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Name: Kyle Jokela ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 11:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Irvine, Ca
Message: Growing up in Hawthorne, I lived on W 120th Street just west of Inglewood avenue. From my backyard, I could see the jets heading toward LAX. We were far enough away so that the jets weren't too noisy. Sometimes, I'd hear the distant booming roar of the jets, as they put the engines in reverse to slow the jet down after landing. I remember after finishing college, I went back and visited Hawthorne with my sister Sharon. We stayed overnight at her husbands parents house who lived on Isis Avenue. That night, before I conked out, I could hear the familiar booming roar of the jets at LAX. The next day, Sharon mentioned the jet noises and how they reminded her of being back home in Hawthorne. She said that those noises were kind of comforting. I knew what she meant. In an odd way, the jet noises were comforting to me also. I got a very good night's sleep.

Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 7:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: I have to agree with Jill, I lived at 13015 Shoup Street and that was one quite neighborhood, except for the Parties we through every Friday night. And with all those parties, I got to know the Lennox Sheriff's pretty good. I do remember a Cessna making a emergency landing on La Cienega and 133rd Street in 1972. Yes, I do miss my bowling days at the Hawthorne Bowl.
Who owned it then?

Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 6:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Before I was 5, my parents had a house on 103rd and Prairie, right under the incoming flight path. I do remember windows shaking and such. We then moved to the Holy Park area either after the Watts riots, or just before. Still under the incoming flight path, and once in awhile it did sound like a jet was going to land across the street. We then moved to 129th between Shoup and Oceangate and it was too quiet! It took me a long time to get use to not hearing the planes come in. Once in awhile we would get buzzed by a cessna from Hawthorne municipal, but it just wasn't the same. Anyway, fond memories of living near an airport. I confess, I bought Hawthorne Bowl!

Name: Dana ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 2:06 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Salley
Class: 1978
City & State: Simi Valley CA
Message: Reminder for all who are interested that there is a get together planned for Saturday May 19th at 3 Pm at the Purple Orchid in El Segundo. I have been in contact with about 33 alumni from classes 76 to 78, but all alumni are welcome and encouraged to drop in. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions See you there!!
Now that's a great way to round up the Cougars. Thanks Dana and have a great time....

Name: Dave Keller ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 1:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Quincy, Ca
Message: I bought it, but when I lost it in a foreclosure, perhaps it was this other person, who turned it into a medical office building.
Hey Dave, I think it's now a school board building.

Name: joseph mailander ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 12:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: los angeles, ca
Message: Hey John how about some net love for Del Aire girl-done-good Cecilia Estolano, who is now CEO of our City's Community Redevelopment Agency! This is big news here in the Inner City! You'd easily miss this news if you only read the declining fishwrap I contribute my angry screeds to, but in the paper that actually covers local news, the Downtown News, there's a big interview with her this week. In that interview, she talks about how growing up in the shadow of the Century Freeway project---which menaced many of our childhoods---informs her current work! I'm sending you a link in case you'd like to lend some link love too: I LOVE YOU, MAAAAAANNNN and rest assured we Cougs are here making the Inner City safe for your occasional rambling rallies up to Pinks.
Congrats to our own Cecilia Estolano on her CEO-ness. May she make us all proud and thanks much, joseph, for the info.

Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 10:45 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Joe and I lived in a duplex at about the same location in Lennox that Jerry Miles is mentioning. The planes came in right over our driveway, and you could wave to the passengers. Grease would fall. I think that's where I started being a loud talker, because that's what you had to do to carry on a conversation, yell. Our friends and family were afraid to visit, for fear a plane would crash into us. We lasted a few months, and our last days there, we'd wake up in the middle of the night and the realization where we were would make us hear the noise as explosions. Quite an experience.

Name: Bob Kyllonen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 10:23 am - HHS Time
City & State: Rancho Mirage, CA
Message: I have just been informed that Diane Boyd, former Modern Dance teacher at both Lawndale and Hawthorne High Schools, passed away in Thousand Palms, CA on April 12, 2007. No memorial services are planned at this time.
Always tough to lose our mentors. Thanks Bob, for the information.

Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 7:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Growing up on 119th and 117th Streets near Anza during the 1950?s and 60?s, I don?t remember the propeller or jet aircraft really ever being a real noise problem. But for a few months in 1965 we lived in Lennox around Inglewood Ave. and Lennox Blvd. During that time you sometimes could swear the planes would fly in the back window and out the front door. I do remember riding our bikes up Aviation to go to Carolina Lanes. We thought it was great fun to get caught in the prop/jet wash and blown off the side of the road. If memory serves, soon after the jets started to arrive they put up some sort of wind diverters at the end of the runway and took away all our fun.
Thanks Jer', weren't there apartments or something called Carolina Pines by Carolina Lanes, or was the bowling alley first called Carolina Pines?

Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 14, 2007, 12:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Riverside CA
Message: The best place to really appreciate the airline noise was at the Century drive-in theater. Of course some times no body noticed what flew over. I did hear that parts fell from the sky onto Century now and then. The best place to watch and hear them take off was on the dunes at the west end of the runway. At night we would drive as close as we could and hike the rest of the way. Those planes seemed close enough to touch. Nearly lost one of our guys who decided to dig a tunnel in the side of a dune while we were hiking in. When we got ready to go someone noticed he was missing. On the way back to the car we could see in the moonlight his lower legs sticking out of the sand. We did some fast digging and pulled him out of there sputtering and wheezing. A close one.-- Baxter
Hey Baxter, now that's the kind of Tom Sawyer adventure I remember as a kid. Thanks for the story.

