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qll[I U I IIIH Illllll |1 u Illlllllll mlJIlllllllllllllNi I]llNll~lnlllllllllnmlnullllllll i illlll IHqllulII ~u ml| m llp I, I m~,l mm I! Chang OOO the past few pages have shown us the changes of the in this year's chang these young folks people S Seniors. Here is a look at in the world around us since were brought into it. m The vast majority of the 2006 South Central High School graduates were bom "way back" in 1987 and 1988. A lot of things, have changed since then, in addition to our seniors growingup. l irst, the things that don't seemto have changed--there was fighting between Israel and Palestine, the U.S. was being attacked in the Mediterranean (by Iraq and by accident they claimed), and the United States was fighting terrorists in the middle east. One of the biggest world-changing events of 1987 was when United States President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington, D.C where the two signed the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, marking the beginning of the end of the Cold War. I.N.F. was the first treaty to eliminate a complete class of weapons. It was also the first treaty to include an in-depth verification program. The I.N.F. treaty convinced many that it was possible to achieve a new set of agreements with the Soviets. As a result, Soviets were able to quicken the pace of what was known as "glasnost" (openness and reform). Glasnost would ultimately cause the end of the Soviet empire. In 1988 the Soviets agreed to remove their troops from Afghanistan. There was a total of 120,000 troops in Afghani- stan at the time. Also in 1988 an Iranian passenger jet was shot down by the US, in another case of mistaken identity Tunnel Opens A railroad tunnel The longest underseas tunnel, called "Seikan," was 33.44 miles long and was as deep as 787 feet below water at one point. It was opened in 1988 opened between Aomori on the Honshu Island and Hakidate in Hokkaido, Japan. Free elections were held for Soviet Congress of Deputies in the Soviet Union in 1988 -- for the first time in the country's history. The Sports Champions in the US in 1987 were the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship over the Boston Celtics with a 4-2 series, Miami-Florida winning the NCAA championship with a 12-0-and-0 record, Tim Brown of Notre Dame winning the Heisman Trophy the New York Giants winning Super Bowl XXI with a 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos, Scott Simpson winning the US Open Golf Tourna- ment with 277 strokes, and the Minnesota Twins beating winning the World Series in a 4-game series over the St. Louis Cardinals Series. In the entertainment field, the top song of the year was So Emotionalby Whitney Houston, followed by GotMy MindSet on You by George Harrison, and The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson Beetlejuice was the best movie of the year, followed by Big, Bull Durham, Cocktail, Colors, Coming to America, Croco- dile Dundee II, Die Hard, A Fish Called Wanda, and Good Morning, Vietnam. Most popular fiction book of 1988 was The Tommyknockers by Stephen King, followed by Patriot Games by Tom Clancy, and Kaleidoscope by Danielle Steele. The Cosby Show was the number one television show of 1988, followed by A Different World, Cheers, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Who's the Boss?, Night Court, 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, and Alf. The movie Rain Man won the Academy Award for best picture of 1988, and Barry Levinson won best director, and Dustin Hoffrnan best actor for the same movie Winning the Grammy award for best album and best song was Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin who also won the top male vocalist of 1988 for the same song. Different names, movies, and country names, but not all that different from the headlines today!