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In honor of the mid 70's HHS gym incident.... > Ray Stevens

Name: Ed Chesson () on Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 19:45:54
Class: 1963
Message: The coolest drag racing place I remember (other than Hawthorne Blvd.-with Officer Fred Moore always looking for us) was when the San Diego Freeway was first being built. The south-bound lanes started at El Segundo Blvd. You could drive your car up the on-ramp and you had all four lanes heading south (no other cars were coming from the north as it was still closed off). Up to four cars could line up and the whole freeway was open for racing. This had to be the ultimate and no Police were there looking for you!! :)
Man Ed, That's a great memory flogger. The "under-construction freeway" not Fred Moore. If you remember the movie "American Graffiti" and the cop in the 61 Ford that pulled John Milner over and had written him up. In 1962 Hawthorne, that was John Baker and Fred Moore. He LIVED for my 58 Chevy. He would hunt me down and I can still see the lights on that Harley come on. 40 in a 30, illegal lane change, didn't come to a complete stop. I had a Fred Moore "CS ticket file" in my glove box too.
Fred had a girlfriend that lived right next door to my dad's house. There was an alley access to garages on Freeman, and Fred used to park his motorcycle in the alley and spend his dinner shift with her. I could hear that police radio blaring from the alley. I always wanted to push his cycle down to the other end of the alley, but never had the intestinal fortitude. He hated me enough without getting caught on that one.So Fred, if you're still out there somewhere, now you know. Next time we'll talk about Al Delberto. Great memories Ed, Thanks

Name: David Barboza () on Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 17:35:22
Class: 74
Message: Hey John!! Talkin cars. Does anyone remember early to mid 70's street racing on Pershing Dr. behind LAX. Then out for pizza at Shakey's on Sepulveda? Best part of street races there was tryin not to get busted.
David, I remember Pershing Drive and Maintenance Road off Imperial. In the early 60's, it was one way in and one way out. Thanks David

Name: Karlyn Gallina () on Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 05:52:01
Maiden: Klensch
Class: 1965
Message: Merrill's Paint, Hawthorne Blvd.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Sunday, May 30, 1999 at 01:54:15
Class: 1967
Message: One doesn?t need to go to a cemetery to show respect for our fallen. John has given us our own memorial to many people whom we may know. I was looking over the Viet Nam Memorial page personally remembering Tim Thomas, Richard Whitmore, Art Council and Rod Todd. All were people whom I knew in high school. So often we think that the ?conflict? in Viet Nam was to no ones benefit. While at work about a week ago I was looking at the Viet Nam page and a fellow worker asked if she could look at the page. She told me that had it not been for people like those whose names are shown on the page she may not be here. She explained how her family was helped by the US solders to escape from Viet Nam. She had much praise and respect for these men for what they had done for her. I am sure that I speak for her as well as myself in saying ?Thanks Guys!?.

Name: Peggy Webster () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 23:45:05
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 77
Message: Well hello out there in Cougartown!! It has been a while since I've checked this way-cool website. It's always so much fun to read what people have to say! How fun to 'hear' from you Susan Ciampa! I remember you living on Birch, walking past your house on the way to St. Joseph school. How ARE you? All of a sudden those many years ago seem like yesterday!
OK, T2, I'm online tonight! I see now that the quiet one, T4 has FINALLY decided to say hello to the world! And yes, I'll always remember being the 5' 10" munchkin with Kevin Barlein in the Wizard of Oz. "We represent the Lullabye League...".
I sure need to take time to check in here more often... It is like a breath of fresh air to be here! Thanks John! (And thanks, T2, for reminding me about this place!) - T3

Peggy, Thank you for adding to our memories tonight. One of these days, one of the T girls will have to fill us in from T1 to T??. I need to know these things.

Name: Dennis Unfried() on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 23:23:39
Class: 55
Message:Hey John, I almost forgot Patmars as a "Hangout" until the 'Daily Breeze' ran a picture of it about a year ago.
In the early 50's I lost my brakes coming down the hill on Imperial and made about 3 trips around Patmars trying to get my 37 Dodge stopped.
I'll bet you remember Wrays on Crenshaw. That's where most of the Corvette guys went. There were about 25 or 30 of us. I did spot my 1960 Vette in a couple of your frosties pictures in the back parking lot. Out of my 3 Vettes, that was my only stock one. In the early 50's there was also a small Drive In on Imperial at the corner of Irwin Ave. Although I was to young at the time they served beer then legally. It was right across the street from Best Foods Market where Sonny Bono worked as a box boy.
I can help with a couple of question marks on the Frosties page. Ed Lenarth and I were roommates until he got married. The car was a 41 Studebaker with a 496 inch Olds. On top of the blower was a Log Manifold with 8 Stromberg 97's. What a linkage nightmare. The top of the carb's were even with the roof of the car. It took about 2 cases of Ripple to port and polish the heads. The blower was a double row chain drive and it threw oil all over everybody and their cars.
Kudos to you for all the time and expertise you've put into the Web site.

