Question of the week

What's your favorite time in history?

Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School

"Any time between the 1940s and 1960s would be ideal for me, mainly because in that span of about 30 years, music and fashion were truly at their best, at least from my standpoint. In fact, most of my influences today are based upon what was popular in those years, and not because it is the cool 'fad' thing to do: I was raised with a mother with an eye for trends of the '60s, a grandmother who showed me pretty jewelry and fashions of the '40s and '50s and a brother who constantly plays the oldies station in his car. With these influences, I naturally followed suit in being drawn to these eras."

Michelle Vecchio, Senior, Whitmore Charter School

"My favorite time in history is the 19th century. It was a time of dramatic change. The political, social and economic transformations that occurred during this period were incredible and still have a direct influence on us today. This time period is also home to some of my favorite authors and painters, such as Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Claude Monet and Pierre Renoir."

Rebecca Mears, Freshman, Modesto High School

"I'm not absolutely sure what my favorite time in history is, but the Medieval Ages would be one of my top choices. The Medieval time period, or Middle Ages, was a period of time in which the vast amount of knowledge from Roman times was lost. Human civilizations had to start from scratch and come up with new forms of government, religion, currency, language, laws and much more. This all led to a very unique culture in which knights, castles and kings thrived. However, many people believe that if the fall of Rome and the Middle Ages never happened, we would be a much more advanced civilization today. But would we really? I believe that these ages helped form our current civilization much more than most think."

Sasha Riddle, Junior, Beyer High School

"Well, when and if my history teacher reads this, he might question my ability to answer, considering my current struggles with the subject. Yet I really do enjoy history and can easily pinpoint my favorite time, the 1960s. The '60s were a time of change, almost like a social revolution, a time when women, blacks, youth and other minorities all made strides toward greater equality. I may not have been alive, or even close to being born, but these changes have certainly impacted my life, as well as anyone else alive today!"

Ryan Koehn, Sophomore, Downey High School

"My favorite time in history would probably be the Old West. There was no law, anything could happen and life was always exciting. It'd be great to see what Modesto was like in the late 1800s and witness the beginning of American legends."

Amelia Varni, Sophomore, Central Catholic High School

"Movies such as 'Hairspray,' 'Grease' and 'Bye Bye Birdie' have caused me to pick the 1950s as my favorite time in history. This is when rock 'n' roll was just beginning and Elvis Presley was at his finest. The world seemed so perfect. Every family seemed to resemble the Cleavers."