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Name: Sharon () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 17:13:08
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: I just read about the defacing of the Beach Boys's Monument and am very upset. I have written an e-mail to the mayor from the link on CT. Taggers can be traced by their marks. They do this all the time in the City of Long Beach and are just too dumb to know that the police know exactly who they are by their tags. They tagged the fence behind us and the next week the police had the taggers there painting over their tags. They were cited and a couple ended up in jail as repeat offenders.
The city needs to do the same thing. If nothing's done, this will happen again.

Name: Bruce Downie () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 15:40:41
City and State: Los Angeles,Ca.
Message: I've just stumbled onto your "bitchen" website. I'm Westchester (Comets) class of '72, so most of what you have on your site is familiar; I can't say what I like the best-probably a toss-up between the slang (we used the same stuff) or the cars. I'ts all great- probably the best website for anyone, including myself, who is stuck in the past somewhat, by choice. Boss! P.S. whatever became of the auto seatcover installation place on Hawthorne Blvd. by the mall, Fitco? Thanks, and Hi! to Noreen (Crotty) Culley.
Hey Bruce, Thanks for checking in as Comets are welcome here too. Don't know about the seat cover place but I bet someone does. Stay tuned...

Name: Jim Gibson () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 15:22:22
City and State: Redding, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Bake: I went to the message board & requested that all participants on the website send an Email to Mayor Guidi re: Beach Boys landmark security. If even 1/2 respond, he'll get an earful! - gibby
Thanks Gibby, I was just in the middle of my email the the good Mayor, and Larry Guidi IS a good guy. He's also the one who has to answer the hard questions.
Remember, your Email goes to Mayor Larry Guidi

Name: Keith Jones () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 14:35:56
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: You know as soon as I saw where the monument was going to be I told some friends here that it had no protection around it. I told them within days some idiots are going to tag it. And look what I happened. Unreal.
There's nothing more enjoying to me than remininsing my past in Hawthorne and HHS. I love reliving them here on Cougartown. But, I have been back to Hawthorne several times and things like this embarrass me when I say I grew up in Hawthorne. Axtually when I tell people when they ask me where I'm from I usually say Manhattan Beach since I lived there so long too. But I do always say I went to HHS. Hawthorne really needs to clean up.

Well come on over and grab a broom...

Name: Dan Johnson () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 14:35:37
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 1977
Message: Tracy Turner deserves some consideration. Great basketball player and drafted by the Twins. If Stucker hadn't messed up his shoulder with stupid, meaningless and harmful "toughness drills," he might have had a great career. Jerry Oliver was pretty good basketball, track, cross country. Long live "Preacher"

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 13:23:04
City and State: MV CA
Class: 1961
Message: Hey Coletta, Happy 40th Anniversary to you and John and good luck on your upcoming retirements? Well Coletta you and John have been together for a hell of a longtime and I think John should sell that old 2+2 Mustang and buy you the biggest diamond ring in California?
Side note* Speaking of cake, thanks for sending the recipe to Ctown years back I get Eileen to bake it every 6 months or so, and boy it?s good?

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 12:19:29
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1969
Message: Shootin's too good for them taggers...send them to Guantanamo.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 11:53:53
City and State: Belmontshore
Class: 1974
Message: Kind of ironic but after reading Art's post and having read todays Times I guess you all have heard that the new Beach Boys monument has already been defaced by gang members and taggers.Pathetic scum.
Bud, Read under Art's post for more.

