Welcome, Class of 1974!

21 March 2023

It’s hard to believe that it has been more than 50 years since we first set foot on the Carleton campus as new students. Much was happening in the country and the world in 1970. The Vietnam War had just intensified with the invasion of Cambodia. Television shows like “Monday Night Football”, the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, and the “Odd Couple” premiered on our television screens. The transition to co-ed housing on campus was still a work in progress, and Howard Swearer had just been installed as the new college president. Music of all kinds played from speakers mounted in dorm windows, and the Beatles had just released their last album, including Paul McCartney’s “Long and Winding Road”.

With all that’s gone on in the world and in our own lives since then, the 50th Reunion Committee thought those words resonated well as a theme for our reunion. It truly has been a long and winding road from those early days until now, with more adventures still to come. We look forward to coming together to reminisce a bit about those times, but also to share our experiences along the road thus far, to talk about where we are today, and to imagine what’s still ahead for us. We hope you will save June 13-16, 2024, to join us in Northfield for our Class of 1974 50th reunion.

50th Reunion Committee Co-Chairs:  Pam Luecke, John McCracken, Jean Watson Thiel

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