Name: Art La Mere () on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 14:32:15
City and State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Well it is about 90 here today and we are getting ready for the summer family visits. My brother Al will be here for a week and then my Mom and Sister will be here. We are looking forward to the new arrivel of the first grandbaby in Oct. to my son and his wife. Boy they let me turn fifty before a grandkid. Anyway John I read Mikes post but all I will say is he must only leave his house after dark or he has blinders on. My mom and dad lived in Mesa and the first thing you see is gang art work, you know like a dog marking his spot. John thanks
Yep, it's "pertineer everwear". Thanks Art and Congrats on your new grandbaby...
Name: Terry Allen () on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 14:22:22
City and State: Salem Or
Message: Where is everyone? Am I the only one not on vacation????
You and me, Terry....that's it.
Name: Carl Rilling () on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 01:58:52
City and State: Orygun City,Ore
Message: Again Paco has added a great set of photos.Thank You Mr.Duran.
I recently talked to Gary Atkinson HHS 59. Have not seen him in years. He is still one funny man. Again the alumni list on Cougartown provided names of a friend and then an old friend that knew that Gary was a plumber in Burbank. From there it was easy. He is not online but is aware of the Cougartown web site. I have his phone number and address if anyone want to say hello. Thanks John Baker for all you do for the students and teachers of Hawthorne High School, past and present. Carl Rilling HHS 59'
Hey Carl, Glad you found Gary. Lots of Cougars out there and it might take a little detective work to find them, but in the end it's worth it. Thanks for letting all know Gary's out there.
Name: Richard () on Friday, June 24, 2005 at 22:56:51
City and State: of LongBeach
Message: Mike: I spent a week at Angel's Spring Training this year, and stayed in Mesa, and attended games mostly in Tempe, and guess what? I saw graffiti there. It (graffiti) happens most anywhere.
Thank God for Mike's Feedback, otherwise we wouldn't have had ONE person chime in today. Thanks Mike...
Name: Mike Loughlin () on Saturday, June 24, 2005 at 18:33:19
City and State: Mesa, Az
Message: Well now. While I was saddened by the news of the defacing of the new Beach Boys monument, I was not in the least bit suprised. In earlier posts(May 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th) I made a few causal observations about how the quality of life, for lack of a better term, in Hawthorne as well as my hometown of Gardena has gone....downhill shall we say, due to the vast increase of the percentage of what I referred to as "scumbags" to decent people. Out of the woodwork came the accusations of racist, bigot, and all the rest. One lady even referred to me as a "big bully"(I'm just glad she didn't call me a "meanie", for then I would have started crying). Well folks, maybe I was hasty in my previous terminology. Perhaps this was not tagging. Why not call it, Oh, Idon't know.....Urban Art. Sounds a lot nicer, don't you think? Or perhaps, 'Exhuberant youths broadening the horizons of their artistic creativity'. Isn't that special? It's a beautiful thing. You people are indeed fortnate. I, unfortunately now live in a place where such freedom of expression would get you a hitch on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's road gang. By the way, did you ever notice how much more fun gloating is when you were right in the first place? Hate to say it(NOT!), but.....TOLD YA!!!
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 15:57:56
City and State: LF
Message: Dear early Cougars, John has added the class of 1961 to the Tribute page..It's sad and nice. Thanks John!!
No prob... Thanks to you and to Rich Sloan for the names.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 14:07:46
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: My mother, Juneita Estrada, has a belief that if you rest, you rust so she's decided NOT to retire from Hawthorne School District afterall. She'd miss interacting with the kids at Bud Carson Middle School and the social connection with her co-workers. If any of you have students there tell them to be nice. 85 and goin' strong.
Keep it goin, Juneita...
Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 13:53:24
City and State: Waco, Texas
Message: If anyone has any large items delivered from Home Depot in the next week, and the driver is a good looking dark haired guy named John, that's my older boy from Atlanta, working for two weeks in Southern California. He is a Hawthorne boy originally - born at Hawthorne Community - and if you see him it would be a son-of-a-Cougar siting ....
