Friday, June 08, 2012

Mementos from the Past!

I've mentioned this, I'm sure, a few times before that this year marks 50 years since I graduated from high school, haven't I? And, I've said too that several of the other members of my class and I are in the midst of trying to plan our 50th Class Reunion now too.

First off, let me begin by saying I am one of the biggest fans ever of class reunions and as such, I have been at every reunion thus far that our class has had -and loved every one of 'em too!

Five years ago, at our 45th reunion, I bugged everyone I could get in touch with for any old photos they could cough up of kids from our class and I put together a photo board with the senior pictures of every classmate (from the yearbook) in the center and then, fanned out and around that with all these many old photos so many people brought or sent to me to scan and use. Not to pat myself on the back as I mention this but I will have to say that it definitely went over quite well at that reunion as everyone was interested in looking at those old photos.

This year now, we have to come up with another way to bring back some old memories of our school days but what to do since we've already had that big picture board on display. I think I still have it -stashed away behind the organ maybe here in the living room, against the wall. So I suppose for those who weren't here at the last reunion, I could drag it out and set that up again, couldn't I?

But we still want something different from that too so we're trying to get our classmates to dig around at home and see how many "relics" they can find from 50 years ago to bring and put on a little display table I hope to be able to set up.

One thing that I'm pretty sure one of my friends is going to bring is a special hat that many of us got to wear for our senior class trip. It was a nice shade of red, with the person's name embroidered on it in gold lettering and had the school's name across the top too so when we went to Washington, D.C. for our class trip, there were a whole lot of teenagers running around D.C. for 2-3 days wearing these Fedoras Hats in those colors that identified us!

I had one of them back then -one of the few concessions besides getting a class ring -that my Mom allowed me to spend what little money she had available on in those days but be darned if I know what happened to mine. Like my class ring, it somehow disappeared over the years.

Another thing I'm hoping to do too is to put together a little question sheet and give my classmates a little quiz to see how much they actually remember that happened to us, to our class, to our school those many years ago too. Now I just need to get a few local classmates together some day for a little lunch meeting and discuss these things with them because I sure don't remember EVERYTHING that happened way back then!

Wish me luck in that venture and if you know anything that might be a universal type thing for high school seniors from back in the days of yore, please feel free to give me a reminder or two or ten or more!

I'm gonna need all the help I can get!


CiCi said...

I like the excitement in your post. You obviously are looking forward to the reunion. Your quiz sounds like fun. I hope you have a huge turnout. I graduated in 1963 so I suppose our 50th reunion is next year. It is all the way in California and I was only at the high school the last semester of senior year and then graduated so I didn't know many people. I like hearing about your old school friends.

Maggie May said...

I do admire your excitement and your love of these reunions.
I am the complete opposite I'm sad to say. Never inspired to attend any of the ones I heard about.
I hope you have a lovely time & that it all goes well.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

terri said...

It sounds like your reunions are SO fun and I'm sure this coming one will not disappoint!

Your classmates are sure to appreciate if you bring the photo collage again. And as far as mementos, I'm sure there are an abundance of pennants, pins, letterman jackets, etc. that can be donated. Our formal dances always had programs too. And what about theater programs? I'm sure if you put the word out, people will dig up this stuff.

Suldog said...

I think I'd really like to see the photos of what my old classmates look like now just as long as nobody got to see mine :-)