In honor of the Beach Boys and their beginnings
Here's how it all started.... Beach Boys
Name: Kelley () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 19:04:34
City and State: Englewood,OR
Message: Okay I've read all about the restaurants but haven't seen Bob's Big Boy mentioned....We went there after marching around the football field and performing at half time...I remember once we were so loud we were asked to leave..Or was that the Pizza Show...whatever, did anyone else go to Bob's Big Boy..I think it must have been in Inglewood..Big old Bob was on top of the restaurant. My Aunt Pun (Robins Mom) worked at Raymonds' in Hawthorne so did Tim Hood... I think Timmy burned it down so he didn't have to work there any more! :)My Brother was a waiter at Cattlemens..that was a bitchen place...Tony's was an okay for me...I found the beginnings of a pearl in an oyster there..I still have it.My Grandma Currie took us to Redondo pier for years..they had rides and a arcade...It was the thrill when grandma would take us to The Redondo Beach Pier it certainly changed over the years...
Remember It's vacation time and if any cougar is traveling the coast please stop into Pony village in North Bend, stop into Cone 9 and have a Latte on me..you can buy something too.! Hope to see a coug. this year..
May the Cougar be with you.......
Hey Kelley, thanks for the offer. There you go, Cougs.....
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 18:51:34
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Tammi, thanks for the correction about the building DuPar's was in. I knew that it was a now-defunct bank with a name that started with a "C." Coast National Savings was the one with ads with the rabbit.
Coast Federal Savings had the rabbit.
Name: Jillian () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 18:28:39
City and State: Williamson Ny
Message: Woody?s...YUM yea it is gone :( I think IHOP was moving in there.... They had the best chocolate malts.
Name: Raymond Smith () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 17:10:16
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU....Yes, Linda Elia c/82 was born this June 14th which is also "Flag Day". Hope many more will come your way my dear friend. Luv ya!
Does anyone remember of a eating place that was called the Lone Ranger? It was just south of Old Towne Mall on Hawthorne Blvd. and I remember once they had the Lone Ranger and Tonto himself there. I don't think the place lasted more than a few years. I remember Sears in Inglewood at Christmas times. That place(and area) was so magical and I waited for a long time in line to meet Mr. Santa himself and hearing those paging Beep...Beep beep beep.....never knew why they sounded off that way. Was told it was some sort of code for certain employees.
Name: Howard Paco Duran () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 14:06:02
City and State: LF
Message: Carol Coombs' husband Bob is going through some tough times and wanted to wish him well! Nice seeing Mary Ann Walton back!!
Name: Tammy () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 14:00:40
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CAq
Message: James, I remember Little America very well. I remember when I was very small my mother used to take me there to buy these zoo animal-shaped "balloons", they came in a white box with different colored dots on the package. I'll never forget those. Does anyone remember what I'm talking about?
Please email Tammy, if you do.
Name: Keith Jones () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 13:16:01
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Santa's Village was so nice. I was so run down for years. We had a cabin in Running Springs my parents bought back when I was in 6th or 7th grade. We spent every Christmas except for maybe 1 up there. It was so clean. Me and my brother would take our motorcycles and ride down every trail in those mountains. I took my kids up there back in the 80's and they loved the little roller coaster. I thought they tore it down.
Name: JAMES CICALESE () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 10:39:55
City and State: lakewood, ca
Message: Hi Ct, I've been following the comments the few weeks about theaters and brolly hut. I grew up in Ingelwood and moved to Hawthorne in the 8th grade. Seeing the pictures of the fox theater and loyola brought a smile to my face. Does anyone remember a toy store called Little America. That had to be the best toy store ever. I remember as a kid they have model building contests and if you won they displayed it in the window. I tried many times but never won. Those were great days. Oh a large order of fries at brolly hut was 25 cents and it was truly large. More memories to follow.
Name: Coletta Pool () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:39:03
City and State: Ventura, CA
Message: Cougartown has grown and grown, it's really an enjoyable way to "chill out". I haven't tuned in since 2002, I think. I could not end my day without finding out the latest, or oldest piece of news from Judy DeGrazia and her phrase "Well, I'm off like a prom dress - Bye" will be historic. Where are you Judy? Anyway, hello to all my friends, enemies and cohorts.
