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Name: Kim () on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 00:32:35
City and State: hawthorne, ca
Class: 2000
Message: Hi, I am not entirely sure if there is anything on this site about Mr. Nyman yet, but I just wanted to let you know that Mr. Nyman recently passed away, and I am greatly disturbed that there is nothing up on the Hawthorne High School marquee I was wondering if they just overlooked it or if it was requested that nothing be announced? In anycase, for those of you who really loved Hawthorne High School I thought you would want to know that our very first principal has passed away. I like the site very much it really does justice to what i had imagined hawthorne would have been like had i been around.
You have GOT to be kidding......

Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 19:53:24
City and State: CLose to you
Maiden: Nix
Class: 1974
Message: Okay, I've mastered the art of the 4 strand rounded braid. Still a little rusty on the Turks Head but we will have a lanyard table set up Tomorrow night as well. Until we cannot see. I will scan copies of the instructions so that those of you who decide to participate can have them emailed to you directly afterward. Got my new CT T-Shirt, and I'll wear it outside my jacket if I have to! Bringing the convertible, so glad to hear the rain is going to be gone by noon. Cause honey we are going topless! We will be there at 5:00 with bells on! I'll bring my yearbooks as long as everyone ignores my adolescent notations on who I thought was a "fox". Lizzy, can't wait to try the flan, it looked fabulous and I've decided to give it a tiny taste! Looking forward to mingling more. Just remember folks, I'm the Deaf Cougar (not the defleopard) so you have to SPEAK UP when you want to talk with me. Huzzah!
Too many Rock Concerts with the Hippie, huh. My bad ear is too many Drag Races at Lions.
OK Kathleen, I want to sign up for lanyard making. I learned about 50 years ago at Ramona but the education has faded....please enlighten me.
Dizzy I hope you're making more than one pan because if you aren't, it'll be like Jesus feeding the multitudes, only you don't have the power. See you all tomorrow at 5pm.

Name: doris () on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 18:34:23
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: HEY GANG! Just want you all to know how VERY DISAPPOINTED I am that I won't be there with you tomorrow evening for CRUISE 12! Sounds like it's going to be a doozer! I expect pictures and reports from everyone! LOL! boo hoo sniff. HAVE A GREAT EVENING COUGS!
Thanks Doris, hope all's well and see you at Cruise 13, I hope......

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 14:02:28
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 1969
Message: I drove in at 3AM from Phoenix, Arizona, in the pouring rain and I'm so glad to be back at the beach. I've been helping my daughter and her little family move in to their new house. There are new towns popping up out there so fast that some of them don't have zip codes yet. Every street and store is sparkling new. My mother told me that Hawthorne tract homes were very much the same....a new town where farms once were. Everythings a changin' and it's all good! I'll be home baking tonight since I promised 'EVERYONE' some flan and if it's as great a turn out as it seems, I'd better get crackin. I'm looking forward to seeing my old friends and meeting some of the Cougars who are silently lurking out there. Don't be shy....come on out and say hello. No time like the present to create some good memories. We've got some good vibrations going on here. Dizzy Lizzy the Rowdy Goddess of Cougartown!
Hey Liz, Thanks and we'll see you and the FLAN tomorrow at 5pm.

Name: Debra McGregor () on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 13:30:41
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Maiden: Lee (shoulda stayed Lee)
Class: 1972
Message: Hey, I got the night off - and all day and night Sunday too. Hope we have a good turnout Cougs. Come rain or shine, right John?!
Yes, but the rain is supposed to be gone by noon, clearing in the afternoon so we'll be fine. See you there, Debra....

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 13:16:34
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 1971
Message: Since it is not going to rain on Saturday night and since there are so many people coming out for this monumental event, I have given up my invitation to Joe Coulombe?s house (Trader Joe) for a benefit concert (Don?t worry I still gave them the money) just so I can attend this Stupendous Event. I know that it is late notice but is there anything that I can do? Hope to see lots of new-old faces.
Hi Bob, I think it's already been done but check with Sue and she'll give you a job if there's something to do. Bring your El Molinos. They'll be placed on the Yearbook table for all to peruse. Make sure you have them marked.

