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In honor of the Beach Boys and their beginnings
Here's how it all started....
Beach Boys




Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 13:45:28
Email: cjprewitt at juno.com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Talking about shoes does anyone remember in the late '50s early '60s, women would wear stilettos with sharp pointed toes. For a while women would have their little toes removed so they could fit into their shoes.
Making a fashion statement by removing digits.... I think not.



Name: Al Rocca () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 13:45:01
Email: alfred.p.rocca@boeing.com
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Class: 1970
Message: I seem to remember the red goose shoes ad. You had to tilt the gooses neck or tail and the golden egg would come out. Did that really happen or did I just dream that?? Now that I look at the Buster Brown logo the dog was pretty scary with all those teeth!!
Don't think a Pit Bull would work as a logo today.



Name: David Neuschafer () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 13:26:44
Email: Dendan2@aol.com
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: JB...PF Flyers!!! Wow, now that takes me back! How funny! They came in one color combo...Black canvas high tops with white rubber soles...After a hard day's play in the summer's sun you had to park them outside because they smelled too bad to bring in the house!
(Hehehe)Thanks for reminding me of those!



Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:48:30
Email: Chuck@ArmstrongConsultingGroup.com
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Smilin' Ed McConnell and the Buster Brown Gang was on the radio in 1951, until they moved to television, where the show ran until 1954. There was a shoe store on the Boulevard, and I think Broadway, S/E corner, that actually had some type of x-ray machine to look through the shoe to check the fit. No wonder I have six toes on one foot. Anyone remember the Earth Shoe they're still made today.
Hey Chuck, The picture above is Buster and Dewey. They look similar, all right. I think I still have a pair of Earth Shoes somewhere. Man, they saved my feet working at Pathcom in Harbor City in the mid-70s, as it was an all concrete floor in two 100,000 sq ft buildings.



Name: Cal Kappen () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:46:18
Email: ekap4@cox.net
City and State: Oceanside CA
Class: 1959
Message: You were mentioning Buster Brown Shoes. I think Dewey Weber from Mira Costa High School was Buster Brown in their advertising. He also made allot of surfboards. Mike Woods and I went into his surfboard shop in San Clemente and talked to his son. His sons run the business now. His wife now lives on the big island in Hawaii.
Hey Cal, Thanks for the info on Dewey. I did not know that.



Name: Dennis Campbell () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:36:35
Email: Denniscampbell2000@pacbell.net
City and State: MV CA
Class: 1961
Message: Hey John, How about the Stride Right Shoes Store on Market Street in Inglewood does anyone remember that place?
You could put on a new pair of shoes and step up on to a X-ray machine and look down inside and see your little toes? ?O? I wonder why you don?t see X-ray machines anymore in shoe stores? Could it be because of the big C cancer or something like that? This would have been sometime in the late 40?s

The machine I used was in a shoe store in Hawthorne close to the Old Safeway market. Used to get PF Flyers there for 2 dollars a pair. Couldn't afford Purcells.



Name: David Neuschafer () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:22:01
Email: Dendan2@aol.com
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: Liz, you may be too young to remember but perhaps someone else will recall the shoe "X-ray" machine at Sears in Inglewood. I remember standing on that thing and looking at the bones in my feet for hours! Wow!...No wonder I have 7 toes on each foot! Anyone else remember that?

Yes, I do. You looked through a viewer at your feet to see how well your toes fit in the shoe. It was kind of a green hazy look but you could see right through the shoe.



Name: Fred Rinaldi () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 12:13:00
Email: fred_rinaldi@yahoo.com
City and State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Elizabeth is right I remember the shoe store between Food Giant & Thrifty's drug store, maybe 132nd st, Just down from the Boston store and across from Green Farms. Used to get my "offical holy Joe's" shoes there in the late 50's early 60's.
Serra 66



Name: Barney McArdle () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:54:07
Email: barney.f.mcardle@boeing.com
City and State: San Antonio, Texas
Class: 1958
Message: Looking at the CT site today and saw notes on Buster Brown shoes. Does anyone remember the Buster Brown slogan and his dogs name?
"I'm Buster Brown, I live in a shoe. That's my dog, Tige, he lives there too!" I know that because I'm very old. Thanks Barney



Name: Petey () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 11:05:49
Email: idon'tdocute.com
City and State: Oregon
Maiden: Smith
Class: 1972
Message: Liz, there was Buster Brown shoes and Red Goose Shoes. With Red Goose you would receive a golden egg. Maybe that's what you were thinking of?
"Half the fun of having feet was Red Goose Shoes".



Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 10:00:17
Email: elizabeth.aleccia@gmail.com
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 1969
Message: I seem to recall a shoe store between Food Giant and Thriftys that sold "Buster Brown" shoes sometime around 1954 or 1955. I was very young but I remember thinking it was very special to have Buster Browns. I have this nagging, faded memory that something else happened there. Did they give surprises if you sat still or have a mechanical ride as incentive? And was it really where I remember and ...what was the name of the store? Anybody?
Buster Browns were advertised on Andys Gang in the early 50s, so that's probably why you thought they were special. I don't remember the shoe store, but someone will. I remember Minkows Mens Store was right there somewhere. Thanks Liz...



Name: Jerry Simpson () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 07:39:03
Email: jerypatat6244atyahoo.com
City and State: Sanya Clarita CA.
Class: 1962
Message: Hey John. I just read about Ron Firey. How sad. We had paper routes for Examiner at the same time back when, and in our freshman year I used to go over to his house to work on Science Projects. Ron was far advanced in it and it didn't seem important to me at the time. We drifted apart, but still remained friends. To his family, I'm so sorry for their loss.
Hi Jerry, Ron was another one of the good guys at HHS. He'll be missed....



Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 01:38:24
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Wow since Monday we have had less than one posting every 4 hours. Where is everyone?
They are all reading, like you, Chris... Lots of hits this week, just few posters.



Name: Jim Villanueva () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 18:54:56
Email: jvjv022@aol.com
City and State: Simi Valley, CA
Class: 1976
Message: Just wanted you to know I covered the Beach Boys dedication for a nationally syndicated radio network. I've got lots of great soundbites I could send for you to post, including backstage one-on-one interviews I did with David Marks, Al Jardine...and Brian Wilson. Also, I submitted a link to my weekly syndicated radio show: www.currentclassics.com sometime ago for the "cool sites" section.
Hi Jim, Yes, send the sound bites to me and I will try and post them on the upcoming Beach Boy Monument Dedication page. Also, send me a blurb on your currentclassics.com radio show telling a little about it and I'll post that too. With all the junkmail I receive, it probably got trashed. Send to jb1atcougartown.com and thanks again.



Name: David Neuschafer () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 17:27:33
Email: Dendan2@aol.com
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: JB1, I sure hope you're feeling better after getting a bit too much sun at the Beach Boys bash. I wanted to tell you that we from LHS are enjoying the great pictures you've posted on here. The members on our little LHS site are scattered all over the country and most couldn't attend...Still we're all Beach Boy fans and have the feeling they're part of our Hawthorne family too. Love you Man!!!

Hey Dave, Yes I'm feeling fine now. Glad the LHSers out there are enjoying the pictures too. We all came from the same place.



Name: Mike Mueller () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 17:01:05
Email: log2log@inreach.com
City and State: Pasadena Ca
Class: 1979
Message: The Beachboy memorial looks great but does anybody else find it odd that they're not wearing pants?
Hey Mike, It's So. Cal. so what's your point? The image on the monument was taken from this picture (album cover), but the thing I find interesting is they had to add a 6th surfer to the monument as Al Jardine wasn't with the group at the time.



Name: Terri Romine () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 16:35:53
Email: romine@earthlink.net
City and State: Pleasanton, CA
Maiden: Martin
Message: This refers to a long ago thread about the Hawthorne Swim Team, of which my family was enthusiastic members, playing water polo and swimming in the early 70s. I remember Gil Layral very well, his older sons and his daughters he had later. I graduated from Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach (1978) but have a very soft spot for Hawthorne, especially the candy store right across the street from the pool by the railroad tracks. Thanks for jogging my memories!

Hey Terri, Glad you found the thread and join in anytime as Mustangs are always welcome in Cougartown.



