"cap & gown" shots were taken during a
photo shoot for the 1968 yearbook. We had a great deal
of fun that day, particularly since we got to "legally"
cut class for the shoot. The last three shots were taken
during two Senior Class Trips in 1967 & 1968. The
Class of 1967 was extremely unusual because there was
only one boy in the class. So I had the great fortune
of being asked to go on their class trip as well
to "even up the score", even though I was
still a junior! What more could any healthy, red-blooded
guy ask for?
an amusing incident that happened during one of those
day, as we walked around the small Andean town of La
Mesa, we purchased several bottles of Ron
Añejo Pampero, which we then smuggled
back to our hotel rooms.
Yowell and I with one of the smuggled bottles
night, we were all sitting around a nice bonfire that
had been built in a special area on the hotel grounds,
drinking strong "Cuba Libres" and having a
great time. We had the smuggled bottles of rum around
us, hidden under jackets, sweaters, etc., so that they
weren't visible, but they were readily accesible. It
was chilly up in the mountains at night, so we figured
we had the perfect hiding places for the rum. Of course,
all of us were in on it.
Mrs. Roberts came down the path and approached us, checking
in to see how we were doing. Although we had thought
that we were so clever at
hiding the rum because we had mixed the rum with our
Cokes and the bottles were hidden, it suddenly dawned
on us that there was no way we could hide the strong
smell of the booze in the cups. So without
really thinking about it, several of us quickly tossed
the contents of our cups into the bonfire to avoid getting
caught with the rum. Of course, instead of "disappearing"
into the fire, the rum caused the fire to suddenly flare
up brightly! It didn't take Mrs. Roberts but a moment
to figure out what we had been doing, and she subsequently
proceeded to confiscate all the booze! Rightly so, of
course, but I remember that we were all bummed out about
it because it was a small town and it was far too late
in the evening to try to go out and find more!
Mrs. Roberts was always a fair, wise, and reasonable
principal & teacher, and she didn't make a big deal
out of it the next day. She had every right to do so,
as she had caught us all redhanded. But she didn't,
and this allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the rest of
the trip. Bless her! In the end, her wisdom & judgement
were justified as we never again tried to smuggle any
more booze during the rest of trip.
were indeed fun days!