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Name: Jean MacErnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 11:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Oops! I made an error....That little mexican restaurant was North of Lennox Blvd....I doubt if anyone will remember it though! Very small...A few tables, a counter to eat at...and a juke box. I think it was a family owned place. A great friend that I remember.....Nancy Martin (Adams). We were friends from Eucalyptus, Hawthorne Intermediate and HHS Days. She is the sister of George Martin (68) and married Phil Adams (I forget the year) of HHS. Nancy and I did so many crazy things growing up. We hung out a lot at each others house. We were always up to something. I miss those days....

Name: Jean MacErnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 9:23 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: A lot of restaurants listed here.....There is a restaurant our family used to go to in the 50's and/or 60s.....I think it was on Ingelewood Ave South of Lennox Blvd, on the West side of Inglewood Ave. It was a small mexican restaurant...nothing fancy...I can't think of the name of it though....They used to make rolled enchiladas....My dad came from La Mesa, NM...Near Las Cruces....and always had flat enchiladas with an egg or two (sunny side up) on top. They started to make them that way there (as well as the regular rolled)...and called them NM style enchiladas. Wish I could think of the name of the place. In California we always ate red chili...In Northern NM I had my first green chili....So good....I remember Woodys Smorgasburger back then too....It was good but now we have Fuddruckers......I remember going to a buffet like restaurant too as a kid....I can not remember where it was....But I feel like it was in or around the South Bay Shopping center. I have memories of eating hamburgers at the Del Mar bowling alley too...Near Gardena. My mom and dad bowled in a lot of leagues there and at King Pin too. I have good memories of the hamburgers and fries at those little restaurants that were located in several 5 and dime like stores in Inglewood too. Last memory is of all those donut shops with the big donut on top. When I was a kid I loved chocolate donuts....Everytime I would see one of those big donuts I thought it would be cool to have a real one that size.....The mind of a kid thinking here.....keep those memories pouring in....
Thanks Jean....

Name: Sande Gosper ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 8:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bashaw
Class: 1968
City & State: Garden Grove, CA
Message: OS63195 WOW! How many phone calls were made to this number 40+ years ago? Cheerleaders, choir members, football players, boyfriends, friends! 57 years ago my parents moved to Hawthorne - my dad still lives on 127th Street. My childhood friends - Susan Freeberg, Jennell Conn, Margie Padgett, Sandy Ingvalson, Scott Ferguson, Gary McDonald, Ricky Davidson - where are you now??? Skateboarding at Sepulveda, toilet papering our friends homes, crusin' down Hawthorne Blvd - Wich Stand to A&W, after football @ Bob's Big Boy, hanging a Saxon in effigy on the football field, Del Aire Park. Remember????? Don't see much feedback from class of 68! We are planning our reunion for next year - would love to hear from you about your memories! Keep in touch regarding reunion details :-) Thanks John for giving us this forum to communicate!
Thanks Sande, and please let us know when and where....

Name: Tom Chadwick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 6:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Central Coast
Message: A great place to eat when we were kids was Casa Martinez on Washington Bl in Culver City. Good food and great fun seeing Rico in his sombrero and sequined outfit playing his guitar and singing his Mexican ballads.
Hey Tom, Don't remember that one but Tito's on Washington Bl, I do....

Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 1:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey CA
Message: Hey all Cougs Still in the area, Seal Beach Car Show on Main St. is Sat. the 21st, & Fabulous Fords Forever at Knotts Berry Farm on Sun. the 22nd, both shows have a lot of cool cars. John I know this is not Hawthorne related but a lot of car people, like me, are out there. Later Don
Hey Don, Yes I know. Thanks for the update....

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 1:17 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: OS6-2378
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: Patty, I was runnin' from the heat....Cops everywhere! I just filled up the Prius this morning in San Clemente and gas was $3.49. Thank goodness I only needed 9 gallons. My average has been 53 mpg! Honk and wave next time!!!

