Someone found a lighted house late one night
And he saw through the window a sight
A big man in a chair
And little tiny men everywhere......> Beach Boys
Name: Kathy Downer () on Monday, December 27, 2004 at 17:26:16
City and State: Marietta, Ohio
Message: Here's a New Years Eve memory from Hawthorne High. Does anyone remember going to The Rose parade? We went a couple of times, but the time that stands out in my mind is the time I went with the wrestlers. Of course the fun was to go up the night before and "camp" out in the street. Rick Barrows gave me his new contacts to hold and I lost them. We took thermoses of hot tea with Southern Comfort in them in case of "emergencies'. The antics of the cars driving up and down the parade route and the people walking by were by far more entertaining than the parade the next day. I would never let my kids do this today. Thanks John for doing this site, and thanks everyone for jogging my memory. Happy New Years to all.
Hi Kathy, Yes, we went one year and had a blast. I remember uncorking the old 58 Chevy and driving up and down the parade route. Lots of hot rods and campers on the sidewalk. We too had more fun the night before. I think I probably slept through the parade. Thanks for that one.....
Name: Paco () on Monday, December 27, 2004 at 11:44:26
City and State: LF
Message: Hope you all had a great Christmas. I just opened my last "Mission Pack", "....it's on it's Merry Way...."Have a safe week, and thanks for the Holiday pics it was fun. You can still send Christmas morn pics..Happy New Years!
Thanks for the Christmas pics yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed them and will send along some Christmas morning pictures too.
Name: Don Burns () on Monday, December 27, 2004 at 10:48:27
City and State: Downey CA
Message: Hey Cougs, hope everyone had a great Christmas. Had a Coug siting Fri. here in Downey @ breakfast, Yermo Coyles C/O 87, told him about Cougartown, said he would get on and say hi. Later Don
Hi Don, Thanks for passing the word.
Name: Sheree Klingenhagen-Perez () on Monday, December 27, 2004 at 01:04:31
City and State: Crestline, CA
Message: Hi all! Just saw my sister's post about her visit with me. Yes I did win the lottery with my new husband, Patrick and he's 7 years younger than me! This has been a tough year for the Klingenhagen family. Our Mom passed away in January. I had my 13th hip revision, bought a home (cabin) in Crestline, CA, my oldest son is in the Air Force and has been to the war zone area, and my youngest son graduated from high school. What a year, (plus the marriage!) All class of 75'ers this will be a reunion year and I know that for myself and Heather(Reoch) we would love for someone to take over the job. Dale, that doesn't mean you take over because then we'd just end up helping you! Cause we're in the I love Dale Hahlbeck club! I also did not feel like Christmas this year, since I did not send cards this is a big HI and I'm doing fine to all my friends. May the coming year be good to one and all! Sheree
Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, December 24, 2004 at 09:26:37
City and State: Ca
Message: Wishing all my Hawthorne, Stacy St, and 26th St friends a safe and blessed Christmas. May your New Year also be filled with joy, health and happiness.
Also....since Macy's doesn't recognize Christmas, I have sent their CEO my credit card since I guess that means they no longer sell Christmas presents!
Merry Christmas to you too Janet and may Macys receive a stocking full of coal at their year end meeting.
With that, I'm off to my own festivities. See you all back here on Sunday where we can report on all our Christmas blessings.
BE SAFE and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL COUGARTOWNERS!!!!
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, December 24, 2004 at 01:51:13
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Message: WOW what a game of basketball against Hawaii and USC. Hawaii led the whole game and finally beat USC 72-68. This little island has some talent. Has any HHS grad gone to the University of Hawaii.
Name: Dave Krikac () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 20:13:13
City and State: Franklin, TN
Maiden: Biff McGurk
Message: FLASH....I just had a GREAT Idea for Christmas. Instead of telling John "How much we appreciate his labor of LOVE"...Let's SHOW HIM. It's a FACT that 20% of us pay for the other 80% who use Cougartown. LET'S (Let us 20 Percenters) Pay in ADVANCE a few years so John will rest easy while he pounds out Cougartown for US. It's a REAL easy click to join-just donate. Can I get a AMEN. Come on, I KNOW you are AT LEAST as Blessed as I am this Year, let's LIGHT this candle for our worthy host.
