A tip of the hat to my high school graduating class

31Aug10

Click here to view interactive graphic.

When I graduated from high school many years ago, there was no Internet, no personal computers, no cell phones, no iPods, no YouTube and no Facebook.

What we had were our vocal chords, manual typewriters, ink and paper. Plus a tremendous supply of ingenuity and guts.

We did not have information graphics. We had crude hand drawings and illustrations in our school paper’s literary section and some decent black and white photography shot likely with a trusty Pentax, then meticulously developed and printed in a makeshift darkroom.

We did not have sleek offset printing in high-gloss color; we had letterpress presses that used hot lead.

We didn’t have much yet somehow we had plenty.

Today, in this age of instant and instantaneous communication in multiple platforms, this interactive presentation attempts to pay tribute to a time when things were simple and straightforward — but always hopeful and ambitious.

It is a lighthearted look back at how we were — the good, the bad, the highs, the lows, what we’d rather forget and what we’d love to cherish forever.

Also a glimpse at what we have become — rich, poor, skinny, fat, getting old and hating it, getting old and ignoring it, or getting old and loving every minute of it.

This is us — the Class of 1971. Yes, almost 40 years after that graduation day, and here we are. Still going strong and able to laugh at ourselves. This is us.

Interactive graphic by Alfred Elicierto
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Also in this blog:
Not a time for dictators
The beginnings of the Amazon
Navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway locks
Fixing Toyota’s sticky pedal
Turning back the Asian carp
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