Members of the Class of 1973 grew up in a changing world. In 1973, citing progress in peace negotiations, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam. Nixon also accepted responsibility for Watergate. Members of this class graduated at a time of inflation having a significant impact on people’s lives around the world with the UK inflation rate running at 8.4% and the US running at 6.16%. Cost of a new house was $32,500.00. The average Income per year was $12,900. The cost of a gallon of Gas was 40 cents per gallon. You could buy an AMC Javelin car for $2,900 and a dozen eggs for 45 cents. The ruling by the United States Supreme Court in Row vs. Wade guaranteed a constitutional right for women to receive an abortion. The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1973.
World events and changes in our society helped mold this class into the adults they would become. Their optimism in the future was evident in the theme of their Bison yearbook, “Everything is Beautiful”. Their hopes and aspirations were evident in the opening pages where they wrote, “Everything is beautiful in its own way. Like a starry summer’s night or a festive fall homecoming day. Everybody’s beautiful in their own way. Under God’s heaven, the world’s gonna find a way. There is none so blind as he who will not see. We must not close our minds; we must let our thoughts be free. For every hour that passes by you know that the world gets a little bit older. It’s time to realize that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”
Please join the Carlisle High School Alumni Association in welcoming the Class of 1973 back for its 40th anniversary during homecoming weekend. Members of the class will have their commemorative “40 Year” ribbon proudly displayed on their name tags during the weekend. Be sure to visit the Museum of Carlisle History to view their memorabilia display.