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Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 13, 2006, 2:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: First of all, Dean Morris thank you for your glowing report on the Uncle Buck's Pretzels at We here at Uncle Buck's have always thought they were the best, now who could argue with someone from the farm?! Not me. Second, John Baker congratulations on the 800 pages, that is no small feat especially if they were all printed on 8.5x11 paper you would have in excess of 10,400 pages; laid side by side they would extend a long ways.
Yes they would and I'm not just saying that. The BIG thing is it was YOU and good Cougars like you who wrote them. Thank you all for joining and staying with this party for the last 8 or 9 years. It's been a real hoot getting to know lots here and in person. Hawthorne High has the greatest grads anywhere in the world. I love you all and as Bartles and James said, "thank you for your support". HEY, where did those two get off to??

Name: Doris ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 13, 2006, 1:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID BRRRR
No E-mail
Message: John ??? I posted to feedback yesterday and since it didn't show up today, guess you didn't get it, huh? That's weird. I finally make it back to CT and then my posts won't post! LOL! I congratulated you on page 800 and wondered why no one but the Jake Man had even mentioned it. It seems like always before, everyone was trying to make an appearance on the next 100th page. Well, in case it has slipped anyone's attention, HAPPY 800 and many many more John. Thanks a bunch for COUGARTOWN!!!
Why thank you Doris. I guess it's just getting to be old hat. Actually I didn't even think about it until Jake mentioned it. Thanks again for the nice thoughts. You're the third person that's said they had trouble this weekend. Guess I'll have to polish up the brass knuckles and pay a visit to the Hosting service.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 13, 2006, 10:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: I think it's great we have a Cougar in Baker. I didn't knwo anyone actually lived in Baker. John, smooth, not even close. Wasn't trying to be. Just openly saying it like it is.
Just ribbin' ya' Keith.....

Name: Dennis Rigdon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 11:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Down Doheny Way
Message: Hey John, I never really knew Marlas dad, but her mom was with her at our 25 year reunion. Marla was a friend of mine since 8th grade My buddy André was going with her and I think I went with her sister Risa for a couple days. That Summer the four of us, our friends from H I S, and about a third of the incoming freshman of the class of 79, took over the wall and a big chunk of the beach next to the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. I did not miss one day at the beach that summer. One day it was cold, over cast and windy. Marla, Risa, their mom, a few others and myself, toughed it out and laid out all day working on our tans just so we wouldn?t miss a day??? Hey Terry, I wasn?t on the team but I took Fencing with Mr Williams the Art Teacher in 79. That was an easy 5 credits. You just had to show up for 8th period on Fridays and fiddle with our foils for fifty minutes. It was my Fifty minute Foil Fiddling Friday Fencing class for Fifty easy credits??? :O)
I LIKE IT!! Dennis, you are an "alliterate" kinda guy.....Mr. Plotkin, is that a word?
And as for Marla and Risa, I remember them running around in diapers.

Name: Roberta Moore ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 9:22 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1967
City & State: Baker, Nevada
Message: Hi John, In response to your comment... Oh, I crossed the finish line alright and marched away the dreaded miles before. But it was an excruciating walk and coupled with my horrible habit of procrastination, I just didn't get around to telling the story as soon as I should have. And I must confess - walking all those miles took the wind right out of my sails. I haven't walked over 4 miles at one time since.
I don't do well with internet, but John, I really appreciate all you do to keep this fine web site. And while I don't contribute much - close to zilch, it's great to hear all the stories. And I'm finding real life Cougar prints all over our 10 acres. We have a nice looking, lean and young Cougar (mountain lion) who includes the bird and wildlife sanctuary as part of his territory. We are fortunate to see him every once in a while. About a month ago he crossed our road in front of my truck when I was coming in from town. Always reminds me of my roots and where I come from!
Thanks, John!
I like the HHS Cougars, but the others, not so much.

Name: Terry Purchase ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 9:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Gardena, Ca.
Message: I was looking for members of the Fencing Club, from the early seventies. Anyone out there?

