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Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 4:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Another story for the "dumb kids file" (actually we were in college at the time): A former state assemblyman, Bob Hayes, up in Sacramento (he used to represent the San Fernando Valley) asked a friend of mine in Reseda to pick up a cannon that he bought and store it in his garage until he can come down to pick it up. So my friend did. One evening we were hanging out at my friend's house and he mentioned having the cannon. So we went out to the garage in the front of the house to look at it. Someone in the group asked if it still was "operational." My friend said yes. It "happened" that we had some gunpowder and fuses there. So we loaded the cannon (without a cannonball) and lit the fuse. We never expected that the blast would be so loud, but it was loud enough to shake up windows for blocks. We rolled that sucker back into the garage pronto and ran inside the house and hid there for about an hour or so.

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 3:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Cretsview Fl
Message: Michelle from across the pond- Wow HI! I had no idea that Lady M was ever officially a resident of our area Hawthorne? Please fill us in a bit on some back ground that you are using as data, for instance time frame , years that she was in town... location or street address etc. something that will narrow our search criteria and help you get results...
Neil, Yes Marilyn Monroe, then Norma Jean Baker, (no relation) lived with the Bolender family on 134th St. on the East side of Hawthorne Bl. She lived there for the first 8 years of her life. The Bolenders lived right across the street from Della Monroe Granger, Marilyn's Gramma. Della was a little unstable and when she found out that her daughter was pregnant with Marilyn, she suggested they live with the Bolenders. Norma Jean attended Washington School.
All this courtesy of Doug Robertson's great book, "Portraits Of A Memory" (no longer available)

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: OS6-2378
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: To finish Dennis Campbell's story, his mom bleached my hair which turned out almost orange "Bushy-Bushy blond hair-do", not!! When I went to school Mr.Wetzler was there to send me home again to fix my wrong. My girlfriend Sharon said that her grandmother was a hairdresser and she had all the tools to fix me right up...Something called "Henna". After sitting for a bit I was ready for school again..My hair looking more like a Mallard had nested on my head...Greens, blues and various sherbet colors, I was suspended for 3 days and went back to school with a "Butch".

Name: Michelle ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 12:03 pm - HHS Time
City & State: United Kingdom
Message: Hello My name is Michelle and I am a writer, based in the United Kingdom and currently writing a biography of Marilyn Monroe. The book will be a factual and respectful account of Marilyn's life, and I wonder if anyone on this site remembers meeting Marilyn, or has any photos of her from her time in Hawthorne - or any other time for that matter! If you can help me in any way, I'd be extremely grateful.
Thank you!
Kind regards, Michelle.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 10:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Dewey, I used to do the exact same thing. Living across from Holy Glen Park I had a huge open are to play in. Me and my friend Mike Krstich and Richard Hawks used to do that. One time my cartridge fell over before take-off. It ended up breaking one of the sliding glass doors at Don Smith School. Hopefully the statute of limitations have run out cause I never told my parents (like I would) or the school. I used to play golf across the street. When the Reinharts moved in next door my parents went over to say hi and greet them. The next thing they see is a golf ball going through there big front window. Welcome to the neighborhood. I used to tie off from our lawn and hit it on the grass next to the library next to Cabrillo. That was a far hit. Sometimes I would shank them and they go into the middle league field during a game. I wold get in all kinds of trouble for that. It was neat living across from Holy Glen. Gave allot of things to do. Horseshoes, stickball with my brother at the handball courts. Capture the flag in the tot lot. Tennis with Wayne Bryan.

Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 7:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Last night, Anne and I went to the Endless Summer Concert featuring Al Jardine at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center with Karen and Bob Fraser and Mo Trott. Saw the Prewitts and the Sloans there too. Al sounded great, the music was great and he gave a shout out to the Sloans as he mentioned Hawthorne High and Cougartown. It was so cool!
Thanks John, I heard the concert was GREAT!!