Name: Kimberly Whithorn () on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 08:22:03
Email: kwhithor@topeka,
City and State: Topeka, KS
Message: I didn't graduate from Hawthorne High, I graduated from Mira Costa High in 1975. I am a High School English teacher and my classes are studying the sixties. Your dictionary is an awesome addition to my stash of materials. Thanks.
That's bitchin' Kimberly, glad you had a blast with the slang page.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 23:39:24
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Hawthorne, CA man
Class: 1977
Message: At the risk of sounding like Smokey, "I love it when we're crusin together . . ..: I obtained assistance with my children and can now attend! I can't wait to saranade ya'all with "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun, shine on you crazy diamond(s)"
Walter doesn't have that one but he's got one that's close......Shiiine on, shine on harvest moon, up in the sky, I ain't had no lovin since January February June or July.....see you there, Dan

Name: Dewey () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 21:19:37
City and State: Phoenix,AZ
Class: 1974
Message: John, it sounds like CT is going to have good turn out for cruise night, I wish I could be there but, I moved to Phoenix back in November, so I hope there will be pictures
Hi Dewey, Too bad you'll miss it. It's going to be a good one. Thanks for letting us know you're still out there and maybe we'll see you OR Keith at some event, sometime.

Name: Susan King () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 20:58:10
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: Ahh John, I haven't earned my rowdy wings yet, but would LOVE another lesson with the original Rowdy Girls, JudyWudy and Marsha Russell! Actually, DZLizzy is a pretty good teacher herself! We'll be accepting applications at the table.....Mom B is coming too! Might even see a perfect prom date there and there's some whispering about Valencias....oh, I can only hope!
I say the whole darned website shows up. How's that.

Name: Beth Treckman Meade () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 20:37:14
City and State: Mammoth Lakes
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1975
Message: Such fond memories of Hawthorne days. I haven't visited Cougartown in a while and see that T2 and T4 have been in visiting. I'm still out here and think of you all. Mr. Nyman and all of you who knew him created a great high school experience for thousands. It is very nice to visit this web site as it is a pleasant experience. Thanks to the webmaster and thanks to all you contributors.
Hi Beth, Thanks for checking in and come on back any old time.

Name: linda huthmaker () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 20:29:06
City and State: torrance, ca.
Maiden: huthmaker
Class: 1963
Message: Today we had a beautiful service for Wally Nyman, our high school principal, gentle soul, and friend. So many people came to pay their respects, at Neighborhood Church, in Palos Verdes. I will always remember Wally as being especially friendly and considerate to all with whom he came in contact. I am so fortunate to have known him for over 40 years. God bless him, and his family.
My love, Linda Huthmaker

Name: Dan Anderson () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 19:30:40
City and State: McCall Idaho
Class: 1965
Message: Please add me to the yearly class newsletter for the Class of 1965. Thanks.
Dan Anderson
123 East Lake Fork Road
McCall ID 83638

Hi Dan, Thanks for adding yourself to the class of 65 newsletter. You should probably email Patt Prewitt Deckard at as she will have that information. Also, class of 65, if anyone has reunion info, please send it to me. Thanks.....

Name: Susan King () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 19:18:48
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: CRUISE NITE UPDATES! Allright gang, be there or be square! We've got tshirt giveaways and other special Cougartown surprises for attendees, sister Sharon and I will have a table with tshirt sales for the non-winners, we'll be accepting membership dues, pick up a nametag and proudly identify yourself and graduation year, and MINGLE, MINGLE, MINGLE! We have a program of activities designed to bring this group together. I expect each and every person who shows to shake hands with me! Baker-Man is the emcee. Jill McFarlane will have golf tourney info and signups, DZLizzy Estrada has flan for the faithful, there will be February birthday folks in the bunch waiting for the annual birthday song and please bring yearbooks and memorabilia. Scarlet and Gold is the color of the day (pink if you're Dan Johnson). I'm so curious about those of you who post - looking forward to making friends! Don't forget to smile for the camera!
There you go folks. It's going to be a fun night at Fosters so make your plans to be there on Saturday night. You'll have a great time. Sue, we'll see you, Sharon, Daryl and Mike there too. Thanks for all your help. You ARE the NEW QUEEN of the ROWDYS.

