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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




Friday, November 22, 2013

The Baby Boomer Era

As meetings of the 50th Reunion Committee become "mini-reunions", we've discovered how much we have come to value the "era" in which we grew up--the peaceful 50's and early 60's, where we spent our formative years. As we think of our childhood now, it was a wholesome time for our country, with the post-war years of opportunity, growth and optimism. Most heads of households (read that "Dads" in most cases) had jobs, we were becoming a more educated nation through the GI Bill,  families could afford homes and cars and a good standard of life.  And babies were being born at an amazing rate creating our generation of "Baby Boomers" (generally defined as those born between the years 1946-1964). 

For better or worse, we ushered in the "boomer" era and the country has been challenged since in trying to accommodate our number. (By the end of the 1940s, about 32 million babies had been born, compared with 24 million in the 1930s. In 1965, four out of ten Americans were under the age of twenty. Source: Wikipedia)  From the school years, when schools couldn't be built fast enough to make room for us, until now, in trying to accommodate us as geriatrics, we Baby Boomers have challenged our world every step of the way. We're a powerful segment having 80% of the net worth for our nation, and the over 50 population is the third-largest economy in the world! (Source: AARP Magazine, Nov. 2013) We've participated in a lot of change--some good; some not so good--but each generation has to accept the challenges put before them in their time.  I don't know that our world asked more of us than of previous generations, but we may have thought so at the time.

It's hard to believe it has been fifty years since we heard Mr. Anderson announce President Kennedy's assassination over the intercom to our classrooms early in our senior year.  I'm sure we all remember how shocked and numb our nation was, how schools and businesses were closed and we all sat home in front of our televisions watching images that are still vivid in our minds half a century later. It rocked our secure world and crossed a line over which our childhood sense of security and trust was put violently and sadly behind us.  

This fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's death marks that time as the media continues to search for the truth and new materials are unsealed for the public.  The images on t.v. are as familiar as if they were yesterday and take me back to my family's living room where we sat watching the days of mourning--President Johnson being sworn in with Jackie Kennedy in shock at his side aboard Air Force One, crowds visiting the Capitol Rotunda where President Kennedy lay in state, the funeral procession following the horse drawn caisson from The White House to St. Matthews Cathedral, the gravesite with a perpetual flame.  I can't help but wonder how different we and our nation might have been had President Kennedy lived on?

In 1983, as the twentieth anniversary was marked, The Seattle Times asked for reader response and, as a young mom, these were my thoughts at the time: 



At the time, our world was pretty insular and small but we were beginning to think about how that would all change in a few more months, in that unknown future after high school. As we mourned the loss of our President our world grew more serious and our young minds began to question and doubt.  Many think it was a loss of innocence for our generation and our country. We learned some grown-up lessons about life going on and began to pull plans together for the holidays and ringing in a new year.  We knew the New Year would bring high school graduation for us--the first of the "baby boomers"--and our adult lives would begin.  

FIFTY YEARS PAST BLAST:  
HEADLINES -- NOVEMBER/DECEMBER, 1963
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.

NEWS HEADLINES 


--Nov 1  South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem assassinated along with his brother in a coup d'etat.

--Nov 22  U.S. President, John F. Kennedy Assassinated in Dallas, TX.  Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson, succeeds him.

--Nov 24  JFK's alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, murdered by nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, in a killing seen by millions on t.v.

--Nov 25  JFK, the 35th U.S. President, laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery following a mass at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Cathedral.  The leaders of 92 nations attended the funeral, among them Charles de Gaulle of France and Prince Phillip of Great Britain. Fifty Navy and Air Force jets flew past the gravesite followed by the president's plane, Air Force One, which dipped its wing in final tribute.


John F. Kennedy's grave site and the eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery.  JFK had visited Arlington Cemetery for Armistice Day, just 14 days before he was laid there to rest. 
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery Website. 

--Nov 29  President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the death of JFK. 

--Dec       Kenya gains independence (formerly British East Africa)

--Dec 8    Frank Sinatra Jr. (age 19) kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, NV. He is released three days later unhurt in LA after his father pays $240,000 ransom. Most of the money was recovered when the FBI arrests three suspects.   

--Dec       U. S. Congress authorizes issue of JFK half-dollar coin



--Although full-scale involvement in the Southeast Asian conflict was still two years away, by the end of 1963 over 100 U.S. personnel had died in Vietnam.

MOVIES you might have gone to see: (source: Wikipedia #1 U.S. Films by week)
  • A New Kind of Love -- Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (the third top grossing film of the year, after "Cleopatra" and "How the West was Won") - Spencer Tracy and an all-star cast
  • The Incredible Journey
  • Fun in Acapulco -- Elvis Presley (Featured the Top 10 Billboard hit "Bossa Nova Baby" and reached #1 on the national weekly box office charts a week after the assassination of President JFK.  The film would be Presley's last release before the arrival of Beatlemania and was the top grossing movie musical of 1963.)
  • Charade --  Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn
  • The Sword in the Stone (the last animated Disney film released before Walt Disney's death)

Books on the NY Times Best Seller List:  (top five 12/29/63)
  • The Group, by Mary McCarthy
  • The Venetian Affair, Helen McInnes
  • Caravans, by James Michener
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morrs L. West
  • The Living Reed by Pearl Buck

