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Name: Marilyn Ross () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 22:19:50
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: I wanted to stand and applaud when I read the letter from Sharon Branigan on computer porn! This was the subject on Touched by an Angel Sunday nite. A 13 year old girl opened a site titled Hawaii and got a porn site then coundn't close it. The same thing happened to my 12 year old grandaughter. She just input the name of a popular singing group and got a porn site & couldn't close it. My daughter tried to close it and couldn't at first, it just kept rolling to another page, each one worse than the last. And we allow this garbage to go on in the name of free speech? O.K. I'll get off the soap box now.
NO, Stay up there Marilyn. You're doing a fine job. This crappola has to stop. The Larry Flints of the world are the strange ones, not us.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 21:43:07
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: Way to go Sharon. I agree with you 100%. Even someone like me who holds the Constitution to be sacred (particularly the 2nd Amendment) feels that that type of trash doesn't belong where it can offend or be exposed to others, especially children! On a similar note, there is now a new edition of Playboy for married men. It has pictures of the same woman month after month after month after month..........
Very funny Alan. It's about time you climbed out of that boat and gave us a shout. I was starting to worry about you too. BTW, speaking of people who don't check in any more. Happy Birthday to Frank Romano this week. Let us hear from you Frank. Ricki and Jakejude too. You're all way overdue.

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 21:22:36
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves ( you've got to be kidding me!)
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: First of all, John, I NEVER said Harry was gay! Lots of men who are female impersonators aren't gay. I just used the Birdcage aka La Cage Aux Follies as a reference! I wonder if Harry got hit on that night? LOL! = )
And right on, the opinion letter by Sharon Branigan! Very well put! Yeah, if I ever saw a perv looking up smut at the library, I'd probably say something out loud to embarrass the hell out of him and make him leave! There's tons of kids in our library.

Anita, Thank you for straightening me out (don't go there Judy). Now.....who said the "Perv" was a "Him"?

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 19:03:26
Class: 66/84
City and State: Wahoo, NE
Message: Tim Hood--we are enjoying your brother. How are you doing its been ages, huh? You will love your new sister she is a great person! She is truly a beautiful person. It was good to see all you folks again sorry we didn't make the Q but its been a hectic month. Lents hope to see you and Tambo at Bart's invitational--like you got to be invited! Trying to covince Robin to go! Try to get older Tambo to come!!! Cougartown what a country! Robin go! My brudder is going! You can ride with us and I have extra clubs! See ya be a Coug!

Jim, Great to see you and Deb yesterday at the VFW. You are full of surprises. See you at the next Ctown gatherin'.

Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 18:14:30
Maiden: Lee
Class: 72
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: My good friend Melanie and I left lousy Lancaster to head for the car show (known Melanie since kdg. and my 16 yr. old daughter and her best friend since kdg. were in the back seat, how odd!) at 11:30 and traffic was so bad we got there at 2:10. I think I missed any alumni that might have been there. It's a good thing I left my 13 yr. old son at home, he would have definitely enjoyed the "pictures" on some of those cars! Been recognizing a lot of names and faces on feedback. Hope to make it to a Pink's or Cruise Night soon. The wind has stopped here in the desert, now the great sun is beating upon us. Gotta make more trips to the beach this summer. Ya Cougars have a great week. Leave it to the class of 72 to have a voyeur (or at least an admitted one!). God bless ...
Thanks Debra, sorry we missed you, but we'll catch you on Cruise Night III or Homecoming Weekend.

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 18:03:44
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves ( no, really?)
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Another message for Betty Kean did Bryon Hood get the nickname "Beeper" anyhow? I remember people calling him that all the time and I never knew why.
And Harry Plotkin! LOL! : ) Now I know what he does in Harbor City as a job to bring in extra bucks on the weekend!...I didn't know there was a "Birdcage" aka La Cage a Follies in Harbor City! Way to go Harry!

Anita, No, Harry's not gay, he just likes the feel of a chenille house dress. Actually, before this gets out of hand, This was a halloween costume, but he could have gone as a cowboy.

