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Where did YOU live in Hawthorne? Now you can add your address information so we can all see how close we were to you. Addresses will be added to our map page.
Thanks all for your participation.
Name: Jerry Rigney ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 20, 2015, 8:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Palmdale, CA
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Message: According to her obituary, 1952 was the only year that Dr. Phyllis Marguerite Selby Dabbs was at HHS. In 1953 she went to what is now CSU and moved to Bakersfield in 1954, where she worked and lived until 2012 when she moved to Riverside, CA.
Thanks for the help Jerry.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 20, 2015, 6:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, Cali
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Message: HHS Teacher Update: Dr. Phyllis Marguerite Selby Dabbs died peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, at her home in Riverside, California. She was 91. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the Bakersfield Racquet Club. Born December 5, 1923, in Akron, Ohio, she was the youngest of the three children of Phyllis Barbara Sabin Selby and Warren Fowke Selby, a prominent Akron attorney. She grew up in Akron, attended public schools, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from the University of Akron in 1944. She went on to earn Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in speech and higher education from the University of Southern California in 1952 and 1961, respectively. Dr. Dabbs began her 34-year career in public education in 1952 at Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, California, where she taught English and driver training, and served as the school librarian.
Hmmm, The first time I've ever heard that name. Checked El Molinos through 57 and no Miss Selby or Dabbs. Anyone remember that name? May be a Hawthorne school other than HHS. First librarian I find is Miss Rhodes. Thanks Leo, just checking and would like to add to Tributes but...
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 20, 2015, 5:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
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Message: I'm sure all our thoughts and prayers are with Ann Dye today. Hang tough Ann! God will not ignore the prayers of so many Cougars. For those of you who like to know what is happening on campus at HHS these days...I wandered into the new library on campus a few days ago. One item is missing from the new library...books!!!! My how the world has changed. I connected with some of the art teachers today to get help on a board honoring our national record holding mile relay team. The board will go on the front of the press box on Halcap when completed. The art department has taken over building 16 which was the science building in the 70s and I assume the 60s too. Going up the stairs I felt like I was running late for Mr. Andrade's biology class(remember those dissectible frogs ladies?. That's all that is new at the moment. Once again Ann, be strong, the Cougar nation is behind you and big Dan!!
Thanks Clark for the update.
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 20, 2015, 3:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 1963
City & State: Havasu Lake, Ca
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Message: Sending prayers and comforting thoughts to Dan and his wife Ann They are doing amazing things in Cancer research and every day is a new day Believe me I know Hang on to your prayers, hope, faith. God has surrounded you with good friends and support. He (and we) will not forget you!
Name: Andrew Archibeque ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 20, 2015, 5:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: huntington beach ca
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Message: dennis dated a blonde girl from p.v. we were at a studio the beach boys were recording. dennis had picked me up in his porsche and we were going out partying afterward. this girl showed up so dennis gave me the keys to the porsche and took off with her.
Thanks Andrew, that's one for the PV girl.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 19, 2015, 10:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina
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Message: I found out yesterday that Bill Shultz was in the hospital for a few days. I sure hope he gets feeling better real soon.
Hey Bill, Hope you're feeling better.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 19, 2015, 9:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita CA
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Message: Talked to Joyce today and she is enjoying everyone's emails. It is hard for her to send replys from her cell phone but wants to thank you all for your kind words. She has been moved to a Long Beach rehab facility and will be there for probably another week.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 19, 2015, 8:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W.Covina CA
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Message: Dan, I am so sorry to hear about Ann and her fight against cancer. Modern medicine can do wonders and I will be praying for her. Congratulations on the twins, double trouble my friend. At least when ya spoil them ya can send them home and don't have to suffer the consequences. My twins are both living in my Hawthorne house. Good luck to Ann, praying for a speedy recovery.
Name: Grandpa Jimmy Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 19, 2015, 6:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang Ca
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Message: Praying in Solvang Danny
Name: John Hagethorn ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 19, 2015, 6:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Las Vegas, NV
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Message: Sort of a Cougar sighting. Met the son of Richard Edwards HHS 64 or 65, he was not sure. His brother was a teacher at HHS during the 90s I guess, is now working for Centinela Valley school district.
Hey John, Thanks for the sighting... son of a Cougar is close enough. Thanks for checking in too.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 19, 2015, 3:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
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Message: NBA star and fashion statement Russell Westbrook was featured in a story on "CBS Sunday Morning" today. He was shown briefly at Leuzinger High, where he began his basketball career. He was also a Bruin for a few years. As to his clothes, I was reminded of Wilde's remark that "Fashion changes so often because it is so awful."
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 18, 2015, 7:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
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Message: Mr. Dye and Mrs. Ann I certainly will be praying for your wife. I am a cancer survivor and I feel God is great. God will hear our prayers for your Ann and heal her. God Bless you both and your family. By the way I too have twins a set of grandsons and a set of granddaughters. They are precious and I feel God felt that when twins arrive to us it's because he felt they are so great he had to send two.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 18, 2015, 11:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
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Message: Dan, I personally know that cancer can be beat. Wish you all the best.
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 18, 2015, 9:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: quintanilla
Class: 1970
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Message: you are so funny
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 18, 2015, 8:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut
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Message: John, I noticed Hessie McKnight's birthday was yesterday. Remember way back when she was an issue on Feedback? I don't recall the results if she was, in fact, the T-Bird girl or some other cute girl. Was she the girl that took her Daddy's T-Bird that the BB's sang about?
I do not know and I guess if you googled "who was the girl blah blah blah" you'd probably get many absolute authentications. Maybe it was just a generic girl in a Tbird song (great 60s song, by the way). Who can really prove or disprove it without talking to the writers, Brian Wilson or Mike Love.
