.....argueably, one of the top 10 all time opening 49 seconds in R&B/Rock and Roll history. Ray Charles
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Friday, July 30, 1999 at 00:01:50
Message: John Crotty-
Damn, what a memory!!!!! Personally, I suffer from CRS. I do remember attending classes from Feb '68 thru Nov. '68. Yea, thats right. 1968 - I learned a lot that year. . . Hey, does Donna still swim? Did she remember me flunking P.E. my freshman year? Can't wait to see you guys in October. Betty
Name: Faelin and Cyndi () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 22:54:12
Maiden: Klein and Laird
Message: Aloha! We're having our micro-mini reunion in Hawaii right now. Enjoyed looking at the cruise night pix. Looks like you had a great time. We want to know which Hastings married which Valencia??? Those are some cute kids! We've been looking through the old El Molino and are wondering where all these people are: Mike Casad (Faelin wants to know if you are married? Do you remember our old skateboarding days?), Ron Perly (Faelin wants to know if you remember when you two went skinny dipping? Oops, maybe that wasn't you?? Who was that? Whoever it was send Faelin an email!), also where is Dennis Gonsalves? Teresa Deuel where are you? Laurie Bristow? Terry Agnew? Arnold Keene? Laura Escalante? Linda Kemp? Ron Botelho? Kevin Winters? Kim Severtson and Stacey Bailey? Mickey Hamman (voted "Friendliest"), Robin Morton? Mark McCartin? John D'Errico (Cyndi wants to you know if you remember when we did a science project together for Mr. Andrade's class? Didn't we get an "F" on our project? We were too busy with other experimenting???) Looking forward to hearing from any of you. Two Cute Chicks in Paradise!
Sounds to me like it's not Fosters soft serve party time, but Boilermaker Mai Tai night on the Big Isle. You two have one for me and be safe.
Name: Susan King () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 21:27:55
Message: Dewey, you are soooo funny!! I was so bummed about missing CN that Darryl was a sweetie and came down there with me the night before for a soft serve cone and a little reminiscing....We decided it would be a good thing to leave our mark so that you'd know we were there in good Cougar spirit. When I discovered the crack he made about the Griffins (HIS school mascot) and the Cougars, I told him he would be on his own at the next CT gathering! The cute little gal at the ice cream window was named Ariana and is currently a Cougar at HHS. She was marvelling at the lengths we all would go to.....and too, I think she was a little impressed. I know I am.......Cougar Spirit, RAH!!
Name: Frank Romano () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 20:21:50
Message: Here Here Robin! Very well done. You managed to draw JB right into a wonderful spot... I mean here he was just enjoying the court and the way the tides were flowing, then he follows the chum right up next to the boat, to heck with the hook, "old cougar women." As king, JB you're feeling very secure. Just remember... If your at court for dinner... don't eat if they don't. And never never start your own car.
I hear ya' Frank. Advice well taken man. I could have "stepped in it" on that one all right. I think we might have an opening for Royal Taster. Anyone??
Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 19:46:48
Message: Hi John, Just a moment of your time to let you know that HHS Billboard thats on El Segundo Blvd, has a nice note on there asking all to check out Cougartown.com. Don't know who's idea that was, but it sure will get attention, it's a good idea. Im sure you will now be hearing from MORE Cougars!!
Loretta, I knew something was up as I've been getting all kinds of email from HHS students today. Thanks for the information.
Name: john crotty () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 19:21:58
Message: All Right! This is great. The Beach Boys also practiced at the Polles' house on 125th street in the garage. We used to sit on the driveway and watch and listen.
Cramer...Sturges owes me about 2 grand...you'll have to wait for your five bucks. He's still always short. But he's a kick.
Betty...I've read all your messages...don't get me wrong, but in every one of them you mention a bar or a party...did you ever go to classes? ANd as for Donna (Cook) Wright...she and I are roommates in La Palma, CA. Honest.
FOr the rest of you 69ers...don't miss the reunion on October 9, 1999. We don't care if you've gained weight, lost some hair, can't drink, don't drive, wear glasses, have wrinkles, hair is gray,...none of those things matter. You're all missed....and everyone who goes will want to see you....ALL OF YOU.
John's right about the reunion business. No one cares what you look like. If they did, They'd have "Magic Markered" my name off the list years ago. Come on people, it's reuniting time. Do NOT miss your reunions. I think there're a few 79ers out there that had their reunion last weekend that can attest to that. If you haven't signed up yet, please do it NOW.
