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Name: Bob Reagan () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 18:31:41
City and State: Redding,CA
Class: 1962
Message: At 15years old while driving the "Family Stolen Vehicle" I was cruising on Hawthorne Blvd with one of my buddies (who shall remain nameless) one friday night we came up along side a car full of people, 3 guys in front, 3 girls in the back. The guy in the front seat next to the window yells out to me "Hey, You Want A Beer"? Naturally I said yes and was about to reach for it when the guy in the middle leans forward to see whats going on and immediately yells "Hey Bob, what are you doing"? Well thats when things turned really sour for me as the guy in the middle was my older brother who immediately started with the questions:
Do you have a license? NO!!
Does Dad know you have the car? NO!!
Are you going home? YES!!
When? NOW!!
Keep in mind that all my lengthy answers no, no, yes, and now, was hard to do being that I had this restriction around my neck caused by my Rear End making it hard to breathe. After a month of avoiding my brother like the plague I had to know if he was going to turn me in or not, so I called his wife and asked her, she said no that he just wanted to teach me a lesson by letting me stew about whether or not he was going to tell. Well I gotta tell you, it was the longest month of my life not having a Beer or not being able to drive the "Family car".

Great "Number 1" Car Stealing Story, Bob and thanks for remaining me nameless.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 16:37:08
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: The first year they had the 280Z my mom got one. Thefastest car in our neighborhood easy and it was hot. Nice red/orange color and just a race car. 1975 I think. Anyway I used to take it out all the time sometimes while she was in the shower but most of the time when my mom and dad went to our cabin up in Runnng Springs for the weekend they would take my dad truck and leave the Z car. I would love to take that car out. Everyone would look and just drool. I remember in 1976 or so I took it to see the movie Cannonball Run with my girlfriend. We left the movie in the racing mode. Everyone was yelling Cannonball. I got that car up to 130+ mph easy on the 405. That car simply hauled ass and was so nice looking.
Can't wait to see if my brother Mr. CHP himself reads this. He nor my mom or dad knew about this. So I am coming clean and now he can continue to think bad thoughts about me.

Great story Keith. Sounds like a nice car too. Keep the car borrowing stories coming all.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 15:59:43
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: I'm going to chime in with "stealing the family car" In my junior year, my Mom & Dad went out of town and left my sister Denean and I on our own. Last words were "Do not use the car" Well, my folks came back from their trip and came into my room where they informed me that they knew I had taken the car and that I was grounded for a month. I swore to them that I didn't take it, but they did not believe me, I was the only daughter with a drivers license. Well I served out being grounded, only to have my younger sister confess to me that it was she who took the car that night. You would think that my parents wrote down the mileage on the car and thats how they knew someone (namely me)drove the car, the truth was that when Denean and her friend "borrowed" the car, one of them left the wing window open.
That could be why cars don't have wind wings anymore. Thanks Jill....

Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 15:27:00
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: When I was four years old, my uncle used to let me sit in his lap and steer while he worked the gas and breaks and watched for potential hazards and unsuspecting victims. I had learned enough and I was ready to roll on my own, or so I thought. One day, while at the supermarket, my mother put her keys on the counter to pay for her groceries and I picked them up and made a speedy retreat for the car, which was parked on a side street near the Boulevard. Within seconds I had the car started and in gear. I turned onto the Boulevard and thought I thought I was doing just fine, but a guy who had watched me jack the car, ran to catch it and managed to open the door, stop the car and pull me out. At some point my mother realized that the keys and her four year old were missing simultaneously and knew instinctively that the combination spelled disaster. She ran out of the store and up to the Boulevard where a crowd had gathered around the car, only to find me safe in the man?s arms. Do I qualify as the youngest cruiser in ?52?
Great story, Chuck and you weren't the youngest cruiser, just the youngest car thief.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 14:42:53
Email: See Alumni List
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: 1973
Message: Since the statute of limitations has long expired, I can tell you my unauthorized car borrowing escapades. (Sounds much better than "stealing") My folks had a 1969 Triumph Spitfire convertible. They used to take weekend trips and leave me home alone (big mistake). I became an expert at disconnecting the speedometer, and used it for surf trips out of town. A friend and I would strap the boards to the luggage rack on the rear deck and hit the road. That car had seen every surf spot from the Ranch to the Mexican border. All without putting even 1 mile on the speedo.
Now it can be told. Thanks Alan, Great Car Borrowing story.

