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Name: edward schatz () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 19:16:56
Email: easchatz!
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Class: 1970
Message: Raymond Smith, I remember in the 60's there were sand dollars on the beach, though, not many, I've forgotten what ornaism they are the remains of, but not any longer, along the eastern seaboard around florida though. Crab crabs, yeah, they're still there, but only the small ones that scuttle amongst the rocks and pilings. Phil Pomerleau, yeah, I remember you, slick, dark hair, back from 129th st. Haven't heard your name in a long time. Most everyone from that time is still alive, somewhere, if you call it life, except for Randy Chapman and Rick Gestone, both have since passed on. Good to hear from you, congrats on joining Cougartown, many years have passed.

Name: edward schatz () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 16:46:27
City and State: lakewood, california
Class: 1970
Message: John, have decided to bring the camera and camcoder to record our memories from the picnic. Use the archiving skills to forge a dvd later for those that want it, a great way of preserving the event, after I catch some new someware, see you all there.
p.s., does anyone here know of a good Luezinger site to contact old HS friends, I tried one, but the main contact's email was returned as undeliverable? had seen two friends names but no email listings for them.

Thanks for contributing, Ed. Good idea.... As for the Leuzinger site, look on the bottom of the Whats New Page. You'll find a couple of links there.

Name: Phil Pomerleau () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 16:32:09
City and State: Aurora, OH
Message: I just noticed that Ed Shatz was posting on this board. Wow, I use to play baseball and basketball with him and Daryl Stripsky in the parking lot on 129th St.
Does anyone know why the Alumni link isn't working?

Hey Phil, I just tried it here, and it's working. Give it another try. Also, thank you for becoming a Member and welcome to Cougartown.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 15:58:41
City and State: Portland, OR
Class: 1981
Message: Forgive me if this is not an Hawthorne issue but I was wondering from the older people with better memory than me, of the beaches in the 60's. I just got back from Seaside, OR and saw things that either I never seen in Calif or I did but it was history ago. My daughter who is 5 1/2 yrs old and I collected Sand dollars and we collected lots of them. I never seen them in Calif. Do they exist? Also, daughter and I saw many Crabs during low tide. Now if memory serves me correct, I remember seeing them in Long Beach one year(late 60's). I remember being scared because there were lots of them and I didn't want my toes pinched. Can anyone verified that there were crabs along the beaches (as well as in the south bay). Thanks.
I just remember sand crabs...

Name: Barbara Lewis () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 13:40:06
City and State: Houston, TX
Maiden: Kmieciak
Class: 1970
Message: I have been debating whether to call this a Cougar siting, but since the question was asked, I may have a clue as to where you might find Jack Dicus. Several weeks ago, we were watching CNN and they were interviewing the man who pulled a young shark attack victim from the water in Florida. He was identified as "Tim" Dicus, age 54, but we think that rescuer was Jack Dicus. His name caught my husband's (Max Lewis '68)attention and we quickly pulled the old '68 El Molino from the shelf to compare his photo with the man being interviewed. Now a lot of years have gone by, but it truly looked just like him...wrinkles and aging considered! So I think Jack is alive and well, surfing in Florida and being a hero to a family who sadly lost their young daughter in a shark attack, one of the "unsung" in the Cougar family. Bless him.
Thanks for the info, Barbara, and we'll count it as a sighting.

Name: Elvira () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 13:03:42
City and State: Montrose, CA
Maiden: Lelea
Class: 1988
Message: Class of 88, Does anyone remember Ramona School Elementary, as a Child on 136th Street in Hawthorne like 1977 - 1982 or Hawthorne Intermediate 1983-1984?? just trying to remember teachers and names and stuff.. V
Hi Elvira, I just emailed you and it was returned "550 evlelea IS NOT ACCEPTING MAIL FROM THIS SENDER"
Thank you for becoming a Member of Cougartown, and to answer your email here, the reason your name is not on that list is because it's the Class of 88 Missing List, and you aren't missing. Also about your email change...sorry, hyphenating your married name with your maiden name (Lelea-Drake) isn't allowed. I'll add it as Drake or leave it at Lelea, your choice. Thanks again...

