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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.
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The VFW is having a raffle so they can patch their leaky roof. The first place prize is 4 tickets to Disneyland. Please click here for more information.
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 20, 2014, 8:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno NV.

Message: Many thanks to Mike Stallings for the slide show. An incredible glimpse into the past. Captured the essence of the era. Merry Christmas-Happy New Year. BC 73
Merry Christmas Bob.
Name: Jody Weller ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 20, 2014, 5:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
City & State: San Jose CA

Message: Just a quick note to wish all my Cougartown Family & Friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR. I received 2 calls today to see if I was going to VFW Breakfast 12/21?? I guess they have not read the messages or do not know I now live in San Jose. EVERYONE---PLEASE HAVE A SAFE AND SANE HOLIDAY.
Well Merry C and a Happy NY to you too Jody. Are you going to the VFW breakfast?
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 20, 2014, 5:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, Orygun
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to my first HHS crush and Spanish 2 classmate Camille Hill. Me escanto esa nina en su escartlata y oro traje cheerleader ....So I get up this morning and before the coffee was hot I thought CT had been hacked, only to find out this afternoon that it was an honest mistake by our own leader Kim jong john. Scarey stuff there JB..
No just a mistake by me. All is well. Happy Birthday Camille!!
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 20, 2014, 10:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: beaumont, CA

Message: STOP FIDDLIN' WITH IT JOHNNY, IT'S FINE!!!
OK
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 20, 2014, 9:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Sorry about the User Name and Password thing. I accidentally password protected the whole site. My mistake.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 19, 2014, 12:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: I don't know where it came from, but last night I was thinking about the Bell Labratories (they made the latest technology the dial phone) movie series produced for AT&T. I remember several, 'Our Mr. Sun,' and 'Hemo the Magnificent.' I'm sure there were more. Anyone else remember these.
Name: Karen Bearns ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 19, 2014, 10:56 am - HHS Time
Maiden: WEBSTER
Class: 1972
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: Hi to all and Merry Christmas. What a good job Mike did on the 40th Reunion Presentation. That was great. Comet Boy and i really enjoyed it.Good memories indeed. Everyone have a nice holiday, Karen
Merry Christmas Karen.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 19, 2014, 9:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, ca

Message: Good move Jan! I hope lots more Cougs get on board to help a good cause. I think 20 bucks is about 3 lattes, isn't it? (Of course, I am a bit disappointed that I won't be able to go to Disneyland during the holidays!...sorry Susan King.)
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 19, 2014, 5:23 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Harbor City, CA

Message: To our Cougartown family....the VFW fundraiser for roof repairs has been extended until January 1, 2015. We tried to push this fundraiser through on a short notice and a short selling period and found that we did not give ourselves enough time to make this happen successfully. Please understand our dilemma and please continue to support our efforts. Thanks to those who have already purchased tickets....the phone number we posted (310-891-2375) has helped to bring in much needed funds. We'll post the winners name once the drawing takes place. Our flyer has been updated and you can access it by clicking the link on the banner at the top of Cougartown. Thank you again for your continued support of the Hawthorne Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Thanks Janny
Name: Mike Stallings ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 19, 2014, 2:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: San Pedro, CA

Message: Hi John, here is the finished version of the Slide Presentation that you saw at our class of 74 40th Reunion this past summer. Sorry it took so long to complete, I threw everything but the kitchen sink in it, as it is 43 minutes long with almost 1,000 images, but i think the HHS Cougartown nation will enjoy watching it, this slide show that documents a wonderful time in our lives, Merry Christmas and i hope that you like it!
Well thank you Mike. I know how much time it took to do this and know your class will appreciate it too. Jerry, can you please add this to our video page?
In watching this entire piece, I have to say it is an outstanding video. Knowing only about 8 people in this video, it really doesn't matter which class you come from, it's the same backdrop...just add your own class members. This video will speak to you no matter when you graduated. Thanks again Mike and a Special thanks to Tim Long for taking and caring for most of these treasures over the last 40 years. The members of the Class of 74 should be very proud. You've made me very proud to be a Cougar today.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 18, 2014, 10:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, ca

Message: I'm in for $20. I put the check in the mail today. Glad to help the vets for all they do!
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 18, 2014, 7:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA

Message: Oooh!! I'm in for $20 bucks!! Cmon folks, this is a win win!! Even if they don't draw my ticket as the winner, the VFW benefits and THAT'S an organization worth supporting! They sure do a lot of good for the old hometown! I challenge every Cougar to match my purchase - but I sure hope they pick me!! Check the banner at the top of the page for instructions and thanks Jan and Judy for the help getting this done. The check is in the mail!!
Me too, I'm in for 8 tickets. Sign me up, Jan and Judy.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 18, 2014, 12:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Harbor City, CA

