Dateline: Tuesday October 29, 2013. 07:44h. The ReUnion is a full two weekends past now, approaching three. Enough time perhaps for (some) of the magic of that night to fade; I emphasize “some”…definitely not all. In retrospect, I’m convinced that these gatherings are well worth the effort, the time and the expense to attend. This particular ReUnion, our 35th, saw many, many people hesitate before deciding to come. Really hesitate: most people paid for their tickets in the last few weeks leading up to the event. Several decided to come at the very last minute, literally emailing and calling about it the day of. Others just arrived at the door that night, unsure about the whole thing until they walked in. (A few even tried, and failed, to book a flight to NY that morning.) The reasons for hesitating were universal; it is always the same, for all of us: “Who do I really want to see there, anyway”… “Who there really wants to see me, anyway”… “There’s just too much going on right now”… “That’s a lot of money to spend, period”…. “It’s all too far in the past; high school was over a long, long time ago”… “I gotta work, strike now while the iron is hot”… “Too many people gonna be there; I don’t like crowds”… “I’ve got something else going on that weekend. Sorry, can’t come.” I can honestly tell you that most, if not all of the above, (and more) applied to me. And then the night comes, almost suddenly. It is something unique. It doesn’t happen at college, or business, or other reunions the way it does at a high school reunion. For one thing, it isn’t really a high school reunion. It is misnamed. It is a grade school, middle school, Cub Scout/Brownie/CCD/Hebrew School, little league and old stomping grounds-neighborhood reunion, too. And so much happens to one during those so-called “formative” years, so much concentrated glee and joy, change and pain, fun and turmoil, hope and despair, that it isn’t even a legitimate comparison to other types of ‘reunions’. And I must tell you, to see these people after so long a time…all different, yet all the same. Changed, yet unchanged. Wearing the same fears and apprehensions on their face as must have been evident on mine. They have exactly the same look as they did in 5th grade. And they exhibit exactly the same wear and tear as me, right now. Nothing has really changed. (Nothing significant really ever does change). And when you lay your eyes on them, and they lay their eyes on you, all of those fears melt away, simultaneously. It is memory stirred. It is all that is in your past, back again right in front of you, right here, right now. It’s really kind of miraculous. My good Friend, Patti Engel, wrote something to me about the ReUnion that I think sums the whole thing up very nicely. (Patti has been through the wringer lately, to put it mildly; she had some serious misgivings about attending this ReUnion). Here’s what she wrote: “J, It was a helluva party. I truly was a bit apprehensive about coming and got hit by an overwhelming feeling of loss the week leading up to the reunion. Suddenly cognizant of all the changes that had occurred in the last five years and in the previous five weeks, I was knocked to my knees. I spend so much of my energy pretending to be strong and every once in a while the masque slips and my vulnerable heart is exposed. The love that I felt last weekend both surprised and chastened me. The hugs alone have replenished my Soul. What astounds me still is the wonderful Friends I have made among our classmates since we graduated. Each reunion I meet new friends and discover new connections and gather strength from new memories. High school was only four years long, but those memories, and the memories from the reunions, are forever. With Love, Patti.”
There it is.
Believe it or not, we have started planning our 40th ReUnion. It is going to occur on Columbus Day weekend, 2018. Here’s the Hope: lots of people who came to this (35th) ReUnion came for the first time; it was their very first reunion. It was a slightly different and unique crowd, and that is part of what made this gathering so, so special. We hope, and intend, for the same people to come to the 40th, together with those who missed this one. And it will be the biggest ReUnion, and the best Class of ’78 gathering...ever. Please mark your calendars now.
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
Dateline: Wednesday October 16, 2013.
Pictures from The ReUnion are starting to come in. I'm gonna put them up as I receive them, using my best discretion (such as it is).
Just a short note: if there is a photo you are not happy with, if you don't like the way it looks, or would prefer it to go away, make believe it never happened, whatever, just let me know.
Tony Robinson, Roselyn Garrett, and Jimmy Fleitz. The ReUnion.
Donald Miozzi and Donna Murray. The ReUnion.
Donald Miozzi. 3rd Grade.
Timmy Hogan, Roselyn Garrett, Richie and Kitty Mellone. The ReUnion.
Timmy H. and Ralph Fasano
Patti Engel and John Ryan. The ReUnion.
Craig Langer and Tommy "Zee-Zay" Simmonds. The ReUnion.
Jeff Pease, Barry Prine, Mark Sakalian, Richie Hatcher. The ReUnion.
Carl Minieri. The ReUnion.
Carl Minieri (and John Hintze): 1st Grade
Kenny DaRos and Michele Bell. The ReUnion.
Kenny DaRos. If you don't love this man I will fight you. Right now. Let's go.
Delia Tamagna, Joe Quinn, Betsy Pines, John Ryan and Karen Theiss. The ReUnion.
Cheryl Hamilton and Lori Starkman. The ReUnion.
Cheryl and Steve Hamilton
Lori. 3rd Grade:)
Betsy Pines and Kelly Godridge. The ReUnion.
Barbara Hill. The ReUnion.
Carrie McElroy, Michele Bell, Valene Otice, Laura Murphy. The ReUnion.
Valene and Carrie
Rob Dignelli and his beautiful wife.
Craig Langer, Karen Russo, John Ryan. The ReUnion.
Richie and Eva Hatcher. The ReUnion.
Corrine Bell and Gayle Schaible. The ReUnion.
Ann Andrews and Roselyn Garrett. The ReUnion.
Debra Weide and Donald "Hambone" Hamilton. The ReUnion.
Donald "Hambone" Hamilton
Beth Umland, Eileen Molloy, Liz Mitchell. The ReUnion.
