Happy New Year 2019!
I’ve always heard the saying “time flies when you’re having fun” but I think it’s more like… time flies when you blink a few times! Whether you had fun or challenges over this last year, I think you will agree it’s been an incredible ride through the 47 years since we graduated. Let’s take a moment and look back compared to where we are now.
On this day (1/2/72), the Mariner 9 began mapping Mars. In the first minutes of 2019 NASA’s New Horizons probe successfully conducted the farthest-ever fly-by of an object in space when it sped past Ultima Thule that is 4 billion miles from the Sun.
Compare how much things cost in 1972 to today. The average cost of new house was $27,550.00 but keep in mind the average income was $11,800.00 per year and the average monthly rent was $165.00! Cost of a gallon of Gas was 55 cents and the Ford Pinto $2,078.
While things change, it seems some things don’t. History has a way of repeating. Some have marked 1972 as a black year in history due to the use of terrorism with the massacre of 11 Israeli Athletes by Arab gunman. Sadly we have seen far worse on our own soil. In 1972 was the Watergate Scandal and political scandals and investigations have continued in the White House today.
However, many good things happened in 1972, from the first digital watch to the Equal Rights Amendment which provided for the legal equality of the sexes passed by the U.S. Senate on March 22nd (though it never gained state ratification). So while we look back, let us also look forward to what we treasure most… family and friends!
This year our 1972 RHS Women are gathering in Salado for a weekend retreat. Check out the details in the News Blog! This is an opportunity to renew friendships and show support for each other. And in a short 3 years (or a few blinks) we will be celebrating the GOLDEN Anniversary of our class. A lot can happen in 3 years so it’s important we take the time now to reach out and stay connected.
And again — HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Toni McCullough Dunne
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