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GHS Class of '64

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Remembering...

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.”  --Cesare Pavese

These "Fifty Years Past Blasts" have stepped us through our senior year, bringing us here to the May/June edition and the memory of our June 4 graduation--the last time we stood together as a class.  Now, as I read the programs from Class Day and Commencement, the graduation edition of "The Avalanche" and "Taku", my memory of events is a haze.  I'm baffled that I don't remember which classmate I marched with, the speeches at commencement, or most events of the day. It's some consolation that fifty years is a long time, and I'm heartened that while I may not remember full events of the day, I do remember the "moment"-- being part of the group, sitting together for the last time, then standing and singing the "Alma Mater" together, as a class.  
  
Our class of '64, like all public school classes, was a collection of youngsters of a prescribed age grouped together as classmates whose families resided within the enrollment boundaries of our school. We may not have bonded with many nor associated outside of school, but we went through the system as a group, sharing time, space and the experiences of our era. The grade school photos collected for the Memory Book show the span of time some of our lives were entwined.  From the wiggling, giggling kindergartners to the senior photos in Taku, we are, and always will be, classmates--part of one another's past and the moments and faces we remember.  

Soon we have the chance to reunite with our class after fifty years. This milestone event feels like a rite of passage, like salmon swimming back upstream, drawn back from our "senior years" to our senior year, viewed through the lens of all that's happened in between. 

The posting date of this blog is the 50th anniversary of our graduation day, June 4, 1964, a day most of us reached together and celebrated together. Happy Anniversary!  What a trip we've all made!  What moments, after all this time, will most of us remember?  What memories will we discover at the reunion that we had forgotten?  Will we recognize the faces of our classmates?  Will they recognize ours? We may worry that we have gained weight, gone gray, or somehow won't measure up. But we're old enough to know that none of that matters. What matters is our GHS class of '64 together again for an evening of reunion. Each person in the class represents a memory with their presence and that evening we will make more memories still.  

When we left Glacier we never thought about living this long or how our school and classmates helped shape our lives. It will be meaningful and special to gather again as part of the group, to mark this life event together, and then stand and sing the "Alma Mater" together, as a class, like we did fifty years before.  We can't wait to see you all there!

FIFTY YEARS PAST BLAST:  
MAY/JUNE, 1964
Like a time capsule from fifty years ago, here’s a blast from our past: world news headlines, cultural trends, and Glacier happenings from our senior year.

We had arrived at the final weeks and days of our k-12 years.  The pace quickened as we drew near our commencement on Thursday, June 4.  It began to seem real that we were seeing classmates for the last time as we signed annuals and practiced walking the processional and recessional for Class Day and Commencement. Our senior year was coming to an end. 

In the rest of the country social unrest was escalating with racial conflict, anti-Vietnam protests, and Cold War escalation setting the stage for the future we would soon enter. 


NEWS HEADLINES

(Click on photos to enlarge)

MAY


-First BASIC Program Runs on a Computer (Dartmouth)

--U.S. Performs Nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

--First Major Student Demonstrations Against the Vietnam War--in Seattle, Boston, NYC, San Francisco, and Madison, Wisconsin

--Twelve young men in NYC publicly burn their draft cards in protest of the Vietnam War, the first such act of war resistance


--USSR Performs Nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk (USSR)

--US Diplomats Find At Least 40 Secret Microphones in Moscow Embassy

--US Begins Intelligence Flights Above Laos

--Lyndon B. Johnson Presents "Great Society" 


Lyndon B. Johnson
36th U.S. President

--Supreme Court Rules Closing Schools to Avoid Desegregation Unconstitutional

--The Charter of the Palestine Liberattion Organization (PLO) Released by The Arab League

--Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn Test Launched Into Earth Orbit

--18th Tony Awards:  "Luther" and "Hello, Dolly!" Win

--16th Emmy Awards: "Dick Van Dyke Show", Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore Win




JUNE


--Senator Barry Goldwater Wins the California Republican Presidential Primary Making Him the Overwhelming Favorite for the Nomination

--Rolling Stones Begin First U.S. Tour (With  Bobby Goldsboro and Bobby Vee)



--Queen Elizabeth Orders The Beatles to Her Birthday Party; They Attend

--Jack Nicklaus Wins British Open Golf Tournament

--Nelson Mandela Sentenced to Life in Prison in South Africa

--Civil Rights Act of 1964 Passes After 83-Day Filibuster in Senate

--Three Civil Rights Workers Disappear After Release From a Mississippi Jail;  Murdered by Local Klansmen and a Deputy Sheriff Near Philadelphia, Mississippi. 

