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Name: Gary bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 2:01 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: I did not work during high school other than help my Dad with his little cafe on Hawthorne Blvd in the mornings. My first real job was between senior year at HHS and first year at UCLA. I worked at Hawthorne Airport and pumped gas into planes from 3:00pm to 8:00pm over that summer. The reason I bring it up is a twin engine Beachcraft landed and four Texans got out. They played liar's poker for the tank of gas, about $350.00 and I thought to myself someday I will be those guys. Amazing what influences your life.

Name: Julie Blunt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 1:52 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Leeper
Class: 1987
City & State: Murrieta, CA
Message: ?How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?? ~Dr. Seuss

Name: Tom Chadwick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 11:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Templeton
Message: My first job, I think I was 13, Coach Chauncey hired me to clean up the Middle League field after the baseball games each night and Sunday afternoons at Hollyglen Park. My first taste of responsibilty outside the home, and Ol' Coach held me to it...great learning experience. Mrs. Crisp would handle the payroll...$8 a week out of the snack stand cash box.

Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 11:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: One of my first jobs was delivering 2nd class junk mail For A.C.I. Postal Service. I remember it being located next to the DMV on Rosecrans and Glasgow? I believe it was the summer of 1970. I got in at $2.00 an hour, everyone was too late and was started at $1.50 an hour. That was big bucks back then, but the story doesn't end here. We were sent out to Compton to put the mail on homes door knobs. We were near the Compton Police station, somewhere near Compton BLVD and Willowbrook AVE on our route. There were two of us, delivering on the same street. After my partner and I were finishing fighting off a dog attack, We heard a loud explosion, didn't think much about it, we were fearing that more dogs might come. Our driver then pulled up and said we got to get out of here. He said there was an explosion at the Police Station and we have to leave. I found out some days later that a man walked into the Police station with a briefcase and Blew Himself up!
Nice way to start a new job....

Name: Jan Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 10:29 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Freeman
City & State: Carmichael, CA
Message: I have a great "first job" story. Our family had already moved from Hawthorne to Torrance. It was the summer before my junior yesr and I got a job at a local hardware store, as the cashier. I was so excited about it. While at work 1 day (only after being there for 2 days) a man walked in and asked me where my nipples were. I almost slapped him and ran to the bathroom, crying. After the owner settled me down and convinced me that he was talking about a plumbing part, he let me go with a small check. This story did not become funny to me for sometime. I am sure glad I never had to use that job as a reference. Have a great day all! Hugs, Jan
NOW THAT'S FUNNNNNNY!! Thanks Jan for making my morning.

Name: Petey ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 9:25 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Smith
Class: 1972
City & State: Salem
No E-mail
Message: My first job was a box girl for Lucky Market. I made $2.10 a hour.

Name: Mike Hinsch ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 9:17 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Hinsch
Class: 1977
City & State: North Plains, OR
Message: Attention class of '77 reunion attendees! I'm putting together a slideshow/DVD for the reunion and need your photos. I need current photos of you and your family. I also would love to get scanned photos from HHS in '74 to '77 that are not in the yearbooks. E-mail them to me if you can. If I don't get any photos I will start to get creative and then this could get scary? Also, all of you that haven't registered.....get your rear in gear and register. This will be a once in a lifetime event thanks to Jill and her crew! You won't want to miss it!
77ers, this reunion is going to be a blast from start to finish. Please do not miss it!!!

Name: Kim Begley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 8:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 1973
City & State: Scotts Valley, CA
Message: My stepdaughter took me to see Brian Wilson perform at the Saratoga Mountain Winery last night for my birthday. Brian brought out his ?good friend? Al Jardine and together with his fantastic band put on a memorable evening. About half way through the concert Brian laid down on the stage for a few moments, stood up and announced he was feeling faint and didn?t know if he could continue with the show. Al seemed very concerned and announced that Brian had been traveling quite a bit with the band and was tired. Brian had an unscheduled performance the day before at a benefit concert in Sonoma. Brian?s band members announced a 10-minute break and the audience was very supportive and hopeful he could return to the stage. Sure enough he did and the audience gave him a standing ovation. My Cougartown T-shirt was worn with pride and a great time was had by all! It was great seeing you John at the Cougartown golf classic dinner in May. It was fun catching up with friends and I appreciate all you do for the alumni!
Hi Kim, The same right back atcha and thanks for the BW update. I think Brian and Al kissed and made up and that's a good thing. Now if we could just get Dennis's kid, Carl, who plays great drums, and looks just like Dennis, and Carl's kid, who's the spittin image of his dad, and plays guitar, together with Brian and Al, we'd have a REAL updated version of the Original Beach Boys.

