To all the people who went to the Ctown Picnic and Cruise Night Green Day
Name: larry Bach () on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 11:36:05
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Alright! I have a "Humphrey-Muskie" button too. In the late 60's, even my fairly neat appearance had me labelled a "Hippie" and occasionally got me rousted for no good reason by the Hawthorne PD (although they never caught me when I deserved to be rousted). Through the purple haze running through my brain, I remember once tagging along with my cousin Don (Matteson) to a party Betty Kean threw at her apartment on Inglewood Avenue across the street from Hawthorne "High". That was definitely a "Hippie" style affair ("Momma told me not to come"). Someone was playing a "Traffic" record, another "Hippie era" band that hasn't been mentioned yet, and "Paper Sun" (circa 1967)was playing at some point during this "wasted" evening. I was making fun of the "Hippy" poseurs in the last feedback. Like Betty, during the late 60's a lot of us kids had high ideals for a better world, but others were just opportunists in long hair and beads getting loaded and getting off in the name of peace, love, and harmony. But the 'time has come today'.
Name: Sharon () on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 09:44:19
City and State: Long Beach
Message: I don't think I've seen anyone write about Country Joe and the Fish (Joe McDonald) and the "Vietnam Rag." Here's a short version.
"Come on all of you big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates."
It's a pretty long song, so if you want to hear the whole thing, go to this link http://www.countryjoe.com/feelmus.htm
I just finished a really grueling week, so this is the first day I've been on CT and I owe a lot of people out there some e-mail regarding the reunion for the class of 66 and 67.
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 09:31:34
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Larry, Larry, Larry! Lighten up, dude. The times were cool. Music was far out. Man, you need to chill.
Peace, man. . . . . .
And yet ANOTHER Cougar hippy walks out of the closet. Groovy, Betty...
Name: Susan () on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 09:02:23
City and State: Sonoma County, CA
Message: What are the chances that I'd be sitting in an airport in Charlotte, NC (on the way to my son's Army basic training graduation in South Carolina) and meet the daughter of a former Hawthorne resident, also on her way to Ft. Jackson? Anyone know Mike Kennedy, El Segundo HS class of '75 and a former Chevron Refinery employee? I had the pleasure of meeting him at the graduation and we chatted for quite some time about all the great times in Hawthorne and the surrounding areas. He's living in Oklahoma and loves it. Didn't think to ask him why he went to ESHS instead of HHS. It's a small, small world out here.
It IS a small Cougar, and Eagle, World out there. Thanks Susan for the story. And Susan, Stop mothering your boy. He can get to Boot Camp on his own.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 05:51:03
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Hey I started this. It is really neat. You can put where you live on this map and then it will show a flag. You can check out where other classmates live. Plus at a glance we will be able to see where others cougars live and if any are immediately around us. Try it is is free and easy and quick less than 15 seconds. Just be sure to add your correct zip code. I made a mistake and don't knw how to take it off.
First, we want a picture of you, Keith. A GOOD picture that's been taken in the last month.
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 00:47:16
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Larry, you disappoint me. How could you forget the "Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" chant? I do have one "hippie era" artifact (somewhere around here packed away) that I saved. It was a flyer circulated around the HHS campus about the first Viet Nam Moratorium. Ooooh, I should find it and put it on eBay!
Armand, You ARE a Hippie
Name: edward schatz () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 22:13:24
City and State: lakewood, calif
Message: Hi Kathy (Suess)70, glad you made it here, and Peggy (Noakes) two cuties from class of 70. Hippies, what a great era, musically, nothing else comes close. This entry too late for Cindy's party, but the Moody Blues were in there too, consumate hippy music, and all of the preceeding bands. It was the best or times, and the worst of times, which pretty much sums up every generation. I think that the only people who really hated the hippies, were and are the corporate cogs and goose-steppers. Only those that were there can know what it was like, but that era was and is one of the strongest American iconic ideologies! So there.
