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Name: Debra McGregor () on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 09:52:17
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Maiden: Lee (shoulda stayed Lee)
Class: 72
Message: Top of the morning to all you fine Cougar leprechauns! May your day be richly blessed and may all those Irish eyes be a smilin'.
To all those not wearing green I send out a mighty fine pinch to ya.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hey Debra, The same back atcha' there and thanks for remindin' me to thaw out my brisket. And always remember, "As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!"

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 04:07:29
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 57
Message: Can?t let this talk about Hawthorne?s finest go by without making a comment or two. I vaguely remember one of the good ones who foot-patrolled A&W cruisers at nights. I think his name was officer Linquist (sp??). I never saw him hassle anyone and when he did talk to us guys he was usually looking for parts for a Ford coupe he was building. We used to kid him about his service cap. When he needed a hair cut it rode high on his head and after the hair cut it sat on his ears. He would laugh about it too. I heard later that he was shot in the head trying to stop a liquor store holdup. I think he survived but was never the same. Seems like the good ones are the first to stand up and face the dangers. Another good one was Jack Potter. He attended the same church I did on Acacia. He finally quite the force and became a Brinks Guard. Said he could not do what his superiors told him to do to the citizens. Then there were the other ones. I had heard about officer Moore and his partner from a couple of my buddies from El Segundo High. They ended up filing a complaint that got Moore reprimanded and the ticket he wrote was laughed out of court. But that is another story.
Another good Cop at A&W was a guy named Murphy (forget his first name). He liked to talk to us about our cars and who could beat who, that sort of thing. Then there was the OTHER cop..... the dreaded "Delberto".....but that's ANOTHER story.

Name: Paul () on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 02:04:13
City and State: Torrance, Ca
Maiden: KMA 496
Class: '61
Message: More Cougar cops: I was a member of the Hawthorne Police Reserves in the late 60?s and early 70?s. In addition to riding patrol with a regular officer, we worked many of the special events put on by the city such as the Hawthorne Parade and Fair. We also worked the Friday night dances, hosted by Casey Kasem, held at The Memorial Center. The first dance I worked was in the HHS girls? gym and featured The Seeds doing ?Hey Joe?. Neal Gordon (HHS63) and Ron Householder were also members at that time. Doug Geller (HHS61) was a regular officer assigned to ?Motors?. A little farther north, Jim West (HHS61) was an Inglewood PD regular. Good times and great memories.
Thanks Paul for adding yourself to the list. I thought Jim West was a Lennox Sheriff.

Name: Gary Miller () on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 00:15:59
City and State: Concord, Cal
Class: 64
Message: Yes, I think the class of 64 should have a reunion, I'm quite sure theres more 64's than any other year.

Name: DIANA OLSEN () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 22:41:24
City and State: HYRUM,UTAH
Maiden: PRICE
Class: 1964
I agree Diana. Class of 64-Where Are You?? Judy Degrazia, you should have SOMETHING going on.

Name: Pat Underwood () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 17:35:03
City and State: Hawthorne, Calif
Maiden: Lawndale High
Class: 1963
Message: Well I?ve heard it all about how wonderful some of the cops at Hawthorne were. Phooey! Where were all the good cops when all the drinking was going on and they terrorized little girls into wetting their pants. I think therapy is needed here. George Johnson was my neighbor, he lived down the hill from me on 141st Street. He went to Hawthorne high and I went to Lawndale high. One of those school border things that never got solved as I lived closer to Hawthorne high and I went to Lawndale. Tim Lutz was a police officer but he never talked about it. Most of his spare time was spent working on his yellow 1957 two door hard top Chevy (less engine). This car was in primo condition and it was for sale. I think he towed it around a week before he sold it. Imagine selling a car that didn?t run for $800.00.
The only yellow 57 Chevy that I remember was Gary Kuchin's. Though, I did like Tim's red 55 Bel Air ALOT!!!

Name: Alan Nelson () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 17:17:34
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: '73
Message: All this talk about Cougars who became Police Officers, and my name doesn't come up? What's up with that? I only post once or twice in the last few months, and everybody forgets about me?? Well, Geez, guys. Thanks a lot.
Sorry Alan, your name would have come up except that I thought we were naming the late 50s early 60s Cops from Hawthorne High. Yes, you too deserve the recognition bestowed on all the others and thanks for adding yourself.

Name: Denny () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 15:11:10
City and State: Del Aire
Class: 55
Message: Hard to discuss Hawthorne Police without mentioning Officer Dick McCarroll (HHS 59)retired. He did it all from motor officer to K-9
Thanks Denny....