Message: There's still time to help the Hawthorne VFW with our fundraiser to repair our roof. Friday night is the drawing for four Disney tickets. See the banner at the top of the Feedback page. A special thanks to Glen Crist who purchased a huge number of tickets last night. If you want tickets and cannot make it to the Post...call me at home (310- 891-2375) and Judy and I will secure some tickets for you. And I will be holding you to your promise of sending in your money. You gamble - you pay! Thanks to all who have help support the Post. Jan
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 18, 2014, 9:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor C

Message: Hi Sid, Just wanted to mention that we rec'd a call from Glenn Crist last night with a big donation for the campaign to repair the Haw VFW roof. We reminded him that we appreciated his donation but we'd give him his money's worth in Disneyland raffle tickets. I hope you all realize that the winner gets "4 primo tickets for both parks, (PARK HOPPER to California Adventure & the theme park.)" That's over a $600.00 first prize and there's no expiration date. The raffle is this Friday evening and you don't have to attend to win. If you're interested, please call at (310) 891-2375 or check out the banner flyer on top of the feedback page in CT for more info. I have my two cents bought in tickets, but that's an oxymoron. If I win, I'll be giving first prize to the second ticket drawn.. so there's 2 ways to win. and I'll even kiss yah! (how's that for marketing Sidney.) New note: No VFW breakfast this month, but back again in January. So, Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas - take your pick - It's all about the FREEDOM to say what you feel either way or say nothing at all. I've covered everyone now... whew, Christmas use to be a whole lot easier.
Thanks Til, Great giveaway for some lucky person. I remember when a family of 4 could get in for a short 20 bucks. Thanks too, to Glenn for coming through for the good ol' VFW.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 8:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut

Message: Hey Alan, are you still painting cars? I wonder if you would paint candy burgundy scallops on my silver Impala? Oh, and could you do it for the same price you charged me for doing it on my old '51 Chevy?
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 12:14 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Heisman
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, Oregon

Message: Squatting is a cinch. Getting back up is the b***h! Thanks Hoody, and a day late back at you B-day wish. Janet thanks for preventing a drawn out protracted answer to JB on what I can and cant do Now Carl...how long have you been an SEC guy? I am sorry the Beavers of Silo Tech. can't tie the Ducks shoelaces, but they will need more than a new coach. And poor Nebraska ends up with the walking Valium OSU used to have. Well I better go practice my squats so I can back up the talk..later Cougs and GO DUCKS!
Enjoy the O talk now Robin because USC gets a full scholarship complement next year. All those So Cal "Heisman-type" players will be staying home in the future. Happy Birthday dude.
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 10:55 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA

Message: I want to wish all fellow Cougars a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. The last two years have been challenging for me and my family as we have lost the last of our parents (mine and my wife's). Anyway, I guess that comes with the territory of passing 60 years of age and now there are new challenges (e.g., "squatting" according to Chris Hood for example! lol). Anyway, all the best to everyone and enjoy this year end. All these California rainstorms suggest that we will have better times ahead. The hills behind my house are green and that is a pretty nice sight. All the best- Dean Morris
Hi Dean, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Keep the squats going and go Cardinal!!
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 10:05 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Robin! Hope you are having a great day. (John, wasn't that a rather personal question you asked Robin???)
I just have to know.
Name: Chris Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 9:05 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Coos Bay
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to my big brother Robin Hood (Butch). It seems like only yesterday that I was chucking strikes to you in the front yard. Then somehow while playing the game, a half century blew by. I'm sure if you could just squat, that you could still take the heat that is, if I could still throw a ball 60 feet. Have a great day bro!
Hey Old Timer, Happy Birthday. Can you still squat?
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 8:00 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, California

Message: Good to see everyone in holiday spirit. Clark, I can recall plays, players and teams we played from football games still to this day. Good Times, Sad Times..... Moe if you see this post, can you shoot me an email about OUR friend!! Merry Christmas to ALL COUGARS
Another name that has been silent for far too long. Thanks Wade for dropping by and please come back more often. Go SOONERS!!
Name: Alan Hauge ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 17, 2014, 12:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: playa del rey, ca

Message: Wow this is fantastic...I didn't know Hawthorne High had a web site. Run by a guy named John from the class of '62. Far out. Actually I was locked up for the last ten years with a major addiction....20 hour work days. Bless you John for hangin' in with this great site.
Well Alan Hauge, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!! Thanks man, for checking in and please do not be a stranger. We have missed you here.
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 16, 2014, 10:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: oregon city,oregon