TV events and programming: 
  • All three tv networks started pre-empted programming covering the JFK assassination and funeral coverage
  • News of the assassination, and later the funeral procession, were the first tv broadcasts across the Pacific Ocean (via Relay 1 satellite).
  • November 23 - UK BBC TV broadcasts its famous dramatic Kennedy tribute episode on "That Was the Week That Was".
  • William Hartnell stars in the very first episode of "Doctor Who" (An Unearthly Child) on BBC November 23.  So many people complained of missing its premiere due to JFK's assassination that the episode was repeated before showing episode two.
  • A murder is televised live when Jack Ruby kills JFK's suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald on live t.v.
  • December 7 - Instant Replay is used for the first time during the live transmission of the Army/Navy Game by its inventor, director, Tony Verna.
  • For the first time, most Americans say they get more of their news from tv than from newspapers.
  • The tv remote contrrol is authorized by the FCC.
Programs You might have watched:
  • Mack & Meyer for Hire
  • Professional Bowlers Tour
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Mr. Ed
Music you would have heard (on your transistor radio?): 
(Source: Billboard #1 Singles 1963)

Click on title and then click on link to listen...
  • Sugar Shack, Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (Billboard #1 single for 1963)
  • Deep Purple,  Nino Temple & April Stevens (won Grammy award for Best Rock & Roll Record for 1963)
  • I'm Leaving It Up to You, Dale & Grace ( This was the #1 song when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX.  Dale & Grace were in Dallas on the day of the assassination and scheduled to perform that night as part of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars (with Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Clanton, and Brian Hyland), and moments before the assassination had waved to the president's motorcade from a vantage point near their hotel.)
  • Dominique, The Singing Nun (Dominique outsold Elvis during its stay on the Hot 100.  It was the second to last #1 hit before the British Invasion, The Beatles, The Kinks, Rolling Stones and The Who would dominate U.S. music charts.)

Around Glacier as reported in the November & December Avalanche:"
  • "Moments to Remember" was the theme of Glacier's third annual Homecoming held November 1, 1963. Our senior class prepared for the festivities including an assembly, half-time at the Glacier/Highline football game, and the Homecoming Dance ruled over by Homecoming Queen, Gwen Cox, Jr. Princess Pat Skolrud and Graduate Princess, Sydney Nick of the Class of '63.  
Homecoming Queen, Gwen Cox

  • The Debate Team opened their 1963-64 season against Franklin Pierce and Evergreen at Evergreen and had two wins and two losses.  Glacier won the affirmative against Evergreen and the negative against Franklin Pierce.  Steve Tredway and Janet Prince, seniors, formed Glacier's affirmative team and Cheryl Crawford and Jeanette Desimone, also seniors, composed the negative team.  In the December Avalanche they could boast a 3 win 5 loss record after the second tri-school debate against Renton and Kent-Meridian.
  • Torch Club was in full swing planning projects such as a pickle sale, a car wash, a dance and a Christmas candy-cane sale to help the school get out of debt.  Torch Club requires members to maintain a 3.0 GPA for membership.  Torch Club officers for '63-'64:  President: Jim Thompson; Vice President: Carol Waller; Secretary: Penny Cramer; Treasurer: Sue Holiday. 
  • Dan Solway earned two top honors at GHS Awards Assembly, selected by his teammates as both team Captain and team Inspirational Player.  
  • Cross-Country Track Team selected Don Brandt, as their captain that year.
  • Glacier ends the football season in sixth place with a 4-5 record after a play-off game against Lakes who finished fifth.  
  • Glacier basketball turnout had 48 players trying out for the team with Mr. Fred Minahan's first year as varsity coach. The first basketball game (a practice game) was at Foster December 6.
  • The "Betty Crocker Search for the American homemaker of Tomorrow" test was announced by Miss Wilder, GHS adviser, for December 3 in the Glacier cafeteria.  All senior girls were eligible and the girl with the highest score from each high school in the state would represent that school in a state competition competing for a $1,500 scholarship and educational tour.  Tests were scored by Science and Research Associates o Chicago, IL.  
  • A new Honors Math Analysis class was announced by Mr. Hubbard, Acting Math Dept. Head, brought about by the continuance of the honors math course started in 1959 when in 9th grade the honors student took Algebra II and III; as a sophomore honors geometry, and as a junior Algebra IV and Trig.  The class of '64 was the first to have honors Math Analysis.  
  • Vicki Hosteltler, President of Glacier Red Cross Club, appeared on KING TV representing all the Red Cross Clubs of Seattle to show how young people help provide community services.  Vicki spoke about the school's contribution in helping to support a family in the Highline District, visiting hospitals and preparing first aid kits to send to disaster areas.  
  • Kelly Farmer appeared on TV too on the Kathryn Wise Show dancing ballet to promote the Dorothy Fisher Dance Concert scheduled for late November. 
  • The girls weighed in on boys' apparel in a November Avalanche column and seemed to agree they liked dark tapered pants and the collegiate look but they didn't like short pants, white socks, and UW jackets.  
  • Boys retaliated in December and had some opinions in common in not liking girls to wear too much make-up, extreme hair-do's, nylons with runs in them, and they didn't like boots or socks of any kind.  And they seemed unanimous in thinking girls' skirts were too long. Mr. Hubbard, on the other hand, said that "any girl knows the more mystery about her the more curious the boy".  
  • And along with the rest of our country, Glacier mourned the death of our President.  The full cover page of the December 2 Avalance appears below:  (click on the image to enlarge)  


Like high school seniors everywhere in our nation that year, Thanksgiving took on new meaning as we tried to accept violence in our country and discovered that "life goes on".  Tri-Hi-Y, the Service Club and Letterman's Club made plans to go Christmas caroling  for shut-ins and "older people", and we all made plans for Christmas and looked forward to the holiday break and ringing in a brand new year -- l964 -- the year we would graduate and rule the world!  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all as we look back as "older people" at our past!

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November 22, 2013
Diana (Stillwell) Carew