Ha! I attempted one better, but sadly, I failed in my bid to make it appear that the guys in Queen were actually members of our senior class by including individual photos of each of them in the senior portrait section of my high school year book.
I oops! I mean someone and an accomplice created two sets of pages for the entire senior section, one with the real students and one with our four regal friends added in. The one with the real students was the one available for our faculty advisor and the rest of the yearbook staff to review, while the secret duplicate section was carefully maintained to ensure all updates and changes were consistent with the real version, The secret version was kept, like the vice president, in a secure location (either at home in my room or in my locker at school) to be exchanged for the approved pages after the final press check, but before the print run.
This was quite an undertaking because John Deacon's name appears quite early in the alphabet. This was all old-school graphic arts and publishing work, meaning actual images were pasted/waxed onto typeset pages that would later be photographed, printed, and bound. No computers were involved and no image editing software was used. Just a drafting board, an X-acto knife, actual photographs, a waxer to paste up the images onto the pages, and a lot of secrecy. We, I mean someone had to create an entire duplicate section of all the pages with the individual senior photos starting in the Ds with Deacon, and adding in May, Mercury, and Taylor, each addition, bumping the REAL students to the right, some of them as many as four places after we got to Taylor. Someone also had to create headshot photos of each of the guys wearing suits and ties, cutting and pasting actual photos of Freddie, Brian, Roger, and John onto posed, studio portraits of actual students wearing coats and ties to make them appear to be dressed like all the other guys in our class. Again, this was before image-editing software such as PhotoShop was available, and involved weeks and weeks of searching magazines, publicity shots, etc., to get four separate shots that would work. I, I mean, whomever, ended up using individual images from publicity stills because the lighting used was stable and they were usually looking into the lens in those shots. We cut up and ruined some GREAT publicity stills to do this.
It turned out that our faculty advisor/art teacher had always suspected me of including a photograph of Rod Stewart as a student in the sophomore section of the yearbook two years earlier. I can neither confirm nor deny. So, he actually went to the printer AFTER our final press check to check the pages a final time himself before it went to press, and discovered new students named Deacon, May, Mercury, and Taylor. He actually said we (I mean whomever) did a great job of it, and that the images looked seamless, but even though he was tempted to let it go, he said he had to pull it or else he wouldn't be doing his job as a faculty advisor. He even suggested how I might have succeeded in my diabolical plan, but he insisted that I give him the actual pages and those are the ones that ran in the yearbook. I should never have told him about the REAL pages and the boys would have been members of my senior class, at least in the book anyway.
I think what bothered him most was this: He thought our work was brilliant, and the work and attention to detail was a good reflection on him and the skills he taught us, but he was disappointed that we thought he was so uncool that he wouldn't recognize the names and faces of the guys in Queen. Ha!
He was a nice guy, a great art/graphic arts teacher/faculty advisor, and had a great sense of humor. Thanks Mr. W, wherever you are!
I saved Spike's life in 'Nam.