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Name: David Neuschafer () on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 13:19:39
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: Doris & All...FYI: The Beach Boys will be on the "ToDay Show" (NBC) Friday morning sometime during the show...Man, I love the sounds of Good Vibrations early in the mornings! Gets my "Theremin" moving!

Name: doris () on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10:27:53
Email: dorisjeanatmindspringdotcom
City and State: Twin Falls, ID
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
Message: Know I'm a little late on the subject, but talked with someone recently who used to be good friends with Dennis of the Beach Boys. He said Dennis was one feisty guy and loved to fight, for no apparent reason at all. Said he once asked Dennis, "How come you did that?" and he replied "Just seemed like the right thing to do." But he recalled Dennis with warm laughter genuine affection. Interesting to hear stuff like that from a first-hand friend. And John ... who is "Mr. Jensen" on our feedback page? MR ??? LOL! I suppose we ALL have to call him MR. JENSEN now, huh?
Hey Doris, That story is the CLASSIC Dennis story. If you haven't heard a story like that about Dennis Wilson before, you haven't heard any of them.
and I've always called Mr. Jensen, Mr. Jensen.....

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 04:30:33
City and State: Riverside, Ca
Class: 1957
Message: Even over 40 years ago having a nice car seemed to be important when building the confidence to ask a girl out. However, my cousin and I changed my ?51 Plymouth from a 6 cylinder to an 8 requiring cutting out part of the firewall and most of the floorboards to make room for the bell housing and shifting adapter. We welded part of the floorboards back in place with a torch and coat hangers but the street was still very visible thru the large holes around the tranny. Wouldn?t you know it? That was when I met a special girl and got up enough nerve to ask her out. I held my breath when I picked her up in that car. She found it ?different? but made no jokes and had no complaints. It was a real sleeper, noisy and fast, and we had fun?. Baxter ? p.s. ...I did not tell her I was writing the above account to post on the Feedback, but I just now told her about Armand?s comment about the RTD not impressing a lady. She started laughing and said, ?Well, at least a bus has floorboards and the lady wouldn?t have to help push it to get it started.? Man, that woman has a long memory! ? Baxter
Hey Baxter, I too can remember the street going by, looking through floorboards. I can also still hear the road noise and smell the exhaust. We were always going to add some sheetmetal to cover it, but it hardly ever happened. Good memory there.

Name: PATT () on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 01:13:13
City and State: kennewick, Wa.
Maiden: Prewitt
Class: 1965
Message: Are their any COUGARS living in the Charlote, N. Carolina area?

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:23:21
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Right, John. Not having any wheels would definitely put a big crimp on things. Taking the old RTD would not impress a lady. Shyness was another factor.
There's probably a lot of guys saying to themselves, "if I only knew then what I know now!"

Name: Carl Johnson () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:16:29
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Class: 1969
Message: Hey, Randy Granith, a name from the past. If I remember correctly you had a converted Helms Bread truck that did wheelies going through the A. Either that or you towed a kid's firetruck through the A with Paul Minks riding it. Please confirm.

Name: Enza () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 22:16:04
Email: enico*
City and State: San Pedro Hill, CA
Maiden: I wanna go watch the submarine races.....
Class: 1972
Message: All you shy boys out there that couldn't get a date while at HHS: I'm sure there was EQUALLY shy girls too that wanted to date you handsome hunks. You just should of STEPPED up and asked! (I would of gone out with you Larry, you were WAY cute)! I was a shy girl too up until my Junior year and then I was doing the asking i.e.(Chuck Kidwell/backwards dance). Then FINALLY got my confidence up and I was on a roll.....HA! Although, I'm SURE you boys have made up for lost time, no doubt~huh? :))) If not, go up and watch the submarine races with your sweetie~ and do it in style! Woo-Hoo!
I wasn't shy, just didn't know any girls with Hot Rods.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 19:54:08
Email: See Alumni List
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: 1973
Message: Had a Cougar Spouse sighting. Turns out my boat mechanic up in Havasu is married to Kathy Paliani ('75). We were just talking about the boating scene back in the '70's and '80s, and mentioned I was from Hawthorne. He then told me his wife was from Hawthorne, although he went to Lynwood. I told him in that case, I'd talk really slow. Another small Cougartown World story.
Now THAT'S funny!!! Thanks Alan....Great sighting.

