Name: Bob Kyllonen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 9:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Rancho Mirage

Message: My donation is in the memory of Jeff Chai, a wonderful counselee and member of the Knights. Jeff wanted to be a doctor, and always signed his name Jeff Chai, MD. Jeff decided to go out for football during his senior year. He stood up in a Knight's meeting and urged us to repaint the bleachers which were in disrepair. They were to be repainted in scarlet and gold. He visited me often in my office after school, sweaty and tired, saying "I love it! I love it!" Jeff died suddenly after a Friday night game on HalCap Field. We were all in shock. The following day all of the Knights came out to finish the paint project that Jeff had initiated. I have always kept pictures of that day displayed on my bookshelf. Jeff would be so proud of this project to help the team he so loved. I hope that any former Knights who remember those sad but wonderful days would remember Jeff and Hawthorne football in the same way.
Thanks Bob for the very touching story of Jeff Chai and for donating to the team. I see many people donating, "in the name of". It makes me proud to be a Cougar.
Name: Kim Begley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 8:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 1973
City & State: Santa Cruz, CA

Message: I accept your challenge Alan Nelson! Come on class of 73, let's raise the bar to help the football team! See you all at the multi-reunion.
Thnks Kim for your generous donation. We are almost there Cougs. $9000.00 down, $1000.00 to go.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 8:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: Hi, all yes it's a sad day today of the passing of Officer Garton my prayers and thoughts are with his friends, co-workers and most of all his family. Any word yet on the other officer? I haven't heard yet, I know he was going into surgery last I heard.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 7:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, CA

Message: This Monday is Memorial Day and the Hawthorne VFW Post 2075 and Hawthorne American Legion Post 314 will be hosting our annual remembrance program at the Hawthorne Memorial Park, located at El Segundo Blvd and Prairie Avenue. The program begins at 10:00 am and this year we have a host of honored guests: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, State Assemblyman Steven Bradford, State Senator Roderick Wright, Mayor Larry Guidi and the Hawthorne City Council members. Senator Wright has promised to speak and I can only assume most of the honored guests will speak as well. This year we will be saluting one of our own Cougars, Roy Ryse. After the program the American Legion is hosting a lunch and all are welcome. The Legion Post is located at 14124 Prairie Avenue. If you are available this Monday please attend our program. If you cannot make it to Hawthorne then find a Post near your home and attend their program. Once a year we honor those who have passed on before us. Many of these veterans died in the line of duty and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms for which we enjoy. Taking an hour out of your three-day weekend is not too much to ask. After the progran and later in the afternoon you can salute these men and women once again with a toast of your own while bar-b-queing your hot dogs and burgers. Hoist a cold beer in their name and honor them! If you can't attend an event, do the right thing and please remember them. Semper Fi. Jan
In honoring my classmate, Roy Ryse HHS62, I will definitely be there Jan. As you may or may not know Roy lost his life in Viet Nam in 1965. Roy is the brother of our own Jerry Miles HHS66.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 6:29 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: One of Hawthorne's finest died in the line of duty today. His name is Andrew Garton. He and another motor officer, Rex Fowler from El Segundo, were assisting in the funeral procession for a Manhattan Beach police officer that died from cancer. Officer Garton was 44 years old and had been with the department for 7 years. He will be greatly missed.
Sad news Maureen. Thanks for the information.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 2:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Hey Bob, my good friend for many decades, do the birthdays seem like they're coming twice a year now? Man it's like life is in overdrive. I've definitely enjoyed your friendship over the years. Have a terrific B'day my friend. Tom
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 12:40 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Happy Birthday Bob! Hope you have a wonderful day.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 11:04 am - HHS Time
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach, ca

Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bob Fraser!
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 10:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest

Message: Happy Birthday Bob!!
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 10:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Claremont, CA

Message: My donation is in memory of Tim Thomas. Come on, you '65ers.
Yes, come on 65ers, where are you?
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 9:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Thanks to todays donors for your generous support of the Cougar Football Program and for putting us just over the $8600.00 mark; Chris Prewitt - In Memory of Bonney Carrick, Chris Prewitt, Leo Ainsworth, Lisa Graham Dulin and Ron Reinholdson.
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 8:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Anaheim, Calif

