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A question born from the previous entry: Is there anyone, when confronted with a shelf of high school yearbooks, who will pull down one significantly more recent than his or her era?

When my brother and I dropped into our hometown library the other week, he opted for the oldest yearbook on the shelf (1975). I chose the one from my freshman year, as I didn’t buy one for myself that year and am thus less familiar with the contents.

Left to my own devices, I tend to opt for the ’70s as well. The Fifties and Sixties just seem so gray and well-behaved and conformist. The ’80s … well, I might reach for one from around 1982 or so, but by and large I saw the ’80s firsthand and don’t need to go back.

But it would never occur to me to reach for 2003, or 2012, or 2018. I wonder why that is? I’m a lot less familiar with teen culture from those years (despite having had a teenager in the house for at least one of those years.) I could certainly see new things and learn new stuff if I took a couple minutes with that generation of students.

But it didn’t cross my mind the other day — and, even if I hadn’t had yearbooks with personal connections on the shelf, it wouldn’t have crossed my mind.

I wonder if others think the same way.

 

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  1. My sister was in the PHS class of 1984, and I believe that here freshman yearbook (1981, I guess) included hand-drawn prank page where folding it Mad Magazine-style revealed instructions to Principal and Head of Phys Ed. to f— off. I think the offending page was removed from as-yet-distributed yearbook copies. I wonder if the copy at the library has it.

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    • Now I find out! If I ever get back, I’ll try to check, though this sounds like the kind of thing that gets caught.
      Eric and I mentioned you while we drove past your old house, BTW — we recited the names of people we used to know the whole time we drove around Penfield, as we passed their houses and streets.

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