I thought I was dreaming
But I was wrong, yeah yeah yeah
Oh, but I?m gonna keep on scheming
Til I can make you
Make you my own Doris Troy
Name: Greg Roberts () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 00:04:43
City and State: Seattle, WA
Message: Talking to my wife about stores in the area when we were kids (early 70's). I remember Shadow Stevens used to do 'Fred Rated' in the Federated commercials, the old Licorice Pizza, Phil & Jim's, Zody's, Gemco, Best, Montgomery Wards, the old Miller's Outpost cowboy commercials during Christmas, Clothestime, House of Raymond, Norm's, El Dorado. Whatever happened to Farrel's? The Boston Store, Leddy and Hall on 137th Place and Hawthorne Blvd. Rocco's on 137th St and Inglewood Ave. Stellino's. The weird rides in Olde Towne Mall. When Alpha Beta and Lucky's both moved and flip-flopped locations. Remember? Before Ramona Elementary was cages like a prison, and before it was necessary for security to patrol HHS? What a shame, my generation really blew it for old Hawthorne. That's one reason I'm glad I moved away. I remember my parents (HHS Class of 1972) talking about how cool it was to cruise in Hawthorne and down into El Segundo and down PCH. You guys are really lucky. Rock n' roll, pomade and pints of beer. I wish that it was the same story now.
VERY cool memories, Greg. Glad you finally chimed in, and come on back with more memories anytime.
Name: Larry Bach () on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 21:37:41
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: I remember my dad and his rigged up dolly (he was an engineer) that he used to wheel out the trash cans. When about four years old, I always ran outside to watch the "garbage men" throw those barrels into the bin, bang the refuse out, throw 'em back onto the curb, and most exciting of all: work those levers that squished all that stinky rubbish into the main compartment. Neato!! Just to think... all of that wonderful trash is not far away under the old landfill up the hill, off of Crenshaw. Or was it deposited near the old Pepsi Cola distributor site, just south of the junction of the 405 and the 110 Freeways, where there were always seagulls hovering? ... I've looked at trash from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow, it's trashs illusions I recall, I really don't know trash at all...
Name: Kurt Newman () on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 21:14:31
City and State: Livermore,Ca
Message: This is a great site! I would have graduated in 78 but moved to Oregon beforehand. I would just like to say hi to all my old friends (did I have any?? lol!) And drop me line sometime!!
Hey Kurt, I'm sure you did. Stop in anytime....
Name: John Baker () on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 18:57:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown.calm
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Man, just got a memory flogger on the new Pacos Pics. Who remembers everyone having an incinerator in their back yard? I do, and does anyone remember putting out a garbage pail every week? That had to be a lousy pick up job. I can still remember the stench of that garbage truck.
Name: Larry Bach () on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 16:36:20
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hi Steve. I remember that Falcon. Bet you wish you still had it, huh?
Name: Steve Temoshek () on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 13:11:57
City and State: laguna hills,ca
Message: I had caslers on my 64 falcon sprint,
they worked pretty good at lions on
wed night. hey larry, how you doing?
Broke a few axles with them, as they hooked up real good.
Name: Ivette () on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 01:48:04
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: John: thanks so much for helping us out in getting the c/o 95 reunion info out on Cougartown... It's in planning... but we will have one!!!
To the rest of the reunion committees we've contacted... you all rock! Thanks so much for the feedback and information...
Hey Ivette, No problem, as that's what Cougartown is all about; getting our friends back together. When you do finalize your reunion, let me know. All Class of 95ers be looking for your reunion info on the Reunions page.
Name: Doug Williams () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 23:50:58
City and State: Fort Collins, CO
Message: I didn't attend Hawthorne... I was a Gardena guy (class of S'63). But I spent a lot of time in Hawthorne after graduation, cruising from the "A" to the "Wich Stand" and street racing if the opportunity arose :) I had a little '63 Falcon V8 with Inglewood "cheaters". Ah, those were the days.
Hey Doug, Sounds like a fun car. I probably saw you somewhere on the stretch between "The A" and "The Hill". Thanks for the shout and come on back anytime. Who remembers Casler Cheaters?
