Monday, January 23, 2012

Forty Years is a Long Time: By Jan Cherry Cline

It's been 40 years since my high school graduation. Even longer since I lived through those years with young people I thought I knew. Maybe I didn't know them so well, but we were close all the same. As teens in those days we shared more, laughed more, dreamed more and expected more from our futures.

I don't think it's the same for many teens today. It's more about living for the moment, and the future seems more uncertain.

It seemed to me that the world of my high school campus was a sort of magical place - a think tank of ideas and exploration. We said what was on our minds, we thought we could accomplish anything and never once dreamed how hard life could be. Some of us knew what we wanted to be when we grew up and some of us didn't. But that didn't seem to matter because we had each other and we knew everything would just work out somehow ...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


In the year of 1972, while the graduates of small town Walla Walla, Washington were preparing for change, independence and to make our way in the world; the year would also be filled with significant introductions and history.

While we were watching our favorite TV shows: The Brady Bunch, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and Hawaii Five-O; they were often pre-empted due to the beginning of the biggest political scandal in modern times - - Watergate.

The  Volkswagen Beetle became the most popular car ever sold with in excess of 15 million sold - - and gas was only 55 cents a gallon. But no matter, because Melanie was singing, "I ride my bike, I roller skate, don't drive no car ... I got a brand new pair of roller skates. You got a brand new key."

The first artificial heart was invented in the USA and Neil Young sang his heart out to "Heart of Gold."

There was  Bloody Friday  and Bloody Sunday in Belfast Ireland, and in the United States,  there was "Saturday in the Park" by Chicago. 

Nillson was putting the "Lime in the Coconut" and Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan.

American swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany and unknowingly left before terrorism would enter our arena of revered international athletic contests.

We had "Knights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues, "A Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress," by The Hollies; but we wore a $12 pair of Levi jeans. To our parents chagrin, we immediately bleached the new dark blue jeans, unraveled the hems and sewed on patches where there were no holes. 

President Richard Nixon ordered the start for the space shuttle program, he visited China and the year before, he even found the time to visit Walla Walla .

Apollo 16  landed on the moon and drove a Lunar Rover around the craters. The astronauts of Apollo 17 were the last  to walk on the moon and Elton John's hit of "Rocket Man" would last forever to be heard in elevators and 21st century TV commercials.

In June of 1972, the last of the US ground combat units were making plans to  withdraw from Vietnam and Alice sang to us ... 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Every Father's Worst Nightmare

Note how his hair keeps getting longer and longer ...

Jeff & Shari

Jeff and Patti
Jeff and Karen
Jeff and Linda

Jeff, Marlene and Joanie

Jeff, Connie and Tauna
Karen Smith

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Then and Now

 In April of 1966, The Franklin Family moved to Locust Street and landed directly across from the Potter Family and our destiny was sealed. We were married on June 11, 1972. Now, 40 years, 8 kids and 10 grandkids (and counting) later, we're still here. And they said it wouldn't last.