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Name: David Neuschafer () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 18:29:58
City and State: Vista, Ca
Class: 1959
Message: John, I just got in today's mail an announcement from the publisher about Karen (Graham) Kuehl's new book, called "Hickson" I was so pleased to see it! If anyone would like to see the cover of her book go to
Oh yeah...You can also buy it at that same e-mail address. It's always so cool to see someone from our past get published! Congratulations Karen!

Congrats Karen, and good luck with Hickson. Congrats yourself Dave, as I did receive and read your book "Shady Rest" too. Fun book and loved the Hawthorne verbiage. Easy read and great ending.

Name: Cal McDougal () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 17:50:44
City and State: Enterprise, Alabama
Class: 1962
Message: Grad night '62 at the Hollywood Palladium. We had the Lawrence Welk Orchestra under the direction of Myren Floren. What a forgettable musical group. The only thing they recorded that made the top forty was "Calcutta". But the company we kept? The class of '62 was a great bunch of folks. Who cares if the bandleader played the accordion?
No WONDER I couldn't remember the music.

Name: doris () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 16:49:45
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: Ok, JB ... Where is this spooky picture Cindy referred to? I wanna see toooooo!
And Pat Underwood: If the girls are crying when you kiss them, you must be doing it wrong! LOL!

Now THAT'S FUNNY!!! Thanks Doris and about the picture: Halloween's over, you'll have to keep up.

Name: Vin () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 15:48:50
City and State: Santiago de Chile
Maiden: Culo
Class: 1954
Message: A very good site!

Name: Carolyn Ladd () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 15:06:41
City and State: Ann Arbor, MI
Maiden: Gamradt
Class: 1962
Message: I?ve been catching up on the latest C-town chats having been away for a couple of months. Boy, I missed this warm, welcoming site with all the shared memories of growing up in Hawthorne. I?ve also missed a few birthdays with a lot of us turning the big six-o this year. Happy belated birthday, John, and to all the other Cougars who now qualify to submit an Absentee Ballot! I see a recent post from Madeline Short who is ?Sweet Dale Jr.?s mom??. I wonder if she and her family use to live on 117 th Street. And, if so, if she remembers the Hopkin?s, George?s, Partida?s, Reardon?s and my family, - Gamradt?s. We use to have great block parties!
Thanks Carolyn, and glad you're back....

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 10:23:05
City and State: Haw. Ca.
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
Message: I read in the paper this morning that our counselor from the '60's' Dan Nelson passed away on Sept. 23. He had retired in 1980 and had moved to Vancouver, Wash. It mentioned the movies he had acted in. I remember seeing him in a Twilight Zone episode.
Sad News, Sherry. I always liked Mr. Nelson.

Name: SusieQ () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 08:20:18
City and State: Alb,NM
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
Message: ....more Dick Dale info, go to: Or try:

Name: Pat Underwood () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 23:52:04
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Hey John I forget who played at your 62 Grad night at the Palladium. In fact I don?t remember hearing music at all, I was busy kissing the girls and making them cry. Hawthorne always had the best dances and I almost never missed one. Thank goodness I had two friends in John Mascarena and John Allred (class of 62) and my first wife Cheryl (class of 66) that attended Hawthorne, which is why I was able too go too most of your dances. Grad night at Lawndale was Disneyland, how embarrassing for us.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 23:22:32
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Just got back from trick or treating with the real Spiderman (Spencer Colby) age 4, I open this page and I see an imposter. Who are those cute kids? Going out with my grandson on Halloween brings back memories. In my day we would dress up in one costume, hit all of the houses in our area, go home change costumes and go around again, all with no parents, imagine that.
Those are my 3 grandkids; 2 Spidermen and their Sunflower sis, Cory, Evan, and Katy. She's scary huh.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 22:11:28
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Class: 1976
Message: Dick Dale is a little before my time but a few weeks ago the Doobie Brothers were in town at the Hilton Waikoloa. I remember seeing them in Honolulu in 1990 with my friend Wally Amos (Famouns Amos) and it was awesome. I knew every song. The onl thing though was there were only about 1500 people there in a venue that holds close to 8,000. So it was a little disappointing. But this past one had a packed house and everyone was singin and dancing to every song. Aloha
I saw the Doobies AND Chicago in the same Concert at the Universal Amphitheater in about 96. The best concert I ever attended.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 21:51:52
City and State: Hawthorne, California
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Yes the ever famous Dick Dale was born Richard Monsour in Boston in 1937; his father was Lebanese, his mother Polish. Not only does he play the guitar he plays it upside down and backwards. He played at the Rendezvous Ballroom until late 1961, then when he left in came The Righteous Brothers, loose one Icon and gain two more. We went there every Friday night the summer of 1961, what a trip. In the summer of 62 I think everybody that could dance from Lawndale High went there. The Twist, The Stomp, The Mashed Potatoes, the Jerk or The Stroll, if it was a dance, we could do it. We did take one day off in June too go too Hawthorne?s Grad Night at The Palladium in 62 and 63.
I forget who played the Palladium in 62. I do remember we had Sandy Nelson for our Senior Prom.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 21:37:35
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: 1973
Message: BOO! Happy Halloween!
Very SPOOKY out tonight....

