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Name: Britt Stonebraker () on Monday, November 8, 2004 at 19:43:17
Email: thatbritts(at)yahooDotCom
City and State: San Marcos Ca
Maiden: huh?
Class: 1978
Message: Not to change the subject But I remember seeing a post about Emmit Rhodes here recently, help me out please! as I remember he had a band called the "merry go rounds" and he lived or practiced on the hill (about 132 and ramona) any who I dont know what ever became of him. I do remember clearly that he gave me a photo of him and his group on the merry go round at the amusement park at 118th and Hawthorne Blvd, Funny I can not remember what I had for breakfast but that picture is clear as a bell! that would have been about 67? so does anyone Else remember him/them? or should I consider medication???

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Monday, November 8, 2004 at 14:49:16
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: While looking thru the Homecoming pictures and seeing Janet Ashby was kind of a shock..Friday going thru my mothers stuff, sister Patricia gave me "My Life Journal", my mom kept up until I was around 10 years old. In the journal there was a page on kindergarten days at Anza, teacher Mrs. De Matteis and best friends...Janet Ashby and Eddie King. Later Dudes and Dudettes!
Yep, Janet is one who hasn't changed much since HHS. Still has lots of sparkle. You shoulda been there.

Name: Patricia Hydo () on Monday, November 8, 2004 at 11:18:37
City and State: Lake Elsinore, California
Maiden: Lee
Class: 1964
Message: Hey John, Just a few lines to let you know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, so sorry to have been MIA for so long. Life has been at a hectic pace here for a few months, visiting kids, looking for a job, etc. Hopefully it will slow down some before the Holiday's hit and we get back on that Merry-Go-round. Here's hoping that you and all the Cougar's are doing well. Take care and I'll be back to chew the fat soon.

Hi Pat, Glad you're still with us and thanks for the shout.

Name: Kim Begley () on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 16:26:03
City and State: Scotts Valley. CA
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 1973
Message: Ditto on the sentiments already expressed after seeing Brian Wilson Wednesday with my 18 year old son. What a magical and memorable evening, well worth the drive down from Northern California. The band is amazing and very supportive of Brian. Paco...your mother sounds like a wonderful person, much loved and respected by her family. My thoughts are with you.
Thanks Kim....

Name: Les Rose () on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 15:10:15
City and State: Bell, Ca.
Message: Ray Shelly... your face looks familliar did you happen to go to Bell high school in the 60's ???? If you did email me sometime at
Hey Les, And YOU aren't the Les Rose that owned Rose Muffler are you?

Name: Ron Reinholdson () on Friday, November 5, 2004 at 23:44:36
City and State: Claremont, CA
Class: 1965
Message: If you missed Brian Wilson's concert Tuesday or Wednesday, well, I'm glad I'm me and not you. It was GREAT!!
MAAANN, is there a video? Thanks Ron.....

Name: Hal Oostdam () on Friday, November 5, 2004 at 20:21:52
City and State: Cazadero CA
Message: Hi John- This is Hal Oostdam (Geo.Washington H.S. S'63)I enjoy your website,I too was a Hawthorne Blvd. Cruiser.Chevies Inc. member etc.
The reason I'm writing is last nite 11/4 I took my family to see the Brian Wilson Smile tour. Words fail me about how much we enjoyed it. I've seen the Mike Love Beach Boys several times, Al Jardines band etc....Brian's band "blows them all away". If you closed your eyes it was just like being there in 1964....Take it from an old Washington General If any of you Haytowners get the chance don't miss this one.

Hi Hal, We had our yearly Homecoming game tonight and I talked with Rich Sloan HHS60, who is good friends with Brian. He said the same thing. I'm glad you verified it, as Rich can be a little prejudice when it comes to his old classmate. Thanks for the info and I'm ashamed to say I haven't procured my copy of "Smile" as yet, but it won't be long.

