If I were to take away anything at all from the blur that were my high school years it would be that trying to get 400 or so non-compliant individualists to do anything en masse would be akin to herding cats.
Maybe it was the times -- our emotions were running high over an ongoing police action in Vietnam, doubts over the quality of the nation's leadership, and the hormonal highs and lows of being teens in the 60s and 70s. But more likely, I think, is that my classmates learned to think for themselves early on, had strong beliefs moral compasses -- and stuck to them.
With that preamble as background then we'll time-race forward to 2012 and place the "It's a Wonderful Life" spyglass on the class today -- and clearly see why it's so dang hard to get them to go to a 40th reunion gathering. From a distance it may be hard to understand why we're all so resistant to these things, unless you knew us then -- or live next to any of us now.
The Class of '72 -- aside from being known for being a class of incredibly good-looking, intelligent people, ahem -- was also a rebellious bunch, questioning our teachers, our government, each other. We liked a party, but were sensitive to its impact on our environment. Many of us felt we would have no future, others couldn't wait to make something of it -- on their own terms and never looking back.
And maybe that's why class stalwarts like Glen Odabashian and Don Miller and Debbie Frombola are having such a hard time trying to resurrect a 40th reunion plan for the class. You try to organize a class of committed non-joiners and free thinkers and see where it gets you.
Campo Speedster Tom "Golden Shoes" Callahan checked in to lend his support, and others have contacted this space from time to time to send an Internet "peace, man" and "how're the kids?" but getting the rest of us to move into a chosen venue is a lot like steering that big English ship away from the iceberg.
In any case, the heroes of '72 wanted it known that there will be a gathering of the clan on Saturday, September 29, from 5 to 8-ish p.m., at 1515 Restaurant in Walnut Creek (1515 N. Main Street), upstairs in their private room. It's a casual gathering with a no-host bar. Don Miller is providing the eats.
If you're interested in getting together with other like-minded, pig-headed survivors from 1972, drop Debbie an email or phone her at 775-544-9319 and, no, the FBI isn't listening in. It's cool, man, I swear... and it was great growing up with you all.
Moragans In the News
Readers of Better Homes and Garden magazine may recognize the work of Moragans Rob and Tim Mascheroni (brothers who live in town). Rob and Tim own Mascheroni Construction and one of their kitchen remodels is featured in the August issue of the magazine. It's the Victorian stunner, have a look.