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Name: Mary () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 13:35:11
City and State: Grants Pass,OR
Maiden: Rose
Class: 1970
Message: Found HHS Yearbooks on EBAY for years 1969,1970,1971 & 1972 as of this morning there a 4 bidding days left if anyone is looking.

Name: Kathy Michael () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 12:15:46
City and State: Crystal, Minnesota
Maiden: Groseclose
Class: 1976
Message: To Debbie Ware: Good to see you here. I was wondering where you were. Looks like we both ended up in other territories so far from home and both have wonderful husbands. I know you remember Ron...Lot's to catch up on, I will write or vice versa, via email.
TO FRIENDS OF MY BROTHER MARK: I am in process of gathering information and working on a book about Mark's artworks, and musical experiences. This book will be written by the same author who is in process of writing an autobiography of David Marks which is due out in spring 2006. If you have any stories, pictures or information that would be helpful Please contact me.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 11:31:29
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: Oh my, I DO remember the York fair. The cake walk always fascinated me but I never won a cake. I remember winning goldfish, which in those days you actually took home with you (not like today's school fair where you win a ticket and then pick up the goldfish at the local pet shop.) We stopped by a friend's house on the way home and put our goldfish in a bowl there; an hour later when we were ready to go home, we found the goldfish on the floor. They had jumped out! Didn't know they had been trained at Sea World. Wasn't that a Halloween fair? Seems like we wore costumes and had a costume parade.

Name: sharon () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 10:13:33
City and State: long beach
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
Message: Regarding picnic DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS. According the the permit I have it says, "Vehicles must be parked in designated areas and are ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE OR PARK ON THE GRASS, LB Municipale Code Sections 16.20.50 and 16.20.70." Sorry guys, but you will be ticketed or towed. Sorry John. Sometimes when it gets busy the park rangers will guide people onto the grass, but unless otherwised directed it is not allowed. That's the City of Long Beach for you.
Sharon, Last year Security told me to have our group park on the grass. He said, if you don't, we'll run out of street parking in this area. This year we're going to have 3 times the people. I'm sure the city doesn't want people driving up and parking next to their picnic tables, but when they give us a permit for 300 people we have to park somewhere. Park on the street and grass, but park close to the road.
Sharon, please don't worry about this. You're NOT going to picnic prison.

Name: Maria Lemmens () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 02:03:18
City and State: torrance, california
Maiden: Suarez
Class: 1984
Message: Be sure to state your name in the subject line of any e-mails. Thank you

Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 23:24:51
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Los Angeles
Class: 1977
Message: The greatest scene in Back to the Future is when Michael J goes back in time to the 50s and sees a full service station with like 4 teenagers taking care of all aspects of the car!
Man, I forgot about that one. I guess it would be like if today, we all got "Minuteman Service" from Union 76, or "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star" from Texaco. Thanks Dan...

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 22:55:13
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Pat,you got it!! I still have nightmares...Not Miss Clark, "Speed-O-Meter..See you all Saturday!!
I'll be there....

Name: Pat Desmore () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 19:19:13
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: Paco, As a matter of fact I do remember Miss Clark and the Drivers Ed. class. As I recall you pronounced "SPEEDOMETER" as "SPEED-O-METER". After falling off my chair chuckling, Miss Clark was quick to reprimand me as I sat at the front of the class and was closest to her. Also, you were teachers pet!

Name: DEBRA () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 15:06:35
City and State: BOISE IDAHO
Maiden: WARE
Class: 1977
Debra, Your friends are here. Thanks for letting them know you're here too. Please add yourself to our Alumni List.

Name: Raymond Smith () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 14:45:55
City and State: Portland, OR
Class: 1981
Message: I was wondering if YORK Elementary School still has its annual Fair? Only going to that school from 4th grade to 6th grade I got to experience just 3 yrs of it. It was so fun with the place being lighted up and the carnival like games being played. One of my favorite was buying dried out egg shells that was filled with confetti and sealed up and this was used to "GET YOUR FREINDS". That thing was a blast. I know the cake walk was somewhat a bore but I saw one gal go home w/3 cakes/pie so I took my chances but ended up with nothing. As for games and so forth I CANNOT remember ditto except for the Apple bobbing contest. We might of had balloon tossing contest. Anyone else out there remember the Fair at York?