Name: Jack Hammer () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 12:58:15
City and State: Oakland Or
Class: 1968
Message: Due to some health problems I will not be able to make the picnic. I sure wish I could be there. Send pictures with NAMES
See you at the next one, Jack....

Name: Guille () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 11:16:08
Email: Esquivel
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Class: 1995
Message: 1995 Class Reunion Hey everyone, As the 1995 Senior Class VP, I am stepping up!!! Do we want to be the ONLY class that does NOT have a reunion? I am not too keen on having it at a hotel and all the regular stuff. I know that Ivette and Jackie have been working hard to get something going. Typically reunions are in October so we have a month for all of you to start making suggestions as to what you want to do. We can rent a club or another locale. You have to do your part and get the word out to those that you know don't, or choose not to, communicate through email. I will suggest a September 5th deadline so that people email me and make suggestions and we will vote by the 15th as to what we will do. I am looking forward to receiving your emails.

Thanks Guille, and Class of 95, DO NOT pass up your reunions. These are very special times. Contact Guille and get something going.

Name: JD HAAS () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 11:11:36
City and State: SALEM OR.
Class: 1957
Message: Hey John I'm one of the other school Leuzinger '57. In reading the feedback, Andrea c/o'82 made a comment about not knowing anyone at the Cougartown outing. We just had the 6th LHS BBQ in Oregon. It was a success. I know of one HHS grad that attended, our guest was in the c/o '33. By the end of the 3 days everyone new everybody. We had Alumni from '33 to '64 about 120 showed up.
Here's hoping you have as much fun as we did.
JD Haas LHS '57

Hey JD, Yes I know exactly what you mean as I see the same thing at our functions. Folks, It really doesn't matter when you graduated. You'll make new friends because of where you graduated.

Name: joseph () on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 00:34:36
Email: mailander
City and State: los angeles ca
Class: 1975
Message: John (although I may not love you maaaannn anymore for messing with my foto last post here--just save your energy for the picnic and run the foto the way it truly is, bad beach hair and all, and know that I have always been able to make a mockery of myself all by myself without any extra help at all!), where was I? Oh, yes. I would like to tell your farflung multigenerational community here that today I was taking the Inner City Red Line, dressed in what has now unfortunately become my best suit, an ancient two-button Hugo Boss unvented jacket and pants with an EffScottFitgeraldian, then-I-was-drunk-for-many-years blue tie with white Hollywood dots. To get home, I transferred at the amazingly hollow and Piranesian Wilshire/Vermont station. Boarded the northbound train and on entering I spot a guy seated on the train wearing a "Which One's Pink" tee shirt, white and pink on black and of course utterly spiffy clean. Truly! I chatted this nattily-attired blond bohemian stranger up--yes, there we were, two splendid sartorial marvels--and it turns out that Which One's Pink is this gentleman's very favorite LA band. Beyond his obvious musical talent, it appears that Dan Johnson has done an outstanding job of brand management with his group of Branch Floydians...Peace and boat drinks mannnn...
Well joseph, you can run but you can't hide from our Cougar friends. I guess you missed this little beauty from Marla Crane. There are always skeletons and this one is a perfect example. I hope you like it, and seeing as you hate your senior pic, I'll be using this one from now on.
Although EffScott was a drunkard, but perfectly literate, he couldn't possibly have attired himself in your impeccable dress (God, am I starting to talk like you?)
Anyway, now that you've opened the W1P floodgates I'm sure Dan will chime in with another feeble freebee commercial about who the guy was, since they've only sold one Tshirt, and where they'll be playing next, while feverishly trying to tie that in with his Hawthorne roots.
Thank you joseph for being with us and for always raising the website's IQ but a few points. God knows a few of us Cougars made it. Peace and Pabst Blue Ribbon MAAAAANN....

Name: Cindy Colby () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 21:10:38
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson soon to be Wernicke again
Class: 1963
Message: Happy birthday to all of you. John I won't be in town for your birthday so happy birthday to you a little early. I am going to Laughlin this weekend, this is the big one, I am getting married. See you all at the picnic on the 17th. Cindy
Well thank you Cindy and happy wedding to you and yours, and we'll see you and your new (old) hubby on the 17th.

