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dedicated to "Fosters Cruise Night".... The Beach Boys

Name: Patty Valencia () on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 13:27:14
Class: 1974
Message: Hello to everyone from beautiful, downtown, humid and hot Boston! Gloria and I just finished our week in truly great weather in San Jose (we even rented a convertible and taught people the "Prom Queen" wave. From 4 cars back we hear "Gloria, is that you?" She had already made fans in Silicon Valley). Left her in Las Vegas and made my way to Boston. Now I sign on and see that we are having opinions about feedback entries? 20 pages of jock talk and locker room humor is ok, but tongue-in-cheek Leroy entries are un-cool? Hmmm. Scroll, baby scroll. No one is forced to read all. I bet you don't even know what most of us read or skip. Cougartown is for everyone, but not every entry can or should satisfy everyone. In fact, I'll probably be the only one reading this long one :)
Yes, but again, we're all COUGARS to the marrow and we love ALL our fellow Cougs DON"T WE V5!!!!

Name: Janet Amuchastegui () on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 12:03:23
Maiden: Amuchastegui
Class: 68
Message: This page has been so nice for reuniting old cougs! Recently I visited southern California to spend a few weeks with Garnett Pollard. We had such a blast visiting old friends that we have connected with from CT. We met Ken Mercurio and his wife Annette at Descanso Gardens. We had a great visit and hope there will be more.
One night we had plans to meet with Bill Sloey but were in the area early, so we drove past York Elementary (where I attended). Then we stopped at the little store on 120th Street. I had such fond memories of that place - my childhood home was on Oxford Ave. My mom used to let me walk down there and get Bighunk Candy bars and pop when I was little. Stopping in there brought back memories of the many times I frequented the place. You will never guess what we bought!
Bill took us to dinner at the Redondo Beach Chart House. We were entertained with the view of the ocean and some swimmers that were indecently dressed. Wet undies are totally see through just in case you ever think of them as a substitute for swimsuits. They were chased off by a life guard... dinner was fabulous and the rekindling of old memories was even better.
Now how many of us could get a letter in the mail, and remember the return address? I think it takes an old football player to do such a thing. On the way back to Bill's I asked if he knew anything about Mary Hamilton. I have tried to find her through just about everyone I come in contact with. Now Bill calmly says "Oh yeah, I think she lives somewhere close by" with a little hesitation he makes a right turn and goes four blocks, turns left and found her house. We got out and although she was not there, it was indeed her house. There was a package on her porch and that is how we knew we had the right place! GO FIGURE!!!
We left a note and drove away, and I think it was Bill that suggested we should TP her house just out of respect of days gone by. YES! We decided that would be a great idea so we went to the local market. While we were in line to pay for TP guess who should arrive in the line next to us. She knew Bill instantly and me, but she had never met Garnett since he graduated before she attended HHS. She exclaimed, “BILL SLOEY, JANET A, and then ahhh did I ever know you?” We got quite a chuckle out of that. Well the old expression could be applied here! We looked like the “cats that swallowed the canary” standing there with TP in hand! Needless to say we put it down and followed her home, keeping our eyes on the license plate that reads COWGIRL2.
It was a night of rekindling friendships and catching up on 30 years of lost contact! I hope there will be many more shared times for making new memories as well as the time to reminisce the old ones….. And watch out Mary, we still have a deep desire to leave several rolls of TP in your yard!
I have 2 more trips planned for California this summer, I sure hope we hit the 100 pgs while I am there in August so Garnett, Bill and his 3 kids and I can cruise with COUGS! Hey Bill, have room for more in your car? Maybe Mary would join us and stream TP from the windows, she should have lots to donate soon!
Hey I could use summer employment, anyone down there need a house TPd?

Thanks Janet, Great story AND that's what it's all about Cougs.

