We had 96 classmates, including spouses, respond to our committee's invitation to celebrate our 50th year after graduation. The Reunion Committee was Randy Puff, Dawn Millis Stroven, Vonda Harrington, Marcia Johnson, and Holly Moon. Pretty impressive attendance with class members coming from as far away as Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Arkansas! Lakes 23 was a beautiful venue for all to get re-aquainted and catch-up on everyone's families and lives. If you missed this one, we are planning the next reunion in 5 years. More pictures can be found on Facebook: Fremont Class of 1971 Reunion - Hollie Schipper, photographer.
In honor of the Class of ‘71 here’s a peek back at their graduation year.
How about the debut of All in the Family, a show that grabbed the top spot and stayed there for years? It was the year Flip Wilson introduced us to Geraldine while Marcus Welby was everyone's favorite doc and Mary Tyler Moore led a cast of characters that would charm viewers for 7 more years.
Charlie Manson and many of his family members were found guilty inn the Helter Skelter case and the U.S. shook off the drama of Apollo 13 and took two trips to the moon and back. Disney World opened in Florida, the first Starbucks opened in Seattle and skyjacker DB Cooper opened a parachute and dove off a 727 in the Pacific Northwest with 200 grand never to be found or heard from again,. A compelling case the FBI finally gave up investigating….in 2016.
Joe Frazier took the heavyweight title from Muhammed Ali in the first of their 3 epic battles and Jack Nicklaus won the PGA the 10th of his 18 majors. The Pirates, with Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente on the field, won the World Series. The Bucks took the NBA title behind Lew Alcindor who would soon to change his name to Kareem Abdul Jabbar and the Baltimore Colts defeated the Cowboys in Super Bowl V then 13 years later changed their first name to Indianapolis.
The movies brought us Billy Jack, Dirty Harry and Popeye Doyle, Gene Hackman's Oscar winning character in The French Connection. Rom Coms were rare at the time but A New Leaf and the cult classic Harold and Maude were quirky yet had their romantic moments.
While Joy to the World, Maggie May, and One Bad Apple topped the charts it was How Can You Mend a Broken Heart that couples slow danced to and Take Me Home Country Roads was the top sing along tune.
And every girl with a stereo had Carole King's Tapestry album.
Congrats Class of 1971!