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Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 14:29:00
City and State: Kona Hawaii
Class: 1976
Message: Mahalo to all of you. It has been tough and now we are second thinking about sending her to prison. She is so beautiful and we are thinking it might be too drastic. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do with her where she will be punished and learn that doing things wrong will get her in trouble. Anything will help. Mahalo Nui Loa
I know there are lots of people who want to answer you Keith, but so I'm not the "go between" in the conversation, please email Keith with your suggestions at .... Thanks all

Name: Sean Dunaway () on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 13:59:09
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Message: Hey kids ... While I wasn't an alumni of HHS .. (Moved to Rolling Hills right before my freshman year and went to Miraleste High .. class of 1974) I did go to Dana for 1/2 year and to Hawthorne Intermediate for 7th and 8th grade. I spent kindergarten through mid 6th at Trinity Lutheran in Hawthorne . .and YES .. I am the Dunaway in the Dunaway mortuary in Hawthorne. My grandfather founded it and the Douglas in the name is my uncle. My Uncle was also Mayor of Hawthorne too when I was a kid .. though nobody ever believed me. I was in troop 262. If anyone remembers me .. I would love to hear from you. I have lost track of EVERYbody .. thanks
Mark Sean Dunaway

Hey Mark, I was wondering just the other day, if there were any Dunaways left in the area. Feel free to add to this page anytime and thanks for letting us know you're out there.

Name: Betty Freeman () on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 11:06:14
City and State: Henderson, NV
Maiden: Owen
Class: 1966
Message: Keith, I am so happy to hear that you found your daughter. I cannot imagine what you went through. I was just about to send you the phone number for Nevada Child Seekers as a lot of teens run to Vegas thinking it is great city to hide. They couldn't be more wrong. Children are Las Vegas' No. 1 priority! At any rate, I am glad that I didn't have to furnish you with the phone number. Thank God she is safe! God Bless you, Keith.

Name: reina () on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 00:43:53
City and State: hawthorne, california
Maiden: rivas
Class: 1999
Message: missing everyone from the class of 1999

Name: Colleen () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 22:37:06
City and State: Camarillo, CA
Maiden: Martin
Class: 1981
Message: Thank God that your daughter is safe, Keith. I know that I was keeping you and her in my prayers. I know your decision to have her pay the price for taking her moms car was a tough one to make, but in my opinion as a mom, the right one. Children need to know there are consequences to their actions. An excellent way for them to grow up to be responsible adults. I only wish more parents would realize that. Good luck and God Bless.

Name: Jodi Weishaar () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 17:19:49
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Maiden: Wilbanks
Class: 1976
Message: For some of you old mom Virginia Cleveland, HHS Class of 54, passed away on May 10th. She will be missed tremendously by all of us! I also want to add that my daughter Nicole Weishaar, is now an HHS Alumni, Class of 2004. Congrats Nikki!! She is now the 3rd generation in our family to graduate from HHS.
Sorry for the loss of your mother, Jodi. And congratulations on being what is the only known 3 generation Cougar family.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 16:26:07
City and State: Belmontshore
Class: 1974
Message: RE Pacos Pics: The look on the face of the women sitting next to you John is priceless. Does she not know that four Pinks chili-cheese is but a drop in the bucket for you. Great pic Paco!
Did I eat that many? I think a few of those were Janet's.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 16:17:09
City and State: Kona Hawaii
Class: 1976
Message: I want to thank all of you who have emailed me and given me suggestions and support for my daughter. I have some very good news and then some bad news. First the good news, Cassie was found this weekend begging for money in Whittier. She approached someone at a gas station and asked them for money. Unfortunately it was an off-duty policeman who recognized her from pictures and arrested her. They called her mom who at midnight on Saturday called me. Now the bad news. Her mom and I both agree to go forward with the Grand Theft auto charges on her for stealing and totaling her moms Mercedes. She needs to be taught a lesson and punished for what she does and not rewarded by coming to Hawaii. We don't know the outcome of this but hopefully it will turn her around once she sees how bad it is, being bad. Once again thank you everyone for your cougar support and you too John for allowing me to do what I did. Mahalo Nui Loa
Good Luck, Keith, I hope it all works out....

Name: Gary Bickers () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 15:56:59
City and State: pve,cal
Class: 1963
Message: Major Cougar sighting. Last Friday we were in Houston's on Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach about 6:00pm. Not less than 30 Cougars walked in directly from graduation. Some things never change, most were going surfing after they ate.
Good one Gary....

