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Old 10-01-2017, 06:01 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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My 45th high school class reunion was a couple weeks ago, class of just around 200 from a rural district in northwest Pennsylvania.

There are a bunch of teachers.

We have some retired military, both enlisted and commissioned. One retired from the Army as a Brigadier General.

A couple or three engineers, a few accountants, some people in sales.

A lot of trades, some truck drivers and a smattering of ne'er do wells.

A few farmers.

Roughly half the class moved out of the area when the economy collapsed in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

About 25 or so have died.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: New Oxford, PA
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I didn't really pay much mind to what people were doing in high school when I was there. Was at the bar of the hotel that hosted our twenty year reunion, and realized I cared even less, as I watched former class members getting their drinks to take back to the ballroom. They didn't bother contacting me this year for the thirtieth reunion. Maybe they heard that I was already retired.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:54 AM
 
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I believe it was either the 45th or 50th reunion that sent out the booklet regarding what everyone is doing now. The majority who submitted their information stated that they were extremely wealthy and had, or did have careers as either presidents of major companies, CEOs, or owned a business that reaped in tons of money.

There was a very small group that wrote about just 'living' and 'getting along'.

I tended to believe the smaller group more.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:03 AM
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We were part of the "white-flight" to private schools in the 60's and 70's. By the time I graduated in the mid-70's, the school was almost dead. There were eight in the graduating class.

Strangely enough, none of the girls went on to "serious" careers - the smartest married a good old boy redneck and the last time I saw her, she was working at Hardees. Another married a guy from TN and I assume she's part of high-society in Memphis. The third married an older guy and is a church kindergarten teacher.

Of the guys, one is a firefighter, another is a project mgr for Microsoft and the other retired from the Navy after 20-something years. He was an underwater demolitions type and according to his brother, he's a real badass, old salt. One of my on-line friends who knew him said they found lots of porn on his Navy computer when he retired. As always, the truth is in-between.

I'll retire in the first half of next year after 30+ years with the same Fortune 10 company. Out of about 100,000 US employees, I'd guess that outside of their own various business units, I'm one of the more well-known corp. weenies. And not always for good reasons. A manager once told me that he shutters when he gets an email from me knowing that it's never good news. I know our particular process better than anyone and can get someone back on the straight and narrow so there's that also. Most of my high schools peeps have no idea what I do in my job and frankly, could probably care less. I'm OK with that.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I left my home town right after high school and never kept up with what happened to my classmates. I do know one fellow is serving life for killing a cop during a bank robbery so he would be the worst/lowest life. I know one is nationally respected MD in Sports Medicine.
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Old 10-01-2017, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The older I get, the less impressed/less I care what high schoolmates accomplished.
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Old 10-01-2017, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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I don't know, and personally I don't really care. It will be 48 years this year and I have no desire to go to a reunion. Didn't like most of them then, so figure I won't like them now.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: equator
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I don't know, and personally I don't really care. It will be 48 years this year and I have no desire to go to a reunion. Didn't like most of them then, so figure I won't like them now.

Me, too. Huge SoCal high school----didn't socialize much. Never kept up with a single one after graduation. No reunions for me. Don't even remember any of them, maybe two or three.....no FB, no harking back to the good ole days.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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I'm guessing the people who just don't care didn't have a lot of friends in school. I grew up in a very small town (5,000), so I went to school with a lot of those people for 13 years. We grew up together - lots of memories, slumber parties, crushes, first boyfriends / girlfriends, sports, mischief, homecoming, prom. My childhood best friend (a boy) got cancer in 5th grade and was out of school for a year ... I think of him often and would hate not knowing how he is doing today (very well). I loved my friends and I celebrate their successes with them. We also grieve together ... we lost a classmate in a car accident when she was 24, the funeral was packed, it was a mini reunion. We're at the age now (42) where several of us have lost a parent. There's a lot to be said for those bonds.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I'm guessing the people who just don't care didn't have a lot of friends in school. I grew up in a very small town (5,000), so I went to school with a lot of those people for 13 years. We grew up together - lots of memories, slumber parties, crushes, first boyfriends / girlfriends, sports, mischief, homecoming, prom. My childhood best friend (a boy) got cancer in 5th grade and was out of school for a year ... I think of him often and would hate not knowing how he is doing today (very well). I loved my friends and I celebrate their successes with them. We also grieve together ... we lost a classmate in a car accident when she was 24, the funeral was packed, it was a mini reunion. We're at the age now (42) where several of us have lost a parent. There's a lot to be said for those bonds.
Not in my situation. I had a good number of friends in high school. But after graduation we all
seemed to go our separate ways after awhile. I think itís because so many years have passed and because I made long distance moves several times I lost contact with those I hung out with in high school. Back in the day, before Social Media made it easy to see what was going on with everyone it was not always easy to keep in touch long distance. Letters and phone calls were our only resources of communication.
People not of retirement age I donít think can appreciate that. They grew up with swift venues of communication like FB, Twitter, etc. Add Skype and itís easier to stay in touch if one wants to.

Then there is the fact that after reading on FBwhat my former classmates are doing and have done, I really donít have much in common with them any longer.
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