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Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 20, 2006, 1:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: I have not read any of the articles in the Daily Breeze that people here are talking about, but come on, it's the Daily Breeze! Or as some of us in Konnie Krislocks class would call it... the Daily Error. Another reason that the paper might have a less than favorable view of Hawthorne and the High School, is that they don't really consider Hawthorne part of the South Bay. Just my opinion. Now, on to the class of 77's reunion stuff. RSVP's have been trickling in slowly. To see a list of classmates attending so far, please go to here. Everyone have a safe and sound Thanksgiving and hug your loved ones.
Thanks Jill....

Name: KIRK C. GREASBY ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 20, 2006, 1:19 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: SOONER
Class: 1976
City & State: Colorado Springs CO.
Message: Mr. Fraser, Mr. Bickers, and Wolfman, Please excuse Clark and Keith, they mixed up their meds again. During my recent trip back to good old HHS for the 76 reunion. I visited Halcap field, I walked across to the practice field where the football team was just finishing up. A man walked up to me and asked if he could help me, I said no, and that I use to play ball here. He introduced himself as being the head coach and said "that he had his work cut out for him this year" and also said "come back and look at us in 2 years" I wished him good luck and said I'll be back. Gary tell me where to send the $20.00 and it will be in the mail.

Name: Neil Andersen ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 20, 2006, 11:33 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Dallas,OR
Message: Yesterday I was reading the N.Y. Times and saw that Brian Wilson is playing at The Beacon Theatre on the 40th Anniversary of Pet Sounds, it read "Special Guest" Al Jardine. Are we getting the old band back together?
Man I hope so.....

Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 20, 2006, 11:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Regarding the grades and football issues at HHS; the bottom line is if I came home with a D or an F my Dad would have taken steps to see I understood my life just changed. Dads and families are part of the triangle of a successful program. We got 20-30 Dads at our practices. I just played in a Mira Costa event for their golf teams and they have over 100 parents there and cleared $25,000.00 for the program. That money will be used to build a better program and assist the kids with getting into colleges. The coach that retook the football program and the 20 kids that are sticking it out deserve some credit and our support. If there is an Awards Dinner we should go. Not 20-30 of us but 300-400 of us and stand and cheer those 21 people for taking on a tough job. We should take an extra $20.00 each with us for the HHS program and maybe this coach could hire a couple of tutors or get someone to open and supervise the weight room. Maybe he could just get some new footballs.
NOW you're talkin', Thanks Gar'

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 20, 2006, 7:07 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire,CA
Message: It blows me away that during my HHS years, and obviously many others too, that the Daily Breeze hasn't been a friend to HHS. When I was a student, sometimes they wouldn't print the score, let alone the story if HHS won. Note, I said sometimes. There were some problems in the early 90's that got covered as well. There was a person who got things all stirred up, and left town from what I was told! I'm not sure they qualified as race riots, but they sure made school not what it should be. But then again, being from the class of '77 our senior year ended in a crazy way.
Hey Debbie, The early 90s is ancient history. In my opinion, we've come back from those years.

Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 20, 2006, 12:59 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Too bad not all see what good HHS is doing for our students as we all saw at our 62 reunion. Yes, in the past HHS had a great Football team, and they will get it together again. Most parents in this area want to send their children to other schools, because they feel HHS did not offer their children the best classes to get them in a great collage. That was so true even when my daughter Darla was at HHS (1989). In the last few years HHS has been growing in top numbers, better classes, etc. We observed the Robotics/Science club that evening of the reunion, they have such knowledge, wisdom, I know I sure did not understand all they were telling us, you could see the love in each one of those kids eyes in what they were showing us, And to boot these kids came in 2nd in the State, even beat out Mira Costa (26th). I could keep going on about how things are changing at HHS. Sure that story today in the Daily Breeze spoke about how down the school is, but it was only less than a month ago the same paper wrote a story on the SPIRIT of the school. Hmmm, could it really be, we should not believe everything we read. So please stay a COUG, be patient things are changing, but it is for the best and our old Football players will get it together next year.
Thanks Loretta, I saw the same things at our reunion. Kids taking pride in their school and their classes, whatever they were.

