assumed Brian Wilson wrote FUN,FUN,FUN about young blonde bombshell SUNNY Appleton! I wish I could find a way to solicit the specific question about that to Mr. Wilson , to confirm my hypothesis. Until then I will forever think of Sunny brushing her long platinum blonde hair outside in the driveway (circa 1963) just before getting into her Daddy's T-bird, for a cruise around South Bay!!

Name: Vicki Nielsen () on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 19:59:02
City and State: Laguna Hills/Ca
Message: You all have been talking about some of the grade schools and teachers, does anyone remember some at Peter Burnett? What ever happened to Ms. Frank my 3rd grade teacher.

Name: David Kelly () on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 09:20:32
City and State: Colorado Springs
Class: 1977
Message: Hello Dennis, My father's name was Herb and as far as I know he was never a union man. I do recall a gentleman who worked with my father named Jerry. He may be the one you remember. We lived on 116th St. in the 5400 block. I think that whole area is now part of the Century Freeway.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:15:17
City and State: Hawthorne, California
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: You boys and girls be careful out there today by yelling ?FORE? when it?s possible. I don?t play Golf but I know every one is going to have fun today. I want to hear all the horror stories about the ?EAGLE? that got away or that ?HOLE in ONE? that bounced right out. Have fun and stay somewhat sober.

Name: joseph () on Friday, May 21, 2004 at 19:18:49
City and State: los angeles, inner city, california
Class: 1975
Message: John and Bud "Country" Rhoades, so sorry, wish I had checked earlier on the golf event. But in truth I typically only play Roosevelt, here in the INNER CITY, anyway. You know, the kind of course where people with shopping carts are fishing Bud and Miller bottles out of the water hazards. I must say that Orange County courses present a special predicament for me, anyway: as you know, I have to now get a special visa and a Hepatitis shot for them to let me cross the LA border into the OC. John I LOVE YOU MAAANNNN but I was not faithful to your website lately and regret missing this event. It looks great! Smart money I hear is on you. I understand Bud can drive a ball 250 yards...and especially likes to do this on par 3's...check that out for me, will you? Make sure he doesn't have more than 17 clubs in his bag at one time, and see if he doesn't bring a little flask of Dutch Courage on the course, like we in the INNER CITY do. Peace and boat drinks, joseph
Hey joseph, We'll miss you tomorrow, at least the linksters will. I'll either be at the 19th hole making sure no Ctowner is drinking and Driving, or I'll be caddying for Bud........To stay "golf club legal" he foregos his 3 wood for an extra Big Bertha, which he's masterfully converted to hold a quart of Wild Turkey. Either way, I may need a cab.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:33:38
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca.
Class: 1961
Message: Hey Dave Kelly, Was your Dad?s name Jerry? I worked with him, I think it was your dad, back in the early 60?s when I was with Standard Oil, now Chevron, if I?m thinking of the same guy. Your dad was also the local union rep and if I?m right, you guys lived on 124th in the 48 or 4900 block?
I wish I was going to be playing golf with all you guys this weekend!
Dennis Campbell

Stop wishing and get on out there...

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, May 21, 2004 at 11:35:14
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Looking forward to the golf tournament tomorrow! Bud & Wade, thank you so much for putting this thing together, I know a lot of hard work was put into this thing. I'm looking forward to making a fool of myself on the links, I will probably have my D game going for me. Will try to hit the driving range tonight. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Thanks Jill, see you all there.