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Name: Debbie () on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 12:39:19
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 1977
Message: I saw the Oscar Meyer weinermobile parked near Rosecrans and Hindry this weekend. It must be making a local appearance soon.

Name: Christina Melton () on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 01:02:22
City and State: Holywood, CA
Maiden: Melton
Class: 1973
Message: The Disneyand birthday party yesterday was wonderful!! C/O '73 was represented by at least 3... Debbie (Mueller), Diane (Munsey) and I were there from 0600 until after the fireworks. I have to admit, with all the people waiting in line -- the castmembers were very organized and everybody seemed happy to be there with the rest of the fans. My only suggestion would have been to have more screens to watch the ceremonies on and place them up a little higher. We had an awesome time and are glad that we were a part of history.
Sounds like fun, Christina, glad you all had a great time.

Name: Sharon MacDonald () on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 21:21:02
City and State: Bruceville, Texas
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
Message: I lived in the East when Disneyland first opened and from that moment on, until my family moved to Hawthorne in 1961, my main goal in life was to go to Disneyland. I sent some photos to be part of the murals celebrating the 50th and have 2 included. They are in the Collage of Steamboat Willie located Next to the Disney Collection (Position: Row 4, Column 19, Top right quadrant and Position: Row 1, Column 24, Center right quadrant).
Oh, I heard on the radio this morning that the first Oscar Meyer Weinermobile rolled off the line today in 1936.

Name: Amina () on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 17:47:32
City and State: San Francisco, CA
Message: I am trying to retrieve a student's school records; the student attended Hawthorne Christian School. I would greatly appreciate if any of you could help me out by telling me
1. Which Church the school was affiliated with;
2. If any of you know how to contact the Pike family which ran the school?
3. Is there any other person/institute I can contact to talk about retrieving these records?
Sincerely Amina

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 15:06:34
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: When DisneyLand first opened in ?55 my cousin, Judy Christian, (Corona High, class of ?56, who was also Miss Corona 1956) got a job working at the Emporium on Main Street. Her boss gave her a few ?Press Passes? to pass out amongst the family members. What a great day we all had. We all felt like VIPs. She is still one my favorite cousins. Back then we were all totally awed by the rides and the technology. Of course now we have come to expect movie type special effects in the new rides and usually we are not disappointed...Baxter
Hey Baxter, I thought Rosie was the Queen of Corona.....

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 01:25:03
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: There were some Cougars who were at Disneyland today. I just happen to have some photos at: Many of the photos were taken from the Train. I went around the park twice. Had people not wanted merchandise or to watch the ceremony they could get on almost any ride they wanted. The sign at Space Mountain said 120 minutes. The real time for the ride was about 45 minutes. That was the attraction with the longest wait.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 21:20:28
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: On opening day of Disneyland, televised live coast-to-coast featured such stars of the day as Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter, Alan Young, Jerry Colonna, Danny Thomas, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jerry Lewis, George Reeves (pictured), Irene Dunne, Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Buddy Ebsen, Fess Parker and Gov. Goodwin Knight.

Name: Jim Dally () on Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 13:26:26
City and State: Carson, CA
Class: 1963
Message: Wow, 50 years ago today Disneyland opened. Prior to that how many of us were watching the Disney Show on T.V. and Walt Disney giving us the scoop on his plans for this new theme park? We saw it every week and couldn't wait for the park to open! On July 17, 1955 My parents took me along as they drove out to Buena Park to visit friends. I of course was bored and when we left my Dad drove west on Katella Ave and I was able to actually see Disneyland and we saw the long lines of expensive cars turning in from Katella that were (I assume) Walt's invited guests and dignitaries arriving for the program. I being 10 was so excited I wanted to go in! Not to happen; but we did arrive home in plenty of time to see the whole thing on television. I think more than a year passed by before my sisters and I were taken to Disneyland for the first time. What an adventure; Good work Walt!
Hey Jim, Yep, I gotta say I remember those early Disney shows about the progress on Disneyland and all the Orange Groves that were uprooted so I could take the Jungle ride. My first trip was also in 56 or 57. What a magical place it was for me, and I assume any child today. Thank you Walt Disney for all the years of fun....

