1966 East High Yearbook

I uploaded the Orient 1966. That is the yearbook for East High School in Rochester. This has a large senior class. There are pictures of 446 seniors and 24 without pictures. No pictures of students in the under classes except if they were in some sports or activities. I noticed that there are 6 sets of twins in this class.

Seniors in this class would be about age 70 today. That means that majority of them are probably still alive.

My scanner misses about 3/8 inch on the bound edge. So if a picture runs across two pages, part of the image may be missing. That would explain some  pages with people on the edge that are only half there.

Rochester Public Library has yearbooks for East High from 1904 to 1940 on their “School Heritage Collection” web page. I am able to scan later dates because there wasn’t any copyright notice in this yearbook.

WDYTYA Returns

“Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for a 10th US season on Monday. This year there are only going to be 6 episodes total. There will be two episodes on Monday night.

The first person to investigate ancestors is Jon Cryer from “Two and A Half Men.” They go way back on John’s tree and find that his 9th great-grandfather was an indentured servant named James Adams. James became indentured as a result of being on the losing side of the English Civil War. He was sent to America to work in an iron-works. Jon traces him in Boston and get to travel to Scotland.

The second hours is about the ancestors of Laverne Cox. She came to fame on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” She was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for acting. Her 3rd great-grandfather was mentioned in estate papers in the 1850s as a slave. Slaves  were considered valuable property and in this case he had a value of $750. In one scene Laverne is riding across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama which was the scene of a brutal attack in 1965 by police on civil rights marchers.

WDYTYA airs on the TLC channel, Monday. May 21st. The Jon Cryer episode is on at 9 p.m. (eastern and western times) and the Laverne Cox episode airs at 10 p.m. Other people that will investigate their families this season are Molly Shannon, Jean Smart, Meagan Mullally and Hillary Duff.



Hit Songs of 1968 – #17

Let’s get funky! It is time for Archie Bell and the Drells to tell you how to “Tighten Up.” That song was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttier and recorded in October 1967. It was a hit in Houston before going national. By the time it was hitting the top of the record charts Archie Bell had been drafted and served in the Army in Germany. On three day breaks he would fly to New York to do other recordings. Meanwhile the group tried to get bookings but when they found out that Archie wasn’t available, the bookings were canceled. “Tighten Up” did sell over a million copies and was issued a Gold Record for those sales. It was group’s biggest hit.

“Tighten Up” was on the top of the Cash Box record chart for two weeks (May 12 – 25, 1968). Then on the Billboard Hot 100 it was at the top for just the week of May 12 – 18.

Old News – Poll

Support for the war in Vietnam is starting to decrease in 1968. One of the first groups to call for the U.S. to pull out of Vietnam are college students. This article is from the newspaper of SUNY Brockport.


Friday, May 17, 1968


Students polled by the nationwide CHOICE ’68 National Presidential Primary voted in favor of a phased reduction of U.S. military activity in Vietnam, temporary suspension of the bombing, and education as the area that should receive the highest priority in government spending to meet the “urban crisis.” The poll was sponsored by TIME magazine and Sperry Rand’s Univac Division.

45% of the students polled favored reduction of U.S. military efforts in Vietnam and 17% favored reduction of U.S. military while 31 voted for an “all-out U.S. military effort.”

29% voted for a suspension of bombing, 28% for cessation, while 25% voted to intensify the bombing in North Vietnam. 11% favored the current level of bombing and 4% favored the use of nuclear weapons.

Education and job training were favored for top-priority in federal urban spending with 40% and 39% respectively. Riot control was third with 12%. Housing with 6% and income subsidy with 3% were fourth and fifth.