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 12:14:25
City and State: Thousand Oaks
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: The movie "To End All Wars" which is coming out on DVD is worth the $20 or whatever. Don't watch this with the kiddies in the room. This is the true story of a group of men interned at a POW camp during WWII and some of the scenes are brutal. The story is factual and extremely moving. I am not usually a fan of war movies but this one is different- because it is based on fact and it tells the story so truthfully. This portrays real prisoner abuse - not underwear on the head or pyramids.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 01:52:52
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Hi all, For fathers day I got to see/talk to all of my kids. My eldest gave me a gift that I hope to use to see friends and family. I got a gift certificate for Pinks! That leaves me with this question., ?When are we going to have a Pinks run??
We're due for a Pinks Run. How about the 10th of July?

Name Jim Peppers () on Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 062938
City and State Athens, Greece
Class 1961
Message Dear John, I can't get into the cougartown site unless I go through yahoo or google search. Would you know why? Sorry to bother you about such a fairly trivial problem but fewer of us know about computers than you can imagine. By the way, did you get my e-mail because I got no response. Thanks, Jim Peppers
Hi Jim, Yes, I got your email. Sorry, I didn't respond, but did honor your request. It's really hard to respond to everyone that emails after being gone for a week. Including junk mail, there were about 1500 to sift through. As to your other problem, I have no idea. You might give Cougartown's own Kathleen Nix Griffin a shout and ask her. She handles all the Cougartown computer problem requests. Her email address is
Thanks Jim, and hope this helps a little.

Name Mike Angle () on Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 031644
City and State Aloha, Or
Maiden Mangle
Class 1967
Message Dear John... Haven't checked in since before page 200. I've been reading for a week and will be for another couple. Chris and I will be down during July and thought we might try to get a couple of T-shirts for our annual treck to Hot August Nights in Reno. Oh... and pay our couple of hundred pages of FEED BACK past due ANNUAL DUES in person.
We are doing all of our traveling this summer in a four week period. We start by visiting Myrna (Bell) Wood at her new home in Nevada City. Then I have been invited to play in a small music fest called the Dry Creek Mountain Jam in Sloat (in the mountains near Greay Eagle, California). Then we will be heading for LA LA land for a couple of weeks split between Catalina and Manhattan, Hermosa, Hawthorne, et. al. and of course visiting you for a moment of business and pleasure if its alright.
Anyway, I need to get back to reading all of the missed Feed Back. Hope to see you soon and hello again to everyone.
Mike Angle

Hey Mike, Glad you've come home to Ctown. Tell Myrna and Jim that John says hey. I don't know if I'll be here in July as lots of grandchildren things are going on. We'll see how that works out. Thanks again for letting all your friends know you're still out there and hope you and Chris have a fun July.

Name: Carol Bemiss Swenson () on Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 13:18:46
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: Swenson
Class: 1974
We have extended the "RSVP DATE TO JULY 30TH 2004"
THE REUNION IS ON AUGUST 21st 2004 please go to the reunion site listed on Cougartown for more information.
If you need any questions answered, please email the following people: James Cicalese-jimc0 at aol dot com or cheryl swenson-pantheratigres at yahoo dot com or me carol swenson-beachktty at yahoo dot com

Name: Don Burns () on Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 10:01:16
City and State: Downey, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Hey Cougs, had another Cougar siting last Sat. @ Mayfair park car cruise, in Lakewood, Kurt Markham C/O 72, told him about Cougartown , said he would log on. Have a HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! Later Don
Thanks Don, and Happy Fathers Day to all.....

Name: Pat Hydo () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 22:34:52
City and State: Lake Elsinore, California
Maiden: Lee
Class: 1964
Message: John, WELCOME BACK!. Here's hoping you had a great time. So glad you are home safe and sound. There was a couple of things I wanted to share with you here....#1 is congratulations on that beautiful new granddaughter of yours. She is a little beauty. Thank you for sharing the good news with all of us "Aunties and Uncles". Now for my good share. I too, am a new grandparent. Namely to John David Hydo, born on April 22nd., 2004. My son and daughter-in-law are exhausted but very happy about him. This makes # 6 for me with #7 scheduled to be born by C-section to my daughter on July 22nd. We are hoping for a boy but whatever it is, he or she will be welcomed with opened arms. Ok, I have taken up enough space for today. Again, welcome home John and please know that "I am proud to be a Cougar"!
Well thank you Pat and congrats on your new additions too. It's really funny how life goes on and we NEVER get any older.

