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Name: Bonnie Lou Cozby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 1, 2007, 8:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ocean Park, WA
Message: I learned to drive in the fields surrounding the Bollinger's house. Starting in sixth or seventh grade, my mother would take me over there and let me drive all around the dirt roads. I remember there were lots of bumps and twists...if you got going fast enough you could get a little "air" over the backside of the bumps. I learned how to do a pretty snazzy donut over there too. Faster was always better according to my mom. No SUV's at the time, mostly drove a baby blue Ford Galaxy or later a Ford Country station wagon. To add to the excitement, you had to avoid being seen by the Bollinger's, and who could blame them for being annoyed by the trespass? It was fun tho'.
Name: jennifer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 1, 2007, 2:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: clovis,ca
Message: The Little Onion was my favorite is it still there or did it move. I know House Of Raymond burnt down. The Circle Jerks and Bad Religion saw them at Fenders in Long Beach. The Punks didn't show up at HHS till the 80'S I was one of them. Spent most of my weekends either at Kings games or Fenders still have my leather jacket and boots. Glad I saw the Ramons before they started dropping.
Name: Wendy Treat ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 10:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Chargertown
Message: I lived on 120th. and watched the circus parade from my front yard. It was more exciting than the circus itself. Anza school is in the background.
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 9:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Citrus Heights, CA
Message: I do! I do! I do remember the Ringling Bros B & B parade like it was yesterday. It actually went all the way to the Forum. What was so amazing, when they gave the animals a break at 120th & Prairie, all the elephants did their thing and flooded the intersection. Whoa! But I did get to meet and talk to Gunther Gabel Williams, lead animal trainer at the time. I also met Hobo Kelly and Bill Burrud. Thanks for the memories.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 8:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: I just want to wish Beverly Bierman a Happy Happy Birthday today. I thank you Beverly for having the most lovely family of Cougars I could ever imagine. When I met your daughters back in 1998 or 99 I thought this is what the Cougar nation and HHS is all about. Since then I've grown to love you and your family members very much. We've all become much more than great friends. You and Paul should be very proud of your brood; a classic Hawthorne family. Happy Birthday to you.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 6:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Helena Montana
Message: Hey Brett, how goes it? Yep it was called the Ok Corral. A black guy, name of Gus had the place when I was there. After a couple of months moved the horses to Dominguez hills, the rest is history. HA! Murph..
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 6:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: If you go to the Leuzinger Alumni site
you can read a short bio on Adolph Leuzinger. It's interesting and makes me feel bad about making fun of the name Leuzinger. He didn't want the school named after him because it would be too hard to pronounce. I wonder if he pronounced it differently since it is really easy the way we always said it.
Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 4:45 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Marcos CA
Message: Al Murphy was that the stable that was called OK corral?? I used to shovel horse,,,ummm Manure there for riding time on the horses over there. Bye the bye hey I'm thinking of going to the Avalon get together it sounds like Fun!!
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 2:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: During my years at Sepulveda School we all knew if we stepped one inch onto Leuzinger?s field we were flirting with a load of rock salt or worse, the man with a hook. We had all heard the stories of it really happening. There were never any names or dates with the stories though. Years later, when Jack Hammer ?68 worked at the Richfield Station on the corner, he would often be asked to come up to the farm and check that truck out. Through him I found out Mr. Leuzinger was really very friendly person.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 12:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Helena Montana
Message: John, I think the man we worked for was Adolph's son. While talking to him he would sometimes refer to his dad in the house and how they farmed the whole area at one time. Anyway, he drove the OLE "T" because he was paralyzed from the waist down. He had a cane with a rubber tip that he would use to push the forward or reverse foot pedal. At our age we thought that was real neat. HA! Have Fun, Murph
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 11:56 am - HHS Time
City & State: v
Message: John, do you have any pictures of the 405 being constructed through Hawthorne?
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 11:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: In answer to Dan?s questions, I don?t think the people of Del Aire wanted to be annexed although you did hear rumors occasionally. I think the building of the San Diego Freeway squelched any serious plans of a Hawthorne annex. The Wild Goose was a large truck painting facility before they converted it into a restaurant with gentlemen?s entertainment. I have no idea what is was before that.
