Hawthorne Happenings February 22, 20158

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Values and Behavioral Norms
With the recent school shootings and all the political back and forth about what can be done to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future, I would like to remind us of the way we used to be in this great country.  There used to be some “behavioral norms” or what some people would say, “American values” that were almost universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960’s.  I came across this list of values that some of us are old enough to remember: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake.  Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness.  Go the extra mile for your employer or client.  Be a patriot, ready to serve the country.  Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable.  Avoid coarse language in public.  Be respectful of authority.  Eschew substance abuse and crime.  Wow!  How much have we swayed from these in recent decades? We follow the lead of Hollywood and live searching for happiness and pleasure.  Most of these “old-time” values have their roots in the bible.  Read Proverbs or review the Ten Commandments and you will see that honoring our mother and father means to show respect for authority, loving others means to be charitable and civic minded.  Can we revert our entire country back to these truths? No.  Can we take sin and evil out of everyone’s heart?  No.  But by the grace of God, as individuals, we can return to the values that make for a more peaceful life.  America’s pastor, the Rev. Billy Graham was called to be with our Lord and Savior yesterday.  He had a simple message for all: repent and believe in Jesus.   No matter what the horrible news is tomorrow in our country, we can be assured that God will never leave us or forsake us and by living in his grace we can have that “peace that surpasses all understanding”.    

 Hawthorne Hall of Fame
Hawthorne is a very unique city.  I will put our list of hall of famers up against any town’s list in America.  The following amazing people and longtime businesses have been enshrined in the Hawthorne HOF in the past three years: Carl Boenish- BASE jumper, John Baker, Adolf Leuzinger, Jim Thorpe, Don Mcintire, Edding Brothers, Hawthorne Nursery, Reese Walton, Coach Hal Chauncey, The Woman’s Club, Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros, Seers Lumber, Al Jarine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, David Marks, Jack Northrop, and Chris Montes.

Now, we need your help.  Review the following list of nominees and vote for two or three that you would like to see us enshrine this year at our HOF banquet that will be held at the Ayres Hotel on Saturday, May 19th.  Just send me an email back and tell me why you think this person deserves to be honored. See how many you know: Dr. James Kelsey, Dr. Jefferson Garner, Cliff Meidl, Robert Hartman, Dana Gioia, Vernon Herbst, Felix Peano, Rev. Orville Hiepler, Steve Port,   Oliver McCammon, James Mitchell, Clark Realty, Sociedad Jose Marti, Nick Vujicic, Continental Gourmet, Wally Nyman, Doug Robertson, H&C Disposal, Cora Travers, Wayne Bryan, Laven Insurance, Lococo’s Cockatoo Inn,    Philip’s Plumbing,  Pizza Show,  Victor’s Meat Market, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Curtis Conway, Fred Dryer, George Foster, Mike Gillespie, Hon. Glenn Anderson,  Hon. James Q. Wedsworth, Jim Herrick, Tracey Jones, Scott Laidlaw, Gorgious George, Louie Lopez,    Rudy Law, Quentin Tartantino, Gordon Martin,  Mike March, Ron Mix, Betta St. James, Gary Mykkanen, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Scott, Henry Thomas, Russell Westbrook, Dorrell Wright, Redd Kross Gyasi Zardes, Emmit Rhodes, Elliot Handler (Mattel) Harold Matson (Mattel) Ruth Handler (Mattel), Zoot Sims, Elon Musk, Chet Pipkin (Belkin) Ron Sugar (Northrop).  If you would like to nominate some other deserving person or business or organization having their history in Hawthorne then send me their name.  (Please, I know a few of my nine readers want to nominate me, but I’m still living and my entire body of work is not completed. You might have to wait until I kick the bucket since I AM one of those Hawthorne elected officials.)     

Kiwanis Club Special Guest Day
Want to get involved with your community and help make Hawthorne a better place to live and work?  The Kiwanis Club of Hawthorne is having a Special Guest Day luncheon on Friday, March 2nd starting at 12 noon at the Hawthorne Memorial Center.  I am an honorary member of this club and I can say that membership is full of fun, service and great comradery with others who share my passion for making Hawthorne better. Interested in attending?  Contact Don Harris at 310-293-6580 or hollyglendon@sbcglobal.net.  The special luncheon is an invitation to potential members who may wish to join the club.

Hawthorne’s “Hometown Pancake Breakfast”
Mark your calendars. Tell your cell phone to send you a reminder. Make a point to get out of bed early and come on over to the Hawthorne Museum on St. Patrick’s Day morning, Saturday, March 17 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The Hawthorne Historical Society will be holding our 4th Annual Hawthorne Hometown Pancake Breakfast.  How much better can it get than hot cakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee?  Bring your friends and family.  The price is right, $5 is all that you pay.                      

The “State of the City”Luncheon
Mayor Alex Vargas promises to keep his speech shorter than President Trump when he delivers his annual “State of the City” address on Wednesday, March 21st over at the Memorial Center.  Tickets to the luncheon are $50 per person and can be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce office.

Events coming up at the Hawthorne Library:

Notable Southern Californians in Black History- Author Talk by Robert Johnson - Saturday,  February 24, 2:00 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, Hawthorne Library presents author Robert Johnson who will present his latest book, Notable Southern Californians in Black History. Please join us as Mr. Johnson discusses this unique aspect of our region's past and the significant figures who shaped it.  

Chef Vivien Phung: Vietnamese Cooking - Saturday, March 10, 2:00 PM

Chef Vivien Phung will discuss the cuisine of Vietnam, answer your questions, and provide fresh cooked samples.

Cyber-Crime Presentation - Thursday, March 15, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn how to protect yourself and safeguard your data in this important presentation from the LA County District Attorney's Office. The LA County District Attorney has the largest local prosecutorial unit dedicated to computer-related crime in the nation and has been an international leader in the prosecution and investigation of high-technology crime.

 Norb can be contacted at: norbhuber@gmail.com