Name: Barbara Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 16, 2011, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: el segundo

Message: I grew up hearing my grandpa yell at the signal "ring the bell!", back when a bell chimed when the signal light changed. To this day, I still say it and now my 6 yr old grandson has picked it up. He knows what it means. "Ring the bell!"
Ahhh the Bell Signal. Thanks for that memory, Barb.
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 16, 2011, 7:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA

Message: I sometimes use certain words that I probably heard my grandparents use but those words don't translate to my grandchildren's world. For example... The other day I told my granddaughter (age 7) to put something in the ice box. She asked me.. "What is an ice box?"... I had to smile because of course she would not know what an ice box is... I took this as a teaching moment and tried to explain to her how ice used to be delivered and how an ice box worked and how it related to her big refrigerator (or frig). It was cute how she listened to me trying to grasp what I was saying but I don't think she was able to actually comprehend the concept. That is ok because I listen to my grand kids talk with their friends about twitter & Facebook & other computer stuff and don't have any idea what they are talking about. Guess I'm caught somewhere in the middle.
It seems our grandchildren learn from us and vice versa, Mike, thanks for the story.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 6:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance CA

Message: Whoa.. you know I'd have something to say about "THE GREEN THING" & that's when we were kids there didn't seem to be much to hurry about. We all walked to school & back because it was safe to do so. Cars traveled so slowly that it was almost impossible to get hit. I remember once seeing my pop's speedometer hit 35 and I thought he was really hep. Kids played in the street because most families had only one car and that was tucked away in the driveway by 5.. open streets meant kick the can, hide and seek a football games. If we wanted to do "nothing" all summer but play, we did. There were plenty of kids on the block doing the same thing. No pressure to join a group, summer school or Karate, piano lessons..or go to camp. Although it was a safer, slower time in one way, it was an unsafe time in another. For adults (our example)smoking wasn't the villian it is today..and neither was drinking, both were very fashionable. I can remember that we thought nothing of tossing our trash out the car window..but then again, it was bio-degradable and the cities didn't have a million people in them. Bottom line is that for each generation or century lived, a great new light shines on us in one way and takes a bit of a great past away in another. The kids born into the next generation will enjoy this world just as much as we did when we had it in our hay day. The younger generations of Dr's and smart guys have learned what we have to do to live a very long time and how to balance nature so the generation after us have it to enjoy. Don't forget that it was our parents generation and some of ours that killed off many a species. Modern times aren't so bad because now we need all those pills for blood pressure and cholesterol from doing all those fun things 50 years ago. Let's not mention sun spots from baking at the beach or all that hair spray still stuck in our lungs from the 60's.. see what I mean! Life is good no matter when you're put here on just works out that way. And John, the needle story explains a lot. You're still a wirey guy when you have to be.
Yeah I only did that until I got stuck....lesson learned. Don't remember my parents' generation depleting any species. I'll refer you to George Carlin on that one
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 6:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: could we forget actually washing dishes in a sink full of hot soapy water and drying them BY HAND with a cotton dish towel (were there even paper towels then) that was then washed, hung on the line, and used again. No pansy dishwashers using up energy for us! Paper plates, cups, etc were only for picnics!
No plastic baby bottle liners either.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 5:30 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Alpharetta, GA

Message: Gosh, Doris, I'm not sure I've ever been called to the front of the class like this! Makes a girl feel loved! I'm glad to see YOU'RE back, too; hope you are feeling better! And a big old hug to you, JB; I miss you already! Yup, I'm in the ATL - and LOVING it. Did you know that the trees change colors in the South? Flaming reds and oranges; glowing goldens; it seems like it's only been a couple of weeks that the leaves changed and are now flying, falling, tumbling down. I love it when I'm sitting at a stop light, a breeze blows, and hundreds of leaves fall on my car and the roadway. But watch out for the acorns; they sound like rocks when they hit! There is an abundance of wildlife here, and Boo dog is agog at the smells and sights. She'd never seen deer, squirrels, chipmunks, and bullfrogs! And she's stopped rubbing her face on the carpet and furniture, which seems to prove that her allergies were caused by the millions of acres of scrub brush in South Orange County, and not grain or beef or chicken. Well, anyway. Happy Birthday, Bobby Jensen! And Patty Valencia! And John Achrem! And Valerie Hahlbeck Svilarich! I love the South, even if the earthquakes and SoCal weather did follow me here. If any of you decide to visit the South please come see me, I think I can round up a couple of old Cougars here for a reunion!
I Miss You Too, Sharon, so call me when you get a chance and please update your info. HAPPY BIRTHDAY John, Gloria, Patty, and Valerie too.
Name: Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 4:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: Having just completed 33 Parent Teacher Conferences, reading the green thing really hit home. Kids today have no idea what it is like. Everything has to be a reward, some kind of instant gratification. I told a student today and his father who was probably young enough to be my son, that when I was young there were 3 television stations and they didn't even start broadcasting until late afternoon! Their eyes got as big as saucers! We had to find different ways of entertaining ourselves and use our imaginations to play and create our own games. We worked for everything and received not just extrinsic but intrinsic rewards and lessons in character and values that just don't seem to exist today.
As a little kid I would take a wooden match, put a needle in one end and making a slit in the other end of the match, would put a piece of paper, making a dart. Then I would lay on the floor, throw the dart in the air and try to get out of the way before being impaled by the needle. More fun than "Gears of War" on Xbox. With my game you could really get hurt
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 3:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: We didn't own a trash barrel. We had two wooden boxes for trash day. One held tincans and the other glass. Everything else got burned. We were recycling but I don't think we called it that.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 2:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: I use my clothesline every day
Hey Sue, You were always kinda green.
Name: Debbie Beachler ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 12:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kilroy
Class: 1971
City & State: The O.C.

