Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 4, 2006, 10:49 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Sharon can you take Paypal. Or can I Paypal to John and he give you the money. I am horrible at mailing.
Name: Roy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 3, 2006, 10:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Oceanside, Ca.
Message: Hello John, Although I'm a Lennox grad of '65, I wanted you to know how much I've enjoyed your web site. It is hard to believe, but my two youngest children graduated from Cougarville in '91 and '93. One played baseball, and the other played softball. I met some great folks still in the Centinela Valley School District who were teaching during my kids' stay at Hawthorne. My chin hit the floor when I saw that several of my former teachers and coaches were at Hawthorne. Wow!
Many of the kids from Lennox dared to grace the confines of Hawthorne's hangouts. After all, Lennox High was in the city of Hawthorne. It says so on my diploma. I have had many flashbacks from the great pictures you have provided. Most amazing of all: I first saw my wife (of 38 years, a Westchester grad '65) at the A & W in the Summer of '66.
Thanks for the memories.
Roy Hand Lennox Class of '65
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 3, 2006, 9:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: CLASS OF 76 PAY ATTENTION HERE!!! We are getting a great response to the Class of 76 reunion! A few folks have asked for an extension on the pricing so here it is, we will extend the early-bird price of $75.00 for another two weeks. We encourage all 76ers to respond NOW to their invitations which were mailed out. If you didn't get one EMAIL ME! It's first come first served and we are planning a great event. Keith Jones, where is your reservation? Tickets are now open to all classes, if you are from any other class and want to attend, e-me and I'll email the reservation form back to you. PLEASE don't wait because we have limited seating due to the hotel rules, and once tickets are gone, they are GONE, no kidding! So go fill out that form, write that check and mail it NOW!
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 3, 2006, 10:28 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Great Work Jerry!!!! what fun watching the nostalgia from our old shows we loved to watch. At St. Joe's, I don't think we had any celebrations for May Day but I do remember the Halloween faires at Dana. I am getting myself geared for the golf tourney by going to the driving range with Barbara. She can't hit the ball very far but she is having fun!!! Surf Report: Last 2 days have been fun tubeular 2-4 foot noseriding swells. Good tune-up session for the up coming 3-7 foot SW expected tomorrow through the weekend. Time to dust off the ole red 10' perfomance picnic table and the 8'-6" Secret Weapon to do some serious carving and shredding. So all you Surf Cougs out there have fun and be safe.
Name: Debbie Werner ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 3, 2006, 10:15 am - HHS Time
City & State: Strasburg Co
Message: Hope everyone is doing well... God Bless debbie
Name: elizabeth ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 3, 2006, 7:13 am - HHS Time
City & State: redondo beach
Message: Yes, Nick, I do remember the Halloween Carnivals at Ramona. Cake walks, haunted house, and the dime toss for gold fish were what I lived for. We didn't have store bought costumes either. We had to get creative with what we had. Loved it. And I love Jerry Miles' "What We Watched." You are amazing. Thank you so much.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 3, 2006, 6:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Murfreesboro AR
Message: This oldie remembers the fantastic Ramona School Halloween Carnival and May Day dance quite well. So much fun. Years later, I chaired the carnival when my 38 year old son, David, was in second grade. The Cake Walk was still a popular event! Hawthorne-wise, my favorite event was The Hawthorne Air Faire. Working for the city and Tom Quintana, I was involved in it for 6 years and still miss it!
Made lots of friends, witnessed memorable events and even got a ride on a P-51 Mustang. Oh, the Good Old Days!
Name: Dave Krikac ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 9:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Franklin, TN
Message: Hey Cougs: Just wanted to report that we had a BLAST if that is possible at my Mom's Big Fat Greek Funeral. Can you believe I actually said that to open the Funeral? Anyway, We were SO Blessed and VERY thankful for all the Cougs that were there, we packed that place. And after the wonderful Eulogy and Graveside Presentation, we scooted over to the Ayres in Hawthorne and ATE THEM OUT OF HOUSE & HOME (In Greek Style). I cannot tell you what a comfort it was to have The Curries there, Kellie, Chuck, Cindy, and Mike McLaughlin (74), even Maria Ricci (Lococco)(77) I think I have Maria's name right? Anyway, bless you all, my Mom was smiling on Hawthorne Bigtime.....Oh yeah, drove past 4482 W. 133rd, MAN is that place smaller than I remember....The same palm tree in the front yard my Brother Paul tied Kenny up to....Good Times.
Name: edward schatz ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 8:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: lakewood/calif.
Message: Hey, welcome Debra Lee, class of 72, I remember you. Couldn't bring up your pic at Cougartown, but sandy brown hair and pixey nose. yep, a class of 72 cutie.
Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 6:59 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LF
Message: I remember the halloween carnival at Dana, going "trick or treat" with Donna Hare while our mothers worked the cake walk. Does anyone remember the aquarium by the Redondo pier?
Name: Debra ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 4:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Well, I finally got my computer up and running and now I wanna catch up with this dear website. I've been through a really tough time lately, but I'm back and anxious to keep the Cougartown connection. Hope all has been well with all you Cougs ... looking forward to keeping in touch now.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 4:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I just watched nostalgia #7. Those shows would seem a little old fashioned by todays standards but they were a lot more entertaining than most of todays shows. Give me the good old days. I remember the maypole dance at York Elementary. I loved it because I got new clothes. That didn't happen very often. We wore a circle of flowers with ribbons hanging down on our heads and did a dance with sticks with ribbons attached. One of those fond memories that just stays with you.