Thanks Dennis for checking in and for the update on Ed's Monster Stude. I mean it folks, That car looked like an Ed Roth "Cartoon". Also, Patmars, for you later Cougars, was on the SW corner of Imperial and Sepulveda and was quite the Drive In in the 40's and 50's. I think it was torn down in the mid 50's. If anyone knows where I can photograph a picture of Patmars, please let me know. George Key, I know YOU remember Patmars??

Name: Cynthia Barboza () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 23:08:16
Maiden: Greene
Class: St Anthony 85
Message: Hi out there I did not go to HHS, but my husband did and I have grown to love hearing about all the memories that everyone shares at this site. My husband David class of 74 told me alot about his days at HHS before he found this wonderful site. The stories that I loved hearing about all took place after the Friday night football games, the streakers and of course the Green Phantom. By the way, does anyone know who the Green Phantom was? Thanks alot for creating this wonderful site for all the classmates of HHS to find one another and to share their memories. Special Thanks to John for all your hard work and if you need help mailing the newsletter out I'll be glad to lend a hand.
Hi Cynthia, and welcome aboard. Any spouse of a Cougar IS a Cougar, whether they like it or not. That's a Cougartown rule. Thanks too for your kind words. It's all worth it. Thanks to for volunteering to help on the Newsletter. The response to this has been overwhelming. I can't say enough about all the people who've volunteered in one way or other. Thank you all. I don't know if there'll be enough jobs to go around, but we've got many projects coming up. Thanks Cynthia, and enjoy Cougartown.

Name: Gloria () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 22:36:35
E-Mail: Herlosky
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1976
Message: I was a box girl at Boy's Market from 1977 to 1979. There were a lot of alumni there and peers, at the time. Susan Ciampa I remember you, too. (I can't believe what Joe did with your picture, you were (and probably still are) a beautiful girl! I have a daughter that resembles you, to some degree. Anyway, Dave Krikak's story brought back a memory to me. One night, a lady came to the line with Tampax and of course, it had no price on it. (I was a boxboy at the time), and they called on the speaker, "Price check on register 6, Tampax." The guy on duty for the floor, "Jack" was old and hard of hearing. He thought they had said, "Thumb tacks." Well, he responds, "Are they the ones you insert with your fingers or the ones that require a hammer?" Anyway, need I say more? It was a night to remember!
Gloria, I just fell OUT of my chair!!!! You have to admit, that right there is worth 10 bucks a years folks. Great stuff G'

Name: George Key () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 22:21:11
Class: 80
Message: Sharon Bierman-- I was so pleased that you took your Boy Scouts to place Memorial Flags. I doubted kids now days even knew the meaning of the day. If you had come to the HHS car and bike show you would have seen the Marine Corps emblem on the rear fender of my Harley. I have it there in memory of all my buddies who didn't get to come home and have all this fun we are having.
My big worry now days is I have five grandsons who are now draft age and I sure don't want them in Yugoslavia in a mess like some of you kids went through in Nam.
Pray for peace in this troubled world.--JORGE

Name: John Baker() on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 15:37:19
Class: 62
Message: Well folks, if you'd like to take a look at one our class of 74 members, his wife Cynthia and daughter Kimberly, then follow this link

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 15:10:45
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: We've just returned from Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, where about 120 Cub Scouts and their parents turned out to help American Legion Post 741 (Camarillo) post US Flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for the Memorial Day services on Monday. This is our third year running this event. The turnout was phenomenal and the sight of all these young boys in their uniforms carrying flags and honoring Americas Best is an awesome sight. I urge you all to attend a Memorial Day service this year; you won't regret it. Also, coming July 1-July 6, the traveling Vietnam Memorial will be on display at Pierce Bros. cemetary in Westlake Village, 101 freeway and Lindero Canyon Road. Another moving tribute to the fine men and women who gave their lives in service of our country. Please come out to see it. Bring tissue and plan to spend time looking thru the photographs and displays. Remember that Memorial Day is more than just another day off work.
Sharon, I'd say that places the focus where it belongs this weekend. Thank You

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 12:39:47
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: Danny- Cusac lives in So. Lake Tahoe. Haven't heard from him in a while tho. He had bypass surgery last fall.
Remember the BIG PARTY on Sundale? Cusacs, Mattesons & my house? Cops blocked off the street!!! Fun. . .