Name: Dale () on Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 03:18:56
City and State: CORONA CA
Maiden: Hahlbeck Jr
Class: 1975
Message: The Flying Wing...that was Otto Plum's favorite offensive play which he would call six times in a row every football game...and being a pulling guard on that play I grew to HATE IT!!!
Heads up....we've got to decide fairly soon where to celebrate the 1000 Feedback page I suggest 26th Street at Manhattan Beach!!
I'll bring the Boone's Farm
Rock Steady ya'll see ya 75ers in September and you 74 and 76 Cougs go watch Wedding Crashers and maybe I'll see some of you there too wink wink
H1 out
PS JB you can be my "date" if you're free!!!

Hey Dale, I'm not free but I'm reasonable. Thanks for checking in. Didn't think I'd ever get to use this new pic.

Name: Steve Hutchins () on Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 02:14:13
City and State: St. George, Utah
Class: 1959
Message: When I was summoned to Mr. Wetzler's office he would remove a big book from his desk, then say to me: "Steve, do you know exactly what kind of trouble you're in?" Then he'd quote a violation from the book. Does anybody know what that book was? I can't remember. Could it have been the California Penal Code, Education Code, or...?
Hey Steve, It was Wetzler's Rules Of Order....

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 14:24:23
Email: mlr922@hotmail
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: I seem to remember some kind of wooden barricade that was built on the Prairie end of Northrop to keep the Jet planes from blasting the traffic on Prairie Ave.

Name: Carl Rilling () on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 13:36:51
City and State: Orygun City Ore.
Class: 1959
Message: Just when we think the Flying Wing is going to fade off of Cougartown pages something new comes up. On July 30th USPS is releasing American Adventures in Aviation stamps. The Flying Wing Y-49 Jet version is one of the 10 aircraft pictured. On July 29th at the Oshkosh Air show (Airventures now the show name) the first sheet of stamps will be presented. 6 of the 10 aircraft pictured on the stamps will be there at the show. Check the site at Carl Rilling
Thanks Carl...

Name: Jim Raines () on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 22:39:55
City and State: Salt Lake City, Ut
Class: 1962
Message: Interesting stories about Miss Selz. I checked into school a little late my Sophmore year (1960) and was escorted in to Mr. Wetzler's office. He sized me up in a hurry and gave me a stern warning to keep myself out of trouble. I don't think he liked me from the get-go. He would walk up to me while I was talking to Danny Kieffer and Gene Guttierrez and check to see if I had a belt on. Of course, I didn't. You see, I came from another school where it was cool to cut the belt loops off your Levi's and turning your pant cuffs under. This was like taking the chrome off your car or shaving the door handles, nose, deck, etc. Well, I was sent home a few times for that and other times reprimanded for not tucking my shirt in. I didn't realize it at the time but I wore a Denim prison jacket to school that first day, which I found hanging up in the garage on a nail that a distant relative put there the year before. I must of spelled trouble at first site. Does anyone else have a Mr. Wetzler story? BTW My address was 4936 W. 118th Street between David Winkley and Gene Guttierrez. OS 6-9852

Name: VILMA () on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 20:48:31
City and State: INGLEWOOD, C.A
Class: 1996
Message: HI
Hi Vilma, Try to be less verbose....

Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 19:12:59
City and State: Nashville AR
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
Message: The ballot measures were attempts to sell off the airport property to finance gambling ventures on that prime real estate. Big money behind that - forget the airport. Hawthornites who cared got out the vote against the measures and succeeded tremendously. Big money went elsewhere. Or so I heard.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 14:37:30
City and State: Portland, OR
Class: 1981
Message: As I was going across the web surfing on for Hawthorne airport I cam accross 5 sites on the Measure that would of closed Hawthorne Airport(failed by 72%) Geeeeesh...what gives?
Don't know

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 13:51:37
City and State: LV, NV
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
Message: I remember watching the first take-off of the Wing, don't remember what year, but I must've been about 5. We had a good spot up front on the opposite side of the road next to the runway. I remember my dad had a Packard and he put a blanket on the hood so my brother and I could sit on it. Dad finally put me on his shoulders so I could see everything better because there were so many people on the road in front of us. It was quite a thrill to see it fly after hearing Dad talk about it so much at home. And BTW JB, my dad was good friends with Jack Northrop too. I think everyone who worked for Mr. Northrop back then considered him a good friend.
He must've been one helluva nice man.

