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Name: Jim Raines () on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 22:11:29
Email: fourwindspublishing
City and State: Salt Lake City Ut
Class: 1962
Message: John, Would you see if you can find a yearbook photo of Patricia (Lee) Hydo and post it the next time she adds a feedback? Thanks Jim
Sorry Jim, No picture, and I can't remember your OTHER name so your picture isn't available either.

Name: John Baker () on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 21:39:14
City and State: Lomita
Class: 1962
Message: UPDATE on Mr. Nyman: A few days before Christmas, they found cancer in his brain and it had spread. He started radiation this past Tuesday; 5 days a week for 4 weeks. Right now he's staying with his daughter and I don't have an address.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Name: Laura () on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 20:24:02
City and State: Austin, Texas
Maiden: Rasch
Class: 1982
Message: I've come across so old class pictures (1970-1976) from Smith, Peter Burnett and Dana. If anyone had the following teachers and is interested in going back in time, e-mail me and I'll pass them on: Miss McClellan, Mrs. Rosner, Mrs. Shigeta, Miss Findlater, Mrs. Wickwire. Mr. Wise and Mr. Mack

Name: Brett Loranger () on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 12:31:24
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 1981
Message: JB, please post this ASAP! We need all the help we can get for the family. I ask any and all Cougars to PLEASE help out. I personally THANK YOU!!!
To all Steve?s Friends. I wasn?t able to be with Steve when he passed but I arrived shortly after. I was able to see Steve and say goodbye and talk with the family. It came to my attention that they found out Steve didn?t have the proper life insurance and that they would have to pay for the funeral which was unexpected news to them. I think that it would be a good idea to pull together and help his family out. There are a lot of us friends out there and we can ?pass the hat? and help give Steve the burial he deserves. Maybe in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the family. If you would like to give a donation there are two ways to do it. You can pay through PayPal. Go to and send money to this will put money right into an account. Or you can send a donation to Vanessa Soto and mail to The Steve Dimmick Fund c/o The Soto Family 26226 Zephyr Ave. Harbor City, CA 90710. There is a lot of love on his website, lets take our support just one more step and help out our friend. If you have any questions, please go to the web site...Thanks again.
Kelly Vaughn

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 16:59:39
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 1969
Message: Wow! It's been four years since Cougartown's Prom? Dang... I met some great Cougars that night from all the classes. Queen Judy and the Rowdy's did a great job of putting it together. Next month we have Cruise Night 12 to attend and I hope everyone is ready for some fun conversation, recollections and remembrances as well as Foster's Fabulous burgers. I promised flan and I will keep my promise. Paco?...are you there? You still have my flan pan and I still have your spoon. Who all plans on coming?
I'll be there, Who Else? Is anyone ready for another Prom?

Name: Matt Peterson () on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 14:51:30
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Class: 1974
Message: It?s a small cougar world. I was on Classmates trying to locate a college classmate. So I email Rhonda Bowers because she has the same last name as my friend. She was not related to him. But it turns out she grew up in Hawthorne and went to Trinity Lutheran and then Morningside. It turns out we have a mutual friend. I suggested that she check out Cougartown. Hopefully she will.
Hey Matt, Thanks for spreading the word and for finding one more Haytowner. It IS a small Cougar world.

Name: Courtney Day () on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11:34:25
City and State: CA
Message: My great-grandpa was Bob Yeakel, if you need any information on them, please contact me. I know that he did have two sons that died in a plane crash, but I don't think that any of them went to jail. He owned one large car dealership and that was passed on to my grandpa, Dugan Yeakel.
Thank you Courtney, It's hard to visualize Bob as a GREAT grandpa. Man, I'm getting old.

Name: Gina () on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 22:04:44
City and State: Hemet, CA
Maiden: Black
Class: 1980
Message: Thanks for the warm welcome (was it really 2001?....were does the time go?). It's nice to be able to come "home". Even though Hawthorne, our school, our childhood homes, etc. aren't the same as they were, Cougartown and our fellow Cougs are!!! Thanks, John !!!
Thanks Gina for being part of all this stuff.

Name: Brett Loranger () on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 18:48:24
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 1981
Message: It is with great saddness that I inform all Cougars that we have sent one of our own to GOD. Steven Dimmick passed away at approximately 3:15 this afternoon. Please visit his web site and leave a message. WWW.STEVEDIMMICK.COM His family Thanks everyone for the prayers and continued support. Thanks JB! We will be forwarding a memorial to you for the tribute page.