Name: Coletta Pool () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 10:36:13
Email: Eckodoodle@aol
City and State: Ventura CA
Maiden: Jacobson
Class: 1964
Message: I have been going through Cougartown slowly for the last couple of days. It is quite a coincidence after so long. My eldest grandson, Bryce, just attended his grad night at Disneyland AND class of '64 do you realize tomorrow, June 18 will be 41 years since our grad night at Disneyland? The mischievous, secret coup was how and who would be smuggling oranges in their purses that were full of vodka, uniquely by needle syringe (not I, of course). It wasn't a huge success. We pretty much behaved ourselves since Senior Ditch Day to Catalina nearly kept a few from participating in graduation. Seems Mr. Pool (John) found a friend (?) who had a boat anchored and we all kept the shuttle boat busy traveling back and forth, shore to boat, to party on alot of beer. Seems a few missed the Big White Steam Ship's return to port(no names). Renting a little scooter and having too much beer a few of the girls (no names) ran a scooter into something, I think a gift shop(?). Parents were notified upon our return and had to retrieve their unruly juvenile delinquent kids themselves!!! Well, I don't think another class from Hawthorne High went to Catalina again. And, June 18 will also be mine and John's 40th wedding anniversary. This is the hardest thing to believe! I discovered that 40 is ruby so we've had matching ruby rings that will replace our wedding rings and, as always, compromise, compromise and finally a decision. Should have started in March! In 40 years we have achieved a son, David and a daughter, Jessica, five grandchildren: Bryce, Brandon, Justin, Jimmy, and Danielle. We've had alot and lost alot but are at an exciting, questionable, COMPROMISING time just ahead called "Retirement"! After reading the 60's slang section I settled on a word for our experiences together, it's definition is: 'Originally, a difficult or large wave (He wiped out on a gnarly wave), later, anything big or difficult (The Chemistry test was gnarly.), then later an expletive of approval (That custom paint job is gnarly!).' So I guess I can say, in Cougar custom, that my time spent has been GNARLY. And lastly, in the order of things, Happy Birthday to John Kennley Pool come Monday (no numbers). Happy 41st anniversary to all 200+(?) '64 grads and Happy Fathers Day to all the happy fathers. I'm pray'n the 'Big One' doesn't hit until after all the congratulating ends (and I get my ring!) Bye for now
Thanks Coletta...Let's hope you're around for the diamond.

Name: Art LaMere () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 07:57:17
Email: same
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Class: 1973
Message: Tagger the first time I came back to California to visit after moving to Wisconsin. We saw the wire on the freeway signs and I asked my brother what that was all about and he told me so the taggers would not climb up and tag the sign and get hit crossing the freeway. The city needs to do something but what, fence it off? A lot of money as gone into this project. Lets fight to keep it clean.

Hey Art, Please tell what you just told to Larry Guidi.

Name: Keith Jones () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 04:12:06
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Actually we almost had a tornado here a couple weeks ago. It didn't (the funnel) hit the ground so it is called a funnel cloud. As for hurricanes. Iniki caused alot of problems on Kauai but not much here. I actually was on the beach video taping till the cops kicked me out. The one thing I'll never forget is seeing a fish at least 100 lbs flopping around the lobby of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Right now we (Oahu) is having a problem with these microscopic jellyfish. They are only 10 mm in size and they are stinging everyone. they have closed some of the beaches. They said there is no way of getting rid of them.
Another Hawthorne Memory...Thanks Keith for the Hawaiian Weather Report, now back to you, Bob

Name: Steve Fraser () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 04:08:54
City and State: Laguna Woods
Class: 1970
Message: The picture in Steve Eide's post of 6-9 was the Police Station. At the same time it was the Fire Station and the Court House. When the PD moved and the Judge went north to Inglewood, the whole building was converted into the Fire Station. By the time some of us Haytowners went to work there, it was fondly known as HQ or the "Big House". Keith, the bar next to Luigi's was "Ma's Backdoor". Not that I've ever been there mind you!

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 01:48:57
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: Forget posting a camera. I say we post a sniper.
Naw, you might shoot an illegal immigrant then you'd be in REAL trouble.

Name: Concerned () on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 21:56:02
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: This is Mayor Larry Guidi?s Guestbook? Maybe we can leave messages about the Monument?
Email goes to Mayor Larry Guidi

Name: Dennis Kilroy () on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 20:43:44
City and State: BP OC CA
Class: 1977
Message: Hey John, My sister sent me this Daily Breeze link. About some taggers who have already defaced the Beach Boys Site It would seem the taggers (Idiot's) can't leave things alone. And yes this is one of the many reasons I no longer live in Hawthorne. I know I should be understanding of these kinds of people, but I will never understand their mindsets. These are the people who wear down the government and weaken our country's resolve to do the right thing. But, they will never replace the REAL PEOPLE of HAWTHORNE from our ERA's
Yes I knew this had happened and was wondering how long it was going to be before it did. And NO, you shouldn't be understanding of these people. They are scum and should be severely punished, or their parents should be responsible for reparations. The City or State has to do something about protecting this Monument, otherwise it will happen again and again. I urge you all to email Mayor Larry Guidi and ask just how many times this Monument has to be vandalized before the City will do something about it. Nuff said.