Message: My Collins Street Bakery Fruitcake arrived today. Thank you Santa for the early gift. I hope it lasts long enough for the bowl games. SEC is looking strong. But wait until next year when Coach Bielema at Arkansas turns things upside down in SEC. With the Oregon Beavers new football coach, maybe, just maybe, we will be competitive again. I will be looking forward to read posts on Ctown from all the Cougars that will be going to the Rose Bowl. Go Noles!
Go Ducks!!
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 15, 2014, 6:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Anaheim, Calif

Message: My friend Larry Cuiper, hope you had a nice Birthday. Happy Birthday Larry
Happy Birthday Larry
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 14, 2014, 3:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.

Message: Alan Kuegler, haven't heard that name for years. Lived just around the corner on 118th. Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Alan
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 13, 2014, 3:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Happy Birthday Larry Cuiper. Have a great day. Hope all is well with you!
Happy Birthday Lar'
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 13, 2014, 11:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: I guess he hasn't registered on the info system, but we do believe that today is Larry Cuiper's (HHS'60) birthday. We would like to wish him a very happy day. Larry has been a good friend since about the 4th grade. Here's to many more car shows!
Happy Birthday Larry, Have a great day. Birthday info is optional on Cougartown's Info System. If your birthday isn't showing up and you want it to, just log in and add it.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 13, 2014, 4:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl

Message: For whoever did the '63 reunion video, thanks. It was worth the wait. Wish I was there.
Hi Ernie, Rich Sloan HHS60 graciously did your 63 reunion video. Rich does lots of stuff for me, HHS, and Cougartown. He is one of those Hawthorne guys that loves where he came from. I don't say this enough but Thank You Richard for all you do to keep the early classes together.
Name: Stephanie Brito ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 12, 2014, 11:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: hall
Class: 1961
City & State: RPV, CA

Message: Happy birthday Cody....have another fabulous year....can't wait to see you again.
Happy Birthday Cody!!
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 12, 2014, 8:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Happy Happy Birthday to a good friend from the class of 62, Cody Soares. Hope you have a fun fun day, Cody.
Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 12, 2014, 5:23 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville

Message: FYI: the City of Hawthorne's TV station could be a tremendous source of free publicity. I can picture band spots. Interviews. Clips of athletic events. Cougar Booster Club would support all athletics, not just football. A Band Booster Club also has unlimited fund raising potential. Board of Directors for each. Push the motto "It's a Great Day to be a Cougar." Good Luck!
Another good idea Mary Ann, thanks again.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 11, 2014, 8:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Class of 63, your 50 Year Reunion videos are finally up. Thanks for your patience.
Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 11, 2014, 2:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Great ideas! An free auctioneer really helps. Silent auction items on donated items - such as college autographed footballs - can be money makers, as well as larger items such as four wheelers, golf carts, good seats for pro or college athletic games, flat screen tvs. etc. Can you believe $750 won a reserved season's parking space right next to the entrance gate where I live? Big bucks in getting your kid to be game captain for a game or cheerleader for a game. Then, you can win the right to design a play to be used in a game or to sit in the press box for an HHS game. Throw in a $20 ticket which includes a guest speaker and(food donated) nice meal at a school cafeteria and with lots of advertising, you're looking at $20,000 plus. It takes a lot of hard work and the athletes MUST be involved - picking up donations, serving food and beverages, set up and clean up - you name it. It works and is a ton of fun!
Yes I would say whatever we do, the band members will be involved. Thanks Mary Ann for more great ideas.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 11, 2014, 10:15 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA

Message: John, HHS is lucky to have you and Cougartown as a way to reach out to alumni for fundraising. Thank you for being here. You have options. You can just ask us to donate funds and the same alumni who always support these drives will chip in what they can or you can put some "fun" back in fundraising by organizing an event that will attract some who do not often contribute. My children all chose to go to parochial high schools that depend on fund raising to keep their doors open plus fund extracurricular sports and arts. They do both. On top of tuition, they asked us to pledge a "gift" AND they ran golf tournaments, casino nights, parent proms, Christmas dinners and many other fundraising events. Both Loyola HS and Notre Dame Academy let us use school facilities to run events so that we did not have overhead to a hotel. Would HHS permit you use of the new, beautiful cafeteria for a casino night/silent auction/raffle type event? People would have fun and could walk away knowing they had helped their alma mater. Just sayin.....
Hi Linda, These are all great ideas and will ask the powers at HHS if this is possible. I will let you know and thanks very much for your help.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 11, 2014, 8:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to a special gal... Joyce Savisky. Hope all is well and that you have a wonderful day!
Happy Birthday Joyce
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 11, 2014, 8:05 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: A great big Happy Birthday to my friend Joyce Savisky. Hope your day is filled with fun!
Happy Birthday Joyce
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 10, 2014, 11:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach

