The backdrop for the class of 1961 was that life was good in the US. The space race was on. Large amounts of federal money was being put in to schools at every level. And in general there were jobs for all willing to to prepare for them.
Within three years Vietnam would become an issue for the US, but that gave most members of the class of 1961 time to have children so they could avoid the draft, as was commonly done. And in the early 1961s high quality Japanese electronics, cameras, and cars would start to decimate some US industries. But all in all, the class of 1961 graduated into a US economy that all but assured economic success.
The cover of the 1961 class annual.
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The entire 1961 class annual, made available for scanning by by Bob Traetz, class of 1962, is presented below. To view the pages, simply left click on the page numbers. Each page has been scanned at about 150% of its original size in order to make some of the details easier to see. You might have to move the image around in your browser in order to see it all. Be sure to make your browser full screen size for easier viewing.
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