Chaney High School - Lariat Yearbook (Youngstown, OH)

 - Class of 1982

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V The year is 2002. It is a still night in the country. The subtle creaking of grandpa ' s rocker can be faintly heard as he sits on the back porch of his quiet home. Somewhere in the distance, the lonely cry of a night hawk pierces the evening air. Other than this, all ia still, and the night is a tender one; haunting in its nature and serene in its atmosphere. It is the kind of night that often invites a man to reach back and touch the past; to caress the fonder memories of his lifetime with a melancholy affection. Little Celia sat on the edge of the porch step a few feet away from her grandfather. On this peaceful night, she kept quiet company with him for all of a half an hour before she finally spoke. " Grampa, is the world a bad place? " " Sometimes it is, Celia, but we can ' t alway s help that. " " But grampa, I ' m tired of hearing about the bad things in this world. Can ' t you tell me a good story? " " Well, let ' s see. What do you want to hear? " " Please tell my about one of your favorite years, " little Celia pleaded. Grandpa pondered silently for a moment. His eyes moved slowly across the field ahead until they finally rested on the distant laake. Moonlight flooded the lake ' s surface, creating a silvery sheen. Grandpa then began to speak. " Celia, I have had many happy experiences in my lifetime, but one that particularly stands out in my mind centered around a wonderful place called Chaney High School. It was during the 1981-82 school year. I remember that period well. In the year 1981, Reaganomics became a household word, and the march for the Equal Rights Amendment was going strong. Sandra Day O ' Conner became the first woman justice to be appointed to the Supreme Court, and scientists also discovered a link between coffee- drinking and cancer. The strangest thing about that year was that everyone was wearing ' preppy ' clothes. Boy, what a fad . . . alligator shirts, little gold and bronze shoes, designer jeans, and big name clothing. The music that kids were listening to was interesting also. Disco died out, and punk rock took its place. Everyone was listening to groups such as the Ramones and the Plasmatics. The year ' s number one song was written about the charm and appeal of a famous and once very beautiful movie star, Bette Davis. Also, movies like " Arthur ' and ' Vice-Squad ' were the popular ones. Oh, and how could I ever forget those video-games! Everyone was playing them. Things were even more alive at Chaney High School Everyone was doing Rubik ' s Cube in study halls. At the time, most clubs in the school were selling candy to raise money, so between the sucker craze and the cubes, teachers were nearly going crazy. Another interesting event at the beginning of ' 82 was the ' would-be-strike ' by the custo- dians. Thank goodness that didn ' t happen. Everyone really had a lot of fun that year. The comedy skits at the pep assemblies kept everyone roaring, and the seniors of that year were rowdy, also. They seemed to take a liking to ' strong waters, ' particularly Miller ' s. There was also a ' love fever ' going around the school, which eventually forced the administration to forbid hand-holding, but that didn ' t stop those devout lovebirds. Still, the best part of the whole year had to be when that refined principal of the school actually took a pie in the face. What a moment! Celia sat on the step, staring at her grandfather with curious, delighted eyes. " That ' s a funny story, " she said. " I like it when you tell me about the old days. But tell me one thing, grampa, who was that principal who got a pie thrown at him? " " I ' ll never tell, " said grandpa. The night remained as hauntingly calm as it had been when grandpa began his story, and the moonlight ' s shine on the lake had faded slightly because of a light haze which covered the moon. Now, the wind began to blow gently, and the trees swayed obligir Murphy and his grandaughter went into the house to retire for the evening.

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