Name: John Crotty () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 19:04:10
Message: Larry Biller...shame on you. Back on pages 83 and 84 you asked Betty (Kean) if she remembered dancing for a band and the name of the band. You were right..it was the "Civilized Movement." And Betty and Joann did dance at the Sports Area, KRLA Battle of the Bands and Tridents Car Show. The Civilized Movement consisted of Ted Jolly (Drums), John Wilson (Rhythm Guitar), Ron Febbraro (Bass Guitar), You (Lead Guitar), Kathy Glen (Female Lead Vocals), and Me (Male Lead Vocals). Paul Johnson might have been there too. Betty and Joann wore bright lime green outfits and white knee high go-go boots. They stood on either side of us. We all wore black pants, white shirts and ties. It was 1967. We came in 17th out of over 200 bands. We also made a record that John Wilson wrote called, "How Could I Know." The flip side was "Sawdust Hamburgers and Dishwater Malts." It played on the radio three times. Now do you remember?
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 18:53:50
Message: Georgia-How good to see your name! Finally, someone from my time - now let ME drop some names. Old friends I'd like to hear from - Denae Miller, Debbie Clark, Roxie Sokol, Denise Carr, and oh, yes, Donna - your sister!
I remember a day at 26th St, Georgia, the day after a Prom. It was real hot. I'd been there all day and was helping you take pins out of your hair so you could go swimming - and boom, over I went! Heat stroke or heat exhaustion, something like that. Boy I was sick for a week. I scared the stuff out of you guys! I don't do the beach much any more. . . Great to hear from you!
Name: Susan Walling () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 18:53:50
Message: For everyone who sent messages to me inquiring about hotel accomodations for the Homecoming Game weekend, I had posted my husbands e-mail address on Feedback. If you want me to get your message (Joe.. you are forbidden to send messages to my husband!) you need to use my address above. Also, if you will provide me with your snail mail address, I will mail you a brochure and info for the hotel and restaurant. THANKS!
Name: Dewey Storie () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 17:50:32
Message: Now I know that parents write a note to excuse their kids from events at school, but Sue B writes the note and sends her MoM to CN? Is this how it works as we get older?
In the lower right (circled) Darryl has scrawled Go Griffins - Los Alamitos rules - Cougars Drool.......I can see why YOU didn't want to show up, Darryl. isn't griffin a shoe polish or sumpthin'......... Thank you both for the poster and we'll see you at Homecoming.
Name: Kathleen Griffin () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 17:33:28
Message: This is in reference to John's question about the Beach Boys practicing in Ron Swallows Garage in 1969. I lived a few houses down from the Swallows on 123rd Street. I believe the last time the band used the garage to practice was the early to mid 60's. I remember Carl telling me that the band was getting ready to go to England for the first time and he was pretty excited about it. I recall seeing Carl or Dennis at the Swallows off and on for a few years after that but they never practiced in the garage again.
Thanks Kathy for that on the spot report, and now the BIG question......Are you and yours going to make Homecoming?? I've been counting the events so far and It's Gary 1 - Kathleen 0
Name: jim sloey () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 17:32:26
Message: DeGrazia I wouldn't touch that statement with a 10 foot pole. However I hope you have a great dinner. Don't be concerned I have to stay home tonight and pack. Robin what was this $3200 bill from Dr. Myopic I got today? page 125 anybody feel like pizza? PIZZA SHOW! See ya have a great weekend. And for all you folks who are still upset about the code, Karen Hare Kusumi emailed that day and said they were up, and I too was duped.
Thanks James and kick some tail in Yountville.
Name: Robin () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 17:29:12
Maiden: Fed Up Prince
Message: SLOEY: 1)Rugerri 2)Ruggeri 3)Ken...UPS the tickets..worked all night on that one...and Co-Prince Jim Buddy...I apologize for anything Ive said in the past of you demeaning in nature. Im NOT sucking up here, but anyone with fat fingers and has ED doses thrown at them in the same lifetime deserves some slack cut. Have you met Bob Dole? John Im beginning to see a pattern here at CT...Susan wants to be your designated driver, several other Cougarettes have offered there time to help shuffle paper (yea right)and you just have to be at every V&B, B&V, V,B&T mini reunion to take pics...The road to he** was built with good intentions but come on! Buck up and admit it..Its the Babes! I wanted to crash at your place for homecoming but I dont need anymore rumors, especially with my cousin sending me XXXs and OOOs on this thing...:o)..Jimbo work on Burris and Gary for homecoming...Im trying to get Franz to make it...Russell, Burko and the Myk ( sounds like a Billy Joel song)...Gotta run...Its electronic gadget hour on QVC ..Im hoping the Mailander-English conversion calculator is on sale this time..Later Cougs
Robin, I didn't want to "GO THERE" but I have to admit it. These old Cougar women are takin' chunks outta me like Piranha on a Sea Cow. Thanks Robin, it's always fun when you show up and I can't wait for Homecoming. See you then......
