Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Monday, July 25, 2005 at 10:51:13
City and State: Nashville AR
Message: One final Brian story: Former HHS band director Fred Morgan never passes up the chance to tell about Brian flunking a music writing assignment ... his creation was the incredible BB sound, but didn't follow the project guidelines. Morgan still calls it The Million Dollar F! And, what about our BB and good friend Al Jardine (60)? He's an excellent musician and song writer and still a very nice guy. He would've been a dentist if the BB's hadn't panned out. Hey, Steve, ask your students to let us know where they hang out and what they like to do, what music they like, etc. I'm interested as are others ... things changed for me when the ugly black fence went up, but I'm sure they deal with it in their own ways. Eveyone stay cool during these hot temps!
The fence is now yellow (or gold) and blends well with the building colors.
Name: Sandra () on Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 16:05:16
City and State: Kansas City,MO.
Message: Looking for Richard Burton,would love to have a pic of my first love.LOL
Name: Anita () on Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 15:23:35
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: For any of you Southern Cal. Cougars who are considering making the trip up to Sacramento on August 13th to join us Norcal Cougars at The California STATE FAIR Beach Party (which is now about 3 weeks away) and haven't made overnight accomodations yet.....here are your top 5 best bets:
1.DOUBLETREE HOTEL SACRAMENTO
Distance from State Fair: 0.6 miles
2.CAL EXPO VAGABOND EXECUTIVE INN
Distance from State Fair: 1.0 miles
3.EXTENDED STAY HOTELS
Distance from state Fair: 1.2 miles
Distance from State Fair: 1.3 miles
5.RESIDENCE INN by MARRIOTT
Distance from State Fair: 1.3 miles
DON'T FORGET TO PACK YOUR COUGARTOWN T-SHIRT !
Name: Terry Allen () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 22:48:51
City and State: Salrm Or
Message: GOOD ONE KELL!!!!!!
Name: Dewey Storie () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 22:24:02
City and State: Chandler,AZ
Message: Re: Sharon Branigan ... would that be Mr.Clark?
Name: Don D. () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 18:37:11
City and State: South Bay
RE: "...I still like Robin and the Peachboys!!!!"
Kelley, I have not heard of the Peach Boys? Are they from the Central Valley area -- Modesto perhaps?
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 16:56:54
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Does anyone know which HHS math teacher also taught night classes at El Camino? This would have been 1980. He was the best math teacher I ever had. Wish I could remember his name.
I have an 80 El Molino. Call me when you have a chance and we'll go down the list.
Name: Steve Hutchins () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 13:42:06
City and State: St. George, Utah
Message: Does anybody remember Ted Evans Motorcycles? I saw an old 1956 movie this AM titled "The Killing," in which Sterling Hayden and a group of henchmen attempted a racetrack robbery. Hayden had a hideout across the street from Ted Evans Motorcycles (Triumph and Ariel). I think they may have had a shop in Lawndale in the '60s, around 167th St. or thereabouts; but was this the original or only one?
Name: Judi Garcia () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 10:35:24
City and State: Kansas
Message: Does anyone know the whereabouts of Leisa Fischer (class of 78) or Susan Deza (class of 79 I think)?
Name: Kelley () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 10:34:14
City and State: Englewood,OR
Message: I have to put in my two cents about Brian and The Beachboys...How many people can say they went to school with such a popular music group..I agree that if you weren't there you really don't understand..I can remember Robin bringing over the demo of Surfer Girl..how excited was I, no words could tell you...If you haven't been down then you don't know the feeling of coming up..Never used drugs gee I'm sorry..Maybe you should have..I brag all the time that I went to the same High School as the Beachboys..I can't tell you one person who has said..big deal that Brian Wilson is nothing but a druggie and no one should be proud of going to school with him...Everyone is pretty impressed...I think Penny hit the nail on the head...I still like Robin and the Peachboys!!!!