Name: Ray Castillo () on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 11:47:47
Class: 1973
Message: I can't believe the march to page 100 is now in the eighties. I haven't had a spare minute to check in since about thiry something pages ago. Patrick (my ten yr. old) has made the nine/ten yr. old Little League Allstar team, and unfortunately for him, I was named manager. We've been practicing our buns off at least three days per week, three hours per practice. Two new names stuck out like the proverbial sore thumbs. Larry Biller, and Shirley (Roberts) Israel. For those who don't know, Larry is a very gifted guitarist. It was a boyhood thrill to get to play with Larry, and Steve Soulam, and Ken Roberts several years ago, in my parent's detached room in Hawthorne. Ken was able to convince my parents into letting him turn it into a recording studio. I'm not sure, but possibly my having a place to play had something to do with their letting me play too. Shirley, I hope all is well for you! How are Greg and Ginny? Send me an e-mail.....I still haven't forgotten you and my wife handing Monopoly money and properties under the table to one another..........

Name: Dewey Storie () on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 09:21:03
Maiden: AKA: MaD ScaNNer
Class: 74
Message: Glenn:
Don't worry about Photos being taken on Cruise Night I will be there and will have my camera there and I am sure many others will too! (still have my fingers crossed that I will be in town. Last week Oklahoma City, next week Chicago) and for those of you in Parker AZ be careful because I will have my camera with me while on vacation in 2 weeks and you might just find your photo show up on CT…

Name: Glenn Crist () on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 03:35:47
Class: '64
Message: John
What you need is one of those quick cams, hooked up to a laptop and a cell phone, so all of us who are too far away to cruise on in for the celebration of the hundredth can be there too. Hey, come to think about it, you could hook it up in Cougartown central and we could all see you're smiling face.

Hey Glenn, I think I'll pass on the Cougartown cam, but there WILL be pictures.

Name: Bob Rierdan () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 23:33:38
Class: 61
Message: I wonder if anyone remembers Mr. Hendrickson. He was a math teacher at HHS. I had him in 9th & 10th grades - let me see, that would have been in about 1958 & '59; he was about 60 at that time, so that would make him about 129 now; I wonder if he's still teaching!

Name: Diana () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 22:49:28
E-Mail: Only
Maiden: Sanchez
Class: 75
Message: Well to those of you looking for JIM WEST, Class of 1964. I just got off the phone with him and he was quite surprised to hear that people are asking about him. He wants to let you know that yes he is still alive and kicking. He works at Raytheon and lives in Castaic (sp?) on the weekends. Life of Leisure. I can give you his E-Mail address at work (JWWEST@WEST.RAYTHEON.COM) I hope I got it right. He still remembers Coach Chauncey and others. (amazing huh considering how long it has been for him) haha !! Sorry bad joke. I guess I can say that considering I graduated in 75, and in his eyes still the kid next door. Anyway it was nice talking to him and remembering old times. Hopefully those of you will get a hold of him I told him about Cougartown and he is quite impressed !!
Thanks Diana, If you look in the picture of the 59 team below, Jim West is 3rd from the right, in the front row (33). Gosh, what a small number for such a big guy.Thanks Diana

Name: Shirley (Roberts) Israel () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 18:47:38
Maiden: Cook
Class: 72
Message: I'm bummed that we didn't have a 25 year reunion. Couldn't make the 10 or 20. would love to see you all again. God Bless.

Name: Bill Sloey () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 14:47:34
Class: 69
Message: Hey Coach, this is Bill and on the lighter side of sports you put me in charge of the west door of the boys locker room and told me 1(one) thing. Bill don't let anyone out of that door until the bell rings, unless they can walk on water. Do you remember the outcome of those instructions haha Life is great, NOW that we can look back and Laugh, right SID......GO COUGS

Name: Susan () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 13:58:39
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 77
Message: Hi John! Thought I'd check in and see how the numbers are looking for Cruise Night at Foster Freeze. I keep finding more Cougars living in this little "West side of Sepulveda" town and I'm passing on the word about CT. Now, if I could only get all of these defectors to come to cruise night and the game.
By the way... I was in Sav-On Surplus on Hawthorne Blvd. the other day and found a whole shelf full of WALLABIES! Do you think they've been there since the 70's?!?!?!?!?!
We're still on for Stick & Stein after the October game so keep me posted with numbers. Wait until you see the Cougar memorabilia that George is putting up in our honor. It's great stuff and I'm sure all the jocks and coaches will love it! SCARLET & GOLD is taking over!!!!
See you all at Fosters for a dipped one.

