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Name: Reuel Callahan () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 17:36:19
Class: 65
City and State: Westlake Village, Ca.
Message: Hi John, Well I just want to say thanks again for "COUGARTOWN". When I first wrote in I asked about a couple of my old buddies and lo and behold yesterday I received a note from Terry Stapp (64) who had just found "COUGARTOWN" and found my e-mail. Thanks John I know that this is what it is really about.
Thanks Reuel, Glad you got hooked up with your friends.

Name: Bob not my brother Bill () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 17:13:04
Class: 71
City and State: LA,CA
Message: I may be the minority but I love the holiday season just as much now as when I was a child. All this talk makes me realize that ?The Season? is upon us. Just like Liz said, it all started with the Ramona Fair. A week and later is my birthday, Veterans Day, (for us older folks Armistice Day). When I was young I would always get to go to Kiddy Land on the corner of Hawthorne and 117th and ride the ?FISHES? I can still hear the ?squeak, squeak, squeak,? as they would go up and down. Remember the rental yard behind? Mel?s Trailers? As I got older I would get to go to the Rollerama on Rosecrans and then onto the go-cart track up the street. Within a few weeks of my birthday was Thanksgiving and off to the desert to see our Grandparents for holiday dinner. Upon arriving back home we would start the Xmas decorating. For anyone who lived on 138th we were the ones with the TACKY artificial snow on the lawn and the artificial icicles hanging from the roof and lots more that I will not mention. Aunt Charlene?s Bourbon Balls were always a hit during the season parties. I remember eating them by the handful when I was about 10 and that?s why I think I still love Christmas (as Judy would say, ?DON?T GO THERE JOHN?). This year I?ll start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, the only difference now is I hope my decorations are not as tacky as those of my parents. Thanks for the memories CT.
Your Aunt Charlene had Bourbon Balls??!! Someone call Ripley!!

Name: Terrie () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 13:19:48
Maiden: Kostiszak
Class: 83
City and State: Portland, OR
Message: Hi All, Well I am back from my long vacation, One month in Vegas, 3 weeks in L.A. (well mostly Manhattan Beach, went to the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair which is always cool), Then One week in Chicago! I went to the Reunion at Stick and Stein and now that I am back in Portland I will get pictures developed and somehow figure out a way to put them up so you can see them, I am sure you will recognize people I took pictures of at the reunion! I too remember the Pike. That was a very scary rollercoaster and I remember Trick or Treating on the Strand and crashing Halloween parties while doing it, at the party houses I got beer instead of Candy, hee hee. I remember filling up my pillow case to the top, dumping it off at home and refilling the pillow case!! Happy Halloween Everyone! I am going to a Corn Maze this weekend, Its a large Corn Field made into a Maze that is hard to get through especially at night, should be fun.
Hi Terrie, Looking forward to the pics, as I too have got to make time to get the Homecoming pics on the site.

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 13:18:00
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Elizabeth-
Okay, hand me a tissue! You've just opened up so many memories! I'm remembering how my mom could not carve a pumpkin for her life! And popcorn balls - did you ever get a blue one? We always got our tree on Christmas Eve at the railroad depot on Haw. Blvd. They were cheap - and UGLY - but we lovingly decorated it. I remember afterward, my mom would save the tinsel in a LIFE magazine for the following year.
I miss my mom & dad.

Name: Bill Jensen () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 12:54:18
Class: 63
City and State: 90250
Message: Pacific Ocean Park! Oh yeah! I remember P.O.P. and its Roller coaster very well. Two of many visits were very memorable. In 1959 I was at the park with Jackie Mac Lean (HHS 61). Well, Jackie loved roller coasters and I was not a big fan of roller coasters at that time. However..........being the good sport that I am, I went along with the program which was to ride the roller coaster as many times as possible that evening. My handprints were permanently imprinted in the safety bar the first ride. One the later rides, the safety bar was never touched....hands straight up in the air. Lots of fun! The last time I was at P.O.P. was in 1966 with Kitty Morgan (IHS 66). The posted (Static) picture reminds me of that last visit. That evening, we didn't get a chance to ride the coaster. It broke while we were approaching it. I remember very well that the people climbed down ladders from near the top with the help of park workers to get off the ride. What a sight!
QUESTION: Does anyone remember what was special about the clock, which was visible while in line just before getting in the coaster car?

