Countdown to the
"Fabulous 65th Birthday"
Mark your calendar and save the dates!
September 28-October 1st 2017
San Diego, CA is the location
The events and venues has been finalized!
When the event costs and details are finalized, the committee will notify you on how and where to register. Meanwhile, let the excitement begin, spread the news, and most importantly, SAVE THE DATE! You don't want to miss out on what the committee has planned and they certainly want to see all of you at the 65th Birthday Party Celebration!
Please direct all inquiries on the 65th Birthday to the Committee Chairperson, Diane (Lavoie) Espinosa @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Class of 1970 Ohana sends their heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Asbell, Esperas, and Gochenouer (Kimbrell) Ohana.
It is with great sadness to inform you that on 4-15-16, William Vernon Asbell passed away. He lived near the Seattle, Washington area. William was in the Pisces Club and on the Swim Team. Rest in Eternal Peace, brother Ram.
It is with great sadness to inform our classmates that our Heavenly Father received a beautiful Angel, Lyrita Gochenouer (Kimbrell) on 7-15-16. Rest in Eternal Peace, Dear Friend.
It is with a heavy heart to inform our classmates that we have lost a beautiful soul and heaven gained an incredible angel, as our dear friend, Ken Esperas went to be with the Lord on 7-12-16. Rest in Eternal Peace, Dear Friend.
I went to a committee meeting at Candy’s the other night. We are having committee meetings every few months now in preparation for our 45th high school class reunion this coming August.
There were six of us there, Barb, Becky, Candy, Cheryl, Kay and me (our only male committee member, Jerry, was out of town — the one who is so good at reminding us we’re getting off track). Barb, Becky and Cheryl are the relatively “new blood” that is much needed for a committee that has been meeting every five years forever.
The hotel is booked and the program and menu will be planned closer to the time. But there are always two items that we have to work on now: finding addresses and/or e-mails in order to contact classmates, and, once we’re in contact with them, convincing more of them to attend!
I am always amazed at the number of classmates who even still live in this area, but never attend the reunions.
I think there are probably three common reasons that people don’t attend:
1. They hated high school and have absolutely no interest in being
reminded of anything associated with it. (There’s not much we
can do about this one.)
2. If their friends from high school aren’t going to be there, they
don’t think they will have a good time.
3. They are afraid they won’t look as good or be as successful as
the other attendees.
It’s the last two that I wish we could somehow convince them are non-issues.
Regarding number two: Hello? It’s been forty-five years! Who the heck remembers everyone they were friends with in high school? At this point, you are getting together with people who have common memories of your teenage years. There is something so fun about sharing memories of a favorite teacher or a memorable hang-out, even with someone who you didn’t know very well then. (And, since most of us have really bad memories by now, we’ll be able to compare the same memories at our next reunion in five years, and neither one of us will remember, so it will be like a new conversation!
And, number three. At 63 years old — we are all waaaayyyy past caring about that “looks” and “career” stuff. Yes, there are some who are more “well-preserved” than others, but there are many more of us who just look like what we are … people in their sixties! And, you know, at this age, everyone is friendly and glad to see everyone else, and there’s hardly any talk about “careers” because most of us don’t have one any more! So, if you smile and look like you’d like to have a conversation, someone will feel “invited” by that smile, and strike up a conversation with you. I’d bet on it.
So, now dear readers, here’s my request of you. Becky, one of the “rookies” who has really taken to this reunion stuff, suggested that in our initial mailing, we have a fun list of “Top Five Reasons You Should Attend the Reunion.” I think that’s a great idea and I know there must be some terribly clever things we could put on that list, I just can’t think of them.
So, how about helping me look “brilliant” to my fellow committee members for our next meeting, by giving me any ideas you have for reasons we could put on that list?
I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas you might have.
Here are some reasons we could put on that list!
10. To remember when Madonna was still a virgin.
9. To see what color hair the girls have now and how many guys
still have their hair.
8. To remember when MTV actually played music.
7. To find out "Where's the Beef"?
6. No swimsuit competition.
5. To remember when Prince was Prince.
4. If we don't get enough reservations, we'll have to have the
reunion at Denny's.
3. To remember special moments at our favorite H/S hangout.
2. To remember the days when people didn't pay to get a tan.
And the #1 Reason to Attend the Reunion Weekend
1. Like, Oh My Gahd! The Reunion won't be the same without
you! Fur Sure Dude!
And more reasons to attend your class reunion....
1. Because you still can! (Life is short...each day and milestone
should be celebrated).
2. Because you're never too cool for your high school friends (and
you'll be missed if you don't show up).
3. Ummm...who else is gonna fill in the blanks in your failing
4. Because we really want to see you!! Who knows when there
might be another reunion.
5. And finally, studies have shown that those who were initially
hesitant about attending their reunions, discover it was the
event that they wouldn't have missed!!!
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open area between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else--the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spent all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical for your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend." ....Author unknown
1970 Alumni Class Profile
There are 104 Alumni that have registered and added their profile as of August 2016.
There are many classmates who are not into the 'social media' stuff as well as classmates who are unable to attend class reunions or other class get-togethers, so it is this website that they stop by to visit and to catch up. It would not only be wonderful, but ever so meaningful and heartfelt if more of you would register and add your profile to the '1970 Alumni Profile' page.
The quest to locate as many classmates, if not all, continues!
Although the Commencement Program lists 483 graduating seniors, many students left before graduation due to their parents' military reassignment, or because their families relocated out of district.
If you are in contact with a classmate that is listed as missing on the 'Missing Alumni' page, or any classmate who attended Radford that would have graduated in 1970, please click on the "Tell A Friend" tool below to send them a message and to let them know that we are here.
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