Here is one excerpt from songfacts.com:
There have been many rumors about the identity of the girl in the song, but when we spoke with Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love, he said: "As far as I knew, there was no particular person that was the inspiration for that song. It was more generic. Because, what kid, when they get their driver's license, doesn't want to borrow the family car and they go cruisin' through the hamburger stand, or they say they need to go to the library, but who knows? [Laughing] Sometimes other thoughts become more attractive."
Here are the most common stories we've heard about who the girl is supposedly about: A girl Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson was dating. She came from a rich family in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles and used to tell her father she was going to study at the library and needed his Ford Thunderbird to get there. Instead of driving to the library, she would hang out with Dennis at his apartment. Dennis would say, "We'll have fun till her daddy takes the T'bird away," and this became the hook.
Shirley Johnson England, whose father, Howard, owned the Utah radio station KNAK. Shirley claims that she used to borrow her dad's T-Bird, and one day got caught taking it to the drive-in instead of the library. The Beach Boys spent a lot of time at the station for promotional appearances, and when they heard this story, they wrote the song about Shirley


I'm sure there are many more if you really looked.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 18, 2015, 3:35 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.
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Message: Dan and family. Our prayers will be with your family as your lovely wife undergoes surgery. I'm so sorry she has to go through this. By the way we also have a grandson named Cade.
Whatever happened to names like Sherry, Doug, Dan, or Ann? When I was 6 I wished my name was Zorro.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 17, 2015, 1:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
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Message: To Dan and Ann-- Congratulations on the birth of your granchildren! Ann- we have you in our prayers. Love and strength to you both.
Name: Dan Dye ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 17, 2015, 7:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Torrance, Ca.
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Message: Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Yes, I celebrated my 29, that's 29 years before I turn 100. My best birthday gift was the birth of my new twin grand babies on 3-30-15. The boy is Cade and the girl is Kira. I would like to have your prayers for my wife of 45 years, Ann. She is fighting cancer and is having surgery on Monday the 20. The surgery will determine how extensive the next surgery will be. Thank you Dan
Hi Dan, my prayers are with you and Ann.
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 17, 2015, 3:13 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY
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Message: Happy birthday to fellow birthday-sharer, JB Schroeder! The only other person I kmow who had this birthday was Nikita Khrushchev! I'm going out with friends to celebrate, but we'll be sure to raise a toast to you too, JB.
Happy Birthday Pat and JB
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 17, 2015, 2:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
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Message: Happy birthday to JB Schroeder, an old teammate. Hear you're getting around better. Also to Patty Kavanaugh, who lived just a few houses south of us on Ramona.
Happy Birthday Pat, and to my old teammate too, JB Schroeder. Have a great day.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 16, 2015, 7:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
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Message: Just like Max I made a connection With a 74 grad today. Hawthorne had a track meet at Beverly Hills today so I called melody Dickens(74) who teaches chemistry at a middle school in Beverly hills. After her school let out she came over to the high school stadium and we spent a couple of enjoyable hours catching up. Alex Bravo was the starter for the track meet so we had Cougars everywhere in the 90210!
Thanks Clark, keep reconnecting.
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 15, 2015, 9:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Citrus Heights
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Message: My wife and I had a wonderful happy hour or two with MaryAnn Dowell. She had a layover in Sacramento between flights.
Nice to see you 74ers getting together Max. Maryann, have you been flying all over the US looking for a friend?
Name: Lea Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 15, 2015, 1:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Truckee CA
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Message: Happy Birthday to my favorite Thornian, Bill Baker, and to everyone else celebrating today! And thanks, John, for everything you do to keep Cougartown alive and well.
Hi Lea, Happy Birthday Billy Boy!! Hope to see you two real soon.
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 14, 2015, 3:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Oro Valley, AZ
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Message: Very sad day for me. I just got the message that a very good friend of mine, John Fragnito passed away in his sleep. He graduated from HHS in 1962 and then from Art Center School of design. He was an amazing artist and the world will miss his artistic contribution. He worked tirelessly with the Boys and Girls Clubs following his college graduation. He was a real sweetheart and I will miss my friend.
Sad news Ricki. I remember John from HHS. Sorry to hear we've lost another. Our sincere condolences to you and the Fragnito family.
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 14, 2015, 7:07 am - HHS Time
Maiden: quintanilla
Class: 1970
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Message: Happy birthday to Kathy Peterson Downer and many more
Happy Birthday Kathy!!
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 13, 2015, 2:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
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Message: Happy Birthday to Dan Dye! Get Well, Joyce. Good thoughts coming to both of you!
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 13, 2015, 10:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Wine Country
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Message: He's not only "one of the greats today," he's also holds longest HHS track record holder. Happy birthday Dan!
Name: Susan Abraham ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 13, 2015, 9:16 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Abraham
Class: 1974
City & State: Hamden, CT
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Message: Dennis Kilroy, what a beautiful article. Thank you for sharing that.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 13, 2015, 8:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
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Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the all time biggest "hunks" at HHS. Hope you have a great day with your family and beautiful wife. But, DON'T open the door if it is Judy Wudy in her red lipstick! Also, so sorry to hear about Joyce...get well soon! Janet
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 13, 2015, 7:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
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Message: A big Happy Birthday to Dan Dye. I enjoyed visiting with you and Ann at cruise night a couple of weeks ago. I hope you have a terrific day today!
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 13, 2015, 6:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang Ca
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Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE greats today Danny Dye may God bless you with many more, love ya man and thanks for being my friend. And everyone else having a birthday today same to you too!
Hey Danny Boy, Happy Birthday Maaaannn!!