Name: Larry Bach () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 15:31:42
City and State: Torrance, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Too bad about Holly's restaurant. My aunt worked there as a waitress in the early 1970's so I got free desserts. I don't feel guilty either because the police also got free dessert and coffee. Of course, I was a juvenile delinquent and they were protecting the city from juvenile delinquents so maybe I should feel guilty. Anyone else remember Holly's "Orange Freeze", a fountain concoction of 7-up and orange sherbet? Then there was the "Red Onion' a couple of doors down and the "House of Raymond" (could never figure out why it was called "Mel's" House of Raymond). It was the only place in Hawthorne with frog legs on the menu. Yummm... My aunt worked there for awhile too but I never did get any free frog legs. Darn! Maybe Foster's Freeze has 'em frozen on a stick and dipped in chocolate. Guess i'll find out Saturday. : )
Yes, and along there somewhere was Walden's Steak House, another pretty good place to eat.
Tomorrow it's supposed to rain and Saturday it will clear so Cruise Night is still on. Should be a cool evening so bring your Senior Jackets.

Name: Juan Bustios () on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 12:28:31
City and State: Torrance,CA
Class: 1980
Message: Aloha to all its been along time since i've checked out this site i'm still alive and kicking here in the South Bay, so to all my friends a simple Hello
Hello Juan...

Name: Sharon () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 20:46:26
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: So very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Nyman. He was a great educator who has left a lasting impression on all the students who had the pleasure of attending HHS while he was there.
John, Candy Conley (67) and I will be a cruise night. Looking forward to it. Sounds like a lot of people will be there.
See you there.

Sounds great Sharon, see you there....

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 18:05:23
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Attention all Cougarettes, I just received an email from Bud Rhoades who would like me to encourage all the women out there to sign up for our 2nd Annual Cougartown golf classic in May. Cindy Colby and I participated last year and had a blast. As much as Cindy and I would LOVE to have all these Cougar men to ourselves, we would be willing to share them with the rest of you! It does not matter if you play well or not, if you could putt, you can play. I will be at Cruise night this Saturday, so if any of you Cougarettes have any questions about the golf tournament I will be more than happy to talk to you about it. JB can point me out, or look for the gal that will be arm wrestling Walt Holt for control of the boombox. See you all on Saturday!
Thanks Jill, and she really didn't mean to leave the guys out. You all can play too.

Name: Brian Morton () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 16:43:16
City and State: Port Richey, Florida
Class: 1995
Message: When is our class reunion?

Name: Camille Hawkes () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 16:02:15
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Maiden: Hill
Class: 1959
Message: I wish I had a heart-rendering story to pass on about this memorable larger than life figure, who made such an impression on our growing up. Mr. Nyman will always be remembered by so many with warm thoughts & respect.
Thanks Camille, Hope to see you and yours on Cruise Night this Saturday...

Name: Janon () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 15:48:50
City and State: Los angeles Ca
Maiden: Williams
Class: 1995
Message: i would like to find out if the class of 1995 is having a ten year reunion
Hi Janon, When a reunion is reported to me, it's posted on the Reunions Page. Up until then, I'm in the dark too. Thanks.....

Name: Tim Kreitz () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 11:23:05
City and State: Midland, Texas
Message: I was sorry to hear of the destruction of the Hawthorne Grill (Holly's). I'm not sure if you're aware of this or not, but the Hawthorne Grill was the setting for two of the key scenes in Quentin Tarrantino's masterpiece film, Pulp Fiction. I was searching for the location of the Hawthorne Grill, because I wanted to visit it on my next trip to L.A., when I discovered via several websites that it no longer exists.
Like you, I hate the fact that it was demolished.
Sincerely, Tim Kreitz

Yes Hollys/Hawthorne Grill was a landmark in Hawthorne and in my opinion should somehow have been saved. Actually it was already shut down when QT filmed Pulp Fiction, but movie or not, Hawthorne Grille with its 50s Googie style architecture was one of Hawthorne's jewels. It is always hard to let go of the past. Another of Hawthorne's Googie jewels is Chips Restaurant on 119th and Hawthorne BL, built in the mid 50s, and should be guarded. Thanks Tim, I hated it too....

