Patterico's Pontifications

10/29/2006

High School Reunion

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:38 pm



So I went to my 20th high school reunion last night. It was fun to see the folks. Earlier in the day we got to meet some of their children.

I went to school with a lot of these people since first grade.

There’s one guy I hadn’t seen in 20 years, but I still remember his birthday, because we were best friends in third grade.

Another friend’s father recently passed away well before his time. I remember spending the night at this friend’s house in second grade, the day after a famous coin trade in which my friend traded three shiny 1943 steel war pennies (worth about a dollar) to another friend of ours for a Morgan silver dollar worth about ten dollars. His mom was saying that they should force him to reverse the trade; the dad was saying no way — the trade was fair and square.

One guy had Googled most of us (there were only 59 people in my graduating class) and had found this blog. He said it was “out of control.” I didn’t get a chance to ask what he meant.

Now we’re off to meet the daughter of my best friend. His first name is the same as mine, and his daughter’s name is the same as my daughter’s.

I got to see my nephew drumming in a band yesterday for the first time. He’s good. So is his band.

We’ve been having good times. If you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting much, that’s why.

10 Responses to “High School Reunion”

  1. Life happens.Congratulations on having some good times.

    lincoln (ce1547)

  2. The last time I went to my High School reunion was in 1999. I went to The High School of Music and Art in New York City (aka. Communist Martyrs High.) Class of 1964. Red-Diaper babies to the right of me Red-Diapers babies to the left of me.
    Morningside Heights right near CCNY. Good Times.

    Now Commie Martyrs is The LaGuardia School for the Permorming Arts and Muisc and Art, and it’s behind Lincoln Center.

    great time at the reunion. Everyone remembered things just the way I did – which was a surprise to me.

    The New York I knew is GONE. And this was before 9/11.

    David Ehrenstein (e7cb3d)

  3. Which high school? I’m guessing either Southwest or Western Hills ….

    [Trinity Valley. We couldn’t afford it but they had good financial aid. We did live near Southwest. — P]

    diffus (4e074b)

  4. Pat–
    Check out the hilarious unretouched photo of Bush and Rove at the LAT:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-rove29oct29,0,440699.story?coll=la-home-headlines

    Dan Collins (208fbe)

  5. I don’t know why it was hilarious but no doubt we see many things differently.

    I attended my high school 50th reunion last spring. I also went to the 40th and learned that it had become an all-black boys prep school. When I attended it was a Catholic high school and that was a time when Catholic schools were supported by the parishes and the tuition was modest, nothing like present day private schools.

    That area of Chicago has become all black and is economically depressed. The school has stayed open through the contributions of alumni. A classmate of mine who is a successful car dealer in Chicago gave $700,000 for a new roof about 10 years ago. Another alum gave $500,000 last Christmas. Needless to say my own contributions are a fraction of that. One interesting thing I saw at the reunion was a number of tables of black alumni at the dinner. Hopefully, they will carry on as the guys from my generation die off.

    The school sends 96% of its graduates to college, far above the number when it was an Irish Catholic boys school. The tuition is still not high but is a big bite for the mostly blue-collar parents. Still the delinquency rate is below 5%. The school has about 300 kids, about 1/4 of the number when I attended. With inner city Catholic schools closing every day, it’s nice to see one survive.

    Mike K (416363)

  6. the past must be rigorously quarantined away from the present in order to protect the future. i don’t go to reunions.

    assistant devil's advocate (ba0c1e)

  7. assistant devil’s advocate, I don’t blame you for not going back to your reunions at Palisades High.

    My uncle is certain you were the pimply-faced, wise-cracking kid in high school gym class whom he and his jock buddies used to hold upside down and dunk head first in the lockerroom toilet.

    When you admit to wanting to quarantine your high school days, I can see why—after all, thinking of your PAST only reminds you of your present AND future—when chicks still don’t dig you.

    Ha, ha, ha.

    Desert Rat (ee9fe2)

  8. Party planners handle the reunions now, and things get disorganized. I received constant reminders and invites to attend the reunion this month for Beverly Hills High. I almost reserved a space but real life got in the way. I thought I would stop by the Queen Mary, feast on rubber chicken, talk with a few local ‘kids’ and write it all up as an outsider. Like Wedding Crashers, only Reunion Crasher.

    The only real story I remember from HS had something to do with Morningside High getting into a color issue many years before with one of the school teams. This story recently made the rounds in the media because of George Allen. I was well, shocked… I didn’t know the football coach had kids!

    Vermont Neighbor (456914)

  9. Reunions are fun especialy when you get to see persons you hav,nt seen in years

    krazy kagu (52a738)


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