1970s

Director and a student connecting tapes.

BYU Homecoming queen and court.

Launching water balloons on campus.

  • President of the Church: David O. McKay (1951––1970), Joseph Fielding Smith (1970––1972), Harold B. Lee (1972––1973), and Spencer W. Kimball (1973––1985)
  • President of BYU: Dallin H. Oaks
  • President of USA: Richard M. Nixon (1969––1974), Gerald R. Ford (1974––1977), and Jimmy Carter (1977––1981)
  • Major Events:
    • 1972 Watergate scandal begins
    • 1977 Star Wars released
    • 1975 Microsoft founded
    • 1973 U.S. pulls out of Vietnam

The Banyan——BYU Yearbook

 

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Alumni Memories

JoAnn Haney-Nau——1979
No Denim Allowed
I attended one of my education classes on a cold winter day wearing a nice matching denim bell bottom pant with matching long jean jacket and was kicked out of class! Denim was not allowed according to the dress code in the day. A good girl gone bad . . . lol.

Ann Allred——1975
Bug Cage Creation
I remember spending hours in the Curriculum Library making a bug cage, counting beads, overhead projection blow-ups, splitting pages of a National Geographic, and tons of other projects.

Dennis Randall—1974
I remember…
I remember Wymount Terrace and how tiny and cramped the [apartments] were.

  • I remember Priesthood meetings in the basement and church in various places around the campus.
  • I remember the program I was in at the McKay School was based on contract teaching. We signed a contract for our grade and were encouraged to use that as a teaching tool.
  • I remember how cold it was to walk from the Terrace to classes. Before we married I lived in the Reams apartments and the walk to campus was horrible in the cold.
  • I remember eating in the Wilkinson Center. The brownies in the bakery were wonderful.
  • I remember student teaching at Olympus High and finding that a real classroom experience was not at all like we expected it to be. It was harder and in many ways much more pleasant than we were led to believe. Yet, the foundation was a good one. Much of life at that time is now a fuzzy memory.
  • I remember being taught how to use technology that is now laughable: the mimeograph, the overhead projector, making color transparencies for the overhead, the huge machine that we would put books and pictures in to project them on the wall, slide projectors, 16 mm projectors. None of those are in use now, but I remember the frustration of learning to type on the mimeograph sheets and getting purple ink everywhere.

Marianne Hardy—1978
Dry mounting, Mrs. Whatcott, and BYU mint brownies

  • I loved the "PE for Special Education Teachers" class that Elaine Michaelis taught. She was so patient with our incoordination.
  • That the class we all had to take in which we learned how to dry mount, laminate, run the mimeograph machine, and other workroom techniques must be different now or nonexistent! We don’t use mimeos anymore, and after taking that class, I never again dry mounted anything. The best thing from that class was the bulletin board posters we made, enlarging characters like Snoopy. Yes, used those!
  • I enjoyed being a teacher’s assistant at Provo Elementary, helping Mrs. Whatcott in first grade and helping in fifth grade. I can still remember the songs they were singing in preparation for a program.
  • I took a class in which we read the gospels of the New Testament in Greek. It was fascinating.
  • We were all addicted to BYU mint brownies even then. There was a place in the Wilkinson Center by the BYU Bookstore that made wonderful Navajo tacos. I also could get a fried egg in the mornings when I was too morning-sick to actually cook one in our apartment, but felt like I wanted to eat an egg!
  • With our first child, since we were both students, we had to play “pass the baby” between my husband and I so one of us was always with him. It ended up that I had to take the baby into my French class for about 10 minutes until my husband could come and get him. My French professor would always say, “Mon eleve Prefere!” (My favorite student!) and “Mon petit chou tete!” (My little cabbage head!)
  • Speaking of food, we were given a wheat grinder and wheat for our wedding. So I made wheat bread. It was like a brick. Always. I didn’t get better at making wheat bread for several years. And my dear husband would take these brick-bread and peanut butter sandwiches to school with him to eat for lunch at BYU and never complained. That’s a real man for you.

Linda Dominguez-Gasson—1979
The Speech Pathologist and the Man on a Mission
Was it really so long ago when I was studying to be a speech-pathologist at the Brigham Young University Department of Communication Disorders?

I attended BYU from 1976 to 1979 and was enrolled in one of the smallest, least known, and most challenging fields of study offered at BYU at the time. The initial “Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology” class began with 63 hopeful students. Only 12 graduates remained by the time we completed our master's of communication disorders (now known as a master's of speech-language pathology).

I was working on my practicum, which required us to work with children diagnosed with various speech-language disorders. Dr. Gordon Low, the dean of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, always emphasized the impact of “real-life experiences” to increase children’s vocabulary and language. Several students, including myself, decided to take our kids on a field trip to a small market . . . Read More

Photos Courtesy, L.Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

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