Thank you...thank you...thank you
Dear Mary Ann,
Thanks for sharing all the e-mails you received from our classmates in regard to last month's reunion for the Morris Hills classes of 1960 and 1959.
Every one of those message hit the nail on the head, too - it was a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic three-day party and you and your committee deserve every alcolade you got.
I want to add something else, though ... and I'm sure everyone who attended - and maybe even some who didn't - will be in complete agreement.
The "reunion" for me was more than the Friday cocktail hour, the Saturday dinner and the Sunday breakfast at Paul's Diner. By the way, it has been years since I have been thrown out of Paul's - so what if our breakfast lasted into the lunch hour and they needed our table!
My "reunion" started the day you first e-mailed me about the dates ... and, to be honest about it, i hasn't ended yet..
I have been in touch with former classmates I haven't seen or heard from in years - some of them literally 51 years.
Bruce Siegal and I started e-mailing back and forth three-four times a week, catching up on stuff, telling lies about how good we were in basketball, and usually starting out e-mail after e-mail with "... remember when?"
I heard from countless other classmates, too, especially after you started sending out your e-mail blasts and some people (like myself) actually went through all the addresses to see who was coming.
Some of us are still going back and forth at each other, too - threatening to get together to play golf ... go fishin' ... or just get together to get together. I'm hoping those of us still in the area won't wait another 50 years to do it, though. Let's get thrown out of Paul's again soon, OK?
My 1959 Torch has always been in easy reach while sitting at my computer in my little home office and I've lost count how many times I grabbed it to look for somebody's picture in the last couple of months. Even after I found the person for whom I was looking, it was a good 10 minutes or so before I put the yearbook back on the shelf. (Damn ... I just did it now, too!)
And now I have another book right next to it that I look at constantly - the book you and your committee put together for all of us from all those forms we filled out for you. What a great, great, great idea!
I know you have been getting e-mails asking "... when is Decker going to put our pictures on his Web site?" and I apologize for not getting to it a lot sooner. Truth be told, I got about 10 times as many photos as I expected and there were also those four-letter "ing" words that kept getting in the way -- you know, such as "working" and "fishing" and "playing" with the grandkids ... and "napping" ...
Thank you so much, Mary Ann. And thanks to all your committee people who helped you put all this together for us. Again, everything was just perfect ... even when all those "old people" showed up instead of our classmates.
So ... when we doin' it again?
Class of 1959