Name: Barbara Duran () on Friday, November 5, 2004 at 09:49:42
City and State: El Segundo
Message: Thank you, everyone for all the kind words. My Mom really was a special person and will be terribly missed.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 21:41:28
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Class: 1973
Message: JB, won't be able to make it to tomorrow nights game. I'll be up in Sac Town with some HHS'ers for a golf weekend then over to Berkeley for the Cal / Oregon game. Go COUGARS, Go BEARS
Have a fun time Wade, and thanks....

Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 21:33:37
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Deepest Regards
Class: 1973
Message: Paco, Barbara and family So very sorry to hear of your mom. My feelings and prayers go out to all of you. Wade and family.

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 19:36:16
City and State: San Pedro
Maiden: Nix
Class: 1974
Message: Paco, Our thoughts are with you. I never met your mom but if she raised a son like you, she must be one special lady.
John, we will be at homecoming (it's the only way I get to see my brother). Not sure about the after game party. We have a serious Little League T-Ball Game we have to attend in Murietta (Two grandson's on the same team) early Saturday Morning. Jill, I'll bring the hot chocolate if you bring the blanket!

Great Kathleen, We'll see you there. Glenn Crist HHS64 just got into town today and will be there too. Glad we're getting lots of out-of-towners.

Name: Dan & Ann Dye () on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 18:39:41
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Class: 1962
Message: Paco and family, I am so sorry you lost your Mother. I know how hard it is to lose a Mother. It will be two years ago this Nov. 14th that I lost my Mother. No matter how old we are, our Mother is our Mother and nothing will ever replace her. You will be in my prayers. Dan Dye

Name: Cindy Colby () on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 11:58:34
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Howard, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her but I am sure she was a special person. Cindy

Name: John Crotty () on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 08:23:08
City and State: Hermosa
Class: 1969
Message: Paco, Patricia, Barbara, All of us send Cougars send our heartfelt condolences to you. Please allow me to send my own. I met that incredible lady at Barbara's Fourth of July Party this year. What spunk and vitality. I'm certain that God needed her to make his heaven livelier and richer. No matter what I may write or convey here, I know it can't erase your pain, but please accept my silent sorrow and sincere wishes that a few words might, just might ease a little of the hurt. So, so sorry. Vaya con Dios

Name: BOB FAULKNER () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 21:11:50
City and State: garden grove, ca.
Class: 1963
Message: Howard, i'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, she was one of the sweetest and kindness person i ever knew. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during these difficult times.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 19:28:33
City and State: Kona Hawaii
Class: 1976
Message: Paco, i am very sorry to hear about your mom. It was nice to get your email and I hope what I said about your mom and dad came through. They really were a big part of my success and achievments I received with my body and strength. Your dad was awesome and such an idol to us kids and your mom always was the most friendly person to me. Again, I am so sorry. And I'm sure my brother Les will be as sad as you when he hears. Aloha

Name: Jim Sloey () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 18:49:01
City and State: SOLVANG, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Paco, Kathleen, Patricia and Barbara my prayers and heartfelt thoughts go out to you all as well as your families. Your mom was one of the greatest; I feel so honored to have known her. She was a special lady. We all share your loss. Thank you for sharing her with the Sloey boys. God bless you.

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 16:03:32
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Class: 1966
Message: Paco.....A heartfelt condolence to you and your family on the passing of your mother. May she rest in peace and you & your family can be assured she will be a watchful protecter for you all from the hereafter......Alas another sad note for me, my job changed my hours to nights and I will not be able to attend Homecoming night after all.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 15:50:02
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Cabo San Lucas
Class: 1977
Message: Paco, El Rojo, what a wonderful photograph taken at the "Trailer Park" restaurant (aka El Faro Viejo) in Cabo. I'm quite certain that photo reflects the many good times you and your family had there. I had my "rehearsal dinner" there in 1999 and can attest that it is a wonderful place in the most unlikely setting you can imagine. Thank you for giving us all a little insight and please accept our condolences on your loss.

