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Name: Bob Veach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 6:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: My sincerest sympathy to the Doersam Family for their loss. How well I remember him, my dad and all those others from HFD and fond memories from hanging around the stations.
P.S.- I guess you had to be a Westie not to hit your head after banging a roll of caps with a hammer. You Easties weren't very bright, John. Might have been the better education from Dana than from Haw Intermediate.
Name: Enza Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 3:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Pedro Hill, CA
Message: The meat market that everyone is referring to was called Golden West Meats. My brother (class of '58), in the early 70's managed it, and after being a boxgirl at Boys market, I went to work for him making 15.00 a hour after graduation. In those days that was enough for me to move out and get an apartment with my friend Valorie Condit, and buy a brand new '72 red Vega. Geez, I was living large at 18 years old. Should of saw the big picture though, and gone back to college and got a real education. However, I now am able to make a living doing what I have great passion for: Buying and selling Vintage Czechoslovakian/Victorian Jewelry and of course my first love Antique Glass and Pottery. It's the closest thing to not working. Now.....if I could just find that Mister Right....or, as my friends would say, "Mister Right Now" ....Ha! :)
Name: Denny Unfried ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 2:57 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire
Message: I think the Quigley's market was actually Wrigley's and he owned another Wrigley's #2 on Manchester just west of Aviation. ~~~ In 1947 I checked out a book called "Boy's book of Photography" from the library on Acacia and haven't had time to return it, yet. Wonder if anyone could figure the overdue fees without a computer. In 1947 it was .02¢/day. I'd better get out of here before the library cops come looking.
Name: BRUCE HANSON ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 1:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: CATHLAMET WA
Message: METAL CAP BOMB'S LOOKED LIKE A SMALL ROCKET WITH 3 FINS MORE LIKE A METAL DART AND A SPRING LOADED PLUNGER YOU WOULD PUSH BACK ON THE PLUNGER AND INSERT CAPS IN THE OPENING RELEASE THE TENSION AND THROW IT INTO THE AIR AND WHEN IT HIT THE GROUND BAM THEN THERE WAS THE CAP FEATHER LAUNCHER 2 SMALL METAL CUP'S ONE FIT INSIDE THE OTHER THE TOP CUP HAD TWO FEATHER'S 1 RED & 1 BLUE QUIL'S INCASED IN RESIN. SEPARATE THE TWO CUPS AND PLACE IN CAPS PUT CUP'S BACK TOGETHER AND THROW INTO THE AIR ON IMPACK BAM THE TOP CUP WOULD SHOOT INTO THE AIR AND PINWHEEL DOWN. HOW ABOUT HOMEMADE PINWHEELS A STICK A PIN AND A FOLDED MAGAZINE PAGE HOW ABOUT FOLDED MAGAZINE AIR POPER'S SEEM'S LIFE MAG'S MADE THE BEST POP'S SLICK PAPER BAM BRUCE
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 1:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire,CA
Message: Debbie, I think you are remembering Airline Liquor (still there), and Del Aire Market (no longer there). I can remember going to the tiny Del Aire Library for Cat in the Hat books, but I think it was closed around 1966 or so.
