Name: Valerie McLeavy () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 03:54:07
City and State: Redondo Beach CA
Message: Boy, this is really weird..I googled my name ( don't ask why lol) and found myself here...mentioned in a feed back by an old friend...Hail Tammy!!! I lived on 11909 S Cimarron Ave from 1965 until the freeway came and took my home away :(
While I didn't attend Hawthorne HS I did take swimming lessons there during the summers and conquered the highdive at the tender age of 7 (if I recall correctly)and simultaneously had a crush on the instructor Tim... the lessons were right after Vacation Bible school at Trinity Lutheran Church right down the street. And although I can't recall the name of the park on the other side of the street from the school and down aways I do remember many a time spent picking up 100 pieces of trash just to get those silly lanyards the parks always gave ya when ya did.. Before we moved to Cimarron Ave we lived on 3838 El Segundo Blvd in the trailer park (the spot in the very back) that used to be there across the street from Memorial Park. That park used to have great little carnivals and free guitar lessons on Saturdays (instructors name was Jim and yes I had a crush on him also!) My mother is from Sweden and she learned to drive by taking classes at Hawthorne HS driving our 1961 Corvair while simutaneously cussing in Swedish. I used to beg to be let out of the car when she first learned and preferred to walk down 120th the length of the little airport and past the fake guard (a dummy) in the tower of the Northrop south side parking lot (who were they fooling?) Holly Park was a neat little park next to the library and we used to scope out the train tracks between the park and the golf course whenever the mood took us.. looking for the dead bodies that the Cimarron "witch" supposedly hid there among the tracks while we "smoked" our candy cigarettes (hideously sweet) lol. I recall a bar named Skiers that my dad frequented - close to Sad Sac I believe and dang it not once did anyone take me out to dinner at the 5 torches!!! But I did get a burger from Brolly Hut once or twice lol .. Alan Kantorwitz, Debbie Jo Johnson, Jay who sang me the "Comet Cleanser" song, Stanley Matsumoto, Elise Galka, Juliet Veen, Wendy Wendt, Tammy Falk, you all owe me green apple NOW or LATERS lol Hail to all you fellow Hawthorners from that little neck of the woods..
Thanks Valerie for lot of memories there. The Park you couldn't recall was Eucalyptus Park.
Name: John Baker () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 01:11:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown dot com
City and State: Lomita
Message: Thanks goes out to all who showed for the Cougartown picnic today. We all had a great time with the games and prizes. Sorry alot of you who signed up didn't make it. You missed a fun day at El Dorado Park. Thanks too to Sharon Moore Leach for all the time she put in. She did a marvelous job. Personal thanks to Cheryl and John Nicocia for coming down and surprising me. I had no idea you were on your way. I know there'll be pictures and we'll do it again next year.
Name: Rick Trullinger () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 00:05:03
City and State: Independence, Ca.
Message: Last Tues., the DJ "Spacey Stacey" from the classic rock station in Mammoth Lakes, said "On this day in 1962, a band called the Pendeltones out of
Hawthorne, California, went into the studio to record "Surfin." Later, this band came to be known as the "Beach
Hey Rick, Yes, "Spacey Spacey" is correct.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 13:56:18
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hello Everybody, I hope you all had a great time at the picnic. It's perfect picnic weather here in Redondo Beach. I'm heading out to Phoenix in a few minutes but I just got an email from someone related to Dominick Amorelli. He taught at HHS in the fifties and coached the varsity football team.
He was involved in a teen center called Club Gunga Den. Just wondered if anyone remembered him. If you do and have any memories to share it would be appreciated. Hope the reunion tonight is a huge success! DZ
I don't remember him, as the coaches for varsity in the 50s were Coach Hal Chauncey and Coach Dave Capelouto. Maybe he helped out a little. Thanks DZ and have a fun time in Phoenix.