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 11:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Actually Steve, the Bollinger house was closer to El Segundo and Sepulveda. They had a small stand near there where they sold their produce. As a lad of about 12 or 13, I was a friend of Rick Bollinger and visited the house on several occasions. Old man Bollinger really didn't like too many visitors there. The older Bollinger boys, besides farming, did custom paint jobs on cars in one of the barns. Really quality work, too! HHS grad Dick "Whitey" McCormick's, (class of '70), dad had his '51 Pontiac painted by them. It was light blue pearl with a deep blue metal flaked roof. The road up to the house was dirt and when it rained...what a mess. Also, believe or not, the main room in the house had a dirt floor too. Rick dropped out of school real early. I remember he was extremely muscular for his age and had long hair. He caught hell at Dana for his appearance, seldom showed up for classes and never cut his locks. We know that area is now all smokeless industry and I have no idea what happened to the Bollinger clan, but I imagine they faired well upon selling off all that large parcel of land!!!!
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 10:52 am - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Does anyone know why "Del Aire" was never gobbled up by Hawthorne, El Segundo or Los Angeles? When did the Wild Goose go in instead of a nice family farm?
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 10:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Great memory jog Kathy. My dad was an avid Ufly and remote control plane builder. Forget buying the kits. He would buy the balsa wood, fabric and the plans and we would build them from scratch. We used to fly them with other RC'ers over there. The funny part was, with radio frequencies being what they were at the time, when the planes would fly around LAX and use their radios sometimes it would disrupt our plane signals and our planes would head for parts unknown. We would have to hop in our cars and chase them to where ever they went until they ran out of fuel to retrieve the wreckage. It was always so funny to watch those planes take off like that and every one scrambling to the cars to chase their planes. My dad would be driving cussing while like crazy at the LAX disruption and how screwed up the frequencies were.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 10:18 am - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Woods, CA
Message: The old house near El Segundo/Aviation that Kathy mentioned was known as Bollinger's Farm. Rick Bollinger (HHS '67) and his family lived there.
Name: William ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 9:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: R.B.
Message: Speaking of older siblings I reflect back to my Freshman days when I entered HHS. Does anyone remember the term Monkey Bumps? Man did I get nailed by all the friends of my older sibling...Penilla/Hobart/Gertch/Schroeder/Litton/Lent and many others... may I never forget. You are the GREATEST JB.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 8:35 am - HHS Time
City & State: Helena Montana
Message: John, the picture at Rosecrans and Aviation brings back OLE memories. you are right, you are looking east toward Hawthorne. That is an oil rig on a hill to the right and east of the bridge. In the sixties I kept a couple of horses at a stable that was located just east of the bridge. In Denny Unfried's post, he mentioned the Leuzinger house and barn. Some friends and I worked for him stacking beans in the field around 1947. He would come out in the field in an old model T pick-up to take us back for lunch. We would sit in the shade of the barn and eat our lunch. HA, what times we had!! On another note, I have friends living in HI. they say Kieth Jones is well known there, but have not heard of Doug Geller. Well, have a good one, Al Murphy
Name: Bill Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 7:36 am - HHS Time
City & State: R.B.
Message: That sounds like something I would write JB but I can not take credit for this, As I am viewing it first time. I have never used the name Billy as I had a school mate that went by that name and he played dolls with the girls. :0( I would like to recommend to everybody that if you send something into CT use your own name if you can't don't send in. In reading this blog I thought Billy was going to say he attached his leg backwards........Peace William Sloey
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 6:36 am - HHS Time
City & State: Marietta, OH
Message: When Denny mentioned El Segundo and Aviation, it brought back memories of Learning to horseback ride there with my girl scout troop. Sometimes groups were there with their radio controlled airplanes buzzing around. I also remember thinking that old house surrounded by windbreaker trees sure looked haunted! For those of us who haven't lived in Calif. for a long time, Cougartown sure brings back some memories from the cobwebs. John- keep up the good work.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 6:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: John, speaking of Ports 'O Call, is the place still open and revitalized? We went there a few years ago and a lot of shops were closed down and the place was in disrepair. Very sad. I heard that it was supposed to be fixed up.
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 28, 2007, 4:17 am - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire. CA
Message: I'm glad to stand corrected. There was a rumor going around that if students wanted Industrial Arts classes, they would be served by SCROC rather than individual schools.
Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 27, 2007, 10:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: From more than one source the story goes that around 1946, a dummy corporation was formed by Standard Oil, Goodyear Rubber, and General Motors, which bought out the financially troubled company that ran the "Red Cars", and almost immediately started shutting the rail system down in favor of General Motors buses, running on Standard Oil fuel, with Goodyear tires. Apparently anti-trust, or similar charges were filed in court and the dummy corporation was fined the maximum - $5,000.
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 27, 2007, 8:52 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks
Message: One sad entry on that old map is for the Pacific Electric Line -- who stole roger rabbit? They never should have shut that down. Congress just passed a law removing the ban on building the Metro underground west of Western. Looks like by the middle of next decade we'll have a subway to the sea once again -- although only to Santa Monica via Wilshire