Stories... The Pine Needle

The Pine Needle is the offical newspaper of the Rapid City High School Cobblers!

Things have changed over the years! The school's Pine Needle Newspaper is now on-line and includes the Pine Needle Magazine. This addition is a cultural journal which adds essays, features, fiction and commentary inserts that go beyond the typical high school newspaper.

    BUT... Our stories are from 1965 to 1968
1966-1967 Pine Needle Staff: members from our class
Co-Editors… Joan Petersen
Assistant Editors… Ned Leonard
Advisor… Dr. E. L. Kaufman
1967-1968 Pine Needle Staff: members from our class
Co-Editors… Norton Lawellin, Carol Larson
Assistant Editors… Jim Munro, Wes Daughenbaugh,
Sports Editor… Rob Mechaley
Assistants… Bill Stevens
Feature Editor… Pat Feehan
Assistants… Phil Carley, Dave Rowe
Staff… Sherri Fattig, George Fisher, Terri Pelkey, Jane Turner, John Turner
Adviser… Miss Dorothea Edgington
(COST: Fifteen cents per issue, or seventy-five cents per semester.)

November 23, 1966

Ski Club Plans To Visit Winter Park
     Although the slopes of Terry Peak are snowless, skiing enthusiasts are busy waxing skis, gathering ski garb from summer storage or roaming through the recently opened stores in search of something new and in.
     The Rapid City Ski Club, in its recent meetings, as been making plans for this year's ski trip to Winter Park, Colorado.  Even though the exact week has not been selected the club plans to charter a Gray Lines bus, leave on a Wednesday and return after three days of skiing on Sunday.  Sponsor Miss Cox and three other chaperons, Mrs. Russel Tangeman, Dr. and Mrs. Glen Heidepriem will accompany the 46 club members on the trip.
     The cost for chartering the bus is $1,000 which will be paid out of the club funds.  The trip will cost each individual about $35.00, but the funds raised through projects may lower this.
     Ask any skier what's new and he'll reply, short skis.  Short skis are about three feet in length and are much slower than the normal size, of about six feet.  Also in this year new styles: mod and western.  The mod is just about anything the skier wishes to wear, from jump suits to a kind of mini skirt.  The western style has been dubbed 'cowboy', and is topped off with a cowboy hat.

October 13, 1966

Coeds Perform at R-Day Coronation
     Cobbler Coeds will preform for the first time at the R-Day Coronation to be held Thursday night, October 20.  The Coeds will perform to the music of the ventures "No Matter What Shape."
     Althought there have been a few disabilities, practices seem to be coming along very well.  The girls have been practicing every Monday and Thursday night since the last part of August.
     Durng practices, Betsy Neil, captian, and Georgia Kushman, co-captain, have been heard to remark, "Line up, point those toes, and above all, smile, smile SMILE!"

May 24, 1967

Larson, Leonard Invited To Receive Awards In Dallas
     Two Rapid City High School students have received invitations to attend the American Academy of Achievements annual presentation of the Golden Plate to 50 of American's Captains of Achievement in Dallas this summer.  Jody Larson, senior, and Ned Leonard, junior, received the invitation after they received notification that they had been awarded gold medals in the Quill and Scroll's Writing Contest.
     The Academy's goal is "the dedication to the inspiration of youth, to raise their sights high, to excel in their endeavors through the dramatic annual gathering of, and the salute to, men and women of exceptional accomplishment in the great walks of life."
     This year marks the first year the Quill and Scroll Writting Contest winners have been invited to attend.
     Ned was among 32 students from around the nation and the only one from South Dakota to receive the award for editorial writing.  Jody was one of 34 to receive the award for news story and again the only one from South Dakota.

