To all the people who went to the Ctown Picnic and Cruise Night Green Day
Name: Mary Ann Martin () on Friday, September 23, 2005 at 23:34:14
City and State: Nashville AR
Message: Cougar sighting tonight in Arkansas: Ray Shelley '58 at the Nashville vs. Mena high school football game. Ray's nephew, Ty, is a Nashville policeman and they had had a family pre-game supper. We talked at halftime and I tell you what - Ray looked good and had a great family! Tom, you should've been there, too! Unfortunately for Mena, Nashville won 42-0. In closing, the weather's not looking good this far inland and we're expecting very severe weather and flooding if Rita stalls near Texarkana. Please keep me in your thoughts. Thanks.
Hi Mary Ann, Yes according to brother Tom, Ray has dropped a pound or two and is looking alot like he looked in 1958......or did he say 98? Anyway, the good thing is that you're having fun connecting with the Cougars around you. We'll keep you in our prayers, Mary.
Name: Cindy Wernicke () on Friday, September 23, 2005 at 22:21:09
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: I will be there at Fosters! I want an ice cream cone.
See you there, Cindy
Name: Christine (Tina) Ernst () on Friday, September 23, 2005 at 21:47:39
City and State: Port Charlotte, FL
Message: Please add my name to the class of '77. We need to have a reunion in 2007... I see no plans yet - boo hoo.
Hi Tina, Go to the Alumni-list and add your name and email address there. Thanks for checking in.
Name: John Baker () on Friday, September 23, 2005 at 20:49:14
City and State: Lomita, Ca.
Message: I AM IMPRESSED... I am watching "2 on the town" right now and there is a salute to Tribute Bands. Our own Dan Johnson's "Which Ones Pink" is one of the notables. Please tune in if you can.
Name: Fraser () on Friday, September 23, 2005 at 19:18:48
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca. 90250
Message: We are definitely coming to Cruise Night and just got off the phone with the Cuipers who are going to try their darndest to come too...
AT LAST a friendly voice. We'll see you there....
Name: edward schatz () on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 18:59:48
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Message: Paco, hope you're taking pictures at the cruise night, wedding begins at 3:30 in Torrance, and the reception after, so you guys know the story. Will catch you for breakfast next month. Will also let Tom know when the picnic pics are ready and the taping.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 10:37:40
Email: cjprewitt at juno dot com
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Remember in the back of comic books there were ads for x-ray glasses, backwards clock and who knows what else? Well Johnson Smith, the company that sold those items, now has a WEB site. Yep, you can still get your own pair of x-ray glasses!
I still have mine....
Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 00:56:44
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Hey Paco, I haven't even slugged you yet! Besides, that makes two I owe you now... one for the you know what and now for this. I better watch it or I'll earn that title without even trying, won't I. Oh and remember that guy at that place doing that thing with those cars on that street in... HAWTHORNE? Well he graduated from HHS. (Phew, almost forgot to work in the CT reference).
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 23:10:44
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: So that's it, Cindy is the "most despised" My arm hurts already.
Name: Anita () on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 21:01:03
City and State: Fair Oaks
Message: I have not commented yet on the picnic. I don't know if words can accurately describe what all transpired that day. It was cause for me to pause and recall some of the words to our alma mater. In particular, "Let friendships begun, stay true till the end".....I stood back at first and just watched in amazement. You can't help but be drawn in by it all. It then became my goal to introduce myself to as many Cougars as I could.(I didn't drive 400 some miles to just sit!) To the Archibeque family ~ what a privilege to meet some of the very first Cougars to walk the halls of HHS. To Carl Johnson, David McConnell, and Bill Sloey from my class? Thank you for being there. I'm so glad I got to touch base with you. And the Richards clan ~ Jim, Merry, and Fred.....what a pleasant surprise. But the cutest couple award has got to go to Harry Plotkin and Kathy Brooks, celebrating 25 years together that weekend! I came away with two new friends also...Sue and Sharon Bierman. You gals are a blast...and I hope that was the first chapter of many more to come. For those who I met and failed to mention ~ the pleasure was all mine.
And Cindy Whittaker? Trust me - you're going to love Jim Pasternak's book! Just remember we are all like coins ~ we each have two sides.....