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 1:02 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: The little Wiseburn Library was all we had in Del Aire. It was in a small "strip mall" (if you will), which housed Zooty's Cafe, I think a barber shop and next to the library, a 5 and 10 cent store. The liquor store across the street was where we all took our bottles for exchange (usually by the wagon load). They had lots of bottle racks outside next to a 6' X 3' foot soft drink box that kept the cokes cool with ice cold flowing water. It was unlocked and they actually trusted you to go pick out a drink and bring it back into the store to pay for it. And Debbie Kilroy, the market next to the liquor store was "Quigley's." It had it's own butcher shop inside. I think the liquor store was named, "Airline Liquor." And the "log cabin" across from Quigley's was the Del Aire Community Building where all of us in Pack 796 and Troop 786 attended meetings.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 12:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: My father-in-law worked at Standard Oil. I don't know if it was the same fire everyone is talking about or not but about that time he was burned in a fire. We were out in Highland at the time so didn't hear much about it. He worked in the cracking plant where the crude is separated. A line broke and caught fire. He and a co-worker had to shut off the valve. He was burned pretty bad on his back. We used to smack caps with a hammer too but I don't remember the hammer bouncing back. Maybe you guys piled up more than one cap thickness? My dad used to make kites for us out of newspaper. He would buy the thin strips of wood then glue the newspaper to them with a string around the edges. We used rags for a tail. My treasured toys were dollhouses. One purchased the other my dad built. We had all the furniture for both houses. The furniture was realistic and very cheap. You can still buy the recycled furniture for a real premium price on E-bay. We should have kept them.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 11:35 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: I remember we had our meats delivered by Victor Bros. (I think) They would come to the house with this big white truck and fill up our huge freezer we had in garage. Now that I think about it, it was allot of meat. Hamburger, sirloin steaks, roast, t-bone steak, filet mignon and every other cut there was. Filled it up to the top. I think we did this twice a year. Very convienent when I think about it. Hot Wheels was always a favorite. We had a track setup from my brothers room to mine and had races. We used to jump the fence at Mattel on weekends and dig through the trash looking for cars and stuff.
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 11:29 am - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: Yep! I too would go to Pound & Penny Market (133th St.& Prairie Ave) and my boxes of cap pistol caps. And smack them with a Hammer, it's amazing how the Hammer would bounce back! And if you didn't miss or knock yourself out! You get to do it again.
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 11:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: I fondly remember the old, tiny Wiseburn library on 119th St. I walked there every week during summers and developed a lifelong reading habit. There was a tiny liquor store across the street, my mom would send us there to buy her a bottle of pepsi and to cash in the old bottles. I think there was some sort of market on the other side of the liquor store but can't remember it's name. After we were able to afford a freezer (a big deal back then), my mom would stock up on meat from Western Meats, since she cooked ALL of our meals, it came in handy!!
Name: Bruce Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 10:28 am - HHS Time
City & State: Cathlamet Wa
Message: How about setting off Cap pistol caps with your thumbnail (talk about teltail stains) I love the smell of gunpower in the morning or better yet set off a whole roll by smacking it with a hammer(BAM). A friend of mine who lived on 120th and Felton used to throw a small spool of copper wire (tail hanging) over the powerlines and watch the sparks. I was told when I was in bootcamp he tryed this and a ball of fire shot down the line blowing out T.V. sets and radio's. Just kids having fun (BAM) Bruce
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 9:27 am - HHS Time
City & State: LA
Message: Robert Bates, Omar Azze and I were devotees first of Sports Illustrated baseball (which I got for Christmas 1971) and later of Strat-O-Matic. Sports Illustrated had multi-colored charts and dice -- roll the dice and see what your pitcher and/or hitter did. Strat-O-Matic was black and white index cards -- which also used dice to determine what happened at a given plate appearance. The charts we made to keep stats of our teams were mimeographed at my Mom's office (remember that purple carbon paper type stuff and the round drum?). We played a lot of our games at the Hawthorne Y (when we weren't playing that tennis ball "baseball" in the back parking lot). It was great stuff. I remember Dave Kingman's Strat-O-Matic card had basically two entries -- homerun and strikeout! I loved the Nolan Ryan 1973 Strat-O-Matic card -- everything was a strikeout or a walk!