Name: Baxter Dodd () on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 01:58:31
City and State: Riverside, CA
Message: I have to say it! Every time I read someone?s Feedback post criticizing the recognition or appreciation given to successful early alumni or read Feedback posts criticizing the early HHS life-style in general -- it all goes together,-- I look to see what year the writer graduated. If it is 10+ years later, I conclude that, ?They just don?t get it!? It was one of those times where words can not describe what it was like. You had to have been there, then, at that time, and lived it to fully appreciate and understand it. Not pointing fingers at our guys 40+ years later and saying, ?Look, now they are old or fat or dead or may have problems. Eeuuw!? Sorry, but you later kids just don?t get it!! It is a time capsule. Maybe that is why John named this site ?Early ?60s?? Now don?t get me wrong, I like reading the feedback input from you youngsters, but when you criticize what we early guys and gals appreciated 10+ years before you came along, it tells us that ?You just don?t get it!? ? Baxter
Name: Anita () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 22:29:49
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: First to Raymond.....off the top of my head I can't say for sure when it was that Brian, Dennis and Carl moved from 119th, but early in 1965 Murry Wilson (who knew nothing of his son's drug use) was living in Whittier in a new, expensively decorated house with a circular driveway and an expansive view of the valley, purchased with the enormous publishing royalities that continued to flow in. The new house had a large music room, with an organ and piano, and a huge stained-glass window with a visual depiction of a "Sea of Tunes". Renovations on different areas of the house were continuous, just as they had been in Hawthorne. Curiously, Murry had bought his wife Audree, her own home just around the corner from his. This was a kind of stalemate seperation; Audree and Murry loved each other, but they could no longer live together. Even after spending the day with Murry, Audree would go to her own house to sleep. After a trip to Japan, Murry hired a Japanese secretary, which raised a few eyebrows ~ friends referred to her as his "geisha."
And to Penny.....I totally agree with you. I wonder how many of us can actually say that we DON'T live in glass houses?
Name: Andrea () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 20:43:36
City and State: hawthorne
Message: Hey ray I think the bike shop you were referring to is Phils Bike shop/ Im pretty sure it is still there but the owner was murdered years back..:[
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 19:07:09
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Penny makes a great point. Brian Wilson was a zombie wandering around the stage at the Forum back on New Year's Eve in 1980. No one who saw him then would ever think that he'd be the sole Wilson brother still alive and who'd gotten his act together again. I applaud his recovery.
Name: Don D. () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 18:47:22
City and State: South Bay
Message: Hello Class of 1975, 125 or more alumni registered for our Sept 17th reunion through Elegant Reunion's webpage.Thank you all for the wonderful expression of interest.
Our first newsletter is available at the HHS Class of 1975 website. Those who registered should also receive a copy of the newsletter in the mail. Please review and respond. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. My contact information is in the newsletter.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Name: Jan Peterson () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 18:01:08
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: John, Do you have the next Cruise Night planned yet? My brother Tom (64) is coming to CA for a visit in August and it would be cool to go to Foster's. That was Tom's first job. Plus we are going to get together with Cindy Colby (Maxson). Kathy Reese (Duran) 64, if you are reading this I will see you in August. xoxoxo
Penny, your posting was wonderful. Thank you for your feelings. In life we all fall occasionally, and the remarkable part is what we do to pick ourselves up and fix what is broken and make our lives right!
Have a great weekend all! Stay Cool.....Jan
Name: Raymond Smith () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 17:53:06
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: BIKES...that's my subject for the day. I brought this up because yesterday I saw a replica of a strand crusier bike. I had a Strand Crusier in dark Blue and silver that I kept from the 8th grade,1976 to 1993.(ex wife sold it w/o my consents). So I guess I had it 17 yrs! If that bike could talk it would tell you all the fun (and fears) I had in life. I bought that bike out of my paper route money from a bike shop(name I can't recall) right next to Hawthorne Intermediate. I used to go in the back shop and watch and learn the trade on how to fix the bike(I kept blowing my tires). As I got into H.H.S. I gainned a few girlfriends in my time. In order for "We" to travel I had to add foam/cushions to my handle bars for them to ride in comfort not to mention have pegs on the front tire for their feets to balanced on. Being a one speeder I had to have strong legs to ride "Us"! I took that bike everywhere. From hundreds of trips to Manhattan Beach all the way to PV. From riding in the wee hours stone drunk(who says you can't ride a bike "safe" drunk?)to hustling to work 20 miles away. My bike was like a best friend to me. I wouldn't be surprised if I put in a few thousand miles on that thing. My bike and I even got clocked (so the officer says) 25 mph and I got ticketed because I just happened to be at the wrong side of the street. I have visited hundreds of friends on my bike. Later in life trying to modified it to carry my boggie board to the beach I say it worked out pretty well. That bike got me home when I got off at work from (Taco Bell) at 1 am. I even rode with no hands from Hawthorne for about 12 miles. My bike also visited numerous other H.S. Ah yes...the good ol' days. Now I am in the market (soon anyway) to buy me a new one. Sometimes a good thing has a comeback.