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 7:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Well I am getting excited about our reunion and seeing everyone. I am planning on coming in the end of July. Me and a friend are coming. They have monthly cruises from Honolulu to LA now and we are looking into doing the 11 day cruise over. Not sure yet. I know 11 days of eating all the food I can could ruin what I have been working on. But I will fly into Vegas or Burbank. Never LAX anymore. End of July is a show in Vegas I have to go to. Then a few days in Palm Springs and then spend the last couple weeks in LA seeing everyone. Will probably head back here the Monday after the reunion unless I hookup with Kathy Lynch or Diane Plinck. The two girls in high school I really liked.
Smooth Keith, REEEEAALL SMOOTH.....

Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 5:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Testimonial for Uncle Buck's Pretzels: Just completed two batches of Uncle Buck's pretzels and I have to admit, they are definitely 5 Star comfort food. Cinammon are great tasting and like a good sweet roll while the garlic flavored make for an awesome appetizer, chased by a beer. These babies are not for the carb shy consumer, but if you believe the label, you are getting a load of protein at the same time (hmmmmmm?).
Jimbo, I wonder if John Candy had a few of these during his days before he played Uncle Buck in the movies?
Hey Dean, Uncle Buck's Pretzels were diet food for John Candy.

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 5:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: TWINE
Class: 1975
City & State: CORONA CA
Message: ELLIS MY MAN!!!!! How'd ya get out of Folsom???
Kiddin just my little tribute to Johnny Cash Hey Ellis why don't you join me in crashing the 1976 reunion man...we can go as Chip N' Dale ??? whadya think?? E-mail me so we can get together and drink some 40's man ya look great!!
Meanwhile you were right Ed Brewer did throw that stink bomb in the gym that night...just thought I'd set the record straight. Hope to cya soon, take care and Rock Steady man, H1 aka Dale Jr. OUT!

Name: Myrna ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 5:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bell
Class: 1966
City & State: Nevada City, CA
Message: Hey John - Ski season has been extended! Here in Nevada City we have a new 10" of snow and more on the way. Living here is nothing like the trips to Big Bear or Arrowhead in my childhood! Has anyone been to Big Bear lately to compare with the 60's. We used to have a cabin there and I'm sure the area has made a huge change.
Big Bear, this weekend, is having one of the biggest snows in years. They said it should extend this years tourist season at least 8 weeks. I talked to your brother about an hour ago and he's off to Truckee tonight to do chain control for the state for at least a week.

Name: Dennis Rigdon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 12, 2006, 4:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Killer Dana
Message: It?s been quite some time since I chimed in on good old Cougartown. But since it?s page 800 I thought I would jump in. Had a Cougar sighting a couple months ago while attending the Cal-Jam Paintball Tourney/Expo at Hollywood Sports Park in Bellflower. I was walking along on my way to the exit when I spot none other than our own Marla Manriquez C/O 79 aka Pro Women?s Beach Volleyballer Marla O?Hara. She was there supporting her son who is an up and comer in the world of Pro Paintball Players. Also, while I have not met him yet, I understand my daughters boss at Pavillions in Mission Viejo is also a Cougar his name is Barry something or another. Also my sisters boss at A-1 Awards in Mission Viejo is Bob Damon C/O 68? I haven?t met him yet either, but I here he looks in on this feedback page. Hey Bob! BTW I had a great time at the C-Town Picnic and finally getting to meet John B and many other C-Towners. (I finally know what V & B Girls are) Then later that night, crashing the class of 80 reunion. I hadn?t seen any of those people since I moved out of Hawthorne in 1980.
Hey Dennis, Thanks for the update on Marla and the rest. I used to go street racing with Marla's dad back in the 60s. He was one fun guy too. Cruise night is coming up March 25th. Hope to see you and lots of our Ctown family there.

Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 11, 2006, 8:53 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Paco, your pictures are fab! I love the old Frosty's photos. And of course the Cub Scouts- you know we're big supporters of the Scouting program here. I have a picture of my Cub Scouts too, that I display in my entry hall; even though I haven't seen most of those kids for six years or so, when I look at that pic I remember all the fun stuff we did together. I remember Ellis, too; he still has that beautiful smile! Just a note, the 76 reunion invitations are in the mail last Thursday! Fill out your reservation form and send it in asap cause we have limited seating and it's first come, first served!
Fab... Haven't heard that word for years. Wasn't that a laundry detergent?