Name: Sharon () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 13:18:50
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: Yep, sweet little ole me used to steal the family car. Once when I was given the car to drive, I went and had an extra key made. My dad had to get up really early in the morning to go to work, so he used to go to bed really early. After he went to bed, myself and a couple of friends would push the car out of the garage, down the alley and start it up for several hours of cruising. I used to make sure how much gas was in the car and replace it before we put it back in the garage. I quit stealing it after I was stopped for speeding by a HPD officer. He said I looked like a nice kid and let me off with a warning. Talk about dodging a bullet. When I was about 35 I finally told my dad about my lurid past and the HPD episode. He said he never new and was surprised, because he thought that I would never have done something like that. I was daddy's little girl. So whichever HPD officer you were who let that little teenager driving a white Corvair off with a warning, I want to thank you.
Yet another Great "Stolen Car" story. Thanks Sharon and keepem comin' Cougs...

Name: edward schatz () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 12:58:23
City and State: lakewood, calif
Class: 1970
Message: Hi too Al, see you're back. I never played with slot cars, but always hung out at Taco Tio, when the gang used to play basketball at the church around the bend, those were some very cool times, buddy. Does any else remember playing at the church's fenced in, lit at night basketball court, I know there's some of you out there that played there? Glad you're up and running again John, we were lost for a bit there. Janda, cool air pic. Anyone know what year that HHS started utilizing color pics for the Grad. class? All us old timers were in b & w, but looked absolutely striking in person.
Actually Dennis Unfried HHS55 sent the picture of HHS football field, and the first Color El Molino was 1975.

Name: Pat Desmore () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 12:39:36
City and State: las vegas, nv
Class: 1961
Message: John, I have a story about stealing the backup family car that rarely was driven, I was about 13 or 14 years old at the time. It seems every Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m. my Mom and Dad would go grocery shopping and there was a set of spare keys in the kitchen cabinet so I would wait until they were out of site and hop in the big boat (nash) and go for a joy ride. We lived in Holly Glen and I would stay in the tract. Well, one day I forgot to check the gas gauge and ran out of gas about a quarter mile from the house. boy was I sweating bullets, we didn't have any gas cans at the house because we had a push mower. I started to push the big boat but that was not going very well. I noticed this old guy (must have been 35 or so) mowing his lawn with a gas mower. so I sheepessly walked over to him and before I asked if he had any spare gas he said to me "ran out of gas did you" and before I was able to answer him he said "I know your Dad, I work for him at Airesearch". I went ballistic, I was sweating bullets and it was the middle of winter. I thought the Jiggs up, I won't get off restriction until my Junior year. Then he started laughing and told me he did the same thing when he was a kid. After he gave a lecture he helped me start the car and I was off to park the car in front of my house. I no sooner stepped in the back yard when my parents pulled up and asked me where I was going and I replied that I heard them pulling in the driveway and came out to help with the groceries. They never found out until years later when I told them, and my Dad said that all those years he wondered why he got such poor mileage. true story...
ANOTHER Fantastic "Stolen Family Car" story. Thanks Pat and I know there're more of you out there. Bob Reagan has one or two, I know.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 12:30:17
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Stealing the family car, man I thought I was the only one that did that. I lived on 141st street just east of Inglewood Ave half way up the hill. I was able to coast down the hill and start the car so mom didn?t hear it. Mom had a 1955 Chevy 2 door sedan 6 cylinder and when I took it, I would move it down the hill and Jack up the rear end and put in two, two by fours by 6 inches long in the rear leaf springs to jack up the rear end so it would bounce going down the road. She never knew I took her car until I was almost 18 when she wanted to teach me how to drive and I had to tell her I already knew how and how I learned. I didn?t know what mad was until that day. The day I joined the Navy she gave me that car.
Great car stealing story, Pat, we used to push the cars away from the house too. Anyone else wanna cop to stealing your parent's car?