--General Maxwell Taylor Appointed U.S. Ambassador in South Vietnam

--FTC Rules Health Warnings Must Appear On All Cigarette Packages

From this....

To this...!

--Organization for Afro-American Unity Formed in NY by Malcolm X


--First Draft of Star Trek's Pilot "Cage" Released

--Centaur 3 Launch Vehicle Fails to Make Earth Orbit

--The Catholic Church Condemns the Female Oral Contraceptive "The Pill"

--Jim Bunning Pitches a Perfect Game For the Philadelphia Phillies, the First in the National League Since 1880.  

MOVIES YOU MIGHT HAVE GONE TO SEE: Source: Wikipedia U.S. #1 fILMS BY WEEK

  • The Carpetbaggers, Paramount, George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker
  • Crack In The World, Paramount, Dana Andrews
  • Viva Las Vegas, MGM, Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret
  • From Russia With Love, United Artists, Sean Connery
  • Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! Hanna-Barbera/Columbia Pictures, Animated
  • Bedtime Story, Universal Pictures, Marlon Brando, Shirley Jones, David Niven
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown, MGM, Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley
  • A Shot in the Dark, United Artists, Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

BOOKS ON THE NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST:  (top five adult fiction a/o May 1964)

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carre (would run as #1 from Feb. 23 - September 27)
  • Convention, Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II
  • The Group, Mary McCarthy
  • A Night in Lisbon, Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Spire, William Golding

TV EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING:
  • TV Sets Manufactured from May 1 Forward Required to Receive UHF Channels
  • Rolling Stones Make Their American TV Debut on "The Hollywood Palace"

  • American Soap Opera "Another World" Debuted on NBC
  • The Avengers

  • Ben Casey

Music you would have heard (on your transistor radio?)

(Source: Billboard #1 Singles 1964--click on the title to listen)
  • Hello Dolly, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars (week of May 9)
  • My Guy, Mary Wells (weeks of May 16 & 23)

Around Glacier

(Gleanings from "The Avalanche", "Student Handbook 1963-64", Annual and other sources)


The school year was ending and Glacier students, faculty and administrators were busy winding down another year and thinking about the next.  Elections for officers, pep staff, and turnouts for sports took place as the junior class advanced to upper classmen. For us, it was all about graduation and there was so much to do before June 4. We were part of life's cycle, as we prepared to move on...
  • Senior Prom - "C'est Si Bon" was the theme for the April 25th Prom hosted by the Junior Class in honor of the Seniors. Music was by:  Gentlemen of Note.  As written in the May 29, 1964, Avalanche:  "Barb Roedell was crowned Queen at the 1964 Junior-Senior Prom with Chris Parkinson and Maureen Young as her princesses. Miss Roedell wore the traditional velvet robe over her pink empire-style floor length dress.  Miss Parkinson wore a peach strapless dress and Miss Young was dressed in a white and gold floor length gown.  All three received the traditional long stemmed red roses." 
Due to the timing of the prom and publication deadlilnes, a photo of prom royalty was not in the annual or "The Avalanche".  We are glad to have this photo see the light of day!
Photo courtesy of Maureen (Young) Strasser
  • Mother's Tea - The fourth annual Mother's Tea and fashion show, "Our Day in May", was a May Day event that year hosted by the Glacier Girls' Club.  650 mothers and daughters enjoyed student performances in dance and music along with retail and tailoring class fashions modelled by students.  General Chairman of the Tea was Kit Kleinz. Ann Alexander was selected "1964 Friendliest Girl of the Year" announced by Girls' Club President, Cherie Watson.
  • New ASB officers for 1964-'65 were elected May 12:  Dana Dalton-President; Jill Lopresti-Vice President; Sue Holliday-Secretary; Iris Oldham-Treasurer.
  • Glacier's Mock Political Convention - Hosted by the Debate Class, each home room represented a state and sent both a Republican and a Democratic delegate to the convention. Democrats nominated and elected their presidential and vice presidential ticket of Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert F. Kennedy.  Republicans nominated Henry Cabot Lodge and William Scranton but the ticket was defeated 478 to 332 by student ballot. Jeanette Desimone was Convention Chairman; Cheryl Crawford was Secretary for the Convention; Janet Prince was Democratic Chair; John Meeker (junior) was Republican Chair. 

