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Name: linda huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 11, 2006, 7:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: torrance, california
Message: Hi Barbara Rozzuti, Have been wondering about you, myself! Hope you're well. I believe that Jan Blomsterberg knows the whereabouts of Mike Babineau. He's still in Hawthorne, I believe. Good to see your "Feedback", tonight. We missed you at our 40th in 2003.Best regards, Linda

Name: Barbara Hunter ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 11, 2006, 3:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rozzuti
Class: 1963
City & State: Bend Oregon
Message: looking for Sandy Sokol, Mike Babineau , Bobby Green
Hi Barbara, Haven't seen Sandy in 40 some years. She was in our wedding party in 1963. Mike, I know, is around. Good Luck....

Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 11, 2006, 3:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hey John, I found a great article about the opening of Hawthorne High. It was from a Centinela Valley High School District Newspaper Dated Feb. 1952. I was minus 6yrs old then. I sent it to your Cougartown e-mail address.
Hi Dennis, Very interesting, indeed. I'll add it to this page.

Name: scott armstrong ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 10, 2006, 9:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Chico, CA
Message: Bob Klein was my Father-in-Law for 12 years and to be honest, he was more like my father in many ways. Bob (Thorn) hired me as a camp counselor and he was my mentor. That experience and his advise had such a significant and positive change in my life and I think about it often. Where would I be without Bob?. I married his daughter (Teri), we have 2 beautiful kid's, and I have memories of 2 years of camp that I will never forget. Bob came up to visit my wife and I several months ago and I knew that his time on this earth was short. Bob was still as funny as ever and he had that same wit. Bob and my mom (Anne Armstrong) and a host of other Hawthorne Citizen's helped build Hawthorne Youth Camp and I had the privilege of spending 20 yrs of my summer's there. Thanks Bob, for the memories and for giving so freely of yourself to others. Teri, Rick, and Faelin, you had a father that gave everything he had to others, so much so, that he sometimes had little precious time to spend with his family. He made a difference, it does not get any better than that.

Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 10, 2006, 4:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: reunionczar
Message: Hi all, hope everyone is doing well and ready to have some fun this weekend! Dan, Dennis and I are getting together tonight to talk about the reunion for the class of 1977! We are meeting at the Belamar, we should be finishing up around 8, so if anyone wants to come down and have a "cougar sighting", come on down!

Name: Cindy Whittaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 10, 2006, 12:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
City & State: Wichita Falls, TX
Message: Help! Is anyone out there an eBay seller that might help me sell some Major League Soccer tickets? The tickets are for this Sunday and I'm not getting any takers! Please email me direct if you can help. Thank you!

Name: Sandra ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 10, 2006, 11:31 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Perales
Class: 1988
City & State: Vista, CA
Message: Wow! I just read the 'History of Hawthorne' and I am amazed! I lived on 120th and Grevillea and was able to recognize so many of the places documented in the book. Thanks for the great history, John.
p.s. Hello to Mr. Dean Morris, Susan King and the class of '88!
Hi Sandra, Glad you liked the History of Hawthorne. Lots of Cougars will see something they recognize.

Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 10, 2006, 6:15 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Murfreesboro AR
Message: Bob Klein was a dear friend of the Walton family and I've so many fond memories of him ... including the weekends and vacations families camped out and worked so hard in the beginning stages of building the Youth Camp. Before his career with the City of Hawthorne and their Parks and Recreation Department, Bob was the Editor of the former Hawthorne Press. He truly had a compassionate journalist style and helped shape and report so much regarding the city during both its growth and "interesting" politics. Bob was also an outstanding sports writer and gave the Cougars and youth sports great coverage. My condolences to the Klein family. God Bless.

