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1 July 2006

It was, oh my god, 46 years ago that I graduated from high school.  I ran across this set of questions in my friend Jennifer's journal and thought I'd see how much I remembered about my senior year of high school...

1. Who was your best friend?

Madelyn.jpg (20588 bytes)My best friend in our Freshman year was Madelyn Powers.  I used to spend a lot of nights at her house, and she let me read "Peyton Place" there, because my mother wouldn't let me read the book. But by the end of our Senior year, I guess my best friend was Joyce Villa, but we really ran in a pack:  Joyce, Ann, Madelyn, and Margie.  Later in the year, after our Senior Play, we added the guys who had come from the nearby boys' school to play the male parts.   I still exchange Christmas cards with Joyce, Ann and Margie, but Madelyn disappeared from sight after she married.  I would love to reconnect with her.   I hear she had a bazillion kids like I did.

2. What sports did you play?

Bwahahaha.  Sports?  Me?  Surely you jest.   I was editor of the yearbook that year and my photo is in every section of the book, because I was an over-achiever, but you won't find me on any of the sports pages.

3. What kind of car did you drive?

My parents' car.  I think it was a Chevrolet.  I remember that the first night I drove it, I ran into the back of a car--and drove off because I was terrified.  And a few months later, I managed to take both side doors off the car, by getting hung up on the gate to the high school.

4. It's Friday night, where were you at?

Well, I wasn't writing bad grammar, that's for sure ("where were you at?" ... nails on a blackboard!)  I don't know that we had any regular Friday night thing.  Mostly, I suspect I was at home, unless someone was having a party.

5. Were you a party animal?

Heavens no.  "Teachers Pet," perhaps, but never "party animal."

6. Were you a considered a flirt?

Heavens no.

7. Ever skip school?

Heavens no.

8. Ever smoke?

I tried a cigarette once, hiding in the bathroom of my house.   My father got angry because he could smell the smoke.  Then I decided I would buy a pack of cigarettes and learn how to smoke.  I felt like I was doing something very evil when I bought a pack of Kent mint filter cigarettes.  I tried to smoke one and then threw the rest away because I really didn't like it.

9. Were you a nerd?

Probably, though that was not a term that anybody had "invented" in the 1950s.

10. Did you get suspended/expelled?

Heavens, no.

11. Can you sing the Alma Mater?

For the school the we love
We'll sing the praises
Long and loud to all
United firm in [something] words
Which can no breaking know....

And so on.  yes, I can.  It was sappy, sappy, sappy.   I haven't a clue who wrote it.  But probably the same person who makes "he is beyond the wall" kinds of sympathy cards!

12. Who was your favorite teacher?

My all time favorite teacher was Sister Anne, but she was not there my senior year.  She had been transferred to Phoenix, so I guess my favorite teacher in my senior year was Mrs. Gavin, the French teacher.

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Mrs. Gavin

13. Favorite class?

French.  French became my major in college.

14. What was your school's full name?

St. Vincent High School.

15. School mascot?

I don't think we had one, unless it was St. Louise de Marillac, the patron saint of the Daughters of Charity.

16. If you could go back and do it over, would you?

Heavens, no.  I loved high school.  Those were my best school years. But I wouldn't go back and be that young again for anything.

17. What do you remember most about graduation?

Grad.jpg (27174 bytes)You know what's really funny?  I remember that our graduation ceremony took place at the huge Cathedral (which burned down several years later), but the only thing I remember about the ceremony is that afterwards I said goodbye to a former classmate, Ruth Rose, who said "Well, I suppose we'll never see each other again."  Until that moment, it had never occurred to me that I really wouldn't be seeing most of these women again.  I didn't see Ruth again until our 20th class reunion.  She came and seemed to enjoy the day.  I walked her out to her car and she said she had her curiosity satisfied and she didn't need to see any of us again.   I once tried to contact her, when I agreed to be the Alumna outreach coordinator for our class, but she never responded.  I think she's an attorney in the Los Angeles area.

18. Were you 18?

No, I was 17.  I started Kindergarten a year early, 'cause I was so advanced in "coloring."

19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year?

The School Play.  "Tish."  A mystery that was written, I think, for the purpose of being performed by high schools.  I had, believe it or not, the romantic lead.  The group that was involved in that play became a very tight knit group.  It was my very first direct involvement with theatre, because in my school only seniors got to participate in the annual play.

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall?

I'm not sure what that means, but if it's an "award thing," I won the "Vincenta award," which was one of the top 3 awards for graduating seniors.

21. Did you have a job your senior year?

I don't believe so.

22. Who did you date?

Randy Ray Jones, who was my leading man in the play.  He was shorter than I am and I'm sure, knowing what I know now, that he was gay. 

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23. Where did you go most often for lunch?

There was a Fosters restaurant 2 blocks from school where we went frequently.  For lunch, we weren't allowed to leave the school grounds, I don't think.  My clearest memory of Fosters was the day that someone tripped and spilled Coke down my back.

24. What did you do after graduation?

Hawaii.jpg (40243 bytes)After the ceremony, we had a party at our house.  Right after graduation itself, I went on a cruise to Hawaii with my mother and grandmother, to spend the money my godmother had left to me when she died, since I was going to enter the convent in September.  I then spent the rest of the summer working at a tool company where my high school "big sister" worked. 

Sister Anne came to talk with me sometime during the summer and said she didn't think I was really ready to enter the convent.  She suggested I wait an additional six months to make certain this was really what I wanted to do.  I spent that six months working as secretary at the school and taking French classes at the University of San Francisco night school.  Ultimately I decided not to enter the convent after all and started UC Berkeley in January.

25. When did you graduate?



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The happy family following my graduation

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