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Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 31, 2014, 1:16 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: So very sorry to hear of Jim West's passing. He was maybe my first crush in high school! I was so glad to see him and his wife a few years back at one of our Frosties get togethers. Big guy with a big heart. He will be missed. RIP Jim.
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 31, 2014, 6:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Anaheim, Calif

Message: Hi John Rout, This one almost got by me, wishing you a very happy belated birthday.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 30, 2014, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: John Rout, Host Supreme! Happy Birthday my friend. Enjoy a happy day!
HB John
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 30, 2014, 11:31 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
City & State: Stagecoach, NV

Message: Sorry to hear about Mr. Semon passing, I was in his science class way back in the early 60's. I know he will be missed by all.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 30, 2014, 8:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: We would like to wish our dear friend , John Rout a very happy birthday. We believe this is one of those milestone ones! Have a wonderful day, John. We need to celebrate soon.
Happy Birthday Big John!!
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 29, 2014, 5:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: It may be just a coincidence some three weeks before their reunion, but the 1974 yearbook has appeared on classmates.com. Only the 1955-59 books are missing for the 1953-88 period. The reprints are expensive.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 29, 2014, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Kahuna John: I have none of the HHS trophies that used to be displayed in Nyman Hall. The glass cases were smashed and maintenance put them all in the attic of the maintenance shed. I found them there in 2005 in poor condition and removed them all and with alumni help we cleaned and polished them all and they were returned to Principal Newall. He has all of them. Take it up with him. I do have the track record board and am having it rekeyed and correcting a few dates and it will be displayed in the cafeteria this fall.
So is it Principal Newell's opinion that HHS started in 2000? I will talk to him about the your returned trophies, Clark.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 29, 2014, 12:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: With all the chatter about coach Semon I've had HHS on my my mind, so ten days ago I stopped in at HHS to say hi to principal Mark Newall and see what was new. Mark had wisely snuck out of town for a three day break before the big push for the fall. Vice principal Jill Waggoner and administrator Blaine Watson gladly did a sit down with me to update me. The buildings on the east side of campus bordering Inglewood Ave. are complete and ready for occupancy the first week of August and include the new science building and the engineering lab. Gangs are fast becoming only a memory on the HHS campus thanks to administrative efforts. The new mindset program at HHS is called LEAP. There are posters everywhere that say all HHS students should display (L) Leadership, (E) empathy, (A) Achievement), (P) Participation, and(S) Safety. There is very little of the old campus left but I got the warm fuzzies seeing Nyman Hall intact and the boys gym and girls gyms. Finally, when you enter the administration building, the first thing you hit are built in trophy cases. They are filling up quickly with the band earning a majority of the awards, No trophies pre-2000. I guess it make sense for the kids to take pride in current achievements. The campus does look good and very modern. Now if the athletic programs can become competitive again everything will be going in the right direction.
The reason no trophies pre 2000 is because you have those Clark I get asked all the time, what happened to our trophies and I say Clark Millman have them. We need those in a special place at Hawthorne High. It is part of the school's history. Clark, your next assignment is to gather all our trophies and get them in a case at HHS.
Name: Russ Jacobsen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 29, 2014, 10:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna ID

Message: Jim West was a very close buddy of mine through our high school years and a hell of a football player. As Sue said R.I.P. Jim. I'll always remember you. Jake. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 29, 2014, 7:46 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: R.I.P. Big Jim, you were one in a million, and I will always love you.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 29, 2014, 7:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: A HUGE thank you to Jeff Aadnesen for providing the name tags for the HHS c/o '64 50 year reunion. They are big enough for us to read them without glasses. And JB, just two more t-shirts; who will put us over the top?
2 more but would like everyone to have a chance so thinking I'll send out a Tshirt email before ordering. Thanks to all who have ordered.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 28, 2014, 10:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Just talked to Royal Lord tonight. He said Jim West HHS61 passed away today from a heart attack. No other details right now but will post Jim's services when I receive them. Jim was one of the real good guys spending his early years as a Highway Patrolman then worked for Raytheon. Our sincere condolences to Jim's family and friends.
Name: Kevin Young ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 28, 2014, 9:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Newbury Park, CA

