Name: Rich Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 30, 2015, 12:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca
Message: Hey John, in answer to your question as to whether Brian threw the ball 65 yards in the air, it is true and I would like to verify that. After Varsity Baseball practice one day, we were competing to see who would represent our team in the upcoming Easter Baseball Tournament 4 competition... One was running the four bases for time, which Brian Wilson won. The second was hitting the Fungo bat for distance, which Ronnie Baldwin won. The next was hitting the most home runs out of 10 pitches, which Rich Sloan won. The last was throwing the baseball for distance which Gary Mykkanen won. After all the contests were over I told Brian "lets go throw the football for distance." Brian stood at the North end of the football field at the goal line and let it fly. I was at the other end. It landed 65 yards downfield, right at my feet. Brian has always been very proud of that accomplishment and being the fastest running the bases. Another note of interest, when Brian was a sophomore, playing B Football, he did throw 1 touchdown pass to Russ Jacobsen. This pass was written up in one of our B Football Progams, of which I have a copy.
Thanks Rich, I know this stuff gets turned into legend sometimes. We're lucky to have eye witnesses to these events.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 29, 2015, 4:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: If anyone is interested: There is a new color scheme for all buildings on campus at HHS. Brown and white are the new colors. The boys gym was just painted brown and white to match all the new construction. Nyman hall hasn't been touched, probably because the plan is to demolish it in the next two years. Anew floor was just installed in the boys gym so it is no longer the floor you old Cougars dribbled on in the old days. I'm running a summer track program from 120:30 -12:00 for kids who want some extra work. It's good for me too to help them and get some sun. We should have a few Cougars competing in CIF next Spring after suffering through a whole summer of Coach Millmans workouts!
I think the colors look lots better than that red and yellow they had on the buildings. Good luck with the Track team Clark.
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 29, 2015, 8:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA
Message: Living in Northern California, Roseville specifically, we can water our lawn only 2 times a week... So you can imaging that almost every lawn is beginning to look like wheat ready for harvesting... a beautiful golden brown... Then on the news last night I saw a segment about something that happened in Whittier... and the camera scanned across the neighborhood.... All had plush, green lawns... Are there any water restrictions in Southern California? or is there plenty of Northern California water coming your way so restrictions are not necessary?
Hi Mike, LA County has restrictions on water usage. Not exactly sure what they are. Our lawns are getting brown too.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 27, 2015, 5:59 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Milton, GA
Message: Mom and I had such a great day with you! Thanks for giving us the tour of the Historical Society, HHS, "The Castle", and Pizza Show. It felt so good to be sitting next to you reminiscing and laughing at our incredibly witty jokes! It felt like it's only been three weeks instead of three years! I do miss Cougartown events and meeting up with all our Cougar friends. Next year will be the class of 76's 40th reunion so I'll see you then, too. Maybe we can schedule it around the picnic. I like to multitask...
Hi Sharon, just like the good old days. Such fun to share the day with you and Mom. We'll do it again next year for sure. Thanks for the great day. Is Meadview still there?
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 26, 2015, 9:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey John, It's true about Brian Wilson's arm. I saw him in pre-game warm-ups standing flat footed on the goal line and throw a 60 yard pass down the sidelines perfectly into the receivers hands. You might check with Rich Sloan. He was the receiver that caught that pass. Brian had a gun for an arm.
Thanks John
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 26, 2015, 2:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena
Message: Here is part of a June 22nd Brian Wilson (Dylan is his son) article in Rolling Stone Magazine "Over enchiladas and tacos, Wilson tells Dylan about his own childhood athletic career, something the 11-year-old seems totally unaware of and soaks up with glee. Wilson was a star center fielder at Hawthorne High, a skittish hitter but a strong fielder with a great arm. "I could run the bases in 44 seconds and throw the ball from center field all the way to the catcher. I wanted to be a center fielder for the Yankees. That was my ambition, but I got sidetracked into the music business." Wilson also played quarterback for the football team, but he quit senior year. "I got knocked on my back and I felt like I was going unconscious," he says. "It scared me silly. I go, 'Coach, I quit! I don't want to play anymore!' "Was the coach mad?" asks Dylan. "He just said, 'Hit the showers, Wilson!' Does any 50/60's Cougar remember the athlete Wilson?
