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A Time Capsule...

We are Baby Boomers. (1946-1964) While we may all have AARP cards now, we are witness to some of America's more interesting cultural moments. We are the first TV generation. We are the first Rockers as we heard the birth of Rock and Roll. We saw the dawn of space exploration. We "tuned in, turned on and dropped out" as Flower Children of the Love Generation.

And long before today's kids were a glint in somebody's eye, we were saying the word "cool."

It just didn't seem all that auspicious on that first day of Senior Year...

DJ Rick Shaw from the
Sunrise Jr. High "Falcon Dispatch"
December 1964
Mr. Shaw is still a DJ in Miami at WMXJ 102.7

Fort Lauderdale High Choral
Starring Kathi Reeder, Casey Green and Tom Edwards
Directed by Andrew Yoh, who died in 1998.

Fort Lauderdale High Follies

Ever wonder what are the real words to Louie Louie?

The Senior year began on August 28, 1967. The Warning Bell rang at 7:55 AM and Homeroom began at 8:00 AM. The day ended at 2:55 PM. Graduation was at 8:00 PM on June 7, 1968 at War Memorial Auditorium.

The Number One song that first week in August was Ode to Billy Joe (Bobbie Gentry), followed by All You Need is Love (Beatles), Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees), Light my Fire (Doors) and Baby I Love You (Aretha Franklin).

The Number One song for 1967 was To Sir With Love (LuLu).

By graduation in June of 1968, the Number One song was Mrs. Robinson (Simon and Garfunkel), followed by Good, Bad and the Ugly (Hugo Montenegro), Beautiful Morning (Rascals), Tighten Up (Archie Bell and the Drells), and Honey (Bobby Goldboro).

The Number One song for 1968 was Hey Jude (Beatles).


October 1967 - April 1968 Season
(Nielsen Ratings)
 1. The Andy Griffith Show
 2. The Lucy Show
 3. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
 4. Gunsmoke
 5. Family Affair
 6. Bonanza
 7. The Red Skelton Show
 8. The Dean Martin Show
 9. The Jackie Gleason Show
10. Saturday Night at the Movies
11. Bewitched
12. The Beverly Hillbillies
13. The Ed Sullivan Show
14. The Virginian
15. Friday Night Movie
16. Green Acres
17. The Lawrence Welk Show
18. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
19. Gentle Ben
20. Tuesday Night at the Movies
21. Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
22. The F.B.I.
23. Thursday Night Movie
24. My Three Sons
25.Walt Disney's
   Wonderful World of Color

Drama - Mission Impossible
Comedy - Monkees
Actor - Bill Cosby (I Spy)
Actress - Barbara Bain (Mission Impossible)
Drama - Mission Impossible
Comedy - Get Smart
Actor - Bill Cosby (I Spy)
Actress - Barbara Bain (Mission Impossible)

This was the second season for a show that just never made it in the Nielsens, and would be cancelled the next year for lack of ratings. As we all know, time is a great equalizer, and this same show proved to be the greatest franchise in all of television. Do you know what it is?
The Short Answer    The Longer Medley Answer (255KB)


Picture - In the Heat of the Night

Actor - Rod Steiger
(In the Heat of the Night)

Actress - Katharine Hepburn
(Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

Song - Talk to the Animals
(Dr. Dolittle)
Picture - Oliver

Actor - Cliff Robertson

Actress - TIE
Katharine Hepburn
(Lion in Winter)
Barbra Streisand
(Funny Girl)

Song - Windmills of Your Mind
(Thomas Crown Affair)

Disney's The Jungle Book was the top grossing movie of 1967, followed by the Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Bonnie and Clyde and Valley of the Dolls.

In 1968, Funny Girl led the list, followed by 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Odd Couple, Romeo and Juliet, and Oliver!

1968 was a rough year for America. The war in Viet Nam raged on. By March 31, President Lyndon Johnson had announced he would not seek re-election. On April 4, Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis, followed by Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, just two days before Graduation. Dion expressed the mood best in the 1968 hit, Abraham, Martin and John.

As high school ended, we faced a conflicted America and the "Happy Days" world as we knew it was gone forever. But it wasn't all that terrible. After all, baby, it was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

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