May 24, 1967

Blisters?  Students Walk to Rushmore For "Y"
     Arrowhead Country Club was the starting point for a thirty-mile Walk-a-thon to Mount Rushmore held by Rapid City's Hi-Y Clubs as a fund raising project last Saturday at 5:30 am.
    Approximately 108 students participated in this campaign to raise money for Y-groups.  Each hiker secured sponsors willing to pledge from 1¢ to $1.00 per mile hiked. The first girl and boy who reach the top received trophies and all hikers who finished the hike received a certificate.
From Web (Mary Beth)...(I did not think I was going to make that hike... the next morning, I could not get out of bed)

April 27, 1967

"Jade East" is Prom Theme: Budda, Pagoda, Temple are Main Features    
     "Jade East" read the sign as juniors and seniors entered the National Guard Armory Prom Night, April 22, 1967.
     First walking down the long hallway, streamers, Japanese signs and paintings were seen.  Entering, a pagoda-type balcony with steps leading down to the dance floor revealed the rest of the decorations.  A large gold Budda was the main center of attraction along with the temple where refreshments were served.
     Prom pictures were taken in the back of a Chinese "junk" which had a stage built on the front of it.  The band, "The Lost Souls," played from the stage near the Budda.  A small bridge led the dancers to a Japanese "tea garden" where tables were set up.
     After introducing the prom chairman and class and student council officers the dance began.  At 1:00, a caravan of cars was formed which, with a police escort, went to "Gold Town" for post prom activities.  "The Heavenly Daze" provided music for those still eager to dance and a small lunch was served.  Post prom lasted until 4:30.
     Sophomore girls dressed in kimonos and boys in white Japanese clothing served refreshments and worked the coat check room.  Sophomore boys also parked cars.
From Web (Mary Beth)... (What I remember most was my father found a warehouse for our class to use for making our decorations and because of that they received an invitation to prom. They also helped put on the post-prom activities, so they were invited to that also. It was not much fun having my parents at both prom and post-prom activities!)

March 22, 1967

 Home Ec. Students Learn Homemaking Skills by Practicing
     “There are approximately 300 students enrolled in homemaking this year,” states Mrs. Louisa Krebs, home economics teacher.
     At the present time there is one semester of cooking and one semester of sewing required of each girl taking the course.
    Certain units of study covered during the year include food nutrition, family heath, child care, family management and clothing construction.
     During the sewing semester each girl must make one outfit.  She also learns about the construction of clothing.
     Food nutrition is discussed during the semester of cooking and cooking days are held when girls prepare different types of food.
     Miss Martha Cox is the other home economics teacher.  At the end of the first semester the two teachers exchange rooms, but keep the same classes.  This enables the teachers to teach both phases of the course.
     FHA, an international organization, is composed of girls who are taking or have taken homemaking.  This club has bake sales throughout the year and sponsors service projects.
From Web (Mary Beth)...(In June 1945, the Future Homemakers of America was founded at a convention in Chicago, Illinois. The national organization that taught teenage girls to keep house for their future husbands changed its name in July of 1999. The organization voted to change the name to Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America for an emphasis on life skills.)

January 21, 1967

Arrival of Twirp Season Means End To annoying Male Pests, Noisy Phones
(by Joan Peterson)
     Attention all girls!! Twirp Season is here and now we can sit back and take a breather from all the boys pounding down our doors.  Do you realize the constant jingling of the phone will be silent for one whole month!!
     No more boys begging to carry our books or coming over to help us study at night.  There won’t be any of those nightly cokes to put up with or noontime lunches to endure.
     Ah yes, the life of luxury at last.  We can watch all the good television we’ve been missing and catch up on all the needed sleep.
     But who are we kidding?  Here’s the chance to call a boy we think is special and ask him out.  We have a good excuse for taking the car now and meeting his parents might be fun.  When it comes to his coat make sure the sleeves are inside out so he has to struggle to get it on.  And when it comes to holding doors, what bliss!! Make sure you do something nice like shut the door when he’s halfway in the car.
     Then comes the gruesome part- you have to explain to him that covering his eyes and hanging on to the door when going around corners makes you unduly nervous.  This usually causes a slight panic on his part.  If he offers to drive remember he is only trying to be polite, so tell him politely NO!!
    Money may be a factor in the goings on, but don’t worry if he hints around that he is hungry.  Take him home immediately.
    Mark sure you walk him to the door and give his hand a hearty shake.  Tell him you had a wonderful time and if he doesn’t answer, don’t worry.  He’s just very shy.
    By the way, while saying good night, why don’t you ask him out for the next weekend if you want to see a grown boy faint?  If he mutters something about going to Alaska, tell him you will call him in the middle of the week and then he can give his answer.  Then help him into the house.
     Hope you boys enjoy Twirp Season as much as the girls do!!