Name: Penny () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 16:38:13
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Message: Like for MaryAnn (Walton) Martin, Brian Wilson was someone I respected and valued as a friend in high school. His talent is obvious and yes, I am a fan. I'd like to say that not many of us, no matter what life has dealt us, are qualified to judge Brian for the choices he's made in the past. His life has been on a scale unlike most of us have even imagined. I believe the greater message, here, is Brian's recovery...that your life can dive until you think there's no way back...but with courage, support and faith, your recovery and a second chance is possible. Many of Brian's fans were in there (like me), praying for him, through those bad times and we are with him now.
Name: Tom Shelley () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 13:54:26
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Tom Buckingham, you jogged a memory for me. I too worked at the Haw. Advertiser Press. My first real job back in the late 50's. I wasn't a reporter, but the guy who shoveled the lead plates into the melting machine and tore the paper "tails" off the mats so they could be used again. I remember Bob Klein as being a nice person and Andy Anderson, a very distingueshed gentleman who passed away sometime in the early 60's I believe. The Whitebrooks, who owned the HAP, were real "movers and shakers" of the day. Thanks for the memory.
Also, Re: Baxter Dodd's input, there was a famous wrestler of the day who lived on 120th street just west of Prairie Ave. I believe it was either "Baron LeShell Leoni" or "Gorgeous George". TS
Name: Sharon Stowe () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 13:43:11
City and State: Lawndale, CA
Message: I totally agree with Enza that the Beach Boys are not good role models for living one's life. I listen to their music because I like it; it brings me back to the beach parties and good times of my younger years.
Drugs were never my thing and I have to say, I got most of my parenting skills from my parents. them and the BeeGees (kidding).
BeeGees, yes...Michael Jackson, no...
Name: Raymond Smith () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 11:38:18
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: I got a curious questions concerning the Beach Boys. I lived on 116th and Kornblum and their house was 3 blocks??? from me and my best buddy lived on 119th street and Doty which is an arm throw from their supposingly house. My question is: How long did they lived there and/or how long did their parent's lived there? Did at one point the Beach Boys was making enough money to buy their parent's a newer/bigger home elsewhere? Just curious because as I was growing up that part of the neighborhood was getting really rough up and I got beatin up there a few times so I don't think their parent's lived there anymnore.
I think they moved there in the late 40s and were gone before the neighborhood changed.
Name: Enza Nicocia () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 11:37:35
City and State: San Pedro Hill, CA
Maiden: family values/morals VS infamous...er...famous alumni?
Message: Regarding all the Brian Wilson 'worshipping' that's been going on with lots of folks here in Ct: They should of made Brian Wilson a SAINT while they were building the tribute to the Beach Boys. However, as I recall, this guy was anything but saintly. BW not only had experimented/fried his brain on drugs, he had 2 young daughters AND barracaded himself in his bedroom for many years due to his drug abuse. He also had to be accompanied everywhere with people so he wouldn't freak out in public; and subsequently today can't form a sentence without sounding like he's still mentally challenged. Daughters who didn't have a father figure in their lives; mothers who had to raise children solo due to the irresponsible behaviors of a so called 'Genius'? ~ Yeah, I would say that this is a great guy to idolize. I would want EVERY child to have SUCH a father. I realize that I'm not being politically correct here; and I know that there's going to be the argument/issues of his disfunctional family/upbringing; but hey, many of us had it WORSE and we didn't take that road. Re-prioritize people. It takes more that fancy writing/singing to make a GREAT man~look at the WHOLE picture first. Geez, I think I'm on a rant! :)) (Dean, can you here me)?