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
John Baker? You're one loveable Teddy Bear. Thank You.
P.S. I made it back to Sacto in 6 1/2 hours!
Well maybe like a big fat Grizzly but thanks for taming it down a little. You too know the secret. We are all from the same digs and it really doesn't matter what year we graduated, it's all about making new friends from the old neighborhood. Thanks for making the drive.
Name: Susan Ransom () on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 16:49:12
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Hi John, it was great meeting you at the picnic. (I was the one with the homemade Hawthorne Cougar t-shirt!) It was fun meeting other HHS alumni, I just wish I could have stayed longer, but had to rush off to get ready for our 30th reunion that night. Our reunion was in Torrance & it was lots of fun. I still have autographs from Junior High that I shared with those who wrote them 31 years ago & we were hysterical! We (the reunion planning committee) still have some lingering issues with the reunion planning company but Don will post our assessment of their services after everything has been completed. Hey, did anyone see that Hawthorne High was on the news last night? I was watching the 10:00 p.m. news on KTLA (5) and they were talking about the local power outages from the storm, & they said that Hawthorne had lost power & they showed a picture of the Hawthorne High signboard & they said, "Hawthorne High was in the dark". I couldn't believe it. I screamed & yelled & my kids thought I was having an attack of some kind. Oh, and thanks to all who worked on putting the alumni picnic on, it was great. And next year I plan on staying longer :->
Hi Susan, It was nice meeting you too and glad you had a fun time at both the picnic and your reunion. Maybe we'll see you on Cruise Night.
Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 14:03:36
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Wow, most despised eh? Well it all depends on what we get to do to be most despised. What bad stuff do we get to do? Maybe we'll end up fighting over who gets the title if the deeds are interesting enough! But if you go against type, Anita would have to be most despised because of the three she is absolutely the sweetest! I can't picture her even getting mad and she has the sweetest little voice. So does this mean we get to dress in character and come to the book signing? Good luck on the book Jim, can't wait to see it...er I mean read it. So now besides an official Cougartown **Uncle Buck's Pretzels** (another plug for ya Jim) snack food, we have our own Cougartown novel! Are we cool or what?
YES WE ARE!!!!
Name: Jim Pasternak () on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 09:51:17
City and State: Ladera Ranch, CA
Message: Hi John! After seeing the photo of Paco surrounded by three, good looking chicks I've decided to change the names of the characters in my upcoming book. Michelle, Cindy and Anita will be the main characters. Now I have to decide which girl will be the one "most depised" by the reader. Gotta suggestion? And Paco will be a precious metals broker from Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Thanks for the ideas! Jim
I'm not going there, but keep the John Baker "big guy at Coke" character. Actually if you put a turban on Paco and dyed his beard black, he'd look a lot like an middle eastern arms dealer. Got that character in your new book?
For all who don't know, Jim is a fireman and has written a book about firemen called "Flying Embers". It'll be on Amazon.com real soon. Good luck with the project, Jim.
Name: The Frasers () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 22:00:14
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca. 90250
Message: First of all a big happy birthday to Marsha Russell. You just keep getting better, friend!
Saturday's picnic was a blast. It was so great to meet up with Jim Dick and Tom Kisling whom I haven't seen forever! Had some wonderful stories to share. Thanks to all who made it happen and all the hard work that went into it. It was a super day.
Can't wait to do it again. See you all this Saturday at Cruise Night "Lucky" 13.
Thanks Bob and Karen, I'm sure Marsha is out having a great time tonight. See you two and all on Saturday night where we'll do it all again.
Name: stephanie brito () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 20:55:21
City and State: RPVstate of mind
Message: Thanks John for your good work---always---and I sure was glad to see everyone having fun at the picnic, especially that handsome Brian Bourguignon
Hey Stephanie, Yes, Brian is a tall drink-o-water and I guess he's handsome too, if you're a girl. Brian just added a couple of Cougars to our Cougar News page (only one up so far) plus the picture with Mary Ann Walton, Sue Jolly, etal, that I just took down. Glad to hear from you too and hope you'll bring the big white Plymouth to Cruise Night next Saturday at Fosters.
