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the Class of 1968
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This section last updated May 24, 2013
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September, 2012 — It was 50 years ago, September, 1962, we first entered Junior High. What a time!
The Annex, changing
classes every hour, Phys.Ed, Tennessee History, Pep Rally's. It was the
year of Telstar, the Cuban Missile Crisis, new TV shows The
Virginian,The Jetsons, The Beverly Hillbillies; Sept. 4, The Beatles
recorded "Love Me Do," which became a top hit in the USA 20 months
East Elementary School, Miss Stovall's
Class, 1961-62 - 6th Grade
East Elementary School, Mrs. James's
Class, 1961-62 - 6th Grade
|Top Rated Music of Our High School Years*|
|1968 Through June, 1968
Love Is Blue
The Dock of the Bay
This Guy's In Love With You
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Cry Like a Baby
To Sir with Love
Ode to Billie Joe
I'm a Believer
Light My Fire
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
The Ballad of the Green Berets
Soul and Inspiration
Reach Out I'll Be There
Last Train to Clarkville
You Can't Hurry Love
Poor Side of Town
find it strange not a single song from The Beatles was listed as a top
record during these years.
We believe this list is from Cashbox, which would indicate record sales, not radio air play.
|From the Memphis Press Scimitar,
February 29, 1968:
READYING FOR GRADUATION — Shopping for "Easter bonnets" is momentarily forgotten by these East High seniors who, with hundreds of other seniors in city and county schools, are being measured for graduation caps and gowns. Lucy Lathram, 17, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. W. Lathram of 5402 S. Angela Road, takes the head measurement of Janis Floyd, 17, daughter of Mrs. Ruth Floyd of 3570 Poplar.
Press Scimitar Staff Photo by Jack E. Cantrell
You were there! (We presume.)
|A few of us are separately still attending the church of our childhood and our baccalaureate, "2nd Pres." If any of you would like to attend a worship service at 2nd, you'd be welcome. In fact, Ken Welch says he thinks it might be rewarding if several of us attended together occasionally. Ken says if interested in attending with a member, you may contact him at the address at the end of his profile.|
Faculty "Graduating" with us Among the faculty, those completing their service at East along with the Class of 1968 included Miss Elsie Stone, Mrs. Iola Headstream, and Mrs. Alice Reimers. These three women retired with the end of the 1968 school year. Miss Stone began at East six weeks after the school opened in 1948. She taught English and mathematics initially but later it was exclusively math. Mrs. Headstream joined the faculty in 1950 and taught senior English for the most part. Mrs. Reimers had been at East for 13 years.
Excerpt from the Mustang Roundup
May, 17, 1968
Survey Indicates School's Wealth
By Ralph Noyes
Recent samplings of several homerooms have revealed some noteworthy facts about the financial habits of East students. The survey showed several basic trends at East in earning money and in spending it.
Although few junior high pupils and freshmen hold jobs, roughly 35% of all sophomores, juniors, and seniors are currently employed. Boys are twice as likely to be working as are girls, although both have the same average income of between $4 and $8 per week. Older students have more cash to spend. Their greater expenses, however, consume most of their extra income.
Surprisingly, East students spend less on entertainment than is generally believed. By a wide margin, those polled claimed to spend less than $2 per week on amusements and associated expenses. A sizable minority, though, devotes over $8 weekly to entertainment.
The transition from junior high to senior high brings a considerable growth in spending for food and personal items. Most students spend less than $5 per week in this category. Close to 20% of the senior high students polled spend more than $10 per week on food and personal items.
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