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Old 08-27-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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No Idea, other than a few got into electronics, and I know of a couple that have died.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:28 AM
 
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There is nothing more interesting than other people, including what has become of them after a lifetime. Catching up with someone, or keeping up with someone, is not living in the past, but on the contrary in the present - a present which is rooted in the past.

We do not spring miraculously into bloom today, as if we hadn't existed before, but rather what we are today is the sum of many past experiences (for good and for ill) and of the influences of many other people (again, for good and for ill).
Watching paint dry and grass grow is much more interesting than those I went to high school with.
I did not like or keep up with what they were doing while in the same class then and I certainly have never wasted my time attempting to find out what they ended doing with their lives.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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We just had our 40th reunion in June. I didn't go, because I didn't want to remember everybody as old geezers, LOL.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:58 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Grown up in a working-class suburb & it occurred to me only a couple of years ago that only myself & one other friend were the only ones to graduate college among our whole extended HS social circle, that realization surprised me. I guess my HS dropout dad's constant lecturing me about the importance of a college degree & my own curiosity helped me that way, it was never not my future. Many of them were smart too, just unmotivated & unfocused.

3 of my 4 best friends, who I had stayed in touch with always, died in their mid-50's, smokers; everybody else is long gone out of state & I was one of the first to leave.
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:29 AM
 
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I think one went from Chemical Engineering to yoga instructor to marrying an Ambassador? One built a successful business from scratch, another is a successful real estate developer as well as pretty big ski instructor, another married couple became very successful medical administrators at a renown teaching hospital. But most are just normal middle to upper middle class whatevers. Most seem to have married well and stayed married with successful children.
I feel a little behind sometimes
Almost all of these are in other areas of the country after leaving our wonderful to grow up in but ultimately ending up failed small Michigan town (like so many others in the hollowed out eastern part of the midwest). People who stayed had it a lot tougher. My class was probably the last of the classes who really grew up in the town at its best. The high school is actually closed now and the town isnt even a shadow of its former self.
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I socialized with pretty intelligent fellow students in high school. The ones that attended college, all did well: lawyers, computer engineers, engineers, doctors, business professionals, etc

The ones that did not pursue education, mainly worked in government jobs: law enforcement, fireman, city government administrative jobs, etc

I knew a few who have died or became disabled.

I grew up in San Francisco, most have moved on: Seattle, Texas (Austin, Houston, Dallas), New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Miami, Raleigh, etc
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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One quiet shy guy became a local news anchor. I see him on TV and often remark how much his listening skills in high school prepared him for public speaking and reporting.
Another girl became a doctor..Three of her siblings did as well. Her Dad influenced that choice.
A few of the guys made it to pro sports...Only to loose contracts after one season...Most came back and do local coaching...
I ran into a former gal from high school days...I was on a date. She raved over how good I looked since last she saw me. Saying, my goodness you got so fit! You used to be chubby..I quietly thanked her..My guy was in awe til I said....Tbh,she saw me last when I was five months pregnant! So yeah I lost that figure when I gave birth. This lady wasn't the brightest .
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:21 PM
 
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There is nothing more interesting than other people, including what has become of them after a lifetime. Catching up with someone, or keeping up with someone, is not living in the past, but on the contrary in the present - a present which is rooted in the past.


We do not spring miraculously into bloom today, as if we hadn't existed before, but rather what we are today is the sum of many past experiences (for good and for ill) and of the influences of many other people (again, for good and for ill).
Nonsense.

There is no one I want or need to "catch up" with from my past. Yes, I did NOT "spring miraculously into bloom today" - I sprang miraculously into bloom the day I graduated from high school and started working my way through college. I made my life AFTER high school.

I don't find "other people" all that interesting either. There are far more interesting things I do with my time and energy other than moving decades backwards to worry about people who happened to be teenagers at the same time I was a teenager in a small town where I have not even visited for over 40 years.

I don't need to be a Nosy Parker to find interest in life.

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Old 08-27-2017, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Out of my closest friends, it's something like this.

1) Best friend - deceased, never held a job. Mentally ill, substance abuse problems, committed suicide.
2) IT project manager
3) Call center work after losing his job as a fast food operator for sleeping with a subordinate.
4) Rent to own store manager.
5) Title loan place manager.
6) High school chemistry teacher.
7) Social worker/pastor
8) Home care consultant.

We have a lot of healthcare workers, given the area is dominated by healthcare. We had a few creative types and engineer in high level jobs across the country. No one ever made the super big time AFAIK.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Cleverly concealed
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I grew up in a mid-western college town, and like myself, many of my classmates were the sons and daughters of university professors, administrators and coaches. For the most part, the high-achievers in school are high-achieving adults. We had 14 recognized valedictorians. Two of them spoke at graduation. The first one ended up as a White House lawyer during the Obama administration. The second one is a multimillionaire in finance. Plenty of people went on to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, and we had one major league baseball player too.

Unfortunately one of my best friends was the first from my high school class to die, a month after suffering a stroke at age 38. He had been changing careers at the time from a defense department job that sent him all over the world.

Even though most everyone followed a path I expected, I still find it neat to see the different roads people took.
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