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Name: Kyle Jokela ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 22, 2007, 12:13 am - HHS Time
City & State: Irvine, Ca
Message: Aloha Keith. We've all been younger, and I remember things I've done when I was younger in disbelief. Thanks to Cougartown we can share them! I can't really remember doing anything as exciting as running out of a restaurant without paying. But this might be close. I was with a 5th grade friend of mine named Lorenzo (I won't say his last name). Eucalyptus Park just closed and the sun had set. Being that it was dark and we were at the park, Lorenzo thought it would be fun if we pushed the park picnic tables upside down. Three other kids around our age came up and thought it would be a fun idea also. Those three kids did push one over, but then Lorenzo saw a person from the apartments next to the park walk over close to where we were and start looking around. We all hid from him. When he finally left, I got up and started walking toward home because I was afraid of being caught. I could hear the others pushing over more tables, as I could hear the crunchy noise as they landed. Then in the distance, I could hear a siren and it was coming from the direction of the police station. We all started running! Lorenzo and I ran toward W. 120th and Inglewood ave. The three others ran the other direction down Inglewood ave. toward Broadway. Lorenzo and I stopped at the Signal gas station on the corner of 120th and Inglewood ave. We didn't hear a siren anymore, so we bought ourselves a soda from the machine and we were drinking and talking about our exciting time. Just then, we heard this super loud blast from a siren coming down Inglewood avenue by the park. We split in different directions toward home and I ran like my life depended on it. Whether this siren was for us or not, we didn't really know, but we didn't want to stick around to find out! Though I didn't push any of the park tables over, I felt badly about being a part of that afterward. This action hurt the park where I had so much fun and was such a great part of my life. I want to apologize right here for my poor behavior and lack of judgement to the people who ran Eucalyptus park back then, and to the people of the city of Hawthorne who enjoyed using the park.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 9:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Did Hawthorne ever have any theater. Not counting the mall. But, back in the 50's or 60's. The Loyola Theater was really neat. They Had a "Crying Room" in the back. The other one up the street to from to that one was great too. It is where I saw my first movie Sound of Music. Are there any Drive-in theaters in LA still.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 7:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden grove, Ca
Message: I believe that is the Academy theater in Inglewood. I read somewhere that Academy theater was built with the idea of being the home of the Academy Awards but it never happened.
Name: Bruce Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 6:57 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cathlamet WA
Message: Here's a cool theater sighting 1986 WANTED:DEAD OR ALIVE 1986 New World Pictures Rutger Hauer. Watch Gene Simmons (KISS) walk into the FOX Theater Inglewood spend some time in the lobby then exit. Gene walks across Market Street makes a phone call and then blows up the theater.(BAM)No CGI here just good old special effects. This movie has one of the best endings ever.(F The Bonus!)Bruce
Name: Bruce Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 6:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cathlamet WA
Message: Sorry Jim that's the Academy Theater 3141 West Manchester Blvd Inglewood 1939-1976. I remember opening day of The Curse of Frankenstein and X the Unknown it played around the clock for 24 hours in 1957. I also saw a Sneak Preview of Rock-a-Bye Baby with Jerry Lewis in 1958. Jerry & Marilyn Maxwell were both in that lobby after the Preview.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 6:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Oregon
Message: I am waiting for one of the Hoods to tell the tale of Hawthorne's Northward expansion, featuring Mel Raymond. Mel moved north to the Bandon Oregon area in the 60's and was followed by the Hood family (Ramona area). Mel reopened a House of Raymond south of Bandon and served quality food in relative obscurity until he sold the biz in the 80's (I think). Nobody ever ate and ran there, but I'm fairly sure Mike Anderson tried. The Hood's were followed by droves and the HHS connection in Bandon took root. The Davidson's, Tim Cleeton, Steve Stevenson, Mazzotta, Bruce Arnold, Bill Halford, Pie Boy, and a cast of many followed over the years. Some remain. So the House of Raymond connection is significant to the Pacific Northwest. --- Nice try Sloey. You never went to a walk-in theatre in your life, being a drive-in kind-of-guy that your are. That lovely cut glass etching (above) was once a door on the changing room at Western Surplus (on Hawthorne Blvd & 138th or so) but was liberated by Patti Hearst, Cinque, and the Symbionese Liberation Front (or was that the Manson Family and Mel's Sporting Goods?) and held for ransom until it was recovered by Boy Scout Troop 237 operating undercover. It was donated to "Castaways," a wonderful restaurant in the Hollywood Hills where I (think I) saw it after the 1966 Backwards Dance that I attended with the lovely Becky Slaughter. (But that's another story).
Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 5:32 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: After thirty three and a half years fire service, I finally hung up my helmet and retired. When I started in 1973, I didn't know what I wanted to do and fire fighting seemed more interesting than anything else. Besides, a family friend, Dale Martin, was a Hawthorne City firefighter during the 60's and used to get his son Don and me into the Plaza theater for free by showing his badge. I thought that was cool. I had no idea about the kinds of things I would be required to do and see as a firefighter and other positions I held in the last thirty years, but I'd do it all over again. I haven't changed much since then. Now I have to figure out what to do when I grow up. BTW, The House of Raymond had the best raisin bread and the Red Onion next door was where I had my first experience as a little kid eating Mexican food. I'd do all that again too.
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 5:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire
Message: Hey, Michael Kratz! Could you double check your email? I tried to send you an email and it was returned!
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 4:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Woods, CA
Message: Keith, I try to give you the benefit of the doubt most of the time, but in your last post, you spelled your OWN name wrong! Wass up brudda?