Name: Andrea () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 20:50:11
City and State: hawthorne
Maiden: Rossi
Class: 1982
Message: Ok, some people from the class of 82 are saying they're not going to the picnic because they wont know any one...isnt that like the first day of school where you dont know anyone but soon you have friends everywhere?? So, class of 82 if you're out there show'em what your made of!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's what I say. If you show up, you're surrounded by Cougars. Lots in common (where you lived, teachers, classes, hangouts, etc) you WILL have a great time. I graduated in 62 and have Cougar friends into the 90's, so if your favorite classmates don't show, you'll still have a fun day. I SWEAR!!!

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 18:42:45
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Thanks for the BD'wishes from you all!Email me and save Cougartown space..Beanie Boy,Harry,Hairtoe,Narud,Big Daddy Doo Doo,Doo and Paco!
Naw, that's all right. Happy Birthday from all of us, Paco, and Happy Birthday to Clark Millman and Danny Petty too.

Name: Jan Peterson () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 18:07:27
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Maiden: Freeman
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Howard (Paco). I really enjoy your "family website". You make me smile and remember the past. Hugs, Jan
ps: John I am happy that you had a few days off. You were missed.

Thank you Jan, but not as much as I'm going to miss Paco's happy birthday wishes.

Name: Maureen Trott () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 17:33:41
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
Message:, me, me, me, me (tuning up my voice...hahaha) Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Paco, Happy birthday to you! And many, many more!!!!!

Name: Pat Desmore () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 16:44:04
City and State: las vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: Paco, Harry or Howard what ever your handle is these days, I hope you have the best birthday ever. Happy Birthday you old FXXT...

Name: edward schatz () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 15:23:30
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Class: 1970
Message: I don't know you, but, Happy Birthday anyway, Paco. Everyone start emailing the members of their class for the picnic, how many people we at now John?
Gotta be a couple hundred by now. Gonna be a whiz bang of a picnic.

Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 14:03:24
City and State: Nashville AR
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
Message: Happy, happy birthday to one of the real good guys - Howard Duran ... Paco, you're Over The Hill now, too!

Name: Sharon () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 12:12:37
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966

Name: David McConnell () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 11:53:12
City and State: Hermosa beach, Ca.
Class: 1969
Message: I hope to see alot of "Cougars" there at the pick-nik, especially from the classes of 68-73. I had 4 brothers and 2 sisters, so I know quite a few people from various years as well as other high schools in the area. See you all soon. This h.s. website is the best I've seen, and I've seen many different h.s. sites! CI VEDIAMO! Dave
Hey Dave, Thanks for that and see you on the 17th at El Dorado Park.

Name: Barbara Duran () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 09:45:10
City and State: El Segundo
Class: 1972
Message: Happy Birthday to my brother Howard
Happy Birthday, Paco.....

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 03:32:06
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Da Valley, dude
Class: 1977
Message: It's such a small world. Today I received an email from Craig Marshall who is one of the founding members of Cubensis -- the local Grateful Dead tribute band. The email said, in pertinent part, Hey now! Another "hot August night" is upon us...this Saturday Aug 27 at the Rockit Cafe in Hawthorne. When we booked this show, I realized this club was located just one block from where I grew up in Hawthorne, partying thru high school and terrorizing the neighborhood. So, there's a certain degree of nostalgia going on when I personally invite each and every one of you to attend this Saturday. In all this time, Cubensis has never played a show in my hometown. The club is located on Hawthorne Blvd just north of Rosecrans--easy to get to--just exit eastbound on Rosecrans from the 405, and turn north on Hawthorne Blvd. The club will be on your left-hand side at that point." I've known Craig the better part of 7 years and had no idea he was from Haytown. Although he is an HIS/Leuzinger alum, he was very appreciative Cougartown (all those Olympians seem to be). In any event, I'd love to go to this event but, alas, I have to spend this week in Fort Wayne Indiana with my wife's family. However, any Coug Deadheads out there (Kathleen, donde esta?) should check this Hawthorne event out because Cubensis is an incredible band! And, hey, I didn't even know there was a live music club in Hawthorne!

