Flashback

Our class was special and the years we spent at school was a unique time in history.
This page is dedicated to popular culture of the time. Go back in time with;
Music, TV, Movies, Sports, Fashion, Technology, Politics, Personalities and more.

Class Stats & Fun Facts

Class Stats:

  • Total Class Roster that was at least part of the four years – 659
  • Graduating Seniors from Commencement Program – 583 + 8 who Graduated end of Junior Year
  • Classmates Located for the 50th Reunion – 342 as of 2/1/22 - (See Classmates who provided Profiles on the Classmates Page.  See Missing Classmates Page for those where a contact has not been found.)
  • Located Classmates still living in Madison (Dane County) – TBD
  • Located Classmates still living in Wisconsin - TBD

 

Deceased Classmates – 61 - as of 5/30/22 as best as can be determined. (See Memorial Pages for more information) May They Rest In Peace

 

West History Being Gathered.  See link to article:

https://madison.com/news/local/education/local_schools/west-high-school-senior-leads-charge-to-digitally-preserve-the-schools-history/article_9ade7447-76cb-500c-be22-041dcdd6c443.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Most Common First Names of our Classmates

  • Ann or Anne – 7
  • Barb or Barbara – 8
  • Bill or William – 12
  • Bob or Robert – 14
  • Deb, Debbie, Debby or Deborah – 17
  • Diane, Dianne or Diana – 7
  • Ellen – 6
  • Jan or Janet – 11
  • Jeff – 8
  • Jim or James – 18
  • John or Jon – 20
  • Julie – 9
  • Kathy or Katherine – 10
  • Linda, Lynn or Lynne -13
  • Mark – 8
  • Mary, Mary Beth or Mary Jo – 18
  • Mike – 11
  • Nancy – 14
  • Pat, Patricia or Patti - 7
  • Pete or Petter – 7
  • Richard – 9
  • Scott – 7
  • Steve or Stephen -16
  • Sue, Susan, Suzanne or Suzy – 18
  • Tom or Thomas - 23

Classmates Most Embarassing Moments (From Yearbook):

  • Tripping up the down the staircase.
  • Having my I.D. picture taken - I'm not too cute.
  • Running backwards with a football in gym class.
  • When I got sweaty on a date.
  • When the elastic band on my skirt broke.
  • The day after Tolch's party.
  • Being caught by a teacher in the stairwell by the bandroom when we were in the middle of something.
  • Calling Mr. Keyes Bill.
  • Getting my skirt cuaght on the bannister.
  • Belching in class.
  • Falling off the flag pole after only 8 days, 6 hours and 3 1/2 minutes.

Maize and Blue

 

Oh let them shout and cheer for Memorial High

And talk of East High’s royal hue,

And let Lafollette preps their banners fly;

We know they’re staunch and brave and true.

But out of all the schools that fight for fame,

There’s only one that will remain,

And that is West High, West High, -- here’s to you!

We will not fail thee, Maize and Blue.

Entertainment of 1972

Billboard's Top 10 Hits of 1972

  1. "The First Time I Ever saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack
  2. "Alone Again (Naturally)" - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  3. "American Pie" - Don McLean
  4. "Without You" - Harry Nilsson
  5. "The Candy Man" - Sammy Davis Jr.
  6. "I Gotcha" - Joe Tex
  7. "Lean on Me" - Bill Withers
  8. "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" - Mac Davis
  9. "Brand New Key" - Melanie
  10. "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" Wayne Newton

 

1972 Top 10 TV Shows

1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Sanford and Son (NBC)
3. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
4. Maude (CBS)
5. Bridget Loves Bernie (CBS)
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
7. Gunsmoke (CBS)
8. The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC)
9. Ironside (NBC)
10. Adam 12 (NBC)

 

Memorable Movies from 1972

  • The Godfather
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Play It Again Sam
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • Caberet
  • Deliverance
  • The Poseiden Adventure
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex - But were Afraid to Ask
  • Deep Throat (X)
  • Fritz the Cat (X)

The Female Hotties:

  • Adrienne Barbeau,
  • Dyan Cannon,
  • Lynda Carter,
  • Peggy Lipton,
  • Barbra Streisan,
  • Diana Ross

Top Male Hotties:

  • Richard Roundtree,
  • Burt Reynolds,
  • Marlon Brando,
  • Elvis Presley

Top Comedians

  • Martin Mull
  • Don Rickles
  • Lily Tomlin
  • George Carlin

 

1972 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

History of 1972

  • Ray Tomlinson invented internet based email.
  • Nolan Bushnell founded Atari with an investment of $250.
  • HBO (Home Box Office) was launched by Time-Warner.
  • Chrysler brought electronic ignition to automobiles.
  • Clothes had a lot less static cling in 1972, thanks to the introduction of Bounce dryer sheets.
  • Doritos were introduced nacho cheese in 1972.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines began sailing.
  • Household dish cleaner ‘Dawn’ was released in 1972.
  • George Carlin was arrested in Milwaukee in 1972 for violating obscenity laws. His crime was delivering his “Seven Dirty Words” bit in public.