  • Varsity Awards - Forty-nine athletes received their letters in track, baseball, golf and tennis at the May 20 Spring Sports Assembly. Vicki Rauma received the first Glacier trophy for Most Inspirational, presented to the pep staff member as voted by pep staff members.
  • State High School Track Meet - Dave Janet and Norm Christianson both took honors at State in Pullman.  Janet won the shot put, heaving 62', 9-1/2" surpassing a seven year state record by 2', 2-1/2". Christianson (a junior) placed fifth in pole vault.
  • Baseball Finale - Glacier tallied three runs in the fifth inning and held on for an upset win, 6-5, over Highline as their last game of the season.  The game, played on Sunset Field, was the last for seniors Tony Lewis, Andy Vasilieff and Bob Fusch.  

  • A thoughtful editorial from "The Avalanche" on our class athletes' three years of sports: 


  • Annual DE Employer-Employee Banquet - Carol Platt presided over this annual dinner held at The Holiday Inn.  Clark Daffern gave a welcome speech and Carla Hagen gave the invocation.  Entertainment was a magic show performed by Mr. Robert Green.  Janet Prince gave a speech on "My Life As A Trading Stamp" given at the earlier DECA Conference.  Sears Mail Order Dept. Manager, Mr. Fred Wells, spoke on their employee review card.  
  •  We Were Signing Annuals and Remembering When...


  • Class Day - May 29 - "Around the World in 1984 with the Class of 1964" Sophomore and Junior classes advanced followed by the procession of the 247 graduating seniors marching in wearing the traditional Class Day color of white. Wills were presented followed by the reading of the history, prophecy, class polls, and the senior song "Sailing On" was given. Scholarships and award winners were announced and the senior gift--a picture of President John F. Kennedy for the school purchased through fundraisers by Tri-Hi-Y--was presented to the school.  The singing of the Alma Mater preceded the recessional concluding Class Day.

  • American Legion Boy & Girl of the Year - Ken Anderson and Cheryl Crawford were selected by faculty for this annual award announced and presented on Class Day by the American Legion, Post 134 in Burien. 
  • The Senior Class Named 40 students to the 20 categories of its "Class Poll".
  • Baccalaureate Services Sunday, May 31 - Wearing their caps and gowns, the seniors marched in and out of the Glacier gymnasium to the notes of "Pomp and Circumstance" played by the Glacier Band.  Dr. Donald Demaray, Dean of Religion at Seattle Pacific College, delivered the baccalaureate address entitled "The Fool and the Fighter".  Reverend Richard L. Terry, Pastor of the Boulevard Park Presbyterian Church, delivered the invocation.  Gwen Cox sang the "Lord's Prayer". 
  • Commencement Exercises June 4 - Held in the Glacier auditorium at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 1964.  Each senior was allowed four guests with additional tickets available on request.  After the processional to "Pomp & Circumstance" played by the Glacier Band, the invocation was given by the Reverend Richard L. Terry.  
  Commencement Highlights:
  • Violin Solo "Adoration" by Kathy O'Kelly accompanied by Judy Gauntt
  • Commencement Speakers: Vicki Hostetler, Barbara Billings, Steve Tredway, Cheryl Crawford on the theme of education in keeping with the epigram of Alexander Pope: "A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring: There shallow drafts intoxicate the brain, and drink largely sobers us again." The "Pierian Spring" represents the understanding of the arts and sciences. 
  • "Impressions of a Scottish Air" played by the band
  • Presentation of Awards by Mrs. Emmylou Oakes, senior counselor
  • Presenting of the class by Mr. Frank Anderson, principal.
  • Singing of The Alma Mater by the class
  • Benediction by the Reverend Richard L. Terry followed by the recessional
  • Reception in the cafeteria given by the senior parents (Chair: Mrs. C. L. Brandt)