Hi Susan, I can't wait and thanks for the update. I'll tell you that tentatively there are 25 cars and 62 people signed up. Whatta nite!!!

Name: Alan Nelson () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 13:50:14
Class: 73
Message: Hey Gary! I know what ya mean about takin' the Kid to school. I just did the orientation thing at U of A in Tucson. Is your's gonna be a Sun-Devil? At least Wildcats are ALMOST Cougars. I sense a friendly rivalry is gonna break out in Cougartown.

Name: Dale Hahlbeck () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 13:44:32
Class: 75
Message: C'mon 100, I need a Foster's Fix Leroy FFFFF Jus cuz you rite funny don't make you funny!!! Less is more sometime Dagnabit. And to all my alumni friends who keep asking I AINT LEROY! John can verify that if needed. Hope to see ya all at Fosters. Hope the parking lot there can accomodate all of us, cuz I aint parking at "THE MALL" aint that rite Leroy?

Name: el rojo and queen () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 10:05:43
E-Mail: same
Maiden: jacobsen/kiester
Class: 60/61
Message: first of all,message to ron r.ron i was wrong about the guys name that scored the TD against us in 59. it wasn't harvey martin. it was willie martin. so we're both part right. JB, you said that 38 yrs isn't a record for marriage? well as far as i know it is in the class of 60 and maybe 61. unless somebody got married before graduation. i give up. tell me who. and congrats to them whoever they are. el/and idaho! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!
El rojo and el dorado, OH!!, you didn't stipulate the class of 60/61. Yes, you are the King and Queen.Thanks and happy anniversary from Ctown.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 07:54:49
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Seems like I read somewhere on these pages that Mr. Allen is still the yearbook advisor at HHS and that he has all the back copies of the yearbooks. Folks who would like copies of missing yearbooks might contact him and suggest a possible fundraiser for the yearbook staff: perhaps they can photocopy old yearbooks for a fee. I have a friend who lost his Senior book and another classmate made him a photo of the entire book. While it wasn't the same as an original book, he still had the pleasure of reliving the "olden" days. He would've gladly paid for the copy! So, all you guys posting requests for copies, get on the phone to Mr. Allen and put the bug in his ear!
Thanks Sharon, I'm sure Mr Allen is going to appreciate the extra work. Please be sure to say that Sharon Bierman Branigan sent you.

Name: LARRY BILLER () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 02:36:01
Class: 1967
Hey Larry, If you can make it fine.... If not, then there're going to be more of these so maybe then. Thanks for the Feedback.

Name: gary () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 01:51:50
E-Mail: nix
Class: 1970
Message: John
I'm going to try to make the cruise night but no promises, we have to move our youngest son to phoenix for school , if it works out we would be in the moterhome, hey kathleen , you and mike can ride along!!!

Gary, Thanks and we'll be looking for you.

Name: Ol' Coach () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 00:46:09
Class: 50's-70's
Message: Hi John,
This was quite a game. A game that we really shouldn't have been in--personnel wise. We didn't have three guys in our backfield who could run 10 flat or less. Those Poly guys were big!!
The game started and we chose to receive. We had a great kick-off return play. Jim Reale was our return man. One little problem---all week Jim had the flu, and had lost 11 pounds---so he was not as strong as he normally was, but he wanted to play. Poly kicked off to us--Jim took the ball on about the 5 yard Line. Started up the middle (as the play was designed) and about the 20 yard line, he cut to his right and started up the sideline. Several great blocks were made, and Jim streaked up the sideline towards the goal line.

