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All THE PRE IDENTS MEN
lt was the year l983. Nothing spectacular about the fact that it
was l983 except of course it was the year before l984. And everyone
knew what i984 meant - Big Brother.
The New Year was ushered in and Dick Clark was in New York
as the big apple descended in New York City and thousands were there
in the flesh with alcohol and party favors screaming their lungs out.
Within the mass of spectators was at least one Valdosta State student
who most likely waved his booze bottle and screamed out his lungs.
For those who viewed the activity from quiet homes or populated
parties, watching the crowd in New York City on the tube was
exhilarating but viewing the people in Las Vegas was confusing. It was
difficult to understand how the folks on the other side of the Mississippi
could get so excited about ten o'clock.
l984, as predicted, ushered in a rash of questions and evaluations
about George Orwell's writings. Editorials, commentaries and interviews
graced the audio and visual media. Bookstores and publishers offered
special l984 editions of Orwell's "l984 In February a new name in the
music business released a song called "Somebody 's Watching Me". The
man was Rockwell an uncommon name but he had some help on
background vocals by a name heard over and over again - Michael
Jackson. "Somebody 's Watching Me" typified the early emotion of the
Looking at Valdosta from 3,5CX7 feet one can see a special
structured, limited parking area facility. Looking closer one can see the
people, the problems and the product. Looking even closer one can see
the faces and feel the emotions of an institution dedicated to
academics and achievement and continual growth.
In the following pages of the l983-l984 Milestones one will get an
even closer look at events past that helped develop Valdosta State to
the place it is today - Home of the Blazersl