Sunday, August 10, 2008

30 years.

Well, the 30 year reunion wasn't as much fun as I remember the 20 year one being, but it was still nice. The first evening we met out in front of the school. If you've ever seen any of the High School Musical movies, then you've seen the courtyard in front of my school, that's where the movies were filmed. The building's not the same, they tore it down and rebuild it over a decade ago, but like in the movie, it really is named East High School. Of course we weren't the Wildcats, we were the Leopards, but they even kept our school colors, red & white. Anyway, moving on before I get too narcissistic about the movies, as I walk down the stairs from the parking lot to cross the street one of my classmates is already standing at the corner, waiting for the light to change. I walk up to him and he sticks out his hand, introduces himself and comments on how he decided he was just going to introduce himself to everyone, since after 30 years most of us wouldn't recognize each other. Good thinking, and adopting his philosophy made things easier as I mingled. As I walked up to the crowd, I recognized Tracy immediately, she was with another classmate, and unfortunatley I've forgotten her name. Looking at the pictures I took in back then, we noticed she wasn't in any, and figured out why. It seems that she and Tracy and Gail (who was also there) had a falling out in our senior year, and she was persona non grata in ouor group. Which also explains why I didn't know her as well as the others. The only other person that made it from our group was Annette, who I also recognized immediately. I had really hoped my best friend, Ed, would make it, he had said that he planned on it, but he wasn't there. 10 years ago there were about 12 people from our little group, this year only 4 made it. Which is why it wasn't as much fun as the last one, but the 4 of us still had a great time. The first night we just sat around and chatted, mingled a little bit. The second night was a more formal affair at the Marriott Hotel. I mingled a lot more, talked to some of the parents of students I had when I taught at Churchill Jr. High, and some of the other people I knew a little more peripherally (if that's a word?). I also ran into an ex-student who was working for the portrait studio that was taking pictures for the event. We had dinner, then they had a raffle where the number right before mine, and right after mine was called, but mine wasn't. But that's ok, because the one person in our group that lives in another state won a gift certificate to Emigration Market, a locally owned, independent grocery store, which she gave to me since she wouldn't get a chance to use it. Then they gave out the awards. It was kind of a get to know your classmates kind of thing, the MC would ask something like "Who has more than 3 kids?" and everyone who did would raise their hands, then he'd up the number until only one person had their hand up. (by the way, 9 was our maximum). He asked about grandchildren (Annette won that one with 7), living closest to the school, farthest, most moves and things like that. We also discovered that there was one of our classmates that not only lived in the same house as when she was in high school, but still owned the Jeep she drove. (She lives just down the street from where I lived.) The really funny part was the gift certificates they were giving out. (Those of you who weren't in SLC in the 70's please bear with me.) $50 gift certificate to Saans Photography, $50 gift certificate to The Chalk Garden, $50 to Wolfe's Sporting Goods and $50 to Rick Warner Ford were among the ones they gave out. We were surprised that they include Grand Central or Bill & Nada's. (Get it now you SLC'ers?) I didn't figure it out until the 4th gift certificate, when I looked over at Gail and asked "Hey, didn't Wolfe's close down a long time ago?" Yes, my friends, they were giving out certificates to businesses that no longer existed, but were around when we were in school. That was a lot of fun. The re-creation of the Hawaiian dance from our Senior Class Hello Day Assembly the guys did, with topless 48 year olds, was somewhat disturbing and my friends and I were completely absent in the photo slide show they did, so that had limited appeal. We did laugh at the thought of us brining my photos up and saying, "Now for the seemier side of things..." But we decided not to. Overall it was an enjoyable time, it was nice to see some of the people who were such a big part of my life so long ago, catch up with what they were doing and promise to, if nothing else, see each other again in 10 more years, at the 40th.

7 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Say, when those East High Leopards fall in line
We're gonna win this game another time
And how those boys can fight, fight, fight, fight, fight fight
For dear old East Side High
I yell, I yell, I yell
So fight, fight, fight for every score
Around the floor and hit those baskets more
We'll make those Highland men just yell for Ma
Sis boom bah!
East Side High!

Y'know. Now that I type them out, I realize those are really lame lyrics. I mean, the Beach Boys had more thought-provoking lyrics than that.
This is my 25-year anniversary of graduating (from the same school, for those reading this who don't know that-- hence I was just enough younger not to know Max at school, which, judging from the photo included, may have been a good thing. I must say, Max, you look better NOW than you did then. Wish I could say the same about myself, but I can't.).
I also really liked the film projector in the pic of your friend Ed. Very nice relic there. It goes well with the typewriter.
And I remember the days when you walked out on the tarmac with your friends to say goodbye at the airport. Oh my. That's been a while. (What am I saying? I've done that twice in the last month at both Edinburgh and Orkney airports. I guess in the 70s, the SLC airport wasn't much bigger than the Edinburgh airport is now.)
Glad you had a good time. I missed my last reunion because I was in Scotland at the time. Go figure.
(PS. Go read my post on Saturday. I sat 50 feet from the Prime Minister while you were off doing High School Musical: the Disco Years.)

A Paperback Writer said...

Oh yeah, and I used to shop at Wolfe's all the time! They did business with my dad, and we got a discount. I bought all my Levi cords there. Stylin' woman that I was.....
I'm surprised they weren't giving out gift certificates to Keith O'Brien's and Auerbach's.... oh, and Fernwood's Ice Cream in Foothill. Remember that place?

Max said...

Fernwoods, that's the other one. I knew they did an ice cream place, I just couldn't remember the name. I know they didn't do Auerbachs, that's one I would have remembered, but they mioght have done Keith O'Briens, that sounds a little familiar....ahh, memory lane.

Jannx said...

Hello Max. Thanks for sharing your walk down memory lane. Even though it wasn't mine, it was still an enjoyable walk.

A couple of quick comments:

* I liked the then and now connections you made in your memory lane blog entry. Was it my imagination or were the buildings in the "mouse over" photos almost identical.
* I liked the "get to know you" questions, I thought that was very creative. Having the opportunity to compare yourselves sounds like it was a fun activity.
* The typewriter. I remember taking typing lessons in school, and being lucky to have the new hitech electric typerwriters.
* I enjoyed looking at your memory lane photos.

Oh, and congratulations on your school's musical chairs recognition award.

A Paperback Writer said...

Keith O'Brien was a department store that was where the Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse is now. In between, there was a disco in the building. You told me once before that you don't remember the KoB store, so perhaps what you remember now is my asking you about it before.....

And nice job with the EHS pics. I had no idea how much they changed the front of the building for the fim. Did you notice the brickwork has been CGed above the sign in the movie pic? It goes from a rough texture to a smooth one.

Max said...

Jannx - the pictures in the mouse over are of the same building. The one with a bunch of kids in it is actually a promo photo from the movie "High School Musical." The second one was a picture I took of me in the exact same (sort of) spot as the promo photo.
Writer - You're right, I had no idea where the store was, but I do know I remembered the name from way back then. Even though you mentioned it, I still can't remember the store in Sugarhouse, but I do remember going to the dance club that was there after the store closed.

Jannx said...

Hello Max. Thanks for the clarification about the mouse over photo.