In honor of the Beach Boys and their beginnings
Here's how it all started.... Beach Boys
Name: Bill Shultz () on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 12:54:30
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca
Message: John! I won't be able to attend the dedication on Friday as I have a C.I.F. playoff baseball game to umpire, but I'll be looking for film at 11:00. Have a great time and say hi to all!
Hey Bill, Do the umpiring, it's more important to the kids anyway. I'll have some pictures if I can get close enough.
Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 10:30:20
City and State: EDH, CA
Message: I was wondering how many haytowners are going to the world?s greatest cesspool, Hawthorne, for the Beach Boy monument ceremony. Such brave souls. )I wish I could be there. I was thinking that since people are coming from around the world, this would be a great opportunity for Cougartowners to be ambassadors. I am sure they would be interested in the Wilson boy?s hangouts. Who has better knowledge of this than Cougartowners. Those Cougartowners attending should give tours of the area. You could earn a couple extra bucks. At least a couple beers and a Pink?s dog. Just a crazy idea. Any chance of the ceremony being broadcast via webcam? John, since you will be hobnobbing with the rich and famous on Friday I imagine CT will be closed. Ahh what will we do?!
Actually no hobnobbing here. I'll be standing with the "knotholers" in the cheap section unless I hear from Al Jardine. Already talked to 3 or 4 people about VIP seats, but no luck so far. We'll see what happens.
Name: Al Rocca () on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 09:30:52
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Message: Chuck, thanks for the info on Norman. I remember all of you practicing at my house and how mouth-dropping entertaining Monty(Norman)was to see. The best James Brown impression ever. Ishmael Awayan works near me here at Boeing and I will pass the word. My prayers go with him.
Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 01:06:34
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Message: I am deeply saddened to report that Norman Haddad was killed last night in a car accident. Norman was Monty of Monty and the Crystals. Those of us from the Crystals loved Norman as a brother and friend, and we know that many of you loved Norman too. I will post more later, but it would be great to hear from those of you whom remember Norman. Monty, we will miss you brother.
Always tough to lose our friends. Sincere condolences to the Haddad family and friends of Norman.
Name: Matthew Levene () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 23:25:36
City and State: Inwood, IA
Message: To everyone who knew my Dad, Gene Levene, could you please email me with any memories you have of him...in school or out. Please dont sensor yourself either, good or bad or crazy...I want to know more about him. Please.
Hey Matthew, I knew your dad and can remember his infectious smile and fun disposition. Gene was a great guy to all who knew him in the early 60s.
Name: Mike Loughlin () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 22:05:24
City and State: Mesa Az
Message: OK, Jill. I took the bait. You have my name. Not that I need to justify myself, but why was I a "coward" for not posting my full name. Is your big brother going to beat me up after school? What? I didn't post it because, and you would already know this if you had actually read my first post, instead of getting your....No...Never mind....I better not go there... Anyway, I didn't go to HHS. I went to Gardena High. So now you know who I am. I'm in the Greater Phoenix phone book. So what now. TP my house? Send a dozen pizzas to my front door (No doubt, to be delivered by a HHS alumnist) Oooooooh! Now that WAS mean! Sorry about that one. A "bully"? Sorry, but I cannot for the life of me, figure out how you came up with that one. Sorry that my mere presence intimidates you so.
Hey Mike, Thanks for identifying yourself. Gardena Alumnus are always welcomed here.
Name: Dan Johnson () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 20:00:49
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Hey JB, one more page and you'll tie Babe Ruth's record and without "the juice" to boot! I had almost every baseball card from 1967 through 1973. I had many from 1959 through 1967 and 1974 through 1976. I went away to Sacramento to college and Mom tossed them (including, e.g., the Nolan Ryan rookie card). I've never forgiven her. Somehow, my 73s survived as did the smattering of stuff from 74-76. On the other hand, it's Mom's like mine that created the scarcity that caused the bewildering price increases for "rare" cards. I used to go to LAX on my bike and check all the pay phones for change -- always somewhere around a buck left by people late for planes. I bought baseball cards at stores all over Lennox and Hawthorne with that money -- one pack per store in an effort to avoid "doubles"
Yep... I heard Home Runs were down by 8% this year. It's probably because Barry hasn't made a plate appearance. If you still have the 1975 cards, you must have Robin Yount, Keith Hernandez, George Brett, Jim Rice, and a few others. Great cards there. Thanks Dan.... for not mentioning Which One's Pink
Name: Tom Buckingham () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 19:32:26
City and State: Clovis,CA
Message: We used to shop at Groves Market just north of Trefz' Signal station at corner of 120th and Inglewood Avenue. I can remember my Mom sending me to the market with a buck. Got a loaf of bread, a qt. of milk and a pound of ground round, and had a nickel left over for a Snickers Bar or some of those wax tubes full of fruit flavored sugar water. My Mom always sent me to school with a lunch box full of goodies and two nickels wrapped in wax paper and twisted on the ends. I always bought a 7-11 ice cream bar after lunch and then would use the second nickel on the way home to by a bottle of Coke or rootbeer from the machine at Nick and Dick's Mobil station on southwest corner of 120th and Inglewood. Of course I would have to drink it at the station because I wouldn't have the two cents to pay for the deposit.