Message: A big, fun, special, and Happy Birthday to Mike Stallings. Hope you had a great day man...
Happy Birthday Mike
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 10, 2014, 1:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena

Message: Yes, to raise funds what about an online auction where you could reach a wider audience. Our classmates could donate items of value and you could auction them off online. Old bottles of wine, famous sport items, jewelry, old books, old cars, etc. The classmate donating the item would ship the item to the winning bidder. On the land values, i was talking percentages, not dollars. The percentages would be the same in most of California if you did not sell in the last 30 years.
Not a bad idea. Just wondering about taxes... ay need a 401(C3) to do that. I will check that out. Thanks Leo
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 10, 2014, 11:34 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: Maybe the band could put on a marching concert for the whole community and ask for a donation to attend. Putting the money towards new uniforms. Maybe get volunteers to sell snacks for profit.
Good one Marilyn, thank you.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 9, 2014, 9:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena

Message: Please understand that I was not trying to make a political statement, just as a former educator, a factual statement on what local parents and community members had to face with the passage of Prob 13 in regard to public education. As parents 25 years ago and part of the local PTA, as an example, we had to raise and fund music and PE teachers for the grade school. I live in a rich district, so now the parent groups can raise $250,000 in a single fundraiser. We have the best football fields money can buy. That is all private money. Hawthorne High parents can not do that. My house values over 30 years has gone up 900%, but my property taxes only 60%, I just think there is room to improve the educational experience for all districts. Just tweak Prob 13 a little. Just a FYI - School Bonds are for construction only and are an add on to your property tax bill.
May sound a little condescending to Hawthorne people, Leo Now that we know how your property values have climbed and your district can raise a quarter of a million over night and what school bonds are used for, do you have any ideas on how we can raise money for uniforms for the indigent Hawthorne High band members?
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 9, 2014, 2:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: One program at HHS that seems to have gone the way of the Dodo is the cheerleaders. Not due to lack of uniforms. I think it is lack of competent leadership. I have been to a number of HHS games in recent year and thanks to movies like " Bring "It On", the cheerrleaders seem to think they are in a "sport" thats sole purpose is cheer competitions. At HHS I have yet to see the cheerleaders try to get the stands involved. The administrators wonder why the student body avoids attending football games. It's just not much fun! The competitiveness of the football team has improved in recent years but the students who attend don't feel involved thanks to the cheerleaders who no longer"lead cheers". The footbball players would surely appreciate a little verbal support from the stands. I know I did. It would make the evening a better event for the student body too. I remember as a freshman and sophomore looking forward to the games as a social event to hang out with friends, pick up on girls and yell down the snotty kids from Costa or Beverly or Rolling Hills swith " We got spirit yes we do!" I aknowledge times have changed but when the current cheerleaders come out , put on some hideous rap music and do a poor performance it is depressing!
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 9, 2014, 1:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles
No E-mail
Message: There are a few of my friends from HHS who will remember that HHS did not have funds for band uniforms in 1968-69 and were using tattered and torn uniforms purchased many years before. I recall several events that the band stepped out in Levi's and white shirts with a red bandana tied around their neck. Was it a lack of funds? Perhaps the changing of the gaurd (Fred left that year and Alex came to power)??? Fred tired of fighting and Alex was fresh and new? It was the following year that the uniforms went from Scarlet to Black.... Just saying!
Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 8, 2014, 7:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Even with the present economics, fund raising's necessary and fun. There are boat loads of grant money available for most anything. Go on line for that process. Raise money in community events - food/beverage and game booths. Sponsor and promote activities such as 5k-10 walk/runs, halftime basketball three point shot contests - you pay to play, operate a snack stand for all athletic events - love those outdoor grilled burgers, fashion shows, ETC. Booster clubs for sports and band. "Gently" approach Hawthorne clubs who operate under a Presidents Council - there's probably over 100. If anyone wants more information on booster clubs - email me. I live in a small town that raises thousands and thousands of dollars for our junior and senior high students athletes, including girls.
Hi Mary Ann, The uniforms are a short 400 a piece and I think we need about 90. It would be nice if we could break it up into about 4 separate groups (booster type or maybe local civic groups). Also the band members themselves. I've never fund raised but am sure there are people doing this all the time. If anyone has, and knows how, please let us know the particulars.
Name: Kevin Young ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 8, 2014, 6:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Newbury Park, CA

