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School Daze #9: Yearbook '78


I don't know about you, but I love digging through old yearbooks - especially those that allow the seniors to make comments.  You can always count on them to deliver up some hilarious words in their short bios, whether it be encrypted tomfoolery to avoid censorship or just straight-ahead nonsense.  Either way, the awkward photos aren't the only thing good for a laugh.

As always, the last names have been obscured.  Plus, I should mention that, if my own personal yearbook photo were included here, it would be dumber and more embarrassing than any of these.  In other words, I have no room to talk, but will talk nonetheless. So, enjoy.





Cheryl - TJ Swann was a cheap wine from back in the day - I don't know if they still make it.  A popular saying was "Pass the bong and the TJ Swann" - so, she may be referencing weed as well.

James - "Hunting, four wheeling and partying" - this is redneck heaven.




These two weren't next to each other in the yearbook, but they seem to go hand-in-hand in regards to compound bows.  Hilarious.


William - Likes to party and get crazy..... and then rides the bus every morning.  Something doesn't add up here.  I'm putting his partying prowess under review.

Marianne - Likes Alice Cooper and Miller - my kind of girl.



Randall - Definitely the a-hole of the bunch.  A young Alec Baldwin who loves his Firebird and hates "losing at anything".

Meanwhile, Dominick just plays drums, goes to concerts and hates burnt out chicks.



Linda doesn't strike me as a Nazareth fan.  "Now you're messing with a... SONOFABITCH!"

But then, I wouldn't have pegged Kevin as a Zappa and BOC fan either.  Go figure.



Ron really summarizes the rural teenage male of the seventies perfectly.  He digs chicks, partying, Chevys, hunting and motor bike ridin'.  Hells yes.

Jeffrey, however, may be the most profound of them all.  "Of everything in the whole world, what is something you like?"..... Nacho cheese flavored Doritos.



Richard likes getting down on Larry...... Hmmm. Well, that's nice.
Robin is a man after my own heart: he likes Coors and Aerosmith, but hates calculus.  High five!.... don't leave me hangin'.



Schlitz Malt, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Alice Cooper - these are things the seventies were made of.


Lynn couldn't possibly be referring to cocaine here.... could she?  I mean, it's not capitalized and it is 1978 after all.  Makes one wonder.

And I won't judge you Mark..... at least not until I get to know you.  Then I'll judge you.

21 comments:

  1. Please tell me that the Jeffrey/Jeff that Robin and Brooke like is named Jeffrey/Jeff Boggs. Oh please, oh please oh please!!!

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  3. Two mentions of the "tool box". Hmm. Back when I was a junior or senior (80-82) my band played at some other high school's homecoming dance. There were a couple guys there that instantly started hanging around with us. One guy carried around a small metal tackle box. Turns out he was the school "chemist". I wonder if the "tool box" was something like that.

    Ron, who only did vo-tech, reminds me of a guy from my class. Poor family. Kind of a dirt head. Always had that same dark peach fuzz mustache. Had a non-running Chevelle that he was fixing up (forever in grey primer, naturally). His idea of extra-curricular activities was skipping school to drink PBR.

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    1. I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps that's where they kept the weed. That's why and empty tool box is a dislike.

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    2. AnonymousMay 31, 2013

      1977, that's what we called the little wooden box where we kept the grinder, mirror, blades, & straws. You know, the "tool kit"!

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  4. Blacklick Valley High School. Nanty Glo, PA.

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  5. Gilligan, I LOVE your site. However, I found a couple of entries that brought question to mind. You claim these are year book submissions from 1978, I pose otherwise:

    1. The first guy, James says that he likes four wheeling. Suzuki did not introduce the four wheeler until 1982.....

    2. Jeffery claims to not like nacho cheese flavored Doritos. That was the ONLY flavor back in 1978. side note- sour cream & onion and taco flavor were distributed in limited areas.

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    1. For you city boys, four-wheeling is taking your 4-wheel-drive Jeep or truck off road and driving through mud, over mountains, etc.

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    2. Actually, the guy said he liked Nacho Doritos. At that time there was plain Doritos, Taco Doritos and I believe Nacho Doritos were new. Plain and Taco were phased out after Nacho Doritos took off. You might say Tostitos took the place of Plain Doritos. Cool Ranch appeared in the 80s. Not sure about when those others flavors like "Terminal Hot" or "Chicken Wing" whatever else came along. The good news is Taco flavor is back in a Retro package.

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    3. Don't forget the gross Sour Cream and Onion flavor that was around at the same time as plain, Nacho Cheese, and Taco.

      Now only if Tostitos would bring back their delicious Nacho Cheese flavored chips.

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    4. these are all fake...

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  6. Maybe the Tool Box and Uncle Millers were places.

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  7. Brooke's nickname was Trout?

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  8. What's with the Compound Bows???

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  9. 1978 my graduation year as well! Ah, the feathered memories...

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  10. These are hilarious. Randall invented "winning" long before Charlie Sheen did...

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  11. I doubt this was Pennsylvania. Too many references to alcohol, and the drinking age in PA has ALWAYS been 21. Believe me, I know.

    Oh, to able to drink at 18 ...

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    1. We had no trouble getting alcohol in PA back then. It was New Jersey that advanced the drinking age from 18 to 21 around that time (always keeping it just out of my reach). Maybe that's where we got it from.

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  12. I graduated from high school in southern Oregon in 1979 and somehow I know every one of these people

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  13. Great memories, when everything was so important.

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  14. I do believe Lynn was referring to cocaine... I mean, 'Nachos' and 'Doritos' were capitilized, and not 'coke'. Whether the faculty was aware of exactly what she was referring to, no one can know. I mean, they did allow Ron to say that he didn't like 'redheads', so clearly they weren't too strict here.

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