Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 27, 2006, 12:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: John Rout... I agree the end of Rosecrans was a fun place to hang out and I surfed there many a day back in the 60's. To my knowledge it is still part of Manhatten Beach which I was talking about. The El Porto I know back then and today Started at 45th St to Dockweiler State Beach. They did improve the wave conditions after the 60's when they built the now existing sand bar. The place then and now still reeks of the refinery and does still get a lot of sewage spill. I was there last winter and the water still smelled of the refinery, plus having to deal with some of the locals was a pain but they backed off after They saw me catch a few waves. It does get a great break at times but I would rather surf great breaks elsewhere. That's just my opinion of the way I feel about the place. I am not trying to take away from anyone elses remembrances or enjoyment of the place. I surf 5 to 7 days a week and like to go to various places. "El Porto" just isn't one of my favorites.
Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 27, 2006, 11:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hi there. I will be sending out shortly Save the Date to the 1977 alumni regarding our 30 year reunion. I will also be putting together a missing list which I will send out as well. So if you know someone who does not check into C-Town and you think they might want to attend, please let me know. If you have any questions, please do not bother John Baker, please direct your questions to me via my email. Thank you.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 27, 2006, 10:57 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: After all these years, I still thought they were laughing at my surfing style not that I surfed El Porto. Thanks for clearing that up, Walter. I often journeyed to Hermosa, Redondo, etc. But I always returned to El Porto. It was the one place you could catch a wave and watch last night?s dinner float by. It gets my vote for Surf City.
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 27, 2006, 10:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Walter Holt's feedback was interesting. When I was at HHS freshman year, the place to be was at the end of Rosecrans. I still have photos of members of the class of '63 hanging out there. However, when I transferred to Serra, El Porto was the hang out. 42nd Street I believe. Along with Serra and Loyola, kids from Morningside and Inglewood hung out at the same locale. So I don't know about that "pretty girls hangin out elsewhere" comment. Even if they were Monarchs and Sentinels, there were some good looking surf babes hanging out at El Porto. St. Mary's and St Michaels's girls hung out there too. I went back last summer, the first time since 1964 and was amazed that all of the surfers there were longboarders. My 9'6" board would have fit in perfectly except there would have been an old kook on it! El Porto was cool!
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 27, 2006, 9:50 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: I just got an e-mail from "Joinemail@example.com" referencing Cougar Town, I'm wondering how they got my secure e-mail address? I have deleted it since I know it isn't from CTown. Cindy
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 27, 2006, 7:19 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Kind of a funny thing...Back in the 60's if you surfed "El Porto" You were laughed at by the other surfers. Everyone Surfed Redondo, Hermosa, Torrance, PV Cove and got pounded in the Manhatten mostly Close-outs or traveled the coast. Besides all the good looking chicks in the area were at Manhatten & Hermosa. Today "El Porto" is considered the most consistant ridable break in the area. The only problem is trying to get past the "locals" attitudes.
Name: Kris ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 26, 2006, 8:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Killeen, TX
Message: Does anybody know where or how to find Shannon Qualls (HHS-1978 (or was it '79?). He let me borrow his History of Hawthorne book for an El Camino College project back in 1983. I HAVE IT and WANT to RETURN it. It was no easy task holding on to it. I got married, took it with me; my husband was and is still active duty ARMY, and through countless moves and across several states, I've managed to hang onto it. Walt Dixon wrote a really nice book with lots of photos of Hawthorne in its past, many of which were in the History of Hawthorne book. Robert Hartman(the late; unless the rumors of his death have proved false) GAVE him that book and he was gracious enough to lend it to me; the least I can do is to try and return it. sstrtpalATaolDOTcom Thanks, kris (ripley) hayhurst
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 26, 2006, 7:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Okay. Pat Duran Morrow, Judy Zaccaglin Storie, Marla Shwarts and I had lunch about a month ago and discussed whether to try and put together a 40 year reunion for classes of 67 and 66. Mickey Trefz Winters has offered to help with the class of 66, but of course, we can always use more help. We have tentatively set the date as July 28, 2007 at the South End in Torrance. We have to guarantee a hundred people and come up with a substantial deposit. So, now the ball is in your court. We need to know if there is any interest in having this reunion. PLEASE email me or one of the above ladies to let us know of your interest and if you are willing to help us. We can use your ideas and your participation. We have had great reunions in the past and it would be wonderful to see everyone again. Hope to hear from you soon. Linda Sutton Dill
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 26, 2006, 7:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: Walter, I don't think Santa Cruz can actually claim Mavericks as a local surf spot. Its only been known about for a relatively short time, and is actually about an hour north at Half Moon Bay. Santa Cruz has claimed the Surf City distinction for quite a while, mostly due to the great surf at "Steamer's Lane". I'm with John and vote for El Porto.
Name: Al Rocca ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 26, 2006, 2:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mesa, AZ
Message: It's been awhile since I have been at CTown. So sorry to hear about Mr Fix. He was the most interesting teacher I ever had. He will definately be missed. I will have a beer for him.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 26, 2006, 11:17 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: I wonder about this Surf City thing. Why wouldn't it go to Hawaii, since surfing was born here. But, if not here then Manhattan, Redondo or Hermosa would be the next choice.