Message: The Beach Boys (Mike Love version) will be at the Ventura County fair this Thursday at 7:30pm. Concert is free with admission to the fair. The venue will be packed with 12K or so enjoying the concert. Dress warm as it get very cold down by the beach at night.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 28, 2014, 12:23 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: For everyone that wants to see the Chris Montez concert at Good Neighbor Day, I found this on YouTube. Whoever recorded this, pans the crowd a few times so you might see some familiar faces. It was a really good show. John, make sure he plays again next year.
I would love that Tom, thanks man.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 27, 2014, 6:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon

Message: John -- looking for a extra large petite Cougartown Tee with a Nehru collar? Times are tough here in Oregon -- will you barter? I still have a book of ride tickets from Disneyland that I didn't use on Grad-Nite as I was otherwise occupied (nudge nudge wink wink). I did use the Mad Hatter's Tea Cup ride ticket, but the "E" ride tickets are still intact and hopefully valid.
Sorry Jim, that's the only ride I like. Thanks man.
Name: Donald L Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 27, 2014, 4:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey

Message: Hey Big John, add 2 xxl T Shirts for me and will hope to pick them up on the 2nd Sat in August @ Der Vienerschnitzel on PCH west of Crenshaw in Torrance, hope to see a lot of Cougs for the Crusin 50s car show 2 to 5 PM. Or maybe pick them up at the Cougartown Cruise @ Fosters, sometime in August. Later Don
Hi Don, OK man, you are down, thanks much.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 27, 2014, 8:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: Patty It's a small world. I grew up down the street from Ron, Pam and Ricky Bailey. They are listed at 5303 W. 124th St. in Sector 2 of Where We Lived Map. I've communicated with Pamela in the past, thanks to Cougartown. Perhaps one or all will show up for the Class of '64 50 year reunion. And JB only seven shirts to go.
Yes, think I'll send out an email.
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 26, 2014, 5:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: Weird Cougar internet sighting! So I went into a random chatroom a couple of nights ago, and this guy starts mentioning that he lives in Riverside. So, though I am in NY now, I mentioned that I grew up in S. Cal. and was even coming to a reunion in September. So he says "where?" So I say, you've probably never heard of it---Hawthorne. And he says, you're kidding. My wife and her 2 brothers went there! We had a good time chatting about what to wear to a reunion in CA---he was a very funny guy. I don't remember his name, but he did say one of his brother-in-laws was Ron Bailey. I told him that they all should show up at the class of 64 reunion and we could all pretend like we knew each other. Small world, huh?
Yes it is Pat. I talked to a girl teller at the bank yesterday as I was making a deposit. She saw Cougartown on one of the checks and asked what that meant. I told her that it was an alumni website for HHS. She said didn't the Beach Boys go to that school and I said yes, with me. She thought I was a Rock Star. She called another teller over, who is, I guess, a big Beach Boy fan and we all chatted about Brian, Carl and especially Dennis for 10 minutes. I thought they were going to ask for MY autograph.
Name: Wayne Dickey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 26, 2014, 10:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: La Palma, ca.

Message: OK! I'm a little late posting about the great time I had last Saturday, the car show was great, but the live concert by Hawthornes own Chris Montez was even better. I lived across the street from (Zeke) Chris. I was 10 when he first hit the pop scene. What a great ambassador to the pop music world. He talked to, shook hands with, took pictures & signed anything for every fan that wanted it. His time was theirs. OK Cougartown people! Now we need to shake our memories and start sending in our dues to keep this website active. John Baker has worked hard and will continue his efforts. Please make your $10.00 a year dues current. Also class of 69, don't forget. October 11 at Toni's pizza REUNION. Tell all class members to be there. Thanks to everyone
Thanks Wayne for the shameless dues plug and yes, Chris was the most hospitable guy to everyone who wanted to get close. He was signing everything from Yearbooks to albums to 45s. What a fun fun fun weekend it was. Wayne, please email me your address and phone updates and I will fix you up.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 26, 2014, 8:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: Forgot to mention that if you watch The Goldbergs, Soupy Sales is the next program after that. Then later is Dinah Shore, Jack Benny and some other goodies. It's a treasure chest full of great TV legends. All the other Jewish programs in between will help you make a good and prosperous bar mitzvah. You won't be sorry you found the station. There something for everyone.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 25, 2014, 2:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: For Mother Baker... I just have to mention that THE GOLDBERGS is a new program these days, but if you tune into Jewish TV on channel 366 on Direct TV at 10:00 am and you can check out the former and original GOLDBERGS, starring Gertrude Berg. It's from the mid 50's and just a riot to watch and a real trip down memory lane. Sponsors are Gerital and Juvital, (one for the old and one for the young), Ship and Shore and a few others that will fire up your brain cells... and she talks about the whole thing from her living room window in NY. And Sid, if it gets much hotter, I'll call you over for dinner as Jan won't let me turn on the A/C for just 2 people.. 3 or more is OK. Makes perfect sense to me.
Rent out a room for the summer.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 25, 2014, 1:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: If anyone has contact information for Jim Ward (HHS c/o '64), would you please e-mail me or send it to me at the address and phone number listed on the Happenings > Class Reunions link on CT. My last known contact information for him were his sisters, Carol and Joann, living in Utah. Thank you.
Name: Ella Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 25, 2014, 10:53 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seal Beach
No E-mail
Message: It's pretty obvious you all are aging. Now Cougartown is becoming the old codgers reminiscing site. Hello
Well yeah.... that's what we old codgers are all about, Mom, Remembering the good old days
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 25, 2014, 2:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.

