Indiana Tech Alumni, Donors, & Friends: Featured Stories: April 2011
A stroll down memory lane
Back in 1950, alumnus Andrew Rahochik (BSME, 1951) purchased his first car while attending Indiana Tech. It was a 1934 Chevrolet business coupe that he bought from a fellow classmate for $30!
Andrew Rahochik (BSME, 1951)
Andrew Rahochik (BSME, 1951) stands next to his first car, a 1934 Chevrolet business coupe.
Written by: Mike Peterson, alumni director / April 2011

In September of 1951, Rahochik drove that black coupe to his home in New Jersey where he got married and had the car’s engine rebuilt before returning to Tech with his beautiful bride. He graduated the following December and drove back to New Jersey. His plan was to completely restore the car, but he ended up taking it to a salvage yard instead. As far as decisions go, Rahochik notes that was not one of his better ones – marrying his sweetheart, however, certainly was! Andrew and Nancy have been married for almost 60 years!

Other memorable events and news of 1951 include:

  • 1st jet passenger trip made
  • U.N. headquarters opened in Manhattan, NY
  • North Korean offensive pushed beyond the 38th parallel; truce negotiations failed
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of passing U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union; both are sentenced to death
  • General Douglas MacArthur relieved of command in Korea
  • 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
  • The average cost of four years of college was $1,800
  • UNIVAC – First general purpose electronic computer was dedicated at the Census Bureau in Philadelphia
  • Electricity generated from nuclear power for the first time
  • First color broadcast transmitted from CBS in New York (a program hosted by Ed Sullivan and Arthur Godfrey)
  • Liz Taylor's 1st divorce (Conrad Hilton, Jr.)
  • Dick Button wins U.S. skating title for 6th time
  • 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111–94 at Boston
  • "King & I" opens at St. James Theater in NYC; runs for 1,246 performances
  • Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays begin Major League Baseball careers while Joe Dimaggio retires
  • The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines
  • Novel "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger published
  • Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released
  • Prof. Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
  • "I Love Lucy" and Red Skelton have their television debuts
  • Best Picture: An American in Paris

If you have some special memories that you’d like to share regarding your days at Indiana Tech, please let us know! You can contact Mike Peterson, director of Alumni Relations by email at, or by phone at 800.937.2448, ext. 2418.

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