Name: Baxter Dodd () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 04:10:22
City and State: Riverside, CA
Message: Like I said, look at the date Mike graduated. I am learning there were a lot of changes that occurred between late-50s/early-60s and 1979. Evidently, much of what made it great for us in the 50s/60s had disappeared when Mike went to HHS and lived in Hawthorne. I am not going to get defensive or criticize the youngster because, like my mom used to say, ?you don?t know what the view was like through his window.? I am sure the view changed a lot from the early 60s to the late 70s. In the late 50s HHS was not always fun for me either and, like Cindy, I won?t get into that except to say there were some real jerks in that school but fortunately the good guys outnumbered the bad. Just reading through the Feedback posts would make a person who does not know think we are pretending it was all great and one big party. The readers need to understand that we tell the good memories in the Feedback. The not-so-good ones are personal between friends and are usually e-mailed.
Mike, in looking at your address my guess is that you are in perhaps one of the most dangerous but rewarding jobs in the nation (and maybe lonely due to work schedule). I have a feeling that some of the things you picked up at HHS helped prepare you for that job, maybe not directly but as a small part of the foundation. Also in considering your age I suspect you recently have been taking personal assessments of your past and current accomplishments (as most of us guys have done at 40+) and are now "driving the red Corvette? into the future. Hopefully as time goes on you will be able to look back and remember the good memories, and the bad ones will fade as they have for many of us. Good luck and stay strong out there?. Baxter
Name: Carl A. Rilling () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 03:58:21
City and State: Oregon City Ore.
Message: Mike, "Let friendships begUn, stay true to the end" That is what Cougartown is about. Friends I know and friends I haven't met. Read the lyrics to the great Eagles song "Get Over It" (www.seeklyrics.com) Once you understand what G.O.I is about, come back make new friends and enjoy what John Baker has put together.
Name: Jan Peterson () on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 22:03:24
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: Mike you must be having a real tough time with life. You seem obsessed with logging into a site that obviously takes you to a time where you were miserable. If your past haunts you so much, move on. Geeze is the heat making everyone so crabby!! Hugs to all.....Jan
This is getting good.
Name: Cindy Colby () on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 21:22:58
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Gees Mike, it is time to grow up and get over it. I had a really crappy childhood (I won't go into it here) and I hated school. This website brings back what good memories I do have though. If you feel so bad about Hawthorne, maybe you shouldn't read feedback here. I for one am really happy that I can say that I am from a great town and I am proud of Hawthorne and this website.
I knew Mike would stir things up. Cindy, you forgot to sign up for the Picnic.
Name: EL ROJO () on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 20:08:39
City and State: YOU KNOW
Message: That is quite unsettling John about August 20th. My Dads B-day and one of my best friends B-day, Bruce Johnson, were on that date. They are both gone! You only live once. Funny how time slips away. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude.
My Uncle was born on August 20th, so that makes it better.....of course he's gone too. Cruise Night has been changed to September 24th. Hey Mike, El Rojo had a great childhood too...
Name: Mike Mueller () on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 19:34:10
City and State: Grey Wolf Rig 474, TX for the moment..
Message: I just want to clarify a couple of points. I am not a victim and didn't come here seeking symphathy. I just stated that I had a hard life in Hawthorne, didn't think it was that great of a school, and am glad to have survived it. I, like many of you, also have a few positive memories- you know- freinds I made and stuff like that. But overall, the experience at HHS was a mixed experience with more negative than positive. I don't cherish HHS or the town of Hawthorne- OK? I'm not putting you down if you do- I think this is a good website.
It's like they say- people look at the past like it was all one big party. Well, it wasn't. You can pretend it was all great, but it really wasn't.
Anyway- here's to the future- because that, and the present, are what is most important. Go ahead and pretend you all had happy childhoods if it makes living in the present any easier.
Maybe I'm missing a brain chromozone.
I had a GREAT childhood....
Name: Debbie () on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 17:20:33
City and State: El Segundo, Ca.
Message: Does anyone know how/where I can get a copy of a 1976 El Molino? When my mom died, it got lost in the move and I would really like to show it to my kids. Thanks.
