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Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 3, 2006, 6:50 am - HHS Time
City & State: pve cal
Message: I read the coolest guy email and I have a thought on the coolest guy ever at HHS. Dean Stafford:
The Captain of the '59 HHS football team that went to the CIF finals.
The first guy I saw wearing Rayband sunglasses indoors.
The first guy that I saw with a "butch" with the middle shaved out. I think it was a specialty down at Pat & Lee's barber shop on El Segundo.
But Dean's real claim to fame was a white pullover, hooded sweatshirt that came from the War Surplus store.
Within two weeks every guy had one. Every guy that writes into this page had one.
I had family in Iowa and in a family picture three months later, they all had them. The store owners should have paid him a bonus.
I understand Dean even had a cool job after HHS as an undercover cop.
Rest in peace, Dean Stafford.
Name: Gary Mykkanen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 3, 2006, 6:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Brea Ca
Message: As some of you know Ty Goodman is in a nursing home on the East Coast and may not be with us for much longer. Here is Ty's daughter Sarah's email address if you want to send Ty a message. email@example.com. I have talked with Ty on the phone a few times but he can't always talk on the phone. Sarah is with Ty every day.
Name: joyce ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 3, 2006, 1:52 am - HHS Time
City & State: haw, ca
Message: I loved Taco Tio. Would get a taco burger on the way home from school. Yes those fried burritos were also good.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 2, 2006, 7:59 pm - HHS Time
City & State: laguna woods , ca
Message: Taco Tio sat on the Blvd. around the corner from the Plaza Theater, the Fire Station, and Richfield Gas station to the south. All of those landmarks are gone, but Andy and Frank would still deep fry the bean burritos on request!
Some may have used the hot sauce packets as weapons, but the rest of us enjoyed the flavor. Although this was in the 7th grade at Hawthorne Intermediate
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 2, 2006, 7:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: JB...for some reason..I vividly remember Taco Tio, but in that same mind frame...I seem to recall it was so near the "triangle" where the Plaza was....am I close??????
Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 2, 2006, 7:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: I am guessing that Taco Tio opened around ?53 or ?54. I know that kids around the neighborhood quickly realized that the hot sauce packets exploded nicely when run over or thrown against a white wall. Sauce everywhere. The two old guys who ran the stand were very tolerant, or as they say now, ?customer oriented.? --- Baxter
Name: Pat Underwood ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 2, 2006, 5:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Calif.
Message: John I have a question about your newest street scene photo. Where was the ever famous ?Taco Tio? located at? I remember it being on or near the site of Jordon?s Auto Parts or next door to it, on the Hawthorne Blvd side. Do you think if I had a couple sips of ?Groundhog Punch? it would improve my memory?
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 2, 2006, 1:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Crestview FLORIDA
Message: BIG John the new Blvd Photo is good...Back in about 1974 before they began digging out the pit for the Mall I knew of a dude (who will go unknown) who put on a pair of coveralls /drove his international truck over to the old abandoned barber shop/ took out a ladder/ unbolted the big 3 foot barber pole off the exterior wall and still has it to this day... It was rather scary (he says) because the big glass milk ball on top was just "set" up on top! When he finally got the Heavy thing loose it was like a Laurel & Hardy episode because the ladder teetered and the ball was rockin and rollin around on top .
Funny thing was nobody even said a word to him! It was broad daylight and because of the coveralls... everyone thought he was some sort of official worker!
Oh the good old days
Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 2, 2006, 6:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: DEAD?.....Well JB, there has only been one Punxsutawney Phil and he has been making predictions for over 120 years so you were very close as to his age. Phil however gets his longevity you know from drinking "groundhog punch", it's a secret recipe. He takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic (kinda like you, Sue, Sharon and I did at the CT picnic?) anyway it magically gives him seven more years of life!
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 1, 2006, 9:48 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: My vote for coolest guy in High School goes to Craig Tinkem, class of 69. With his deep tan and bleached blond hair, one look said "surfer". He was a member of the MBBA (Manhattan Beach Body Surfing Association) and had a sticker on his car to prove it. But it was his car that really set him apart. Craig blurred the line by driving a clean lowered bright yellow 65 Impala with surf racks on top. A surfed-out lowrider was quite a novelty in those days. With all that going on, I remember Craig as a very nice guy. Tinkem, are you out there? Does anyone know where he might be today? And, No, I'm not gay.
Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 1, 2006, 7:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: YOU KNOW
Message: I believe Gordon had broken that record before that gift that was presented him by that "North Torrance" player as I was on the court also. This "one dimensional player" that a younger Coug called him awhile back, probably never knew that he was a big guy, 6'x6" at the time was big, "with" a jump shot at that time that wasn't seen in a lot of circles. He hit three or four out of the corners with one heck of a college scout in the stands. I think the scouts name was Wooden or something of the like...am I right Gordo. I believe he went on to make 2nd team High School All American or some such thing. Averaged around 29 a game? Only prob he ever had ...he went to usc. Jeez Gord, ya could a been a contender! 60 - 64! Ah National Championship 64! Never mind at least you were there. You were a great ball player and a pleasure to play with. Good to see you on the site. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 1, 2006, 12:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks
Message: Steve ~
Now while math was probably my least favorite subject, to my calculations you are still 2 years away from the Big 60. So as far as being in the same company as Bush and Clinton?.....your really not. Douglas MacArthur was once quoted as saying, "You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." ~ And there's a lot of truth to that I think.
Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog? The others are just imposters! Hey, maybe he can also forecast the SEAHAWKS woopin' the STEELERS on Sunday too?
Name: Dewey ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 31, 2006, 6:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Chandler AZ
Message: One thing about getting old ?. It ain?t for sissies
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 31, 2006, 3:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: laguna woods , ca
Message: Anita, your vast knowledge of the trivia amazes me. Although I can't really be too impressed that I may be about the same age as George Jr. and "Slick Willy"! Not really good company. You on the other hand look pretty good, as per the new pic on C-Town! We should all have that luck.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 31, 2006, 9:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Anita's post about age intrigued me. Thankfully, I have 8 more years (as of this coming Saturday) before I have to worry about "the big 6-0." A number of age-related sayings come to mind (from various sources): "I'm not really this old, they just switched babies at the hospital." "It ain't the age, it's the mileage." "Growing old isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." "A man is as young as the girl he feels." (Groucho Marx) "I'm not getting older, I'm getting better." "Age is just a number." "I can still do the same things as I did at 21, which shows how decrepit I was at 21." "I am very happy to be here. At my age, I am very happy to be anywhere." "She's not my wife, she's my mother!"
Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 31, 2006, 12:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: Okay JB, This may be a little off the subject at hand at the moment, but have you stopped to think that in 2006, the oldest of the baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, will turn 60 years old this year? Among the Americans celebrating their 60th will be our two most recent presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Other well-known celebrities reaching this milestone include Cher, Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton. 7,918 is the number of people turning 60 each day in 2006, according to the Census Bureau projections. That amounts to 330 every hour. So to all of you from the class of '64?....GET THIS PARTY STARTED ! Oh yeah, and while I'm at it - Happy 55th to Charlie Cozby!
Name: Carl Harrison ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 9:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: holly glen
Message: Haven't visited in awhile, great upgrade to the feedback page! What is the cross street for Hawthorne in this picture? My family did not move to Hawthorne until '62, so there is nothing in the picture I remember. I do remember a Safeway but I thought it was a stand alone building by Golden West Meats...The class of 71 and 72 are having a meeting at Richmond Grill in El Segundo Feb 8th at 7PM for another multi-class reunion. Questions contact Carl Tank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 7:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: My boyfriends dad was a plumber and he put a garbage disposer in his house in the mid 50's. They were the only people that I knew that had one. His wife said she didn't want one but now that she had it she couldn't get along without it. Everyone had to burn their trash because short of going to the dump there was no other way to dispose of paper trash. Recycling was common as we put the cans and glass out in separate containers along with the garbage. I really felt sorry for the garbage men as one had to stand in the garbage while another man tossed up the garbage pail to be dumped in the truck. Talk about a smelly mess. I know they didn't get paid enough. I really like the old scenes of Hawthorne. That is about the time we moved to the Hawthorne area but we usually went to Inglewood so I don't remember some of the really old stores. I noticed Chaneys had just one building in the picture. I remember when they had taken over the next store and had two Chaneys signs.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 7:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: GOOD GRIEF look at all that traffic! Nothing's changed
in 57 years... still too many cars on the road.
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 4:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Crestview FLORIDA
Message: Denny I overlooked the Street car #5 thanks! By the way most of the old L.A. street cars that are "alive" are out at the Perris museum in the desert east of San Juan Capistrano... It is called the Orange Empire Railway Museum which happens to be the second largest trolley museum in the world ...
GO TO > http://www.oerm.org/
Name: Merry ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 4:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach Ca
Message: I am appreciative that my query about my friend Maryann Sobotnik (class of 1967)was posted, but unfortunately the email address was missing one important letter; it's email@example.com. Hopefully, someone has already attempted to contact me, reads this new message, and contacts me.
Name: Gordon Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 11:36 am - HHS Time
City & State: La Quinta,CA
Message: Paco- Thanks for the plug. Actually when the North Torrance player flipped me the ball with a couple of seconds left it raised the point total from 41 to 43. Since the previous league record was 35 or 36 it really didn't affect that. Good story though. Great site that I follow regularly. Hello to all my old friends from beautiful La Quinta.
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 30, 2006, 11:10 am - HHS Time
City & State: Crestview FLORIDA
Message: from Jean's thread ---"I remember those triangle things in the corner of the sink. We had a red plastic one. My mom had her kitchen 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....
Nobody liked to deal with those Garbage strainers!
So low &^ behold some plumber decided to invent the miracle of the fifties...The Garbage ""DISPOSE-ALL""
For the lower income conservative families ... it was just another item that the Neighbors had ..along with Color TV, Air Conditioning in the house and car, Washing machine with a DRYER and the ever popular...TV remote control! We Larsons were last holdouts for each of those things! When My father sold the old homestead on 118th in 1996 the house still was A/C less!