Name: Larry Biller () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 19:13:11
City and State: Portland,Or
Message: Hippies? We got lots of em up here. Wish I had my VW van back.Anyway nice
list of "hippie" rock groups but lets not forget the folkies: Tom Paxton,
Hoyt Axton,Leo Kottke,Steve Martin, Joan Baez and other acoustic types.
Name: Lori Dixon () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 18:42:21
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I occasionally visit this website and enjoy seeing what's new. Here are a couple comments for two recent posters that I knew.
Dan Johnson: I was surprised that you didn't have any invites for the Backwards Dance. If we could go back in time, I probably would invite you if I had known. :-) I believe we were in Konnie Krislock's Journalism class. Nice to read another post about your kids. I have a 6 year old kid.
Paula Lutz: I remember playing varsity basketball with you in 1976. You, Kim Bueltel and Rhonda Hall were good! Sorry to read about your brother. Take care!
Hey Lori, Thanks for letting your friends know you're out there.
Name: Larry Bach () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 15:32:36
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: I've searched through all my memorabilia and failed to come up with any good "Hippy era" stuff except the following Presidential election campaign buttons from 1968: "Nixon's the One", "Nixon/Agnew", and my personal favorites "Vote for George Wallace" and "Vote Wallace and LeMay" (Cigar chomping General Curtis Lemay, a man of great subtlety, was responsible the nighttime fire bombing campaign against Japanese cities in late World War Two and made the comment that we should bomb the North Vietnamese back into the stone age). I was thinking about late 1960's "Hippy" philosophy and how profound it was: Getting high all the time, talking about "free love" while having sex with anything that walks, and sponging off anyone possible, while bashing all the social and corporate institutions that made their irresponsible and dissolute lifestyles possible. In 2005 we once again call people like that what they used to call them in the early 60's, bums.
Now Larry, we're not trying to polarize. There might be a hippy or two left out there, yahno.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 13:43:07
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: I remember me and my friends would put coins on the railroad tracks and have the train flatten them out. My brother asked me one day why I was doing that and for some reason I said "cause I am a hippie". I have no idea why I said that or what. I was probably around 8 or 9 years old.
Name: Kelley () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 11:47:56
City and State: Englewood OR
Message: I KNOW WHO JIM'S PRINCESS WAS..BUT I'LL NEVER TELL!!! SUCH "B.S." HINT HINT. SORRY GIRLSFRIND I JUST COULDN'T KEEP THAT LITTLE TID BIT A SECRET...
How about Becky Slaughter?
Name: Lisa () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 10:01:50
City and State: Ramona, CA
Message: According to all the teenagers I have worked with over the last few years I was just an "old hippie". If they only knew, ha ha. Have a great weekend - go USC. Lisa
Name: Denny () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 08:13:14
City and State: Del Aire
Message: In the 60's my comedienne father came off with the all time Hippie line. We were stopped at an intersection in Hawthorne when a Hippie stuck his head in the open window of the pick-up truck and asked, "Hey Man, you goin down", to which dad replied, "No Man, we're not headed to the zoo today". . .
Great line from a typical early Haytowner. Probably would have been my dad's line too. Thanks Den'....
Name: Jim Peppers () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 04:30:16
City and State: Athens, Greece
Message: I'd put my money on it. The most frequently repeated two words at height of the hippy era in the English speaking world, and that includes Hawthorne, were "Far Out"!
Outta Sight, Jim....
Name: Sherry () on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 03:09:09
City and State: Atomic City
Message: Favorite hippie quote...How about, "War is not healthy for children and other living things."
Good one, Sherry. How about "Let's Do It In The Dirt". Wasn't that a Hippie slogan.
Name: Ray Gagne () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 23:39:22
City and State: las flores ca.
Message: John, Just checking to see if anything is coming up, activity wise.
