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Name: Denny Unfried ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 10:06 am - HHS Time
Class: 1955
City & State: Del Aire
No E-mail
Message: Love these old street scenes and they sure jog the memories. To the left of the #5 car (streetcar) is a building which looks like a house and at one time it was but at about the time this photo was taken it had been converted to a home cookin restaurant. Usually after church we would go out to eat somewhere still dressed with hat and tie which was worn back then. There was no such thing as fast food and this restaurant had the bestest lip smackin good fried chicken west of Knotts Berry Farm.
The dentist building next door also brought back some memories I would rather forget. I had a tooth filled there once and the chairs and sounds of the drills were a scary experience. The drill looked like something out of the 'Twilight Zone' with elastic bands whirring around a maze of pulleys etc. The dentists tools looked more like the ones I would lay out to work on a truck. Anyway, great pics and thanks John.
Hey Denny, Great memories there, especially of the dentist drill. It ALL came rushing back.

Name: deano ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 7:30 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: tustin
Message: Hey John, who's looking at the the buildings in the picture when you have all those old potential hot cars loking back at ya.
Hey Dean, I was looking at them too and thinking they're all Toyotas and Hondas by now.

Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 6:20 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA
Message: Thought I'd check in with a couple of updates. I've had the pleasure of hooking up with Royal Lord & his wife Pat. After Royal retired from the Hawthore School District recently, he saw the light and moved to Northern California( Live Oak - just north of Yuba City). Looking forward to seeing more of them now that they are in the neighborhood. Also, Brian Tully was in the Sacramento area a few days ago. He stopped by for an evening of reminiscing and fun. Said he finally got out of Torrance. He's now living in Fallbrook. If any of the old Ctown crowd is in the Sacramento area. Give me a call. It's always fun to talk with someone you haven't seen for years and say "Do you remember when we....?" Fun times.
Hey Mike, Nice to hear from you and to know you're reconnecting with good old HHS friends again. There you go Cougs, again no need to wait for a reunion to reconnect, just call an old friend and go to lunch. Thanks Mike....

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 12:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: Mary Ann is the winner!
Thank you Mary Ann for playing our game.

Name: Jean MacErnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 29, 2006, 8:35 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Just checking in....I remember those triangle things in the corner of the sink. We had a red plastic one. My mom had her kitachen in white with a bit of red and the floors were black and white tiles. That thing was smelly and no one liked to deal with it....who ever did the dishes had to deal with it though...Incinerators...I lived on 122nd and I remember a few families on 121st, 122nd and on 123rd who had them. I am certain we had one. I think my dad took it out when he landscaped the back yard. I don't recall every house having them though. They used to scare me when I was small. I remember having to rake up the leaves in the front yard....I hated to do it....One time I got about 4 or 5 kids in the neighborhood to come over and have a contest....Who could pick up the most leaves...After they collected them and counted them they put them in the bags....No one ever won anything other than the glory of winning....I got out of cleaning the yard. My dad told me later he watched me from inside...Well he was a very strict parent....but he didn't do anything.....I asked why....He said he wanted to see how far I would go....and he was too busy laughing at what I was doing....Did anyone ever do funny phone call pranks? My friend Nancy Martin and I did our share....but thats another story...maybe next time. I wonder what those houses go for now in Hawthorne....My dad paid $11,000 I believe in 1952...before that we lived in a smaller house on 117th....They bought that in the mid to late 40's......see ya!
Phone Pranks? With the *69 feature as a part of most services nowadays phone pranks are nothing but a distant memory. I remember "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" or "Is your refrigerator running? I'm sure there were many more. Thanks Jean...

Name: Maary Ann Winfrey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 29, 2006, 6:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville Ar
Message: I believe Gordon Martin scored his record breaking basket when a Morningside player handed him the ball for an easy lay-up with seconds to go in a home afternoon game. The gesture startled Gordon at first, but he took it! Right, Paco?

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 29, 2006, 4:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: Jerry wins..Leon Ames and momma Paco called it a "Garbage strainer". Does anyone remember Gordon Martin going for the scoring record and how he got it?
For all that don't remember Gordon Martin(HHS59) he was a 6'7" Cougar Basketballer who was VERY good.

Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 29, 2006, 2:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece
Message: Hi Cougars, Love the picture from 1948! I remember Woodbury's very well. I think it was what we called a five and dime. I always wanted to buy my mom some flashy junk jewelry there. I think that whole section gave way to a Thrifty Drug Store a few years later, didn't it. Everyone must remember Chaney's! Hope all of you are healthy and had a great Christmas and New Years. Jim Peppers
Hey Jim, The thing I notice in that picture is Wonder Market, Friendly Market, Safeway, and Roberts Market all in the same block.

Name: Chuck Armstrong ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 11:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Orcutt, CA
Message: JB - Wasn't Mad Man Muntz the creator of the stereo 4 track system (Muntz Stereo)? He also created the Muntz Jet car. When he was in the car business, he would do just about anything to sell a car.
He was a "Mad Man"

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 10:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: Speaking of car dealers, which one in the early ?60?s had the bazaar recorded phone-message advertisement?? A phone number was circulated around So Bay and the LA area. When you called it a person who sounded a lot like Jose Jimenez starts telling crazy stories about his relatives or the guy next door but it would always end up with the person jumping on his car and destroying it in the middle of the night because he realized he bought the wrong kind or bought it from the wrong dealer. Can?t remember the dealer? anyone ? anyone? --- Baxter -- p.s. When we lived in LA we had a concrete incinerator, in Hawthorne we had a 50 gal drum with a screen on top.
I'll say Mad Man Muntz....

Name: Steve Temoshek ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 6:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Lag Hills,Ca
Message: Is that car in the picture crashing into the trolley tracks??
FINALLY someone commented on 1948 Hawthorne. I was wondering if anyone remembered any of these buildings. Thanks Steve, the car is parking NEXT to the tracks.

Name: Keith D.Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 5:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Bill, are you emailing me. I got this story from my memory. In fact, as I was writing it I decided to call Kurt to see if he remembered it and he did and actually remembered it better than I did. I thought we popped the balled he said we just scraped it a little. He told me about it being a game ball. So hopefully our memories together got it pretty close. I hope you aren't that old where old-timers is setting in. Anyways, figured it is a good story about a few HHS alumni to change the pace of the everylasting hotrod stories of the past .
HEY, What's wrong with hot rod stories?

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 5:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview FLORIDA
Message: I do remember those incinerators we had one over in DelAire 118th Pl & Judah, several of our neighbors had rather elaborate units , like the Smith's next door had one that was built with the house by original owner on the back wall also brick and it was a combination BBQ and incinerator! with outriggers for grilling. Mr Hoyt across the street had a grand posh BBQ unit that he built but I never knew of him ever using it! It was huge and had wrought Iron doors and several elaborate sections for cooking and baking and grilling. The 50's were big years for all that Mechanic's Illustrated type you mail away for the plans and build your own BBQ.
Hey Neil, Good memories there. I still have my dad's plans for a BBQ (circa 1950) that he designed, but never built. I guess that was before Webers.

Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 1:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
City & State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Dennis, that is an incinerator, where I lived on 122nd. between Burl and Sundale we didn't have them. When I got married and lived in Inglewood we had one in our back yard but I don't think we were supposed to use it any more. Just to clear things up, I believe that the triangular thing that sat in the corner of the sink was a garbage strainer, specifically for that purpose, I think they still sell them, a colander is the thing you use to strain the water out of noodles and the like.
Thanks to Jerry Miles(HHS66) for coming up with this one.....

Name: Karen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 12:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
City & State: Vista, CA
Message: First of all, the picture is of an incinerator, that's what you burned trash in. The little triangle thing that fit in the corner of your sink, we called a garbage strainer. I remember Mom had one that was metal and then one later that was blue plastic. Those were sure smelly little things if you didn't take them out to the garbage pail often. And the garbage pail was the most disgusting thing I remember when I was a kid!! I think the garbage truck didn't come around but once a week and by then the flies had done their damage ... if you know what I mean! Geesh, what a wonderful memory that is!!
Man, I do remember those awful smelling slimy garbage pails, and the flies that went with them. Thanks Karen....

