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Name: Eddie Braun () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 16:46:11
Email: Crsh4Csh@aol.com
City and State: Manhattan Beach, Ca
Class: 1979
Message: Hey John ,hope all is well. Just got my notice on yearly membership dues...10 dollars is cheap for a whole year, sheesh , I wish all my bills were that cheap....I'm curious , whats the percentage of people here have been paid up? Well I do enjoy lurking here from time to time, and I appreciate all the hard work you put in. Take good care of yourself, oh and go see a few of my latest movies that are out...Longest yard, Mr & Mrs Smith, The Island, I need the money..... my dues are in the mail.... Eddie
Thanks Eddie, Good to hear from you and thanks for the dues too. I don't know the percentage but it could be higher. I think people want to join, but maybe just don't know exactly how, so they put it on the back burner. That's one reason I sent out the email. BTW, if any of you didn't receive the email, check your email address on the Alumni List. It's probably outdated.



Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 15:43:22
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Talk about Pinks, I had a Pinks Chile dog a couple of weeks ago and it just didn't seem the same. Maybe 'cause it was at the Pomona Fair grounds.



Name: David Neuschafer () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 15:09:55
Email: Dendan2@aol.com
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: The nerve of those young kids thinking "we" old geezers didn't get around, huh? (Hehehe) My wife & I remember going to Clifton's with the Scouts...That was well over 50 years ago now! BTW-JB, why is it that you hate lines at the Pantry for good food but will wait that (or more) for a hot dog at Pink's???

After the last Pinks Run, I won't...



Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 14:17:53
Email: addy57@msn.com
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
Message: I just found out the Clifton's you have a pic of was remodeled in 1939 to PACIFIC SEAS, because Clifton loved the South Pacific. It closed in 1960. The other one is still open, and is called BROOKDALE for the forest scenes. Just a bit of nostalgia.



Name: Keith Jones () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 13:22:56
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Yes I remember Gene's. Is House of Raymond still there. The Pantry had great food and you get allot of it. I know the waiter I had one time worked there since 1948. I think the way it looks now is the way it looked backed in the 30's. It hasn't changed. I'm surprised John you haven't eaten there. They have these little books that give you all kinds of facts about the restaurant. How much butter, flour eggs they use each week. It's amazing. Anyway try it you'll love it. It has nver closed it's door since it's opening.
Hey Keith, I was eating at the Pantry back in 1960, when you were about 2. I thoroughly enjoy everything there, except the wait in line. The last time there, about 2 years ago, there were lots of younger waiters. Time marches on....



Name: Chuck () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 12:04:30
Email: Chuck@ArmstrongConsultingGroup.com
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Chips opened in 1952 and just celebrated their 53rd anniversary.
I thought Chips was built about 1957.



Name: doris () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 10:44:23
Email: dorisjeanatmindspringdotcom
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: As a child, I thought Clifton's was THE place. I couldn't WAIT for each visit. To a child, it was like being in an exotic place and my imagination took control! I LOVED THAT PLACE!



Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 10:24:13
Email: addy57@msn.com
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
Message: Unless I missed someone else saying this, there were 2 Clifton's downtown. When my dad first came to California in the early 40's, one of his jobs was cleaning their floors. He then went to be a trucker on Santa Fe, so the family was in downtown a lot. My favorite location was the one they kept with the treasure chest toys for the kids when a flag was on their plate. Alex and I were there a year ago, and it hasn't changed. Sweet memories. Love the Pantry, too.



Name: Bob Milazzo () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 09:40:26
Email: rmil93312@aol.com
City and State: Bakersfield,Ca
Class: 1960
Message: Cliftons downtown L.A. was known for providing "Free Meals" to any service men or women that were in uniform during WWII



Name: Tom Burroughs () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 08:38:53
Email: ArizTom@cableone.net
City and State: Prescott AZ
Class: 1958
Message: Was there also a Cliftons in the Crenshaw Center?
Theaters: did anyone mention the Inglewood on La Brea close to Sparling Buick, great westerns there, Durango Kid & Lash Larue! What about the Lennox? Seems way back, there was a real small Theater in Lawndale west side of the boulevard on a side street? Great pics. of Cliftons downtown, a real magical place when I was a kid. Hope to make the Cruise in Aug. or Sept. Will be going through Twin Falls ID. in a couple of weeks on our way to Hodaka Days & will get to say hi to the Princess. Will also be visiting Curtis Gabriel HHS in Colorado. TB from AZ

Thanks Tom, see you at the Cruise....