December 22, 1966

Christmas Spirit Prevails in High School Halls
     Decorations, programs, music and brightly lighted trees are evidence of the approaching holidays as the Christmas spirit invades the high school halls.
     The first indication of the nearing season was the decorating of the outside of the school building.  A large blue globe with the theme “Peace On Earth,” written in sixteen foot letters was placed over the main entrance.  Stars and candles were fastened to the windows, and the nativity scene, which includes the shepherds, kings, angels, and the Holy Family, was set up by vocational agriculture students and the maintenance workers.
     To put the students in a holiday mood Christmas carols are played over a loud speaker outside the main building and tall trees arrayed with bright lights and ornaments may be found in the main lobby and in some classrooms.
     As Christmas nears, the number of programs and parties increases.  Dramatics, orchestra and choir departments presented the annual Christmas concert December 20 for two student assemblies. The L & L Club and the Future Secretaries were among the clubs that held special parties for their members.  The Future Teachers of America gave a Christmas party for the underprivileged children at the community center last week.
     In the true spirit of the season Key Club collected food for the Mother Butler Center and the Salvation Army to be distributed to needy families.  In order to gather more canned goods the club sponsored a dance where students brought a can of food for admission.

December 8, 1966

Cobbler Capers Preparing for Shows Dec 15-17
     Cobbler Capers, the annual variety show, will be held December 15, 16 and 17 at 8 pm in the auditorium.
     More than 40 acts auditioned before Hosie Main, orchestra director, and James Yarrington, varsity band director, when tryouts were held November 28, 29 and 30.
     Those students wishing to be masters of ceremonies were asked to watch all of the tryouts and prepare introductions to various acts.
     The show is expected to be two hours long in length and include comedy, dancing, and vocal instrumental acts. Trying out for Cobbler Capers were a roller-skating dancer, a choral reading group, the “pink panther,” a ballerina, tumblers, mimic pantomimists, pantomimists, pianists and organists.
     The “Bloomer Girls,” the Cobbler Coeds, a dramatic monologue, jazz dancing, a double flute concerto, a trumpet solo, a cello duet and dance routines also auditioned.  Several comedy skits, vocal solos, modern bands, and folk singing groups also performed.
     The show is under the direction of Mrs. Evelyn Lee, dramatics teacher, and Mr. Yarrington.  James Williams will supervise construction of the sets.

November 10, 1966

Rochester Spends Summer Studying Mexican Culture by Ned Leonard
     If an American jazz buff can spend a summer in Mexico what will he do? Will he participate in the swinging night life in ultramodern Mexico City? Will he sun himself in Acapulco or watch the famous Mexican cliff divers?
     This summer Gregg Rochester, junior, had an opportunity to spend his summer in Mexico, but he did very little of the above.
     His reason for traveling to Mexico was to investigate a culture that was different than his own.  He accomplished this by attending the Instituto de Allende and studying Mexican history, silver working, ceramics and writing. Wanting to improve his ability on the guitar he studied classical and Flamenco guitar at the Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez.
    For all of this he earned college credits, but as the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  So Gregg, his mother and two brothers Jon and Paul, John Soderquist, and Linda Oberlander did things like attending festivals and bull fights.
     Cuernavaca, Acapulco, Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Patzcuaro were among the cities they visited. But San Miguel de Allende was where the Rochesters spent most of their time.  San Miguel was a town of approximately 10,000 people and is considered a national shrine because of the huge Gothic cathedral located there.
    “The form of dating in Mexico was kind of interesting.” Chuckled Gregg.  “The first time you take out a girl, you take her mother with you.  After that you take along a little brother or sister.”
     Greg found that the general American impression of Mexico is false.  It is not one massive desert as some assume.  It is composed of deserts, valleys and snow capped mountains, all in varied climates.
     Gregg has been back in Rapid City for nine weeks and he says he still misses Mexico because he found the people and country friendly.  He is making tentative plans to return to Mexico and attend the University of Mexico City.
From Web (Mary Beth)... (Story shortened for our website)

