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Name: Dan Dye ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 12, 2007, 7:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: Hey John Baker, Class of 62 and all of my HHS Cougar Town friends. I am back. My new PC is up and running. My last PC was so slow, I only turned it on a few times in the last year. I have about 12 months of CT reading before I will be up to speed. Dan & Ann Dye
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 12, 2007, 2:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Angela very sorry to hear about Dave. He was a nice guy. I remember trading my 69 Nova for his motorcycle which was not street legal (off road) and I would ride to Chevron refinery down the railroad tracks so cops couldn't get me. I remember when he invented that trash compactor that used your car in the garage to compact the trash. Again, very sorry to hear about Dave.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 12, 2007, 1:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, Ca
Message: A couple of things, Steve Fraser, good to see you're recovering and feeling better. Next year your golf fees are covered for the classic. It must be that dang Okie in me.....Next, Sorry news, Ma Poltash passed away this past week. Sons Ted HHS '63, Larry HHS '69, Gary HHS '73 and daughter Sandy HHS '71 we'll miss your mom. She was one of a kind. The days at the Pizza Show were classic. Great memories for a great lady.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 12, 2007, 12:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, 64
Message: My Grandmother tells the story of when she came to Los Angeles for a visit and my father was driving her across town on Exposition Blvd. There was a trolley car behind them and the Trolley Driver was ringing his bell because my father wasn?t driving fast enough. Dad was showing Grandma the sights. The more the Trolley Driver rang the bell the slower my father drove until he came to a complete stop blocking the Trolley. So the Driver got down off the trolley and started toward my dad?s roadster. For anyone who remembers my dad, he was a slight man of about 135 pounds and about 5?6?. Dad said he knew he was in trouble when he looked in the mirror and saw this very large man coming towards him. As soon as the driver got to my dad?s door, dad pushed it open with all of his might and hit the Trolley Driver in the lower gut. Grandma said the driver doubled over and that my dad took off and gave her the ride of her life down back alleys for at least 20 minutes. My dad said that he never realized that the Trolley couldn?t follow him until he reached Santa Monica. I don?t ever remember riding on any of the street cars but I do remember the tracks running up Hawthorne Blvd. Don't forget about the Class of 71/72 Reunion in August.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 12, 2007, 7:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: The red #5 trolley brings back fond memories and I was on it a lot - just for fun! My dad and I also rode it to downtown LA and back on its final day of operation. After the rails were removed, the city installed median parking, because they could get more parking spaces for the businesses. I always thought it'd be a good idea to buy, refurbish and display one at the Memorial Center area.
Name: Angela (Tempongko) Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 12, 2007, 12:44 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Yesterday, July 11, 2007 at approx. 5:00PM my brother David Tempongko Class of 1978 passed away from a blood clot. Please feel free to pass this information on to all that knew my brother. He will truly be missed. He had resided at my father's house in Holly Glen where we all grew up for the last 4 years. May he rest in peace. Please e-mail me with any memories I can share with my family.Thanks, Angela (Tempongko) Walsh Class of '83 email@example.com
Name: Baxter Dodd ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 11, 2007, 7:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Riverside, CA
Message: Street cars: The Orange Empire Rail Museum in Perris, CA, still runs street cars around their facility on the weekends. Basic information is posted on their web site, www.oerm.org, but it does not do the place justice. They are constantly restoring old rail cars, street cars, engines, etc. A great place to take the family. Last time I was there they had an old ?5 car? that once ran through Hawthorne. It was stored in one of the buildings waiting to be restored. Just climbing aboard for a couple of minutes brought back a lot of memories. - Baxter
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 11, 2007, 1:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Carson, CA
Message: I've read a few posts about the Streetcars that ran along Hawthorne Blvd and some have ask if there are any left and running somewhere? Yes! Just go to San Francisco; you'll find all descriptions of historic Streetcars in prime condition running along Market Street, down to Fisherman's Wharf and back again. Below street level is the Muni lightrail and below that is the BART. And of course the world famous Cable Cars are still running on two lines with a fare charge of $5.00 for a one way trip! My Dad worked for the L.A. Transit Lines and operated those Streetcars in the"Early days." Johnny Mercer was his conductor (yes, it's true) and Mr. Mercer told my Dad if his music paid off he would leave the L.A.T.L. He left and Moon River came along a few years later.
Name: Karen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 10, 2007, 9:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Just a few more weeks til the Aug 25 class of '71 and '72(and anyone else) REUNION. It is at the Hacienda in El Segundo. Cost is $60 per person for dinner, fun and the chance to hang out with your classmates. Please send your checks to: HHS MULTI CLASS REUNION PO BOX 421 MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 90267
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE!!