Name: sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 12:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: R>B>
Message: John; I'LL e-mail where does he get these?
Hey Bill,.....i don't know

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 12:08 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Ok not sure if I told this story before. Hope not and probably not cause I was afraid of the person it involves, but now I am 3000 miles away. Now, of course my old-timers may kick in cause my memory is blurred, so bear with me if the story is askew a little.
Anyway, me and my best friend Kurt Morlock one day were playing catch with a nice leather football in my front yard. It was Pop Warner season which in my neighborhood I lived right across the street from both fields they used to practice which made it a headache. Thousands of people all the time in the park.
We had a palm tree we bought one year when our family went to Palm Springs for a vacation. When we bought the tree it was small enough to fit in the car. Well now at this time it was easily over 15 feet tall. It was one of those palm trees that have thorns on the branches.
Well me and Kurt are playing catch and he decides to play Roman Gabriel and I was Gene Washington. He throws the ball a little high and I miss it. Now this ball was real leather and really nice (really nice!). Well the ball hits the tree and falls to the ground. Now , this ball we were intrusted with was not supposed to hit the ground cause of it's importance and that the leather scratches. We stand over the ball and look at each other and immediately begin to blame each other.
Now, things wouldn't have been that bad if the ball was either me or Kurt's but it wasn't ours. It belonged to the one person me and Kurt were afraid of. It belonged to a great football player and HHS legend and college legend. It belonged to Bill Sloey and it was (if I remember) a game ball he was presented with between Nebraska and Oklahoma. And if I remember right too it had a bunch of signatures on it.
Well as we stand there planning our early funerals, we were trying to figure out how we are going to explain this and be able to run away from Bill without getting killed. We were still young and had our futures to look forward too.
Well after saying our prayers and writing our wills we finally saw Bill and gave it back. Now I think I put on an extra pair or two of BVD's just in case the fear hit me unexpectedly. After apoligizing maybe 1000's times to Bill and getting ready to see that white light, Bill let us go, still breathing and crying inside, but alive.
To this day me and Kurt are very sorry to Bill. I hope I got this right and I hope Bill corrects me on anything I may have screwed up. Thanks Bill for not killing us.
Now there's a fun memory. If it was such a prized possession of Bill's, it was HIS fault for letting you two play with it.Thanks Keith....

Name: Dennis Campbell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 12:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hey Cougs, everybody had one of these things, Mom would say take the trash outside and burn it. Most of the time you would find one these things next to the back fence. what is it called? I lived on Stacy Street, Tom Barnett lived behind my house. One day Tom & I had a contest to see who could build the biggest fire it was a tie we burnt down the fence. Tom was 5 or 6 I was 7 or 8. Was there smog back then you bet...and who would let their kids play with fire today? Gosh how times have changed.
Yep, everyone in Hawthorne had one, and probably all of LA County.

Name: Steve Temoshek ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 11:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Lag Hills,Ca
Message: Cal Worthington flew bombers in world war 2. When i worked at worthington ford in bellflower his office would be cleaned at night. I used to sneak in while it was unlocked and check out all his stuff. He had a plaque on his wall that read congratulations you lucky sob from the air force. That is exactly how it read, there was more to it, but i dont remember the rest.

Name: Harry Plotkin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 9:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1954
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: I devour feedback from friends and former students. COUGAR SIGHTING...Last night Kathy and I were celebrating a birthday dinner with friends at Bennihana's. Also at our table were a couple and their two children. Naturally, I sat next to the pretty lady!! She is a 1986 Cougar graduate - 20 year reunion this year. Did I get her name? Well, er, ah no. She is on this web, though. They are a very nice couple and their children were very well-behaved.
Jim Sloey: I haven't forgotten that I am going to order from Uncle Buck's pretzels - hopefully, in February.
Much love to my former students and all Cougars,
Hey Mr P, Very good sighting, indeed. You know I LOVE those Cougar sightings and thanks for the Feedback.

Name: Dennis Campbell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 28, 2006, 8:17 am - HHS Time

Class: 1961
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Cougar sighting this morning on my way to Choc O?bean for coffee Barry Dean class of '72. I have been talking to Barry for many years here in Mission Viejo at the Pavilions where he is the store manager?small world out there Cougars, Berry and his wife will be checking in real soon.
Hey John, when are we going to get together so you can pick up your old USC Columbia Jacket? Maybe you just want me to dig a hole in the back yard and bury it HMMM.
Hey Dennis, GREAT sighting. The jacket WAS my good luck jacket. I'll get it someday.