Fashions

Jeff England and Shelley Faddis wear the results of the Amethyst clothing survey.
Jeff England and Shelley Faddis wear the results of the Amethyst clothing survey.

Clothes Call

Instead of showing you what magazines tell you that you wore, here are the results of a poll of 100 boys and 100 girls showing you what you really wore in 1976.

Jeff England and Shelley Faddis are shown wearing the results of the poll.

Generall, most people preferred casual, comfortable clothes, with uncomplicated lines. Jeans, either nice denim baggies or grungy Levi’s, were definitely the staple of everyone’s wardrobe. Guys (99% of them) and girls (75%) overwhelmingly chose jeans for starters.

Going from top to bottom, boys, on the average, had over-the-collar to shoulder length hair (at least before basketball season!). Shirts posed a problem since there was a wide choice, with T-shirts, work shirts, button-down shirts, football jerseys and sweaters to select, none received a clear majority. Holding up those popular jeans was a brown leather belt, and peeping out from under them, 50.4% of the time, were tennis shoes.

The muslin shirt hit big at FHS; Theresa Smith wears a muslin smock brightened with a patchwork yoke.
The muslin shirt hit big at FHS; Theresa Smith wears a muslin smock brightened with a patchwork yoke.

Checking out the girls, it was again difficult to find a clear choice in some areas. Jeans, a button-down print shirt with a solid sweater and a scarf would be a close composite. Shoulder length hair in soft windblown waves accounted for 63% of the hairstyles.

The girls seemed to be given to excesses in some areas. Most wore four bangle bracelets, at least three rings, and two-inch heels or platforms. Nail polish, pierced loops, a pendant on a long delicate chain, a leather purse and wild socks completed the composite girl.

While results of the poll were interesting they did not mean FHSers were fad-following sheep. The individuals were like the cherry on top of the ice cream — the occasional song lyric embroidered on a shirt, father’s old varsity sweater or Jeff Thomas’s Elton John shirts.

— 1976 Amethyst

From left, Paige Gibson, Rich Worsham, Pat Flynn and Phil Brown model the latest in the back-to-school super casuals.
From left, Paige Gibson, Rich Worsham, Pat Flynn and Phil Brown model the latest in the back-to-school super casuals.

Washington County Fair

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The Round-Up ride on the midway of the Washington County Fair produces a variety of expressions.

September brought the 1976 Washington County Fair, as exciting as usual with rides, games, exhibits and general pandomonium to accompany it.

Jeff Thomas and Dale Browne practice their driving skills in the bumper cars.
Jeff Thomas and Dale Browne practice their driving skills in the bumper cars.

The Midway featured rides by the Murphy Brothers. Students could test their skill at swinging an airplane in hopes of winning a blacklight poster or throwing wooden rings in anticipation of carrying home a giant stuffed dog. Those who were really daring tried to win a large animal by climbing a treacherous rope ladder.

Such rides as the Himalayan, the Double Ferris Wheel, the Spider and the Twiser produced screaming teens. Others found that “their thing” was the giant rat show, the balloon bust or the mouse race. And as usual, the attraction which drew the larges crowd was the old Burlesque Show (what else). However, the thing most students remembered about the fair was the huge marijuana plant displayed in Thompson Hall.

Ray Thompson throws up his hands in bravery while Gary Patrick and Pat Hall relax and enjoy the Himalayan.
Ray Thompson throws up his hands in bravery while Gary Patrick and Pat Hall relax and enjoy the Himalayan.

Besides all the fun and prizes a number of students worked long and hard on displays and livestock competition. The VICA display took first place in club division.

“The Fayetteville High Chapter of the Future Farmers of America had some good practice in judging poultry, beef cattle and dairy cattle, but didn’t compete in any contest,” pointed out member Dick Reese.

In spite of torrential rains and a lot of mud, a large turnout netted the fair $12,000, and even though some of the rides were Fairly scary and the prices were Fairly high, the fair is sure to be back next year.

— 1976 Amethyst

Student Council Officers

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Officers for the coming year were named by the Student Council at Fayetteville High School shortly before school dismissed for the summer. New officers are front row (l. to r.) Don Carter, president and Lynn Walker, secretary. Back row (l. to r.) Sam Pitts, vice president, J.D. Hobbs, treasurer and Jeff Thomas, reporter. (TIMESphoto by Ken Good)

— Courtesy of Jeff Hobbs

Parade Float

The Senior float, passing by Guisinger's Music shop on the Fayetteville square, shows a bulldog being catapulted out of a cannon toward a goal post with the theme: "Shootin' for a Victory."
The Senior float, passing by Guisinger’s Music shop on the Fayetteville square, shows a bulldog being catapulted out of a cannon toward a goal post with the theme: “Shootin’ for Victory.”

It’s About Time

For the first time since they entered FHS as sophomores, the class of ’76 won the Homecoming float contest. With class president John Horn as coordinator, seniors met for two weeks before Homecoming to decide on the float theme, “Shootin’ for Victory.”

Pam Meinecke and Theresa Smith cut crepe paper for the senior float.
Pam Meinecke and Theresa Smith cut crepe paper for the senior float.

Jeff Thomas brought his stereo to the fairgrounds to entertain seniors as they cut crepe paper, built the frame and stuff the chicken wire.

Despite a shortage of crepe paper and time, the float was completed about 10 minutes before the deadline and ready to go for the parade the next day.

— 1976 Amethyst

Senior Class Officers

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West Campus senior class officers, from left, James Vansandt, Debra Bell, Gary Fife, Linda Denny, Pat Bowerman and Kim Taylor.

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East Campus senior class officers, from front, Shelley Faddis, John Horn and Jeff Thomas.

Top Dog

Although the purpose of class officers has never been too clearly defined and many people didn’t even know who their class officers were, one responsibility these leaders had was to organize their class float.

Elected during the fourth week of school, East Campus senior officers were John Horn, president; Jeff Thomas, vice-president; and Shelley Faddis, secretary-historian.

West Campus held their own elections again this year. The officers were Gary Fife, president; Debra Bell, vice-president; Linda Denny, secretary; Kim Taylor, treasurer; and James Vansandt, parliamentarian.

Shelley summed up the feelings of most of the officers when she said, “I feel it is a very honorable position. I am looking forward to serving my fellow students, especially since we’re seniors. I enjoyed working on the float because it was my last chance to work as a group with all my friends.”

—1976 Amethyst

Stewart to Underdown

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Betsy Stewart

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Sue Stockton

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Ron Stone

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Bob Storey

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Jimmy Stout

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Judy Stout

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Darrell Strange

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Gary Striegler

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Regina Strong

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Wilma Sutton

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Mike Sweetser

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Vickie Talbert

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Kim Taylor

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Susan Taylor

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Tim Taylor

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Teresa Tharp

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Greg Thoma

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Jeff Thomas

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Marilyn Thomas

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Bob Tyhurst

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Roger Tolleson

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Malia Traphagen

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Loree Treat

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Mike Tribble

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Kathy Trice

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Carolyn Trolinger

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Rick Turner

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Bill Tyner

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Jody Tyson

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Bob Underdown