Name: Dave Hobart ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 1:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: El Segundo, Ca
No E-mail
Message: The only kid I know in the Hawthorne Intermediate picture is the boy in second row on left is Elvis Presley.
Hey Dave, a dead ringer all right

Name: Pauline Matthew ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 1:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 1969
City & State: Oak Hills, CA
Message: When my son was in college his band played at the surf museum in Huntington Beach several times. The lady that owned it liked to give unknown surf bands a chance to play. Great place to hear good surf music. It was funny, my son was going to school in Lake Tahoe and playing surf music with guys who were not from the beach area at all.
Surf Tahoe, Dudes

Name: Bonnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 12:36 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McCoy
Class: 1978
City & State: Irvine, CA
Message: To answer Loretta Cuiper's question, "Are there even restaurants that have piano players anymore?" There's an excellent place in Newport Beach called Bayside Restaurant that has a very accomplished piano player. He also has a sax player join him on occasion. My husband and I always enjoy going there, as they also have delicious food and a beautifully romantic atmosphere! :)
Also our own Cougar sister, Dori Gestone, has a piano player at Gaetanos in Torrance.

Name: Penny ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 12:36 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Prouty
Class: 1962
City & State: torrance, ca
Message: John, I'm a bit late with my input on your restaurant question.....I'm not sure if this was a restaurant or a cocktail lounge in that area but was there a place called "The Fireside" ???
Hi Penny, Yes you are a little late. The answer was given by Noreen Crotty as The Royal Crest. I remember the Fireside as being about Manchester and Sepulveda, maybe. Thanks much....

Name: Jim Fox ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 12:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Hawthorne Yet
Message: The 5 Torches was located in the strip mall on the northeast corner of Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard. It was originally called The Huddle, and as I recall, it first opened in the late fifties. I also remember that at some point the restaurant was gutted by fire but was restored. Dad took my family there once when we were kids, but we were closer to being regulars at Du-par's which was right across Imperial on the ground floor of the Imperial Bank Building. My fondest recollection of Du-par's was their blueberry cream cheese pie. It was to die for, although it was so heavy that each bite didn't stop at the stomach. It went right to the feet and made it hard to walk. Thanks to all for the culinary memories.
Hey Jim, Thanks for the info on the 5 Torches. I didn't know it was called the Huddle.

Name: David Neuschafer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 12:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
City & State: Vista, California
Message: Hey JB1...Wow! great old picture! I think I can pick a few out from my foggy old mind...1st picture, top left, Joyce Noxon. 3rd picture top row from left, Carole Nelson. 2nd row, 4th from left, Dorothy Ziegenbein. next to her, Judy Taylor. 7th picture 2 row, Ron Watson. And I "think" 6th picture on the 3rd row is Karen Cure. I sure remember Mrs. Walker as being one of the best teachers ever! She helped so many kids back then, including my sister; Fern. Thanks for the blast from the past John!...David
Hey Dave, Great job on those. Thanks for the help...

Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 11:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: All this talk about restaruants is making me hungry! Congrats on coming up with the name of the place that was driving JB nuts. Wasn't the 5 torches on Imperial Hwy and wasn't it a smorgasbord? Or am I thinking of something else? When someone brought up Haji Baba's, that brought back memories. I don't remember the green horse though. As for Dal Rae, wasn't it always where it was? That place holds a special meaning for me. What other eating establishments can you think of that when you were small, you thought was so neat, but when you went there as an adult you thought, wow, what a dump?
The 5 Torches wasn't a smorgasbord, it was a full restaurant and bar. The Dal Rae was on Western Av for many years before moving.

Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 11:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: I do John and I believe it was at Imperial and ?? maybe Crenshaw. Larry and I had gone there for a few dinners before we were married and times after we married. Loved the Piano Player set up. All could enjoy his playing. Are there even Restraunts that have Piano Players anymore? Thanks for bringing back so many memories! Love Ya John!! ALWAYS A COUG
Well you must be talking about the 5 Torches. Yep, it was a fun place in our community for a lot of years. Thanks Loretta...