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 12:45:20
Class: 69
City and State: RB,CA
Message: To Ingrid Larson and other curious Cougars, the sign-name, 'The Goddess' has less to do with my philosophy and more to do with a Cougartown Pink's Night where I ended up at the Wild Goose with Donna Cook, aka, 'The Pole Princess', looking for cab's a long story that ended up on feedback a hundred or so pages back....but thanks. I strive to live up to the handle. : ) Be Cool! The Goddess P.S. Zorro is off to fight villians....I wish him well, but I'll be going 'stag' prom night......Any single ladies wondering about that option should absolutely jump will be had by all! I don't think we'll have a problem finding names to fill our dance cards. It's all about having fun. So throw away your inhibitions and your self-doubt and jump in. Life is not a dress rehearsal.
That's a great way to look at life. Don't wait for that next stagecoach cause someone might invent the automobile. Lifes brass rings are still out there folks.......grab one.
Thanks Liz......

Name: Doris () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 11:53:23
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: '57
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: JOHN! Is there any way I could get hold of a list of the names and addresses of the '57 graduating class? ALSO! Or in place thereof, could I at least get a list of those '57 graduates planning on attending the prom? ALSO! MARILYN (WISHAM) ROSS! Thank you for the neat Pike picture and accompanying website!!! WOW! I am so glad someone around '57 still has a little life left in 'em and knows this website is available! ha! It's so good to know we're still kickin'! Don't know where to catch the news of the classes of '56, '57 and '58. 1957/58 had a reunion in 1997 that was GREAT! So hope some of those same people have heard about this terrific and FUN website! THANKS TO JOHN!
Let's hear from more late 50's cougs!!! YES!

Hi Doris, No one has committed to the Prom from any class yet. We're still in the questionnaire phase. Next week we'll start selling tickets, then we have committments.

Name: Peppers () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 07:54:31
Class: 61
City and State: Athens, Greece
Message: Hello cougars!
Does anybody know how to get in touch with Phyllis Adams, class of '63 I think.
Thanks, Jim Peppers
P.S. John Baker, you are truly blessed. I've been able to get in touch with people that I could only have found because of this site. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU

Hey Jim, I know I'm blessed by this giant Cougar weigh station in cyberspace. Who would have thought this would have gotten to almost 3500 Cougars and growing everyday. This site has not only brought together old friends, but Cougs across many classes are becoming friends that would've never known each other. Cougartown is like no other high school website and I do feel truly blessed to be a part of this whole experience.

Name: Dewey Storie () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 04:29:43
Class: sometimes
Message: John, the last 3 months? haha I am lucky if I can remember where I was 2 weeks ago. Last week it was Tennessee and this week it’s Minnesota. Some weeks I think I should change my name to Waldo.
Good the hear from you once in a while Dewey. Thanks for the shout.

Name: Susie Russelle aka Klink () on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 01:14:58
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
City and State: Albq.N.M.
Message: The Pike was a gas but how about Pacific Ocean Park(P.O.P.)in Santa Monica? My best memory of the Pike was the wooden rollercoaster...As for Halloween I recall terrorizing the neighborhood, 120th St. to El Segundo, Isis to the 405 fwy. and Isis to Avaition. My Yankees just might do it AGAIN!!!

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 23:59:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message:Here's a picture of Bob Rierdan HHS61 and his older brother at the Pike in Long Beach in 1946. The building in the background is still there, but alas, the Cyclone Racer is history. Thanks Bob for sending the picture. This is an odd view for me as I always saw it from the tattoo parlor side.

Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 22:51:16
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(ontheriver)
Message: Hey, I remember the Pike...always lots of cute sailors around there. I know Millikan High also, as my grandson attends there. Oh, that makes me OLD doesn't it? Hey Judy, I heard you were looking for a tiara..I still have mine from the 61 Prom. And guess what John Baker, it still fits. Imagine that.........
Yeah I'm sure the tiara fits.......try on the formal. JUST KIDDING CHERYL!!!
You two better come down for the Prom, and tell Tonya and Steve too. I'm going to get Bob Reagan and Vicki to come too. See you then.

Name: Marilyn Ross () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 21:02:03
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 56
City and State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: For all you 50's & 60's "kids" that remember the "Pike" at Long Beach, Millikan High in Long Beach has a web site with old pictures of the "Pike" and some history. and click on Pike. Remember the Round-up, Rotor, Cyclone, double ferris wheel, carousel with the brass ring and of course the best salt water taffy in the world? And the photo booth where you could get instant pictures.

Name: Nadine Burge () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 18:20:57
Maiden: Nadine Hollingsworth
Class: 61
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Message: I am looking to contact Carol (Benson) Boersch.
Nadine, Email Janet Ashby Roth or Pat Beltran Webster. They have your reunion list and I'm sure they have Carol's address.

Name: Dewey Storie () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 18:11:39
Class: hmmm
Message: Well if Lowes Home Improvement Store can start early so can I, Bah Humbug!
That's the holiday spirit Dewey AKA the Mad Scanner Guy. Where have you been the last 3 months or so?

Name: Alan Nelson () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 17:44:08
Maiden: Little Bit-o-Heaven-94.7
Class: '73
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: I remember listening to KMET late one night and deciding I just HAD to meet my (then) biggest-crush-wanna-be-love-interest, Mary "Mounds" Turner. Some friends and I drove up to the station on Santa Monica Blvd and met Mounds as she was getting off work and walking out of the station. (That's not stalking, is it?) She was really sweet, gave us her autograph and talked with us for a while. Although she was nothing like I imagined her to be, from her radio voice, it was still a high point of my high school daze.(sic)
So Alan......UHhhh, did she live up to her name?

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 17:05:15
Message: Hey Baker! Isn't our presence presents enough?
Since you present your presence as a strutting pheasant, it's presents enough for this pleasant presbyterian I have a headache.

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 15:46:57
Class: 74
Message: Elizabeth, Now it's clear why you have been deemed "The Goddess". Thank you for your thoughts and memories relating Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas. Many of us tend to get caught up in the negative aspects of these cherished times, and lose the charm, delight and thrill that these year-end holidays used to hold for us as children. I, myself, was muttering just last night as I walked into the Lowes Home Improvement store, because of all the light-up plastic Christmas yard ornaments (Mary, Joseph, Santa, shepherd, manger, sheep, etc.) that were ALREADY on display. I wondered how they could jump ahead like that, when we haven't even gone through Halloween yet. I pray that I can keep my composure, and remember to stop and take time to enjoy the holidays like I did when I was a child. Thanks for the nudge, I think many of us needed it!
I keep trying, but still no presents.

Name: Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 14:45:17
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: SLOEY, SLOEY, SLOEY.. I say this with much love..we're very close You are a butt buster!! (no cat fights here) but--in answering your questions for PROM NITE. The Rowdys are selling 500 more large rooms are available for the evening..we might squeeze a few more..but that's it.. once we're committed to that ballroom, there's no moving to a larger facility in a different hotel.. and that's why the questionnaire is so important. Your bros will get in if they buy their tickets before they're all sold out.. All you have to do to attend PROM NITE is to have attended H.H.S. at anytime & get your money in first. And what does it matter to you anyway SLOEY!! Everytime you are invited to a ROWDY function.. you don't show as you usually pass a stadium with flood lights on..and can't resist finding out what's going on inside.. you have a reputation for having a problem with a row of seats and/or bleechers.. I'll fall on the floor if you make PROM NITE!!! I say this with love. ALAN HAUGE..OK.. The tight fitting, seam ripping dress will go up for raffle.. velcro and all. hey, this could be lucrative--how about the lavender shoes to match..the opera length gloves--the tiara-- -- -- -- oh what the hell, why fight it.. I'm up for raffle. (I heard that John)
Back to counting heads.. lookin' good.. 60's people are coming in real strong.. Judy Wudy DeGrazia