Message: Thanks, Alan. I thought it might be 120th, but was't sure.
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 24, 2014, 7:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker, Az

Message: Ernie, I used Google Earth and my powers of deduction and identified that house as 5310 W. 120th St. A few houses down from Anza School. (120th and Hindry). Maybe it was once home to one of our Cougartown folks?
Just across the street from Denny Unfried and 2 doors east of Gerald Stutts.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 24, 2014, 2:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.

Message: Was watching HGTV the other day and they flipped a house in Hawthorne. They got 643,000 dollars for it. Wow! My grandparents built their house in Hawthorne, on Ramona, for 5,000. That was in 1924. At least I got to see the water tower on TV.
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 23, 2014, 6:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, California

Message: Had such a nice afternoon with fellow classmates (1963) Janice Dorn, and Patty Okuda Watanabe, at SoupPlantation, today. So great to reminisce and be with great friends. Wonderful that this type of thing can happen-especially after celebrating our "50th", last October. Was good to read about the bittersweet "sendoff" for our Coach Sid Semon. We will truly miss him! Linda Huthmaker
Keep on reconnecting Cougs. Thanks Linda
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 23, 2014, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA

Message: John, I need to get (2)XXL T-shirts so when Bob Deuell sees me at Disneyland, he will walk up to me, give me a fist bump and say "Be true to your school". Unlike what he says to Clark, "Go Cougar, I mean go Cougar stop stalking me!"
Hi Chris, I will add your name to the pre-order list. And yes, Clark IS a Cougar stalker.
Name: Richard Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 23, 2014, 2:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca

Message: Not much that can be added that hasn't already been said about Coach Semon's Celebration of Life. A special tribute to a very special husband/father/coach/friend. The Semons set examples that we can all learn from. Kudos to Jim Sloey for his comments about Coach Semon. He was one of the great HHS coaches.
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 23, 2014, 7:55 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA

Message: Coach Semon's send off was really well attended. He was respected far and wide. We were so lucky to go school where we did and to have men like this mold us into the successful people we all became. It was great to see all the HHS Alumni and Teachers and Coaches. Clark named them all. And then on the way out I saw two of my favorites Coach T and Science Teacher John Andrade. It was great to see Coach T in 4 years of Playing Tennis with Him I never beat him!
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 23, 2014, 7:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Fe Ranch Az,

Message: Wishing Gary Catalo a happy birthday today! From sunday school to high school we had some good memories that can't be beat! Especially in that green SS Chevy you drove! Have a great day!
Happy Birthday Gary.
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 22, 2014, 8:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Oro Valley, AZ

Message: Please put me on the pre-order XL. I keep missing deadlines. So sad about Coach S.
Thank you Ricki.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 22, 2014, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach. CA

