pass, TCC grows, students evolve
“We become not a melting pot but a
beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different
yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
— President Jimmy Carter
Tensions rise as U.S. involvement in Vietnam
escalates. President Johnson nearly doubles the number of troops
to 125,000. Americans react by staging numerous protests and draft
card burning demonstrations.
“ We Shall Overcome” becomes the national civil rights
anthem as supporters march 54 miles from Selma,
Ala., to Montgomery in support of the Voting Rights Act.
Bell-bottom pants and mini-skirts become
the latest fashion craze.
Pop-top cans are modified, allowing American
consumers to open cans by lifting a small lid that stays attached
to the can.
Congress warns Americans “Cigarette smoking may be hazardous
to your health,” passing a mandate that all cigarette packages
carry the warning label.
Accused Americans’ rights under the 5th Amendment
are affirmed after a major Supreme Court ruling. Under
Miranda vs. Arizona, law enforcement is required to read
a person’s rights prior to interrogating suspects (later
known as Miranda Rights).
Charles Whitman shoots and kills 16
people in Austin, mostly from the tower at the University of Texas.
Numerous radio stations place ban against
The Beatles, after John Lennon declares The Beatles
more popular than Jesus.
The mod look gains popularity. Women
wear fishnets, mini-skirts and boots while men wear skinny pants,
floral-print shirts and wide ties.
Civil unrest and urban anger lead
to a breakout of racially inspired
riots all over the country. The term “long, hot summer”
is used to describe the tensions.
The Pentagon reports more than 9,000
casualties in the Vietnam War—the deadliest year of
the war at this point.
Thurgood Marshall becomes the first
black Supreme Court justice.
Nehru jackets and love beads are the
latest fashion craze.
The microwave oven is introduced to
consumers by Amana.
The Vietnam War reaches a climax with
the Tet Offensive. Communist forces attack more than 100
targets over a three-week period.
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis.
Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy
is assassinated in Los Angeles just after
claiming a victory in the California primary.
The death toll in Vietnam reaches 30,000.
Richard Nixon is elected president.
His policies include an end to urban rioting and withdrawal of
troops through Vietnamization.
Dan Blocker, otherwise known as Hoss
Cartwright from the television series Bonanza, is a special guest
to commemorate the opening of
the fine arts complex on South Campus.
South Campus’ Student Center is incomplete. As a
result, students must endure the elements
while eating lunch outside.
Students show off their finest Dogpatch
attire for Sadie Hawkins Day.
The Unisex look is popular, with couples
wearing long hair and bell bottoms. Military
fatigues and boots are popular among war protesters.
The median family income averages $8,000
per year, and more than 29 million American
live in poverty.
Physical fitness becomes chic,
and a new fitness craze—aerobics—sweeps the nation.
Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Armstrong land on the
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and many others perform for 400,000
concert-goers at Woodstock, a weekend-long celebration of love,
peace and music.
After Sen. Edward Kennedy’s Oldsmobile plunges into a pond,
he flees the scene. A Washington secretary is found dead in the
back seat the next morning.
Charles Manson and his followers go on a killing spree in
More than 250 people are killed after Hurricane Camille
slams into the Gulf Coast. A majority of the deaths result
from people choosing to ignore the issued warnings.
Homemade yogurt is all the rage, and gourmet retailers report
a boom in sales.
President Nixon implements his policy of Vietnamization,
expanding the Vietnam War into Cambodia and eventually Laos.
The U.S. National Guard opens fire against unarmed student
protestors, at Kent State University leaving two students
TCC students hold silent protests on Moratorium Day to
honor those killed and wounded at Kent State.
Ralph Nader speaks on South Campus provoking student conversations
with his comments on safety of automobiles and meat-packing.
Fire guts the Student Center on NE Campus, just one week
after dedication ceremonies are held.
Major department stores begin selling peace symbol necklaces.
The U.S. ping-pong team visits The
People’s Republic of China. This is the first
time Americans enter China in 20 years.
The Supreme Court unanimously decides busing is the
best method to achieve racial integration in public schools.
The 26th Constitutional Amendment is ratified, lowering
the voting age from 21 to 18.