Name: Doug Janda ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 13, 2007, 10:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1980
City & State: Gilbert, Arizona
Message: Question about ?Propeller Planes vs. Jets?. Pre Jet age 50-60's - was anything discussed about the noise problem from the 727's, 707?s and DC8?s when they first flew into LAX? I know the Jets would take off and land over the water during certain times. I am sure it was a novelty in the beginning but it affected Hawthorne?s property values in the long run. I grew up by Eucalyptus school and it felt I was under the deck of a Aircraft Carrier sometimes, I would think the jet noise has diminished from the new improved engines today! Any comments would be greatly appreciated and John thank you for this Great website.
Hey Doug, I grew up on Cedar Av. between 120th and Broadway. I never heard an airplane except for the XB49s that took off from Hawthorne airport in the early 50s. They scared me to death.

Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 13, 2007, 9:14 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker, AZ
Message: The Bowling Alley at Century and Aviation was the Tropicana Bowl. One of my earliest memories was my Grandpa and I walking over there for hot chocolate when I was about 3 or 4. We lived on the corner of Hindry Ave. and Hindry Ave. (figure that out) in Westchester. Went to Kindergarten and 1st Grade at 98th Street School. The Bowling Alley later turned into an "Adult Entertainment" emporium. Speaking of that area, does anyone know what's going in that neighborhood? I drove through there several years ago and saw my old house, but looking at Google Earth, most of the homes are now cleared out, like Holly Glen was for the Freeway.
Hi Alan, That was Carolina Lanes. Tropicana was on Prairie and about Imperial Hwy. No, do not know what that area (Century and Aviation) has changed into, but it has changed a bunch. Thanks much....

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 13, 2007, 7:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Well did you buy or not. I thought Greg Colbern bought it back in the early 80's. If you did then I am wrong. So did you buy it and he had nothing to do with it. Greg was a pro bowler and brother of Mike Colbern. One of the last times I saw Greg I thought he told me he had bought the bowling alley.

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 13, 2007, 6:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: There was a bowling alley on Century and Aviation. As well as the one in El Segundo, Westchester, and wasn't there one further North in Inglewood? Now that time has passed, will anyone admit if they made any crank calls to the poor clerks there? Or have the nerve to laugh if you were getting your bowling shoes and someone crank called? They never believed that I truly wanted to know if they had eight pound balls. I really bowled better with the kiddie sizes.

Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 13, 2007, 5:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Okeechobee. Fl.
Message: Maybe we could do a DNA on who the real buyer was, More on the I, Me, and We stuff
Who really did buy Hawthorne Bowl from Kate.

Name: Dave Keller ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 13, 2007, 11:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Quincy, CA
Message: Well, that's funny. I thought I bought the bowling alley.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 12, 2007, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: The Hawthorne Bowl was used in the film Grease 2. Also, when it was scheduled for demolition, my friend Greg Colbern bought it.

Name: Robin Kacena~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 12, 2007, 11:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kacena
City & State: hawthorne, ca
Message: Don't forget the Tropicana Lanes on Prairie, north of Imperial.
Thanks Robin....

Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 11, 2007, 4:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Corral
Class: 1974
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Hey, I was just wondering...did Hawthorne ever have a bowling alley? I don't remember one. And I don't think Inglewood had one either. So where would the closest one have been? I was just thinking for those of us who do not golf...maybe bowling would be a fun thing to do.
Hi Jessie, Go to the Hangouts Page for bowling Alleys in Hawthorne. Also Inglewood had Inglewood Bowl and Jola Bowl on La Brea.

Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 11, 2007, 2:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: This message is going out to the class of 1977. I have updated the list of people attending our reunion so far, go to, I also have listed rumored to be going. The head count is not where I would like it. My theory is that maybe the price might be a drawback. If it is, please contact me personally by email and leave your phone number. I will make sure to call you and I will work with you. I want everyone who wants to go to the reunion to be able to go. So please get in touch with me! Now-golf tournament news, so far we are up to 15 golfers, but we have room for more! So if you have not signed up yet, please do so. If some of you could also start sending in your money, that would be great. Any questions about the tournament please email me. I'm also getting married in September, so if you are interested in signing up for that please go to..... just kidding. Hope to see you all on the links, at the Belamar and in town!

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 10, 2007, 5:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: Hey Cougs. Here are some websites that are good for checking out the price of gas.
The first two are based on people posting, the msn site is from gas stations, but may be a few days old.

Name: JODY WELLER ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 10, 2007, 11:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: LONG BEACH, CA
Message: Finally had a Cougar Sighting. My sister and I attended the Boomer McLennan, BBQ dinner and concert at Norris Center in Palos Verdes Friday nite. All of a sudden there was Harry Plotkin & Cathy, Bob Jensen and crew(can't remember all the names-sorry). They had a full table and danced the whole nite. The next show will be 10/05/07 if anyone is interested in our local talent. They do a great show. Keep up the good job you do with this web site.
Hi Jody, I was supposed to be there too, but was helping a recuperating Mom. Sounds like a fun night for all too, and thanks for the sighting.