  • We Were Graduated!  We had sung the Alma Mater together for the last time.  The tassels on our graduation caps were moved from the left to the right.  The diplomas were given and we joined our parents for the reception.  With hasty farewells to teachers and friends we left Glacier for the last time, without a backward glance. When, if ever, would we see our classmates again?  
Photo courtesy of Maureen Young Strasser
JUNE 2014

If we thought at all about gathering again it wasn't until our 10th reunion when we had forged paths into our respective adult lives.  71 classmates gathered then at the SeaTac Holiday Inn.  Four reunions have been held since (the 21st, 30th, 35th and 45th), the largest being the 21st with 88 classmates.  We expect to surpass that number for our milestone 50th--two ticket orders came in within one week of invitations being mailed January 6, and have arrived steadily since then.  We expect to fill the room with GHS '64 Grizzlies! 

Our class motto was "Carpe Diem" or "Seize the Day" and if we've learned anything in our 68 +/- years it's to grab opportunities when they show themselves. September 6, 2014, is the day the Class of '64 has the opportunity to meet again. Seize the Day! The event is made more special by each classmate in the room. There are memories to share, new memories to be made, and fifty years is cause for celebration! We can't wait to see you and it won't be a reunion if you aren't there!   



If you need to be put in a 60's party mood, take a listen!  Remember this?

"Sayin' we gotta go! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!"  See you September 6!!!

NOTE: Tickets and Memory Books must be purchased not later than July 1. 
To order, complete and submit the Order Form included in your mailed invitation--or--download, print, and submit the Order Form provided on our 50th Reunion Website:

https://sites.google.com/site/glacierhighschoolclassof1964/50-year-reunion-invitation


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Submitted June 4, 2014
Diana (Stillwell) Carew
GHS '64

















Friday, March 21, 2014

Time

At a recent memorial, the speaker referred us to the line on the program that defined our friend's lifespan: 1942 - 2013.  He directed our attention, not to the years of her birth and her death, but to what really mattered--the "dash" in between--where her life took place.  I thought about that as we've all been trying to focus on the dash between 1964 - 2014, in writing our respective autobiographies for our class Memory Book, each of us consolidating 50 years of life into one side of one page, with photos.  It's an exercise in paring it all down so our classmates will have the substance of what we've done and who we are in the lifetime of years since we were last together--the essence of that dash.

The concept of time is so amazing, ticking faithfully on and bringing inevitable change.  It's fascinating how small variations in each day eventually combine to make everything different, almost unrecognizable, from how it was just a few years before. The subtle changes are hardly noted day to day until we pull up short realizing we got lost trying to find Glacier in the old neighborhood we once knew so well, our children are the age we think we should be, and we don't recognize that person in the looking glass over the sink!   "Swiftly fly the years!"*

It's incredible to consider how life has changed, one day following the next, in the time since we left Glacier.  From the people in our lives, to how we spend our days, our realities have changed. And they continue to change each day as we approach 70 years on this earth.  At our age, we find ourselves considering how we got here from there--lucky breaks, bad breaks, daily decisions of life and our circuitous paths. It's meaningful now to consider our past--the influences from our teachers, friends, families, community, sixties culture, the media, classmates, the environment at our schools--to connect the dots looking back at the progression of our lives.

Preparing our autobiographies has us thinking about all this, our growing up years, the Glacier years, and the people and events that influenced our path. Like calendar pages flipping by in old movies, the time, in retrospect, has gone fast and, unbelievably, it will soon be September 6 and time for our 50th reunion. That evening, we will be keenly aware of the passing of time as we try to recognize one another and remember old times at Glacier and before. We will salute the young people we once were, the senior citizens we've become, and the classmates who are no longer with us. And we will be reunited as a class to celebrate a time we all shared and the gift of these past fifty years-- the gift of time, and of this life--the dash in between.  See you all there!

* selected lyrics from "Sunrise, Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof"

FIFTY YEARS PAST BLAST:  
MARCH/APRIL, 1964
Like a time capsule from fifty years ago, here’s a blast from our past:  world news headlines, cultural trends, and Glacier happenings from our senior year.

We were heading into Spring Break to begin March 23.  (Remember when Spring Break always coincided with Easter--that year on March 29?) A whole week to forget about homework and studies before the big push to April 3 and the end of third quarter.  Our senior year was going fast!


