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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: Anita () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 21:26:16
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
Message: To Donna Van Douris Gohr ~ '69
Meant to post this earlier in the day.....hope you had a day touched with every happiness!

Happy Bday Donna.....

Name: EL ROJO () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 21:01:09
Email: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 1960
Message: Hey John thank you, thank you! What a bitchin tune that is. And by the way I have Treasure of Love on a 45. Also on some Doo Wop stuff I bought. I'll see if I can get it to you. I tried to make a joke of make out spots ...guess it didn't make it huh? Make out spots. Any drive -in. Stocker Street. Road over Baldwin Hills Dam. Another story to that one. Torrance cliffs, Baxter Dodd we didn't use the steps, we parked up in the neighborhood and snuck through property. Great place to go grunion hunting.:-)) One of the neatest nights, calm down guys, the Red Tide was in and the waves just glowed green. From the pier to the point as far as you could see. It was astonishing. Like someone turned on a blacklight or something. Jeez..I just dated myself. Mattel Toys road, east of it, early after they built it.. Sitting in the car listening to tunes and making out. Heard something. JJ says no way. We continue. I heard something. She goes no way. We started tickling each other..Bang a flashlight hits the window. Scared the bejesus out of us. The officer went through the usual dos and don'ts and then left us with the thought of the teens that were raped and the officers that were killed a couple years before and we could have been the next ones. Almost like the HOOK, except damn scary. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU.
You are welcome, Jake. The song was donated by our resident Doo Wop expert, John Rout. Thanks John for the song. It's a classic.

Name: Susan () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 20:40:19
City and State: Beautiful Wine Country
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 1977
Message: I remember at least two people that 'made out' in the office connected to Mr. Hoys class. I think the combined classes were watching 'On the Waterfront' then. Hehehehe!
HEY SUS', Where have you been? Thanks for stopping by, and email me with all the news from Santa Rosa.
I don't know if anyone remembers back as far as the first Homecoming/Ctown Picnic, but Susan was pretty much responsible for it all. Thanks again Susan, and please don't wait another 5 years to add to the site.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 16:44:11
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Long Beach 4-16
Class: 1977
Message: The Nurse's Office (although I don't know if extra base hits qualify as "making out"). Jeff Mann has a band? He didn't tell me. Does he work on Carnivale?

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 16:18:06
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1969
Message: Torrance Drive-In....that's all I'm sayin'...

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 16:17:11
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Make-out places at HHS. Office at the pool (could see out not in very well) Photo Shop (the best). Under the bleachers where they store the pads and stuff. In the office between Miss Crum and Mr. Hoy's class

Name: Debbie () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 15:31:53
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1977
Message: Isn't anyone going to mention HHS'S photo lab for a prime spot to make out?
Missed that one....

Name: Kurt Newman () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 15:27:08
City and State: Livermore,Ca
Class: 1978
Message: Hello again! Is it possible to get a yearbook from 1978??...Man..I came across this site and feeling all sentimental and nostalgic and!
Hi Kurt, Check with the school. 310-263-4400 Good Luck

Name: Kurt Newman () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 15:04:42
City and State: Livermore,CA
Class: 1978
Message: Make out spots??.umm..Ruben Najarro's dads volkswagen, umm..Bill Beckers hearse like station wagon (he managed our band Triad..did we need a manager?? lol!)and of course my personal favorite..anytime after 10:00 pm manhattan beach. The best place for finding "make out" partners was the "Castle Mini Golf Course"!! LOL ;)
Thanks Kurt...

Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 14:04:52
City and State: El Dorado Hills
Class: 1974
Message: I want to wish my OLDER sister Kathy a Happy Birthday. I wish I could be in town for Pinks.
Happy Bday Kathy....

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 13:44:32
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 1977
Message: Ok, I'll be the first to "kiss and tell" One of my favorite spots was above Hughes helicopter field in Culver City, but mostly it was my Mom & Dads driveway. I am not sure if they ever knew what I was doing out there, but when it was time for me to come into the house, they would flash the outside lights on and off and in I would go.