Name: Pat Underwood ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 8:06 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Bonanza, Oregon
Message: My first job (1961) was at Food Giant and I have no idea how much I made (brain cells) but in 1963 my second job at McCulloch Motors Inc. on Century Blvd. I made $1.80 plus .10cents shift differential for working graveyard. Boy did I strut my stuff as the rich kid on the block.

Name: Sharon MacDonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 12, 2007, 6:49 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, Texas
Message: First real job was at Clark's Drugs scooping ice cream at the Carnation stand at the front of the store. A single cone cost 5 cents. The gift wrap station was at the end of the ice cream stand and in our spare time we wrapped gifts wearing really ugly pink uniforms. I was saved from ice cream hell by the Angeles Girl Scout Council where I was hired as a camp counselor wearing really ugly green uniforms. in both cases the pay wasn't much! As for game shows, my mother made the rounds when we first moved to CA and when she had no one to go with, she'd sign me out of school to be her companion. We went to Queen for a Day and she was chosen to be a contestant leaving me to spend a couple of hours sitting at a table with a group of old folks. My sister, Debbie Badger, was once on Art Linkletter's house Party as one of those kids who say the darndest things.

Name: Wayne Dickey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 11, 2007, 9:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: La Palma, Ca
Message: Memories of my first job? Bob's Big Boy, on Century. $1.25 per hour. Busing tables. Picture this, I'm 15, my first job, my first day, and my mother and her friends come in to eat. I spot them and want to die! Now I have to bus the table next to theirs. My mother let's the whole resturant know that I am her son. They all laughed and had a good time. I think I was scared forever. But it was all worth it when I got my first pay check. For 40 hours, I took home $32 and some change. I was big time then.
Hey Wayne, I loved the Big Boys Combo, and for breakfast, the scrambled eggs and especially their hash browns. Thanks buddy....

Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 11, 2007, 6:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Buena Park
Message: Hi JB, I couldnt get thru to jim fox's personal e-mail. just a quick message for diamond Jim. Ringo here. i did not know a Frank Castro at Hawthorne Bowl, i was before his time when the automatic pin setters made me find another way to buy something to eat and survive the asphalt jungle. thanks for the feedback Jim.

Name: Laura Petros ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 11, 2007, 5:19 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Petros
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne California
Message: Whoo-hooo!! Looking forward to our Multi-class reunion at the Hacienda August 25!! I look forward to seeing lots of my friends so c'mon guys, send your forms in!! We had such a great time last year and I'm counting on seeing a bigger crowd this year!! Let's rock the Hacienda!!

Name: lois ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 11, 2007, 9:19 am - HHS Time
Maiden: allen
Class: 1956
City & State: casa grande, arizona
Message: oops.....JerriAnn Friers e-mail is her married last name is Cardenas. I ran them all together. And you are right John Baker, 51 years is not that long ago. ho ho....And my sister, Loretta Allen (1957) Wilson flew in from Portland, Oregon and landed in Arizona where we then drove to Mountain Center, Calif. and met up with Marion Burkeman (Rich) and loaded up Marions car and she drove the rest of the way to Hawthorne where we met up with Nancy Lemberger (Smith) at her home. The only two that were missing from our little group was JerriAnn Frier (Cardenas) and Betty Israel who passed away. JerriAnn has a full time job taking care of her ailing mother, so she was unable to make the trek. So even tho the Catalina fires cancelled out that trip, we still had a great time just hangin together. Marion took us around some of the places we used to hang out at and then to the ole school and then to where we lived. A lot of changes. Going down memory lane was a lot of fun. That was well worth the trip to see old friends. We are planning on making a trip to Catalina, the four of us as my sister and I were born there. That is why we were so excited that the reunion was going to be held there, and we had not been back since we moved from there to San Jacinto, Calif. as youngsters. Our mother and her sister had there 50th or 60th high school reunion on the island and thats because they went to school there, but we thought it so unique that we were following our moms and her sisters path. So planning on the Catalina reunion meant not only seeing high school friends, but to see where we were born....So if we lose money from the reunion pkg., we have gained far more in renewed friendships and no amount of money can ever replace that....
That's what it's all about, Lois, being with your "joined at the hip" friends, no matter where.