Name: SusieQ () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 20:51:40
City and State: 5052691565
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
Message: ...Dick Dales' awesome sound comes from the gauge of the strings(bullet-9s)the set up of his pickups and lastly his amps. All this is first hand from the Man himself!

Name: Ron Reinholdson () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 19:25:23
Email: r_reinholdson
City and State: Claremont, CA
Class: 1965
Message: I saw Dick Dale and the Deltones at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano about twelve or thirteen years ago and he (they) were awesome. The only down side was that this was before the ban on smoking in bars and lounges, and I had to spend a good part of the concert outside, clearing my eyes and lungs. I am told, and I may be all wrong on this--correct me if I am, that Dick Dale's unique sound is not only the result of him playing left handed, but playing left handed and not reversing his strings.
Yes he does play "upside-down" guitar.

Name: John Rout () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 19:18:54
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Class: 1963
Message: Saw the posts on Dick Dale and reminded me of Harmony Park, Rendevouz Ballroom and other places we used to see Dick Dale & The Del-tones play on a weekly basis. He played at Harmony Park every Sunday night from 6 pm to 10 pm. He once said that they played for those hours because all of the kids had to go to school on Monday. Have times changed! We used to see him on Saturday nights at the Aragon Ballroom. Hardly anyone went to those dances, so he used to come out and spend time talking with us during the breaks. That's when I found out that his real last name is Mansour and that he is Lebanese. Being half Lebanese we spent most of the time talking about Leb food. Great times. He was a great guy!

Name: Madeleine () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 16:36:36
City and State: Murrieta Ca.
Maiden: Short
Class: 1957
Message: John you sent me an e mail from a lady who said she was a cousin of Dale Sr. I tried the email address and it would not go through... do you still have the message or e mail address? her name was Larileen Lindstrom... If she is reading this maybe she can contact me.... thanks!
Madeleine- Sweet Dale jr's Mom..

Madeleine, I'll try it from here and see if it'll work. Good Luck.....

Name: Harry Jarnagan () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 15:00:37
City and State: Tracy, CA
Message: Mark your calendars; May 20, 2005 has been set as the date for the dedication of the Childhood Home of the Beach Boys historical landmark monument at 3701 W. 119th Street in Hawthorne, California. The Beach Boys Historical Landmark Project committee is planning a ceremony at the site that will include remarks from notable personalities from the Beach Boys? past, and a fitting musical program. Note that we had previously considered a date in March for this, but we moved it back to May due to weather considerations, given that we?ll need two weeks of dry weather to construct the landmark monument immediately before the dedication ceremony. A design competition was recently conducted, wherein we solicited designs for the landmark monument. By the October 9th deadline, we received 16 separate designs from France, the UK, and the U.S. The sketches and design notes for all of these have been sent to an independent panel of judges who will select the winning design concept, after which we?ll begin final engineering and the ordering of construction materials. Key items to be incorporated into the monument will be the bronze State of California historical landmark plaque, designated as California Landmark No. 1041, and donated bricks, which have been inscribed with the names / messages requested by the donors. Those of us on the committee are grateful for the support and help that we?ve recently received from several members of the Wilson family and friends of the Beach Boys from the past. So, the project is moving along well. We?re still accepting tax deductible donations, so please visit our project website,, and become a lasting part of the Beach Boys tradition by buying a brick that will be a part of the landmark monument. Thank you for your support. Please contact me at if you have any questions about this project. Harry Jarnagan
Thanks for the update, Harry, and continued good luck with the project.