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 12, 2015, 9:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
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Message: For all who know my former wife, Joyce Savisky, she fell on Saturday and broke her hip. Joyce is in the hospital in Newport Beach for the next few days. She can get email on her cell phone if you'd like to send her a get well message. I know it might cheer her up a little. Her email is jsavisky@yahoo.com
Thanks all and get well Joyce.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 10, 2015, 11:56 am - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
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Message: Hey Dennis: That photo was taken at the Knight/Diaconian meeting Wednesday afternoon. I arrived a little early for track practice and one of the Knight vice-presidents is a quarter-miler on the track team and he invited me to attend the meeting. The clubs are now one joint club rather than two. I had pulled my Knight sweater out of moth balls and they got a kick out of that. A real nice group of young people carrying on in traditional Knight Diaconian fashion. They informed me they no longer have sweaters but they have maroon pullover hoodies(what else?!) I committed to buy one next week and the club said they would like to attend our next cruise night. On a different note we had a big track meet on Thursday at Culver City against Culver and El Segundo. For the first time in a dozen years the varsity boys won by beating El Segundo and they put up a battle with Culver. I felt like a very proud Cougar as all the athletes fought hard and one El Segundo parent said he was impressed with our athletes because they showed a lot of spirit and cheered on their teammates. The coaching staff has a five year plan to make us competitive with everyone in the South Bay. I want to beat Mira Costa very badly!
Hi Clark, That is great news about our track team. Thanks for the update. I had thought the Knights and Diaconians were dissolved years ago.
Name: Susan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 10, 2015, 8:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson,cal.
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Message: A "double" Happy Birthday to Galen and Larry, two great classmates of '69- Have a wonderful day, guys!
Happy Birthday Galen and Larry.
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 9, 2015, 9:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
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Message: Here is a good story about some current HHS Kids. I spotted our own Clark Millman in the background.
Thanks Dennis for the article. Send the link again.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 9, 2015, 8:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
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Message: Happy Birthday Jody . Hope you are doing ok up North. Miss you!
Happy Birthday Jody
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 9, 2015, 7:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca
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Message: omg when did Bob pass away and of what? I was in the Band Banner Carrier Bob was Drum Major John Swallow was the other omg can't believe it Prayers to the family friends and Cougers he was a great man very easy to get along with a smile on his face RIP Bob
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 9, 2015, 9:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Temecula
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Message: Hello , I just received an e-mail from Cynthia Melendrez, wife of Cougar Bob Melendrez. His funeral will be on April 18th at 2pm,at the South Bay Calvary Chapel, reception following. All Cougars are welcome!
Thanks Paco
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 9, 2015, 9:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
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Message: A BIG Happy Birthday to my good friend from the class of 59, Jody Weller. Have a fun day, Jody.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 8, 2015, 12:59 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
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Message: Happy Birthday to the class of '62's foreign exchange student Aase Kristiansen. Also, to an old high school sweetie, Fred Rand....you haven't changed a bit! Hope you had a wonderful day.
Hi Aase and Fred and Happy Birthday to you both.
Name: Jeanie Ely ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 8, 2015, 6:14 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Aakhus
Class: 1971
City & State: Torrance, CA
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Message: My heart and prayers go out to Bob's family. I also worked with Bob at TRW/Northrop for years. He was such a good guy and his passion for music was endless. He will be missed.
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 7, 2015, 2:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Torrance, California
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Message: John...its very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Melendrez. We both worked at TRW and had our HHS alma mater in common. In the early 90's we had an oldies garage band and Bob graced us by playing drums for our first few "gigs". Bob, of course, was a very talented musician and his involvement gave us a sense of legitimacy. Our Tuesday night rehearsals were the greatest of times. I'm sorry that I hadn't seen much of Bob since retiring. May he rest in peace.
Name: Karen Le Maistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 7, 2015, 1:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
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Message: So very sorry to hear about Bob Melendrez. I have great memories of listening to he and his cousin Danny and their bands playing their wonderful music in the garages in our neighborhood. Such a nice guy. My prayers go out to his friends and family.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 6, 2015, 6:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
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Message: Belated Birthday wish to Mrs. Baker. As John may have told you, I was on a Princess Cruise this week-end with most of my family. My youngest daughter shares the b'day day with Mrs. B. so we had a gathering in my cabin to celebrate and as I had promised, I raised a glass of the bubbly in your honor. So not only were toasts made in your honor all over the United States, but you were honored on the "High Seas" as well. Many more happy years to you!
At least the High Seas around Ensenada Thanks Tom.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 6, 2015, 12:41 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
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Message: A big Happy Belated birthday to Mrs B! The female version of the Energizer good year bunny! And a hello to others of the Baker clan who posted and who I haven't seen in so long! Hope all Cougars had a very blessed Easter!
Happy Birthday Mom
Name: Tom Freeman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 6, 2015, 8:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Melville, NY
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Message: Does anyone recall what became of Bob Ketchem Sporting Goods?
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 4, 2015, 9:26 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
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Message: JB, you may be thinking of: The Herd, Emitt Rhodes (would have been '68, but pursued a GED and a career at A&M instead) and Redd Kross from the 70s. Happy Birthday to Mother Baker, and your daughter proves that children usually favor their fathers. I look and sound like mine, down to the London accent.
Hi John, Just kidding on not remembering those names. Does anyone know what years the McDonald bros. graduated? Seems like it should have been early to mid 80s. Also my daughter better not look like me She looks much more like Joyce.
Name: Denise Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 4, 2015, 7:11 am - HHS Time
City & State: Edinboro PA
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Message: I'm looking for Larry Butcher who attended Hawthorne High in the early 1960s. I just recently found out that he could be a possible relative. We are not sure of the correct spelling. Would love to find out. Thank you! Any infomation would be greatly appreciated. 814 520 4339 or email dsloan1208@yahoo.com
Good luck with your search, Denise
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 5:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita
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Message: Sad news for Ctowners as my good friend from the class of 1971, Bob Melendrez has passed. I'm going to miss you Bob. You became a good friend to me right from the start of Cougartown. Rest in peace my friend.