Name: ed schatz () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 20:48:44
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Message: Hope I can make it to cruise night at Fosters. Going to a HHS alumni wedding that day, but what a great way to top it off with a night with friends at Fosters. John, you do us an honour here, keeping us together, if there's ever something to help with, let me know, who else would have done all of this? And to all of you ladies that worked so hard to set up the picnic, unbelievable, you and John are a crew par non. These are a great way to stay together, how about a giant sleepover, LOL?
A sleepover? I don't think so, but all the work on the Picnic has to be given to Sharon Moore Leach. She did an outstanding job, as usual. I do have to thank the Bierman sisters too for supplying the Cougartown Lounge and for hawking Tshirts and Memberships. They always do an outstanding job. Thanks Ed and see you next Saturday at Fosters for Cruise Night 13.
Name: Cindy Whittaker () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 15:07:49
City and State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: So who can pick me up from Washington to make Cruise Night this Saturday? The CT picnic was a blast! Michelle is right, we are so glad we went. You guys are the best bunch of people. And what fun to have this Hawthorne history in common. John Baker you're even more fun in person than on this web page! Thank you for all of our new friends! Did my sister call you Grandpa? The nerve! Bill Sloey, did you give your brother Jim the hug from me you promised? Paco you're much quieter than I expected... either that or this crowd wears you out (I believe it)! I wish I had more time to have visited with everyone longer. Sharon Leach you are the best! Thanks for all of your hard work. Guess my sister is right that I need to move closer because now I'll be at home pouting that I can't be there when you write about each new get-together! Plus Sharon B - and now her big sister Sue - will beat me up if I don't get down there to go to more events. You guys were great and I miss you already! But your escorts (Jensens you know who you are) were kinda quiet. Oh yea, how could they get a word in edgewise with two wacky gals like you in charge! If you haven't been to one of these gatherings, drop everything next time and GO! It's worth it just to meet our leader JOHN! Thanks again John!
Hey Cindy, FINALLY I meet you two. Thanks so much for coming. I knew you'd have at least as much fun as I did. Now MOVE CLOSER so you can join in with the rest of us wackos. Grandpa.....
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 14:36:12
City and State: Haw. Ca,
Message: We sure had fun at the picnic. Thank you Sharon and Jim for all you did. Bill, sorry we didn't last long at the water balloon toss. My fault. It was fun while it lasted. The weather was perfect. Thank you Kathy for making the long trek to the ladies room with me. I agree with you all about the VFW breakfast. Jan Blomsterberg makes it delicious. They have the best juice maiden anyone could ask for too.
Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 12:08:14
City and State: Lomita, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to Marsha Russell and to my grandson, Cory. Hope you both have a great day.
Name: Donna Hoerl () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 01:31:02
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hello, to all of you devoted Cougars, the Class of '60 or thereabouts...Those were the good old days, and this expanding website is terrific! It has been a very long time since I accessed Cougartown ...so beam me up!! Thanks!
Hey Donna, Consider yourself "beamed" and glad to have you with us.
Name: Michelle () on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 00:30:33
City and State: Palmdale, ca
Message: I had such a great time at the picnic! Sharon Leach you were on the move all day making sure everything went smoothly with games, raffles, etc. Thanks for all your hard work! It was soooo great to finally meet you John...I mean 'grandpa' John, just kidding! Felt like I've known you forever!!! To everyone who didn't go you missed a good time fer sure! My sister and I almost didn't go but thought we'd only regret NOT going so what the heck and we're both so glad we went. I was entertained by so many who I didn't even go to school with, but we knew so many of the same people and all the stories were worth it all. Dana Salley brought enough food for all there, we munched non stop, thanks Dana! I think Mike Walker had the funniest stories, or wait, it was the stories about Mike Walker that had me laughing all day!! Brian Bourguignon, Dennis Rigdon, Lori Kulseth, the Bierman sisters, Lori Salazar...so good to see all of you! Can't wait to go out of my way, cancel other arrangements, and make my sister buy a plane ticket to do it all again!
Hi Michelle, Great to finally meet you two too, face to face and you might as well come to Cruise Night next Saturday night at Fosters. We have'm coming from Bakersfield.
Name: John Baker () on Monday, September 19, 2005 at 14:46:14
Email: jb1 at cougartown dot com
City and State: Lomita
Message: Merry Richards, please change your email address on the Alumni List. I tried emailing you and your address doesn't work. Thanks....