Name: Geri () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 11:56:38
City and State: Winchester
Maiden: Loch
Class: 1963
Message: John, I just wanted to give you my new e-mail address
I couldn't figure out how to change it from the home page. And who is Paco? He looks familiar and I recognized Ty Goodman but I couldn't put a name to Paco.
Thanks and you do such a wonderful job on this web page.........Geri

Hi Geri, To change your email address, go to the top of this page and click on Alumni List. In the upper left corner of that page, click on where it says "change your email address". That's all there is to it.
Paco is Howard Duran, HHS61.

Name: Kelley () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 11:46:30
City and State: Englewood,OR
Class: 1967
Message: I played "Just one look" and knew all the words..what year was that a hit..I must have been just a wee lass when it was. Living next door to the Estrada's I got to hear lots of doo wap ..Sharon had parties and I would listen to the music. Sharon did the best Elvis imitation I've ever seen..I have it of film somewhere .. Music is finally getting better. Rap just about did me in..New and good Jack Johnson cute and a surfer..what more could a music lover want! My Cougar ball doesn't fit my antenna any suggestions. Oh and I hated the garbage was enough to make one puke..thank goodness for the garbage disposal.
Hi Kelley, The late Doris Troy made that a hit in 1963.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 10:03:34
City and State: L.A.
Maiden: Not in El Segundo
Class: 1971
Message: Make out spots? None in Hawthorne! We had to go at least two towns over. Brother Bill and I both drove very recognizable automobiles. I learned early that my parents had a direct line to everyone who lived in Hawthorne. It seemed that our parents always knew where we were. Poor brother Billy and his Black and yellow Buick seemed to be spotted all over town. Even sister Kathy got caught in the parking lot at the Manhattan Beach Pier (behind the Hibachi restaurant) necking in Daddy?s Caddy! The two best spots I remember were the Madrona Swamp area behind the mall and the Union Bank Building parking lot on Carson and Hawthorne Blvd.
Never thought of the Madrona swamp. Good one, Bob.

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 02:59:21
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Wow! This is funny. Everyone is staying tight-lipped or in this case, tight-fingered, about telling their favorite make-out spots. I think we all know the same places but no one is talking. How many times have those racing submarines been counted? or we got the urge to see if the night was clear enough to see the lights of Santa Monica, or Catalina? How many remember the little party cove south of Redondo that could only be accessed when the tide was out?? unless you parked up in PV and used those rickety wood steps down the cliff. I ain?t saying any more either. My lips are sealed. However, occasionally Mulholland Drive was worth the drive, but it wasn?t South Bay! How about telling your bizarre make-out spots?. Under the bleachers and behind the choir loft don?t count... Hmmm... on second thought, I don?t think I want to know... Baxter.
Well, there was Fairfax north of Slauson, in the oilfields, but I'm not saying I was ever there.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 22:59:33
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Wow Jan, Congratulations 35 years, good job. I hate to break it to you but your brother and I were just friends. I don't think that either one of us realized I was a girl, we climbed trees, got up on your garage to watch an airplane crash once, raced around the blocks either running or on skates, I always won. I would love to hear his take on this, I am sure he would tell you the same thing, I never kissed your brother, ewe cooties. I am still taking the fifth on the make out spots.
Everyone wants to know, but know one wants to tell...

Name: EL ROJO () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 21:04:11
City and State: same as last
Maiden: both
Class: 1960
Message: One last thing tonight Bake, speaking of music like my last post. One hit wonders. How about Just One Look by Doris Troy? Think we could hear it? MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake n jude.
I'll look.....