Name: Michael Dragoo ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 9:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Colusa
Message: John, with all the recent feedback about great athletes and coaches at the grade schools that fed HHS, I want to remind everyone about a lesson I learned at Dana.The noon intermurals were usually fun except when by chance you were placed on the "loser" team. I was on such a team in 54 or 55. Mr Clark ran the noon program and he realized as did we that we were in for a rough season. Mr Clark always talked with us before each game and gave us encouragement whenever he could. We didn't win a single game and usually played short-handed because a few team members did the easy thing and quit. At the end of the season Mr Clark held an awards gathering where he handed out the usual little colored paper certificates of participation. At the end of the ceremony there was a stack of really fancy certificates still remaining. Everyone assumed that those were for the "winners". Instead, Mr Clark called our team up to the front and gave us the really nice certificates. Most of what he said as he handed out those certificates has been lost in the fog of my long term memory but it had a lot to do with building character and understanding the importance of perserverance. These were lessons learned that stayed with me for a lifetime.
Hi Mike, I'm sure the present day Cougar football team could use a certificate. They show up every week and play their hearts out. Lots of us have played on that same team, in life. Thanks for the story.

Name: Kurt & Debbie Golgart ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 8:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: Sparks, NV
Message: To the Klein Family - Our thoughts are with you. I remember as a camper being so intimidated by "Thorn" and much later learned how much of a facade that persona was. Bob was such a thoughtful man and left an impression on so many young minds. A few years after Deb (Frybarger) and I were married Bob referred us to an apartment in Hawthorne off of 139th St. Bob's girl friend (Jennie, later to become Bob's wife) was the landlady - so there was a time when we got to see him quite a bit. He was always friendly, considerate and good natured. Bob considered Deb "his girl Friday", thus her camp name. Bob was truly an icon during the glory days of Hawthorne Youth Camp and we feel very privileged to have been associated with him and to call him a friend.

Name: Diana ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 5:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sanchez
Class: 1975
City & State: Bloomington, CA
Message: I want to wish one of my dearest friends Heather Reoch Ruggirello the Happiest Birthday ever!! Your 49 girl, but thats ok cuz 49 is the new 39!! One more year for the big 50! Wow lets get moving on that Cruise!! Hey, Dale said he would buy all the booze, so lets hold him to it!! We can also watch him get a tattoo on his rump! hahaha Lots of Love, win big at the Casino!! Gosh it feels like we have been friends for forever. Hey it is almost forever. haha Love ya
Happy Birthday, Heather....

Name: Beth ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 4:22 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1975
City & State: Morro Bay, CA
Message: What great memories and experiences BOB KLEIN gave to all of us that were part of the Hawthorne Youth Camp family. He sure did give so much to the community and kids. My thoughts are with you, Klein Family.

Name: Kirk "mugwump" Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 12:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Sherman lodge
Message: The kids that grew up during those wonder years of Hawthorne youth camp have lost a Mentor, Leader, Boss, Good Friend. "Thorn" as we called him, Could always be found on Monday mornings up at the flag pole spelling out the rules and regulations of camp life to the campers. Dressed in his bermuda shorts, camp tee shirt, a whistle around his neck, sandals and sunglasses. His voice is still fresh in my mind. I spent 5 summers working for Thorn and have cherished the memories. He was Hawthorne Youth Camp in all it stood for. To the Klein Family my heartfelt condolences to all of you. God Bless. Mugwump...

Name: Bob Melendrez ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 11:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Okay Clark. I've obviously been humbled by a far superior intellect.... All I know is that I doubt that I could qualify for ANY kind of olympics these days. Have a great weekend, Cougs....

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 9, 2006, 9:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks
No E-mail
Message: Off the top of my head, I think I see Tracy Turner, Steve Miranda, Dennis Connor, Mike Castro and one of the Stone brothers in that '74 All Star Photo. I believe that I played on the Cubs that year (the year I struck out Morlock three times in one game (pay no attention to the freaking homers I allowed to others!)