Name: Cindy Wernicke () on Monday, September 19, 2005 at 13:34:20
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Happy Birthday Donald Scheliga C/O 62.
Happy Birthday Donald, and thanks for the van-side hospitality on Saturday.
Name: Lisa () on Monday, September 19, 2005 at 09:01:04
City and State: Ramona, CA
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PAT BURRIS. LISA
Happy Birthday Pat....
Name: Patt () on Monday, September 19, 2005 at 01:35:55
City and State: kennewick, Wa.
Message: Attention class of 1965.
We lost a fellow classmate on July 31, 2005.
Mary Ann Williams-Gibson. .
She was a born again Christian and was a good friend.
We shared her experience from pre-diagnosis to her death.
Does any one remember when at Peter Burnett we had to wait for the fire department to check out the school? We waited until well after class being over in the baseball field!
Name: Cindy Wernicke () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 23:17:00
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Sharon, thank you for doing all of that work to set up such a fun picnic, thank you also for the toys you gave my grandson, he has been playing with them since yesterday. John and everyone else who helped with the picnic, Thank you, we had a really good time. Don, Cindy and Spencer
Hi Cindy, Thanks for coming and nice to meet Don and Spencer.
Name: sharon () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 20:20:14
City and State: long beach
Message: Had a great time at the picnic. Got to meet a lot of Cougars from other classes. Thanks to Walter for the music and thanks to the Sharon and Sue for all the help and selling the T-shirts. I bought a Beach Boys T-shirt from the City of Hawthorne yesterday and I am going to wear it while I am in Great Britain. Thank you to everyone who showed up and helped to make this a very special occasion. Not everyone who signed up showed up, but by the ticket count that I gave away, we had 133 people show up. People were in and out all day. Viola won the reindeer antler game. I can?t wait to see those pictures. We?re going to blackmail her with them. The Whittaker girls showed up and are still gorgeous. Quite a few people from the class of 75 showed up before their reunion. I also went to the VFW breakfast this morning. What a great event. They put on a really great breakfast. Jan Blomsterburg does the cooking and let me tell you it was great! Again thanks to everyone that showed up.
Yep, the breakfast was very good, as usual and the picnic yesterday was GREAT!! The Archibeque clan showed up with about 8 people from different classes and yes, I finally got to meet the Whittakers face to face after what---7 years? Thanks Cindy and Michelle for adding to our picnic. Hope all the 75ers had a great reunion last night too.
Name: ed schatz () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 20:04:36
City and State: lakewood, calif
Message: Whoa dudes and dudets, what a slam bang whizzo picnic that was, great to see old friends and make new ones, and put faces to the names. Dennis, thanks for bringing the converter, but not enough time to shoot and then re-charge the battery, as I left to go to the reunion, c/o 75, and that was a gas gas gas. Thanks Michele for being such a very special date, worked out fine. We need more people at the VFW, what a great deal that was, the food was stupendous, tasted better than most restaurants. For all my new friends at Cougartown, a long, fulfilled and illustrious life to you all, it is great company, and always someone here to lend an ear. John, there's about 23 minutes of videotape, so as soon as I get new software, will make the DVDs, cheap, and available, before too long.
No problem Ed, thanks for being there.
Name: cheri () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 19:38:36
City and State: Long Beach
Message: If anyone found a 75 yearbook (el Molino) last night at the reunion, Please call Cheri at 562-438-5042 or 562-234-9075. I am hopeful that someone saw it or knows what happened to it. It means so much to me. Please call if you know anything. Thank You.
Cheri Howard (McCullough)
Name: Bob Jensen () on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 17:13:45
City and State: Subic Bay
Message: Yesterday was a great event. Thanks Sharon and thank you John. Thank you Walter for the great tunes. It was great to see lots of friends and meet lots of new friends. Special thanks to Sue and Sharon Bierman you make our day! I hope Sunday morning?s breakfast at the VFW was a big success. Wish I could have made it but I am off to the Philippines for business. I made sure that I will be back in time for Fosters on Saturday. If you missed the picnic then don?t miss Fosters!
Thanks Bob, for being there. You and brother Bill always add lots of Hawthorne memories and just plain fun to these events.