Message: John, thanks for the "green" thing!! What a wonderful reminder of how we lived and it didn't really seem like a hardship. When we had only paper bags from the market, I remember we had to not only use it for the garbage but I also had to make book covers for all my school books from them, talk about recycling!! I used a thermos and lunch pail day after day for my school lunch, not disposable anything, (although I am not sure what that wax paper was made of!! LOL). Yes, some great advancements have been made since I was a kid (PC's anybody?) but really, some of the old ways sure seem a lot more environmentally "friendly".
How long has it been since you've seen a clothes line
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 15, 2011, 11:48 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: I have seen the "green thing" article before, but it is so spot on. I think it needs to be in today's history books! Kids have nooooo idea.
I agree, we used to recycle and had no idea we were doing it.
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 13, 2011, 9:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Citrus Heights, CA

Message: To all my NorCal Cougar and Non Cougar friends who attended my surprise Hawaiian birthday bash, a big kahuna thank you. I am the biggest "sucker" for such events. You know, while many of our classmates are leaving us, it is a blessing that those of us still around, can enjoy these events. And once again, we must all thank John Baker for making this website for all Cougars to reunite! Thank you JB. May the Cougar be with you always!
YOU are welcome, Max. Hope you had a great birthday.
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 12, 2011, 6:19 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca

Message: Just a note to say that I believe a good time was had by all who attended Max Roelen's ('74) surprise 56th birthday party today. Good food, good weather, and of course - good Cougars always makes for a winning combination. Thanks to Max's wife Laverne and his step-son for making it such an enjoyable afternoon.
Hey Laverne, thanks for inviting me Hope you had a great birthday my friend.
Name: Gerald Campbell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 12, 2011, 4:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1982
City & State: Perris,CA.

Message: What happening everyone
Hey Gerald, welcome to Cougartown.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 12, 2011, 1:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Hope you had a very happy birthday Bobby Jensen. Hope you won something on that lotto ticket. Hugs.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 12, 2011, 8:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: John, sorry to use the website to exchange personal messages but yesterday Newell Endicott phoned me. I erased the message by mistake and he does not have an email address listed. I know he reads Cougartown. Newell call me again 310-890-4312.
No problem Gary.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 11, 2011, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
No E-mail
Message: Thanks for all of the 11-11-11 birthday wishes. I'm on my way to Blue Bird Liquor to buy a Lotto Ticket - just in case...
Good luck with that Bob
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 11, 2011, 10:28 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID (brrrrr!)
No E-mail
Message: First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY JENSEN! Incidentally, meant to mention to you many times, how good you looked in ALL of the CT picnic pictures. You just get better looking with age! WOW! Secondly, where on earth is SHARON BIERMAN!!?? Hasn't she had more than ample time to get her computer hooked up? I MISS HER CT EPISTLES! And I'm sure I'm not the only one! I guess maybe, Bobby, I should have made the next wish "first and foremost", but nonetheless: HAPPY VETERANS' DAY to all and a big BIG THANK YOU for being keepers of our wonderful country!!! And Bickers! Aw come on ... tell us the stories of your coaches ... sounds fun! Also ... thanks to all for all the get well wishes. They are so much appreciated!
I didn't even know you were sick, Doris. Welcome back and please do not stay away so long.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 11, 2011, 8:44 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance

Message: On this special day, I want to pay homage to the war heroes that never returned. They sincerely are the heroes of this country by giving the ultimate gift and paying the ultimate price. I salute all that served before and now to make America the strongest country in the world. Thank you Nephew and my Husband..and all the brave girls and boys still in war zones. & BOBBY JENSEN... Happy Birthday.........I'd luuuve ta kiss ya, but I just waaahed mah haya..... The Dairy Queen
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 11, 2011, 8:12 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA

Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY JENSEN!! 11-11-11 IS THE COOLEST BIRTHDAY IN THE WORLD TO HAVE - AND IT'S YOURS! I've always thought you were very special and wish you a great birthday weekend - live it up! Much love and hugs!
Happy Birthday BOB ! ! !
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 11, 2011, 7:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills Ca,/ Hanalei HI,

Message: Let's all thank a veteran today! We have many veteran's who served from HHS! ..THANK YOU TO ALL MY BROTHERS!
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 11, 2011, 6:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, CA

Message: ALL the veterans from Cougartown and around this globe...THANK YOU for your service! I salute each and every one of you. Your service to this great nation of ours does not go without notice. You are my heroes. Semper Fi.
Happy Veterans Day to all.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 10, 2011, 5:44 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, ca.

Message: To Bob Jenson a Great Big Happy Birthday to you this yr. is 11-11-11, just like me all these yrs. our B-Day is the same. Wow that is great, and to all Birthday's that are in Nov. Happy Birthday Cougs. Actually to all Cougs B-day all yr. round. Have a great Day.
Hey Cindy, Happy Birthday to you, Bob and all the rest of our 11-11-11 Cougs.
Name: Mike Shay ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 10, 2011, 5:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Cerritos, CA

Message: I just thought I ought to check in and wish you all a happy holiday season even though it's a little early. Please keep safe and out of trouble. M.S.
Hey buddy, well thanks for that and a Happy Holiday season to you and Barb too.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 10, 2011, 4:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Regards up close picture of footballers; I suspect that is the B team based on their size. I would think guys that were class of '65 and '66 might be recognized.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 9, 2011, 2:00 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance CA

Message: # 84's tush looks familiar. Gary boy--is that you??
I think no. 84 is Tom Barnett.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 9, 2011, 12:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
No E-mail
Message: John, any way to enlarge the three coach picture; I bet we could start ID'ing the players in the background.

This is the size of the original, anyone know anyone?