Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wanna See My Senior Yearbook?

Oh hell, I know you do. Bloggers and Blog readers are a nosey bunch of human beans. So sit back, relax, prepare yourselves for fashion faux pas galore and bad hair.

Most of y'all weren't born, thought of or for that matter... your parents hadn't even met when I strolled through high school with a permanent smile on my face and a cloud of smoke surrounding my head. 1976. Lynard Skynard, Gerald Ford, and safe sex was anything short of doing it in the middle of a busy interstate.

Selected scannings from my senior year yearbook.


Yes, I got a diploma. I really did. I bribed every single member of the school board with a dime bag. I wore plaid pants just because I felt lucky.







For some good reason they put me on the student council. I don't know why and to be honest I don't remember a damned thing that we did. Probably campaigned for smoking on campus or something equally as smart. I'm on the far right there. Yes that is a very gay shirt. It was cool then.







Here's me and 2 of my buddies doing something unspeakable to a kid named Tree Wobken. It was humorous at the time, now it just seems that we all missed being in Special Ed by the skin of our teeth. That's my uber cool 65 Chevy truck in the background. It was black with flames on the front end.

You have no idea what it took to be that skinny. Maybe you do. I'm in the shades.







The senior play. I was a redneck hillbilly so basically I just stayed in character for the next 33 years. I was really really good at it.

Really good.







I dunno what this is. We're all sitting there proper like. That's my best friend "Reef" there next to me. What's most important though is the fact that on picture day I chose to wear "that" shirt and so it looks like the only one I own. Rock on.







Surprisingly... I was voted class clown. I'm on top of locker getting ready to jump into something that Peggy is holding. Oh the hilarity. *repeat Special Ed comment again*







I'll pause for a moment while you all dry your eyes after that great moment in humor history.






Okay...



This is Jill. Jill was cool and I liked her a bunch, just friends, we never dated. Something really really funny is happening in this picture but I don't remember what. Just make something up and go to the next pic. *note the shirt* The ever present raggedy ass hat had a Panama Red patch on it. Just move along...








And finally, the coup de grace. My official senior picture. It hangs on the wall at my parents house in an ever present glow of warm yellow light, I'm sure. Those sideburns... freakin' awesome eh? I was good at growing hair. I think I started shaving when I was 7.







Good God I was skinny... but my necktie was fat! That blazer? Polyester for certain. Ah boy, good times.






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26 comments:

Greta said...

Whoa! Just found your blog and glad I did because you were a HUNK. (Especially in those glasses.) Great photos. And nice to meet you Mr. Cowguy.

Sass said...

I heart you more today than ever before.

That was the year of my birth.

The year of a fabulous shirt.

Seems like a pretty good year.

mo.stoneskin said...

Well I started shaving when I was 6...

Any kid called Tree Wobken deserves a bit of stick.

Are you sure that shirt was cool then?

Scope said...

Those are some SERIOUS sideburns. And aren't 70's fashions awesome? I had a peach and light blue terrycloth shirt that I just loved.

BusyBee said...

You're a brave man, Cowguy.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

I shave, and I'm female...

Love the photos. Mine are pretty horrendous. Maybe someday I'll get the courage to do this. I was in Grade 9 in 1976, and I remember the styles and hair back then.

Good times.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

The fashions of the seventies were EPIC...and somehow they NEVER manage to come back in style.(except for bell bottoms)

So-you had a favorite shirt. We all own a favorite shirt. I call mine my boob shirt, you know the one that best displays the girls. :)

Chaka said...

The sideburns and the suite make you look like a college graduate rather than High School. Good times!

Chaka said...

Sorry about the typo, I guess it was a Freudian slip since I think the suit was sweet.

lilsis said...

Dude you were hot!


oh, and I was three.

Stacie's Madness said...

these are great, I would BET they just took the camera around all on the same day, you surely wouldn't wear that shirt THAT often...would you? huh?

I was born 1974, so I was TWO. :)

Cora said...

You handsome devil, you!! HAWT!!

There's no way I'd be brave enough to post my high school pics. I graduated in 1990, so I had BIG 80's poodle hair. (shudder.)

ahr8tch said...

With buddies named "Reef" and "Tree", I gotta believe that high school was a hoot! Hell! I thought I had a good time in hs but looks like you got me beat. I got 2 weeks suspension 'cause I wouldn't shave a goatee. I'd a prolly got 6 weeks for those sideburns. If I coulda growed 'em.

Class of '60 here (www.broughton1960.com)

Scope said...

And I forgot to say, you probably remember when dirt was invented. Before that, there was just rocks.

Class of '84 myself, so I was in 5th grade in '76. So I think my parents had "met" 3 times, because they have three kids.

rebelsrider said...

I applaud your courage, Cowguy! Being that I graduated in '77 your pictures look much like the ones in my yearbook. Thanks for the memories!

Vicky said...

You're just a puppy, Cowguy! I was out of college and going through my first heartbreak when you were sporting those 'burns! Gotta love those poly suits! A landfill full of them will probably be discovered by aliens in about 600 years.

Cowguy said...

Greta: Hey glad you dropped by!

Sass: Awwww :-)

Mo: Tree was an anomaly, I wonder what happened to him...

Scope: Thanks for braggin' up my sideburns. I was so proud of those I wanted to grow two sets of em.

Busybee: heh heh...

Mary: Oh hell yeah. Get those HS pics out there where we can all oogle 'em.

Candy: Everyone needs platform to accentuate their assets... no matter what they be! :-)

Chaka: I liked suite better! lol Thanks!

lilsis: Oh you... You're just trying to get on my good side now. Where the heck you been???

Stacie: Yeah it was mostly all same day pics as I remember. Remembering is a deal sometimes... :-)

Cora: *blushes* awww thanks. Ginormous 80's hair rocked! Whoop out some pics!

ahr8tch: They'd sorta quit kicking kids outta school for dress code by 76. They needed all the warm bodies they could get. lol

Scope: Hey I remember just rocks!!!

rebelsrider: I think it'd be a hoot to get a buncha yearbook scan blog posts.

Cowguy said...

Vicky: You're not THAT much older than me. Just think of all the oil we could reclaim if we had all those polyester clothes and some sort of refinery to squeeze it out of em. Course you mights squeeze other stuff out of em too. :-)

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

That necktie's not fat, my friend. That necktie is PHAT!

I was born in December of 1975. So, I was alive!

Also, Jill's kind of hot. Do you still have her number?

Fancy Schmancy said...

Holy sideburns, Batman. You had more hair on your face than I have on my whole head! Great pics, I was 5 that summer, but I had much older sisters and all their friends looked like that! Good times!

Vodka Mom said...

holy shit that was the coolest thing ever!!
loved it.......

Jerry said...

That was fun, Jace. :)

Memories, eh? LOL!

Brenda said...

Want to feel REALLY old? I'm currently taking a college history course on the Seventies. We watched the entirety of Saturday Night Fever, along with episodes of M*A*S*H, All in the Family, and various others. YouTube is this professor's friend... (That was after spending the first five weeks on Richard Nixon's presidency: "It's MORE than just Watergate."

Char said...

Cowguy, you are just too cool for your clothes. And you are really ballsie for showing those pics...love em. Thanks.

WowsRose said...

I seriously just bought a hat that looks just like that one. And I have plaid pants to match your bitchin' ones that I never noticed before.

We have awesome style.

Thank God I don't have the sideburns though. whhhooboy.

Oh My Goddess said...

Reminds me of my high school daze.