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Name: Barbara Duran () on Monday, August 23, 2004 at 10:09:21
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Happy Birthday to my brother Howard!!!
Happy Birthday Paco, Make a wish and kiss your frog.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, August 23, 2004 at 10:04:19
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Sharon, Thank-you for all of your effort in setting up the picnic. How were you able to get the early morning overcast to go away and turn into a nearly perfect day? The only group that has better luck with the weather is the Rose Parade committee on News Year day! Also people don't realize that the park ranger was ready to fine you. I am sure that your sweet smile had something to do with him letting you go to fix the problem. Kathie and I, and I'm sure all of the Cougars and their families are most appreciative of everything that you did in making the picnic so fantastic!
Name: Sharon () on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 21:58:34
City and State: long beach
Message: What a great day and what a great picnic. I have put pictures up on Picture Trail. Please click here to view them.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to put names to all of the faces. Please e-mail me with your name so that I may add it to the Picture Trail photo.
There are some thank yous that need to go out to the following people. First, Richard Witte for donating the great watermelons and coming early (5:30 a.m.) to help set up. He did a great job. Next to Patti Smith whom I picked up at 5:30 in the morning to go wait in line till the park opened so we could get our prime spot. Patti also made the great directional signs to guide people to the picnic. Good work Patti. Then there was Robb Russell who got up early and went into the park on foot to secure our place before the gates opened for the cars. Thanks Robb. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your efforts. We also had Bob Veach who helped me to contact the City of Long Beach so that we could get the permit for the picnic. Bob also showed up at 7:00 a.m. to help us set up. Then I must give thanks to Walter Holt, our resident Cougartown D.J. Great job Walter. Walter also showed up early a.m. and helped secure the area and set up. Then there were the Bierman girls, Sharon and Sue, who set up and manned the T-shirt station all day long. You gals did a great job. And Last but certainly not least, the KING himself. John (JB1) for creating this great site for all of us to reconnect. A hearty thank you! I also want to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to reconnect with old friends. You Cougs are the best.
Great pics, Sharon and thank you all for showing up for your friends and for supporting Cougartown. Incidentally, I used the Slide Show option on the pictures above and only saw 20 pictures, although there's closer to 50 in Sharon's group. Just making sure you don't miss any.
Name: Janice Mastropaolo () on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 16:16:58
City and State: Dana Point, CA
Message: Just wanted to say what a wonderful time I had at the reunion last night. It was great seeing everyone and talking over old times. Jim, Carol and Cheryl.........AWESOME JOB!!! Thanks so much for putting it all together. It was fabulous! Let's not wait 10 years for the next one!
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 13:59:29
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Thank you Sharon and her husband for organizing such a fun picnic. We had a great time. Howard Duran enjoy your retirement. Always good to take your wife's advice. You've given the phone co. too many years.
Hi Sherry, Thanks for coming and thanks for the froggy birthday present too.
Name: Lisa Mulcahy () on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 13:09:38
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: First time on Feedback .. Just wanted to say thanks to Carol, Cheryl, and Jim for doing such a great Job organizing a great evening for the Class of 74's 30th Reunion .. It was the best ever!
It was great seeing everyone .. Let's do it again soon. Class of 74 Rules :)
Hi Lisa, Welcome, and glad the 74 reunion went well.
Name: Raymond Smith () on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 04:43:32
City and State: Portland, OR
Maiden: It finally rain here in Portland!
Message: Here's a cool website that I happen upon and it's great. View/cams all along the Calif area including Catalina!
hope I got it down right. Enjoy!!!
Name: Glenn Crist () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 23:09:39
City and State: Valley of the Lunatics
Message: Clarification, please. The first Cougartown picnic followed the first Cougartown Homecoming Reunion several years past (Is my memory shot?). So to be correct, this was the first Summer Picnic as opposed to the first Cougartown picnic (which probably occured in the Fall since that is when they play football-- if I'm not mistaken).
On a differnt subject, I seem to recall Don Winfrey (c/o '64) telling me that Al Jardine's family moved away his senior year at HHS, and he stayed at the Winfrey household and completed his last year of school at HHS. Al produced a demo record (read: paid for studio time) for a folk quartet that Don was in, (introduced at an HHS assembly as the "New Crispy Minerals"). Al pushed the group to all the LA radio stations (anyone remember KFWB?) without much luck and, Don said they were left with 200 copies of a '45 that had great usefullness for BB gun targets and not much more.
