RHS Classes of the 60’s

5th Annual Bear Huddle

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

***** Celebration Pictures ******
Do you have any pictures from any of the first 4 Classes of the 60’s Celebrations? If so, Would you like to share them with the group? If so, please send them to kenvarga@cox.net.

***** Yearbook Pages******
Right now the only links to yearbook pictures are for the classes of ’60 through ’65 and ’67 through ’70. I will be adding ’66 shortly.

***** Thank You *****
Thanks to Les Maness for web site improvements as well as the use of his previous Bear Huddle Pictures. I will be adding them shortly.





DID YOU KNOW THAT …




In 1960


  • The Wyandotte YMCA, located in the downtown area on Biddle Avenue for many years, constructed and opened a new state-of-the-art building on Fort Street just north on Eureka.
  • A last-ditch effort was proposed by the Michigan Turnpike Authority in order to stop construction of the Seaway Freeway (I-75) through Downriver into downtown Detroit.  The MTA had been proposing toll expressways through the area for several decades and had not been heard from since a later proposal failed back in 1955.  Meanwhile, it was proposed the section of Seaway Freeway be electrified from Detroit to Toledo through an idea proposed by General Motors.
  •  G. Mennen Williams announced that he would not run for a seventh term as Governor of Michigan.



In 1961


  • The Detroit Tigers won 101 games but finished in second place, eight games behind the Yankees. The team’s 1961 record tied the 1934 Tigers team record of 101 wins, and only twice in team history have the Tigers won more games: 1968 (103 wins) and 1984 (104 wins).
  • “Greatest Tiger” Ty Cobb dead of cancer at 74.



In 1962


  • Kmart Corporation opens their original Southgate store on Eureka Road just east of the Southgate Shopping Center.
  • The Michigan State Legislature officially disbanded the Michigan Turnpike Authority, finally putting to rest attempts to have toll expressways in the Downriver-Detroit area.  Construction on the Seaway Freeway would commence shortly thereafter.
  •  The Wallenda family, performing a high wire pyramid in front of 7,000 spectators at the Shrine Circus at Detroit’s State Fair Coliseum, sustained two deaths and three other injuries when the pyramid collapsed.] Karl Wallenda sustained a pelvis injury, his son-in-law and nephew both died, and his adopted son, Mario, was paralyzed from the waist down.  Remaining members of the family went on with the show the next day.



In 1963


  • E.J. Korvette opens their “superstore” in Southgate on land across from the Fort George drive-in theater.
  • The Walk to Freedom was a mass march during the Civil Rights Movement on June 23, 1963 in DetroitMichigan. It drew crowds of an estimated 125,000 or more and was known as “the largest civil rights demonstration in the nation’s history” up to that date.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy, is shot dead by Jack Ruby in Dallas on live national television. Later that night, a hastily arranged program, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, featuring actors, opera singers, and noted writers, all performing dramatic readings and/or music, is telecast on ABC-TV.



In 1964


  • The local rock band MC5 (Motor City Five) would start up in Lincoln Park.
  • Petroleum Specialties, Inc. (PSI), a small oil refinery located on Peters Road bordering Brownstown TownshipFlat Rock and Woodhaven, closed its doors to active refining business, turning instead into a tanker storage facility.  Two and a half decades later, they would be in the news again, but for negative reasons only as Superfund money would be targeted toward remediating the site.
  • APBA Gold Cup – Ron Musson in the Miss Bardahl won the 56th Gold Cup unlimited hydroplane race on July 5 before 250,000 spectators on the Detroit River. The victory was the second of three consecutive Gold Cups won by Musson and the Miss Bardahl.



In 1965


  • Ford Motor Company began operations of a new Stamping Plant in Brownstown in January. The 400 acre project took the place of the Trombley soybean farm located between King and West Roads. The official dedication would take place the following year under its current name of the Woodhaven Stamping Plant.
  • Woodhaven incorporated as a city, which began the proverbial ball rolling toward Brownstown Township avoiding additional annexation of other lands.
  • Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race – The Gypsy won the annual race, becoming the first boat to win the race three times. The Gypsy was skippered by Milwaukee auto dealer Charles Kotovic in a corrected time of 42 hours, 44 minutes, and 13 seconds.