Message: Would like to wish my good friend Bob Fraser the king of doo wop a very happy 69th birthday. We've known each other since 1955, Hawthorne Intermediate. Have a great birthday big Bob. We will see you this Sunday.
Name: Denny Unfried ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2011, 8:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1955
City & State: Del Aire
No E-mail
Message: Hey, lets hear it for the one and only world famous "Bob Fraser" on his ?? birthday.
To my good friend since they invented dirt, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB DUDE!!!
Name: Stinky The Cat ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2011, 6:18 pm - HHS Time
No E-mail
Message: Hey Glenn, don't mince words, say how you feel. However, we all come away with a different reason for giving. School spirit remembered-a need to payback HHS-a wanting to lift up good kids that aren't as blessed with "stuff" as we were. (that of which we never gave thought) But how's this: Perhaps these teens will remember the kindness of total strangers & will love the feeling of putting on those new helmets and uniforms and remember it some day when they are our age and kids reach out to them and they'll do something good for someone they don't know, just because... We'll be long gone by then but the lesson and memory will still be fresh in their minds. "Generosity when you can." As for myself, I don't care if they never win one game (but they could try hard)--as long as the lesson is realized and pay-forward (not pay-back)is in action. Stinky the Cat. (Glenn, did you get my "Save the ta ta's car magnet??)
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2011, 4:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
No E-mail
Message: I’m not sure if some out there in Cougartown realize the football hstory at Hawthorne High. The very first graduating class moved to the new campus in 1953. The 1954 HHS football team was undefeated all the way to the CIF Small Schools final in Paso Robles. They held their own losing 47-34 to a much larger group of farm boys. The next season the same team was undefeated beating Paso Robles 35 to 20 on the way to the championship. The national season record for passing distance and touchdown completions (31) was set by that team. Many of you remember the 1959 team (how could you forget) that went undefeated all the way up to the CIF championship played in the Los Angeles Coliseum. By donating to the football team you take pressure off the other sports, as well. Hawthorne has excelled in many more sports. The prime example of this were the 1980’s Track Teams. Hawthorne was CIF champs in 1982-83–84–85–86-88–89, and CA state champs in 83–84–85-87 and 88. And this is a state that dominates national HS track. Hawthorne still holds the National HS 4 x 400 meter relay record (3:07.40) set at the Texas Relays in Austin, TX. The fastest team in the country that year (Roosevelt, Dallas, TX) finished 2 seconds behind our Cougars. The same HHS team also holds the U. S. HS sprint medley record. Cougar Girls track teams at the time held five of the fastest CA state sprint and relay records. Many college and professional athletes and coaches graduated from HHS. Football is unquestionably the largest and most expensive sport to fund. Read Coach Kanach’s letter and you’ll see. The gear is vital to the safety of the young players. The equipment is essential to re-developing a program that has languished for years. Building a team and a spirit is a difficult task. This coach really seems to have the desire to rebuild the football program. Your donations will make the difference in returning Hawthorne sports to their former glory. Let’s rescue a proud tradition. Wouldn’t it be so fine to go to a homecoming game and not walk away disappointed? Wouldn’t it be even better to see them in a CIF championship? It can happen.
Yes Glenn it can happen and it will, with the support our team has been getting from the Alumni and the HHS Boosters. Lots of people digging in to help and it will certainly show in September. We step up now and the team will step up at game time.
Name: El Rojo ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2011, 2:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: I really don't know how to start this but feel I'd like to say something to the Cougs who are going to start a new season. Each one of us OLD guys wore one of those numbers that you'll be wearing on your chest. We wore them with PRIDE!!! Get your butt kicked? Go back and kick some butt twice as bad. Play tough and play fair, you just have to be better than the guy across from you and want it more. Just remember that there was a real COUGAR who wore that UNI before you.....WITH PRIDE! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!!! Jake N Jude 60/61
Name: Judy Degrazia ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 23, 2011, 8:11 pm - HHS Time
No E-mail
Message: My gals have checked their bras...their knee highs and their fanny packs....and they're coming up dry. Actually, I didn't hold a raffle at the VFW last week, giving them a rest. However, if this needle is never going to move, then my old cat Stinky will get the needle moving again. ( boy, the stupid things you guys make me do just to give you the guilties..) & the HHS coach is watching this needle stagnate---now go, damn it! I've run out of pets, hats, friends, braziers and parents.
You done good, Judy and Stinky, now it's time for our other Cougar brethren to step up. Thanks again to you and all who have donated and to Stinky, my Mom, Marsha Russell, Mary & Carol Kobus, and Bob Melendrez who donated today. We are in the home stretch now. Let's keep it going Cougs.
Name: Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 23, 2011, 4:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
No E-mail
Message: Thank you everyone for the sweet Happy Birthdays. I may not be a real Cougar but I am definitely one in spirit always! I feel more like a Cougar than I ever felt like a Jackson Tiger from my school. The friendships I have made because of Bob and this website are priceless to me. I love you all! Also, we are closing in on $8,000!! Got a get over that next hump!
Hey Karen, you are a Cougar as far as I'm concerned. Yes, our donations have slow down a bit. If you haven't yet given to our Football program please consider it as we're a little over $2500 from our goal of $10,000. Where os Judy and her "Dig in your bra, girl" drive?
Name: Janet Mercurio ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 23, 2011, 10:02 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Mercurio
Class: 1968
City & State: Winters, CA

