Penncrest High School
Class of 1963


Newsletter Number 7

February 2001

We cleared that hurdle, now where is the next one?

We made it through the millennium minefield and found that we really were prepared. Still, a few people will spend endless months eating their stockpiled cans of tuna fish and condensed soup, remembering how much excitement there was in planning for Armageddon and watching the supply of goods and necessities filling the shelves and debating which of our neighbors we could tolerate joining us. The rest of us - the truly unprepared - will go to our unconverted basements to watch television and marvel at a world that unerringly rises to the challenge of finding things to scare the hell out of us.

I don't want to make too much fun of the stockpilers because admittedly I was one. My wife and I assessed what we already had in the house and then purchased a few extra cases of champagne. We were concerned about the disturbing prospect of a champagne shortage. (It turns out there was a production shortfall, but not for the inexpensive varieties we drink.) We firmly believe that champagne is the solution to many of the major problems facing the world today. As to sustenance, Kathy had a small cache of cheese and crackers that I figured she would share. In retrospect the only thing I would do differently, would be to purchase the wine closer to doomsday, because we drank our entire stockpile of champagne and had to purchase more.

For the next few years, my choice of disasters to obsess about will be the chilling prospect of huge meteors striking the earth. Originally I was going to worry about thermonuclear war, but on the whole it is much more fun to agonize about rocks falling from space because there is so little preparation required for that type of catastrophe. It's true that bombs are apparently not that big of a problem anymore. If I recall events properly, one can ward off the effects of radiation by a few extra showers a day, and the initial blast won't harm you if you are fortunate enough to be under a desk.

My big question is what major milestones are in front of us? Y2K is out of the way, and who really cares about Y3K or 2100 for that matter? But there is a compelling need for milestones because they help us to schedule our lives, make the big decisions, all the while presenting wondrous opportunities for celebration.

$1,400 and counting

Our reunion account balance is now over $1,400. We owe this sum to the generous contributions of our classmates, and the fact that we didn't invest in the stock market last year. At least half of the funds were given to us after the 37th Reunion party. We will need at least twice this amount to produce the 40th. If you would like to make a contribution, send a check to Sandy or Rick. Make it payable to: Penncrest Class of 1963. So far, we have not posted the names of contributors on our web site, but if you want a mention just drop me a note. For the right amount you can even have an advertisement on the web. But more important than recognition, if you make a very generous contribution we will not pester you to write articles for the newsletter.

We get letters.but not enough

The counts indicate that we get a fair number of hits on the message board by our class and a number of others. If you don't have time to update your bio, just leave a note on the message board. If you have your own web site, please place a link on the message board. I will also place the link by your name in the class list.

Moving pictures

Jay Fenwick, our talented class cinematographer, has produced his first classic film. It chronicles the reunion at Rick's farm without any messy animal shots, rusty tractors, old school buses, etc. As might be expected from an artist of our generation, he failed to use a digital format, and we will now have to find a way to convert the film to a format that can be placed on the web. It's a great film and will be worth going through the conversion process. Additionally, Jay has instructed me to file a formal protest against the PG-50 rating.

Once again the call goes out to anyone in the class willing to write articles for the newsletter, or to assist Paul Gibson with searching for the lost classmates. Paul can be reached at

Other notes:

There has been some discussion about another mini-reunion this year. Massachusetts seems to be the location. Please send an e-mail to Helen Essaf Cogley if you are interested:

I've been wondering what else we can do with our web site. (For those of you just returning to the planet, it is at Other classes have asked for links to their sites and we, of course, have been as accommodating as possible. The Amazon link is not being used very often, and it would be nice to increase activity because we do get a small commission, which is then deposited in the class fund. It would be great to have a "free" 40th.

Penncrest High School
Class of 1963
Newsletter Issue #7 - February 2001

Sandy Sorkin:

Research Specialist
Paul Gibson:

Guidance Counselor
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Updated on 12/11/12