Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 4, 2006, 3:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: For about a half hour I got a chance to stop by and see Mr. Fix. His speech is difficult to understand but he was tired when I got there. I also think that he was excited to have company. For those of you out of the area do send a card or letter. Mr. Fix has a bulletin board by his bed with quite a few photos of him and his friends. He had several Birthday cards dated in the month of June.
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 4, 2006, 3:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Carson, CA
Message: Wow, that Hawthorne Float picture is pretty neat, Flying Wing and all. We made them and we flew them. A proud accomplishment for Jack Northrop and his plant in our fair city. Now, HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY!
Name: Cheri Longanecker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 4, 2006, 1:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Gig Harbor, WA
Message: Gunga Din did a name change to the Hawthorne Youth Canteen. I can't remember when it closed but I thought it was about the time the new rec center was built at the corner of Prairie & ElSegundo. The Canteen then relocated to a pretty neat area of the center. Complete with its own soda fountain. Regarding Leonards - anyone remember the gas wars of the early 60's and gas was sold for 10 cents a gallon for about a day. (and they pumped it for you too!)
Name: Jim Gibson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 4, 2006, 11:36 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redding, CA
Message: Wondering if anyone has heard anything from former HHS P.E. teacher / HHS varsity baseball coach / NFL football official (# 109) Sid "Hey, Meat!" Semon? How about former Spanish teacher Manny "Red Dot" Pizarro? Anyone? - Gibby -
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 4, 2006, 2:34 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Man huge mistake on the sister city. I don't know what I was thinking about. It was San Felipe, Mexico. In fact I think they even had an old fire truck from Hawthorne there. I have no idea what I was thinking.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 11:18 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: As an aside to the games we played in Parral, also two other towns, Santa Barbara and San Francisco, in Mexico, the crowds that came to see us play were huge in number. I would hate to guess the size of the crowd and create a Keithism but they had to have been upwards of 20,000 people. At Santa Barbara there was a huge rock above the right field fence sort of a mountain unto itself, people were everywhere on that rock. It was an experience.
Name: Jim Gibson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 8:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redding, CA
Message: Hey, John, Look below @ Jim Sloey's response re: the name of the sister city. He got it right, Hidalgo (pronounced e-DOLL-go) Del Parral. Parral is the shortened version for the name of the same town (obviously).
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 6:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: Baxter Dodd mentioned a few postings back that his class got to use the pool in the last semester. So pools were finished in 1957. I graduated in 56 and we didn't have any pools. The buildings next to the parking lot on the corner were # 10 and 11. They were the only buildings in that end of the school. The group just north and the swimming pool area is where our football field was. Practice only for Varsity and I think the B teams played games there. We had assemblies and pep rallies on that field. There were bleachers on the east side of the field. The pools, cafeteria and second gym all came after 1956 grad year. The first gym was opened in my senior year. Thats the disadvantage of going to a brand new school. But there were a lot of advantages too. The school was much smaller and the teachers knew most of the students by sight if not by name. Of course so did the administrators. We had lots of grass areas, it was almost like a park. As for Leonards, my husband and I bought our first furniture there in 1959.
Name: Jim Gibson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 6:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redding, CA
Message: Re: Sister city, Parral: When the Parral team came to Hawthorne to play baseball @ Holly Glen (forgot what year), 2 of the Parral team members (Daniel & Santiago) stayed @ my house. Daniel was extremely poor, & Santiago was fairly well-to-do. I remember they weren't too big on "American" food. One night, my parents went out & left us to fend for ourselves for food. I broke out Swanson frozen Mexican dinners & fired up the oven. When I served them their "gourmet" Mexican meal, they couldn't stop smiling. After each of us finished one, my 2 guests made me make a couple more! From then on, it was Swansons Mexican dinners every night (at least for them!).
In one of the games, I hit a grandslam (a rarety for me). As the 3 of us walked home after the game, Daniel & Santiago were arguing over who was gonna carry my bat, glove, spikes, etc. Those kids lived & breathed baseball! When it came time for them to return to Parral, my parents presented each of the boys with their own, brand new bat, ball, glove, & spikes. Each kid was reduced to tears. Don't know what happened to Daniel, but years later, Santiago & his family showed up @ our house for a visit. At the time, Santiago was in the states, studying medicine, hoping to become a doctor. That may have been when I first, genuinely, recognized how great it is to live in this land called America. Hey, Jim Sloey, thanks for joggin' my memory!
Name: Myrna ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 3:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Nevada City, CA
Message: Gunga Din? I remember Tom ('58) going there, but think it must have been gone by the time I hit high school - is that right? Leonards - man that's a blast from the past!