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 20:36:26
Email: baxterldo@aol,cim
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Speaking of earthquakes, the one I enjoyed the most was while I was in an auto parts store on H Blvd near Torrence (Allied did not have the part I needed.) This store had an over-abundance of hubcaps hanging on all the walls. Before we could feel the ground move the hubcaps began rattling against the wall, then they started banging loudly against the walls and each other. Then after one big noisy shudder it was over. Everyone in there was laughing and holding their ears. I think this was the quake that made the seismic people realize that the Newport-Inglewood fault was still active? That store didn?t have the part I needed either?.

I'll take a tremor every 10 years over Hurricanes, Tornados and Snow and Ice anyday....

Name: Tammy () on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 08:15:48
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CA
Message: For James Cicalese, are you referring to Mr. Pastry in the Food Giant center? They made the most awesome pastires and cakes! I remember two little old ladies worked there, with thick accents. Wow. Speaking of Food Giant, does anyone remember the incident involving a security guard and actor Kirk Calloway? He starred in Cinderella Liberty with James Caan. The guard apparently beat him over the head with his baton after Mr. Calloway got smart with him. The actor's family picketed the store telling people not to shop there.

Name: Robert Fitzgerald () on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 02:50:30
City and State: Santa Ana,Ca.
Class: 1960
Message: Just want to wish my brother Nick Fitzgerald class of 59 a HAPPY B-DAY
Hey Nick, Happy Birthday to you.....

Name: Dennis Rigdon () on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 01:43:08
City and State: Dana Point, CA
Class: 1979
Message: Hey John, I got my C-Town T-Shirt today! It looks great! And fits better than I wish it did. Thanks for the fast service and all the hard work you put into this site.
Hi Dennis, Glad you like the shirt and the service, but for the speedy service, thanks goes to our own "Shipper Sharon" Bierman Branigan (HHS76). THANK YOU SHARON for doing this for Cougartown for the last 7 years. You are JUST THE BEST!!! I LOVE YOU MAAAANN!!!

Name: Keith Jones () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 22:09:42
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: My bad, it was Curtis Conway. But all three of those guys were on the same team I think. Unreal!

Name: Norm Voorhis () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 21:23:25
City and State: Monrovia, CA
Maiden: Norv
Class: 1959
Message: Chuck Armstrong, with the fastest street legal car in Hawthorne. What was your best ET and speed?
Regards, Norm

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 20:46:39
City and State: Surf City, CA
Class: 1966
Message: RAMMA LAMMA...Honey Where you been? Ain't seen you since "Peggy Sue" ran off with Buddy Holly, "Oh Donna" dumped Ritchie Valens and Fat's Domino found his "thrill on Blueberry Hill". But we all know there's a "whole lotta shakin goin on" here on Cougartown. Tanks for the Birthday wish and I did hit the wind blown surf this afternoon after work for a couple hours. I be tanned, trim and still lookin for the "Queen of the surfer girls".
Well keep lookin' cause Ramma and Lamma aint them.

Name: Debbie () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 20:34:45
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1977
Message: Is anyone interested in seeing who the most trivial Cougar is by going here.

Name: Jillian Woodsmall () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 20:03:03
Email: jwoodsma1315@yahoo.comm
City and State: Williamson ,Ny
Maiden: Woodsmall
Class: 2002
Message: Ok my vote would be for Curtis Conway and Rob Clokey...Yep they were the best . HANDS DOWN (Well that I know of) LOL

Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 19:55:52
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: My vote goes to Tim Thomas, my personal hero and mentor. I had the fastest street legal car in Hawthorne. More to follow on that subject later.

Name: Robin () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 19:55:41
Email: RHood10542ataoldotcom
City and State: Monrovia,Ca
Maiden: Let's just stick with Myk
Class: 1960
Message: JB, if Deans "Hall of fame" talk takes off, you will NEED the wealthiest alumni to pay the people who man a bank of servers just for feedback. My guess is you would be at page 800 in 5 days. And before I mentioned who I thought had been around more than a drum in an old clothes dryer, I am retaining Jim Sloey P.C. as of yesterday....A tad subjective Dean, but a fun idea none the less :o)
Yeah I think we better not do this subjective poll and anyway all the early 60s guys know who she was anyway, so why even bring her up.

