Night Lights Pathfinder
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Some questions for reflection:
1. Describe the town of Odessa,
Texas: location, population, local economy, entertainment, cultural
events, environment, etc.
2. World events: what were the main current
events in the U.S and the world in the late 1980s---list 5 events
(political, economic, cultural)
(Go to Web links)
3. Compare Permian
High School with Redwood High School.
View both school's web sites and compare/contrast in terms of academics,
student activities and student newspaper articles.
4. Describe what was happening in the Middle
East oil countries during the late 1980s and how the U.S. was involved.
Check back issues of Time and Newsweek magazines. Use
the Readers' Guide for 1987, 1988, 1989 and look under United States--Foreign
relations--Middle East, United States--Foreign relations-Persian Gulf region
and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
See Britannica Book of the Year for 1989 and 1990 (REF 031 BRI)
5. What was popular with teenagers in the
late 1980s---what type of music, movies, entertainment, fashion?
American Decades 1980-1989 (REF 973.9 AME 80's)
Check library's shelves at 973.927 and 973.928
Check back issues of Time and Newsweek magazines.
(Go to Web links)
6. What impact did the book Friday Night
Lights have on Odessa?
(Go to Web links)
The Book and It's
Night Lights - http://www.dacapopress.com/fridaynight/
From the publisher of the book, Da Capo Press, this web site has links
to the afterword to the 10th edition, and address to the National Association
of Independent Schools by the author, H.G. Bissinger, teacher testimonials
and a short bio of the author.
Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060974060/002-6153604-5812856
This is the page Amazon.com has developed for this title. Includes editorial
(print) as well as personal (customer) reviews. You are encouraged to add
your own review to the database.
Reaction to the Book
Night Lights: Ten Years Later - http://www.oaoa.com/specialsections/fridaylights/fridaylights.htm
This is a series of articles which appeared in the Odessa American,
a newspaper in the town of Odessa, Texas, the locale of the book. The series
ran in 1998, ten years after the book was first published. Article titles
are as follows: Wounds are still tender; ECISD academics improve; Book's
impact on Odessa; Local reactions after 10 years; Odessa economy is changing;
Players make their marks; Where are the players, coaches; "Hoosiers," "Friday
Night Lights"; "Friday Night Lights" film shelved; and Author finds success.
Night Lights: The Rest of the Story - http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Loge/2631/friday.html
This personal web site discusses football at Permian High School, the setting
for the book.
Night Lights Not Completely Popular - http://www.detnews.com/2001/college/0105/11/college-220701.htm
An article about high schools having football games on Friday nights and
college teams playing on Saturday. Not all agree that it should be scheduled
that way and the NCAA recently rescinded a rule that restricted the playing
of games after 7 p.m. on Fridays.
Night Lights" Football in Small Town America - http://www.cornbeltsports.com/football/fridaynightlights.html
An article about high school football in the "corn belt."
High School - http://www.ecisd.esc18.net/per/default.htm
The Web site of the school in Odessa, Texas documented in the book.
History-1980-1999 - http://redwood.org/library/20th_cent.htm#1980-1999
The library's list of links to Web sites about the last two decades of
the twentieth century.
USA: 1980's - http://www.ku.edu/history/VL/USA/ERAS/20TH/1980s.html
Year by year index of links to web sites about the 1980s from the end of
Jimmy Carter's presidency to the first George Bush presidency and the war
against Iraq. (WWW-Virtual Library)
USA: 1990-2000 - http://www.ku.edu/history/VL/USA/ERAS/20TH/1990s.html
Index to the last decade of the twentieth century. Includes links to site
about the Persian Gulf War and the adminstration of Bill Clinton. (WWW-Virtual
Cultural History 1980-1989 - http://www.nhmccd.edu/contracts/lrc/kc/decade80.html
"The purpose of this web and library guide is to help the user gain a broad
understanding and appreciation for the culture and history of the 1980s.
In a very small way, this is a bibliographic essay. While there is
no way we can link to everything, we have attempted to find areas of special
interest and to select information that we hold dear today - movies we
still watch, songs we sing, food, events that move us, people we admire."
Odessa Metropolitan Area - http://local.yahoo.com/?spid=9255392
Yahoo's directory to the area in Texas where Permian High School in located.
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October 17, 2002.
Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher -- The Bessie Chin Library
@ Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939 -- 415.945.3662