Name: Karen Fraser () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 17:49:05
Maiden: Bob Fraser
Class: 60
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Hi all,
Just wanted to put in my two cents and say how much fun we had this weekend. I know we didn't get to all the events but still had a good time. We love being with all of you. I totally agree with the rest of you who commented on the inappropriateness of the the X-rated cars. Who can we complain to? Would like to see more "Classic cars" next time. We need to build Hawthorne's reputation UP not down. Hope to see you all again very soon. Judy , did you try out the rosary in the dark last night ??

Thanks Karen, I received lots of positive email on the subject of blatant Porn in the full view of kids. My favorite was from Mom B, who sent me what her baby daughter Sharon HHS77 had written about people getting on Internet porn sites from the Thousand Oaks library computers, in full view of anyone that happened to be passing by, kids included. She wrote,

A Personal Opinion by Sharon Branigan

Free speech has nothing to do with viewing pornography on an internet site at a public facility. Pornography does not belong in a library; it doesn't belong at the Employment Development Dept, it doesn't belong at the Welfare office, it doesn't belong in the school district offices, or in ANY public facility, which is supported by my taxes and yours, and yours, and yours; because it's not FREE SPEECH. Viewing a porn site in a public facility has nothing to do with SPEAKING FREELY, or researching a story for a newspaper article, or in developing a thesis for a degree. (If anyone tells you that's what they are doing, know them to be a liar.) What a person at a LIBRARY is doing viewing pornography is getting a hard-on in front of MY KIDS and YOUR KIDS and EXPOSING ALL OF US to obscenities which we do not wish to view.

Do you expect to walk into the FAA office or the IRS and find courtesy copies of Hustler and Cheap Slut lying in the waiting room? What's the difference HERE?

Why does a man go to the LIBRARY to view pornography anyway? Maybe because he gets a thrill out of being aroused in a public place? If it is illegal to walk into the library NAKED, why isn't it illegal to expose other library patrons to pictures of naked women on a computer- and heaven only knows what sort of activities are being "researched": bestiality, pedophilia, necrophilia? Hey, with the World Wide Web, ANYTHING is available!

I am amazed that the Thousand Oaks Library allows such viewing, in PLAIN SIGHT of other library visitors, and most especially, children. Those computers at the library are right in the middle of everything! If they MUST allow porn access (due to some unbelievably stupid laws that don't make a damn bit of sense to a great number of the population,) then those who wish to exercise their RIGHTS to view such smut should be shut into an enclosed room (the smut hut?) so no one (including my 9 year old) can pass by and see this garbage. And they had better stock that room with lots of paper towels and rubber gloves and 409 because there's going to be a LOT of cleaning up to do. Why do YOU think people visit porn sites? Medical research?

By this reasoning our children should be able to access the "Adult" magazines at the library, too... Hey, wait a minute! They keep the Playboy under lock and key - you have to ASK for it at the desk! Now THERE'S a free speech violation! If it's okay for my kid to access internet porn or view it over a strangers shoulder why should he have to go through the embarrassment of having to ASK for Playboy? Bring it on out in the open! FREE SPEECH!

Anyone who believes that pornography is FREE SPEECH is sadly misled by overblown media bull. If it's free speech then why isn't it on all the billboards around town? Why don't they show this garbage on free TV and print it in the LA Times and the TO Star? Because it's offensive. Because it's inappropriate in public places. There are actually laws AGAINST IT! But what about FREE SPEECH?!!

John Q Public, keep your pornography at home where it belongs. Keep it OUT of my kids face.

This may seem like a crude response but I ask you, what is more offensive to you- me calling it what it is, or your child (or yourself) being exposed to pornography at the library? (Or the school office? Or the social security offices?)

Why is it that the company that I work for doesn't allow Pinup nudie posters on the walls, and doesn't allow employees to keep smut magazines at their desks, because I could call it sexual harrassment; but the librarian has to work in a place where people can view computer VIDEOS of every sexual position imaginable? Doesn't the librarian have rights, too?

