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49'er Beeemee 7B'er
For Bicentennial Celebration
The annual Benson PTA 49'er was replaced this year by
the Benson 76'er in honor of our nation's Bicentennial
celebration. The name change did little to the purpose of
the event: various fund raisers operated booths in the
halls and the Stage show offered vocal and musical
The PTA sponsored the 76'er to raise money and to gain
new members. There were many booths which were set
up, and these were run by teachers and interested
parents. The names ofthe booths were also changedg the
new labels included "Betsy Ross' Boutique", "Poor
Richard's Bindery", "Martha's' Bake Shop", "Good
Times", "Valley Forge Mercantile", and "Darragut
Farms". From these booths one could find an assortment
of potted plants, paperback and hard bound books,
glassware, clothing, and small toys, as well as cakes,
pies, and doughnuts baked by Benson mothers. The
Benson Dads' Club operated their hot dog stand, and
"Paul Revere's Inn" offered coffee, cake, pie, and soft
The stage show this year was shortened from one hour
to about forty-five minutes. The purpose of the change
was to give people more time to browse among the
booths. The Master of Ceremonies for the show was
Charles Mueller iI2J. The Benson Ambassadors appeared
as one of the highlights, they presented "Billy Broke
Locks", "The River Is Wide", and "El Matador". The
Benson Gleemen, always impressive with their large
membership, sang "The Testament Of Freedom",
"Prohibition Round", a selection from "The Student
Prince", "Cabaret", "Enjoy Yourself", and "Hey, Look Me
Over". Mike Benton U21 presented "Abraham, Martin 8-
John" by Dick Holler, and Greg Shook lI2j and Katie
Rafferty combined on Elton John's hit, "Your Song".
"Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton was given by
Robert Moffat UOJ.
The Benson Band closed out the show with four tunes
which were researched, edited, published, and
distributed for the public high schools by the J.C. Penny
Co. as a Bicentennial gift. These include "America", "The
Federal March", "Over There", and "Fairest of the Fair".
The 76'er was once again held on a Saturday night,
November I5. The show last year was moved from Friday
night because of the state football playoffs. To avoid
complication this year, the date was set on Saturday.
UPPER RIGHT: The Math Center in Room 212 provides visitors a
look at computer math, MIDDLE RIGHT: Interested parents and
teachers ioin in to help out at the various 76'er booths. LOWER
RIGHT: Two students begin a game of chess, chess games with a
computer were found in the Math Center.
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Tech Show 1975:
" Biceniechnical Show "
The 56th annual Tech Show was held March 5 and 6 and
it proved to be one of the best ever. The theme for this
year's show was "A Bicentechnical Show Celebrating
America's Third Century." The event gives Benson a
chance to show the public what goes on inside "The Na-
Total attendance for this year was 8,746, up from 7,982
a year ago,
The Bicentennial celebration was evident throughout
the school, most Benson shops displayed their version of f
an American flag, made up of materials used in each S
respective shop. Shop teachers were given a blueprint of
the flag design and a plywood backboard and were given ff
the option to create a replica of the flag. Some examples
included electronic shop, with sequential lights for stars 3
and resistors, capacitors, and diodes for red and white
stripes, building construction, with different shades of
ash, hickory, and maple, and automotive, with light bulbs fg
inside nuts for stars, with the stripes formed from car- 5
buretor floats, condensors, points, and spark plugs,
Simon Benson was honored this year as pictures of log'
ging equipment and actual Benson artifacts were on ex- t f
hibit. Along the main hall were mounted photographs
showing the various techniques used by Simon Benson in
his lagging expeditions. ln the library, large, rusted
chains, pulleys, and other devices used were placed out
on tables for everyone to see.
ln machine shop, work was being done on the Simon
Benson fountain, which was placed in front of Benson on
April 5. This attracted quite a bit of attention, as did the -
other shops working on Bicentennial proiects.
In printing, souvenir folders were passed out along with
free copies of the Declaration of independence.
Visitors to the plastic shop were given key chains with a
map ofthe United States and "l776" and "l976" inscribed
in the plastic,
Foundry shop members passed out souvenir Bicenten-
nial coins, which were made by the students.
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