Thanks for the nice thoughts, Coletta, and join in anytime. Judy took her Prom Dress and went home years ago.
Name: Tammy () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:26:52
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CA
Message: Armand, the DuPars on Imperial & Crenshaw was in the California Federal building. I remember that place well. There was a 5 Torches across the street, on the north side of Imperial in the Food Giant shopping center.
I remember the shootout at Mel's Sporting Goods, with Patty Hearst and some SLA members.
Terry, Brolly Hut is still on 112th and Crenshaw, Dino's restaurant was about 2-3 blocks north on Crenshaw. It was destroyed in a fire years ago.
Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 06:19:10
City and State: Nashville, AR
Message: It's been awhile. Now in Arkansas where I've two sons and three awesome grand daughters. Have lived in CA, Arizona and Las Vegas. Worked for City of Hawthorne, Hawthorne Air Faire and Tom Quintana for several years. My dad, Reese Walton, former Hawthorne School District superintendent died suddenly December, 2004, in southeast AZ - near where the Rowdy Girls recently had their wonderful weekend. Now live in Razorback country on three acres of wilderness that I share with deer, raccoons, rabbits, snakes, squirrels, three dogs and birds, birds, birds. Other than old age medical conditions, am very content. My life in one paragraph ... Miss McGinty taught me well! Hi Mary Ann, Glad you're back and hope you find lots of classmates to email. Stay in touch.....
Name: Larry Cole () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 02:35:54
City and State: Newbury Park
Message: The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. Hi everyone! The beings from the ufo finally brought me back. And the first thing I did was add my name to the Cougartown alumni list. Is it still 1965?
Hey Larry, It sure is and you're right smack dab in the middle of it. Thanks for checking in....
Name: Jan Peterson (Freeman) () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 23:19:02
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: I was just sitting here reading the Feedbacks to my husband and after reading Chuck Armstrongs, he said that I have to share my Mai Tai story. When we got engaged he was amazed by all of the Mai Tai glasses in my hope chest. (I think that he thought there should be a fishing pole in there.) I loved Tony's and I spent alot of time on the Top of Tony's, listening to the piano player and gulping Mai Tai's. I spent a very memorable birthday up there drinking those awesome drinks with Betty Owen (HHS66). We were not quite 21 ;o) My husband was sure that we would never have to buy a glass again. Since we do go to Tony's everytime we are in SoCal, I could no longer keep up with the glass was given when you bought milk. Although I don't think that he ever bought that anyway. Once my brother became a Redondo Beach Police Officer, I behaved......I sure love the memories here. Everytime I read a few of others memories, I am reminded of so many of my own. Hugs, Jan
Name: Marilyn Ross () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 23:06:50
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I remember the build it yourself sundaes at Woodys. We stopped there a few years ago on the way to a cruise nite and the sundae bar was gone. Patmars had the best Hamburgers. Of course Russ's (Frostys) were great too. Curries ice cream cones, yum, ah sweet memories. I loved the pics of the theaters expecially after seeing their remains a few years ago. How could anything so beautiful get so run down?
HEY, It's the "New Millenium Inglewood". Thanks Marilyn....
Name: Keith Jones () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 20:11:42
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: There was a smorgesborg called Sir Georges near Hawrhorne and Rosecrans. It was good. The football team used to go there before games
Name: SHERRY BARNWELL () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 18:45:40
City and State: HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.
Message: HI ALL . I LOVE LIVING IN N.C.
Name: Christine Eckersley () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 18:17:27
City and State: utah
Message: HI All!
Name: Jillian () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 17:49:30
City and State: Williamson, Ny
Message: Sounds like all COUGS liked food ... Does any one remember Nancy?s not to far off Aviation in Inglewood? Oh and what was that restaurant on Hawthorne blvd and the 117th?
Nancy's moved in where "Mothers" moved out, but Nancys is no longer there. Nancys IS on PCH at about Ave H in Redondo Beach.
