September 29, 2021

An anniversary-style retro mindset list

Retired attorney Philip Doi’75 reflects that he entered Beloit in 1971, the college’s 125th year, making this the 50th anniversary of his first days in college.

With that in mind, he created a retrospective mindset list about what was happening in the world in his first year at Beloit.

  • The first Starbucks opens.
  • The 26th Amendment passes – lowering the voting age to 18.
  • A first-class postage stamp is 8 cents; a gallon of gas costs 40 cents.
  • Bobby Orr signs the first million-dollar contract in NHL history.
  • Popular movies are A Clockwork Orange, The French Connection, Dirty Harry, Shaft.
  • The Pentagon Papers are published.
  • Billie Jean King is the first female athlete to win $100,000 in a single year.
  • Intel introduces the 4004, the world’s first microprocessor.
  • New stock index opens: NASDAQ.
  • Greenpeace is formally established.
  • NPR broadcasts for the first time.
  • Federal Express begins operations.
  • Sean Connery played James Bond.
  • Cigarette ads on radio and television are banned.

Also In This Issue

  • President Scott Bierman speaks to the Class of 2025 during the 2021 Convocation ceremony.

    As we round the next corner, are you All In for Beloit?

  • Book cover for “It’s Always 9/11” by Wendy Avra Nimer Gordon’76.

    It’s Always 9/11

  • Alana Coats Rankin’05 teaches remotely with her daughter, Autumn, nearby. She’s one of nearly a dozen alumni who helped their former Beloit teacher and mentor during the pandemic. Photo by Greg Rankin’08.

    Teachers to the rescue


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