NEWS HEADLINES

MARCH


-- First Ford Mustang Produced
The original 1965 (1964 1/2) Mustang-Wimbledon White.
Went on sale April 17, 1964, selling more than 418,000 in first 12 mos.



 --US Reconnaisance Plane Shot Down Over East Germany

--Sixth Grammy Awards - "Days of Wine & Roses" - Henry Mancini won two for Best Record and Best Song



--Jimmy Hoffa Convicted of Jury Tampering - Sentenced to eight years

--Jack Ruby Sentenced to Death for Lee Harvey Oswald's Murder



--USSR Performs Nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk

--UCLA Completes Undefeated NCAA Basketball Season (30-0) and Wins 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship:  UCLA Beats Duke 98-83



--Egypt Ends State of Siege (1952-1964)

--Earthquake Strikes Anchorage, Alaska: 131 die from 9.2 quake and resulting tsunami; the most violent quake in U.S. History




--UN Troops Arrive on Cyprus

--36th Academy Awards (Honoring Movies Released in 1963)

  • Best Actor - Sidney Poitier in "Lilies of the Field"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Melvyn Douglas in "Hud"
  • Best Actress - Patricia Neal in "Hud"
  • Best Supporting Actress - Margaret Rutherford in "The V.I.P.s"
  • Director - Tony Richardson, "Tom Jones"
  • Musical Score - John Addison, "Tom Jones"
  • Best Picture - Tony Richardson, Producer, "Tom Jones"


APRIL

--IBM Introduces the IBM System/360 Mainframe Computer




--USSR Launches "Zond 1" to Venus - No Data Returned

--US and Panama Agree to Resume Diplomatic Relations

--Unmanned "Gemini 1" Launched

--New York World's Fair Opens in Flushing Meadows




--Chesapeake Bay Bridge Opens - At 17.6 miles long considered the world's largest bridge/tunnel complex

--First Game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets Lose to Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3

--28th Golf Masters Championship -- Arnold Palmer Wins Shooting a 276

--Sandy Kofax Throws His 9th Complete Game Without Allowing a Walk

--Jerrie Mock Becomes First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World





MOVIES YOU MIGHT HAVE GONE TO SEE: (SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA #1 U.S. FILMS BY WEEK)

  • Dead Ringer, Warner Bros., with Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford
  • Kissin' Cousins, MGM, Starring Elvis Presley
  • The Pink Panther, United Artists, with David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Claudia Cardinale
  • The Carpetbaggers, Paramount, George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker

Books on the NY Times Best Seller List:  (top five adult fiction a/o March 29, 1964)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carre (would run as #1 from Feb. 23 - September 27)
  • The Group, Mary McCarthy
  • The Venetian Affair, Helen MacInnes
  • The Wapshot Scandal, John Cheever
  • The Hat on the Bed, John O'Hara

TV events and programming:
  • March 30 - Game Show "Jeopardy" Premiered on Daytime TV (NBC)

  • The Flintstones
  • My Three Sons

  • The Lucy Show
  • Mr Ed


Music you would have heard (on your transistor radio?): 
(Source: Billboard #1 Singles 1964-click on the title to listen)

It was all about the Beatles!




Around Glacier

(Gleanings from "The Avalanche", "Student Handbook 1963-64", and other sources)

EDITOR'S NOTE:  The archives of "The Avalanche" available to me do not include this March-April time period in our senior year and my call for old copies went unanswered.  Here are some stories of note from other months and years of our high school days.  

  • Flash back to the December football game between the junior and senior girls on Glacier's football field (mud).  I still hear talk about this game!  Read all about it!  (click on image to enlarge or hold down CTRL button on your keyboard and hit + key)