Name: Dick Dixon () on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 10:47:05
City and State: La Verne, CA
Message: Yes, Ray Hahn may be in at the big airport in the sky, but will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched while in Cougartown. As a former classmate, friend and student govt. chum, I remember Ray as a leader, cool guy and his love for the Aviation Club with his bud and fellow club member, Carl Wilson. Now they can jam together. Bless the Hahn family and all who remember such a superman.
Name: Dennis () on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 03:30:37
City and State: Dana Point, CA
Message: I have 400 watt power inverter that should work to re-charge your camcorder batteries. Look for me. I'll be driving my white e-150 work van that says "The Blindman" on the sides. Hey John, any thought of taking up donations for Katrina victims? Blue Bird Liquor in Hawthorne was on FOX 11 news tonight.
Hey Dennis, Not trying to be insensitive here but everywhere you turn there's a place to give to Katrina, and we all have. Let's just take the day to reflect on our HHS friends.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 21:58:22
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Is the surf good in Manhattan this week. It is really big here. Over 15' on Oahu and even here on the Big Island it is 10'. A few tourists trying their hand at the big waves yesterday died though. Just to rough to go out very choppy. Hope everyone has a great time at the picnic. Be sure to take a ton of pics of everyone. And get one huge group shot from above. Get a passerby to climb a tree and take a down shot.
Name: sharon () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 21:55:54
City and State: long beach, ca
Message: There is no electricity where we will be. Next year someone else is going to have to get the water balloons ready. I'm soaked and my fingers are tired from making the knots to close the balloons. I am exahusted and going to bed right now. I have to be at the park to get in line to get into the park and reserve our place at 5:30 a.m. The park gates open about 6:00 a.m. even though they say the park is not open until 7:00 a.m. If I don't get there early, we could lose our spot. Anyway, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Good-night.
Good Night Sharon. See you in the morning.
Name: Henry Cooper () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 19:44:47
City and State: Redway Ca.
Message: To the Long Board HISTORIANS The Noll 10th Annual Long Board Classic is being held 10-1 and 10-2 on the shores of Crescent City Ca. The Waters Cold it may Rain but The Surfs up. Anyone heading this way, look me up, We live in Redway. Gregs Web Site email@example.com I think I have a bottle of Red Mountain Left over from a party at D.And W. I'M sure its properly aged. Much Luck and Happiness To All you Cougars, Henry
Hey Henry, I'm sure lots of Surfin' Cougs'll be there. Thanks for the info and thanks for checkin' in.
Name: edward schatz () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 19:30:34
City and State: lakewwod, calif
Message: John, Have you any idea if there are any electrical outlets near the site, have only one battery for my camcorder, and would like to get more than a hour's footage, to transfer down to a disc later for everyone? Also, my condolences to the members of class of 62 on the passing of cougar Ray Hahn, we are all lessened by the passing of a friend, no matter what year they spent at HHS, they were dear to someone. John, let me know about the power outlet situation.
Hi Ed, As I recall there's no electrical at all. Maybe someone has a generator. That would be nice.
Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 18:37:55
City and State: Ca
Message: Just heard of Ray Hahn's passing. How very sad to lose another 62er this year. I spent much time in student government with Ray, especially in our class cabinet. He always seemed so "mature", yet he could be an absolute riot. We'll miss you Ray.
Name: Patty () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 13:43:45
City and State: Laguna Beach, CA
Message: I'm sorry to say that Shaaron Netherton (1973) lost her mother, Betty Netherton this week. Betty was my Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and good friend.
Name: sharon () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 12:25:32
City and State: long beach
Message: Tomorrow's the big day. The Second Annual Cougartown Picnic. Looking forward to Walter bringing the tunes. I will have my husband put the signs up that were made last year. There are only four of them so they will be at the first gate, just before under the bridge area, by the divide where you are supposed to go right and just before the area where we are. If you need assistance, e-mail me.
Thank you Sharon for all you've done to make this the best one yet. It is appreciated by everyone.
Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 12:02:11
City and State: Surf City, Ca
Message: BTW....Does anyone know if we are trying to set up at the same spot at the park as last year? (Like I really remember how I got there) Don't worry John the Tunes are packed and ready.
Hey Walter, Yes, it will be at the same spot as last year.
Name: Jan Peterson () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 11:57:32
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: Happy Friday to all and most of all have a wonderful time at the picnic tomorrow. Sharon what an awesome job you have done to put this all together. (AGAIN!!) Panty hose and inner tubes, hummm that puts a mind to wonder of the activities. PLEASE send pix.:o) Have a great day Cougs and families. Hugs, Jan
Name: Walter Holt () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 10:09:56
City and State: Surf City, CA
Message: Sorry to hear of yet another Cougar passing, My Condolences to the Hahn family and all of his friends..Well tomorrow is another Big Event the 2nd Annual CT Picnic which I urge all who can attend please do as we had a great time last year. Wouldn't ya know, it's falling on one of the biggest surf days of the Summer but I would'nt miss the CT Picnic for anything. SURF REPORT.... 5-8 foot SW screamers today picking up to expected 9- 10' mashers on Saturday. That ought to go well with my new 8'6" fun board I bought yesterday (which could also double as a picnic table with my surfboard stands...alright!!!). Hmmm If I can get Barbara up at 4:30am, get to Bolsa State Beach by 5:30am (which is half way to El Dorado Park) get gnarly drop ins till 7am I still should be able to get to the picnic early....Hmmmmmm let's see if that flys, Ok time to buy some more roses!!!!!!
We'll see you there, Walter. Leave the surfboard at home and bring the music.
Name: Dwight Kuntz () on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 00:13:50
City and State: beatrice nebraska
Message: H.H.S. Rule's
Thank you for that, Dwight....
Name: Jim Sloey () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 23:25:20
City and State: SOLVANG, CA
Message: I don't think I ever laughed harder, longer or more often than the times I was fortunate enough to hang out with Ray Hahn. He is missed! God Bless you Buddy!
Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 21:09:39
City and State: Corona CA
Message: 9 AM for a picnic??? Guess I'll need three cups of java to keep awake until 6pm WAIT, Then I have to attend my
HHS Reunion in Torrance for all of us 75ers who lasted this long....I need to get my hair done, nails, liposuction, and
tummy tuck by THIS SAT?? Guess I'll need to order one of those new fangled girdles from TELEMUNDO-O-O-O....
Looking forward to seeing all you COUGS in Long Beach.....and all my fellow classmates at the Marriott for our (gulp) 30 year reunion....
ATTENTION ALL AVAILABLE WOMEN WITH $$$$
I'm available see pic aren't I a cute one??!! John, feel free to stop the Marriott...just drop your name and I'm sure the drinks will go on our reunion tab you like water right?!!
OK Here I come ready or not H1 out!
PS The only inner tube I have John B. is around my waist damn Coors Light!!!
Hey Dale, We'll see you Saturday. Be sure to find me as I do NOT know what you look like now. I still need inner tubes so please email me.....
Name: Char Lent () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 14:20:55
City and State: Temecula,CA
Message: It is hard to believe that Ray is gone. He was such a part of our family. Ray, wherever you are, soar and fly high my friend---char
Name: nicki nicosia () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 13:19:03
City and State: golden, CO.
Message: '81' was the year i would have graduated had the parental unit not re-re-married and moved us to orange county where i finished up at jf kennedy high in la palma. would love to act like a tomato...and catsup!!!
Thanks Nicki, This is the place to do that....
Name: Bill Shultz () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 12:33:39
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: So very sorry to hear of the passing of Ray! A truly super guy! Bill
Name: sharon () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 09:37:11
City and State: long beach
Message: My sincere condolences to the Hahn family.
Name: Cristina () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 00:38:18
City and State: Inglewood, CA
Message: Hi to all my fellow students you know who you are. Nice and interesting website.