Name: Ray Cramer () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 17:13:14
Message: John Crotty. When you see Sturgis tell him he still owes Cramer 5 bucks. He NEVER brought enough money to any poker game, and never enough beer!
Name: Mo () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 16:00:08
Message: John, Just got my pics back from cruise night. There are some really good shots. Fast Photo is putting them on a CD for me, so when I get them back (should be Monday) I'll send them to you. Got a couple of you and your main "SUCK UP".
Great Mo, Send them on over. Chris Prewitt's pictures should be up tonight.
Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 15:09:26
Message: Hey 1980's people where are you? Have not found the site yet? I just found it today so I understand.
I miss Zeppys pizza on Manhattan beach blvd. A cool hangout at the beach!! Remember hanging out at Jack in the Box across from Hawthorne High.
Email me if you remember me: email@example.com
Yeah 80's Cougs. This is your site too. Where are you??
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 14:30:16
Maiden: clumsy on the sidewalk
Message: Just ran into Brian Tully (class of 61) ( don't worry, I didn't hurt him much ) Asked him why he wasn't at Fosters Sat. night... can you imagine, he chose his daughters wedding over CN. Go figure. Having dinner with Marsha Russell and Joyce McCarroll tonight. Sloey, don't comb the beach area looking for us. We'll have masks on. May I get up now King John? I rise. Ouch! 911 Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDY GIRLS
Brian, please let me hear from you. It's been 1 whole year now.
Yes you may rise my little SUCK UP!! Hey, masks won't hide that scabbed up right knee Jim. She'll be easy to spot.
Name: JOHN CROTTY () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 13:44:19
E-Mail: STILL NONE
Message: FANTASTIC!!!...I GOT SOME RESPONSES. THANK YOU GEORGIA AND LINDA DAWSON-DIETRICH. LARRY BILLER, YOU REMAIN ONE OF THE BEST LEAD GUITAR PLAYERS I EVER HEARD. WHENEVER I TELL PEOPLE ABOUT ALL THE OLD BANDS I WAS IN BACK AT HHS, I ALWAYS MENTION THAT YOU COULD HEAR A SONG AND PLAY IT BACK PERFECTLY,...BY EAR. YOUR RENDITION OF "HEY JOE" HAS NEVER BEEN DUPLICATED. ROBERT "THE LEAF" RUGGERI...WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY, REMEMBER THAT HALLOWEEN NIGHT WHEN YOU AND "THE ROGUES" WENT THROUGH AT LEAST 50 DOZEN EGGS IN DEL AIR ALONE. DIDN'T YOU GET YOUR ARM BROKEN THAT NIGHT, OR WAS IS JIMMY WILCOXSON? ANY WAY YOU GUYS GOT ME AND MY '60 CORVAIR. THOSE EGGS RUINED THE PAINT JOB. YOU OWE ME. STILL GOT YOUR DRUMS?
LINDA, US 69ER'S ALWAYS HAD THE SPIRIT. WE STILL HAD A DRESS CODE THEN. THE CLASS OF 70 CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY AND ABOLISHED IT. I SEE STURGES EVERY WEEK. IF YOU WANNA LEAVE HIM A MESSAGE, I'LL DELIVER IT.
AND JOHN, THANKS FOR SETTING THIS BABY UP. IT'S BETTER THAN A PHONE CALL OR LETTER. THIS WEB SITE IS BOSS! (HA HA). IF MY MOTHER READS THIS, IT'S TWITCHIN' (I DIDN'T SAY THE "B" WORD!!!) NOREEN DID.
26 FOREVER.....TALK AGAIN SOON
Hey John, Thanks, and come back often....
Name: Vicki D. Rabb () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 13:34:23
Message: Looks Great.....
