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To all the people who went to the Ctown Picnic and Cruise Night
Green Day

Name: Paco () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 16:29:35
City and State: LF
Class: 1961
Message: Ed my boy, I believe that you have made it to two events, about 2 weeks apart, now, you have the spirit. It's catchy so give them a chance. But I do believe that at 62 I'm busier than I've ever been. When I was younger I would've jumped at a chance to go to a picnic or a trip to eat hot dogs at Pink's or Frosty's, I think...Just got back from Sano now looking to see if Mammal wants to golf."Cowa-fore"

Name: KIRK C. GREASBY () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 14:56:12
Maiden: Greasby's little brother
Class: 1976
Well said, Kirk and go Mom Greasby!!

Name: Jack () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 14:08:05
City and State: Beverly Hills, CA
Class: 1975
Message: I for one do not feel that I have to apologize for not showing up at Cougar events (i.e. kids, grandkids, busy schedule etc, etc). I didn't show up - so what. Ed, you are only alienating people from attending future events.
Hey Jack, No one is alienating anyone, in my opinion. If you can make it, we'd love to have you, otherwise we'll see you at the next one, or maybe just on the Feedback page. I don't want anyone to feel pressured to come to any Ctown function. It's all voluntary.

Name: gloria () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 12:55:38
City and State: Las Vegas
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1976
Message: Ditto! What V5 said!
Now you and V5 don't have any room to talk about not showing up at Ctown events. Yes, I know, you did come to the winter Cruise, but V6, REALLY!!

Name: Patty Saville () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 10:38:18
City and State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
Message: So,THERE Ed!
MAN, that was cruel...

Name: Kelley () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 09:31:40
City and State: Englewood OR
Maiden: Currie
Class: 1967
Message: The friends of Eddie who live in Oregon are having a Celebration of Life for him Saturday in Bandon..I believe everyone up here who knew Eddie has been notified of the Celebration if not please email me and I can give you the information you will need...RIP Big Guy

Name: Shannon Keys () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 09:30:14
City and State: Colorado Springs, CO
Class: 1981
Message: Ed, Ed, Ed. Don?t even try to put up the gauntlet on us less mature Cougs. Thanks to John?s nifty search feature, it is apparent that it?s in fact it is you who has lacked participation in all that is Cougartown. January 2005, for your first appearance into Cougartown? What is that? This wonderful site was old hat by then for many us ?70?s and beyond? Quick Ed, who?s T3 or T5? Do a little homework, go back into the archives and find out that yes, they, like so many who have appeared before January 2005, are SEVENTIES AND BEYOND!
FYI - Nice Pics of the 1980 reunion. Looked like a blast was had.

Name: Art LaMere () on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 07:29:16
City and State: Bettendorf
Class: 1973
Message: Boy was reading about this Ed person and as I was reading I was thinking this guy must have nothing better to do then start trouble. Then I was thinking he was from the 60's trying to get the later years coming to the events but he is from the 70's. they need to name one of the fires after him. Anyway we have our first Granddaughter now so the wallet is empty name is Kala Maire LaMere time to go thanks again Ed for the good reading.

Hey Art, Thanks and congratulations on your new granddaughter too.

Name: Baxter Dodd () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 22:21:47
City and State: Riverside, CA
Class: 1957
Message: Hey, HHS alumni boys and girls, what time is it? No, not Howdy Doody time!! It is time for flu shots. Flu season is here and guess what? I did not get a shot yet so if I don?t make much sense in this post it is because I am full of antibiotics and codeine (prescribed, of course). Sherry caught this first and, like any loving wife, shared it with me. We are both trying to get well so that we can go visit our new granddaughter. She was born in Houston after evacuating there from New Orleans to escape ?Katrina.? Two days after she was born, they evacuated to Dallas to escape ?Rita?...but this is another story. Guess what they named the baby--- nope, they named her ?Sarah.? Anyway, like I was saying, you may want to get those flu shots early in case they run out again like last year. Believe me, A sick Cougar is not a pretty sight... Zzzzzzzzz-codeine beginning to work.--- BaxterZZzzzzzz!
Now see Baxter, you're making us 50s and 60s Cougs look old. 20 years ago you would have been saying PARTY at my house on Saturday Night. Now it's keep warm and get your flu shots. We ARE our parents.
Congrats on the new granddaughter. Her name should have been Rhonda, as in "I Rhonda way from Katrina and I Rhonda way from Rita". Stay well.