John "Farley" King, Teresa Capone, Laurie Franz. The ReUnion.
Dateline: Sunday October 20, 2013. 13:32h OK. As many of you know, James Statom was taking pictures all night long on Saturday October 12 at the ReUnion. He sent me an email (below) last night. I just this moment had the time to follow it through. Check it: Follow his links directly below, open up James' picture show, and, well, to quote the old song: "Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends..." Unbelievable. Have fun!! (And give James a shout out. A Thank You. He damn well deserves it.)
From: James Statom [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:38 PM To: Soos Subject: Walter Panas Picture Show
Now I know that's a very long link but it is relatively descriptive. However, for those that do not want to type such a long link I have created a short link that goes to the same post. http://www.blogwithjames.com/wphssps
Inside my post there is text that tells you to click on this link to download the zip file. If you want, you can use both locations; the Walter Panas website and my blog or just my website for downloads. I hope that you enjoy the show and it was great seeing you and all of my high school friends. By the way, the show is kind of long so you might want to put some time aside review it.
In my blog post I added a little note saying that if anyone enjoyed the show and wants to support it. They can do that by signing up to save money on there utility bill. That's a part-time business I do and it would help both them and me. James
James Statom. The ReUnion.
Roselyn Garrett, Delia Tamagna, Robbyn Lang, Michelle Bell, Cheryl Hamilton, Marianne Zeoli and her hubby. Ratio: Six ladies, One man. Sounds about right for high school... reunion. Then again, he's got it pretty good...
Barry Prine, Steve Hamilton, Ralph Fasano, Rob Dignelli. The ReUnion.
Michelle Bell and Cheryl Hamilton. The ReUnion.
The Lake Allandale Crew: Carl Minieri, Don "Hambone" Hamilton, Sharon Payne, Donna Murray, Doug Percesepe, Cheryl Wright, Joe Quinn, Lori Starkman, John Hintze. Impressive. The ReUnion.
Patti Engel and Sue Harker. The ReUnion.
Laura Murphy and Valene Otice. Back to school.
Croton Dam. Our old Stomping Ground...as it looked on Saturday October 12, 2013. Which is to say, the same as it ever was:)
John "Farley" King, Ann Andrews, Tommy "Ze-Zay" Simmonds, Sue Olsen, Kelly Godridge, Kim Boyd. Saturday October 12, 2013
Tommy "Zee-Zay" Simmonds. Croton Dam, Saturday October 12, 2013. Somebody find me a photo of Zee back in the day, hair to his shoulders, trobe, at this locale, and I will pay good money for it.
Sue Olsen and Kim Boyd, Croton Dam, Saturday October 12, 2013.
Laurie Franz and Barbara Hill. The ReUnion.
James Statom, Kerry DaRos, Kelly Godridge, Billy Foley, Kenny DaRos, John Gaccione, Roselyn Garrett. The ReUnion.
Patti Lee, Mary Ann Pfeiffer, Teresa Capone. The ReUnion.
Lori Starkman and Sharon Payne. The ReUnion
Teresa Capone and Laurie Franz. The ReUnion.
Zee, Perse, Crash, Farley. The ReUnion. (aka Tommy Simmonds, Doug Percesepe, Ralph Fasano, John King)
Corinne Bell, Gail Schaible, Suzanne Casey, Toni Gilman. The ReUnion.
Valene Otice and Laura Murphy. Still climbing the walls at Panas. Sunday October 13, 2013.
Dateline: 07:42h Tuesday October 15, 2013
It is two days after our 35th ReUnion. Thank you for your feedback, your kind notes, your many emails. It would appear this ReUnion was an unqualified success
We'll do this together: I'll build the website; you give me the bricks
35th ReUnion Attendees
John F. III
"In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators of the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port which by some is called Greenburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town."
Washington Irving, Opening lines, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Spanky, Darla and Alfalfa: Dream Sequence, "Club Spanky" episode, 1937
He who will not when he may, may not when he will.
Sharon is coming:))))
Crash is coming!
Mark is coming:)))
Julie is coming:))
Roselyn is coming!!!!
Marianne is coming:)))
Robbyn is coming!!
They are all coming!
James is coming....Oh Yeah!!!
Delia is coming!
These guys are coming:)))
Toni is coming!
Gayle is coming:)
Valene is coming:)))
Michele is coming:):)
Dawn is coming:)
John is coming:):)
GAC is coming:)
Patti is coming!
Jeff is coming!!
Miriam, Linda and Karen are coming (hopefully in that car)
Michele is coming!
Kelly is coming:)
Rich is coming:)
Suzanne is coming!
John is coming:)
Patty is coming:)
Patti is coming!
These three are coming.
Mark is coming!
John White is coming:)
Corrinne is coming!
Eileen is coming:)
Lips is in:)
Ze-Zay is in:)
Ann is coming!
Hagar is coming, Y'all!!
Barbara is coming:):):)
Steve Hamilton is coming, Y'all!!!!
Liz is Coming!!:):)
Beth and Linda are coming. Probably pick up right where they left off:)
Michelle is coming:)
They are both coming:)
She's coming (all the way from TX)
She rearranged her vacation to come:)
They're all coming:):):)
She's coming in for the 35th ReUnion all the way from England:)
These two are coming!
She's coming (all the way from NC)
They're all coming.
She's coming (all the way from WA)
He's coming:) And so are a LOT of other people...too many for this page! Check out the Walter Panas '78 FaceBook page for some others (but by no means all...)
Hey NILES: Fill out the form below, mail it to Andy and COME to the 35th!!!!
Andy "Dre" Ward
Jeff: You CAN get there from here!
Money is a good servant, but a poor master.
Ralph "Crash" Fasano
Time wasted, is existence; used, is life.
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