Message: I'm not sure that finding funding for HHS Band Uniforms is my problem to solve. The registered voters in the district elected the school board and then the board felt that an outrageous salary to the Superintendent and rebuilding the school were the best ways to spend their limited funds. So I guess the kids get a new school and a fat cat superintendent instead of decent funding for extracurricular activities. The parents can either fund raise to make up the difference or the kids can do without. As Mick would say "you can't always get what you want". Ok, now the rest of you can call me heartless.......
Hi Kevin, No it's not your problem...it's mine.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 8, 2014, 4:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: The Serrano I (1971) and Serrano II (1976) California Supreme Court rulings had a lot more to do with local school funding than did Prop. 13.
Ok leaving POLITICS and Supreme Court rulings aside, if the initial question was "How do we get funding for "Band Uniforms", what would be your answer?
Name: Ron Treat ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 8, 2014, 4:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Chula Vista,CA

Message: Go to Transparent California to check salaries and pensions to see where some of your tax dollars are going. Thanks to Unions that donate heavily to our elected officials campaigns, they get pretty much what they want while the kids get what's left. In some States your property taxes go to zero or are greatly reduced at age 65..........because you have done enough.
Name: Sharon Stein ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 8, 2014, 11:38 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Friddle
Class: 1968
City & State: Wiseburn

Message: I know Cougartown is not intended to be a forum for political issues, but I feel I must defend Prop 13. Limiting the amount the State can raise your property taxes each year has kept the majority of homeowners in California in their homes. Many districts have passed school bonds to increase school budgets. But, beyond the inflated Superintendent's salary, other things that did not need big budgeting 'back-in-the-day' such as big lawyer fees, security costs, more special needs students being more mainstreamed than in our day along with a host of other issues, also take away from the extra activities many of us remember. Sooo, I guess I'm saying, keep any eye on your local school's finances or you could end up like Centinela Valley.
Sharon, I think the point was that school funding was cut back about the time Prop 13 came in. No defending necessary
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 7, 2014, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Hey Jan, Happy Birthday my friend. I hope your lovely wife fixed you a nice breakfast this morning. Have a terrific day.
Happy Birthday Janny WCF!!
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 7, 2014, 10:26 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks

Message: Janny Wanny Chicken Fanny!! Happy birthday to one of the really good guys!! Miss Judy must be falling all over herself to spoil you rotten! Like she says, love the snot outta ya! This year of your life is likely to be one of your best ever. XOXO
Happy Birthday Janny!!!
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 7, 2014, 9:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy birthday to Jan Blomsterberg. Hope you have a great day!
Happy Birthday Jan!!
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 7, 2014, 9:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker, Az

Message: Somewhere in my travels over the years I lost my HHS class ring. Every now and then I hit the internet and try to search to see if it turns up. One site I check is Jostens Lost and Found. While I haven't yet found mine, I noticed a few "Found" rings from HHS. If anyone knows these folks, please tell them that Jostens has their ring, and they can claim it if they want: 2002 Joseph Legghio, 2000 Shawn Lewis, 2000 Sarah J. Smith. While they may be from a different HHS or Hawthorne High, it's possible they are one of our Cougars.
Thanks Alan, I didn't know there was a lost and found for school rings.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 6, 2014, 2:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: Blaming Prop. 13 for the state's financial woes is completely off the mark. The state was taxing homeowners out of their homes before its passage. The real problem rests with the priorities the politicians have set. Besides things like the superintendent's $700,000 salary (as John mentioned), the bullet train to nowhere and others, the trouble began when public sector unions bled the state coffers dry with the extravagant pensions and other perks they obtained from their patrons in the legislature. Beside those, we have so many unfunded liabilities and bond measures that stupid people voted for. Take a good look at Detroit and other such places and you can see where we're headed.
There are 10,737 public and private high schools in the state. Say an average of 70 people in a high school band would be about 750,000 band uniforms needed for every high school. For the price of Alex Rodriguez's last contract every high school in CA could have new uniforms. The state will spend 40 times that amount on a "train to nowhere".
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 5, 2014, 9:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, California

