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Name: Terry in El Rio () on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 19:14:50
City and State: Oxnard, CA
Message: Greetings to all Helms Bakery fans!!I also have wonderful memories of the Helms truck coming down Colonia Avenue in El Rio, Ca. We couldn't afford to buy something everyday, but we would run out to meet the Helm's man anyway. He would open the back of his truck and pull out the looong trays. What an aroma!! When he realized we didn't have any money, he sometimes would give us a sample..I remember saving my pennies to buy a "Cream Puff"..When I was expecting my first baby in 1970, I had a terrible craving for a Helm's "Cream Puff". They were out of business by then. My poor mom went all over town looking for a cream puff like the Helm's "Cream Puff". The one she brought me was nowhere near the same. My craving was not satisfied. Then......In 1994, during a visit to my daughter, Teri Lynn, in San Francisco, she, my daughter Aundrea, myself and my one year old grandson, Nicholas were leaving the "Stonestown" mall on 19th Avenue. When suddenly, Nicholas kept muttering "Ah Tapi, Ah Tapi". We couldn't figure out what he meant. But soon his mother, Aundrea said "Oh MY God, mom, he smells the coffee coming from that pastery store." We were at the door and the store was the last one by the entrance. (I use to let Nicholas taste my coffee sometimes cause he liked it....Oh, there is a point to this story...)Well....we decided to check out this pastery store and get a cup of coffee. As I was eyeballing all the different kinds of gourmet pasteries, I came upon what looked like a "Helm's Cream Puff". Not a cream puff that was sliced in half and filled with cream and the top replaced. This cream puff was solid. At least 5 inches in diameter and sprinkled with powdered sugar on top. I was breathless! The pastery even looked like the original. I bought one immediately. I didnt even wait for my coffee. When I examined it, the bottom side was soft, because of all the cream. It was very heavy. It had the powdered sugar sprinkled on top. When I took my first bite, I closed my eyes to savor the anticipated taste, hoping not to be disappointed......Guys, I felt like I was in a time machine and I went back 35 years. This cream puff tasted "EXACTLY" like the Helm's Cream Puff!!!..The texture, the smell, .the cream...everything!..We took some home. For seven years, we visited my daughter in San Francisco, and we always made sure to bring home some cream puffs. by the way, the name of this bakery is "Epplers Bakery" Look on-line for all their locations all over San Francisco. Look them up and stop in when you are in the neighborhood. It's ironic, when I was young, I couldn't wait for them to come to our neighborhood. Now, I will travel hundreds of miles just for a little memory....
Thank you Terry in El Rio for that 498 word TOME on cream puffs. There's 30 minutes of my life I'll never get back. So to shorten it up a bit, you found a cream puff that tasted remarkably like the Helms version in San Fran....

Name: Paco () on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 18:14:29
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Happy belated Birthday to Mary Ann Walton..Who just turned 65!! You go girl!!
Happy Bday Mary Ann

Name: Terry () on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 17:33:39
City and State: Salem,Oregon
Maiden: Smitty
Class: 1974
Message: FYI, The Beach Boys are going to be on the Today Show this Friday! Surfs Up!!

Name: edward () on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 00:08:36
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Class: 1970
Message: Thanks for the info John, I'll look at Surfs Up, heard that song at the end of Almost Famous, man did memories flood back. And someone I'd been looking for did remember me, how cool is that? Man, I mean, look at that picture of P. Noakes, Gad! Talk about being suspended in time!. Each and all should rememeber that the music of our times is probably the strongest recaller of memory we have, so stop ripping on it, if you don't enjoy the Beach Boys, don't listen and shut up. The sixties and early seventies are amongst the most highly regarded musical eras, and oft mimic'ed, think about that. Thanks again for the site, hope to see more people flood in, from the 70-74 classes and find more of you, you are remembered and missed. Don't just fade away. Hope you make it to the picnic, John, are we individually supposed to bring something or what????????
Hi Ed, Yes, everyone brings their own lunch.

Name: Tammy () on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 22:42:49
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CA
Message: Mr. Jensen, my folks are from Duluth, MN. I was at my aunt's house (Woodland Park) when Elvis died. Do you know where Cobb School is, on Woodland Street(?)? My aunt's home is down the street from that school.
Bob, please email Tammy, Thanks....