Name: Larry Biller () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 17:25:17
City and State: Portland,Or
Class: 1967
Message: Socially speaking my HHS years were not the greatest but I can't think of a better place to have grown up and attend school. 124th place was full of kids playing and the parents were always outside visiting with each other. What a strange thing for neighbors to do.
I remember the same thing on Cedar Av. Whether playing ball in the street, Cowboys and Indians, War, or Hide and Seek, someone's parents were out mowing the grass, washing a car, or just talking.

Name: max weiner () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:08:38
City and State: Miami, Florida
Message: I did not attend Hawthorne High, actually I found this site by accident. I love this site, it is a real insight to SOCAL in the early 60's. It is also a great sight to visit when I have had a long day or I just want to feel good.
Hope that's all right.
Great site, thanks again!

Thanks Max, we'll make you an honorary Early 60s So. Cal. Surfer/Cruiser.

Name: Larry Bach () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 03:15:33
City and State: Torrance, CA
Maiden: Mister Manic
Class: 1972
Message: Thanks Armand. I think I understand now. During my tenure at HHS, a younger platonic pep squad friend of mine was "dating" a married science teacher. I thought high school was a pretty innocent place other than the submarine races I'd heard about or saran wrap reputedly kept hidden under car's sun visors for emergencies. That is, until my platonic pal told me all about the who, what, where, why... and how! My sister, who grduated from HHS several years later, had even more lascivious faculty stories. OMG! Suffice it to say there's a good deal of "wiggle room" hidden in the annals of HHS. And I couldn't even get a date.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 00:17:08
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Larry, thanks for your post! NOW I know why the movie "Pretty Maids All In A Row" with Rock Hudson reminds me of HHS! (Same era, by the way.)

Name: Randy E. Granath () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 23:17:20
City and State: Lancaster, Ca.
Class: 1970
Message: we are here on Earth...
Thanks Randy, Glad you found us....

Name: Anita () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 22:59:08
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
Message: Hello to all.... Jerry Miles '66 and I corresponded today via e-mail about the California Beach Party Concert this coming Saturday, Aug.13th at the State Fair.
While we know it is our responsibility to travel down south for all of the reunions, picnics, etc. that take place 'back home' ~ may I say on behalf of all Norcal Cougars that we are really thrilled for any of you not living north of Madera to make the trip up this weekend to join us.
So far we have 4 from the class of '62 (thank you John), 4 from the class of '66, and 1 each from the class of '67, '69, and '77. Now that may not sound like much but think about really only need two Cougars to have a great time, so any more than that is simply icing on the cake! However we would LOVE to be surprised by seeing more of you attend.
Since there is sooo much to see at the fair, it has been decided that there will be just two official meeting spots. The first, around 1pm at or near the food consessions/court. You will have opportunities to experience deep-fried delights that you've never even thought of before.
The second and most important will be at the Golden 1 Stage where the California Beach Party concert will take place. I know between Jerry Miles and myself that we will probably have some extra tickets which will guarantee you a designated seat somewhere between the 1st and 4th rows. The concert starts at 8pm. We will be there at 7pm. We shouldn't be hard to find as we will be in our CT t-shirts as should all of you!
For you Southern Cal Cougs.....our forcasted weather for that day is a high of 96 (dry heat) and a low of 60. But I promise you, you'll absolutely love the warm (not hot) evening that night..... the late sunset (around 9pm) and the fabulous music. Come on up and join us and I'll let you be the judge.

I agree, this will be a very special event for the Nor Cal Cougs. If you have the chance, please join us as Cougars unite in Sacramento for a fun day at the fair. Thanks go out to Jerry and Anita for getting this one together. It WILL be lots of fun for us all.

Name: Britt Stonebraker () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 20:24:37
Email: thatbritts(at)yahooDotCom
City and State: San Marcos Ca
Maiden: wha?
Class: 1978
Message: You know I always wondered why on earth the A&W closed? I remember dreaming of going there when I got big, does anyone know?
I think I know this one...3 of us would pull in and park, order 3 small root beers (15 cents total), and stay for 2 hours.