October 13, 1966

Historical College Building Now Doomed to Destruction
     For fifty years the Coolidge building has been a part of Rapid City High School.  Now the building, due in part to the suggestion from the representatives for the Perkins and Will architectural firm in Chicago, is going to be torn down.
     Two of the architects, Dave Pyle and Robert Little, explained that it would be cheaper to destroy and rebuild than to modernize the present structure. Although an exact date has not been set, it will be sometime after the new school is completed.
     The Coolidge building was constructed after a fire totally destroyed the old high school and damaged parts of the new high school in 1917.  The blaze destroyed the school‘s records and cost the citizens of Rapid City more than $100,000 to repair and replace.  However, as a result the Coolidge building was built.  It was placed on the spot where the old high school used to stand.
     In 1927 President Calvin Coolidge visited the Black Hills.  He used the Game Lodge in Custer State Park as the summer capital and Coolidge‘s office was located in what is now known as the Coolidge building.
     President Coolidge's former office is now 19-c, the room presently used by Charles Parrot.  Other teachers who used the room before the floor was recovered showed visitors the hole in the floor where Coolidge's private phone line went through.  It was either from here or from the front steps that President Coolidge issued the now famous statement,  "I do not choose to run."
     The building received its present name in 1929 in honor of the President who used it as his summer capitol.
From Web (Mary Beth)... (The old Washington and Coolidge buildings were victims of fire and demotition in 1970...  information taken from our RCHS History #1 tab)

September 22, 1966

Jaycees Sponsor RC Band Festival
     Paul Yoder, famous composer and arranger from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, served as the guest conductor at the First Annual Rapid City Band Festival held here June 11, sponsored by the Rapid City Jaycees.
     Fifteen bands and their directors from Iowa, Nevada, Minnesota, Colorado and South Dakota participated.  Twelve of the bands were also accompanied by their queens, each of whom competed for the title of queen of the festival.  The title was won by Dyanne Barnes from Ely, Nevada.  Janice Dittman served as the offical queen hostess.
     Announcement of the band festival queen and the massed band finale ended the day which was directed by Ron Stephenson, general chairman, and Darwin Jensen, co-ordinating chairman.
     The program for the bands also included impromptu concerts, a parade, marching band demonstrations and a special lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore.  Rapid City band members served as guides for the visiting bands..

September 22, 1966

Student Council Officers
     The 1966 student council officers pictured are Vicki Steelman, secretary; Steve Flagg, treasurer; Dick Dingle, president and not pictured is Doug Browder, vice president.

September 22, 1966

Activity Tickets
     Would you like to save over $19.00 and have fun doing it?  That is exactly what you accompish by purchasing a student activity ticket.
     The tickets sell for $6.00 and are worth $25.20 in admissions and publications.  They admit a student to five football games, nine basketball games, three plays, three concerts, and four wrestling matches.  In addition, the student receives 18 copies of the Pine Needle and $1.50 towards the purchase of the Pine Cone.
     "We sold 1,750 activity tickets last year.  We hope to do better this year."  William A. Mitchell, director of student activities, stated. The tickets may be purchased at the student activities office room 108.

