Message=I remember going to my senior prom up in PV. My date and the couple I went with all went to Mira Costa. The male half of the other couple was Vice Principal Dan Nelson's son Brad. (Neither relatives of mine). When we walked into the prom, with Mr Nelson standing guard at the door, I said "Hi, Mr Nelson", Brad said "Hi, Mr Nelson". he responded to both of us, and I don't believe, to this day, he realized his son was (illegally) at that prom.
Message=I've never even been to Hawthorne, CA but I love the 60's and your pages are really fun. It gives people a good idea of what life was like back then! I especially like that it's early 60's, which is a time that many people ignore! I found your site while searching for 60's music sites (my real passion), and am placing it on favorite places. When I get my own website in a few months, you can be sure I'll want a link to yours!
Message=John, as one of the original HILL PEEP'S (we were the guys who called the witchstand (or "TIT" as we called it) HOME. Your web page took me back to those undiscrible days on the hill with more memories that I could share in a week. Maybe some day when time permits we can share notes. I know I can tell you things we did ie: THE THREE MAN SLING SHOT for one and have a laugh together. Hill Peep Mark
Message=SITTING HERE WITH MY SISTERS BILLINE AND BOBBIE JOYCE ENJOYING THE FEEDBACK PAGES. IF ANYONE FROM THE CLASS OF 69 WANTS TO SAY HI DROP ME A LINE AT PO BOX 403523, HESPERIA, CA 92340. THIS IS A GREAT PAGE JOHN.
Message=Does anyone know what became of Howard Graham? Have been searching for him for a long time, I am looking forward to our 40th? (can that be right ? ) reunion. This is a first tome as I am not computer literate. I always figured that if I couldn't keep it on a 3x5 spiral notepad I didn't need it. Let's have some news of the Class of '60.
Does anyone remember the Egg Ranch on Inglewood Ave. between 120th and Broadway? This would have been somewhere in the mid to late 50's.
Message=I just found this page, thanks to Delia Yawnick-Garza. Feel free to email me.
Message=I went to Leuzinger High from 1946 until 1950. I lived in Hawthorne most of my life, and i had a sister that went to hawthorne high. her name was Linda Walker. My Dad was in Real Estate for many years before he passed away his office was next door to fosters freeze there was a big sign that said Clyde Walker Realty I hope to hear from some of the old timers that still live there.
Clyde (Dick) Walker
Message= Great work on the new web page format. We grew up on the far western fringes of Hawthonre, a neighborhood called Del Aire. I remember going to the movies with my big brothers, to the great theatres in Westchester - the Loyola and the Paradies. Simply walking in the lobby was enough to sweep you away to a magical place, even before the feature would start. Those were the days when you'd watch two movies. "Find out whats playing with Goldfinger." You'd get dropped off by your mom at noon, and come out hours later and it would be dark out. To me, it was like a form of jet lag. Over on the other side of town, at the corner of Imperial and Prairie was Denny's BBQ, and across the street - Imperial Farms Market. There was a grocery area, and a funky produce area with sawdust on the floor. Our mom would go there to buy our meat about once a week. I can remember that big glass-fronted meat case that towered over me when I was only about 5 years old. I'd press my nose against the glass and wonder about the beef tongue (did anyone really BUY that stuff?) They had a big scale in the produce area that was fun for the kids to weigh themselves on.
Thanks for the memories!
Message=Hey 76 grads, who's out there!
Message=what new information is out there about class of 88 reunion?
Message=Any one (want to) remember Wednesday night dances to the tune of "Thousand Stars" at Dana Junior High or the Drop-in next to the Hawthorne library (behind the police dept? Floating on rafts on the pond where the oil rig pumped at the future site of Holly Glen? The bright Greg Ulve? How about "Grub Day" that Ray Gorospe and I organized during pep week? (There's a guy...always smiling!) Thanks, John, for your page!! It's a great place to reminisce and hopefully make contact with those we've lost contact with over the years. THANKS FOR THE E-MAIL BILLINE & CHERYL!!
Message=Well, far out! It took me awhile to figure out why I rooted for the WSU teams here in Washington over the UW teams (which are closer). But then it hit me.. WSU are COUGARS, and their colors are Scarlet and Gold! Home away from "home". Anyway, still surfing, though mostly on the net now (water's too darn cold up here and I lost my "beaver-tail" in Bangkok in '73). Not many waves in Puget Sound anyway, but the skiing's pretty cool. Got a small contingent of alum up here, and if you're lookin for my bro, he's a few lines down under "Class of 73". Drop by (And if that html tag didn't render, mea culpa)
Yes, my younger brother David and I each had one of those cardboard Helms Trucks.
