Fifty years ago today, 33 members of the Douglas County High School Class of 1963 walked down the aisle.
That year was a long time ago, but not so long that many members of that class continue to reside in Carson Valley.
In 1963, there was a listing for one channel on television, which featured Captain Kangaroo at 8 a.m. every day. There were 1,887 registered voters. According to the 1960 Census 3,481 people lived in Douglas County.
The class of 1963 was stepping out into what was in many ways still a relatively innocent world
In May 1963, the chief threat to world peace was communism, the assassination of John F. Kennedy was still six months away, and the assassinations and protests that rocked the rest of the decade were still on the horizon.
Fast-forward 50 years to see a very different Douglas County, home to 45,000 people, with a class of around 400 seniors up for graduation.
But despite the differences in size, there are some similarities. Instead of Vietnam, we have Afghanistan, and the potential of Syria. Lone gunmen target places where large numbers of people gather instead of political targets. Terrorism has taken the place of communism.
Graduates of the Class of 2013 have a lot of challenges facing them. We know many members of this class and that they will go on to be leaders in their fields of endeavor and their communities, no matter which direction they choose.
So, congratulations, Class of 2013. You join an honored few who can claim to have been educated in Nevada’s garden spot.
Just as Jobs Peak stands, so you shall stand for this place. And no matter where you go or what you do, you will take a little piece of Carson Valley with you.
Thank you, and good luck.