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Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 7, 2007, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Attention Cougar Golfers! Our 4th annual Cougartown golf tournament is underway. Please save the date for Saturday, May 19th. We will be holding it at Westridge Golf Course in La Habra. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming days. Bud, Wade and I are really working hard to make this a great one. Ladies... we had 3 lady golfers last year, we are hoping for more, so please think about joining us! To the class of 1977-I am getting ready to send out information to you again. So please look out for that. Thanks.

Name: David Neuschafer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 7, 2007, 3:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: Leuzinger 1959
City & State: Vista, Calif
Message: Hey John...That Picture at the Beach was taken on Oct. 16th, 1972 at about 2:30 in the afternoon! Just in case someone was wondering.....David
Thanks Dave...

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 7, 2007, 12:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Gee, I wonder what time of year and day that picture was taken...the parking lot is empty and the beach is deserted!!!!
I still have no clue

Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 7, 2007, 11:37 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach
Message: I remember my family driving up to PV and seeing the Dominator shortly after it went aground. For years later you could drive up there and see it.

Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 7, 2007, 9:56 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Corral
Class: 1974
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: Which month was the picture taken? I see the beach is empty!!
Do not have a clue....

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 6, 2007, 4:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: While adding music to Paco's pics I heard a song that made me think of Candy Jonsson. Has anyone heard from her lately?

Name: Gary Shambaugh ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 6, 2007, 1:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Manhattan Beach , CA
Message: Fellow Cougars - looks like another great reunion is planned for the class of '71 and '72 on August 25th. Other classes are invited so this will be a choice opportunity to reunite with old friends, neighbors, and classmates that we grew up with in good ole Hawthorne. Hope to see a lot of you there because we sure ain't getting any younger.....let's have some fun and "Carpe Diem".
Hey Gary, Well said... It's time to get together again....

Name: Noreen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 6, 2007, 9:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Crotty
Class: 1972
City & State: Westchester, CA
Message: To the classes of 71 and 72 - If you haven't done so already, please update your CT alumni information. It is the best way to ensure the reunion committee can find you. Our reunion is only 6 months away - so please help spread the word. And anyone from other classes that would like to join us is welcome to attend.
Thanks Noreen, Yes, please update your information, Cougs. It's easy and you won't have to worry about not being contacted for your next get-together.

Name: Maria Fitzgerald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 6, 2007, 1:15 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Juaneza
Class: 1980
City & State: CA
Message: Hey y'all, I have a proud announcement... My son started teaching as a substitute teacher for the Centinela Valley Union High School District. He got called in to sub at HHS last week!! I thought that was so cool. He was a student teacher last year at Leuzinger High, but he decided to change career plans because he feared that he may never be able to afford a home in the South Bay area with the current teaching salary. So, while he's back in school he will be working as a sub for CVUHSD.
Hi Maria, Congratulations to your son on choosing an admirable career, and doing it in the CVUHSD.

Name: David Neuschafer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 6, 2007, 12:25 am - HHS Time
Class: Leuzinger 1959
City & State: Vista, California
Message: Hey JB1: My brother-in law, John Wettstien (LHS, class of 56) is building up a 1932 Ford Pick-Up (this may be too much an "Old Farts" truck for "one" on your site) but... others may be interested in seeing it built from ground up. JB, I think most of us will never again see another 1932 Ford Flat Head going together, let alone a 32' pickup truck being put together again... from ground up! "John" (my brother-in-Law) is doing it right now! Do you think you have a way of showing pictures and perhaps, him telling you, what the progress is, step by step during the process...Perhaps having people asking him questions along the way? And... do you think people would be intrested? John's truck is going to be pretty much a "stocker" but what turned my "fern" was the building up of the old "flat head motor"! Man!! I hadn't touched one of those since 1956 or 57' (About) How Cool!! Hey JB...If you think people would have an interest, let me know..I'll connect you to John and you guys can see what you can come up with and if it will work on your site! I for one, would like to see something like this "saved" for history...And what a better place than Cougartown!...If anyone wants to know, "John Wettstien" most likely cooked their hamburgers for them back in the days if they went to "Skippy's" soon after it first opened! John was a fry cook there while going to school...Sorry Keith, he's just another ol' fart, hardly worth anything... with nothing to say or do, But then, aren't we all?....David
Hey Dave, Sounds like a fun project. No time to stand over John's shoulder with a camera but if he wanted to send in some photos once a month, I'd sure add them here somewhere. Thanks very much.....

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 5, 2007, 7:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: At AAA today while I was being helped, Tracy Turner was paged. No chance to introduce myself, but it's always fun to post a Cougar sighting!
Hey Debbie, No introduction, no sighting See you at Cruise Night.

Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 5, 2007, 7:59 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hey John, Ctown sure is sure lively lately. Keith has always been the life of the party! I will be at Fosters on Saturday. Looking Forward to seeing everyone. If anyone from the Class of 77 is coming, bring copies of Pictures and whatever else and I will post them upon our class reunion web site See everyone Soon.
Hey Dennis, See you Saturday....

Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 5, 2007, 7:20 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Thanks Alan, that site has a great story on the salvage operation. I remember watching part of the events from the cliffs when the Dominator first went aground. Then later seeing parts of the salvage operations while I was surfing at the cove during that time. Especially on the days when it was 10' or better. We would keep one eye on the large swells coming in and the other on the Dominator as the swells would smash into it washing over the sides of the deck. It would make this eerie loud creaking noise with each wave that hit it. Talk about hearing the sounds of a dying ship.

Name: Carl Tank ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 5, 2007, 4:01 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Your Reunion Committee Members from the Classes of 1971 and 1972 are planning another Reunion for 2007! The event will be held at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo on August 25, 2007. Please visit - -for more information and updates. Tickets will be $50.00 per person for those who purchase them early. Tickets purchased after June 1, 2007 will be $60.00. See you there!
Thanks Carl, The information is also on Cougartown's Reunions Page.

Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 4, 2007, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: PArker, Az
Message: Like almost any other surfer in the South Bay, I also spent many a day surfing the Cove. And when feeling adventurous in big waves, went out to Indicator Point and Lunada Bay for the heavy rollers. In those days you could leave your tennis shoes or flip-flops on shore and they'd still be there for the hike up the hill. For information on the Dominator, you can click here
Thanks Alan

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 4, 2007, 1:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire
Message: Cougar sighting! I ran into Regina Lauron (HHS 97) yesterday. She has been in touch with Hattie Harrison (HHS ????) as well.
Thanks Debbie...

Name: Kyle Jokela ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 4, 2007, 11:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Irvine, Ca
Message: Hi John. You asked me if my sister Sharon is a "tree hugger too?" I can't say for sure, but she did move up into the forest where there are alot of trees to hug. But I kind of doubt she is one. Of all the kids in our family, I'm the one who seems to really be fond of Eucalyptus.

Name: Andrea ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 4, 2007, 10:26 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Rossi
Class: 1982
City & State: hawthorne
Message: Hi Everyone....this message isn't about Hawthorne but it will make a difference in someones life. Wedneday March 7th Patrick Malloys in Hermosa Beach [7-10pm] is having a fund raiser for Leukemia/Lymphoma research, if you buy either a Bud light beer or a Bacardi drink 100% of the profits will go to this research fund. I have a good friend who's is battling Lymphoma and she is only 25. I hope you will post this John.....thanks !!!! Andrea

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 4, 2007, 1:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside. Ca
Message: I caught the end of a current Volvo TV ad and was surprised to see it being parked in front of ?Pink?s Hot Dog Stand!? - Baxter
YES, I've seen that one too....

Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 3, 2007, 10:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Tucson AZ
Message: Hi John, I think that Cathy Cook was the little sister of Gilbert Cook. He would have been in the class of '64 but I think that the Cooks left Hawthorne before he was in high school. Gilbert was in my brother Leo's Cub Scout pack. They went to Eucalyptus.
Thank you Ricki, Now I know the whole story.

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 3, 2007, 8:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Just looking at the article on Pacos Pics about Fred Burkett HHS61. When he was 13 he saved the life of Cathy Ann Cook at the pool in Centinela Park. Just wondering if Cathy is related to any of our Cougar Cooks; Sheila, Georgia, Donna, Robert, etc. If anyone knows the answer, please respond. She would have been about the Class of 1967.
Thanks Cougs.

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 3, 2007, 7:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Back in the early 1960s, my grandfather used to take us fishing in his boat off Palos Verdes and we used to pass by the Dominator. I heard at the time that some people exploring the wreck were killed. Is this correct? - A.
Hey Armand, Never heard of anyone dying while exploring the D. but maybe.

Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 3, 2007, 6:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Claremont, CA
Message: I surfed "The Cove" many times during the mid to late 60s. I didn't recognize it from the picture. One of my experiences there was in December of 1964. I got off work--at Bruce Nelson's Chevron, corner of Rosecrans and Inglewood Ave.-- at about 1:00PM. A rare offshore wind was blowing and I thought the cove might be breaking. I loaded my surfboard into the Stude--I had removed the rear seat and cut the cross braces away, so it stuck out the open trunk--and drove to PV. Looking down the cliff, I could see waves and about 5 people in the water. By the time I got in the water it was about 3:30. The wind was still blowing offshore,and the waves were great--about 4-5ft hollow tubes. Then things got interesting. The surf came up and at about 4:30 I was the only person out, in about 10 ft waves. It was getting close to sunset and I was worried about getting to shore. No leashes in those days. I finally mustered up my courage and took off on a wave and, sure enough, wiped out. I ended up swimming all the way in, retrieved my battered board from the rocks, and got back to the Stude in the dark. Luck of ignorant youth--I was 17.
Hey Ron, Thanks for the story....

Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 3, 2007, 2:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: I Remember in the late 60's of going out to PORTUGUESE BEND. It had a dilapidated pier, we would walk or try to walk out to the end of the pier, where we jumped off and swam or for some, drowned as we try to swim back to shore. I guess today that pier is gone?
If it was close to Portuguese Bend, it probably headed for open waters like everything else.