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“Here we are, we really rate, the class of 68 is great!”  The year was 1968 and the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Album topped the Billboard Charts on 1/27/68.  Hey Jude, by the Beatles, was the number one song of the year, and Sittin on the Dock of the Bay, by Otis Redding was number one on the Pop Music Charts.  The Oscar award for Best Special Visual Effects Oscar went to Stanley Kubrich’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”  Speaking of entertainment, I can remember when Jack Dougherty sang “I Love Onions” and Bill Fritz and Craig Loscalzo performed a funny skit to Tommy James’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” in the annual variety show.

 The year was 1968 and the Green Bay Packers repeated as Superbowl II Champions, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series and the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship.  And do you remember that AFL Championship Game: With the Jets leading 32-29 with only 65 seconds left in the game, the Raiders quickly scored 14 points to win, 43-32, but you didn't get to see the ending because the NBC Television Network cut away to air Heidi.

  Girls swimming lead by senior co-captains Debbie Delaney and Nancy Hannigan finished their season with a perfect log, 8 wins and no losses. The boys swim team carried an undefeated league record into the final meet only to lose a heartbreaker to Woodrow Wilson.  Seniors Casey Cahill, Ange Raimo, Jack Carney, Bob Frutchey , Terry MacDonald and Bob Carney worked hard all season.  Our football team had a tough season, but that never broke the Redskin Spirit of Bill Daenz, Craig Johns, Bill Magill, Tom Prendergast, Bruce Madden, Bill Mahoney, Brian Ryder, Joe Ramos, John Poland, Nick Fizzano, Bill Swenson, John Gorski, Charlie Schmidt or Bruce Haynes.  The girls hockey team went on to a 5-4-3 record  and was supported by seniors Lorraine Blood, Sue Adams, Wendy Dyson, Diane Clark, Janice Deiter, Pat Campbell, Marie Zeglan, Judy Steinke, Cherlyl Smith, Nancy Hannigan, Janet McIlvaine, Barbara Abbott and Wendy Dyson.  Let’s not forget our basketball and soccer teams and our spirited cheerleaders.  

Women’s softball had impressive records of finishing up the season with 6 wins and two losses. Seniors Ros Greenhalgh, Sue Adams, Marie Zeglen, Janet McIlvaine, Carol McKay Cheryl Smith, Stephanie Woodhouse, Linda Marlin and Jill Meyers filled the team roster.   During 1968 our school’s golf team, headed by team captain Scott Hayman, captured the Lower Bucks County Championship and took third place in the Philadelphia School Classic.  Who can forget Andy Scott, Bob Moretti, Edgar Seely, Mike Cloak and Barry Mather’s endurance, Bill Daenz’ speed and Tom Noonan’s school record breaking 14 ¼ foot jump in the pole vault?  Our gymnastics team added another Lower Bucks County Championship in 1968 led by seniors Chris Dowalo, Mike O‘Brien, Art Siegle, Rick Mellon and Steve Howard.   Our wrestling team’s captain Steve Senior led his fellow classmates Tom Prendergast, Bruce Haynes John Canon, and John Gorski throughout the season.  Tom and Steve extended their season into the Districts both compiling sectional honors.


 The year was 1968 and the United States Troop strength in South Vietnam had reached 486,000.  More than 9,400 young Americans had lost their lives in combat during 1967.  On January 30, 1968, North Vietnam and the National Liberation Forces (Viet Cong) launched the TET offensive against all the major cities in South Vietnam, including an assault on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.  Our student council, led by president Mike Monkhouse, vice president Joan Klalendar and secretary Linda Miscavage, raised over six hundred pounds of donated candies, cookies, shoe laces, soap and toothbrushes donated  from our student body for our troops in Vietnam.

The "King" of the television airways, that was when we had three channels to choose from, was Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In on NBC.  And who could ever forget the "Quote of the Year: “Book 'em Dano,” by Jack Lord in Hawaii 5-0.

The year was 1968.  President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before an American television audience and announced that he would not seek re-election as President of the United States.

The year was 1968.  The Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated outside his motel room in Memphis, TN and presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy was gunned down on the eve of the California primary just two days after our graduation.

The year was 1968. All we wanted to do was "Dance to the Music" (Sly and the Family Stone), enjoy "A Beautiful Morning" (The Rascals), and we were all "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf).  Yep!  "Those Were the Days" (Mary Hopkin).  We were all preparing to head off to college, the military, to find a job, to get married, and to become rich and famous. At times it seems like an eternity ago and at times it feels like yesterday. But for some of us, the days and years spent walking the halls of NHS were some of the most rewarding and influential years of our lives.

Yes, the year was 1968...and we graduated!


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