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From the early 60s >In Memory Of Ray Charles
Name: Sarah () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 19:55:13
City and State: West Hills, CA
Message: Sarah Baca and Cindy Hale class of 1974 decided to have their own 20 year reunion! We met last weekend during Temecula's Balloon and Wine Festival. We had a great time reminising about old times at the Pechanga Resort Casino. Cindy has been living in Temecula for 15 years with her husband and 3 children, and Sarah has been living in West Hills for 16 years with her husband and 3 children. We stay in touch by e-mails but this was the first time we've seen each other in 20 years! We had a great time!
Thanks Sarah and glad you're not waiting around for someone to throw a party. OH, and I hate to break it to you, but this is your 30th reunion.
Name: Susan King () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 19:45:10
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Dear John - just wanted to tell you how very well written your response was to my dear friend Joseph. You KNOW I love that guy and think the world of him. You both did well, just a simple exchange of ideas and we'll pour another boat drink (this one's on me).
Thank you too, for periodically letting Cougars deviate from Hawthorne in general and explore and express their feelings about the larger world as well. You know, Hawthorne was a pretty wonderful little cocoon to grow up in, but we did, from time to time, feel the pinch, the pain AND the greatness of the world outside our city boundaries. Those things too, shaped who we became as grownups and they are as much a part of our fabric and character as the events that occurred in our own backyards.
I am grateful to each and every Cougar who jogs my memory and rattles my chains. I am proud to be one of you.
Name: Anita Young () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 19:42:32
City and State: Hillsboro, OR
Message: I'd just like to add a QUICK two cents about Ray Charles....my husband and I were lucky enough to go and see Ray live a few years back up at the Oregon Zoo's Summer concert series for my birthday. The man was one heck of a class act. You NEVER would of known he was in his early 70's. That voice of his, the way he played the piano, the swaying along to the music, the smile.
Rest in peace, Ray and thank you for all the wonderful music you've left behind for us. You will be sorely missed. What a sad, sad week, folks. :(
Name: Neil Larson () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 19:14:18
City and State: Crestview , Florida
Message: Keith Jones - Hawaii -
I passed your 2 messages along to a very good friend on the big island- (VIA EMAIL) just now.
He works with the Keck Observatory , and has a band over there as well...lots of contacts.
If he "runs with it" he has access to friends with a local paper there The Waimea Gazette, and may print her photo and a related message for you.
I will suggest it to him. Hang in There !
Name: Jessie, the wanna be Cougar () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 18:48:53
City and State: Los Angeles, the sunshine state
Message: Hey Matt, I am so glad you mentioned Ray Charles' passing. He may not of been from Hawthorne, as you say, but a good many of us grew up listening to his music, and that is what is important.
I've also learned that you can't please all of the people all of the time so you just please them as best you can. Not all of us are going to agree on everything. And I think that's great! We are all allowed to have our opinion. Not many people in the world can say that. So like Matt said..."let's have some fun". But gee, Matt, do we have to talk about cars ha!
Name: doris () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 18:16:38
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: What great tributes to President Reagan. And now one of the all-time great musicians, Ray Charles. Hey John, could you stick in here somewhere "I can't stop loving you" by the great Ray Charles and I promise not to go into a long feedback about this marvelous singer. This just seems to be all-around "heavy heart week"!
AND PLEASE COUGS ... pay up! Get those dues in and show your appreciation to John who makes this all possible. YOU DA MAN, MAN !!!
Hi Doris, I will try to find it. Now see, Ray could do Country as well as Soulful R&B.
Name: Cindy Colby () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 17:44:03
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Thanks John, this is exactly why most of us love you so much. Thanks for giving us this forum to talk about what is important to each of us.
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 16:26:29
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Keith Jones, so sorry to hear about your daughter. That's just devastating. I live in Haw. and if I see a 5' tan blond girl hitch hiking or see a group of young people at the mall, I will ask if one of them is Cassie. That's all I can offer and ofcourse my prayers for her safe return.
Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 16:23:00
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Message: I just heard that Ray Charles has passed away. I know that is not Hawthorne related but he made great music. I don?t think Bob was trying to censor the site. It just seems that the site is void of Hawthorne memories lately. Where is the talk on cars, music and beaches. Summer is here. So do they still have the Hawthorne fair?
Hey Matt, Sorry to hear about RC. What a great musician he was. No, the Hawthorne Fair is history and you can only blame me for the Ronald Reagan thing this week as I initiated it. Anytime someone wants to talk about Hawthorne, then bring it on.
Name: BOB () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 16:00:06
City and State: LAKEWOOD, CA.
Message: Censorship? I think you should read my message again. I am not going to speak ill of the dead not here. There are sites to express your thoughts. I am tired of seeing this on the news and now on this site. There are more important things to be concerend about.
Bob Lakewood, CA.
