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Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 7:41 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire
Message: I know neighborhood kids used to party in the abandoned freeway houses, but unless someone ran an extension cord from an unsuspecting neighbor's house, electricity for the equipment would not be available. Some of the band members lived in the area. Keith, I remember a Dr. Higgenbotham from RFK, and I remember your friends you mentioned. My mom got remarried and her name is Judy Swain. She got some mail of Jody's once. No relation between the kids who went to HHS and my step dad as far as we know.

Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 7:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: of LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: JB: If you remember, that scooter thing had a funny breaking action. Back by the rear wheel, was a sort of short lever a little above the platform. That lever was on a pivot, and when you pressed it down, the lever from the bottom side would swivel up and rub against the tire to slow you down. If you jumped down hard on it, while swinging the the front handle bars hard to one side, you could leave a letter 'J' on the sidewalk.
Hey Richard, I remember that on lots of scooters, but not on this particular one. It had like skateboard trucks underneath and wasn't conducive to that sort of braking, that I remember.

Name: Pauline Matthew ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 7:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 1969
City & State: Oak HIlls, Ca
Message: Keith I hope you come back to CT. I enjoy reading your posts. I worked with your mom at the bank for a number of years. I remember when you broke your leg, reset it yourself then had it re-broke by the doctor. YOU drove your mom nuts with all the things you used to do. So Mr. Reagan, Keith is telling the truth. So you CT members that do not beleive Keith please do so because it is true. His mother would come to work and tell me what he had done. Never a quite moment with Keith as your son. So Keith please continue to post all your great stories
Thanks Pauline....

Name: linda huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 7:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: torrance, california
Message: Hi there, Just wanted to let you know, I had another great "Cougar Sighting", tonight. Saw good ole' Duff Means and his lovely wife, at a local grocery store. We spoke of the reunion coming up, in Catalina, and various things. It was so good to see a great man, and teacher from the 60s. We are blessed to have Duff with us. Take care, everyone, Linda Huthmaker
Hey Linda, GREAT Coug sighting. Duff was an enormous inspiration to lots of early Cougars. Thanks again and see you at Cruise Night.

Name: Married to A Coug ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 5:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
No E-mail
Message: My absolute favorite story of Keith's, is the story when he dated Roy Orbison's daughter. I love that one so much because Roy Orbison never had a daughter. I crack up just thinking about it now.

Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 4:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: I went back and read Keith's post again and he make's a good point. There are a lot of things I would like to say on this Feedback Page. But being Single, Never been Married, No kids?, Don't Drink!, Don't Smoke and I Don't Gamble! that's Now! "One has to be careful for what they wish for. "Now, I just had a Cougar who I haven't seen or talked to in some 35 years tell me to go out tonight and do something. Let me tell you... that I've been out on so many Friday's and Saturday Nites here in Vegas that's it's insane and if I posted The Happenings!/The Events/the Girls!!!/the Bars/ the Drinking/the Racing and the Gambling Places, IT would bring all my (OLD/YOUNG) Girl Friends out. And I'll Probably have METRO at my door, trying to solve all those strange swirling doughnuts like rubber burns left all over the streets and sidewalks of VEGAS in the late 70s and 80s. I'm staying HOME tonight, I know it's safe here. And I hope Keith comes back, I enjoyed reading his Odyssey through LIFE!

Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 4:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Keith, being one of the old farts let me say this to you. It really doesn't matter who believes you or not. The important thing is that You have those memories to hold on to and enjoy. There will always be naysayers but there are far more that like hearing them. I am one of the 60's crowd and I sure as heck haven't lived a boring life and still don't. In my time so far, I have spent 15 years on the Dewey Weber Surf Team surfing, competing and traveling all over the world with some of the top surfers from the 60's through the beginning of the 80's. Occasionally I still surf with some of them. As well as memories of a lot of other things I have done in my life like going to Woodstock in 69. I choose not to talk about those experiences that much but I sure enjoy the memories and am still creating more all the time. My advice is keep posting and not let what others think bother you enough to stop. Address what they have to say and move on.
Gary, I remember the Harrison brothers at Hermosa, both Derek and Dru. Dru was the better surfer and went on to make quite a name for himself. I used to surf with Dru, Mike Purpus and Donald Takayama there at times along with Peter Pope. I remember one time a beer truck was stopped on the strand at the bar there close to the pier. Peter Pope was a huge Hawaiian, he went up to the beer truck and hoisted a keg on his shoulders and walked off. Later that night we all had a party down at PV cove.
Thanks Walter, and to Keith, I agree. Keep on postin' BRUDDAH!!!