Thanks Sharon, we'll keep an eye out for him...
Name: Jackie () on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 10:16:45
City and State: Valencia, CA
Message: I just checked in to see if a 30-year reunion was planned, and noted that Sharon is ON IT! Thanks so much for all the effort spent on this site. It's much appreciated, and I'm glad to contribute!!
Hi Jackie, Thank you, and join in anytime...
Name: Wade Greasby () on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 08:19:44
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Message: John, Have you heard from Kelly Kappen? He's the guy who took pictures of the golf tourney. He said he'd get them over to CT for a showing. Also, I can empathize with all the single parents, life continues no matter what cards you're delt. Have a great summer Cougs
Hi Wade, No, haven't heard from Kelly yet, but I'm sure he'll get them to me when he can. Thanks...
Name: jeanie Growns () on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 23:03:44
City and State: moore, OK
Message: Nancy Prince I've finally found you. Email me! Your sister Jeanie
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 21:31:29
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Mary Rose - I don't know anyone who is selling one but if you look at http://www.jostens.com/ you may "design" your own and have it made for you. A ring for a male runs around $365 and female around $345. What might be great is if one male and female from each class could take a photo of their class ring we could get nearly the same duplicate ring.
Name: Carol () on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 18:27:02
City and State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Message: Hey Cougars,
Anyone out there going to the Orange County Home Remodeling & Decorating Show at the O.C Fairgrounds this weekend? If so, come visit us! George Gross(65),Carol Scime(68) & Debbie Johnson(76) will in booth (738) (Southern Living at HOME) Hope to have some Cougar sightings!
Hi Carol, I might just make the trek. Haven't seen George since HHS days. Thanks for the info....
Name: Mary () on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 16:48:05
City and State: Grants Pass, OR
Message: Still attempting to locate a HHS 1970 Class Ring-- anyone know of one for sale please e-mail me,, thanks
Name: Tyrone Norman () on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 14:22:02
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Hello, everyone I am checking in hopefully I can get reunited with all of my former classmates feel free to contact me @ anytime. I hope all is well.
Hey Tyrone, Welcome to Cougartown....
Name: Kelley () on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 10:50:35
City and State: Englewood,OR
Message: I had a Cougar sighting!!!
Steve and Kathy Stonebraker stopped in to Cone 9..a few pages back I invited any Cougar traveling to stop in the Pony Village Mall and say HI...Well Steve and Kathy did just that...It was so cool we didn't have much time to talk, the store was closing, but we chatted a bit about where we lived in Hawthore..And Steve's Mom is a regular customer! What a small world. So come on up Cougars and visit me at Cone 9.
GREAT ONE, KELLEY!!! Thanks for that one....
Name: Jan Peterson () on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 18:07:26
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: My husband has satellite radio in his car and today while I was out and about I was listening to the 60's station (my favorite). They are playing 12 straight hours of The Beachboys music in honor of today being the first day of summer. Very cool. I never tire of their music, especially the early tunes. I am sure that there is not an early Beachboy tune that doesn't bring back some awesome memories. SURF'S UP!! Hugs, Jan
I like "Little Deuce Coupe"....
Name: edward a. schatz () on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 14:51:36
City and State: lakewood, calif
Message: John Baker, you're doing a great job here, there are so many others at classmates that are not here, and should be, and it costs far less. But, humans being what they are, ah well. Hope more join in, thanks much John for this site, it brings back memories. I forgot, to bring in the missing, what info. did you need on them?
Hi Ed, I really don't go out looking for individual classmates but the ones on Classmates.com that aren't here should be notified. If any of you Classmates.com'ers out there see someone who's not here, please let them know. Thanks Ed...
Name: Barbara Duran () on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 14:14:12
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: Miss Brooks, Miss Brooks...all of those men in your bed, you go girl!!!
Name: Marsha () on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 09:01:24
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Happy Birthday to my brother Franz, he would have been 61 years old today. Franz was the best brother, husband, father, uncle and son and has left a HUGE hole in our family. He was one of the funniest people I have ever known and I miss him more everyday that goes by.