Name: Dean Morris () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 18:41:47
City and State: Vallejo, CA
Maiden: Fame Is Fleeting & Who Really Cares?
Class: 1972
Message: OK, it's impossible to get a consensus on who is the best HHS athlete of all time, so I propose scrapping the Golf tournament and organizing an Olympic games for "fat old farts who used to be somebody".
Since that would require too much work and likely injuries to particpants, why not widen the inquiry to a Hall of Fame competition, something JB has talked about before? Why limit the discussion to hero worship of athletes or rock and roll stars only? Here are a few other categories worth considering: Wealthiest Alumni, Best Looking, Greatest Actor and Actress, Most Notorious Felon, Best Writers for Fiction & Non-Fiction, Best Artist, Best Surfer, Best Nascar Driver, Greatest Public Servant, Best Teacher, Most Decorated Veteran, Best Scientist, etc. I leave the details to the "Most Accomplished Webmaster", because I am sure he could devise an easy way to widen this fun contest.

No Dean, since you brought it up, and being that Stanford grads aren't quitters at anything they think up, YOU are in charge of this one and don't forget to add Fastest Car in High School and Easiest Girl in High School..... I guess nowadays you'll have to add Easiest Boy too, (which was ME, BTW), just to keep it fair. OK get to crackin' and we'll expect some answers REAL SOON!!!

Name: Ron Reinholdson () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 18:23:59
Email: r_reinholdson
City and State: Claremont, CA
Class: 1965
Message: How many 5'9", 155 pound, varsity shot putters also excelled in the sprints and hurdles, ran quarter mile in the mile relay, could high jump well over their own heads (about 6'3" as I recall), pole vaulted, could dunk a basketball AND were all league in football (running back, defensive back and kick returner)? My vote goes to Tim Thomas. And it all came to him naturally. I don't recall ever seeing Tim work up a sweat at track practice. We lost Tim in Viet Nam at age 21.

Name: Mary Ann () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 17:46:54
City and State: Nashville AR
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
Message: 1. MYK was the best and most natural athlete in any sport he played. And, he had fun at it, too. Oh, what could've been ...

Name: Keith Jones () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 16:45:22
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Actually I like shannon's pick too. Henry Thomas was awesome in Track and then went on to play college football and excel then go to the pros with Chicago. He is still playing but with another team I think. Mike Marsh too. What a track team HHS had through the lates 70's and throughout the 80's.
Keith, I think you're thinking of Curtis Conway.

Name: Ramma Lamma () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 15:51:01
Email: course
City and State: naturly
Maiden: Ding Dong
Class: 1965
Message: WALTER HONEY !!! You out there sweeet thiiing? HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the Ding Dong sisters, Ramma and Yamma. Both of us is savin the next song fer you Wally. Also, wanna go surfin? HAPPPPPY HAPPPPY !!!
Happy Bday Walter....

Name: KIRK C. GREASBY () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 15:15:39
Maiden: Cougar in the Rockies
Class: 1976
Message: As for the best athletes, there are two. one Cy Young winner and one Super bowl Winner. Mike Scott, and Scott Laidlaw. Its a toss up. As for the Best athletic Class, the class of 73. I'm pretty sure they took everything in their year. (and some things still might want to be returned to mira-costa)
Hey its just a thought!

Name: Shannon Keys () on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 14:55:26
City and State: Colorado Springs, CO
Class: 1981
Message: Jim - Best single sport athlete while attending HHS, a subject returned to in C-Land now and again. While it can always be debated, for my money (and I bet many Track and Field Cronies money), if you were a State Champion (state record holder at the time) , and participated in a team relay whose national record still stands (100 meters, and 4 x 100) as was/is Henry Thomas, class of 84ish, I?d think that this would garner a heck of a lot of Cougartown votes. To refresh, also on the relay was future OLYMPIC gold medalist Mike Marsh.
No arguments here....Thanks Shannon