Who said Brian Wilson or anyone in the music business was a Saint or came from an Ozzie and Harriet type family? Brian wrote a bunch of good music in his life, as did Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and many many others. These people weren't looking for sainthood, just some fun times and some cash. Only fans dictate someones popularity and Brian has his fans.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:52:22
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: John and Steve Anderson: Adding to what Mary Ann Martin had said I would like see a ?00s slang dictionary (Censored of course). The 60?s Slang dictionary has been linked to and copied all over the Internet. I know I would learn something and it could be something that the students could look back at in 10 years and say, ?Wow! We used to say that?? Since the students are generally less than 18, only initials should be used for ?Thanks to...?.
Thanks Chris, I'm putting you in charge of it.
I know the Slang page has been copied and I used to have our ace lawyer, Jim Sloey threaten them with copyright infringement lawsuits, but now I just feel flattered that someone would copy it and add it to their website. Besides, it just the words we used in So Cal so anyone in Denmark or Australia are getting the wrong words.
Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:00:41
City and State: Nashville Ar
Message: JB & Steve Anderson: I've been on my riding mower since 6AM trying to beat the heat and get my three acres back under control ... quality music on the headset and did some thinking ... how about some of Steve's students and the younger generation of Coug's sharing their thoughts and new memories with us middle age and senior alumni? Steve's got a great idea trying to instill an appreciation of HHS and the city in his kids - be it celebrities, accomplished or the rest of us ordinary folks. My sons and grand daughters have experienced a good home town life back here in the south and I've known what they've enjoyed (and their bad moments, too), but also know it's different with the inner city generation. Anyone else interested? Okay, break's over - back to reality and the weedeater now. Thanks, MAM
OK, let's hear from some present day HHSers on how they feel about present day Hawthorne....
Name: Baxter Dodd () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 00:47:23
City and State: Riverside, CA
Message: Here is a bit of Hawthorne celebrity trivia (pre HHS). After the war ended my folks sold their home on 134th near Lemoli to an actor who moved there from England. His name was Skelton Knaggs. Kids would tip toe in front of his house! Grown ups would look away in horror! Well, not quite that bad, he was gone a lot working. It seemed like he got acting parts in every pirate, prison, period, horror, and crime movie that Hollywood ever made. He lived in Hawthorne for a couple of years until he got enough work to move ?up town.? ... Baxter
Do not remember him....
Name: Christina Melton () on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 00:09:29
City and State: Hollywood, CA
Message: For all the BB fans out there -- Brian will be performing "Smile" at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, September 4th at 7 PM. According to the Bowl info -- "Brian Wilson performs his lost masterpiece in a sublime concert event that also includes Beach Boys and Brian Wilson classics. Opening is a symphonic pop band The Polyphonic Spree with their uplifiting and otherworldly joy ... enter the church of pop."
Tickets range from $4 - $37 (benches), $47 (superseats), and $97 - $110 (boxes). For those of you interested, contact www.hollywoodbowl.com
This could be another way to show our CT support. Sorry Dean for this info, but some of us are still proud of the BB and our community -- even with the changes!
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 21:55:21
City and State: Kona, Hawaii
Message: Hey Dean I'm sure you don't remember me cause I was about 4 years younger than you.But I remember you in Little League and at HHS. You were one of my heros in Little League. DO you remember my brother Les. Those years in Little League some of the best BB players anywhere, Mike Scott, you , my bro, Gary Allenson, Colbern, Warnecke, that really tall guy, and so many others.
The Beach Boys are definitely themost famous guys from our school without a doubt, but we do have allot of others.
As mad as I may be at him, Eddie Braun is one of the most seasoned stuntmen in Hollywood.
Do we have any major politcial figures from HHS. I mean state or national not city.
Name: Jeanne () on Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 21:37:10
City and State: Carlsbad, CA
Message: Tim Fye passed away about a year ago in Vista, CA. I think it was brain cancer or tumor, something along those lines. We heard he had changed his ways and was living good. I admit he was a doozie... one time I picked him up at Hawthorne Hospital ER after he was shot in the head. I swear to all that is holy... the bullet stuck right in his forehead. Now that's hardheaded.!!