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 26, 2006, 6:06 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Larry...There are a lot of great Surfing places in the South Bay and across the coasts of this good old USA. I know as I have had the good fortune to have surfed most of the known ones and some not so known. Huntington Beach maintains the distinction of the city throughout the years as having the most major and non-major competitions held there. Not to say they have all had stellar surf during them. Also the city dubbed itself that before any other city did and it has been known as Surf City ever since. All in all I will say that since living here it has had the most consistant ridable beachbreak wave in all of it's various surf spots of anywhere I have lived so far. Mainly, because of it's location, it catches the swells from most Northwest & Southwest directions. I think Santa Cruz is trying to get that name mainly because of Maverick's and the huge surf that it gets there. Not taking away that it does have some great surf spots other than Mavericks.
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 25, 2006, 7:21 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Karen and I had a great time at the Cougartown Picnic at El Segundo Recreational Park last Saturday. Thanks, John for creating such a wonderful website. It gets better and better. I was thrilled to meet up with and talk to an old classmate, Jerry Long, whom I haven't seen for 45 years. He left a little early and I wasn't able to say good bye. Jerry, I hope to see you and your niece again. Good being with all our other Coug friends. Love you all.
Name: Larry Baglin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 25, 2006, 7:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Golden CO
Message: Dear Cougs, I don't understand why the 'battle' for the official designation of a California town as 'SURF CITY' is only between Huntington Beach and (of all places) Santa Cruz (which shouldn't even be in the running-EVERYBODY knows that the 'California Surf "Craze"' began in SO CAL), without Hawthorne or Hermosa Beach (or Manhattan, or Redondo) even being considered! I can scarcely believe it! Peeved Larry
Name: Noreen Culley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 25, 2006, 2:34 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Westchester, Ca
Message: I enjoyed attending the CT picnic on Saturday. What a nice group of people. I also want to remind everyone that the Drop-in at the Stick N Stein is this Friday night, starting at 6:00. It sounds like a lot of people are planning to be there, should be fun. See you there.
Name: Neil Andersen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 9:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Dallas,OR
Message: Just got back from an extra week in Cougartown after the reunion, I don't know how you people do it, there are entirely too may people in California now. I sat next to Martha Amour in about every class in HHS, seating being alphabetically, and am sorry that I didn't get to talk to you. I now know that there is really a Lomita, and Kathy Tift can't drink too much, and that everyone that didn't make it really missed out. John you deserve your Cougar and thanks again for your efforts. The week we were there HHS lost 56-0 in football, this past weekend it was beter only 50-0. Dan Dye put your helmet back on.
Name: Danny Bellare ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 8:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Murrieta,CA.
Message: Just want to say HI and Happy Belated B-Day Gloria.And Hi to Dan A. And HI to Dewy.. Been yrs...Dewy we'll be at the world fianls Drag boat race November at Chandler.Great to see everyone is doing good...Oh ya a nd HI Debbie and Dusty...Danny Bellare AKA Capt.Hook :)
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Buena Park
Message: Hey John, Just wanted to thank you for Cougartown. I finally figured out how to check in. Hello to all my fellow Cougs. Looking forward to hearing from old friends and classmates. John Guerra
Name: Martha Amour ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 10:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: White's Bakery was the first job I ever had way back in 1961. I worked after school and weekends. It kept me out of trouble. The owners at that time (I think) were Mr.& Mrs. White. Mrs. White took a liking to me and my family. She would have my Mom back-up our station wagon at the back of the bakery and load it with bread, rolls, cakes and cookies. After all there was six of us kids. My Mom would stuff our freezer with these goodys. John...........sorry I missed saying hello at dinner last Saturday, but you were surrounded by friends. Thanks to everyone of you guys for your time and effort at the mini reunion at HHS. THANK YOU!
Name: Don ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 9:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: Downey, CA
Message: Hey Cougs, had a multi Cougar siting yesterday @ El Segundo Park, had a very good time , met many new friends, and previous aquaintances. Will send the few photos I took (couldn't remember to take it out of my pocket). Later Don
Name: Don D, ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 8:59 am - HHS Time
City & State: South Bay
Message: John and all, I had a great time at the picnic. It was a good location, the weather was just about right, conversations, pleasant etc...and Denny Unfried, I love your teardrop website (www.uncledennyscorner.com).
Name: Joyce ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 24, 2006, 12:57 am - HHS Time
City & State: Haw
Message: Putting in my 2 cents. White's is still there under that name but new owners. I went in there a few moths ago to buy a cake. Its not quite like the other owners that were there for yrs. but they are nice.
Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 22, 2006, 8:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Riverside, ca
Message: Ow! My head hurts from trying to read and understand what Mayo, Cook and Hunt had to say about measuring workers or something like that. Maybe my headache IS the Hawthorne Effect. Hmmm? On the other subject of fresh bread, in the late ?40s my dad took a job that moved us from Hawthorne to the Highland Park area of LA near the Barbara Ann Bakery. The entire Arroyo Seco and 110 Freeway smelled great day and night. Then in the early 50?s we moved back to Hawthorne. I wish El Segundo had bakeries instead of oil refineries. --- Baxter