Another one of the really good guys from the class of 62. I met Franz the first day of 7th grade in Miss Mingay's class at Intermediate. He was kinda' shy, as was I then, but I really needed a friend and he became that. Happy Birthbay Franz you are indeed missed by many.
Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 23:10:51
City and State: Ca
Message: In driving on the 405 through Hawthorne/Inglewood and up into Marina Del Rey this weekend, I was sickened by the amount of graffiti on every wall, overpass, and fence that was visible, maybe the worst stretch of freeway in So Cal.? Nothing cute or reminiscent of childish pranks here, just adults who don't seem to give a rip about how the "youngsters" are defacing miles of property. Really gives a warm fuzzy feeling to visitors coming to our old Home Town I bet!
Name: Anita () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 21:11:50
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
In response to my post from this morning ~ 'how did I know that? because I would have been in the 4th grade?' That's true. But I discovered the Beach Boys when I was in the 6th grade - 12 years old. By the time I hit 13 I was a teenager past the point of no return. To say that I was a Beach Boy fan is an understatement. I began reading anything and everything I could get my hands on about them. While attending HHS I never really dated at all, so my 'boyfriends' became the Beach Boys so to speak. To this day I am still reading books about them.
One last interesting little tid-bit.....When Brian was only six or seven years old, his family noticed that he had a peculiar way of turning his head to listen. According to Brian's mother, Dennis and Carl had frequent ear infections, but not Brian. A doctor suggested that all three boys should have their tonsils out. He also said that Brian's tonsil on the right side was so huge that if they had his tonsils taken out...that [it] would stop blocking...his eustatchian tube - he told her that after three months he should be okay. But it wasn't okay. Then they told her it was a nerve deafness...it could have been congenital or it could have been caused by an injury. They had a neighbor who Brian had got into a fight with one time. He hit him really hard on his ear...
What is really important is that Brian believed that his dad was responsible - a belief that he was only able to admit much later in his adult life. In Brian's mind, his deafness was possibly the result of his father smacking him on the side of the head when he was only two years old. (*This story has been embellished with time until some witnesses, including Brian's high-school music teacher, Fred Morgan, claim they saw Murry Wilson hit Brian in the head with a baseball bat at Little League. If this is the case, it is unlikely it caused Brian's nerve damage, which occured before he was old enough to play baseball.) Incredibly, this hearing defect - only 6 percent of normal hearing in his right ear - meant that Brian, who was to become one of the great innovative producers of modern music, would never hear stereo. The irony of this loss plagues him to this day.
Thanks Anita, but WAAAYYY too much info...
Name: Maureen Trott () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 21:08:56
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Hey Sandy....It's soooo good to see you and Coletta in feedback. You said to e-mail you, but you did not give your e-mail address. You want to, you can e-mail me with it. Would love to hear from you.
Name: Richard () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 15:39:18
City and State: of Long Beach
Message: At LAPD, we use the 'sniper'approach, but not with a firearm, with an automated camera.
It is a very effective deterrent, especially in the public announcement mode ("Stop, this is the police. Your picture has been taken")while the flash is going off.
See this link for more info:
Warning, before thinking about 'passing the hat' for one of these, the retail is $3,495.
Plus tax and installation. Thanks Richard...
Name: Bruce Downie () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 12:28:00
City and State: Westchester
Message: (Comets'72) How many HHS Beach Boys fans have ever heard their first recorded 45 RPM entitled "Barbie", when they called themselves Kenny&The Cadets? I'm also really interested in knowing whether HHS lowriders listened to the same type of music in the early-to - middle sixties as in Westchester. Could someone leave some titles and group names. Remember vibrasonic radios that gave the car radio an echo effect that all cruisers had to have?
P.S. Be grateful that you all have The BeachBoys as a HHS claim to fame- Westchester's best is The Turtles; and Lynette "Squeeky" Fromm, the Manson Family want-to-be that took a shot at President Ford. Be proud of your town- "Be True To Your School" Later.
Hi Bruce, If I recall correctly, Kenny and the Cadets were Brian and his Mom.
