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Sandy Fricke '70

A reflection from yesteryear. 

I remember Fairmont State College Marching Band playing at Mountaineer Stadium when the Falcons defeated Eastern Washington State to win the NAIA Football Championship in 1967. It was my privilege to be a part-time student when FSC celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1967.

I lived in Fairmont from 1963-1971 during the golden years of Falcon football under Deacon Duvall, and basketball under Joe Retton. His initial season was his worse record during those years, something like 20 wins and 7 losses.

The year the Falcons won the Football Championship, Waynesburg College won the title in 1966. They averaged 66 points a game that year. The Fighting Falcons shut them out 7-0 on a Roy Michael to Ronnie Robinson touchdown pass. John Huff, Sam Huff’s younger brother, kicked the extra point.

It was 12 years between high school graduation in 1958 at Huntington High Pony Express and Fairmont State in 1970. I have lots of memories during those years. Working for Bernard G. Sampson mining engineers as a draftsman, attending Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Hardold Hann, and fun times and good food at College Lunch with Pork and Faye Henderson. My closest friend during those years was Paul “Juiny” Straight. I remember sharing a $2 roll of nickels with Rocco Muriale to play Pork’s “Blip Machine.” My golden moment was getting five balls in a row and winning a nickel for over 1,000 games totaling over $50. Fairmont State College, thanks for the memories. 

Nancy (Lilley) Fullerton '73
After graduating from Fairmont State College I went to Upshur County to fill the position of traveling Music Teacher.  I taught at 6 different Elementary Schools each week.  After three years I married my present husband and went back to my home county of Marshall County.  I substitute taught for a number of years while my children were small.  When my twins were in the second grade I took the position of Elementary Music teacher at Cameron Elementary.  I taught there for eight years when I became the Band Director at Cameron High, my alma mater.  I remained at Cameron High School until I retired in 2013.
Dora Killen '57
My husband and I, Dora and Curt Killen, moved to Ohio after graduating from Fairmont State College. We had six children, including two sets of twins. I retired from teaching and we remain in Ohio. Curt is 86 and I am 83  and look forward to coming back for homecoming. Our son is also a Fairmont State graduate and met his wife while attending school.