Name: Michael Burt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 10, 2007, 7:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Aurora, CO
Message: Hey Cougartown. Just checking in. Been gone awhile, 4 years actually, living and working in Cheyenne, WY. Finally had enough of living in a backwards cow town with nothing much to do on the bare, windswept Northern Plains and the wife begging me several times daily to move back to civilization, so we finally relocated earlier this year. We're living in Aurora, CO, now and I'm working in Englewood. Love the job, love Aurora and the Denver area. My wife found a job in Loveland, but grew tired fast of the 65-mile commute and found a new job near downtown Denver. This place is full of California exiles and has the largest percentage (32%) of Baby Boomers (=old farts like me) in the country. My sister, Mary (Burt) Henry (class of '75) and her husband will be shipping out to Oklahoma this fall. Like us, they've had just about enough of the sad, congested mess that southern California has become. Cheers.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 10, 2007, 1:28 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: The 66/67 reunion is just around the corner so if you?re still thinking about coming but you?re not really sure about the commitment because you don?t know if your old high school gang will be there, HERE is a great example: Steve Fraser has spent the last few months rounding up (harassing) his friends. He has even done it from his hospital bed. The Monty and the Crystals group has prodded all their friends to come. We got a great email the other day from Chuck Armstrong saying he was finally giving in and coming. It will give Linda Wilson some free time as she has spent her time rounding up all the ?Crystals?. What I?m saying here is that there is still time to contact those friends you really would like to see and ?prod? them into coming. And if they can?t come, well come anyway, because there are still going to be a lot of us there (150 and counting) and even if we didn?t hang out together 40 years ago, we?ll hang together on July 21st at the South End in Torrance. Thanks, Steve and Linda, for helping to make this an event we won?t forget. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE. P.S. Mike Conor - The reunion has not happened yet. But, Polly Hattemer is coming so if you'd like to see her, there is still time to make it.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 10, 2007, 9:33 am - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: I remember seeing streetcars ages ago in L.A. and rode one once. That little pleasure eluded me until last April. I was in Nagasaki, Japan and they have streetcar lines. Here's a photo
of one I took when it approached the station nearest to my hotel.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 10, 2007, 6:45 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: John...Here is the info on the car show this weekend in Hawthorne.
3RD ANNUAL TEEN CHALLENGE/MAYOR GUIDI CAR SHOW "TAKING IT TO THE STREET" SATURDAY, JULY 14TH, SOUTHBOUND ON HAWTHORNE BLVD, BETWEEN EL SEGUNDO BLVD AND 135TH STREET, FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM. For more information or to register your car, call 310-644-3695.
Name: mike conar ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 9, 2007, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Schweinfurt.GERMANY
Message: Sorry I could not make it to the Reunion - However I would like to send a HELLO to someone who did..to Polly Hattemer :) ....PEACE
Name: Jill McFarlane ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 9, 2007, 11:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hi 77ers, the class reunion is just around the corner! I am still accepting RSVP's. There are a lot of people working hard to make this thing rock. I have sent out final notices to people who have not committed one way or the other, so please make plans to go. If you want more info, please go to our reunion website at www.hhs77.com If there are people from other classes that want to come and either idolize the upper classman (classes of 78,79,etc) or pick on us (classes of 76,75,etc.) Then contact me directly and we will work something out. Hope everyone had a safe and sane 4th!
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 9, 2007, 10:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: Well... Vegas finaly COOLED down to a comfortable 110', now that's more like it. The A/C in the house and car work better in 110', than 117' to 123'degrees. We didn't break the old record last week, but we tied it at 117'.
Name: Jessie Koehn ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 9, 2007, 10:46 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Well I finally had a Cougar sighting! I met up with Vivian Longoria and her husband at El Cholo's in Santa Monica on Sat night. We go way back...we started kindergarden together. And even though we lost track of one another, our mom's stayed close. We had a great time catching up. And I found her through Cougartown! Thanks a mil John!
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 8, 2007, 10:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Buena Park
Message: Hello John, check out this Cougar sighting. Every year, my brother, two nephews and I, go hiking camping in the eastern high sierra's. This year it was gem lakes. A four mile hike thru little lakes valley from mesquito flat trailhead at 10,300', for 3 days. We set up camp at marsh lake. my hephew tony and i went for a hike to gem lakes. further up the trail, he spotted some movement up on a ledge about a hundred yards or less to our right. We stopped, I got my binoculars out and saw the head of a Cougar peering at us. Tony confirmed the sighting. It was too far, and no time to take a picture, the Cougar took off behind the ledge a moment later a nervous moment for us. The only defense we had were two scott ski poles for hiking, very rigid. You could easily take down a bad guy with one of these in your hand, we didnt want to, tested by a Cougar, and by the way, we were snacking on beef jerky on the trail, the Cougar must have been salivating at us like I do at Victoria Secret Models. We made it thru the day, a fortuitous event. Lucky we didn't encounter the Cougar and lucky to have seen one. We also came across a different class of people, very friendly. Unlike some of these velocitaptors and maggots we deal with in town and on freeways. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the Cougar with its ears drawn back peering at us. Check out rock creek lake web site, and see this beautiful area. I have not seen any HHS Cougars in town while riding my Schwinn. JB YOU DO A FANTASTIC JOB WITH COUGARTOWN. YOU DA MAN
Name: Suzanne Thomas ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 8, 2007, 8:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Message: It is with great sadness that I report the passing of my former husband, Robert (Bob) Thomas, Class of 1964. Bob has been ill for many years, but his passing was a shock to the family. Bob was so proud to attend Hawthorne High! He used to lift weights with Carl Wilson and fondly remembered the day Carl walked in to announce "hey, we're cutting a record!" Bob's response? "Yeah, right!" Beach Boys music played at his service this past Friday in Boise, ID. Bob was the President of the HHS French Club and active throughout his years at Hawthorne High. He also served as a Master Counselor of the Hawthorne Chapter Order of the Demolay. For anyone interested, the family is requesting that contributions be made to the Acoustic Neuroma Association 600 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 108, Cummings, GA 3004, or on their website http://www.ANAUSA.com.
Name: Ken Skinner ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 8, 2007, 7:53 am - HHS Time
City & State: Sun City West, AZ
Message: With the help of the Class of '58 50th Reunion Committee we have finally put together a list of our missing classmates. Please go to: leuzinger58.com/missing.htm Check out the list. If you know any of these Leuzinger HS Class of 1958 classmates please advise them to go to the website and register.
Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 8, 2007, 12:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Marcos CA
Message: Lets Put A roof On John's house for his tenth year with Cougartown! We can get it done! What say you? By the bye I know some Gypsies who will gladly take your money and vanish! they really do the best job at that! Seriously I think it would be a nice present and a very down home thing to help our JB1 out here!