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Name: Ivana Collins ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 9:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Collins
Class: 1987
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: Hello fellow Cougars. I just received a saddening phone call from my friend Seana c/o 88. She informed me that her mother (Mrs Silva) was in the hospital in a COMA. I was shocked to say the least. I've known Seana since the tenth grade and Mrs. Silva shortly there after. I ask that you pray for Seana (Mckinney) Page and her family and her two sisters Meagan and Kerry. I know that if someone is still here they have a chance to recover and I believe that about Mrs. Silva. She was very nice to me growing up, I remember having a blast at her house in Hawthorne. I too will be praying for a full recovery. Love ya Seana
Get better Mrs. Silva....

Name: Kell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 9:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
No E-mail
Message: I just received this from my Cousin Debbie Cullings , Steve's Sister. Steve is improving each day. Dad and Kathy went down to visit him today. Before they got there, the staff had gotten him up for a walk with a walker. Not sure how long or how far, but that is a good sign. The hole in his neck from the trach has not healed yet, so speaking is not real easy - but he did leave a message on Marlon's cell phone that she could understand " Hi it's me - where are you? " He has been moved out of ICU into the stroke recovery unit. I will update you on other improvements.
That's great Kel, and thanks very much for the update. Get well Steve. We all miss you, man.

Name: Jorge Llaves ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 9:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1980
City & State: PVE CA
Message: My first job was a pig farmer. In 1938 I joined the Future Farmers Club at Narbonne High and needed a project. My Dad convinced me I could make a good profit to buy a baby pig and raise it to maturity. It took all my savings but bought a little red pig and named her Sookey. I planted half an acre of corn and half an acre of wheat to provide food. I slaved and sweat all summer hoeing, irrigating and weeding but the crops did well. Graduation came and it was time to sell Sookey who now weighed 185 lbs. A farmer Jerome wanted to buy Sookey so we made a deal if he would come and get her and take her to his farm in Orange County he would pay me so much a month until the debt was covered. Then tragedy struck!! We had several weeks of torrential rain. Big Bear Lake filled and water came crashing over the dam and down the Santa Ana River on it's way to the ocean. It flooded Farmer Jeromes property and washed away my precious Sookey. I never received a single payment as Farmer Jerome kept insisting he didn't have the pig. That's when I decided to become a school teacher rather than a farmer or business man. To this day I wonder if anyone rescued my Sookey and whether she became GRADE A bacon or ham.
Great story Jorge, but with a name like Sookey she had to end up as sweet and sour pork.

Name: Karen Fuller ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 6:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Fuller
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonora, CA
Message: Does anyone remember the movie theater? It was big and round. It was in the center of a road and the road went all around it. I remember the saddness when it closed down. I think I must have lived there on the week-ends. I remember dressing up in a costume one Halloween and winning a prize!
If you're talking Hawthorne, it had to be the Plaza.

Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 6:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker, AZ
Message: One of my early jobs was hawking Racing Forms in front of Hollywood Park. I think they were 25 cents a piece, and I got to keep a nickel from each one. I remember one time a guy I sold a Form to came out a few hours later with a big grin on his face. "Hey Kid!" He yelled and I went over to him. He just stared at me with that %#*& eating grin and reached into his pocket, pulled out a wad of green and handed me a hundred dollar bill. He'd hit all his picks. It was a veritable fortune to a 12 year old kid back then. What do you think would happen these days, to a 12 year old white surfer kid riding a candy apple red sting-ray along Prairie & Century with a hundred bucks in his pocket?
You wouldn't last a minute, Alan

Name: Sonia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 5:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Gregory
Class: 1957
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hi John,I love Cougartown and appreciate the work you put into the site for everyone to enjoy and by all of the ?Feedback?, know that everyone else feels the same. As to the comments on the refunds regarding the 1954-1960 Reunion, people need to be patient and go easy on pointing ?fingers of blame?. Buddy and the Catalina Travel Connection have been waiting for the refunds and I was told by the Travel agency that it would be at least another two weeks. We must remember that our reunion was not the only plans affected by the fire as a lot of people had to forego their plans for that weekend. Thanks to Buddy and the Reunion coordinators whose hard work and fast thinking managed to prevent the cancellation of the reunion in such a short matter of time. People at the reunion were having a great time seeing classmates they had not seen since their graduation and were so happy that it had not been cancelled. It was truly a memorable weekend.
Thanks much, Sonia...

Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 3:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Buena Park
Message: hi JB, just a quick response to EL ROJO. it didnt take cojones to set pins, its called spending money to have gas in the tank and a a&w rootbeer burger in the gut washed down with a a&w rootbeer, but its was a lot of fun and a great experience. i did get smacked by some maple pins pretty good on the shin bone which hurt like h--l but us being men, we cant cry or have someone wipe our nose, but you're right, i asked myself a few times, what the h--l am i doing here. take care my friend and fellow cougs.

Name: Sandy ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 1:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance CA
Message: My son, Michael Blomsterberg, is honored to be leading a mission to Uganda, to assist Clovis N. Ategeka in building his Vision Cafe, where he'll teach leadership and entrepreneurial skills to the youth, which gives them the confidence to create their own business and future. Vision Force Uganda operates under one principle ? With Vision, We Shall Succeed! Some are calling Clovis the next Nelson Mandela. For those of you wishing to support us, we welcome your donations, there's still six weeks left. Donations will be mentioned in the documentary. Please go here for more details (if you wish to send a check by mail, please send to: Michael Blomsterberg, c/o Hairapy, 8033 Sunset Blvd #817, LA CA 90046). Also: Next Saturday, June 16, 2007 we are having a HUGE FAMILY YARD SALE at 22219 Leyte Dr, Torrance 90505 from 7am to 6pm and all proceeds will go to Michael's Projet Uganda. Michael will be there from 7am -11am to autograph his new book, "Hairapy-Deeper Than The Roots." Thank you for your support. Loving thoughts to all...Sandy
Thanks Sandy, and good luck to Michael and his project.

Name: KAREN ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 9:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: manhattan beach, ca
Thanks Karen....

Name: MARION RICH ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 9, 2007, 7:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1956
Message: Unfortunately the Catalina reunion plans were ruined. The Allen sisters, Nancy and myself felt the added expense was more than we felt we could spend, so when we were given the choice of cancelling out on the dinner dance we made that choice. Considering we informed them early on Friday of our decision we assumed (unfortunately) that a refund would be ours in a couple of weeks. So far nothing, and little or no communication. I think Buddy worked very hard on his plans only to have them fall apart. I realize how difficult it is to coordinate all those things as I have planned some big trip things myself. I hope that we should receive our refunds soon and be able to put this experience to rest.

Name: James Armour ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 9:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Atlanta, GA
Message: I don't suppose selling drinks from a neighborhood summer cool-aid stand counts as a first job? My first real job was working at Manhattan House of Music in Manhattan Beach, which was owned by a friend of the family. My Dad ran a TV repair shop in the back and I would sell albums, guitar strings, and musical instruments in the front. I was 13 at the time and thats when I first got my SS card. Man... I thought I had it made then being 2 blocks from the beach. I got paid either in albums or cash. I preferred albums then. If I took cash, I think it came to around $4. They once had the Troggs play in the front window of the store one Summer. Beach, Babes, Music. Now that was the life. My brother once appeared on the Dating Game, wasn't picked though. I think he got on the show because he was working at the studios then.

Name: Paco ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 9:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: LF
Message: Anita's feedback brought back a funny one, coming home from the beach one day on Valentines day I spotted a store in Dana Point that had a sign "Fantasy...", I thought it was a Frederick's of Hollywood type store, so I go in all sandy and damp, looking at all the fancy lacy stuff all big sizes shoes size 14 EEE and all sissy boy cashiers...It was a cross dresser boutique...I stopped and got Sees instead.
Not commenting here, biy

Name: john hagethorn ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 8:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: las vegas nv
Message: In the 6th grade I had a paper route in the Lennox area. In the 7th grade I sold papers at Imperial and Prairie. During the summer of 1956 I sat pins during the day at Inglewood bowl. Fully manual. You loaded the pins and then pushed a bar to lower the pins to the lane. Half the time a pin would fall and you had to crawl out and fix it. During the nights I would set pins at Hawthorne Bowl, Semi automatic. You loaded the pins and then pulled a chain to set the pins down to the lane. When not setting pins would keep score for the leagues. 25 cents a game plus tips.