Betty Friedan speaks out on the women’s liberation movement
on South Campus.
Allied health training becomes a major lure for students
as NE Campus implements courses in dental hygiene, radiologic
technology, medical laboratory technology and operating
Very short shorts, known as “hot-pants,” become a
Courtesy collides with fashion as people wear smiley-face
buttons and “Have a nice day” T-shirts.
Police arrest five men who attempt to bug the Democratic
National Headquarters at The Watergate Hotel.
Controversial presidential candidate George Wallace
is shot and paralyzed from the waist down.
Legendary comedian George Carlin performs on NE Campus,
daring students to be themselves.
TCC students participate in gunfights to recreate
the old west at Six Flags.
NE students are given the opportunity to participate
in work-study programs, with a starting wage of $1.60 per
The happy face is out, but rainbow decals are in.
Afro-centric red, black and green flags and decals
seem to be everywhere.
The Vietnam War comes to an end as
both sides agree to “peace with honor.”
The Watergate scandal dominates headlines for the
entire year. Impeachment hearings are held against
Nixon tries to rally support of Americans as he
declares, “I am not a crook!”
The Supreme Court makes abortions legal with its
ruling in the matter of Roe v. Wade.
The Oak Ridge Boys visit NE Campus, singing songs
with a message of hope and peace.
A photography studio is built and Miss Texas Judy
Mallett visits NE Campus to model for students.
Hot tubs, hang gliding and yoga are the latest crazes
to sweep the nation.
President Nixon becomes the first
president to resign from office. The next day, Gerald
Ford is sworn into the presidency. Ford
later grants a “full, free
and absolute pardon” to Nixon.
American consumers face long lines, closed service
stations and price gouging at the fuel pump.
NE students feel nostalgic as they participate
in Gay Nineties Day and Fabulous Fifties Day.
Students get a dose of culture as TCC’s first
opera is performed.
“ Streaking”—or running naked in public—becomes
a ridiculous fad for years to come.
Literacy tests are banned with the passage of
The Voting Rights Act.
Two assassination attempts within one month
of each other, are made against President Ford.
Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappears.
Busy students at TCC may now take advantage
of distance learning available by television.
TCC students can test their accuracy as archery
classes are available.
Saturday Night Live debuts on American television.
Mood rings have the power to reveal one’s emotions,
and millions are sold.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin visits
the Center Corner on NE Campus.
The Office Education Association announces
typing prices on South Campus. Title pages are
25 cents, and outlines and typed letters with one carbon
are $1 each.
A transitional analysis class is offered for
children kindergarten through third grade on the
Swine Flu vaccine arrives in Fort Worth and
is available to all TCJC campuses.
Vincent Bugliosi, prosecuting attorney in
the Charles Manson case and author of Helter
Skelter, visits the NE Campus.
Aerobic fitness appears on the class schedule
for NE Campus.
Local employment and pay rates for students
include clerk/typist at $3.40 an hour, janitorial
at $2.50 an hour, entry clerk at $3.78 an hour, electronic
service tech at $3.50-4.50 an
hour and computer programmer at $800-$1,000 a month.
TCJC receives an Award of Excellence from
the federal government for energy efficiency.
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Gwendolyn
Brooks visits the South Campus.
Pop Rocks candy makes its way to TCJC and
becomes an instant hit. Years later it is erroneously
believed that Mikey from the Life cereal commercial has
died from ingesting Pop Rocks and soda.
A woman is saved by a TCJC class while canoeing
on the Buffalo River in Arkansas.
World-renowned pianist Helena Costa performs
at the Playhouse on NE Campus.
TCJC and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram jointly
offer Crime and Justice in America. Participants
receive three hours of course credit in sociology and
selected assignments by students are
published in the Star-Telegram.
Superman, starring Christopher Reeves
opens nationwide. Reeves starred in three
more Superman films.
The Who drummer Keith Moon, 32, dies in
his sleep from an overdose of Chlormethiazole.
Former Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph
speaks in the Center Corner on NE Campus.
Dr. Jim McKenzie, professor of business
on NE, releases his book Office Machines
with co-author Bob Hughes.