Another great Cougar Memory Betty

Name: DAN PETTY () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 11:16:14
Class: 1965

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 09:47:44
Maiden: kean
Class: 69
Message: Karen- Loved the picture! Sorry you lost your El Molinos - I still have all 4 of mine!
Hey, Karen, didn't you go with a guy from El Segundo High School? Was his name John Smith? Becky Slaughter went with some baseball player from ES too, didn't she?

Name: Jerry Miles () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 03:48:06
Class: 66
Message: I was checking out the alumni pages and saw a name that brought back a fond memory. At the time, I was a lowly Junior High student going to Dana. For some reason (I am still not sure why to this day), my high school brother, Roy Ryse, let me tag along with him one night. I remember I wore gold pants and a gold shirt 'cause I thought it was cool. There were two girls, my brother and I. One girl's name is lost in my memory but the other girl I'll remember forever. We did many things that night, but the highlight was a visit to Houdini's castle. To you that are not aware about Houdini's castle, it was the home of Houdini in the Hollywood Hills that is said to still be haunted by his spirit. I don't know about the rest of the group, but I was a little scared prowling the grounds. Then one of the girls, Sue Loch grabbed my hand and changed the whole situation. I immediately fell in love of course (Jr High boy holding Sr High girl's hand). Now I had to be the macho male and I tried my best. When the night was over, Sue thanked me for the "date". Thank you Sue for a night I'll remember forever. Has anyone else visited Houdini's castle?
Sue, Where are you now.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 01:04:26
Class: 66
Message: BUS STOP

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 00:27:01
Class: 66
Message: Thanks for the picture John! Could you put Karen Hare's up too!? I remember her but I think she deserves equal time. Once you get everybody's money we could probably have a site for each year then Karen will know what I looked like 33 years ago. Karen we shared an umbrella during a rain storm one night after a basketball game but it never went as far as the Holly's old song! Only to the parking lot. You know John maybe we could put together a conglomerate of cougars buy some land cheap in New Mexico and build our own communtiy call it Cougar Town USA construct it like Disneyland, you know somewhere we all could go where everybody knows your name, and there always glad you came, (and left) Happy memorial Day cougars, say a little thank you for all our friends who gave up their lives on the Vietnam page, And Timmy I still miss you!
Jim Sloey

The Hollys!!??
"Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress?"

Name: Susan () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 20:02:49
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 77
Message: ATTENTION: All previous posts regarding the dart throwing incident at John's grandparents old house on Birch Avenue should be disregarded at this time. I stand corrected (by Joe, of course) that although it WAS the residence of Joe Mailander, and it WAS my picture, and it WAS pinned to the peach tree.... or was that the apricot tree(?), Joe was in no way responsible for the malicious behavior of Steve (the neighbor boy) in mutilating the picture of an obnoxious 3rd grader, AKA the little-pest-next-door (that WOULD be me!).
There Joe... that ought to take care of it! :-)

So Joe, You pinned it on Steve huh.....very good man.

Name: Dick Klensch () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 19:46:05
Message: Great webpage. Although I went to Serra (Class of 62) I lived in Hawthorne.
Hey Dick, Glad you found the site. I know you've recognized a few places on the Hangouts Page at least. Thanks for the shout and stay tuned.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 18:07:24
Class: 52/97
Message: John B. - re: the music for "Mom B"- now that's my kind of music! But then I like all kinds of music - almost. I have October 15th on my calendar. Sure hope I can make it. Since there is no senior citizen/faculty discount I guess I'll have to pay the whole ten dollars or I could budget and pay 83 1/3 cents a month. Seriously, I think this is long over due. Just hold my check until the first of the month! hch
Yes I know Mom "B" likes it too. Is that Mom Baker or Mom Bierman?? Mr. P, No problem on holding that check till the 1st, if you get it here by the 31st. Yes please make it to the game in October and please invite other teachers from the West side.
This will be a great night for all Alumni as the Mighty Cougs scalp the Sentinels. OOPS!!! it politically correct to say S-C-A-L-P in public anymore?? Well that's what my Cougar Rooter button says, and that's good enough for me. Thanks for the vote of confidence HCH and I want you to do a column or two in our humble Quarterly.

