CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
An X for a halo? Presumably it's the tail end of the ichthys symbol ("sign of the fish") of Christianity, but we've never before encountered it this way (we have gaps!) The red "64" sticker seems like a sun that Jesus is warding off. The sun and the Son. In mathematics, 64 is known as a "centered triangular number" (symbolic here of the Holy Trinity?) Of course, there are 64 demons in the Dictionnaire Infernal, and 64 hexagrams in the I Ching, and 64 squares on a chess board, so there are many (unsatisfactory) ways to interpret the cover of Sacred Heart's 1964 yearbook.
"Gateway to Hell" is the caption to the photo on the right. As we've tirelessly reported, college yearbooks are profoundly occult objects. From William and Mary's yearbook of 1993. See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
Compressed time: "A year's day-long has come to rest." This photograph's perspective is so foreshortened as to approach being superflat. It's somewhat cryptic, but ghostly car headlights are backing away from a wall on Lover's Lane in a long exposure. From Worcester's yearbook of 1963.