Name: Kristen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 10:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: RICE
Class: 1969
City & State: Sacramento, CA
Message: John, once again, thanks for keeping these pages going. On page 874 I read of Walter Holt's link to the ISA Championship 10 at Huntington Beach Pier- it was nostalgia time generating fun! I keep my 1970 custom made Dewey Weber surfboard in the rafters of my garage, sited so that I am constantly reminded of my "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer," and Christmas vacations. When the fin broke off of the board, (a casualty of our last household move) my husband plaintively asked "why are you keeping it?" to which I lovingly replied "it's nostalgia- it's part of me."
That's it, Kristen, Nostalgia, and I guess you'd get it out again, but then Sacto isn't really surfing country, is it.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 10:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Well you are right on one thing. You definitely know more about what is happening in Hawthorne and HHS now than I am. No argument there. But, I was there maybe 4 years ago along with two friends from Hawaii that I wanted to show where I went to school and as we drove down El Segundo after getting off the freeway the first thing I noticed was an armed guard and a fence around the school. The one thing I do is I brag allot to my friends where I went to high school. Well their first impression (which is very important) and mine too was HHS was going way downhill. I spent the next hour and entire lunch explaining how nic HHS USED to be when I went. I drive by West High which I did trying to find Coach Minami's house and it didn't really change at all. HHS changed dramatically. I'm not blaming anyone, it's just what I saw and what my friends saw. I personally hope HHS starts to kick ass and make a name for itself in athletics and academics. No matter it won't be as good as it was when I went there. But hopefully it will get better.
HHS has a fence, but all schools have a fence, don't they? I mean RH Dana has a fence. Hawthorne Middle School has a fence, Anza has a fence, and Leuzinger has had a fence since the 30s. Where's the fence problem? No armed guards at Hawthorne Keith. That's how things get blown out of scale. HHS does have security, like any other school, but NO ONE is armed.
It was always better when "we" went there, no matter what year it was, and it'll be the same for the grads of HHS 2007 too.

Name: Barbara Hunter ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 9:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rozzuti
Class: 1963
City & State: Bend, OR
Message: Thank you to everyone that jump on Feedback. I did get Mikes address he just lived across the street from me for years. His E-Mail doesn't work so I wrote him. What a trip some of you even remembered my folks restaurant on Inglewood Ave. I would love to hear more, anyone live near Bend, Or? We never knew about the reunion or we would have been there. Take care all the memories seem like yesterday, Barbara
Hey Barbara, Thanks for the comments and stay tuned for your next reunion.

Name: Ray Castillo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 9:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Palmdale Ca.
No E-mail
Message: I miss the Daily Breeze. Actually, let me rephrase that. The bottom of my bird cage misses the Daily Breeze. Remember fellow Cougars, believe half of what you read, and none of what you hear!
Hey Ray, Thanks for the comments and as most people think, and this is my personal opinion, the Daily Breeze and Hawthorne really don't get along.

Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 8:16 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
No E-mail
Message: Hi, I'm forwarding a Cougar sighting from Lois "McDaniels" Palmer class of '55. She has webtv and can't get on to the add feedback page. She's up in Sun City and read in the paper about a grand opening of a Sporting Goods store where Ron Mix - class of '56 - was to appear. She went and had a nice talk with him. He said she just missed seeing Dale Hahlbeck (Sr. I presume). Ron is planning on going on the Catalina trip.
Hey Marilyn, thanks for helping out and Lois, thanks for the Cougar Sighting. I'll see you all on Catalina in May.

Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 8:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Like all high schools, Hawthorne High is on a fifty year cycle. I think we can all agree and there can be no argument that Hawthorne reached it?s academic, creative, and athletic optimum in 1966. Every other year, before and after, is just a subservient reflection to that year. But if the cycle holds true, we can all anxiously await the day in 2016 when Hawthorne wins another football game. Go Cougars.
That's it Jerry, Sit on the fence.

Name: Karen and Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 8:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: I am totally dismayed and saddened to read Clark and Keith's interpretation of what is happening at HHS. You are both totally off the mark. Here is what I saw. HHS has a Principal that wants her kids to succeed and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. Mrs. Bramlett has her work cut out for sure but she also has a dedicated staff who are definitely not just there for "the paycheck". Education is much more than that. Shame on both of you for bashing them without knowing what they put into their kids each and every day. I personally witnessed students at the recent 62 turns 62 reunion who interviewed the alumni and are working on restoring traditions that earlier classes began. The JROTC is an incredible group of dedicated, patriotic young people who showed us all a pride and respect for their country. The pep squad was exhuberant in displaying what it means to be a Proud Cougar, as was the Robotics class. The campus is looking incredible with so many new amenities. These kids deserve to go a new and clean learning environment. Again, it is instilling renewed pride. Test scores are going up, they have a way to go but again the teachers and administration are putting everything into trying to ensure success. So, the football team had a bad year, it happens. The Daily Breeze article did not go into the good things happening at HHS. That wouldn't sell papers now would it. Don't believe everything you read in the paper, the Daily Breeze is notorious for having a negative bias toward all things Hawthorne, city and schools. Come on you guys, spend your energy supporting the school and its students, not bashing it. Shame on you!
Now THAT'S what I'm thinking, Thanks Karen and Bob.....

