When I mentioned to co-workers that I was attending my high school reunion this weekend, I got negative reactions—most wouldn’t go to their reunions simply because high school didn’t bring back any fond memories. All they wanted from high school was “out.”
High school for me was a little different. My dad was vice-principal. I enjoyed being in the band, having a foreign exchange student, and editing the school’s literary magazine. Boy friends? Not! Popular in-crowd? Not! But I remember shedding a tear on graduation night when my classmates were rushing from the football field jumping for joy.
When it was time for my XX year class reunion, I was pregnant and couldn’t travel. I made it to my XX one with my ex-husband. I wrote a blog about it in August.
When I attended the XX with Bill, I wondered who all those old people were. I had a good excuse for not attending the XX reunion. I went to Moonlight & Magnolias in Atlanta, and then vacationed in the Outer Banks.
This reunion should be fun, simply because it is a “Grand Reunion” of the local bands we listened to in high school. The Soul Sanction will be there. So will The Rogues, The Embers, and The Impacts. Former members of The Knight Riders have been invited to perform.
So what important things were going on when I was in high school?
In Oak Ridge, McDonald’s hiring wage was $1.40 per hour.
The Skyway Drive-In was playing Valley of the DolIs. Grove Theater was showing Bonnie and Clyde and Ridge Theater was showing Yours, Mine and Ours. The cost of admission for students was $1. The Odd Couple was featured at the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse.
Crusin’ from McDonaIds to Shoneys was the “groovy” thing to do. Dancing at the Armory was the after-the-game hot place to be after a football game on Friday night.
We were listening to Otis Redding, the Righteous Brothers, the Beatles, the Rascals, the Fifth Dimension, Simon and Garfunkel, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, the Four Seasons, and The Four Tops.
Top 5 songs were Hey Jude, Honey, Love is Blue, Sittin’ on The Dock of the Bay, and People got to be Free.
Oak Ridge High School graduated 522 seniors that year.