Name: sharon () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 09:11:36
City and State: long beach
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
Message: Four days till the picnic. If you have not signed up. Sign up today. We have over 200 people so far and I have a permit for 300 people. Some people also said that they may show up but have not put their names on the list because the are not sure. This is going to be a really big deal. Remember if you can bring some panty hose. Still in need of them. E-mail me and let me know if you can bring some at This is going to be a really big one people. Also, do any of you remember some of the games and picnics you had when growing up in Hawthorne. It might be great fun to talk about some of those times and games.
Also, please park on the grass in an orderly fashion so we can get most of the cars off the road. There'll be lots more people this year and no one wants to lug their lawn chairs/coolers too far. Thanks all and we'll see you Saturday. The picnic will start about 9am and go until dusk.

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 08:37:57
City and State: South Bay
Class: 1975
Message: Class of 75, A reminder. Our 30 reunion is this Saturday, September 17th at the Torrance Marriot. For information refer to:Elegant Reunions

Name: edward schatz () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 08:10:13
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Class: 1970
Message: Shaping up to be a killer picnic, and it's all due to you, John, without this site, we'd be aimlessly wandering about.
Another connection, when I started at the old Boy's Market, 30 years ago or so, met a very pretty young lady, became friends and she got attached and moved off. Hadn't seen anything, nor heard anything. Guess what, Cindy Whittaker, damn, what a small world this is becoming, thanks again to you John. See you Cindy and everyone else there, the big E.

See you there, Ed...

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 03:52:01
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Does anyone how the football team is at HHS nowadays. Are we dominate in any sport.
Also, did you know their is a law in Hawaii still in affect that it is punishable by fine or jail if you don't own a boat. This law passed back in the late 1800's. A little but of history, that maybe they teach at HHS now.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 02:20:16
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: First on Race Day Fix Or Repair Daily

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 01:57:04
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: To make a few extra bucks while going to school I worked part time at ?Dutch?s Full-Service Texaco station? in Torrance (could not find a job like that in Hawthorne at that time). In those days all stations were full service. The pumping equipment was not as easy to use as it is now. One of the perks while working at that station was when one of his customers would leave his ?53 Corvette to be serviced and washed. Dutch would service it and let me drive it to a detail shop to get it washed. It was a nice car, and fast for a 6 (shhh!). But, I have to confess, we full-service guys were sometimes rewarded by what we saw while washing windshields. That is why some windshields were scrubbed so clean ---Cindy W, Are you sure that attendant wasn?t just hitting on you?? ---- Baxter
Ettu Baxter?

Name: EL ROJO () on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 20:35:28
City and State: Kuna, ID
Class: 1961
Message: Fun stuff again on CT. But Bake the best name for a ford was, FOUND ON ROAD DEAD! Another great car name, quite ribald for our days was Mr. Period! Bruce Johnson's 55 Chevy had another quite controversial name, Young Blood with three cherries grouped and one obviously leaking. Very hot stuff back then. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N jude.
Great stuff Russ, but what OTHER ones do you remember?

Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 22:36:43
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: When did we start having to pump our own gas? I don't remember when we started losing full service stations. My first car was a '57 Volkswagen so having to stop and get gas wasn't that often! (That's really the reason I don't remember, nothing to do with age, no sir, no way, no how! Right?) I just went to our quaint little gas station in the harbor tonight and forgot that they are still full service! I couldn't stay in the car, I had to at least stand outside and chat with him. He washed my windows and offered to check my oil. I felt guilty not helping. They even have the dinger you drive over! I closed my eyes at the price on the tank and put the receipt away without looking. I only got $10 worth and it was ALMOST a quarter tank. That used to get me all over Hawthorne and back for at least a week if not more! (Here's a weirdly Hawthorne related story: My ex-fiancee is in Baton Rouge working security and logistics and said they are going to the Superdome in New Orleans next to rid the place of Crips and Bloods! I didn't realize those gangs were still around or that widespread! Or am I just that naive about those gangs? I thought they were just in our neck of the woods.)
Full Service...I forgot. Maybe the mid-70s. Glad you still have Full Service in Gig Harbor, but PLEEEZE don't look at that receipt.

