Dear SBHS Classmates:
The “40ish Reunion” was a wonderful success. It is because of you,
and the other old friends who came from far and near, that the evening
went beyond our wildest expectations.
There are many people who made this possible. There were committee
members who signed on early to search for the lost Sheepshead tribe
and organize in the “retirement” centers of Florida and California.
There were committee people who provided homes and businesses for
meetings in far flung locations. There were classmates who built
our super web-site, handled fiduciary responsibilities, designed
logos and t-shirts, created name tags and displayed memorabilia
to rekindle forty year old recollections.
To all on the committee, I give my thanks and great appreciation
for all your advice, suggestions and very hard work. “Yuse” all
came through like, like, well Sheepshead Bay graduates, of course.
There are those who have wondered (my wife and kids especially)
why I do this, now my second time at organizing a reunion. “He was
Mr. Service, after all; it comes naturally to him,” they say. I
earned that title unopposed, so it must be more than that. I truly
enjoy seeing how all of you have grown and working with you in the
spirit of friendship that was a great part of our youth.
Our first formal meeting was to be held on September 12th, 2001
in lower Manhattan, the day after the event that changed our world
forever. We were fortunate to grow up in a very special time and
a very special place. We went to a school that was brand new and
started a tradition of excellence with some fabulous teachers (they
were the even older folks who honored us with their presence). We
had to endure “duck and cover” in elementary school and worry about
getting shattered glass in our posterior. Later some of us served
in Viet Nam and others changed career paths to avoid that conflagration.
We morn our lost classmates, and hold them in our memories.
To all, I say thank you for a great reunion and for all your kind
wishes. There are already plans to do this again (better be sooner
than 20 years) and to keep in touch. We raised funds to give back
to our alma mater to help effect the lives of future SBHS graduates.
Please continue to visit our website, http://www.sbhsfounders.org, for
updated information, reunion reflections and photographs.