Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 8:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Talking about refrigerators. My parents seemed to like the ultra modern stuff sometime. Our fridge was really modern. It had this button on it that all you had to do is push and the door opened. It was for when you had your hands full or couldn't pull the door, all you had to do is push the button and it flew open. I think too we were the first in our neighborhood to have a Radar Range. It was huge. All my friends would come over and watch me blow up hotdogs all the time.
Name: Ed Donaldson~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Post Falls, Idaho
Message: To: Carole Anderson, Lake Isabella...You and I had to be neighbors, I lived on the other side of the street (Eucalyptus) second house from the tracks. I think the new water tower (golf ball) was completed by 58 or 59. I remember watching it go up a piece at a time day after day. I also remember there was at least a couple of fatalities involved in the construction. Personally, I preferred the old tower, it was easier to climb!
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 12:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Greater Los Angeles
Message: Well I bet if you show up at the Hawthorne VFW this coming Sunday, June 18, Father?s Day, you will see plenty of Cougars. It is one of the best Cougar sighting spots in the South Bay. Where else can you see a Cougar, eat pancakes and drink beer!
Name: Rick Weaver ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 11:50 am - HHS Time
City & State: Bedford, NH
Message: Interesting timing hearing about Robert Redford working at Chevron. I was listening to NHPR driving home from Boston on Monday, and heard an interview with him on the Diane Rehm Show. He confirmed that both he and his father worked at Chevron. It was a very interesting interview all around, and I'd recommend listening to it. They have it archived, so if you'd like to hear it, go to www.wamu.org/programs/dr/06/06/12.PHP#11068.
Going back to old words - my grandmother called her refrigerator a "Frigidair". It might have actually been a manufacturers name, I'm not sure. Speaking of refrigerators, does anyone remember the old refrigerators where the handle was shaped like a cabital "V" in the middle of the door, and you could open it from either side by pulling down on one end or the other? We had one when I was growing-up, and I always worried about the door falling off...
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY THIS SUNDAY COUG DUDES!
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 11:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: Another Cougar sighting! Bryan Larsen (71) and Raya Larsen (75) were spotted at Hermosa Beach yesterday afternoon. A far distance from their home in Cottonwood TN. Bryan and I were able to spend the day together.
We decided to go knocking on doors in Hawthorne to visit those parents who still reside on the old homestead. It was fun to see the surprised faces and it was a nice compliment that everyone recognized us.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 8:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Just to clear up the confusion, Robert Redford, whose real name is Charles Robert Redford Jr., father worked for Standard Oil as an accountant. Robert Redford also worked there for a short time in the oil fields during the mid-fifties to earn enough money to travel to Europe.
Name: Daria ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 16, 2006, 8:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: Trumann, AR
Message: I just showed my two youngest boys the Beach Boys Nostalgia video on the feedback page. They have all of a sudden fallen in love with all things Beach Boys, my iPod gets a workout playing Beach Boys songs whenever we are out. It is cute to hear them singing along in the back seat. Having never been outside of the central part of the US, they have no idea what beaches they are singing about or what exactly surfing is. Maybe next year we will have to plan a vacation to CA and the beach, to coincide with my 25th reunion.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 8:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: I learned Robert Redfored work at Chevron from everyone telling me he did. And also if I remeber right there is a wooden wall or something by the caferteria and he etched his name it like about a zillion other guys did. Working there was fun. When you worked overtime they took care of you big time with free steak dinners at the cafeteria and milk and anything else you wanted. They had a first class caferteria.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 5:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Murfreesboro AR
Message: On a sad note, 61'er Stephanie Hall Brito's sister, Bobbi, has begun hospice care. Prayers and support would be deeply appreciated.
Name: Myrna ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 5:19 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Nevada CIty
Message: Just me again - thought that since you keep track of me I'd put my dues in the mail - they're waiting to be picked up tomorrow. Looking at the Class of 62 at 62 reunion page, I was trying to figure out exactly where the multi-purpose Cafeteria in on campus. It's not where the old cafeteria was, is it?
Name: Danny Bellare ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 5:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Murrieta,CA
Message: Hi Debbie! What are the dates for the 76 reunion? Have Mark give me a call...HI TO EVERYONE ELSE IN HAYTOWN (COUGARTOWN)
Name: Myrna ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 4:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Nevada CIty, CA
Message: Hi John - made it to the new information site and updated my info - do you love me again? Talking about Chevron - I never worked there, but my late husband did for 34 years (24 in El Segundo), and my grandfather retired from Standard Oil - El Segundo in the 50's. Standard's been in our family for years. I noticed Mike Angle asked about a Pink's run, after they visit us this summer, timing is everything, but maybe I can take a short trip down with them. That would be terrific! Happy Summer to you! It's fishing weather up here in Nevada City!
Name: Bonnie Cozby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 9:44 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ocean Park, Wa
Message: Enjoyed reading Dennis L.'s post about long forgotten words, but hey, when did someone over 50 become the elderly?
