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MCHS Class of 1966 gathers for 50th reunion
By Linda Waggener
Fifty years have passed since the MCHS Class of 1966 accomplished a milestone that would bring us all back together this year -- we earned our high school diplomas from Metcalfe County High School.
We acknowledged each other every day as we walked the halls from one class to the next, observed and studied together, laughed together, fussed together, always checking the clocks on the walls to see if it might yet be time to head out and find our futures. We labored under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Ennis, Mrs. Yokley, Mrs. Cassady, Miss Bartley, Miss Sartin, Mr. Gilley, Ms. Chambers and other dedicated teachers.
1966 seems like yesterday sometimes, and at other moments it seems like high school happened in another lifetime -- like the five decades it has been.
We are Baby Boomers, born after 1946, in that sweet peace after World War II ended. We have family members who helped win that war and return to Edmonton, Sulphur Well, Center, Savoyard, Summer Shade, Good Luck, Cave Ridge, Wisdom and points in between, to make life better for the babies they were going to make -- us.
Ours was the first generation to grow up with television and some of the early shows we watched included Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, The Mickey Mouse Club, the Brady Bunch, The Twilight Zone, Gilligan’s Island, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, The Ed Sullivan Show.
We came to young adulthood in the Vietnam War era. We have, or know, families who lost members in that war. We grieved and were scarred by their losses and feared the results of the war.
We hear our dreams and concerns put to music -- many of us went to sleep each night listening to WLS-Chicago -- in songs like Ben E King’s Stand by me, California Dreamin by the Mamas & Papas, The Doors’ Light my Fire, Ticket to Ride by the Beatles who would give their last concert tour the year we’d graduate, The Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, House of the Rising Sun by the Animals, Aretha Franklin’s R.E.P.E.C.T., Roy Orbison’s Cryin’, The Wanderer and Run Around Sue by Dion, The Monkees’ I’m a Believer, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary, Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding, When a Man loves a Woman by Percy Sledge, Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrds, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by the Righteous Brothers and Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
World events in addition to the Vietnam War that impacted us included: the Cold War, The Cuban Missile Crisis, assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the walk on the moon, anti-war protests, sexual freedom, drug experimentation, civil rights, and environmental movements, the women’s movement, protests and riots and Woodstock.
Key characteristics of the Baby Boomers: experimental, individualism, free spirited and social cause oriented.
Graduates in attendance included: Kathy Ball Nasan, Richard Barrett, Patty Bitner Hurt, Billy Blaydes, Carolyn Bowles Sorrell, Connie Bowles Goodman, Wayne Gassaway, Danny Gibson, Roger Gibson, Yvonne Hamilton Hamby, Stan Harlow, Rebeccca Hayes England, Doris Hiser Devore, Patricia Holley Cummins, Gary Jolly, Faye Lambirth Morrison, Brenda Lawson, Janice Lester, Judy London Doyle, Linda Marcum Waggener, Diane Martin Burks, Kenny Miller, James Moss, Joe Ed McDonald, Peggy McIntyre McCoy, Ella Lee Oliver Wilson, Jackie Parson Coffey, Gary Payne, Teddy Pedigo, Michael Perkins, Sandra Jean Pickett Abbott, Glenda Pierce Eaton, Elaine Pruitt Wilson, Sharon Reece Wells, Sue Ann Thomas Chapman, Dotty Thompson Nagel and Forrest Wilson. Many brought spouses and/or guests.
This story was posted on 2016-10-22 22:50:23
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