We should all gather at the library and the moment anyone pulls up a porn site (pardon the expression) we should all stand behind him (her?) and remark on the merits of the site- ugly, flat, chubby, dirty, fake, etc. Bring it to the attention of everyone in the library. Gather us a BIG old crowd. That's our right, isn't it? Free speech, to say what we think about anything without the fear of repercussion by government?

If they try to throw us out or arrest us, we can sue the library for violating OUR free speech.

Thank God for parents like Sharon........ Actually thank God for the parents of parents like Sharon. That's where Sharon learned her values as a human being.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 16:16:40
Maiden: TillyRosenblatz
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Quick message to all the ROWDYS~~The Cougartown annual fee is due on JUNE 1. This will be the second year that our John Boy has worked so hard to keep us in non stop laughter, reunions, & fun. Small price for finding all our old friends again. The amount is $10.00 & I happen to know that most of you spill more than that. Oh ya, the non-rowdys are included in this small token to this website. If you get your checks in the mail now you don't have to think about it again for a year. Ok John, post your P.O. # once more.. Now, IOLAPD. Judy D. B. THE ROWDYS.
Thanks Judy, It's John Baker, PO Box 1406, Lomita, CA 90717 BUT if you haven't added your name to the membership list, please do that first. click here to go to the student sign up page , and click here to go to the faculty sign up page that way I can credit your name. Thanks Cougs.....

Name: Marsha Russell-Hood () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 15:53:56
E-Mail: RussellMG1@AOL.COM
Maiden: Russell
Class: 64
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: What a great weekend!!! As somebody said earlier, when isn't it fun when the Cougs get together.
Judy might think it was great at our favorite teachers Mr. Plotkins and Mrs. Brooks but I am still pouting because Judy got to sit next to Mrs. Brooks when we learned the Itsy Bitsy Spider song. If I couldn't sit next to Mrs. Brooks then I wanted to join the boys at Mr. Plotkins for the sex education but Mrs. Brooks would not let me go and I got a time out for disrupting our group. Judy always was the teachers pet!!!! John, don't worry about Robin and the monkey bars, I let him stop at the park on the way home and he got to play.
Thank you Mr. Plotkin and Mrs. Brooks for the wonderful LONG afternoon, I am sure that when you invited us you didn't know that we would never leave.......we just had too much fun and didn't want it to end. Deb and Jim Sloey, it was soooo great to see you. Colleen and Terry, glad you made it to VFW hope to see you again soon.
Tim, thanks for the good wishes and hope to meet all of you soon.
Marsha Russell-Hood

Name: Sherry Ward () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 14:21:29
Maiden: Rout
Class: 65
City and State: The Atomic City
Message: Hey Dianna Price!!! I have no idea where Rosie is. I would give anything to fine her. I haven't seen her since the 70's. If you find her before I do let me know. I'll do the same for you. I wonder if her folks still live in Holyglen? Sounds like we missed a real fun weekend. Mybrother always did get to have all the fun!!!!!
Just kidding, Bro.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 11:45:31
Maiden: anotherROWDYweekend
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well, HHS CAR SHOW was the best..& I agree with John Baker about the porno cars.. geesh.. did we "hafta pay" to see that cr*p at a family affair! CONNIE JAX'S BBQ~a big success.. but the glow in the dark rosary goes back in my drawer.. next BBQ..we hafta play pass the banana (don't go there John)~~but it was great to meet DEANO AND GARY LENTS finally and to see my old Catholic school chum, SHEILA HENLEY. VFW BREAKFAST~ always a blast..finally saw Colleen TROTT AND TERRY O'RYAN. "fun, fun, fun" Then off to ROWDY MR. PLOTKIN'S and OUR MISS BROOKS' for an afternoon of fun. (teachers ya know) I still don't know what to make of the visit. They started the afternoon off with the salute to the flag.. then Miss Brooks showed us her home.. (Marsha and I noticed that her cupboards had small empty boxes of cereal and canned in kindergarden) Then they asked us to check our pockets for our milk money in our hankies tied in a knot. They also served us graham crackers but John Baker and Robin Hood bit off one end and made a pistol out of it and started playing Hoppy and the Lone Ranger.. Miss Brooks made them sit on the end of the rug for "time out". After nap time on our blankets, we were told to line up in a row, an arms length apart and march to the recreation room. We had to stop on the spot everytime Miss Brooks clicked her clicker. Later that day John B. had time out again for looking up Mo Trott's dress.
Then we had finger paints & playing with clay~and towards the end of the day, Mr. Plotkin took boys to his place for a sex education talk. (something about a b*ner) Then Miss Brooks lead us in THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER song and dismissed us. I still can't figure out why she set the timer when Marsha and I used her restroom. Then she took out her hanky-licked it..and cleaned our faces.. & sent us home. Thanks Cathy and Harry for the goodies and the afternoon of fun and games.
And now, I'm off like a prom dress.
Judy DeGrazia Blomsterber THE ROWDYS

