Scorpions

REMEMBER THE YEAR

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1958 - Freshmen

August 5:  The world's first undersea crossing of the North Pole was made by the U.S. atomic submarine Nautilus.

March 22:  Noted film producer Mike Todd died when his private plane crashed near Grants, New Mexico.

January 31:  The first U.S. Earth satellite, Explorer I, was launched at 10:48 pm from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

March 22:  The NCAA basketball championship was won by Kentucky over Seattle.

March 29:  The NBA basketball championship was won by the St. Louis Hawks over the Boston Celtics.

October 1-9:  The 55th annual World Series was won by the New York Yankees over the Milwaukee Braves.

December 28:  The NFL championship was won by the Baltimore Colts over the New York Giants.

At the Movies:  Academy Award Winners - Best Picture Gigi;  Best Actor DAVID NIVEN in Separate Tables; Best Actress SUSAN HAYWARD in I Want To Live

Music:  Gigi, Witch Doctor, The Purple People Eater, and The Chipmunk Song

Minimum wage - $1.00; Average Income - $4,650; New house - $11,975; New car - $2,155; Gallon of Gas - .24; Dow Jones Average - 583.65; Life expectance - 69.6 years.

Inventions:  Barbie Doll, Hula Hoop, and Laser

FHS Homecoming Queen was Senior Eloise Lee and the Freshman Princess was Deanna Taylor.

October 11:  FHS Football - Before the Durango game the Homecoming Queen and her attendants were crowned. The Scorps, with only three starters in the line-up won the game 21-0 on a muddy field.  With eight sophomores and one junior starting for the eight regulars out with injuries and flu, the future for next year's team looks great.  P.S.  The team went 4-3 for the season.

Farmington High School Principal Jack Echols said "Here are memoirs of one year in an era of transition ... air age--to atomic age--to space age.  It is my hope that your memories of this year will be pleasant, that your experiences have been fruitful, and that you will be prepared to accept the responsibilities facing you."  Vice-Principal Ray Horvath added, "Or else!!!!"

The Dairy Queen was the coolest place in town to hang-out on the East end and the Chicken Shack was the coolest place to hang out on the West end.

Remember Pete's Pool Hall?

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1959 - Sophomores

January 3:  Alaska was proclaimed the 49th state by President Eisenhower.

August 21:  Hawaii was admitted to the Union as the 50th state.  The President also ordered a new flag of 50 stars.

Notables who died this year were:  Ethel Barrymore, actress; Lou Costello Comedian, Cecil B. DeMille, Motion picture producer; Billie Holiday, jazz vocalists; and Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect.

June 11:  Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence, was banned from the mails by Postmaster General Summerfield, who said, "Any literary merit the book may have is far outweighed by the pornographic and smutty passages and words, so that the book, taken as a whole, is an obscene and filthy work."

March 21:  The NCAA basketball championship was won by California over West Virginia.

April 4-9:  The NBA basketball championship was won by the Boston Celtics over the Minneapolis Lakers.

October 18:  The World Series was won by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Chicago White Sox.

November 5:  The newly formed American Football League (AFL) announced that eight professional teams would begin play in 1965.

December 27:  The NFL championship was won by the Baltimore Colts over the New York Giants.

FHS Homecoming Queen was Senior Kay Carpenter and the Sophmore Princess was Penny Martin.

Farmington High School Basketball "B" Squad was District 1A Champions under Coach Allan Packer.

Choke Cherry Canyon was the coolest place in town to ____________ (you fill in the blank!)

Superintendent of Schools W.H. Foster said, with regard to the new High School on Sunset Heights, "Plans for further development of the senior high school plant include a music building, a gymnasium, a stadium, two or three concrete tennis courts, a cafeteria, an administrative building, and an auditorium. .... It was anticipated when the new school building was started that it couldn't be occupied until 1960.  We are in it today, and it's only 1958.  We have every reason to believe that the Farmington High School plant will be one of the most beautiful schools in New Mexico."  Vice-Principal Ray Horvath added, "Or else!!!!"

Remember the Squires Car Club dances at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot?  Anyone remember Al Lucero?  How about the Sock Hops at the Mormon and Presbyterian Churches?

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1960 - Juniors

May 5:  The downing of a U.S. plane over the U.S.S.R. on May 1 was announced by Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who called the captured pilot, Francis Gary Powers, a spy and vowed he would be put on trial.  On May 7 the U.S. admitted that the unarmed U-2 plane had been on a spy mission. 

November 8:  John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected President of the United States.

March 25:  Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Larence was ruled not obscene, and therefore mailable, by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

March 19:  The NCAA basketball championship was won by Ohio State over California.