Hey Glenn, Yes there was an earlier picnic, and yes this is the 1st Annual Cougartown Summer Picnic.
I asked Al at a reunion a couple of years ago, where he lived in Hawthorne and he said he moved around, but did live on Truro, close to the water tower, for the longest period.
Name: Bob Milazzo () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 22:05:52
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: Thanks to Sharon and all for such a great day. It was really nice to see all of those who made the trip. As always the "Old Coach" was on top of his game.
Made new friends and found old ones what else can one ask for.
Hey Bob, thanks for being my balloon toss partner. I told you where to toss it and it hit right where I wanted it too.....it must have been a faulty balloon. Thanks to you and Lisa for being there.
Name: Richard () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 21:05:06
City and State: of Long Beach
Message: Thanks Sharon for organizing a great picnic for us; it was Fantabulous!
Persons I missed not being there; Richard Shields '69 (John Crotty now has a warrant for your arrest);
Mary Hamilton (Missed you only chance to hug me this century); and Cindy Appleton (maybe gone, but definately not forgotten).
Great seeing (after 35 years separation) my little baby brother (by the times we were born on the same day) Wayne Dickey. I'm still taller, more talented, handsomer, wiser, and now weigh more, but how come you still have more hair?
Great also to see and be with you again Joyce.
And of course, this would not be possible without the Greatest Cougar of them all, and finally really great meeting you, Webmaster JB.
Hey Richard, glad to finally meet you too, face-to-face. Thank you too for your watermelon contribution; they were EXCELLENT!! Hope to see you at the next Cougartown function.
Name: John Baker () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 20:45:14
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: What a fun day at El Dorado Park. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the days events.
Very special thanks go out to Sharon Leach for her total committment to the 1st Annual Cougartown Picnic. You did a bang up job Sharon, and I know all there appreciated your efforts. Thanks also to Walter Holt for the music and all the people who showed up early to stake out a place for us by hanging balloons and thank you Patti Smith for making up the cool Cougartown traffic signs.
Thanks also to the Ol' Coach and his lovely wife Cathy, for being there and for sharing shining stories from Cougar football past. Coach, I do not have a clue how you remember every play of every Cougar football game. You are truly amazing.
Thanks also to Sharon and Sue for manning the Cougartown T-shirt concession.
And finally, thanks to all the Cougars from all the different classes who joined in to make this a very special picnic, as I know I enjoyed being with you all. I hope you all had a fun day with your friends.
So, to Sharon, once again, thank you very much. I know how much work goes into these get togethers and just want you to know it is truly appreciated.
Let's Do It Again Next Year!!!!
Name: Laurie () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 16:32:51
City and State: Camarillo, CA
Message: Sharon Moore, did you know my dad (Stan Jobe) or grandpa (Jess Jobe) who also worked for Pac Bell? Just wondering. Also, I want to say hi to Betsy Watts and Keith Jones -- Betsy and I were in Girl Scouts together and Keith was in my 4th grade class!
Finally, if any of you know how I might get in touch with two of your '76 grads, Janet Tallalay and Terilee Holen, please let me know -- we were great friends at Dana Jr. High. Thanks!
Enjoy your picnic,
Laurie, a Lawndale High grad from HollyGlen. :)
Name: Kelley () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 11:33:13
City and State: Englewood Or
Message: Looking at Paco's Pic's I noticed Mike and Cal were eating at The Kettle...Actually they should be eating at Uncle Bills!! wonderful food and my niece Meghan Currie works there on week ends...So forget The Kettle and go to Uncle Bills..Great Pic's anyway. While you are all enjoying the picnic I'll be working :(
Name: Cal () on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 07:41:06
City and State: Enterprise, Alabama
Message: I remember Barrow, Wilson, Lent, and Griffin being introduced as "The Kingston Quartette" at that assembly in 1960. I don't know if that was their choice or the announcer's joke. The shirts they wore were similar in style to Kinston trio uniforms. Well, all but Brian's. I guess he didn't know what it takes to be part of a successful musical folk group.
