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GHS Class of '64

Friday, August 8, 2014

To Our Alma Mater

Alma Mater:

1) A school, college or university one has attended or from which one has graduated
2) The song or hymn of a school, college or university
3) Latin:  bounteous or fostering mother

I visited our old school not long ago, not knowing what to expect, and was surprised at what I found.  At the time it was an alternative high school and the grass areas had been mowed and trimmed.  I only looked through the windows of the 100 building, the cafeteria, and the entrance to the gym, but, for a campus that had been in such limbo since it closed in 1980, it looked pretty good!

Recent photos posted on the GHS alum Facebook site show the sum of its years on other parts of campus with broken and boarded up windows and other signs of decline.  I felt an affinity with our old campus clearly showing its age after 53 years. But the old buildings are still standing (except for the 200 building demolished because of mold).  Our school may not have been a "bounteous or fostering mother" to many of us but the buildings served our needs and, for most of us, our entire high school experience--an important phase of our lives--was shared in that space.

We've read, if a school levy passes this fall, that Glacier will be razed and a new Middle School will be built in its place.  Our alma mater will be no more.  If we feel "orphaned" by losing the remnant of memory the buildings represent in that place, at least we can know that it will be vibrant again with young lives -- some perhaps the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Glacier alums.  And we won't have to see it decline further if we have courage to visit at all. But it's a sad day to think of the walls of our school coming down, as it must have been sad in June, 1980, when Glacier closed its doors for the last time.

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Thank you to Wanda (Swansby) Jones for providing this article.
Whether its buildings exist or not, Glacier, its students, and teachers are part of the fabric of our lives, and, looking back, we see that our school was more than bricks and mortar--an important piece of our life cycle and formative memory.  Our "alma mater" will exist in our memories for all time.

Say the words "alma mater", though, and most of us think of our school song.  In tribute to our school and its spirit we sang our Alma Mater together after every assembly.  At athletic events, the team would line up facing us all after a hard fought game, and, with our song and yell staff leading us, we would sing together.  In my view, bonding experiences weren't abundant at Glacier but I found this to be one--the words of the Alma Mater bringing our voices together as classmates, making us aware that we were only there for a short time before moving on.

And move on we did for fifty amazing years!  We've gathered together a few times but our largest reunion yet is on the near horizon and we've found the words of the Alma Mater to be true.  The memories really did linger on and on and now it's time to "celebrate & remember" them all! We'll be gathering in a few short weeks to do just that!  And we'll be singing our Alma Mater as we did back then.  So refresh yourself on the words and maybe the melody will come back too. Our class of '64 is something to celebrate!  Fifty years is something more!  How meaningful at our age to stand together again and sing loud and proud for the spirit of Glacier--our Alma Mater!  Can't wait to see you there!

To our Alma Mater
We give our hearts to thee
Forever to the Blue & Gold
We pledge our loyalty

Through halls that ring our echo
We march to goals unknown
With courage and with leadership
And spirit proudly shown

Glacier we will cherish
Through all the years to come
And when we're gone
The memories will linger on and on...



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 began our summer perhaps with a new sense of freedom and contemplating our future after graduation in June.  Some of us began jobs or tours of duty in the service, others enjoyed what may have been their last carefree days of summer and summer jobs before heading off to college.  We likely stayed in touch with a few of our classmates, enjoyed summer and perhaps a last vacation with our families before beginning the next stage of our lives. By summer's end our high school days were put firmly in the past and the class of '64 had moved on. 

 In the rest of the world...


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--President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law abolishing racial segregation in the U.S.

--Alabama Governor, George Wallace, makes a speech condemning the Civil Rights Act claiming it will threaten individual liberty, free enterprise and property rights.

--The 35th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is held at Shea Stadium; won by the National League.

--U.S. Casualties in Vietnam rose to 1,387, including 399 dead and 17 MIA.

--At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khahn calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam.

--Viet Cong forces attack a provincial capital killing 11 South Vietnamese military personnel and 40 civilians, 30 of which are children.

--The Beatles return to Liverpool in triumph following their first international tour and just in time for the premiere of their movie "A Hard Day's Night".  More than 300 people are injured when a crowd of more than 150,000 welcome them home.

--At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, U.S. Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, declares that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice", and "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue".  

--Six days of race riots begin in Harlem

--President Johnson announces the commissioning of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft.

--The U.S. sends 5,000 more military advisors to South Vietnam bringing the total U.S. forces in Vietnam to 21,000.

--Former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill retires from the House of Commons at the age of 89.

--Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photos of the moon.  Images are 1,000 times clearer than anything ever before seen from Earth-bound telescopes.


--The final Looney Tune, "Senorella and the Glass Huarache", is released before the Warner Bros. Cartoon Division is shut down by Jack Warner.  