May 19, 1966

Red Bow Appears In Movie, Tours Japan For Premiere
    “Battlefield” may be better known in the halls of Rapid High as “Buddy,” but his real name is Richard Red Bow, and he’s had the unique experience of appearing in a movie.
     “STAGECOACH” partly filmed in Colorado last summer, had its premiere opening in Tokyo, and Richard was part of a Twentieth-Century Fox “celebrity caravan” that spent two weeks touring Japan.
     Richard's role in “Stagecoach” was to fall off a horse while attacking a wagon train.  This proved to be a little harder on him though, for besides showing the movie and making public appearances, the caravan did five television shows, and averaged two or three performances a day.
     “We were always in a rush… perform, eat, sleep, and start over again, but it really was fun and I even got to meet some geishas,” Richard commented.
     Geishas, Richard explained, are highly educated and “really charming” girls and women who often spoke better English the he did!  “Some of our American girls,” he hinted, “could take a lesson from geishas, they aren’t afraid of hard work.
    Performing for handicapped children was also part of the tour.
     “It was really heartbreaking to see all those little kids trying to standup or wave,” Richard said. “but they were so happy to see us.”
     He concluded that the trip was “one of the most worthwhile and meaningful experiences of my summer… and the show may go to Europe this summer”
From Web (Mary Beth)...  (I decided to use this story because so many of us did not know about him and there was a article about him in our Pine Needle)

May 5, 1966

Computer Will Make Planning, Scheduling, Processing Easier
     Enjoying the advantages of technical scientific advancements, students next year will be scheduled and "evaluated" gradewise by computer programming.
Scheduling will be handled by General Electric Company, Chicago, while the First National Bank of the Black Hills will take charge of the grade processing operation.
     According to principal Donald Varcoe, scheduling will be done by use of numbers with each student being represented with a computer card.  Each course, on a list "fed" to the computer, is given a number and the computer totals up the number of students wishing to take each of the 150 to 160 courses offered.  It then works out the class distribution of students.
     "Probably the most significant characteristic of the computerized grade processing system," explained R. H. Brummer, First National representative, "is that each student will have only one report card for all his classes.  Each nine weeks the computer will print new cards on which it will put the current grades as well as past nine week grades.  Consequently, students will no longer be required to return report cards each nine weeks.
     Brummer continued that as an additional service the computer will print honor, failure, grade distribution and athletic eligibility lists.
     The facts, that the computer will print 1040 lines per minute and a ten inch reel of magnetic tape contains 15 million numbers, exemplify the complexity and intricacies of modern computers.  Readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic just aren't what they use to be... at least not at school!
(R. H. Brummer, First National Bank representative explains the new computer grade-processing system to Donald Varcoe, principal and Leslie Nadeau, counselor.  The machine behind them is what will be used for the work.)

April 21, 1966

Twins! Twins! Twins! Juniors Comprise Five out of Ten Sets
     Juniors lead the list with five sets of twins. Two sets of these are boy-girl combinations.  They are Darlene and Darrell Ennen, and Curtis and Twila Sandine.  Two sets of girl twins are Karen and Sharon Charltron, and Fay and Kay Hershly.  One set of boy twins is Ronald and Donald Buck.
     Sophomores have four sets of twins to their credit.  One boy-girl set is Dennis and Deneice Walz.  One set of boy twins is John and and Robert Snyder, two sets of girl twins are Karen and Sharon Berg, and Beverly and Barbara Bridge.
     Seniors trail with only one set of twins, Joanne and Jeanette Davies.
     Of these ten sets of twins there are three sets of identical twins, They are Ronald and Donald Buck, and Kay and Fay Hershly, juniors, and Joanne and Jeanette Davies, seniors.
     Now with ten sets of twins going to school here, one might wonder if there are any triplets in school. It might just be something to look into.
From Web (Mary Beth)... (I do think the writer left out Karen and Sharon Berg, sophomores, when talking about identical twins.)

