School Daze #7: Yearbook 1978

Note: I've erased the last name of all the students.  I also am not giving the name of the high school.
For seventies nostalgia it doesn't get much better than old yearbooks.  It's a front row seat to what teen life was really like back in the day.  I dig the "student life" section as well as the parades of popularity (i.e. Most Handsome, Biggest Flirt, etc.).  Best of all is when the seniors are allowed to write a brief message by their portraits.  That's when things get really interesting....


"Bong it" - really? I know they were a lot more open to this kind of thing back in the day, but this is wonderfully lax, even for the seventies.  My school had a smoking area for chrissakes.  But even accounting for the epidemic tolerance of the day, I still have to believe this little gem slipped under the faculty radar.

I'm familiar with Acapulco Gold, a fairly well known strain of marijuana. Lumbo Gold - not so much.  I'm thinking it's a Lebanese variety.  Anyone out there got info on William's favorite variety of weed?

 Kind of pretentious to proclaim yourself "Captain Fantastic" in the school yearbook, wouldn't you say?  With the Elton John connotation, I can't see this being considered especially cool among his classmates.

Of course, the Captain Fantastic pinball machine was fairly popular back in the day.  Perhaps, he was the local pinball hero.  In which case he is forgiven.  [Note: I am not even entertaining the thought that he's getting the name from the British TV Series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" from which the name originally was created.]

I have a feeling that Kathy and Stella were not best friends.  Just a hunch.

Boy, these sure are cryptic.  The Snark is from a Lewis Carroll poem; but I can't imagine what ol' Richard means by the reference.

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair."

"Go for the birds & bees"? For the love of God, this is an expression meaning "sexual intercourse".

I guess by "stung" he could mean something along the lines of "dumped" or "screwed over"; while "pecked" may mean something like "henpecked".  Or he could be making a play on words with "pecker".

Let's face it, Alan is an enigma.

I'm thinking Karen liked Mark a whole lot better than that douche, Brian.

I had to read Gerald's quote twice to make sure I wasn't seeing things.  "Happy Dust" is cocaine.  There's no other alternative meaning.  Gerald may as well have written: "I sell coke."

Daddy: "I'm proud of you, Susan.  That being said, Gerald the coke dealer also did it. And so did William who smoked Lumbo Gold every day.  Sooooo..... I'm just sayin' don't pat yourself on the back too much. Ya dig?"

Okay, Brian is recommending that we all get shitfaced. Real classy.  But at least I understand what he's saying.  Jill's message, on the other hand, is a question mark.  Her high school DaVinci Code may one day be cracked by some amateur code breaker; but until then, we are left scratching our heads.

 "Boogie Pilgrim" is another Elton John reference.  I can't think of a better caption for a 1978 senior portrait, can you?

I can't translate Jane's encrypted message, but usually when people say "I love to {censored}" they mean pancakes.

What did Bob try and like? I'm going to assume he means gay sex.

Kimball can proclaim his sexual prowess all he likes, but, in the end, Ingrid, the hot foreign exchange student, will rock Alan's world while Kimball is left holding his drum stick.

Wow. Lynn's is the only deep and reflective quote in this entire bunch.  I'm betting she's the Molly Ringwald of this high school.  Scott may be the Anthony Michael Hall.
I've saved the best for last.  "BUSH!"


  1. Maybe Susan's rubbing it into her father's face. He was telling her every day she was too stupid to graduate and she ought to just get married to the dirty old man down the street and hope he'll die before he divorces her and leaves her all his money. But she stuck it out. She graduated. And now she's saying "HA! Look daddy! I graduated even though you said I couldn't! Take that you jerk!"

  2. Good ol' Robert. He "know" he could do it! It's amazing that he met the English credit requirement for graduation.

    Great post!

  3. Judging by these awesome senior quotes, I think kids stopped being cool in 1978--I was in the Class of '79 and no one in my class was this original. In fact, I had about 40 classmates sign my senior yearbook, and they all wrote the same things, either "To Doug, one wild and crazy guy!" or "Doug, don't forget our wild and crazy times!!"

    We attended a rural high school where bored kids snuck out at night and soaped windows or tipped cows--there was no wild, there was no crazy!

  4. These are just classic. I should steal the bit from you but you do it too well. I am looking forward to this as a regular feature. I had a great quote in my High School Yearbook. "An aspiring actor, Calvin hopes to one day be Pope, even though he got kicked out of Religious Studies 35"

  5. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

    Dang me, I'm so old my yearbook pics were in b/w.

  6. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

    Bob and gay sex? More like a piece of raw liver in the shower.

  7. I'm pretty sure most of the adult admin for this school were probably so square they couldn't know what "bong it" was a reference to let alone "happy dust".

    Some of the younger teachers may have got "it" but they were cool with "it", you know not uptight like the older generation.

  8. CMHS Mustangs!
    Class of 79 myself...

    1. Wait - CMHS? Are you from Costa Mesa, CA?

    2. Newport Harbor, class if '95. I should've been Estancia but my brothers all graduated NH and mom wanted me to graduate from there too. So filled out all the special paperwork....

  9. Gilligan, are you an alum of cmhs?

  10. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

    Lumbo = Columbian

  11. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

    I have a feeling that Mark had a lot of girlfriends. Alan did not.

  12. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

    Yet another great post! Mr. Lumbo must have been the Spicoli of his class.

  13. I assume PTL may be Praise the Lord (like Pat Robertson's PTL Club). MDLB I have no idea about. Google isn't any help. Maryland Lab Band?

  14. I want to know why Jane says "Batmobiles Rule."

  15. AnonymousJuly 02, 2012

    hey man,
    what about a massive
    "eight is enough" post?

  16. Beige tuxedos...only in America!

    Man, Ingrid is hot.

  17. "Hosed" meant "shitfaced"? Naw, "hosed" means "laid".

  18. Try it, you'll like it. Another Alka Seltzer commercial that got used for everything.

    I'm sure every guy in the school checked out Ingrid's photo first when they finally got their yearbook.

  19. AnonymousJuly 03, 2012

    This is just amazing. this is 77 not 78.

  20. I thought we looked bad in '84. This is worse. Much worse.