by Ken Martin, October 29, 2007
Dorothy Hughes is a legend among New Mexico teachers who have used the Stock Market Game over the years.
Although Dorothy was not here when the SMG first got started at NMSU, I thought it would be interesting to go back to the year it all began.
The year was 1984.
- January 1: “Ma Bell” was officially broken up into 24 independent units.
- January 24: The first Apple Macintosh went on sale.
- February 11: The Space Shuttle Challenger made its first shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center.
- July–August: The 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, CA.
- November 4: Dell Computers was founded with the name: “PC’s Limited”.
- November 6: In the U.S. Presidential election, Ronald Reagan defeated Walter F. Mondale with 59% of the popular vote.
- During the year: The Fed Funds rate was as high as 11.77%, the 90-day Treasury bill rate was as high as 10.67% and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note was as high as 13.99%.
- The unemployment rate began the year at 8.0% and ended the year at 7.3%.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the year at 1258.64 and ended the year at 1211.57.
- Also during 1984: A total of 229 New Mexico public school students took part in The Stock Market Game.
Since then (through the 2006-07 school year), a total of 84,570 New Mexico students have benefited from the lessons learned by playing the Stock Market Game.
And Dorothy Hughes has been a big part of the success of the Stock Market Game, not only in New Mexico and West Texas, but all across the country. She has laid a great foundation for many more years of success for the Stock Market Game.