June 10, 2011 / News

First, last editors at Indiana high school share yearbook memories

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

This week was the final one in the 37-year history of Harding High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. Education will go on in the hallways of the former Harding High, which will become a new magnet school in 2012. But Harding will be no more.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette came up with the wonderful idea of getting the editor of the school’s first yearbook in 1974 to sit down with the editors of this year’s Harding yearbook to compare work, swap stories and share memories about their school.

The comparison of tastes was fun. The 70s editors listened to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin; while today’s editors love Lady Gaga. As for TV? Back then it was “All in the Family” and today it’s “Glee.”

What are the differences in your school now, compared to 30, 40 years ago? What are the differences in the yearbook?

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.