Name: Britt Stonebraker () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 19:47:58
Email: thatbritts(at)yahooDotCom
City and State: San Marcos Ca
Maiden: huh?
Class: 1978
Message: Now Im getting PO,ed So there was a better place to grow up than Haytown? I knew it ! I got ripped off! Just when I was thinking it was all good, now I find out there is something better that I had coming to me! I need to sue someone! Dang it! this isn't right, So where is this place that I shoulda grew up???
I think it had to be Mayberry....

Name: Susan King () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 19:40:22
Email: sueking18 at
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: Well, of COURSE I know who that picture is! But I won't give it away until the crew has exhausted their guesses. I'll bet my sister Sharon knows too - we both love him dearly! And BTW, the Jensen Boys have already signed our "dance cards" as our dates for the CT picnic. What a blast. C'mon kids, sign up. It's a great park, nice weather, a day to meet and mingle and put some faces to those great Haytown stories and tell a few more. Bring your ice chests, chairs and amenities. Sis and I will be setting up the CT lounge under our EZ Up and will once again hawk CT tshirts and Cougar Balls. No charge for the fun and laughter. JB, what's the cost for shirts without the shipping?
Was there a boy you and your sister DIDN'T love?
Thanks Sue for the Ctown Picnic plug. Yes T shirts are 19 bucks at the picnic and you can change behind a tree. Nothing but the best for our Cougartown brethren.

Name: Larry Bach () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 18:16:17
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Class: 1972
Message: My reading glasses really need cleaning because I think that was Ed Schatz calling me a phonetic amuser? Oy! Ex brother-in-laws! It's also interesting reading about former students marrying teachers. My favorite HHS teacher, Mr. Williams, was another who married a former student: a talented protege' of the famous Italian fencer, Aldo Nadi, who never forgave Mr. Williams for stealing her away. She was a very nice person too, helping cut matting to frame student's artwork in preparation for the HHS annual art show, and having the fencing class over to the the William's home. And then there were some other teachers that didn't marry (because they were already married) their current students (sometimes under age) that they were having afairs with. There are lot's of little naughty stories from at HHS. Gotta take the good with the bad, it was all real. Did you hear that Mike? Hey Mike, I'm with you, I didn't like my life at HHS much of the time either. Study the "Recollections" page closely. Mike, after my dad died in 1992 I learned that: a) I wasn't going to live forever either, and b) that during most of the time in those final days, ultimately all I would be left with would be myself lying in a sick bed alone with all my memories. So I purposed to make as many good memories as possible and try to find something amusing about as many bad memories as possible. I hope you do the same some day, Mike. I haven't decided yet whether standing around forever at Pinks is a good memory or not but meeting other Cougars there and laughing with them about their stories is definitely a good memory. That's why I like Cougartown: good people, good memories (well mostly).
Me too Lar', Thanks....

Name: DEBBIE () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 18:07:30
City and State: EL SEGUNDO
Class: 1976
YES, Debbie you are CORRECT!!! You win a no expenses paid trip to The 2nd Annual Cougartown Picnic. Thanks for playing our game, and thanks to Marla Crane for the cute little picture of joseph, fresh out of diapers.

Name: Patti Smith () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 17:42:29
City and State: Cypress, CA
Class: 1968
Message: Is it little Jimmy Peppers?
Sorry, no and you're going the wrong way.

Name: Sharon Stowe () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 17:04:30
City and State: Lawndale CA
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
Message: Just a response to Mike Mueller's e-mail about Hawthorne. I'm sorry Hawthorne was not a good experience for you. Hawthorne High was not heaven for me like it was for some people. But I was born and raised in Hawthorne and I have great memories of growing up in a place were I could take walks at night and not be afraid, with wonderful weather and good friends. I spent a year and a half in TX and that was HELL for me. How are you liking it? ss

Name: Cindy Colby () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 17:00:56
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: That picture looks like one of the Jensen boys.
Nope, keep trying.....

Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 16:11:28
City and State: Nashville AR
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
Message: Thank you, Paco. He's just jealous that I've got a goat who weedeats real good out here in the country. and that I've got my own riding lawn mower and chainsaw. A gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do! Anyone got a remedy for these blasted fire ants?

