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Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 6, 2006, 11:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: All this talk of the SST made me remember that the 1st SST type of aircraft in my opinion was built in our own back yard during the late 50's and early 60's by North American Aviation. The XB- 70 Valkyrie. It, even today is the most impressive airplane I have ever seen and had a lot more cool features than the Concord. Here is a web site I found with some great information if anyone cares to peruse it . Surf Report: My Aching arms from the drift. Lots of fun overhead tubes this past week so far which will be decreasing over the next couple of days. Saw Mike McDowell again on Saturday at Bolsa. Didn't take the opportunity to surf with him then due to fog and too many gremmies out in it so I felt the need to go elsewhere.(need to find that secret spot) Cowabunga Cougs.

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 6, 2006, 11:02 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: I completely forgot about the proposed Santa Monica Bay airport proposal. It is a good thing it was never built. I understand that a similar kind of airport in Japan, the Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay, is sinking. I was able to tour a Concorde last year at Boeing's Air Museum and was surprised at how narrow and cramped the interior was.

Name: Liz Biggs ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 6, 2006, 8:58 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Mackie
Class: 1959
City & State: Pacific Palisades, C
Message: New e-mail address:
Thanks Liz...

Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 6, 2006, 7:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: of LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: Carl: Dr. Fredrick T. Morgan, HHS Band Director, drove new Caddys during that time period; perchance was one Kelly Green with a White top or one Gold with a dark brown top?
Could be just out cruisin looking for more musicians for the Cougar Marching Band !
To ad to Jerry's post: One additional cause for the cancellation of the SST Port was probably environmentalist.
While Boeing (last design designation 2707-200) had beat out Lockhead (designation L-2000) in a federal development contract awarded December 31, 1966, and two prototypes were begun in September 1969, but, among a US environmental protest against Concorde (including the refusal to let the first Concorde service New York for several months), the US Senate closed down the US SST program completely on March 24th, 1971.
Are you sure those date are EXACTLY correct.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 6, 2006, 12:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Liek I said before myself and Jeff Sutton were right on the runway with all the press from around the world when the SST landed at LAX. I remember something about it being really loud and that was suppose to be a problem. But I don't remember it being that loud and other than the 100 or so press people and others on the runway I didn't see anyone else bothered by the noise. It was an awesome looking plane though

Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 11:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: For Jim Raines: The SST Island shown in the Wings clip is from two articles posted in the Herald-Examiner dated in 1968. It was to be located off Santa Monica and be connected to the shore with subways, a causeway, and bridges. To accommodate the SST, there would be two 15,000 foot runways. The island will also have its own commercial area, convention center, hotels, art center, trade center and office building, apartments, parks and beaches, an aerospace university and a sports center. The SST did visit LAX but with lack of support from the United States government and the major American air carriers, the island project was abandoned.

Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 9:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Torrance, California
Message: In an effort to return the subject matter to Fun, Sun, Cars and Girls, I thought I would throw out a memory and see if anyone else shares it. Back in the days when we cruised the blvd. (68-73) there was often a mysterious character cruising up and down between the A and the Wich Stand. He was older and always drove one of several very flashy new Cadillacs. Everybody wondered about him.....he was out usually every weekend.....but I never met anyone who ever really knew him or ever even saw him out of his car. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Hi Carl, Don't remember that one. Kinda' after my cruisin' days, but I bet someone knows the answer.

Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 9:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut.
Message: Hi John, I was just going over the WINGS clip again and just wanted to say that the photos of the Flying Wings are out of sight! Also, I was interested in the proposed "SST Island." What can you tell us about that?
Hey Jim, Jery Miles will have to answer that one. Jerry, are you out there?

Name: Ken Green ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 7:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
Message: Are the cruise nights on a regular schedule?
Hi Ken, No, the Cruise Nights aren't on a regular schedule. We have one in the Winter/ Spring and one in Summer. I can tell you that the next Cruise Night will be Sunday August 20th. Thanks for asking....

Name: Steve Hutchins ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 4:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: St. George, Utah
Message: Mr. Nelson also made occasional appearances on Dragnet.

Name: BRUCE HANSON ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 4:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Cathlamet Wa
Message: Mr Dan Nelson use to work as a movie extra in the summer. You can see him as a baseball player standing behind Bob Hope in BEAU JAMES 1957. Any other Dan Nelson sightings?
Yes, I think if you search the Feedback Pages you'll find lots of Dan Nelson stuff. Thanks Bruce...

