[Posted August 11, 2014] The experts will tell you that 40-year class reunions are often small, with some folks retired, others who have passed and without the pull of the 50-year celebration to come.
Pictured above: Classmates Steve Kirsch, Jaye-Jo (Portanova) Cooperman, Danny McQuoid, Tim Riddle and Ellen (Kierstein) Bass at the Class of ‘74 reunion on March 29 (Photo courtesy Danny McQuoid).
But the Uni class of 1974 continued its tradition of cohesion with an overflow crowd of 182 classmates, spouses and friends at its 40-year reunion held March 29 at Mountaingate Country Club in Los Angeles. Although many in the class have stayed local, ‘74 cross country captain Danny McQuoid earned the prize for coming the furthest, all the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil for the event. Beyond the normal chatter, dinner and dancing, attendees were entertained by a stand-up comedy performance by Larry Jacobson, a long-time writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno.” In addition, some members of the class offered prizes in a raffle which raised funds for the Uni Theatre Arts Department:
- Tina Ito Rosenberg, offered shooting lessons at her Southern California range;
- A Xeomin treatment (a Botox-like neuro-relaxer) from Dr. David M. Duffy, father of Class of 1974 grads Lisa Duffy Atkin and David Duffy;
- Lisa Stalvy of Malibu Catering, a highly-decorated chef, offered an in-home catered dinner;
- Peggy Rosenbloom Curry, founder of Kitchen Blessings, offered a kitchen remodel to help incorporate healthy eating in busy lives;
- And a two-room weekend stay at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, courtesy of Bill Doak.
Widely-known alums of the class of 1974 who attended the evening included, among others, choreographer Danny Ezralow, who was one of the architects of the performance sequences of the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Russia; Steve Kirsch, inventor of the optical computer mouse, FrameMaker publishing software and founder of the Infoseek search engine, and Jim Moret, long-time television anchor and legal analyst for CNN, Entertainment Tonight and other shows.