  • Tennis Team turnout was March 1 and the first match was against Kent-Meridian March 26.  Tennis matches were held each Tuesday and Thursday until the playoffs scheduled for May 14. 
  • Service Club was busy preparing for a hayride to be held at the Aqua Barn Ranch in April. What did the Service Club do?  Among other things:  served at the Father-Daughter Banquet, sold pop at home basketball games and provided crowd contol as fans departed the basketball games.
  • "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", by Mark Twain, was performed March 19 & 20.  Mrs. Betty Fitzgerald, drama teacher and play director cast the following:  Ed Fowler, Hank; Glenn Graves, King Arthur; Marcia Wynn, Merlin; Guy Nearing, Clarence; Rick Raber, Sir Sagramore; Lonnie Nuss, Sir Lancelot; Iris Oldham, Queen Guenever; Charlene Preedy, Morgan LeFay; Pat Ledbetter, Sandy; Jane Adams, Elaine; Sue Simmons, Marion; and Jean Skinner, Mrs. Bennet. Production Staff: Jerry Childress, Rick Lyons and Jo Bechdoldt on sets; properties, Ken Wick and June Thomas; prompter, Sandy Ashe; costumes, Michelle Beauchamp; business manager Jim Thompson; make-up: Diane Thompson and Marla Beers.
  • Senior Class Spaghetti Dinner -- Preceding the school play, the senior class offered a delicious spaghetti dinner, chaired by Bill Finch.  
  • March 3 -- Basketball Awards Assembly
  • March 6-7 -- League Basketball Playoffs
  • March 11 -- Band Festival
  • March 14 -- Sophomore Tolo

  • March 23-27 -- SPRING BREAK!!  Do you remember what you did?  Dance at the Spanish Castle?  Movies at Lewis & Clark?  A trip to Ocean Shores with your family?  
  • Baseball Season began March 24 -- Enumclaw at Glacier with games scheduled most every Tuesday and Thursday through May 14.  
  • Spring Track Meets began March 27 with Glacier at Mt. Rainier with meets scheduled Fridays and some Tuesdays until May 15.  
  • Golf Season began the week of March 30 with Glacier, Kent and Highline playing at Glen Acres.  Matches were held each week through the week of May 11.  

  • April 3 -- End of Third Quarter
  • Remember the "Car of the Month" Column in "The Avalanche"? Here are a few "Cars of the Month" owned by guys in our class.  Wonder if they still have these cool cars in their garages?









And so it went fifty years ago.  Lots of sports, activities and school events to fill our days along with the studies and sitting in class.  And Spring Break!  After Break we knew we were nearing the last quarter of our senior year, graduation and the rest of our lives.

Flash forward to 2014 and we're revisiting that time here as we count down to mark our 50th reunion. Our New Year is going quickly with invitations mailed last January 6 and the deadline now passed (March 15) for submitting autobiographies for the Memory Book.  (As of this writing 104 biographies have arrived!) 

As the days pressed on, in 1964, to graduation, they now press on to our September 6 reunion. There will be just two more of these bi-monthly blogs to waltz you down primrose lane until we celebrate the passage of 50 years' time. 
"Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols."
--THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain

We may not "ring bells and fire off pistols" but it will be a worthy celebration with all of us there!


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Submitted March 21, 2014
Diana (Stillwell) Carew
GHS '64





Friday, January 3, 2014

Endings and Beginnings

We have read that when one door closes, another opens.  As I write, we have just closed the door on another year of life and crossed the threshold of 2014--the year that marks fifty years since our graduation.  This has set me thinking about the major life transition we made then and how little I really understood about the significance of that at the time.  

We've also read that "showing up is 80% of life" and I now realize that for much of that time that's mostly what I did--show up.  I thought I was working pretty hard with studies but life was pretty prescriptive then so it was easy to follow the schedule and go through the motions as we finished our school careers, practiced walking to "Pomp & Circumstance" and closed the cover on thirteen years of life.  With a new job and plans for the future, without so much as a grateful thought for my education or a backward glance at how far I'd come, it was just time to move on. 

I don't know about you, but, for me, graduation was a paradox--a long awaited time that was quickly over.  It seemed graduation couldn't come soon enough, and when it finally did, it seemed to come in a rush. Commencement Day brought life as we knew it to an end moving from thirteen years of going to school every day; associating almost entirely with peers our own age, to the looming, grown-up, diverse and complicated world beyond. Truth be told, most of us couldn't wait to move on, but I remember the poignant feelings the last few days of school in knowing we wouldn't pass that way, see some of our classmates and teachers, or be that young and free of responsibility, ever again.  (Does that explain my recurring dream of wandering the halls of Glacier trying to find my locker--late for class and without a clue about the combination for the lock or my class schedule?!)

