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SPARTAN SPIRIT OF '76: Members of the marching band, color guard, flag squad and twirlers gather on the field of Paramus High School to pose for the 1976 yearbook picture.
SPARTAN SPIRIT OF '76: Members of the marching band, color guard, flag squad and twirlers gather on the field of Paramus High School to pose for the 1976 yearbook picture.
Posted: Thursday January 23, 2014, 11:48 AM
Wonder Years: That '70s Show
By Amelia Duggan

"Amazing how everyone in the color guard hasn't changed a bit."
–Dave Maskin, Washingtown Township

Americans all over the country were preparing for the Bicentennial Celebration in July 1976. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was at the top of the pop charts. The Ramones were signed to Sire Records, and Bruce Springsteen released "Born to Run." Sony introduced the Betamax video recorder. Remember that? Englewood's own John Travolta made his film debut, and the world welcomed actresses Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet. Jaws was still boffo at the box office, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show was already building its cult following.

It was easy for the Spartans from Paramus to get into the Bicentennial spirit, for their colors were blue and white with red accents on the band and color guard uniforms. The exact date of this photograph is uncertain, but it did appear in the yearbook for the Class of '76. I should know. I am the girl standing on the 50-yard line holding the Paramus High School flag. I was one of 11 young women chosen for the color guard. After participating in marching band, I tried out for the guard and was selected for my senior year. What a great time it was for all the girls!

Today, the photo has made its way to the Facebook page of the Class of '76, where alumni posted comments about the forgotten old photo.

Mark Hirshberg, now of Tenafly, spotted himself fourth from the left on the lower horizontal line of the letter "P." Dave Maskin, now of Washington Township, remembers the days of the PHS Marching Band with great fondness.

"It's hard to believe that it's been almost 36 years since I was playing clarinet, then baritone sax, then tuba in the marching band along with the color guard pictured. I'm the one standing on the far right with my tuba. There are so many wonderful memories attached to performing the half-time show on the field."

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