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Name: KIRK C. GREASBY () on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 12:49:38
Maiden: Cougar in the Rockies
Class: 1976
Message: John, I'm pretty sure the hobby store on El Segundo between Acacia and Birch was called the "Hobby Den" and yes there was a short elderly man with an amputated arm below the elbow. I use to run across the street from Washington Elementary to go look at all the trains. The old man would tell me to buy something or get out! I bought a lot of trains and track there. Thanks for the memories.
The guy I'm thinking of had just a thumb on the arm below the elbow, like a birth deformity. I guess as he got older, he got meaner. Always nice to me.

Name: David Neuschafer () on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 12:31:33
City and State: Vista, Calif
Maiden: Leuzinger
Class: 1959
Message: JB, I knew sooner or later you'd flip up a picture I could remember and relate to. I'm sure that was the same guy (walking near the hupcaps) That would always pull the axles and tranny's out of the wrecks for us to replace in our own cars...I reckon we were regular customers for that wrecking yard back in the days...Somehow, someway, one of us would throw a shift into reverse or pop a clutch too hard, then pay a visit to this place...Fun Memories now but not back then.

Hey Dave, do you remember SPECIFICALLY where Inglewood Auto Wrecking was located?

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 12:09:12
City and State: Belmontshore
Class: 1974
Message: I received a phone call from Kelly Kappen yesterday and he is mailing all the photos he shot at the tourney to me. He has all the group shots as well as action shots of all who played. I dont have the ability to scan them so i'll get them to someone who can get them posted on C-Town. Hopefully you'll see them sooner than later.
When you get them, mark on the back who is in the picture and mail them to me. I'll scan them here. Thanks Bud...

Name: carl rilling () on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 00:24:09
City and State: orygun city ore
Class: 1959
Message: As Baxter Dodd stated Bob Patchin was a great model builder. He has a Coin shop out in Orange Calif. phone there 714- 639-6202 but he is not online. He now knows about Cougartown. When I talked with him he mentioned names (i wont) of Cougars that had loud rowdy poker games. He worked at Jacks Hobby/Model shop Just off Hawthorne near the Bank Of America. Thank You fellow Cougars for bringing back to life all the old Model shops. It is always great being a Cougar
Loud Rowdy Poker Games!!?? Hey Carl, Were you at my ex-mother in laws on Friday nights too?

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 22:00:01
Email: baxterldo@aol,cim
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: The posts about model building reminded me there is an article about one of our Cougs of ?57 that may interest you model builders. It is posted in a ?Cougar News? that can be found at: Article title: ?Two HHS boys invited to Air Youth Banquet.? Bob Patchin was a hard-core model builder all the way through school. Wish he would find this site and check in. Have not seen him since our senior year when he and I and another guy went to a little ?Art Theater? in Hollywood to see a European made Shakespearean movie and after a brief visit to a local coffee house (all recommended by Mr Williams) we ran across some ladies whose car broke down and... Hmmm, that is another story. Funny how even talk about model shops can spur memories.
Great site, John. ? Baxter

I think I still have some models somewhere. I know I saved pieces of the "Big Mo".....I blew it up with firecrackers.

Name: Patty Saville () on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 21:42:42
City and State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
Message: Is there a cure for headaches caused by constant news helicopter noise? I'm trying to distract myself by reading feedback - I love the pictures and the memories of the Hawthorne Parade with the water balloons and clowns. I forgot about that! How about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - weren't they honored Parade Guests at one time?
I called you this morning wondering if you were at ground zero. I talked to Alan and he said you guys weren't in it. I don't remember Roy and Dale, but do remember Sheriff John in the Hawthorne Parade. Great memories there....

Name: Keith Jones () on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 13:06:28
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Dennis I was sorry you came by and I wasn't there. And as much time as I am there I am surprised. If you are looking to buy a place here I have a great one in mind.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 11:58:04
City and State: MV CA
Class: 1962
Message: Hey John, Perry Sporting Goods was owned Doug Geller?s Dad back in the day? I had Doug?s dad work on my old Mercury outboard. O how he could make that baby purr ?I understand Doug and his dad moved over to Kona Hawaii 15 to 20 years ago Doug opened a sports bar and Dad opened a sport fishing service? I looked for both of them last month when Eileen and I were there looking for our next dream house by-the way no luck on the Geller?s or the house or as far as that goes Keith Jones. Is there really a Keith Jones? I found out this is the Golds Gym where he works out, but no Keith.

