The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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September 16, 2012

Enid High classmates to celebrate reunion

ENID, Okla. — In 1967, the number of American troops serving in Vietnam increased to 475,000, and peace rallies in the United States multiplied.

Israel went to war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the Six-Day War and ended up occupying a lot more territory than before the war.

Back home during the summer, rioting and looting were rampant across American cities. It was the year of Twiggy, and miniskirts were popular. The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and kids listened to the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds.

In the United States, the inflation rate  was 2.78 percent, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 905. The average cost of a new home was $14,250, and the average monthly rent was $125. Gas was 33 cents per gallon, and the average cost of a new car was $2,750. The federal minimum wage was $1.40.

In Enid, the Enid High School class of 1967 graduated 562 strong. After 45 years, 61 members of the class are deceased.

That class is planning its 45th class reunion Oct. 12-13 at the Enid High School food court. Tickets are $75 per person.

The reunion will start with a mixer at the food court, with food and music from 5 p.m. to midnight. Visitors may either stay at the food court or attend the football game against Ponca City. Tickets will be provided. After the game, they will return to the food court to catch up on old times and listen to more entertainment.

A dinner and dance will be held Oct. 13 at the Moose Lodge. A short program will be included in the evening.

Three members of the reunion committee, Lindy Chambers, Ron Garrison and Steve Gabelsberg, recently talked about the reunion. Any class members who still want to register may do so. Part of the registration fee will be donated to the Vietnam Wall of Honor to be established at Woodring Wall of Honor at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. The class previously donated $1,000 to the project, Gabelsberg said.

Garrison remembered hanging out at the Tastee Freeze and cruising Van Buren between Tastee Freeze and A&W, while parents worried about their children using too much gas.

Members of that class won three consecutive state football championships in 1964, 1965 and 1966, Garrison said. Their class featured two future professional players, Jim Riley and Ken Mendenhall. Riley was a member of the undefeated Miami Dolphins of 1972, and Mendenhall played for the Baltimore Colts. Both attended the University of Oklahoma.

Chambers said going to school in the 1960s was a bonding experience for the class members.

“We all went to school in turbulent times, and having come through that, it shaped our futures, and those experiences made us value each other,” she said.

Registrations can be sent to EHS 67 Reunion 2012, 3519 Northlake Lane, Enid, OK 73703-1471. Forms may be downloaded from ehs67reunion .org. or requests can be emailed to Reunion material urges those interested in attending to make their reservations early because hotels fill up fast.

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