Fountain Valley HS (FVHS) Class of 1969 Alumni List

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1969 Fountain Valley High School Yearbook

1969 Fountain Valley High School Yearbook
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Class Memories From 1969

It's 1969. As a senior in high school it was a conflicting time. I did not believe the war was right, did not want to do drugs with some of my friends and was just trying to figure out what career I wanted and/or go to college. I listened and to and sang along to all the words those music groups expounded and certainly wanted more independence in my life. But I was also somewhat afraid of my parent's wrath if my independence extended beyond their boundaries. I attended a performance of the musical Hair. It was the ultimate of anti-counterculture expression and very exhilarating. When my parents found out I went and wanted to attend a second time, they forbid me to go. They could not understand how anyone could desecrate the American Flag.

Having completed 3 years of Journalism and working on various newspaper positions, I applied and was selected by the High School Paper Staff and Advisor to be the next Editor-in-Chief of our newspaper, Le Mot. It was a great honor. With it came responsibility to manage all the page editors, deadlines and the paper's content. We covered campus events, upcoming activities, related campus information and voiced student opinions on current tops of discussion. We shared our opinions on issues our generation was struggling with - music, world peace and censorship.

In February 1969, a sophomore staff writer submitted an editorial to me entitled "Investigations Prove Marijuana Harmless." He cited the current law for possession of marijuana was creating more criminals. He quoted various studies done from 1925 and 1944 that found no signs of mental or physical damage in long term use. He also compared the use of marijuana as less damaging than alcohol use, ending the article asking for immediate change of the law. Sound familiar? As editor, I found the article relevant to our current times. I approved the article for copy. My teacher-advisor, Miss Connie Luizzi, who was young and also anti-establishment, approved the article. We went to press and the paper was published for release on February 20.

The day after the paper came back from the printer, I got a call to report to the principal's office. I had never been called to the principal's office. I mentally ran through all of my recent actions to think of what I might have done wrong that would warrant this summons. Nothing came to mind. I entered Mr. Berger's office and discovered Miss Luizzi also seated. "Have a seat Miss Carlson," said Mr. Berger. He handed me the newly printed issue and asked if I had approved the editorial on marijuana. "Yes," I replied. "What were your intentions in publishing this editorial?" he asked. I explained how our readers wanted to read about current topics and how a paper had an obligation to provide current points of view on marijuana and other controversial topics. "While that is all well and good, Miss Carlson, do you realize this article promotes ideals that are not part of the school district?" he asked. "Further, as stated in the student handbook, drugs on campus are grounds for expulsion," he continued. "In light of school policy, I'm asking this article be stricken from this issue of the paper."

At that moment, several conflicting thoughts went through my mind. How dare the school hinder "freedom of the press." We had a constitutional right to print our opinions, even if the school didn't like them. Wasn't that what the current "Underground" press was doing? Giving the public a different spin on war, drugs and sex? However, Mr. Berger had a point. School policy had to be maintained. If this newspaper implied in any way students should ignore the policies, then chaos could ensue and the students might suffer for it. "We will withdraw the editorial," I stated.

Miss Luizzi and I went back to the newspaper staff and shared the results. Some voiced the same thoughts I had - how can the school hinder freedom of the press. As editor, I reassured them, while I agreed, the newspaper could not encourage students to go against school policy. All grudgingly agreed. Another editorial on a different, safer, topic was written and the issue re-printed. All copies (well, except for the one I stashed) were destroyed.

I crossed over that day from thinking only of myself and my rights to the consequences of my actions on others. While it was not the decision I wanted to make, it was the right decision. And one of many more to come in my life.
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I remember going to school with girl call terry Lamb, she lived around the cornor from me. We both use to go roller skating.
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