Richland High School
 Class of 1978

Remember when.....

Cost of Living 1978

(How Much things cost in 1978)

Yearly Inflation Rate USA     7.62%

Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 805

Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.75%
Average Income per year $17,000.00

Average Monthly Rent $260.00 

Average House Price 13,650

Average Cost of new house

Cost of a gallon of Gas 63 cents

Postage Stamp 
15 cents  

1LB of Bacon

Dozen Eggs 48 Cents

Gallon of Petrol 0.79

McDonald's Big Mac: 75 Cents
Quarter Pounder:
70 Cents
French Fries:
30 Cents


What Events Happened in 1978

·        Camp David Peace Treaty Egypt makes peace with Israel

·        After nearly 30 years The Volkswagen Beetle stops production having manufactured 20 million cars

·        The first Susan B. Anthony Dollar is minted

·        The Cult leader Jim Jones instructed 400 members of his church, "People's Temple", to commit suicide

·        The first Susan B. Anthony Dollar is minted


·        1978 NASCAR Champion - Cale Yarborough

·     1978 Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens Defeat Boston Bruins - It seems as though the Canadiens own the Boston Bruins. From 1943 through 1987 Montreal never lost to Boston in a playoff series, going 18-0   

·     1978 World Series - New York Yankees defeat Los Angeles Dodgers

The 1978 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the 1977 Series, with the Yankees winning in six games to repeat as champions.

1978 was the first of ten consecutive years that saw ten different teams win the World Series, a string unprecedented in Major League Baseball history. The Los Angeles Dodgers would break the string with a World Series win in 1988.

This Series had two memorable confrontations between Dodger rookie pitcher Bob Welch and the Yankees' Reggie Jackson. In Game 2, Welch struck Jackson out in the top of the ninth with two outs and the tying and winning runs on base to end the game. Jackson would get his revenge in Game 6 by smashing a two-run homer off Welch in the seventh to increase the Yankees' lead from 5-2 to 7-2 and put a final "exclamation point" on the Yankees' victory.

·        1978 NBA Finals - Washington Bullets defeat Seattle SuperSonics in game # 7 105 to 99.

·        1978 Super Bowl XII
The Dallas Cowboys toppled the Denver Broncos 27-10

Super Bowl History

January 15 1978 in Superdome in New Orleans

1978 Super Bowl MVP Harvey Martin, DE, and Randy White, DT, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys well-regarded defense rose to the occasion and picked off four interceptions and recovered four fumbles to enable the Dallas offense to score 27 points and defeat the Denver Broncos 27-10 in the 1978 Super Bowl.

1978 Super Bowl Highlights: Butch Johnson made a spectacular diving catch of a Roger Staubach pass for a 47-yard TD giving Dallas a 20-3 lead. And then, Roger Staubach, the Cowboys quarterback, pitched a 29-yards touchdown pass to Golden Richards for the final Dallas TD.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Harvey Martin were a big part of the effort that caused the fumbles and interceptions and were chosen the 1978 Super Bowl MVPs.

*** Thanks to Doug Reynolds for catching error.  Roger Staubach was the QB for Dallas, not Robert Newhouse. ***


Chevrolet Camero Z28 $6,326   

Pontiac Grand Prix $5,772



·        Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System

·        Space Invaders Launches Craze for Computer Video Games

·        98% of all American homes have a television

·        First Test Tube Baby is born in England a girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization

·        Atari Video Computer System $199

·        Radio Shack TRS80 Computer $399


Popular Culture 1978

Popular Films

·        Grease

·        Saturday Night Fever

·        Close Encounters of the Third Kind

·        National Lampoon's Animal House

·        Jaws 2

·        Heaven Can Wait

·        Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

·        Revenge of the Pink Panther

·        The Deer Hunter       

·        Halloween

Popular Musicians

·        Bee Gees with " Night Fever and Stayin Alive "

·        Paul McCartney and Wings

·        John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

·        Rolling Stones

·        Commodores with " Three Times a Lady "


Popular TV Programs

            ·   Happy Days                                         
·   Wheel of Fortune
·   Little House on the Prairie 
·   Charlie's Angels
·   The Rockford Files  
·   Quincy, M.E.
·   Good Morning America    
·   The Muppet Show
·   ChiPs 
·   The Love Boat
·   Saturday Night Live
·   Three's Company

       Top 100 Songs of 1978

1. Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb
2. Night Fever, Bee Gees
3. You Light Up My Life, Debby Boone
4. Stayin' Alive, Bee Gees
5. Kiss You All Over, Exile
6. How Deep Is Your Love, Bee Gees
7. Baby Come Back, Player
8. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water, Andy Gibb
9. Boogie Oogie Oogie, A Taste Of Honey
10. Three Times A Lady, Commodores
11. Grease, Frankie Valli
12. I Go Crazy, Paul Davis
13. You're The One That I Want, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
14. Emotion, Samantha Sang