Name: joseph () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 15:50:50
City and State: los angeles
Message: John, thanks for publishing all the gipperlicking, but also know that there are those among us for whom Reagan represents a lot that has gone wrong with America since his presidency, and not so much that has gone right. I don't really blame Reagan in particular for this outcome, but I do blame ourselves, for so willfully eviscerating so many of the things this man stood for--you didn't see a lot of African-Americans, homosexuals, or peaceniks paying their respects in Simi Valley this week. I learned in Ray Garza's class a Latin phrase that meant, "Of the dead, nothing but good should be spoken," but there is more than just one dead person involved here, and I fear we may dishonor the forgotten thousands of others by honoring this one too effusively, and without balance; in Central America and even here in the US, because of Ronald Reagan's policies, many in this world didn't live to see the day to mourn him. Remember the good in Reagan if you must, but I hope people here take time to remember all the marginalized others too. Myself, as you may know, I met Reagan personally many times, even worked for him in 1980, and I was suckered by charm too; later I learned how destructive the single quality of charm can be when used to support things that are not so charming. Peace and boat drinks, joseph
joseph, that's so much unlike you to bash the dead. I for one wasn't counting the Afro-Americans in Simi, and for the life of me, don't know WHAT a homosexual or peacenik looks like walking across the floor of the Reagan Library. Yes, there were people who died under Ronald Reagan's administration, but it could be said that if JFK hadn't initially sent our poor draftees to Vietnam, then 58,000 of our boys wouldn't have lost their lives. Pretty ridiculous spin, huh. Let's face it joseph, people die under ALL administrations, but that doesn't make them bad leaders. Thanks for your note. NOW we're politicizing.
Name: Penny Prouty () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 15:12:31
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Let me echo those comments from both Norv Vorhis and David Kelly..... At the time of his presidency I was a registered Democrat...but President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, have my respect, admiration and sincere gratitude. Thanks, John, for making it possible for us to share this historical moment.
My pleasure, Penny, thanks for your comments.
Name: David Kelly () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 13:53:02
City and State: Colorado Springs
Message: John, I concur. There is nothing political in the posts I've read regarding Reagan's passing. He was a great California Governor and President. His death has brought back many memories of my life in Hawthorne and California, which I believe is true for many of my fellow Cougs. Let's pay our respects to this man and his family and remember President Reagan for his accomplishments and leadership.
Well said, David... Thank you
Name: Norv Vorhis () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 13:51:02
City and State: Monrovia, CA
Message: Hi all,
For Bob from Lakewood: Less of us want to hear your censorship requests.
For John: Thanks.
Name: BOB () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 12:09:22
City and State: LAKEWOOD, CA.
Message: I THOUGHT THIS SITE WAS FOR COUGARS TO TRY TO LOCATE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES OR TO REMEMBER THINGS FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND NOT FOR POLITICS. THERE ARE SITES AVAILABLE FOR THIS. NOT ALL OF US WANT TO READ ABOUT REAGAN.
Sorry Bob, you don't approve. There's nothing political going on here, just honoring a great President and California Governor. If you want to add a Hawthorne or HHS memory, then you're in the right place, and thanks for your opinion.
Name: Jerry Pino () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 09:53:23
City and State: Buena Park, CA
Message:Dee Griswold, if you see this message, e mail me.
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 01:24:56
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Mikey and I paid our respects to President Reagan on Monday. It was a profound and moving experience. I am grateful to the Reagan family for their kindness in giving California an opportunity to participate in this national proceeding.
Name: Barry Smith () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 23:31:22
City and State: Hermosa Beach, CA
Message: Matt, It was good to hear from you. Sorry you won't be able to make the class of 74' "Mini Reunion". I have been getting some good feedback & it looks like we will have at least 25-30 Cougars together on Sunday June 13th (1:00 PM) @ the Stuft Pizza in El Segundo. Thanks to John Baker for this forum (Cougartown)for keeping Cougars in touch with each other. Hope you can stop by & join the class of 1974 Sunday in El Segundo.
Hi Barry, and thanks for the invite, however I'll be in SF over the weekend. That's what it's all about, Cougars. No need to wait for your reunion to get together. Thanks too, Barry, for the Ctown Dues.
Name: Ingrid Jones () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 22:50:41
City and State: Temecula
Message: Some sad news Trish Tarnoff (84)passed away last Friday at UCLA. Her funeral will be at Green Hills Memorial Park at 3PM info: 310-831-0311. Our prayers go out to the Tarnoff family.
Hi Ingrid, I'm old, who's Trish Tarnoff?
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 18:30:47
City and State: USA
Message: I am watching the procession of President Reagan with some fellow work associates and it turns out one of the men I work with, his Dad was head of the Republican committee for Reagan/Bush. He is going to the Presidents internment on Friday, while another work associate worked as a volunteer during the Reagan administration. I guess it's not difficult to guess my company's political affiliation. Since I do not have a personal story to share about our late President, I thought I would share this one. Mr. Reagan, I may not have agreed with all your policies, but Sir, because of you, my children and I do not have to worry about being nuked by Russia. God bless and Godspeed Sir.
Name: Neil Larson () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 18:24:57
City and State: Crestview , Florida
Message: For the longest time President Ronald Reagan was silently stricken with Alzheimer?s Disease. As the years past the dignity of this man remained clear to all who lived in freedom during his presidency. Many sent quiet prayers to bless Nancy and Ron through their prolonged ordeal.
