Name: Anita () on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 23:33:50
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: Season's Greetings JB.....
In reading Jake's recent post, sounds as if you are getting ready to take a much deserved Christmas break away from this website.
So before you take off, I'd just like to say, to all our military men and women, to all our firemen, paramedics, and police officers ~ God Bless you for all that you do in keeping us safe and protected. For all of our retired Cougars who chose to serve in one of these chosen fields - thank you for your unselfish dedication and the sacrifices you have made over the years.
Sometimes we get so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings. Never underestimate the power of our actions. With one small gesture we can change a person's life, for better or for worse. God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way. This website alone John Baker, has impacted hundreds. To just say "thank you" hardly seems enough.
May Christmas inspire each of us to give a little of what we have, to share a little of who we are, and to help make this the kind of world that it was meant to be.
Merry Christmas to all ~
Thank you Anita, Merry Christmas to you and all you've mentioned, as I feel the same way. The Website? Well it certainly has impacted many people in lots of different ways. I hope you all genuinely find your true HHS friends again as that's what it's all about. AND to all who found the true HHS love of their life..... and then divorced them in a year or so.....I'm TRULY sorry.
Name: Mary Doyle () on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 22:36:28
City and State: Laguna Woods, CA
Message: Here's a Christmas tune by Papa Doo Run Run, sent to me by my old friend in Santa Cruz. They have been a fixture the Central Coast for years according to my friend and I thought you'd like to hear it. VERY cool. Lotsa Beach Boy harmony in there. Thanks Mary....
Name: Jan Peterson () on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 13:09:31
City and State: Carmichael, CA
Message: I do not miss a day reading Feedback. It beats the hell out of the Sacramento Bee. It seems that our bad times of yesteryear are the good times of today. Sad!!! But I want to wish all of my friends and family a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! My son is leaving January 2nd for Korea for a year. Please keep him in your Cougar thoughts. We are a STRONG bunch. I am so proud to be a part of it. HUGS!! Love, Jan & family! PS JB, you are still my hero for all that you do to keep so many people together. xo
Thanks Jan, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too.
Name: Terry Purchase () on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 11:51:03
City and State: Gardena,ca
Message: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL COUGS AND THEIR FAMILIES OUT THERE !!
I would like to send a special warm Holiday greeting to all HHS Fencing Team members. GOD BLESS
Name: Al Rocca () on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 09:48:17
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Message: Just a quick Merry Christmas to all and their families.
Back atcha' Al.....
Name: Lois Palmer () on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 00:13:06
City and State: Sun City,Ca
I recently had eye surgery and am unable to read..newspapers, books, e mails, feedback....i hope that this message is somewhat readable.... I want to wish my sister, Laurel(class of 63) a very happy birthday. It is the big 60. And I want to thank you, John, for posting the pictures from the 50th reunion. I was able to recognize a few of the people. Sure wish I could have been there. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas... Lois
Hi Lois, Glad you liked the pictures, and Happy Birthday to Laurel.... Name: kirk greasby () on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 23:34:38
City and State: colorado springs colorado
Maiden: s76chool mail
Message: I remember getting mail/christmas cards from classmates during classes in school. (thank-you susie ) i will never forget you! they made a big difference to me.
Speaking of Christmas Cards, thank you to all who've sent them this year. It seems you've all got the spirit.
Name: Terry Purchase () on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 20:53:08
City and State: Gardena, Ca
Message: John Baker, Great website.
Hey Terry, Thanks and you and all the Purchases on this website have a great Holiday Season....
Name: EL Rojo N Ida () on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 20:50:36
City and State: Kuna, ID
Maiden: MR. JACOBSEN
Message: Hey guys and gals and you're included Mr Bake. Thats an LOL JB but havn't quite figured out how you got so damn smart? I knew that game was history. I was hoping that, maybe, you got a little old in between.:-) Reggie Bush ... what a football player! And go USC!!! Baja Oklahoma never has turned me on. And Mr. Paco, yah it's so cold up here that the Polar bears are wearing wet suits looking for the seals. But I can still see the stars and FULL MOON without a telescope. Only thing I hear from my neighbors is the Coyotes yelping. If I don't write again before CHRISTMAS, have a wonderful time on your CHRISTMAS vacation!!! Sorry...if you're opposed to CHRISTMAS, go talk to a Klingon or whatever and maybe you'll understand. We're Cougars and love it. MAY THE CHRISTMAS COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude
Hey Jake, Thanks and you and Judi have a Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year. We'll talk on the 4th.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 10:45:58
City and State: Kona, HI
Message: Mele Kalakimaka Hauoli Makahiki Ho to all Cougars. I know that Merry Christmas is almost illegal to say nowadays
Not illegal here, Keith. Merry Christmas...