Name: Kelley () on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 15:05:43
City and State: Englewood,OR
Message: I hear if you've been riding a motorcycle more than 20 years stay away from sturgis...if you've been riding less than that and never been before you will probably have fun..The old bikers called Daytona Bike Weak..instead of week..so many newbee's on the rode.
Anyway I've been running my own how do you like the beach boys. Where I work..One 23 year old I work with was extremely excited..she said when she was 4 (she thinks) her preschool teacher was always playing the Beach Boys..I play Pet Sounds from 5-6 every night...every customer sings along...I told a couple last night I went to school with them..Her eyes lit up like I had mentioned the Doors...So you unbelievers...The BeachBoys are extremely popular to this day...and if you mention you went to school with them, you can almost give an autograph...
Name: Sharon () on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 15:53:39
City and State: Long Beach
Message: Looks like there is a lot happening on Cougartown. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the picnic. So far with Cougs and their guests, we have over 50 people. I'm sure lots more plan on signing up. As an aside, I had the pleasure of interviewing the fabulous Charlie Tuna today. I went to the studio in Burbank. He showed me the studio and I sat there with him and his producer Heather and Irma Blanko while he was on the air at K-BIG 104.3. It was great! I got a pretty good 10 or 15 minute interview with him afterwards. He really is a great guy. Really smart and very, very quick on the uptake. I guess that's why he has been in the business so long. He started in radio when he was a teenager, literally. He moved to California in 1967 where he worked at KHJ for many, many years. I'm sure most of you remember him. So, if you are wondering what happened to him, he's doing really well at K-BIG 104.3. He's the morning guy from 6 to 10 a.m.
Thanks Sharon, The last time I saw Charlie Tuna was on a Star Kist commercial. I always thought he was just a cartoon.
Name: Kathy () on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 14:18:33
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Hey Pat, well I still feel like I'm 30!!! But I'm .........! Dennis, you silly guy!! Yes I still work out..I'm teaching classes for Manhattan Beach, and I rent the Kiwanis club for classes also!!! You know through the years I've lost plenty of dates with that "work out" thing..If I could press more..date was over!!!!!Thanks for the memories.
Name: Jerry Miles () on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 12:32:31
Email: cougar66.pacbell dot net
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: John, could you make the Norcal reunion banner a little bigger? Liz named off every happening for the last month but somehow missed that. It?s less than two weeks away and I hope many that read this can make it. If you have any questions, just ask me. It should be a lot of fun.
It should be a fun place to meet new Cougar friends all right. Hope to see lots of you there.
Name: Larry Erickson () on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 02:35:51
City and State: Anaheim, California
Message: Gardena High, W'63. Cruised the same spots, A&W, The Stand. Had a '51 Olds, nosed and decked. Raced numerous times on Hawthorne Blvd. Knew some Cougars from A&W, the stand and the beach. Saw your site while surfing. Great site. Enjoyed your Slang from the 60's. Remembered almost all of them.
Hey Larry, Probably saw you on the Blvd back then. Thanks for checking in.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 23:38:08
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: There are so many great things happening in Cougartown. Walter sounds happy with a new girl, Ricki has beautiful new digs, there are happy birthdays for all you July babies, Paco's been traveling, there's a huge picnic with a stunning list of attendies coming up and the only bummer is I can't be there. That weekend happens to be my daughter's 30th birthday so I'll be in Anthem with Chatter Box, Michael so Shanon and Danny can go to Vegas for the weekend. But, you guys rock who are going, and it's going to be blast.
And Marsha...I love you. I miss you. You get a special hug. Sorry, no flan Paco. But, I still have your spoon. Do you still have my pan? : ) I love you guys.
OK Liz, so sorry you can't make the picnic, but how about Cruise Night? You can pick up your pan from Paco there.
Name: Ray Scholl () on Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 14:15:27
City and State: Rocklin, Ca
Message: Hey is there any old Cougars, riding to Sturgis South Dakota this year.. We will be at Buffalo Chip, Aug.6 Thru Aug.10th. Call cell # (913-709-3535 ) Would like to meet up with you and say hi... or e-mail before...
Name: Ricki Farrell () on Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 01:54:54
City and State: Tucson, AZ
Message: Hi all. It's been a long time since I've been on Feedback though I have finally caught up on reading it. It's almost as long as "Gone With the Wind" or "David Copperfield." And, I might add, with the same quality. JB, you are due many compliments. My friends who know about Cougartown are incredulous of it's content.