Name: Mari Davis () on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 14:51:34
City and State: Lubbock, Texas
Maiden: Rutter
Class: 1967
Message: Does anyone remember Mr. Baxter? He taught English, speech etc. Someone told me he married one of his students. I really loved his class. English was my major in college because of him. He got me over being afraid of speaking in public (well, almost). My other favorite teacher was Mr. Molitor. He was great.
I too had Mr. Molitor for something. He was a good guy....

Name: Peggy Madrid () on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 13:52:38
City and State: Carson, CA
Maiden: Noakes
Class: 1970
Message: Hi Ed Schatz!! Just happened to "drop in" to say hi. Greetings to you Al Rocca as well!

Name: edward schatz () on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 06:56:53
City and State: lakewood,calif
Class: 1970
Message: Anyone know what album the beach boy's "feel flows" came from???? larry bach, when did you become a poetic muser? al rocca, don't worry about cindy appleton, dude. what happened to the class of 70, see none of them posting here? does anyone remember me, I stayed in the shadows at HHS? and stop cutting on the beach boys, they were great for that period, made great music, and proclaimed nothing to be more than that, as most musicians do! would like to hear from somebody.
Hi Ed, Try "Surfs up"....

Name: John Charpentier () on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 01:02:38
City and State: Torrance CA
Message: Just wanted to say thank you for the Vietnam Memorial page
You are welcome, John....

Name: Cindy Colby () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 22:21:20
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Bob Jensen, that is funny, my parents are both from Minnesota, my dad was born in Duluth and my mom was born in St. Louis Park a suburb of Minneapolis, it seems we have more in common than just Hawthorne.
Bob, please email Cindy....

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 22:13:16
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Ok John, I'm sending people to another WEB site again. Is anyone going to THE 2005 HAWTHORNE AIR FAIRE August 13?
No, we're all going to the Cougartown Nor Cal Reunion in Sacramento.

Name: Penny () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 17:35:02
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: Prouty
Class: 1962
Message: To Karen Fraser...Would it be possible for me to get a copy of the Beach Boys dedication tape from you? Or if, like Paco was asking, if anyone knows how I can get a copy, please let me know. Thanks.

Name: Bob Jensen () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 10:42:15
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 1971
Message: My parents were from Duluth MN. and when I was a kid they would take me to the ?Duluth Day Picnic? which was usually held in Long Beach. I remember thinking ?Boring? but I also remember the fun my parents had. No matter who you talked to you had something in common with them Duluth. Last years Cougartown picnic was my ?Hawthorne Day Picnic?. I think it was more fun than any reunion that I have gone to over the last 35 years. Not quite as fancy as ?The Prom? but just as much fun. I?ve got to tell you if you are at all interested in a CT outing this picnic is probably the best event going. And the Bierman Sisters are still pretty cute. Just plan on being there! Sharon Moore-Leach is the Hostess with the mostess. Mr. John Baker will greet you along with all the rest of us. Just take a look at the list of attendees. Don?t worry if you don?t know any of the names on the list or if they are too old or too young for you. I guarantee that you will get to know them if you show up. Remember, you will always have something in common Hawthorne. Paco, remind me at the picnic to tell you about the time I met Korla Pandit. As a dear friend once said ?I?m off like a prom dress?.
Yes last years picnic was a fun time for all in attendance. I'm sure it will only be better this year. If at all possible, please plan on being there.

Name: Debbie () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 10:30:42
City and State: El Segundo, Ca.
Maiden: Johnson
Class: 1976
Message: Susan! Thank you so much! I will give it another try. You are so sweet to give me this information!

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 02:04:46
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Yes, Mike M, You got that right. Everything was ?more groovy? back then. ?Baxter

Name: Mike Mueller () on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 00:03:10
City and State: At Work in Texas
Class: 1979
Message: I'm sory, I just can't think of anything real good to say about that place. There are a lot worse places to live- I understand that- but that doesn't make something or someplace good.
I guess I should have been born before they tore down the bowling alley and the ice cream place.
Maybe then everything would have been more groovy.

