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Name: Dennis Rigdon () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 13:36:12
Email: Altarego@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Killer Dana
Class: 1979
Message: We heard about the guys, but what about the best all around Female Athlete? My vote goes to HHS?s Marla Manriquez Class of ?79. She excelled in Softball, Volleyball, Basketball and Track. She currently plays Pro Women?s Beach Volleyball under her married name that I can?t remember right now. I hear her son is a pretty good Paintball player as well.



Name: JAMES CICALESE () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 12:45:08
Email: jimc074@aol.com
City and State: lakewood ca
Class: 1974
Message: Hi Tammy I remember King Sauls. It was a great jewish deli and Dupars made the best cocoanut custard ever. As a kid we'd climb up on the roofs of Thirtymart and Food Giant we were all a bunch of climbing fools in those days. There is a bakery in the Food Giant side that is still owned but the orig owners kids.



Name: Jill McFarlane () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 12:21:24
Email: jmcfarlane99@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Mission Viejo
Class: 1977
Message: I want to wish my much younger sister Denean McKinney a very happy birthday!
Happy Bday, Denean



Name: Daniel Naschinski () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 10:56:43
Email: naschinski@yahoo.com
City and State: Plano, TX
Class: 1975
Message: Lockhaven Christian in Inglewood, CA? I attended Lockhaven from Kindergarten through 5th grade!
Hey Daniel, Thanks for adding to the Feedback...



Name: Jim Gibson () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 09:24:02
Email: surfsup1765@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Redding, CA
Class: 1967
Message: OK...the consensus for BEST ALL-AROUND ATHLETE appears to be "The Myk". Now, to keep things lively, who was the best SINGLE-SPORT ATHLETE WHILE ATTENDING HHS? Accomplishments following graduation do not count. This question concerns performance as a COUGAR, only! Let the games begin. (By the way, Sloey gets the nod as best catcher to block errant curveballs from a "rag-armed" pitcher in 1967!) - gibby
DAN DYE who set the HHS Shot Put record in 1962 and it still stands 43 years later.



Name: Tammy () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 08:26:42
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CA
Message: To Jill MacFarlane, yes - there was a King Saul's (never ate there) next to the ThriftyMart in the same shopping center where DuPars was. The smorgasborg on Imperial was called Taste of Sweden, or Bit of Sweden - it was next to the Imperial Theater. I loved that place. There was a Lawry's Restaurant on Crenshaw & Imperial, across from Sad Sack. I may have mentioned before in an earlier post, that Lawry's made "barbie doll" cakes and the best strawberry pies. Dino's Italian Restaurant - a few blocks north on Crenshaw - made the best Italian food. Where did all those great places go?



Name: Jim Dally () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 02:22:18
Email: jmd619atnetzero.com
City and State: Carson, CA
Class: 1963
Message: With all the talk about Bob's Big Boy; the one in Burbank has a car show EVERY Friday in its parking lot. From classics to Jay Leno driving through. As far as the food goes, I'd pass. Last time I ate there the place was rated "B" and the food related very well. Things may have changed by now but, if you go on a Friday enjoy the cars but, eat elsewhere if you want fast service (the crowds!).
So what you're saying is, the food is not so good, that's why there are such long lines? I'd still like to try it some weekday night.



Name: Jim Sloey () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 00:30:22
Email: hartje@msn.com
City and State: SOLVANG, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Let's stop the charade about the best athlete from HHS. There is only one who could play every sport extremely well and that was our version of the MYK. As to whether he played pro ball, when he was 20 he was the last guy cut by the White Sox due to injury and the day he was sent down he hit a home run off a 20+ game winner the previous year by the name of Bill Monbouquette. I have said before if Gary hadn't got hurt, Johnny Bench would be an after thought. Now just so you know how truly gifted he was, when I was a Senior at HHS I got to score open league basketball games at HHS. Gary, Bickers, Ronnie Peterson and some other guys played together. Gary had put on some weight, ok Alot of weight, to get out of the draft and was towing out at about 285+. He could still dunk and did so alot even backwards. The real question is who was number 2. Or who did the most athletically, (SCOTT). But Gibby's question was who was the best all around athlete, it was Gary Mykkanen!
AMEN, Brother Jim.....



Name: Gazgaroz () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 23:58:01
Email: gazgaroz@yandex.ru
City and State: New York
Maiden: Gazgaroz
Message: Incredible site you got there! I really, really like it here.
Hey, thanks Gazgaroz....



Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 23:12:13
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Since I was barely born yet, can you tell me if MYK played any pro ball.
I'm sure most of the 70's and 80's people have heard of Tracy Jones. He grew up in Holy Glen but went to Lawndale. He was as was his family was very close to me. I wish he would have went to HHS. He lettered all 4 years in the 3 major sports. Was all-league all 4 years in all 3 sports excpet mayber twice. He hit over 400 his junior and senior year. Went to Loyola where he signed with the Reds. Played I think 4 or 5 years in the the majors. He had a little bit of a head problem though. Wasn't used to sitting the bench in the bigs and didn't like it. But he was definitely a great all-round athlete. If he went to HHS we would have had evenmore league championships. His dad went to HHS BEBE Jones

I remember Tracy and his bro; played for Cincinnati. Very good ballplayer, but we're talking HHS all-around athlete.



Name: pat desmore () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 20:49:20
Email: gpdesmore@yahoo.com
City and State: las vegas, nv
Class: 1961
Message: I had the pleasure of playing with the "Myk", there isn't anything he could not do. I remember during an Easter baseball tournament when I was a Junior, he was younger, bigger and stronger than anyone on the diamond. He not only could hit a ball over 460 feet, throw the ball farther and could out run anyone at the tournament. No contest, Gary Mykkanen by far was the best athelete I have seen and played with. I have seen some of the other guys mentioned play but all around considering arm strength, speed and hitting ability not to mention you were not going to move him off the plate, there is no contest. Football and basketball were his getting into shape sports.
Myk was in a league of his own!

Thanks Pat, I totally agree.



Name: Armand Vaquer () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 19:54:33
Email: AMVaquer@aol.com
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Dennis Littlejohn was at HHS during his freshman year, then went to my cousins' high school, North Torrance. He briefly caught for the S.F. Giants. However, as good as Dennis and the other athletes were (in their day), I'd have to say HHS alumnus Mike Scott (and he was at HHS for all four years) had a real distingushed career with the Houston Astros. I'd have to peg him as best all-around athlete from HHS.



Name: Paco () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 18:40:33
Email: doo4usc@cox.net
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Bob's was Ezera's in Michigan..The Lakers are back!!
Where's Kobe going?



Name: Jim Gibson () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 17:27:50
Email: surfsup1765@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Redding, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Clarification to post below: Littlejohn played for my bro-in-law, Howard Taylor, head varsity FOOTBALL coach @ North Torrance HS, the year they went 9-0. Re: Paco's post - I remember Ty Goodman, Royal & Dennis Lord, Johnny Green, Mike Babineau, etc., from when my oldest brother, Gary, played w/ or vs them in Haw Middle League & Holly Glen Park. THAT was a great group of athletes! They were all my heroes. "Babs" (Babineau) & my brother remain best buds. Saturday afternoon BBQs @ Gary's house in Torrance continue to this day! Mike also played 1st base for El Camino AFTER his stint in Viet Nam. About 22 or 23 when he played, we affectionately & respectfully referred to him as "Gramps".



Name: Larry Biller () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 17:26:38
Email: lbiller49@yahoo.com
City and State: Portland,Or
Class: 1967
Message: I rememeber Dennis Littlejohn and Scott Laidlaw both played on teams for Aviation Little League at Sepulveda school.



Name: Tom Buckingham () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 16:49:10
Email: reddog27@gmail.com
City and State: Clovis,CA
Maiden: Lucky Buck
Class: 1964
Message: "MYK" was the best all around athlete I ever saw at HHS. Basketball, baseball, track and field, football,(did he wrestle,too?). He always impressed me with his natural abilities, his hustle, desire and team spirit.



Name: Jim Gibson () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 16:05:01
Email: Surfsup1765@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Redding, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Re: Littlejohn: I believe he played @ North Torrance (at least for a time, unless I've mixed him up w/ another Littlejohn...eventually caught for SF Giants (if I recall correctly) for my bro-in-law, Howard Taylor (varsity coach). They went 9-0...not sure of the year...probably '68 or '69, I'd guess. - gibby



Name: Robin () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 15:54:28
Email: RHood10542@aol.com
City and State: Monrovia
Class: 1960
Message: Mike Gillespie is a good argument for the best Paco, but I'm down with Gibby on this one. No 15 yr old freshman ever walked on our campus more prepared to compete in anything than Gary. And he just got better. I always wondered how he would do in the shotput, given the chance. An ironic footnote on Mike...A West Linn OR. kid named Cole Gillespie helped send the Trojans home and the Beavers to Omaha yesterday. I don't have a dog in this fight but wish OSU well.
I don't either, so I'm going with the Paddletails too.
While you're here Robin, do you know if Norman Haddad (Monty and the Crystals) was related to midget racer of the 40's, Eddie Haddad? Email me on this one, if you do.



