50th Fridays – 1975

Posted on Mar 13, 2015


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Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1975.


British Ambassador Visits

Lord Caradon, former British Ambassador to the United Nations, was Rock Valley College’s keynote speaker at the eighth annual World Affairs Conference of Northwestern Illinois on February 28, 1975. Lord Caradon spoke on “Three World Problems: Food, Poverty, and Population.” The conference was held in the Performing Arts Room (PAR).

Lord Caradon


Not His First Rodeo

The First Annual Texaco Truck Drivers Rodeo was held at Rock Valley College on May 4, 1975. Richard Falk won first place, beating drivers from the Rockford and Bettendorf, Iowa area terminals. The rodeo consisted of a written test, a personal interview, and a display of driving skills on a designated course. Falk then qualified to compete in the Texaco rodeo finals, which were held on June 22, 1975 in St. Louis, MO.

Richard Falk Rodeo


Top Player, Bahr None

Susan Bahr was the only woman to compete in RVC men’s tennis in 1975 and she finished the season with an impressive 15 wins against 2 losses in singles, while racking up a 4-2 total in doubles with partner, Nick Laban. Susan then gained a third position ranking in the conference singles and was named to the number two team all-conference.

Susan Bahr Tennis


A First for RVC Theatre Department

Rock Valley College’s theatre department presented Sophocles’ “Antigone”on November 14, 1975. This was the first theatre production to be held in the Student Center. The production was directed by instructor Richard Culliton.


Cavalcade of Stars

1975 was a popular year for performances held at Rock Valley College. To name a few, Hank Williams Jr., Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard, and Tommy Overstreet all performed at RVC in ’75.

Hank Williams Jr. in 1975.


Photo Flashback

Check out what the RVC Public Safety (now RVC Police Department) patrol cars looked like in 1975!

1975 RVC Squad Car


Don’t forget to check our social media platforms for some unique content from 1975 not seen here!

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