Name: Britt Stonebraker () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 08:17:28
Email: thatbritts(at)yahooDotCom
City and State: San Marcos Ca
Class: 1978
Message: I havent been to Clifftons but many times to "The Original Pantry" www.pantrycafe.com Great food!



Name: Robert Munjko () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 07:14:35
Email: kmunjko@pacbell.net
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca.
Class: 1978
Message: Can you guys confirm the July 24 6-10pm on a Sunday Fosters cruise date coming up or was that last year? Thanks.
Hey Robert, Cruise Night will be in Aug/Sept this year. I'll post it about 6 weeks before. Thanks....



Name: Baxter Dodd () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 04:29:17
Email: baxterldo@aol,cim
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Another great photo. I still like white-wall tires. Hope to see them come back soon. Whenever my folks would go to LA on business or shopping we would eat at Clifton?s or the Pantry depending on which was most convenient. Dad preferred the Pantry, Mom liked Clifton?s. (I liked China Town). Thankfully my folks were always able to pay their check but at Clifton?s it would not have mattered, they were known for never turning away hungry people no matter how destitute.



Name: carl rilling () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 04:28:58
Email: cycleist@bctonline.com
City and State: oregon city,oregon
Class: 1959
Message: Keith, 200am and you made me hungry about the Pantry last time I was there same great food, alot of it and modest price. Bowls of Kern jams and the best fresh baked bread. No hash browns but cut up fried potatoes. Also no locks on the door it has been there since about 1924. For Hawthorne Foster Freeze was there when my family moved to Hawthorne summer of 1949. That has to be one of the oldest going concerns.
Yes but in my opinion, Fosters wasn't a restaurant, especially then when it was all ice cream products.



Name: Baxter Dodd () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 03:57:24
Email: baxterldo@aol,cim
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: I remember seeing movies in the Inglewood UA. Their Saturday matinees were great. One evening in the early 50s, while watching a movie we had a small earthquake that shook up the place (I am thinking it was an aftershock from an earlier larger one - Tehachapi??). Small pieces of plaster fell from the ceiling onto the empty seat in front of me. Some people walked out but most stayed at the reassurance of the manager that it was safe. Must have been a good movie. I agree, the Academy theater was class. As small kids, my cousin and I called it the ?sticker theater? because of the spiny looking neon ball at the top of the tower?Baxter



Name: Joyce () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 02:12:24
Email: birdlvr310@aol.com
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Maiden: Terry
Class: 1972
Message: Keith I think the oldest restaurant without a name change could be either " Gene's" on Inglewood Ave OR " Denny's" by the old Thrifty's on 132nd. Always changing some business in this city it seems.
Genes is not Genes anymore. How about Chips?



Name: Tom Shelley () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 01:16:40
Email: tomshelley@earthlink.net
City and State: Torrance, CA
Class: 1962
Message: Sharon, I really don't remember where I got the "Long, Long Trailer" Video. I've had it for a 'Long, Long Time'. I think I just happened to find it somewhere on a $2 rack or something. It really is a fun movie to watch. A couple of scenes are virtual parades of old cars. And of course Ricky (Nicky in the movie) is at his "Me, Me, oh you 'ditsy' dame" best. But it's a kick to watch. My other fav. from the days is "Friendly Persuasion" with Gary Cooper. Another night of popcorn and JuJu beans at the Baldwin Theater.



Name: Chuck () on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 01:15:48
Email: Chuck@ArmstrongConsultingGroup.com
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Keith The Pantry is still there and is open 24-7-365 and busy at every hour. They employ some of the oldest wait staff on the face of the earth; I think some of them have been around since it opened, and since they opened in 1924, that puts them at about 100 years. Richard Riordan bought the place for about $3Million when he was the Mayor in L.A., I?m not sure if he still owns it. I used to sneak down there from time-to-time when I was with USC. Great food and ambience, old L.A. pictures all over the walls, Formica table tops and everything you?d expect from an old diner. By the way, they make the best coleslaw in the world and you can get the recipe. John, sorry to chew up so much bandwidth on this subject.



Name: Keith Jones () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 23:59:16
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Was wondering if anyone here has ever eaten at the Pantry in downtown LA. It has been around forever. I love going there when I am in LA. What is the oldest restaurant in Hawthorne now.
Don't know that one.....