Name: Laura Wang () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 19:03:34
City and State: Beach, CA
Message: HHS 76ers, I'd like to echo Sharon Branigan on getting your info in to someone on the 30-year reunion committee asap -- within the next year or so will do. We have some great things scheduled, and since we do the planning, you have to accept them blindly and happily unless you put your ten cents in.
During the committee meeting lunch, we also realized that many of us attended kindergarten together (at York School). And of course we haven't changed one iota, still look exactly the same!
Name: James (Jim) Gibson () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 15:37:07
City and State: Redding, CA
Message: Chris Montez ("Let's Dance"; "Call Me") was previously mentioned. I believe he was a Cougar, wasn't he? - Gibby
Yes, Ezekial (Zeke) "Chris Montez" Montanez was a Cougar, class of 60.....
So was the late Ray Quinones - "Ray and Rene" of "Queen of my Heart" fame. A one hit wonder.
Name: Sandra A. Perez () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 15:22:01
City and State: Encinitas, CA
Message: Speaking of HPD, did anyone take a class called "Student and the Law"? It was taught by Officer Victor Garcia, HPD. It was SICK! He would often show us police photos of crime scenes, overdoses, transvestites, etc. I guess he was trying to scare us straight. We had to sign confidentiality forms and swear that what was said or shown in the class would not be spoken of outside the classroom. He was very open with us, and some thought he was cool because he "cussed". Best of all, one of the girls in our class had been stopped by him several times (each time engaged in some extracurricular activities) and was always given a break, that is until she came to class the next day and he told us all about it...
Sandra, you just violated your confidentiality form...
Name: David Neuschafer () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 14:01:22
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Message: Hey JB1, Congrads on hitting page 700! How do you keep your sanity? You're the greatest Dude! Keep up the great work! Cougartown is simply the best! Love ya Maaaan! Thanks Dave.....
Name: Gary Miller () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 13:07:58
City and State: Concord, Cal
Message: The pranks about the flag pole were good, but I think to get a clearer picture we need a comma, either before or after black.
So inserted Gary, thanks with the punctuation help.
Name: Richard of LongBeach () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 11:22:37
City and State: Long Beach
Message: To Jean MacErnie:
The song to raise the flag every morning was a military bugle call titled, "Call to the Colors", which the military uses when raising the flag.
I know because I was a part of HHS Color Guard for my Soph, Junior, and Senior year. (how many Cougars even knew HHS had a Color Guard?) The tape recorder (old reel to reel) was located in the music building office, with speakers on-top of the music building and the two story science building (at least when I was there).
One year I was nearly suspended for substituting 'Dixie', while the members at the flag pole ran up the 'Stars and Bars' (Confederate flag), but as it was April First, Wetzler let us off with a warning for our April Fools 'prank'.
I remember at last one other April First 'prank', involving the music "The Stripper", and some very lacy black, lady's under garment going up the flag pole.
Great memories, Richard, thanks....
Name: Ron M. () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 02:56:03
City and State: Grass Valley, CA.
Message: Hello to all,
What a cool site. I have enjoyed reading the feedback from all the HHS people. I did not go to your high school although I could have, if my family had not have moved when I was young. I was born in Inglewood and lived in Lawndale before we moved north in 1966. I was the class of 1978.
John you are doing a great service to your school, classmates and friends. Keep up the good work!
I look forward to this site each time I have the computer on.
A visitor from the North State,
Grass Valley, CA.
Hey Ron, Thanks for the nice thoughts, and glad you like Cougartown. Join in anytime.....
Name: Alan Hauge () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 02:18:25
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: Yo John Baker-page 700! Seems like yesterday it was the first 100. Then the first cruise. Pinks. Wow how time flies. Glad to see you are keeping the home fires burning at HHS and Cougartown. Onward and upward. May the Cougar be with you!
Hey Alan, Thanks, and hope to see you soon at some Ctown function. Pinks is coming up......
