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Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 15:26:58
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I think my idea of vandalism back in the day was toilet papering someones house. I remember Senior Square being TP'd more than once in the four years I was there.
From toilet paper to spray cans to scratching gang signs into glass.

Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 14:03:18
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
Message: I, too, went by HHS. When I pulled into the front gate I was stopped by a Security Guard. I explained I was a graduate and there for old times sake. I was told to immediately turn around in the lot and leave. No visitors are allowed during lunchtime. Yep, a prison. And that's the name of that tune.

Name: Art LaMere () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 13:32:45
City and State: Bettendorf,Ia
Class: 1973
Message: John you bring up a good point. Why didn't we vandalize? I don't know about anybody else but I feel it had to do with respect or the fact that if I did that I could not go home for fear of getting the living hell beat out of me. I think the most vandalizing done back then was with TP. Have a safe holiday weekend

Thanks Art, Maybe the "Living Hell" statement was the main reason for lots of why we didn't do things, but vandalism never crossed my mind. Maybe it was MY school and I wouldn't do that to MY school, but the thought never materialized to go to Leuzinger and vandalize their school either. Not trying to be a goody goody here. I did my share of youthful stuff, but there must be a reason why cities are securing their schools today and not in the past.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 13:25:41
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I too drove by the old high school with my eleven year old in tow this weekend. He wanted to know if when I went to school if there were bars there, I told him no. I know that I miss the old sign that the class of 68 donated, the new sign is ok but I like the old one so much better. I like that "dated" look. Which probably explains my taste in men :)

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 12:59:40
City and State: BelmontShores
Class: 1974
Message: We had the same experience when Rick Clendaniel and I visited the old hometown. We pulled up to HHS to take some pictures but could not get close enough off ElSegundo Blvd because of the prison bars.....echhhh.
The main gate is on El Segundo. If you want to take pictures or just visit, go to the gate, let them know who you are, and state your business. You will have to go to the main office for a pass. Then take your pictures.

Name: Jim Rowley () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 12:18:26
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1979
Message: I stopped at the Jack in the Box on El Segundo on the way back from a Dodger game with my 6 year old son (his first). On the way out, I showed my son HHS and told him it was where I went to school. There's just something disturbing seeing it behind bars, regardless of the reasons. I always enjoyed the open campus.
Remember when we could walk the halls of any school at any time, day or night? Yelling to hear the echo, peering into classrooms for God knows what reason, or playing basketball or baseball until nightfall. Most schools now are fenced to protect from vandalism. Why didn't we vandalize?

Name: john hagethorn () on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 00:57:22
Email: 73cougar60
City and State: las vegas nv
Class: 1960
Message: Hard to believe 50 yrs have passed since our Cougars started their quest for that 1st football CIF championship and 45 years since we almost made that 2nd one. I took typing in my senior year, wonderful Mrs Roth, most useful class I had in High School. Wish I had taken it in my Frosh year.
Hey big John, Glad you're still with us. Too bad you weren't at the 1st annual Cougartown Summer Picnic, as the Ol' Coach was there and we were all talking about early HHS football. The Coach can tell some great stories.....

Name: vicki () on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 23:48:50
City and State: laguna hills, Ca
Message: Watching the little league world series reminded me of when Gary Allenson, Mike Colburn, Les Jones and my brother of course Mark Nielsen and that All Star team won some division and lost to a Compton Team. That had to be the best All Star Team.

Name: KIRK C. GREASBY () on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 14:38:57
Class: 1976
Yep, As time goes by things get replaced.
Speaking of Senior Square, a NEW Senior Square is in the planning stages and HHS wants Alumni input. It will be erected between the Science building and the Shop building. Not sure where the ideas are supposed to go, but will find out more details and get back to you.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 17:47:03
Email: rjensen.satco-inc
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 1971
Message: A few months back there was mention of the new electric HHS sign in front of the school. One must assume that the gift from the Class of 68 is now in the scrap heap. I was wondering what each graduating class gave to the school and which of those tangible gifts are still in existence. Here is my favorite! The cement block with a plaque ?Class of 63? which sat in Senior Square. Which gifts do you remember?
I swear we gave a cement block with a plaque that said "Class of 1962". I have no idea what ever happened to it. Someone said at one time, it was over by the pool. The Class of 63 are COPY CATS!!!