Name: David Neuschafer () on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 12:02:47
City and State: Vista, Calif
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: John, Talk about old history of "The Hole in the Head Gang"...Back on page 12 of this very Feedback page: October 18th 1998, Karen Kuehl reports about "Joe the Enforcer" and perhaps one of the first glimpses of the gang's actions here on Cougartown. See, this a great place to learn about ancient History.

If their talking about me, it's ancient history. Thanks Dave....

Name: () on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 05:30:15
City and State: Winnemucca, Nevada
Message: I realize that the Hawthorne High that exists today is very different than the school that most of you graduated from ... but I think you should know what your school still stands for. We had Hawthorne as our guests at the basketball tournament we sponsor, and they could not have represented their families, their school and themselves any better. They would have made anybody on this board be even more proud to be Hawthorne Cougars.
Thank you to know the HHSers of today are carrying on the Cougar Pride tradition.

Name: Cindy () on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 02:13:50
City and State: santee,ca
Class: 1973
Message: Would have been class of 73' ish; was looking up Gary Poltash, and old friend. Does anyone know what happened to Gary?
Cindy Mitchell

Hi Cindy, Gary Poltash is listed on the Alumni List under class of 73. Good Luck....

Name: Brett Loranger () on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 23:39:50
City and State: Hawthorne
Class: 1981
Message: It is with great saddness that I inform all Cougars past and present that Steve Dimmicks condition will not get any better. If you go to you can view the statement from his sister in the guestbook. We all have one last chance to see him before they remove the ventilator Thursday. GOD Bless Steve and his family for supporting him through his sickness. A special blessing to Geoff for his courage and optimism today. Liz you have been the ROCK during this trying time, you can now relax. I personally pray and bless all those who knew Steve either all his life or just 2 minutes. We were all blessed by his presence....Thanks JB for allowing me to express myself and making others aware....

Name: Brett Loranger () on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 16:10:26
City and State: Hawthorne Ca
Class: 1981
Message: JB...ur the ultimate BIG CAT. Please keep us posted on the condition of Mr. Nyman. I have been fortunate enough to visit Steve Dimmick. He is stable but he and his family still need the prayers and support of every Cougar out there. If you knew Steve and still live in the area, then please stop by Torrance Memorial Hospital to see him. If you don't, then go to and sign the guestbook with your favorite story of Steve or your prayers. Special thanks to Steve Sanchez for creating the site and to you JB for creating a medium for all Cougars to share what they feel. THANKS AGAIN!!!! dues are in the mail...
Hey Brett, Yes, if I hear more on Mr. Nyman I'll sure pass it on. Thanks for keeping us up on Steve too. Cougars helping Cougars....that's what it's all about.

Name: Jerry Miles () on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 15:55:34
Email: jfmiles#pacbell#net
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Liz, In the same article that I found the picture there was some conjecture of where these dastardly bandit?s hideout might be. Some say it was far back in the murky swamps of the Okeefenokee, others swear they spotted them all in the boy?s room at the Gunga Din. But I believe that when the law was getting a little too close, they all ?Holed Up? at the A, stall 5.
Time to find a new hideout, boys.....

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 14:34:26
City and State: Redondo Beach,CA
Class: 1969
Message: Welcome back Gina. I hope you're feeling better. The Hole In The Head Gang must have a hangout....where do you suppose that is? I need a computer tech geek for hire...anybody out there make housecalls?
The "Hole In The Head Gang" NEVER tells.....

Name: Gina () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 23:05:14
City and State: Hemet, CA
Maiden: Black
Class: 1980
Message: Hi to everyone!!! I'm baaaaack! and I don't care what anyone says, I'm not dead yet!!!! It just feels that way.
Hey Gina, Long Prom Night 2001. Glad you're back.

Name: Lee Ann Roehm () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 22:39:42
City and State: West Linn, OR
Maiden: Nixon
Class: 1964
Message: John, Just wanted you to know that I just got two email messages from two childhood friends (since we were 5 years old) on the same day.
We all lived on Ramona Ave. as children and I would have been really upset if I lost contact with them. Somehow, they both lost my email address when I changed it. But, because I gave my new address to you, and you posted it, they went to the HHS website (not knowing that the other one did the same thing).
Pat (Kavanaugh) Bagby was one of them and she went to HHS. My other friend moved away before we went to high school, but she knew about the website.
Thanks for being instrumental in getting us in touch with each other.
One doesn't come by these kinds of friendships easily, so, thanks, again. It means a lot to me.
Lee Ann

Hi Lee Ann, Great story, and always glad to hear "getting back together" stories. All the more reason for everyone to keep their email addresses current. The new Alumni List system, coming in a week or so will allow you to pick one email address at a time so it will be VERY secure.