Name: Ernie Nixon () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 12:21:49
Email: ENixon 1@ bac. rr. com.
City and State: Bakersfield Cal.
Class: 1963
Message: Hi everyone. Just wanted to add a little to the surf music question. The wife and I got to attend a surf music show in Newport Beach this summer. Dick Dale was there, but we missed that part of the show. However, The Chanteys and The Surfaris were awesome. After all these years they have just gotten so much better. We did see Dick Dale here in Bakersfield about 3 years ago, and was great. At the concert it was said that surf music is considered the folk music of Southern Cal. I know I'm one big fan as I listen to it every day. Thanks, John.
Yeah, thoughts are that surf music finally has been around long enough to have a history. Dick Dale and the Deltones, The Surfaris, Ronny and the Daytonas, Jan and Dean, The Marketts, and of course the Beach Boys, to name a few, were the Pioneers. But Dick Dale had a sound all his own. Thanks Ernie....

Name: Jim Pasternak () on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 00:11:17
City and State: Ladera Ranch, CA
Class: 1968
Message: Re:Dick Dale, "King of the Surf Guitars." He hasn't been around Newport Beach for quite a while. Last I heard he was playing in Anahiem at a club and doing quite well. He lived for many years in the house at the end of Channel Rd, just before you get to the "Wedge." It faced the entrance to Newport Harbor and has recently been refurbished. The "story" behind Dale's house is that is was split from the house next to it many years ago. That is because the "Gillette Brothers" owned it, didn't get along, and thus divided it. But again, it may be just a story that has been around the Balboa Peninsula for many years. Again, we haven't seen him around town too much, but Bill Medley is still a local, hangs out and shows up often at Mama Gina's on Coast Hwy at Bayside Drive, grabbing the mic and singing whenever he has a chance.(I know, you didn't ask about Bill) Bill's daughter, McKenna, has a Doo-Wop group and sounds great! Killer-great, actually. Hope that helps. WIPEOUT!
Thanks Jim....

Name: Gary Nix () on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 23:33:08
City and State: Gardnerville, Nevada
Class: 1970
Message: Hello John, It's been awhile, how's things, reading the feedback reminded me of when I was 12 and my dad had built me a mini bike for my birthday. One day I was riding it around anza school playground, the Beach Boys were hanging out at the Swallows house down the sreet, Dennis Wilson walked across the street and asked if he could ride it, of course I said yes. after awhile he gave it back to me and said he'd be back later, come to find out he had gone to the Inglewood go-cart shop and bought a go-cart, I spent the rest of the day racing him around the playground, It was cool. Anyway Debbie and I are making the trip, see you Friday night.
Hey Gary, that'll be GREAT!! Glad you're coming down and we'll see you and Debbie at the game. Thanks for the DW story too.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 19:36:16
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: You got it Debbie! I don't know why my email dropped that word- must be the filter- anyway, John, you shoulda been able to figure that one out! With a teen in the house that tombstone sure hits home these days.
I'm old....

Name: Bob Clobucker () on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 16:16:44
City and State: Reno, Nv.
Class: 1973
Message: Surf Music lives on. How many Cougar Towners remember the great Dick Dale? Saw him play last night up at Lake Tahoe. Still incredible after all these years. When he appears in So Cal it would be more than worthwhile for all of you hardcore music fans to go. These tunes conjure up fond memories of surf, hot rods, drag racing, motorcycling and and other fine points of life past and present.I sure do miss the S Cal beaches since moving up to N Nev. Anyone out there seen Dick Dale lately or back in the old days? Best Wishes to all from BC.
Never saw the Master of the Surf Guitar NOR a Deltone. Maybe it's time. Thanks Bob....