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 6:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: John, Clark is 100% right. HHS is nothing like it was, even when we went. Once Lennox, and Lawndale was closed HHS just changed and not for the better. One bit of proof is in the fence around the school. Not sure if it is still there but I do remember seeing it when I drove by some years ago. HHS was the best place for US to grow up at. Allot of fun times. But no way in the world would I have my kids go there now. Someone needs to go in there and get kids excited about sports and excited to go to school. It really sounds like the teachers and staff are just there to pick up a check. Sports is a very important part of growing up and maturing. It teaches teamwork and it instills pride. That article did not make me proud of HHS. I was proud of my class. Back then it was fun and we still did our work and played sports. I hope HHS can turn the school around.
First of all, Keith, YOU have no idea what's going on at HHS. You haven't seen it in person or talked to any teachers or admin people in years, I have. Hawthorne is NOT on its way down. Conversely, it has been there and is on its way back. It has problems, but the problems will be resolved. Also Keith, when you went to HHS it was nothing like it was when I went there either. AND YOU or I did nothing to add to it's academic bottom line. Everyone has their own yard stick, their own athletic and academic measurement. Please do not judge today's Hawthorne with your own. If I had done that, this website wouldn't be here.

Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 5:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wolfman
Class: 1971
City & State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Message: Clark, really now! Race Riots...

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 4:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Boy if that wasn't a depressing article in the Daily Breeze today I don't know what is! The reality is that the school that existed for us in the 50s, 60,s and 70's doesn't exist anymore and it's painful to accept that. We all had such great pride in HHS and it is still possible to feel that at some of the great renions that have been taking place. We just have to keep our good memories alive and cherish a bygone era! I remember when the track coaching staff found out I was coaching at West Torrance and pressed me to come back to Hawthorne I had to tell them quite honestly," At West we don't have the academic problems, we don't have race riots and I'm not afraid of having my car stolen during practice!" Let's just keep our good memories intact and accept that the Hawthorne High we knew is no more.
Race riots?? I didn't see anything in that article about race riots. When was the last race riot at HHS, Clark?
Also, I remember 2 cars were stolen from HHS in my years there. What does that have to do with today's Academics or Athletics? Cherish the bygone era my aunt Katies bussell snaps. Hawthorne will get this straightened out and in the meantime, we, as Cougars, can back the school and program 100%. No jumping ship. That's a Cougartown RULE!!

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 1:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: ALWAYS
No E-mail
Message: Dean whether you're a De La salle Or usc FAN makes no difference to me. Bake and I have a friendly rivalry thing going. I root for the Wonder Dog( Bruin, UCLA) and he roots for Wonder Bread, USC, a classic to be sure. I just think High School football should be the way we felt it back in the ole days. If any TV station would have recorded a "half time pick me up by Mr Capelouto", they would delete every other word. If you were on the other end of that wanted to crawl under the bench you were sitting on. But after the speech, you wanted to make yourself a "man"! You went out and played HAWTHORNE football. Did we win em all? Nah! Just most!! Good football players. Good families. Good times. John Baker, thank you for this venue. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Hey Man, You are welcome!!!

Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 11:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hey Dusty, it was great seeing you as well. I have many great memories growing up on 118th Street with you and all our old friends. You are still just as sweet as when we were growing up! Say hi to all your family for me.

Name: Janet ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 19, 2006, 8:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Brown
Class: 1963
City & State: Sparta ,Mo
Message: Barbara Rozzuti, Good to hear you are still around. I have been wondering. We had alot in common summer of 62, our boyfriends were over seas with the Navy. I remember your folks had a great restaurant, on Inglewood ave. I did not go our senior yr, moved away.
Hi Janet, Thanks for letting all your friends know you're out there. Be sure to add yourself to the Cougartown Info List as you're a Cougar whether you moved your senior year or not.