In 1966


  • A partial meltdown at the Fermi I nuclear power facility in nearby Monroe put Downriver residents on edge. This would place Fermi in the position of the closest a nuclear facility in the United States ever came to a meltdown, prior to the accident at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island in 1979, in turn surpassed by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine and the 2011 Fukishima disaster in Japan.
  • In the latest (to date) attempt at a land swap for annexation, Rockwood sought to add the village of East Rockwood to its coffers, and Southgate sought to annex a portion of Brownstown Township as far south as King Road, while venturing as far west as Telegraph Road, in effect doubling Southgate’s size.  Despite the best campaign attempts by Rockwood and Southgate’s mayors, the proposals were brought to defeat in November elections.  No land swaps or annexations have taken place since.
  • UFO sightings by hundreds of persons in Washtenaw County in the spring which were later identified as “swamp gas” by an Air Force investigator



In 1967


  • The 12th Street Riots in Detroit caused parts of Downriver to be put on curfew or lockdown. Routine operations district-wide were not restored until the following week.
  • The Seaway Freeway (I-75) was completed through Downriver.



In 1968


  • Taylor incorporates as a city.



In 1969


  • Kick Out the Jams by the MC5 was released in February. It was recorded live at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom on October 30–31, 1968. The album was ranked No. 294 on Rolling Stone list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
  • Michigan rose to the heights of its old football glory, overwhelming supposedly invincible Ohio State, 24-12, to capture a share of the Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl game New Year’s Day.
  • The first man is landed on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission by the United States and Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon.  The famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” will become part of our history.



In 1970


  • Grosse Ile Municipal Airport opens. Until 1969, the facility had been the Naval Air Station Grosse Ile (NASGI) since its construction in the 1930s





Well… Did you?



When & Where

Welcome to the RHS Classes of 1960’s Bear Huddle. Catch up with old friends, Make new friends, Relive old memories, and create new ones. Come be a part of this special time.

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Bear Huddle

The Party will be held at VFW Post 1136.    The Bear Huddle starts at 6pm.  There will be a cash bar, music, and a dance floor.  You MUST be a member of the RHS Classes of the 60’s Facebook site to attend.

Friday, 10 July 2020
VFW Post 1136
633 Ford Ave (Northline)
Wyandotte, MI 

Cost
$5 per person fee at the door





RHS Classes of the ’60s

The RHS Classes of the 60’s Past Bear Huddle pictures are available here


1st Annual Bear Huddle – July 16, 2016

Huddling with the RHS 60’s Bears

2016 Huddle


2nd Annual Bear Huddle – July 15, 2017

Huddling with the RHS 60’s Bears

2017 Huddle


3rd Annual Bear Huddle – July 14, 2018

Huddling with the RHS 60’s Bears

2018 Huddle


4th Annual Bear Huddle – July 13, 2019

Celebrating with the RHS 60’s Bears

2019 Huddle



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A Lifetime Event

50+ years is quite an accomplishment.  Come out and celebrate with the people you grew up with.  Please let us know if you can attend or not.  The next section  allows Bonnie & Rick to “fine tune” the event to maximize everyone’s enjoyment .

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Attendees

The following people have committed to attend the 5th annual RHS Classes of the 60’s Bear Huddle

Last Update: 8 January 2020

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1965

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1966

Rick Thornton

Brenda (McFalls) Tyra



1967

Anonymous (4)

Kay “Sandra”  (Buckner) Daniels



1968

Anonymous (2)

Linda (Dernberger) Johnson

Jeff Padden

Bonnie Thornton



1969

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Carol (Smith) Biddix

Lynn Dionne

Sharon (Callahan) Lewinski

Ken Varga

Ellen Gage Zack



1970

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RHS Classes of the ’60s

Scenes from each class Yearbook are here.

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Class of 1960

The RHS 1960 Bears

RHS 1960

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Class of 1961

The RHS 1961 Bears

RHS 1961

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Class of 1962

The RHS 1962 Bears

RHS 1962

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Class of 1963

The RHS 1963 Bears

RHS 1963

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Class of 1964

The RHS 1964 Bears

RHS 1964

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Class of 1965

The RHS 1965 Bears

RHS 1965

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Class of 1966

The RHS 1966 Bears

RHS 1966

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Class of 1967

The RHS 1967 Bears

RHS 1967

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Class of 1968

The RHS 1968 Bears

RHS 1968

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Class of 1969

The RHS 1969 Bears

RHS 1969

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Class of 1970

The RHS 1970 Bears

RHS 1970