That sounds a lot like my experience. Tenth reunion (1975) was looking
to be nice, when my boss had me working on a construction project out
of town for the whole damned weekend. A couple of old friends took
pictures and shared them with me. Actually, I would have gone stag
that weekend as I was in the middle of a nasty break-up with my then
Ten years later, I had remarried and had a couple of kids. My wife
didn't want to go and my close friends from school were out of town
with their jobs, so I didn't bother. For the twenty-fifth, they opened
it up to ~all~ graduates and it lost a lot in the translation. Maybe
in eight years when I have my fiftieth......
I'm having the reunion experience tonight courtesy of PBS. They're
doing their begathon and plying me with British Invasion groups. I must
say that most of these guys have changed a lot over time. I think the
three acts who still have it musically are The Zombies, Lulu and (gasp!)
Petula Clark. She's got to be pushing 70 but she's still looking and
sounding good. I'd bet that Argent and Bloodworth must still be out
there playing regularly since their pieces sounded like they used to,
maybe a little better. Lulu - ummm good!
Eric Burdon reminds me of what a critic wrote 30 years ago - he really
wanted to be Black. Between the dark glasses and mimicking Ray Charles'
head movements he certainly has the part down. If they hadn't started
his song with a black & white TV shot of the Animals, I'd never know
that was him.
I'll now return this channel to the regular programming....
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
My 10th was fun, my 20th was a bust...not many people showed, let alone
anyone I particularly wanted to see. Good many of my friends from those
days were in the class ahead of me anyways...particularly the gals...
"Rufus" skrev i en meddelelse
2 guys meet on the street after 30 odd years.
The first man: My wife is an angel.
Second man: Damm your'e lucky, mine is still alive!
Just heard today from a group preparing for our 50th!!! They are
planning for a date in 2008. I was really bad at math, but even I know
that 1965+50 is 2015!!! Might go anyhow.
What I would lke to see is a decade reunion, 1960-1970. Most of me
friends graduated either before or after my class of '65.
Another fun OT subject is the famous or infamous people. We had the
lion tamer for Ringlng Brothers (I forget his name), Erin Gray (dated
once, we keep in touch, even though she flubs her bio to say that she
started Redwood in 1966, it was 1964), the late David Duke (the actor,
not the neo-Nazi ass hole), Robin Williams (who went to Redwood
1967-1969, despite several classmates who swear that they knew him in
1965) and several lesser characters including a cover girl who was the
school dork n high school. We have a few lost in 'Nam and a couple
doing life within sight of Redwood at San Quintin.
There are even two IPMSers in the batch, although I havn't seen them
for years. May be a good reason to go after all.
I've watch those as well whenever I remember to tune in. I came of age in
the early 60s (started high school in the fall of 1961) and remember the
"British Invasion" well. I also enjoy the Do-Wop groups and try not to miss
it when they are on PBS as well.
In the mid 50s the transistor radios first started hitting the streets and
my parents bought me one for my 10th birthday. It was a Sears Silvertone; a
sort of putty tan/gray and it was huge - about half the size of a cigar box
if anyone still remembers those (believe it or not...I still have it). I
told my mom that leaving it on at night would help me go to sleep. In
actuality, I stayed awake for hours listening to the Do-Wop groups on WLS
radio, Chicago until fatigue finally overcame me. Ah, the old days. Life
was a lot simpler then.
Ok, I'm off the nostalgia trip. I'm back to reality again!!
I had 450 in by graduating class. As I think I mentioned in as earlier
post, my 10th was in 1975. It was a huge affair with over 200 members of
the class attending; we had also lost 6 members to Vietnam). I was in
Hawaii when they had the 20th and couldn't make it but I got a list of
attendees and it was less than 100. I don't know what happened at the 30th
as I was out of touch with anyone from my class for that one. I was in
touch with the organizers of our 40th and was planning on attending,
actually looking forward to it. Unfortunately, the date for the closing on
our house was changed, literally a couple days before and it, of course,
fell on the Friday of my reunion. I did send a short "Here's what I've been
doing the past 40 years" letter to the class and they were nice enough to
send me a 40th reunion class photo. There were about 30 in attendance. I'm
hoping they have a 45th and, if they do, I won't miss it. If not, I'll be
hanging on for the 50th. ;~)
did it use 3 batteries, a 47 1/4volt, a 11 volt and a 91amp?
they were wierd that way.
wls.....in good weather you could hear it all the way to
east st louis.
what the hell was that new orleans station that played all
the really cool music after midnight? first place i heard
herbie mann's stomed flute, early hendrix, and the airplane.
Internet radio is the only way to listen...way more stations, any market
or genre you want (even RF scanners in some cases...), when you want,
and you're already paying for it if you have an ISP...so you might as
well hook your computer to your stereo and ditch the XM bill, too.
That's what I do.
Crap, in good weather I could pick WLS up on the Maverick's AM radio at
night after work (post midnight) back in the '80s. At that point AM
around here was moribund. Now, except for WLAN, it is truly dead and
living in Hell.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
Our class had the record (in '67) for graduating mothers-to-be. Must be
a lot of 39 year olds out there somewhere. ;)
I haven't been to a reunion since the 5th. That was a crummy experience
and reminded me why I hadn't really missed many of them.
All of the reunions since then have been dress-up dinner/dances so that
just made them less appealing.
My best bud in school lives three blocks from me right now so I can keep
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.