Name: Larry Biller () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 20:38:52
City and State: Portland,Or
Class: 1967
Message: Just discovered that the movie "To End All Wars", which was a previous topic of discussion on feedback, has been released in video stores.
Yes, To End All Wars was an Alan Hauge project. Alan was HHS class of 1961. Alan, where have you been?

Name: Ol-Coach Hal Chauncey () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 15:33:14
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Class: First Day to 1970
Message: Hello "Mr. Cougar",
Hope this finds you in good health! We are still here in the desert-- waiting for our apartment to become available on July 1st-- so we can get out of the heat and "hum-a-ditt-ity" here. Will be heading for Seal Beach in a couple of weeks. Not many folks left here in the resort-- they have all flown the coop-- the season is over. About the only ones left here are the ones that still have doctors appointments-- boy we have sure bought a lot of Mercedes for doctors here in the valley!
It's a small world-- I took my car in to have it serviced. The young man behind the counter was signing me up-- he asked my last name. I said, Chauncey. He stopped and looked up and said,"Hal Chauncey?" I said, "yes", (a bit startled). I said, "do I know you?" He said, "I graduated in 1976 from HHS!" (I left HHS in 1970) so there are a lot of "Cougars" out there !
Don't know if I mentioned it to you-- but at the last reunion we attended in Laughlin-- I had an idea (and I don't usually have them anymore). I rounded up all of my former players that were there --six of them-- I asked each one of them what their assignment was on one of our football plays-- I was amazed when each one of them came right back with the correct answer--that's from almost 45 years ago! Amazing!
Hey John, why do they play "take me out to the ball game"-- when we are already there?
How do you write a zero in roman numerals?
Stay well, go Cougars, & thanks for all your good work on behalf of all of us Cougars!
As ever , Ol-Coach Hal Chauncey

Funny Coach, REAL funny. It's good to hear from you and good to know you're still going to reunions and making Cougar sitings. Check in any ol' time as I know all the early Cougs enjoy your Feedback.

Name: Jim Rowley () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 14:21:41
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1979
Message: Hi all! I ran across this site last week while doing some "Google research". What a great site! It's stirred many old memories I haven't pondered in years. I've been driving my wife (transplanted New Yorker) crazy reminiscing about the old neighborhood and HHS days. I think I'll hang around.
Kindest regards, Jim

Hi Jim, Glad you like Ctown and hope to bring you lots more memories. Stay tuned.....

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 11:38:38
City and State: Belmontshore
Class: 1974
Message: Looks like from the photos that everyone had a great time last weekend. I'm sorry I couldn't make it as the wife and I were in Santa Barbara celebrating our anniversary. However I did receive my invitation to our 30th and look forward to seeing everyone there. BTW,Jim and the rest of the reunion commitee have done a fantastic job with the reunion package. Have a great weekend and welcome back John.
Thanks Bud....

Name: reina () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 03:01:15
City and State: hawthorne, california
Maiden: rivas
Class: 1999
Message: hi everyone miss you alot... email me

Name: Cindy Colby () on Friday, June 18, 2004 at 00:32:36
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Welcome back John, we missed you. I hope you had a nice vacation.
Thanks Cindy.....Nice to go but nice to get back too.

Name: joseph mailander () on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 12:27:49
City and State: los angeles
Class: 1975
Message: John, I saw Ray Charles a couple of years ago at the Hollywood Bowl, a scant few blocks away from our perch here in the Inner City, and he was still flawless. He was escorted on stage, and looked very frail; we were worried for the performance. Not as soon as it started, however. In the middle of one number, there was a lot of feedback from a speaker, and he held up the proceedings, saying, "Hold it hold it HOLD IT! What's all that woop woop woop s*%t?" Then they took the number from the top. As for Reagan, thanks for your response and for allowing me to see things differently too. I won't disturb you here with these further, but I did publish some personal memories and anecdotes of every kind at my weblog for the consumption of any Cougs or anyone else who might be interested as to what a bird's eye perch into high-stakes politics might be like, and what kind of effect they might have on an unexecting youth. Peace and Boat Drinks to Ron and Nancy and Ray and all of us, joseph.
Thanks joseph...