Wouldn't that be COOL to see a few spinning 6's 7's or 8's by a few names.....
Thanks Dave, Lots of people are doing just that and it is truly appreciated. Thanks to all the Members who've added to your membership.
Name: Karen () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 20:05:53
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: First of all, I want to thank David Neuschafer (LHS '59) for the nice things he's said on Cougartown about me and my new book. Pretty nice guy, David is! Second, I want to join in on the Happy Holiday Wishes; Merry CHRISTmas to you all, Cougars and non-Cougars alike and to our fighting men and women who are on distant lands far from home. And third, and most important, J.B.1, I wish the best of everything to you. Without you and the Ctown site, my life would be very different now without the good friends I've found or who have found me on here !! You've influenced my life more than anyone in the past 6 or 7 years since I found Cougartown. I love ya Maaaaaaan! You all take care driving and think of me when you have an egg nog!!hehehehe
Ahh thank you Karen for the nice thoughts. I still have to say it's all you people who are making this whole thing work, and I'm not just talking about the Feedback page. Lots and LOTS of things going on here from Tributes, Reunions, Alumni Lists, Teachers page, and more. Thanks for being a part of Cougartown. You too have a Merry CHRISTmas and maybe we'll see you at an upcoming function. Dave sent me a copy of your book and I will definitely read it after all the holiday stuff is over.
Name: Dave Krikac () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 19:58:35
City and State: Franklin, TN
Maiden: Biff McGurk
Message: It's a 10-4...we have SNOW on the ground in Tennessee........ Merry CHRISTmas one and all.
PS The concert fundraiser that we had here netted $150K for the widow of 4, ONE MAN put a check in for $100,000.....WOW, that will Bless a Christmas huh?
Name: Larry Biller () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 18:32:04
City and State: Portland,Or
Message: Reading John Crotty's feedback about Christmas in Hawthorne reminded me of
all us kids there on 124th place showing off our new toys Christmas day. Also remember going to Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo to see the lights. Great memories.
Name: doris () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 14:58:25
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Didn't want to let CHRISTmas get by me without wishing each and every one of you Cougs a very Merry CHRISTmas! It's so cold here in good old Idy-ho (as Jake calls it); won't even reach 30 today! Brrrrr! Certainly Christmasy weather ... a little snow wouldn't hurt; might even warm it up a little. Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and thank you John for CT, a joy to us all. Hope to see a huge crowd at Cruise Night on February 12! HO HO HO!
Thanks for being here, Doris. Merry Christmas.....
Name: Bill Ennis () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 14:42:56
City and State: Grass Valley, CA
Message: John, Cougartowners and friends of Cougartown...
Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holiday Season to all.
Thanks Bill and the same to you and yours.
Name: John Crotty () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 13:21:41
City and State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Hawthorne at Christmas....nothing will ever be like that again. Notice how everyone has commented on the total bliss of that time in our lives and the chaos we suffer today. But it is that time of year, so to all my old friends and the new ones I have come to know here on C-town (through your messages and images), a joyous season regardless of your beliefs or faith. And to JB, repeating so many other well wishers, the best to you and your family. I hope you realize what an incredible thing you've created here and how it has absolutely changed peoples lives. Thank you. And, finally, Paco has new pix posted as of the 22nd. Included is a picture of us Crotty kids from probably around 1960 or '61. FYI, the names under the photo are in exact reverse order, but...thanks Paco for posting it. (by the way, those candy filled canes weren't the "one present" gift we got each year, must have been in our stockings).
Thanks John, Merry Christmas to you and the whole Crotty clan....
Name: Terrence Poublon () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 12:16:38
City and State: San Jose, CA
School: Leuzinger High
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Wishing John, All of Cougartown, and Us Non-Cougs Peace and Happiness This Holiday Season and In 2005.
Thank You John for All The Joy You Bring. Keep Up The Great Work!!! Hi Terrence, Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and all the non-Cougs in Cougartown.
Name: Deano () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 11:23:09
City and State: tustin
Message: I know what it's like for our troops being away at this time of year and I just want all Cougartowners to keep a special thought and if you're a praying person say a good one for all of them I know I will be.
Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 08:47:58
City and State: Hawthorne, California
Maiden: Lawndale High
Message: I had to laugh when I read Kelley?s posting about a teenager who has no idea. My son Louis has given me two requests for Christmas, either $200.00 cash or an electric guitar and amp. He has no idea. LOL.
Merry Christmas to all my cross-town rivals and Happy New Year and may the Cardinal be with you. LOL.
Thanks Pat and Merry Christmas to you and Lawndale...
Name: Dale Hahlbeck () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 04:08:43
City and State: Corona CA
Maiden: New Screen Name
Message: HAPPY HOLIDAYS from H1 and to save space(and stamps)I squeezed these names togetherMOMDADH2H3V1V2V3V4JODITERESAMARLA-ANNETTEKIMLORNAHEATEHRSHERRYSHANNON-LISAKEITHSHARONCARMENKITTYWADEKRICRACDON-JOEJEFFZABROWSKILARRYSTEVEEDKENRALPHBILL and of course our Cougartown Founder CT John See ya in 2005 at our 30th fellow 75'ers and to all a good night...H1 OUT!
PS: if you can't find your name feel free to arrange all the above letters to spell it and receive the same holiday sentiment!!!
Rock Steady Dale and Merry Christmas....
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 02:38:41
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Message: I didn't spend one minute at a store or in line. I did everything online. My grandson Chance loves EDlmo so I went to toysrus.com and bought everything Elmo that he didn;t have. You can even have Elmo say your childs name when he speaks. They deliver no shippng charges and it got there in 3 days. Bought all my kids presents online too. Bought my youngest daughter a satellite radio paid for it online and her momo went and picked it up at Circuit City. I love shopping now. I bought more this year than ever before simply because it wasn't a pain in the you know what. I even buy everything I need online. It would have been pretty neat to have the internet when I was younger, but it was nice going with my mom and dad.
Thanks for the Internet commercial Keith, now back to Hawthorne stuff.
Name: Kelley () on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 00:29:47
City and State: Englewood, CA
Message: Two days and counting..Retail is in full bloom right now..Believe me people are spending! ..Retail this time of year is so crazy...But you get to help the teenager who has no idea..and the Husband who is very confused!! It's all fun..
To all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thanks John for Keeping us all together..
Thanks Kelley, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Oregonians......
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 22:56:03
City and State: Sullivan, Illinois
Message: Good story John. All of the fans of Dragnet with Jack Webb will recognize that the theme was used in an episode.
Merry Christmas to all members of Cougartown from Sullivan, Illinois where we have a Nativity scene as part of the decorations on the county courthouse square.
I just heard that from Karen Rafalski. No wonder I liked it so much. Merry Christmas to Jack Webb too..... Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 22:27:53
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Message: MELE KALIKIMAKA and HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU to all Cougars around the world. May all of you have an 80 degree Christmas. I can't believe how many tourists are here this year. The beach at sundown was packed with people watching the sun go down. I think I saw a silouette of Santa and his Reindeer against the sun leaving for the North Pole to get ready for Friday night. He must have been to the North Shore to get some last minutes waves in. Aloha
Merry Christmas Keith, and thanks for being a part of all this fun....
Name: Russ & Judi Jacobsen () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 20:14:07
City and State: Kuna, ID
Maiden: Either ones ok!
Message: Merry Christmas to all and to all, a COUGAR NIGHT! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude. P.S. Did any of you guys or gals ever wish for a Cushman Motor Scooter for Christmas?:-))
Hey Russ, Merry Christmas and yes, I wished for ANYTHING with wheels.
Name: Sharon () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 18:44:48
City and State: Long Beach
Message: Merry Christmas, John and to everyone at Cougartown. God Bless us all, everyone.
Thanks Sharon, Merry Christmas to you and your family too, and can't wait for next years Cougartown picnic.
Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 18:18:42
City and State: Portland,Or
Message: Merry Christmas and a very blessed
New Year to all of Cougartown.
The same to you and your family, Larry. Thanks for being here for all your Cougar friends.
