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Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 10:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hi John, What a great time we all had, just seeing all our friends again (note I did not say OLD). You are a special Cougartown Man, at one time I called you the KING of Cougartown, you are the King, and your crystal Cougar is elegant, tis fit for the King. I had a wonderful time working on this committee, Thank you Linda, Nancy Cheryl, Karen, Gene, Dan and George, It was a pleasure. I will be happy (God willing) to help work on the 50th reuion. It's only 6 years away..Oh my gosh!!! My Niece Lisa Ortega, and our son Eric, had a great time taking the picture's on friday night. They thought our class was a fun group, and we are the best!! Larry and I thought the cafeteria, our dinner, the tour of the kitchen and campus exceeded our expectations of the school. The memorial of our fellow classmates, that are no longer with us was very touching and what George said, by us keeping in touch through Cougartown was so true. John you are the one who made this happen, Again Thank You....Hopefully we will see you Saturday...Love ya
Hi Loretta, Thank you so much for being a part of all this 62 turns 62 Reunion Committee. Cougars, this lady was my 8th grade sweety and we are still friends to this day. What's that, about 48 years??? Loretta is definitely one of my "JOINED AT THE HIPPERS".
Loretta, thank you and Larry for being there and thanks to Lisa and Eric (HHS 2000) for helping out with the pictures, which were great. I will get them on the website after the Picnic, as I am just swamped this week. I am still floating from last weekend. Hope to see you, Larry, and Eric next weekend. Darla, you can come too. Texas is not that far.

Name: Rox ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 10:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingsland, tx
Hey Donald, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.....

Name: Cindy Coley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 6:41 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bergstrom
City & State: Littleton
Message: I did not attend this school, I am the daughter of Laralee Bergstrom. I hope that anyone that knew my mother knows how proud she would be to help save his life. Because of her donation, my sister and I have really managed to deal with her death much better. We were all close and not a day goes by, that I don't miss her and if anyone would like to get in touch with me in regards to her, that would be wonderful.
Hi Cindy, I knew your mother, Laralee Brevig Bergstrom, and she was a fabulous person. I will add the Memorial Video from the class of 62 Reunion to the website this week sometime. Many knew your mom in our class. I know you will get email. Thanks very much for adding the Feedback.

Name: Jeremy Votaw ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Salt Lake City UT
Message: John, I have a new venture I am working on and desire to purchase from you. I understand that you have owned it for quite sometime, which makes it valuable. I am willing to compensate well, but fairly. I know that, .org etc... are available as well. As part of this deal, I would be willing to contribute up to 15K in web development services on one of these domain names, and create a re-direct link to one of those names for 6 months on Please reply at your earliest convenience. Thank you in advance. Jeremy Votaw
Hi Jeremy, I am stunned and amazed. I usually get a 50 to 100K offer outright, but as you know is an historical website from the Beach Boys to Curtis Conway. I love this WAY too much to give up the domain name. Thank you very much, but no. I'm always flattered, however.

Name: Danny Bellare ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 5:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Murrieta Ca
No E-mail
Message: Just want to shout out and say HI to everyone...Ya cindy it's working again.(My computer) Sorry I missed the 30 party. Debbie tell Mark the pools warm and there's cold ones in the cooler...Danny B. TRUCKING U.S.A.

Name: doris ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 3:26 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: TF ID
No E-mail
Message: Well shucks folks ... guess I was overruled! And it's funny because I went back to the earlier days of CT and ya know John ... it's this way every year at feetball time so I kinda doubt it will ever be any different. The guys just cannot keep quiet about football; that's all there is to it! However, NOT nice to call us girls names just because we like to get our 2 cents worth in on occasion. Can't blame us for that, can ya? One thing I DID notice about prior years on CT was the fact that the following "old-timers" have been missing for a while in addition to those I already mentioned: Richard Hansen, Ray Shelley, Norm Vorhis, Mickey Mathena, Tom Burroughs, Robin Hood and Lyman Moss. I realize some of these guys are NOT yet "old-timers", so please don't be offended by that category. We just miss you, that's all. Okay, now ... back to football!
Thanks Doris and you can add any NON-football Hawthorne stuff you want.

Name: Nancy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 2:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moffett
Class: 1962
City & State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: Carol, Is that the Dave Anderson that lived on 118th PL just west of Inglewood Ave? If so, we lived across the street.