Name: Paco () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 22:55:44
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: My son asked me about the Newport Pop Festival, today is the 37th anniversary,I lived in Newport at the time and had a party that night. About midnight a few of us, Mike Wood, Bill Brown, Doug Frohoff and I think Robin Hood all went to a couple of the night spots in Costa Mesa. The first place we went to was the "Attic". After the festival ended some of acts went to the local hot spots. We were entertained by The Byrds, Canned Heat and others..All free, when last call came, they stopped serving booze but the bands played on..What a night.Oh well gotta go and listen to my Korla Pandit tapes..

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 20:51:50
City and State: Garden Grove, CA
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: I had a sort-of Hawthorne sighting. An old co-worker of my husbands (both retired) came by to visit. He mentioned Redondo Beach and said he grew up near there. I asked him where he went to high school. He graduated from Leuzinger but lived in Hawthorne. Also went to Hawthorne Intermediate. He can't remember when he graduated maybe 1953, but said he took some classes at Hawthorne so maybe it was 1954. I showed him the Images of America, Hawthorne book. He was excited about that and wanted to get one for himself. His name is Don Heizer. That's the closest I've been in years to just running in to someone from Hawthorne and right in my own living room.
Good one Marilyn, always like the sightings, Thanks....

Name: Shannon Qualls () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 20:47:24
City and State: Hawthorne
Maiden: Qualls
Class: 2008
Message: hey all you old farts...he...he...he... my dad went here in the 70s and my grandmother in the 50s this school has changed so much from what i have seen in old yearbooks. this is a cool site and i hope it keeps running.
Hey Shannon, Yes it has changed, but we all have our own Hawthorne. Thanks for checking in....

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 20:08:02
City and State: Shenzhen, China
Class: 1961
Message: Hey JB, I had Chinese food last night and the day before that, and the evening before that, and the morning before that?I think you get what I?m saying here?I?m going to have breakfast now?CHINESE STYLES! ?O?
See Ya all at Cruise Night (13) My kingdom for a Hamburger?Please:)

Hey Dennis, Hong Kong has a McDonalds, HONEST....

Name: John Baker () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 20:20:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown dot com
City and State: Lomita, CA
Class: 1962
Message: I just received the following two emails:
Dear user jb1,
You have successfully updated the password of your Cougartown account.
If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with your account, please contact Cougartown customer service at:
Thank you for using Cougartown!
The Cougartown Support Team

And this one:
Dear user x02jb1,
It has come to our attention that your Cougartown User Profile ( x ) records are out of date. For further details see the attached document.
Thank you for using Cougartown!
The Cougartown Support Team

These are phishing emails and didn't come from me or Cougartown. DO NOT ANSWER either of these emails or any other email from Cougartown that looks suspicious. DO NOT OPEN any attachments in any email in which you're suspicious. Thanks Cougs

Name: Susan () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 18:02:52
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Maiden: Rose
Class: 1975
Message: Note to Debbie Johnson who is looking for a 1976 El Molino: Debbie, there are some staff at HHS during the summer, you just have to keep trying different dept.'s on the voicemail system until you get lucky & find a real person! I made contact today with a guy named Rushdi who works in the student store (I am looking for items for our 30th reunion in Sept.) & he mentioned he had come across a 1975 El Molino, so maybe he can help you. He can be reached at (310)263-4417 Mon.-Thrs. from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I have yearbooks for 1972,1973,1974 & 1975 but not 1976 or I would loan you mine. You might also want to try the library there in case they keep one for each year. Good luck!
Thanks for helping, Susan.

Name: Cliff Hitchcock () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 15:24:06
City and State: Palmdale, Ca
Class: 1973
Message: Hi Cougs, As part of a "Benefit for Mike Smith" of the DC5, Brian Wilson is auctioning 4 invitation only tickets to his 8-13-05 concert in Wantagh, NY, on EBAY. The auction also includes a personal meet and greet with Brian after the show. Current bid is $650.00 and ends Sunday. Sure would be cool if someone from Hawthorne got this.

Name: Debbie () on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 14:58:56
City and State: El Segundo
Maiden: Johnson
Class: 1976
Message: John - Any idea about how I can find a 1976 El Molino? Hate to be a pest, but I didn't get a reply last time and I tried calling Hawthorne High, but wasn't able to get a hold of anyone. Thanks!
Hi Debbie, I really don't have an idea unless you can borrow one from a classmate on your 76 alumni list. The reason you can't get through is because school's out. Call back about mid-Sept.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 20:11:57
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: Karen Fraser you need to make enough copies of the channel 22 program for the people who go to the VFW breakfast. We will all pick them up at there. The breakfast is on the 21 isn't it?
Yes it is....