Name: Bud And Gloria Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 3:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Montgomery TX
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Message: EllaV, Happy Birthday from Texas. Gloria and I wish you all the very best, it goes without saying, but you are a remarkable women, loved by your entire family, and we are blessed to share your life. We hope and wish a wonderful day for you. Love, Bud and Gloria
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 12:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fla.
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Message: Happy Birthday to Mrs. Baker and Bob Milazzo.
Name: Kelly Raguindin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 9:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Baker
City & State: La Quinta, CA
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Message: Hi Gramma, Happy 95th Birthday to my role model! Thank you for my inherent sense of independence, strength, tenacity and love of family. You are the best gramma ever. I treasure our trips of years past and the great fun we have had together. I love you so much and wish you all things wonderful. I hope you get many birthday wishes today from all over! You deserve all the attention!
Name: Bob Milazzo ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 9:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Bakersfield Ca
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Message: Thank you for the birthday wishes. Once again got up this morning looking at the right side of the dirt. What else could you ask for!
Hey Bob, Happy Birthday maaaannn!!
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 8:06 am - HHS Time
City & State: Flagstaff AZ
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Message: Hi Aunt EllaV, Wishing you the very best of birthdays and hope you and John will come to visit soon. Love Bill, Tina, & Justin
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 7:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
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Message: Happy Birthday to Mrs. Baker. What a great picture! Have a very special day. Also see it is Bob Milazzo's birthday. Haven't heard from him for a while. Happy birthday, Bob. Hope all is well.
Happy Birthday Bobby!!!
Name: Leo Valencia V2 ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Greenwood Village, CO
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Message: John Baker, you deserve a BIG round of applause for initiating and maintaining this website. It keeps everyone informed, connected and an invaluable, historical account that continues to grow. I was thinking back to my early years living in Hawthorne during the 1950's & 1960's with much appreciation of how life was back then and how the world has evolved since. A lot of our landmarks have disappeared; the streetcar tracks cursing through the center of Hawthorne Blvd., Plaza Theatre and my first piano lessons were taught by Ms. Barton. She rented a back room from Mr. & Mrs. Thorn on Truro Ave amid fields of long grass and Eucalyptus trees. My kindergarten teachers; first, Ms. De Lune (who left us mid-year after she was betrothed, and Mrs. Knocky took over for the remainder of our term and First grade whilst they built our third grade edifice at Eucalyptus elementary school. In 2nd grade, it was Ms. Fonda, then, Mrs. Kiehler in Third. My fourth grade teacher, was Mrs. Johnston. She had served in the Army as a Sergeant. Then, Ms. Hurt (Fifth grade) was a crusty old maid whose disdainful wrath wreaked havoc on all of us. She drove a 1954 beige Buick. I guess it helped her keep us in line. Tom Buckingham and I initially had Mr. Hilton for 6th grade before being moved to Mr. Joseph's class. At Hawthorne Intermediate, Mr. Gibb was my home-room teacher. He had just finished his tour with the Marine Corps., and treated us as though we were his new recruits. In the 8th grade, Mrs. Mingay was my home- room teacher; Mrs. Bucher (music appreciation), Mr. Weeblow(P.E.) and although I don't remember the gentleman's name for woodshop, he really taught us the finer points of woodworking. I built a solid 4-ft. high mahogany bookshelf that Cynthia (V-3) displays in one of her Las Vegas residences. During my 4-yr term at HHS, I had a very colourful teacher for English. Mrs. Tardy shared many stories with us about travelling to Russia, Germany and other interesting places. Mr. Semon (Science), Mrs. Jensen (Gen. Math), Mr. Nivolo (Spanish), and Coach Plum (P.E.). In the 10th grade, it was Mrs. Marks (English), Mr. Semon (Biology), Mr. Allen (Piano), Mrs. Jensen (Geometry), and Coach Plum again for P.E. During my Junior yr., it was Mr. Elmore for the first semester (English) then Mrs. Ton (latter half). Mr. Allen (Piano), Ms. Inez (Spanish), Coach Sevier(P.E.). Senior yr. was a trying time for me. Never thought I'd actually graduate. LOL Coach Sevier (P.E.) was a great coach. Mr. Pizarro (Spanish), Mr. Allen (Piano), Mr. Tena (Government), and Mrs. Marks (English).
Hi Leo, You and I shared several teachers including our first pairing, Miss Mingay, 7th grade. Also Mrs. Bouchier, our music teacher. I do remember the woodshop teacher at Intermediate but can't remember his name either. Thanks for the childhood update.
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
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Message: No disrespect to our ever popular "Boys"...but Greg Hetson, class of '79 has made quite a legacy for himself in the band Bad Religion. They are still packing houses!
Keep it going Greg!! Yes lots of musicians besides those 4 early HHS guys. How about Wayne Dickey and his band? Can't think of their name, and that guy from about HHS69? And wasn't there another guy from the mid 70s? Maaaann, my mind is going. It's 11:30 and I need some sack time....Later Cougs
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 4:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Ventura, ca
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Message: This is about Gary Ritter who died March 10, as reported by Dani. In Little League, you did not want to be the pitcher facing Gary. Gary hit more home runs than anybody. I don't remember how many in the season of our 12-year-old year, but I'm guessing it was about one every game. I didn't raally meet Gary until our freshman year at HHS. Gary was a sprinter--a really good one --on the C track team and I was a run-of-the-mill middle distance runner. But, I remember this scene as clearly as if it was yesterday. Hawthorne National Little League, 1959. I was the catcher for the Tigers and Gary was the batter for the Giants. I remember the pitch--a fastball, slightly to the inside of the center of home plate, about waste high--and the swing. It was seemingly effortless. And the crack or the bat hitting the ball. You didn't even have to look. You knew it was gone; just a matter of how far. I'll remember that moment for the rest of my life. RIP Gary.
Thanks Ron for the remembrance, I remember Bob Gross HHS62 having one of the sweetest swings in Little League.