Excitement for the future soon overwhelmed the melancholy of the moment, but I remember the emotion when we walked in our caps and gowns to "Pomp & Circumstance" into the gym. It was suddenly real that we were leaving Glacier behind--the friendships, the daily schedules and the familiar insular world we had known would disappear. Everything for us would change. We moved our tassles from one side of our mortar boards to the other, rejoined our families in the audience, and left Glacier for the last time.  

For many of us, we've been lucky to keep in touch with one or two of our Glacier classmates through most of these fifty years, and now our reunions offer the chance to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones too.  In school, we seemed to get acquainted with those who had the same classes, participated in the same activities, or lived in the same neighborhoods.  At our reunion committee meetings, and at the women's lunches, we're delighting in connecting with others from our class--getting acquainted with "old" new friends! Another paradox!  

Now that we've opened the door to this year that brings us all together again, we have a chance to revisit our past with clearer eyes, knowing the value of our education, the teachers' and coaches' lessons that guided us through, the memories shared with childhood friends, the parts of ourselves that began "back when".  Plans are being made and the invitations will soon be in the mail. On September 6, 2014, we will have come full circle to re-open the door from 1964 -- to celebrate and remember!!  We look forward to seeing you there!  Be there or be square!  :) Happy New Year!

I told her that saying goodbye didn't matter, not a bit. What mattered were all the days you were together before that, all the things you remembered.”   ― Patricia Reilly GiffLily's Crossing

FIFTY YEARS PAST BLAST:  
HEADLINES -- JANUARY/FEBRUARY, 1964
Like a time capsule from fifty years ago, here’s a blast from our past:  world news headlines, cultural trends, and Glacier happenings from our senior year.

Christmas Break came to an end with the beginning of school in 1964 on January 2.  We were back at the books with semester end just three weeks away -- January 23.  With a District In-Service Training (no school) January 24, there was no relief from classes until Spring Vacation March 23.  It was Leap Year with February having 29 days, so the wait until spring break would be one day longer. And in the rest of the world...


NEWS HEADLINES 

--January 5     San Diego Chargers Win NFL Championship

--January 8     President Lyndon B. Johnson Declares "War on Poverty"

--January 11  First U.S. Government Report that Smoking May Be Hazardous to Health

--January 11  Panama Severs Diplomatic Relations with U.S.

--January 15  Teamsters Negotiate First National Labor Contract

--January 24  24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Goes Into Effect:  States voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes.

--January 25  Beatles' First U.S. #1 Song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Stays #1 for 7 weeks)

--January 29  9th Winter Olympic Games Open in Innsbruck, Austria

--January 29  Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" Premieres



--January 29  Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn Launcher Test Vehicle Attains Earth Orbit

--January 30   Military Coup of Gen. Nguyen Khank in South Vietnam

--February 1  Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh Tries to Ban "Louie Louie" for Obscenity

--February 4  FAA Begins Testing  Reactions to Sonic Booms over Oklahoma City

--February 6 France & Great Britain Sign Accord To Build Channel Tunnel ("the Chunnel"  opened 30 years later in 1994)

--February 8  Rep Martha Griffiths Address Gets Civil Rights Protection for Women Added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

--February 9  First Appearance of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show (73.7 million watched)



--February 12  U.S. Female World Figure Skating Champion:  Peggy Fleming; U.S. Male World Figure Skating Champion:  Scott Allen



--February 17  U.S. House of Representatives Accepts the Law on Civil Rights

--February 25  Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay--became Black Muslim Feb. 7) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for Heavyweight Boxing Title



--February 27  Government of Italy Asks for Help to Keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from Toppling Over

--February 29  President Lyndon Johnson Reveals U.S. Secretly Developed the A-11 Jet Fighter


MOVIES you might have gone to see: (source: Wikipedia #1 U.S. Films by week)

  • The Sword in the Stone, Walt Disney (#1 All 4 weeks of January) with Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden
  • Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick (#1 3 weeks of February) with Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
  • Dead Ringer, Warner Bros., (#1 4th week of February) with Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford

Books on the NY Times Best Seller List:  (top five a/o February 23, 1964)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carre
  • The Group, Mary McCarthy
  • The Venetian Affair, Helen MacInnes
  • The Hat on the Bed, John O'Hara
  • The Wapshot Scandal, John Cheever

TV events and programming: 



  • Combat
  • Wild World of Sports
  • Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
  • The Ed Sullivan Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show




Music you would have heard (on your transistor radio?): 
(Source: Billboard #1 Singles 1964)




Around Glacier:
( gleanings from "The Avalanche" and "Student Handbook 1963-64")

JANUARY:
(click on photos to enlarge)

  • Ski School began January 5 & 12 running every other weekend for six weeks under direction of Ski Professionals, Inc. at Ski Acres, Snoqualmie Pass.  Mr. Aliment was the Ski School Coordinator.  Total cost, including bus transportation:  $28.

