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  • Reunion Chairperson's Message
    What a wonderful reunion weekend!

     
    Dear Classmates:

    Did we really just celebrate 50 years of friendship and fun!!!? It was over a year and a half ago when the Committee started planning for that wonderful weekend in October and I must tell you that the Committee meetings are just as much fun as the Reunion - except with fewer people. Susan Custer, Jim McCall, Rich Noroian, John Aselta, Bill Hardy, Sue Wignall Hardy, Alice Jacobs Twombly and Pete Knudsen (via e-mail) met frequently at my home to plan each and every moment of the Reunion. In between times we e-mailed each other, spoke on the phone, ran different errands and generally thought about the Reunion every single day. I sometimes had difficulty getting them to concentrate on the Reunion itself as plenty of old stories were told, memories were discussed, beer was consumed, and in general a great feeling of "long time friendship" permeated the meetings.

    If you attended (and 120+ classmates and spouses/others did), you will remember all of the memorable moments. If you didn't attend I will give you a sample of what you missed. And, WE MISSED YOU! Friday evening started with a Reunion Supper at the River Edge Diner where one of our classmates "treated" everyone to dinner. After a good meal many went on down to Cedar Lane where they had ice cream desserts as Bischoffs. On Saturday morning a very capable and knowledgeable Alice Jacobs Twombly (assisted by Sue Hardy) gave a tour of the High School to 50+ classmates.

    On Saturday evening everyone found their way once again to the Clinton Inn where the Banquet was to be held. Pete Knudsen handed out enormous name tags for everyone (the better to read) while my husband Allen and I checked everyone in and handed out the beautiful brochure that Bill Hardy (with the help of Susan Custer and Rich Noroian) had prepared. Most people started by finding the Bar and then proceeded to view the huge and interesting Memory Boards that John Aselta had designed and set up. While eating hors'deurves everyone could be heard chatting away with friends they had not seen in a while. Every time someone "new" arrived it was like "old home week". Lots of hugs and kisses.

    Before we had our dinner I had the pleasure of welcoming everyone and then Jim McCall led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. We then had a "Welcome to the Cervino's" by Bill Pashe followed by the reading of the deceased by Father Frank and a prayer before our meal. Coach Cervino had a few words for us and it was such a pleasure to see him looking so well.

    Our meal was enjoyed and the DJ played all those favorite 50's hits that we danced to so long ago. At about 10:00 PM both Bill Hardy and I took the Podium and recalled some memories we had prepared. During all of the evening Pete Knudsen (Photographer Extraordinaire) was getting pictures of us. (You can view them on the Web site and they are such fun.) Alice Jacobs Twombly acknowledged David Rosenbloom's recent fabulous donation to THS and asked if anyone would like to donate to our 50th Reunion Scholarship Fund they could give me (made payable to Class of 1958) a check now or later. For your information the "fund" is still in our account and will not be distributed until late winter, early spring. So, if you would like to participate - please do so. We currently have about $4,000.00 and this will be given in one or more scholarships for only one year.

    The Banquet ended some time after Midnight and everyone wound their way to their respective hotels, motels, or friendís houses. At 10:00 AM Sunday morning about 50 classmates, etc. arrived at my home in Ho-Ho-Kus for Brunch. The catered food was yummy, the Bloody Marys were tasty and the conversation was non-stop. It was a beautiful, warm day so people were inside, outside and all around. The Brunch is always a hi-light because by then we all know each other again and we really get to chat. I don't remember looking at the clock to determine when the last person left but it was late afternoon. Many thanks to Bobbi Winn, her partner Paul, and the other Committee people who helped with dishes, drinks, and such.

    All in all it was wonderful and even though the Committee will quote me as having said "I will never chair another Reunion" I have to admit that I would do it again. I must have been tired when I said that because I surely had fun hearing from all of you and reconnecting after so many years. And, after doing this one (my third) I guess I have the jist of what to do - especially with such a great Committee.

    To those of you who couldn't come but sent donations - thanks so much, To those of you who couldn't come but sent e-mails - thanks so much. To those of you who were here - it was so wonderful to see you and hear about your life and your families. There is a real unique friendship that we share and everyone couldn't say enough about how grateful they felt to have had the "Teaneck High" experience.

    The Committee has been invited to Ho-Ho-Kus in January to share a meal together and you can be sure we will be talking about "the next one". If you have any thoughts on this we would love to hear from you. We do need a little time to calm down after planning the 50th but I don't think anyone wants to wait another 5 years to get together again. Yikes, we aren't getting any younger - that's for sure. Stay well, keep in touch, and thanks for being you. What a great group of people!

    Fondly, Barbara BOGERT Wahlberg



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