Every time my grandfather would get ready to drive his car he would refer to it as "the machine" and of course he would never leave the house without his hat.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 8:46 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Juneita Estrada celebrated her 86th birthday last week and has decided that it is finally time to retire from the Hawhtorne School District. All six of her children attended Ramona Elementary, Hawthorne Intermediate and graduated from Hawthorne High. She was busy in the community leading Girl Scout troops, PTA and a part time job as a noon supervisor. July 1st will be her first day of her new life away from serving Hawthorne's children after many years of dedication. Congratulations to her and to all the others who were acknowledged yesterday at the celebration ceremony at HI. Now she'll be volunteeing at the local hospital. She is an amazing woman and a tough act to follow. Congratulations!
Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 7:04 am - HHS Time
City & State: of LongBeach
Message: Steering Knob aka. Suicide Knob aka. Necker's Knob (why necker's knob, so you could use your left arm to turn the large steering wheel of forties and fifties cars-remember, no power steering back then- and the right arm to put around your sweety's neck, so at opportune times, like red lights, you could get a smooch or two in). Warning, to be performed by professional drivers (and neckers) only.
Name: Cal Kappen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 6:57 am - HHS Time
City & State: Oceanside CA
Message: Keith Jones mentioned the Chevron station in El Segundo at Main and Grand. I worked there in the early 60's. John Hagethorn and I also worked at the station at Imperial and Hawthorne Blvd. We both went to work for TWA. Cal Kappen
Name: Randy Matt ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 15, 2006, 4:54 am - HHS Time
City & State: Suitland MD
Message: Hey Cougs, when is the next cruise night ? I would like to try to make one finally!!!
Name: Jonne Reynolds ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 14, 2006, 10:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Rogue River OR
Message: I'm just one of those LHS Olympian gals that always reads CTown and enjoys it...and I also had friends at HHS. I have a question...how does Keith Jones know that Robert Redford worked at Chevron in El Segundo in the late 60's?...and does he mean "the Robert Redford"?
Name: Kris Hayhurst ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 14, 2006, 9:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Killeen, TX
Message: Whats up w/Mr. McClure? He taught English to both of my sisters; Mariza was in his English class at HHS and Irene was one of his students when he taught at Leuzinger. Me; I just got whatever transferred in from when Lawndale closed. Meese was a hard worker, and Irene was a somnambulent student. Opposites. I would have loved to have a teacher like him.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 14, 2006, 8:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: How many Cougars worked at Chevron in El Segundo. I was a carpenter which was kind of misleading since we actually built the scaffolding that everyone used. It was really great stuff. We were the first people in to build platform and ways for the guys to come in and fix things and after explosions. I remember me and Kurt Morlock at the top of one of the towers. It was 280+ to the top and at about the 220' mark (we built scaffolding from the ground up to the top) me and Kurt decided to play daredevil. We took our safety rope and secured them to the scaffold and hung ourselves over the edge dangling 220' up in the air with the safety rope. When I look back at that I realize how stupid it was. We had pictures taken but I don't know who has them. I am sure OSHA would have loved them. That same day as we were building the crane operator wasn't paying attention and hit the scaffold we were working on with the "arm" and it shook the entire scaffold and it scared the hell out of us. We all hit the deck and just laid there and rode out the vibration which was unreal. When it was over we were yelling and everything from 200'+ up and it ended up the operator wasn't paying attention and he ended up quitting because he almost killed us. I am sure allot of guys from HHS worked there. Back in the late 60's Robert Redford worked there.
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 14, 2006, 7:34 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: My sister spent her newlywed time in an apartment building right next door to the golf ball water tower. We grew up with SCE property right over our back fence.
I do remember the short lived camera on top of the golf ball. I know it was meant for good, but it seemed kinda nosey at the same time.
Name: Denis Lefebvre ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 14, 2006, 7:19 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Salinas, CA
Message: Someone sent me this and I thought it worth sharing here:
I came across this phrase in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS".
A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinking about "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice.
Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs." (AKA) suicide knob
Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.
Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some point "parking brake" became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with "emergency brake."
I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the "foot feed."
Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the "running board" up to the house?
Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore - "store-bought." Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.
"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" for granted. This floors me.
On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes. In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.
When's the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply"expecting."
Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now "Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at all.
I always loved going to the "picture show," but I considered "movie" an affectation.
Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty put-down!
Here's a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word to say And what was it replaced with? "Coffee maker.! " How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and "Electrolux." Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"
Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.
Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one that grieves me most "supper." Now everybody says "dinner." Save a great word. Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.
Name: carole ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 14, 2006, 4:15 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Isabella, CA
Message: John, concerning the water tower on Eucalyptus, I lived 2 houses down from it on the same side. I remember the old metal tank and I remember the new one (looked like a golf ball on a tee to me) but I'll be darned if I can remember when the new one was built. Any ideas? carole