HAVE A DATE: October 31, 1998
We also have a place-The Towne House in Media. After checking
every hotel and resort in the Delaware Valley, we were fortunate to book the
Towne House one more time. Apparently, the reputation of the Class of 1963 has
faded in the collective Media memories (it certainly has in mine) and we will
be welcomed back. Doubtless you have noticed that we will be combining our
reunion with a modest Halloween celebration. No one will be expected to come in
costume, and we will forgive those that do. It appears that one of our
classmates has already decided to dress as an ugly old man, another promises to
wear white socks with his ultra- narrow tie, and a woman is contemplating
wearing her entire collection of vintage circle pins. At the moment details are
being finalized concerning the entertainment, food, and cost. The probable cost
will be approximately $65-$75 per person.
Still Need Help
As we approach the date, we need all the help we can get. If you
can spare any time at all to organize, setup, record, phone, write, decorate,
coordinate- you name it- we need you badly. Please let Rick or Sandy know that
you are available.
Please consider where we go from here. All suggestions are
welcome regarding future reunions, and generally staying in touch until the
You Remember Me?
How many reunion conversations will begin with the words "do you
remember?" I suspect quite a few, and we should be prepared, because we don't.
There are, however, solutions, viable alternatives to stave off embarrassment
and enable us to converse in confidence. When asked the inevitable awkward
question, start to shake your head confidently in the affirmative, and counter
with your own "do you remember when" question. Remember to use the head shake
method and say nothing that may alert the other party to the fact you are
beginning to wonder if you are experiencing a "senior moment." (Try to remember
this phrase for the 50th reunion.)
Another approach will be to ask the impolitic inquisitor to
repeat the unremembered story for your spouse or guest. You may want to preface
this with an appropriate introduction such as "you won't believe this" to
reinforce the impression that you do know what the hell he's talking about.
The following list of responses and avoidance techniques are
guaranteed to get you through the most difficult encounters, so keep the list
1 The head shake with a counter question.
2. The head shake and a request that the incident be repeated for
3. "I don't think that story is suitable for mixed company."
4. "Ever since my illness my memory has been poor."
5. "It took me many years of therapy to forget."
6. "Don't you still owe me some money?"
7. "Ah, I remember. It was December and each dying..."
At the moment, President Clinton is wondering if high school
counts when you are under oath. But perhaps it is all a matter of
interpretation and definition. Here is a list of the most confusing
The 60's must have been a time of innocence because it was
another decade before all men became pigs. Who would have thought it would take
A fondle is the technical name for a fondue fork
Passes are to get you into the hall anytime.
Feeling is a song sentiment.
Butts are cigarettes or conjunctions.
Petting is for cats and dogs.
Pinching is stealing.
Gropes are the things you climb in gym.
Memories Should be Forgotten
What were they thinking, when I was told I had detentions because
my mother cut gym on back-to-school night and was caught smoking in front of
Review at a Time
You've all been saved. Kathy (my wife) says that book reviews are
out of place in a high school newsletter. The review from which you were spared
this month was the classic Moby Dick. In school I read the classic comic
instead of the book, and believed I knew all that I needed to know about the
story. After reading the entire book, my conclusion is that I did. Still, it is
an incredible book. My other complication is that after the recent television
rendition, no one will ever believe I read the book.
to the Editor
I aspire to the big time journalistic experience of having a
Letters to the Editor column, but for now will learn to survive with a single
letter. With the fear of never receiving another letter again, I've elected to
print this one.
|Dear Class of 1963 Editor,
I have a question concerning the upcoming reunion. I found my
Class of 1963 Year Book in the attic and looked at my picture from 35 years
ago, and I don't believe that I actually ever looked like that. I didn't notice
this at the time, but I am now asking for a voluntary recall of the book to
allow me to update my portrait. I would also like to restate my favorite
phrase, food, and career objective. Do you think this is possible? My lawyer
says it definitely is.
Name withheld pending advice of counsel.
Please address your correspondence to me at our web site:
Vague and Vogue Venues
I contacted the high school to see if we could use the cafeteria
for one of our reunion functions. They told me that it is possible to use the
building, but there is a no alcohol rule. First thoughts would indicate we
should probably look elsewhere, but maybe not. My guess is that if we hold a
function at the school the chaperons will probably be in their early 70's and
we could get away with a little booze if we wanted to.
Along with the regular entertainment, we are looking into the
possibility of projecting pictures throughout the evening. It's best to send
copies, but if that is a problem, we'll be very careful with originals. Please
label each item on the back, because if you write all over the front we can't
In case you've forgotten, 1963 was when the Lava-Lamp was
introduced. And on television we watched:
77 Sunset Strip
Route 66 Surfside 6
Sea Hunt HawaiianEye
Bourbon Street Beat
The Naked City
Man with a Camera
The Lawless Years
Adventures in Paradise
|Time share in Media, best weeks, willing
to trade for any other location in the world. Box 75R.
|Reunion Trainer, willing to travel. I will
accompany you to your reunion and confirm all of your stories. Results are
guaranteed. Box 7787
|Halloween reunion costume sales and
rentals. Be all you can be with the right costume. Box 676
|Get rich quick. Wonderful program to
acquire wealth. Send all of your money to Box 1212, go home and wait.