I remember that distinctive whistle and the best cream puffs( a staggering 20 cents).
We also took the tour of the old Helms Bakery (I think on Olympic?). That was about third grade at Williams School on Yukon. Sure beat the Starkist tuna factory in San Pedro field trip we took that year. Keep the memories coming John.
Steve Eide ('66)
Message=After 25 years, It's nice to know that someone is keeping the "old" Cougar spirit alive. My hat's off to you and the site. Keep up the good work!
Message=Hi everybody, went to Dorsey, but mostly graduated from the Wich Stand class of 62. Had a purple grey 60 ford and loved to cruise to the A & W listening to cool 45's on the under the dash RCA record player. We all agree those were the best of times. Still in touch with a lot of "Hill" people. Advise if you are looking for somebody, and will try to get you in touch. Hope to hear from you, no matter what. Dennis Rosen
Message=Wow!!!! 30 years have come and gone.... lots of last names and lots of kids later..... I don't feel any older. However, I don't think I could do a round-off any more!
It's been great hearing from everyone regarding our reunion on August 8th. Can't wait to see how great we all look together. We've got some great things happening that night so check the REUNION page for the info. You'll be glad you did! Also, check the the Alumni List to see if you know where any of our "MISSING IN ACTION" might be.
Can't wait to see you there! (THANKS JOHN FOR THIS AWSOME PAGE. IT'S GREAT).
Message=Seeing this web site really touched my heart. Best wishes to you all!
Message=Hey Bob, count me in for helping to paint the buildings after our reunion!! Looking forward to seeing my '62 buds and all the rest. And, yes I think I do remember "Crazy Craig" from 26th St. Wasn't he real tall with the mandatory white, bleached hair and wild baggies? I don't think he went to HHS though, not sure what pla..., school he was from. Would love to hear from all those 26th St surfer dudes and beach bunnies who didn't fry their brains with the sun or the beer we kept buried in the sand! (I can't believe I'm saying this!....I thought I had grown up to be an executive! Goes to show old memories don't die easily!)
Message=John, great website! Thanks for all your hard work to put this together. If there is anyone out there that is viewing this page knows the whereabouts of Dorothea Kratz, class of 68, please email me with her address or phone number. We have not spoken in 30 years and I would like to hear from her...Imagine I have thought about her for 30 years and not knowing how to get in touch with her.
Dale Lawson, class of 1968
Message=Couldn't get out of Hawthorne until '79. Owned 2 homes: Costa drive (behind HHS) and in Hollyglen. Hughes Aircraft Co. (Field Engineering) sent me to Germany in '79 and have been here since. Too busy to make the reunions (Who was pushing them...Wayne Bryan?) but looking for the next. Any one remember "Crazy" Craig on 26th street in Manhattan Beach? How 'bout some contact?
New format looks good. Hey, when did they paint the buildings? I had the image of the old dark green cell-block look. I'm not sure I like them improving on my memories! How about a bunch of us, at the reunion, sneak over there and repaint a couple of those buildings?
Talk to you later, Bob
First=Charles (Uncle Sonny)
Message=Most of you who read this will not know me. I am interested because John Baker is still a big part of my extended family. In that he married my niece Joyce Savisky, he became my nephew. Oh by the way I spent a good part of my early years in Inglewood and Hawthorne. However while living in Hawthorne and at the ripe old age of 15, my buddy and I inlisted in the U.S.Army. That was back in 1947, Many years before there was a Hawthorne High School. As I recall there was only Inglewood and Leuzinger High. At least they are the only ones this old man remembers. When I want to remember the old times, I break out the old 8MM movies. When we lived in Redlands Ca. John, Joy, and Kelly would come during the summer and we would all have a great time in the pool. John some times would bring his mother in-law, my sister, Betty Savisky and spend the weekend with us. Some great Christmas' were spent at my parents home, with John playing Santa Claus, And passing out all the gifts. Good grief, that was a long time ago. A lot of water has passed under my bridges since then. Well that's it for now, as things come to mind I will up date this. Until then God Bless all and keep you safe.