Name: Michael ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 3:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Golden, Colorado
Message: Hello Rick, I run a risk of angering John with more 'TV Talk', but if you mean 'The Million Dollar Movie' then I remember it well. They would choose a specific movie, and then run it for EIGHT consecutive showings in one week! One showing each weekday, one on Saturday, and then TWO (one on early, the other on later) on Sunday! I remember that one week my Uncle Phil Jones and I watched the original "Godzilla" (with Raymond Burr) all EIGHT times, in a ROW! Mike
YES YOU DO!! Is this really HAWTHORNE TRIVIA?? Mentioning the Million Dollar Movie might bring back a memory of same, but delving into the plots of Horror Movies or the life of Roald whoever is NOT HHS trivia. Please email each other on this subject.

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 3:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: In response to Rick's post on the "Million Dollar Movie," that was on the old KHJ-TV Channel 9. On occasion, they would play a movie 5 days straight. They played "Gigantis, The Fire Monster" for a week on the MDM amongst others.

Name: Delia Hardy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 3:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Yawnick
Class: 1986
City & State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: After all these years on Cougartown I finally had a spontaneous Cougar siting! I was at the mall buying birthday cards at Hallmark and when I went to checkout the cashier told me that I qualified for a Beach Boy's CD at a discounted price. I said "No thank you" at first (mostly because my daughter was at the beginning of a meltdown and I was focused on paying and running!). She said, "Don't you like the Beach Boys?" and I said, "They went to my high school. I should, huh?" and she said, "You went to Hawthorne High?" and I said "Yes" and she said, "So did I!" and the next words out of my mouth were, "Do you know about Cougartown??" She did and she also told me a little about the Class of 62 picnic coming up at the school. The nice lady I met was Melodee Berry Rea. It was so odd to run into someone from HHS. And we never would have known had I not qualified for that CD. (which I DID purchase by the way.) You just NEVER know when you might meet someone from "home". :)
Hey Delia, GREAT SIGHTING and all through your explanation I thought you were going to say it was Joyce Chance Savisky HHS62 who you met, as she manages the Hallmark store in La Habra. As it turns out Melodee is wife of one of our Reunion Committee Members, George Rea. It IS a small Cougar World out there. Thanks for the story.

Name: gary ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 2:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
No E-mail
Message: John, this could come under the heading of either a future cougar sighting or a horror film. This Friday my brother Bob, class of '59 and his wife Marilyn, class of'57 and Bill Daquila and Jim Bush both class of '63 will join me and play golf at Palos Verdes Golf Club. Should be a fun day.
Yes, but we don't know who you are, and we don't know who Bob or his wife Marilyn are. Otherwise, Bill Daquila and Jim Bush, have a great time.

Name: MARTHA AMOUR ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 12:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: AMOUR
Class: 1962
City & State: TORRANCE, CA
Message: Sorry to hear Mr. Nelson passed away. I too was a member of the Dan Nelson Office Club. I can't remember how many forged notes I got caught with. We used to call Mr. Nelson "Dashing Dan the Attendance Man."
And a good looking guy he was too.Thanks Martha....

Name: Rick Weaver ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 12:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bedford, NH
No E-mail
Message: OK, back to the movies. I didn't see anyone mention "Night Gallery" with Rod Serling. My favorite episode was the one with the "earwigs". Remember that one? Also, regarding old TV, I think there was a show on Friday (or maybe Sunday?) nights, and it was called "The Million Dollard Movie". It was just the weekly name, but each one was different. Go figure - only a million bucks to make a movie - HA! Not anymore! Does that name jog anyone's memory?

Name: Jim Clairmont ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 12:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Laconia NH
Message: Seeing Mr. Nelson again in 1980.
In 1980 We were living in Hollyglen and had decided we wanted to move to Manhattan Beach. Our realtor, who lived in Manhattan called me one day about a house that just listed in the tree section. I went to see it that day and noticed the name of the sellers were Dan and Mary Nelson. Mary was the only one there at the time so I asked if her husband taught at Hawthorne High. Sure enough, it was him.
I gave her my name and asked her to tell him I was there. We made a full price offer on the house that day, as did another buyer. Well, Mr. Nelson did remember me (how could he forget, I spent a lot of time in his office) And they took our offer on the house. We had a very nice reunion with Dan that evening and several times after that.
They moved to Santa Rosa when Dan retired. We spent 10 great years in Manhattan where I ran into John Mitchell, Carol Coombs and Tom Cherry also Manhattan Beach residents.
Mr. Nelson has since passed on, but what a great presence he commanded in his years at HHS. I too was a member of the "Dan Nelson Office Club". Dan was always fair and just an all around Great Guy. Thanks for the story, Jim....