Thanks Cristina, come on back anytime.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 00:27:59
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Keith, Cabrillo has a web page. It doesn't look like they still the bake sale but it looks like they will have a parade for Halloween. Halloween Parade, October 31
Come and see Cabrillo students parade around the school in their Halloween costumes. The children have lots of fun and they love an audience. If you are available, consider volunteering to walk with your child's class to ensure the children's safety during the parade. In 1999 Cabrillo celebrated its 50th anniversary. I happened to go. They had all of the old class photos. What a great bunch of memories!
Name: Anita () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 23:48:29
City and State: Fair Oaks
Message: Well it appears that of those who actually signed up to go to the picnic, that the class of '63 has the most attendees. Followed by a three way tie for second place between the classes of '62, '75, & '78 with the class of '77 coming in third.
My sincere sympathy to the friends and family of Ray Hahn.
Remember when "coast to coast" was a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing? Now we take the term "world wide" for granted. On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes. In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go Figure.
How about a "Long Distance Call" I get those for free, and in the 60s you had to go through an operator. Does the phone company have operators anymore?
Name: sharon () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 23:24:14
City and State: long beach
Message: I just got home and check into CT. I am laughing that is really funny, John. I look terribly at home behind those bars though. Kind of scary. See you all Saturday. That is if they let me out on a day pass.
YOU are going to jail for parking problems and for selling Tshirts
Name: Cal McDougal () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 21:44:22
City and State: Enterprise, Al
Message: Ray Hahn... He was a great guy. I have a lot of memories of him, some of the best were at the Tropicana Lanes. He threw a bowling ball as hard as anyone I have ever seen. A sad thing to hear of his death when I just got home from bowling.
Junior year we sat together in the House of Representatives and complained to each other about the Student Government. Senior year he became the Speaker of the House and worked hard to fix those things we had complained about.
He started flying early, got his license while he was still a teenager, and never quit flying.
I lost touch with him after graduation, in part due to my own aviation career, but thanks to Cougartown I connected with Ray a while back. I am glad I had that chance. Thanks John, for bringing him back into our lives and, sadly, for telling us of his final take off.
Happy landings Ray. Cal McDougal
Thanks Cal, Ray was one in a million....
Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 15:50:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown
City and State: Lomita
Message: Yet another loss to the Class of 62 this year. Ray Hahn HHS62 died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. Ray was a pilot, flying corporate jets for different companies. Ray was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences from all of Ray's friends here in Cougartown.
Name: sharon () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 14:22:29
City and State: long beach`
Message: I'll make this short as I am only allowed one e-mail from my cell. I'm just quoting what is on the permit. I don't want anyone getting a ticket or towed. Got to go, Big Bertha is getting rowdy.
Thanks Sharon, I know you want to help and if anyone is afraid of a parking ticket, park in the street.
Name: Denean McKinney () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 13:43:10
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Here is an open invitation for HHSers in the area to join us for breakfast on Sunday, September 18th at the Manhattan Beach Marriott at 10:30 a.m. on the terrace of the hotel. The class of 1980 will be having their reunion the night before at the hotel and have arranged a place for us all to get-together in the morning.
There you go Cougs, another open invite to see your class of 1980 friends. Thanks Denean, I'd be there but am having my grandson's birthday party on Sunday.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 13:36:28
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Man I wish I could go to the picnic. Boy John, you are going to have allot fo parking tickets to cover it sounds like. I'd love to see that bill.
Does Cabrillo school still have there bake sale fair. That was so fun to go to as a kid.
Hope the weather is good there for eevryone at the Cougartown picnic. It is hot here (upper 80's) but the funny thing is that it snowed atop Mauna Kea yesterday. Plus the waves are 16'+ this week. We had some good surfers at HHS too. I wasn't one of them though
Hey Keith, I'm sure they'll thank us for parking on the grass, like last year, instead of blocking the street.