Name: Wade Greasby () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 16:22:15
Email: grizbear73@jun.com
City and State: Surf City, CA
Maiden: ThankYou
Class: 1973
Message: Thanks Jill, That is the sole purpose of the golf tourney. Cougars getting together to play golf and meet old friends. I have, for the past two years invited Mike Scott to play. He is an outstanding golfer and he has sent his money in. This year he was unable to play at the last minute. He and I stay in touch as I do with most of the participants. It is great that those who come out, play golf and want to see old friends. This year we had four or five sets of brothers play and for one set it was their first time that they all got to play together. I enjoy setting up the tourney with Bud and we make it happen thanks to all who come. So next February be ready to sign up, renew old friendships, and enjoy a day in the sun. The tourney is open to all Cougars famous or not who enjoy a round of golf.
Thanks Wade, I know all I've talked to said they had a great time. See you all next year.



Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:06:12
Email: jmcfarlane99@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: As nice as it would be to have a celebrity golf tournament and invite some of our more famous alumni and contribute to a charity, it would change the dynamic of this outing. The more perks you have, the more money it will cost. Bud and Wade work really hard to make it affordable for most of us. I am not saying we can't invite our most famous alumni, it would be really great if folks like Mike Scott, Brian Wilson and Olivia Harrison did come out and play, but only if they want to see old friends and make new ones. That is the purpose for this tournament.



Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 00:21:10
Email: cindycolby@adelphia.net
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Gees Ed, it is about time you chimed in. I remember you, I even told Doris to tell you hello for me. Now the question is, do you remember me?



Name: Ed Donaldson () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 22:46:24
Email: dblmocha@netzero,com
City and State: Rathdrum, ID
Class: 1963
Message: Hey out there! My sister turned me onto the Cougartown web-site, thought it might be a kick to see if anyone might remember this blonde haired, blue eyed kid who just couldn't stay out of the water---or was it couldn't stay out of trouble?!
Anyone?

For all your information, this is our own Doris Donaldson's brother. Hey Ed, glad you finally checked in, and I'm sure lots of the early 60s people remember you. Come on back any old time....



Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 22:02:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown.com
City and State: Lomita, CA
Class: 1962
Message: To all the friends of Ron Firey HHS62. He was killed last November.
Our sincere condolences to the Firey family.



Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:49:29
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Wade I was thinking of more like raising money for charity or even Cougartown cause it costs money and lots of time for John. Or even donate some to HHS. It can be used for prizes, awards or other incentives. I've played in these tournaments where a corporate fee is as high as $5,000 for a guy to play in the event. And that was way back in 1988. So, now that you have a pretty good solid event you could easily make it worth alot. Could you imagie how much someone would pay to have Brian Wilson in their foursome. Just a thought as I'm always thinking of fun ways to make money.



Name: linda huthmaker () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 19:57:16
Email: lindaannhuthmaker@yahoo.com
City and State: torrance, ca
Maiden: huthmaker
Class: 1963
Message: For Keith Jones-don't forget to add the great Chris Montez (Zeke Montanez), and, of course, Olivia Arias Harrison (wife of the great George Harrison). That would be neat to have Celebrity Golf - maybe next year, huh?
Regards, Linda Huthmaker 1963 HHS



Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:00:39
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 1977
Message: Anybody been listening to K-SURF 1260? It's like living American Graffiti (including old Wolfman Jack shows) or 93 KHJ all over again -- including the "low fidelity"
Hey Dan, Thanks...LOVE that low-fidelity..



Name: Bob Brophy () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 12:54:02
City and State: Phoenix,Az
Class: 1963
Message: Serra high '63. Have not been on in a while. I have been quite ill the last year and a half. I am now in San Diego recovering from liver transplant surgery. Hope to be back on line in July when I get back to Phoenix. If there is anyone out there that remembers me post it here and I will get back to you the next time I get to the library.
Bob Brophy

Hey Bob, Thanks for letting us know you're still out there and good luck with the recovery.



Name: Wade Greasby () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 08:18:53
Email: grizbear73@juno.com
City and State: Surf City, CA
Maiden: Golf
Class: 1973
Message: John, when I said we broke even, it was to cover the cost until we received the money from the players. Bud and I are not doing this for financial gain. We're doing this golf classic to give Cougar Alumni golfers a chance to get together and play a round of golf with friends and spend some time together. I may not have been clear about breaking even, but what we put into the tourney stays in the tourney and not in Bud's or my pocket.
Thanks for making that clear, Wade. I know that, and you know that, but the way it was worded, just wanted to clarify. Thanks again...