Name: Lori () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 14:47:14
City and State: usa, usa
Message: I am looking for Steve "Goober" Mayer, Class of 1981. Is there anyone that can help me locate him?
Hi Lori, You're being a little vague about who you are. If someone knows the answer I would hope they'd find out more about you before offering Goobers whereabouts. Just my thoughts.

Name: Cal McDougal () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 14:41:29
City and State: Enterprise, Alabama
Class: '62
Message: John, the site looks great 609 pages of feedback, I would never thought it possible. Cruising Hollywood Blvd. What memories! In the mid 60's I heard that they would check a car for being lowered too much by letting the air out of all four tires. If nothing touched the pavement they let you go! Now there was an incentive to be polite to the nice policeman! Pumping up four flats was an evenings workout! That was before portable air compressors were so easy to get hold of.
Hey Cal, Glad you're still with us.....

Name: Tim Helble () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 13:37:12
City and State: Columbia, MD
Class: 73
Message: Bevan Feist - they had scuba classes at HHS during my senior year. I think there is a picture of a girl jumping in the pool with a tank on her back in the '73 El Molino.
I started diving lessons in the Hawthorne Pool also, but it wasn't affiliated with the school. It was the "Scuba Oceanographer" Explorer Post affiliated with the Boy Scouts. Bill Barber, the leader, was an ex-Marine demolition diver and he drilled us like recruits. We had to do an hour of pushups, situps, and burpees (remember those?) on the blacktop next to the pool (at night!) before we started our pool work. Only other HHS people I remember in that group were Craig Cupp and Ted Coombs.
We had to finish our certification course at a local dive shop because Mr. Barber got kicked out of the scouts for some misdeeds between the sexes on a boat we were staying on for a Catalina dive trip. I still think Mr. Barber was pretty cool. BTW - I'm always looking for dive buddies when I come out west to visit family, so keep me in mind also.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 12:36:06
City and State: LF
Class: 61
Message: John, a couple more lawmen: Bruce Reginald Hoover; METRO SWAT, Tom Freeman; Redondo Beach, George Johnson; OC Sheriff and last but not least Dennis Campbell; CIA far east.
I'll buy them all but that Dennis Campbell guy.

Name: Jessie () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 12:28:06
City and State: Los Angeles, CA
Maiden: Corral
Class: Just the wanna be...
Message: Hello all! I saw something on the street yesterday that I haven't seen in a long time...well at least not on the street...a dune buggy! It brought back memories of my brother in the garage working/buiding one plus his go-carts.
Yes, if gas prices keep escalating, I'm getting my Ocelot out of mothballs.

Name: Ray () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 11:27:01
City and State: Mena AR
Class: 58
Message: John, Do you remember the Hawthorne Auxiliary Police,H.A.P.. The group was sponsored by the Hawthorne Police Dept. Our advisor was Officer Don Williams and Officer Chuck Guitar. They spent a lot of time with us, we had meetings, beach parties, civic events, etc. I use to baby sit the Williams children, so Don and Carol could get out for an evening. They both put a lot of time into the community. Guitar's brother was a Manhattan Beach police office. He was built like Gov. Arney. A few who wore the Blue. Don Allen, Bob Allen, Ray Shelley, Dennis Shelley, and Ronnie Householder.
Sorry Ray, but didn't mean to miss the Shelleys as top quality law enforcement in Mena, AR and El Paso, TX. Yes, I remember the HAPs. The big thing I remember them patrolling when I was a kid was the Hawthorne Fair. Don Williams gave me a break or two in my youth. One great guy.

Name: Carl Rilling () on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 05:17:19
City and State: Orygun City Ore
Class: 1959
Message: When I was a reserve at HPD (1963)I got to ride with Tim Moore, brother of Fred. Most unusual thing about Tim was his ability to find couples making out in vehicles, usually in various stages of undress. He would pull up behind the cars and light them up, sit there a few minutes and drive away. He never checked who was on the inside. But he knew who owned what car on sight. He was kinda a method of birth control. Anyone remember cruising Hollywood BL where LAPD would walk thru the traffic writing tickets for being to low, loud exhaust, lights not working right . A few more Cougars that were in law inforcement were Roy McNally, Guy McDaniel, Tim Lutz, Renne Perry, Robin McClain, and myself. I also think Jack Hayden 59' worked for LAPD. Starting on 03-16-04 my daughter Sara will have her first night on the street as a Portland Police Officer. In the 38 plus years I have been a cop I have never given anyone a ticket. They have all been earned. Always a Cougar.
Great stuff Carlton, thanks for the stories. I do remember being shaken down on Hollywood Bl when the LAPD was cracking down on the cruisers.
More Cops from HHS: Dave Dye (HHS61) and Dan Dye (HHS62).