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 03:30:36
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: I'm sorry,I lied, Mary Ann Walton isn't 65 she's 62...I am ashamed of myself. Sorry again for all the pain "Goat-Girl".

Name: Ivette () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 21:00:33
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Class: 1995
Message: Attention: HHS c/o 95 As you may have heard, our 10-year reunion is officially cancelled as a result of low support.
Because we have gone this far, and have noticed the enthusiasm in many Alumni members, we have planned a back-up informal reunion.
For those of you who are interested and want to see former HHS classmates, we will get together at a bar, the ?Union Cattle? in Hermosa Beach on the night that would have been our reunion- Friday August 12th at 9:30pm on the 3rd floor balcony.
Everyone will be responsible for their own expenses.
Note: There is a $10 cover-charge after 10pm!
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Jackie or myself.
Contact Info is as follows:
Jackie's email:
Ivette's email: Phone: 310-245-1808
For info also check out

Name: edward schatz () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 19:49:29
City and State: lakewood, california
Class: 1970
Message: Al, yeah I do remember you, especially when I moved out here from Illinois the last month or two before high school. I got tossed around by some of the locals here, being a newby, until you steeped in in my sefense, so thanks always for that, made the transition easier to HHS. I remember too, that we got along well in HS as as with most people, set upon our paths afterward and set towards our future, glad to see you're still around, will send a straight email later tonite. Did you make it to the last reunion, looked for you but many were already gone, some people that I'd like to have said hello to again or goodbye. Just chiding you about Cindy, lord was she a beauty, tall blonde nearly as high as me, with straight flowing hair, I don't recall seeing her at the reunion, the 4 year combo. Did you see Peggy's photo, OMG! Should have ran to her then, used to see her at the Boy's, later Ralph's Market sometimes, I recently retired from there after 30 years, and too found Pam Parker, a hippie type, I longed after those years, living in Canada. Won't take up more space Al, but glad you're still with us on this plane. Stay well buddy, you are missed

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 13:22:16
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Class: 1969
Message: Mr. Baxter married Nancy Kerber from the class of 1969. I had a psychology class with her our senior year at HHS. One day in class I had started a discussion about the experience of being in love and it's meaning. It took up the whole hour. She followed me outside and confessed that her heart had been captured by him. She cried and we spent a few minutes between classes discussing the pros and cons of such an affair. I was so happy to hear that after graduation she married the man she fell in love with and the last I heard they were still happily married.

Name: Al Rocca () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 13:11:49
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Class: 1970
Message: Hi Ed, Yes I remember you and the fun we had in school. I'm not worried about Cindy, just wondering why no one seems to know whatever happened to her!!!

Name: Al Rocca () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 13:04:27
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Class: 1970
Message: Hi Peggy, nice to hear from you. Isn't this a great site??? These folks do a bang up job!!'s "that folk" Thanks Al

Name: Mike Effler () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 10:10:48
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Class: 1967
Message: In response to Mari Rutter's inquiry on Mr. Baxter. I had freshman English with him, and did a "Clark Kent" spoof on him in the April Fools edition of the school's paper our senior year. Gerald Baxter was pretty cool, and I heard the same story about him marrying an ex-student. That's pretty tame compared to Mary Kay Laterneau, eh? And, I see your brother Mark all the time.... later..

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 10:02:51
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: Terry in El Rio, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I loved your story. Not a single reference to a 1958 football game or a 1956 Chevy. In the immortal words of V5, if it's not your thing, scroll, baby, scroll!!!
Hey, I loved the paper back about the Helms Cream Puff too. I also now know, and feel very close to, TID's whole family. Also I learned that "Ah Tapi" in baby talk means coffee. Just yankin' your rope a little, TID, thanks for the story.

Name: Terry Allen () on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 19:22:59
City and State: Salem, Oergon
Maiden: Smith
Class: 1974
Message: I just got news that my Great Nephew was born. We need lots of prayers, he's in ICU. Come on Cougs, we can do this. J.B. Please let me post this.
Congrats Terry, and prayers, we have....