Time Machine 1970s -- Sheet 67, May 1971
South High School, Torrance

Who: Randy Payne, Tom Mills
What: Hiking
Where: Palos Verdes coastline
When: May 1971
Why: Exercise and photography

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Hamlet Honors English 1971

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Link to whole slide show, scanned from negatives, September 2014

I made a black-and-white slide show of Hamlet for Mrs. Bistrovic's Honors English class. Here you see Hamlet (Gary Tripp), Laertes (Jon Amate), and the queen (Carolyn Kameya) in a dramatic scene. Laertes gets in the chest with a fishing rod, with tomato ketchup making a gory splash. Meanwhile, the queen is choking on her
poisonous can of 7-Up.

The picture in the slide show that got the most laughs was the one of Ophelia drowning in a lake. To make the picture, I pushed a short stick into a very muddy puddle, then put an old gardening glove on the stick, so it looked like a hand reaching out of the water. There was a big paper label next to the puddle, "OPHELIA", to make it clear which scene was being depicted.

By May 1971, I came to the realization that I didn't enjoy, nor belong in, Honors English. All that advanced literary analysis was just way over my head. So Mrs. Bistrovic did not seem very surprised, and did not try to talk me out of it, when I told her I was dropping out of the honors program and going back to regular English my senior year.

I enjoyed regular English much better, especially the classes taught by Barbara Hawkins, "Heroes of the Past" and "Chaucer." Mrs. Hawkins told everyone in the class that the Miller's Tale in the Canturbury Tales would not be used in school because its bawdy material is inappropriate for young readers. So naturally, everyone read that chapter on their own as soon as they could. She knew how to make English interesting!


Time Machine 1970s  2013 Gray Chang
Best of South High photos: 1970-1971
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