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Old 04-19-2012, 06:14 PM   #21
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Wow, I haven't seen anyone from high school in at least 30 years nor heard about anyone.
How come?
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:21 PM   #22
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Well, about half of every graduating class becomes attorneys. I know of a few it guys, a doctor, a few finance types. One died of cancer during his doctoral program. One is a monk in a trappist monastery, vow of silence and all. I might have married the youngest at 23.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #23
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I went to a big suburban HS on near DC (800 in my class. lots of kids coming in and moving out over the 3 years), to college in the Midwest and never went back as my sophomore year in college, the rest of the family moved overseas (wait, were they trying to tell me something?). So no reason to go back and see my friends (I did have some ), and visits and correspondence just gradually dropped off. Oh, yeah, and someone broke someone else's heart.... Oh, and I'm old. Ah, high school!
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There were 27 members of my senior class. One committed suicide two months after graduation. One died of a stroke and another was murdered by her ex. Both of them were in their 30’s. Another classmate died year before last at the age of 52.

As for the rest….most of them have done well….many went into farming. One of my classmates that had to be the dizziest girl in the world became a psychiatrist.

……and since I graduated in 1975, all of them are grandparents.
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Hmmmm, I just can't seem to remember.
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I recently went to my 45th reunion and when I walked into the room I looked around and thought "Holy sh*t, look how old everyone is"! Then I looked at the poster and it was a class of 1938.

When I got to the right room I was pleasenly surprised at how good (comparatively) everyone looked. The formerly cute girls that aren't anymore do not attend. The ones that have survived ageing are out on the dance floor.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #27
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Went to my 40th reunion last year. I thought everyone looked good. We had a large class - about 850. So there were lots of folks at the reunion. A dentist, some store clerks, teachers, one is a chief prosecuting attorney, one artist, a photographer, electrician. Some serious health problems, one of my good friends had colon cancer.
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Was thinking of starting an HS reunion thread like one of these:
1) Do you really feel like you learned what the people that you went to HS with are really like now?
2) Do you believe those big success stories at the HS reunion?
3) Once the initial encounter went a few minutes, did you have much more to talk about with the HS reunion people?
4) Did you feel bad or good about your HS reunion?
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Was thinking of starting an HS reunion thread like one of these:
1) Do you really feel like you learned what the people that you went to HS with are really like now?
2) Do you believe those big success stories at the HS reunion?
3) Once the initial encounter went a few minutes, did you have much more to talk about with the HS reunion people?
4) Did you feel bad or good about your HS reunion?
Why didn't you start a new thread instead of thinking?
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I haven't seen any of my high school classmates since the day we graduated. I joined the Navy three weeks after that, left town and never went back.
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I haven't seen any of my high school classmates since the day we graduated. I joined the Navy three weeks after that, left town and never went back.
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My brothers wife was in my class, and I haven't seen her for 15 years.
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I see people from my high school often. Some in my class of 100, others within a year or two of me. I live less than a few miles from the school. Many never left our hometown. Some still work. Some are retired. One is my SIL. One lives a block away. One took out my appendix. (good thing that he's a dr.) All seem happy with their lives.
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I don't think I am in contact with any of them and haven't seen any of them since I left the country I attended high school in. Can't even remember their names, so unable to search on FB.
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I'm in close touch with two classmates from HS. One friend and I get together for lunch every week (almost). The other nudges me awake every morning.
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I met one of the pretty girls from high school and she still looks good! She's in a job she hates though and seems a bit lonely and bummed out. Guess the stereotype of the pretty girl turning ugly wasn't true in this case.
What about you guys?
When I was at USNA in 1978-82, we seriously upheld the tradition of drinking like sailors. Alcohol responsibility hadn't really taken hold, and drug testing was still being discussed.

So when you were on liberty (especially at football games) it wasn't unusual to see staggering drunks puking on each other's shoes... and even worse behavior. Luckily handheld digital cameras didn't exist back then, and Polaroid film really doesn't survive well over the decades.