More good memories there, Tom, thanks for those....
Name: linda () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 19:06:01
City and State: torrance, ca
Message: Just so excited about Friday-looking forward to everyone being there. Was wondering if Olivia Harrison (Arias) and Chris Montez might also attend-would love to see you!
Until Friday, Linda
I kinda doubt it, but I know Rich Sloan HHS60 and Bobby Hunter HHS60, have VIP seating provided by Brian. I'll be sure to send them the ol' Cougartown salute.
Name: Pat Underwood () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 16:56:01
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Message: Bob Faulkner mentioned Pound Penny Market on Prairie Ave and going there as a kid. Well it?s still there and has new owners there redecorating. Hawthorne Christian school has been gone for years and replaced with Prairie Vista. The kids at both schools had only one stop light on 135th street too cross too the west side of Prairie Ave. In the last month or so they have installed another signal on 137th St. and Prairie. Now the kids can cross safely at two signals. I?ll bet John has some horror stories of that single signal. I remember the milk truck, but he came around 5:00am and didn?t come in. The truck I remember is the Helms truck and their jelly doughnuts. They were sinful and I?m sure my thighs and fanny still suffer from that delightful piece of history. I wasn?t into baseball cards, what I collected was Superman comics. Had I only known how those .10cent items would explode in price. Well hind sight is only good in my mind. LOL.
I never crossed at that light, riding home from HCS. I rode on the East side of Prairie until the traffic cleared and would cross before getting to Pound Penny. When I graduated to Hawthorne Intermediate, my bike stop was OK Grocery on the corner of Cedar and El Segundo Bl.
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 16:25:53
City and State: Waco, Texas
Message: For all Cougars who cannot attend the ceremony on Friday, perhaps we can wear our C-Town t-shirts to work on Friday ....
This morning I was getting ready for work and used a product called "Spray Starch #16" to help keep my hair in place and I had this flashback to the 60's and running out of hair spray and grabbing the spray starch from the laundry room.... Anyone else remember substituting spray starch for hair spray?
Hi Sharon, I remember using Vaseline for Butch Wax. Does that count?
Name: Jim Fox () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 15:47:48
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Thank you Bob Faulkner for bringing back some pretty fond memories, especially those of Pound Penney Market. With Penny on the front counter and Roy on the meat counter, we kids always felt welcome when we walked into the old store on the corner of Prairie and 133rd. I recall that we could walk in with 20 cents and walk out with a small paper bag full of gumballs, jawbreakers, and licorice; the only provisions needed for a full Saturday of exploration with our buddies. The days are gone, but the wonderful memories are still very much intact.
Yep, Pound Penny was there when I was going to Hawthorne Christian back at least as far as the early 50s, and is still going strong. I still remember a pile of bikes out front and all the riders loading up on goodies that kept Wally Fraser in business all his life.
Name: BOB FAULKNER () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 13:16:31
City and State: PALM SPRINGS,CA.
Message: JB WITH SOME OF YOUR RESPONSES TO COUGS FEEDBACKS, YOU KEEP ME IN STITCHES I THINK YOU HAVE A CAREER IN STANDUP!!. I AGREE WITH JILL, THIS WEB SITE IS FOR THE "MEMORIES". I WOULD LIKE TO RELIVE A FEW. UNTIL I WAS 10 YEARS OLD, WE LIVED AT 13110 CORDARY JUST SOUTH OF EL SEGUNDO BLVD. I REMEMBER IN 1949 SEEING THE FLYING WING FLY, CLIMBING INTO THE STORM DRAINS WITH FRIENDS AND WALKING FOR MILES, AND ENDING UP IN ANOTHER PART OF HAWTHORNE. THE FAIR, AND SPENDING MY ALLOWANCE TRYING TO WIN A GOLDFISH. THE JUNK YARD, WHERE THEY WOULD DISPLAY THE MOST GRUESOME ACCIDENTS THEY COULD FIND. POUND PENNEY MARKET, USED TO BUY BASEBALL CARDS JUST FOR THE GUM, AND THROW AWAY THE CARDS, HOW STUPID. WAKING UP TO OUR HOUSE ON FIRE. THE ADOHR MAN DELIIVERING OUR MILK, BUTTER, CHEESE, ETC, THROUGH THE REAR DOOR AND PUTTING IT AWAY IN THE FRIG, NO KEY NEEDED. NEVER LOCKING OUR DOORS. WHEN EVERYBODY KNEW "ALL" THE NEIGHBORS ON THE BLOCK. A NEIGHBOR NAMED "KINGIE" AND "QUEENIE". AND THATS JUST THE FIRST TEN YEARS!! HAVE A GREAT DAY COUGS. PS, REMEMBER, I WISE MAN ONCE SAID, "IF YOU STAND FOR NOTHING YOU'LL FALL FOR ANYTHING!!
