Separation of church and state was much different by the time my sons graduated 20+ years later. Baccalaureate services were strictly church functions. My personal view on this is that is a shame. While I don't want someone dictating how to believe or worship, a moment of silent prayer can be spent as one wishes, and a blessing is always welcome and I don't care who delivers it.
If you were a graduate in or near 1970, you might enjoy remembering these facts:
- "American Top 40", hosted by Casey Kasem, debuted in 1970
- The Grammy award for record of the year went to "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by the Fifth Dimension, album went to "Blood, Sweat and Tears" by the group Blood, Sweat and Tears, and song of the year went to "Games People Play" written by Joe South.
- The Oscar for best movie went to "Midnight Cowboy"
- "Love Story" and "M*A*S*H" were big hit movies
- Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died of drug-related deaths, both at the age of 27
- The Beatles broke up
Changing anything in my past would surely have altered who and where I am today, so I don't look back on anything with regret. Well, maybe one regret. This hair cut in my senior picture, taken just before the school year began leaves a lot to be desired!