Name: bill sperry () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 15:19:13
City and State: westfield, massachusetts
Message: Hi, I saw a news story about a monument that is to be dedicated to the Beach Boys in Hawthorne. Congratulations. I am also interested in Hawthorne because I own a 66 Chevy Caprice Sport Coupe(big block)that was built in Southgate, and sold at the Kenneth Chevrolet dealership. I have the original window sticker from the dealership. It was great to find a picture of the old dealership on your website. If you are interested I could Email you a photo of the car that is a great piece of California and Hawthorne car history.
Enjoyed your site, Bill Sperry

Hi Bill, I too bought a 66 Chevy from Kenneth Chev. It was an Aztec Bronze Chevelle small block with a 4 speed. Lots of fun to drive. Thanks for sharing....

Name: Al Rocca () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 14:26:12
City and State: Mesa, Az
Class: 1970
Message: Hi Wade and Mike. Had just seen your messages about living on 129th. Great memories. Small world Huh?? I lost touch with the Cook's many years ago, I do wonder what Bill is doing these days. Take care my friends

Name: Casa Estrada () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 13:56:47
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 1969
Message: To the Duran Family....You have our deepest, heartfelt condolences. Our family remembers her with smiles and love. Blessings, The Estrada Family

Name: Enza Nicocia () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:13:55
City and State: temporarily Wisburn District,, Haytown
Class: 1972
Message: Dear Paco, So sorry for your loss of your beloved momma. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep the faith; and know she is in a better place with her loved ones that have gone before her. Hugs, Enza

Name: Maureen "Mo" Trott () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 11:20:18
City and State: Hawthorne
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
Message: Paco...So very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a terrific lady. May you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: doris () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 10:34:48
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: OH PACO! So sorry to learn of your loss. Losing one's mother is like having something physically ripped right out of the middle of your very body, I know, having lost mine in 1990. And because of your closeness with her, you kind of shared her with all of CT which makes it a very personal loss for a lot of people. We love you Paco and you will be in my prayers. doris

Name: Paco () on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 01:03:42
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: John, my mother passed in her sleep on Tuesday, I miss her already...
Hey Howard, So very sorry for your loss and please know lots of Cougs remember your mom as they do your Dad. She will be missed by more than you know. God be with her.

Name: Fern(Neuschafer) Wettstein () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 19:56:01
City and State: Liberal,Mo.
Message: Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID, MY BROTHER on November 1st, . CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH YOU AND KAREN FOR GETTING YOUR BOOKS PUBLISHED.....I have read Davids "Shady Rest", and it brings alot of memories of Hawthorne and Leuzinger High . Karen, I have ordered your book today and will be anxious to read it .... How wonderful to fulfill such a dream of writing and getting your books published. I bet your Journalism teachers -would be really proud of you.... I know I am. Keep up the good work --Not all of us have that special talent. I sure enjoy reading the Cougar Site ..1957 grad of LHS

I agree Fern, and good luck to both David and Karen with their books.

Name: Danny Bellare () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 19:20:42
City and State: Truck'n The USA
Class: 1976
Message: Just wanted to say HI to everyone and hope you all had a safe Halloween! Still out here on the big road truck'n it up...
Hey Danny, Thanks for checking in.....

Name: Dee () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 18:02:02
City and State: Rogue River, OR
Maiden: Hantgin
Class: 1984
Message: Hey, Carl: Thanks for filling in the details to Homecoming. Glad to know the Coug's are doing well this year. Does HHS still have a drill team? I was a member off and on from 82-84 and had so much fun...Any other drill team members out there? Does anyone know what happened to Ms Carr (aka Mrs. Courtney)? She was DT advisor then.