Name: Melanie () on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 11:34:26
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Maiden: Melvin
Class: 1977
Message: Hey Doug Janda. Remember me? My sister and I lived across the street from you on Gale Avenue way back when. I have very fond memories of you and your family.

Name: ROJO () on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 20:41:26
Email: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Maiden: Smoothe
Class: 1960
Message: No was Silky Straight per Hunter Hancock and Johnny Otis. That would set your hair all right! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N jude!
OK then, Hope you're feeling better, Russ

Name: Doug Janda () on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 15:04:41
City and State: Gilbert Az
Class: 1980
Message: John, Have you downloaded the free google earth program it has great satellite images of Hawthorne or anywhere in the world. Best way is to go to: then type google earth. Download program, you may need newer computer with High speed connection. You can type in any address, or GPS coordinates, some have more detail than other locations. You can see good detail of Hawthorne High at about 900 feet above or you can fly thru Grand Canyon after cruising the website for a few hours. Thanks for the your incredible website too!!!!
Hey Doug, No I haven't, as I'm still using Windows 98 and the Google Earth doesn't work with it, but I did get the great image above, of Hawthorne High's football field, taken from space, from Dennis Unfried. Thanks Doug for the heads up and just as soon as I get XP hooked up.

Name: Al Rocca () on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 13:34:10
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Class: 1970
Message: Hi Ed, The name of the slot car track on Hawthorne Blvd. Straight across from Taco Tio was American Hobbies. I spent a summer there. There was another one on Western and about 135th (forgot the name) but that one had a drag strip. Very Cool

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 21:31:14
Email: john140 at comcast dot net
City and State: Lomita
Class: 1962
Message: OK, so it seems I'm the only one who can leave Feedback until tomorrow morning (found out our mail server is out of commission until then). Does anyone have stories about "STEALING" the family car? I know I stayed over lots of weekends at Bob Reagan's house, listening to Bobby Darin and Louis Prima in the patio, and we would either take his Dad's 55 Pontiac out of the garage in the early morning, or walk down the street and take my Dad's 58 Chevy (3-2s 348 CU. IN. Bel Air). Lots of fun until I got caught (another story). So if you've got the same kinda story, please add it here tomorrow when the mail server is up and running. Thanks Cougs and really sorry for the inconvenience. If you have to email me, please do it at the above address until tomorrow morning.

Name: Sharon () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 20:34:08
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: Happy Birthday Sue!

Name: edward schatz () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 19:21:51
City and State: lakewood, calif
Class: 1970
Message: Nope, don't recall any of my classmates named Chucko, but I'm sure he/she was in my class. Happy birthday, Sue, have a great day, and don't over-do it, save some for the next day.

Name: Carol Bullock Leets () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 17:41:09
City and State: Coarsegold, Ca.
Maiden: Bullock
Class: 1962
Message: Hi I just joined gold and was able to connect with Treva Weyer who told me about this site. Hi everyone who remembers me! Lets hear from you out there!
Carol Bullock Leets

Hi Carol, I remember you and glad you're reconnecting. Janet Humphreys Burkett and David Austin from our class live right down the road from you. Please add yourself to our Alumni List and join in whenever you have a good old HHS memory.

Name: Susan King () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 13:49:51
Email: sueking18 at aol dot com
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: Thank you very much for the kind wishes John. Meeting you all those years ago was kismet. And since you broached that cool idea about the party you're thinking about for next year when the Class of '62 turns 62 years old, it made me think that next year the Class of '74 turns 50. I'm thinking a great big birthday party to all of us in the park somewhere next summer....late August maybe? EVERYONE would be invited....
Hi Sue, Yet another spawning reunion. I love the idea. Keep the get-togethers coming, Cougs.

Name: John Baker () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 12:02:14
City and State: Lomita
Class: 1962
Message: Happy Birthday today to Sue Bierman King-Joynt. Thank you Sue for all the Cougartown help through the years. You and Darryl have become true friends I would have never known had it not been for this website. You are just the best. Have a great day.