Name: Joe Bell () on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 06:53:51
City and State: Artesia CA
Maiden: Like to meet her ?
Class: 1959
Message: Sorry to hear of Mr. Nyman going. The last time I saw Him, he was fully alert and kind. The years at HHS, started with several visits to his office. But he was fair with me, and when I saw him in the hallways he always spoke kindly, and would smile. From the 'Tribute Page' I can see he will have many HHS friends to greet "upstairs." Rest in Peace Mr. Nyman, we will all come to see you this Century. God Bless

Name: Dennis Kilroy () on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 23:08:01
City and State: Buena Park Ca
Class: 1977
Message: Dana Gioia formerly of Hawthorne will be at my Alma Mater Chapman University see the link giving a lecture. This is Ted's brother I think. See everyone on Saturday don't mention the "R" word like last time.
Thanks Dennis, and speaking of missing Cougs..... TED, where are you boy?

Name: Patti Barry () on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 22:53:25
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1979
Message: Hey, it's my lurking that has unearthed T2 (Roni). I was reporting HHS business to the family. Speaking of which, is it true that there are plans of a new, private high school in Hawthorne?
Well T4 shows up too. Now where did I put that duster...ahh there it is. It's old home week. Only about 3 Treckmans left to report in. Round them all up and show for Cruise Night on Saturday. It'll be a good one. Re: new high school....Talking about it but nothing concrete as yet.

Name: Roni Kobel () on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 22:22:07
City and State:
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1976
Message: Wow. I shouldn't let so much time go by without checking in! Even though I didn't know Mr. Nyman, I feel a connection as a Cougar, just reading all the posts. Mr. Andrade (or can I say "John,", since I'll be 47 this month? Ack!), it was great to see your post on Cougartown! How the heck are you?? My oldest son will be taking high school biology next year, and I've told him all about my great experiences in your class (as a TA, too!). And Mr. Key, your mentor, Mr. Nyman, did a great job, as you followed in his footsteps with a lot of class...
Hi Roni, Man it's been a few years since your picture has been up. I had to dust it off first. Glad you're back

Name: Bob Milazzo () on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 11:54:21
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Class: 1960
Message: Cougar Sighting Wore my HHS Cougar Shirt to work today and Karen Smith Bueltel Class of "82" our Health Nurse here at Liberty High School came up to me and stated she was from Hawthorne. She lived on 118 Place and Inglewood Ave.
Talk about a small world.

Thanks Bob, SEE, it pays to wear your Cougartown Tshirt. You never know who's out there. Thanks for the story and we'll see you and Lisa at Cruise Night.

Name: Dave Krikac () on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 19:09:35
City and State: Franklin, TN
Maiden: Squidly Dirkbirger
Class: 1976
Message: Hey Shannon Keys: I am so sorry to hear about Brett. Boy do I remember him well......hang in there and know that we are keeping you and your family in prayer. Thanks so much for letting us know....
Rev 7:17 The Lamb on the Throne will shepherd them, will lead them to spring waters of Life. And God will wipe every last tear from their eyes."
Thanks John for this place we visit called COUGARTOWN.......

Name: Lenora Puls () on Sunday, February 6, 2005 at 12:09:39
City and State: Murrieta, Calif
Maiden: Mills
Class: 1966
Message: John this is with sad news that I write. I just found out from the mother of Laralee Brevig that she was killed a week a ago in New Mexico on a business trip. Car accident. She is in heaven taking care of her little brother who died Dec. 31, 1967 at the age of 19. Lenora
Hi Lenora, Very sad news. Laralee was a good friend at HHS. I talked with her 2 years ago at our 40th. She had many friends in our class and will be truly missed. Thanks so much for letting us know.

Name: Jean MacErnie () on Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 18:58:04
City and State: Albq NM
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
Message: Hi....remember me ? Well, I'm back....Its been about a year...A lot has been going on....I have been reading Cougartown at work....But at home, well the computer was verrry sick...I was out in Calif last May, but unfortunately it was for the passing of my dad....He was almost 82. Anyway, I am just checking in right now....I will be back soon to share some more HHS memories. Love ya!! Jean
Hi Jean, Glad you're back in the Ctown fold. Write anytime.

Name: Danny Litton () on Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 09:02:05
City and State: Atlanta GA
Class: 1968
Message: Great story about Mr. Nyman! In those days "Hi Wally!" was a salutation best delivered by "The Beav'".
Hi Danny, Glad you're still out there.