Name: Pat Underwood () on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 01:19:22
City and State: Hawthorne
Maiden: Lawndale High
Message: I hear a lot about the Beach Boy?s but I never hear anything about the other groups we listened to in the 50?s and 60?s, like Danny and the Juniors (At the Hop), Country Joe and the Fish (I Feel Like I?m Fixin? to Die), Deep Purple (Fireball), Cream (Listening to Ginger Baker?s 20 minute drum solos), Clyde McPhatter (Lover Please) and Chris Montez?s (Let?s Dance). Music was my drug of choice during the age of innocents and I?m a little hard of hearing now but it was BITCHIN?.
Name: John Baker () on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 23:12:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown.com
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: ATTN: CLASS OF 1995. I just heard from Ivette Montoya-Camorlinga, and your 10 year reunion is in the works. She'll be working with Jackie Quintanilla. If you know the whereabouts of any of your classmates, please email Ivette at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll add your reunion information when I receive it from the committee.
Thanks Class of 95 and have a fun reunion.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 23:06:01
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: OMG! I tuned in on the perfect day! Page 700? How cool, John. You are the Master! Congratulations. I've missed so much around here in Cougartown...bricks and the like. I'll try to make Pinks but I'll have my 2 year old grandson, Michael that night. He lives in Arizona so I've been on the road, back and forth, for a time and busy with school and a new addition to my practice. I've missed you guys. Again, John...heartfelt gratitude, Dude. We love you.
Hey Liz, Thanks a bunch, and thanks for checking in.
Name: Dave Goodman () on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 02:18:30
City and State: Marin County, CA
Message: When I was 17 I had a job servicing video games in the field. I traveled all over S. California, and one of my clients was the King of Hearts. It was my first strip joint, and almost my last. I had my hand up inside a Pong table, adjusting the screen, watching the girl on stage at the same time, and got too close to the flyback transformer. Shocking, I tell you! Shocking! :)
Hey Dave, Yeah, that'll light your fire fer shure....
Name: Jean MacErnie () on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 00:48:28
City and State: Albq NM
Message: Does anyone remember the flag salute at around 8:30 am every morning? It would start with the flag salute and a song....can't recall the song....everyone would stop what they were doing and not talk during the salute. Did they have the salute when HHS first opened? I wonder if they still do that? Remember the Chili Mac at lunch? At some schools here in albq they actually serve food from Taco Bell (also referred to as Taco Hell or Taco Smell). They also served food from arbys and I think Pizza Hut. The catch to it...You have to pay more for it on campus....
I remember the Star Spangled Banner but no Taco Hell.....
Name: reina () on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 00:19:12
City and State: hawthorne california
Message: hi everyone class of 99, take care!
Name: robert () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 23:47:25
City and State: glendale, arizona
Message: i have a old picture of amos and andy without blackface. i was wondering if anyone could tell me if it has any worth and where i could sell it. thank you
They're all over the Internet, Robert, I don't have any idea....
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 23:16:40
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Wow John! 700 pages seems like only yesterday we had the cruise night for 100. Do you still have that book?
Hey Chris, YES I do, thanks to you. Hope to see you at Pinks on the 30th...
Name: Shannon Keys () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 21:56:46
City and State: Colorado Springs
Message: Ray, Pat and others: This is my attempt to one-up-you. As a pre and post-teen I lived down the street from the King of Hearts and worked for several years adjacent to their ?Entertainment? building at the original ?Lindy?s Liquor? located at Aviation and 118th Place. The adult entertainment ?employees? who in those days worked ALL the establishments in the vicinity (Wild Goose, Jet Strip, etc.) would come in scantily clad for refreshments. I used to B-Line it to the ?soda/beer cooler? where the drinks were stored to ?supervise their beverage decisions?. As a 14 yr old freshman, this was more enrichment than any other book or magazine could provide. It beat any magazines available in those days. I'm sure very few alumni know of what I speak!
John, sorry to regress.
Yes, The King of Hearts...another quality Hawthorne (Del Aire) establishment.
Name: Kathleen Porter () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 20:29:45
City and State: Santa Barbara CA
Message: My email address has changed. Thanks
Hi Kathleen, Go to the Alumni List and click on where it says "change your email address", then it will be changed on the List. Thanks....
Name: Jack Hammer () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 19:14:32
City and State: Oakland Or.