Name: Jan Peterson () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 17:35:40
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: I want to wish all of you a very Happy & safe Holiday season! I hope that everyone's dreams and hopes are fulfilled. Let's all pray for peace in '05. God Bless our Troops and their family's. John, you and your computer talents are a blessing we all get rewards from. You are the best! Thank you for all that you do. Hugs, Jan
Thanks Jan, and Merry Christmas and Happy 2005 to you and yours.
Name: Dee () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 16:42:46
City and State: Rogue River, OR
Message: I have recently seen yet another article where a school board has banned certain religious CHRISTmas carols out of the school programs. I am glad that my children can sing songs like "Silent Night" and "Away in a Manger" with pride (they go to a private school) and not have to worry about offending those of a different faith. It's a sad state of affairs to be reduced to singing just "Jingle Bells" at a holiday performance. I enjoy hearing all holiday music whether it be at a school performance or at church or even on the radio. I thought we lived in a FREE country. It seems that religious freedom is costing more than it should and it's depressing. That sure doesn't send a message of Peace around the world.
On that note; I wish everyone here at CT a BLESSED holiday and PEACE ON EARTH. I for one will be proudly singing "JOY TO THE WORLD"...
Thanks Dee, lots of us think EXACTLY the way you do. Merry Christmas to you and your family and lets keep the CHRIST in Christmas.
Name: Patricia Hydo () on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 09:04:23
City and State: Lake Elsinore, California
Message: Hey John and fellow Cougartowners...May the joy of the season be with you all and wishes for a happy and healthy New Year as well.
Patricia Lee Hydo
Hi Pat, Thank you and you too have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Name: lisa () on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 23:39:32
City and State: ramona, ca
Message: Be-Bop Happy Birthday to You. I hope everyone in Cougartown has a wonderful Merry Christmas. I am grateful for this site, thanks. Lisa
Hi Lisa, Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too....
Name: Dave Krikac () on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 21:51:34
City and State: Franklin, TN
Maiden: Biff Mc Gurk
Message: Merry CHRISTmas Cougs. I hope and pray that ALL of you are well and happy to be reading this....standing....walking...talking....all the things we take for granted.
Please accept our warmest wishes for a blessed 2005. We have SOOOOOOOOOOO much to be thankful for, don't we? Hey John, Sandy and I are thankful for YOU, great job on this site. It warms our hearts to read about the MANY antics of everyone who posts here.
Hey a quick update on the Alan Jackson Jeans-They sold for $200.00 on EBAY. A guy bought them for his wife for Christmas.
So last week I was at a concert fundariser for a widow who lost her husband (4 kids) Michael McDonald, Wynonna and others, and they were auctioning Jeans and a CD signed by Alan Jackson....Guess who won them-YEP, ME. After streaking up there jumping and dancing and making a COUGAR out of myself....I thought -Eh...these are cool but hey I have seen these before, so I gave them to Meg the widow and said I think the reason I won these is because the Lord knows I would have given them to YOU. She was thrilled. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas.
Hey Dave, Great thing to do this time of year. Thanks for being a part of all this Cougardom and Merry Christmas to you and Sandy...
Name: Donna () on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 21:27:31
City and State: Friendswood,TX
Message: Merry Christmas to all you guys out there. And hope your New Year will be a great one..Thanks John and a special Merry Christmas to you for always working so hard on this site..I've been so busy at work I haven't gotten to look at this site lately...so you all take care and God Bless..:-D
Hi Donna, Thanks much and Merry Christmas to you and your family.....
Name: jim magrini () on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 19:23:44
City and State: Littleton CO
Message: Hello from Freeeeezing Colorado. Winter is finally here! We are supposed to have a white Christmas with the snow coming over the next couple of days. Sure miss the 60 degree weather we used to have on Christmas. I remember the old fire station, taking pic's with Santa as a kid at May Company, and all the decorations along Hawthorne blvd. Good memories like this make it hard not to want to be in Hawthorne for Christmas. Does anyone remember going to Inglewood to see Regent circle, where all the yards on the block were decorated? There seems to be a bunch of us here on Colorado, It would be nice to try some type of get together out here! Merry Christmas to all. Remember the reason for the season.
Hey Jim, Yes I remember the Regent Circle decorations. I always thought that was the prettiest street in America at Christmastime. Thanks for the memory and you and yours have not a freezing but a real cool Christmas.