Saturday, January 14, 2017

Let's Flip Through Some Yearbooks From 1967 And See What College Life Looked Like Fifty Years Ago

It was a good time to be a college student in 1967. You could sit in your dorm room and listen to a strange new Beatles album called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Need a cheap eat? McDonald's has a new bite called the Big Mac. Nothing to do on Thursday night in spring? Stay in and watch Batman and Star Trek. Of course, the Summer of Love was just around the corner.

Much has changed over the last half century. Then again, some things about college life forever stay the same. From public schools to private institutions, here is what being a college kid looked like in '67.

1. Hangin' in the commons.

Cape Cod Community College joked that CCCC stood for "cokes, cards, cigarettes, and characters." (Image: Cape Cod Community College)


2. They were nostalgic back then, too.

Just as we are waxing nostalgic about the 1960s now, college kids were throwing Roaring '20s parties then. (Image: SUNY Plattsburgh)


3. Homecoming!

The dresses look a little different today. (Image: Cape Cod Community College)


4. So many great haircuts.

Kids looked sharp. (Image: Cape Cod Community College)


5. Not all dances were formal.

Some great fashion was starting to happen. (Image: Oglethorpe University)


6. The Underclassmen were always a rung below.

Oglethorpe had "Rats," freshmen students who were playfully hazed in silly caps, forced to answer the questions and demands of upperclassmen. (Image: Oglethorpe University)


7. Not everyone could be Homecoming Queen.

Miss Kay does not look thrilled about the results. (Image: Oglethorpe University)


8. Yep, there was prom in higher education, too.

Seemingly, if your name was Nancy, you had a pretty good shot at being queen. (Image: SUNY Plattsburgh)


9. Of course there were cheerleaders.

Are they spelling something in semaphore? (Image: Oglethorpe University)


10. Holidays meant more parties and formals.

Halloween looks more fun than Thanksgiving on this campus. (Image: Bryan College)


11. Freshmen had talent.

This frosh talent show offered the diverse skills of "Isbell's Troubadours," "Silent Stampede," the Bryan Rockettes and a bagpipe player. (Image: Bryan College)


12. Life on the quad.

After a good game of tug-of-war, be sure to remember to make that blazer fitting. (Image: SUNY Plattsburgh)


13. More faces in the crowd.

College was all about meeting new people. (Image: Bryan College)


14. You needed a cool ride.

We would love any one of these cars right now. (Image: Oglethorpe University)


15. The concert committee worked hard.

The Letterman and the Shirelles? Those are solid bookings. (Image: Oglethorpe University)


16. Hmm…

We have no idea what is going on here, but you probably wouldn't see this spread today. (Image: Bryan College)

17. And now for our sponsors…

The back of the yearbook was always for local ads and personal messages. Thanks, Rexall! (Image: Bryan College)

(Images from Archive.org, via MeTV)

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