If you, like me, drove your own vehicle to school when you could drive, you'll remember the parking lot on the North side of the gymnasium, (featured prominently in the 1965 yearbook).
Guys who drove pickup trucks frequently had gun racks behind the truck seats, with a rifle and shotgun hung on those racks. I'd bet some of those guys never felt a need to even lock their trucks.
We never felt threatened by the guns. We never even felt threatened enough to fear leaving our cars and trucks unlocked.
Today, when a gun appears on a TV or movie, you hear the "evil" music played to indicate how we should feel about the threat they pose.
What has changed in our society/culture since 1965?
Willard Wayne Hillenburg, 91, of Greenwood, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Greenwood Meadows nursing home.
He had lived on the southside of Indianapolis most of his life.
He was born Oct. 5, 1925, to Eva and Marshal Hillenburg in Chapel Hill near Bedford.
Willard was a World War II Veteran who served under Gen. George Patton in Germany, Austria and France as part of the allied forces until 1945.
Willard married Juanita Thomas in 1943, and they had five sons. Two of them, Ernie and Steve Hillenburg, and Willard’s wife Juanita, preceded him in death.
Willard graduated from Indiana University in 1950 on the G.I. Bill and got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
He was an elementary school teacher and became a principal at Waverly Elementary and North Madison Elementary in Mooresville.
Willard had a career in home-building on the southside of Indianapolis and Greenwood. He also worked in real estate and home sales. His sons were also involved in the home-building industry.