Name: Carl Harrison () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 14:33:24
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 1972
Message: Since I haven't seen a response to Dee in beautiful Rogue River Oregon about homecoming.., They play Morningside, and the Cougs are 3-0 in their league and 5-3 overall. The Breeze has them ranked #6 this week for the South Bay! Hawthorne also beat Mira Costa this year for the 1st time in a lonnnng while. My sister Karen and I get to tease her daughters for once. All her girls either attend or have graduated from Costa.
Thanks Carl, I thought they played an "M" school.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 14:18:29
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Hope everyone had a happy Halloween! With all this talk of Lawrence Welk and Myron Florin, I was wondering if anyone remembers this place in Downtown called Myron Ballroom? Could this place have been named for him? I am planning to go to Homecoming on Friday, so save me a place under the blanket!
I think Myron's Ballroom is owned by Myrna Myron. See you at the game.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 10:03:51
City and State: Sullivan, Illinois
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: I think the Lawrence Welk's Orchestra with Myron Florin also played at 63's Grad Night .....
I was in Long Beach early in October and really enjoyed the time spent there - quite different than I remember. Visited the Queen Mary for a party with a colleague who also appreciates history and we spent about an hour prowling the areas open to the public looking at the great deco style decor.

Name: Don D. () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 09:18:09
City and State: South Bay
Class: 1975
Message: Another Daily Breeze article: "Dedication set for Beach Boys monument"
Thanks Don....

Name: PATT () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 01:00:21
City and State: kennewick, Wa.
Maiden: Prewitt
Class: 1965
Message: I just received this letter.
Dear Patti,
This is the hardest letter I have ever had to write. September 29th, Jan had one of her breathing attacks and passed away before the ambulance could get to our home. I was unable to keep her breathing. It took so long for the ambulance to get here. With my back injury I was not able to pick her up and carry her to our car and take her to the hospital myself. I tried so hard.
I know that you were a classmate of Jan's. It gave her great pleasure to talk back and forth with you. For quite a while now she wasn't able to keep in touch with anyone. I have spent the last couple of years or more taking care of Jan. Her M.S. Attacked her in so many ways.
We haven't been on the internet for several months, we had so much trouble with our internet provider and couldn't get any help from them so I dropped it.
Do you have the address where I can write Jan's School web site and I can let them know of her passing. If you do PLEASE send it to me.
Drop me a line once in a while if you would like to keep in touch with me.
In Loving Remembrance of JAN.
Clyde Brown
1229 CR. 751
Jonesboro, Ar. 72401

It is with Deep sorrow I am sending this letter about OUR OWN Jan Dorris Brown HHS class of 1963. Anyone who remembers this dear sweet lady is encouraged to send condolences to her husband.
Jan was such a special lady. I will miss her.

Always sad to lose a classmate. My sincere condolences to Clyde and the rest of Jan's family. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Thanks Patt for letting us all know.

Name: Mark A. Escalante () on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 00:53:23
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Class: 1969
Message: This is my first time writing to Cougartown, yet it was important to let the class of 1969 know that I had a great time at the 35 year class reunion on the 23 of October. I have read alot messages over the years and the messages have brought back alot of good memories. Thanks again and I hope to see all of you at the football game on Friday night. I will be the large cop on the large horse. Stop by and stay Hi! Mark
Hey Mark, Glad you had a great time at the 69 reunion and I'll bring a carrot for your horse on Friday night. Thanks for adding your thoughts; feel free to add them anytime....

Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 19:24:15
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Sherman Oaks, Dude
Class: 1977
Message: Dick Dale regularly plays the Galaxy in Santa Ana and the Coach House in San Juan Cap. Many believe that Pulp Fiction was an ordinary film until they added Miserlou to the soundtrack. I'm crossing my fingers to be able to come to the Homecoming party on 11/5. Last time I went to this particular shindig there was an earthquake at Dennys (formerly Wooden Shoe) about 2/3 in the morning.
Were you there that night too. I remember the Hacienda Hotel was a rockin. See you there Dan.....

Name: Pat Underwood () on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 18:48:59
City and State: Hawthorne, California
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Ouch!!! Doris you hurt my feelings. Besides where were you when I was learning? Wait, when you were a senior at Hawthorne I was in the seventh grade at Hawthorne Intermediate. Sure coulda used your help.