I remember Brian the pine rider in football. He was a third string QB behind Steve Anderson and Mike Wood. Someone said he could throw a football 65 yards but don't know if that's true.
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 26, 2015, 8:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Happy birthday wishes to Steve Kristof. Hope you and Linda are doing well.
Happy Birthday Steve
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 26, 2015, 7:07 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca
Message: Happy birthday to two classmates Royal Lord and Steve Kristof. Hope you both have wonderful days.
Happy Birthday Royal and Steve.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 26, 2015, 5:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: My daughter and I are in West Yellowstone, Montana this week. We got here 2 days ago. We will be taking a tour of Yellowstone National Park Upper Loop today (and the Lower Loop tomorrow). The weather has been splendid. No Cougar signtings, so far.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 24, 2015, 9:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Cougar Sighting once removed! Julie King (Newbury Park HS class of 2005) who is the daughter of Larry (Stone) King, HHS 72, struck up a conversation with another guest at a local restaurant. Somehow the conversation wound around to Karen Hastings Yokota commenting that The Beach Boys played at her high school prom. Julie already knew the story and piped up "You went to Hawthorne High!" You can imagine the conversation from there, Karen noting that she remembers Julie's dad and the Creede sisters (classes of 69, 72 and 73 I think....) Julie wants credit and Karen will be pointed to CT - younger brothers John and Ted also are HHS alum. Small, small world.... take THAT Clark Millman!!
Thanks Sue and yes, Julie gets the credit. See Clark, hanging out in front of a Vickies Secret asking every hot 22 year old what school they went to, until you finally score an HHSer is really not Cougar Sighting
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 24, 2015, 7:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to my Little Brother, Kirk. Have a great Bro!!!!
Hey Kirk, Happy Birthday dude!!
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 24, 2015, 11:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Hope this doesn't get me tossed out of Cougartown, but who wrote the Alma Mater?
To my knowledge it was Fred Morgan. Why would you be kicked out of Cougartown for asking that question, Gary?
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 24, 2015, 4:13 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY
Message: Hey, class of 1964. The class of 1965 has invited us and the class of 1966 to their reunion in September. I just wondered if anyone from our class will be attending. I know a few people who couldn't make it to ours and was just wondering.
Yes 64 and 66 are invited. Please see the reunions page for the attendees list and for the details. Thanks Pat
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 23, 2015, 7:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Happy birthday wishes to Ed Carpenter who is celebrating today and an early happy birthday to John Guerra, my compadre since 7th grade. See you Sunday , John.
Happy Birthday Ed and John.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 22, 2015, 4:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Speaking of Coach Plum. It has been fifty years but he is still kicking and I'm afraid he still might hunt me down and make me drop and give him fifty so I'm taking a big chance here. But my senior year I worked for NYC assigned to HHS. One of my duties was to clean the boy's locker room including the coach's office. One night I noticed a small note book on Coach Plum's desk that was labeled something like unusual names of people I have taught. I took a look and saw a list of the usual suspects, Royal Lord, Jack Hammer, to name a few. But then I got ornery. I added Otto Plum as the last name on the list. I always wish I could have seen his expression the first time he discovered it but never enough to let him know it was me that wrote it. I'm sure if he can't make it he will send Coach Chauncey to look me up. Ha Ha.
Well now he knows Jerry Thanks for a great HHS story and I'm sure Otto, being the nice guy he is, won't send a hit man.
Name: Jim Hess ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 22, 2015, 11:20 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Bishop, CA
Message: Get your name and check in to be part of the Best Reunion ever. Class of 1965 and others interested. See attendee list with announcement for event under Reunions.