  • Basketball Season was in full swing with games nearly every Tuesday and Friday in January and February.  



  • GAA (Girls' Athletic Association) hosted January 10 Dance following the Highline/Glacier Basketball Game at home (Highline won in OT, 66-60).
  • Semester Ends - January 23
  • Glacier hosted the Seattle Symphony Orchestra January 29, under the direction of Mr. W. Siegel.  Also present were students of Sunset, Glendale, and Puget Sound Junior Highs, and students from Highline College. The Avalanche reported "Of the selections played, '1812 Overture' by Tchaikowsky seemed the most popular with the students.
FEBRUARY
  • Father-Daughter Annual Banquet -- This event always maxed out the 300 person capacity for the event scheduled February 13.  The main dish was steak.  Event Chair was Kit Kleinz, assisted by Linda Schnoor, Ann Alexander and Carol Platt from our class.  Entertainment included the Junior Chorus Line and solos by Evelyn Colella and Gwen Cox.  
  • Rehearsals began for the Drama Program's: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," by Mark Twain
  • GHS Music Dept. held its annual Pop Concert in the auditorium February 19 with performances from The Choir, Girls' Glee and Band.  The band, under the direction of Mr. Earl Cosbey, played selections from "Westside Story" as well as a few marches. The Choir, directed by Mr. Norman Owen, sang selections from "Music Man", and other selections including "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child".  A Barbershop Quartet consisting of Jim Brown, Bruce Chapman, Dana Dalton and Bob Warren sang "Ghost Riders in the Sky".  
  • The YMCA Youth in Government Pre-Legislative Session was held at the University of Washington, February 8.  Maureen Young was elected to serve as Reading Clerk of the House of Representatives.  Other girls attending the session from the Glacier Tri-Hi-Y were:  Sue Austin, Gail Wynn, Joyce McGregor, Patty Peterson and Barbara Roedell.  
  • Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14 -- Was it remembered with a card, candy, flowers, a date with a special guy or gal?  Under "Valentines Glacier Needs" in an "Avalanche" column: --
 "From our builder:  Boxed in walkways to keep out wind and rain."  "From Mt. Rainier:  Another leg of Ram, along with both horns."  "From the Woodland Park Zoo:  A real live Grizzly bear."


  • Tennis Club held an after-basketball game dance "Tenni-Runner Stomp" February 21 following the game with Evergreen (Glacier romp:  52-41).  Price:  40 cents without tennis shoes and 35 cents with them.  And.....Avalanche publicity indicated a "mysterious new dance will be taught".  (Editor:  Anyone remember what dance that was?)
  • Grade Prediction Test was scheduled February 22, from 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Glacier.  Required by all Washington State institutions and a predictor of college success, the test predicted a GPA in 43 fields including the high school grade transcriipt as part of the score.  
  • "The Avalanche" February edition included a thoughtful article on freedom by Jerry Cavanee.  


Here is a photo of "The Avalanche" staff from our Senior Annual.  Did they have any idea they would be providing historical archives for our 50th reunion blog?!  ;)  Belated thanks to the staff for covering all the Glacier news!

And so we went in January/February fifty years ago.  Hope this brought back some memories of our senior days and life in 1964.  Please watch the mail for your reunion invitation (to be mailed January 6) and note the request for your bio information from the Memory Book Committee and submit your photos and information as indicated by March 1.  The Memory Book will extend the reunion beyond the few hours we are able to be together, and will be available if you can attend the reunion or not.  It won't be a class memory book if all of us aren't represented there, so please submit your auto-bio so we can catch up on one another's lives.  

Thank you for following our reunion blog!  Happy New Year!!


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Submitted January 3, 2014
Diana (Stillwell) Carew
GHS '64