It had been a while since I was last in Hawthorne, California. The last time I was there was when I picked up Sierra from the animal shelter back in 2015.
It had been even longer since I was last in the area of Hawthorne where I lived. But today I went to Hawthorne to attend the celebration of life memorial for Cougartown's John Baker, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home.
|Above, the Hawthorne VFW. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Cougartown, the Hawthorne High School alumni website, was started by Baker in 1999. There was one very well-received announcement made: the Cougartown website will continue! It will be going full throttle "once the dust settles".
I briefly visited with friends Linda Huthmaker and Larry Bach.
|Above, with Wayne Dickey (class of 1969). Photo by Dennis Kilroy.|
After leaving the memorial, I decided to cruise around to see a few of my former "haunts".
The first was a drive-by of my former residence on 129th Street:
Next, a cruise by Hawthorne High School. It looks vastly different than when I attended there.
After this, I went down to Hawthorne Blvd. There's not too many businesses that operated there during the days I lived in Hawthorne, but one place that is familiar and still in business is Phil's Bike Shop.
Here's Phil's Bike Shop across the street:
After my little tour, I stopped by at a friend Les's house. Fortunately, he was home at the time. We had a very pleasant visit.
Then, it was fighting heavy traffic as I made my way back to the San Fernando Valley.
Photos of John Baker's Celebration of Life can be found here.