Name: Carl Johnson () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 17:39:44
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Message: Jean mentioned Smorgasburgers and I think she must be thinking of Woody's in El Segundo on Sepulveda just south of Imperial. It is still there and you still get to design your own hamburger. Sort of an early day Fuddruckers concept. We used to stop there for burgers on our way back to Hawthorne from D&W. I had a burger there a couple of months ago for old times sake before going to the airport. The place is still fun.
Carl, I think Woodys closed down not long ago.
Name: Patti Smith () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 17:33:09
City and State: Cypress, CA
Message: Mary McDermid, I've heard stories about the c/o 1958 Senior Ditch Day at Disneyland from my oldest brother, Mike Smith (c/o 58). Maybe you remember the two guys he hung around with constantly...Mike Beard and Don Schuyler. Three Musketeers and three stairsteps! Anyway, I could still see the bluing line around the castle at my Grad Night in 68...as well as after my wedding in 71, and even when I was taking my daughter there in the 80's. What, did they pour GALLONS of bluing in that moat?? Mike still won't admit or deny any responsibility in that fiasco. He just laughs.
Name: Mary McDermid () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 15:03:06
City and State: Irvine, CA
Message: Haven't been on the website for a while, but was saddened to learn about "Wally". I had the opportunity to talk briefly to him at the '98 reunion. He truly was a great and very positive individual. He was always smiling, except for the senior ditch day when we were called back from Disneyland. God Bless Wally.
Hi Mary, I'll say you haven't been around in a while. Glad you're back....
Name: Dan Johnson (sp?) () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 14:14:59
City and State: Sureman Oks
Message: Resturaunt, n., meaning restaurant when one posts tired and without spellcheck.
Name: Chuck () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 13:00:24
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Message: For my money, Tony?s on the pier had the best Mai Tai?s in the South Bay. I could only drink one, and then I had to eat so I could walk straight again. I had a cupboard full of Tony?s Mai Tai glasses. I enjoyed sitting upstairs overlooking the ocean, and I always waited for an open window table when having dinner.
Name: EL ROJO () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 11:26:02
City and State: Kuna, ID
Message: Jim Peppers, quite funny that you mentioned taking Sandi Tully out. I did also and it turned into quite a fiasco. Went with Ray Quinones (Of Ray and Rene fame) and his date and Ray's friend Jim. I didn't quite understand Jim. He wasn't retar...excuse me, maybe mentally challenged, different, but still quite astute. He also had an endowment of some sort and quite alot of money. Drove a 58 T-Bird convertible (in 58). Anyway we went to the Tail O The Cock on La brea. Jim was paying for dinner. Got seated and the waiter did his thing. Water, bread sticks etc. Jim excused himself and said he would return in a minute. To make a long story short, he had forgot his wallet. Had to drive back to Hawthorne to get it. Only what? 15 or 20 miles one way! I've never eaten so many breadsticks and such in my life. None of us had a clue as to what was going on. And the waiter or waiters and I think they changed shifts in this hour or so we waited, were cool. They knew something was amiss. Didn't make too many points with my date. But what a memory. They had several great restaurants down on La Brea towards Hollywood. And actual good food. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 08:18:11
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Dal's. The thing I remember most about it was that they had a mummified corpse in there. Maybe a relative of Elmer McCurdy of the Long Beach Pike?
Name: Cal McDougal () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 23:54:15
City and State: Enterprise, Alabama
Message: Western Surplus...Armand Vaquer, you really tripped my synapses with that name! In 1958 I found a set of GI Saddlebags that were made of Green Canvas with tan leather fittings. They were made for an Army horse (of course) but I used them on my Monarch bicycle. Other treasures I found there were Polarized aviator sunglasses and a pair of paratroop "rough out" boots that lasted me for over 30 years. That was a great place to dig through stuff. I can still remember the smell of the canvas and leather there.
Another fun junk store was Dal's Swap shop further down the Boulevard.
Name: Pam Duncan Earnhardt () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 23:39:44
City and State: Arizona
Message: What a wonderful four days we Rowdy Girls spent on the ranch in SE Az.
Hiking, Riding, Historical Bar, Games, etc. The laughter, the silliness,
the tears. How fortunate we all are to still be so close and love each other
unconditionally. Happy Birthday my "No Bull Cowgirls" I miss all of you,
"And That Ain't No Bull"
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 23:22:21
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: The scooped-out pineapples at Latitude 20 do sound familiar. I just stayed with the Mai Tais.