Name: Camille ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 7:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hill
Class: 1959
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: It is unfortunate that there is some confusion about the Catalina refunds...It seems that part would be expected since it was such a unique situation & a little time to sort it all out is all it takes. I purposely held back w/the calling just to give them some leeway to take care of the matter. I know Buddy is the most accomodating & fair person going out there, so hopefully it will work out fine. I was also on Love Connection in 1992 - my date was uneventful but enjoyed the experience!

Name: Karen Fuller ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 7:14 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Fuller
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonora,CA
Message: First job: working at a bakery downtown Hawthorne--making sandwiches at lunch time $1.15 per hr. I was "let go" I was too slow! (always a problem since then, too.)as far as game shows--NOT I--but I did appear on TV a few times--I was Belly Dancing both times. I realize that doesn't count. Living so close to Hollywood made it so I was immune to celebs--they were everywhere. I worked at LAX as a security guard and we spotted them everyday. the classiest STAR I ever met was Shelly Winters--when she shook my hand she did it with BOTH hands. a genuine humility shined thru. I also came close to shaking hands with "john Boy" but he refused my hand--wow. never forgot that either. I was picked for the IVORY BABY--a big thing at the time for my mom. but 5 minutes after they picked me they changed their mind. "sorry, Mrs. Fuller, but your daughter is just TOO Ethnic looking for IVORY" poor Mom--I got over it but she didn't. Just think maybe I coulda been Brooke Shields??? (former Ivory baby herself) sign me "Bubbles"

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 6:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Bake I'm humbled with your praise.:-) The story actually got better. I was a COUG and the papers did start flying off that corner. But I wanted to say to John Guerra, MMAANN what COJONES, pin boy? I'd rather run through traffic. At least you didn't know what part they might hit. And Walter Holt, the sifting sand brings up the song from the 50's Mary Ann. All Day all night Mary Ann, down by the sea side sifting sand, or something like that. Sung by the Easyriders. Good days and lots of fun. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude

Name: April Garnevicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 5:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Flick
Class: 1969
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: I just spoke to Steve Fraser on the phone! He is not able to talk very well, but he is getting better and is looking forward to the 66 & 67 class reunion. So, if you want to see him you better go to the reunion. I was am so happy I cried my eyes out, ya know I love ya Steve
We all do. Thanks very much for the GOOD NEWS update, April....

Name: lois ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 8, 2007, 5:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: allen
Class: 1956
City & State: casa grande,az.
Message: As much as I was glad that Buddy Youngreen was able to secure a last minute place for the Catalina/Long Beach reunion, I am not happy about the outcome of the monies from both he and the travel agency. Myself and others have had to do all the contacting on trying to find out what is going on with refunds. Now we find out thru Travel Connections that they are keeping out of the hotel and boat fare refunds, an amount of $25.00 each because of the work that they had to do in making phone calls to everyone regarding the change in where the reunion was going to be held and etc. There are four of us who were not contacted. We made the contact to find out what was going on and then we were told of the change in plans because of the fire on the island. We four discussed it, and decided that we did not want to go to Long Beach thinking we had an option here of choosing to go or get a refund from the reunion since we all signed on to go to Catalina. Since we could not get on the island, which is the main reason we signed up to go to the reunion in the first place, we were not told that if we did not attend the Long Beach function that we would forfeit all our monies. So now we are out $25.00 from the travel agency and $89.00 for the reunion. I still do not know why we are not getting back a refund for the reunion. Since some of us were from out of state, we had to pay for lodging which was a double expense to some of us, but we were hoping that there would be a possibility of being able to still have the reunion on the island. None of us were contacted at all. We were the ones to make the contact. I am glad that those who attended the reunion had a good time, however we should of been told at the time that we opted not to go we would not be getting a refund. We paid for a Catalina reunion and since that did not happen we will not get a refund. That sucks!!!!!!!