Name: Cheri Longanecker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 12:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Longanecker
Class: 1965
City & State: Yuma, AZ
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Message: People still use cameras to take pictures?
Funny Cheri
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 10:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene OR.
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Message: Gary...If I had a dollar for every local kid writing a term paper or music major writing his masters thesis who e-mails me and asks for "anything" I could tell them about the boys, I could have retired a year earlier. And most of them are from the midwest. My pat answer is that I am really sorry but I am saving all the 8mm movies and notes I have for my own book (ain't gonna happen) ....And Doris..Like JB I feel equally shunned as I remember well you whispering in my ear that I had the best butt and legs in 4 counties. Yes it was 15 years ago but what could change?
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 10:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
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Message: HA! Hey Doris, the nice thing about being 70 plus is that we guys don't need an excuse to leer at "women's endowments". Most women think it's "cute"! I mean, after all, we're harmless right? (Unfortunately,...right!!) ......it's so cool being old...!
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 9:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
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Message: I think it was J.C., whom we honor this weekend, who observed wryly that a prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. Brian Fest 2015 was apparently a great success on Monday, with glowing reviews of Wilson and his guests at consequenceofsound.net and elsewhere online.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:48 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
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Message: Old saying about a prophet being accepted in his own country last. I was at a business dinner with a guy from Ames Iowa and another from Tendon NJ. Both about my age. When they found out I went to HHS they spent the next two hours talking about the Beach Boys, asking questions and showing their knowledge of the group. I remember not being all that excited about the group 50 years ago but their influence was obviously world wide.
The Beach Boys? Who were those guys?
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:32 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
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Message: Hey John! Will there be pictures from Cruise Night? Was Paco there? I ask about Paco because he is always sooo good about taking pictures. Besides, he has the GREATEST legs and I always hope for a picture of him! hehe Well, now wait a minute. Right up there with Paco's legs are Bobby Jensen's legs!!! Yup! 75 and I STILL look at the boys' legs! Now let me think ... what is that excuse for "observing women's endowments" that you boys use?? "Well, I'm still alive, aren't I!?"
No pics Doris. Paco was a no-show and Rich Sloan was there but didn't bring his camera. Yes Paco and Bobby have nice legs and you have very nice "endowments" too. Now that we have talked about them, you didn't mention my beautiful body at all. I feel very sad.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 5:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.
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Message: Susan I was sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. I was friends with her. I spent quite a bit of time at your house. She will be missed.
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 1, 2015, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay
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Message: Thanks again, John, for hosting a good cruise night. It was great seeing everyone there.
Thanks for being there Don.
Name: Karen Sullivan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 31, 2015, 8:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harrison
Class: 1971
City & State: Manhattan Beach
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Message: Sad to have missed Cruise Night. Eric Koch (c/o '71) and I were chaperoning a group of HS choir members from Mission Viejo. Our youngest daughter sang. They were in NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall. What a joy. Next Cruise night.
See you then Karen
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 30, 2015, 8:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
No E-mail
Message: Hey John, I agree with Harry just some nice people as always. Thanks for being a good host. Had a great time.
Thanks for being there Dennis.
Name: Susan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 30, 2015, 8:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: anderson
No E-mail
Message: John, I tried to email you, but it wouldn't let me. I would like to have my big sis put on the tributes page-her name was Sandra Lee Nelson, class of 1964..Thanks
Hi Susan, Sorry to hear the news about your sister. I will add her to our Tributes page.
Name: Harry Plotkin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 29, 2015, 1:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City, Ca.
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Message: Thanks John for another great Cruise Night. Kathy said something on the way out to which I agree. You know ALL the people here are NICE PEOPLE...amen to that.
Yes they are Harry, they're all Hawthorne people. Thanks again for being there.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 29, 2015, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
No E-mail
Message: Charles Osgood mentioned on "CBS Sunday Morning" that tomorrow is "Brian Fest 2015" which includes VIP events at Capitol Records Hollywood featuring the great man himself and a concert at the Henry Fonda Theater on Hollywood Blvd. at 8:30 p.m., featuring many of his friends and admirers.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 28, 2015, 9:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
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Message: Hey, it was worth the drive out to Hawthorne to be able to visit with old friends. Great to see Mike & Barbara Shay, Dan & Ann Dye, Bob Fraser (missed Karen. I hope she feels better soon). Visited with Jim Dally and Don DiTomasso and others. Thanks John. It's so good to have these opportunities to maintain contact with friends that we have known for so many years. And thanks to Rich & Mary Sloan for the goodies.
Thanks Tom for coming out. These are special nights with very special friends.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 28, 2015, 8:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
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Message: Another great turnout for Cruise Night. I want to thank all of our regulars for being there. Harry and Kathy, you two really surprised me. Thanks to Butch and Daisy for being there too. Thanks too to Tom Shelley for coming from Beaumont and Rick Salisbury for coming all the way down from Seattle. Also thanks to Linda McVeigh, class of 63's Valedictorian, for being there. Danny Petty, you are showing 17 stars, Jody, we missed you. We will do it again in August/September, see you then.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 28, 2015, 8:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Fe Ranch Az.
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Message: Just stopping by to say howdy all! Finally building our dream home here in Az,! Been meeting folks from Hawthorne ... Hooking up with cousins from Hawthorne as well! The Pauliani sisters Patty Lee , Barbara Jean , and Kathy ... Take care!
Hi Jim, welcome back.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 28, 2015, 7:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
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Message: Jim mentioned the Dennee family. In 1963 the son was part of that massive Inglewood basketball team. I remember they were all over 6'5"except for one guy. They got our spot for CIF even though we beat them.
