50th Fridays – 1983

Posted on May 8, 2015

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Every Friday through December 18, we will be sharing RVC facts and photos from over the years here and on social media. Be sure to check the Daily News every Friday and follow us on all of our social media platforms as we will be posting unique content across all media throughout the year!

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Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1983.


ABC World News Tonight

Anchorman Max Robinson spoke at Rock Valley College in February of 1983 as part of the RVC Lecture/Concert Series. As an award winning newsman, Robinson was also the founder of the Association of Black Journalists and started the first internship for African Americans in broadcasting in Washington.

ABC News Max Robinson

And the award does NOT go to…

Plan 9 from Outer SpaceBelieve it or not, in October of 1983, The World’s Worst Film Series was brought to RVC and showed “Plan 9 from Outer Space” and “The Terror of Tiny Town.”

“Plan 9 from Outer Space” was an Edward Wood film and won the “Golden Turkey Awards Worst Film of All Time” award. Bela Lugosi died during the production of the film forcing Wood to keep using the same shot of Lugosi over and over. Sam Newfield’s 1933 film, “The Terror of Tiny Town,” was a grade Z western.

Here’s the trailer from Plan 9 From Outer Space:

As We Go On…We Remember…

Rock Valley College has hosted many graduation ceremonies over the years – including some local high schools and their graduations! In 1983, Guilford High School as well as East High School graduated on the RVC grounds. Beach balls were thrown around in celebration. Fun fact: the College is hosting the Belvidere/Belvidere North 2015 graduations this year.


Will you go to prom with me?

Speaking of RVC hosting a lot of high school related events…did you know that Rock Valley College hosted the 1983 Belvidere and Harlem High School proms? Not only is RVC’s campus great for prom photos…but apparently prom itself!

Proms at RVC

National Tourney!

Rock Valley College’s Softball team sponsored the National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Women’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament in May of 1983. No, softball will not be hosting the tournament in 2015, but they’ll be participating in it! The RVC Softball team hits the road for Rochester, Minn. on Wednesday, May 13. Seeding will be posted on Monday, May 11.

RVC Softball 1983

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