Name: edward () on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 10:45:49
City and State: lakewood, calif.
Message: Man alive, all this talk about Paganism, make me long for the days of big bonfires, horns, wine, and goat-skin leggings. Celebrate the year any way you choose, just do it without money, revel in the pathos and jubilation of our existence, and be good to others. Happy Hannukka to all at Ctown.
Happy Hannukah, Edward...
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 23:40:16
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Liz-Hon, you just crack me up! Now I need to bake cookies, buy tamales, and take presents back to WalMart, cause I hate those capitalistic pigs! I'm taking my business to the Salvation Army. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, and all those other holidays.
Name: JEAN MACERNIE () on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 23:20:00
City and State: ALBQ NM
Message: JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I AGREE WITH LIZ ESTRADA ABOUT SOME OF THE FASHION STATEMENTS OF THIS GENERATION...LIKE THE ONE SHE MENTIONED ABOUT GUYS PANTS HANGING BELOW THEIR BUTTS AND HOW SHE IS TEMPTED TO GIVE THEM A TUG....ACTUALLY I DON'T THINK YOU WOULD NEED THAT....ALL THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO IS RAISE THEIR ARMS OVER THEIR HEADS AND IT WOULD JUST ALL FALL DOWN. ALSO SAW THE PICTURE OF ALL THE VALENCIA KIDS AND THAT BROUGHT UP A MEMORY....CARLOS VALENCIA....WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HIM? HE WAS IN ONE OF MY CLASSES AT EUCALYPTUS...5TH OR 6TH GRADE. I REMEMBER HIM BEING VERY SHY....EVEN MORE SHY THAN I WAS...ONE MORE ITEM HERE....I GOT THIS EMAIL ADVERTISING A NEW HAWTHORNE HIGH SCHOOL WEB SITE.....IT SAID TO SIGN UP TO CLICK INTO THE WEBSITE LISTED...WHICH WAS WWW.HAWTHORNEHS.COM....I JUST DELETED IT ALL TOGETHER. HAS ANYONE ELSE RECEIVED THIS AND IS IT LEGIT?
* That website which is one of a group at http://www.alumniarchive.net/ is just another Classmates.com thing where a guy named Mike Brown at 3154 Gosheff Lane Gambrills, MD 21054 makes a bunch of websites, each looking like your hometown high school website. Then tries to get you to send money to him, kinda like me. Anyway, no need to panic as he's NOT our HHS website.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 21:28:36
City and State: Lake Forest
Message: Hello Cougs, I want your Holiday pic's. El Rojo it must be wintery up there.
PS. Any audio/videophiles email me.
Come on Cougs, send Paco your snowy wintery, Christmas pics. It doesn't matter if they're a few years old. He's trying to give us a White Christmas. Paco, I'll send one tonight, and thanks for all you do with the "Pics".
Name: Patty Saville () on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 16:04:19
City and State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Maiden: Valencia (V5 of 6)
Message: Whoa! I was only one of six. Gloria and I aren't even pictured in that picture of the kids on Christmas day (before our time). Ricki, Paul, Cynthia and Carlos Valencia are pictured with Diana, Cary, Yolanda and Barbara Tijerina, our first cousins. The cousins moved to Washington before graduating from HHS.
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 11:12:50
City and State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: Enza, Dean told me who she was (at Grad Nite), but I'll let him spill the beans if he chooses. Maybe that's why the wistful look in your eyes? ;-)
Name: Enza Nicocia () on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 02:24:49
Email: enico72 at Aol.com
City and State: San Pedro Hill, Ca
Maiden: Hang Ten Tee-Shirts & Cords........
