Do you know of any noteworthy accomplishments of '71 grads?  Maybe yourself? Send us the story or send the url, and we'll put it on this website. Go ahead! Be a narcissist!  Post your story here!

Montgomery has hovered around 1800 students for the past ten years or so, but the District has projected a drop to 1750 next year. Our International Baccalaureate program continues to grow and draw students from outside districts so we are hoping to hold our enrollment for next year. The recent drop in enrollment at Slater Middle School will surely have an effect, however.

The Viking sports programs are as strong or stronger than ever in Montgomery’s storied history. This year may be the greatest overall in the school’s 46 years for girls and boys athletics. These teams have also proven that good athletes can be good students, as eight teams from the fall and winter sports have received Scholar Athlete banners from the North Coast Section. Several teams will receive scholar awards from CIF at the state level. That is a strong athletic program.

our senior year
Richard Nixon was the President. The Rolling Stones were topping the charts with “Brown Sugar”. Hot Pants were definitely in. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison died in our senior year.
Dean's List
Dean's List - recognize anyone?
(and from Archer Audio Archives,


U.S. troops were withdrawn from Cambodia.

Cigarette ads were banned from TV and radio.

Joseph Yablonski, who had campaigned against corruption for the presidency of the United Mine Workers, was found murdered along with his wife and daughter.

Millionaire H. Ross Perot gave up on his attempt to deliver Christmas presents to American POWs in North Viet Nam via the chartered jet Peace On Earth.

The so-called Chicago Seven were found not guilty of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. But five of them were found guilty of crossing state lines for the purpose of inciting a riot, resulting in five-year sentences.

Black militant Angela Davis was indicted on murder and conspiracy charges.

The FBI captured Father Daniel Berrigan, the Rhode Island priest who advocated burning draft cards to protest the Viet Nam war. He and his brother, Father Phillip Berrigan, were accused by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover of plotting to kidnap Nixon aide Henry Kissinger and blow up a federal building.

On May 4th, Ohio National Guard troops killed four students at Kent State University who were protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. Five days later, 100,000 anti-war protesters rallied in Washington.

The Spiro T. Agnew Wrist Watch — bearing the likeness of the vice president — became a hot seller.

The Apollo 13 crew returned to Earth following a harrowing mission in which they repaired their ship with duct tape following an oxygen tank explosion.

The Army appointed the nation's first two female generals.

26 people were killed when Hurricane Celia crossed Florida and the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Construction of New York's World Trade Center was completed.

Hello, Dolly! closed on Broadway after 2,850 performances.

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel won Grammy awards for Record, Song and Album Of The Year. Vice President Agnew stated that the song was about heroin addiction. Other hits included I'll Be There by the Jackson Five, My Sweet Lord by George Harrison, Let It Be by the Beatles and I Think I Love You by TV's Partridge Family.

The Mary Tyler Moore show debuted. CBS canceled The Ed Sullivan Show.

On October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin overdosed in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles.

September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was found dead in the basement flat of the Samarkand Hotel at 22 Lansdowne Crescent in London.


The voting age was lowered to 18. Those who sought the new age of majority contended that if people were old enough to fight and die in Viet Nam, they were old enough to vote.

28 prisoners and 9 hostages were killed when state troopers stormed Attica Prison in New York state, where inmates were holding 38 guards hostage.

65 died when a major earthquake rumbled through southern California on February 9th. The quake caused $500,000,000 damage.

Nearly 100 died when tornadoes plowed through Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

111 perished when an Alaska Airlines jet crashed into a mountain near Juneau.

No one was injured when a bomb planted by the Weather Underground exploded in a U.S. Capitol rest room.

Orders were mistakenly given by teletype to enact the Emergency Broadcast System. The minority who followed the Saturday morning instructions began telling their listeners to prepare for nuclear attack. Those who assumed the alert was an error proved the EBS plan was ineffective. The "actual alert" — complete with an authenticating code word — was wired to stations at the time set aside for weekly tests. As a result, the tests would become random.

For the first time in U.S. history, imports began to exceed exports. President Nixon was upset when he was informed that White House visitors were being given commemorative U.S. flag pins that were made in Japan.

Bobby Fischer became the first American to make the World Chess Championships. He would defeat Boris Spassky for the world title the next year.

Jesus Christ Superstar and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown opened on Broadway. (ed. note: 1971 graduate, and choralier member angela elliott was one of the stars of jesus christ superstar, and one of the only cast members to tour with the company.)

Norman Lear's All In The Family became America's top-rated TV show.