Name: Art lamere () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 22:35:15
Email: Same
City and State: Poway/Bettendorf
Class: 1973
Message: Well all this is just an update on my brother. He is still in ICU however doing much much better (Power of prayer) well the other thing I'm here in Poway got here Wednesday. Trying to talk my niece into driving to Long Beach to me all we will have to see. later all. Art needs directions for Saturday
Hey Art, EZ from Poway. 405 North to the 605 and go North to Spring St. and you're there. See you there....

Name: Steve Fraser () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 22:29:01
City and State: Laguna Woods
Class: 1966
Message: How about the "Win-All" gas station at 136th and Inglewood Ave. They had they're own stamp books. Fill the book and get $2.00 free gas. Not bad when gas was 18 cents a gallon. Sorry, Keith, no boats!
YES!! I remember that station. The cheapest in town....

Name: Susie Ahleong () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 21:52:17
City and State: Wrightwood, CA
Maiden: Buckingham
Class: 1968
Message: Does anyone remember the Gulf station across from HHS? In 1968, gas was 18 or 19 cents a gallon, plus the blue chip stamps! Most of my friends owned VW Bugs and filled up for two bucks! We were able to cruise Hawthorne Blvd. from the A & W to the Wich Stand, on into Hollywood, back to the neighborhood, down to 26th St. in Manhattan Beach and still have gas left for the rest of the weekend! Those were the days!
Yes, I do....

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 21:35:36
City and State: Kona, Hi
Class: 1976
Message: Just following your fellow classmates lead-in. It's too bad being raised in the 70's isn't treated like graduating in the 50's. While at HHS I had two 66 Mustangs and the old MGA.
There are plenty of "70s folks treated the same as the 50's". You are a gem here, Keith, and we all love your banter. I was just referring to your non-Hawthorne talk.

Name: Mary Ann () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 20:34:46
City and State: Del Aire
Maiden: Stanley
Class: 1977
Message: I remember when I (OK my parents) bought my first new car-76 Triumph Spitfire, I would always get gas at the station that was on the corner of Isis and El Segundo Blvd. by the Wooden shoe. (now it's the Denny's parking lot). Every time I came in- without asking I got a complete checkup on my car, oil, water, air...the works...and if I only had 50 cents for gas, the attendant would say-don't worry, and fill it up. Once again, I thought I was special. Only to learn later on in life ... my Dad had made an agreement (which I'm sure involved some money) with the attendants to always check my car, because he was sure that I would end up destroying it somehow. Thinking back...I realize just how special I was to my Dad.
Yes you were, Mary Ann, thanks for that one.

Name: Jerry Miles () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 19:07:42
Email: jfmiles pacbell net
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Class: 1966
Message: All this talk of rising gas prices has aroused some fond memories of good old Hawthorne. Back when the ?Service? in service station not only meant getting your gas pumped but the oil and air pressure checked as well. When you left, your windows were sparkling clean and your headlights too. You took away your share of S&H Green or Blue Chip stamps to lick and stick in a book so that your mom could get the star burst clock she was saving for. Sometimes if you were a regular you were even given a few extra. If you needed directions not only would the attendant, in his snappy bowtie, supply you with the needed information but would give you a free map to help you find your way. I always enjoyed the Gas Wars when one station would drop their price a penny and the battle was on. Then there were the giveaways, glasses, dishes? Who can remember some of the other things they used to use so you would get your five dollar fill up at their station?
I remember oil coming in cans instead of plastic bottles and at Tanger and Weitzel Shell Service at 301 E. El Segundo Bl. we had maps of all the surrounding areas plus all 48 states for FREE.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 15:59:00
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: I can't remember if I said this in thelast message, but I wasn't looking for sympathy. I was meerly stating how much gas is here now. WHen she bought the boat it cost less than a grand to fill and now it has doubled in just over a year. Gold's Gym has raised almost $11,000 statewide for the New Orleans people. She has worked many hours at their booth at the past product show this weekend. So her, me and the rest of us are giving, but believe me that doesn't mean we are going to go without what we need. She needed gas and she got it. Sorry if that seems to ruffle some feathers here. But she has worked hard to get this boat so I applaud her. By the way it is a 45' Bertram and it is how her husband now makes some good money.
Once AGAIN!!! How does this relate to Hawthorne or HHS?? This page is NOT A CHAT ROOM and I don't think anyone really gives a rats behind what kind of boat your daughter's hubby owns, Keith. Please make it HAWTHORNE related or it won't go up here.

