I have to admit that I did not know who Gyasi Zardes was until I read an article about him in this morning’s LA Times.
Since one of my granddaughter, Lucy, plays soccer, I do follow her exploits, and to a lesser extent women’s soccer. But I do not know much about the sport beyond that. I do not follow the local Galaxy MLS team. Additionally, I have never even heard of futsal.
This article introduced me to Gyasi Zardes and the great work he is doing for Hawthorne and kids growing up there. Gyasi went to Leuzinger, staring in both soccer and football.
Reading this article brought back many fond memories of Hawthorne and the surrounding area. I was a coach at Memorial Park for the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Department during college. I also grow up in Moneta Gardens – an unincorporated part of Hawthorne. Things were different then.
As it turns out, about a week ago I dropped by a life celebration for John Baker, the father of www.cougartown.com. This website is a must place to visit for anyone wanting to relive growing up in the South Bay.
The gathering was held at the Fosters Freeze (yes its still there) near 119th and Hawthorne Blvd. This was the local hangout for Hawthorne High students, where we from Leuzinger tended to gather at A&W – at least I did.
Almost right across Hawthorne is Chips restaurant – one of my favorite places to end a date. Much has changed along the boulevard since the 60s, but these two landmarks have endured.
I am afraid I have to pass on some very sad news.
Derek, Ilona’s husband, passed away on January 1st. I am sure many of you knew Derek, from past reunions.
He had fallen about 3 weeks earlier and was taken to emergency where they found dire health concerns. He was in intensive care for about 2 weeks, then moved to a “recovery facility”. It was more than he could come back from.
Below is a photo taken from a recent reunion in 2014. Derek is in the front row on the right.
Gini went to Vegas to see Tina’s recent show she and her family put on. Here are her comments and a photo she emailed me.
The band was great. Tina. Phil. 2 daughters Who are soooooo Talented.
The 3rd Annual LHS Class of 1961-1964 Summer Reunion Party, hosted by Gini, is coming faster than you might think. It will be on Saturday, September 24th. Below (and attached) is the latest flyer produced by Ron Secory (62). It contains the information you need to reserve your spot.
Remember, as you send in your reservation to Gini, please email Ron, saying you have done so. His email address is email@example.com
Also, please invite at least one additional friend to the reunion party by forwarding this email or the flyer.
If you are going to be in Vegas next week, you’ve got to take in this concert! Our Class of ’63 Sports Queen, Tina, her husband Phil Volk (Fang), members of their family and band will be performing live on April 16th.
I understand Gini is going to take in the show as well. My Vegas trip was too early by a couple of weeks.
The LHS Class of 1966 is celebrating their 50th Reunion this summer. To cap off their reunion, they are holding an All Alumni Gathering on August 21st, at Alondra Park.
For those of you on Facebook, you may have already seen the event posted on one of the Leuzinger pages. For Facebook members, I believe the link below will get you to the event notice.
For those of you not on Facebook, here are the details for the gathering.
Alondra Park, 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Boulevard Lawndale, CA 90260
Bring own food/drink/chairs, building behind the alumni is the office/bathrooms
A container to collect pocket change/ or $1 to cover the reservation will be on the table, please contribute a little bit.
Join us for the ending of our 50th Reunion!
No Alcohol or Loud Music allowed.
Did you know that the sport of Base Jumping started in Hawthorne by Carl Boenish? I didn’t. I came across this in a post on Facebook, so I thought I would share it here for those of you who are not on Facebook.
On January 17th, CNN is going to televise the movie, “Sunshine Superman”, that tells the story of Carl and Jean Boenish.
Click on the figure to view the DVD trailer.
On September 19th, Gini Yegsigian hosted the the second annual LHS Summer Reunion Party. This year the party was open to the graduating classes of 1961-1964.
About 70 people attended this year, which was a tremendous increase over last year’s group. I suspect future editions are going to be the must-attend event of the summer.
If you were not able to attend this year, there is an 11-minute DVD that will clearly show you the fun you missed. The DVD was compiled and produced from the many photos contributed by several people by Ron Secory and Don Stouder. Those who went to the reunion will be receiving their DVD shortly.
For those of you who were not able to attend, you can receive a copy for $5 by sending a check payable to Don Stouder at the address below.
26812 Via Desmonde
Lomita, CA 90717
That’s right, the class list has now been expanded to cover Leuzinger graduating classes from 1961 through 1964.
Also, Gini’s phone number is somewhat hard to read in the flyer. It is (949) 830-3351. It will help us out if you would begin to RSVP. It is not necessary to send any money yet. You can send it later, or pay at the door. We’re just trying to get a handle on how many people to expect.
There has already been a lot of interest. If you are planning to attend from out of town, there are hotels nearby, one quite close to Gini’s house with reasonable rates, the Fairfield Inn.