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Name: Jay Beebe ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 20, 2007, 7:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: Bell Buckle Tennesse
Message: Sorry to hear about the passing of Red Hayes. He was a large part of Hawthorne history. His memory will always be in my mind. I'm thankful I had the chance to know him.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 9:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: SFV, Karloffornia
Message: The only prank I can think of was one time (at age 17) I used a friend's wheelchair to cross Hawthorne Blvd. at 129th Street while he and another friend were watching in the car in the parking island. Half way across the street in the crosswalk, I made like I was having a seizure in the chair and a bunch of cars stopped as this was going on. After a few seconds of this I abruptly stopped, got out of the chair and walked it across the remainder of the way. My friends were crying from laughing so hard.
Name: Steve Hutchins ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 4:59 pm - HHS Time
City & State: St. George, Utah
Message: Pranks? Well, how about throwing a stink bomb into the head at Skippy's? Afterward my accomplices and I drove down the other side of Hawthorne Blvd. and could smell it all the way over there. They didn't re-open the head for a week! Then we took some of the stink bomb chemical and poured it on some old worn-out, uh, supporters, then threw them at girls as we drove down a street. We also used to leave toilets on peoples' doorsteps; there were lots of them laying out in the open when houses were being torn out for the S.D. Freeway. Another time we tipped over some person's BMW Isetta 300 in N. Redondo. Once we made a Molotov Cocktail and were going to set it off down by Palos Verdes, but my friend accidentally lit the fuse, and we panicked and threw it out the car window at 149th and Grevillea. It created a wall of flame that I estimated to be about 6' high and twice as wide. Thankfully no one was standing nearby. It scared the you-know-what out of us and we never messed with MCs again. There's more prank stories, but, well, this is basically a family-oriented site!
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 4:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: John...I just read about you in the gutter for 30 mins!! I laughed so hard. Thanks...I needed that!
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 4:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: John Boy; I don't know if this qualifies as a prank or malicious mischief. On the street where I lived, there was a big tree with a large limb that hung out over the street. We would climb up this tree and hang a piece of kite string down to vehicle windshield level and tape a raw egg to it. We would then hide in the bushes until an unsuspecting motorist drove down the street and got the surprise of their life. However, this activity came to a screaching halt when one of our parents became the recipient of one of our eggs and cracked their windshield. Also, this activity only worked when the weather was cool, because the egg would not stay stuck to the tape in warm weather.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 2:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: As much of the time in my youth was spent in the front yards or street playing ball or tag, a lot of our childhood pranks involved cars driving by. Besides the classic tug-o-war with the invisible rope across the street scam, there was one other we frequently liked to pull. It was on days when we were playing baseball or over the line as it involved having a mitt. As the car approached and we cleared out of the way, one person would throw his mitt under the back tire and quickly lay down. When the person stopped to see what they hit or looked threw their mirror you know what went through their mind. We would all start to laugh and scatter to the four winds. It seemed so funny at the time but I surely feel sorry for what we did to those drivers now. I guess I?ve grown up at least a little bit.
Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 12:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Seal Beach, CA
Message: Betty, didn't you know by throwing hairspray cans in the fireplace that you'd make an ash of yourself? I'm putting that caper in my arson notebook. In Junior high we pulled pranks to "kipe" the chrome bullet shaped, and Gemini-space-capsule shaped, valve stem covers from low rider's cars. The fun was avoiding being caught in the act but the best sport was trying to unscrew a valve stem cover when someone(s) were actually in the car otherwise occupied. If caught, we "split" in all directions on Stingray bikes (from Phil's Bike Shop), scared s***less that the "P/O'd" lowriders would catch us. I'm lucky I didn't end up as some lowrider's hood ornament. After I had my own car (a '66 Mustang), over time all my collection of chrome valve stem covers kept disappearing from my wheels until they were all reallocated to other rotten kid's bikes. Oh well, what goes around... I'm not admitting anything but there was the time when someone(s) painted out the "boys" and "girls" from two HHS restrooms and re-stenciled "men" on the women's restroom and "women" on the men's restroom the night before school started in the fall of 1970? 1971? It was a laugh to see skinny, pimply freshman boys trying to get into the girl's restroom in the Science building and hear all the girls screaming from inside. That was a cool prank!
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 10:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: POTENTIAL COUGAR SIGHTING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!! On January 27th, at the Terrace Theatre Long Beach, Brian Wilson and his new band will be performing the Pet Sounds Concert....any Cougars going????
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 19, 2007, 10:04 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Hi John...Here is the info on Floyd "Red" Hayes.
Service: Green Hills Cemetery, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, 310-521-4455
When: Thursday, 01/25/07 at 1:00PM
Viewing: Wednesday, 01/24/07 from 1-8 PM
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 18, 2007, 9:17 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: Oh Boy, ditching assemblies I can relate to that one. I was always the type to never get in trouble. I followed the rules. Early in my Sr. year, my friend Carol Easterly, talked me into ditching an assembly. In those days we had two periods for lunch, 4th and 5th. We were supposed to go to the 4th period assembly and we had 5th period lunch. That was 2 whole hours. Her idea was to go to Leuzinger and meet up with our boyfriends. We walked all the way there. On the way we ran into my boyfriends dad at his place of work on El Segundo Blvd. I think we stretched the truth a little to him. Whew! We made it there and somehow found them at lunch. We got back in time for 6th period. I was sweating the whole time and never did that again.
