But those ceremonies are not what I want to talk about today. I have yearbooks on my mind.
How many of you still have your college yearbooks? High school? Junior High/Middle School? Maybe even yearbooks from years when you were in single-digit age brackets. I have yearbooks from 8th grade through the first year of college and have perused them several times since acquiring them. The most appropriate word to describe how that makes me feel is Nostalgic - sometimes with a grin, sometimes with a grimace.
No, I am not in this 1972 photo of volunteers at the Olympic Games. For me it's a toss up as to which it is:
a Grin or Grimace photo
On this matter I cannot speak from personal experience :]
Thanks to magazines like "Life" and "Look", in the 1960s, yearbook photos were huge and double page spreads added to the still rather thin dimensions of the books. Skip two decades to the 80s when someone observed, "We don't have pictures of students who aren't part of an "In-Crowd"! That gave rise to photos of big social event scenes giving all students a photo-op opportunity. So what if they couldn't find their image in that photo taken at the annual homecoming game when they sat in the nosebleed section of the bleachers? They'd been at that game, the photo solidified that memory.
Many schools have begun "publishing" their annual yearbooks online. Not something that would interest me if I was graduating this year. I'd still want the real thing. Glossy photos. Empty white pages for friends to scrawl messages on and decorate with doodles and loopy art. Students in schools, colleges and universities that still offer the "old-fashioned" style yearbook will have to pay ten to twenty times more for that book of memories that 85 years ago cost a student six bucks.
The price tag attached to memories may be steep these days, but we'll pay it.
Tell me about your yearbooks...are they dust collectors? Bookends? Do you pull them off shelves and out of boxes for the occasional reminiscence?