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Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 16, 2006, 8:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Happy Easter to All! It does not feel like Easter in NorCal as we are awaking for about the 35th day out of last 40 to torrential rain. Do kids get a rain check for the Easter egg hunt when there is a rainout? Anyway, Easter without sunshine and kids dressed up and searching for candy just doesnt feel right.
Going Home Again- Two weeks ago I visited Hawthorne for the first time in almost 17 years. Sure, I have been to San Diego, Orange County and places south of the South Bay in since, but not Hawthorne or my old stomping grounds. In my experience, it no longer felt like home. Starting with seeing my own home on Isis and 134th, it had become a fortress with fence extensions giving it a prison like feeling. Little attention to the landscaping and certainly nobody playing backyard basketball with half the neighborhood playing. Nope, it wasnt MY PLACE anymore. The elementary schools were in place, but looked drab and institutional and in need of a makeover, if not total rebuilding. Holy Glen Park and the Middle Field were demolished to makeway for a block's worth of upscale housing. Did the City Managers and Developers have any idea of the history tossed away and the youthful joys just for 30 more houses? I was trying to find where Keith Jones' golf ball landed and home runs launched by past local heroes, but that was impossible because this was the new Holly Glen and instead of a mega park with grass that stretched for miles, there were new houses that did not belong.
Next stop, touring the main boulevards and a trip to HHS. HHS does have the iron fence and a paint job that makes the old greenish buildings look like barracks. I could not take a campus tour because the campus was locked. The only areas that felt the same were the athletic fields on the north side. Football and baseball fields were the same. How come in 33 years no other entrepeneur like Chester Buguy hasnt come along and built more bleachers to watch games? Pools still looked inviting as always. Next stop Eucalyptus Park. Its all different! The gym is gone where Ron Petersen drilled our Parks teams for hours on how to block out and rebound. Could not even find the basketball court anymore.
I could not make the connections that John Baker has maybe because I havent watched Hawthorne change over the years. I left it and it has left me. All I have are the virtual connections with fellow CTowners and my memories, the old ones, not the new ones, of how great Hawthorne was in our day. I have to believe that if our parents were still running the place that they would not have let our home town slide so far downhill.
I guess a HOME is just a moment in time where families, friends, a community and all their creations exist and thrive. When too many of those moments pass us by or the moments become years and then decades, it disappears and moves on as we do leaving us only with our memories. I could not find my Hawthorne anymore and so I dont think I will make any sentimental journeys home again.

Name: Laura ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 16, 2006, 6:45 am - HHS Time
Maiden: r
Class: 1982
City & State: a
Message: Thanks Dennis, I was beginning to think that no one would remember it. To everyone else, thanks for your help, but it wasn't Silent Running or any of the others named below. This film was on a much smaller scale, possibly foreign and never played on the big screen and had no big named actors.

Name: Dennis ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 10:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Dana Point, CA
Message: Hey Laura, I remember that movie but there is no way I will remember the name. I think it was meant to make us kids more environmentally aware and what will happen if we continue to pollute the planet.

Name: Cindy Whittaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 8:41 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
City & State: Wichita Falls TX
Message: Laura: Could the movie have been: "The world of ZPG (ZERO POPULATION GROWTH) 1971 is particularly bleak. Earth's atmosphere is a permanent thick cloud of smog. To go outside you must have a gas mask. To halt out of control over population, the totalitarian government forbids procreation. To satisfy maternal instincts couples buy creepy, lifelike computerized baby dolls." I found that on this website:

Name: ed schatz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 8:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: lakewood, calif.
Message: Gary Bickers is correct, that film was with Bruce Dern and was in fact Silent Running. No doubt there, and had little robots taking care of maintenence. The Red Balloon was a much older foreign film, no name actors and had minimal/no dialogue, a French film where a small boy persued a red balloon through the streets of France. But Silent Running was the correct answer Gary.
Hey Ed, I was the one who said, "Silent Running". No need to respond....

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 4:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: I am going to the River in a couple of weeks to catch up on the tan for Cabo..I'm eating tons of carrots, so I don't miss anything!

Name: Laura ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 4:26 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rasch
Class: 1982
City & State: Austin, Texas
Message: No, this was older than that. They used to show it to us in class, so it was a rather short film. It was around the time we all watched the film about the little boy and the red balloon. As I recall there was not any big named actors in it, but I could be wrong, but I know it's not the one with Bruce Dern

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: The movie.."World Gone Wild". I'm a huge fan, I go back to "Stoney Burke"
Hey Paco, Thanks for that but I thought you were a fan of "Girls Gone Wild....

Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 1:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
No E-mail
Message: Laura, I think you are talking about a Bruce Dern movie. He was on a space station and was holding the last of the plants and animals that no longer could exist on the earth surface.
Silent Running, Maybe?

Name: Laura ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 10:28 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Rasch
Class: 1982
City & State: Austin, Texas
Message: Ok I need to pick everyones brain. Does anyone remember watching a movie in school (Peter Burnett) about a man who lived in the future, when the pollution was so bad everyone had to wear masks? He lived in a kind of green house, where he had plants and animals. I don't know what made me think of this movie, but it's driving me crazy. If anyone remembers it, I'd love to hear from you.
Good Luck Laura...

Name: Käehne ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 7:05 am - HHS Time
City & State: Denmark
Message: I'm looking for new e-amil address for Miguel and Kathy Zamora please help.
I'm sure someone has it. Can anyone contact Miguel or Kathy Zamora and tell them someone's looking for them on the Feedback page?

Name: Kelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 6:38 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Currie
Class: 1967
City & State: Englewood, OR
Message: Sorry Donna Gohr I forgot to wish you a very happy birthday! hope you had a good time Kelley
Hey Donna, Happy Birthday.....

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 15, 2006, 12:45 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: While I was in HHS in the late ?50s no teachers went out on strike, got sick as a group, walked out, whatever, some days I wished they would have. I was surprised when our kids started school in Orange County in the early ?70s and got extra days off for ?teachers? days,? ?teachers? planning days,? ?teachers? meetings? etc. Every time the teachers planned meetings the boys would say, ?Hey, cool, one more surf day.? I remember at HHS, teachers? stuff was done after hours or during the summer and didn?t interrupt the school semester. - Baxter ---
p.s. Last week Sherry and I attended a graphic designers? art exhibit in Inglewood so we had a chance to cruise thru the old ?hood.? It was just like Thomas W. said? It took us a while to find some old landmarks. However, HHS didn?t look bad to me. The fence around the campus didn?t bother me. If I had a kid going there I think I would be glad it was fenced. The cafeteria was mostly hidden. We did not have time to walk around. I didn?t care for the colors they painted the buildings. Maybe they need to be pinstriped. Seeing the railroad track running thru the north side of the campus reminded me of the time one of the guys lost a leg jumping for the train to ride it across town to summer school. Can?t remember the guy?s name. He graduated in ?57... Later.
Hi Baxter, Thomas Wolfe WAS WRONG!! You went home again and it wasn't that different, was it? I mean some changes have been made but good ol' HHS is still about the same. The main arcade, Nyman Hall, the boys and girls gym, all the buildings save for 3 or 4 new ones. The pool, the railroad tracks, the alleyway paralleling the tracks, Halcap Field, etc. Every time I go there it takes me back to my youth. Sure there's a fence but Leuzinger had a fence in at least 1958 and no one thought a thing about it. I guess different people see HHS differently. I see it all the time, but others are shocked after NOT seeing it for 10, 20 or 30 years. Maybe Thomas W. WAS right.

Name: Bob jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 14, 2006, 1:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Cheviot Hills
No E-mail
Message: I just sent off my check for $45.00 for the HHS Multi-Class Reunion. Wanted to get it in early and save the 10 bucks. A great deal if you get your checks in before July 15th.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 14, 2006, 11:26 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: It's braggin' time..My grand daughter Talia, who is the only girl on her hockey team, plays left wing, scored her first goal last night and two assists..She also leads the team in assists.
GOOO Talia!!!!

Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 14, 2006, 10:25 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
No E-mail
Message: I think the first teen rebellion at Hawthorne was in my sophomore year 53/54. It was only by the girls and a bust. In my freshman year we had a workday. No school work just fun and planting trees and bushes. Then on to fun, volleyball etc. The girls wore long pants to school! We all decided the next year we should do it again. The school officials said no. We all decided we wanted to wear pants to school anyway and we agreed we would all do it. If everyone did it they couldn't punish us all - could they? Right up to the morning of that day my sister and I were all set, then at the last minute - fear. My mother would have had a fit if we tried it. I think some girls brought long pants to school with them. There were just a few that were brave enough to wear them but of course got caught and sent home. Boy was I glad it wasn't me. I never had any desire to do anything rash in school again. We never got to wear long pants to school either. A walkout - we were never THAT rebellious.

Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 14, 2006, 9:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Raymond, the student walkout in support of the teachers contract happened in 1977, and the teachers were really the ones who spurred us on. We were just pawns of their political agenda. The idea was to walkout 1st period, because that is when attendance was taken, the district loses money if the students do not show up. The media showed up, well channel 7's Fred Anderson did. Anyhow, it was kind of cool back then. I can't remember what I did last night, but I remember this event that happened almost 30 years ago. Everyone have a nice Easter, Passover and Good Friday.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 9:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: My old Coach Ron Treat. I had the best coaches in Middle League. Ron Treat, Rick Carden and Pat Mack. And Terry Mack too. How are you doing. Do you ever hear from Lindsay Castle. Say hi to her. Say hi to pat mack and terry and rick

Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 9:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview, FL
Message: RE; Walk out ­Raymond Smith- Back in those days there were a lot of Lock OUTS / Sit INS / Walk OUTS / protests all over the country but Hawthorne High was the first to stage a SICK-IN ?or was it SICK-OUT?
It was in 1969 I Think? It was written up in the Daily Breeze as a SICK IN. The way I remember it was that the teachers ?were not allowed? to Strike (state law etc.)? So what happened was for some odd reason many of the teachers came down with a really bad case of the FLU, coincidentally, all on the same morning! They all called in sick and there were not enough temp/fill in teachers to cover all the classes so by 3rd period every student was sent home. I remember it was sort of chaos as all the students were just as puzzled as the admin staff. Many of the teachers DID come faithfully to do their job, but it blindsided the School Board and I believe they had to cave in so the teachers ?SICK-IN? worked.

Name: Ron Treat ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 8:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Chula Vista, Ca
Message: Effler, you are not too old to retire, I did last October. Did we ever turn a pair to help Gibby out of a jam?

Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 5:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peterson
Class: 1970
City & State: marietta, Ohio
Message: Happy Easter and other holidays to everyone. Tommorow is Good Friday. Does anyone remember the banks and post office being closed in Hawthorne for Good Friday? The week off from school was still called Easter break. The Alaskan earthquake was on Good Friday, and it got alot of press. I used to associate Easter with getting new clothes when I was a kid, maybe at Robert Hall? Still remembering Hawthorne in bits and pieces.
Hey Kathy, GREAT memories there, boy. Thanks and you and your family have a Happy Easter too.

Name: Kim Begley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 4:03 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 1973
City & State: Scotts Valley, CA
Message: Hey Carl, Thanks for making the hotel reservation & reunion order form process so easy! You're the best and Teri (Klein) Hoenig and I are looking forward to seeing you and everyone at the multi-class reunion!

Name: Anita ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 2:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: Hum.....decisions, decisions, decisions. For those of us in the classes of '68-'74 who do not have the luxury of living within a 100 mile radius of the South makes it a tough decision. Do we attend the multi-class reunion on Saturday September 30th or the 3rd Annual Cougartown Picnic the week before on September 23? Too bad these two functions couldn't have happened on the same weekend.....two birds with one stone.....more in attendance for each event? Just my 2 cents worth.
Actually the picnic may be re-scheduled to a different date. More on that later.

Name: Carl Tank ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 12:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles CA
Message: Multi-Class Reunion - 2006 In celebration of our years at good ole HHS, the classes of 1971-72 are planning another Multi-Class reunion, and would like to invite Cougars from the classes of '68, '69, '70, '73, and '74 to join in the celebration.
SATURDAY / SEP. 30, 2006 / 6PM-Midnight
This reunion ?gig? will be in a casual indoor/outdoor setting at ?ON THE ROCKS? 239 N. Harbor Dr. ­- Redondo Beach, CA. 90277 -- (310) 379-7438
There are a limited number of tickets available.
$45 per person, if paid by July 15 **
$55 per person, if paid July 16 through Sep. 15
Includes buffet dinner, DJ, snacks, parking, and more!
Make your check or money order to;
?HHS Multi-Class Reunion 2006?
Mail to: HHS Multi-Class Reunion 2006
P.O. Box 421, Manhattan Beach, CA. 90267-0421
For more information, and to use our on line mailer form, please go to
Carl Tank - Class of 1971
Thanks Carl, There you go late 60s and early 70s Cougs, a reunion set up just for you. Do NOT miss this one.

Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 13, 2006, 11:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: OREGON
Message: Let us not forget Bill Parchen, class of '66. He may of had a letterman's sweater too. He worked at the Hawthorne Post Office in the early 70's -- following in his fathers footsteps. Effler, you should be arrested for retiring so young. We had an unoffical walk-out in 1964 with "Grub Day." It was sort of in response to the dress code, but was mostly just something goofy to do. It did work though. Many students got sent home. Summer's coming!