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Excerpt from Loveland-Big Thompson Valley Centennial book published 1977.

1960 to 1969
by former LHS teacher Margaret Stepp

With the election of John F. Kennedy as President in 1962 and his tragic death in November of 1963, the young people of Loveland gradually became a part of the unrest and protest already established in other areas of the world, and "authorities" tried to suppress them. There were no longer P.T.A. meetings in high school; there were many more counselors. High school students tried to mimic larger towns in manner of dress and behavior, probably influenced by a rapidly growing University to the north of us. For nearly a school year boys were sent home for not tucking in shirts and not wearing belts; a few girls were sent home for wearing jeans or culottes. There were faculty-student council meetings on how tight is tight for boy's jeans and how short is short for girl's mini skirts. The students finally won as larger problems loomed. Dangerous evils slowly followed the national trend.

We have had no riots, no overt race problems, although some labor unrest and the effect of strikes have not skipped us. The Viet Nam War also took its toll and added to the general uneasiness. But Loveland has a far lower crime rate than the rest of the nation; it still feels like a small town.

Perhaps because we try to face and solve our problems as a community, it will continue to be an ideal small town in which to live.


--Thanks to Jim Blado for submitting this article.