Message: Just a follow up note on the state of public education in California; the death came in 1978 with the passage of Prop 13, that forced school districts to cut back on non-class room expenses such as sports and the arts. As a former school board member I felt supplying funds for the arts and sports was especially important for those kids who would not be going on to college or a trade school.. Over time our society realized that teachers needed to be paid more for their services and usually Administrators were also tied to union increases, so the sports, arts, and transportation budgets were hit hard. I would agree that the big salaries for adminstrators seem too high. To me salary differences between districts should be based on the number of students and the apparent safety of the students. I can not relate (both as a former student and as a parent) to having to pass through a metal detector to gain entry to my school. But terrible things can happen anywhere.
There are plenty of schools playing sports with fine equipment and fine looking halftime bands. Take a look at Samohi or Long Beach Poly. It seems CA can spend billions on a bullet train from Bakersfield to Fresno but don't have funding for a band uniform.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 5, 2014, 9:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: For all you early 60s Hawthorne High sports fans out there, the video of the 2009 HHS Sports Reunion held in Redondo Beach has just been added. Enjoy.
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 4, 2014, 2:38 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: John, thanks again regarding your efforts to make our 1964 50th reunion such fun. I heard there, while at the picnic, a rumor that next year there might be a multi-year reunion from the early 60's (maybe a cruise). Any truth to the rumor? That would be so fabulous.
Hi Pat, No I haven't heard anything regarding an early 60s multi-year. Sounds like a fun idea and if any rumblings are heard, they'll certainly be posted right here. Thanks for the heads up and I'll be listening.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 3, 2014, 4:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: The Class of 64 - 50 year reunion videos are on the website. Thanks again to all who participated.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 3, 2014, 10:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Happy Birthday to Denny Unfried and Avery Knapp. I hope you both have a fun day.
Happy Birthday Denny and Avery!!
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 3, 2014, 7:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA

Message: Trolling for Cougars... Ginny & I recently went on a Panama Canal cruise... with ports in Ft. Lauderdale, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico before ending up in San Diego... I wore my new Cougar shirt often just to see if I could attract a HHS Cougar or two along that route somewhere... No HHS contact anywhere along the route... Guess they were all waiting for the more experienced Cougar finders...
Hey Mike, No Cougars south of the border. Now if you'd had your Pumatown shirt on....
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 2, 2014, 11:30 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Tentative plans for the 1965 and 1975 reunions have been made and are on the Reunions page. If you are in one of these classes, please take a look. As plans are revised they will be added to that page so stay tuned. Please make sure your address info is correct on the Cougartown Info System as these classes will want to make contact with classmates. If you are not on the Alumni List you can't be contacted so please go here to add yourself to the Alumni List.
If any other classes are having reunions in 2015, please email me with your information and I will add it to the Reunions page. Thanks Cougs
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 2, 2014, 9:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks CA
No E-mail
Message: This is a disgrace, Debbie. I immediately called Mister Google and gave him a piece of my mind. Actually there is a place to report such errors right on the map and I did just that. As they have the address right and have just misplaced the marker I would hope they will get it corrected quickly.
Not a big piece I hope His first name is Barney and he has Googley eyes.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 2, 2014, 9:47 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Yes Marilyn you got all your facts correct. John and I were invited to attend a reunion of those teams a few years back. Just like Clark, these guys remembered every detail of their games that year. Good times.
Name: Debbie Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 2, 2014, 8:17 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire, CA

Message: Anybody have any pull with google? They moved our school!
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 11:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: Regarding CIF- The first year we had a varsity team was 53/54 and we won the league and played in 2 CIF games. 1st game in the playoffs was lost miserably to Carpenteria with no score from Hawthorne. I was at that game and very disappointed. The next year we took the league again and was in the playoffs. In 55/56 we won CIF. All under the coaching of Chauncey and Capelouto. (Hope I got my facts right) We were all so proud of our teams and coaches. Football and Basketball were a huge part of our high school experiences.
Thanks Marilyn, yes you did get the facts correct. It's really odd how a new school at the time could have reached the CIF playoffs, but we did it twice in our first 2 years of competition. Really remarkable.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 4:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: I totally agree with the need for these sports, etc programs to create well-rounded kids. However, not all schools are in the same boat in Ca apparently. Our little high school up in the mountains has lots of sports going on (although their football team...not so good regardless of the nice uniforms). The band has brand new uniforms and the yell leaders as well. Two granddaughters with full- ride golf academic/scholarships and one grandson with academic/swimming scholarship. California could do a lot more, but we are not the OC or SF area up here and there really is opportunity that seems to come with a lot of hard work. I agree, parents and grandparents need to stay involved and have their voices heard by the kids and the schools, our folks sure did.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 3:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, OR.

