|AHS circa 2015 - but it looks pretty much the same as it did in 1965|
Although we’re on the road away from Wisconsin for the better part of the year, staying connected via the Internet has been critical. It allows us to stay in touch with family and friends (perhaps too much so considering the amount of time we spend on Facebook at times). But the technology has also allowed Tom to continue to be the token male on his reunion committee, just like he can still manage the Wisconsin Birding Network listserv from afar. Tom maintains and updates the class web page as well as the class Facebook Page. Imagine in 1960’s having all this technology! On second thought, maybe we were better off without it back then!
|Carol had no problem assimilating into conversations|
The 50th venue turned out to be a bit different. Committee efforts remained high and the goal was to make the night as simple as possible for everyone plus keep costs a minimum. Rather than having a sit down dinner, we opted for an assortment of hors d'oeuvres. Instead of a DJ, we supplied our own CD mixes played over the venue’s sound system. And instead of any pre-reunion activities, people were pretty much left to mix and match whenever they arrived in town. Classmates just wanted a comfortable place to talk and get caught up on what’s been happening. We may have been a large class (nearly 500) but many have stayed close over the years. And those who haven’t felt like it was only yesterday when they strolled out wearing a cap and gown.
|gathering before the tour|
|stairway to heaven or highway to hell?|
|getting an overview of what we'll see - note the orange and blue school colors|
|imagine the balloons|
Somehow the lockers looked both familiar yet different. Smaller perhaps? The central stairwells were the same but now there was an elevator. Memories of one of the principals who was very short of stature and who prowled the halls with his megaphone shouting at students brought some laughter. The teacher’s lounge looked the same but smelled much differently - no smoking in the building is now the rule. The auditorium had gotten a facelift (new seats and stage flooring). Memories of theater classes, hours in homeroom plus chuckles about a long ago senior prank. A handful of students had broken into the school and filled the auditorium ceiling with helium filled balloons in time for the next morning school-wide senior class awards assembly. Those us us who were in on the prank chuckled the loudest. We recalled how the helium balloons slowly drifted to the floor while student’s shot them with paperclips and spit wads. The principal was not pleased. And no, he never found out who was involved.
|after 50 years, Deanna finally realizes her dream of being homecoming queen|
In addition to the wedding, reunion and South Africa, we squeezed in a whole lot of family and friends. Up next, our crazy calendar pace.
|back then, enemy territory - the teachers' lounge|
|classroom - blackboard to whiteboard to smartboard|
|the original Terrors logo|
|older brother of a classmate - ran into Joe twice while in Vietnam ('68)|
|one of our better known alums|
|we don't need no stinkin' elevator|
|Wally and The General - looks stock but it ain't!|
|Chip Reston a classmate who has also taken to the road|
|circa 1965 - lost the hair but gained much better taste in beer|