March 27-April 9:  The NBA basketball championship was won by the Boston Celtics over the St. Louis Hawks.

October 5-13:  The World Series was won by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the New York Yankees.

December 26:  The NFL championship was won by the Philadelphia Eagles over the Green Bay Packers.

FHS Homecoming Queen was Senior Judy Eubanks and the Sophomore Princess was Ginny Lee.

At the Movies:  Academy Award Winners - Best Picture The Apartment; Best Actor BURT LANCASTER in Elmer Gantry; Best Actress ELIZABETH TAYLOR in Butterfield 8

Music:  Theme from Exodus, Oliver, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Let's Do the Twist, and Never on Sunday

Minimum wage - $1.00; Average Income - $5,199; New house - $12,675; New car - $2,610; Gallon of Gas - .26; Dow Jones Average - 685.47; Life expectance - 69.7 years

FHS Football - The Scorps kicked off the new football season September 5 with a 25 point win over the Alamosa Maroons.  The Colorado team was never in the game as the '60 Scorps showed what was in store for the coming season. The next weekend the Big Green traveled to Gallup where they defeated the Bengals by a score of 29-8.  The Gallup squad drew first blood but were no match for the hard hitting Scorpions.  The team went 9-2 for the season.

Farmington High School gained a new Principal, H.L. Willoughby.  The students and the faculty alike confirm the fact that he is doing a fine job.  He has gained the confidence of the student body and he is a familiar face at all of the pep rallies, ball games and other student activities.  Keeping a high school running smoothly is a big job.  The over-all supervision of its financing, teachers, and activities is very time consuming.  Mr. Willoughby is known for his sincerity and capability. Vice-Principal Ray Horvath added, "Or else!!!!"

Michaels Drive-In was the coolest place in town to hang-out on the East end and the Chicken Shack was the coolest place to hang out on the West end, with the Dairy Queen still holding court in the middle.

Remember the great shows and dances at the VFW Hall!?!?  Remember KOMA radio station in Oklahoma City?!?!  Remember the Pep rallies and bonfires?!?

Remember _______________ (you fill in the blank; I wouldn't even guess!!!)

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1961- Seniors

January 20:  John F. Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States.

April 17:  In what came to be called the Bay of Pigs invasion, some 1500 anti-Castro Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Cochinos in Cuba.  On April 24, President Kennedy stated he accepted full responsibility for failure of the invasion.

July 24:  A U.S. passenger jet was hijacked.  An armed passenger forced the pilot of an Eastern Airlines Electra en route to Tampa from Miami to divert to Havana, Cuba.

October 6:  Speaking on civil defense, President Kennedy advised families to build or buy a shelter against atomic fallout.

Notables who died this year were:  Gary cooper, actor; Ty Cobb, baseball player; Chico Marx, actor; Grandma Moses, painter; and, James Thurber, writer and cartoonist.

May 5:  The first American in space was Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., who made a successful suborbital flight aboard the Project Mercury capsule Freedom Seven.

January 2:  The AFL championship was won by the Houston Oilers over the Los Angeles Chargers.

March 25:  The NCAA basketball championship was won by Cincinnati over Ohio State.

April 2-11:   The NBA basketball championship was won by the Boston Celtics over the St. Louis Hawks.  

October 1:  Yankee slugger Roger Maris his his 61st homer, setting a new season record.  

October 4-9:  The World Series was won by the New York Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds.

December 31:  The NFL championship was won by the Green Bay Packers over the New York Giants.

At the Movies:  Academy Award Winners - Best Picture WEST SIDE STORY; Best Actor MAXIMILLIAN SCHELL in Judgment at Nuremberg; Best Actress SOPHIA LOREN in Two Women.

Music:  Moon River, Run Around Sue, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Love Makes the World Go Around.

Minimum wage - $1.15; Average Income - $5,315; New house - $12,550; New car - $2,849; Gallon of Gas - .27; Dow Jones Average - 734.91; Life expectance - 69.7 years.

FHS Homecoming Queen was Senior Penny Martin.  

FHS Football - The Scorps provided the greatest High School football thrills in New Mexico history (this is editorial license, ok?!?!) when they went undefeated at 9 and 0.  A hard fought season closed with a loss to Clovis in the state championship game.  Farmington was ahead at the half but lost the advantage in the last sixteen minutes.  Commented Coach Tommy Campbell, "We played good hard football and that's what counts."  Vice-Principal Ray Horvath added, "Or else!!!!"

The stage was thus set for generations to come to make movies about these times, for the music to endure forever, and for the great Class of 1961 to remain faithful one to the other, into the twilight of their years.

       What are YOUR memories, right this second .... ?

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