Gyasi Zardes – Giving Back to Hawthorne

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.

Gyasi Zardes

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 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.


Another Trip Down Memory Lane in So Cal

I never really tire of looking at old photos and videos of what Southern Clifornia and the South Bay looked like fifty-plus years ago. This was not the last time we saw rain, but sometimes it seems like it.


This link to a slew of old photos was emailed me by classmate, Janet Sapp, or CrusinJan as her email handle reads. I thought you might enjoy them as well as I did. Most of the pictures not from the South Bay, but they certainly bring back many memories for me.

Thanks, Janet!

Lot of still photos, but worth it, some real gems here all the way to the end.


If you have some favorite links to old photos and videos you would like to share, include the link in a comment or email it to me.

Until next time…



Growing Up in the Fifties

I saw this originally posted on the Leuzinger 1964 group page on Facebook. But in case you are not on Facebook, or missed it there, here is the link to the YouTube video.  The video is just words and is of poor quality, but I really enjoy watching these types of videos, just the same.

I remember almost everything in this video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy New Year!


50/60s Theme for Our 50th Reunion?

I received an email suggesting that we adopt a 50/60s theme for our upcoming 50th Reunion, including dressing in the style of clothes we wore during high school. We could come dressed as surfers, hodads etc. Ths person had recently attended a  50/60s party and everyone really liked the idea and had a lot of fun with it.

We are already planning for the music of the evening to be Oldies But Goodies, so a having a 50/60s Theme would fit right in. However, if we were to adopt the theme, dressing the part would be totally optional. The reunion committee thought that this should be decided by the class as a whole.

I have included the poll below. Please take a moment to voice your opinion, even if you are unsure right now whether or not you will be able to attend the reunion.  The poll will be active through Sunday, January 20th. The poll also allows you to add any comments you may have.

Let us know what you think!

Memories of Southern California

These photos were forwarded to me by our classmate Janet McClelland Sapp. I don’t know how many PeeChee folders I bought from our Student Store, but it was a lot.

To fit into this format some of the photos have been cropped on their right side. To see the non-cropped photos CLICK HERE. 

For those of you who may have grown up around here (or not; weird and cool at the same time)…




Behold! We’re At the Drive-In 1958

Thrifty Drug Store – Southern California 1940’s

Orange County, California – 1969

Los Angeles, 1940’s – Christmas on Broadway

Hollywood and Vine early 1950s

Figueroa Tunnels, Los Angeles 1940s – Later became the Pasadena Freeway, the 1st Freeway in the U.S.

Helms Bakery Truck

Snow in downtown Los Angeles, 1949

Clifton’s Cafeteria – Interior, West Covina, California, 1968

Market Basket – Studio City, California 1960’s

Shoppers at Eastland Shopping Center, West Covina, Ca -March 1958

Pacific Sands Development, Huntington Beach, California – 1950’s

cCucamonga, California – 1950’s


Rainy Day in L.A. – 1950s

L.A. 1950’s

c1960. Case Study House 22. Stahl residence at 1635 Wood Drive, Los Angeles. Architect Pierre Koenig. Color transparency by Julius Shulman

When Life was Pee Chee in School

L.A. City Hall Under Construction, 1928

L.A. COUNTY FAIR – Fun Zone 1962


Manhattan Beach, California 1957

Hollywood Freeway, 1940s-50s

Venice Beach, 1930


L.A. Hollywood 1962 Capitol Records Building

L.A. – Looking north on Main



L.A. – 2nd and Hill St. 1950s


Los Angeles 1898 – Third and Hill


Metro and the Mart, 1962

L.A. 1956

Going to Disneyland!

L.A. – Sunset Cafe 1930’s

L.A. – Bunker Hill / Angels Flight area 1940s

Virginia Dare Winery, Cucamonga, California 1910


Los Angeles 1960s Ralphs

1935 L.A. Area Map (Texaco Gas)

Googies Restaurant and San Carlos Hotel – downtown L.A.


Wilshire Blvd – Miracle Mile 1950s, Los Angeles, California


MODERN SHOPPING CENTER, 1961 – Ventura, California

L.A. – S. Broadway, 1957


El Monte Hospital, 1930’s

Early mid century TV moment

L.A. – Wilshire 1954

Los Angeles 1950s 101

Los Angeles 1950s Hollywood Bowl Traffic

RCA Indian Head test pattern

cLakewood Center 1950s

Tumbleweed Theater, El Monte, California – 1939

Thrifty Drug Store – Southern California, 1960’s

Los Angeles Streetcar 1949

Food Giant Grand Opening, 1951

Cucamonga, California 1955

L.A. River drag racing 1950s




Do You Know Barb and Bob?

John Baker is the creator of the, one of the best places for a nostalgic glimpse of what it was like growing up in the 60s in the South Bay, especially Hawthorne. True, it is the Hawthorne High School website, but after 50 years, I don’t let deter me from reliving that time by visiting the site occasionally. If you have not explored it, I would strongly suggest doing so.

At any rate, today I got the following email from John.

Hi Don,
Long time since we last talked.
I received an email from a guy who lives in England. He had found a photo album in Venice CA in 1990 and is trying to find out who the people are in the photos. All his detective work points to the Hawthorne area. Thought I would check with you and your group to see if you would know either of these two people. These were taken in 1968 and the people have what looks to be a 4 year old. I’m thinking they would have graduated around our era. I have posted this info on Cougartown and maybe you could add it to the 63 Leuzinger site.
The Blog where all the info is, can be found here:
Any help would be appreciated and please let me know if you, or any of your group know these people.
Thanks for the help Don,
John Baker


Does either Barb or Bob look familiar? As John states, they may not even be from the South Bay.

If you click on the link in his email, there some additional deduced details about them and a few photos of the local area taken during the 60s.

If you think that you have some information that may help to locate either Barb or Bob, please email John Baker at It would be interesting to us to also post a comment here.

It is an interesting mystery.

Cool Video Courtesy of Paul Jorgensen

I got the link for this video from our classmate, Paul Jorgensen a week or so ago. It gets me excited about our 50th Reunion.

Our reunion is coming going to be here for you know it. Look at the big countdown icon on the left. It is now less then one year away. If you have not ordered your ticket, I urge you to do so. Remember, the early bird special does not last forever.