I have finally moved to Tucson and I know now that I never want to move again. The move only equals the building of Noah's ark. I want to thank Cougars Paco Duran for his encouragement when I was trying to make up my mind, and Mary Fee for suggestions on trying to locate a mover.
Tucson is hot, but the skies are unbelievable. For an artist, it's a perfect setting. Our house is set in the Tucson mountains. If anybody is heading this way, let me know. We'll probably be unpacking until '07 but our home is comfortable anyway.
Thank you Ricki and glad you and Jim are where you want to be in life. The good thing about the Internet is you can be anywhere and check in once in a while, so to me, it's like you haven't even moved. Send us a picture of the place when you get settled and thanks for being in our Ctown family.
Name: Pat Desmore () on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 19:51:21
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Marsha, that Picnic is in Football season. I'll probably be down at the local Sports Book. John, whoever's Birthday it is, get's to keep their winnings. Since it was my Birthday the other party has to split there winnings with me. Seems logical to me. Also, I made these rules up on the way home. There set in concrete now.
Hey Pat, sounds like my rules too...
Name: Marsha () on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 15:27:45
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Hey two OLD loves of my life..........
Hi Dennis and happy birthday to Pat.
Gee Dennis, I never knew you had a thing for Kathy Duran, does Eileen know that the list goes on???
Happy birthday Kathy, hope to see you at the CT picnic in September.
You are right Pat, I had my doubts that many of us would make it to this old age. Why don't you and Maureen try to make it out for the picnic in September.
I think we need to make this years picnic as great as the first one in 1999.
JB why don't you start a list so we know who is signed up to come.
OK, Look Above.... I know some people might be waiting to sign up, but we need to know if you are possibly planning on going so we know how many CORVETTES to buy for door prizes. If you're thinking about it, please sign up soon.
Name: Dennis Campbell () on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 12:05:49
City and State: MV CA
Message: Happy Birthday Kathy & Pat?Glad you both made it to the other side of the moon well Pat did? Kathy your not quite there?So Pat how does it feel being retired?
Maureen is way way way to young to retire and that?s a good thing for you man because of your bad back and all she waits on you hand and feet before she goes to work and when she gets home at night?(just kidding) although there is more truth to than not, right!
Pat, Maureen, way to go on machines?I don?t think these machines were owned my Frank Romano class of 61? (inside joke)
Kathy, do you still work out? Boy back in the day when you were a little girl you used to drive me crazy when I used to work out at your house with your Dad?Me on one side of the bench you on the end of the bench looking down at me with those big brown eyes? gosh those were the days?and in the back ground Howard or one of the sisters playing Cathy?s Clown from his bed room? O that was the year that Cathy?s Clown hit the airways by the Everly Brothers I think it was 59? or 60??flipside So Sad (to watch good love go bad) one thing I know was don?t mess around with Doc?s girl?s?.)J
Hey Pat, speaking about Marsha and working out I understand Marsha has a personal trainer now and is looking better than ever and for sure she will out live you and me, isn?t that right JB?
Well I?m off to China tomorrow for a couple weeks then back home for two nights before heading up to L.V. for a trade show? someday Pat I?ll join you and Howard and get me a rocking chair? Always a Cougar!
JB, Play So Sad by Everly Brothers.
Name: Pat Desmore () on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 03:24:06
City and State: las vegas, nv
Message: Hi Kathy, Happy Birthday back at you. Are you 21 or 22, I forget? Thank You John for your Birthday wishes also. It's much appreciated. You know there are a lot of people from HHS that thought I wouldn't make it to 21 or 22 let alone 62 (no wise cracks Marsha), myself included. But we all grow up eventually, It's not as much fun but more in tune with the normal flow. Maureen and I went out to Dinner tonight, we almost didn't go because my back is acting up, thanks Dennis Campbell (football tackling drills) but did and after Dinner we decided to play the Slot Machines (I don't have to ask Maureen very hard). Well, Maureen won over $200.00 and I hit a Royal Flush for $1,038.00. Once I win it stays in my pocket, unbelievable but true because I'm not much of a gambler. It turned out to be quite an evening. I'd like to wish all July Cougars a Happy Birthday...
