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Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 27, 2006, 9:00 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH, CA
No E-mail
Message: Great idea Clark. Just when I thought CT couldn?t get any better someone comes up with a new idea. Clark I can?t attend the meeting but let me know how I can support your effort. Of course I will always support CT. John you have done a great job with this site. Isn?t it amazing how it has evolved over the years. I want to thank Jim Sloey for the Uncle Buck pretzels. My niece and nephew really enjoyed making and eating them. I hope everyone has a great 2007.
Hey Matt, Thanks very much and yes, CT is evolving and continues to take us with it.

Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 27, 2006, 8:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay
Message: Walt, HHS students probably can use a good surfing instructor ...:)

Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 27, 2006, 7:30 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Clark, I too wish to apologize to you. Unfortunately I let my perception of the way your post was written overshadow the good intentions YOU are doing to help HHS, bring us together as an alumni and move forward to further assist our alma mater. As much as I would like to attend the meeting on the 20th and be a part of The HHS Alumni Association my current situation will prevent me from being there. Please keep me informed via e-mail or Cougartown feedback and I will do my best to help in any way I can. Your effort is appreciated.
Thanks Walter....

Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 27, 2006, 5:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay
Message: Ref. HHS Alumni Assoc, Foundation, or whatever ....Very well stated, Clark. Thank you for giving us background regarding your efforts. John, your response is well stated too. On 1/20/07 at noon, I plan to be there also.
Thanks Don....

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 26, 2006, 4:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: It's the holiday season so there is no better time to mend fences and extend apologies. First let me say that I have contacted John Baker directly and apologized privately and now I do so publicly. My expressed desire to form an HHS Alumni Association was not meant to slight John or Cougartown in any way shape or form! I state now that I will not take part in any organization which seeks to replicate or detract from Cougartown in any form. John has put in too much time and effort and arguably has developed the best high school alumni website in America! Let me briefly state my intentions so there is no further misunderstanding.. After reading the Daily Breeze article about HHS a month or two ago I was very upset to think that my high school was deteriorating in many aspects. I decided that I was not willing to see my alma mater become another Washington high school or Manual Arts high school. Both banner schools in their prime they are now only pathetic shadows of what they once were. I have been on both of these campuses in the past 60 days and I have personal friends who attended these schools in their prime. I do not intend to try to "fix" Hawthorne. I feel in my heart that with as few as a couple dozen concerned and capable alumni, we can make a difference at the school we cherish. Cougartown and a strictly philanthropic alumni association could compliment each other and make each other stronger. It is like having a varsity football team and a varsity basketball team. They do not need to detract from the other in any way! Finally I apologize to any and all members of Cougartown who felt slighted by my call to action and my poor choice of words calling for all of us to "get off our duffs" Please note the operative word was "us" implying that I was included in the group. I have heard some great ideas for simple support of the school from the likes of Gary Bickers and Dale Hahlbeck and others who have discussed a mentoring program. It was just my thought that an organization designed specifically to turn those good intentions into action could produce good results without a tremendous burden upon the alumni. Happy holidays to all and I hope my apology is well received and has mended fences! I will be meeting face to face with John Baker later this week.
Hey Clark, Thanks very much and I too apologize if I offended you in any way. I totally understand your thoughts and know you want the best for our Alma Mater. Although Cougartown is the unofficial HHS Alumni Association, I believe we do need an active wing. Just from limited experience with the present day Cougars, I see no real present day knowledge of HHS's past. There's no feeling of history or pride. Heck the seniors I talked with didn't even know the Beach Boys were a product of our school, let alone NFL players and hall of famers, NBA basketballers, and Baseball Cy Young award winners. HHS is full of academic achievers like doctors, lawyers, and local businessmen like yourself. Our school is inundated with past glories whether athletic or academic, and know one knows anything about them. Anyway I'll step down from the soap box now. You and I will go to lunch on Thursday and talk about all this stuff. On January 20th there will be an Alumni Association meeting in the cafeteria at 12 Noon. I do hope lots of our Cougartowners will attend. In the meantime, Ctowners, please know that Clark is an up front kind of guy and that he wants nothing more than the BEST for our school. Clark is an alumnus and a Cougartowner just like all of us. Please let's all give Clark a shot at this Alumni Association. It's our school too, and we need Clark at the forefront to make it the best it can be. We, of course, will have lots of Feedback. Let's all get involved with this, Cougs, it's OUR school too.....

Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 25, 2006, 3:29 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: California
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy Christmas Cougars!!! We hope that you all enjoyed the holidays with family as much as we did. Gloria and her three beautiful daughters came to share their holidays with us and we just loved having them. Mama V was here and we spent the majority of time alternately laughing and being laughed at (dysfunctional family holidays):o)Thank you King John for giving us Cougartown! Patty
Hey Patty, well thank YOU for sticking it out here for what, the last 9 years? You pretty much have seniority on most of the 70s crew. You, along with your sisters, have become such great friends, and you know I mean that. Merry Christmas to You, Mike, Peter, and Allie. Let's keep this thing going for at least 9 more years.

Name: Jay Beebe ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 25, 2006, 5:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: BeeBuckle Tennessee
Message: Well, Another Christmas is here and Life is good! Just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and a Safe New Year. Let us not forget what Christmas is all about. God Bless from the hills of Tennessee...
Hey Jay, Right back at you from the Little Hill, Lomita.

Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 10:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ
No E-mail
Message: To All Cougartowners Merry Christmas to All. Spending Christmas in a new Community and enjoying it very much. It's so nice to be welcomed by new family members. I always remember all my Cougartown family, and wish them all the Merriest of Christmas Memories. Hawthorne brings out the fondest memories of holidays past in us all. It was a great time in all our lives, and we must always remember those days with the fondest of memories.
Merry Christmas to all, Betty Kean-Rodriguez Class of 1969
Hi Betty, Very well said and here's hoping you and your family had a very Merry Christmas too.

Name: George Key ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 11:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1980
City & State: PVE CA0
Message: I know JB--I know--We are not to use this page for personal messages but don't know how else to locate Sue King. Will you fogive me just this once and not send me to Siberia?
SUE: Thank you so much for your nice letter about teachers. Wish I could have lived up to all those statements but really appreciate you thinking of me. I sent a copy to my Son who is a teacher in San Jose--My Grandson who teaches in the Bronx--My Grandaughter who teaches in Costa Mesa--My Grandson and new bride who teach in San Diego--My daughter who teaches in Catalina. She made copies and placed them in all the teachers mail boxes in Avalon schools so you see your kindness has spresd a long ways. But there is another side to the story and that is my thanks to all of you kids who made my 32 years in Centinela Valley schools so wonderful. I can tell you there was not one morning that I didn't look forward to spending the day with all of you fine kids. Well- that isn't exactly true--I hated graduation day. You see I had to sit on the stage with all my bosses who expected me to control you 500 kids while I felt I was sitting on a time bomb waiting for the balloons, water pistols, fire crackers and the worst year with the streaker. On the way to graduation in 1980 I told my wife I am retiring next week-I have nothing to lose-and if those kids start embarrasing me tonight I will go to the mike and say this graduation is dismissed, walk off the stage and never return. Wonders never cease--you were the best behaved class of my career. Thank you 1980. So we all went to Disneyland and had a great night. Thanks again for all the happy memories-I love you so much. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night--George Key
Hey George YOU are exempt from that rule. Hope you and your large family had a Merriest of Christmases. Come on back anytime as you are always welcome here.

Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 10:17 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: We hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and the best of New Years. Thank you so much, John, for all the work you have continually put into Cougartown, to keep classmates connected. You are truly a blessing, and you are much loved. The sentimental journey keeps going because of your tireless efforts. I was out to lunch with Linda Huthmaker on Friday, and we talked about how without Cougartown we wouldn't know all we do about HHS. Look at how many reunions, mini and large, you are responsible for. I have renewed and made good friendships. God bless you. Alex and Adrianne
Hi Adrianne, Something must be working, I know. People are getting together from mini-groups and class reunions, to multi-year and decade reunions. I wouldn't do this if it wasn't enjoyable, and I very much do enjoy it. Thanks very much to you and all our Cougs who add so much to Cougartown, whether it be adding something interesting to Feedback, or helping with the Picnics, Cruise Nights, Golf Tournaments, etc. We all have Hawthorne and HHS in common and that's what keeps us together.