Hey Ray, How're you doin, man? Great to hear from another 62er. Actually you missed our Sacramento State Fair Reunion, our Cougartown Picnic, and our Cruise Night. Nope, you pretty much missed it all. Next event will be another Cruise Night in February or March. Check back once a month, at least.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 22:53:29
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: That was the place Agoura where the fair was. Not exactly Malibu what we think but kind of near the canyons.
Name: Jim Sloey () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 22:38:39
City and State: SOLVANG, CA
Message: Jim Gibson stories of Doc bring back a lot of fond memories of a person that the Sloey Boys treasured. We spent many a late night with Doc and a stream of characters you would swear came out of the TV show taxi. Rink Babka, George Frenn, [now there was a bonafide crazy person- it took Doc to convince him and three of us to prevent him from throwing his hammer, like they throw in the Olympics, down 133rd Street with cars parked on both sides 'I can do it Doc!'], Dean Stafford, and many others. The most fun was watching Rudy and Randy Clendaniel square off while they worked out. Hey Gibby did you ever witness that one?
Name: Glenda () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 22:06:45
City and State: St.Paul,MN
Message: Hi Cougars, Class of 58' Don burns told me about this site. Please email me if you remember me. It will be fun to connect with old school mates. We live in St.Paul, MN. Have been here for 32 yrs. I married Jimmy Morton 46 yrs ago. WOW Had 3 girls. Love MN. Hugz. Glenda
Hey Glenda, Glad you found us. I'm sure many in your class remember you. Come on back any old time.
Name: Jim Raines () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 20:29:38
City and State: Salt Lake City Ut
Message: Does anyone remember The Century Room? A lot of custom cars in the parking lot '65-'68.
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 20:28:55
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Just got back from the Petersen Auto Museum; there is a real Helms Bakery truck on display, along w/ Batman's car; a whole section devoted to Hot Wheels; even the Hot Wheels TWIN MILL in real life full size. Along with tons of other VERY cool stuff. Check it out sometime, it is a great museum! Standing next to the Helms truck, you can see the drawers where all the fabulous treats were kept; I closed my eyes and could swear I smelled fresh jelly-filled donuts!
Your first trip to the Petersen, huh Sharon.
Name: Alan () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 20:18:37
City and State: Playa del Rey
Message: Hello, those of you wanting a "hippie" story. It started in Malibu one sunny afternoon in 1968 when I picked up a "flower person" trying to hitch a ride on the side of PCH heading south. He had been living on the streets in San Francisco during most of 1968 and was headed home to Redondo Beach to visit his parents. I dumped him out after twenty minutes on Lincoln Blvd in the marina and the stench from him never bathing was still in my car nine months later when I sold it.
A Hippie that wasn't CLEAN??? Someone call Guinness.
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 19:36:47
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: If the Renaissance Fair was once in Malibu, that had to be many moons ago. I first remember it at the old Paramount Ranch in Agoura. I guess that qualifies as being somewhat close to Malibu.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 18:59:27
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Beautiful here today just gotback from the pool. I remember the Renasaince Fair in Malibu. It actually held in a little place in the canyon but can't remember the name. We went quite a few times as a kid. I remember mostly was the guy who could climb that rope ladder on swivels. I could never do it. That was a fun place to go. Do they still do it.
Name: Bud Rhoades () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 17:55:34
City and State: Belmont Shore
Message: Do hippies really retire?
Name: Bob "Dylan" Reagan () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 17:53:06
City and State: Anywhere USA
Message: Man, the "Hippie Era" sure had some great quotations, such as "Lay in the grass and smoke it all night" "Peace, Love, and shower with a friend" "Free Love"
"Make love not War" are but a few, I'm sure there has to be many more famous quotes from that era .What's your favorite?
