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1958 Was A Very Good Year
We graduated high school during a very interesting time.  So many things were being discovered, technology was bursting at the seams.  The transistor had just begun to replace vacuum tubes.  Color TV was just around the corner.  School integration was being introduced into the South.  We were very fortunate to have grown up in the be-bop era.  However, things were not always peaches and cream.  Lets take a trip back to 1958 and see how things have changed in fifty years. 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court meets in a special term.  They rule unanimously on September 20, that schools in Little Rock, Ark begin integration according to schedule.
  • The first U.S. satellite (Explorer I) is launched January 31.
  • The soviet Union puts Sputnik III into orbit with a total payload of 7,000 lbs and called it a "flying laboratory".
  • Economic recession grips the nation with nearly one third of our major industrial centers classified as having "substantial" unemployment.
  • The median U.S. family income is $5,087 and half of the families income is below the median.
  • Ten years earlier, a family size Chevrolet cost $1,255 and in 1958 had climbed to $2,081.
  • A gallon of gasoline was 30 cents per gallon.
  • Levi's cost $3.75 for one pair.
  • The Tallahassee Democrat was 05 cents for the daily copy.
  • Mutt & Jeff's hot dog was 25 cents, french-fries 10 cents and a coke was 10 cents.  We ate lunch for less than 50 cents.
  • Monticello fresh boiled peanuts were 10 cents per bag.
  • Diamond dealer Harry Winston donated the 44.5-carat "Hope" diamond to the Smithsonian Institute.
  • The first U.S. Atomic power station for peaceful purposes was dedicated May 26.
  • IHOP opened it's first restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • Stereo records are introduced and becomes the standard displacing monaural.
  • The U.S. launches it's first communications satellite.
  • Computer language ALGOL introduced at international conference in Zürich.
  • Aluminum cans first produced by Kaiser Aluminum.
  • Bobby Fischer, fourteen years old wins US Chess Championship.
  • Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
  • President Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into US law.
  • Iraqi revolution - The monarchy is overthrown by Arab Nationalists.
  • "Have Gun, Will Travel" debuts on radio.
  • Paul Anka, 15 begins a rise to stardom with "Diana".
  • Richie Valens records three hits..."Come On, Let's Go," "Donna," and "La Bamba".
  • "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin was a big hit.
  • Chuck Berry tops the charts with "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Reelin' and Rockin'".
  • Paul Vance's "Catch a Falling Star" was a big hit.
  • Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight boxing title for a record fifth time.
  • Arnold Palmer wins his first Masters Tournament in August.
  • Americans buy 100 million hula-hoops, introduced by Wham-O, Mfg.


Who’s Coming to the Reunion?

                As of April 23, 2015

Martha (Taylor) and Bob Tilden
Victor and Sally Johnson
Edgar and Carol Moore
Mary Anne (Humphress) Gray
Faith (Moore) and Joe Coomes
Tommy and Joyce Dunaway
Larry Sharer and Soky Maiello
Diana (Hood) and Michel Gendron
Wilma (Brinkley) Lauder
Gail (Winchester) and Grady Bass
Hugh (Sonny) and Judy Cowart
Mary Lee  (Register) Robertson
Jerry and Nora (Parker) McDaniel
Sue (Jimmy Sue) (Williams) and Lee Austin
John Pat and Myrtle Marshall
Preston Cowie
Jo Ann (Batchelor) Etheridge
James L. Rhoden, Jr. and Guest
Shirley (Herring) LaRock
Ivan and Anne Munroe
Loretta (Perdue) and John Galeener
Jack and Marjorie (Lowrie) Whiddon
William J. (Bill) Hutto and Doris Coyle
George W. (Bill) and Bess Edwards
Mary Kathryn (Brandt) Long
Linda (Patton) and Courtney Moles
Perry and Evelyn Harrell
Buddy and Patty Searcy
Lee and Ann Williams
Sharon (Buchanan) and Lester (Punk) Mason
Clayton Bailey
Diane Pickett and Jim Miller
Aubrey and Linda Kelly
Robert O. (Skeeter) and Lilli DeHaney
Fred and Bonnie Andrews
Fances Martin Wagar
Ned Hafner and Carol Neith
Minora (Galbreth) and Myers Hand
Buzz and Betty Ann Korst
Buddy and Nancy Holley
Mary (Heiges) and Bob Fitzgerald
Sue (Herring) Anchors
Betty Sue (Nichols) Jackson
Terry and Betty Lee
Mary Alice (Collins) Bolton
Carroll (Haynie) Walker
Patricia Dawkins and Julie Boyer
Kenneth Shepard Davis
Anne (Patronis) and Jimmy Koikos
Herbert J. Carter
Kay (Huddleston) McNab
John and Shirley Trotman
Jack Levins
Linda Gormley and Bunk Berry
Edna Erle (Miller) and Jeff Wilson
Peggy M. (Smith) Messer
Eugene M. Lewis
Shepard Davis
C.C. and Betsy Sellers
Linda (Corbett) and Dale Croy
Joel Hill
Robert Ashmore
Johnny Sewell and Maryanne (Hartsfield) Short

More than 100 people attended and there were forty at the Sunday brunch.  A good time was had by everyone ...

Seniors of 1958 along with the rest of the student body, helped make history “firsts” this year continuing their tradition of “firsts” which began back in the seventh grade when the 1958 class was the first freshman group in the new Elizabeth Cobb school. Senior George Beal became the “first” from Leon ever to win a National Merit scholarship.  This year’s class was the first graduating one to hear “no final examinations for seniors!”  … and the first to “sign up” Florida State University’s Campbell stadium for graduation exercises.  But perhaps the thing that will be remembered most is February 13 when the 1958 class became the first seniors who have ever been able to say “it really snowed in Tallahassee”

Florida Theater, 1958

State Theater, 1958

The Big Snow, 1958

Mutt & Jeff's Drive-in, 1958

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