What Reunion Means to me.
If you are reading this you are in your late 50’s, you attended Chattanooga Central High
and you graduated on June 8, 1972. That is over 40 years ago and since that date you have accomplished
so very much, and life has been a pretty good ride regardless of things that you may, or may not have done, and the cards
that you played whether they were dealt by the dealer or those you took on the draw, have given you a specific life and unique
There is one thing
however each person reading this has something in common with every other classmate reading these words. Together,
we have shared a very specific and vitally important part of our lives, that being our youth. Our common
goal was to complete our early education and get that coveted diploma from our Central High. In our youth we have attended
sports events, some of us even played in those events while the rest of us cheered them on. Together we
yelled until we were hoarse at pep rallies as we imagined what we were going to do to the other teams. Each
one of us has so many memories that we can sit and recall with perfect accuracy, if we only take the time to do so.
Some of these memories are good, some of them are not necessarily that good,
but there are some that are so great and they can literally make you laugh out loud, or long for remembering a special moment
with a close friend from those days that you can once again recall together. That my friend is the primary
purpose of holding reunion reunions whether they are class reunions or family events..
As the class of “72” we have had a 5 year a 10, 20 30 and now we are about to have the
big 40 year event. So many of you reading this have never attended any of our past reunions and it is entirely
possible that this could possibly be your last opportunity to attend such an event and have a truly inspirational evening
sharing the memories of our youth that we experienced together 4 decades ago. In fact there are a number
of people that were in attendance in the past that are no longer with us to attend this one.
Our responses from those that have attended each and every reunion indicate that they will
certainly be there but my comments are meant specifically for those of you that may have attended one, or none of the past
reunions. Any that were in attendance at those in the past will assure you, your presence at this event
will be something special to someone else that is there and this is for certain. Likewise there will be
someone there that will be something special for you.
I have three children each being out of school over 13 years. Their graduating classes have not
even held reunions, and I find this very sad because they have, and they continue to lose touch with the
memories and friends from some of the best years of their lives.