Some good memories there, Bob, except for the house on fire one. Everyone's mother threw out the baseball cards. There just must be a "baseball card heaven" somewhere.
Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:23:26
City and State: Surf City, CA
Message: Sure Sharon...I bet part of womens master plan to rule the universe is to cement down all the toilet lids too, huh....Uh Cougs I think it's time to put the ole "ignore buttons" on and get over this Iron Mike thing... I'm sure John would agree we have wasted way too much bandwidth on this already. (Even though I would really like to tell him to go play with some lizards, Rattlers, Hornytoads, sit on a cactus, or something else useful they have to do there in the desert.)
I am going to try to make the dedication but not sure as yet.
Hey Walter, hope to see you there. Wear your Ctown Tshirt.....
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 11:33:01
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: IronMike, I don't think anyones feelings are hurt here, first of all we would have to care what you think, we don't. I do not mean to "disrespect" you, but you are just mean. How dare you call someone stupid. Of course it is easy for you to be "disrespectful" since you are hiding your identity. As JB stated, this is his website, not yours. If you want to have an intelligent conversation, start being intelligent and not arrogant. Sorry fellow C-towners, but I do not like cowards or bullies.
Name: Dawn () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 11:10:08
City and State: Lakewood, Ca
Message: Hi, My husband Bob went to HHS in the early 60's. My question is why are they having the dedication on a Fri. when most of us have to work. Bob knew Dennis. He lived around the corner from their cousins.
Hi Dawn, No idea except to maybe keep the crowd at a minimum, and even so, they're expecting thousands on 119th St.
Name: ray castillo () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 08:20:21
City and State: palmdale ca
Message: In reference to Iron Mike....Will Rogers put it best...."Never miss a good opportunity to shut-up."
Name: Baxter Dodd () on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 02:14:38
City and State: Riverside, CA
Message: Speaking of Rosecrans and dangerous intersections, in the early ?50s, when I was about 12, my folks rented a little house in Lawndale while they looked for a home to buy in Hawthorne. I rode my bicycle to Hawthorne Intermediate every day crossing Rosecrans at the signal on Hawthorne Blvd. Even back then there was too much traffic on Rosecrans to cross safely at any other place except the signal. On the way home, I would try to catch the green light so that I could race by the Leuzinger gauntlet that would gather every afternoon on the corner bus stop. Many of them would try to punch me as I rode by and 4 or 5 would chase me out into traffic trying to get my bike away from me. They came close a couple of times, grabbing my handle bars and dumping me in the street. One day I got hit by a car at that intersection, and while laying in the street the signal changed and the drivers on Rosecrans started blowing their horns at me to get out of the way, one horn blower nearly ran over my back wheel as I crawled to the curb dragging my bike. Got banged up pretty good but was able to make it home and to school the next day. Other than that, life was great! I was sure glad when my folks found a house 4 blocks from H Intermediate in the HHS district. I never told them about my near mishaps? Baxter
Well the word's out now. Man, talk about your ugly but somehow entertaining "gettin to and from school" stories. Thanks Baxter....
Name: Mike () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 22:06:48
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Message: Wow!! It sure is tough to communicate sometimes in this day and age of 'hurt feelings'. I wasn't trying to "push buttons" or "dis" (there's a dumb term if I ever heard one. S'matter? Don't know how to spell 'disrespect'?) anyone. I was just making an observation. You can take it or leave it. We can disagree with out being enemies. As for the individual who claims I'm "hiding behind my family" to somehow hide some kind of secret bigotry, well it's difficult to get angry at someone who is worse than stupid. 'Stupid', at least can be remedied. Unfortunately, this person is beyond help, because he is willfully ignorant. Not that I have to defend or explain myself, but I moved from that area to Az, because of a job offer in '96. In my opinion, it is a better place to live. Some don't agree. If they want to voice that opinion, more power to them. I wouldn't consider that "dissing" me. Take a pill, girls!
