In the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Ron, referencing a brawl that he and his coworkers had with a rival news station earlier in the film, says, “Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.” If you have seen the film, you can understand why this line is so funny, even though he says it nonchalantly, the brawl was pretty brutal, typical Will Ferrell humor.
“That escalated quickly,” is a pretty popular meme and has worked its way into our pop culture. Monday morning when I ran it was 52 degrees, Wednesday morning it was 72 degrees. Like Ron, I felt things escalated quickly, and yes it was brutal. Running is not the only place I immediately visualize the “That escalated quickly,” meme, this year I will be celebrating thirty years out of high school. Yep, I am a 1988 graduate of Morgan County RII, and yes, I have been out of school for a longer number of years then I could even fathom when I walked across the stage and received my diploma from Mr. Arnold.
My class has met more times than I think most classes meet, seriously, we did a reunion at 5, 10, 20, 25 and now 30 years. Most years, while in the planning stages, yearbooks were pulled. One year we created a booklet with copies from all our yearbooks 76-88. To be honest, a reunion does not have to approach to give me an excuse to look at yearbooks. They are my favorite part of our genealogy/reference section and I love all of them, not just the 76-88 books. I am not the only one that enjoys them, ever since I have worked here, come May (alumni time) someone usually comes in and peruses our collection.
In 2016, I watched a group of guys come in to look at the yearbooks; they were also creating a booklet for their upcoming reunion. These guys graduated with my mom, so I knew each one of them, because of this, I really got a kick out of watching them taking a stroll down memory lane. They visited quite a few times that year, spending time making copies and cutting and pasting to create their booklet. I have been part of the planning group before a reunion, and I will tell you a secret, it was the highlight of the reunion; these guys might tell you they felt the same. This class was not only creating a booklet, they were planning a cruise, but one of the guys didn’t make it, he fell ill, and passed away. I want to believe that those trips to the library, with his pack of friends, brought him some joy that he missed out on later.
I am blessed that my parents purchased all my yearbooks, for that matter, I purchased all the yearbooks for my daughters. I hope they enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed mine. For those that don’t own their yearbooks, we have a pretty decent collection here at the library. Our Morgan County RII 1950-1989 books can be viewed on our website (http://wp.morgancountylibrary.org/services/external-links/genealogyhistory-links/) and that list will be expanded in the next few years. I would love to expand our collection of MCRI books, if you have any, or if you will let me borrow them in the future on our next round of digitizing, I would appreciate it.
Just like the heat escalating so quickly, so has my age. I am thankful that the nostalgia I feel looking at my yearbooks can help buffer the shock I feel when I say it is my 30-year class reunion. Congratulations to the class of 2018, I will be seeing you in the next 5-10 year increments, know that it goes by quickly, know that your classmates will always be special, and even though you have Facebook and Snapchat, the library will always have an old fashioned yearbook if you need it.