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Veda Jo's Slides from Graduation

This is from Randall Yamanaka on June 8th, 2010...


Well, first of all, we never did have to walk 5 miles in the snow to get to school like our parents…but there were some interesting things. First of all, forget Netflicks. There were no DVD’s or even VHS yet. We had 3 primary channels; and whatever was on TV we watched. TV Guide was the most popular rag of its day . When a good movie came on, we waited a week to see it, maybe on a 25-inch screen if we were lucky, and with 4 minutes of commercials for every 25 minutes of film. And the movies were censored beyond belief.  

When we wrote to a friend or a grandparent, it was via US Mail and pen & paper. Calling was too expensive; long distance charges then were absolutely prohibitive and usually reserved for emergency calls only.  Ma Bell had a monopoly. It took about 5 days for a letter to go to another state. The good thing was that a stamp was only about 13 cents back then.

Cell phones? Forget that! The biggest advancement then was the eye opening technical brilliance of the push-button telephone over the rotary. Families generally had one home phone, and parents had a phone at work. That was it, people. When you went on vacation, you were cut off from the rest of the world. And maybe that wasn’t such a bad thing.

Cars were stone-age in the 1970’s compared to today. They were carbureted and slow. Federal regulations made them ghastly to drive. We were just coming out of the worst gas shortage in World history. Subsequently, cars were still big but the engines were small for better gas mileage and emissions control choked out any reserve power. And they were not comfortable by today’s standards: most had formless flat bench seats made from vinyl that would rip after about 3 years. It would be another 20 years before technology caught up and made cars smooth and seamless. Today we have powerful lightweight aluminum fuel-injected engines and refined transmissions. Back then we had Dodge Darts with slant-6 engines.

Debit cards and ATM’s didn’t exist yet. People used a Mastercard or a Visa or a check (or cash). So today, when you see someone paying for their gas with cash, chances are they are over 40 and still haven’t adjusted to the machines yet. They probably never will at this point.

Home computers weren’t even a concept yet. The biggest advancement in that regard were electric uniball IBM typewriters. These were state of the art. Most homes didn’t even have an electric typewriter. When we did homework, it was handwritten (Ugh!).

In the house, you listened a record player. Back then, people tried to impress with huge component stereo systems. The more components you had stacked on top of each other, the better the system it must be. Speakers sometimes were 4 feet high, and the stereos themselves were almost as tall, consisting of lights, dials, buttons, tape decks, equalizers, and whatever else they could throw on them. To be honest, I didn’t even know what an equalizer did, but I’d never admit it then. To this day, I still don’t know. But they had all these crazy red dials that bounced around as the music got louder.

Minimum wage, as I recall, was $2.35.

Club drugs didn’t exist then. “Bad” kids did marijuana, and “Rich bad” kids did cocaine.

The biggest sports of the day were tennis and jogging. You had to wait about an hour and a half to get on a tennis court. And skateboarding was big amongst the cool kids. They carried their skateboards everywhere, and bragged about their $50 “trucks” (whatever they are).

The biggest stars were Fonzie on Happy Days, and Farrah Fawcett on her skateboard with her Nike swooshes. Seems like half the girls in high school had “Farrah-hair”, and half the guys walked around saying “Eyyyyy” like Fonz. On the second tier of popularity were probably Mork (nanoo-nanoo) and Barbarino from Welcome Back Kotter.

The biggest movie, bar none, was Star Wars. It was a revelation, and it’s influence is still felt today. Nothing else even came close. Back in the pack were probably Jaws, The Exorcist,  Saturday Night Fever, and Rocky. Sylvester Stallone, however, did single-handedly influence the country to hit the weight room and get fit. And Jaws probably did influence the country to stay out of the water…

As for comedy: neurotic Woody Allen and Mel Brooks were about it in the theaters, and Steve Martin was the man in stand-up comedy.

Music started and ended with the BeeGee’s “Stayin’ Alive”. For better or worse, it was the signature song of the decade. In fact, If I were to pick one symbol that best represented the 1970’s, it would be that song. Other big names then were Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and Peter Frampton. On the lighter side, the undisputed queen of easy listening then was Barbra Streisand.


And that is how I remember it. Very archaic times. Pretty bad. Downright awful.   BUT… I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Eye of the Tiger

Found this little nugget of history...

 Entries from our yearbooks:  “…you should be on wake up commercials…”  “…remember, band plays for free beer – anytime, anywhere…”  “Your party was probably the best and most active of the whole year, keep up the good work!”  “ …Looks like we made it as seniors…”
 “Take care and don’t forget me.”  “…I found you very strange but nice.”  “Team Violence was too hell!!”  “4 years as a gym rat hasn’t hurt you any – made a man out of you, right?”  “Keep it clean – don’t be rough on those fragile babes - see you in the cosmos.”
 “First it was hate then it was love, lets wait for the results up above…”  “ESCAPE, ESCAPE, ESCAPE…”  

“…stay smiling…”

 “Have a wonderful and bazaar time up there.”  “It was great meeting you this year and seeing you at our rock and roll concerts, hope you liked us.”
 RHS ’80 is definitely the best!! Worth coming up from Tejas.”  “I’m not going to miss you because there is still Vashon and summer and you will be there.”  “…we’ll have to raise some hell before I leave June 17th.”    

Q: Which one of our classmates sang at the opening of the World Cup in Milan in 1990?
A: Joe Milner

Found another nugget:

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Chess Team 1979-1980. From left to right: Cesar Aquino, Larry Smith, Mike Anthony,
Billy Lee, Ben Tien, John Lalonde, Terry Wong, Duane Wilkins, Richard Nichols

Chew Cup - 2009 at JW Winery

 Violin:  Mark "Fiddler" Pattison--Class of 80
 Steel Guitar:  "Mississippi" Chaz Chesney
 Percusian:  Brian "T-Bone" Hart- Class of 78
 Lead Guitar:  Marco "Dutch" Nordstrom- Husband of Linda Hart Class of 81

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Roosevelt High School Memory
One day while sitting in our positions for taking attendance for Team VIOLENCE (the nick name for the Team Sports class) Mr. Cutler was taking extra time and we were wondering what was up. We would soon find out that we were in for a treat...On our way down to the gym before hand we passed through the doors that recently had some graffiti painted on them referencing the very hairy and burly Mr. Cutler..."Cutler's mom is a bear!!!" - So as he began, he mentioned how "Some hooligan had defiled public property by writing 'Cutler's mom is a bear' (long pause.....then he added much more emphatically) - IT'S MR. CUTLER!" - we totally cracked up and came to appreciate him that much more. Mr Cutler is definitely not to be forgotten.  ML

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Q. Which one of our classmates was the first female to ever become a high school football team manager in Washington State history?

A: Jamie Jefferson

Awesome 70's Hair!
                        Jill Martin                                                                                    Russ Thompson


5 Minutes of the 1980 USA vs USSR - Miracle on Ice

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