About the 10 yd. Line, "Jim's cork" came out--

He had" hit the wall"--he was dragging as he crossed the goal line. Jim's tongue was a foot long when he got to the bench.
We kicked off to them. Their scatback came up the middle--we closed in---someone ran out of their assigned lane, which created a hole. The ball carrier cut through that hole and ran 85 yards for a TD. Score -- 7 to 7.
So as we lined up for the next kick-off---Jim Reale started out on the field. I asked him how he felt. He said he was fine, so off he went. Poly kicked off to us----again Jim took the ball about the 15 yard line and repeated his route--up the middle, to pull the defense into the middle---then he cut to the sideline, and up the sideline. Each of our guys again made their blocks. Jim was free and heading for the goal line. Because of his weakened condition, when he was 15 yards in front of the Poly players---about the 30yd line ---they caught him on the 10. He was through for the night---so was our speed!

Coach Ron Sevier had done a fantastic job of scouting Poly. He had picked up several keys. Our linebackers knew immediately where the ball was going and who was going to carry it. Our problem was that our kids were not fast enough to catch them. I remember telling Ritchie Sloan to move wider, so that those fast halfbacks couldn't get outside for big yardage. Ritchie moved 4 yards wider---and they still got outside--so much for speed.
We moved the ball up and down the field, but something would always happen to keep us out of the end zone. Steve Anderson did a great job at QB. It's tough to single out any one player---they all played their hearts out. We did have our chances---at least 3 times. But Poly just had a great team.
After the game, the Poly coach congratulated us in doing the best job of defending them, that any one had done. I think the score was 42 to 20. If we had been able to capitalize on our opportunities we would have been right there.
We were very proud of the kids effort --they did all that was asked of them ---and more. Guess there is lots more to tell---but the kids know a lot more I'm sure !!!!!!!!!! All the coaches were proud to have been a part of that team. I'll bet many of them still remember their plays. Every one of those kids have great memories of their football experience---and will have them the rest of their lives---rest assured, the coaches do !!!!!!!!!
Hello to all.
The Ol' Coach

Name: Sijaama T. Branch () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 00:39:41
Maiden: Aguillard
Class: 79
Message: Hey! I don't know if anyone remembers me, but I was the really short girl walking around campus, and I was also on the drill team my senior year. I sure would like to find my good friend Brooke Ellen Brown (maiden name) now Burkhalter, and Son Hwa Han. If anyone has any information as to how they can be located I would appreciate it. Here is another 79er checking in. As a last note:
I lost my yearbooks due to a mix up. On a recent visit to HHS I was able to find my soph. & Jr year, but I sure would like to find copies of my Fresh. & senior year. If anyone knows where I can get copies of these years please let me know. The years I'm looking for are 76 & 79. THANKS

Name: el rojo () on Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 00:25:39
Maiden: jacobsen/kiester
Class: 60/61
Message: by the way JB,i put a little barb in one of my notes that JUDI and i celebrated our 38th anniversary, on the 17th of june this year and got no response. what is this? any of you other COUGS been married longer?give us a YELL! GO COUGARS! "MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU"!EL AND THE IDAHO QUEEN!SEE YA!
I'm sorry Judi and El, that's not a record but it's way up there on the Cougar married scale. I think maybe we could do a little thing on the High School sweethearts that are still sweethearts. Thanks you two....

Name: el rojo () on Friday, June 25, 1999 at 22:50:18
E-Mail: same
Maiden: jacobsen
Class: 60
Message: john, "guru",talk of the car names brings to mind, a little 51/52 OLDS coupe, blue, with a good looking blonde driving. the car was on a radical "RAKE" at the time. had a great name for back then, "STATUTORY RAKE"! don't remember who's car it was. but was cool to us underclass(persons)! later,el.jakejude.
Hey Russ, I don't remember that one but I wish I had thought of it.Thanks El Rojo

Name: el rojo () on Friday, June 25, 1999 at 22:13:52
E-Mail: same
Maiden: the catch
Class: 60
Message: i don't think anyone out there realizes, that HHS,was A3/A2 or smaller school until 1959. they had kicked the PIONEER LEAGUES butt for so many years that i think the CIF gods thought "we should punish these people"! well, we were punished the year before, we lost to (jeez i hate to say it, mon, no, morn and something side) for the first time in the history of the school in FOOTBALL! well the CIF gods sent us into the BIG schools division that next year. 4A, we were picked to finish last in the BAY league that year, mainly from our 1-7 record the year before, but you know what happened? we were cougars! went 10-0, until we met the poly juggernaut! and there was a great rememberance to this story. after we won the bay league title, beating the great samo hi, almost vikings, we got our league jackets, we went down to P.O.P. on the pier in santa monica. DAMN! now that was satisfying! more later! el.jakejude.