He was just learning. I'm off to the Picnic. See you all there.
Name: Pete Lowry () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 21:25:05
City and State: Charlotte, NC
Message: I was a freshman at Morningside HS in 1962. I have a recollection of The Beach Boys giving free performances at the High School Auditorium of Morningside during their formative, early years. Can anyone confirm this?
Thanks, Pete Lowry
Not confirming nor denying, Pete. I do know they never did an assembly at HHS, in the early 60s, although Brian Wilson did once perform with Bob Barrow, Keith Lent and Bruce Griffin in 1960, at an assembly. The caption read: "At this time the quartette of Barrow, Wilson, Lent, and Griffin made its first and last appearance".
Name: Debbie Miles () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 17:13:52
City and State: Del Aire
Message: Happy Birthday to another Cougar, Jerry Miles class of "66"!
Happy Bday, Jer'.....
Name: doris () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 12:43:18
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Thanks Tom and Sharon for "missing me" at the picnic tomorrow. You can't even believe how much I would love to be there. Oh well, I start to work on Monday and the old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be ... need all the energy I can muster just to go back to work!
And I probably won't be down until sometime next year, if then. I'll sure be ready for a vacation by then!!! Hey Sharon ... how is Mr. Spaulding doing? LOL!
Hey Cougs! Have a marvelous picnic and as everyone else has said who won't be there, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES!
We'll miss your smiling face Doris. See you next year and yes, we'll take pictures.
Name: John Crotty () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 12:10:34
City and State: Hermosa Beach,CA
Message: COUGAR SIGHTING!!! I was at the Chart House Restaurant in Redondo Beach last night, waiting for my table. As I sat in the cocktail lounge, this rude woman bumped right into me, nearly knocking me off my stool. Before I could say a word, she hugged me with this huge smile on her face. It was our own Dizzy Lizzy! Man, is this a happy woman! I don't know what Cecil is doing but his lady is happier than I've ever seen her. She just glows. Good for you Liz.
I do know she's all done with Cougartown so he must be doing something.
Name: Cindy () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 11:20:01
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Happy 40th to my little sis, Kristine Gindlesperger Velez! Love ya!
Happy Bday, Kristine.....
Name: Kelley () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 10:58:07
City and State: Englewood Or
Message: I hope you all have a blast at the Picnic..Take lots of pictures for those of us who can't make it..once again HAVE A BLAST!!!!
Thanks Kel, There WILL be pictures....
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 10:53:22
City and State: Sullivan, Illinois
Message: Hope everyone who will be able to attend the First Annual Cougartown Picnic has the most fun ever. Take pictures for those of us who cannot attend as we will be with you in our thoughts!
Thank you Sharon, Charging camera batteries as we speak.
Name: sharon () on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 09:31:29
City and State: long beach
Message: It's early a.m. here in Long Beach and I'm off to finalize some things for the big bash tomorrow. For those of you who were not able to receive e-mails, click on the banner above that says First Annual Cougar Picnic and it will take you to the page with all the information. Also, you can copy the map above for directions inside the park. Still looking for a bullhorn so I don't get hoarse tomorrow. If anyone happens to have one, please bring it along. See you all tomorrow.
Thanks Sharon, we'll see you tomorrow at the 1st Annual Cougartown Picnic.
Name: EL ROJO () on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 20:21:02
City and State: kuna, ID
Message: That little key as John called it was called a Senior Key. With it, it gave you the right to, not HAVE A HALL PASS! NOT HAVE A LUNCH PASS! NOT HAVE A SICK SLIP! AND gave you the keys to get the hell out of town, or surf the rest of your life, if you wished!! Nuff Said. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
I still have mine....somewhere. Also you haven't mentioned Jessie Hill. A friend of mine, Randy Burns from IHS61 who lives in Palm Springs had to rummage through all his 45s to find that one.
Name: Mike Shay () on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 18:37:01
City and State: Cerritos, CA
For a good time call: OS6-9393
Message: I'm not often sorry to be out of town on vacation but I really am sorry we'll be missing the 1st annual picnic. It's going to be great and I hope you all take lots of pictures.