That would be Dave
Name: Richard & Mary Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 10:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Prodin
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca
No E-mail
Message: We'll be there. :)
We'll see you two at 5pm
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 4:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson, CA
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Message: From what I've read from the last couple of pages, no one has mentioned the huge store at the corner of 'the Blvd' and El Segundo: Lloyd Dennee's Furniture store. Maybe 'cause no one shopped there? I know my parents didn't go there for anything; Mom knew of some 'dirt' on the owner so, didn't think much of him and didn't want to buy anything from his store. I'll "Be There" Saturday.
See you there Jim
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 2:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W Covina
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Message: John, I forgot to mention the Cougartown dues check is in the mail just in case I can't make cruise night.
Thanks Don
Name: Jody Weller ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 2:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
City & State: San Jose CA
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Message: So So Sorry I can't make it to cruise Night(San Jose is a little far) I haven't missed very many but I do miss all my friends in our Cougar Family. Maybe some day I will get back down there for a function. John will have to find a new date for tomorrow. I told him it was to far for him to pick me up this time. Love Ya All!!!!
Yeah SJ is a little out of my pickup area there Jody. We'll see you down here when the Gov adds the bullet train
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 8:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: We're coming..:)
Good Deal, see you two tomorrow night.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 8:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
No E-mail
Message: I'm planning to make the trip tomorrow night. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!
See you there buddy.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 26, 2015, 8:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina
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Message: Cougar sighting. Stopped in at American Tire to have my tires rotated and ran into, Newell Endicott HHS 63. John hope to see ya at cruise night if I am not too tired from yard work at the Hawthorne house.
Thanks Don, hope to see you there.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 26, 2015, 8:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
No E-mail
Message: Who IS coming to Cruise Night on Saturday?
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 26, 2015, 11:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
No E-mail
Message: Hi Mr. Baker, I won't be attending cruise night; however I am sure you ate all the smarties by now.
Hi Mrs. Ostermann, yes the Smarties are gone, sorry about that.
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2015, 7:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: oc ca
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Message: Hey John can't hardly wait for cruise night.Hope we have a big turn out.
Hey Dennis, Me too, see you there man.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2015, 3:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
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Message: Happy Birthday to another ole flag girl I marched with....Barbara Rozutti. I just forgot which letter she was! And Leo, I will be watching for Brian's new release as well as that movie! Thanks for the update. Hope to see you in wine country before long.
Happy Birthday Barbara
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2015, 2:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena
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Message: No John I did not write that! More Brian News - a new movie about Brian :) Hopefully, Hawthorne High will get a shout out in the film. Love & Mercy is a 2014 American biographical film directed by Bill Pohlad about musician and songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. The film, deriving its title from the 1988 song by Wilson, is presented in a parallel narrative covering two specific time periods of Wilson's life: the 1960s and the 1980s. Actors Paul Dano and John Cusack depict the young and old Brian Wilson, respectively, with Elizabeth Banks as Wilson's second wife, Melinda, and Paul Giamatti as psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy. It will be open on June 5, 2015.
Thanks again Leo.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2015, 1:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
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Message: I don't want to step on Leo's entry. I was at a memorial service yesterday with all Beach Boy music. That said, we are watching "Leave It To Beaver" about Wally's first car. My first car was a '62 Corvair. It was a mess but we all remember our first.
Joyce had a 62 Corvair for her first car too. 4 speed, turbocharged, 0-60 in half an hour.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2015, 11:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena
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Message: Brian Wilson's 11th solo album "No Pier Pressure", is due out on April 7. For one new song "Sail Away," he recruited his old Beach Boys pals Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine to recreate a feeling reminiscent of their early days. It's a song that's all about beaches and far reaches. Along with Chaplin and Jardine, he collaborates with a host of today's popular musicians, including She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward), country star Kacey Musgraves and funs Nate Ruess.
Thanks Leo, "It's a song that's all about beaches and far reaches", did you write that?
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2015, 1:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut
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Message: Speaking of North American Aviation Surplus, this is where one would go to find aircraft wing hydraulics to install in your Chevy Impala as hydraulic lifts. Also, I remember the MARS station in Dong Tam, South Viet Nam. Sadly it was hit by an incoming mortar. Wish I could be there for Cruise Night.
Come on down, Jim. Call Alan, Dan, and the rest of your car buds.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2015, 9:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
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Message: Mike Mecey and Ginny must have used the Military Auxiliary Radio System or MARS, which still exists at age 90 and is operated by the army at the intelligence base of Fort Huachuca, AZ. The military was using a precursor to the Internet, the Automated Digital Information Network or AUTODIN, which provided worldwide access to any command using routing indicators, much like the email addresses of today. We sometimes passed urgent personal messages about family welfare over it, but the final message was relayed the last mile by Western Union. I didn't have to use MARS during my three visits to SE Asia, but it sure came in handy for others.
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2015, 7:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA
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Message: It is interesting what someone says in a Cougar feedback will suddenly bring back a long forgotten memory. The discussion about ham radios brought back this memory... Today's soldiers have Skype & cell phones that they can call back home when they are a half a world away.... When I was in Vietnam & I wanted to call Ginny back in Southern California... I would have to go to a Comm Shack... there they would contact a ham radio operator somewhere in the US who would call Ginny and get her on the phone... We would not talk like you would on a regular phone conversation... but rather would have to talk like we were on a ham radio conversation... using that ending word "Over" when you wanted the operator to change for one person to the other... So our conversation went something like this... Hi Honey, I miss you, Over... I miss you too, Over.... Love you Honey, Over... well you get the idea... Nothing too passionate because a lot of people were listening in on your conversation... But that was the technology in 1967.... and it was better than nothing...
Yes we have come a long way since 1967. Thanks Mike.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2015, 8:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
No E-mail
Message: For all who want to sign the petition to recall the CVUHSD School Board. You can sign it today at 4pm at Corner Burger 4437 W. 147th St. in Lawndale, just west of Hawthorne Blvd. Also at 6pm at Hank's Bistro, 14406 Hawthorne Blvd, SE corner of Rosecrans and Hawthorne
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2015, 7:01 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to Helen Sciurba. Have a great day my friend. See you at Cruise Night!