Today, as we approach our 30th reunion, several of those former midshipmen are flag officers-- hard to believe we're running the Navy. Another one of my classmates was just nominated for her third star.

When I was a midshipman, the homecoming reunions used to include a meal in the mid dining hall. It seats 4000 people in three very long wings, and the classes would be seated in chronological order. If you came in the correct entrance, you'd see alumni who weren't much older than you. As you walked along the wing, the diners got older... and older... and older. By the time you got to the other end you'd seen three generations of naval history.

I went to the fifth anniversary of my high-school reunion. The guy who'd been an obnoxious loud-mouthed drunk in high school had turned into... an obnoxious loud-mouthed college graduate. The ditzy mini-skirted boot-wearing high-school cheerleader had turned into... a ditzy leather-clad mini-skirted boot-wearing flight attendant & rock groupie. The fifth reunion was in 1983-- you've seen the pictures. The rest of us hadn't changed much either, but I haven't been back since.

My former high-school girlfriend was out here last year, and she's still a major babe. It freaked me out to see that her 17-year-old daughter is a carbon copy. (Of course it freaked her out to have a 51-year-old tell her that she's a carbon copy of her mother as a teen.) My spouse put up with the whole visit but was generally not amused. Still a bit of history there.

I never got around to doing a USNA reunion, but now I can see a lot of my high-school & USNA classmates on Facebook. Assuming those are their actual photos, I apparently have joined clubs populated by balding fat guys. The loudmouth drunk is now a financial advisor (that can't possibly be his own hair). The ditzy leather-clad flight attendant has turned to show biz, but the cosmetic surgery is kinda scary. (For a few months, her Facebook profile photo was a 50-year-old woman wearing a leopard-print string bikini. I'm pretty sure it was mostly her.) Others seem to have aged very well, but we haven't kept in touch. My first contact in three decades was their Facebook friends request.

I've kept up with my friends, and the years seem to have been pretty kind to them. But if I haven't kept in touch with the rest of the class, then a reunion won't be much more fun. I'd just rather see my friends out here during their Hawaii vacations. Especially if they want to learn how to surf.

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… and since I graduated in 1975, all of them are grandparents.
I'm only three years behind you, and I'm not ready to be a grandparent yet!
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I have thought about attending a HS reunion just out of mild curiosity or perhaps a "Revenge of the Nerds" thing LOL! [Anyone else get that urge?] The only problem I have is that this reunion thing costs about $110 a head, at least that is what the fee was to attend the 25th back in 2006. And it is not like my school was in some wealthy neighborhood. I mean, why can't they have a less formal gathering at the school or maybe a picnic in a nearby state park so the grads can bring their families if they like. (Just an aside, in that 20-year compilation some of those wrote in listed the ages of their children and I was shocked to see how close to 20 years old many of their kids were, these HS grads were getting knocked up at 19, 20, 21!)

I mentioned 2 fellow grads I stayed in touch with over the years. One was a partner in a NYC law firm. The other I fell out of touch with but happened to work with his fiance in the late 1980s and somehow figured out by seeing a picture of him (in a military uniform) on her desk that her fiance was my HS friend years earlier. He had even visited our office a few times but we never saw each other due the height of the cubicle partitions. I tracked him down in 2006 and wrote him a letter which kinda freaked him out a bit (in a good way). He and his wife came back to NY from Illinois to visit his inlaws that Christmas and stopped by for a visit. It was good to see him again and to know he had turned his life around for the better after it had gotten into some disarray in the early 1980s. (He was the one who told me about the 1994 suicide of the bully, as he knew him too.) We stay in touch now and then but he, like me, has no plans to attend any HS reunion.

