Retro RFH Politics

RFH Political Club of 1974-75
Photo/RFH Yearbook

It’s the eve of elections.

Political season has been in full swing; and things in Fair Haven’s Borough Council campaigning have been quite cordial. In fact, the four candidates debated in a very diplomatic, respectful way. And three have answered questionnaires with excellent, well-thought-out answers to some very detailed questions about Fair Haven and critical issues. Some bi-partisan kudos and pats on the back we also given in the process.

These candidates have taken the silly out of silly season and given residents cause to believe that all is fair in this political haven.

But, let’s take the focus off local politics of today for the evening and step back in time to the 1970s and politics as it was with RFH students and teachers.

Back in those days, before internet and social media inundation, there was a lot of button wearing, bumper sticker statement making, and rooting and rallying for candidates and causes — not that there’s none of that now or that there’s anything wrong with technology. It just wasn’t the primary way of foisting the political fodder. Oh, and among the buttons and bumper stickers were lots of bell bottoms, Levis, cool blazers and round glasses.

And there were voices. Lots of voices in groups. And, of course, learning, exploration and fun. There were groups that made statements. At RFH there was the Political Science Club.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day hones in on the club and its members.

Remember? These crusaders were advised by history teachers Robert Moir and Bob Kasten. They were known as good teachers with strong opinions and smarts — intellectual renegades of sorts. Hippies?

There was a healthy mix of students in this crew. And, that year, 1974-75, they threw in a politician — Congressional candidate Joe Rogers. It was not a presidential election year, but Ford had just taken office in the wake of Nixon’s resignation and the Watergate scandal.

Anyone remember who was running that year? How about some Moir and Kasten moments?

— Elaine Van Develde