HEY MIKE, Did you go to HHS? Leave us your last name as YOU are hiding. Next, please respect others opinions. Lots of different eras here and if I graduated in 85 or later, I too would take offense to what you've been saying. It's easy to add feedback the way you do without getting punched in the nose, so don't be a coward, add your last name and when you graduated or this will be the last point you make, as I run this forum, not you. Name: Lee () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 18:21:04
This is not an email address: Paris
Make the Sound of a Bee: hmmmm
Message: Fabulous site! I recognised a few people, wasn't sure if I recognised a few others, remembered many places and hang outs...Great stuff! Thank you for sharing. Let your light shine! Peace!
Hey Lee, Glad you found us. Come on back anytime
Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:32:15
City and State: Belmontshore
Message: For all those playing Golf on Saturday.
We are asking you all to arrive around 8am for last minute instructions and to get your foursomes. The BBQ will begin as soon as the last foursome has completed the course. The bar will be open for those who cant wait. If you have any special requests for teaming call me at 714-565-3765.
See you there.
Thanks Bud, see you there....
Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:40:14
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Well I haven't been in awhile. I spilled a protein shake on my new laptop and destroyed it so i haven't had a computer simce last week. But I moved literally next door and had to transfer my DSL account and it has been nothing but a nightmare. I have waited for close to a month and they finally tell me it will be in next monday. So i am on dial-up. How slow is this. I have been kind of just going island to island for the past month wasting time while I wait for this gym deal to go though. It looks like sometime next month. Kauai really has slowed down since Iniki. Several hotels are still closed. I got a message that Dennis Campbell was came by the gym looking for me. and I read Sean Carroll was in Honolulu. I wish I could see some of these people when they get here. Hopefully next month I will be more settled and in place. Other than that not too much happening. I never thought I'd be in Kona this long. Aloha
Hey Keith, I talked to Dennis yesterday and I guess he just missed you. Dennis said he talked with the owner of the gym and he said you were there earlier but went to a movie. Dennis didn't know where, so he'll see you the next time. Thanks for checking in...
Name: Jill McFarlane () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 12:33:21
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: If I wanted to hear what is wrong with the world, I would tune into "Hannity and Combs" But I do not. Cougartown is for memories and reuniting with old friends and making new ones. Sure on occasion we go deeper, but for the most part this website should be non-political. If you all want to discuss how much Hawthorne has changed and dis the folks who currently live there, start your own damn website. Normally I do not respond to these types of postings. The last time I did I was accused of being about as subtle as a grand mal seizure. IronMike, I am sure you are a nice person when you are not hiding behind an alias, and you are entitled to your opinion on how Hawthorne has changed, but this is not the forum to do it. Yes, we do re-live the glory days of Hawthorne to an extreme, but that is the purpose of this site. Everyone have fun at the dedication, wish I could be there. See all you golfers on Saturday! Hang in there JB.
Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 12:10:41
City and State: Belmontshore
Message: For those of you looking for something to do Friday. We are having a C-Town tourney kick off at Gaetanos in Torrance. Its owned by our own class of 73 grad Dori Gestone. Come out and see old friends and meet new ones and enjoy her terrific food. It's located on the corners of PCH and Crenshaw. It should get rolling around 6ish. A good option for those in town for the Beach Boys dedication.
Thanks for that, Bud, and for the Golf Tournament on Saturday too.
Name: Maureen Trott () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 12:10:23
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: OK, here is some more info for Friday.
This is part of a flyer that is being passed out to the residents of the area. A DEDICATION CEREMONY HAS BEEN SCHEDULED IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ON MAY 20TH, 2005 FROM 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM.
IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR THE CEREMONY AND TO CONTROL TRAFFIC, 119TH STREET & 119TH PLACE FROM DOTY AVE TO KORNBLUM AVE AND KORNBLUM AVE TO 120TH STREET TO 119TH STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC ON MAY 19TH AND MAY 20TH. DURING THE STREET CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE LIMITED TO RESIDENTS AND VEHICLES NEEDED TO SET UP FOR AND TO HOLD THE EVENT. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INTERSECTION OF 119TH STREET & KORNBLUM AVE WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED. Hope this helps with what areas are available to the FANS.
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11:21:37
City and State: whenyagottagoyagottago
Message: Behind a bush in the woods is one thing. Behind a bush in someone's front yard is quite another. What kind of good neighbor would I be? Yes, women are always looking for bathrooms. It's part of our plan to rule the universe. When I was growing up on 115th and Doty, I think we knew someone on every block-no lack of facilities then. They all had the nerve to move, leaving me potty-less. Can't get thru from 115th anymore anyway-freeway cut off the streets. How can I rule the world this way?
Maybe women will have to set their sights a little lower, from ruling to just "bossing around" the world.