15. Lay Down Sally, Eric Clapton
16. Miss You, Rolling Stones
17. Just The Way You Are, Billy Joel
18. With A Little Luck, Wings
19. If I Can't Have You, Yvonne Elliman
20. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), Chic
21. Feels So Good, Chuck Mangione
22. Hot Child In The City, Nick Gilder
23. Love Is Like Oxygen, Sweet
24. It's A Heartache, Bonnie Tyler
25. We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You, Queen
26. Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty
27. Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow
28. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
29. Dance With Me, Peter Brown
30. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Meat
31. Jack And Jill, Raydio
32. Take A Chance On Me, Abba
33. Sometimes When We Touch, Dan Hill
34. Last Dance, Donna Summer
35. Hopelessly Devoted To You, Olivia Newton-John
36. Hot Blooded, Foreigner
37. You're In My Heart, Rod Stewart
38. The Closer I Get To You, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
39. Dust In The Wind, Kansas
40. Magnet And Steel, Walter Egan
41. Short People, Randy Newman
42. Use Ta Be My Girl, O'Jays
43. Our Love, Natalie Cole
44. Love Will Find A Way, Pablo Cruise

45. An Everlasting Love, Andy Gibb
46. Love Is In The Air, John Paul Young
47. Goodbye Girl, David Gates
48. Slip Slidin' Away, Paul Simon
49. The Groove Line, Heatwave
50. Thunder Island, Jay Ferguson
51. Imaginary Lover, Atlanta Rhythm Section
52. Still The Same, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
53. My Angel Baby, Toby Beau
54. Disco Inferno, Trammps
55. On Broadway, George Benson
56. Come Sail Away, Styx
57. Back In Love Again, L.T.D.
58. This Time I'm In It For Love, Player
59. You Belong To Me, Carly Simon
60. Here You Come Again, Dolly Parton
61. Blue Bayou, Linda Ronstadt
62. Peg, Steely Dan
63. You Needed Me, Anne Murray
64. Shame, Evelyn "Champagne" King
65. Reminiscing, Little River Band
66. Count On Me, Jefferson Starship
67. Baby Hold On, Eddie Money
68. Hey Deanie, Shaun Cassidy
69. Summer Nights, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-john
70. What's Your Name, Lynyrd Skynyrd
71. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gayle
72. Because The Night, Patti Smith
73. Every Kinda People, Robert Palmer
74. Copacabana, Barry Manilow
75. Always And Forever, Heatwave
76. You And I, Rick James
77. Serpentine Fire, Earth, Wind and Fire
78. Sentimental Lady, Bob Welch
79. Falling, LeBlanc and Carr
80. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Santa Esmeralda
81. Bluer Than Blue, Michael Johnson
82. Running On Empty, Jackson Browne
83. Whenever I Call You "Friend", Kenny Loggins
84. Fool (If You Think It's Over), Chris Rea
85. Get Off, Foxy
86. Sweet Talking Woman, Electric Light Orchestra
87. Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh
88. I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges
89. You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On), High Inergy
90. It's So Easy, Linda Ronstadt
91. Native New Yorker, Odyssey
92. Flashlight, Parliament
93. Don't Look Back, Boston
94. Turn To Stone, Electric Light Orchestra
95. I Can't Stand The Rain, Eruption
96. Ebony Eyes, Bob Welch
97. The Name Of The Game, Abba
98. We're All Alone, Rita Coolidge
99. Hollywood Nights, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
100. Deacon Blues, Steely Dan


Those Who Passed Before Us:
Liz Baker
Suzie Dinsmore

Mark Hall
Doug Harter
Wesley Haynes
Kevin Hunn
Mary Levitt
Keith Little
Randy Price
Michael Selby
David Streater
Tammy Wright


Those Who Passed Before Us:

Lloyd Chaffin
Toy Free

List not complete


Those Who Passed Before Us:

Chip Aschner
Larry Barnard
Mike Boothe
John Burleson
Cindy Butters
Cevin Calame
Michael Chapman
Perry Clapp
Craig Driver
Wylie Foster
Marion Frye
Stephen Gotcher
Howie Green
Vickie Holmes
Anita Justice
Julian "J.J." Kurtin
Tim Lindner
Randy Mize
Shelly Stevens
David Stigler
Michael Dale Thomas
David Thorpe
Marjehne Vasse
Gary Wood

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