Name: ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 18, 2007, 5:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: People skipping assemblies? Jude, I, and a friend were in a couple of the service clubs at HHS. After it got started, Taco Tio here we come. All wanted a smoke at the time. We were sitting there just kicking back, smokin, drinkin a Coke and along the sidewalk appeared Wally Nyman. We were in a car just to the east side of the walk. We all tried to duck at once, just about choking and swallowing our smokes. Main reason why, he knew us all by our first names. I don't know whether he saw us or decided to ignore the situation. But all of us just about had to clean out our undies. Scared the bejesus out of us and we hauled buns out of there. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 18, 2007, 5:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: John-Wow, I just had a flashback that might classify as a prank. Back in 66 or 67, I threw a hairspray can in our fireplace. I didn't know there were embers burning. Mary and I heard a "poof" a while later, and found ashes all throughout the living room, dining room and kitchen. What a bloody mess! We worked for hours cleaning it up. I never did THAT again! Can't remember if my parents even noticed. Betty
Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 18, 2007, 2:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Marcos CA
Message: Sad news, Floyd (Red) Hayes has passed away on Jan 16th 2007 I really love that guy, and heaven has a great addition, He's riding Harleys with Jesus now! I'm waiting on info for his services.
Name: Deano ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 18, 2007, 2:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: tustin
Message: Don't know if this classifies as a prank or not but how many of us would ditch an assembly in the auditorium or out at the stadium. I know I don't have enough fingers to count mine.
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 18, 2007, 1:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: As far as pranks go, I pulled way too many to recall them all. The worst one I remember was not school related, (although I have two huge ones in that category). But, this was far more serious and could have potentially gone very bad. I was about 8 or 9 years old, and was playing in the garage with the kid next door who was 5 or 6 at the time. I found a long, black extension cord that had no female end, just bare wires. I told the kid to hold the wire ends and then plugged it in. His hair went straight out from all sides and he started screaming, but I guess couldn't let go! I unplugged it and my Dad came running out the back door. Did I catch hell!!!!!!!! My Dad told me if the boy had been standing in the small pool of water three feet away, he'd be dead. To this day I can't sit down!!!!!
Name: David Neuschafer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 17, 2007, 6:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vista, Calif
Message: John...It's been a while, but I wanted to tell you back in Sept. of last year, My wife, Johnny Wells(LHS 58) and myself went back to LHS to present a plaque to the school for Mr. Barton (Boy's Vice Princpal back in our time of the late 50's) Anyway, what we found at LHS was the most heart rendering thing...As we walked into the main building, we noted students holding the doors open for us (Out of respect for our age) All the kids greeting us with a warm, "Hello"...and finally, when we got to meet with the School Principal, Ms. Sonia Miller, Wow, what a great person, LHS is so lucky to have her! I left LHS that day...Thinking the Heck with the past, we all should get involved and somehow try to help these great teachers of today! Man, what a great job they are doing! I wonder how many former HHS Students know who the Principal of HHS is today? It's time for everyone to find out like we did...See what's going on at the school and to give the teachers and staff a bit of praise...They're doing one heck of a job and need all of our support!...Hey, visit both schools (LHS and HHS...Teachers are teachers) they need to know we care!...Thanks John for letting me say this!....David Neuschafer
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 17, 2007, 2:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: South Bay
Message: John Baker and/or Clark Millman, as far as you know is that alumni meeting still scheduled for 12 noon in the HHS cafeteria this SAT (1/20/07)?
Name: Michelle ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 17, 2007, 8:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lincoln, NE
Message: Would love to add my senior pic or a recent pic. How do I do that?
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 17, 2007, 6:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: I know this one has been told a few times but I still think that one of the best pranks was when coach Jones's VW was put between the two uprights of the hand ball court over by the boys locker room. Man was he a bear at PE the next day.
Name: john hagethorn ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 16, 2007, 10:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: las vegas nv
Message: Pranks, probably been done thousands of times. At Hawthorne Intermediate, in the 8th grade, a bunch of us guys picked up the P.E. coaches, VW and placed it on the sidewalk. while doing so we noticed the rear tires bent inward. Not knowing this was normal, we took off running like bats out of H---. We thought we broke his VW, ha ha. Some nervous guys for a while.
Name: george gross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 16, 2007, 8:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: henderson nevada
Message: Well since we are on youth baseball, in 1963 our american middle league team won the middle league world series. I don't think any of us went pro, but for that one year we were on top. I had the chance but let it slip away. Anyway we had Jim Schroeder center field, Darwin Schussler 2nd base, Tom Demary first base, Larry Skeen catcher. I pitched and played third base, Darwin's dad and Rod Blair's dad were our coaches. If I forgot anyone I am sorry. It's been 33 years. We beat the national league team on our way to the title so if anyone out there remembers, let us know.