Now the sands of time slow for a moment to allow those who wish to pay tribute to the man, a final wave of thanks and respect. History marches on and we understand more clearly this unique American, the President & the Man.
Ronald Reagan blessed California with his bold leadership, so we Cougars have been doubly blessed to have known him as a Governor & a President.
Before the grains in the hourglass begin to fall I sadly and finally wave goodbye for now . . . knowing there will be a time to come when I will once again see that cowboy smile.
Name: Sarah () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 17:54:24
City and State: West Hills, CA
Message: Hi John Baker, I have been trying to get your email and can not
find it on Cougartown site, want to send in a picture of another alumni and I, but can't figure out how to do it on the feedback section. We just saw each other this last weekend after 20 years!
Hi Sarah, my email address is at the bottom of this page.
Name: Bevan Feist () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 14:16:15
City and State: Simi Valley,CA
Message: Hello everyone. Just a quick note. I was lucky enough to witness the transfer of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan Onto Air Force One today ,at the Naval Air Station point Mugu. What an experience, one I will not soon forget. Makes me proud to be an American.
Name: Matt Peterson () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 10:09:14
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Message: Barry, I wish I could attend your mini reunion, but I am stuck in Northern California. It sounds great. I hope lots of people attend and pictures are posted online somewhere. I hope to see you at the Class of 1974 reunion Newport Beach Harbor Cruise on August 21st 2004. Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm- Departs promptly at 6:00 pm and docks at 10:00 pm promptly. The amount per person is $95.00. Please RSVP to Jim Cicalese at Jimco74@aol.com or call: (562)-420-1832 or Cheryl Swenson: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (310) 676-9813. Please respond by July 1st 2004.
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 08:51:41
City and State: Sullivan, IL
Message: Although I did not have the opportunity to attend the Class of 63 Reunion last year, I did order the Memory Book that just arrived. Looking through the book, I realized that the Class of '63 is still one good looking bunch!
Hi Sharon, all the early classes are good lookin'
Name: Lillian Parra () on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 11:13:01
City and State: Havasu Lake, CA
Message: In memory of Gordon Downing - I remember him well, he was one of the "kids" just trying to cope with it all and get thru the "growing-up" thing, he was a nice kid and should be remembered, I wish that I could have known him when we were all grown-up, God Bless his memory and my heart and prayers go out to his family - Sincerely, Lillian (cancer survivor)
P.S. Hello Frank
Name: Nicholai Ferrera () on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 02:03:19
City and State: Murrieta, CA
Message: This was a nice tour down memory lane for me today. A nice reflection of times past and thoughts of what some classmates might be doing today.
Hey Nicholai, Welcome to Cougartowwn....
Name: Beverly () on Monday, June 7, 2004 at 23:10:53
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: This morning Dan and I walked to the 118 overpass close to our Simi Valley home to join scores of others waiting for the procession bringing Ronald Reagan "home." It only took a few seconds for the motorcade to pass under us, but it had huge sentimental impact to everyone there. There must be a powerful aura surrounding the wonderful man even now. I like to recall the night he was first elected Governor of California....that is, the adoring way Nancy looked at him and only at him as they stood together at the podium. In fact, I believe she always looked at him that way. I know how she must have felt, and I can't begin to fathom her loss. I wish her peace and love. She has appeared at the Presidential Library on several occasions; I hope she will continue to do so. If you are in this area, I strongly recommend a visit to the Library here in Simi Valley. They have some wonderful special exhibits and programs from time to time, not just presidential history. And on Friday, Ron will be laid to rest there.
Love Ya, Cougars
Hi Beverly, I was going to make the sojourn to Simi at about 3 in the morning, but with the price of gas the way it is, the round trip would trickle down to about 20 bones. I figure President Reagan would be proud of me for keeping that money away from the OPECers.
Nancy Reagan's loss over her husband happened years ago. She knows he's in a far better place right now.
Name: Bob () on Monday, June 7, 2004 at 20:41:46
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: To Keith Jones, my heart goes out to you about your daughter. I was a private investigator for over 10 years and my specialty was locating people. My recommendation to you is to hop a plane to So CA asap with her picture and start pounding the streets, talk to her friends, visit teen and homeless shelters, Hollywood Blvd. Teenagers do not leave paper trails so this is the only method. If you can't do this then you will have to hire a licensed PI here in CA. I haven't been in the biz for awhile so I can't refer you to one, but they are in the book and on the web. BTW, it will be very expensive- figure at least a few thousand if she is hiding.
I now work in school security so I also recommend you contact a CA attorney. It is part of the Education Code not to release any student under 18 out of school without a parent's (who is on the release form held by the school) knowledge or presence. The school is liable for any harm done to a student if this occurs.
Good luck, Keith. I know how you must feel.
Name: Jessie () on Monday, June 7, 2004 at 16:18:01
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: I am not Bud...I mentioned this because it was the 60 year anniversary of D-Day. And with all that is going on right now, some might forget the orignal boys and girls that fought for us and our freedom.
Actually weren't the originals the Minutemen?