Name: Linda Dietrich () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 13:18:17
Message: OK JB, What is it with adding my picture so often? I think everyone has the idea what I use to look like. I'd give anything if I still looked that good. I think the guys get better looking with age. If they are a little overweight thats OK. It doesn't look that bad on them. But us women, well thats a whole different story. I really hope and pray that at this point in our lives looks doesn't matter as much as it did in HS. Also the clicks. I remember being called names in school and to this day I can still remember the hurt it caused. I can even remember who said them. I've drilled it into my kids and now my grand kids not to judge people by how they look. Now if they act like a real jerk thats a whole different matter. One last thing, in 7th or 8th grade I had a friend named Debbie Cosby. She was short, not reg. short but really short. She lived on Oxford right next to the railroad tracks. When the trains came by, her whole house shook. Somehow she had Brian Wilson's phone number and we called him from her house. Maybe it was Carl or Dennis. But I remember him begging her not to give out his phone number. Debbie graduated with us in 69. It would be great if we could find her too. Thanks JB for wanting to show me off some, but lets hold off on the picture for awhile. OK?? I love you and all that you do for everyone here at CT.
You're totally correct Linda. I will not show your senior picture again. I need to know what you look like NOW!! Please send the recent pic. Until then I have to put up something so.....
Thanks Linda and keep on Feedbackin'.......
Name: Georgia Fiorante () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 11:38:31
Message: Hey, John Crotty, I've only been trying to get you to look at this website for a year now. Glad to see you finally found it. Now when are you going to go on-line at home? John B., I've been following all the "antics" of everybody for a year now and have never responded - just kind of viewed everything from afar. This is the most impressive website. You have really brought a lot of people together. Thanks so much for all your time and effort.... Georgia
Thanks Georgia, It's always nice to get the looky loos writing in too. Now that you've finally figured out what that darned keyboard is for, please continue to add your share to this forum. It's EZ..... Anyone else???
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 10:34:59
Message: Back when I was at Hawthorne High School, there was an amateur radio club. Hawthorne High's amateur radio club was one of several at schools in the South Bay that formed a "net" which would relay football and basketball scores from one school to another (we didn't have cell phones then). Among the members of the club were Greg Nelson, Bill Perry, Steve Edgell, Adrian Reynolds, Marc Paswalk and myself. A person never knows what influence even a high school club can have on their lives. Several years after graduation from high school, I was preparing to go into teaching industrial education (shop class). While going to college I was invited to the wedding of Greg Nelson (66). At Greg's wedding I was talking to Bill Perry (66) who asked me, "Are you still interested in electronics?" I basically said, "yes". Bill got me an interview with the company where he was working. Having never used ICs, I took a crash course in TTL (the stuff that was in ICs, those things that look like multi legged bugs in your TV sets etc.) at an adult education center. I was hired and I spent about 6 years working there. From there I have continued in electronics and have enjoyed nearly every minute of it.
Chris, I've still got a mess of old TTL chips left over from the late 60's. Those 14 legged TTL bugs are dinosaurs now.
Name: Mo () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 07:59:35
Message: Patty, Check YOUR e-mail!
Name: Linda Dietrich () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 07:45:50
Message: I can see a spark in the class of 69. Robert R. and John Crotty, keep writing in. We need more of the class of 69 to show their faces. We had a great class and it seems it's just a couple of us that put their 2 cents in here at CT. We had some wild and crazy times. Weren't we lucky to get the Beach Boys to our prom?? Also Chuck Norris to an assembly. So all you friends of Robert and John C. lets hear from you. Lets all try to make the 30 yr. reunion. Lets pass the word and find all our classmates we have lost.
Name: Larry Biller () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 06:20:56
Message: Good to hear that Cruise Nite was a success. Sorry I couldn't be there. My wife Barbara and I went to another Cruise night (not a match for the one at Foster's). The company I work for celebrated it's 50th year by taking all of it's employees on a dinner cruise on the Willamette River which runs through downtown Portland. Well it was a fun cruise great food, great music but NO ICE CREAM!!!!! Looked at all the Cruise Night pictures(what code?)...PATTY V. looks exactly like the Patty that worked at Fairchild Fasteners in Lomita. So was that you? I worked there from 1980-1993.
