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Retro RFH Graduation Daisy Chain

RFH 1978 graduation, replete with daisy chain Photo/Daryl Cooper Ley
RFH 1978 graduation, replete with daisy chain
Photo/Daryl Cooper Ley

It was considered a privilege and honor. They were chosen from the junior class at RFH to serve as the debutante-like ushers for the graduating class. All dressed in white and supposedly gracefully toting a chain of daisies, the Daisy Chain girls were a fixture of high school finery at graduations in the 1970s.

The origins of the somewhat upper-crust tradition date back to the 1900s, but this Retro Pic of the Day was snapped in 1978.

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Retro RFH Joy Rides

With the thaw of the cranky and closed-in mindset imposed by a heavy dose of spring fever, people tend to get in the mood for a little carefree joy ride to let their hair down, or at least mess it up a bit.

So, the Retro Pics of the (George) Day are dedicated to the good old days of hitting that spring fever pitch with a good ol’ ride in a classic kind of ride, be it a dirt bike, a classic car or a go cart.

In the featured pic, these guys of the 1970s are hanging outside by what was the Junior Lounge at the high school and they’re looking a little restless.

While we’re not certain, it certainly seems like they are a little antsy and looking to break out of the confines of the school, shed their coats and any inhibitions they actually have left and do the “happy days are here again” dance … or ride … ride into some spring fever-like antics.

The other dude and team of monsters are cruising for something. What? No one is exactly sure.

RFH 1978 yearbook photography editor George Day in his yearbook profile shot.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

George Day, the RFH yearbook photographer of the time is taking a spin in a go cart.

Riding with the wind — or something — at RFH in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

And whoever those ghouls are … Well, they’re not getting far on that dirt bike in the sunken floor of the RFH Senior Commons.

Know who the monsters are? How about that car in the featured pic? Whose is it? And what are these guys really up to? Anyone know what the most popular car or bike was in the 1970s?

Baby, they were born to ride at RFH — or something like that.

— Elaine Van Develde

Oh, and thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this photographic gem!

Retro RFH Spring Bug

Lounging on the VW at RFH in the 1970s Photo/RFH Yearbook
Lounging on the VW at RFH in the 1970s
Photo/RFH Yearbook

Spring has sprung — and bounced back and forth a bit lately.

And with spring fever piping hot, sometimes a student, or anyone else, just feels the urge to close the book on a hectic life and bug out, so to speak. That’s lounging language — sorta.

What better way to practice springing into that lounging mode than by resting on the back of a VW Bug and hoping what’s on the printed page sinks in through osmosis.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors that sort of moment in time on a Monday that may have ya down with this shot from the RFH 1975 yearbook.

Know these slackers? Who had the VW bug bug?

Happy Monday …

Retro RFH Spring Fever Frolicking

Some spring parking lot fun with RFHers in the 1970s Photo/George Day
Some spring parking lot fun with RFHers in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

OK, so the spring weather outside has not been so consistently delightful lately.

So, take a look back to the 1970s when spring fever kicked in enough to get a couple of RFH guys in the mood to put those gloves on and take a little kangaroo hop outside the Junior Lounge, probably on a “free.” They were barely clad in those stylish 70s gym shorts and ready to duke it out — or at least dance around the notion.

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Retro RFH ‘Mod’ Junior Lounging

Juniors of the RFH Class of '79 lounge in the Junior Lounge Photo/George Day
Juniors of the RFH Class of ’79 lounge in the Junior Lounge
Photo/George Day

Some moments are meant for just lounging … like this persistent foul weather. Yes, lounging, even if those snippets of indoor time at RFH are inside a far less cozy, yet exclusive, special high school nook like the junior, as opposed to upper crust senior, lounge.

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Retro RFH Beach Babies

RFH girls on the beach at the 1974 Freshmen Follies
Photo/George Day

Well, the sun has finally made its entrance into full swing spring.

Most would say, too, that the time has been right to hit the beach — with full beach gear.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day commemorates setting the stage for a beach day and making that entrance with a look back at some RFH beach babies taking their ode to it all to the stage in 1974.

The girls were entering stage right for a full regalia rendition of the Beach Boys’ Girls on the Beach in the RFH Freshmen Follies.

The outfits made the hosts of the show take a step back.

So, step back in time with us and remember this special little rendition. Recognize these gals? And how about those suits?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for this look back! 

Retro ‘Frees’ and Spring RFH Style

RFH students of the 1970s take some free time outside in the nice weather. Photo/George Day
RFH students of the 1970s take some free time outside in the nice weather.
Photo/George Day

Spring has finally sprung. In fact it’s bloomin’ bouncing into seasonal warmth lately.

Yes, it’s that time of the year when birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, buds are busting into full bloom, and full-on spring fever is piping hot, especially for the RFHers yearning to bust out of the classroom to commune with one another and nature — or something like that.