Name: Ron Dickerson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 1:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Sandy,Utah
Message: I have been hidden away here in Sandy,Utah for the last thirty yrs and have seldom had a reason to think of HHS. Then I got a call from Ed Greevy and John Cooper (57)and have thought of little else since. I asked about the Hahlbecks because of all the fond memories I have of so many of us hanging out at the Hahlbecks drinking gallons of coffee. Very sorry to hear of the passing of the sisters. I had a secret crush on Joann. I remember George in the Plaza theater sitting next to a girl named Philpot, I think. About ten of us were encouraging George to put his arm around her. I Don't remember if he did, I doubt it, he was pretty scared.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 11:22 am - HHS Time
Maiden: OS6-2378
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: What a great weekend, you guys really did a great job! I haven't seen most of you for over forty years.. Sue Smith, Kathy Tift and Martha Amour were just a few. The party on friday night was really noisy with all of those nebraska fans, saturday night it was a lot quieter, Sharon and I were in the front entry watching the buses come back from the game...Heads all down, poor souls. John have you ever thought of trying to raise money for a Cougartown scholarship? I spoke to sister Pat and she said there are many students who could use the help. Anyway see ya all at the Cougartown picnic on saturday!
The Cougartown Scholarship idea has been talked about, but nothing finalized. If someone knows more about it, and how to raise the money, please let me know.

Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 10:59 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: ROBIN, ROBIN, ROBIN. I admit The Big Red got thumped. What do you want from a Raider retread? Maybe they'll hire him back too. But to come in here the sacred halls of Cougartown pretending YOUR Ducks beat the Sooners. That game was lost in the replay booth. Now we all know why it's so hard to win at Eugene. Congrats to all the Trojans. Wade and Kirk you can back up the truck anytime.

Name: carole ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 10:52 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Anderson
Class: 1960
City & State: Lake Isabella
Message: To Madeleine Hahlbeck, Do you remember Sonny Morehead, Joe Lustro, Dave Anderson? I believe they all ran around with Dale. Just wondering. Carole

Name: Madeleine Hahlbeck ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 10:13 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Short
Class: 1957
City & State: Murrieta, Calif
Message: I was told by my daughter Valerie that there was a message from Ron Dickerson from the class of 1957- Looking for the Hahlbeck clan....We are still around, but, spread out... George is in Arroyo Grande Calif.... Dale Sr. is in Murrieta Calif... Sorry to say both sisters have passed away..... Where are you located??? Where have you been??? We are glad to hear from you.... Madeleine

Name: Nancy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 18, 2006, 10:11 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moffett
Class: 1962
City & State: Simi Valley, CA
Message: Hey John, you more than deserve that Cougar with all the time you spend helping us all keep in touch. The class of '62 turns '62 (oh my!) reunion was great. I really enjoyed visiting so many classmates. I want to thank the committee again for all your hard work and dedication in planning the reunion. I enjoyed visiting the school and seeing what they are doing to improve it for the students. Now were our teachers and principal really that young looking? I am sure a couple of them had been around forever. The presentation of the memorial was bitter sweet, sad that so many have passed on, but grateful for the memories that came flooding back while watching it. Again, thanks to everyone for a great weekend. Looking forward to seeing all of you at our 50th.
Hi Nancy, Thanks for being there as it's always nice to see you and so many of our classmates. It seems the preparation is all worth it on Reunion night. Thanks again.

Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 10:19 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Thousand Croaks, CA
Message: Cougar sightings! Class of 76 mini reunion held this afternoon at Cisco's Mexican Restaurant in Thousand Oaks- Betty (76) and Sally Upegui (74), Mike Miranda, Amy Jensen, Jim Villanueva, and - oh yeah, me! We had a wonderful visit about 5 hours worth. Gotta love these mini reunions - looking forward to many many more! Bobby, Bobby, what am I gonna do without you at the picnic? Guess I better bring a lot of champagne to drown my sorrows!!!
Thank you Sharon, See you next weekend.

Name: BRUCE (McMEANS) HANSON ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 9:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Cathlamet Wa
Hi Bruce, Yep, that's my fault. Sorry for that and if you have a Hawthorne story, please add it. I LOVEM!!!

Name: Steve Maldonado ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 7:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Longview, WA
Message: Hey All...just wondering if any pictures from the '76 Class Reunion or the Cruise from the night after will be posted on the website soon....Thanks!
Hi Steve, This has been, undoubtably the busiest month of my entire Ctown career, and it won't be over until after the Cougartown Picnic next Saturday. My grandson's birthdays are the 20th and 22nd of September, and they have has been postponed until October 1st. No excuse intended. I will get the Cruise pics up as soon as possible. Your pics are up on Dave Krikac's website. Go to the Reunions page for those.

