Blueprint Memories, Part II
Posted March 15, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
All Georgia Tech students are invited to sit for free yearbook portraits this week (March 15 - 19, 9 - 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 9 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday in the Kaiser Room on the 5th floor of the library). Students that are graduating in the of Spring 2010 or Summer 2010 should make an appointment online at ouryear.com (code: 87169) and wear business formal clothing. Appointments are not required for all other students. Business casual preferred for all other students.
As students sit for yearbook portraits this week (March 15 - 19), Georgia Tech reflects on more than 100 years of memories captured by the Blueprint. Yearbooks strive to accurately represent the year they record. The Blueprint has been a shining example of this tradition, winning countless national awards of excellence. This image represents a few of Georgia Tech's most memorable moments as captured by the Blueprint. Images and descriptions provided by Grace Stephens, Blueprint Editor.
Yearbooks strive to accurately represent they year they record. The Blueprint has been a shining example of this tradition for more than 100 years at Georgia Tech. This image represents a few of Georgia Tech's most memorable moments as capture by the Blueprint.
Left: 1956 (Blueprint, volume 49):
Blake Ragsdale Van Leer, the Institute's 5th President, had a significant role in shaping Georgia Tech. His 12 year Presidency was marked by the name change from the Georgia School of Technology to the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1948, the completion of several buildings still on campus today: Price Gilbert Memorial Library (pictured), East Architecture and the West Stands of Bobby Dodd Stadium. He also initiated the admittance of women to the Institute.
Upper right: 1969 (Blueprint, volume 62):
Perhaps the one of the most controversial yearbooks ever printed, the 1969 Blueprint instigated a rally of thousands in Peter's Park that resulted in national media coverage of the event. Students were upset with the publication because they believed it had a political agenda, something deemed inappropriate for a student yearbook. Alumnus Robert Stephens (M.S. IM '74) attended the rally, where many students "tore all the pages out, burned the annuals, hung an effigy of the Editor-in-Chief, and tried to throw the business manager into the pyre." The discontent over the yearbook's focus on the surrounding community rather than Georgia Tech lasted from the initial distribution in mid-May of 1969 to the end of the quarter. The 1970 staff took the rally to heart and hung the charred remains of a book on the office wall under a sign reading "Lest We Not Forget."
Lower right: 1977 (Blueprint, volume 70)
Yearbooks strive to accurately reflect the year they record. Pictured is a homecoming banner that references a popular song from that era, "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)."
Contributed by Grace Stephens, Blueprint Editor