Name: el rojo () on Friday, June 25, 1999 at 21:13:36
Maiden: jacobsen
Class: 60
Message: i've been reading this feedback on the C.I.F. game from 59 and thought i'd throw my "two cents" in the circle. first of all, RON REINHOLDSON, i believe you were mistaken about "willie brown" running that ensuing kickoff back for the TD. it was a fellow named "harvey martin". four of us guys had ahold of him and someone thought they would cream him and low and behold knocked all tacklers to the ground. thus TD! the press had a name for their backfield. they called it "I.C.B.M.".it stands for
Irvin fullback,10.4 100 yd.dash, 6'4 , 240
Crowe,q.b,10.4 100
Brown, h.b.,FAST, 9.8 100
Martin, h.b.,9.9 100 yd dash
It was an almost unbelieveable experience. It has been shown on earlier Cougar feedback, that "arguably" that, the poly jackrabbits of 1959, were one of the best high school football teams ever assembled in that era or since. Why do I say that? 3 or 4 high school all americans. Next year a few were on the J.C. All American team. They were an awesome football machine. I have more to say on this, but it seems that I'm the only CIF'ER from this team except "THE COACH"! i'll put more in later. el rojo jakejude!

Coach, If you're out there, please give us your side of it.

Name: Brian Manning () on Friday, June 25, 1999 at 21:10:14
Class: 73
Message: Dear Ramona Halcomb (Mona), I'm sun burned from my trip to Venice beach today. Got in on Thursday, having a mini reunion with two of my sisters, Maureen and Susie. They are running me ragged!!! But we are having a ball. By the way Mr. Prudence, do you think I'm attractive????? yes, but no girls gonna curl up and die because you smiled at them......but you are attractive (inside joke) Remember the movie "Support Your Local Sheriff"? Those were the good ole days. Say hello to your mom and family and may god bless you. Love Brian

Name: David Barboza () on Friday, June 25, 1999 at 20:27:00
Class: 74
Message: Hey folks, 81 down and 19 to go. So I'll add a little to help fill the page. Has anyone seen or heard from Teresa Farrelly? Haven't seen her since the 10th. John, I was looking at your response to Roni. 60 sign ons last week? What you have done here is nothing less than phenomenal!! Big thanks from all of us.
David, This is word of mouth here. It's people telling people and nothing else. Thank you all, for supporting our HHS website. I am proud of this site. I've looked around and we've got the best site of all the High School sites that I've seen. What we have that sets us apart is lots of participation from ALL classes. Anyone can throw a site together, but we've got Alumni showing up every day to ask and tell. I receive things in the mail every week to add to the site. I STILL haven't had a chance to get to the 78 reunion pics (sorry Michelle) but I'll get to them. Loretta, I'm working on your stuff now and Betty, I received yours yesterday, and Judy, yours today. What participation we have. I love it...... Thank you all

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Friday, June 25, 1999 at 19:39:55
Class: 1967
Message: John,
How long has the Sponsor a seat in Nyman Hall been on the What's New page? If I can get my sister to do it I will sponsor one in memory my sister Bonney Carrick class of 1962. And maybe if I can talk my wife into it put one in for me. I hope that more Cougars will participate in this worthwhile project. I am sure that if several people want to get together on their own and sponsor one they can.

Hi Chris, See I work my little HTML fingers to the bone and you don't even notice. No, actually I put it up there yesterday. Yeah, I'm going to clean one or two seats up in the name of Cougartown. It is nice that we get this back to where it belongs; the community. I figure I probably tore up a few things when I was a kid. Now it's time to give it back.

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