LIFE IN THE 1970s
Top SJHS Memories from the 70's...
- Grub Day ... Turtle Day
- B-Ball first time on TV versus St. Pat's
- Plays: The Man Wo Came to Dinner, Pure as a Driven Snow, The Butler Did It
- Greaser Day
- Freshman football is first undefeated team
- Ski trips
- The Gong Show
- First trip downstate (second place)
- The Blizzard of '79
Top Songs of the Decade
1970 Derek and the Dominos, Layla
1971 Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven
1972 Stevie Wonder, Superstition
1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Free Bird
1974 Bob Marley and the Wailers, No Woman
1975 Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
1976 The Eagles, Hotel California
1977 The Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
1978 Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive
1979 Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
Top Grossing Movies of the Decade
1970 Love Story
1971 Billy Jack
1972 The Godfather
1973 The Exorcist
1974 Blazing Saddles
1977 Star Wars
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
“I have so many fond memories about going to St. Joe’s. I remember so many teachers - Mr. Hornacek, Mr. Pingatore, Mr. Marone, Mr. Stras, Mr. Niezgoda, and the Brothers, especially Brother Leo, Brother Ed, Brother Damien, Brother Edmund, Brother Richard, Brother George and many more!
I think the teachers were a huge influence on me and helped me grow. There was discipline, but I think that made me who I am, and the relationships I had with the teachers steered me into wanting to teach and coach.
Being in an all- boys school was interesting in many ways. The times were different back then. It was a time of protesting and learning to take a stand. Tom McCarver and the other administrators gave us a lot of freedom, maybe too much. Our senior year, we could have our school day end around 11:30 a.m. and go to work if we wanted. We could choose to take Religion our Senior year. We had a Senior lounge where we could smoke. I think the words given to us were Freedom Through Responsibility. At the end of the school year, we had a sit-in and told the administration and faculty that was probably too much freedom! Very interesting times. Besides the people, the things that stand out the most to me were the field trips, especially freshman year to Galena, the Olympic Days, the intramurals, the study halls in the cafe, the all-school assemblies, and so much more! How about pizza Friday’s, and gravy on your fries? Also, I remember the sports teams, and the coaches. We had a lot of school spirit and were proud to be a Charger from St. Joe’s! We had great plays and musicals, and we had a lot of dances and Sock Hops on Friday nights. We had real live bands at the dances, too! Good times, and great friends I still have today!”
- Thomas Reif '70
“One of my favorite memories of Chargerland in the 70’s was homeroom. I felt a great sense of camaraderie. From missions, to retreat, Olympic Day, intramurals, raffle drive etc. There was an important LaSallian togetherness within each homeroom. Another great memory were the retreats at LaSalle Manor in Plano. Need I say more?
In terms of what was going on around me, I remember through the 60’s and early 70’s the uncertainty brought on by both Vietnam and Watergate. That made St. Joseph High School even more important as it was a stable environment for us.”
- Victor Zitzer '72
One of my greatest memories of St. Joe’s....
The school had just opened and it was the beginning of Varsity Sports. I remember playing baseball and football with some pretty amazing athletes and remember being on Gene Pingatore's first Varsity Basketball team. With regard to that team, Ping used to say, "Well, we're small... but we're slow..."
The basketball program has gone on to be the most successful in the history of the state of Illinois which makes me proud to be a Charger!
One of the things that I recall most from growing up in the 70's...
It was such a special time when people who worked regular jobs could support a family of 5 or 6 or 7, afford to live in a home that they owned, and could go on a vacation once a year without making huge life sacrifices. It just seemed like there was far more common ground between us and our neighbors and the surrounding community and there was so much more camaraderie in our neighborhoods than I see today.
-Kevin Tyrrell '72