Name: Dewey Storie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 18, 2006, 6:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Chandler,AZ
Message: Ok, I?ll step up to the plate. Under the ?dumb kid? files, me and three other cougars who shall remain nameless (not sure if the statue of limitations has run out) use to hang out on my front porch at night (mom worked nights). I would take an empty Co2 cartridge and saw the head off then fill and pack it with cut off paper match heads. Using a rubber band to strap it to a pencil, I would then stick it in the ground and light it! Being that this would be late at night and nobody was in the park (Del Aire) I would aim it towards the park, you would hear a loud whistle and than a pop and off it would go like a, well missile! Well we thought this cool! And after several successful missions, like every other situation in life, if you are do something you should not be doing, sooner or later something will go wrong! So one night I had the missile ready for launch, struck the match, ignite the fuse and step back. The cartridge whistled but the pop was delayed for some reason, it took off but instead of going up at an angle toward the park the missile made a left turn headed straight for the Dalton?s house, but wait it?s not just going towards the house but, it?s going right for the Big Picture Window! Now it?s funny how when you?re doing something wrong everything but your brain moves in slow motion. I am standing there thinking, ok Dewey how in &%$# are you going to explain this one! As this missile is getting closer and closer to the Dalton?s Picture Window I am thinking it?s time to go change my pants, but at the last minute my missile makes a sharp right turn and headed for its original target, the park where it came to an abrupt halt by hitting the wall. I vowed from that point on to leave missile launching to the US Navy and the US Air force
Great story, Storie. I remember packing ball point pen cartridges with match heads too. A lot messier though, when they hit something.

Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 11:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Cougar sighting! Patty Smith, Al Jardine, Mo Trott, Rich and Mary Sloan, Chris and Kathie Prewitt, John and Annie Rout, and Bob and Karen Fraser. Quite a few Cougars went to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts to see Al Jardine and his band play. Opening for Al was Dean Torrence and his band. Al mentioned Rich and Mary Sloan and Cougartown.
Thanks Al for remembering the Alumni and thanks Chris for the update.

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 8:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestburg Fl
Message: ?dumb kids? confession time OK My turn... There was this one Cougar (who will go un-named) who was very preoccupied with "flight" he was so carried away with things of the sky, he would build elaborate drycleaning bag- hot air blimps. This dude would wait till a fairly foggy evening in Holly Glen and fill the balloon over the family stove then light several birthday candles attached to drinking straws around the lower edge of the rapidly engorging black gossamer monolith. The pay off was always several UFO sightings under discussion the following day in the cafeteria ... like ..."oh man I'm not joking, I saw a UFO last night right over my house " Yeah I saw one too! and it was glowing !"
Thanks to the inventive scientific brain of Mr. Valentine, Those things were great!

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 7:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: OK, now that Dennis has started it, it is ?dumb kids? confession time. How many remember the Molotov cocktail scene in the Spencer Tracy movie ?Bad Day at Black Rock.? Yep, a couple of my buddies could not wait to try that one (Of course I was an innocent bystander). We went to the back yard at my buddy?s house on 131st about half a block behind Food Giant. Found a small mayo jar, poured in a little gas, stuffed in a rag, lit it and threw it at a cement ramp leading to the lower half of his back yard. Thinking it would not go beyond the cement ramp we neglected to notice the dried grass and old overstuffed chair in the lower half of the back yard. The results were spectacular. Good thing we had a hose close by. After putting out the fire we went in his house to BS a while. Later when I left his house I looked up at the column of smoke coming from his backyard. The entire back yard was on fire. We got it out only because by then there was nothing left to burn. Luckily, No one called the fire department and nothing more was said about it. Never tried that or anything like it after that. What were we thinking?? Happy St Patty's to all --- Baxter
So THAT'S why Food Giant burnt down.

Name: Enza Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 5:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: San Pedro Hill, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy B-day to my 'Favorite' sis-in-law Cheryl Christensen Nicocia. Also a happy b-day to my friend Larry (aka 'Lorenzo') Bach. Hope the wind is always at your backs, and that 7 course meal doesn't make you too 'buzzed'. :))
Happy Birthday Cheryl and Larry, and Happy Birthday to you, Enza, tomorrow. As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 4:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview Flordia
Message: ?CAN? ( Cougar Alumni Notables ) for the waky-pedia files attention Don D-and second hand Cougar sighting - Bill Beaird- class of 1971 Another of our notables is actively employed in the Motion Picture Industry. ?Billy? can be found working camera on popular films as Grip / Dolly Grip / Key Grip. His filmography includes; Peggy Sue Got Married, Broken Arrow and Mean Dog Blues. A few years back during one of my annual conversations with Tom Valentine, Tom mentioned he was on location set dressing the cliff shots for Murder by Numbers on the Palos Verdes peninsula lining up set foliage through the lens when the Cameraman whispered next to him??Hey, didn?t you go to Hawthorne High School?? ?it was Billy! A Small World After All !
Ps John B --I live 5 miles East of Baker Florida , next time I roam out there I will take a photo of the sign!
Thanks for the info, Neil, and if you go through Baker, NV or Baker, CA on the way, take pics of those too.

Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 12:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: PadyO'Furniture
Class: 1972
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Happy St. Patrick's Day John, to all Cougars past and present, and to all the rest of yous. Tonite we're commerating the day with an Irish 7-course meal, i.e. a baked potato washed down with a six pack of Guinness. Did you know the top of the hit parade for March 17th, 1954, was "Secret Love" by Doris Day, and in 1972, "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young. I found the top hits for any particular day from the 50's on, at this cool and nostalgic site:
Thanks Larry, Happy SPD to you too.

Name: Kell ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 11:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: Englewood, OR
Message: The only time I wore false eyelashes was grad night at Disneyland..they kept coming off..I knew where ever mirror was that night..I finally just pulled the damn things off..
I think my brother was one of the first to grow his hair out he had one of the first Beatle "DOs" in the "60s"...I love long hair on men..It's coming back strong up here!! yippee hippy....Happy St Patty's day..We are going to Aunt Lavern Hoods for corned beef and cabbage..Chris's son Sean will have something to say about this meal I'm sure! My grandfather actually came from Ireland to the good old USA.

Name: KAREN BEARNS ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 9:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
Hey Karen, Same to you and Comet Boy, and may your house never be large enough to hold all your friends.

Name: Bob Reagan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 8:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Redding,Ca
No E-mail
Message: I too had the problem like Larry with thick hair.
The part I hated the most was waking up in the morning with my hair hanging down my face covering my eyes. I would panic and think I had gone blind. I'd stumble around trying to find my way to the bathroom where I finally found a brush for my hair. After pulling that mop back on top of my head exposing my eyes to the light, what a relief to find out I could still SEE!!!!! I too had it thinned out, only problem was it never grew back in where the thinning was too severe. Oh well, what did stay has turned gray. At least now I don't have to worry about waking up with my hair in my eyes. No more panic attacks

Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 6:01 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: Gosh I remember false eyelashes! I became very good at the application of those. Now days just a good mascara and a heated eyelash curler works wonders! And anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patricks Day consists of the night of the 17th of March flavored strongly with the morning of the 18th.....Everyone have a happy one!
OK I'll try that....

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 17, 2006, 3:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview
Message: This should be cross referenced in 2 categories! Big Hair from the 60's & Notable Alumni- Lest we forget Ms.Cynthia A.Cherbak class of 1968' who shared the limelight in several of Mr. Fix's Drama dept. play productions. I saw her perform the lead in Blythe Spirit. Cynthia went on to face the challenge of Hollywood and has won a W.G.A. award for writing & producing the TV movie -American Eyes 1991. She has a list of over a dozen other productions & scripts to her credit including the docu-drama- Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter starring Frances Fisher!

Name: Elizabeth ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 16, 2006, 7:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: I wore a beehive one time and one time only.....but fake eyelashes lasted a few years.

Name: Dennis Campbell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 16, 2006, 5:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Speaking of hair, Paco stopped by the house one afternoon after school in 1958 and had my mom dye his hair blonde. Well that day it turned Green and it was around Patrick's Day. I think?in 57 Paco wore a duck tail with a jelly roll. Just one more hair story from the day.
Jelly Rolls and Duck Butts, Crew Cuts, Pompadours, and Buzz Cuts, That's all we had.

Name: Sharon Stowe ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 16, 2006, 3:32 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
City & State: Lawndale, CA
Message: Have a safe and fun St. Patrick's Day Everyone! Until the year 1970, bars were closed in Ireland on St. Paddy's Day and they don't drink green beer there. Kind of makes you proud to be an American. ;) ss
I thought St. Paddys Day was an American holiday, No? I just got my corned beef brisket for tomorrow's celebration. Me and the neighbor's cat. She LOVES St. Paddy's Day.