Name: Jeffrey "Smokey" Sutton ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 10:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Redondo Beach, Calif
Message: The passing of Bob "Thorne" Klein is truly a loss for all the Hawthorne kids of the 70's. In the summer of 1973, as a very young and immature boy, Thorne offered me an opportunity to be part of something very special, the staff at Hawthorne Youth Camp. It was my first and most memorable job. This one opportunity opened many doors and enriched my young life. Through this experience I also enjoyed the friendship of Bob?s two beautiful and warm hearted daughters. Teri and Faelin, thanks for sharing your father with us Hawthorne kids. We are better Cougars because of your father. Our prayers are with your entire family.

Name: Laura ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 8:36 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rasch
Class: 1982
City & State: Austin, Texas
Message: Does anyone know how to get into contact with Ray Garcia (class of 82)? His last known location was Las Vegas, Nevada. It would be great to see him at the next reunion.

Name: Enza Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 7:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: San Pedro Hill, CA
Message: Dear Teri, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear father. Bob Klein INDEED touched SO many of our lives in Hawthorne. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 6:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: NOTME
Class: 1960
City & State: YOU KNOW
No E-mail
Message: If you notice Mr Baker, I, case in point, never mentioned myself in this group of athletes. Thank you for your interest. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude.
Me either.....

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 6:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: NOWAY
Class: 1960
City & State: YOU KNOW
No E-mail
Message: Dean you make some good points. But having faith and learning to a good person, IE: good young MAN, spiritual etc. Hal Chauncey taught me just about all I needed to be a winner. As well as the rest of the HHS coaches. And include in that a couple of teachers, Mrs. Ginger Mark and Manny Pizzaro. As far as us rich guys from Holleyglen, I lived on 118th place, just east of what they called Anza back in those days. Rich? Hell I wore my bro's hand me downs for about 15 years until I got bigger than him. So don't give me the jive that spiritual and godliness win 150 plus games. Maybe UCLA pushed the envelope during their runs. De La Salle learned how to perfect sending it. Last case in point , they went 1-2 in their first 3 games last year? Still won their division in CIF! Weird. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Well NOW we gotta TOPIC....

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 5:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hey Bob, you forget that H.I.S. lost a fair share of our group to Leuzinger! Glad to hear they had "special" olympics at Dana. You guys surely qualified for them!

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 5:36 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Aceinthehole
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Hey you guys I left the best for last. We would had had "The MYK" also.
Anytime, you want to bring "those guys to the table ", "no problem"!!! If it wasn't for the people I mentioned before, those guys would have been toast and they know it. And yeah Keith we would have taken you guys on when we were in our 30's! Football, BB, Baseball. I wish I could still have that kind of fun. So I guess it's a moot point. We're all still COUG's. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude!
You left out Joe Contestabile, and Russ, the OLDER you get, the BETTER you were.

Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 4:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon
Message: The De La Salle win streak may be rivaled by the York Parks and Rec. teams of the 50's. As I remember it, York never lost a game in any sport under the tenure of Coach Dan Karilla (who went on to coach baseball at Lennox and became an administrator at HHS). Those teams were feeders for the Intermediate School who regularly crushed Yukon and Dana in the annual track meet (as I recall).
Topic 2: Curtis Conway used Ed Lutz's address to become a Cougar, and, (as I recall) Mike Battle's parents offered up their son to play football for the Coug's in 60 something (they would of moved into the district) and Coach Chauncey said politely, "no thanks." No favors for jocks at HHS in the 60's (as I recall).
That sounds like the Ol' Coach allright. ALWAYS kept things above board. Thanks James

Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 8, 2006, 3:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: of Long Beach
No E-mail
Message: Sharon: Actually, some shenanigans took place if you refused to play sports. In my soph year, the Boys B basketball coach also taught the World History class I took. Being slightly tall, he told me I WOULD go out for the team, which I didn't (band geek). He flunked me. My course work was all A, and my class project was an A, and my final exam was 'missing'. The district still made me repeat it in summer school (yep; got an A). The coach/ World History teacher was mysteriously missing my junior year. [what a shame I did not know of the 'Legal Lottery' back then]