Rock Island High School - Watchtower Yearbook (Rock Island, IL)

 - Class of 1981

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12 The 1980-81 WATCHTOWER staff set up a day for the Happy Joe ' s hot air balloon to come to Rocky for some pictures for the yearbook. We contacted Mr. Al Fenster- busch, owner of several Happy Joes ' ; he agreed to bring two balloons as a favor to the yearbook. The day was warm and sunny, and we were excited about get¬ ting pictures of the school and the cam¬ pus from the air. The wind was rough though, making it difficult to hold down and control the balloon.

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Rocky introduces new prince and princess Brad Bowman presents the bou¬ quet to the 1980 Homecoming Queen. Matt Lofgren " gives his all " to try to win the jello-eating contest. The banner girls precede the Rocky marching band in the homecoming parade. Homecoming 11



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Our big hang-up It was arranged for a counselor, (Mrs. Pierce ' ) and Ron Chappell, a photographer from Adolphi Studio, to go up in the balloon with the pilot, for a trip ... actually, wherever the wind took them. The wind caused such a problem with keeping the balloon down, that the ropes were let go from the ground, and the wind took the balloon and all its pas¬ sengers right into the light standard at the west side of the stadium. The basket landed in a tree next to the tower, making it somewhat easier for the people to get down, and safely at that. This unfortunate accident was quite an experience and needless to say, we got our pictures! 13

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