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Date Posted: 16:31:43 02/14/09 Sat
Author: John Elberfeld
Subject: Future Reunion Ideas

This website has created energy and established contacts I thought were lost forever. I think it would be great if some of this energy could be focussed on coordinating a 50th reunion. I'm not sure how you are doing, but my 401K has deteriorated to a 101K, my hearing isn't as good as it was, and I wear trifocals when I can remember where I left them. An ideal reunion for me would be a place I can afford, with light so I can see my classmates' faces, quiet enough so I can hear what they say, and everybody with name tags to help me remember who they are. Everyone who has any connection, real or imaginary, to the class of WHS 1963 would be welcome. I have really enjoyed our past reunions, and am willing to help as much as someone living outside of Albany, NY can. At this point in my life, I have nothing to show off, and nobody I care to impress - I'd just like to meet some old friends again. Pizza and coke in the Fisher Street (Old WHS) cafeteria would be fine with me. What do you think?
John "Tiny" Elberfeld JElberfeld@AOL.COM

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[> Re: Future Reunion Ideas -- Bob Poskitt, 19:36:02 02/14/09 Sat [1]

Here are my thoughts, John, re a Reunion.

I personally do not like the word 'reunion' especially when there is a number like 50 associated with it. That's what my parents and grandparents used to wait for and talk about. They would wait for X years for their 50th and then what.....wait for another 10? Fewer people showed up at every event. My mom wasn't there herself.

We are not Boomers, but we are on the cusp of being Boomers. As a result, we should and can think differently about a lot of things. This year, 2009, should be THE year that we find as many of our classmates as possible. The first 40 are easy compared to the last 37. It will take the rest of this year and maybe a little longer. How about holding a Class Party in the summer of 2010 in Westboro for everyone who has been found and wants to attend? Leigh has already offered her farm for the location. Perhaps we could meet on a Saturday afternoon that continues into the evening. An outside barbeque, low key, lots of one-on-one discussions, adult beveridges, lots of story telling, all very casual and inclusive. We could plan to stay overnight in the area and then take a tour of our schools which could be opened for us on that Sunday morning. Think of all the additional stories to be told once we get back in those buildings..........a great way to end a memorable Class Party that will never have a number associated with it.

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[> [> Perfect Solution to Reunion Question -- John Elberfeld, 09:27:55 02/15/09 Sun [1]

Leigh's place sounds great. Seeing it in print on an open forum, inviting all who are interested in attending, makes it an ideal response to the reunion question. You have my full support and I will do my best to be there. I hope we all reach out to all our classmates, and encourage everyone to attend. A perfect solution, IMHO!

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[> [> Re: Future Reunion Ideas -- Mike L, 10:35:01 02/15/09 Sun [1]

The summer get together sounds very good. I would like to attend. I'll be the guy riding a 2008 Victory Vision Weather permitting). I finally acheived my many years dream of riding motorcycles, and have jumped in all the way. In 2008, I joined the Melha Riders, a sub groiup of the Shriners. I also joined the Longriders, a motorcycle club, complete with tattoos and vests, never thought i'd get to do it.

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[> Re: Future Reunion Ideas -- Ruth K, 20:38:31 02/14/09 Sat [1]

Hey John, You must have lost your goggles for a week or so while some of us were discussing this reunion thing. Go dig those emails out of your trash folder -- and the potatoes out of your ears! :) I think a relaxed lazy hazy summer day no-number gathering in 2010 at Leigh's farm sounds just perfect! I really enjoyed your post!!!

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