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 3:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Parker, Az
Message: Re: Raymond's question about the Diving Team... The Diving Team was a part of the Swim Team. At least while I was on it. We never really had any stand out divers, like we did swimmers. For a few years our diver was a gymnast from Central America. He could hit the flips and twists OK, but before he could compete, we had to teach him how to swim. We pretty much had to have a diver, since their scores would count toward the meet total. Without a diver, we would have been a few dozen points down before the meet even started. I'm pretty sure the pool complex, main, dive and wading pool all built at the same time. The "wall" which broke the olympic size pool into the 25 yard CIF course was a "one-of-a-kind" contraption, designed specifically for our pool. HHS had the only outdoor competition swimming facility in the league, so you could always tell the HHS Swimmers & Polo players from the other schools. We all had the tans, while the other teams were pasty white.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 2:18 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: Hawthorne's sister city was Hildalgo del Parral, Mexico. Located in the mountains about 500 miles north of Mexico City. Beautiful town that the city had a relationship with for several years during the 60's. They sent baseball teams here for a couple of weeks and the City sent a team there although I believe only one year 1964. I was fortunate enough to have been one of the players selected to play. We were there two weeks, stayed with the people there, we all got sick on the return trip (yes we drank the water). We played 7 games, I believe we lost 1 but it was fixed. We played the kids our age, it was no contest by the time we left we played the pros, we won 2 of 3 from them, we were 14 and 15 at the time. Dennis Zumwalt hit one in the first game that went (ready Keith) about 500 feet (mountain air) when he got to second base the stands emptied everyone running out to him, we thought he was dead, but they were just there to congratulate him. It was an amazing trip. Pat Williams who chimes in occasionally was on the trip, and his dad was in charge. Great people to be around. It was a lot of fun. AREEBA AREEBA!
Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 2:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Here, here John about Mike G. One of the best horsehiders ever at our school. I was prievileged to have been called up to play shortstop for Mike when the Roundballers went into CIF, as well. I might add, that Don Carrol moved in at 2nd base for Tommy Graves. Great job Mike! Enjoy. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Name: Raymond Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 12:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: Love the history of the ground breaking of the Hawthorne Pool. There is a pool here in Portland almost identical to it except it's a smaller version of it. This pool in Portland was probably built in the same year as Hawthorne and just has the main pool area with the deep end on the west side and the shallow end on the east side. It even has that same hanger where you can store you clothes but it has no security so you just have to hang it outside the fence area or inside the bathroom. Now I was wondering. When the Hawthorne Pool was built, was it completely built as to what it is now or was the Hi-dive and kiddie pool added later? I remember when it was time to get out of the pool at the end of the day and I would sneak in on over the kiddie pool on my way out where the water was much warmer and I would get whistled blown by the lifeguards to get out. I still think Hawthorne Pool is one of the best I been to mainly because I love the diving boards. Did HHS ever have a diving team?
Name: Marcella Bush ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 11:23 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Pedro, CA
Message: Mike and Shelly, this is Marcella. (Nicks sister), I read the comments and wanted to add that Tony lives in Hawthorne on 136th St. I also wanted to add that Nick lives in Costa Mesa. I have a 12 year old daughter now in the 6th grade. Tell Chuck and everyone hello. My E-mail address is email@example.com
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 11:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: JB's post about Mike Gillespie reminded me of the story that was in the LA Times last week (and on TV news over the weekend) about some guy's "little brother" finding his older brother's the "Don Demeter" glove at the Alpine Village flea market. The glove had been missing since 1962! The "older brother" lives in Lomita. Somebody should add Mike Gillespie to the HHS Wikipedia entry
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 10:51 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: I was wondering I saw the word Guadalupe(?). Has anyone gone to the sister city of Hawthorne. It is Guadalupe, Mexico. It is really fun down there. Been twice. The beach is really neat. The tide goes out about a mile. People lay on raft and inner tubes and let the tide bring them in and out. First place I tried fish tacos. The fish were live in a tank and the guy would grab the fish clean them then throw them on a grill. It was just a little cart along side the road. Really neat. Very hot though. It was neat finding out it was Hawthorne's sister city
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 10:11 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Top O the day Cougs, What a beautiful morning...The weather is great, the surf was fun 2-5 foot glassy Tubes & the water Temp came back up to trunkable conditions.
Some jocks may be done between 35-40 but it just depends on your sport I guess. To assist Carol and others looking for top 40 tunes this is the site I came across http://ntl.matrix.com.br/pfilho/summer.html . It not only has top 40 listings but A Lot of lyrics as well. Hope all of you Cougs out there have a safe and fun 4th of July. Hmmm....Wonder which board I should use as a picnic table this year?
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 9:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: I want to congratulate Cougar Mike Gillespie (HHS58) on his outstanding career as Head Baseball Coach at USC.
Mike just retired after 20 years, taking over for the legendary Rod Dedeaux, and compiling a 763-471 (.618) record, 15 regional appearances, 4 trips to the College World Series, 5 PAC 10 Championships, and a National Championship in 1998.
So Congratulations, Mike, enjoy your retirement and maybe now you'll have time for a Ctown event.
Name: Sharon ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 3, 2006, 7:59 am - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: I guess we should start talking about the CT picnic this year. John, have we decided on a date? It's going to be a lot of fun as usual. Everyone should start practicing your balloon tossing skills. See you all there. John, will you be starting a sign up sheet on CT?
Name: Dewwey Storie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 2, 2006, 6:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Chandler.AZ
Message: I received an email today from Chris Prewitt asking if he needed to contact Mr.Fix?s son Mike before he (Chris) visited him. You don?t have to contact anybody, if you are cruising by just stop in and see him or you can call too.
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Name: Louise ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 2, 2006, 12:45 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Palmdale, CA
Message: Gosh, its been a long time since I've been here to read or post. Things have been quite hectic around here lately. Just to let any of you old time cougs know, my mom Jeannette St.George (Jean) passed away on June 26th. We grew up in Hawthorne on Ramona and Broadway and had allot of people come to our house thru out the years. So many good memories. Actually the best years of my life! Services will be Saturday July 8th at "Our Lady of Guadalupe" in Hermosa Beach @ 10:00am, followed by lunch at my sisters Lynn Hopkins in Redondo Beach. God bless to all.