Name: Sharon Stowe () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 15:38:31
Email: sharons39@hotmail.com
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
Message: Probably no one gives a flying R*#@% A*# but there is a Marc's Big Boy in Minnesota, Twin Cities area that has the same Huge Bob's Big Boy outside and the burgers are the same. But for some reason, the waitresses don't have on white blouses with black short skirts. Plus they don't have their hair pinned on top of their heads and wiglets.



Name: Jill Mcfarlane () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 15:15:58
Email: ohstopyourmakingmehungry
City and State: Bottomless Pit
Class: 1977
Message: Love some of the restaurants that are being mentioned here. I remember the Bob's on Century, but I often went to the Bobs in Westchester, I forgot the street it was on (Manchester?). Some mentioned DuPars at the Cal Fed building on Imperial Hwy, wasn't there a Saul's deli in there too? Or how about that swedish smorgasboard next to the movie theater on Imperial Highway between Crenshaw & Prairie? How about the Buggy Whip?



Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 14:39:51
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Dennis Littlejohn was the best all round athlete ever at HHS.



Name: Howard Paco Duran () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 12:54:03
Email: doo4usc@cox.net
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: My vote goes to Mike Gillespie..2nd place, Ty Goodman..3rd place, Royal Lord!
No arguments here....



Name: Jim Gibson () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 11:35:15
Email: surfsup1765@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Redding, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Here's some fodder for discussion: Who was the greatest all-around athlete in the history of HHS? My vote goes to "The Myk". Anyone else come close? - gibby
OK, best ALL-AROUND Athlete at HHS. I know we had the Ron Mixs, Scott Laidlaws and the Mike Scotts who excelled in their sports, but we're talking best all-around athlete here.
My vote too, goes to Gary Mykkanen. In your opinion, was there a better ALL-AROUND athete out there in HHS history?



Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 02:53:51
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Do any of the other Bob's still have the statue of him out front. The one on Oahu does. Remember when they blew up the Jack in the Box guy.
For the Holy Glen folks. The center where Off Ramp Liquor was located what was the name of the bar there. I used to clean Luigi's on Sunday when it was closed. i figured out how to turn on the oven and make pizza on my own. They had good food there. I think there was a little beauty salon also. The DMV turned into an Ice Cream parlor called Yesterdays, It was like Farrells.

The Falcon Crest?



Name: Baxter Dodd () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 02:13:33
Email: baxterldo@aol,cim
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: One more Bob?s Big Boy comment, if I may. Last weekend my wife, Sherry (Piper) Dodd ?62, hauled her horse to a high-desert equestrian center near Mojave Narrows to compete in a horse show, cutting cows. On the way home she stopped for lunch at a Bob?s Big Boy near the hwy 15 and Victorville and was disappointed. ?It just wasn?t the same, something about the sauce.? My point is, there may be a lot of Bob?s around but they aren?t consistently as good as the originals. ? I?ll bet you thought I was going to say she stopped at Bob?s and ate the cow she worked at the horse show. . . . Baxter
Hi Baxter, No I was going to say I didn't know Sherry Piper, from my class, was your wife. Please tell Sherry that I said hey.



Name: Jim Peppers () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 00:53:37
Email: JimPeppers@yahoo.com
City and State: Athens, Greece
Class: 1961
Message: Hi Cougars! Just a correction on what I think was a wrong impression. Russ, I never dated Sandy Tully. I don't think we even ever had a serious kiss. We were just very good and very close friends. We liked to do things together, which, by the way, was very hard for Jim Perry to understand at the time. Although it was hard for him, Jim did, in fact, go along with our friendship. I certainly feel that I was lucky to have Sandy for a friend. I have missed her a lot over the years. We were very supportive of one another. Anyway, just thought I would clear up a misimpression. Thanks, and as El Rojo says "May the cougar be with you!" Jim Peppers



Name: Janet () on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 00:02:17
Email: jreeves@cableone.net
City and State: Prescott, AZ
Maiden: Hardy
Class: 1974
Message: Hey John, Just to let you know there is a Bob's Big Boy in Calimesa, Calif. off of I-10. I drive right by there twice a year on my way out to the so. bay area and I usually stop in. I just drove by there this morning on my way back home from CA.
Hey Janet, OK so now we know there are other Bobs Big Boy Restaurants. In the Dennis Rigdon post below, I meant to say there was a RESTORED TO ORIGINAL Bobs Big Boy in Burbank.



Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 23:29:25
Email: Chuck@ArmstrongConsultingGroup.com
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I think I worked just about every restaurant in the South Bay in the '60s. Started at Kresge's in the very early 60's, from there I worked at Holly's, House of Raymond, Loves Wood Pit BBQ, Bob's Big Boy (Inglewood and Hawthorne), Denny's, Red Onion (Century and Boulevard), Hollywood Race Track and Annie's. In that time frame you got free food, so if you were going to school; a restaurant was the place to be. Loves was my favorite.



Name: Norm Voorhis () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 23:27:49
Email: olds88coupe at Yahoo.com
City and State: Monrovia, CA
Maiden: Norval
Class: 1959
Message: Hi All, Don Burns, RE: Bob's Bigboy, in Santa Paula. Not full house, not full race, and not full blown?
Regards, Norm



Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 22:45:46
Email: cindycolby@adelphia.net
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: I know for sure that there is a Bob's Big Boy at the intersection of Colima and Brea Canyon Cutoff in Rowland Heights, I was there recently also, there is one in Fresno, still a good place to eat, the Big Boy hamburger is just like I remembered it. You guys and your memories, I read this page every day because it brings back those things that I hadn't thought about in years. Thanks to every one of you. Cindy



Name: Keith Jones () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 21:41:39
Email: cmi50@yahoo.com
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: There is a Bob' Big Boy still on Oahu. I love those Big Boy Combos and the brownie cake delight



Name: Don Burns () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 21:11:17
Email: burnslock@yahoo.com
City and State: Dow3ney
Class: 1957
Message: Hey Cougs, speaking of Bob's Bigboy, they opened one in Santa Paula, not a full blown Bob's but they took over a Wendy's or Carl's Jr., but have the complete menu as I have heard. Later Don
There are a few Bobs around. Also one in Fresno.



Name: Armand Vaquer () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 21:10:49
Email: AMVaquer@aol.com
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Tammy, what he said. (Now I'm really confused!) ;op



Name: Dennis Rigdon () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 20:21:07
Email: altarego@sbcglobal.net
City and State: Doheny Way
Class: 1979
Message: Hi Kelly, I remember Bob?s Big Boy well. Ummm Brawny Beef Sandwich!!! I actually worked as a cook at Bob?s in ?78 ?79. First at the one on Hawthorne & Century, then Hawthorne & 182nd and finally the one in Manhattan Beach for about a week. In fact I cut off all that long hair seen in my senior picture to get that job. (I think those old guys in the barbershop in the strip mall at 132nd and Prairie couldn?t believe their ears when I walked in there and told them to give me the ?Regular Men?s Haircut?) Most if not all Bob?s Big Boys were converted to either Carrow?s or CoCo?s Restaurants about 10 to 12 years ago. My sister Dawn worked as a waitress for Bob?s / Carrow?s in Mission Viejo from like 1981 till just a few years ago (She also worked at Fosters on 120th and Hawthorne back in the 70?s.) Right before Bob?s made the switch, I had the privilege of putting on the Bob Costume for a weekend of meeting, greeting and taking pictures with the customers. I never knew old Bob was so popular with the ladies until that experience. I?ve heard that if you have one of the older Bob?s piggy banks it could be worth a bit more than change it would take to fill it. I miss Bob?s. Thanks for the memory.
Hey Dennis, There's actually one Bobs Big Boy left in Burbank.



Name: Steve Hutchins () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 19:21:55
Email: stevenhut@earthlink.net
City and State: St. George, Utah
Class: 1959
Message: Was just notified today that Art Segard, HHS Class of 1958, passed away on April 15, 2005. His 65th birthday was on March 31. He had suffered from lung problems and Parkinson's Disease for many years.
He was the brother of Bill Segard, HHS Class of 1967. Art lived for many years at 4855 W. 137th St. He left the South Bay area in the mid 1960s and lived in Palm Springs for a couple of years. In the later '60s he moved to Arizona, where he spent the rest of his life. He was a retired teacher, working in several school districts around the state, also working at Arizona State University for a while.
His caregiver has issued a request for any pictures or other mementoes of Art that anyone might be able to spare. If anyone can help with this please e-mail her at gena337@msn.com; or e-mail me at my e-mail address above.
Thanks, Steve Hutchins, HHS '59.

Thanks Steve, always rough to lose a classmate. Our condolences to the Segard family.



Name: Tammy () on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 19:15:05
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CA
Message: Armand, I made a mistake. I meant to say that DuPars was in the CAL FED building. I grew up next to that landmark, which still stands today, under a different name. As a child I knew the time and temperature of the digital clock on the top that turned around for years. Then years ago, it stopped for good.


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