Name: Wade Greasby () on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 08:21:20
City and State: Surf City, CA
Maiden: PhotosbyKapplan
Class: 1973
Message: John, Kelly Kappen, c/o '57 took pictures of everyone at the tourney. He should have some good shots from the 18th tee box and the green. I'll continue to search for other photo dogs who may have taken pictures. Does anyone remember Perry's Sporting Goods on Hawthorne Blvd. just south of 129th St. on the east side? He also had marine supplies and boats on the lot. During the Haw. Fair Parade, Perry would go after the HFD clowns on their model T with his own water balloons and hose. I also remember Ryan's Men Store. They sold suits to almost every city councilman in town.
Thanks Wade, Ryans was dad's favorite mens store and I bought my first Red Ryder BB Gun at Perrys.

Name: jeff mann () on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 00:04:56
City and State: newhall, ca
Class: 1975
Message: I just got back from a trip to Maine for our daughter's birthday, and I was wondering if I missed a posting of pictures from the Wade/Bud (Thanks again guys for a great event), golf tourney?
Hey Jeff, Haven't received a single picture from the golf tournament yet, so you haven't missed anything.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 21:31:39
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Tammy: Thanks for the info. I really doubt they'll find the plane, considering the time since the crash and tidal influences. It is probably way buried in sediment.
Speaking of favorite stores like Fun Haven, anyone remember Ruby's Toys in Inglewood? They had a great selection of toys back in the days before Wal-Mart or Toy 'R Us. Also, there was a headshop called Green Dragon in Lennox. Remember that?

Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 21:27:23
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: There was a really good hobby store in Westchester near Ralphs. I keep thinking it was called Karl's but not sure. I remember my uncle was really into making his own remote control planes. He helped develop some land out by Hughes below where Loyola is in the swapland to make a small airport just for remote controlled planes. I wonder if it is still there. My brother really liked building models. Mr. Macha had at least 4 or 5 of his, hanging in his classroom.

Name: Jerry Miles () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 21:23:15
City and State: Fair Oaks, CA
Class: 1966
Message: There was another magic shop on Market Street for a while that I always liked to visit. Along with the regular disappearing ink and stink bombs, they also sold many of the larger magic effects too. The workers were always happy to put on demonstrations but would never tell the secret (unless you paid). Although it is common now, they were the first that I remember that had a personalized phone number. It was Orchard 6-2442 or Mr. Magic.

Name: Chuck Armstrong () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 19:35:46
City and State: Ocutt, CA
Class: 1967
Message: I think the all time magic and gag store was located in Inglewood, just around the corner from Sears. I don't remember going to that gag shop until the sixties, so I'm not sure when it came into existence. On the weekends we would take the bus to Sears just to eat popcorn and gawk at all the stuff and play with the toys. Sears had one of the first electric guitars I had ever seen. It was a plastic job and looked like an experiment gone wrong. Of course it is a collectors dream now.
Hey Chuck, The gag and magic shop you're referring to was Fun Haven. An Inglewood classic for decades.

Name: EL ROJO () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:30:12
Email: I-DY-HO
City and State: Kuna, ID
Class: 1960
Message: Hi Coug's. You too Royal and Patty. Good to see you're still kicking. Well so to speak Royal. You with your feet, me with my hip. Boy ain't it great to be an old JOCK. And Bake and the rest of you Coug's, if we had won that lottery you would have heard the scream from good ole Kuna, ID. By the way, the Bensons, Jim and Joey weren't the lucky ones either. Chris Prewitt, a welcome sign backwards could mean several things. But I suspect it could be linked to the last conversation that was shared between land owner and visitor at the time. Hope all had a good holiday. God bless those who have served and sacrificed. Hope most of you remembered. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!
Hey boy, You two look in pretty good shape for being OLD. Jude gets prettier everyday and you....well let's just say you've mellowed like an old wine.......cask. Good to know you're still vertical, after the hip thing, Russ, and thanks for checking in.

