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Old 05-06-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Duncan, Oklahoma
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I live in the same town where I graduated high school. I didn't like high school.

I've never been to one of our reunions, and I'll never attend one in the future.
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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50th reunion? Gee, that was so long ago, that I, well, I forgot if I went or not.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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Yes, I'll go - being on the planning committee, I'm sort of expected to show up. I've attended all our reunions, and found they get better - the tenth year reunion fell flat for me, but after that - people were more comfortable with themselves, yet less self-focused and more interested in others.

So - what activities are planned for all the upcoming 50th class reunions? We're having a meet and greet in a nice hotel suite on Friday, as we did for our 45th - very popular, low-key, lent itself to individual catching up. Then on Saturday morning, there will be a tour of our old school and a few other activities, followed by an evening with a cash bar, dinner, a couple of participatory activities (high school trivia contest, etc.) and dancing for those who want to dance (to the music of our high school rock band which never disbanded), at a local country club. There will be usual displays of memorabilia, and surviving teachers will be invited. A farewell brunch at the hotel will follow on Sunday morning.

Our reunion includes the classes of '64 and '65, and won't happen until next fall, so we're still planning and looking for lost classmates and are still fairly flexible with planned activities, especially for Saturday afternoon, which is open thus far.

We're also welcoming former classmates who were with us only a year or two, or who attended elementary school or junior high with us, then went elsewhere for high school, as long as they register and pay in advance like everyone else. A few members of other classes have also expressed interest - our classmates get priority, as space concerns may be a factor, but if there's room, they're welcome (but cannot show up for dinner unannounced, minus advance registration, at the last minute). A few tried this last time -they appeared unexpectedly, didn't pay a penny, yet filled their plates and their stomachs, at the expense of their classmates who were not deadbeats. Not gonna happen that way this time.

What kind of reunion activities have been successful elsewhere?
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I attended my 50th two years ago - the first high school reunion I ever attended. There were over a hundred people there, and I knew ONE person. It was quite incredible how people looked. They looked OLD. Very, very OLD. I couldn't believe they were actually my classmates.

I didn't keep up with anybody from high school. First, I had no friends in the area from grades K-8 because I moved to California as a 9th grader. Second, I left the state after high school and didn't return for four more years - not conducive to keeping up with people.

But I'm not sorry I went - reconnecting with that one person was worth it.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The thing I found strange at the 40th reunion was guys giving a blank look and saying......" I honestly don't remember you "

C'mon.............38 kids in the entire class and the guys who said that was on the football, team with me ?

I think, in a small school, acting like they don't know you is really trying to say......" my life has taken me so far from here I have forgotten all you peons "?

I laugh.
Now, my HS class started out about 900 kids (but a number had dropped out by graduation). In that situation there were many people that I never even met while we were actually attending HS, and I certainly didn't remember everyone who was in one or two of my classes 40 years earlier.

But, I did have fun at my reunion and talked to a lot of people.

But in a class of 38, how can someone possibly not remember you? That is just crazy. Maybe they had early onset dementia?
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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I posted here earlier but I should have mentioned that there were only 10 kids in my class. So the class of '59 & '60 hold a combined reunion. Last I heard there were only 6 left from the '59 class and 5 left from my '60 class. So pretty soon a case of beer will be enough for the whole group.
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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One thing that facinated me were the really pretty girls who were playing "very hard to get" back in '59 appeared to be REAL EASY now..
Laugh of the day!
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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They looked OLD. Very, very OLD. I couldn't believe they were actually my classmates.
Were any of the handsome guys still handsome, and the beautiful girls still beautiful?
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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The thing I found strange at the 40th reunion was guys giving a blank look and saying......" I honestly don't remember you "

C'mon.............38 kids in the entire class and the guys who said that was on the football, team with me ?

I think, in a small school, acting like they don't know you is really trying to say......" my life has taken me so far from here I have forgotten all you peons "
Either that, or you've gotten a whole lot more good looking as you got older.
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:19 PM
 
Location: FROM Dixie, but IN SoCal
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I was just wondering if people still are in touch with (or want to be) old high school friends or if you think that part of your life was so long ago you simply have no interest.
MY 50-year high school reunion (class of 1964) will take place on June 14th of this year. HELL YEAH I'm going to attend, even though it means flying from LA to the Deep South and spending a few nights in a local hotel!

Love 'em or hate 'em, these are the people who surrounded me while I came of age! Regardless of who did better than whom (I'd probably win that one), I really want to re-connect with them one last time before we all die, and this is very likely to be my last chance. Were we to have a 60-year reunion in 2024, those of us who survived to attend would be 78 years old, or older. And we have already lost so many of our class to Vietnam, accidents & other stupid things, and illnesses...
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