Name: Jim Gibson () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 16:12:58
City and State: Redding, CA
Message: OK, Keith, since you asked, here are a couple of Doc's gym stories:
1st story: I had been lifting & boxing @ the gym, daily, for about 6 months. At a family gathering, my brother, who had been drinking all day, decided to challenge me to a match, saying there was no way his little brother would ever be able to whip him. The taunting continued until I'd finally had enough. We drove to Doc's & laced 'em up. Doc asked that I go easy on him...no head shots. He said, "Remember, he's family. All you need to do is make your point. That's enough". In the 1st round, following 3 or 4 good body shots, my brother put up his gloves & said, "Time-out!". He crawled through the ropes, walked outside, & threw up. Now, I'm not sure if the end result would have been the same anyway, but I'm sure I helped to expedite it. Even after all these years, there has been no further mention of that incident (at least, until now!).
2nd story: My buddie, Pat Hamman, & I had missed our evening workout. We elected to do some hard partying instead. At about 2am, we were feeling guilty about missing our workout. Doc had always said that anyone could come & workout at any time, as long as they took it seriously. We went to Doc's, banged on his door, & rousted him out of bed. Well aware of our condition (he made no mention of it), Doc came out to the gym & put us through a particularly grueling (almost sadistic) workout from which we were lucky to survive. That took care of our "early morning" lifting sessions! - Gibby
Name: Dave Hobart () on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 15:22:07
City and State: El Segundo
Message: This is my first trip to feedback world. Thanks John for making it happen. The question about hippie music got me thinking. I went to this thing called the Renaissance Fair a couple of times in the 60s. I think it was in Malibu. Anyway, there were all these beautiful women in long dresses throwing flowers at people, selling candles and organic stuff. To me they were real hippies. The music they played was made by Mandolins, flutes and tamborines. to me that is hippy music. You can't play that stuff at partys these without putting everybody to sleep. As for Cindy's party, what i would do is invite a retired hippy to come and bring his old records. If you are looking for retired hippies, Santa Monica is a good place to start.
Hey David, Never thought of Hippies looking like the Elizabethan period people, but you may have something there. Thanks for checking in.
Name: Keith D. JOnes () on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 16:49:18
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: I think most people know how much Doc meant to me and especially my brother. He loved Doc and that gym so much he bought the right next door to be close to them both. I basically went there everyday and I am the one who got my brother to go there and after the first time he was there everyday to. John Dye, Bruce Grey, the tall guy I forgot his name were the regulars. It was a great place to learn from Doc and train as kids. He would spend the nights inputting all the next day workouts for us. I remember being there several times as the last guy. I would help him turn off the lights because I think he had Vertigo he told me. Since I became pretty well known for my physical apperance and achievements I definitely credit Doc for getting me into weightlifting. I wish I knew more about his past though. Barbara or whoever any stories from his past would be great. Mahalo.
Name: Jim Gibson () on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 15:49:02
City and State: Redding, CA
Message: I'm the 1st to admit that time may well have skewed my memory, so, to Barbara, if I'm wrong, my apologies! In my defense, I never said "dated"...I just thought she & my little brother "liked" one another, at some point, back in their grade school days. Trying to brush away 40+ years of cobwebs is a challenge! And yes John, I'm well aware the Duran clan regularly visits here. Well, I hope they read the part about their Dad. I KNOW that's right! - Gibby
Name: Kathy () on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 15:25:29
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Thanks for the nice thoughts about my dad....The gym brings back good memories...For a LONG time I was the only girl he let work out there!!! Guess that way he could keep an eye on me...(That didn't always work either).
Name: Keith D. JOnes () on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 13:37:41
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Hey as a young teenager I had too had many many dreams of dating Barbara Duran. And each time Doc came in and ruined it.
Name: Barbara Duran () on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 11:12:20
City and State: El Segundo, CA
Message: Wow, I dated Steve Gibson...I didn't know that!
Better have it right Gibby, as the Duran girls are a lurkin'
Name: Raymond Smith () on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 06:43:11
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Hawthorne was barely mention in the Sept Reader's Digest concerning the killing of those El Segundo police officers. The cold case was actually solved!