Name: Harry Plotkin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Dear John and Class of '62, Thank you for jncluding Kathy and me in your celebration. We both had a wonderful time. I saw many former students, including Autry Scott who was in my very first 7th grade class in '52-'53. I've said it before, John, but THANKS for engineering this site. I have connected with many former students and it is such a wonder to hear about their lives. Ida, I need to talk to you some more about your class in room 11. Love to all, HCH
Hi Harry, you know you are ALWAYS welcomed at these events. You have such roots at Dana, and are so loved by your students, how could we NOT have you there. Thanks to you and Kathy for coming on Saturday.

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 6:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Well, here we are again at the end of another beautiful get together. What a wonderful gathering of Cougars from the Class of 62. I just love this class (of course) as we had such a wonderful weekend together. Thank you all for being here as I know lots came from such a long distance to be with their classmates.
Friday night at the Marriott was our lounge party and we saw people who I don't remember ever showing up at any of our reunions. Ron Petch, thank you so much for showing up. I do wish Carolyn (Fite) could have been there too. Leonard Stone, I don't think I've seen you but once since our HHS days. Bob Gross, you are truly amazing as you've always been throughout your lifetime. Bob is the ONLY person I've ever known who has is absolutely BRILLIANT (5th in our class), has the GREATEST personality of anyone I've ever known, AND is one of the finest athletes ever to come out of HHS (although I think the only sport he ever had time for was Intramural Football). Actually with Ron and Bob (Peewees), Leonard Stone (Skyhawks), and me (Optimidgets), all we needed was a Cub to round out our Hawthorne Little League from 1956 (Bob Reagan, are you listening?).
Saturday at HHS went totally as planned. We had about 85 people show for this mammoth affair. Of course our fearless leader and head Committee Member, George Rea did an EXCELLENT job as MC. Thank you George for ALWAYS spearheading our reunions. Other reunion Committee Members include: Eugene Obillo, Linda Jones Reynolds, and Nancy Cheryl Brooks Kari, Karen Hoffman Newkirk, Dan Dye (who still holds the oldest track record still standing at HHS for shotput at about a 61 feet and change, and I think he could still do it today), Loretta Morelli Cuiper (my 8th grade girlfriend and still living in Hawthorne with husband Larry Cuiper HHS60), thank you all for being a part of getting and keeping our class together. It all ended this morning with our closing breakfast at the Marriott as about 25 showed for that one. I was relieved it was over and yet wanted it to go on and on.
I also want to thank our class for the beautiful Crystal Cougar bestowed on me for our website. It is such an honor to receive this token of love, and I am truly humbled by it.
There will be pictures as they come in from lots of sources. Thanks again, Class of 62 (and members of other HHS classes) for being there. It just shows our pride in HHS and our TRUE friendship throughout the years. This kind of friendship NEVER goes away. We are all connected and are all brothers and sisters whether we like it or not. We are the most "TOGETHER" class Hawthorne High has EVER had the honor to graduate, and I love you all. I truly mean that from the bottom of my being. Let's not wait for our 50th to get together once more.

Name: ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 3:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: UCLA
Class: 1954
City & State: I-DY-HO
No E-mail
Message: Sloeys, Fight On For USC, Fight On, For Victory. Jeez and I'm a Bruin fan who's never won nuthin ( cept a little BB here and there ). Where's Nebraska by the way? Wasn't sharp with geography. OH..... Did you see the little green suited birds kick some, "OH YOU" ,( family program Jake), TAIL FEATHERS!!! Can't play ball on the left coast? Come on guys and gals. Get real. The rhetoric is useless. If John had been Winston Churchill, there never would have been a war. He holds the key as to why we won't have one here. Go Cougars and UCLA! They never win. But we love em. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude
P.S. John, did I really say Fight On USC? Jeez I've really mellowed over the years.
Yes you did and Hawthorne is 0-3. Last week: Compton 57 Hawthorne 0
Let's go Cougs, get it together.....

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 17, 2006, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: 28-10 and 34-33!! No gloating, just the scores, they say it all. I'm sure Nebraska and Oklahoma will rise again to national prominence in football someday...but not today. Enough said.