Name: al rocca () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 16:09:43
Email: alfred.p.rocca
City and State: Mesa, AZ
Class: 1970
Message: Exactly. He was a very nice guy as I remember. He had everything in there. Models, trains and a lot of those goofy magic tricks and gags. I remember buying one of those fake ice cubes with a fly in it and my mother flipped when she saw that in her drink...well worth the 5 cents it probably cost.
He was very nice to me. You could just go in and talk about models, and he was very patient. Lots of times it would take my an hour to figure out how I wanted to spend my 50 cents.

Name: al rocca () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 15:37:38
Email: alfred.p.rocca
City and State: Mesa. AZ
Class: 1970
Message: I remember a hobby shop on El Segundo between Hawthorne and Prairie. I spent a lot of time there but don't remember the name. Anyone remember?
I think it was Hawthorne Hobby Shop. Did the guy that owned it have one real short arm? Great place to buy models.

Name: Tammy () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 14:01:33
City and State: Aliso Viejo, CA
Message: Armand, Mr. Macha is also trying to locate the wreckage of P-51D Mustang that was piloted by WASP Gertrude Tompkins Silver off Dockweiler Beach in 1944. I don't think the wreckage has yet been found, but searchers and Macha have a good idea where it may lay. Just my 2 cents.

Name: Dennis Campbell () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 12:49:23
City and State: MV CA
Class: 1961
Message: Hey speaking of Model Airplanes does anyone out there remember Chuck?s Model Shop on the east side Hawthorne Blvd. next to the old Bank of America? I?ll bet Steve Trull HHS class of 61? and Paul Bradley MSH class of 61? do. They both lived in the place, day and night, the rumor has it Paul still to this day is playing with his toy airplanes... mm wonder where that came from?
JB I have been in that old hardware store too...

Where was it located?

Name: Elizabeth Aleccia () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 10:18:16
City and State: Redondo Beach, CA
Maiden: Estrada
Class: 1969
Message: A couple hundred pages ago I predicted that Hawthorne was a great place to invest, however, yesterday I went to a Memorial Day barbeque, at a friends house in Manhattan Beach. I sat at a table with an attorney, an accountant, two psychologists, and a real estate developer. All they talked about for the first hour and a half was the price of real estate in Southern California. I mentioned that several Hawthorne homes were on the market and some for over half a million and even they were surprised. But they also warned that the bubble is about to deflate. That's not the first time I've heard that, so if you're thinking of selling a Hawthorne home, now's the time. If buying is on your mind...wait until next year, you'll find some deals...just passing that on. It may or may not be true but my gut is saying it is. BTW bored out of my skull yesterday. There's four hours I'll never get back. Not a flag in sight and no mention of why the day was set aside.

Name: Keith Jones () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 01:11:56
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Mr Macha was the best class ever. He was a great teacher too. Him and Mr Chichester always wanted me to go skydiving with them. Most of the planes hanging in his room my brother Les built. He could build great models.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 00:23:20
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: Ha! Ha! No, Patrick Macha wasn't one of the found artifacts, he was one of the aviation archaeologists. A photo of Mr. Macha accompanied the article and he looks almost like he did when I was in his class 33 years ago. The years have been kind to him.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 21:48:58
Email: See Alumni List
City and State: Parker, Az
Class: 1973
Message: $630,000 for a 50 year old Hawthorne Rancher? That same scratch can get you a luxury home on the water out here, with your own dock.
And you'd still have enough left over for the boat.

Yeah but then you'd bust me for drinking in it and after the fines and lawyers, I'd be lookin' for a ride back to Hawthorne.
Who can remember being out on the river or lake and sinking your beer cans? Also, who can remember your dad or whoever riding along the highway with a beer between his legs, and when he was done, tossing it over the roof of the car? I do... The Bakers were so ecologically minded in the 40s and 50s.

Name: Armand Vaquer () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 21:26:42
City and State: Tarzana, CA
Class: 1972
Message: I am surprised that this "Cougar siting" hasn't made the boards. Today's Los Angeles Times has an article on Marie Robinson, who perished when her twin-engine bomber plunged into the desert Oct. 2, 1944. Some aviation crash site archaeologists found some artifacts of this flyer in the desert, and one of them was Hawthorne High teacher G. Patrick Macha.
You mean Mr Macha was found alive and went on to teach at HHS? AMAZING!!!