Name: Sharon Branigan () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 22:04:27
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
Message: Yup, Ed, you got 'em comin' at ya guns blazing now. Good job! Keith, I'm still waiting to see you at a CT event. Jill, sorry I missed your 15 mins of fame, AND missed seeing you at the picnic. Dale Hahlbeck you were MIA, what happened? Folks, every CT event I have been to has been a BLAST. Do not miss the next one; you will SO enjoy reconnecting- May friendship begun, stay true to the end!
Also Dan Johnson and where has Lori Padelford HHS81, and Mario been?

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 19:39:13
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: As a grad from the 70's, I've been to a few cruise nights, I participate in the C-town golf classic each year and plan on doing so for as long as we have one. One thing you might consider Ed, is that maybe some of us from the later part of the 70's and 80's for sure might not have a lot of time to spare for these things because of work or family obligations. Those from the 60's have already had their families and/or careers and are mostly retired or close to it. I am sure a lot of alumni from the 70's would love nothing more than to come to these events and I don't think it's because they are blase, but time is not our friend. Just another perspective.
Hey Edward, The fire is now RAGING.

Name: Dawn Moffett () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 19:29:11
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca.
Maiden: Koch
Class: 1978
Message: The 70's were great at HHS and we are out here. I know I for one am so busy with work, kids, and school that I rarely have time to eat some days! I thank John for all his efforts to keep us all connected and I know that when I do have time I can check in. Someday my husband, Randy (HHS '73) and I will get to a function but for right now it's nice to know Cougartown is here. Oh and John, don't let anyone tease you about your pretzels! It takes some practice and some will turn out better than others - as long as they taste good that's all that counts. Have a great week everyone!
Thanks Dawn, but my friend Bob Reagan HHS62, called this afternoon and said his Labrador, Kiley, makes something that looks very much like my pretzels.... I was crushed.

Name: Joyce () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 16:36:46
City and State: Hawthorne, Ca
Maiden: Terry
Class: 1972
Message: I'm from the 70's..Maybe there are some out there like I was in school. I was shy, Not many school friends..just wasn't doing the things they did. So therefore I dont think I have too much in common. I've been to a few cruise nights (with a sister..I think class of 64) and we were warmly welcomed by a few people. And had the picnic been closer to Hawthorne I would have thought more about going. There could be many reasons ED that some are coming to these functions. I remember seeing you at Boys and you werent the most talkative person. Looks like you over came that. And JB I don't add my feedback too often but I look at the site every night to see if old friends are here and never see any but you did a great thing by starting this site...Come on 70s Cougars add a lil feedback thats why its here. Thanks J.B
Thanks Joyce, and thanks for adding the Feedback too. We never know who's thinking what, without it.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 14:22:19
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Ed, I too am from the 70's (76') and I was on here so much John was getting sick of me. The Bierman's and Valencia's are too from the 70's as is Dale Halebeck.
Yeah Ed, we have lots and lots of good Cougar stock from the 70s.

Name: Bud Rhoades () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 12:58:44
City and State: Belmont Shore
Class: 1974
Message: Hey Ed, just read your post and would like to disagree with you. There are lots of 70's folks out and about. As a matter of fact the Annual Cougartown Golf Tournament was conceived by a couple of 70's grads.
There you go Edward. Kinda thought the 70s folks would come storming in on that Feedback.

Name: Jill McFarlane () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 12:57:47
City and State: Mission Viejo, CA
Class: 1977
Message: Hope everyone had a nice weekend. If any of you listened to Mark & Brian this morning to the game "I want a crack at that" you heard me play! I eventually lost, but I tied with my opponent and lost on a question I really knew but choked. I know that it was Roger Maris who was the subject of the HBO movie "61", not Honus Wagoner. Oh well. Anyhow, everyone have a great week!
Uh... that's Honus WAGNER there Jill. If the show had been about Wagner, it would be called 10. I think he did it twice in his career.