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 19:57:44
City and State: LV, NV
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
Message: To add to the Bell/Neuschafer WWE bout that took place way back in the 8th grade at HIS, in the bicycle racks as a matter of fact, I was the Safety Monitor during the ruckus. I reported these two Goliaths (both were over 6 feet tall) to the Vice Principal. Yes, I was chicken to get involved, in fact, I was scared to death! But I'm happy to report that both boys turned out to be lovable gentle kind-hearted men. I know neither would want a rematch!!
The bike racks at HIS was the place for fights. I remember a few of them there.

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 19:55:29
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Thanks for the pic Jerry, I remember when that pic was taken, on Jan 11,1959 between 2nd and 3rd period and and on a rainy day...Raindrops kept dropping on my head..Oh well..Keep dry everyone..Cowabunga-Fore!!

Name: David Neuschafer () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 18:56:03
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: (Hehehe) That guy in the back row sure reminds me of Joe-Da-Enforcer...Only Joe is a little bigger, I believe! Great picture of the gang!

Name: David Neuschafer () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 14:30:58
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: John, I guess I missed the picture of my 8th grade classroom with Miss Hicks, our teacher.(Phone was out due to rain) I still have that same picture...In fact, last week I sent a copy of it to JoElla Suggs Via E-Mail. JoElla and I were just saying that Miss Hicks was one of our best teachers ever! Small world again that that picture would show up on E-Bay! Funny of all the people in that picture, you talked about Joe Bell and me. Did you know that he and I got into a fight which I got my leg broken? Oh yeah, those were the good ol' days! (Hehehe) I also have the 7th grade class picture of Mr. Anger's classroom if anyone still remembers and wants a copy.

Hi Dave, Joe Bell has changed as he no longer breaks legs. He's one nice Cougar and shows up at lots of events. You should very much try to make our next Cruise Night on February 12th.

Name: Cal Kappen () on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 08:26:28
City and State: Oceanside CA
Class: 1959
Message: Cougar sighting! Jim and Mary Jo "Peters" Benson, class of 1966, called me and said they were camping on the beach in Camp Pendleton. I live in Oceanside right next door. They live in Emitt Idaho about an hour from Kuna Idaho. The home of Jake and Jude Jacobsen, class of 1960. We had a nice visit. Do Cougars do well in the rain?
Cal Kappen class of 1959.

Hey Cal, Thanks for the pictures of Jim Benson and Mary Jo Peters Benson, both class of 1966. Jim is Carol Benson's (HHS61), and Jerry Benson's (HHS62) little brother. I love their 5th wheel. Glad you all had a great visit. That's what it's all about. OH, that Cougar/rain thing....the sun is shining this morning.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 22:59:40
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Symantec is Norton for those of you that are interested in getting Anti virus protection. I purchased the 2005 Norton Anti Virus in August ($54.11 after taxes with $20.00 mail in rebate from Best Buy). When you enter site that is at risk for viruses a window will appear on your desktop and tells you that a virus has tried to attack your computer, but it was deleted or repaired. Just click on the OK button and continue cruising the internet , bug free. For my money this is the best bet because it doesn?t let anything through.

Name: Don D. () on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 17:13:12
Email: dondt(at)
City and State: South Bay
Class: 1975
Message: Regarding Antivirus protection, for those who cannot afford commercial products, the following are three free programs provided for home or personal use:
AntiVir Personal Edition
AVG Antivirus
Additionally, if you are using Windows 2000+ and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6+, consider using the following Antispamware program provided by Microsoft as the result of its acquisition of Giant software: This program is a nice supplement to Adware SE and Spywareblaster.

Thanks Don....

Name: Melinda Farrow () on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 14:42:28
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Maiden: Elia
Class: 1982
Message: Hi Steve Sanchez, I just wanted to say the website you did for Steve Dimmick is awesome and we need more Cougars, that knew the Dimmicks, to get in there and leave your thoughts. We're all pulling for Steve, this is his toughest fight yet! He needs all our thoughts and prayers this time around..we love you Steve..
Very true, Thanks Melinda...