Name: EL ROJO () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 20:29:52
City and State: Kuna,ID
Maiden: KiesterJacobsen
Class: 1961
Message: I should wait and read most of the page before a post. Many memory joggers out there today. One , the burn barrels and garbage cans. One of the saddest days of my life as a yound lad. We had our garbage can out waiting for pickup on the parkway. A sparrow sat upon it. I being a young lad with a rock and a very good arm said I bet I can hit that bird. If he or she hadn't seen it coming and not moved I would have missed it. Bird heaven. Sigh. But Dave Neuschafer did you ever know a couple of girls at LHS by the names of Sharon Springer and Marlene Greenup? Have stories about both that lead to other people. Fun. Just curious. And Pat The Historian, loved Clyde Mc Phatter. One of the best songs he ever did was the Treasure of Love. Great Doo Wop tune and great to slow dance to. You young kids may not know what SLOW Dancing really was. It was all about softness, the smell of a girls hair and jeez, just being young.:-). And I'm going to copyright my sign off you guys. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake n Jude.
Poor bird.... I wish I had a copy of Treasure of Love, great song. Maybe Cougartown's CD KING, Walter Holt has it. Do you Walter??

Name: Jan Peterson () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 20:02:08
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Maiden: Freeman
Message: Hi all...I hadn't checked the site in awhile so I thought I would see what "trash" all the Cougs were talking about. And lo & belold you were really talking about about TRASH. I would like to know more about Cindy's makeout places. Since we were neighbors, I want to find out if it was in our backyard, or brother Tom's favorite, on the family boat. I remember some "hot" Hawthorne spots. Paco, I love your pictures. Since Kathy will always be my sister, I love seeing her face at any age. Hubby and I celebrated our 35th Anniversary yesterday. WOW, that is a big number, HUH? Still would love to connect with Bonnie George HHS66. She introduced me to my husband. Have a great week all. Keep up the great stories. Come on Cindy, pucker up and tell all... Hugs, Jan
Hey Jan, Glad you're still with us, and congrats on the 35 years.

Name: EL ROJO () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 19:53:44
City and State: Kuna, ID
Maiden: Jacobsen
Class: 1960
Message: question about make out spots. How about "where would you like to go hon, but when the car stops"? LOL. I have to make a correction about my post of the two El Segundo PD that were killed. I said the gun was found south of El Segundo, actually it was south of Rosecrans if I'm not mistaken. Funny , I thought I made a mistake once , but was mistaken. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 19:04:18
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: OK, Jill, You got me to respond to your question but, only to take the fifth. I won't kiss and tell. John, you crack me up. Cindy

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 17:11:58
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I guess between the topics of strip clubs, class reunions and incinerators, everyone must be all talked out for the moment. I have a topic, what was your favorite make-out spot?
Definitely my lips....

Name: bud () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 15:34:23
Email: bud.rhoades@fullmerinc.comb
City and State: BelmontShores
Class: 1974
Message: For those who have been asking where to send checks for the C-Town Classic Golf Tournament please send them to:
Bud Rhoades
C/O Fullmer Contract
400 N.Tustin Ave.suite 400
Santa Ana Ca. 92705
We need all green fees in asap cougs! It looks like Jeff Mann's band will be providing the live music for our party afterwards, just waiting for the ok from Fullerton C.C.
See ya..........

Thanks Bud....

Name: Denean McKinney () on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 14:46:56
City and State: Redondo Beach
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1980
Message: Graduating Class of 1980 just sent out invitations for our 25 year (yikes) reunion to be held on Saturday, September 17th at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. Please pass the word around, as we are still looking for a lot of people. For more information, please go to the reunion page that John has so nicely set up for this purpose. John, on another note, I took my sister Jill to the Borderline the night she ran into someone she went to high school with, that was male/stripping, and let's just say, he shouldn't have been up on stage...
Thanks Denean, and good luck on your 25 year reunion.

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 22:17:11
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Go Bo!! Free Bird!!

Name: Tom O'Keefe () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 20:53:03
City and State: Redondo Beach, Ca.
Message: Wheres Jim Heyden, Jim Hoel, Little Jimmie Peppers? Sandra Cacelli?