Name: Glenn Crist () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 18:00:45
Class: 1964
Message: John? First of all, let me thank you. This is exactly what I had hoped would happen.
I was never a student of history as a kid. But I recently got into genealogy. That started when I took my mother over to England and she asked my brother Ken if we could go to Belfast so she could find her "roots." He declined [he's in EOD (explosive ordinance disposal)]. She bemoaned the fact when we got home, asked if I could find her "folks" on the Internet and I bought genealogy software; the rest is history (no pun intended). [BTW, one of my favorites is about the guy that entered the comedy competition by sending in ten jokes; he hoped one would win, but no pun in ten did. Sorry!]
That's a long winded way of saying that although HHS has a history, for most of us that history has remained locked in our memories and perhaps, dusty El Molinos. You, John, through this website have brought those memories to life, made some of us drag out those yearbooks, and rekindle the friendships (some of which dropped from our lives many years ago). At times it seems that Cougartown, is more like one big extended family (and please, no initials, cuz all the numbers following them would get cumbersome).
I have given some thought to the expansion of Cougartown over the last 24 hours. I, too, would like to help financially and in any other way as well, to see this expansion succeed. I will follow this with an e-mail privately so not to bore Feedback readers more than I probably already have.

Thanks Glenn, You're on the help list. Man, I'm not going to have to do a thing if this keeps up. I think I'll go on Vacation. No kidding folks, lots of people have some very good ideas about the newsletter. Keep'em comin' Cougs.

Name: Karen () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 17:40:38
Maiden: Hare
Class: 66
Message: AHH YESSS

Name: karen () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 16:03:13
Maiden: Hare
Class: 66
Message: John, Will you put up Jim Sloey's grad picture. We were in the same class and I just cannot place him, and I lost my annual years ago..
Handsome Devil ain't he.....

Name: Cindy Matthies () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 15:35:30
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: Bucky: Ewwwwww! I don't remember any little red worms! You should have seen the look on my mgr's face when I showed her what you wrote!
Roni: Where does Clark Milman live? What's his number? Yea sure, I'll bug him to get online!
John: Now sweetie pie, why would you be even a tiny bit surprised that everyone here is in total agreement on just about anything. See? It's the water I tell ya! How about a page listing all the things people could do to help you and having them sign up for a task or even a permanent duty? C'mon Dad, give us our chores!!! We wanna help! And I think at the very least $10 a year is a great deal. How many of us spend way more in magazine subscriptions but don't have near as much fun as we do here! Magazines can't harass ya like we can each other, eh? Or tell embarrassing stories ... well, I guess they can do that but only people like Keith J. would be in THOSE kinds, huh.

Hey, I feel like Tom Sawyer and the whitewash caper here. OK Cindy, I'll let you paint the fence, but you'll have to give me 10 dollars first. Hey, I just couldn't do without those mid 70's Cougarettes. Don't worry, there's going to be things to do. I will let you know when the time comes. Now back to the HTML thing.

Name: Karen () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 15:27:04
Maiden: Hare
Class: 66
Message: John, You mean this is not free!!!! I will gladly contribute to this website also. All you Cougars have a great weekend and a safe one, especially if you are traveling..
Thanks Karen. You have a great weekend and travel safe also.

Name: Robin () on Friday, May 28, 1999 at 15:15:05
E-Mail: Ok, I will..
Class: 60
Message: Geeeze Litton , I had that answer...just dont get online early enough...Jim thanks for the cudos, but Im really only a legend in my own mind:o) And I DO second that emotion!! ( or was it just a motion?) $10 or even Bills $11 is the deal of a lifetime for what we are getting here gang. With 1200 loyal Cougars participating John B. could quit his day job and stuff a healthy 401k to boot:o)...Seriously John, give us an address (besides Gloria Vs) and we will mail! Lets keep this rally going till its a done deal...And JB again buddy, WE CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH!..Later Cougs..
Geez Robin, You're the 14th person today that said "Do Not Send V6's Address". You people are going to give poor Glo' a complex here.
The address is coming all. I'm working on the page now. It will be up by the end of the day.....and thank YOU Robin for YOUR support.

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