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 12:31:30
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 1969
Message: Class of '69 had our 35 year reunion last Saturday thanks to the work of Donna Gohr, Wayne Dickey and others. I wasn't feeling much like attending, you know, bloated, cranky, but I dragged my ass out of the house and rolled the car down the hill a few blocks to The Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach. I'm so glad I made myself go. I had such a great time! I sat at a table with people I went to kindergarten with at Ramona and with Karen Considine who lived next door to me while growing up...She and I played together when we were in diapers. There's nothing like connecting with people who share your memories, your fondness for the streets of Hawthorne and the ones who danced with you at the sixth grade square dance. I heard stories from high school that made me laugh right out loud. The things we forget to remember...the fun...the silliness of those years. It's all good. I took pictures and I'll send them to Paco soon. I'll say it again...don't miss your reunions Cougars. DZ
P.S. I'll be there for Homecoming, John. I may even bring a flan...

See, you just can not miss these special events. The flan??? Yes, I love it. Thanks Liz.....

Name: Debbie Miles () on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 00:49:29
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1977
Message: Were they bored to DEATH, LOL?

Name: Sherrie Moyers () on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 23:57:58
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Maiden: Driggers
Class: 1976
Message: Al Rocca, I work in Bldg 540 @ Boeing. Drop by the Credit Union when you get a chance and say hi.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 20:15:47
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: I saw a funny tombstone written about the teenage daughters of a friend of mine. The family decorates the yard with tombstones, etc. at Halloween and this one read:
Katie and Kelly
Friday night
Nothing to do
Bored to

Am I missing something?

Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 18:55:43
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Class: 1966
Message: Just got back online after a couple of weeks after a new move to Surf City, being without the internet and finally getting caught up with feedback..... I have to put my two cents in on Rocco's since I am in complete agreement on the best sub ever (no thanks to those mouth watering descriptions). I have found a place in Orange, Ca that is very good but cannot really be compared with Rocco's. Latest Surf report...The recent storms have brought in some decent surf, not real big but decent size and shape around 4-6 feet. Last Thursday down at Bolsa Chica some photographer walked up to me after I was done with my session, handed me his card from Longboarder Mag, asked me my name and said he taken some shots of me they might use. I thought that was kinda cool and a bit flattering. The water quality has been yuckey but hey thats what ear plugs and learning to keep your mouth closed is for. It's Getting close to homecomming and I do plan at all costs to make it there... Later Cougs!!!!
See you there, Walter....

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 17:40:36
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
Message: Hello All, I needed to write back for an update. The last time I wrote was to say that my daughter is having her first baby in March, which would have given me a grand total of 7 grandkids. Well, I stand corrected. My darling daughter is going to have TWINS in March. Which, will bring the grand total up to 8 grandkids at that time. IT does not seem possible. I'm watching my three grandsons for a couple of weeks while their dad (my oldest son) is having surgery on his back in New York. I've been on my own for 5 years now, and I sort of forgot what a HUGE job parenting is. All you parents out there, who really take care of your kids, YOU ROCK! It is a really difficult job.
But about the AGE thing.....
I love my grandkids....but I still feel a twinge of something uncomfortable when I hear them say, "Grandma Sharon" at the top of their lungs!! How did I ever get to be a grandma? Time marches on.
Oh, and Vote on Tuesday gang! ss

Hi Sharon, Glad you're back and yes, I know what you mean. I'm not supposed to have 3 grandkids, am I ?? Actually Harry Plotkin and I just got back from lunch and we were seriously considering driving to the nearest Chevy dealer and taking a new Corvette for a spin. Does that sound like a couple of GRANDPAS. Thanks Sharon and yes, everyone VOTE on Tuesday....

Name: carol binder () on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 14:49:35
City and State: yucaipa,ca
Maiden: heddaeus
Class: 1963
Message: painting tombstones for a haunted house we're doing at work and started thinking about other halloweens--anyone else remember the halloween carnivals at dana--lots of fun!

Name: Dee () on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 17:14:19
City and State: Rogue River, OR
Maiden: Hantgin
Class: 1984
Message: Who are the Cougars playing for Homecoming? How are they doing this year?
Not sure how they're doing and I THINK we're playing Mira Costa at Homecoming.

Name: David McCormick () on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 14:49:57
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Class: 1964
Message: Glad to be back checking this great site. Keep up the good work. Did anyone see the Special on Brian Wilson's "Smile"? Terrific!
Thanks David, I missed that one...