Name: Patti Maurer () on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 15:30:59
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Maiden: Bolkow
Class: 1974
Message: Hi all...... The HHS Class of 1974 Reunion was great and fun was had by all!! Carol, Cheryl and Jim, you did an awesome job. It was wonderful to see everyone. Now for some assistance.... I have been trying to contact Susan Bierman! If anyone out there is in touch with her, please, please let her know! Her e-mail address on the alumni list is invalid? Thanks...
Hi Patti, Her email address is It worked for me on 8/24.

Name: Patti Smith () on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 13:31:53
City and State: Cypress, CA
Class: 1968
Message: Regarding the Plaza Theater, although I definitely wasn't around when it was built, according to the Mayor's website, "When families wanted a little entertainment in 1921 they would drive, buggy, or walk to this building - Rex Theatre." The picture of the theater is definitely NOT the Plaza, so I'd say the Plaza was built in 1922 or shortly thereafter. Although I lived in Hawthorne for 11 years, I think I only went to the Plaza twice. Mom didn't believe in us being "unsupervised".
The Rex theatre was on the Broadway circle. The last picture I saw at the Rex was "The Boy With The Green Hair" when I was about 5. Not sure when the Rex went belly up, but had to be the early 50's. As for the Plaza, don't think it was a movie theatre when first opened

Name: James Armour () on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 08:27:49
City and State: Shell Beach, CA
Class: 1970
Message: I don't know if this will help with finding out anymore about the old Plaza Theater, but, a few years ago I remember watching a TV show about it. It was one of those Ralph Story or Huell Howser shows on PBS. It was built in the Late 20's Early 30's and it was somewhat of a destination for the Who's Who of Hollywood at the time. It apparently attracted people because of it's Spanish style architecture and premier first run movies. It was something of a Graumans Chinese Theater of it's day. Maybe, if you contact PBS, they could steer you in the right direction for more info on the Plaza. Hope this helps. Oh, and belated B-Day to you John. If I'd known.... no , I still would have forgotten.
I just checked Huell's and the PBS websites and nothing on the Plaza theatre. I have two of Ralph Story's videos and I know it's not there. I'll keep looking.

Name: Cheryl () on Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 00:13:13
City and State: Hawthorne
Maiden: Bemiss/Swenson
Class: 1974
Message: I would like to thank Greg Bowman of Bull Dog Studios for doing a awesome job of video taping our 30th class reunion. I bought the DVD and it is awesome. Well, worth the memories of a life time. Those of you who missed the great time we had - you can still get the DVD. Next time, I hope you all come and enjoy your old friends. Thanks, to Matt Peterson, Jim Cicalease, Carol Bemiss and Bud Rhoades for making this all happen. Please next time everyone come. It is about coming together as Cougars and having the time of your life. Thank you, Bull Dog Studios. Thank you John, and happy Belated birthday. I hope all your wishes came true. Thanks again Class of 74 - you're awesome.
Cheryl Bemiss

Why thank you Cheryl.....

Name: Jon () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 22:59:44
City and State: Hawthorne,CA
Class: 1969
Message: Just a quick note to say Happy Birthday John. Oh yes I ran into Reverend Bill Shultz out getting his mileage in this morning. He too sends his blessings and wishes you a happy birhday.
Thanks guys, I appreciate it......

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 21:24:50
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Let me add my birthday wishes to you also. Yes, there is a scarcity of information on that theater website. Maybe one of our Hawthorne historians can contribute a photo and some data.
Thanks Armand....

Name: Charlie Fox () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 20:48:13
City and State: RPV, CA
Class: 1969
Message: Happy birthday, John! I just got back from Northern California and a visit with old friend and fellow Cougar, Walt Oicle.
I took my hybrid and made it from RPV to Santa Cruz on 3/4 tank of gas. (approx. 8 gallons).
Hope your day is a happy one.