Name: Bob Rogers () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 03:27:14
Email: bobmar2@citlink.net
City and State: Kingman,Az.
Message: I noticed that Janet Burkett saw a Helm's truk in a wrecking yard. I lived in Sacto.Ca. and had to sell my Twin Coach when I moved.It's now being restored in the San Diego Area. I would like to locate another to restore. I really loved that ugly old truck... Now all I have is some photos and memories.(really a challenging kick to drive). If someone knows of one out there please email me. JANET !!!! Where is it?



Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 03:18:22
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Wade just a suggestion. HHS has quite a few celebrities that are alumni. Maybe invite them and make it Cougar Celebrity Golf Classic. Mike Scott the Beach Boys, Scott Laidlaw, Mike Colbern, Eddie Braun, Wayne Bryan, Ron Mix (if still around), and there are others. Just a suggestion. Could bring in more money.



Name: Wade Greasby () on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 01:02:20
Email: grizbear73@juno.com
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Maiden: Golfcougarstyle
Class: 1973
Message: Dear Cougar Golfers and Bar-B-Quers who attended the 2nd annual golf tourney. I want to say thanks to all of you for making it a very special day and I hope you all had a great time. Bud and I are looking forward to doing it again next year, any suggestions on a course will be appreciated. May though will be the month. Jeff Mann, Ed Fink and son Cubby, thanks for providing the outstanding tunes. As the tourney goes we broke even, but the support all you golfers gave to me and my sons is deeply appreciated. This is what makes this tourney so special and brings out the true spirit of Hawthorne High Cougar Alumni. I am so over taken with the all that was shown. I want you to know it is and always will be the Cougar Classic. Hope to have more alumni next year and for those who said they'd be back, we're looking forward to seeing you all then. Thanks, Wade
Hey Wade, Glad you had a fun tourney, and just to make it clear to all, Cougartown didn't know you were trying to make a profit. Just so everyone knows. Thanks and please send pictures.



Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, May 23, 2005 at 20:13:02
Email: cindycolby@adelphia.net
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: John, what would make you think I would tell anybody about this wonderful site? She said that she knows about Ctown and has been reading feedback all along. I will be in contact with her again and will tell her that you asked about her.
Thank you Cindy, and like the song says, Sally Was A Good Ol' Gal.



Name: Karen () on Monday, May 23, 2005 at 18:42:25
Email: Fraser
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Maiden: Bob's wife
Class: 1960
Message: Hey John, I just wanted to write in and tell you what a great time Bob had on Friday. I haven't seen him that happy and excited for a long time. For a moment in time he was a kid again and it felt great. As for me, I grew up in Indiana where my older brother and I saved our pennies and dimes to buy 45 RPM records. My favorite band then and pretty much now has always been the Beach Boys. It was hard to imagine what life in Southern California was like. I could only dream. Little did I know that one day not only would I move to California, but to Hawthorne where I would meet the man of my dreams who also just happened to have grown up in Hawthorne, graduated from Hawthorne High, and been a classmate of Brian and Al. What a dream come true. We are still here, still together and still loving the Beach Boy's music. But best of all is being friends with all of the Cougars who continually enrich our lives.
Admit it Karen, You married Bob because he owned a 409, was friends with Brian and Al, and let's face it, is a early 60s HAWTHORNE HUNK!!! Bob WAS the Fonz of the Boulevard.
I know how Bob felt as the whole day took me back too. I'm glad he had as much fun as I did.



Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, May 23, 2005 at 17:55:24
Email: cindycolby@adelphia.net
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: I sure do hate that I missed the BB dedication and the golf tournament but I was busy buying land in Nevada. I had a strange Cougar sighting well maybe not too strange. We were looking for a real estate office to help us buy a particular piece of land and ended up in Dayton at Shadow Mountain Real Estate, the lady was really nice and helped us do the transaction, while we were waiting for the printout she asked where we were from, I told her from So. California, she said to me 'we are all displaced Californians' I asked her where she was from, she said Hawthorne, CA. After I picked myself up off the floor I asked her what year she graduated and her maiden name, it was Sally Fraser c/o 62, I was speechless. Well that is my story, I am happy that you all had a good weekend.
Well what do you know. Sally was not only in my grad class, she was in my Kindergarten class at York too. Great Cougar sighting, Cindy. I know you told her about Cougartown.


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