Fourth of July: A smile, a sparkle and a high step

July 1, 2011  | by: Lucinda Coulter

Standing with her toe pointed to the sky, Darla McIntire shone for Overdrive’s 1973 cover tribute to Independence Day. She and the Kenworth conventional behind her were featured in a two-page photo essay and Date Master calendar.

McIntire, then 16, taught at a local dance studio, aspired to dance professionally and attended Chaminade College Preparatory School, in West Hills, Calif., near Los Angeles.

“Truckers are some of the nicest, easy going guys I ever met,” she told Overdrive. “They like their jobs and their life, and this makes them really fun to be with.”

Her ebullience may have been outward expressions of principles put into practice at Chaminade, a private school supported by the Catholic church. She would have been in one of the first classes to have female graduates. The school became co-educational in 1972, and the first women graduated in 1974.

McIntire most likely rubbed shoulders with classmates who became celebrities. Disney executive Joe Rohde, Class of 1972, led the design of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and actress Mary Elizabeth McDonough, a Chaminade student in the 1970s, portrayed Erin on TV’s The Waltons.

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