So the place with Country, eh? I think the place has long since been torn down.
It's been gone at least 20 years.
Name: Tom () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 22:58:49
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Enza, I don't remember "Pop's Root Beer". But I was a salesman for a company called National Drinks, in Gardena in the mid 60's and we sold "Mother's Pride" soft drinks in a half gallon jug. They did have root beer as well as other flavors. We also sold "Dad's Root Beer". Is that what you're referring to? The "Mother's Pride" label belonged to the Levitt brothers who owned National Drinks and when they sold out to Coke, the M.P. line was dropped...(I know,I know "too much information".)
Enza agrees, It was Dads....
Name: Keith Jones () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 21:30:36
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: I remember the Proud Bird near the airport. The neatest thing was you could pick up a pair of headphones and listen to the pilots talking to the tower. i didn't like the food much though except for the scallop potatoes.
Latitude 20 changed into a Country western dance club I was a bouncer at. It was fun till me and the bouncer got into a fight and one of the guys who we had to kick out filed a law suit and closed the place down. We might have gone a little overboard with him.
Name: Enza Nicocia () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 20:20:07
City and State: San Pedro Hill, Ca
Maiden: Still lQQking 4 Mr. Right....NOW :))
Message: Wasn't the Latitude 20 the place where they would serve tropical drinks in a whole pineapple? I remember my early c/o 60's siblings would come home with these huge scooped out pineapple's and the next morning I would get my first taste of a nice tasty slice of pineapple with hint of Pina Colada. :)) Also, anyone remember the 'Pop's Rootbeer' that came in a glass 1/2 gallon jug? They didn't have twist off caps back then and you had to use a 'church key', and then use a rubber stopper thingy to keep it from going flat.
I remember half gallon jugs of root beer....
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 19:37:07
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: I don't remember a Sizzler at Airport Village, but it could have been there. Latitude 20 was a fun place with great Mai Tais. We caught the "Mike Curb Congregation" there a couple of times. Another Polynesian nightclub was on Prairie near Artesia, but I don't recall the name. Where did all the great clubs go to?
The mentioning of the Imperial/Crenshaw area brings back memories. There was also a Du Par's in the Coast National Savings Building with the lit clock. Also, Mel's Sporting Goods was there and got some notoriety for when Patty Hearst shot up the place in 1974. (Speaking of places getting shot up, remember Western Surplus on Hawthorne Blvd. being hit by the Manson Family?)
Name: Jim Peppers () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 16:28:22
City and State: Athens, Greece
Message: Hi Cougars, No one seems to have mentioned the Luau on La Brea. That was a favorite date place for me. All this reminiscing about restaurants reminds of the time that I went with Sandy Tully to see Nat King Cole at the Coconut Grove. Nat was fabulous and the meal mediocre. Nevertheless, the big surprise came at the end when I had to pay and didn?t have enough money. It turned out to be really simple. They just billed me. I was just short of humiliated, but Sandy had a good laugh. It was an ?Unforgettable? night and I will always remember that I was privileged to have seen such a great singer up close! Take care and have a wonderful summer. Jim Peppers
Great one Jim... Another fun local restaurant/night spot was the Latitude 20 on PCH.
Name: Tom Burroughs () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 15:21:49
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: The restaurant overlooking the runway at LAX was called The Flight Deck, I believe? My Dad's favorite place to take visitors from out of state. TB from AZ
Name: Terry Allen () on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 15:13:30
City and State: Salem, Oregon
Message: Yes Dan, the Brolly Hut Was on Crenshaw. I believe before that it was a place called Dino's. Next to that was a place we called the Italian Store, the best foot long subs. It always smelled so good in there. It was owned by the Stellino's. Next to that was a dry cleaners. This was 109th st and Crenshaw. Wow you got lost at Lindburg Nutrition. What kind of kid were you? Just a few doors down was a toy store. Also in that strip mall was a Boston Store and a Save-On Drugs (ice cream) Right down the street was Sad Sack's Five Torches was also right there. If I remember right, there also was trampolines you could pay to jump on.