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 11:00:16
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Santa Ana
Class: 1977
Message: Sarah, I was friends with Cindy's little brother Rick and, in fact, Cindy and a friend (was it you) once babysat me at our house on Gale near Imperial Highway when I had a broken collarbone and was confined to bed. (Tell her "hi" for me -- if she remembers me, she would know me as "Danny" Johnson).
Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 9:48 pm Post subject: Hot lanta
I saw Ray in Chastain Park in Atlanta circa 1987. Someone up front was yelling out requests (probably "Georgia on My Mind" or "Hit the Road, Jack"). Ray leans into the mic and shouts "Hey, I'm blind not deaf! And I don't do requests." The stunned crowd stopped yelling at him.
I saw him again circa 2000 in Pasadena CA. It was a short but great show. But what I loved was the dude who came on stage after Ray had left, during the outro to tell us "You have been entertained by the Ray Charles Orchestra and the world famous Raylettes." No doubt.

Name: Bob () on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 10:37:37
City and State: Lakewood, CA.
Class: 1963
Message: Thanks Matt. Remembering Ray Charles or trying to help Keith Jones find his daughter is what makes this such a great site. That is what I was trying to convey. Helping our classmates through tough times or remembering the music we grew up with is what makes this site different from the other high school sites. Keith, you might want to try Children of the Night organization. I think they are in Los Angeles, Ca. They try to get runaways off the street. Good luck and our prayers are with you.
Bob Lakewood, CA.

Thanks Bob.....

Name: Wade Greasby () on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 10:11:36
City and State: Huntington Beach
Maiden: Just say ray
Class: 1973
Message: We have no doubt lost one great American in Ray Charles. He was one singer performer who could extract from the inner soul, feelings of such great emotion. No other singer has this quality. I saw Ray Charles twice, once down in Lafayette, Louisianna and again in Boulder, Colorado and each time he touched the soul and spirit of his audience with his unique way of song interpretation. I also remember our family trips back and forth to Oklahoma in the early 60's with Ray Charles on the 4 track. Us kids could sing every song... "Born to loose..." and know we have lost one great man.

Name: Gary Nelson () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 23:22:31
City and State: Granite Bay, CA
Class: 1960
Message: I was lucky enough to sit with Ray Charles once (PSA from LA to SF) with his three girlfriends by the way. Not only was he a great musician he was a real cut up and extremely funny. I have never laughed so hard in my life. We have lost two great icons this week, John, this has got to stop!
I agree, Gary.....

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 22:41:24
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Ray Charles was one of my all-time fav's, Sharon and I went to see him in the early 60's at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert started and ended with The Raylettes, soon as they started to sing the fountain was mobbed with fans. Ray never came on stage that night, we were in the cheapest seats and really far from the stage. They finally cancelled the show. "What'd I say" pt1&2 rank in my personal top ten.
Ray had a killer version of "Old Man River" too.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 21:34:25
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: The scene I remember most at the 1984 GOP National Convention in Dallas, Texas was when Ray Charles sang his version of "America The Beautiful" with Ron and Nancy standing by. There was not a dry eye in the place! It truly was a moving experience. Too bad I just ran out of film before I could photograph that scene. Ray Charles was a great singer and American!

Name: Jim Raines () on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 20:39:27
City and State: Salt Lake City, Ut.
Class: 1962
Message: John, A funny thing happened to me back in the Summer of '61. I was enrolled in Auto Shop along with a friend of mine, Raymond Wheeler. Raymond was a chain smoker early in life and couldn't go long without his smokes. I had my '40 Ford coupe pulled into the shop and was doing something under the hood when Raymond said "I just gotta' have a cigarette." I said "why don't you get in the trunk of my car since it's so large and I'll roll up the windows so that no one will smell the smoke? He got in trunk through the inside of the coupe and I got in the drivers seat so we could talk. The windows are up and we were just talking along when I noticed this kid looking at me strangely. I realized how that must have looked to him with me just talking to the windshield and no one in the passenger seat. I started laughing hysterically and the kid really thought I was losing it by then. To top it off the car was filled with Raymond's smoke. I opened the door and fell out on the cement floor laughing. Talk about dumb decisions! The choices that we made in those days were not always the best. So, John, who was the auto shop teacher?
Hey Jim, I'll say it was Coach Ron Halladay...