Name: Robert Risner () on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 01:04:13
City and State: Flachslanden, Bayern
Class: 1968
Message: Jack Dicus - A long time past. In 1969, he was in the flight school class in front of me, then was at Ft. Rucker for a CH-47 transition before heading to Korea where he flew OH-58s. I was the only one of us who ended up flying AH-1 Cobras in Vietnam and Cambodia. I lost track of him after a few years. Other things are rumors, unable to verify, including one of his death. Anyone else know different?

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Monday, August 22, 2005 at 23:44:07
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
Message: Susan- Thanks for the referral - I found Gaby Kalman on the first try - Vivian is her sister!
Betty Kean-Rodriguez

See, we're all here. You just have to turn over a few rocks.

Name: Sharon () on Monday, August 22, 2005 at 21:32:07
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: Hey John, it's good to have you back. I was having CT withdrawal. I guess you deserve a vacation now and then. This picnic is really shaping up. I have some really different and interesting games for everyone to play. I need people to bring some panty hose. They can be used and have runs in them, but please make sure they are washed. If you can bring some, e-mail me at It's for a really fun and funny game. Thanks to our e-mail team for getting those e-mails out. If you are on the fence about signing up for the picnic, remember somebody may be waiting to see your name before they sign up. Sometimes people wait to see someone elses name show up before they sign up and it turns into a catch 22, because that person may be waiting to see your name. It's only three weeks till the picnic and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
Hey Sharon, I'm sorry but all my panty hose have runs, but I'll bet we can come up with a few pair for the picnic....Coffee OK? Also, I spoke with Dick Huhn from Hawthorne City Hall today and they'll be selling Hawthorne Tshirts, Beach Boy Hats, and Beach Boy Bricks at our picnic. Yes, they are still selling Monument Bricks. Hope to see lots and lots of Cougars at this one. It's going to be bigger than the Homecoming Picnic of 1999. BE THERE COUGS!!!

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Monday, August 22, 2005 at 00:48:06
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I know I'm always sending people away from CT but this is a new site with maps around the country with photos of the buildings. The photos are not from above but from the street. Have fun...
Thanks Chris....

Name: CYNTHIA ALVES () on Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 23:48:43
City and State: la mirada, ca.
Maiden: DEL REAL
Class: 1986

Hi Cynthia, I'm sure you'll be invited to whatever reunion the class of 86 has planned. Thanks for letting all your classmates know you're out there and if you ATTENDED Hawthorne High your Freshman year, add yourself to our Alumni List.

Name: edward schatz () on Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 20:24:22
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Class: 1970
Message: Well, I got one over from classmates John, I hope that's quite enough? Of course it isn't, not till we have corralled up everyone. But, we got one of the best.
Thanks for helping, Ed...

Name: Anita () on Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 16:28:16
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
Message: Well.....seems to be a quiet Sunday here on ol'Cougartown. I've done the math and so far the class of '63 is in the lead with attendees showing up for the picnic! Comming in at 2nd place there is a tie between the classes of '62, '64, and '77. Finishing up in 3rd place are ties also between the classes of '70,'72,'74,'75, and '78. Uh.....class of '69? Where are you? Are you really going to let the class of'63 walk away with this? Four weeks and counting.....and JB, even though I did have one of those Margarita Slush- ees before the concert - who needs to drink when they're playing Beach Boy music? And Myrna ~ John is right. Just pop a few 60's CD's in the car and 7 hours will fly by!..... LONG BEACH OR BUST !

Name: Diane Williams () on Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 14:13:19
City and State: Lomita, CA
Maiden: Salazar
Class: 1976
Message: Hi Jacki, I got your message sorry to hear about your GB I hear it's a real pain in the side, Ha Ha. Hubby & I will be moving the end of October, probably back to the beach area. I hope to see you soon. Take care, Diane

Name: Debbie () on Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 22:20:02
City and State: Del Aire, CA
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
Message: Just wanted to wish my brother, Jerry and Jeanne as well, if you're lurking out there a happy birthday.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 13:52:08
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Happy Birthday Jeanne Burk Carrillo, I hope you have a great day! Also, even though I don't know you Happy Birthday to Jerry Miles.
Happy Bday Jerry and Jeanne....