The 1950s Foothill Echoes, the student newspaper, reflects Foothiller campus life during that decade as well as the impact of a changing society. In the January 11, 1950 Foothill Echoes, the column “Featuring Foothillers” begins “Ellen Wessel, 18 year old senior, is called Lena by her mother. She is 5 foot 1 inch, has brown hair and blue-gray eyes, and plans to be a dental assistant. While eating tacos and drinking root beer, Ellen likes to listen to “Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” by Danny Kaye and read “Seventeen”. Ray Milland and June Allyson are her favorite movie stars and Earl Peck is her one and only. “’My most embarrassing experience”, blushes Ellen, was once when Tad Geiger asked me what held up my strapless sundress.’”
The October 10th, 1951 first page article “Explosive Noises Are Chemists, Not Russia” reminds us of the Cold War fear that gripped the nation after World War II. “Grossmont students, who, last week, thought the Russians were attacking, don’t need to worry any more. The explosions they heard were coming from the chemistry lab where, under direction of Mr. Daggs, head of the chemistry and physics department, students were generating small quantities of hydrogen.