Name: Sharon MacDonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 9:23 am - HHS Time
City & State: Bruceville, Texas
Message: I still have my first Ginny doll that I remember getting in about 1954. Of course she has now been joined by 6 other vintage dolls and about 50 new ones! I also collect Keystone and other masonite play buildings (doll houses, barns, etc.) and tin lithograph games. I had both the Fanner 50 pistol and a rifle that also shot those plastic bullets. Glass Christmas ornaments were great targets. Before moving to Hawthorne, we lived in Providence, RI where the Hasenfeld brothers had a little toy company that became Hasbro Toys. I remember playing with Mr. Potato Head before it hit the big time. Remember all the great, licensed products we just had to have? Howdy Doody, Hopalong Cassidy, Ramar of the Jungle, Gene Autry, etc. put their name on just about anything a kid could possibly want.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 1:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: One of my brother and mine favorite toys was the electric football game that buzzed and it shook all the players around the board. You held the quarterback that had a little cotton type ball on his hand. When you wanted to pass you would say pass then turn off the board and pull the hand back and try to hit the reciever and complete the pass. Far from the Madden game of today. Another was the Hockey game with the little round plastic disk with the ball bearing in the middle. Each player was connected to this long metal pole you would grab and make the player move. My brother was really good at that game. Risk was another great game. Sorry to hear about Mr. Shaw. He was very nice and good friends with my dad.
Name: Bonnie Lou Cozby ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 12, 2007, 1:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ocean Park, WA
Message: I cannot believe that you found a picture of the Haunted House game! John, you are truly impressive...what a rush of memories that brought...thanks!
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 11, 2007, 11:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: I do remember Western Meats, when I was a Freshmen in High School, I worked part time for a Meat Market in Hermosa Beach at the intersection of Pier Avenue and PCH, can't remember the name. I had to Rake and Separate the Bits of Meats from the sawdust and brush and clean miles of butcher blocks and thats not counting the walls. Although I was paid $2 an hour and that was good money for a 14 year old. I still wonder if they had child labor laws back then.
Name: Jean MacErnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 11, 2007, 11:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Albq NM
Message: Tiny tears doll, I had one of those...Also a Ginny doll, Betsy Wetsy, and a Toni doll (from the Toni hair perm fame?) Does anyone remember Miss Tonette (or something like that). It was a hair perm product for kids. I never had that done, but I knew some kids that did. I loved pop beads, paper dolls, comic books, movie magazines. My sister Roberta had a Shirley Temple doll and Pollyanna doll....Can anyone remember the first music album (LP) they bought...Mine was Paul Revere and The Raiders, Dave Clark Five, Lulu, the Rolling Stones and the Monkees....Roberta bought the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the the Lovin Spoonful. She liked Barbra Streisand back then too....That was soooooo long ago...In the 70's my music drastically changed....hard rock!
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 11, 2007, 10:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: A little off topic but it is still on the page. When my sister (OK half sister) Bonney Carrick ('62) was in Girl Scouts she worked as a page at the old library at 11936 Aviation Blvd. I was encouraged to walk to the library and stay there with her 'till she got "off work". One of the things I remember her doing, besides teaching me the Dewey Decimal system, was binding the magazines. She would punch three holes and thread string through it then add shipping tape to hold the cover so it would not tear off as easily. Sometimes I even got to punch the holes in the magazines for her. I did a quick search and found the history of the Wiseburn Library
Name: Leslie Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 11, 2007, 10:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Whittier , CA.
Message: I, as well as my siblings, and other Hawthorne Fire Fighters families, remember the Standard Oil fire. Our fathers were part of the Mutual Aid program that assisted El Segundo's Fire Dept. Many of the firemen worked 3 or 4 days helping to extinguish the fire. We would look out of our second story window, towards the west, and watch the black cloud. My dad came home long enough to take a shower and change his uniforms then back to the fire he would go. That was a long week for us. On a sadder note, My prayers go out to both the Doersam Family and the Shaw Family. Stacy Shaw was my first softball coach and I know baseball was a big part of the entire family. My condolences to the boys, Jim was a good coach and man.
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 11, 2007, 7:15 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: Over dinner tonight we were discussing how people used to buy all their meat at a butcher shop...I can remember Mom going to one on Hawthorne Blvd...I think it was Western Meats or something like that. I do remember the sawdust on the floor and the big signs up in the windows with the daily specials...anyone else remember this place?
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 11, 2007, 6:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Well, I?m not one much to advertise but almost every toy mentioned in the last few days is in the Hawthorne-Our Toys video. Klik Klak Blox, Fanner 50, Chatty Cathy, Yo-Yo?s, bikes, and more, they are all there. So take a look and see if I included some of your favorites.