Yeah those hybrids, they don't pass anything but gas stations. Thanks Charlie

Name: Lisa Mulcahy () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 17:57:36
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Maiden: Mulcahy
Class: 1974
Message: To Elizabeth .. I too knew Leo Estrada. I was very sad when I heard of his passing so many years ago. I loved your story of him never missing class. He was a wonderful classmate and friend. Maybe you could post your story on the Tribute page for fellow classmates to see.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 16:48:05
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Memories of the Plaza still dance in my head, seeing such movie hits as, The Blob, The Fly, The Tingler, Forbidden Planet, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Target Earth, Earth -Vs- The Flying Saucers and 13 Ghosts. The last film I remember seeing there was ?The God Father?, then it was gone.
Our Mother?s really liked this little slice of Americana because for under a half-a-buck she could dump us off for five or six hours and do what ever she had planned for the weekend. The greatest baby sitter ever built is now part of the history books. Gone is the ripped screen, ripped by a flattened popcorn box missile flying through the air during an intermission. We will never feel the sticky floors or sit on the worn seats or walking down those six steps leading into the bathrooms, girls on the left and boys on the right. I don?t remember the theater being pink in color or was that just my imagination or negatives with their color running? I have no concrete history on the Plaza Theater on when it was built or the exact year it was torn down. I moved to Hawthorne in 1955 and it was already here and it was an old building then. I grew-up at the Plaza and I came of age there as did most of John?s readers of the feedback pages. If you want history, yes it was there during our childhood and we had a blast there, trust me when I tell you this our memories aren?t dead yet. Oh yes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY John. Holy cow John we're not the same age anymore.

Thanks Pat....

Name: Walter Holt () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 16:40:53
City and State: Costa Mesa, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Yep the three big no no classes for guys at Hawthorne in the 60's. Typing, Home Ec & Modern Dance. Which left me with many long nights in College trying to type my reports with two fingers, Developing great eating out skills and dancing like I had two left feet. So now I still use two fingers to type, got tired of eating out so I learned to cook and paid a few bucks to improve the left foot problem. Oh Well!!
As I recall, Future Teachers was all girls too.

Name: doris () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 16:38:20
Email: yes
City and State: of course
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: Geez John! You are just a puppy, not dry behind the ears yet. LOL! Would like to make this a special HB so here goes. meemeeemeee ... HB to you .... HB to you ... You look like a monkey ... You smell like one too! AND MANY MANY MORE! You da Coug Mannnnn!!! Also anxious to learn about the Plaza!!
So, I had to stop my fabulous birthday celebration to upload this? Thanks for taking me back to 2nd grade, Doris.

Name: Art LaMere () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 15:45:49
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: I heard from Andy Escobars cousin that he is in Northern California.
Thanks Art.....

Name: Bob () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 13:49:03
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Class: 1960
Message: Hi John,
Need to get on the band wagon and wish you a great big happy birthday. Let's see if I remember, this is a monumental one too. Well, glad to have you in my decade now.
Love ya man,
Bob and Karen (who you know really writes these.)

Thanks Bob and Karen. Yes, Karen writes them because Bob was out back having a cigarette during typing class.
Actually only girls took typing when we went to HHS. No need for a guy to learn typing....we were all going to have secretaries. How times have changed.

Name: Jerry Simpson () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 13:47:57
City and State: Santa Clarita CA.
Class: 1962
Hi Jerry, Don's Senior picture, he had autographed over it, so I used his Junior pic.
Good to know I'm younger than somebody, and thanks Jerry.

Name: Walter Holt () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 13:22:23
City and State: Costa Mesa, CA
Class: 1966
Message: HAPPIEST of BIRTHDAYS to you JOHN!!!! Got up early this morning and the surf report for today was 2-3'. I did the "dawn patrol" at Bolsa Chica and it was more like 4-6 feet, glassy peaks and tubing with a few 7' walled sections coming in. With all of the fun I've had this morning John, I hope you have a fantastic day and as much fun or more today on this special occasion of yours. YOU DA MAN!!!!
Hey Thanks Walter and may all your days be tubular.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 12:31:25
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 1977
Message: COUGAR sighting! Just purchased the DVD "The Mayor of Sunset Strip" about Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ. Great scene with Brian Wilson listening with Rodney to Ronnie Spector singing Don't Worry Baby. Rodney is a pretty sad character in a lot of ways but, like Andy Worhol, he's famous mostly for being famous. From Sonny and Cher to Coldplay, Rodney has been a friend to them all.