I was stunned to see a news item on TV a few years ago the name of a man who was killed in a huge multi-vehicle car wreck and fire was that of a fellow HS grad (I would later learn). His wife was also a fellow HS grad and there was some memorial and fundraiser for her and her kids in the local state park a year later. I had not at the time put together the fact that he was a fellow HS grad and his wife was, too, because they had a common name. It was a sad discovery.
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I have thought about attending a HS reunion just out of mild curiosity or perhaps a "Revenge of the Nerds" thing LOL! [Anyone else get that urge?] The only problem I have is that this reunion thing costs about $110 a head, at least that is what the fee was to attend the 25th back in 2006. And it is not like my school was in some wealthy neighborhood. I mean, why can't they have a less formal gathering at the school or maybe a picnic in a nearby state park so the grads can bring their families if they like.......
I agree, the cost to attend is way too much to pay to hang out with a bunch of people that, most of whom, I never hung out with in HS. It was $85 per person for my 35th in 2010. I didn't go!

The class that graduated the year after us, isn't doing the traditional class reunion every 5 years anymore. They've been having a yearly class reunion picnic at a local county park instead. There is NO cost involved! They do it potluck style with each person/couple bringing a dish to pass and everyone brings there own liquid refreshments! They have it on either a Saturday or Sunday and it starts around noon and goes into the evening with a bonfire to wrap it all up. Folks can come and go as their schedule allows, and they are free to bring any guests that they care to. They play horseshoes and softball and that sort of thing for entertainment, and someone brings a boombox for music.

I've attended 2 class reunions.....the 10th and the 20th. Had a great time at the 10th! I sat with a 3 or 4 of my old cronies and we 'critiqued' the rest of our classmates.....ahhhh, nah, we made sh*t of most of 'em!!! Most of those who were @$$holes in HS, still were. And most of the folks who were just normal run of the mill folks in HS, like we were, still were.....we enjoyed renewing our acquaintance with them! I was among the first to arrive at the reunion, and I was among the last 3 to leave it about 6 hours later!!!

Then I attended my 20th reunion in '95......TOTALLY different gig!!! Only 2 of my old cronies attended, and very few of the run of the mill folks. The majority of the crowd were the jerks. Instead of a live band like at the 10th, they had a extremely lousy DJ who refused to take any requests, and only played current music...NOTHING from our HS era. The food was pathetic to say the least. My date and I stayed for about an hour and then left and went out for a GOOD dinner! My buddies said that they stayed about another half hour and bugged out also.

I keep in touch with some of my old classmates.....some on Facebook and some in person. Some of us are retired, some are still w*rking. Unfortunately some of my old friends are deceased.

Most of our class turned out fairly good, and most were successful in their life's endeavors. A few (very few) took the low road through life, and didn't fare to well for the most part. And the one guy that everyone figured wouldn't do to well after HS, was released in time for our 20th reunion from the Texas D.O.C. after serving about 18 years. He chose not to attend anyway!
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After I graduated from high school I enrolled in a University 2k miles away, and after that moved even further away. Never had any desire to keep in touch or go back.
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Never went to any reunions mostly because I knew the people I hung out with also wouldn't be caught dead at one. My high school had 2000 students. Learned about some of their successes through the media. Ted McGinley was on TV continuously from 1980 to 1997 in Happy Days (4 years), Love Boat (5 years), Dynasty (1 year) and Married with Children (9 years). Knew his sister from class but not him. Kelly McGillis is best known for playing the lead female in the movies Top Gun and Witness. I was on the track team with Terry Albriton who briefly held the world shot put record and Matt Hoggsett who set a track record at Stanford that still stands.

Kept in touch with my 5 main friends. One dude is an internationally known surfboard designer/shaper and surfer. Next guy (also on the track team) started a custom manufacturing company that draws clients from all over the country. Third was also on the track team and is an internationally acclaimed yacht designer who's boats have an impressive win record. Two died young. First one rolled a 4x4 while off-roading at age 20. Saddest part is we all knew he'd die behind the wheel but he never listened. The other was murdered in his early 30's by a lover he'd dumped.
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