  • Members of President Richard Nixon's reelection campaign were arrested while breaking into the office of the Democratic National Committee in Washington D.C.’s Watergate Complex.

  • Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam, supporting the communist side of the war, earning the nickname “Hanoi Jane”.

  • Terrorists affiliated with the Palestinian militant group Black September attacked and murdered members of the Israeli Olympic Team at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich.
  • The U.S. Men’s Basketball team loss to Russia in the Basketball final of the 1972 Munich Olympic games was one of the most controversial events in Olympic history. The U.S. team never accepted their silver medals in protest.
  • Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight tennis sets known as "the Battle of the Sexes.".
  • The United States continued to participate in combat in the Vietnam War, primarily with air power to assist the South Vietnamese army, while negotiators in Paris tried to hammer out a peace agreement and withdrawal strategy for the United States.
  • The last military draft lottery is held - The draft was officially abolished in 1973.
  • Apollo 17 becomes the last manned moon flight.  Man has not returned to the moon since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Items in 1972

 

Top Baby Names in 1954

 -Bob, Bob, Bob

 

Famous Quotes from 1972

Costs in 1972

  • The Stock Market breaks 1,000 points for the first time
  • Superbowl ad in 1972: $86,000
  • Average Cost of new house $27,550.00
  • Average Income per year $11,800.00
  • Average Monthly Rent $165.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas $0.55 
  • Kodak Pocket Camera $28.00
  • Wrangler Jeans $12.00
  • Ladies Timex Watch from $30.00
  • Ford Pinto $2,078
  • Barbie Doll Designer Collection from $2.85
  • Frisbee $0.94 cents

Memorable Quotes

  • “Hey, Mikey! He likes it!” – Life cereal ad
  • “The mind is a terrible thing to waste” - United Negro College Fund
  • ” It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken” - Frank Perdue
  • “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” - Marlon Brando, in The Godfather
  • "Nothing Runs like a Deere” - John Deere ad
  • “Nobody does it like Sara Lee” – Sara Lee

Things from Then That Are only Memories

  • Rotary Phones
  • Shag Carpeting 
  • Short Shorts and Tube Socks
  • Pet Rocks
  • Clackers - Ball banging game that was banned as a safety hazard
  • View Master - For viewing colored disks
  • 8-tracks
  • TV Test Patterns and adjusting TV antenna's
  • Typewriters & White Out
  • Table Trays
  • Ditto Machines
  • Polaroid Instant Photos
  • Aluminum Can Pull Tabs

Pop Culture

  • Maxi dresses, mini skirts, knee socks and patterns happened in a big way.
  • Bill Cosby spoke to kids about drugs... And won a Grammy for it.
  • PONG became the first commercially successful video game.
  • The digital watch made its clunky debut.
  • “Your Mama” became a popular phrase amongst the youth.
  • The word ‘spam’ used in reference to e-communications (commonly emails) comes from a 1972 Monty Python sketch related to SPAM.
  • Burt Reynolds poses nude for the centerfold of Cosmopolitan magazine

Sports Champions in 1972

  • World Series Champions: Oakland Athletics
  • Superbowl VI Champions: Dallas Cowboys
  • NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins
  • U.S. Open Golf Jack Nicklaus
  • U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King
  • Wimbledon (Men/Women): Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
  • NCAA Football Champions: USC
  • NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
  • Kentucky Derby: Riva Ridge

Cars of 1972

  • Most Popular Car- VW Beetle (Really?)
  • Muscle Cars - Dodge Charger; Pontiac Lemans; Ford Thinderbird: Pontiac Firebird
  • Cheapest American Cars - Chevy Vega; Ford Pinto; AMC Gremlin; Ford Maverick; Plymouth Duster
  • Most Expensive American Cars - Lincoln Continental Mark IV;Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.