FennyFest 1999 convened in Jay's swimming pool on Saturday, July 17, and after a
minor break for sleep and recuperation, resumed on Sunday. Attending were Jay
Fenwick, his youngest daughter Melanie, his friend Moira and her daughter
Shannon. Paul Gibson and his wife arrived from Virginia on Sunday afternoon.
Bob Paxson, who also lives in Arizona, showed up as well. Bob's wife Paulette
was able to join us for dinner that evening. Sandy Sorkin and Kathy were the
first to arrive and the last to leave. Actually, their schedule correlated
quite closely with the presence of food and drink. Where else, but at
FennyFest, will you find 20 oz wine glasses?
You can see from the pictures that Jay lives in a
very nice home in a very hot place. Note the thermometer in one of the
pictures, it reads 100 degrees which is about as cool as it got for the two
days. Apparently, our schedule brought us to Phoenix between major dust storms,
so that we might experience the monsoon season. This is when they get a lot of
rain and the fabled low humidity rises to as much as 50% on some days. (It's
hard to be concerned with their humidity when you live in New Jersey.) We were
comforted by Jay who told us not to worry about the dust. And I quote, "It's a
In addition to the festivities that centered around swimming, eating, and a dog
named Pebbles, Jay recited some of his poetry from the original Penncrest High
School FOLIO publication. Who can ever forget his musings on love?
What is love? Let us talk about it,
Is this thing short, or is it big,
Greater than a casket, or a bread basket,
Large as a tree, or small as a twig.
Does it smell like a boy who has been playing for hours,
Does it lay around like a donkey in June,
Has it the odor of fresh picked flowers,
All of these questions I will answer you soon.
Love is bigger than a giant tree is,
Love smells like the track team before their shower,
Love is smaller than you or me is,
Love's odor is that of a bunch of beautiful flowers,
All of these things love is for sure,
I only wish that I knew the cure.
I want to thank Jay for permission to reprint his work. Hopefully,
he will eventually give permission to reprint the classic "Bus Stanzas." I
especially enjoyed the "donkey in June" metaphor. If any other budding authors
from the premier issue of FOLIO will give permission, we can publish their
early works as well.
Next Time and Other Notes
If anyone else wants to arrange a mini-reunion, please notify me so
that we can publicize it properly.
Paul Gibson has done a tremendous job of finding the lost members
of our class. He appreciates any assistance you can offer in the search.
Remember to notify us if you move.
Just a reminder: if you use the Amazon link from Penncrest site,
all of the proceeds will be used to offset future reunion costs.
Two other Penncrest classes have asked about being added to this
site. If they elect to join us, our home page will change slightly reflecting
the high school and a few notes. The page will be structured with links to the
other classes. If any other class already has a home page, we will create a
link for them as soon as they request it.
A note that appeared a few months ago on the message board
questioned the finances of this web venture. We have not asked anyone to
contribute and all of the expenses of hosting the web site have been absorbed
by those that think this is a good recreation activity.
We need more bio's. It would also be nice to see updates to the
existing bio's now that many of you have had the opportunity to rethink your
lives since high school. We need a few more good stories of the type that make
everyone from the 60's proud.
Some of you should start worrying about your bio. Rick Hevner has
started writing bio's for those who have failed to do so voluntarily. They are
actually pretty good. They include tales from the South Pacific, the Balkans,
African safaris, ship wrecks on deserted islands, and good times in Media.
Remember you always have the option of writing your own.