This week the 1973 film American Graffiti was brought up in conversation and I decided to ask everyone where they were in the year of '62. Most of us on the Facebook board were still hitting the candy stores in those days but there are older 60's teenagers in our group and we wanted to know what Cowansville's very own Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander were up to.
Decker Way- In '62 I was chomping at the bit waiting for my 17th birthday, the magic day, when I could finally take my drivers test. Spent the '61/'62 school year at Feller College boarding school (an excellent adventure) to avoid being in the class of a teacher I couldn't stand. The following year came wheels and drive-ins across the Vermont border. It wasn't until a couple years later while pipelining in Belleville ON that I first experienced "cruisin' the main drag" (American Graffiti style), A & W Drive-in restaurants and going down to the Bay to watch the submarine races!
I can smell the Teen Burgers from here Decker!!
With all the conversation of the early 60's Sheila Perry posted an interesting article from a vintage CHS annual The Hylite
Last Will and Testament of the Graduating Class of 1964
We, the graduating class of 1964, being of sound (?) mind and bruised bodies, do, this the 11th days of the month of May 1964 bequeath the following to the future Grade XI class in hopes that they will benefit there-from.
I, Agnes-Jane Greig, bequeath to Christine Jadack my chemistry notes which are high-lighted with hockey players’ pictures between the pages.
I, Christina Pratt, leave to Carol Longtin my basketball shorts and running shoes with which to lead the Senior Girls’ Basketball team on to victory next year.
I, Doreen Mekety, will to Mike Ellis my ability to try and convince Mr. Douglas that the “Canadiens” are still the BEST.
I, Roger Corey, bequeath to Randy Wood my ability to predict Stanley Cup winners, namely-Toronto.
I, Billy Longtin, leave to Carole Ferris my slightly incomplete geometry notes in hopes that she may have better luck in understanding them than I.
I, David Hawke bequeath my Hot Rod Magazines to Bob Bromby so he could read them during literature class.
Decker Way- Many forgotten memories here
Bob Bromby @Decker-.So where are MY Hot Rod mags?
Decker Way- Didn't you get them, left them on the counter at the back of the room? Think there was a Honest Charlies catalog there also.
Larry McCrum- I was only 10 in 1962 but remember it as the Cuban missile crisis and preparations for nuclear attack! Here's some other things I looked up:
The Cost of Living in 1962
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.20%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.6%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 652
Average Cost of new house $12,500.00
Average Income per year $5,556.00
Average monthly rent $110.00 per month
Tuition to Harvard University $1,520.00
All Wheel Drive Scout off road $2,150.00
Renault Imported car $1,395.00
Average Cost of a new car $3,125.00
Eggs per dozen 32 cents
Gas per Gallon 28 cents
Factory Workers Average Take Home Pay with 3 dependents $94.87
Claudia Allen- We had no clue Larry. We were still wet behind the ears!
Audrey Bromby- Wow, I was still a wee girl of 12 with a twinkle in my eye and mischief in my thoughts. I was riding my bike and hanging around with my friends. Going swimming at the old swimming hole not far from my house.
Claudia Allen- '62, yikes, that's is actually my age NOW . I can remember sitting at the Bluebird Restaurant having egg rolls and coke and listening to the juke box . We were too young for Harry's Poolroom then.
Barbara Lacroix- The Bluebird - everyone went after seeing 2 movies for 50 cents (or was it 25 cents) -the best Chinese food ever!
Decker Way- So when did Harry's open? I know we went north from the school to Frank's Pool Room most of my high school years, only remember going to Harry's the last year, maybe 2.
Since we began the CHS Facebook group Harry's Poolroom on South Street seems to be a beloved and greatly missed part of our lives. Harry's was American Graffiti's Mel's Restaurant to everyone that went to Cowansville High School. One might think that if they ever create a CHS museum it should be built on the site of Harry's.
Audrey Bromby - How many of you skipped school every now and then? My friend Joan and I skipped an afternoon and headed to Harry's Pool Room and helped Kenny Taylor peel potatoes. Who came strolling up the street- the good Reverend Peacock. Kenny told us to hide in the poolroom until he left. That was one lonnng cup of coffee!
From Harry's the discussion literally went from the top to bottom and was grabbed by the early bloomers as they posted about their bottoms. Well- cheerleading bloomers anyways.
Claudia Allen-Anyone remember the Cowansville High School Cheers?
Audrey Bromby- 2-4-6-8 who do we appreciate (enter name of player) Yay team!
Audrey Bromby- Let's go let's go let's really go...let's fight let's fight..lets really fight!
Audrey Bromby- How corny!! lol
Claudia Allen- It wasn't corny then .. . and now it's more than a hoot!
Kelly Reagan- You're right, it wasn't corny or hokey then, we were just a bunch of kids having fun together
Claudia Allen- Yup it was fun . . and look here we are talking about it and singing and carrying on just like then . . .
Decker Way- It's called school spirit and the tea supporters on the bus had to pay a quarter to ride. Good times those sports trips.
Kelly Reagan- A memory becomes great when you can share it with others. That is why this is such a great site, because we all remember bits and pieces of the same big picture.
Barbara Lacroix- When you're up, you're up, when you're down, you're down, when you're up against Cowansville, you're upside down (and that's when Amy & I would do our cartwheels), razzle, dazzle, sis boom bah, Cowansville High School, rah, rah, rah!
Claudia Allen- I remember that one Barb!
Claudia Allen- Here is a comment I received from my aunt, Tunie aka Dorothy Taylor-Grant. She was a cheerleader in the 50's and this is what she wrote: Claudia, I remember ONE of our cheers when I was a cheerleader many years ago. I recently sort of demonstrated it to some of the kids. They laughed and were NOT impressed!
Barbara Lacroix- We wore red short pleated skirts, white turtlenecks & bloomers (I still have mine). Mine were white with red frills I believe – will have to find them. And this was in the mid 60's.
Now that vintage clothing Barbara!
Claudia Allen- There was no itty bitty teeny weeny bikini underwear for us in those days. I know the skirt was a white top of some kind..maybe someone else will recall those wonderful happy days!!! We all thought we were great!!!
Claudia- All of you were great but you just ever realized it at that age. But to quote the film American Graffiti:
We just couldn't stay seventeen forever!
Anyone got a time machine?
Nevermind, we will be forever young!
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9th in a series of -"6 seconds of Cowansville High School"
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Photo of The Hylite from: From the Facebook group Ville De Cowansville
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