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Name: Carl Rilling OS-51993 ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 2:13 am - HHS Time
City & State: Oregon City, Orygun
Message: As the youngest of three I always had to take the "garbage dish" out and empty it into the Garbage pail. For the youngsters they were a triangle shaped dish with holes in the botton to drain the water off, and came in a bunch of colors.
Earle Ike dodge did sell alot of big block mopars. I dont think their hemi dodge every did anything really great at LADS. How about Bennie Ryan owner of Shiftmaster racing his light green 59 Chev. strictly a bracket stocker. So many of the OHV 8's came from Big auto wrecking on the east side. Robin Mclains black 40 Ford with a Buick with a 9lb psi Mcculloch. The Packard trannie was from a hearse, purchased at midnight auto supply. And Jerry Hopkins Ford with the same type blower. Why his 312 was so unique was the two christmas tree holly four barrels. A Pelican Hi performance idea. His aluminum fin Tbird valve covers came off of a white 57 Tbird on Les Bacons lot. 57, 58 59 Ford wagons came with General Tires dual 90's. From what I heard many spare tires were snagged from LAX parking lots. Les Ward had the black El Camino with a tri power 348. I only rode with him one time racing and he almost lost it. Thats all. Oh the brain cramp.
Name: Joyce ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 12:10 am - HHS Time
City & State: Haw, Ca
Message: Wasn't that plastic corner thing in the sink called a " Colander"? I always thought of it as a strainer too.
Name: kirk greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 8:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Colorado Springs CO.
Message: OK. FIRST OF ALL JAMES AND WILLIAM ARE TRUE COUGARS. JUST LIKE WADE AND MYSELF. WE HAVE GROWN UP IN THE HAWTHORNE WAY. . BEING FROM OKLAHOMA OR HUSKER VILLAGE, IS JUST OUR "BRINGING-UP". THE FASTEST THINGS WE SAW GROWING UP WERE TERRI HOUSE, DANNY REAL, AND WHOM EVER THE SLOYES BLOCKED FOR. BEING 1000 MILES AWAY OR HOW EVER FAR SOMEONE IS AWAY FROM COUGARTOWN, BRINGS US BACK TO THAT 50 YARD LINE, THE SMELL OF THE HALCAP FIELD GRASS, THE SLAMMING OF LOCKERS BEFORE THE GAME, THE LONG WALK OVER THE RAILROAD TRACKS THROUGH THE TENNIS COURTS,. BEHIND THE STANDS AND RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTH-EAST GATES TO THE BENCHES. COUGAR FOOTBALL WAS IT. I'M THINKING OF THOUSANDS OF COUGARS THAT MADE THAT RUN. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT RAN FAST, 409S-396S, 350S,327S, 427S. WELL JUST LOOK AT COUGAR FOOTBALL. LAIDLAW, SLOYE, GREASBY, HOUSE, REAL, CONWAY. (SORRY IF I FORGOT SUMBODDY) OK KEITH JONES TOO, HAWTHORNE P.D. WAS NO MATCH FOR US.(EVEN THOUGH WE DID GET PULLED OVER A FEW TIMES). WADE -2 KIRK -7 WILLIAM-12 JAMES -STILL COUNTING.
AS FOR THE MANURE BILLY, TRACTORS IN OKLAHOMA CAN DO 22MPH. IT MAY BE THE ALTITUDE, OK, ITS SOONERS KNOWLEDGE.. (BILL YOU WERE THE BEST) AS A YOUNG JUNIOR I SAW YOU AS A LEADER. EVEN THOUGH YOU HATED Q-B"S. AND WANTED TO SEE THAT OU HELMET IN THE DIRT.
RAMBLING-OK. MISSING THE SOUTH BAY- YEA, COUGARTOWN KEEP-UP THE GOOD WORK. MISSING ALL OF YOU AND HAWTHORNE
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 7:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Paco, I think Ralph Williams worked for Leon Ames Ford in Studio City. I?m not sure about the little thing that sat on the corner of your sink and you put garbage in. I put mine in the hole in the middle of the sink. Are you sure it wasn?t your dog up there?
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 6:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: c-TOWN
Message: Ralph Williams sold manure spreaders in Oklahoma. He then moved to California, with all his crappy profits, and became a car salesman. Then there was Ralph Williams Ford!
The tractors were in the back for the "Sooners".