Name: Keith Jones () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 21:06:24
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: well someone beat me to it. Velzey died. There is a section on the North Shore called VelzeyLand. It is where surfers from all over the world come and live while they are surfing on the North Shore. No one has a car. They are little 1 or 2 room bungaloos that 5 to 10 surfers live in at a time so they can share rent. None of them get jobs (unless absolutely neccessary) so it makes it really cheap to live there. Maybe $150 a month including food. Hap Jacobs is a friend of mine and has a house here that he comes to about 4 times a years for a month or more.

Name: Larry Biller () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 19:31:28
City and State: Portland,Or
Class: 1967
Message: In response to Mary Ann's post: I just got off the phone with mom and she said they paid $9,950 in 1950 and that even came with a cement incinerator.
Ya can't buy a decent used car for $9,950

Name: Leslie Baker-Buttros () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 19:04:02
City and State: Hopatcong, NJ
Message: My brother, Marvin Alexander graduated from HHS in 1972 or 1973. I graduated from Mira Costa in 1975. He turned me on to this website and man has it brought back some good memories. Crusin' in his Mustang up and down Hermosa Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd. were some of the happiest times of my life. I miss you, dear brother.
Hi Leslie, Glad you found us and please come back with memories of the So. Bay anytime as Mustangs are always welcome here.

Name: Ray () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 14:47:14
City and State: Mena, AR
Class: 1958
Message: John, Just read the asking price of the William's home. My folks lived on 127th Place in Del Aire. Their home was sold shortly after my Mom passed away, in the late 80s. My question is this; are there young couples making the wages to secure a loan for that kind of money? I remember when I was young, someone gave me advise on monthly payments. They said; "Do not exceed your weekly gross on monthly rent." In the case of the Williams home, a fellow would have to be bringing in a large chunk of change each week! When I was newly married, 22 yrs old, my Dad and I compared our payments per month, I grossed $125.00 a week, with rent payment and car payment of 125.00 each, per month. My Dad told me when he was 22 yrs and Married, his weekly gross was $18.00 and monthly rent was 18.00, plus his car payment was 18.00 a month.
Do not know how young people survive today. You have to respect them! Hope your still biking. Ray

Hey Ray, I don't get it either but someone is buying them because the price keeps going up. Interest being where it is helps too, though. YES, Tom and I are riding every weekday morning.

Name: Britt Stonebraker () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 14:14:26
Email: thatbritts(at)yahooDotCom
City and State: San Marcos Ca
Class: 1978
Message: John, 364 Cedar What would that be in todays address numbers? I grew up at 11877 Cedar
It would be about 12212 Cedar today. It's still there and is between 122nd and Broadway.

Name: Richard () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 13:48:52
Of Where: of Long Beach
Class: 1969
Message: A 'Welcome' sign hung backwards !? Is for when someone has worn out their welcome, and the backward sign is now welcoming them to leave?
A safe and respectful Memorial Day to all!

For all who don't know, I think this is Richard Witte.

Name: Paco () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 13:45:23
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: I read in the paper this morning that Dale Velzy had passed on, he was a great person and surfer. I met him in the early 80's at the San Onofre longboard championships, he was sitting on a log and as I passed he said "You looked like sh*t.." He was an old fart that looked like a biker/cowboy with his woman all gussied up. When I came back I sat next to him and said "He was right",we talked about an hour about when did you start and what kinda boards you had had, I told him a story about getting into trouble with a "Velzy-Jacobs" board.."Old Hap" he said I asked if he knew him? Both him and the Mrs started laughing..Then I knew it was Dale Velzy. I sat next to him at a fire ring and listened to stories for hours and even ate dinner with him and the Mrs..Hot dogs and beer. My 2 kids met him too He gave pointers to my son and said my daughter should win the bikini contest...I took about a roll of film on him and me together, when I got it back the roll was all blank.

Name: Cindy Colby () on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 13:35:20
City and State: Seal Beach, CA
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
Message: Jan, You did it to me again, I have the same memories of Bill Boyd and Zeke that you do, Zeke was always around our street, he used to call me 'little one'. My sister Vicki was friends with that group so I got to know them too. I remember that my sister had a party, (there are pictures somewhere) it seemed that everyone who was anyone was there, I was in 6th grade but I got to join the party. I had forgotten most of that. Thanks