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Nov, 2015

Big fun at Class of S ‘54’s “annual” reunion

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[Posted November 19, 2015] The class that plays together, stays together!

Pictured above: Twenty happy Capries: (back row) Erin (Kavanaugh) Boomer, Jim Wood, Dave Ryan, Marilyn (Webb) Howard, Bob Cohen, Chuck Lichter; (middle row) Janet (Moon) Adams, Nancy (Wheeler) Branch, Pat (Morrison) Newman, Bob Nairin, Don Roth, Pam (Colvey) Najar, Jack Howard; (front row) Michaela (Rayl) Foley, Donna (Ruedy) Hermann, Barbara Taplin, Inez (Roston) Gelfand; Mitzi Kono, Carla (Sampson) Lowe. (Photo courtesy Michaela Foley)

The Class of S ‘54 – Capries – 60-year reunion in 2014 was such a success that it’s now an annual affair. Michaela Foley sent this recap of the “60+1″ reunion weekend:

“We were all anticipating the weekend of October 16-18, 2015, for our 60+1 Class Reunion luncheon this year at the Crowne Plaza LAX as it would be our first Reunion coordinated by email … with a few phone calls to classmates who don’t use email.

“It was to start Friday night with an informal dinner at the hotel for those in town…but, it did not materialize because that was the day of the great mud slides in the Tehachapi Pass that closed the major north-south freeways and diverted all travel to Highway 101. It took some of us 15 hours to make the trip!

“But, we all were alert and eager to greet classmates in the Burgundy Room on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The registration table was full of wonderful memorabilia from the past 60 years, the tables and room decorations were lovely, and the yummy appetizers and a friendly bartender made for a perfect welcome for the 29 participants.

“Once again, classmates were happy to see large name tags with pictures, and a free drink ticket attached! The menu choices and desserts were excellent and sumptuous. Our afternoon ‘program’ started by our singing our wonderful Class Song telling of our fondness for Uni with its great memories. After that, classmates told of an experience, or circumstance that they acknowledge has had an impact on their lives. Many classes and teachers were mentioned: Miss Mazziotta in Geometry, Mrs. Goodwin in Leadership, Mr. Purnell in Latin, and Coach Pursell.

“Classmates had often stayed in touch with these teachers; one had attended Coach Pursell’s 100th birthday!

“And, we were privileged to have a ‘mystery’ guest speaker: our own Jim Wood, who was celebrating the publishing of his book, ‘What a Trip.’ He entertained us, telling stories of his life and reading delightful passages from the book. Classmates lingered until 4:30 p.m., visiting and taking pictures and talking about what we might do for our 60+2 Reunion next year!

“That evening, a group walked next door to the Sheraton Hotel for an Italian dinner at the Paparazzi Room. Our Sunday activity was a wonderful, and nostalgic, four-hour City Bus Tour of many sites in the West Los Angeles and Hollywood areas that we had known so well over 60 years ago.

“Classmates will soon receive another email letter from the Reunion Committee asking for their thoughts about this Reunion, and ideas for our next Reunion. The Crowne Plaza LAX has been tentatively booked for the same time next year!”

For more pictures of the event, please click here!

Capries, please note: if you were in the Class of Summer ’54 and were not contacted about this Reunion, please contact Carla Sampson Lowe at (916) 708-4111.

Can’t wait for 2016!


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