--U.S. destroyers, USS Maddox and USS C. Turner Joy, are attacked in the Gulf of Tomkin. The next day "Operation Pierce Arrow" had aircraft from the USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bombing North Vietnam in retaliation.

--U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tomkin Resolution giving President Johnson broad war powers to combat North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.

--In a coup Nguyen Khanh replaces Durong Van Minh as South Vietnam's Chief of State and establishes a new Constitution drafted partly by the U.S. Embassy.

--A Rolling Stones gig in Scheveningen gets out of control and riot police shut it down after 15 minutes, upon which spectators start to fight the riot police.

--The International Olympics Committee bans South Africa from the Tokyo Olympics on the grounds that its teams are racially segregated.

--The Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City nominates encumbent Lyndon B. Johnson for a full term and U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota as his running mate.

--Philadelphia 1964 Race Riot:  Tensions between African-American residents and police result in 341 injuries and 774 arrests spanning three days.  

--Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" has its world premiere in Los Angeles.  It will go on to become Disney's biggest money maker and winner of 5 Academy Awards, including a Best Actress award for Julie Andrews.  "Mary Poppins" is the first Disney movie to be nominated for Best Picture.  


  • Circus World, Paramount, John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale, Rita Hayworth
  • The Killers, Universal Studios, Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson, Ronald Reagan
  • The Moon-Spinners, Walt Disney Studios, Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Peter McEnery
  • Marnie, Universal Pictures, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery
  • The Night of the Iguana, MGM, Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr
  • A Hard Day's Night, United Artists, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
  • Mary Poppins, Walt Disney Studios, Julie Andrews, Dick VanDyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson

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

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carre, #1 from February 23 until October 24, 1964
  • Armegeddon, by Leon Uris
  • Julian, by Gore Vidal
  • Candy, by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg
  • The Rector of Justin, by Louis Auchincloss
  • British Television showed the first television kiss between white and black actors.
  • American Bandstand

  • Combat

  • The Andy Griffith Show

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

grizzly happenings - BACK TO THE FUTURE


From summer 1964 to summer 2014 we are transported through this blog "time machine" from our high school past through the fifty years to our future present. As Nathan Scott said:  "It's the oldest story in the world.  One day you're seventeen and planning for someday, and then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today, and that someday is yesterday, and this is your life."  We've lived it a day at a time and suddenly we're here, fifty years from graduation.  In many ways it seems only yesterday, and in other ways a lifetime of years.  

The words of another song we sang as a class come to mind as we think about standing on the threshold of our lives back then.  We sang "The Senior Song" together at our graduation and the words of that song mean much more now as we prepare to see one another again.

Senior Song
Performed during our Class Day Program

Sailing on, Sailing on, O'er the sea of life
Sailing, on, Sailing on, Beginning worldly strife.
As we leave, we will grieve, our class of '64
But we'll meet again to greet on that distant shore.
Sailing on, Sailing on, Our true friends of the past
Sailing on, Sailing on, We'll love you to the last.

Sailing on, Sailing on, O'er the sea of life
Sailing on, Sailing on, Beginning worldly strife.
Some go east, some go west, each his task to do,
But we'll meet again to greet Glacier friends so true.
Sailing on, Sailing on, We'll love you to the last,
Sailing on, Sailing on, We'll love you to the last,
Love you to the last....

As the song says, some of us went east and some went west and we've disbursed without much thought of the years that went before.  We've lived through some amazing times and witnessed and participated in a lot of change.  Sometimes we find ourselves reminiscing about how much simpler life was then, looking at the "Back to the 50's and 60's" videos passed around by email, remembering when.  

After all the years, it feels like time to regroup with the people and memories from our past.  Our 50th reunion will be the biggest reunion our class has ever had, with 101 classmates there--add a few teachers, our spouses and companions and we will have a great gathering with 172!  We're looking forward to sharing old memories while making new ones with so many members of our class together once again!  

I hope you've enjoyed this bi-monthly blog counting us down through our senior year to the big day of our 50th reunion.  The research and writing have shown in what a pivotal time we've lived with numerous seeds of things to come planted in our high school years.  Writing this blog provided a means to explore that past in a way I might not have otherwise done so I appreciate that opportunity to reconcile the present with the past.

We're just a few weeks and days away from our milestone reunion, celebrating that past, and then "Sailing On" again.  At almost 70 years of age, it's sweet to see the excitement build as classmates ask about old friends, remember old times, and look forward to connecting again with people we knew as kids. We look forward to seeing those faces and smiles again, and for the few hours we are together, we can remember times when we were young, the era we shared, the silly things we did--and for the span of that time and ever after, the Glacier spirit lives on!  See you then!  

For reunion details and info visit our 50th reunion website:

Submitted August 8, 2014
Diana (Stillwell) Carew
GHS '64

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


“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!

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. 


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-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


--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.  


  • 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 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:


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

Friday, March 21, 2014


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"

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!



-- 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"


--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


  • 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!

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