Happy Birthday Helen, hope to see you there girl.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2015, 7:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
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Message: Ken Mercurio tells me that brother Rick '71 was indeed in Davis. Maybe Bruce Gallaudet too. In response to Armand Vaquer's reference to ham radios, the hobby still exists, but it's ossifying with its membership. Younger folks aren't interested. Most equipment is sold online, like everything else, but Ham Radio Outlet is a nationwide chain of stores, while HamCity in Culver City offers lower prices, but isn't much of a store anymore. The ARRL is 100 and CQ magazine is 70. I was a navy radioman for years, and I'm still an amateur General and a GROL, but my primary interest is the rare occasion of emergency communications. Hams have distinguished themselves often there, such as after Hurricane Katrina, behaving well in an emergency and keeping their heads while while others lost theirs.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 19, 2015, 2:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina CA
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Message: Oh My,,, I almost forgot all about Angelo Veto Cracchiolo, what a guy, one of a kind. One day he brought into class a bunch of surplus tubes and electrolytic disc capacitors. He asked me to test the tubes. The tube testing got boring so just for the hell of it, I started charging the capacitors, then Cracchiolo came to the bench and asked what I was doing, I told him I was testing the capacitors, he looked at me real strange and reach down and picked up a fully charged one, it went off giving him a bit of a shock that surprised him. All he said was, I guess that was a good one. It was all I could do to contain my laughter. I last saw him about 1992 or so at the Haw. Savings and Loan. I think he went to Leuzinger or Torrance to teach shop.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 19, 2015, 12:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
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Message: Yes, I believe it was Ryan's. And JB thank you for posting the HHS Heritage Track Records. I hope I didn't slight anyone by omitting their record; it wasn't intentional. I tried to include the ten best where I had them. The original records, like much of Hawthorne's history seems to have disappeared. A thank you to Ken Mercurio who maintained and updated my original list and to Cheryl Courtney for the women's records. I welcome any updates or records I've missed.
Thank you all.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 18, 2015, 1:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
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Message: Thanks to their voluminous catalogs and to Don Walker, Barbara Skeen's brother [she was Larry and David's mother), I got a job at Newark Electronics, pulling stock (resistors, capacitors, etc.) my last two years at HHS. It was my first work experience. I usually walked both ways, to and from work. Newark was an industrial supplier while Olson (a stones through away) was 'consumer' oriented. Probably the highest compliment I ever got paid in my life was when I left Newark's employment and was told that there had never been a complaint that I had ever pulled an order in error, especially from one they supplied who 'always complained'. I think all of my siblings were clothed at Sears and Penney's. But, I remember my father having custom made suits at a men's store on Hawthorne Blvd (I wish I could remember their name).
Hi Glenn, Ryans Men's Shop and Minkows are the two that I remember.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 18, 2015, 11:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to Glenn Oclassen! We didn't discover until years later that we both went to HHS and then later worked at Allergan together....small world!
Happy Birthday Glenn. and speaking of Glenn, I just added the HHS Heritage track records from Glenn Crist, yesterday and Glenn O'Classen is listed there. Under History|HHS Sports History on the nav bar, above
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 18, 2015, 11:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: Mike Mecey, You got me wondering what the inflation factor really would be and according to the official government index $3.50 in 1960 is $27.63 today. So WalMart might still be a good deal! I do remember that until Junior High I wore Penny's jeans. Were they Foremost, I think? Anyway I vividly recall asking my Mom if my next pair could be real Levi's and was stoked when she said it would be OK.
Your mom loves me too, Jer, maybe she'll spring for my next pair
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 18, 2015, 9:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
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Message: I LOVED the Boston Store in Inglewood. However, don't remember shopping there until AFTER I graduated from HHS. Bought all my brother's shirts there. And proceeded to shop there for my clothes for many, many years. They were quality clothes and very fashionable. And although I've said this before, Mr. Chaney from Chaney's in Hawthorne, sponsored my softball team for four years. My first job was at Chaney's as well. I stayed all of 2 days when I found out I would have to work weekends, and quit. Mr. Chaney had a big heart. Loved that man! And I remember my Mother doing a LOT of shopping there.
Harold Chaney, for decades, was a Hawthorne pillar of the community. I remember his BIG Maroon Continental was always parked right in front. Thanks Doris
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 18, 2015, 8:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA
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Message: Howard... I bought my Levi's from the War Surplus store on Hawthorne Blvd. I too remember they were $3.50... Then they went up to $3.75 and I boycotted the store until they brought the price back to $3.50.... We all know that never happened... So now I get my Wranglers at Walmart... $17.95 a pair... That is probably about $3.50 in 1960 dollars...
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 17, 2015, 9:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
No E-mail
Message: I was perusing the links Chris provided on old Olson Electronics catalogs and the links led to catalogs and stuff from other electronics suppliers. One of them that caught my eye was Allied Radio. I remember getting their catalogs, but don't remember buying anything from them. I remember having a number of friends who were very into ham radios. You rarely hear about those anymore.
They're still out there Arnand.
Name: Richard Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 17, 2015, 8:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Simi Valley, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Gary & Howard mentioned the Safeway store in Hawthorne. I worked there as a box boy in 1954. Even had to join the Union for $7.00 a month ( I only made about $35 ) I also worked for North American Avaition in 1956 and spent many a Saturday in the Surplus Sales yard. Loved that place. I retired after 54 years with the same company. (North american was sold to Rockwell, then to Boeing, then to Pratt & Whitney and is now owned by Aerojet )
Thanks Richard, see you at Cruise Night.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 17, 2015, 3:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
No E-mail
Message: I won't name the person who ran an unlicensed 100 watt AM amateur radio station out of Mr. Cracchiolo's electronics class. Some surplus aircraft transmitters and receivers were donated to the class and building a power supply from scrap TVs was easy. The 832 final amplifier tubes were replaced with 883 B to give it a little more power. . . For all of you who like to look at old electronics catalogs here is a link to some that have been scanned and available online.