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 21:47:12
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: Don't get me wrong John, I knew that you meant Chief, I just thought he was always Chief. The Wards moved away while I was still very young but he made a big impression on me, somewhere in my family box of pictures I think there is or was an 8 x 10 glossy of him. I can remember one time after going to the movies at the Plaza we, my sister Vicki and I went to the police station, Mr. Ward gave us a tour of the station, he put me in a cell closed the door and walked away, I thought I was going to have to stay there forever, it was actually pretty funny, I didn't think so at the time, I even think I wet my pants I was so scared. All in all, he really was a really nice man, everybody in the neighborhood liked him.

Name: Frank Romano () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 21:16:16
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Class: 1961
Message: JB...speeding tickets are sometimes just stuff that happens. 2 AM in June of 1960, I picked up one on Hawthorne Blvd, between 182 ND, and Torrance Blvd. When the nice man turned on the bubble gum machine, I was going through the S at 190th... when we stopped, we had reached Torrance Blvd. My buddies 59 Vet had the top off, and the cop smiled when he looked at the speedo...160 mph... He cut me some slack.. 75 in a 45 zone. The cop didn't care that I was testing this new fuel overflow system... I think I paid for the door handle on the Torrance court house with that fine! But I'll tell you this... He slowed me down. It was years later before I got caught again... I believe that would indicate that I slowed it down. Right! Took a few stops, but nothing serious... While heading south, between White Fish, and Big Fork Montana I learned that the highway patrol charges a $5.00 fee, rights a receipt, but doesn't record the transaction on your driving record. After the first cop explained the deal, and that it just wasn't open graft, I figured I was on a toll road. Cheaper than the New York toll gates back then. Thinking about it... don't really think I slowed down then... just was lucky enough to be nailed too often. Thanks JB.. Had not thought about this in years.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 18:26:43
E-Mail: yes
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: Gees John, you know everything. All I remember is that he was a really nice man. His daughters, Barbara and Ruth were my babysitters, if that was 51 then I was only 6 years old. You say that it was just for a few months? I thought it was a lot longer than that, but that is just a little kids memory.
I didn't mean he was a police officer a very short time, just the Chief. Actually I got that info from the book, "Policing Hawthorne", although I've heard my Dad and Uncle speak his name many times.

Name: mike franklin () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 18:21:16
City and State: murrieta, calif
Class: 1964
Message: Hi everybody; just checking to see if there will be a 40 yr reunion. E-Mail me at
Thanks Mike Franklin

Name: Terrence Poublon - Chairperson for Leuzinger High School's Class of 1981 () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 18:19:14
City and State: San Jose, CA
Message: Dear Hawthorne High School Alumni, I have to say how great your Cougartown website is in comparison to many other high school websites. Not only is it nostalgic trip factually, but it is a virtual trip down memory lane. Every page exudes the class spirit that is Hawthorne High School. The participation you recieve from all of your alumni is unbelievable!
It was an inspiration to me as I created a new website for Leuzinger High School's Class of 1981. I invite you to take a look at a website that is still in progress. We can be found at . Please tour the site at your convenience. I wish you all the very best.
Sincerely, Terrence Poublon.

Hey Terrence, I have to say you've done a masterful job on the LHS 81 website. I will add you to our Very Cool Sites and hope you'll have many fun years finding Olympians past, coordinating reunions, get-togethers, etc. Also, I hope you find it as personally rewarding as I have in the last 7 years. Good luck and here's hoping you find them ALL.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 14:19:00
E-Mail: cindycolby@adelphia,net
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 63
Message: Wow, that picture of the cops looks more like gangsters than cops. I grew up on 122nd. street between Burl and Sundale. Two doors down from us were the Wards, Mr. Ward was the Chief of Police at that time. I understand that Mr. Ward is still around. Small world, I spoke to a woman on the phone from somewhere back east, she used to work for the Hawthorne PD and is still in contact with Mr. Ward.
That would have been Ruel Ward. He was Chief in about 1951 for only a few months.

