Classmates from Alcoa High School turned the clock back 40 years recently as the AHS Class of 1968 abandoned the present and went back to the days of their graduation from Alcoa to celebrate friendships and relive the memories.
It was a watershed year -- 1968. Vietnam was escalating, as were protests against the war in the United States. Postage stamps jumped from a nickel to 6 cents, and the Hollywood Squares parleyed daytime success into a prime time television slot. Elvis gets another Gold record -- this time for a gospel song, “How Great Thou Art.” The Beatles are everywhere -- mediating, divorcing spouses (John) and appearing nude with his new passion, Yoko, on a record cover, winning a Grammy for Sgt. Pepper and releasing “Hey Jude.”
And, by year’s end, the Class of 1968 will have had to process the loss of both Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quite a year.
Memories at the gathering for their 40th reunion, however, also took on much more personal tones, as old friends spent the time catching up as well as looking back.