Who remembers that "Go see Cal", "Go see Cal" Worthington was an Ace fighter pilot (5 kills) in WW11?
Paco, we had one of those "garbage pails" on the sink. I don't remember if it had a specific name, but it always went out to the compost pit the backyard along with the grass clippings. Right next to the incinerator.
The trash companies didn't have a hold on us like they do now.
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 6:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Paco, that thing that sat in the corner of the sink to hold your garbage was called..........that thing that sat in the corner of the sink to hold your garbage, used when we didn't have disposers, we had a garbage can.
Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 4:59 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LF
Message: Who did Ralph Williams work for? And what was that little thing that sat in the corner of your sink that you put garbage into?
Name: Roy ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 4:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: ojai
Message: Re: A&W. Their burgers were called- baby burger, student burger, mama burger and papa burger! Me and my buddies always went to the one in Simi by the S turn. Driveins were cool!
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 11:27 am - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: I want to hear about Ralph Williams, the largest Chrysler Plymouth dealer west of the Mississippi where your car dollar is worth more than ever before. And of course his general manager Chick Lambert and his dog [not on the car boy] Storm.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 10:18 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: King Benson was a good friend of my Fathers. He started his Auto Dealership in the late 30?s. He had a Neon sign and those big clear light bulbs that ran around the lot. He was located on the south east corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and 111th.
A few other local Used Car dealers were Kiggins Motors, Wagon City and Wagons Incorporated and Jonnie Dobbs.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 10:14 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, Bob; Can you come up with any Manure spreader dealerships for Bill Sloey?, he might enjoy hearing about them. Har, Har, just havin fun Bill.
J.B., I know this goes against your rules, just had to stir the pot a little.
Name: nancy ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 9:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: hawthorne CA
Message: I am working on obtaining photos etc. for archive of family information. Yesterday I found on ebay hawthorne photos, postcards etc.
Also Mike Love (Beach Boy) son has a web-site @www.5-alarm.com. He has entertained at several parties etc. I have attended and is very nice person to work with.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 27, 2006, 8:59 am - HHS Time
City & State: Autonation
Message: Shall I give you an update on The Buffington?s, Jerry Sparling?s , Ned Chaffee?s, Earle Ike?s, Irv White?s, Bob Estes?, Ron Moran?s, H.J. Caruso?s, Oscar Maple?s and Jack Prince?s families?
Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 9:02 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LV, NV
Message: Bob,..you forgot to mention Adam and Eve Yeakel.
Name: sloey,william ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 8:32 pm - HHS Time
City & State: R.B.
Message: JOHN/GEORGE: I think I now can relate to this hotrod stuff you guys are putting out. I drove a manure spreader when I was 9 and it was rootbeer color by default. I know that I only got it to top speed of 8mph but I think I threw out just about as much as you guys have on your hotrod stories . Great site John , watch your bandwidth
Name: Arthur La Mere ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 8:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Bob you have got too much time on your hands thanks for the family tree.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 4:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: laguna woods , ca
Message: I think the first "info-mercial" I knew of was Bob Yeakel Cadillac. On Sunday mornings he had a show that not only sold cars but featured 1/4 midget racing in his back lot. And yes his wife was always part of the show. A "FOX" for a little kid like me! If I'm not mistaken, they were in the Downey area. Bob will know for sure.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 4:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: For anybody that doesn't remember what happened to Bob Yeakel, he and his son perished when he crashed his plane alongside the San Bernardino Freeway
Yeakel had three car lot's at one time.
The Yeakel Brothers consisted of 11 children:
Fred, Frank, Jack, Carl, George, Philip, Edward, Ellen, Harry, Robert, Warren. Sadly, Harry is the only one still living in Los Angeles.
It was one of the Yeakel nephews who died in El Segundo due to an auto accident. Steve Yeakel son of Ed Yeakel brother to Bob Yeakel (Wilshire Oldsmobile and Rocket to Stardom) Steve was either racing or exceeding the speed limit in his 409 (1962 or 63) Chevy and the police were chasing him north on Main Street. In the 60's, Main Street turned into Pershing Drive at Imperial and made a sharp 90-degree turn to the left and then back to the right. The police estimated that he crossed Imperial at 100MPH plus. Unfortunately, he didn't have a chance. Steve had an older sister Gara Yeakel.
Steve and Gara's father Ed was one of 10 brothers and one sister in the Yeakel Family.