Name: Barney McArdle () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 11:53:46
City and State: Richardson, Texas
Class: 1958
Message: Hey Ray Shelley, sure glad I'm not as old as you. John, I love the old pictures of Hawthorne, keep up the excellent work.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 11:30:27
City and State: Belmont Shores
Class: 74
Message: Good morning cougs, did anyone receive a pm about a Beach Boys book that shows every cover to all their singles and albums? I would imagine it would make a great coffee table book. Hey Wade I got your e-mail and sent you one last Friday. Hope you got it, if not let me know. Have a great week everyone.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 11:02:22
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 76
Message: Now that we are "car people" I'd like to share an opportunity with all our CT'ers with oil in their veins. All Mustang and Ford Club (west SF Valley) is hosting it's very first car show. Go here for more info:
I hope some of you will bring your beautiful babies out to play for a day! We'd love to see you there!

What do you mean "Now that we are Car People"? Did Mike buy something I should see?

Name: Deano () on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 09:46:09
City and State: tustin
Class: 65
Message: JB i agree with you on fred moore, he gave me a ticket for my steering wheel. as for steve sturgeon the x pd officer say hi for me, he may not remember but i was with bill hartman when we purchased his short wheel base dragster that held the record for a few weeks, we used it for c-gas back then until they started the modified stagger starts.
Soooo was it missing, or what?

Name: Frank Romano () on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 18:23:36
City and State: Las Vegas
Class: 1961
Message: Roy Class of 58!!! JB... You guys have really iced the cake today... Its not enough to figure, the kids at HHS now hadn't been born yet... but their parents TOO... I don't know about the police in your hometowns, but here at Las Vegas, I see the police on patrol, and I know I have shoes older than those folks... If I get stopped, I only pray for the cop to have some gray hair... And for the record, "you don't stop playing because you grow old... you grow old because you stop playing"...
The second to the last moving violation I received was about 5 years ago. I asked the officer what year he was born, and he said 1977. I then informed him that when he was a one year old, I got my last ticket and could he see his way clear to showing a little leniency since I had kept my driving record spotless throughout all but one of his years on earth.......He said, "Sorry, I'm writing it." Oh well the CHP does do a damn good job here in CA. Thanks Frank and stay away from Crap/Eleven.

Name: Neil Larson () on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 13:42:26
City and State: Crestview , Florida
Class: 1971
Message: Is there anyone out in Cougar-land who also remembers Ally Thompson's HOT ROD CHEVY dragster/ funny car?
Growing up the Del Aire section. North of 120th and East of Aviation Blvd. I remember at least once every month, usually Saturday or Sunday early in the morning, Ally Thompson, would fire up his dragster a 1955 Chevy & rumble up to our corner at 118th Place. The car would make a slow turn (with stiff shocks) left on to Judah Ave. & then Allen would "floor it", just to make sure it was in running order. He'd then make a "U-iey" right before 120th & then fly back to the corner, hang a right back at 118th PL. and go back up his drive way. That thing would literally shake the ground as he went past the house! Then he'd dial it in a bit, eventually loading up "the beast" on it's trailer and head off to the dragstrip. Ally had one of the baddest custom cars of the day! I believe he originally drove it to Hawthorne High then he just kept fixing it up gradually into the perfect dragster after he graduated... It was dark blue, eventually it became a full blown fueler set up. Straight pipes, the little chrome barrel gas tank on the front (NO Radiator)... the WORKS, decals across the front fenders, slicks on the back, full roll cage, harness -EVERYTHING! Can anyone add their two cents on more info about Allen Thompson (class of 1967) and his dream machine?
Thanks - Neil -

Hey Neil, I'm sure someone remembers the throaty sound of the straight pipes at 7000 RPMs roaring up and down Judah on a Sunday morning. Anyone?? Also, it wouldn't have been me that called the law. I LIKED IT!!!

Name: EL ROJO () on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 09:17:01
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
City and State: YOU KNOW
Class: 6OH
Message: Pat Underwood, Jim Crawford graduated in 1960 with myself and a few other's, from the classes just before and after 1960 that became Hawthorne P.D.. Roy McNally, Doug Geller, Bruce Johnson to name a few. One good thing about Jim was, that being a friend of mine, he really cut me some slack when responding to some wild party's on 139th st, just east of Chaffee Ford, where we resided at that time, more than once I might add. The neighbor's thought it quite queer that those motorcycle's stayed in the driveway as long as they did.:) The good thing for all of you who might have a brush with Hawthore's finest at present, is that he is now a Bail- Bondsman! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude.
A few more that became peace officers (not necessarily HPD) were Jim Perry HHS60, Dean Stafford HHS60, Vince Schiavi HHS61, and Jim West HHS61