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Why not? You may enjoy seeing some of the class, plan on going to mine at least the non booze part of the meeting, and no I did not find High school that exciting, but kinda nice to see what some there doing now,
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"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
attributed to Samuel Johnson
PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil...plus the current state of the economy............the light at the end of the tunnel, has been turned off.
Mine and Brenda's 40-year reunion was 3-years ago and we did not attend. We had just short of 1,900 kids in our class and very few attended. The problem we had with it was they picked an expensive venue so tickets would have set us back over $300 for a simple buffet. The same group of people are always in charge and the way it goes down is they get a couple of hugh Suites for the weekend as a comp but the rest of us pay for it. For the fifty year they are planning a Cruise. Class reunions have become such a big business it takes all of the fun out. For the most part the kids who were our friends in school we are still in contact with today.
"Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony
We had our 50th reunion last year. There have been a few, but this is the very first one that either my wife or I have attended, it was okay and I'm glad I went.
The funny part of it is how small our world is. We have some friends that I first met in Painted Post, Joe and I worked together and after a couple of years of just him and my friendship, we discovered that our wives knew each other from several years before and that in fact, my wife had gone to their wedding long before I knew her. So, that was sort of a funny coincidence and the four of us have been good friends for more than 20 years.
So about 18 months ago, my friends wife's sister was in town. I happened to be in the hospital on one of those days for some tests and the two women came over to support my wife while she was waiting that moring. Come to find out, the sister (who lived has lived in Oregon for the past forty years) attended the same elementary school that I had gone to. While I left that school and neighborhood after the forth grade, Lois (the woman from Oregon) started at that school in fifth grade... and knew all the kids from that class. After all those years (60-plus) I only could remember a few who were my closest friends, but Lois had continued with them right up through highschool (I had move to another school district so my highschool was different.)
So next thing I know, she is sending me class pictures, even from kindergarten (which she had gotten from another person). I had never seen any of those pictures before and frankly had no idea they ever existed. Come to find out, one of those guys had gotten everyone together and does a "reunion" every few years. From elementary school, no less. So, last June I found myself at one of the neighborhood restaurants with dozen-plus old classmates who I hadn't seen since 4th grade. While I can't say it was a terrific evening, it did prompt some interest for my wife and next thing I know I'm attending her 50th class reunion which was in July. I knew several kids from that school and we all had a great time that evening.... AND, that prompted me to attend my 50th in August. (Class of 62). One of the surprising things of the evening, I remember the school building very well and many of the names and faces from the photos. Nobody at the reunion could remember any of the teacher's names or much about the school itself, but I could recall it in great detail. (My long-term memory is exceptional, but the short-term leaves much to be desired.)
There were only about 100 or so in my graduating class and probably more than twice as many in my wife's class. I wasn't a particularly smart kid ("C" average) and used to be quite shy. So I was astounded at the fact that I was well remembered. I recall a couple of guys who were sort of jerks and was astounded at how friendly they were, coming almost immediately to greet my wife and I. Most shocking was how much a few of the people had changed physically. While many were immediately recognizable, all too many looked nothing like they had in their youth. Most disturbing however was the number of classmates who had deceased.
My wife's class was the same in that regard, they had a "Remember" poster board and there were over thirty members of her class who had passed.
In any case, you may find it an enjoyable night to get with people from so long ago. My wife and I very surprisingly found the reunion to be so.
For what would have been our 40th we had nothing, just like all the past anniversaries. I doubt they will ever have one. I run into a few I know from back then, and I've inquired if they have heard anything about a reunion ever, and they have replied no. I also emailed the school and asked, but got no reply which I thought was strange.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
An inner city trade school is nothing to be proud of. When for decades such schools were considered a literal dumping ground for delinquents. Those were NOT the happiest days of my life. I lost two classmates to shootings. One was gang related, the other sold drugs.