Message: Armand-Unfortunately that was Dean's and I last date. I missed out on getting to know a great guy. (Dean? who was your date that night) He was a great Baseball player,AND he was valedictorian :( Patty, thanks for the kudos. That pic brought me right back to that great era that we grew up in too. Still have a lot of hair~just not down to my b*tt! :) Great pic of your sibligs. Man, you were one of nine?!?! You had the Nicocia's beat by one. Never a dull moment around the house with just one bathroom, and 2 bedrooms for 8 kids! :))
Name: Steve Fraser () on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 22:38:21
City and State: Laguna Woods
Message: The Liz Estrada I knew would do one of two things: Either pull the boxers up for a "wedgie", or pull the jeans down so that the clown could trip over them as he was running away from her. Hi to sister Sharon and the rest of you. Many good times on 133rd Street. P.S. the Proud Bird is still there.
Name: Patty Saville () on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 21:16:51
City and State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Maiden: Valencia (V5)
Message: I like the way Larry Bach thinks!!! (Don't like the way you think John). Dave - those kids are adorable. Were those two musclemen you and Paul?! Merry Christmas everyone!!!!! Enza - great Christmas Dance picture - the dress, the hair - bring back lots of memories.
I need a TAMALE!!
Name: Armand Vaquer () on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 12:30:44
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Nice photo, Enza. Were you also priviledged to be Dean's date for Grad Nite? Reason I'm asking is due to a "I wish I had a camera" moment on the bus back from Disneyland. Good ol' Dean was sound asleep with his head on his date's shoulder with his mouth WIDE open. (Good thing he didn't snore!) That was my last vision of Dean until our ten-year reunion. Best to Dean, wherever you are!
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 11:44:22
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Class of 76, your 30th reunion is calling! Contact me for details; tickets go on sale in January 2006 and seating is limited. We've got a GREAT reunion committee hard at work, and a guaranteed good time. We ain't gettin' any younger folks, so plan on being there. Our Class Motto is now: Scarlet and Old. (Thanks to Gloria for our new alma mater.)
Oh Scarlet and Old, our wrinkles unfold, our arm flab is flying high, crows feet abound, our bellys are round, oh how we long for our days at Hawthorne High.....
Class of 76ers, it doesn't matter how you look, sign up for your reunion. They are magical.
Name: Elizabeth A Aleccia () on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 10:27:58
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Andy Rooney? Well....as I age, I'm beginning to see the resemblance.
So, here's a question. If Jesus was really born in the Spring and somehow we decided to move Christmas to his actual birthday, instead of the Pagan holiday of Winter Solstice, would we still have snow globes and snowmen and Santa Claus dressed up for 30 below? What do the Christmas cards in Australia look like? Santa on a surfboard? Baby Jesus without a blanket?
When I was a kid in Hawthorne I used to pray for a white Christmas. I didn't see snow fall until I was in New York in 2000. I had seen it on the ground after a two hour drive to Big Bear but never actually falling from the sky. But, I loved getting sweaters and jackets for Christmas gifts even though Christmas was often followed by a heat wave. When I was going to Hawthorne Intermediate there was the a sweater craze. Black, hooded, zip-up sweaters that had to be worn falling off our shoulders. You just weren't 'cool' if you didn't have one. My mother cringed seeing me with my sweater hanging off my shoulders, down around my waist, sort of the way I cringe when I see boys today with eight inches of their boxers showing. I'm always tempted to grab their jeans and give them a tug. My 21 year old niece, the daughter of Linda, class of '66, wears her jeans so tight and so low you can see the crack of her ass, as if she was a plumber's assistant. It's so unattractive, but then, every generation has to have something they can look back at and shake their heads. For Christmas, this year, I'm asking for more homes for the homeless, a bigger and better New Orleans, and for every man and woman in uniform to be safe and warm. There's nothing I need or want that I can't just reach out and get but for those of us with computers and each other, it's good to be reminded that we are the few. We are blessed, indeed. I love you guys. May each and everyone of you have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous, Healthy and Happy New Year!
Hey Liz, Pagan Holiday or not, December 25 will always be Christmas to me. Merry Christmas....