Once I made a capacitor bank that would run my pocket radio for about 10 minutes. Wasn't very portable but...
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 17, 2015, 9:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
No E-mail
Message: Howard mentioned Safeway on Hawthorne blvd. I remember going there with my mom and trying not to break the $20.00 mark for a week's worth of food for four people. To do that it was round steak and powdered milk, but she got the job done.
Name: Carol O'Banion Cooper ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 16, 2015, 9:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: O'Banion
Class: 1968
City & State: Menifee Ca
No E-mail
Message: The 60s were the good old days. Wouldn't change my teenage years for anything. Cruising Hawthorne Blvd & spending the summer's at beach. Thanks to facebook,still in touch with some friends from school.
Thank you Carol (for the second time)
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 16, 2015, 12:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Temecula
No E-mail
Message: Like Ray, one of my favorite stores was Dexters. In the old days Brian Tully and I sold the Herald Examiner, he on Broadway and Hawthorne Blvd, me in front of Safeway Market. I remember buying my first pair of Levis there with my own money, $3.50 (?). At Cruise Night I'll tell you the rest of that story. PennEy's was near the top of the list, PennEy Towncraft T-shirts, the best!!
Hey Buddy, Yes Levis were about 3 dollars when I was a kid. Remember how stiff they were and it took about 7 washings to get them just right. They hardly last 7 washings now. See you in 2 weeks maaaann!!
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 16, 2015, 7:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
No E-mail
Message: Multiple Cougar-sighting at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis: Cheryl Mercurio '64, Janet M. '68, Ken M. and me '69, only Rick M. '71 missing. What an attractive college town in mild spring weather, and what a family. Hawthorne was in the House!
Thanks John for the update.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 16, 2015, 12:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
No E-mail
Message: Ah, yes! Olson Electronics is the one I was trying to remember. Before we moved to Hawthorne, I lived in a complex of duplexes in L.A. and a neighbor kid built a radio station from parts he bought at Olson in his garage. The power supply to the garages were on the landlord's account and when he started up his "pirate radio station," their electric bill skyrocketed into the stratosphere. Needless to say, they cut off all power to the garages. It was fun while it lasted.
5000 watts will really spin your meter Thanks Armand
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 15, 2015, 8:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: West Covina
No E-mail
Message: Also Inglewood Electronics in the same area.
YES, yet another great store from the past. Thanks Don.
Name: Paul Wieber ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 15, 2015, 7:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Meadview, Az
No E-mail
Message: Just the other day I was wondering what ever happened to my neighbor and whiffleball opponent from the sixties, my friend Bruce Gallaudet Class of 1965. Bang! There he is, mentioned in a post by John Pritchard about an interview with Ken Mercurio about his book. It seems that Bruce has become an accomplished sportswriter over the years and is currently working in Davis, Ca. I haven't contacted him yet, but I will. The point I'm making is that this forum created by John Baker has been heaven sent. I have found several friends from the ole Hawthorne days thru Cougartown. Now, to catch up with a long lost friend.... Thanks for this forum John!
Hi Paul, I am amazed myself, as to how many Cougars have been able to find their long lost friends right here. It's is nothing special that was done by me but just having so many Cougars here, someone is bound to know your friend, or at least a friend once removed. Anyway, glad you found Bruce, now get busy and make contact.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 15, 2015, 9:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
No E-mail
Message: I was always partial to Folbs toy store on the Blvd. Down near Inglewood, Wedworths, Schwinn bike shop near Intermediate and a small pet shop on Prairie near 116th( can't remember the name).
Folbs was my favorite toy store.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 15, 2015, 12:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
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Message: CRS is setting in. What was the name of the electronics store on Imperial Highway (or was it Century Blvd.?) that was a forerunner to Radio Shack?
How about Olsen Electronics or Newark Electronics. They were both on Century just east of Inglewood Av.
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2015, 5:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
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Message: In honor of Pi Day I would like to quote one of the best math teachers to ever teach at HHS...Uncle Gerry Smith...."Pi R squared? No, cake are square. Pie are round"
Great Math teacher, lousy English teacher Thanks Laura.
Name: Gary Miller ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2015, 10:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Yountville, Ca
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Message: I liked Pound Penny, coin shop on El Segundo, Boston Store, my 1st Botony 500, War surplus on Market, my 1st Levi jacket, Dupars, Crenshaw & Imperial, the best pancakes, A slot car track by White's Bakery, A camera shop on the Blvd around 132nd, where you could get transistor radios and those minature Japaneese cameras and the Pizza Show where after school we would walk by and reach in the take out window and grab pepperoni, and on the way to school there was A bakery directly behind the show where we could buy warm glazed donuts for a nickel, they weren't open to the public but they would sell to us anyway
Great stuff, thanks Gar'
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2015, 8:43 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
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Message: I remember the old Hawthorne library. In my senior year Mr. Goodfellow gave us an assignment-I think it was to write a biography of a famous person. He assigned to me George Washington Carver. I went to the library but it was so small nothing on the man. My friends had the same problem so we went to the Los Angeles City Library, 4 of us. What a difference, huge library. It was a great day, I got all the info I needed on George and fell in love with him. He discovered the many uses of the peanut. We giggled like teenage girls can on the streetcar ride home and had a ball that day. Mr Goodfellow did a great thing for me introducing me to such an interesting man. Loved Mr. Goodfellow too.
Mr. Goodfellpw was a good ... well, you know Thanks Marilyn

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