Yes if you want to know who will be there, the Attendees List is on the reunions page for the Class of 65 Bash in September. This will be a fun one folks so please get signed up early.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 21, 2015, 9:59 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Today is Coach Otto Plums 88th birthday! I've been friends with the Plum family for many years. Ottos youngest, (Jill), ran the HHS student store in the 80s. About ten years ago my best friend and i were vacationing on Catalina. My best friend asked if I thought we would see anyone we knew. A moment later someone said" Is that Clark Millman?" It was Coach Plum. I asked where his wife Jeri was. He said she was on the beach. I found her and snuck up behind her and said "Excuse me mam we don't allow Torrance women on this beach." Jeri recognized my voice and responded, "Get away from me Clark!" We all had dinner together that night in Avalon. Good memories. Otto went on to coach at Gardena after leaving Hawthorne and had a fifty year coaching career.
Happy Birthday Coach Plum
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 21, 2015, 8:57 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Good Morning everyone wishing Happy Father's Day to all have a wonderful day sorry I haven't been posting but with my multiple jobs its hard but I'm thinking of all I should be able to post a little bit more hopefully all have a great day.
Thanks Cindy.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 20, 2015, 1:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon
Message: Birthday today of both Brian Wilson and John Pool who was a next door neighbor of the Wilsons -- as I recall. Both made the "notable" list of York Street School Alumni. (Along with Harry Woo, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and Gordon Martin) Strange indeed.
Happy Birthday John and Brian
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 19, 2015, 2:04pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita CA
Message: Happy Birthday today to my good friend, Richard Hanson HHS56. Have a great day, Richard.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 19, 2015, 10:14 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Happy Birthday to George Rea and Penny Upston, 2 class of '62 favorites of mine. Hope you both have a wonderful day. Janet
Happy Birthday Penny and George
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 17, 2015, 6:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, California
Message: Hi Everyone, I, Patti Okuda, and Janice Dorn, all saw "Love and Mercy" yesterday! Great film and great acting, by all. Kudos to the folks who made that happen! A heart-warming story about Brian Wilson and the BeachBoys. Highly recommend this awesome film. Take care, Regards, Linda Huthmaker/Class of '63
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 17, 2015, 6:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Just when you think the "Cougar Stalker" has retired, he pops back up! Met Claudia Morales('98) yesterday at IHOP in El Segundo. I tried naming teachers that I had in the 70s that might have been there while Claudia was in school and sure enough she had Kathy Adkins for math. We both agreed that Mrs. Adkins was the best math teacher on campus, motivated, a good teacher and kept class interesting! She graduated from HHS in the early 60s with a bunch of you Cougartowners didn't she?
Thanks Clark, yes Mrs. Adkins was Kathleen Wirz HHS61
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 17, 2015, 8:31am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita CA
Message: Happy Birthday today to my classmate, Jim Raines. Have a great birthday, Jim.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 16, 2015, 9:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Message: I already did!
Thank you too Patty, you are a good Cougar.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 16, 2015, 8:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach
Message: Today I met with two girlfriends for a round of golf. One of the women and I met in a golf class. She invited another of her friends to join us on a weekly golf outing. Today we were talking about general growing up years. Susan (the other friend) started talking about the South Bay Area. Very local information about the South Bay Area. Ummmm. Susan where are you from? ...Hawthorne! Susan Graverson, class of 1968! I had my first legitimate Cougar sighting!!!!
Very cool Patty, thanks for that and please tell her you hang out here. We need new recruits
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 16, 2015, 3:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY
Message: I have been rehearsing feverishly for my 3rd production of the Senior Stars musical revue (sponsored by an organization called the Astoria Performing Arts Center here in NYC). The show is this Saturday. Meanwhile I have been posting the progress of how the show is going, as well as news of my "specialty number" on Facebook. (The number is You've Got to Have a Gimmick from Gypsy---what fun to be able to play a low-class stripper at my age!!) At any rate, someone who saw it on Facebook is Beth (McCammon) Feldman from my class of '64. I have not seen her since HHS. She lives about 3 1/2 hours away in upstate NY and decided to come to the show! A mini-reunion. I also talked to George Flesh who said to email him the details. George is an OB/GYN from our class and lives in the Boston area. I don't know if he will make it too, but that would be great. Any other Easterners want to get together for this? Maybe we can start an Eastern HHS chapter. :)
Well good luck with the show Pat and hope you have a clowder of Cougars in the audience.