Judy hasn't quite figured out how to spell that BIG LONG last name she has acquired.
And about that Mo Trott dress peaking thing......It was her fault as she said "she didn't have one", and of course I knew that wasn't true, but Mr Plotkin caught me and made me sit in the corner. OH, and she does "have one" too, cuz I saw it.
I had forgotten all about biting the corner off a graham cracker and making a pistol out of it. I guess today, it would be against the law to do that in school. They let US do it and you can see how WE all turned out. Thanks Judy Wudy, you crack me up every day of my life. And thanks to HCH and Kathy Brooks for the fun Sunday afternoon. We had a great time at Kathy's, then went to Harry's house and saw what he likes to do for fun. Harry, you'll have to teach me how to hook my bra. I've never mastered that art. Also Robin says he's not coming back to your house until you get some "Monkey Bars". Thank you both for the fun Sunday afternoon. We had a great time.

Name: Loretta Cuiper () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 10:37:10
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 62
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hello All, I want to thank all who were there helping out at the Car Show. Got to meet Pat Smith, Pam Fees, Donna Wright, Elizebeth Estrada (Knew her Dad 50+ years ago, our Dads worked together) John and Annie Rout, nice couple, A real nice group of people. We did have a good time at our booth, and the show and the groups were good, no problems. Larry and I had a wonderful time on Sunday at the VFW breakfast, nice big get together, the normal Rowdy group, saw some great wedding pictures and our Judy got her "GLOW IN THE DARK ROSARY" from Karen Fraser, one that she has had for years. Larry and I got to see Colleen Trott, it has been over 30 years since I saw Co, she is as sweet as ever, that was nice seeing her. Jim and Debbie Sloey made it there, it is always great to see Mrs. Brooks and Mr. Plokin, told my Kids, Darla and Eric say Hi. Terry and Judy, thank you for all the kind words about our Eric, you're great people. Janny, my husband was glad to meet you, and Saturday, he had the chance to work with Judy for awhile, thinks she is great. And Marsha, Robin it had been years since he saw you and it was good seeing you both, we wish the best for all four of you. I always have fun when I'm around this group, Mo, Sherry, and Doug (we had fun working with you all) Great seeing you Barbara Harris, and our King John, it's always great to see him, Janet and John were there on Saturday helping out and having fun. Larry's oldest friend, Bob Fraser and his wife Karen, Thanks for Saturday and being with you on Sunday. This whole week-end was a fun filled one, we missed Saturday night, but we understand it was a nice turn out. Judy Strahm, I guess you and I have a big job coming up, I look forward to working with you on this picnic. As always Cougartown Folks know how to have Fun. Thank you for everything guys!!
Yes, it's time to start planning the next HHS Homecoming weekend II, and seeing as Susan Ciampa Walling (HHS77) has moved north, Loretta Morelli Cuiper (HHS62) will be heading up the weekend activities along with Judy Strahm, Terry Leeper's (HHS 63) better half. I'm not even sure when Homecoming weekend will be this year yet, but I'll find out. I know Loretta will do a bang up job (class of 62 you know), so everyone stay tuned for more about this fun weekend. Thanks Loretta and Judy for your help.