Message: Just got home from Coach Semon's memorial at USC! Unbelievable! A great HHS event! Every coach you can imagine was there, Chauncey, Capelouto, Plum, Bunyard, Bravo, Minami, Coach T. Athletes across the ages. Tons of Sid's' NFL peers, lots of his USC teammates. A great event, very upbeat, good speakers, food and drink for all in a nice shady park and the USC band even performed to honor Sid! Saw Dennis Kilroy, Lee Leonard, Rich Sloan, Mr. Ormondroid, Nicest memorial event I have ever attended! Sid would have been pleased! The family slipped in a few Beach Boy tunes like Be true to your school too!
Thanks Clark for the update. Coach Semon was loved by many, that is for sure.
Name: Petey Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 22, 2014, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: OR

Message: Cougar sighting? Ricky Montaubon Davidson and Eric Moondoggie Monson were here in the Great Northwest! They stayed a few days in our home and hey aren't "The Lost Boys" anymore. ha
Good one Petey, thanks.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 22, 2014, 12:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Cougar sighting! I attended a wedding last Friday evening in Mission Viejo and I bumped into Bob Duel(HHS'77) and previous ASB president back in the mid-70s. Hadn't seen Bob in thirty years. He is a big wig with Disney and has been there 21 years. Just when you think the " Cougar Stalker" is on summer break he gets back to work!
Thanks Clark
Name: Richard & Mary Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 21, 2014, 5:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Prodin
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca

Message: Congratulations to the Hawthorne Historical Society Committee who put together the Hall of Fame dinner. Everyone had a wonderful time, (and the tri-tip and chicken were delicious.) Congratulations to the first group of honorees. Thanks also to everyone who entered cars in the car show on Saturday and a special thanks to Chris Montez (Zeke) for his great concert on Saturday. It was enjoyed by everyone.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 21, 2014, 4:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: JB we are only eleven T-shirts away from having them ordered. I'm sure there are Cougartowners out there that are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a friend or family member.
Yes they are.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 21, 2014, 10:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: Had a fun weekend. Heard some great stories about and from the inductees at the Hawthorne Hall of Fame Banquet and got to meet some cool people, including our Cougartown leader, John. I honestly wasn't familiar with Chris Montez before, but enjoyed his concert and recognized his songs. My uncles and aunts knew his family growing up. The museum is well worth checking out. Didn't know that Sonny Bono's first wedding was at St. Joseph's or that Coach Chauncey wore the same scarlet and gold tie to every HHS football game. He wore it to the dinner and then donated the 60 year-old tie to the museum. The weekend had a nice small town feel and confirmed the motto of City of Good Neighbors.
Hi Tom, Glad to finally meet you in person. Yes the weekend was filled with fun and Hall of Famers. Chris did a super concert for all his Hawthorne fans at Good Neighbors Day. I, for one, can now relax until about next February when we start our planning again.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 19, 2014, 8:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: The Cougar nation suffered a great loss with the passing of Coach Semon. The Cougar/Trojan family suffered a double whammy with Sid passing this week and we lost Louis Zamperini,('36 Olympian and famous WW2 vet) last week. No one else is permitted to pass away this month!
Name: Maurine White ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 19, 2014, 10:32 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Endicott
Class: 1959
City & State: Riverside, CA

Message: Just wanted to say "hi" to all my Cougar friends. So sorry to hear about Sid Semon. He came to HHS my first year away at college so I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him. My brother really liked and respected him and is saddened by his passing. Newell plans to go to the service at USC, and I would go too, but I will be leaving that day for Key West to help my son-in-law celebrate his 50th birthday with my daughter Allison, sons Conner, Christopher and Teddy! I look forward to future doings with Cougartown. So until then, I will continue to enjoy all your site has to offer, John.
Well thanks Maurine, I'm sure USC will be filled with Coach Semon supporters on Tuesday. He was not only a great coach but such a superior human being.
Name: Mike Effler ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 18, 2014, 11:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: El Ssegundo, CA

Message: Sid's passing is a loss to all his former athletes and students. He was gentle, but a driven man. All three Effler brothers played for Coach, Skip and I in baseball, and Geno in golf. What a great teacher he was! My best post school memory of Coach was a day about ten years ago when Sid, Skip, Geno and I got together to play a round of golf. Green fees $240, the company, PRICELESS!
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 18, 2014, 9:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach, Ca.

