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Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 9:22 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I just love the videos that Jerry Miles has put together. These have really brought smiles to my heart remembering places, toys, people... especially the very old photos of local places. They are so different from what I remember, yet, so strangely familiar... And those TOYS! Wow!
Did that bring back a few memories! Thank you so much, Jerry.
And we've got a few more to go too. Thanks again, Jer'....

Name: Elizabeth ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 3:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hello Everybody! I've been gone a very long time and have missed the latest here. I see the discussion of Senior Square has dominated these pages for a bit. To the Krikac Family...I loved your mother so much. She taught me how to make mashed potatoes before I was ten years old. She truly was a wonderful woman. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Here's a little something.... I went to the Redondo Beach Arico's Hallmark store on Sunday to pick up a gift and card for my soon-to-be married nephew and as I was getting back into my car, a man came running out and jumped into the back of a waiting green and white taxi cab. They took off and soon after a woman came out of the store saying they had just been robbed. The guy looked to be about 40 years old, white, lean and fast on his feet. I decided to chase him down. I know, silly me. I chased him down Beryl to 190th and then down 190th towards Hawthorne Blvd. I didn't have a cell phone with me but when I saw a cop car coming from the other direction I flagged him down and gave him the low down. He started following the cab east on 190th then south on Hawthorne Blvd and when we reached Del Amo Blvd, about 20 cop cars and motorcycles, from all directions, showed up. The intersection was cleared and blocked within seconds. I recognized one or two of the officers as HHS Alumni but I don't remember their names. Anyway, they did a splendid job of getting the bad guy into custody and the bystanders had first rate entertainment for about ten minutes, much of it captured on the cell phone and PDA cameras. I love Arico's and I'm very glad nobody was hurt. The police officers are first rate around here. God Bless Em! Even the non Cougar ones. Later Cougs...oh yeah...I've got a new grandbaby coming into the world this Christmas. I'm a happy Cougarette!
Thanks Liz, Great story with a great ending. Congratulations too, Grandma...

Name: Joanne ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 2:40 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bulmer
Class: 1959
City & State: Auburn Washington
Message: Hi.......long time no talk to anyone!!!LOL This is response to the McDonalds in Hawthorne......... There was one on El Segundo east of Hawthorne Blvd. Went in in the late 50's early 60's...........but hey no one went to McDonalds til they had kids!!LOL
There was the drive in on Hawthorne Blvd in Lawndale that we all went to if we couldn't make the Wich Stand!!!!!!!!!
Hi Joanne, How about the Lighthouse Drive In on Hawthorne and Rosecrans?

Name: Kelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 9:48 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Currie
Class: 1967
City & State: Englewood, OR
Message: To Larry B..You didn't leave an email address this time..I knew Phil...I believe most people who knew him well, don't know about CT..Sorry to use feedback for this John, but I have no email for Larry B.
No problem Kel....but he did leave an email address. Just click on the blue Email next to his name.

Name: Horendo Mendoza ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 9:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Paris, France
Message: Hey, Laura, thanks for checking in. I'm over in Europe this week, visiting the folks and my little brother Bjorn. I'm in France after a long, tiring trip. Very springlike, about 60 degrees during the day, about 50 degrees at night. In any case, I was thinking back to the time your brother tried to pretend to toss me off the roof of the Disneyland Hotel and security guards dressed up like Pluto and Minnie had to settle us down. Those were the days.

Name: Karen Kuehl ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 5:54 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
City & State: Vista, CA
No E-mail
Message: Thanks so much, Jerry Miles, for another wonderful Nostalgia set with #6. You've done a great job of bringing back all the memories of the fun times! I enjoyed the Toy Nostalgia set too. There were toys in there that I hadn't thought of in a very long time. I think my little brother must've had at least 75% of all that were mentioned of the boy's toys. All your work in putting these sets together is very much appreciated.
Amen to that....thanks Jerry, very much.

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 2:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: John, I am surprised that J. Mailander has not weighed in on this Senior Square discussion with a few well-formed paragraphs expressing his thoughts on the matter. --Baxter
I believe you've just summoned our inter-city blogger. joseph, you are up.

