Iowa Alumni Magazine | October 2006 | Features

Times of Our Lives

By Shelbi Thomas

Some things are constant—Old Capitol, Airliner pizza, the roar of a capacity crowd that fills Kinnick Stadium for the Homecoming game. While the fundamental love of all things Hawkeye will never go out of style among UI alumni, other aspects of university life are far more susceptible to the winds of change.

Trends in clothing, music, and slang sweep across campus, stamping a unique look and feel on an era and a generation. Below are snippets from 50 years of
UI history that show the way we looked, what we ate, and what we talked about. If they bring back memories of your time as a student in Iowa City, please send your stories—and your snapshots—to Shelbi Thomas, Iowa Alumni Magazine, One West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1797 or to shelbi-thomas@uiowa.edu.

1956

Leather jackets, poodle skirts, Hawaiian shirts

1966

Mini-skirts, bell bottoms, jumpsuits

Platform shoes

1976

Peasant tops, midi-skirts, platform shoes

1986

Denim jackets, leg warmers, shoulder pads

1996

Flannel shirts, baggy jeans, overalls

2006

Flip-flops, low-rise jeans, '70s and '80s retro fashions


Pompadours, chignons, ducktails

1956

Permed hair

Bouffants, bobs, long and straight hair

1966

The Farrah Flip, afros, perms

1976

Big hair, crazy color

1986

The Rachel, the scrunchy

1996

Updo's, messy bun, casual elegance

2006

1956

Peachy keen

 

1966

Groovy

Feelin' Groovy

1976

Far out

1986

Totally tubular

1996

Da bomb

 

2006

Rocks (my face off)


TV dinners washed down with Tang

1956
Fast food

Shake 'n Bake, fondue, Swedish meatballs

1966

High-fiber bread, bran cereals

1976

The new Coke, Pop Secret microwave popcorn, Snapple

1986

Olestra potato chips, fast food

1996

Organic and trans fat-free products

2006

1956

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley

1966

"I'm a Believer" by the Monkees

American Idol

1976

"Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee

1986

"Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles

1996

"Macarena" by Los Del Rio

2006

The first song from the next American Idol


Forest Evashevski (football)
Bucky O'Connor (men's basketball)

1956

Hayden Fry

Francis X. Cretzmeyer (cross-country)
Ralph Miller (men's basketball)

1966

Gary Kurdelmeier (wrestling)
Lute Olson (men's basketball)

1976

Hayden Fry (football)
C. Vivian Stringer (women's basketball)

1986

Tom Davis (men's basketball)
Dan Gable (wrestling)

1996

Kirk Ferentz (football)
Steve Alford (men's basketball)

2006

1956

A memorial is dedicated in the Iowa Memorial Union to honor students and alumni who died in World Wars I and II and the Korean conflict; the "Fabulous Five" lead the Hawkeye men's basketball team to the NCAA title game.

1966

The university breaks ground for a new Museum of Art; the Rockefeller Center chooses the UI School of Music for its Center for New Music.

UI's Old Capitol

1976

Old Capitol reopens to the public after a six-year effort to restore it to its original look; the university improves handicap accessibility on campus.

1986

The new law building is dedicated; UI-built instruments aboard Voyager 2 give scientists a close-up view of Uranus; the field hockey team captures the first national title in Iowa women's athletic history.

1996

UI researchers map the gene for a type of macular degeneration; the Center for the Book starts the first graduate-level program of its kind in the U.S.; the Olympic torch reaches campus; websites across campus, including www.iowalum.com, debut.

2006

Old Capitol reopens after a five-year restoration effort following a November 2001 fire; in the 100th anniversary year of the School of Art, a new art building opens; tornados rip through Iowa City; President David Skorton resigns to head Cornell University; football fans flock to see Kinnick Stadium renovations. More on Kinnick