Name: Dan Webb () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 14:13:57
Class: '76
City and State: Phx, AZ
Message: Before the "Mighty MET," I think it was KRHM at the 94.7FM spot. I remember "old guys" talking technical stuff; woofers & tweeters, and the like. Also, lots of old and vintage recordings. And, of course, the Comedy Show on Sunday afternoon. Wasn't that the good Dr. before he became Dee-mented?
Hey Dan, Sounds right to me. Thanks.......

Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 13:24:14
Class: 62
City and State: Lomita
Message:Here's a picture sent by Mike Riley from his class of 65 reunion a couple of weeks ago. Do you recognize these funmeister class of 65ers?
Thanks Mike

Name: Elizabeth Estrada () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 12:25:43
Class: 69
City and State: bestbeachcalifornia
Message: I was walking on the beach early this morning watching a most spectacular sunrise that reminded me of cotton candy. The houses on The Strand are decorated for Halloween. I was remembering how excited I got as a little girl at the prospect of wearing a costume and going out after dark with the 'big kids' to haul in some serious amounts of sugar. When the clocks were turned back and the pumpkins were carved and the seeds roasted and the air became crisp and cool, man, I was in my glory. The Ramona Halloween Carnival was always held on the 31st. So you could get an early start on the festivities. Then it was off to the door to door race to see who would haul in the heaviest load. Sometimes the sack would get so heavy we'd have to go home to unload and regroup. That was a risky proposition 'cause Mom just might call out that dreaded command, "It's time for bed." I was remembering what it felt like to sit on my bed in my flannel pj's and go through my stash separating out the junk from the good stuff. Rudy's mom always gave out the big Hershy's chocolate bars to the 133rd Street Gang. Mrs. Sharon gave out homemade popcorn balls. Mrs. McLaughlin was the Tootsie Roll Queen, and Mrs. Johnson, Marla's mother, was into Charm suckers. But the part about it all that was soooo very exciting to me, was that it was the beginning of the holiday season. You could start counting the days until the Hawthorne Street crew would start putting up the Christmas decorations on Hawthorne Blvd. I couldn't stand the excitement of waiting for Thanksgiving when those lights were turned on. And, of course, you all know what that meant.....Christmas was just around the corner.....Remember when that thought was so thrilling? Now it's more like....OH S**T! I made a decision this morning, on my walk at sunrise, to try to capture that childlike thrill of the season....It's not so hard when you think about it.....Happy Halloweenie You Cougs! The Goddess
Great idea Liz, I'm feeling it, feeling the Christmas thing....I'm opening my where's all my presents...... ok, let me try again, I'm closing my eyes an.......
Seriously, a great idea. Don't get caught up in the "ho-hum shopping part", but remember what the "ho-ho-ho" child did when Christmas was upon you. Great memories too. Janet called from Idaho last night and said NOT to get a costume, as she found one there, and she had that little giggle in her voice. I think I'm in trouble.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 12:15:20
Class: 66/84
City and State: REDONDO BEACH, CA
Message: The prom sounds great Rowdy ladies and I know you have done a great amount of work in preparation, but, there is always a but and I am usually it, so I have a few questions. What if you get an overwhelming response beyond the 500? Can we get another hall? Can you just sell extra tickets? Will Brother Bob and Brother Bill be able to get in? Did you have to attend a prom when you went to HHS to attend this one or do you qualify if you have worn a tuxedo or prom dress in the past? Can your parents take you and pick you up? How do you determine who has priority? Will the Mets win the world series? Will college football finally go to a playoff system? Will El Rojo become a Duck fan? Did Roger really throw the bat at Mike? Will Regis continue to lose his popularity? Should I elect the cash payout or the installment when I play the super lotto? And finally will Microsoft be split into two companies or more or will it win its appeal and have its stock soar to new levels requiring a stock split? Huh? I was just wondering. SLOEY
we only sell 500 tickets-no-no-don't know-neither-yes, if they're old enough to drive-post marks-no-some day-HECK no-yes-yes-at your age take the lump sum-the latter.