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 14:10:57
City and State: San Pedro, CA
Maiden: Nix
Class: 1974
Message: I've gotten several email from cougars asking what they should do regarding virus protection. My suggestion is that you go purchase a good antivirus protection program. Two that I recommend are Norton (by Symantec) or McAfee. In the meantime there is something you can do right now to find out if your machine is infected:
Since I'm most familiar with Norton Products I would advise you to first go to the Symantec website.
At the bottom left hand side of the page is a section called Downloads.
Click on the link that says Symantec Security Check Then click the OK button.
You will want to run the Virus Protection Scan first. This will at least tell you if you have anything on your machine.
This site is not intended to serve as a virus protection software program but it will let you know if your computer system is infected and provide information on how to get rid of your virus' (it will also invite you to purchase a Norton Product which will keep you protected. I highly recommend that you do so.
Feel free to contact me should you need further assistance!
Kathleen Griffin
HHS Class of 1974
PS: For the record Cougars. Unless you write to you will not get receive a message from that address. I've had several "spoofs" using as the sender. I'm not sending out email. Whoever has the virus, has in their address book. So that might narrow down our search for the infected system. I suspect it is several of you though, so please use the Symantec site to scan your system for problems. Since you are scanning from their website, those little virus critters cannot hide.

Yep, I got an infected email yesterday that was addressed FROM: - TO: The email addresses in the box above are non-Cougartown Alumni List addresses. Lots of people might have my email address in their address book, but probably only one person would have any of the addresses listed in the box. Thank you Kathleen for that valuable piece of information. No one that peruses the Internet should be without Virus protection.

Name: Steven Sanchez () on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 02:37:09
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1981
Message: Geoff Dimmick (class of 83) wanted me to place a post that his brother Steve Dimmick (Class of 82) is still very seriously ill @ Torrance Memorial Hospital and would appreciate it if those of you that know Steve keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I set up a little web site for Steve at if you are interested in leaving your thoughts and stories for his family and friends.
Best regards, Steven Sanchez
PS: Thanks to John Baker for creating & maintaining this website as it has turned into much more than a site for the class of the 60's.

Hi Steven, Thanks for the nice thoughts and for helping out with Steve Dimmick. A big part of Cougartown's assets is getting the word out to all classes. Thanks for taking the time and for becoming a Cougartown member.

Name: Alita McManis () on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 22:14:08
City and State: Arvada, CO
Class: 1972
Message: I was looking at the alumni pages and was gratified to see some of the people I went to Jr. High with listed there. I moved in 1967, but have often wondered whatever happened to some of the wonderful people I used to know. Thanks.
Hi Alita, Well don't stop there. The email list is for YOU, and to get in touch with old friends. Email someone and just say, "Do you remember me from" and see what they say. If you don't get an answer, it's their loss. Thanks and this is not JUST for HHSers. Come on back and join in any old time.

Name: John Baker () on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 19:17:14
Email: jb1
City and State: Lomita
Class: 1962
Message: Somebody in Cougartown has a Computer Virus that's been going on for a couple of weeks. Just because your computer isn't doing weird things doesn't mean it's not sick. Spoofing viruses will just do their thing in the background and you won't know it. By now everyone should have run their virus software. Also, if you have virus software on your computer but it hasn't been updated in a month, it is WORTHLESS.....have it updated. If you don't know how contact Kathleen Griffin at CT_Helpdesk at Please take the time to check the email addresses in the above box and if you have a couple of them in your address book, you are probably the one. This is frustrating, as people are threatening to take their email addresses down from the alumni list and it's not fair to them, as that won't do a bit of good. The virus didn't come from that list. PLEASE Check For Viruses Today. Thanks Cougs....
On another note: Whoever sent me the pictures of the 57 Dodge Pickup, I got the pictures but must've dumped the email. Anyway, VERY NICE RIDE!!

Name: Steve Uva () on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 13:29:35
City and State: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Class: 1986
Message: I just found from some of my OC friends out that the person responsible for the death of Mark Burris, C/O '86 received a 3 year prison sentence last Spring. What a joke after he left the scene, so sad! Mark and I grew up together and were close friends for 14 years until I joined the military after HHS and we kind of lost touch. We used to walk to Cabrillo Elementary and Dana Junior High together, played on the same baseball and soccer teams as kids, and used to hang out down by the beach when I was junior lifeguarding or surfing. He will be truly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and other Cougar friends that he touched....