Message: Hi All - Does anyone know where the following people are? Nancy Warner, Kathy Lyons, Jan Houston, Nasrin Tebbe (AFS student from Iran '64-'65) or Nina Lundberg (AFS '67-'68). Thanks a lot. George Martin - are you still there? I'd love to hear from you again. Go Cougars! - Janet
Name: Janet Amuchastegui ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 22, 2011, 8:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Monroe, Ohio

Message: After a rewarding teaching career, I'm retiring in two weeks! It came earlier than expected, since I had planned on teaching five more years. I have loved my profession, but my decision was made easier once I considered the severance incentive and my wishes to spend quality time with my partner Ken Mercurio, my sons, my grandchildren, and my parents. Woo hoo!
Happy retirement Janet, may you enjoy it for many, many, decades.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 22, 2011, 7:01 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Happy, Happy B-Day to one of the sweetest women I know. We've known each other since our Hawthorne Intermediate days and especially enjoyed working on the Cougar newspaper our senior year. And now, thanks to Cougartown, we're in contact again. You Go Girl! Love you - MAM
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2011, 6:37 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach, ca

Message: Thank you to all for the birthday wishes. I've been celebrating since yesterday. It truly has been a fabulous birthday. Also I notice there is only one birthday today!!! Carol Kitchens Clarke, hope you have had a wonderful day.
Happy Birthday Carol
Name: Karen Le Maistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2011, 10:42 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA

Message: REMINDER...The Reunion for the Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973 is being held August 27 - Hacienda Hotel, El Segundo. ONLY 12 more days to receive the discounted price of $70.00 (June 1st). Location for the informal gathering on Friday, August 26 has changed to Tony's on Aviation & 119th (Stick 'n Stein has closed it's doors). For Tickets & info…please go to Looking forward to seeing you there! Spread the word & GET THOSE $'s IN! All Cougars are welcome!
Name: Thomas Leeman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2011, 8:02 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: San Diego, CA

Message: I've recently seen the announcements on the multi-class reunion coming up this summer and I'm considering attending. My brother recently attended the '64 reunion and has halfway convinced me that hanging out for an evening with various antiquities of that era may actually be propitious for one's HHS sentimentality, which heretofore has waned immeasurably. So, I'm curious if there any others from the class of '73 out there who are planning to attend?
Any 73ers going to the multi-class reunion?
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 20, 2011, 6:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA

Message: Happiest birthday wishes to Karen Fraser and Sharon Moore Leach - 2 gals I have just grown to love! Where would CT be without them? I hope you have both had wonderful BDays and that you'll take that fun all the way through the weekend. You deserve it! And Lenora Puls - haven't seen you since Wine Country - where have you been? I hope everyone will start marking their calendars for the CT Picnic in late September. The weather will be wonderful, the venue - fabulous and the crowd? SPECTACULAR!! Lots of fun in store - now John, where's the sign up list?
I'm hurrying, I'm hurrying. Have been working on the Good Neighbors Day project for HHS and HHS (Hawthorne High School and Hawthorne Historical Society). Hope we'll see lots of Cougars at our Alma Mater on July 16th. It will be a fun day for all. Yes, the Picnic will be a fun day too with Sue, Sharon and Bob on the committee with Judy Wudy backing them up. Lots of things planned for the Cougartown Picnic. Make your plans for September 24th.