Message: I am not now nor was I ever a big fan of "Topless" bars but occasionally me and my buddies would stop at the "Goose" and knock off a pitcher or two.
On one occasion a lady came onstage with a clear plastic tub filled with bubble bath. She got in the tub and took off her bathing suit and did some very interesting "moves", at no time during the entire performance did she expose her breasts or lower privates but I'm here to tell you that it was THE most hot and exotic performance I have ever seen. The mind, a beautiful lady and a tub full of bubble bath left me with a memory I'll never forget.
OK someone turn on a cold shower....How 'bout those Dodgers???
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 18:47:48
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Attention Class of 76, your 30th reunion is being planned! If you have not received an email from me, or if you received it but didn't answer, please email me. I emailed everyone on the 76 CT alumni list- many bounced back or never responded. Please contact me asap. Thanks!
Name: Pat Bush () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 17:49:07
City and State: Buena Park
Message: Years ago there was a local bar's softball league that played on Sundays at Jim Thorpe and the Wild Goose had a team. I was lucky enough to get to play on the team. The girls that worked there would come out and watch so we had cheer leaders then after the games we got to go eat and drink for free. It was great until they needed my info. for the league. I was only 19 at the time so I got released. But what a great 2 weeks. I then had to go play for Amato's Hop Inn team.
What a come down huh Pat....
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 17:48:02
City and State: LAX
Message: I have my own little "strip club" story to tell. A bunch of us gals went to this place called "The Borderline" I think it was located on Aviation, anyway on Tuesdays they had ladies night, so we got to watch men do their little pole dance. Anyhow, we watched one performer and after he was done he waited on us. When it was my turn to order, he said "Hi Jill" Well my mind was trying to remember him, but I could not, I guess my memory began to fail me at the tender age of 22, anyhow, he told me his name and told me he went to HHS and had a couple of classes with me. Talk about a Cougar sighting!
He looked good enough to be a male stripper and you couldn't remember his name?? Paco remembers strippers from 40 odd years ago.
Name: Dennis Campbell () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 17:21:46
City and State: MV
Message: Hey Bob,
Paco, right, you need to come clean, as Paco knows these things? mum he does, yep!
June 30th ????????? for Pinks well that tells us alot too doesn?t it.
That's April 30th for Pinks at 6ish...
Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 16:38:01
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: Oh Paco! I can?t name names. She could be a grandma by now.
Maybe I can get her to show up at Pink's on Saturday, June 30th.
So then it WAS her. Thanks Bob, by not answering, you just answered the question.
Name: Paco () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 15:31:11
City and State: LF
Message: Bob, does Patty Gray sound familiar?
Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 13:11:15
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: Hey JB, congratulations on page 700, why it seems like only yesterday ......
I have an HPD story I would like to add ... well, it was my Big Brother that got stopped by our own BJ,c/o 60, and he let him off because I used to date him. Yes, Larry thanked me.
Thanks Cheryl, Bruce Johnson was one of the good guys, may he rest in peace. A belated Happy Birthday to John too, and thanks for being out there.
Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 13:04:01
City and State: Los Angeles
Message: My father?s business was in Inglewood and when I was about 13 I started working there on Saturdays. At lunch time I would walk over to the Bucket to order lunch. They had a take-out window in the front of the building so there was no problem for an under aged person to order lunch. The Bucket was remodeled that year and the take out window went away. I asked if I could still buy lunch and they said that I could come to the back door.
This was about the time the ?Club? went Nude! Several weeks later I went to the back door and ordered lunch and while I waited a young woman (one of the dancers) walked past me and called out my name. Low and behold, it was one of my brothers past girlfriends from HHS. Stupidly I said ?What are you doing here? and her answer was ?Working?. The following Friday night I saw this girl and her mother at Holly?s eating dinner. She called out my name and I turned around and stared. Seeing her I said ?Oh, I didn?t recognize you with your clothes on?. You should have seen the look on her mother?s face. She later ended up at the Goose.
NAMES Bob, we need NAMES!!!
Name: doris () on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 11:11:46
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: WOW JOHN! 700! Congratulations and many thanks, as usual. U R DA MAN!
And by the way COUGARS RULE!!!!!
Thanks Doris, and thank you for being out there too.