Name: Linda ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 10:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jones
Class: 1962
City & State: Chatsworth, CA
Message: Dear Friends, My friend, Karen Sue Hoffman Newkirk, Class of 62 asked me to put a little message in Cougartown regarding her mother who passed away yesterday.
Flo Hoffman was 85 years old. She had a stroke about a year ago and slowly started to fail. Flo was an independent lady though even at 85 and lived by herself. She passed quickly with a final massive stroke. It was how Flo wanted lingering sickness or being a burden to anyone. Many of you probably will remember this sweet lady. We share in Karen's grief.
Karen's email is:
It's always tough to lose our parents. Sincerest condolences go out to Karen and her family.

Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 5, 2006, 7:59 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: of LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: In answer to the question on band uniforms, the first Hawthorne High band uniforms were hand me downs. The coats were very wide lapel, and were double breasted, with a single gold stripe around the sleeve. The color was Cardinal red (now you know they came from USC). While the hand me down coats were used, I do not know if the hand me down trousers were used, that were mustard yellow (a very ugly color to all who saw it), with a broad red stripe down the pants leg. The second uniform I have no idea about.
The third uniforms the jackets were black, with a white full bib chest covering buttoned down with brass buttons (like the shirts John Wayne usually wore), with a Scarlet ?H?, and the pants were black with red striped trimmed on each side with gold.
The fourth uniforms again were black, with jackets having a silver lamee breast covering, with scarlet and black embroidered ?V? on it. Pants had thin scarlet stripe. Also, shoes changed to black (from previous white), and were covered with red spats. As this came about my senior year (?69), I know that this design was chosen by the band director (Reverend Doctor Fredrick T. Morgan- or was it Doctor Reverend F.T.M.).
I was also a ?Twin Drum Major? my senior year, and was first to use a Scottish Mace, but only when I was solo at Drum Major competitions, or at the reviewing stand at the November Hawthorne Band Review (or pictured in the El Molino)
As far as awards, there were four trophy cases full of them my senior year, most notably two ?Sweepstakes? (all out best band, majorettes, flag girls, and drill team, at a competition band review) won by the band in 63-64, and 64-65. The Sweepstakes trophies were over five foot tall, and sections were removed to make them shorter so they could fit into the cases.
Another very major recognition was that the City of Hawthorne sponsored the Hawthorne Area Youth Band (HAYB), made up of musicians from the Hawthorne Elementary School system, and Centinela Valley Union High School system, which was directed by Dr. Morgan. About 70% of the musicians came from Hawthorne High. In the summers of ?63 and ?65, the HAYB was chosen to be the single band to represent the United States in the Calgary (Canada) Stampede, at which in ?63 the Queen of England presided over the event.
The HAYB was again selected in later 60s, but financing for the trip was not possible.
John: Sorry to use so much space, but glad to be able to chronicle this for future generations.
Hi Richard, very interesting Hawthorne Band History. Thanks for adding it.

Name: Neil ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 4, 2006, 5:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview < Fl
Message: Michael 71- Re / Hitchcock Presents TV 1955-1962- The scariest one I remember was the very first episode ?REVENGE? A couple living in a trailer; He comes home to a very distraught neurotic wife, claiming she had been sexually assaulted by a man. Half of the episode they spend driving around town to find the crumb. Then the husband finally avenges her virtue, by shooting a man she identified to him as "the MAN"?. (She is still in shock). When he returns to her in the car to drive home?she sees another man and (still in Shock) tells the husband ??that?s the MAN!!?- The TV viewers (and the husband) are left to deduce an innocent man was just killed!
Ok, instead of me putting up this private conversation on a Sunday when I should be mowing my lawn, how about all the horror movie guys email your stories to each other. The mention of early horror TV has turned into a bull session between only a few. Thanks....