Name: Wayne Overbeck () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 03:42:35
Message: This is a wonderful alumni web site. Congratulations! We've set up a web site for the Mira Costa High School Class of 1960, so it was especially interesting to see yours. (Our site is at - http://commfaculty.fullerton.edu/woverbeck/mchs60.htm I remember a number of the people on your alumni list. There were many connections between Hawthorne High and Mira Costa. Wayne Overbeck Mira Costa Class of 1960
Hi Wayne, and welcome to our Feedback forum. I just popped over and took a quick look. Nice site from what I've seen so far. I will add a link to your site from our "Other Cool Sites" on the bottom of our What's New Page. Hey, we all hung out at the same places a drove the same streets. Thanks Wayne for letting us know you're out there and Be a Cou.......Mustang
Name: Louie Seven () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 01:49:35
Message: HI ~ My wife was born in Hawthorne, and my sister visited there in 1963. But my greatest connection to Hawthorne is following the career of the great musical group The Beach Boys. I've watched all the documentaries which are loaded with old home movies from Hawthorne. I like watching them; they remind me how similar teenaged life in bedroom communities was in the early 60's. I believe the early 60's to have been the zenith of modern American culture. Too bad it turned out so cheesy. Anyway...Cowabunga! Stay gold!!
Thanks Louie, I agree with you on the early 60's. Who knows how the late 60's would have turned out WITHOUT Vietnam.
Name: Susan () on Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 00:07:51
Message: Just a quick update to let everyone know that I stopped by Stick & Stein today, and George Stevens (NOT GEORGE BRETT, JOHN!) is gearing up for our Cougar Post-Homecoming-Game Bash in October. Any special requests for the jukebox? We have the entire upstairs portion of the restaurant reserved, as well as unlimited use of the pool tables in the bar area downstairs. If anyone needs hotel accomodations, the Hacienda Hotel on Sepulveda & Mariposa will provide us with some great room rates. The Hacienda Hotel is located within staggering (or crawling)distance of Stick & Stein for those of you who only attend parties where alcohol is served. Just send me a message and I'll get the hotel reservation information to you. John, I volunteer to be your designated driver :-). See you all in October!
Hi Susan, There you go Cougs. Susan Ciampa Walling is heading this one up and has gotten it ALL together. Great Idea on spending the night locally too. We don't need LeeRoy heading home in that death trap mobile, with a snoot for of rot gut. Thanks girl, for all your help, and if you need anything just give me a shout.
Name: Linda Kristof () on Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 19:01:37
Message: Hi John, We wanted you to know the Kansas City, Missouri contingent of cruise night went off with a bang, though not as loud as one as you guys experienced.
Steve Kristof, (61) Linda Dawson Dietrich (69) Leonard Dietrich (Leuzinger 61) and I cruised to our hearts content. We enjoyed burgers, malts and cokes at Winsteads and cruised North Oak to the Northland Fountain where we took pictures. If they come out we may send some your way.
We agree with your summation. It isn't high school we reminise about, not the books and scheduling, teachers and routine. It is the 60's, that particular time of our lives. Seems like we need to reach back and touch our roots. Whether we are in Hawthorne or not, you guys are very close to us and we will celebrate with you in spirit, anytime. Sorry we can't be there in person.
Well said Linda. That's what it's all about. Yes please send your pictures to me and I will put them up for all to see. Thanks for celebrating with us. Anyone else have cruise night pictures from your mini cruise, last Saturday night?? Sendem on over. If you e-mail them, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you snail mail them, it's PO Box 1406, Lomita, CA 90717
Name: JOHN CROTTY () on Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 18:41:31
Message: FELLOW COUGARS, I STUMBLED INTO THIS SITE AT WORK. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW OUR SYSTEM HERE HAD THE CAPABILTY TO REACH OUTSIDE INTERNAL SITES. ENOUGH ABOUT THAT
HEY RUGGERI...DID YOU FORGET STEVE STURGES, RICK SOARES AND OCCASIONALLY, ME, IN YOUR GROUP OF THUGS THAT SOMETIMES TERRORIZED THE DEL AIR AREA. HOPE YOU COME TO THE 30TH IN OCT. ALSO LIKE TO SEE CHARLIE COZBY, EDDIE STRANGE, REX SIMPSON, BARRY VOLK AND JUST ABOUT EVERY PERSON WHO WENT TO SEPULVEDA, DANA, AND THEN HAWTHORNE.
Name: jim sloey () on Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 18:07:41
Message: HHS trivia.
Winner gets 2 free tickets to the homecoming game. 2 questions each a winner.
1. Whose idea was it to get the Beach boys for the '69 prom?
2. And who called them and got them to come?
Bonus question. (free hot dog) Who got the credit?
Be a coug! Sloey
A free Pitcher at the Stick and Stein to the first guy who can answer why the Beach Boys, in 1969, were practicing in someones garage.