Name: Paula Lutz () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 09:44:47
City and State: Long Beach, Ca
Maiden: Lutz
Class: 1976
Message: Hello again, sorry I did not leave email address first time, just in case it doesn't show up I shall include it in this feedback message. My email address is I was hoping to read some kind of response to my feedback post from some of his friends out there in the universe. I did hear immediately from you, Laura Geele (Wang) and I deeply appreciate your phone call and willingness to participate in whatever we decide to do for a memorial service. Laura lived across the street from us growing up in Hawthorne. We shared our childhood experiences together and her mom and dad would drive us to the beach in their vw bug quite often. I loved going to the beach. If any of you folks that read this post have pictures of my bro I would love for you to email them so I can put something together in his memory. We were not a close nit family as alcohol and drugs took it's toll in many ways. I am sensing a little sniping going on with the older and wiser graduating classes, refering to the lack of unity amongst later graduating years. I am from the class of 76 and my brother Edward is from the class of 67, I believe. For those who blossomed during the 60's and survived congratualations! I am noticing that my brother and his friends had a certain kind of loyalty that extends way back to their highschool years and further at times. I am forever grateful that Hawthorne High was an open campus when I attended. I cannot stand to pass by it and see it looking like a prison camp now with that damn fense all around it. I am one who enjoys her freedom, don't fence me in to protect me, don't fence me out! I would just climb it or cut it anyways because it really pisses me off. Sometimes I feel a little guilty for being of the type personality that believes that rules were made to be broken, especially during my teenage years. I do respect some guidlines now in society and other places. My God child, Christina , recently graduated Wilson High school amongst a student body of over 4,000. What kind of intimacy and closness do you think these kids really experience amongst their peers? I hated going on campus to visit her or her teachers during school hours. I felt as if I were visiting a prison, rather than a school with all the security procedures and lack of warmth and friendliness, not to mention being stampeded by the students themselves when they had to rush by to their next class. I am definately from a generation of which many of us felt kind of lost for a sense of purpose or something to stand for. Vietnam was coming to an end, some of the great leaders in history had already been assasinated. The mid seventies did not feel to me like some great era to bond with my fellow classmates over something "bigger than me". Therefore, many of us just continued to party for no reason, other than it was fun. Fortunately, for me, I enjoyed playing sports which led to a sense of being a part of something that mattered for four years. I was truly lost after graduating in 1976, all I knew was :

Name: George Johnson () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 09:32:41
City and State: long beach, ca
Class: 1962
Message: JB, That's the fonkiest looking pair of pretzels I have ever seen. where is the mustard?. I bet they tasted better than they looked.
Hey George, Probably don't have the pretzel twist down yet but they sure tasted good.

Name: Tom () on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 02:12:53
Email: Shelley
City and State: Torrance, CA
Class: 1962
Message: John, I don't think Keith is THAT backwards!!

Name: John Baker () on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 23:55:14
Email: jb1 at ctown dot com
City and State: Lomita
Class: 1962
Message: Well, I made my first Uncle Bucks Pretzel tonight. Outside of getting a little confused on the directions, I finally finished them and they were EXCELLENT!! All I can relate them to is, hot out of the oven, think CINNABONS. These things are great and I am a lousy cook, so for anyone who can, these are for you.
Thanks Jim and Debby, sorry I hadn't tried them before now. Excellent, and well worth every penny. BTW, Happy Birthday to Jim Sloey.....

Name: Keith Jones () on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 22:45:29
City and State: Kona, HI
Class: 1976
Message: Raina Condiote asked me to the Backwards Dance. I thought this other girl (Diane Plinck) was going to, but she didn't.
I woulda ask you Keith...

Name: Susan King () on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 18:42:30
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
Message: Hey Ed - First of all, there ARE 70's Cougars who come on out and have for years. Remember too, that in this world, it is the elders who must teach the youngers what's important and why. Our 50/60's group is leading by example and sooner or later, we'll all be there together. Some of my favorite people are in that group - you know who you are! My first dance was freshman year, Backwards Dance. I invited John Allen, a junior and teammate of my brother's. I was in love and in awe of him and he was very kind to have accepted my invitation. I had to work hard to get my folks to allow me to date at that age. It was a first and last date but John, wherever you are, thank you for being such a gentleman. And Dan J., I think Bonnie had great taste.
I never got invited to a backwards dance. I couldn't even dance forwards.

