Throwback Thursday: When Anything Was Possible

I have shown this picture before; it is my “section” my senior year of high school:

 

 

These 30+ high school students were an extraordinary group. David Banner (not his real name) and Dr. Mavro became physicians. One classmate became the CFO of a large energy company before moving to the same role at a large and well-known charity. At least three earned their Ph.D. and that number could be higher as I have lost touch with virtually everyone in the class. I believe that at least two became attorneys; oh well, no group is perfect.

In the second row, third from the right, is someone who stood out even among this august company. He graduated from high school at age 16. He finished the first semester senior year Calculus curriculum by October; the teacher was wise enough to create a new curriculum only for him.

The best math students were given a chance to take part in the US Mathematical Olympiad. Just to be asked to take the test was an honor (I was); the person to whom I have just referred made the second highest score in the US. That feat earned him an invitation to the World Olympiad; he made the second highest score in the world.

When it came to Physics, though, I could hang right with him, although that class was not in our senior year. I had more than a 100 average in the class as I could, and would, do test problems in more than one way for extra credit. In our school, grades were your numerical average and not a letter. However, the teacher was not allowed to actually give me a grade of 105 or whatever, so my Physics grade for the semester was a 100.

I hate to admit that I have forgotten the names of at least ten of my classmates. Nothing like that seemed possible then. Everything great seemed possible. I could start my own car company or get involved with professional sports, the only two interests I really had. Of course, I did forge a 20+ year career in major league baseball and wrote a football book that The Wall Street Journal called without a doubt the best book of its kind ever written. None of that seems to matter anymore, though.

I have written many times about the dissonance in my life comparing earlier days when anything was possible to now when almost nothing seems possible. I don’t think I will ever fully accept that change.

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I graduated from high school in 1978. That year marked the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the Corvette. (By my senior year, I was not a big Vette fan although when I was in elementary school I loved the C3 as well as the C2.) Chevrolet/GM made significant changes to the car. From The Genuine Corvette Black Book (I decided to photograph the relevant page instead of try to transcribe it. Work smart, not hard):

 

 

Here is a picture of a 1978 Corvette, but without the pace car decals:

 

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I remember that I liked the change to the fastback rear window; I guess I still had remnants of my obsession with fastbacks from my even younger days.

Although I like the C3 design, I don’t love it and think it is a little dated. Maybe if we win a nine-figure sum in a lottery I’ll buy a Corvette from each generation, except a C7, of course, as I already have one.

Were you interested in cars in high school or earlier? How have you managed the transition from youth to not youth?

Youth is wasted on the young…

 

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Tuesday Twitter Failure

Except for those days when Bill James graciously tweets a link to this blog, Twitter is, once again, a huge failure in terms of driving blog traffic. (Not to mention it is, quoting someone else, “a cesspool of antisemitism.” Shame on you, Dack Jorsey!) The average number of daily referrals from Twitter is less than one, not counting the days Bill tweets about the blog. Granted, my feed only has about two dozen followers and I am only following about 100 feeds, but I just expected more. Of course, I don’t have to be on Twitter for Bill to tweet about Disaffected Musings.

While the “platform” has enabled me to make connections with people like Dominic Chu and Scott Hoke, my experience with it in my second go-round is, once again, less than satisfactory to say the least.

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I actually had a pleasant dream last night/this morning. I dreamt I was being honored in a big ceremony for heroic acts I had performed. The details of these acts are forever lost to Dreamland.

During the dream, I felt wonderful about being honored and in my “dream mind” I had, indeed, performed these acts of heroism. I wish I could remember what they were supposed to be. I am hesitant to write this, but I wonder if the seeming resolution of our HVAC woes yesterday is somehow connected to this dream.

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This article from Hemmings is about the “malaise-era Corvette” and is interesting, in my opinion. Its title is, “Even the malaise-era Chevy Corvette is still fun to drive, and value-priced.” From corvsport.com a picture of a 1978 Corvette:

 

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According to the piece, the average 1978 costs about $14,500 and a ’76, the least expensive third-generation Corvette, costs an average of $12,800. One bit of information that surprised me were the results of a test of a ’78 Vette that Road and TrackĀ did for its April, 1978 issue. The car–equipped with the more powerful L82 engine, a four-speed manual and 3.70 gears–accelerated from 0-60 MPH in 6.5 seconds and ran a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds. For that era, those are stellar numbers. They’re not even that bad now.

I have to admit I am not a huge C3 fan, especially when compared to my favorite Corvette generations. I’d still take one over the vast majority of cars available today, though. Once again, I would very much like to read your thoughts.

 

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