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12 September 2012
Love Me Do – it’s 1962!

It was a tumultuous time. And this year’s Golden Reunion will remember it.

No lounge pants here...

US President John F Kennedy and Russian President Nikita Khrushchev took the world to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis, the first US rocket Ranger IV landed on the moon but failed to send back pictures due to a technical fault, actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home, a thick and polluted UK fog killed more than 100 people, Cliff Richard was the golden boy of British pop music and a little known band called the Beatles crept into the charts with a song called Love Me Do.

A new Ford Cortina would have set you back around £591 and a pint of beer was the equivalent of 11.5 pence. The most popular baby names were David and Susan – this was 1962.

At the University it was a time of great expansion under the founding University Vice Chancellor, Dr Bertrand Hallward.  The University was already a few years into a programme of building which saw new halls and academic buildings established. In 1962/63 Lincoln and Derby Halls for men were occupied and so was a building for physics and mathematics.

These memories and many more will be centre stage in this year’s Golden Reunion for alumni,  which takes place on Saturday 20th October. The event is open to all alumni, who either graduated in 1962 or first arrived at the University in that year.

The great day out will include campus tours, including a tour of the Portland Building with the new Students’ Union President, photo displays, academic presentations and lunch and dinner with your fellow alumni.

You can opt to take part in the daytime programme or come for the whole event which finishes with a flourish and a sparkling wine reception and a hot buffet in the Council Dining Room in the Trent Building.

You can find out more about the event and register for it here.

If you’re unable to attend the event but would like to share your memories of life at the University of Nottingham in 1962 then e-mail Simon Harvey simon.harvey@nottingham.ac.uk and we’ll post your comments, stories and photographs online.

  


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