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Name: Robert(Bobby)Fitzgerald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 24, 2006, 11:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Santa Ana,Ca.
Message: Cougar sighting, I was working in my costume store on Monday helping a young lady to find a costume only to find out that she went to HHS Class of 94 she was in cheer and song, her name is Yvette Dawkins. Another small cougar world.Yes John I gave her cougartown web site. HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL.
Hey Fitz, You know I love'm....Thanks for the sighting.

Name: Bill Winfield ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 24, 2006, 8:22 am - HHS Time
City & State: Farmington, NM
Message: Curious to know if anyone who attended Morningside HS year 1959 knows Ginger Powers.
Anyone knowing Ginger, please contact her first, and let her contact Bill

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 24, 2006, 12:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Hey Omar, how come I've never seen you and Tony Montana in the same place? And look at that address you've given -- Miami, FL? Hmmmmm. I could have sworn that one of your favorite sayings at the Hawthorne Y was "say ello to my lille fren" And, if you want to see me laugh like a lunatic live go here

Name: Neil ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 23, 2006, 8:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview Florida
Message: Carl Boenish Cougartown alumnus is a icon in the world of aerial sports photography. Back in the early 70's Carl gained a reputation with his original parachute action films "SKYDIVE", "SKY CAPERS" and "MASTERS OF THE SKY". These 3 movies were used as training films out at the original Lake Elsinore Drop Zone for all who sought to be free fall sky divers. Carl was the go to guy when Hollywood needed an air born stunt filmed from the bird's eye view. He helped re-designed the state of the art helmet camera, using one camera on each side to equalize the weight balance, & get both wide angle & tele- shots at the same time! Later as hang gliding became popular Carl continued to document hundreds of events world wide, many of these were set into his film "Playground in the Sky". My favorite Scene in this film is when Carl jumps off El Capitan (Yosemite) in a Ragallo Glider with 2 passenger sky divers one on each side- half way in the flight the 2 dudes release simultaneously & free fall as Carl looks into the camera ahead of him, smiles and does his little trademark laugh. Although Carl would never come right out and admit it he was the founder of B.A.S.E. jumping He actually coined the term itself! LOOK HERE As a side- Carl was lost in a cliff jump mishap in Norway in 1984. Wife Jean Boenish holds the BASE number of #3 , Carl #4, with over 800 members now! Carl is to forever be regarded throughout the ranks of Hang Gliding, Sky Diving & Professional Cinematographers as an TRUE Original American Legend.
Yeah, and his sister was pretty good lookin' too.

Name: Jim Clairmont ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 23, 2006, 7:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Northridge, Ca
Message: We almost lost a good friend and classmate, Terry Trefz, a couple months ago. Terry always had a heart murmer but recently he had to undergo open heart surgery to replace his aorta valve. The surgeon said when they went to take out the old valve it disintergated in his hand. Terry was literally a heart beat away from death. The good news is: he now has a new, high tech, carbon fiber valve and he is doing great. I'm sure he'd love to hear from his old friends.
Hey Jim, At last, some good news and Terry, glad you're on the mend. I'm sure you'll be hearing from your old HHS buddies.

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 23, 2006, 2:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: All you Cougars commenting on the lousy season the current HHS varsity is having need to cut a little slack! The head coach Jim Swayne, got the position two weeks before fall practice began. Success on short notice is a tall order even for our coaches of past years including Hal Chauncey, Cappaluto, Plum, & Minami! Give him a year or two to get it together! He's a good guy and I helped him coach the track team in '02. A little Cougar patience is required.
Maybe Coach Hal could help, though...

Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 23, 2006, 1:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: 90 degrees in October what a great weekend of sun and surf. I went surfing by the Huntington pier on Friday and then took some photos of the ISA World Championships. Here is a link to watch the photoshow I put together for any of you Cougs that would like to see what the surfing was like
Thanks Walter....

Name: Omar Azze ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 23, 2006, 12:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Miami, FL
Message: Hello Everone,I hope to see you all at our 30 yr reunion, especially Jackie Phillips. I hope that the reunion staff got a hold of her!!!

Name:Dan Shulstad ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 23, 2006, 11:00 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: just down the street
Message: Story in the LA Times today about the parachutist jumping from the bridge, they reference Jean Boenish as the former safety officer for the event. She taught at Hawthorne Intermediate 1971-1972. She showed a film "Masters of the Sky" when I was in 8th grade which featured her husband, Carl, performing parachutic shenanigans. I don't know why I remember this stuff!!

Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 9:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon
Message: Oh those 22 shorts. I thought you were referring to a petit pair of gym trunks. Nothing was surprising in metal shop. I had Mr Haueter for History, and remember that Filmore was a President and not just a dance hall in San Francisco -- so I learned something from him. He was an excellent volleyball player also. Dale Wooden leaves many great memories too. After a night of mischief at the Desilu Studio, Dale snapped his gear shift lever off and drove home in 1st gear - laughing all the way. You had to of been there. The likes of Dale don't come along often. I love you man. RIP

Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 5:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
No E-mail
Message: John, Back on Friday, Oct 20th you responded to Jim Schroeder's posting by saying someone threw a handful of 22 shorts in the furnace. No one else has questioned this but I am still trying to figure out, what are 22 shorts?
Hi Marilyn, They are 22 caliber bullets. 22s come in shorts, longs, and long rifle, among others. These were shorts.