Baker, We'll be heading back on your Birthday (won't say which one) and you'll be leaving town, so I'll wish you a very Happy Birthday now and thanks for adding so many smiles to our various faces!
Love Ya; M.S.
Hey Mikey boy, Wish you could be there too, but I know you've got to keep the Big Sur record of 35 years in a row in tact. You guys have a great time and we'll see you next month at Cruise night.
Name: sharon () on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 15:33:33
City and State: long beach
Message: Marilyn, I still have that cedar chest. It is a miniature Lane Cedar chest that the jewelry store gave to graduating students. I still keep jewelry in it. All of the merchants would donate things to the graduating class. We got all sorts of free goodies when we graduated. Can anyone else remember some of the things the merchants gave us. I wonder if they still do things like that. I know when my son graduated in Covina, the merchants didn't do anything. That was smart of Joy Jewelers, because my first husband bought our rings there.
Name: Jim Stough () on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 13:25:38
City and State: Salt Lake City, UT
Message: I'm Jim Stough. Lived at 626 136th Street. Phone Number OSborne 60636. from 1947 until 1962. WHAT A MEMORY!!!! I along with Bob Miller who lived on 115th Street, graduated from Serra High School in 1958 in Gardena. Spent time (as a lot of did) at El Camino College. Then went up to school in San Jose. Drafted in 1963 into the Army, I learned the computer business and worked for years at Sperry Univac and then later on in the Communication Business. I have 2 children Brian Patrick Stough(36) who lives in Palm Desert and Wendi Lynn (Stough)Martinez (34)who lives in Sunset Beach, Hawaii. My 1st wife (Karen Fleming Inglewood High School Class of 1962) died of cancer as did my 2nd wifes' husband. She (Betty, born and raised in Alabama) has 5 children that are living in Orange County, Las Vegas, Colorado, and Bankok, China. Betty and I moved to Salt Lake City in 1996 from Orange County to help our oldest son start his new business (ADT Home Security franchise for the state of Utah). Betty is a florist and we own our own shop in Sandy, UT. We are in the process of selling the flower shop and moving to the mountains of Colorado.
Hey Jim, Thanks for the Bio. Hope you find some long lost friends.
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 01:25:55
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I got one of those keys too but I didn't know it was called a key. I bought a long chain and wore it a lot still have it. I also got a miniature cedar chest from Joys Jewelers in Inglewood. I don't know what happened to it. I have several pins from school. One from HIS with the year attached with a chain. Also one from HHS for chorus,one for typing and one for GAA. I think they're antiques now.
Name: sharon () on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 22:35:25
City and State: long beach
Message: How cool Paco. I had my Senior Key for years, but don't know where it is now. I'll have to look for it.
Name: Lee Boswell () on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 21:42:13
City and State: Rancho Cucamonga
Message: Hay Keith! two license plates huh, Thats pretty cool you were like James Bond or was that agent Smart?.You know one thing I remember during that time was people would let motorcycles go in front them even if the line was going around the block,I don't think that would happen today except mabe only in Hawthorne!. I also remember getting called in to my counselers office one day because I missed a class right after my lunch period something I never did before ,but when I told her I left at lunch time to get gas for my 66 mustang she understood perfectly.I think her name was Mrs.Webb I,ll never forget when she told me my S.A.T. scores told her that I was a mechanical genuis, WOW! what moral builder that was! bless her heart. thanks guys.
Name: sharon () on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 20:55:28
City and State: long beach
Message: I remember that tornado. I was working as an information operator for PacBell at the office on Hawthorne Blvd. next to Foster's. We had no windows in the building and a lady called in and said a tornado had just gone down her street. I asked her where she lived and it was only a couple of blocks from our building. The boards started to light up and all H*** broke loose. We were using cord boards back then switch boards. No calls automatically coming into you. No recordings. Just good old personal service.
Name: Big Kell () on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 20:52:28
City and State: Englewood Or
Message: Paco I think you wear that KEY when you retire..It's for good luck!!That's why your Mom found it at this time...
Name: Paco () on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 20:30:43
City and State: LF
Message: My mom found this in a drawer at home, I can't remember getting it..Does anyone know what it was?
Yes, I think they called them keys. We got them when we graduated.