Name: John Brant () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 10:43:04
City and State: Portland, OR
Class: 1977
Message: That Chip's menu brought back some nice memories for me. Every Sunday after attending Mass at St. Joseph's church we'd go to nearby Chip's for lunch then head across the street to do some shopping at Clark's Drug Store, Kresge's, etc. Last stop would be Boy's Market if we needed anything from there. Later on they built La Fiesta Mexican restauraunt in the space between Boy's & Clarks. We'd go there sometimes for a change of pace. There was also a shoe store along there called Bliman's I think. I wonder if all those places are still there?
Hi John, The buildings are mostly all still there. Boys Market is now a Ralphs and Clark Drugs is now Savon Drugs. La Fiesta is now an El Torito.

Name: Sharon () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 08:52:37
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: To everyone who is interested in contacting me for the classes of 1966 and 1967 reunion, please use the following e-mail as I am having problems with my CompuServ account. It is also easier for me to e-mail large amounts of people without getting cut off for spamming. CompuServ will not let me e-mail more than 5 or 6 people at one time without cutting me off for spamming, and if this reunion thing gets really big, I will have to contact large amounts of e-mail at one time. Also, those of you who sign up and have spam blockers will probably not be able to get my e-mails from unless you unblock it. Many 67 and 66 people have contacted me about helping. We have 12 months to get this together, so if we start working on it now, we can have a great turn out. That's about it for now.

Name: Joyce () on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 01:48:37
City and State: Haw, Ca
Maiden: Terry
Class: 1972
Message: I too ate at Chips a few times. Lived a few blocks away. My Father-in -law who is now gone was the head chef there during the mid 70"s to the 80"s.
Thanks Joyce....

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 23:45:24
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Maiden: Koch
Class: 1978
Message: I lived off that Chips menu! My mom worked long hours and we were regulars at Chips when I didn't cook dinner during the week. Thanks for the memories! Have a great week Cougs!
I knew someone would remember that one. Thanks Dawn

Name: Paco () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 22:38:01
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: What about "Butch Wax" and "Wave Set"? I used "Dixie Peach Pomade". I Remember coming back to Cabrillo from lunch one day with a fresh batch of pomade on and being attacked by bee's, maybe because I was so sweet...
Do any of you older Cougs remember, I think it was, LB Pomade?

Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 21:59:26
City and State: Orcutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I noticed on a trip to the store today that they still sell Brylcreem, Brilliantine and Pinaud. Was it Brialliantine that we put on our flat top and fender hair cut? Was it Pinaud that the barbers used after the hot lather and straight razor shave?
I don't know but I still have Brylcream in my cabinet.

Name: Alley Oop () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 20:49:20
Email: Back Home
City and State: Amusement Parks, USA
Class: 1960
Message: Hello, Brian Wilson fans..... Brian Wilson has a brand new album called "WHAT I REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS", due out in stores October 18th. He's also appearing on Christmas at Rockfeller Center On November 30th on NBC, performing holiday favorites off his new album. Be sure to check out his official site at for all the latest updates, news, tour dates and photos.
Thanks for the info, but Alley Oop, you need to leave your real name....

Name: Pam Wyatt () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 20:03:22
City and State: Tooele utah
Maiden: Wyatt
Class: 1976
Message: I need help finding someone. Her name is Karen Vesper.

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 19:36:24
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Celebs visiting HHS: In the 50s Betty White visited HHS and performed in the auditorium. At that time she was well known for her TV series and game show appearances. A very nice and talented lady. Sang a lot of current (?50s) songs, answered questions about show biz and kept everyone laughing with her wit.--- But I have to say, the best stand up entertainer I saw at HHS was Coach Chauncey. For instance, who else could do a 40-minute routine about kids destroying a kitchen by buying and mixing Bosco chocolate drinks just to emphasize the effectiveness of advertising? And then tie that into how important it was for all of us to get TB tests - go figure. After we got up off the floor where we were hysterically rolling around we all signed up. That guy can make TB shots fun!---Baxter
The Ol' Coach is, to this day, the FUNNIEST of all who ever taught anything at HHS. He IS Sheckey Chauncey to me.

Name: edward schatz () on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 17:54:13
City and State: uhh ohh!
Class: 1970
Message: I recognize it from 1970, John, my graduating class, can I make a guess? I know it's one of my classmates, but the red hair throws me, give me a hint!!! LMAO.
OK, first name: Chucko..