Message=I cant believe how I stummbled into this cool web site.I was looking at somebody elses web page and checking there links and next thing I know I am looking at my uncle GALON SPAFFORD memorial on your vietnam page. For you Hot Rodders out there My father bought his 30s dodge pickup running for $200 dollars. He had just put a 283 4spd in it before shipping out to vietnam. He also took me to a slot car track when I was very young I believe it was in gardena? Things about hawthorne I remember were the gun show, faire, parades, greenfarms, christmas parties at the eagles lodge, Als ranch market in lawndale, Mrs waschell, and Mrs stanton, who to this day never returned my new in the box hot wheels, bus rides to inglewood to shop for clothing, our pet monkey purchased at TG&Y, Beach Boy stories, Air raid sirens, the old western surplus, devils dip, horse stables @ rosecrans, HHS public pool, hollys, kiddy land, kresges, the one armed hobby shop owner, sweet little forgotten melony the girl who gave me the hot wheels , and much much more. Can anyone help me in finding old photographs of the notorious and illegal Hawthorne homebuilt motorbikes. I have told people about this hawthorne phenomenom and they dont believe me. As a kid I was forbidden to get on one. They were very dangerous but yet part of the hawthorne landscape in the 60s. Anyway you have a great webpage especially the vietnam memorial. Thanks Shawn
Message=Cathy Krause and I are having a party tonight and just wanted to say hi to all the Class of '65. Thanks Garnett for the great job on our reunion page. What a trip to see my picture on the Internet!! (Cathy)
Message=I hope everyone from the class of "78" will come to the 20th reunion. I know it is hard to believe that it has been 20 years. But I am sure time has been good to everyone. My son goes to Redondo High and Mrs. Cindy Hoy ( Crumb) is teaching english there. I still see my friends (Val, Jodi, Joyce, Kim, Maggie, and of course Karen) on a regular basis. My Brother Joel (1976),lives in Washington and My Brother Loren (1964)lives in Buena Park.
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Message=Great page!What fun it is reading all this stuff. I grew up on 123rd Street. If anyone of the old neighborhood is out there send me a message. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Susan Graverson '68? She lived across the street from me.There are too many people I would love to hear from. Was it Eddie Mitchell that blew up the Chem class? If it wasn't him I'll bet he was involved some how! The Mitchell kids lived on the same street. Jim, Eddie, Annie, Alison, and Mary. Anyone know where they are (Alison died quite a few years ago)? Know one has mentioned the love-ins at Griffith Park. Was I the only hippie in school? Where is Charolette Owens - remember piercing my ears at your brothers house? If anyone remembers my sister, Doris '65 or my brother Jim '60 please get in touch with me and I will forward your message. They are both doing great. I went to the 25th reunion and lots of fun. I'll bet my husband and I were the only one's that went skinny dippin' in the pool out back! What great memories of Hawthorne High. All hale to thee ole alma mater. Makes me want to dig out those dusty yearbooks I wondered why I saved them so long.
Message=We (Scott and I) are looking forward to our upcoming reunion. Are you sure you need a current picture? Ugh!! I can't believe it's been 30 years!! Let me know if we can help with anything, and thanks for setting things up! See you on Aug. 8th!!
Message=John... Just a special note of thanks for the Vietnam Memorial Page. You've perpetuated the honor of some genuine local heroes of our generation. During that heartbreaking period, we all formed opinions about that unfortunate war. And it doesn't matter if we are men or women, were service people or not, or even hawks or doves, scrolling through that page must tug at our heart in some way. Thanks again.
Message=I can't begin to express how surprised and pleased I am to find out about this site. It's great, just absolutely great! Looks like the alumni list could be a little beefier, but I'm sure it'll fill out as the word spreads more. Just found out about it myself today. Not much else to say right now as this has taken me by surprise. Thanks a lot for taking the time and effort to put this together. It really brings back a lot.
Message=I left HHS in my Sophomore year. (Cried for months!) Who could live in Hawthorne and NOT have cruised the "A" and "Wich Stand"... not to mention the Memorial Park Friday night dances with Casey Casem... Wonderful times, where trouble began when you walked in the door to find your parents waiting?! Only a quarter to ride the bus to 26th - without any idea of how you would get back home... and the San Diego Freeway was only a massive dirt pile. Does anyone remember the car club - "The Rogues" - (there were others as well)...
I live in Oregon now and I did attend the 20 year Class Reunion. But, I haven't heard from anyone since. I will look forward to checking back and reading about all the "good times" we shared!
JOHN, thanks for finding me and for all your efforts in putting this Web Site together!!