Name: doris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 4:34 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: TF ID
No E-mail
Message: YES! YES! YES! I DO remember something! John, those wonderful scooters were actually called "SKEETERS" for some unknown reason. My niece, who is just two weeks older than I, had one and I used to BEG her to let me ride it. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN because you DID guide it by leaning, somewhat the same as in roller skating. They must have been fairly expensive because my niece was the only one I knew of to have one back in the 40's. And don't remember that they stayed around for long ... the only reason I can think of was they were just too expensive at that time in life. What do you think John?
Too expensive for us. I think maybe 17 dollars or something like that. Anyway I just loved riding that thing down my driveway. It was like skiing on pavement. Thanks Doris....

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 4:14 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Greg Hetson was also in the Circle Jerks and Redd Kross. It's interesting -- Redondo and Hermosa were at the heart of the "Orange County" Punk Rock explosion (so-called because the "old line" Hollywood Punks, like the Germs, X and the Weirdos, thought anything south of Hollywood was "OC"). And Greg Hetson was in some of the pioneering acts of this era, so there must have been a punk presence around town and the campus. But I do not recall a single "punker" from Hawthorne High during this time. Maybe it's because I was too busy with the puka shells and white painter pants! I have read that Redd Kross used to play in abandoned houses near the I-105 construction area -- but I don't know if that's true.

Name: Jean MacErnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 3:22 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: I would like to make a comment on Keith Jones and his stories....I do not know him...but his stories are ok with me. Whether they are the truth or not....that really isn't very important. He has made us all smile with those stories. Some seemed far fetched but are they hurting anyone? I hope he still sticks around here in Cougartown. I feel IF he is telling the truth he has every right (and reason) to express his feelings (anger etc). He may be saying some things we find offending about our ages...but he is upset and hurt by our comments. I feel we have a his stories or pass them. Think about the Beach Boys....maybe (I doubt this) there is someone out there who never heard of them...and heard all these fantastic BB stories. They may also find that hard to swallow too...but it did happen. Maybe Keith is telling the truth...maybe a bit exaggerated...who knows...but remember this....SH_T HAPPENS!!! Has Keith really ever said anything bad about anyone in the past. He has done a lot of bragging about himself but is that really a bad thing? Come back Keith!!! Ok back to Cougartown....John you mentioned your 45's you bought at Melody Music...I remember going every week with my mom there. She bought all the top 40's there. I loved going there. My mom and I probably passed you in the aisle at some point! Heres some more toy trivia...Pogo sticks. I never had one but recall seeing some kids bobbing up and down the street on them. Stilts. Never had one of them..I once made a pair out of old crutches at a friends house. Scooters...not like the kind we have now days. The old ones reminded me of big skateboards with handle bars. I also remember those big rubber balls with a huge rubber band deal on the end of it. You would hold the band and punch the ball around. The Nichols family had a slip and slide...but before the Nichols had this drive way that the kids would hose down with a lot of water. The kids would slide down the drive way just like the slip and slide. The champ was Laura Maxson. My sister Roberta was the first injured. She cut her head and had to get stitches. Last on my list are some old tv favorites......Bozo...Chucko the clown...Engineer Bill and Sheriff John.....
Hey Jean, some great ones there. Does anyone remember a scooter that had a wide aluminum platform that you stood on and you could steer it by moving the stick, or your weight, from one side to the other, like a skate board? Never owned one but sure got a lot of use out of the neighbor kid's scooter.

Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 2:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Keith, don't take offense to the naysayers, they don't know you. It might be hard for some folks to believe some of the stories he tells, but that I know Keith, and even though I haven't seen him in 30 years, I have absolutely no doubt that every story he tells is true. If you knew him, you would have no doubt either. So Keith, please keep telling the stories, I personally enjoy every one of them and look forward to hearing more. By the way, did you know that a guy named Greg who is in the band Bad Religion went to HHS in 1976? I think he was a sophomore then. Did I already tell you this? Senility sets in, I am repeating myself.

Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 2:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Coves. Ca
Message: Keith; Don't get so defensive, I'm one of the OLD FARTS you are referring to. I think the way that you embellish (look it up in the dictionary) your stories is very entertaining. You could possibly have made a good cop, if you were capable of putting your embellished thoughts in a report format and able to spell the words correctly. Anyhow Keith, keep the stories coming, we all enjoy them, even though they do seem a little far fetched sometimes.