Name: linda () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 23:11:38
Email: lindaannhuthmaker@yahoo.com
City and State: torrance ca
Maiden: huthmaker
Class: 1963
Message: Hi, Is it true that Clifton's Cafeteria is still in operation, in L.A.? At Broadway and 6th? Please let me know.
Thanks, Linda Huthmaker

Hi Linda, Yep, still there....



Name: Chuck () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 19:02:36
Email: Chuck@ArmstrongConsultingGroup.com
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: The picture of Clifton's looks to be about mid-50's. Clifton's was on Broadway just up from 6th. I always enjoyed downtown L.A. for its cafeterias. Clifton's is among one of the best and still open today. Found this description of the site: In 1935 Clifford Clinton purchased the lease of the former Boos Brothers Cafeteria and began to transform the dowdy interior into an imaginary wonderland rivaled only by his other cafeteria, the legendary Clifton's "Pacific Seas." As a youth, Clifford spent his summers in the Santa Cruz mountains among the coastal redwoods, not far from the famous Brookdale Lodge. This mountain feeling was the theme Clifford wanted for his new location. Working with rock sculptor Francois Scotti, Clifford created a 20ft. waterfall cascading into a quiet stream that meanders through the dining room. Redwood trees were used to conceal steel columns and a renowned L.A. muralist, Einar Petersen, created a life size forest on canvas covering one wall.



Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 17:40:21
Email: smacd63@hotmail.com
City and State: Waco, Texas
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: Tom Shelley, where did you find a VHS of the "Long, Long Trailer"? That is the funniest movie and I have been trying to find one for a couple of years. For any Cougars who are RVers, it is a must see. Heck, for anyone who wants a good laugh, its a must see. Last night we watched a Hopalong Cassidy classic - and it was really a pretty good story. I found a cased set of Hopalong Cassidy movies at Best Buy on my last visit. Remember going to the Saturday matinee and seeing those black & white westerns?
Hoppy was my favorite when I was a youngin'....



Name: Don Burns () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 16:41:54
Email: burnslock@yahoo.com
City and State: Downey, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Hey Cougs, had a Cougar siting Sat.,the 4th @ Bellflower Blvd Car Show, none other than our accordian player Wayne Dickey & his purple Chevy. Later on Donna showed up with the granddaughter. Later Don
Thanks Don....



Name: Fernando Elizondo () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 08:15:46
Email: trinityotr@aol.com
City and State: Salinas, Ca
Class: 1961
Message: 1961....to the coolest HHS grad. class. Just retired as a district supt of schools and 38 years in education. Formed a consulting firm and trying to stay connected to the class of 61'....
Hey Fernando, The Class of 61 IS a pretty cool class, because it's right next to the CLASS OF 62 Thanks for sharing and come on back and join in anytime.



Name: Lois Palmer () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 03:39:13
Email: lois726webtv.net
City and State: SunCity, Ca
Maiden: McDaniels
Class: 1955
Message: The UA theater, and my first real job. Came home from a day at the beach and my mom told me I had to go in and work for my sister who was ill. Oh boy! A sunburn and a wool uniform. But I did enjoy the job until the manager, Mr. Smith, found out I was only fifteen and fired me. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Sounds like a fun job, and probably free popcorn too. Thanks Lois....



Name: Alan Hauge () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 03:13:21
Email: gmt333@comcast.net
City and State: Playa del rey, CA
Class: 1961
Message: Yo John Baker- I was in Las vegas last week and my wife spotted a marquee for "Al Jardine" and the "Endless Summer Band" one night on May 26th at the Rampart casino. About 1,000 were there in the main ballroom and it was a great show. His son sang lead with a high pitch like Mike Love did years ago and 90% of the favorites were right on the money. My son and I were also blessed when he spotted Al heading for dinner before the show and we spent five or so minutes going over old times at Hawthorne High including Al and I locking Richard Little in the equipment storage room during a track meet followed by coach Sevier making him run ten miles for getting himself locked in. We talked about the recent dedication, Dan Dye and a bunch of other Cougars. When I mentioned Rich Sloan and he said with a big smile, "everybody knows Rich Sloan". Anyway...the concert was out-of-sight! Or should I say Bitchen? Anyway, don't miss one if you get the chance. Later.
Hey Alan, How're you doin', man? I went to lunch with Rich yesterday. Glad you got to spend some time with Al. He's a great guy and loves to talk about the good old days. I hear his group sounds more like the Beach Boys than Mike's Beach Boys. Thanks for checking in and hope to see you at the next Cruise Night in August/September. Stay in touch....