Name: Dan Johnson () on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 18:22:00
Email: wch1ispinkATaolDOTcom
City and State: Sherman Oaks
Class: 1977
Message: My first (and only) high school dance was my senior prom with Bonnie McCoy (and I STILL can't believe she went with me!). Not one invite to the "Backwards Dance" -- but as everyone knows, I was a "bit" high strung in those days so it's no wonder that few were prompted to take a chance on me as a "date"

Name: Laura Wang () on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 18:02:31
City and State: Beach, CA
Maiden: Geele
Class: 1976
Message: Hey, Ed, I think it's more a case of "footloose and fancy free" versus "still have kids at home" rather than 50s/60s versus blase later graduating classes. We'd love to have as active a social life as all the 50s and 60s grads, but our kids haven't left the house yet and keep asking to be fed!
My daughter, Kelly, (Marina High 81) came to the picnic and brought her hubby and 3 kids....we fed'em too.

Name: Sharon () on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 23:23:23
City and State: Long Beach
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
Message: Well, it's about 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday night and I'm still packing to leave for Great Britain. If there are any Cougars in GB e-mail me and give me some tips. I leave on Tuesday. I won't be near a computer for a couple of weeks, so I'll have a lot of catching up to do when I get back. Thanks John for keeping us all in touch with our classmates. Have a great weekend.
And you have a great Great Britain trip, and please bring me back one of those hinges from Stonehenge.

Name: Ron Reinholdson () on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 23:03:07
Email: r_reinholdson
City and State: Claremont, CA
Class: 1965
Message: We always called him (the bus driver) LUCKY BUSSEY.

Name: edward schatz () on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 19:29:47
Email: easchatz1@netzero. com
City and State: lakewood, calif
Class: 1970
Message: Glad that I made it to cruise night, but yeah, it was a bit chilly down there in Hawthorne. Was great to run into Ray Millman, that was a surprise. Seems the real people showing up at any of these events are the classes of the 50's and 60's, after that it seems not existent. The 70's and beyond are nowhere to be seen, maybe after the 60's is was the age of blase or I don't care, but it doesn't matter, because it's a shame. With all of the work and time put into these events, and the lackadaisical showing by the later classes, it's disheartening. Perhaps I need to put a fire under these classes. You thought you had a big voice in your heyday, I guess that you just let it die. I'm sure that there are enough of you around, and you know who you are. You guys and ladies are missed, perhaps you just don't realize it, and while you can never recapture the past, you can on occasion revisit it, so wake up before we're all gone. The rest is just talk, or maybe they're right, the later classes are just smoke and mirrors. To the girls, guys and John B, thanks. Just had to vent a bit.
I believe you just NOW put a fire under them, Edward.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran () on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 13:39:30
City and State: Lake Forest
Maiden: OS6-2378
Class: 1961
Message: Congrats to one of my favorite sisters..Barbara is now a gramma!! A baby boy with chubby cheeks and black hair, a clone.
Congratulations GRAMMA.....

Name: Danny () on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 06:21:43
City and State: Marietta GA
Class: 1968
Message: I think his name was Gary "Busey".

Name: Alan Hauge () on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 02:18:36
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Class: 1964
Message: Hello John-"Any James Dean fans out there?" On Friday, September 30th, 2005, marked the 50th anniversary of the death of James Dean. Last Tuesday I was asked by the family of James Dean to photograph and video tape the dedication by the State of California of the "James Dean Memorial Intersection" at the intersection of highway 41 and 46 where he died, 25 miles east of Paso Robles. Some of the photos can be seen at under "Memorial Dedication". Let me know if you'd like some of the shots to be posted here in case CT has some Dean Fans?

Thanks Alan, and I know there are people who would love to see the pictures, but I think we'll stick to Hawthorne memories. Good Luck

Name: Anita () on Friday, September 30, 2005 at 23:15:45
City and State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
Message: Hello JB..... Earlier this afternoon there was a post from an alumni who listed his name as "jc" ~ his e-mail address as "borrowed computer" and was from the class of 1969. He was listing the names of possible students from the 1961 3rd grade class picture that you have posted. Your response to him was: "Thanks jc, now who are you?" I'm willing to bet you $100 that it is John Crotty. He almost never forgets anyone.....well, almost never.
You may be right, but we'll never know....