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 9:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: Does anyone remember the black washerwomen on La Brea?
Yep, I sure do. On the east side past Florence. Great memory.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 6:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Thise okd names of basketball players from the South Bay brought back a memory. Sorry guys it is about me. Anyway. I was at home and thephone rings. I answer the phone and whoever asked for someone else. I said sorry you have the wrong number. He said the number hewas calling and I said no ours is........ and then he asked where I was. I said Hawthorne, I asked him where he is from he said Inglewood. He asked if I went to Hawthorne I said yes then I asked him if he went to Inglewood he said yes. He asken me my name and then I asked him his. He said Reggie Theus. I said Reggie Theus the basketball player. He said yea. I said man you awesome. he said thanks. We talked for about 5 minutes or so. I'll always remember that cause of who he was.
And yes Iheard of Gene Littler. Anyone who watches golf knows who he is. And seeing the pic of Ellis is great. He still has that Magic Johnson aura about him you can tell.

Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 6:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
City & State: Garden Grove, Ca
No E-mail
Message: I remember the old Jim Dandy store on La Brea. I think it was bought out by Lucky stores. I was sorry to see the name change I always liked the name Jim Dandy.

Name: Frank Louder ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 6:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: Littleton CO
Message: Dan, That Basketball Tournament was the Hawthorne Christmas Tournament. I believe Pacific Palisades with Kiki Vaderweigh won the whole thing. He is now G.M. for the Denver Nuggets. Also one guy you forgot to mention is Paul Molkesski from Crespi High who went on to play for the Milwaukee Bucks. It's amazing to think that three guys who played in that Tournament went to the N.B.A. and had sucessful careers. I still mention that Tournament to High School players I work with.

Name: edward schatz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 6:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: lakewood, calif.
Message: Hey Cougs, I went to photograph a home a few months back, a famous ex-golfer, and all the people I asked that played golf for years and years, no one knew who he was. Anyone recognize the name "Gene Littler", hell, he won the US Open in 1961. Or am I alone here, and I don't even play golf!

Name: Myrna ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 4:32 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bell
Class: 1966
City & State: Nevada City, CA
Message: Hey John - I was expecting a Cougar sighting last Sunday, but it didn't happen - was looking forward to seeing you. (We had four Cougars there - Tom '58, Gordon '62, Me '66 and Ginny '69). Actually, I did have a Cougar sighting (of sorts) a couple of weeks ago. I was reading The Union newspaper here in Nevada City and Carl Bryan ('66) was on the wellness page. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he was letting his story be told.
Hey Myrna, Sorry I missed you guys. I really would've liked to have seen you all, especially your dad.

Name: Ellis Twine ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 4:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: c
Message: Dan I was at that game. This guy (I don't remember what team) but this guy hit 3 shots from the corner that hit the top corner of the back board and banked in. That was a great tourney.

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 2:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: YOU KNOW
No E-mail
Message: Cliff and Al I love the stuff. Everyone at work told me pack a BIG lunch just in case. old as I'm getting , it's kind a scary. Donner Pass, wow. Never been over the Sierras that way. I am taking chains for the Covered Wagon though. Well, I will have a passenger...hhmmm... Jake, you're a sick doggie. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude.
Yes you are

Name: Cliff Hitchcock ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 11:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Van Nuys, Ca
Message: One of the stock names I use when being put on a waiting list at a restaurant is Donner. Its always a lot of fun to listen to them page "Donner Party of 4" when sitting in the bar. Perhaps I'm easily amused! I too remember Ellis with his big infectious smile. Looks like he still carries that with him.

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 9:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks
No E-mail
Message: Ellis looks like he could still pour in 20 a night! I sent Ellis a photo (that I put up on Frapper) from a basketball camp I went to at El Camino circa 1975. In the photo are Cougar John Welch, Sea King Bill Laimbeer, Sea Hawk Gig Sims, Falcon Marc Wilson and Dolphin Kiki Vandeweghe. If I recall correctly, in Ellis' senior year, Hawthorne had a Varsity basketball tournament that featured these players along with James "Trouble" Hardy who went to USF and played along side Bill Cartwright. I cannot recall who won the tourney but the games were amazing (and the sophs (me) got to do all kinds of things like bring towels to the teams and keep stats)

Name: al rocca ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 10, 2006, 8:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: mesa, az
Message: I went to the Donner party!! Wow what a blast (a little cold). When I asked them what I could bring, I thought it was funny that they said just bring BBQ sauce!!!!!
Funny Al, REAL funny.