Small company then and I'm guessing Jack Northrop was friends with lots of his employees.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 06:31:45
City and State: Portland, OR
Class: 1981
Message: the Big flying wing(B-49) did take off at Northrup/Hawthorne airpport. It must of had to use alot of runway to take off from. I knew it did but I have to go back in time and actually see the runway. How far was it? Was it longer than it actually is now? It had to be, to accomidate the big flying Wings. Was it extended beyond Crensahw Blvd and the road was closed during bigger aircraft testings? Just curious if anyone knows.I know the small Bat wings were the forerunner of today's cruise missles. It was Northrup version of a Kamakazie aircraft(pilotless) that would pinpoint hit their targets by a mother ship following it.
The runway was no longer than it always was (Crenshaw to Prairie). The smaller flying wings weren't built to be used as missiles, but were piloted aircraft.

Name: Jeanne () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 18:14:14
City and State: Carlsbad, CA
Maiden: Burk
Class: 1969
Message: Hey, I saw the posting by Sheran Crist on 7/9/05 about Whiskeytown Lake. It is a small world sometimes. From 1980 to 1983, we lived in French Gulch, an old mining town about 5 miles from Whiskeytown Lake and 25 miles west of Redding. I like to say it was Hector's Grizzly Adams phase. Used to take my kids there all the time, swing into the lake from a tree rope, float on inner tubes. It was really a beautiful place, but French Gulch was much like going back 100 years. Learned a big lesson there.. people are people, regardless of time or numbers. We had a local prostitute, local moonshiner, and druggie, and the MCCoys who shot at anyone who came on their property. There are always good and bad, just in a small town it's more obvious. We came back to So. Cal and I really realized how much I missed the city..... and Hawthorne, my home.

Name: Jerry Miles () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 17:15:20
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Thanks, Sharon, for solving a mystery. I knew the Flying Wing was a large aircraft but remember driving by the airport and seeing a little one just over the fence many times. I always thought it was a scale model but looking at the picture, now I know it must have been a JB-1 Bat
Actually there were many early small flying wings. The NXM series, the XP-56 fighter, the XP-79, the JB-1/10 series, and probably a few we never heard of.

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 17:09:13
City and State: LV, NV
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
Message: Hey, JB1/2 how did your dad get the Wing with his initials on it? My dad worked on it too! They should've named it JB-1 Tiny. hehehe
Dad and Jack were close.

Name: Dennis Lark () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 14:29:52
City and State: Omaha, Nebraska
Class: 1965
Message: This really brings back old memories. Thanks John.
Hey Dennis, glad you approve. Come on back anytime.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 14:15:43
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: Checked the Western Museum of Flight website and they do indeed have one of the three flying wings left in the world- a Northrop JB-1 Bat (MX-543) See, go to static displays. Looks better now than it did when I saw it a few years ago.
Kinda cool that they named it after the King of Cougartown.

Actually my Dad worked for Northrop from 1939 to 1969, so he was really JB1...I'm just little ol' JB2