Name: Carissa ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 11:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1990
City & State: Hawthorne
No E-mail
Message: Keith,I enjoy you stories. I think it's great that you older people try and keep your minds active by being creative. I can only hope I will live as many years as you and have as many colorful tales as you. You might want to consider that when you insult those a little older than you. If you don't make it to their age someday, there is only one other option. But to me, you are just a Geritol drinking old fart too. You may be able to prove everything you say but you seem to have a little trouble proving your own existence by showing up at the reunion. So keep those tales coming. They do make my flowers flourish better than Bandini Mountain.
I guess age IS relative

Name: doris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 10:51 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls ID
No E-mail
Message: Before this senile old woman forgets, want to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to our own DZ aka Dizzy Lizzy aka ELIZABETH on the 19th; Jake aka Russ on the 20th and Kelley Girl aka Kelley Currie on the 27th! If I don't do this NOW and ALL AT ONCE KEITH, I WILL FORGET! Keith, you shouldn't take offense at us oldies (BUT GOODIES!!!). Who WOULDN'T be a little jealous of the exciting life you've led and you've got to admit, a lot of it DOES sound bizzare at the very least! VERY FEW PEOPLE can honestly say they've done the things you have. Most of us haven't even come CLOSE to the excitement and adventure you've known in your lifetime ... and that's just so far. And ya know what! It ain't just us oldtimers that haven't lived like you have, and like you still DO live ... it's everyone! YOUNG and old alike. So don't take offense and keep those stories coming. If someone wants to challenge a story, ignore them and just know they haven't had the opportunities you've had. You're never going to please EVERYONE! Just ain't gonna happen! HUGS ON EVERYONE AT CT! And especially you Mr. Baker Man!
Don't squeeze me so hard....I'M OLD!! Thanks Doris and Happy Birthday to Liz, El Rojo, and Kelley.

Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 5:36 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: Keith, this is one old gal who thinks your tales are delightful. I'm just disappointed that you think our lives in the 50's & 60's and our feedback now are so boring.

Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 17, 2007, 12:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: When I had my accident with my RX3 in 1973 at 405 and Rosecrans, the only people in my Hospital room was the DOC and my DAD. I was so embarrassed for wrecking my RX3 and I'm glad my friends didn't find out until I got out of the Hospital. Keith, you're OK with me, keep posting. And I just joined AARP, they save me 30 Dollars on my car insurance, how ironic.
GO AARP!! Thanks Michael....

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 16, 2007, 8:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
Message: Here is one for investigator Bob Reagan. The doctors name was Higenbothen or something like that. Call the hospital and ask for records back in 1974 I think. Look to see if the records state the doctor had to rebreak my leg cause I set it. This will give you something to do between treatments. When you find out that I am right and you were wrong you can apolgize. Till then get a life. I am really sorry you guys have so many boring tales to tell and those same boring stories get you excited. I'm done posting here for awhile. The last thing I need to do is have to prove anything to you. I have proof of just about everythign I say. Like I said the last thing I need to do is lie on this website.
It's for sure my stories are boring compared to yours, Keith but I too am one of the old farts. You are only pushing 50. I wish I was 50 again. Seriously, no need to get all upset, Keith. You know you can post here just like anyone else, anytime you want.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 16, 2007, 8:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: To the non-believers take a break from your boring life and if you don't believe me find someone who worked at the hospital and ask. The or if Jody Swain, came on here or Sean Carroll or Sherry Blackwell (I think) or numerous others who came to my room you can ask them. I was not in the hospital for a broken leg. I was in a coma for a day after the accident. The leg is somethign that happen. I love it whren you old farts read my stuff and think I am lying. It shows how really boring your lives must be. What do I need to make up stuff on this website for. You make me laugh. Now all you geritol farts go play bingo and get a life. I sure am glad I didn't go to HHS when you went. I went have killed myself out of boredom.

Name: Freddy ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 16, 2007, 5:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Austin, Tx
No E-mail
Message: I never went to your school but other than the Beach Boys and Keith Jones, I have never heard of anyone from there either. But I do read this forum and find it so intriguing that so many of you have stayed in touch after years of being away from your alma mater. However, I must take issue with you on one point and that is my good friend Keith Jones. I know to many of you he may seem like a Forrest Gump but I have trailed his life for sometime and remarkably almost everything he says is fairly close to the truth. Our family has been in the fertilizer business for years and we owe a great deal of gratitude to Keith. I think it was about 1982 or 83 we were having a severe shortage of organic fertilizer due in no large measure to an ongoing draught. I met Keith at a filming of our commercial in Los Angeles about a month after the shortage had really hit us hard. Well I liked Keith so much, you just can't help but like him, I invited him home to Austin to our ranch for our week long celebration of the 4th of July. Every morning, ok it was about noon when he got up, he would walk out to the feed lot and start talking to the cattle. HE would tell them everything about himself, all his successes, his famous friends, what movie he was going to appear; a solioquy that usually lasted for hours. Well that was the end of our manure problem. In fact now all we have to do when it looks like the cattle may be short changing us on their daily duties is walk out to the feed lot and yell Keith. Thanks Keith for all you've done for us and gardens everywhere!