Name: lois ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 10, 2007, 10:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: allen
Class: 1956
City & State: casa grande, arizona
Message: I would like to say to you John, you have done a remarkable job on putting this site together. I know it has taken a lot of time and hours of hard work and it is much appreciated. I have been able to re-connect thru your site with two of my best friends in school and I could never of connected with them if not for your site. I also was able to find another of our 1956 friends. I was able to get her last known address which happened to be in my State of Arizona and only 20 minutes from where I live. JerriAnn Frier ( She and husband are now living in Chino Valley, Arizona, so if someone is wanting to get in contact with her this is her e-mail address. Keep up the great work of keeping everyone updated. I enjoy this site very much. Thanks to you and your site I will not lose touch with my best friends in school from oh so many years ago.....
Well thanks Lois. I do appreciate that, but really now, it hasn't been that long ago, has it?

Name: Mike Stallings ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 10, 2007, 10:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: My first job was in the mid 60's helping my dad install 4-tracks, vibrasonics and record players in various cool kinds of cars. He had a radio & tv repair shop on Hawthorne Blvd, (J & E Auto Radio) I was never on a game show but did go on Billy Barty's show in 1966. Good job Greg Guerrero ('74) and his group for winning the Golf Tourney!
Hey Mike, Thanks for the golf information.

Name: lois ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 10, 2007, 7:29 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: allen
Class: 1956
City & State: casa grande, arizona
Message: No one is pointing the "fingers of blame" on anyone. The point is do we get a refund back or not. My sis in the meantime has received hers from the Catalina Travel Connections minus the $25.00 they will be keeping from everyone for the expense of making phone calls re-directing the reunion to Long Beach. We have been told we would not get a refund from the reunion party itself, but we would like to hear that from Buddy so we know if this is indeed a true statement. I would hope that we would be able to re-coup what we paid out, but we have had no correspondence regarding the reunion monies at all. All we want to know is will we get a refund or not. We all are glad that the reunion was able to take place even under the circumstances with the fire on the island, but we were under the impression at the time we talked with the representive from the travel agency that we had a choice to go or be refunded so we took the latter of the choices. We had already put out extra money for two nights stay that we had not counted on since we were supposed to be on the island which the rooms were already paid for, and then we would have to pay for another nights lodging attending the long beach reunion.....So we then told the representive that we would not be attending the reunion in Long Beach. WE simply want to know if we are going to get a refund or not, and so far we have had no response from any phone calls that have been made to Buddy......Its a simple question to answer if we can get someone to just answer it.....Thats all we want is an answer....
Sorry Lois, I don't have the answer.

Name: BRUCE HANSON ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 10, 2007, 4:01 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: CATHLAMET WA

Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 10, 2007, 7:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna. ID
Message: John Guerra, I'm going to say a saying that Bake has yet to put up on the "slang" page and say "CAN'T DANCE". Which in our vernacular meant, what the heck, nothing else to do, might as well do it. I was sort of like that when all of us kids learned our P's N Q's from our parents and actually had to find a way to make a buck to earn some spending money. But I would still run or ride between traffic on my bike as opposed to setting pins. Unless you missed your seat running your bike, (you were supposed to walk your bike through an intersection) across an intersection, Imperial and Anza, while hopping back on...missed.. and rolled off the other side in front of the drivers stopped at the intersection who were laughing like H%#l. Most of you guys will understand. It took a moment to recover. But still better than having someone throwing 16 lb beasts at you. All great memories now. Thanks for the jog John G. MAY THE COUGAR BE WOTH YOU. Jake N jude.