Author William F. Buckley speaks in the
gym on South Campus.
Dubbed “the world’s largest double-looped
roller coaster,” The Shockwave opens at Six
Flags over Texas.
The Amazing Kreskin performs on South
Columnist and radio personality Joyce
Brothers lectures in the Gym on NE Campus.
Brothers discusses “Coping with Anxiety and Tension” and
relates her topic to the everyday pressures students
Basic Studies Program is discontinued
on NE Campus because of lack of student participation.
Sci-fi hit Alien starring Sigourney
Weaver opens in the Metroplex propelling
Weaver into superstardom.
South Campus gets into the disco craze
by hosting a free disco ball in the SUB Cafeteria.
Cult classic Animal House starring John
Belushi opens nationwide and starts a toga
TCJC offers nine-week summer courses.
The courses are aimed at high school students
wanting to take classes during the summer.
Iranian students overrun the U.S. embassy
in Iran and 52 Americans are taken hostage.
Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urges his fellow countrymen to
demonstrate against the United States and Israel,
beginning the Iran hostage crisis.
Spring semester enrollment places
South Campus at 7,059, followed by NE at
6,677 and NW at 2,995.
Local employment opportunities and
rates of pay include bartender at $3.25
an hour, clerk/typist at $3.87 an hour and instructor $13,000 a year.
Six Flags Over Texas opens its 20th
season with the addition of the $2.1
million Judge Roy Scream roller coaster
In perhaps the biggest cliffhanger
in television history, J.R. Ewing (Larry
Hagman) is shot in the season ending
Dallas. Viewers would have
to wait through
the summer and an actor’s strike to learn the shooter was wife Sue
Ellen’s (Linda Gray) sister Kristen.
Ronald Reagan is elected president
defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter.
After 444 days in captivity, the
52 hostages held in Iran are released. The
timing of the release sparks conspiracy theories that President Reagan
had a deal in
place with Iran.
John Hinckley shoots President Ronald
Reagan just 69 days into his presidency.
Nov. 15-21 is declared Associate
Degree Nursing Week by Fort Worth Mayor
Woodie Woods and South Campus President Charles McKinney.
Student employment opportunities
and rates of pay include general office
at $4 an hour, secretary at $500 a month and maintenance at $5.06 an hour.
Activist, comedian and author
Dick Gregory speaks on South Campus.
The federal government gives individual
states the right to control hospitals.
Some examples of the public hospital service costs are $475 for surgery,
$100 for anesthesia and $600 room
charge for five days.
“ Hippie” poet Ric Masten performs
for students on South Campus.
Steven Spielberg’s E.T. staring
Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore is
released nationwide. The
the highest grossing
film until the re-release
of Star Wars in 1997.
The arms race between the United
States and the Soviet Union concerns the
Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman
is released, paving the way for future cross
Religion in Current American Politics
is offered on NE Campus.
Computers are rapidly becoming
the “in thing” as non-credit computer
courses appear on all TCJC campuses.
NE Campus enters a joint venture
with CBS-Blackhawk to produce TCJC television.
Author Maya Angelou visits the
Playhouse on NE Campus.
Anchorwoman Clarice Tinsley speaks
to TCJC students in the Rotunda on South
Campus for Black Emphasis Month.
The Heathkit H-89A computer is
released. The all-in-one computer has a built-in
12-inch monitor and 48k of RAM available for $1,399.
A Christmas Story starring Peter
Billingsley is released. The catch
phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out”
is integrated into the American
NE Campus student Bill Martin
wins the Texas Triathlon II.
The Disney Corporation launches
The Disney Channel on cable television.
Return of the Jedi is released.
To date, the Star Wars franchise has totaled
approximately $2 billion in retail sales.
Larry Flynt announces candidacy
for U.S. president.
Jesse Jackson announces his candidacy
for U.S. president.
Law requiring children to ride
in car seats becomes effective.
IBM awards $160,000 worth of computers
and funds to South Campus.
NE Campus sponsors an exhibit
of Greek antiquities from ancient ruler Alexander.
Dallas’s indoor soccer team, the
Sidekicks, begins play.
