The students of Dodge City High School class of 73' are perhaps entitled to be called the cool kids of one of the coolest eras. High school girls mimicked Charlie's Angels hair do's and high school boys and girls alike walked the hallways wearing bell-bottoms pants and tucked in buttons ups.
The 70's teens that were growing up in a time of hippie humor and fashion in the midst of a time when America culture was flourishing, are reuniting in Dodge, next month, August 30, to walk down memory lane at their 40th class reunion.
The reunion- committee set out to make the big 4-0 the Big Event by immersing the 'hippie' theme full force. The reunions decorations will take you back 40 years with custom made mugs, bracelets, lava-lamps as center pieces and custom made t-shirts.
The committee selected fellow classmate and current Art teacher at North High, Wichita, Tara Hufford Walker, to create the t-shirt design and from there an even grander idea came to light.
"For our generation, albums were important and the album art was awesome," Tara said. "Today all the music is digital, most people never take the time to look at the art on a record or don't see the record period. For us, that was all the fun, we'd spent our time looking at album covers and reading the lyrics".
Tara decided she wanted to incorporate the importance of this past-time she enjoyed so much by re-creating 1970's band album covers and using them as decoration pieces for the reunion.
"I thought it be a cool thing for decoration but once I started I thought, Ok, this is going to be really cool," she said. "I decided I was going to spend my summer painting these album covers and doing them right and nicely."
What started off as decoration pieces soon turned into 11 completed pieces and 4 in the works for Tara. After researching the top albums in 1971 through 1973 and taking suggestions from her husband, a musician, Tara's list of Albums to paint was complete.
Tara re-created covers for albums:
The Moody Blues, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour; Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy; Beatle, let it be; Machine Head, Deep Purple; Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon; Doors, L.A. Woman; David Bowie, Aladdin Sane; Chicago, Chicago; Jet Roth Tull, Aqualung; Yes, Fragile; Stevie Wonder, Innervisions; Cat Stevens, Tea for the Tillerman; Three dog night, 7 Seperate tools; Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, and Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
According to Tara, after being approached by interested buyers who were asking if her pieces were for sale the idea for a silent auction came about.
The pieces will be auctioned off in the dinner portion of three-day reunion, Saturday, August 31; with the exception of one that will be donated for a raffle. The proceeds will go towards helping with reunion expenses.
Page 2 of 2 - The event is scheduled to kick-off Friday, August 30, where classmates will come together for the first time at the Dodge House for dinner followed by a busy Saturday that will include a golf tournament, wine tasting event, tour of Dodge City and Dodge City Former High School (Now, Comanche Intermediate Center), live band performance by DCHS former classmates, and a silent auction. The reunion will come to a close with a jam session and picnic at Wright Park, Sunday afternoon.
"For this 40th- year reunion were really trying to make it an event, we're going all out" Tara said. "It is why the John Elton, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album cover is one of my favorites because in a sense, we're all going back to that yellow brick road.."