Name: Enza Nicocia () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 23:46:03
Email: enico72 at aol.com
City and State: San Pedro Hill, CA
Maiden: but another candle on my b-day cake.....
Message: Birthday wishes go out to my good friend and also my Christmas Dance date our Senior year, Dear Morris. Hope you had a great day and that this year brings you much health and happiness. Hugs, Enza :)
Happy Birthday to Dean and also to Joyce Savisky Chance and Diane Lay Smith.....Hope you all had a great day.
Name: Marsha () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 22:08:24
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: What a great idea for a Christmas gift......Elizabeth A Aleccia, better known as Dizzy Lizzy, gives the BEST massage around. I have several friends that received a gift certificate and are now regular customers. On second thought, give yourself a Christmas present.
And to all here in Cougartown, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Name: Dave Krikac () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 21:07:59
City and State: Franklin, Tennessee
Maiden: Biff McGurk
Message: MERRY CHRISTmas all you Cougs. Yes, I am very happily celebrating the Reason for the Season with all my family. If there was no Christmas, there would be NO HOPE for Me....But there WAS, and there IS hope.
I love to brag on Pauls (1974) Kids so check out this link:
Hunter, Koby, Jared are all over TV right now, from Desperate Housewives, to George Lopez, to Major Movies, they are Blessed and getting a LOT of action on the screen. Why NOT? They are Cougar Lineage.....Blessing to all this season, and I have the perfect gift for John. I am paying for the next 5 additional years of dues because I love this place.
Gonna put up a BIG Sign in "Our Thrift Store" that says Merry Christmas! Keep baking those cookies Liz. Blessings to the Curries, Estrada's, V's, etc.
Hey Dave, Thank you for the extra dues. It is appreciated and you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
Name: ron pruitt () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 20:49:11
City and State: trenton, mo.
Message: I'm looking for john gurle, if you find this, please email me. thanks!
Name: Anita () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 20:05:16
City and State: Fair Oaks
Message: Keep those one liners coming JB! I needed a good laugh! Honestly.....if you and Pasternak ended up on a stage together? Well... you two could sell tickets!
We'd be the 2 guys in the booth out front, then??
Name: Steve Barath () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 19:35:36
City and State: Lake Arrowhead, Ca.
Message: Thanks for the memories. Especially found the link to POP interesting. Great job on gathering information. Every once and awhile I think back to my days at HHS and wonder what happened to ? Thanks for helping me find some old friends. Stephen Barath class of 1967
Hey Steve, Thanks for checking in and for updating your email address. It is appreciated.
Name: Anita () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 16:20:31
City and State: Fair Oaks
Message: Elizabeth Dahling..... You know ruffled feathers always makes a woman stand out in a crowd more! But to chime in with you.....I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. And I don't agree with Darwin, but I didn't go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution either! Okay John, I'll stop, because I know how these things can seem to take on a life all their own.
Getting back to the "good old days"....
When was the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word PREGNANT was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all the talk about "stork" visits and "being in a family way" or just simply..... "expecting".
Hey Anita, I think it was OK to say "Knocked Up" though, wasn't it? Another one that came to mind today, for some unknown reason, was when you'd ask one of your buddies, what time it was, and he'd say "Half Past A Monkeys Ass, a Quarter To His.......his..something-er-other.
Name: Jim Pasternak () on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 09:35:03
City and State: Ladera Ranch, CA
Message: Elizabeth A Aleccia ...The Andy Rooney of Cougartown. She is a true classic!
Name: Mary Ann Winfrey () on Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 20:54:58
City and State: Nashville Ar
Message: THE TROJAN TRADITION CONTINUES ... Congratulations to a class act, Reggie Bush. Hook 'Em Horns? USC will kick butt in the Rose Bowl! Tonight, our neighbors, the Dierks Outlaws, lost 22-9 in the AA state championship. However, our AAA Nashville Scrappers defeated a private Little Rock school, 28-14. We're very proud of our team and coaches and their 13-1 record. Good kids, good students, good football. Now, we're ready for girl's basketball and softball - my grand daughter's getting some good looks by Division I and II colleges. Again, MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!