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 25, 2006, 2:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: OK, since you guys brought it up would someone please help me remember what I am trying to sort out in my foggy brain about the location of the McDonalds. In the early 50s I remember a hamburger stand west of Hawthorne Intermediate facing Hawthorne Blvd that had arches identical to McDonalds and had the same menu and prices but I understand was not a McDonalds. Then there was a McDonalds down in Lawndale that some say was one of the originals. Also wasn?t there one near the Roadium Drive In theater? Not that this is all that important but I will sleep better not laying there wondering about them. Also, is it my imagination or did the 15 cent burgers back then taste better than the cheap ones they served today? Again also has anyone ever figured out what 100 shares bought then would be worth now? Hmmm? --Baxter.
The place west of Hawthorne Intermediate was first called Skippys, then Biggies, then GNG's. Burgers were 19 cents, fries were 15 cents. We didn't know about good, but you could get 2 burgers, 2 fries, and a malt for 88 cents.

Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 11:00 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: rusty
Class: 1975
City & State: LV, NV
Message: How 'bout a statue of a toga clad Coach Chauncey, holding a surfboard on top of a Cougar that's eating BBQ ribs, protected by a 8 foot electric fence.
Now we're getting silly

Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 9:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: HERONDO....How wonderful to see you checking in at Cougartown...we've missed you at the past 3 reunions and have lost any contact information. I'm sure you have been up to something these 25+ years and we would love to hear more from you....check in now and again!

Name: carole ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 9:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: anderson
Class: 1960
City & State: Lake Isabella, ca
Message: John, I was thinking about senior square (I never got into it since I quit school in my jr. year) and traditions. Don't know if the school would let a whole square be built but how about a statue? Maybe a neat looking Cougar on a stand of stone engraved with all the class years or something like that? I don't mean a cartoon cougar but a real looking one. It could be placed near the entrance of school. Hmmmm?
Hi Carole, I really don't know how this Senior Square thing got so out of hand. HHS isn't looking for a way to replace it. A statue would be a nice gesture from Cougartown, but how are we going to protect it from taggers and the like?
I would like HHS to re-restore the damage done to Nyman Hall after we all gave from the heart to restore the seats. Still got a bad taste in my mouth from that one. Would really like to hear from an admin person from HHS. I know someone checks this page. ANYONE out there? Thanks Carole, for your thoughts.

Name: Larry Baglin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 7:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Golden, Colorado
Message: Sorry Guy, Who is Phil Jones? Who is JOHN? When I re-read my 'Feedback' message, I couldn't believe my mistake. Sorry! Thanks for all, JERRY!

Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 7:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: John, I considered your comment after Dennis Rigdon?s question about McDonalds a personal challenge?haha Before Ronald was the official mascot there was Speedee. Speedee was a little chef with a hamburger face that reigned from 1953 to 1962. Once I saw his picture I did remember him. One of the reasons they decided to get rid of him was so people would not confuse him with Speedy Alka-Seltzer. The word is he is making a comeback in nostalgia themed McDonalds
Hey thanks Jerry, Thought someone would get that one.

Name: Dennis Rigdon ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 6:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Killer Dana
Message: As a rebellious, trouble-seeking freshman, I ran through Senior Square a few times. I never got caught or suffered any ill ramifications from it. After that I didn?t have much use for it. Senior Square always seemed to be just a haven for the self appointed elite of the school. I didn?t have much use for them either, or them me. Funny thing though, one day after I cut my long hair early senior year, I was invited to have lunch with some of them in Senior Square. I guess they must have forgotten that I was the ?dope smoke?n, good for nothing, hippie kid? that I always was, just with short hair. I took them up on their offer and enjoyed a ?delicious? lunch from the cafeteria (something else I hadn?t done since I was a freshman). I made some new friends that day and found that they weren?t so bad after all. As a matter of fact, some of those people are the ones I look forward to seeing the most when I attend our reunions. That said, I think Senior Square should be rebuilt wherever they can find room. Near the shop classes seems like a good spot to me. I like the Idea of inscribed bricks dedicated to every graduating class. They could also raise funds for it by selling inscribed bricks to alumni. I like the idea of instilling the sense of tradition that you older Cougs had during your tour at HHS. The one with the class rings might have not only inspired me to actually buy a class ring but to look forward to, and respect my right of passage into Senior Square. Maybe before it gets built we could have a ceremony where we bury a time capsule that every past class up to the present places something that represents our time at HHS. That way the next time they decide to tear it down they will be reminded of the pride and tradition that is Senior Square. And hopefully at the same time instill a sense of pride and respect in the newer Cougars. The soap box is now open.
Quick trivia question for you old geezers. What is the name of the Mc Donald?s mascot prior to Ronald?
Don't know that one, Dennis, but I'll bet some "Net Diggers" will find it, thanks....

Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 12:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey Ca
Message: Hey Cougs, had a Cougar siting Saturday at the Seal Beach Car Show, had a a great spot in front of the new Woody's Cafe, along came Richard Green C/O 59 & his Wife Linda (Haley) Green C/59, they live in Seal Beach so they get to enjoy it every day. Richard says he will see everyone at the Cougartown Golf Classic. Later Don

Name: Dave Krikac ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 11:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Franklin, TN
Message: Hello Friends: On Thursday evening, my mother went to sleep on earth and woke up in Heaven with Jesus. We miss her so very much and are SO grateful to have had such an awesome Mom for all of these years. She was the perfect role model for us and her grandchildren, and her family was her greatest pride. As my Brothers and Sister have met with various people here in Santa Monica this week they have confirmed this fact - "She was the kindest, most selfless person they have ever met".
In 1966, the Lord gave my mom a specific promise from the book of Isaiah, ?All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the peace of your children.? God?s promise to her is fulfilled and we are being filled with the peace that God had given to us.
The funeral for Gera Krikac will be Thursday, April 27, at 11 AM at Gates & Kingsley 1925 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (on the corner of 20th Street & Arizona) phone (310) 395-0973.
Graveside Service--
Immediately following the funeral, there will be a graveside service at Inglewood Park Cemetery located at 720 East Florence Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301 (across from the Great Western Forum).
Thank you so much for your prayers for my family and I, we feel them all.
Hi Dave, Thanks for letting all know. Our condolences to you and the rest of the Krikac family.

Name: Horendo Mendoza ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 10:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Quincy, California
Message: Hey fellow grads: Just checking in. I remember the good old days, hanging with Laura Berkel, Laura Twitchell, Tom Hoffarth, Scott Robson, Marjie Berkel, Dave Keller, Robert Smith, Judy Grood, Konnie Krislock, Rich Allen, Tom Twitchell, Anna Rossi, Deborah Hagopian, Jeff McDonald and Steve McDonald and all those guys.

Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 9:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Coves, Ca
Message: Hey, John Boy; Instead of a Senior Square, that the current student body and teachers apparently don't care about. Why don't you think about something that would be useful and make money at the same time?. How about a Senior "BBQ Rib" and/or "Taco" stand, if it makes money they will build it.
I have no IDEA what you are talking about. HHS is a school, not a rib joint.Thanks Don, Love those Cougar sightings....

Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 7:30 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Cougartown sighting? Over the weekend I traveled to Visalia, Ca for the wedding of Annette, the daughter of my sister and class of 1962?s Bonney Carrick. While there I got to see my other sister Patt Prewitt Deckard c/o ?65 and her husband Gary. Patt was even wearing a CT T-shirt after the wedding.

Name: Larry Baglin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 7:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: Golden, Colorado
Message: Hey John, Thanks for the 'Engineer Bill' info. Its good to know that Mr. Stulla is 90+ and still chuggin' along. Makes me wonder whatever happened to 'Skipper Frank' and to 'Sailor Bob'. I actually was on the 'Bozo the Clown Show' as a kid in '62, and we got to watch 'Frank' and 'Bob' do their shows in the same studio while waiting to be on the 'Bozo Show'. This is the last 'non-Hawthorne' question I'll ask, and I thank you in advance for any answer. It seems that fewer people knew my Uncle Phil Jones that I had thought. I'd always had the impression that Phil was a popular 'Coug', I guess not.
Who's Phil Jones?

Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 24, 2006, 6:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: of Long Beach
No E-mail
Message: My thoughts on a ?reborn? Senior Square: While it has been suggested that a ?reborn? Senior Square pay tribute to some of the better known Cougar graduates, to me, the square should be a living tribute to those students, who maybe not well known in society outside the campus, survived the fours years of high school education, and graduated. You know, the average gal and guy, who though personal turmoil (problems with parents, boy or girlfriend, the campus social environment, teachers and grades), won the battle and graduated.
So from me, I would like to see a living monument to the graduating classes, of each year (from the past, and into the future), with a brick or whatever commemorating each graduating class; example, Class of 1969- 423 Graduates, or whatever.
My 1 1/3 cents worth (deflation).