Hit songs included Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin, Carol King's You've Got A Friend by James Taylor and The Theme From "Shaft" by Isaac Hayes. Carole King won Grammys for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

Jim Morrison died in Paris on July 3, 1971, in his bathtub at the age of 27

The U.S. vs. John Lennon Resuscitates the Dream
a new documentary by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld, 09.14.2006

In 1971, Lennon released "Imagine," a powerful plea for idealism so gentle, most people forget how explosively radical it is. Among other concepts, John sang "Imagine no possessions" and "Imagine no religion." These are sentiments that, made manifest, would instantly rid the world of most of its problems.

Clint Eastwood looked a
little younger in 1971, too.


Harry (Dirty Harry) Callahan uttered the immortal words, “Ah Ah, I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five?   Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself.   But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question:  'Do I feel lucky?'  Well, do ya punk?


Two killed in Jeep crash
Leslie Pixton Meline and Don Charles

Relatives find bodies of 1971 Montgomery grads at bottom of 500-foot drop

Mother of Love by Gabe Meline
Two killed in Jeep crash
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Two lifelong Sonoma County residents, one the owner of a nationally known Santa Rosa engineering firm and the other the owner of a family carpentry company and a pilot, died while on a Jeep ride in Cazadero.

Don Charles of Forestville and Leslie Meline of Santa Rosa apparently died Sunday but the wreckage was not found until Tuesday evening.

Charles, 53, owned DH Charles Engineering, with offices in Santa Rosa and San Diego. The company builds temporary structures and support equipment for contractors and has completed more than 8,000 projects in eight years, including current scaffolds on the Golden Gate Bridge and work on the Bay Bridge retrofit, said partner Jasper Calcara.

Meline, also 53, was an avid pilot and flew privately, commercially and was instrument-rated, said her son, Gabe Meline.

She also helped run the family finish carpentry company.

The two had known each other since elementary school and had been in touch recently while helping plan a Montgomery High School reunion for the class of 1971.

Sunday, Meline was invited by Charles to see his family’s Cazadero ranch. The accident occurred as the two were on a Jeep ride, the CHP said.

Charles was driving up a steep, unimproved dirt roadway on his family’s remote property, about three miles north of Bohan Dillon Road, the CHP said.

The Jeep, which was in 2-wheel drive at the time, apparently lost traction and slid backward. The Jeep left the road and plunged down the hill about 500 feet before stopping.

The two died in the crash.

Family members filed missing persons reports early in the week. They also began combing the area and found them in the wreckage Tuesday evening.

May, 2010

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The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq

"Youth was the time for happiness, its only season; young people, leading a lazy, carefree life, partially occupied by scarcely absorbing studies, were able to devote themselves unlimitedly to the liberated exultation of their bodies. They could play, dance, love, and multiply their pleasures. They could leave a party, in the early hours of the morning, in the company of sexual partners they had chosen, and contemplate the dreary line of employees going to work. They were the salt of the earth, and everything was given to them, everything was permitted for them, everything was possible. Later on, having started a family, having entered the adult world, they would be introduced to worry, work, responsibility, and the difficulties of existence; they would have to pay taxes, submit themselves to administrative formalities while ceaselessly bearing witness--powerless and shame-filled--to the irreversible degradation of their own bodies, which would be slow at first, then increasingly rapid; above all, they would have to look after children, mortal enemies, in their own homes, they would have to pamper them, feed them, worry about their illnesses, provide the means for their education and their pleasure, and unlike in the world of animals, this would last not just for a season, they would remain slaves of their offspring always, the time of joy was well and truly over for them, they would have to continue to suffer until the end, in pain and with increasing health problems, until they were no longer good for anything and were definitively thrown into the rubbish heap, cumbersome and useless. In return, their children would not be at all grateful, on the contrary their efforts, however strenuous, would never be considered enough, they would, until the bitter end, be considered guilty because of the simple fact of being parents. From this sad life, marked by shame, all joy would be pitilessly banished. When they wanted to draw near to young people's bodies, they would be chased away, rejected, ridiculed, insulted, and, more and more often nowadays, imprisoned. The physical bodies of young people, the only desirable possession the world has ever produced, were reserved for the exclusive use of the young, and the fate of the old was to work and to suffer. This was the true meaning of solidarity between generations; it was a pure and simple holocaust of each generation in favor of the one that replaced it, a cruel, prolonged holocaust that brought with it no consolation, no comfort, nor any material or emotional compensation."

Explorer, Eco-Warrior, Spy: The Battles of Jacques Cousteau
by Christopher Dickey, Jul. 04, 2017

One of the world’s great adventurers—and a Resistance spy—Jacques Cousteau warned me 25 years ago that humans were reaching the point of no return on environmental destruction.

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