Name: Chris Prewitt () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 01:36:26
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Talking about theaters; Guess what I have been doing for the last few months. Here in Fullerton we have a Fox Theatre that has been closed for about twenty years. It was built I guess about the same time as the Plaza. We just celebrated its 80 Birthday. Well the theatre needs to be cleaned up and earthquake retrofit etc. Every other Saturday we go in hardhat, gloves and dust mask and tools to clean, dismantle and just maintain the structure. Yes, we have had the Asbestos and other Hazardous Material removed with the exception of the original curtain which has the word Asbestos in bold letters. The curtain will be sealed so that it can remain. When it reopens in about 4 to 5 years we hope to have theatrical performances before movies. Today we were removing fixtures that were installed by a restaurant that was in the building after the theatre was closed. If you have a chance to drive by or even park behind and walk to the front you will be able to see what a little paint and elbow grease will do. http://www.foxfullerton.org/
Hey Chris, sounds like a great project. Too bad Hawthorne couldn't have done the same with the "You Know What"....



Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 00:43:03
Email: addy57@msn.com
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
Message: No one has mentioned the FOX Theatre, across from the UA. Marsha Groseth and I would take the trolley or bus there on Saturday afternoons, and sit in the balcony. At 12 years old, we and our parents didn't have to worry that it would be dangerous. Just fun.
Hi Adrianne, the Fox theatre is coming...



Name: Dennis Rigdon () on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 00:21:10
Email: altarego@sbcgglobal.net
City and State: Killer Dana
Maiden: One God, One Country, One Fin
Class: 1979
Message: I Remember the UA. It was the first of three theaters that I helped paint during Senior Year. But the Theater I remember best was the one on Imperial and Crenshaw. I don't remember the name. In the summer of I think 1971, my friends and me would walk there to see "The Summer of Horrors" You could see 2 or 3 old Vincent Price or Alfred Hitchcock movies for like 10 cents. I also saw movies like "Paint my Wagon", "The Magic Christian", and "2001 A Space Odyssey" there.
Hey Dennis, it was called the Imperial. Great theatre.



Name: Patty Saville () on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 23:33:03
Email: pvalencia5@aol.com
City and State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
Message: The 'Long, Long Trailer' movie comment hits home here in Laguna. The construction of the Montage Resort (recently opened (2003) spent many years in city talks before the building permits were approved. Once approved and construction completed, two mature palm trees were brought back (removed during the construction) - named 'Lucy' and 'Desi' because the "Long Long Trailer" movie was filmed here and those same palm trees were a part of the scenery. BTW the News Helicopters have departed for more interesting destinations. The only theater I remember attending during my childhood was the Plaza Theater.



Name: Keith Jones () on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 19:47:15
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: I remember the Loyola Theater had a crying room. Is that the one on the corner up on Sepulveda in Westchester.
Yep, that's the one.



Name: Richard () on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 18:47:58
City and State: of Long Beach
Class: 1969
Message: I agree with Armand (Vaquer), the Academy on Manchester was 'the' place. Saw a little male bonding film there my grad year, only 14 times, Butch Casidy and the Sundance Kid. Guess it was the Rocky Horror Picture Show of my time. To Butch and Sundance: May your horses never tire, may the sun always be at you back in a gunfight, and always give Etta a kiss for me (but forget that bicycle contraption thing, as it is just a passing fad)!



Name: Cliff Hitchcock () on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 16:01:13
Email: Thedesertcafe@yahoo.com
City and State: Palmdale,Ca
Class: 1973
Message: Wow! That picture of the United Artists Theatre sure brings back a lot of memories. I remember going there in 1963 (gulp) to see The Great Escape and remember having to be dragged out of there kicking and screaming! I remember the bathrooms were upstairs and they had ash trays with sand for the smokers during intermission. Ah yes, the good old days.



Name: Denny () on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 13:18:48
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1955
Message: It's hard so see in the 50's circa UA picture but Market St. downtown Inglewood had diagonal parking on both sides then. Wonder if anyone remembers how to diagonal park now days. Not only that but the street car tracks went down the center and at Christmas time, traffic slowed to a crawl giving plenty of time to look around.
Hey Den', Hope you had a fun Teardrop week....



Name: doris () on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 13:14:22
Email: dorisjeanatmindspringdotcom
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: BOY IS MY FACE RED! Happy birthday dear PETEY! A day late and a dollar short. Sure hope it was a GREAT DAY!


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