The Rocket to Stardom was a commercial production and Betty Yeakel hosted it. The location of the Oldsmobile Dealership was, Wilshire and Western.
That is about all I can remember about that family.
My brain cells are burnt for the day.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 1:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
I know I E-mailed you about this, but it's part of Hawthorne history in a way?. Does anyone remember when Yeakel (can't remember his first name), he was the the son of "Yeakel Oldsmobile" (owner) and was killed on Pershing Drive while in a high speed pursuit, running from the police (agency unk.). He was driving Ken Graves of El Segundo Chevy 409 and rolled it on one of the curves. They had been racing I think down at the beach? (Hyperion Plant)and when the police showed up, he thought he could out run them. Back in those day's he probably would have succeeded, had he not crashed, I think LAPD & LASD were the only one's that had Helicopters in those days.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 11:13 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: I had all but forgotten about the Richard M. Nixon freeway. The name did not last long after Watergate and it became the Marina Freeway. But I did have a map for many years that proclaimed that section as having Tricky Dick as a namesake. Many of the places that have been mentioned when the need for speed arose were some of my favorites too. Has Pershing Drive next to LAX been brought up yet?
Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 26, 2006, 10:28 am - HHS Time
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: Russ, thanks for reminding me. Did not know most of the racer's names, only recognized their cars. However, I remember Hamburger Handout. We called it Hamburger Hangout. Shortly after graduating I carpooled on Lincoln Ave/Blvd/Highway/what-ever, driving from H-town to Santa Monica where we worked. But when it was my turn to drive some of my riders found an excuse not to ride with me. That section where Lincoln ran next to the airport was usually wide open so I would shorten the drive-home time by going 120mph thru that stretch. Another early place to race was on a short, 2-mile section of freeway near Santa Monica that was built but did not seem to go anywhere. It was called the Richard Nixon freeway for some reason. One night I was riding with another guy in his Olds powered home-made car when we ran across a raspy sounding ?57 Chevy and used that stretch of freeway to determine who was the fastest. That ?57 turned out to be one of the legendary ones equipped with a blower and other speed items from the factory. It was the fastest!! --- Baxter
Name: Michael Moore ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 25, 2006, 10:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: mission viejo, ca
Message: Hello to all HHS alumni and faculty! I was both a student from 1970 - 1974 and a Math/Science teacher at HHS from 1980 - 1986. I'm still teaching Math and Science, and working at the same school as Mike McClure and Steve Carnes....also former teachers at HHS / LHS. [ HHS/LHS people stick together !! ] I miss the good times I had at HHS, both as a student and as a teacher. Take care, one and all. MM
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 25, 2006, 7:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: John/George could you email each other on this subject as it is not Cougar stuff. Bandwidth problem stuff like that. George explain it to him. Thanks.
Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 25, 2006, 6:45 pm - HHS Time
City & State: YOU KNOW BY NOW
Message: You know, even being a 14 to 17 year old back in the 57-60 era,I didn't get my license until between my Jr and Sr. year. I can't believe some of you older Coug's don't remember a place called Hamburger Handout, out on Centinela and Sepulveda. A place where some bad Rods ran from tuesdays through thursday on the old highway called Lincoln, out behind the old LA Airport. Great place to drag race. Great place to see some show and go. I can't believe Baxter and some of you, maybe Denny remembers, how good they were at the time. Also you guys left off some Cougs with some fairly impressive rides. Jerry Hopkins and his blown 50 or 51 Ford with a blown bird in it . Mike Burris and his car Ford with a Buick in it. A Guy named Jerry Kelly class of 58, God rest his sole, had a 51 Ford with a 55 buick in it. Tom the "Miassis dragon", with a Ronny Arias or Hauge paint job of a big green dragon on the side of it, 348 Chevy Impala and as I've written before a bitchin 52 Olds on a radical Rake with a super cute blonde driving it, name painted on the side, radical rake on this car mind you, called "Statutory Rake". Risque for then, you bet. But pretty much every one was mind blown out on 190th when some Stock Chevy's started showing up running 100's in the quarter ....factory. Thats when it really started for need to speed and be first! Thus the old ET. Lots of fun and we also had to hoof it through a few fields when the Law showed up. I had a few thoughts back then of how long it would have taken me to walk to 118th place from 190th to between Anza and Felton back then. Luckily never had to. Still tickles the hell out of me! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N jude!