Message: A big Happy Birthday to Analisa Escobar Hunt and to the rest of the 74 birthday Cougars! Hope you all have a very special day!
Happy Birthday AnaLisa
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 18, 2014, 8:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: I've seen no mention of Coach Semon's military service. With his crew-cut and squared-away appearance, he seemed the very model of a former marine, but I think that he told us once that he was an air force veteran. Some of us will recall the wild games of Semon-Ball in P.E., his version of rugby, on HalCap Field. 1966....
Name: Michael Flatten ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 7:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: waddell,az.

Message: My prayers and thoughts go out to coach Semon's family. I played one B season of football and one season of varsity baseball for him. He was truly a good coach and a fine man. He will be missed.
Name: James Gibson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 7:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Redding, CA

Message: "He earned his love through discipline A thundering, velvet hand His gentle means of sculpting souls Took me years to understand" Lyrics from Dan Fogelberg's, "Leader of the Band" captures the essence of Sid Semon's coaching style. I played baseball for him in '67, and proudly, along with the rest of the team, responded to his favorite "term of endearment," "Meat." He encouraged me to continue playing baseball at El Camino JC, under his cousin, Coach Serge (Chuck) Freeman, which ultimately translated to a paid-for education at Cal State Northridge (CSUN). I owe you, Coach, BIG TIME. You were a huge factor in molding my life, and for that, I'm forever in your debt.
Name: Jim Cherry ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 6:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: san juan capistrano, ca

Message: I have as much respect for Sid Semon as anyone I have ever met. I played on Coach Semons' 1962 B Football team. I'll carry that experience with me the rest of my life. RIP Coach Semon
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 6:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang

Message: I have known Sid for nearly 50 years and the word that pops into my head is respect. He didn't demand it, he didn't command it, he just received it. His presence, his booming voice, his strong confidence were much emulated traits that Sid had. As I got older, I especially liked the way he interacted with his wife. She was special. We have definitely lost a compass with Sid's passing. With that I would like to tell a story related to a group of us following his first year as an NFL referee. As Sid told the story, he was the new guy on the crew so if something needed to be carried, cleaned, requested or fetched Sid did it. In his last exhibition game his crew drew the 49ers and Raiders a hated rivalry. It was a game that meant nothing to anyone. The head linesman [Sid] and line judge line up on the line of scrimmage on opposite sides of the field, Line judge chooses which side he wants in the first half and by default the head linesman [Sid] gets that side in the second half. Many of you may remember that the Coach for the Raiders was a Cal Poly Slo alumni John Madden. First half was uneventful the Raiders were up something like 25-0. 49ers kicked off to start the second half it went out of the end zone so the Raiders got the ball on the 20 yard line first and 10. Raiders run the ball first play just short of the 22 yard line. Sid marks the ball and the ball is set down for a second and about 8. They are playing in Candlestick on the bay famous only for its howling wind, and before the next play the wind blows the ball off the mark, Sid and the gang blow their whistles remark the ball, sid heads back toward the sidelines when he hears, "109! 109! You mismarked that ball by two inches, two inches 109! I hope that doesn't cost us the game 109!" Sid recounts this didn't stop for the whole half and it was 6'5 300 pound John Madden throwing his hands in the air screaming for the entire half. Years later I reminded Sid of this story he just smiled and said, "that was my welcome to the NFL." Sid did two Super bowls games [the NFL grades their refs the best do the super bowl and the playoffs] and many playoff games. God bless us everyone!
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 4:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Just a little more background on Coach Semon: He was an outstanding athlete as a young man and played baseball at UUSC in the early 50s. After graduating he stayed on at USXC to coach the freshman baseball team in '55. Many of the athletes he coached that year went on to win the NCAA championship in '58 Many of you lady Cougars may not know that Sid was an NFL official and was a ref at multiple super bowls. He was a trainer at the annual NFL officials school every summer. A life well spent and much appreciated!
Name: Carl Harrison ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 3:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: CA

Message: Just heard from Duff Means that Coach Sid Seamon passed away yesterday. He was my freshman PE coach in fall of 68, and one of my favorite HHS teachers. RIP Coach.
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 1:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay

Message: Coach Semon was a decent, intelligent, professional motivator and his influence was strongly felt by many. I wish much comfort to his family.
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 12:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Torrance, California