Name: Pete Gomez () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 15:46:05
City and State: Salem, Orygun
Maiden: Smith
Class: 1972
Message: Hell... I thought it cost $2000 to fill a Hummer, and that was before Katrina. I can't imagine paying that much to fill a boat unless it was used for rescue.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 15:36:43
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Guys I didn't it. She did. She fugured she better fill the boat uo before the price of gas really gets out of hand. It is over $4 on Lanai. On the news they said it is going up 44 cents by the weekend. I already told her how stupid it was. But she did it she said so she can save money.
They are raising our prices of gas here for no reason. We don't even get gas from anywhere but the orient. So, people are trying to get gas asap so they don't get it in the end. I'm pretty sure most of you are not all of a sudden riding bikes to ride. You gotta do what you gotta do, especially on an island.

What I want to know is how does the price of gas in Hawaii relate to a Hawthorne and HHS website.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 13:54:56
City and State: Belmont Shore
Class: 1974
Message: Keith,Keith,Keith. People are suffering with no food and water, let alone homeless and your poor daughter had to pay two grand to fill up the boat. Your not winning any sympathy votes dude. Sorry this one just stuck in my craw.
I was wondering who was going to be the first to pick up on that one.

Name: David Neuschafer () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 13:25:42
City and State: Vista, Calif.
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: John, Do you remember Harold (Danny) Hinzo doing his thing, painting names and doing striping on cars in the empty lot behind the A&W? He did some real nice work back there, even if it was dusty and dirty from cars driving thru. I've got a '54 Ford 2 door in work now. It still needs paint but any Idea's for a name for the back fenders?

I think Harold still lives in Lawndale. Probably in the book. Name for a 54 Ford? How about "Fix Or Repair Daily".

Name: Ron A. Teh () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 12:39:52
City and State: Pensacola, FL
Class: 1981
Message: Aloha Cougars! I just want to say Hi to everyone at Cougartown. This is the first time I've written since leaving my previous duty station (USS CARL VINSON CVN-70) out of Bremerton, WA. Now I'm stationed at Pensacola, Fl. Since reporting here last July 2004, we've had 3 major hurricanes (not counting tropical storms) in less than a year (Hurricanes IVAN-direct hit, DENNIS-direct hit, and the latest one KATRINA-indirect hit, but still left us in the dark and damaged some buildings). I thought coming here will be a breeze. With all these hurricanes, I'd rather be at sea. Well, at least we've all made it through without any major problems (except for IVAN). However, other cities like New Orleans, Mississippi, Stennis, Gulf Coast, and surrouding cities did not. I asked, if you can help, please help by contributing to the American Red Cross or volunteering/assisting in any way you can. If you cannot, just pray for those unfortunate people who lost everything or lost someone. Thank you in advance and God Bless.
Sincerely, Ron

Lots to be done and yes, The Red Cross, and Salvation Army are the best places to give. Thanks Ron for all you, and all your comrades are doing. It means a lot to all Americans.

Name: Matt Peterson () on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 10:43:25
City and State: El Dorado Hills, CA
Class: 1974
Message: Did anyone in the Sacramento area read the article on Al Jardine in last Sunday Bee Ticket section? Al will be at the Folsom Borders bookstore signing his children book tomorrow at 7. I think you inspired the book John, because its called Sloop John B. Al will also be guest guitarist with the group Chaos on Saturday in Cameron Park. The article describes Al as Grammy award winning guitarist. I didn?t know Al won a Grammy. I thought Bruce and Brian were the only Beach Boys that ever won a Grammy.
Hi Matt, Al received a lifetime Grammy as a member of the Beach Boys a few years ago. That's the only one I know of.