That song, BTW is available on the Beach Boys "Lost & Found" CD. Thanks....
Name: Anita () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 10:19:52
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: My Gosh.....stay away for a week and look at all you miss! Unfortunately, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the Beach Boys Monument would be defaced. It breaks my heart to hear about it though.....when exactly did this happen?
Today, June 20th happens to be Brian Wilson's birthday. What does that make him now, 63?
When Brian and Mike Love were nineteen, Dennis seventeen, and Carl fifteen, they were asked to sing at an evening talent show at Hawthorne High School. Although Brian had already graduated from Hawthorne High the year before and was attending El Camino Junior College, hoping to become a psychologist, he thought it would be fun to go back to the old school and perform. For some reason, Carl didn't want to do it but his mother Audree insisted. To coax Carl along, Brian named the impromptu group Carl and the Passions. They intended to sing only for this one high-school assembly. Dennis suggested they write a song about the surfing craze, and Mike came up with a "bob-bob-dit-dop" scat for the middle. The act was great fun, but nobody took it very seriously.....
Happy 63rd Birthday Brian Wilson!
How did you know that, Anita? You would have been in the 4th grade. Thanks for the story and Happy Bday Brian..
Name: Mary () on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 08:20:22
City and State: Nashville AR
Message: The City of Hawthorne has one of the best anti-graffiti and removal programs in southern CA. The Mayor and the Gang Task Force will deliver. Another thought: In Arizona, crosses ward off taggers. Seems they won't deface anything religious. No taggers in Arkansas - too many "deer hunters" (AKA snipers) and they're very, very territorial. Only other solution's 24-7 armed guards for the monument!
The City is considering a fence.
Name: Steve Fraser () on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 22:38:43
City and State: Laguna Woods
Message: I went by the Beach Boy monument today. It's been cleaned and looks good again. I only hope that the media coverage on the first event doesn't entice these hoods to make this a favorite target.
Hey Steve, I was there too. It definitely needs some anti-graffiti paint.
Name: Susan King () on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 21:36:50
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Happy Father's Day to all Cougar dads. You are one of the two most important components of your children's lives and you deserve this honor. To John, a special HFD as you learned your lessons early and earned your Dad stripes the hard way. And to my own dad, Paul Bierman, I love you Pop and miss you more with each passing day but your father's wisdom is always with me. Thank you for some of the things about me I am most proud of....
Thank you Sue, and Happy Fathers Day to all....
Name: Sherri Skanes () on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 19:39:02
City and State: Ventura, California
Message: Just for the record, an anti-graffiti protective coating was ALWAYS a part of the plan for the monument, and we were very careful about the composite of the brick selected so that it would endure cleaning, etc. That was considered first and foremost--asthetics came later. (City officials *were* a part of these planning decisions.) On a personal note, I kinda like the sniper idea you guys came up with. Heh. Good one!
Name: HOI HOI () on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 14:06:29
City and State: Ventura, CA
Message: BIPPY NOOG! I can't believe you got on Cougartown and at the same time I came back to haunt. Well, you've made mine and John's three days of festivities complete. It's been what, 18 years since we've seen each other's face? 40 years Ms. "Maid of Honor". Glad to see you are back to career. I have retired from working on any thing but my 'garden
and the 25 other projects I've started. GOD, this is weird, I'm speechless right now. Sorry to have learned of Dad this way and on this day, so I gave him a hello. Love to you, HOI HOI
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 09:59:40
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Mrs. Mark was a gem of a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed her class. I didn't find her to be strict, seems that we had too good a time enjoying her lectures. I can still hear her voice when a girl in class stepped in some dog manure and tracked it into the classroom: "[So-and-so] stepped in doggie-dooooooo!"
Name: Terry Allen () on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 07:17:07
City and State: Salem Oregon
Message: My first real job was at a Orange Julius in Las Vegas, I was 13. Later got fired because I was only 13. They have some kind of special secret powder that makes them so good! Fun times and oh so long ago. Thanks again for the memories. We do have them here in Oregon. My favorite was the pineapple!