Name: Kelley () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 12:08:33
Class: 67
Message: well Ingrid you are very close it was KPPC,John that was years before KMET. But yes I was a KMET junkie, I still have a T-shirt someone gave me from KMET. It was really cool having Avocado trees right next door. Big Leo and My Dads biggest dream was to sit in the Estrada's patio and reach up and pick an avocado, They didn't get to see it happen, but the trees did grow large enough to hang in the Patio. Dave, that was the best BBQ and Fireplace ever. I can hear Coco Sanchez playing now. Later Kell, Me in a prom dress YOU MUST BE KIDDING
Do they make hip hugger prom skirts?

Name: Charlie Fox () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 11:42:20
Class: 69
City and State: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Message: I think the call letters of that first FM station were KPPC. I'm pretty sure KMET was the second FM station to come along.

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 11:18:53
Class: 74
Message: Could the FIRST FM radio station have been KPCC? I remember my brother, Neil, being absolutely devoted to that station, way back when. Am I right?
I would think, being Kell, it would have been 94.7 KMET. Just my 2 cents.....

Name: Eunice () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 10:41:31
Maiden: Orozco
Class: 96
City and State: Lennox, California
Message: Hello Class of '96.
The class of 96 says, "HELLO EUNICE!!"

Name: Doris () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 10:39:09
Maiden: Donaldson
Class: 1957
City and State: Twin Falls, Idaho
Message: JOHN! How are we supposed to BUY the tickets NOW? Look forward to hearing from you soon. doris
Hi Doris, The tickets will go on sale on October 31 right here on the website.

Name: Dave Krikac () on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 08:15:11
Class: 76
City and State: Franklin, TN
Message: John: You were pretty close with BRATS, we all had a tough act to follow with Chuck, Vicky, Sharon, Liz, Kelly, and Linda....
I do remember one night when we were all brats! It was another Estrada party in their back yard and patio (I loved that Fireplace) The whole adult neighborhood was there. Little Leo thought he could sneak an M-80 into the mailbox of the lady on the block no one could handle. Angie & Joe. Angie was the one that didn't let anyone park in front of her house, because that was HER RESERVED SPOT. Joe was the short tough Italian lookin guy that never smiled and hated kids. So the 133 st brats, Paul Jr., Mike McLaughlin, Craig McLaughlin, Leo, little Dave running behind (shaking), dropped an M-80 into their indoor mailbox, and practically blew it out of the wall. It PROBABLY woke up the neighbors. So.... Joe came over to the party at the Estrada's where the young criminals were finding sanctuary, and accused all the 133rd st kids of a conspiracy to get them. Busted. Maybe.....
They didn't count on "BIG JIM CURRIE" being there. Up walks Big Jim and says, "I Don't believe you were invited", Joe looks up and says, "Well, we still think your kids did it" Jim said "Bubbaye"......
We WERE guilty, but.... we sure had a special place in our hearts for Big Jim after that night.... (Really that's about as bad as it got that I remember) Brats-sometimes, not Always......

Thanks Dave, It's good to know we weren't the only street "prankin' it up" in Hawthorne.

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