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 18:07:57
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I remember taking out the trash to the incinerator and lighting it on fire. Today if I were to do it I would be arrested on felony arson! Boy things have changed. After incinerators were banned my next door neighbor purchased a 55 gallon drum for his trash. I got 25 cents a week to water his grass and put the trash out at the curb. I would also hose out the inside of the drum to keep it from smelling. My favorite thing to do with his cans was to roll them to the back yard. I would turn the can on its side and like a circus act I would stand on the drum and roll it. My neighbors house sat at the back of the lot so there lots of room to roll. The only problem was my weight and the weight of the drum put some nasty ridges in the lawn.
I found the following information at the AQMDs WEB site. "Many residents fiercely opposed plans to ban backyard incinerators, believing that oil refineries were the true cause of smog, and that refineries should be regulated first. More than a decade after the problem was first identified, trash collection programs were established and backyard incinerators were finally banned in 1958."
After reading this I got to thinking; we still have smog and we still have oil companies. Maybe people back then were right.

Thanks Chris...

Name: Jerry Miles () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 15:00:48
Email: See Alumni List
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Class: 1966
Message: I remember the day they banned incinerators in LA. The local radio station, probably KFWB, had a contest for the most creative new use for them. The only one I remember is someone suggested breaking them up into small pieces and take target practice on the seagulls. Almost certainly little chance of hitting one. Anybody else remember that broadcast?
No, missed it. Out burning trash.

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 14:02:34
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Well, I'll confess now that the parental units have passed on..It was my job to take out and burn the trash. In those days the milk cartons were lined with a waxy covering and would start to melt when got they got hot just before it torched. I would open the spout of the carton and let it run into my candle mold...Thinking what a great present this would be..To make a long story short, I caught my yard on fire and it spread to both neighbors, the Fire Department showed up and I told them it was the wind..It was me!! If anyone is going to be in PS this weekend you better take your own booze..I'm going with my 3 sisters for a get away..Later Cougs!
So noted, Paco, have a great time.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 11:38:57
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: I remember incinerators but not from Hawthorne, we didn't have one in our back yard. When I married and moved to Inglewood to my Mother-in-law's house there was one that wasn't used in the back yard so I never had the pleasure. I do remember the garbage pail though, that old stinky thing. You guys have so many memories, you all must not have lost as many brain cells as I have, maybe you just had more to start with. Thanks All, Cindy
I wonder if someone still manufactures those concrete incinerators?

Name: Denny () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 10:47:10
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1955
Message: OK John, now you went and jogged the memory circuits. It was my job to get that heavy garbage can out to the street twice a week and the driver beat it on the truck so hard to get everything out that the metal cans looked like they'd been ran over by a train. They also came by twice a week in Del Aire when there were no curbs. After the smelly flatbed truck with sideboards emptied the can it had to be washed out with the garden hose, dried and lined with newspapers.
Incinerators . . . I still have one built out of bricks in my patio that would work fine today. There was an old concrete one in the neighbors back yard that was put up in 1941 and it stood until the house sold two years ago.

Yep, I remember how beat up those garbage cans got. They leaked and there was no way to get the lid on; the flies were brutal.

Name: Richard Salisbury () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 01:11:14
City and State: Seattle Washinton
Class: 1975
Message: Hope your all going to the reunion in September on the 17th at the Torrance Marriott. I'm driving 1300+ miles to see each of you. Got my vacation all planned. And would anyone mind Bailing me out right before the big party starts, just bought a car that should brake 190 mph. Rick
P.S. No its not a Viper but it is Silver??? Oh, I'm Sleepless up here in Seattle.

Hey Richard, The Class of 75 will have a great turnout, and in that car you'd be here in 6 hours and 48 minutes if you didn't have to stop for that 3 dollar a gallon stuff every hour and 20 minutes.....uhhh, suggestion: not as impressive but fly and rent a Cavalier, it'll be cheaper.

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 00:29:54
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: I remember that; put the garbage can on the street; burn the papers, grass clippings, tree trimmings in a 50-gallon drum in the back yard (later we got a concrete incinerator); and all the empty cans and bottles were tossed into another container. In our case the container was a wood box. I remember that because when I rode in from Hawthorne Intermediate one afternoon I coasted up the drive way and tried one of those leg over the back fender while I?m still rolling dismounts. Only problem was, this bicycle had one of those wide newspaper racks over the back fender and I snagged my Levi cuff on it and fell into that box of cans and bottles. It still hurts just to think about it. ?. Baxter
I knew someone would remember, Baxter, thanks for the memories.....