TCJC begins building television
tower in downtown Fort Worth.
Student employment opportunities
and rates of pay include general office
at $5 an hour, childcare at $4 an hour and maintenance at $5.71
Former Dallas Cowboy Drew Pearson
speaks on South Campus.
An accidental explosion in the number
four reactor of Chernobyl’s
nuclear power and weapons plant
Jobs bring an employee minimum
wage of $3.25 an hour.
Dr Joe B. Rushing awards the first
Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary
Teaching. Three winning faculty
members each receive
a plaque and
Smoking bans in certain areas
provide students a smoke-free environment.
Fort Worth’s Water Gardens becomes
a U.S. court to naturalize
320 people as U.S.
in part by TCJC,
the ceremony for
includes Jim Wright, speaker
of the house, and David Belew, federal
Texas Legislature passes two resolutions
to cut the drug abuse at colleges.
H.R. #235 and S.R. #645 state no illegal drug will be allowed
on campus. Violations
will result in suspension.
Partly because of the popularity
of MTV, the younger generation becomes known
as couch potatoes.
The first issue of The Collegian
takes over the multi-campus community college.
Traveling to New York, Pan Am
flight 103 crashes, killing 260 people when
a bomb explodes.
Former Vice President George Bush
wins presidential bid. As President, he
dedicates a war memorial in Dallas for the 3,427 Texans
killed in Vietnam.
All freshmen must take the Texas
Academic Skills Program (TASP) to enter
South Campus wins first place
at the American College Theater Festival with
a performance of Freedom of the City. The audience
awards the 21-member cast
and crew with
a standing ovation. TCJC is the only junior college competing against
universities in a five-state
Two Pesos Mexican restaurant
offers cheese nachos and
a small coke
for 99 cents.
pays employees $3.75 to $5
New computer systems including
a 640k RAM with 20mg hard
a 14” monochrome
monitor sell for $1279.
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker hits
the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound,
Alaska, dumping 11 million gallons of oil into the ocean
in the largest spill
in U.S. history.
Joe B. Rushing Performing
Arts Center on South Campus
in honor of
South Campus boosts technology
with its satellite dish.
Bob Frost, director
television, says, “Satellite
feed is the way of the
Six Flags Over Texas opens The
Texas Giant and becomes the home of the tallest
wooden rollercoaster in the world. The coaster
stands at 143 feet with a
high speed of 62 miles per hour and creates a 2.7 G force.
East and West Germany and East
and West Berlin reunite through the removal
of the Berlin Wall. Originally constructed in 1961,
the wall represented
the division of
Berlin after the end of World War II.
The last indoor smoking area on
NW Campus is closed. The biggest complaint
is not the smoke, but the noise from smoke eater
Language barriers and
terms of expression are
days of slavery
and the entertainment
of DePauw University’s
academic resource center.
for bad, melvined
for duped, bogus
miscreant for loser.
The creation of the World Wide
Web expands the use and scope of computers.
Texas votes for the amendment
to its constitution implementation of a state
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
of the Los Angeles Lakers
President Bush declares war against
Iraq. The Persian Gulf War operation
Desert Storm deploys troops to the desert to liberate
Kuwait. Iraq alleges
Kuwait is slant
drilling into Iraqi territory for oil.
NE student Tony Sturgeon notices
Dr. Lawrence Baker, professor of media technology,
having trouble and trying to push on
his own stomach. Sturgeon performs the
Heimlich maneuver, a technique he has learned only
two weeks earlier.
opens in theaters employing
the college population.
Farm-Aid, raises awareness of
problems suffered by farmers. Willie Nelson,
Farm-Aid Inc. president and noted country singer,
appears in Irving to address
Bill Clinton becomes
42nd president. He
later reforms the welfare
TCJC bond approved for Arlington
Campus. The bond passed with an 82 percent
vote to expand TCJC.
Students are upgraded with Call
Notes. Southwestern Bell offers the answering
service to people with touch-tone phones.
For $5 to $6 per month, the feature
makes getting messages while on another call a possibility.
The Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
Bureau raids a compound in Waco to arrest
David Koresh for firearms violations and starts
a 51-day standoff.
The World Trade Center in New
York is bombed. Thousands are injured when
a bomb explodes in a van parked below the
TCJC begins accepting MasterCard
and Visa credit cards for tuition payments.
Cafeteria on South Campus introduces self-service
The first students
to enter TCC’s
Tonya Harding and
battle before the
the knee, and suspicion
to her American
Netscape releases a browser for
the Internet, Netscape 1.0
Ground breaking for SE Campus
begins later than scheduled because of weather
delays. Opening is scheduled for
A new water park called NRH2O
opens in North Richland Hills. The giant wave
pool attracts attention of park goers.
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols
bomb the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building.
The disaster kills 168 people including
Bomb mars Summer Olympics games
in Atlanta, killing two and injuring more
Prince Charles announces he and
Princess Diana will divorce.
Dr. Ian Wilmut and his team clone
first sheep from adult cells, “Dolly,” born
Princess Diana, 36, dies in automobile
accident in Paris.
Mother Teresa dies at 87.
Timothy McVeigh receives death
sentence for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Hale-Bopp comet is the closest
it will be to Earth until 4397.
Heaven’s Gate cult members commit
suicide in California.
TCC students can now earn an associate
degree from their living room through
computer delivered instruction via the
President Bill Clinton is accused
of sex scandal with White House intern
Legendary crooner Frank Sinatra
dies of a heart attack at 82.
Terry Nichols is sentenced to
life for his involvement in the Oklahoma City
Potential Y2K computer glitch
alarms companies and citizens throughout the
Judge declares Microsoft a monopoly.
Two students go on shooting spree
at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing
15, including themselves.
First Lady Hillary Clinton officially
enters the race for U.S. senator for
Vermont approves same-sex unions.
Richard Hatch wins $1 million
for being the last player standing on Survivor,
the first reality TV show.
George W. Bush is sworn in as
43rd U.S. president.
Terrorists attack United States,
hijacking and crashing commercial airliners
into both World Trade Centers,
one into the Pentagon and another 80 miles
outside of Pittsburgh.
Various media and government officials
receive anthrax-laced letters, killing
several people who handled the
Timothy McVeigh is executed for
the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.
Tiger Woods wins the Masters tournament,
making him the first golfer to be
reigning champion of all majors simultaneously.
Napster, a file sharing network,
is court ordered to block all copyrighted
The NW Campus unveils its $17
million Firefighter Training Center. It is
the largest computer-controlled,
gas-fired (natural gas and propane) training
in the world.
The Trinity Railway Express opens,
transporting commuters between Fort Worth
Open-container-law goes into effect,
making it illegal for passengers to
drink alcoholic beverages in a
Snipers prey upon D.C. suburbs,
killing 10 and wounding others.
Euro currency debuts in 12 European
Queen Elizabeth II marks 50 years
as British monarch.
MTV’s first unscripted cable TV
show features heavy metal musician
Ozzy Osbourne, his wife
and their two teenage
children, Kelly and Jack. The
six million viewers an
U.S. troops capture Saddam Hussein.
Space shuttle Columbia explodes
over Texas killing seven astronauts.
Bush signs 10-year $350 billion
tax-cut package, the third largest tax cut
in U.S. history.
California elects actor Arnold
Lance Armstrong wins the Tour
this is Armstrong’s
fifth straight year to
Indian Ocean tsunami devastates
Asia; at least 225,000 are killed.
Hamid Karzai is inaugurated as
Summer Olympics take place in
George W. Bush is officially sworn
in for his second term as president.
The New York Times reports that
in 2002, President Bush signed a presidential
order to allow the
National Security Agency to spy without warrants on Americans
suspected of being connected to terrorist activity.
About 11 million registered voters
(70 percent) select the first permanent
Parliament since Saddam
Hurricane Katrina destroys Gulf
Coast killing more than 1,000 and leaving
millions homeless. TCC
opens its doors to evacuees.
Pope John Paul II dies; Benedict
XVI becomes the next pope.
Pennsylvania judge rules teaching
of intelligent design in biology is unconstitutional.