Name: Paco () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 16:55:26
City and State: Lake Forest
Class: 1961
Message: If any of you C-towners in Hawthorne have access to the Beach Boy Dedication and have a DVD recorder, would you make me a copy? Please email me..Thanks Paco

Name: Kathy () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 16:29:24
City and State: Redondo Beach
Maiden: Duran
Class: 1964
Message: Hey!!! I think Mike is no different than any of us. I do however think he LOVES attention!!! Man I wish I got as many responses as he. He's having a jolly ol' time reading about what we think of him. I think we Cougars are making Mikey a happier person. That's ok Mike, you'll feel better soon.
If you want attention on this site, just say something derogatory about Hawthorne or HHS.

Name: Karen Fraser () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 16:27:22
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca. 90250
Maiden: Bob Fraser
Class: 1960
Message: Hello everyone. For any C-towners that live in Hawthorne and have Time Warner Cable, Channel 22 is showing the Beach Boy Landmark Dedication this week at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. It is about an hour and thirty-five minutes long and is excellent. It includes a lot of pre-show interviews with celebs, locals, and even our friend Rich Sloan and Anita Bell who gives a C-town plug. There are also a lot of early pictures of the neighborhood, the "boys", even a shot of the 1969 prom. It is worth watching and hats off to Larry Bender and the Channel 22 staff for putting together such a great program. Bob and I will be taping it, maybe more than once. It is a keeper!
Thanks Karen...

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 16:11:59
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1969
Message: John, Honey, If I was going to make love to him...I'd have to charge a lot more.
Have to hump it up to 2 bits, huh? JUST KIDDING!!!

Name: Cindy Colby () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 15:29:25
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Hey Walter, you mentioned relish, do we get hot dogs with that? Mike sure stired up a bunch didn't he?
Walter, please email Cindy....

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 15:28:52
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1969
Message: Mike, Mike, Mike...Honey. Nobody had it great 100% of the time. For some it was only 10% but WTF? Who cares? It was a very long time ago and if you want to talk to someone about how bad it was for you send me an email....I bet I can match you trauma for trauma but not here. This is sacred ground in Cougartown where you bring something to the party. Share one favorite memory then send the rest to me. I only charge $100 an hour for counseling. LOL But, Baby, you'll feel so much better! DZ
"Honey" "Baby"....Geez Liz, are you going to counsel or make love to the lad?

Name: Sharon () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 15:09:45
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: I for one would like to thank Mike for getting everyone back on Cougartown. I thought you were all on vacation. While you're here, sign up for the picnic.
Yes, please do that. It's filling up fast.

Name: Walter Holt () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 13:49:05
City and State: Surf City, CA
Class: 1966
Message: Oh Boy...Here we go again...Mike Mike Mike...I agree G.O.I... Outside of my dad dying while I was at HHS and a not so nice mother, I had a great life in Hawthorne and in School. So outside of that, the other bad stuff I encountered was mostly in part created by myself and my attitude at the time. It wasn't all one big party and in life you can cherish the good or dwell on the bad. The choice is ours to make so most of us prefer to relish the goodtimes and enjoy chatting about those. It would be a pretty sad site if all we talked about here were our bad memories in Hawthorne.I venture if we did, in a short time this site wouldn't exist because nobody would want to stop in and read it. So if you enjoy your life now good for you but to be honest, I for one really don't care to read about your pity pat poor life in Hawthorne and in the future will ignore anything you have written as it seems that is all you care to comment about.

Name: Dean Morris () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 13:36:54
City and State: Valley of Joe, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Kudos to Baxter Dodd for recognition of the many generations of Cougars and their varied experiences. It isn't all good, it isn't all bad, but it is nice to know that some of the 50s and early 60s grads can pass along some wisdom and understanding, rather than telling a younger Coug to take a hike if he cant get with the program. That is what it is all about.

Name: Anita () on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 11:44:40
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
Message: Mike ~ What you provoke you must take half the credit for.....and to all that commented in response.....what's happened already and what might happen are less important than what you are making happen now.