Do you "remember when, things were really hummin'?" You did if you were lucky enough to make it to our 50th Class Reunion. We took "A Walk Down Memory Lane" when we walked the halls of our Alma Mater on 8/5. We finished up with dinner on 8/6, entertainment and lots of reconnections with classmates from 50 years ago! Here are some more memories from 1967...
Firsts for 1967:
- World's first heart transplant
- First ATM
- Monterey International Pop Music Festival
- Teachers strikes througout the country for pay increases
- First Super Bowl played between Green Bay Packers & Kansas City Chiefs
- Six Day War: Arab forces attack Israel, beginning the Yom Kippur War
Cost of living:
- Average cost of new house: $14,250
- Average income per year: $7,300
- Average monthly rent: $125
- Gas per gallon: 33 cents
- Average cost of a new car: $2,750
- Movie tickets: $1.25
- Polaroid camera: $50
- Federal minimum wage increased to $1.40 an hour
Major news stories:
Loving vs. Virginia:
- The continued presence of American troops increased further and a total of 475,000 were serving in Vietnam. Pease rallies multiplied as the number of protestors increased.
- Boxer Muhammed Ali was stripped of his boxing world championship for refusing to be inducted into the US Army.
- In the middle east, Israel also went to war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the 6 day war and when it was over, Israel controlled and occupied a lot more territory than before the war.
- Once again, in the sumer, cities throughout America exploded in rioting and looting..the worst being in Detroit on 7/23 where 7,000 national Guard were brought in to restore law and order on the streets.
- In England a new type of model became a fashion sensation by the name of Twiggy.
- Mini skirts continued to get shorter and even more popular with a short lived fashion being 'paper clothing'.
- Discotheques and singles bars appeared across cities around the world and the Beatles continue to reign supreme with the release of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
- This year was 'coined' the summer of love when young teenagers got friendly and smoked pot, grooving to the music of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Byrds.
- The movie industry moved with the times and produced movies that would appeal to this younger audience including The Graduate, Bonnie & Clyde and Cool Hand Luke.
- TV shows included The Fugitive and the Monkees. Color TV sets become popular as the price comes down and more programs are made in color.
The arguments in the Loving vs. Virginia case were argued at the US Supreme Court during April, 1967. The case centered on Mildred Jeter & Richard Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia that got married in Washington D.D. in the late '50's. When they went back to VA, they were charged with breaking the state's law which banned interracial marriage and were jailed. The Lovings sued the state of VA and argued that the ban violated the 14th Amendment and was unconstitutional. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutiional and that they were solely based on racial discrimination. The Decision made interracial marrage legal throughout the US.
While it's been 50 years since we last roamed the halls of Liberty High School, and while Almart's and Subko's no longer exist, there is still some "high school" that exists inside all of us, just begging to be reawakened and set free. Our 50th class reunion helped us all to remembered the 'good ole days' but also knowing that time does move on. They are great memories and will always be in our hearts, but we move forward knowing that better days are coming, as Gary Lavelle shared in his message to us.
To all those who didn't make it to the reunion...keep checking in on this website for future events. We have some ideas! Continue to connect through this website and the magic of email, the internet and cell phones. Don't lose touch!