Name: Maurine White ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 16, 2015, 12:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Endicott
Class: 1959
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: I must say how much I enjoy "Cougartown". My oldest daughter, Marice, is getting married Saturday, and I am busy helping with details so "Cougartown" seemed like a good way to take a little break. With all this activity I have not seen "Love and Mercy" yet, but I plan to as soon as I can. I went to York for kindergarten and part of first grade where I remember Brian Wilson. Then we moved to the other side of town where I was put in the second grade. Carl Boenish was my classmate at Ramona. There is a documentary in theaters about Carl, "Sunshine Superman" which my friend Maureen Curran Sesky said is great. Must see that too. I am a proud HHS grad although the only time I ever went back to campus was when my brother graduated in 1963. June 18 was my graduation day. Just a coincidence, my daughter's wedding day is also Brian Wilson's birthday. Happy Birthday Brian!
Thank you Maurine and good luck Marice.
Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 16, 2015, 11:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH, CA
Message: The Cougar get-together in Sacramento next Saturday June 20th has been changed to Sudwerk Brewhouse Grille at Greenback and Folsom. It is still at 12:30. I apologize for the short notice, but everyone is welcomed. Yes, Susan Nelson, this was put together rather quickly and I was surprised people wanted this Saturday. Sorry to hear you cannot make it. Hopefully we can have more get-togethers with more notice. Maybe even meet at the State fair. Drop me a line if you live in Nor Cal so you can be notified of future get-togethers.
Name: Grandpa Jimmy Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 15, 2015, 9:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang
Message: 49 years ago class of 66 were graduating on their way to Disneyland, seems like yesterday
Yes it does. Ours would have been 53 years ago yesterday. By the way, Happy 53rd Anniversary to Paco and Sharon
Name: Larry Biller ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 15, 2015, 4:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Portland,Oregon
Message: Saw "Love and Mercy" this past Saturday. Really liked it. Good performances. Especially liked John Cusak's acting as Brian Wilson. I had previously heard about Brian having sand under his piano to stick his feet in for inspiration. Loved that part.
Name: Susan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 15, 2015, 3:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson, Cal.
Message: Matt Peterson-Just now found out today about the Nor Cal reunion in Fair Oaks-and it's THIS WEEKEND?-You folks sounded like you were just planning it last sounded like Max Roelen was going to be the organizer..sent him a message last week for more info, and to offer any help you might have needed.. but no reply..This is not much time for folks to this the only message of notification? -It sounded like only a "select few" were aware...very disappointed as this is Father's Day weekend, and I have plans..Any OTHER folks from Nor Cal know about this?-The only way I found out was through another friend's post.. oh well, maybe next you few that knew, have a wonderful time!-Soo disappointing..really wanted to attend...(sounded like it was cancelled from September to this weekend)..oh well...
Name: John Priitchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 14, 2015, 2:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: My thanks to Chris Prewitt for pointing out that only scrolling down was required to see Armand Vaquer's review. Armand has many interesting things on the site, including a review of Scott Mills' no-nonsense tours of the scenes of memorable deaths in L.A. I've been on several. If one has to be dead in L.A., Westwood Memorial is the place to be. Best part of town.... There was a good feature on "CBS Sunday Morning" about Bill Field and his Old Town Music Hall on Richmond in El Segundo. Bill says that he will play the Mighty Wurlitzer indefinitely, and the show is worth at least one visit.
Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 13, 2015, 8:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH, CA
Message: There will be a Cougar get together in Sacramento next Saturday June 20th at 12:30 at Fabian's. Fabian's is located at 11755 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks. It is on the corner of Fair Oaks and Madison in the Almond Orchard shopping center. If you are in the area stop by.
There you go Sacto, Thanks Matt.