Message: What Mary Ann and John said about the present and how surreal it seems. But now since you brought it up I will have to head to the basement and start looking for the the two foot long splinters of the Samo High cross bar. We ripped it to the ground like ..well a wooden goal post of the day should be. Also I kept an original 3X4 ft schedule with all the game scores in marker pencil. And its hard to admit it, but I lost my white Chuck Taylors from that night..
I have that 3X4 hanging right here in Cougartown central. It too has all the scores marked on it. Your Chuck Taylors, I wore out about 40 years ago.
Name: Mary Ann Walton-martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 2:14 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: The sad thing about the financial woes of California is about who it affects. It's no fault of the schools and students. It's just so tragic that the lifestyle and extra curricular and traditions as we knew it in the '60s and '70s has been destroyed. No football team, no cheerleaders, band or drill team, etc. It's a tragic cycle. Those who say "they're there for an education" just don't understand the need for the well rounded education and clubs, band, sports, etc. are so important, more than ever now, in my opinion. I look at the students in this rural community and the scholarships and other opportunities through academics, clubs, band and athletics and appreciate the scholarships available to both boys and girls. I apologize for the length of my comments, but it's a sad state of affairs for the young people in CA and I know we all know what it could and should be.
I totally agree with you Mary Ann. We always had sparkling uniforms (football, baseball, band, cheerleader, flag girl, etc). Plenty of elective type programs, the Knights, the Diaconians. Also our parents were greatly involved either through youth sports ie Little, Middle, Pony League, scouting, both boys and girls programs, the PTA, civic groups, etc. It seems todays parents do not get involved like the 50s-70s parents. The Superintendant gets $700,000 plus a year and the band members have no uniforms? What is with that mentality?
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Being a little Sophomore at the time, attending the HHS/SAMO game was a not to be forgotten experience and made me a football fan for life!
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 12:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Just wanted to put a little different spin on comparing these two football events. I have said several times on Cougartown that '59 game made all of us want to play football. Several of the assistant pros up at Palos Verde's GC told me that they were at the 70s game and then played in the late 70s. Sounds like these two games were more similar than different.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 11:40 am - HHS Time
Maiden: jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: hesperia, ca

Message: AMEN MARY ANN, IT WAS A NIGHT TO BEHOLD!!! PURE MAGIC
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 9:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA

Message: A BIG Happy Birthday today to good buddy, Don Burns. Have a fun day, Don.
Name: Bob Poorman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 8:43 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Poorman
Class: 1977
City & State: Wayzata

Message: Haven't chimed in for ages but Clark's post hit the mark. So many friends, neighbors and classmen (and women if that need be said). Although I was an underclassmen to all of these, many were great friends but all of them studs! RIP to my good friend Danny, Bruce you were the coolest wherever you ended up, John you were the big brother I never had, Kurt it was good seeing you again last month and you're still the biggest/baddest, Leo the wing man and a hell of a baseball player and to the rest of the crew that I grew up with you guys rocked!
Thanks Bob, funny how these friends from high school resonate still, as our first sports heroes.
Name: Mary Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 1, 2014, 5:48 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Good recap, Clark! However, the Cougar's 1959-60 upset of Santa Monica High on their turf was right up there in the greatest HHS games ever, too! GO COUGARS!
Yes 55 years and 10 days ago Hawthorne beat Santa Monica 14-12 and stepped right into the CIF championship. I, and I'm sure Mary Ann, was there. In my opinion, both great games in HHS football history. Also, in looking at the star running backs in these respective victories, Hawthorne coaches need to look for someone with a name close to Reale or Rael
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 30, 2014, 1:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: I would be remiss if I did not post on Cougartown that yesterday was an auspicious day in HHS football history. It was forty years ago, November 29th, 1974 that the '74 varsity football team took Halcap field in a CIF quarterfinal playoff game to face #1 state ranked Loyola high school. It was a magic night, spirits were high and the biggest crowd I have ever seen at Halcap, 10,000 according to one paper filled the stands and the crowd was five deep on Broadway trying to watch the game. It was a hard fought game and the only HHS touchdown came from our star running back Dan Rael on our classin 10- fly sweep play with Danny outrunning all their defensive backs to the goal line. Late in the fourth quarter we led 10-7 but Loyola was driving down the field in hopes of one more touchdown to win the game. They threw a short pass across the middle to their all CIF running back Fred Brown who was immediately hit by Ted Hastings and fumbled the ball with our Robertt Armbrust recovering and we ran out the clock to secure the victory over an undefeated and top-ranked team. I had the best teammates of my life on that team, Dale Hahlbeck, Tom Fowler, Greg Rice, John Deriko, Rick Schneider, Dennis Gonsalves, Ralph Fallone, Robert Armbrust, Ernie Castro and our all underclass backfield with speedy Danny Rael at tailback, sophomore Kurt Morlock at fullback, Leo Lasala at wingback and the outstanding Bruce Chancey at quarterback guiding the offense. The school was on fire the whole week after the victory. Everyone was especially proud to be a Cougar. That spirit still has a warm glow forty years later!
Makes me proud just to read the story, Clark, thanks for weaving it into the Feedback page. I don't know why it's taken this long to tell it
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 29, 2014, 11:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach

Message: There was a status posted on Facebook today by Pauline Jefson and I have not seen it on CT as yet and thought it worthy of note here. It posted as follows; "I was not sure where to post this but since it has to do with our class, this is the best place. I received a call from Amber Overhauser a bit ago and her husband passed away last month. She was unable to attend the reunion due to his illness. She is feeling a bit lonely this holiday season and could use a friendly voice. If anyone wants her phone number, please send me a private message". Pauline, Its my hope that anyone who may have contact with Amber or want to contact her you will contact Pauline on FB so you can reach out. Personally I extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to Amber and her family. Know that you are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 27, 2014, 9:13 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Wishing all of you a very Blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy family, food and friends and all that we have been blessed with. Also Happy Birthday to my newly found Cougar "neighbor"...Tom Buckingham. Have a wonderful day.
Happy Thanksgiving Janet and Happy Birthday Tom.
Name: Mary Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 27, 2014, 6:22 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Blessed Thanksgiving wishes to each and all. Special thanks to our men and women in the military and their families, too. Thanksgiving shouldn't be limited to one day.
Happy Thanksgiving Mary Ann
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 26, 2014, 9:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca

Message: Hello everyone wishing all Cougs a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours have a great day be safe
Hi Cindy, Well thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 25, 2014, 10:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca

Message: I am so sorry to hear of Steve Mears' passing. He was a great guy. RIP Steve.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 25, 2014, 12:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: Roy and Steve Mears grew up at 5309 West 123rd Street.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 25, 2014, 8:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA

Message: Thank you, Jim, for the update on Steve Mears. I think he grew up in the Del Aire neighborhood and was very active in sports. RIP
And a Happy Belated Birthday to you Linda, hope you had a fun day.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 24, 2014, 11:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks
No E-mail
Message: The majority of the Hawthorne street name change from state names to numbers occurred on May 5,1938 as proclaimed by Fred Hauser the Mayor at the time. This also included changing Rose to Roselle and upgrading Hawthorne from a street to an avenue.
Thanks Jerry for that info. I also heard from Denny Unfried that the address change was between 1964 and 66.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 24, 2014, 1:45 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: John, thanks for posting that 1938 map of Hawthorne. Besides the different street names, the address numbers are also different. From the old map, I lived on the 5900 or 6000 block of 129th Street. By the time my family lived there, it was already changed to the 4900 block. Wonder who decided to makes the subsequent changes?
Hi Armand, I believe the city decided, in the mid 60s, to make the numbering system coincide with the Los Angeles numbering system, making it easier to find an address. The old system required you to know that addresses were numbered north and south from El Segundo Bl and east and west from Hawthorne Bl. (west to Inglewood Av), making a little tough on out-of-towners trying to find gramma's house. The street name change came in the late 30s or early 40s and were probably done for the same reason. If anyone knows the actual year the street names were changed, please let us know.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 23, 2014, 9:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: I was in an antique store in Hermosa today and found an HHS lettermans jacket. The letter was gone and no name anywhere but they were asking 470! In '73 when I got mine I'm sure it did not cost over $60!
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 23, 2014, 8:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang Ca

Message: Steve Mears graduated from HHS in 1966 and went into the Marines almost immediately. He was severely injured sometime after arriving in Vietnam. I caught up with him in or about 1997 he was living in PV. He said he had memory loss and was still fighting some medical issues. He was a good guy and a hero. God bless you buddy.
Here is a link for Steve Mears' obituary.
Thanks Jim.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Nov 23, 2014, 10:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena

Message: In regard to Steve, the Newspaper said 1965, but you of course are expert on Cougars!
Not really, in adding Steve to the Tributes page, wanted to make sure of the year and the correct Steve Mears. Thanks Leo.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 22, 2014, 3:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: hesperia, ca

Message: front row---Carol Coombs, Becky Donahoe, Royal Lord, Joanne Mote, Carol Wickwire, Mary Ann Walton, Carol Erickson, Sandra Caselli Back Row---Betty Bell, Maridel Johnson, Colleen Horne, Dick Dixon, ?, ?, Gerri Donahue, Larry Smith, Koenraad Debruyker, ?
Very good Sue, You have won the grand prize, You get to clean the blackboards (do they still have those in school?) The other two are Charlotte Newcomb and Deanna Peterson. Thanks for playing.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 22, 2014, 12:40 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ainsworth
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena

Message: Is that Johnnie Johnson in the back row (Far Right)?
Yes it is Leo.

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