The videos were taken from three vantage points in the room to show all attendees. Unfortunately, the last two weeks before the Big Bang Reunion, six classmates from Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Arizona and Illinois had to cancel their reservations to join us. Nine classmates flew in from California, Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, Florida, Wisconsin, and Virginia to be at THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC SCHOOL 2012 BIG BANG. Many of you probably remember the Reunion we had in 1973 at The Pickle Barrel Restaurant, Howard and Western, Chicago, where Mr. Kolesnik and Mrs. Cowan joined us and Peter Mueller and Jim Miresse ran the AV as they did in grammar school.
Using the table with all the guys as Table 2, Table 1 is to the left and Table 3 is to the right (all of these tables are on one side of the private party room; next to the glass windows with many of the pictures/posters from our class and 1957).
TABLE 1: the only guy is Nelson Cleary (Class of '54) and continuing clockwise, Carol Bendel, Diane Kremen (Anna's sister who also attended Cleveland) , Anna Marie Balduf, Sue Taylor, Eileen Nechtman's back, and the empty chair belonged to Lloyd Sonenthal who is taking the video
TABLE 2: the only girl is Guenia Lissner, then Larry Lissner, Fred Harper, Tom Rakowski, John Traff, John Pinkerman, Alan Kushner and Robert Garro.
TABLE 3: in the corner starting at the window, Joan Hoke, Judy Appleton, Marti Council, Sheila Trace, and Sandy Eisenberg
Across from Table 3 is Table 4
TABLE 4: the guy at the table is Fred Weiner, then to his left, Carol Whisler, Rennie Jaeger, Carol Smith, Bobbie Weiner
Table 5: the guy is Maurice (Maish) Gustin, to his left Rhonda Deutsch, Myrna Evans, Inez Gelfand, Heloise Corman, Rita Lubeck, and Fern Spagat
Peter and Rose Mueller (Ca.) were unable to attend, but they ordered vintage champagne to be served throughout the afternoon. Nice touch!
Keith Anderson and the Niles East High School 50th Reunion Committee are discussing putting together a 70th Birthday Bash for the summer of 2013. I will keep you posted once we have more information. If we go forward with the plans, the day/evening will be casual, much less expensive than the 50th Reunion, and probably held in one of the neighboring Chicago suburbs that is close to downtown transportation (possibly in or near Skokie) so out of town guests can spend some time in the city as well. On a personal note, I am hoping many of you will join us, with or without spouses.
Healthy and Happy New Year to all.