Name: doris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 3:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: Sorry John, wouldn't do this normally, but got an email from Sonia Gregory Feldtman today and quickly responded only to have it come right back to me. I'd like to tell Sonia ... so somehow we can fix that! Thanks! SONIA!!! FIX IT WULDJA? doris

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 3:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: That is indeed sad news about Mr. Haueter. I was in his typing and current events classes. He was a very good teacher. It is interesting to think that thanks to him, I am able to maneuver around a keyboard 34 years later.

Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 1:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: Reading about all the antics in the Bennet classroom reminds me of the Print Shop teacher Mr., that patient man endured the excuses and late deadlines of the Journalism staff. We were certainly lucky to have so many vocational classes in our day and companies like Northrop, Rockwell and others in Hawthorne, El Segundo and surrounding areas benefited. It's been unfortunate to see vocational training in high school fall away but it is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Finally they are realizing that not everyone wishes or has the academic strength to go to college. Out here in the Inland Empire we are seeing more of these classes returning to our campuses...I hope the trend continues. We will always need skilled labor...that doesn't always require a 4-yr degree. My son's best friend will never pass anything beyond basic math but he can fix just about anything mechanical in my that kid!
Hey Laura, AMEN to that. Hawthorne still has a metal shop (although it's probably not called metal shop) and still has their wood shop. The wood shop really hasn't changed much from my days at HHS. Lots of times the older equipment is the better equipment. Thanks for bringing it up.

Name: gary bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 10:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: I saw Bill's post and yes I was a starter in that last game at ND in 64/65. UCLA lost that game 42-14 or something like that. You think you can't be impressed by stuff but that school, that field and playing the eventual National Champions was impressive. Saw the game yesterday and again the UCLA staff let the kids down in the last 4 minutes with conservative and confusing instuctions. Playing not to lose never works. Either that or ND has God on her side.

Name: Sonia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 8:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Gregory
Class: 1957
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hi John,What a great service you are doing for all of the Alumni. I used to subscribe to and it was useless. Your website is awesome and thanks so much for all of your great efforts and hard work to bring it all together.I am looking forward to seeing my classmates at the Reunion in May on Catalina Island. Sonia (Gregory '57) Feldtman
Hi Sonia, Well thank you very much. Always nice to hear. Glad you found us and please check in anytime.

Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 22, 2006, 8:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca
Message: I saw in the newspaper that one of our teachers, Lowell Haueter, passed away on the 14th. Mr. Haueter taught a Typing class as well as American History. I was in both of his classes, I thought he was a fine teacher. I was sorry to see he lost out to his long battle with his illness. My prayers to his family.
Mr. Haueter was a favorite teacher at HHS. He will be missed. Thanks Loretta for passing it on.

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 21, 2006, 7:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside CA
Message: Well. Mr Bennett's ears should be burning, or whatever burns when you are being written about. One thing you gotta say about his Metal Shop class, it was a guys' domain, smoking in the back of the class, tools sailing through the air, semi-chaos. Almost every project I made was stolen before I could get a grade on it. I saw a car the other day with copper hubcaps that vaguely resembled the fruit bowls I made in his metal class. I think I got a grade on the forth one before it was also stolen. Besides actually knowing about the subject he was teaching, Mr Bennett was entertaining to watch without trying to be. I remember him sending students to the nurse to stop the bleeding after he smashed their fingers demonstrating ashtray forming with a No. 3 rawhide hammer. One time he tried putting a band-aid on a guy but by the time he got it unwrapped it would not stick to anything and fell off on the floor. I spent two classes shaping a wood handle for my BBQ fork? he decided to use it for a demo, chucked it in the lathe off-center, and before I could stop him, it was destroyed in 3 seconds? all I could do was smile, shake my head, and be glad I didn't have to go to the nurses' office. But in all fairness, I remember one time the maintenance people had to cut hand-railing pipes out of cement and came to Bennett for advice and tools. Bennett sharpened a few steel chisels (to exactly 60deg) and hardened them in the forge. Later I saw the guys cutting through the pipes with no problem and I heard them praising Bennett's skill & job knowledge - Baxter
You've gotta love our HHS teachers. Thanks Baxter...

Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 21, 2006, 12:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Listening to the radio outside I heard that the last time a U.C.L.A. team played a Notre Dame team was 40 years ago. I believe one of Hawthorne's best athletes was on that team, Mr. Gary Bickers! Class of '63. All the best, Bill!

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 21, 2006, 8:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: I'm not trying to hog this site, but for those out-a-staters, HAwthorne lost again last Inglewood, 47-7, we're 0-7 for the year...pitiful huh?
We could be better, allright... Maybe Coach Chauncey could fill in for a few weeks

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 20, 2006, 4:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Ha! I had Mr. B for woodshop too! I was a freshman and I remember there were a lot of seniors in my class (last period). He did spray us daily and he was the brunt way too often. Guys would mouth off to him in our own vernacular and it would just go right over his head. I was sure we would all flunk that class. I really don't remember making anything that year...maybe a fruit bowl...anyway, his pride and joy was his brand new 1966 "Chrysler New YAKKER," that he parked directly behind the shop each day. It was a yellow 4-door, with a navy blue vinyl roof...thank God nobody screwed with his car...though the temptation may have been great!!!!!!

Name: Adeline ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 20, 2006, 1:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Oddo
Class: 1967
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Thank you John for making this wonderful website. I found it a few years back and look at it from time to time. The other day I was scanning for old friends and found one! We have exchanged a couple of emails and it has been fun. It's hard to sum up a lifetime in a few emails, so I assume we have a few more back and forths to go. Thanks again.
Hi Adeline, Thanks for the story, as it's become typical to hear of Cougs finding long lost Cougs right here in Ctown. That's a big reason Cougartown is find our friends. Check back anytime....