Name: BRUCE HANSON ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 11:33 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: CATHLAMET WA

Name: Noreen Culley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 10:38 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Crotty
Class: 1972
City & State: Westchester, CA
Message: Hi JB, Is the restaurant the Royal Crest?
BINGO!!!!! YES, that's the name. Thank you Noreen, I knew someone would know the answer. I was beginning to think it didn't really exist at all. Thanks much, now I can sleep. Now, does anyone remember Dandels(sp) or the Dal Rae before they moved to Washington Bl? Who remembers my dad's favorite place, The 5 Torches?

Name: Arno Portegies ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 10:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: The Netherlands
Message: Hi fellow Cougs, Just a quick note on Konnie Krislock's return to the classroom. Congratulations Konnie! Your students are so lucky to get my favorite teacher of all time teaching them the important things in life. Not only being able to express themselves as journalists; but even more precious, letting them experience the things that will make a difference in their lives forever. Your were always there for us! You gave us the freedom to grow up, live, learn, make mistakes and most of all..... to listen! You'll always be my numero uno.... as long as I remain the only student your ever took to his senior prom ;) Ha Ha! Our little secret Love ya, Arno

Name: Patty ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 8:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Cougar sighting! Mike and I were driving on the 241 toll road when what to my wondering eyes did appear but the license plate "doo4usc" - and sure enough there was CTown's own Paco!!!! By the time I realized it the Hunchback had already zoomed by and P's car was but a dot on the horizon. A belated "hey there" Paco!!!
Hey Patty, Yep, that was Paco playing with his Prius all right. Thanks for the sighting.

Name: Tom Embry ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 8:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Frontenac, Mo
Message: I'm not in the Class Picture -- I went to Dana. Funny thing is that the last two folks look like Dennis and Judy Sekerman, but they also went to Dana (although I don't really remember them being there the last part of 8th grade -- maybe they moved into Hawthorne Int. District).
Hey Tom, Thanks but no, not the Sekermans.

Name: Valerie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 7:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hamilton, Ontario
Message: I can remember a jingle for the early 60's for an American toothpaste: Brusha, brusha, brusha. Get the new Ipana, with the brand new flavour. Wipes out decay germs best, best, BEST! You're darn right! Ipana for your teeth.
Bucky Beaver sang that jingle. Thanks Valerie...

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 7:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Sorry JB, but I can't help you with the name of the joint. I remember the horse though. The Cavalier was on Manchester near Arbor Vitae, but they tore it down about a year ago. You might want to call the Westchester Chamber of Commerce, as the area you are refering to is bordered by Inglewood and the City of Westchester (I used to patrol that area when I was assigned to Venice Division). Hope that helps.
PS>>>for some reason I think the place had a King Arthur connection....Sir Lancelot's, or something in that realm (no pun intended).
Thanks John...

Name: Karen Kuehl ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 5:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
City & State: Vista, CA
Message: Okay, this is my guess: The Hungry Tiger. I think it was owned by the Flying Tigers. I hope you know you have everyone's brain cells working overtime on this one, JB!!
Hi Karen, The Hungry Tiger, it wasn't. Thanks.....

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 3:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Kumamoto, Kyushu
Message: The only places I remember in that general area are Dinah's and the Airport "what-cha-call-it" (still have jet-lag, so I can't remember the last part). Mind giving us a clue as to the kind of cuisine your restaurant-in-question served?
Mainly Steaks and Seafood, Armand. This wasn't a chain restaurant. It was very nice inside, with a fireplace and lots of brickwork as I recall. It was small, but very very good.

Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 17, 2007, 12:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson, CA
Message: Jessie Corral ask about the Cockatoo Inn property and whats happening there. I was in the neighborhood oh, three months ago, stopped and ask a worker who was closing the gate at the sight of construction. He said they were building a lowcost motel on the sight. More tax money for the city and most likely some of the folks will choose to "live" there for a spell, dohn-cha think? I should go by again and see if it's finished yet. Maybe it's an Accor Hotel? (Motel 6)
Thanks Jim...