Name: Mary Wells () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 11:15:42
City and State: Newton, KS
Maiden: Fee
Class: 1961
Message: I received this e-mail today, and being there has been some feed back about the aircraft at Northrop, thought there might be some interest in it.
Air Faire information to your members. This is the third year that the Western Museum of Flight has produced an Air Faire for the City of Hawthorne. As you may know, the museum was originally Northrop Company inspired back in the late 1970's.
I would appreciate any help in getting the word out.
Thank you, Cindy Macha-Skjonsby, Director Western Museum of Flight
The title of the Air Faire is "Heavy Metal" and it will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2005, at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can park free at Lowes on Crenshaw Blvd. and general admission is $7.00 w/children under 12 free. Info contact 310.332.6228 or
This should be a good time for all you folks that actually worked on many of the aircraft Northrop Grumman has produced. They will probably even have a bunch of the old Northrop aircraft there to look at. Like the F-17 (land based version of the F-18 that never sold) and so forth. For those who have never been to see them, they have a number of these aircraft located there at the museum all the time along with a whole lot of memorabilia.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 06:20:17
City and State: Portland,OR
Class: 1981
Message: As far as memory goes I never knew of any "Food Fight" at HHS. But boy oh boy I seen quite a few in Hawthorne Intermediate and a few at York Elementary. I guess if we didn't like the food we would throw it to our buddy. I remember Corn bread was a good thing to throw as well as peas. Once, the principal "Mr. Bly" got it right in the eye and that was hard thing to do considering he wore glasses.

Name: Penny () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 19:03:04
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: Prouty
Class: 1962
Message: In answer to David Neushafer (LHS) ....just like you, I thought the Petsounds concert was real proof Brian's back and in a big, great way! I definitely hope to see more and more televised concerts starring our Brian!

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 17:55:56
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Yup John and I would do it again. She was never very nice to me, it seemed I was always in trouble with her. I would love to go to her office knowing what I know now. Tell me where her office is.

Name: Donald Scheliga () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 17:28:59
City and State: WC
Class: 1962
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Cindy Darlin'. I would sing ya the Sheriff John birthday song, but,,,,wellll It might be a little hard on the ears. I hope you are having a GREAT day.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 16:48:08
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Boy do I have a story to tell on Miss JoYce Selz.
Martha Amour and I were sitting on the planters just outside the music building having our lunch. Miss Selz came walking down the hallway and got the heel of her shoe caught in an expansion joint and went sprawling on the sidewalk, Martha and I could not control ourselves and beat it out of there so quickly we must have been a blur, I don't ever remember laughing that hard at school.

So you were laughing at someone else's expense. Cindy and Martha, I'm ashamed of you both. Go to Miss Selz' office immediately. Any more stories of Our Miss Selz?

Name: Jerry Miles () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 15:10:47
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Class: 1966
Message: Yes, John, the story is pretty tame but the real point was her trying to exert her control in the last few hours that she could. The truth is I never was in her office for any of my four years there so that is the only story I have. I?m sure others have much better ones especially the classes of ?62 and ?66. I did have a few occasions to ?visit? Mr. Elmore but he was always a really nice guy.

Name: Jerry Miles () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 14:06:45
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Class: 1966
Message: I think I?ve shared this with John but I have a Miss Selz story. It was the afternoon before graduation and all we seniors were out on Halcap Field practicing. Miss Selz called me over and said, ?Jerry, that hair is much too long. I want you to get a haircut tonight and report to my office in the morning.? Twenty-four hours left as a high school student and I was being harassed to the end?haha Well, of course I told her I would see her in the morning but didn?t get any haircut that night. The next day I avoided her office completely but just knew I was going to be pulled out of class any minute. The day went by without incident and I graduated that afternoon long hair and all. I just wish I believed that was the biggest worry that current high school students had.
Hey Jer', Pretty good but compared to some of the stories I've heard, that was just an everyday occurrence. Anyone else want to step up to the plate?

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 11:59:19
City and State: LV, NV
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
Message: Maybe Miss Selz was happier teaching at Leuzinger. I've heard that she was very well liked over there. The only time I remember her smiling was at graduation in '59 when she was handing out our diplomas. When she smiled, which I don't think was very often, she was really pretty.

Name: Karen Kuehl () on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 10:04:44
City and State: LV, NV
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
Message: Do any Cougars know what happened to Miss JoYce Selz, our girl's counselor in the late 50s and early 60s? She was sure a pretty lady. BTW, in Vegas, it's 113 - 117 degrees and no let up in site! Last night at 11:30, it got down to a balmy 103! Give me good ol' Hawthorne anyday!!
Yes, but not the most popular administrator, as I recall...Anyone have a Miss Selz story?