Name: Jeanne Carrillo () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 10:21:49
Maiden: Burk
Class: 69
City and State: Carlsbad, CA
Message: Hey to everyone! Sounds like the picnic was a great success. I was bummed that we couldn't come and join the fun. We will make the next one. Oh Liz E. I think I know who Whats-his-name the second is!! Maybe you are too kind!! Way to go girls!!!

Name: Sean Ramey () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 08:50:09
Maiden: Fitzpatrick
Class: occasionally
City and State: Corona, CA
Message: Judy, Judy, Judy...You are talking about some major hunks in my day. I saw Tom last 4th of July and he is still a hunk as far as I'm concerned. Stop cooking, NO PROBLEM, consider it done! Boy! This liberation stuff feels great.

Name: Anita Young () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 01:28:52
E-Mail: or
Maiden: Aceves
Class: 1978
City and State: Newberg, OR
Message: Betty Kean Rodriguez...thanks for clairifying the Hood situation. How the hell was I to know there were 2 Hood families in Hawthorne at the same time and some of them at school with me and my siblings at the same time? Too many Hood's in one town ( and you thought they just said that because we all were such Rowdy kids...LOL!) But seriously...thanks a bunch!
And to Tom mom used to live in Prescott Valley, AZ and she took me into the little town of Prescott. Nice digs. That town is about the same size, and some of the buildings in the old town area are as old as some of the one's in my town.
And, I think it's cool that you respect women and think that the porno murals and such were out of line at a family event. So do I! And I agree that kids todays' morals are down the toilet! Jesus! Do I sound like my mom now or what?! Probably because I'm a mom now that I can relate to all those things she said long ago. Guess the parents were right all along! Way to go Big John! : )

Name: Glenn Crist () on Monday, May 22, 2000 at 00:45:42
Class: '64 in the last Millennium
City and State: Wine Country just isn't the same without Cougartown
Message: JB (the first) So just what is JB (the other) laughing at in the forgotten picture Cheryl, wife of Grappa Man, just submitted anyway? Hasn't she ever seen a bunch of neophyte wine snobs that have had entirely too much fun the preceding weekend (the next thing to go (red) is the nose).
Be Cougs, all

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 21:16:01
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno, Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: OK,OK, It was ME. I had the picture of the "LIPS".(from the WCW, remember?) I just didn't know it. My John,(the grappa man) still had some pics in the camera. (which we JUST got developed). Sooo, here it is.......(dam, we had fun)
Thanks Cheryl, I just moved the computer from the old place to the new place tonight, and for what it's worth, this is the first feedback at the new place.

Name: John Rout () on Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 20:00:48
Class: 1963
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: To everyone involved with the car show at HHS and the bbq in Irvine yesterday - A Great Big Thanks!! Had a great time at both, but then it is impossible not to have a great time with the Cougartown gang. Just one thing, who ate my HoHo's?
Judy, did you end up with John's Hoho's??

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 18:53:39
Class: 75
City and State: South Bay
Message: Connie...nice BBQ at Heritage Park. John B...glad to see you there. No '75's there but it was nice to see Bonita (and her friend Julie) and Lori P. all from the class of '78. And the Maui-weds were there. It must be a big adjustment - no palm trees at the park. Judy, thanks for showing me those beautiful pics from your remote condo on the Hawaiian shore...what a life!....well...back to the business of living....hey folks...a little safety tip from the picnic...don't drink too much and drive....I was worried about a couple of people there....we just don't have enough designated drivers....

Name: Marilyn () on Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 15:11:09
E-Mail: Ross
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: O.K. I have to apologize to to the people at the picnic for saying we didn't have the screens on the girls locker building when I was in school. I checked my yearbooks and we did. The reason I was thinking that was I remember the boys looking in the doors. Now I remember, they would stroll by nonchalantly and look in, then play innocent. They were just walking on the sidewalk and didn't realize where they were. Yea right. It was nice meeting John and the other Cougars at the picnic. Thanks Connie for a great job.
Nice to put a face to you too Marilyn. See now you mid 50's people have to come out to these events. Marilyn was there and had fun. Cruise Night III at Fosters is coming up. Please plan on being there and bring your friends.

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