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 9:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Here's wishing all my Cougartown friends a Very Merry Christmas. Now I'm off to join in the family activities. Everyone be safe and I hope you've all been at least good enough to keep the coal out of your stockings.

Name: ROJO N JUDE ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 8:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Paco while perusing the feedback , also in the year 2000 you mentioned something about my Bruins being Bearmeat! Guess what? I'm going to be using the glue from that old nag of a horse,or Donkey as it may be, on my "Post-It" notes for a good year at the minimum. Whats really fun is sticking the pin in to make sure it stays. They, the Bruins, could and sometimes come close, to losing every game of the year, but the only one that counts was this one and their season has been made. Double the ripple with knocking their buns out of the national championship game. Have we been there? No, but we're still trying. Kind of reminds me of a few Coug teams of the past. As is Little Blue, Boise State, against MIGHTY OU in the Fiesta Bowl. I'll give the points on that one. Although my heart is Blue. But, I will root for the usc, against any team outside of the PAC 10, anytime. It's been a fun football year. MAY THE CHRISTMAS COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.

Name: Laura ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 6:47 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Rasch
Class: 1982
City & State: Austin, Texas
Message: Merry Christmas to everyone and have a safe and Happy New Year.
Hi Laura, Thanks for being a part of all this, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Name: Dale Craig ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 24, 2006, 4:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: Dear cougartowners out there Happiest Holidays to every one may it be a great 2007 for everyone even Clark Millman.
Hey Dale, Merry Christmas to you and yours....

Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 23, 2006, 7:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut.
Message: John, after reading what you thought your '58 chevy probably is today, I was thinking how cool would it be to go back to the "A" just one more time and order a 5 cent rootbear and watch all the tuff cars come through from all over the greater LA area. Westchester, Inglewood, Whittier, Long Beach etc., etc. To you John and all the Hawthorne alumni throughout the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hey Jim, Yes, that would be one of my 3 wishes, all right.. Thanks man, and have a Merry Christmas your own self....

Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 23, 2006, 6:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Claremont, CA
Message: My '59 Studebaker Lark (actually my dad's) had bench seats--very slick nylon or something similar--and no seatbelts. While turning left off La Cienega onto 137th Street on the way home from 26th Street, I was going maybe a little too fast--Jeff Gibson was ahead of me in one of his many cool cars. I slid all the way across the seat onto the passenger side. Heading straight for a parked car, I pulled on the steering wheel and missed the car on the left side of the street, but I was unable to recover in time to miss the parked car on the right side. Stunned by the bountiful deed I had done (my apologies to Marty Robbins), I had but one chaice and that was to run. Down 137th I drove to my house, parked in the driveway and ran inside. But alas, my sense to do the right thing prevailed, and I drove back up the street and put a note on the car I had hit. But the worst part was telling my dad I had hit a parked car. We (I) paid for the damage--it wasn't that much--and as soon as we could, put seat belts in the car. I have NEVER driven without them since.
Hey great story Ron, I can remember my daughter standing up in the front seat as I drove. If there was a sudden stop, the right arm would come out to catch her. Little did we know. Have a great Christmas....

Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 23, 2006, 4:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Baker City, OR
Message: Merry Christmas from the balmy, tropical paradise of Eastern Oregon. We're up in Baker City, Oregon visiting our Daughter and Grandkids. Haven't seen weather above 30 degrees since Ely, NV on Thursday, and don't expect to see anything above that till we head back through Vegas next week. This morning it was in the teens. I know there are some Cougs who are experiencing much colder weather, but you have to remember that I'm an old desert rat, who lights the fireplace if it gets below 50. It looks like we'll have a White Christmas, with 3 inches on the ground now, and another couple inches expected by Monday. A very Merry Christmas (or whatever occasion you happen to celebrate this time of year) and Happy New Year to all. A special spot of Egg-Nog for JB, without whom we wouldn't have this wonderful forum to all keep in touch.
Hey Alan, Thanks for the update, keep the cajones warm, and have a Merry Christmas with your family....

Name: Patricia Hydo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 23, 2006, 3:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Lee
Class: 1964
City & State: Lake Elsinore, Calif
Message: Hey John and Cougar friends, Just wanting to send along best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!. Hopefully after the holiday rush, I will be able to post more. Take care all and stay well Patricia
Hi Patricia, Glad you too stopped by. Merry Christmas....