March 31, 1966

Boy's Fashions Change Plaids to Dots, Paisley
    Been seeing dots lately?  Well, don't feel bad, other people have been seeing them too, mainly in the form of some rather wild dot patterns on boys’ shirts.  Have you seen the black-and-white one that's been floating around?  It's...interesting!
     Boys, it seems, are becoming rapidly aware of the variety of styles now available. Bell bottom, the latest rage amoung female circles, are now being discovered by the boys.
     Conservative (???) plaids and Madras patterns are giving way to the "in" chaos of paisley and polka dots and other syles that take courage and individualism to wear.  (Maybe boys will consider going back to long underwear now that girls have donned "granny" dresses...)

March 17, 1966

Students Rejoice As School Closes
     "No school??!!  Wheeee!!""
     This seemed to express local sentiment among students March 3 and 4 when all Rapid City schools were officially closed because of the blizzard.
     Several inches of new snow and winds up to 40 miles per hour late Wednesday night and Thursday morning prompted authorities to close school.  By Thursday night gusts up to 70 miles per hour were not uncommon, and Friday morning revealed king-sized drifts and whirls of snow everywhere.
     Two days of unexpected vacation sounded great-- rest, relaxation (nice word for loafing) -- until students discovered that boredom sets in rather quickly. An often heard statement when everyone returned to school the next Monday was "I couldn't go anywhere -- not even outside!! Or do anything -- not even drive!!"  The rumor is, though, that quite a few "bored" people spent the weekend shoveling snow.
     Teachers, it seems, also enjoyed the official closing of school doors -- the longest since a similar blizzard in 1949.  One commented, "I finally got those papers corrected!"  Some loafing probably went into operation among the teachers, too, though. 
From Web (Mary Beth)... (With the extreme cold and snow conditions we have had the past two months, this was a good story to pick!)

January 13, 1966

Twirp Season
     Twirp Season, January 17 to February 3, gives boys a chance to enjoy some relief from the financial strain of dating.
     During Twirp Season (the woman is requested to pay), the girls ask the boys on dates and are expected to pay for them.  They are also expected to perform other "Boy-type" jobs such as arrange the details of time, place and transportation.
     Sponsored by Student Council, the season is highlighted by the Twirp Dance, January 28.

January 13, 1966

First Pep Student of 1966 Represents Sophomore Class
     Smiling, blue-eyed, blonde Sandra Yeoman was chosen last week to represent the sophomore class as the first pep student for 1966.
     Noted for her hard working attitude, leadership and good personality, Sandra more than qualifies for the honor. 
     A member of the sophomore council and active in debate, Sandra also holds down positions in many extracurricular activities.  She belongs to the Jobs Daughters, her MYF church group and is also vice president of her "Y" organization.
     Sandra maintains a high scholastic average and her hobbies lean towards the athletic side with swimming and tennis, though she is also noted for playing piano.
     A pep student is chosen each month according to leadership, willingness to work, scholastic ability and personality.


A Christmas Gift... (Dec. 1965)

     When on November 23, the voters of Rapid City passed the school bond issue by an overwhelming majority, they were giving Rapid City students a Christmas present that will be around for a number of years.
     The new high school was approved by an 86.43% yes vote and modernization of the present school was approved by an even greater 88.04%. Both issues required a 60% yes vote to pass.
     Votes numbered 8,997 were cast on the issue of a new school, and 8,824 votes were cast on the renovation of the present facility. In comparison 9,467 voters went to the polls the week before to vote in the city mayor run-off.
     Students were able to assist in the passage of the school bond issue by talking to their parents and friends, by placing "Invest In Learning" stickers on their cars and by distributing handbills.  Monday night before the voting, students blanketed the town with handbills urging the citizens to "Vote Yes."
From Web (Mary Beth)... (I remember my father driving the car, while a friend and myself handed flyers door to door.  The reason I remember it so well is because I heard this dog barking and it sounded like it was coming after me. I was afraid the dog was going to bite me, but when I got to the car, my father was laughing!  I turned around and it was a tiny Chihuahua that knew he was only allowed to go to the edge of the yard!)

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