Message: John, Back in May, Lee Leonard was nice enough to email me a copy of the poster for this weekend's Hawthorne Good Neighbor's Day. That poster states that there will be "music from Hawthorne's own Chris Montez". I haven't heard anything more on this subject so I thought I'd ask. Is Chris Montez scheduled to perform in Hawthorne on Saturday and, if so, when and where?
YES, Chris is scheduled to be on stage about 1:30 but music will start about 10:30am. Also the car show will be going on all day, a watermelon eating contest, bingo, computer games, and much more. Good Neighbors Day starts at 9am and will go until about 3pm. Bring everyone out for a fun day in good old Hawthorne.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 17, 2014, 12:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Leo I too was reminded of that last year at the HHS Class of 1963 reunion. Coach Semon and his wife were there and I asked them about that accident. It was very clear to them even though it had happened in 1963.
Name: Tom Chadwick ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 16, 2014, 10:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Templeton

Message: I would like to express my sincere condolenses to the Semon family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Coach Semon, Thanks for the help molding our character and having a positive impact on our lives. Rest in peace Coach.
Name: Richard Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 16, 2014, 9:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca

Message: We've lost one of the great ones. Mr. Semon was straight out of USC in 1959 when he was hired at HHS as one of Coach Chaunceys Assistant Varsity Football coaches and as a Varsity Baseball Assistant for Coach Means. What a way to start your coaching career - Bay League Football Champs and CIF finals at the L. A. Coliseum. All of his players took pride in breaking in the "rookie coach"; just 23 when he started at HHS. The following year Coach became the Head Coach for B Football and Varsity Baseball. His teams won multiple Bay League championships in both sports. All of us who played for Coach Semon, or attended one of his many guest speaking appearances, will miss his many stories and gentle ways. At his 50th wedding anniversary party, he once again apologized to his lovely wife Dauna for a comment he made at one of his first HHS banquet dinners when he introduced Mrs. Semon as "the one who opened the cans for dinner at home." She has a good sense of humor. She was a gracious hostess at their parties and get-togethers in Torrance for years. The coach played golf with his buddies at Western Avenue Golf Course and played in Tom Graves (HHS '58) annual golf tournament for 30 years. Family, teaching, coaching, golf and NFL officiating were his passions. If you ever had questions about the NFL rules, he was your "go-to guy." We both raised our families in Torrance. There were a number of red squirrels roaming the neighborhoods. Each year the Coach would laugh and tell me that the squirrels beat him to the fruit off his trees again. The Coach always had the can-do attitude. Mr. Semons smile and many stories will be missed; he will never be forgotten.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 16, 2014, 9:13 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca

Message: The end of an era. RIP Coach Semon.
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 16, 2014, 9:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, California

Message: Dear Everyone, I am so very sorry to hear about our Coach Sid Semon. I just sent a card to him, after hearing of his ailment, last Saturday. My heartfelt condolences to Dauna and his family. My prayers are with you. We were so happy to have Sid and Dauna attend our 1963 "50th" Hawthorne High Reunion, last October. It was wonderful to have them there-such a joyous evening. Please let me know about a Memorial Service, when it is arranged. God bless Sid Semon-we love you! Linda Huthmaker
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 16, 2014, 4:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, Calif

Message: Very sorry to hear about Coach Semon's passing. I have fond memories of him trying to make me a smarter baseball pitcher. He would always be saying; "settle down MEAT". Also, I remember that he and his wife got hit by a car while walking and he could not coach full time our senior year. RIP
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 15, 2014, 8:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach, Ca.

Message: Hey John Just read the sad news about coach Semon. My most heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of the Semon family. I consider it an honor to have known him and he will be truly missed.
Thanks David.
Name: Sharon Stowe ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 15, 2014, 2:39 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
City & State: Lawndale, CA

Message: Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I was really surprised at so many kind words. I was in Minnesota on the date celebrating with My son, Chris and Daughter, Caroline. They threw me a party with friends and family. We had a good time with memories and catching up. I am so thankful for all the people who have helped me along the way with love and kindness. It seemed like there was at least one person there from ever milestone in my life where he or she helped me through. I know I couldn't have gotten this far without friends and family. 60. I still can't believe it.
Enjoy your 60s Sharon, they aren't bad at all.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 15, 2014, 11:37 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA

Message: Just heard the news from Gary Bickers that Coach Sid Semon passed away this morning at his home in Torrance. He was at peace and was surrounded by his family. There will be a Memorial service next week. When the details are received they will be posted here.
Name: Richard Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 14, 2014, 10:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca

Message: John, I'd like to order one XL. Thanks, Rich
Thanks Rich.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 14, 2014, 1:08 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: It's been a couple of hours since I saw coach Semon. It occurred to me after fielding about 30-40 email and phone calls; I could field a pretty good football team and an even better baseball team. Coach just needs a pitcher and catcher; wait coach can talk Mykkanen and Goodman into joining up.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 14, 2014, 11:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Just finished a visit with coach Sid Semon. He appears tired but very much at ease. His family seems tired and very much at ease. His family has also been overwhelmed by the support they are getting from the HHS and NFL families. His family is monitoring Cougartown. Keep up the good work.
Thanks Gary for the update on Coach Semon. We are praying for you, Coach.
Name: Mike Wilking ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 14, 2014, 12:33 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Germany

Message: Any plans for a 50-year reunion for class of '65?
I'm sure between Jim Hess, Don and Dani Lassetter and Kathy Krause, there will be a BIG one somewhere Mike. Be looking for it on the reunions page around February.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 13, 2014, 4:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Just came from coach Semon's house in Torrance. Had a nice chat with his daughters and son-in-law. The hospice nurse did not want any visitors because Sid is heavily sedated and nonresponsive. They said to check back in a few days. Sounds like it's time for a lot of Cougar prayers for coach Semon!
Amen to that Clark, thanks for the update.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 13, 2014, 8:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA

Message: A big Happy Birthday to good friends and long time Ctowners; Jerry Rigney, Cindy Wernicke, and Sharon Stowe. Hope you all have a fun birthday today.
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 12, 2014, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: New York, NY

Message: John, I was about to order a medium from the CT store and see those are sold out now too. Can I order one of that size on by notifying you?
Hi Pat, You missed that last medium by 3 days. I will put you on our pre-order list for a medium. Thanks much.
Name: Sheri Semon Lietzow ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 12, 2014, 2:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance
No E-mail
Message: Wanted to give you an update on Sid. He is home as of 11:00 am - visitors are okay, but the nurses have asked that all visitors be limited to 10 minutes... Address is 2734 w. 230th - Torrance 90505 Home phone # 310-362-5232
Sheri Semon Lietzow
Thanks Sheri for the update on Coach.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 11, 2014, 8:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang
No E-mail
Message: Get well coach, prayers for you and family, God bless
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 11, 2014, 6:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma,CA

Message: You have pre-orders already. If the T-shirts were ready for those attending the Cougartown picnic, pickup that would be fantastic. I'll be there for sure. And I hope other CTowners will be as well. It'll be the end of a great weekend for me and I hope for a lot of others as well.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 11, 2014, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhatan Beach, CA

Message: Hey Kahuna John: I'll take one XL for me and one M for my sister.
Hi Clark, you've gottem bud, thank you.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 11, 2014, 3:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: JB Might there be Cougartown T-Shirts available at the Cougartown Picnic, and might it be wise for those attending, who wish to pick them up there, to pre-order them and assure availability in their size?
Hi Glenn, yes that's what this pre-order is all about.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 11, 2014, 8:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Fe Ranch Az,

Message: I would like to order one X Large T Shirt. Thank You!
Thanks Jim.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 10, 2014, 2:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Coach Sid Semon is coming home from the hospital. Coach's address is: 2734 West 230th St. Torrance, CA 90505 A card would be nice.
Thanks Gary, I'm sure Coach Semon has many friends right here. I will send a card and know others will follow suit. We're praying for you Coach.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 10, 2014, 10:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: Put Mr. Noodleman and I down for 2 (total) XL Cougartown T-shirts. We haven't gained any weight since high school, but he retains a lot of water and I have to allow for my bodacious tatas.
Thanks Til and Howie
Name: Nick Pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 10, 2014, 6:20 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: LV, NV

Message: A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARLA CRANE!!!
Happy Birthday Marla!
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 9, 2014, 7:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker, Az

Message: I'll take of the 2 XLs, John. Are they being sent via Georgia???
Hi Alan, No, Shipper Sharon has been fired. It is now Shipper John Thanks much.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 9, 2014, 5:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon

Message: Technically, I had a Cougar sighting, but King John will of course be the final authority on any questionable happenstance. My lovely & talented children tossed a "surprise" retirement gig at a local winery. My wife & I both retired this month, and were truly surprised. Among the revelers were: 67' Tim Hood, Lyle Davidson, Steve DeCuir, Teresa DeCuir (Rowden) - 66' Bill Young, Steve Stevenson, - 65' Don Blackburn, Bruce Davidson, Terry Mazzotta, Don Lassiter, Dani Griffiths (Lassiter), and John Anderson. There may of been others, but as the night progressed, the Cougars regressed. A swell time was had by all.
Hey Jim, Sounds like you are truly loved, man. Yes after conferring with our secret CSC (Cougar Sighting Committee) they have voted 31-30 to allow it. A close vote for sure but you now have the honored Cougar Sighting graphic hanging off your feedback (you now know how Clark feels). Happy retirement to you and your wife and now it's time to make fun of all the working stiffs in OR.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 9, 2014, 1:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA

Message: Class of 57, Your "Class of 57 turns 75 Reunion" pictures are on the website. Please go to the reunions page, and on the left side under Past Class Reunions with Pictures, it's the top one. Thanks again to Buddy Youngreen HHS57 for putting on a heckuva show at the Mission Inn in Riverside.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 8, 2014, 9:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: Hi John, I'll buy an XL T-shirt. Thanks!
Thanks Tom.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 8, 2014, 3:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: I posted a couple of weeks ago regards our loss of coach Toby Erlinger. To get more details I called coach Sid Semon's house. Unfortunately I found out Coach Semon was also in trouble and in the hospital. His family is taking great care of him and they will keep us informed..
Thanks Gary, we are with you Coach.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 8, 2014, 1:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: HEY JOHN! What happened to the pictures for the 57th reunion for the Class of 1957 which was held June 14 of this year? I saw it once after the reunion, but just looked for it again and can't find it. I thought maybe they would have added photos and/or given information about a possible memory booklet, video, photo album available for purchase. But zip! Nada! Big ought! Not a thing!
My fault Doris as I just haven't had the time to get the pictures off of Facebook and onto the website. I will though, just be the patientest you can
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 8, 2014, 12:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Cali
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to Janet Frantz, another '62er celebrating a "big" birthday year I think! We all still look great I say, and.....we're never gonna get "old"!
Happy Birthday Janet ! !
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 8, 2014, 5:23 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach, Ca.

Message: I'm in John. Put me down for an XL .
Thanks David, you are down.
Name: Richard Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 7, 2014, 10:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca

Message: I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Many thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes. You're all very special to me. It's hard to believe that it's been 72 years ago that my mom brought me home from Hawthorne Hospital to 5248 W. 117th St. On our block, which was Isis to La Cienega, we had HHS alumnus Herbert Battery, Marilyn & Maridell Johnson, Larry & Ronnie Drager, Carol & Adele Barnfather, Cappy Poore, Don Thompson, Rich & Gail Sloan, Don & Dick Smith, Gary & Evelyn Clinesmith, Ted & Tom Porter, Veronica Blevins, Jim Coventry, CeCe Conklin, Darryl Wade, & Ramona & David Jorgensen. What a great neighborhood! Wish you all a fun-filled summer. Rich
Hi Rich, What a who's who batch of Cougars on your street. Thanks for sharing and thanks very much for all you do for our early Cougs and teachers. You are truly one of the good guys from our early HHS days.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 7, 2014, 6:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Waco, TX

Message: Put me down for an XL - I have undergrown the one I ordered way back when.
You are down Sharon, Thanks much
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 7, 2014, 10:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, Ga.

Message: Hi everyone. One large t-shirt for me.
That's 2, thanks Dennis
Name: Kevin Young ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 7, 2014, 8:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Newbury Park, CA

Message: Now about the Cougartown T-Shirts..... John is out of L and XL, so I bet sales are dead. Maybe we can get up enough interest to get him to place another order so Susan Nelson Adams (and others I assume) can get their shirts. Heck, with enough interest, maybe we could get free domestic shipping from the retailer! Anyway, who needs a Cougartown T-Shirt? John, I'll take an XL.
Who wants a Cougartown Tshirt? I'll order them if I get enough interest, say 30 shirts in 30 days. Let me hear from you right here with sizes. Thanks Kevin.

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