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					Cranston High School
            Class of 1961

    Lakeland, Florida Get-together
          January 10, 2009
      Update After the Meeting

High School Memories

                            Remember 1961?

Gasoline was 27 to 31 cents a gallon, and the minimum wage was set at $1.00 an hour. A new
Chevy cost $2,529 loaded, and a new VW beetle cost $1,623 including the only option - an AM
radio. Bacon for 1LB was 67 cents and Eggs per dozen was 30 cents. A first class postage
stamp was $.04, and the average income was $5,315 per year. A new middle-income house
cost $12,500. Tuition at Harvard University was $1,250 per year.

John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. The Bay of Pigs Invasion of
Cuba occurred. Alan Shepard became the first American in space aboard Mercury-Redstone 3.
President Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress his goal to put a man
on the Moon before the end of the decade. The Vietnam War officially began in December, as
the first American helicopters arrived in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.

Patsy Cline released "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy." The success of both songs helped her cross
over from country to pop. Record of the Year: Theme from a Summer Place by Percy Faith.
Song of the Year: Theme from Exodus by Ernest Gold, songwriter. Academy Award, Best
Picture: The Apartment, Billy Wilder, producer (United Artists).

East Germany erected the Berlin Wall. OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)
was formally constituted. One of President Kennedy's first proposals was the creation of a
Peace Corps to aid developing nations.

The Jerk, the Frug, and the Pony became popular dances. Popular Films included The Guns of
Navarone, The Parent Trap, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Alamo, Swiss Family
Robinson, 101 Dalmatians, Breakfast at Tiffany's, El Cid, and West Side Story. Popular TV
shows included Mister Ed and The Avengers.

On the technical side, IBM introduced the Selectric typewriter Golf ball. The First in flight movie
was shown on TWA. The First electric toothbrush was produced by Squibb Co.

The greatest group of students ever graduated from Cranston High School in Rhode Island.
                Florida Reunion List
Name                                  Email
Dottie & Jim     Dottie   Braids
Dick & Dianne    Dick     Evans
Don & Diane      Don      Kafrissen
Eileen & Mike    Eileen   Kennedy
John & Betty     John     Proctor
                 Betty    Swanson
George & Mary    George   Smith
Roy & Carol      Roy      Tucker
Pat & Jack       Pat      White

Class Pictures

January 10, 2009
Reunion Pictures

                    Put Names to the Faces

Row #     Image 1            Image 2              Image 3            Image 4

1         Betty & John       Roy Tucker           Carol & Roy        Betty & John
          Proctor                                 Tucker with Dick   Proctor
          Mike & Eileen                           Evans
2         Don & Diane        George Smith         Dick with Jim    Don, Diane, and
          Kafrissen                               Baxter (Dottie   Eileen
                                                  Braids husband)
3         Pat White &        Carol & Roy          Eileen, Roy, Don
          Jack                                    & Diane
4         Mike & Eileen      Jim & Dottie         George Smith
                             Braids               with Betty
5         Betty & John       Pat & Jack           Saying Hello to
                                                  each other

        Dick & Dianne Evans (she took all the pictures, so was not in any of them!)

                                      History Exam
Circle the letter of each answer:

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?

a. On the floor shift knob.
b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch.
c. Next to the horn.

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?

a. Capture lightning bugs.
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing.
c. Large salt shaker.

3.. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?

a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk.
b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled.
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the
cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?

a. Blackjack
b. Gin
c. Craps

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due
to rationing during WWII.

a. Suntan
b. Leg painting
c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or

a. Studebaker
b. Nash Metro
c. Tucker

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7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?

a. Strips of dried peanut butter.
b. Chocolate licorice bars.
c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

8. How was Butch wax used?

a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up.
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing.
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.

9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?

a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key.
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot.
c. Long pieces of twine.

10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?

a. Consider all the facts.
b. Ask Mom.
c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo..

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?

a. Smallpox
c. Polio

12. 'I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey'

a. SUV
b. Taxi
c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pony?

a. Old Blue
b. Paint
c. Macaroni

14.. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?

a. Part of the game of hide and seek.
b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores.
c.. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

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15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?

a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
b. Princess Sacajawea
c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?

a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high.
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window.
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid their failure.

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?

a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum.
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items.
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.

18. Praise the Lord, & pass the _________?

a. Meatballs
b. Dames
c. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song 'Cab driver' a hit?

a. The Ink Spots
b. The Supremes
c. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco ?

a. Tony Bennett
b. Xavier Cugat
c.. George Gershwin

SCORING (Answers on last page)

17- 20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with mental abilities. Now if you could only
find your glasses. Definitely someone who should share your wisdom!

12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you are getting here.

0 -11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences.

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                50th Reunion Survey Results
We were assuming a Saturday reunion, possibly with informal get-together for out-of-towners on Friday
evening, perhaps informal breakfast on Saturday morning and maybe Sunday morning. The actual
reunion event would take place on Saturday. Results include multiple responses

Time of Year            May      June     July    August          Sept    Oct
                        0         3        1       1               6      1

Time of Day             Afternoon       Evening
                        2                 6

Location                Inside    Outside
                        5          2

Dress                   Formal        Business Casual            Casual
                        0                  5                      2

Menu                    Sit down meal         Buffett    Clambake (if outside)
                        4                      2             1

Music                   Live band       DJ
                        2               6

Pictures                Yes      No
                        2         4

Cocktail Hour           Yes      No
                        7         0

Will you need
a hotel to
stay at?                Yes      No
                        3         3

If at the hotel,
breakfast on
Sunday Morning?         Yes      No
                        3         3

Are you planning
on attending at
this time?              Yes      No
                        7         0

Other Suggestions:

Maybe an outdoor event during the day, also.

Hold it the end of September (after the 15 ) as the weather is nice and hotel rates are lower.

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                         History Exam Answers
1. (b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took utill the late '60's to
catch on.

2. (b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?

3. (c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

4 . (a) Blackjack Gum.

5. (b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow

6. (a) 1946 Studebaker.

7. (c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

8 (a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.

9.. (a) With clamps , tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.

10. (c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. (c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering
places were closed to try o prevent spread of the disease.

12. (b) Taxi Better be ready by half-past eight!

13. (c) Macaroni.

14. (c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. (a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet..

16. (a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

17. (b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

18. (c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

19. (a) The widely famous 50's group: The Inkspots.

20. (a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today.

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