WELL HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAT!! I know Maureen split her 200 with you. Did you split yours with her??
Name: EL ROJO () on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 18:59:20
City and State: YOU KNOW
Message: JB... I think Anita and Joe should get together. Ya think? MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake n jude!
Name: Kathy Reese () on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 14:55:26
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Hi everyone....Thank you so much for the birthday greetings..
I'll be seeing you in August Jan..can't wait...
Happy Birthday Pat...We are some hot LEOS !
Name: Paco () on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 14:34:34
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: Happy Birthday to sis Kathleen..Pictured with Jan Freeman Peterson and sis Patricia from her left.
Also Happy Birthday to HHS61 Pat Desmore...
Name: Jan Peterson () on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 11:59:58
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER, Kathy Duran-Reese!! I love you Kathy. Have a great day! Hugs, Jan
Happy Bday Kathy....
Name: walter Holt () on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 13:19:11
City and State: Surf City, CA
Message: Thanks Big Kell.. Yep she does but doesn't surf just likes watching and the beach. Surf report!!! Real Ankle Slappers this week, looking slightly better for the weekend. Careful out there So Cal Cougs tons of Man O war Jellies to deal with. Looks like another good weekend for Sunning and funning.
Name: John Baker () on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 12:05:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown . com
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: A question for the class of 66 or 67.
I was talking to Coach Chauncey, and he said there was a guy in one of those classes who built a 2 masted Galleon for him out of a chunk of wood he had left over from a house they were building. He did it in Frank Graves' wood shop and did a wonderful job on it. The Coach says he's had numerous compliments on it over the years and would love to contact him, but having "Half-timers Disease", can't recall the guys name.
Does anyone remember this project and who the woodworking Cougar was? Thanks for helping.
Name: Kells () on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 10:45:53
City and State: Englewood,OR
Message: Hey Walt glad you are back..I've missed the surf report!!
And congrats for the new Lady...hope she digs surfing...
Name: Walter Holt () on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 09:36:52
City and State: Surf City, CA
Message: Class of 66...We are rapidly approaching our 40th year next year. Is anyone currently in the stages of planning a reunion? If not then I will attempt to take it on. So let's please come up with some suggestions on what we would like to have. Also if anyone is interested in helping me or anyone else working on it please e-mail me.
Speaking of reunions...It has been 4 years since one of the best events I have ever attended. Any thoughts on trying to set up another "All Alumni Senior Prom" again?
You mean another "One Summer Night" Prom Night 2001??? That was a fun event, but no plans as yet....
Name: Jessica () on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 00:51:54
City and State: hawthorne ca
Message: Cool website
Name: Dan "W1P" Johnson () on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 00:25:48
City and State: Petaluma & Sacto
Message: Matt and Bud: Thanks for mentioning the W1P stuff. Ya'all know I'm not shy, but I'm sensitive to (having run afoul of) JB's very sensible rules designed to keep this as Coug-related as possible. I will say that this Sacramento show is pretty amazing with Sac Bee coverage and it being hosted by Mark & Brian (who have never seen us in LA!) We've been told that 4000 tickets have been sold and they're expected several thousand more walkups. We also are playing in Petaluma at the Mystic the night before (yes, where American Graffiti was filmed!). So NorCal Cougs, come out for some great music if you get a chance -- and look for me, I'm the one laughing like a lunatic during Brain Damage/Eclipse.
Hey Dan, Congratulations and good luck with the shows.
Name: Sharon () on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 23:16:12
City and State: Long Beach
Message: Good to see Walter back on feedback. Looking forward to hearing his tunes at the picnic. The picnic is going to be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. I still need some people to help us set up in the morning. Don T. is offering to help. I really appreciate it. Anyone else interested in helping please contact me at email@example.com. Anyone up for another water balloon toss?
This is going to be a fun one, folks, please sign up quickly...
Name: Ivette Montoya-Camorlinga () on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 21:21:56
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
I regret to inform you that the 10-year reunion for the c/o '95 is officially cancelled due to a lack of support.
To the few of you who did support the cause, we thank you. There is a back up plan to celebrate our 10-year reunion.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 310-245-1808 for more information.