So, here we have it — the picture of spring RFH style in the 1970s. This Retro Pic of the (George) Day today offers a glimpse back to those spring days of “free” periods, or, as we RFHers called them, frees, in the ’70s at RFH and chilling out on a grassy knoll — or something like that.

During “frees,” as we called them, students with a C average and above were allowed outside to roam, socialize or study during what would otherwise have been a study hall period.

We know the Campus Luncheonette was a popular spot. And then there was Piping Rock Park. Butler’s? Hmmm. Where did you hang out on your frees?

Recognize these spring fever loungers? They may have wandered off the RFH campus. To where?

Many thanks, once again, to George Day for this photo!

Ode to Retro RFH Baseball

Baseball at RFH in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

It’s spring and baseball season is in full swing at RFH.

In fact, games are scheduled for today and Saturday.

So, in honor of the sport, that spiffy old RFH uniform and good times on the playing field, the Retro Pic(s) of the (George) Day offer a glimpse back to some days on the field and in the dugout back in the 1970s.

Recognize any of these guys? And, ball players, who was your favorite coach? One, for many, was the ever-popular Hal Lorme who passed away a couple of years ago.

Just thinking about the game, are ya? Take a look back and remember. Now, about those uniforms …

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for these glimpses back into RFH history! 

 

Retro RFH Boys’ Splash O’ Warm Times

RFH boys of summer making an ocean splash Photo/courtesy of Marc Edelman
RFH boys of summer making an ocean splash
Photo/courtesy of Marc Edelman

The weather has been warm enough lately to entertain wishes of the warm summer days and look back on some memories of the same ilk.

That in mind, there’s nothing quite like making a big summertime splash in the ocean with some RFH buddies.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day is dedicated to the warm and fuzzy, the splash and staying oh, so cool with RFH friends.

These guys are great friends from a late ’70s or early ’80s graduating class at RFH.

Recognize them?

Everyone in the … ocean! Soon. Soon.

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro RFH Joy Ride

A retro Sunday drive of sorts on the RFH football field circa 1978 Photo/George Day
A retro Sunday drive of sorts on the RFH football field circa 1978
Photo/George Day

Winter isn’t exactly prime time for a little road trip around town, especially after a good snow-in.

But, the weather is supposed to be warm enough this weekend to mimic some form of that classic Sunday drive — or at least a tame form of what they used to call a joy ride. Well,

Well, in this Retro Pic of the (George) Day, the drive likely did not happen on a Sunday and it certainly didn’t happen on a typical suburban street.

Here, RFHers from the Class of 1978 are rallying around a car, the classic make and model of which we’re not sure, that was pretty much on out for a “Sunday drive” on the RFH football field.

It was a winter ride of a different kind. Though we’re not sure exactly where they were headed, it was definitely something to see and talk about.

Hmmmm. What kind of car, that looks like it’s being driven by Ray Francis, was this?

Sunday drive, anyone? Saturday? Joy ride?

Many thanks, once again, to the incredible George Day for this retro pic!

Retro RFH Swim Champs

RFH Swim Team champs circa late 1970s.
Photo/photo of newspaper clipping

They were a swimming success. They still are.

Both the Boys’ and Girls’ RFH Swim Teams have ended the season with records to do some backflips over. RFH swimmers have always dove into the season with winning streak gusto.

Most recently, they won the 2015 state championship. And this year finished the season as Group A Central Division champs.

The Lady Dawgs had successful final meet with a “great win over Neptune,” RFH Swimming said on Twitter.

And, as for the boys, they “after a tough 1st loss to CBA … beat Neptune.”  Final record for the season: 10-1-1.

The RFH swimmers were state champs in 2015 and ended this season as Group A Central Division champs 2017.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day pays homage to those RFH swimmers of old … back in the late 1970s.

It is a glimpse from an old newspaper clipping of some of the proud RFH strokers after they were captured on a winning streak after a meet.

Recognize anyone? There are at least two with strong ties to the Fair Haven Fire Department. What year?

Go team!

Retro RFH Basketball Cheer Encore

Retro RFH cheerleaders of the 1970s
Photo/George Day

You’ve seen these RFH “ladies” before …

They cheered on the crowd and the players in that infamous 1970s student-faculty basketball game.

And they were such a hit, we’ve conjured them up from the past to cheer on some good weather. We’re hoping they can summon a slam dunk in brighter, warmer days ahead with those good looks, great outfits and tons of RFH spirit (of the past).

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day, honors the “girls” from yet another vantage point on the court.

“Hey, purple! Hey, white! Give us some sun!”

Nothin like a gaggle of good cheerleaders from the past to get those sunny day vibrations going — or at least crack a smile on a dank day.

Recognize these gals? How about some of the teachers in the background? I spy Dewey Robinson.

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day, for this priceless pic of the RFH past!

— Elaine Van Develde