Name: Mike McLaughlin () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 11:40:24
City and State: Laguna Niguel, CA
Class: 1974
Message: Hi Elizabeth- I still miss and think of Leo often

Name: Greg Staffon () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 10:06:33
City and State: Burbank,Ca
Class: 1977
Message: Sorry J.B. about the e-mails. I think you have done a fantastic job on this website all the cougars should be very happy with the effort you've put into this, I am. If it wasn't for this website I wouldn't have had the opportunity to contact Cougars that I went to school with. Great job J.B.
Would like to add that Susan Bierman was a complete babe in high school. Does any Cougar know where the stud Andy Escobar is at? Or what he is doing? Great football player at the time. By the way the Cougars had a good football team back in the 70's Morlock, Gallegos, Escobar and others. Go Cougars.
Greg Staffon

Thanks Greg......

Name: Jim Peppers () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 06:18:30
City and State: Athens, Greece
Class: 1961
Message: I see birthday wishes are in order. Happy Birthday, John. Thanks to you for creating this wonderful site. Happy birthday to all the Cougars this year! Wish I could have been to the picnic, and glad that everyone had such a good time. Jim Peppers
Hi Jim, Yes, the picnic was fun and now it's on to Cruise Night on the 11th. Thanks for the BD wishes, and thank you for being here and contributing to our humble Cougartown forum.

Name: Kristen Hetherington () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 03:20:33
City and State: Sacramento, CA
Maiden: Rice
Class: 1969
Message: Thank you, John, for being that one out of 5500 who decided to put Hawthorne on the Web Map of the world. I have heard from a few Alumni who read the "Feedback" almost daily that they greatly appreciate your YEARS of dedication. And the $10.00 seems to have avoided the inflation cycle. So, my sincere appreciation for your efforts; and I hope you enjoyed your Birthday, ballgame, peanuts & beer.
Hi Kristen, Actually my birthday is today and yes I did have a blast at the ballgame last night. I went with a couple of members of your class; Denise Hanson Hess and Rich Hess, along with Rich Sloan from the class of 60. We had a fun night at the "Big A" and the Angels won too. Thank you Rich Sloan for inviting us.

Name: Sherri Skanes () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 00:55:03
City and State: California
Message: I was reading posts from answer the question posed: the original Beach Boys consisted of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; cousin Mike Love; and Brian's friend Al Jardine. David Marks lived across Kornblum from the Wilsons, and joined the band when Al left to go to dental school. Al later rejoined the group and David left. There have been many members in and out over the last 40+ years. Currently, the only original member touring in the "Beach Boys" is Mike Love. Al Jardine does occasional solo gigs, as does David Marks. Brian Wilson is enjoying much success with his solo tours, and will be debuting his long lost "SMiLE" album for the USA in concert this fall, appearing on November 3rd at the Disney Concert Hall in LA. "SMiLE" concerts received rave reviews abroad this summer. Some tix are still available thru Ticketmaster.
I hope this helps!

Thanks again.....

Name: Sherri Skanes () on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 00:28:47
City and State: California
Message: Hello Cougars, and birthday wishes to John! In past years I have visited your site on behalf of the Carl Wilson Foundation. Currently, I am involved with the Beach Boys Historic Landmark Project. As you know, the landmark was approved by the state, and will be erected on 119th. We are excited to announce a design competition!
This contest is open to everyone, and a link to information regarding rules, specs, and submission can be found on the website: on the first page, directly under the header photo.
Get out your pencils, or saddle up to your software and let your creativity flow.....
As always, we send thanks to you all for your gracious support of this project!

Thanks Sherri, I know we have lots of creative minds on this site. Maybe someone can help out.

Name: Keith D.Jones () on Friday, August 27, 2004 at 23:57:21
City and State: KonaHawaii
Class: 1976
Message: Hey all cougars aloha. Okay that makes it for everyone. Happy Birthday John. I know that is just targeted towards you but I did put the first sentance. Aloha Nui Loa
Thanks Keith, NOW you're getting it.