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 4:18 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: I know...IT'S THE PLAZA!!!!!!(no?)...then the 5th Avenue, the Paradise, the Fox, The Imperial, Leow's, The South Bay....uh...........Nyman Hall?????
Name: jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 3:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: Then what is it? I thought is say's Loyola on it? I'll have to do a drive by and check it out. It's going to drive me nuts ha!
ps/If it's not the Loyola...then which theater is it?
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 3:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Yes, that is the Loyola in Westchester...My brother use to work there. And I remember seeing "The Sound of Music" there. I don't know if it's a medical building, it could be..or maybe it's a indoor swap meet, I'm not sure. I believe it's across the street from Mervyn's.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 2:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: I contacted the original Red Onion?s owner?s grandson, Jeff Earle, and he was kind enough to provide the following information.
The first Red Onion opened in 1948 near the main post office in Inglewood.Jerry:Thanks for your interest in my family's restaurants.The second Red Onion restaurant was located on Hawthorne and Imperial directly across from the Cockatoo. My mom and dad opened that location in October 1958. The restaurant was a gathering spot for teenage band members called the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean.My uncle Don opened his first Red Onion location further up Hawthorne in 1961. It was later re-named the Little Onion when one of our former chefs purchased it in the early 1970s.I hope this helps a little.Jeff Earle
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 1:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: The Pitcher house in Hermosa and the Oar house in Santa Monica were pretty much the same place. I do remember the first time my buddy Wally Pasternak suggested we go there. I misunderstood what he had called it but when we got there I was relieved that it was a beer bar.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 1:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: John I believe that's the Loyola Theatre in Westchester now a medical office building. The Warehouse brings back a lot of memories. My good friend Danny Litton worked there for a period of time so it took the hour wait down to about 10 minutes. The guy that owned it was the same person who owned Beach Bum Burts. He took no reservations and 6 months after he opened the restaurant he bought a huge yacht with the net proceeds from bar. And he called the yacht....NO RESERVATIONS. The Velvet Turtle in Redondo will always be my favorite.
Name: Dave Keller ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 12:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Quincy, CA
Message: My memory of House of Raymond is a great one. I went there twice. The first was May of 1980. I was a junior. The Cougar newspaper staff had its annual banquet. This was back in the day when we published weekly. In fact, we actually published 33 issues in 1979-1980 and 39 issues in 1980-81. (Don't ask me how. All I can say is that we were very committed.) In any case, about 50 people were in attendance. It was in the banquet room on the second floor. My date was a girl on whom I had had a crush since I was a freshman. So, it was kind of magical. I also won a bunch of awards, like six or seven. I also sat with Tom Hoffarth and Scott Robson, both of whom had graduated the year before. The second House of Raymond adventure was May of 1983. It was the retirement dinner for W.A. Kamrath, who was the journalism professor at El Camino College for a very long time. It was a Who's Who of former students who were people in the newspaper business, including Robert Lindsay (author of "Falcon and the Snowman); Rob Fernas (HHS grad and current L.A Times sports writer); Jeff Tully (another HHS grad who now works for the Times as well); and more than a hundred others.
Name: Kieth D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 12:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Kyle, Yes it was when I was younger. In fact it was practiced by ALLOT of people for fun but not a regular thing for me. The Houston Airport thing was done in 1977 so yes I was young. And to let you know the amount of money I have lost from business partners ripping me off or mismanaged equals thousands of times more than what I have done. And like I said I did most of this stuff whne I was a teenager. I make my living by doing business now and most people know how I am. That is why I do business with people for many years.On another note, my bets friend Kurt Morlock has a doughter who has started fighting and she is really good and hopefully someday she will make it big time.
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 11:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: I thought the Cockatoo Hotel and Restaurant would always be a Landmark at the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Imperial Hwy. and another favorite place to eat, I'm sorry to here it's gone. And for those who are keeping track of Vegas Landmarks, the Stardust is do to be imploded at the end of February. Now, what is up with the Hawthorne Mall? LORD BYRONS was one of my favorite drinking Holes at the Mall.
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 10:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: My mom had a friend that worked at the Red Onion...I was under the impression it was located on Hawthorne Blvd. Last time I was there was in the '80's...it was no longer called the Red Onion but it was a Mexican Restaurant. Everytime I drive by now...it still has a fence around it. Speaking of Restaurants...another place that breaks my heart when I drive by is the Cockatoo Hotel. So sad to not see it there anymore. Does anyone know why it was torn down? It was such a great landmark. I would of thought it deemed historical. And what do they plan on putting in it's place? Also...what's up with the Hawthorne Mall? It's such a white elephant. You would think they would of done something with it by now.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 21, 2007, 9:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: LA,CA
Message: Randy Tar, Tractons, Fog Cutter and Perino?s
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 20, 2007, 11:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: Thank you Armand V. for explaining my mistake to me, I didn't see it at first and I was at a lost. I see now, I'm going to need to proof read my material before I post. It's a good thing I work for TIPS, I would have never made it doing anything else. But to be quite honest the word recipe and receipt look Identical me. Enza, I do know the recipe to Taco Tios Tasty Deep Fried Burritos, it was what he put in his oil, or more like an additive. When I was a young Busser at IVY'S COFFEE SHOP. I recall that question being brought up and I don't remember by whom but I heard Bob Schmid the owner tell that Sesame Oil is a good flavoring agent and I believe this is what Andy added to the Deep Fry Oil to give the burritos that distinct taste. Now before I get any Feedback, I could be wrong.