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 11:35 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: I remember May Day at Eucalyptus...We dressed in paper flowers and danced around the tether ball poles...which were britely decorated. I remember it being alot of fun. It was the beginning of Spring.
Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 11:28 am - HHS Time
City & State: LV, NV
Message: Hey Liz, do you remember the fantastic Halloween carivals they used to have at Ramona? All the game booths but the best was the Cake Walk! All the kids would decorate a Halloween theme cake which would be entered in the Cake Decorating Contest then all the cakes were then donated to the Cake Walk!!!!! Do you know if they still do the Halloween Carnival there? Might be worth a plane ticket to go back and win a cake.
Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 11:23 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Hope everyone had a nice weekend. The golf tourney is around the corner and I'm getting ready for it. Yesterday, I had my own May-Day boycott from work, but it was my birthday and I celebrated it by golfing 36 holes, which is my age! Bring it on Effler boys, I'm ready for you.
Name: Elizabeth A Aleccia ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 10:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach
Message: Just had a memory trigger about May Day. Ramona Elementary School had a wonderful pageant on May Day. Every classroom student, from the kindergarteners to the sixth graders, had to participate. One year we were to pick a nation and study all about it. We studied it's culture, it's foods, customs, music and traditional costumes. We learned where it was on the globe and how big it was, longitudes and latitudes, weather and population numbers. Then we learned one of their songs and a dance to perform for the school. Each class walked out to the grassy field that had been decorated with the flags or colors of the nations or cultures we had picked. Crepe paper streamers and tissue folded flowers were made by the younger classes. In the center of the field was the giant May Pole. We all stood as the flag of our country was carried out by a color guard. That was an honor I remember distinctly. The PA system played our National Anthem and, as always, we stood silently, with our hands over our hearts. Then, one by one, each class walked out to the center to sing or dance or both. When we were finished with our presentations we all walked around the field to music and the May Pole dancers put on a weaving together of the different colored ribbons. It was a glorious day for me. Always a sign of warmer days, the sweet smell of freshly cut grass and six more weeks of school.
Name: Gary Mykkanen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 2, 2006, 6:38 am - HHS Time
City & State: Irvine
Message: Sad news, Leonard Stone's class of 62 wife Glenda past away yesterday. Glenda lost her long battle with cancer. Glenda and Leonard were married over 40 years. No funeral arrangements have been made yet
Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 8:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Coming home from work this May Day evening I noticed the many breeze blown United States flags mounted on light posts along both sides of Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City. Seeing those many American flags gave me a comforting feeling on this day of controversy. I was also reminded of the daily morning ritual at Hawthorne High when the flag was raised and all students stood still (or were upposed to) as a sign of respect for our country. In the 60's, when attending a World History class, a student might learn that May Day was officially recognized as International Worker's Day by the Second International in 1891 (the group of radical European intellectuals promoting world socialism and communism, including Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union). I wonder if students at Hawthorne high are still taught that May Day in much of the world was and is still celebrated with mass street marches led by various socialist, communist, and anarchist groups (i.e. the anti-capitalist and anti-American movement)? In the 60's, I never heard of anyone attending HHS ditching school to march for the rights of people to break our laws, or to show disrespect for the United States and flaunting their misplaced loyalty by proudly waving the flag of a foreign country that did nothing for them or their poor families, who found it the lesser of two evils to break the laws of our nation to feed their families. In the 60's, we would have likely been suspended or expelled from HHS for cutting class to march on one of the Soviet Union's most holy days. Things have truly changed since the 60's. At least in the 60's, people knew what and who they were really marching for on May Day.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 5:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Clemente, CA
Message: re: Claudio Okumbe and Albert Owino... I knew these two Kenyans at HHS in '68-'69. They were cousins, not brothers I think, from the Luo ethnic group in Kenya. Albert taught me to use the Swahili greeting of "Jumbo--Jumbo Sana Abaragani" when meeting friends. They were perhaps the only two black students at HHS in that year, and they were invariably civil. They had spent the previous school year living with a relative in Pocatello, ID. Ubi sunt?
Name: Ray Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 4:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Billy Goat Acres, Ga
Message: Baxter, You hit the nail squarely on the head. There are places for that sort of dialog and this site is not one of them!!!! Thanks John!!!!! GO Braves!!!
Name: Elizabeth ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 4:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Richard, it was that 'other' book of love...>grins< DZ
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 4:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: Hey all, Just wanted to let you know that I came across this cool web-site that sells high school fun stuff...everything from T-shirts to back packs. Anyway, I checked it out and they have some very nice Cougar shirts for alumni. They also sell merchandise for the elementary schools, and middle schools. Check it out!
Let me know what you think.
Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 3:18 pm - HHS Time
City & State: of Long Beach
Message: Liz: Is this a trick question? At HHS, I always thought you wrote the book of love.
Good Golly Miss Lizzy!
Name: Penny ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 1, 2006, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Nostalgia #6 was great! It really captured the feeling and the many happy memories of our youth and those great beach days.....thanks, again!