Monday, April 03, 2006

Annual lunch reunions are a great idea

My mother graduated from Madison East High School in 1939, and until recently, members of her class met for lunch every year between reunions. These lunch reunions were informal events that didn't require a lot of planning -- just a good mailing list and a convenient location. To the best of my recollection, everyone bought their own lunch, ordering off the menu.

We have a good data base for the Madison Central High School Class of 1965. I created it using the template I'd originally devised for the East High Class of 1939. I also have a growing list of email addresses, which would help anyone who wanted to organize such an event save some money on postage. Is there anyone out there who would like to volunteer?

Recently, I had an opportunity to attend one of the Wisconsin High School Class of 1965 lunch reunions organized by Jeff Mattox, an experience which may, in part, explain the orgins of my previous post. The lunch reunion was at Atlanta Bread on University Avenue (which has wi-fi). We all bought our own lunch. Attendance was small -- perhaps because many members of that class don't live near Madison -- but that didn't make the lunch reunion any less enjoyable.

Interestingly, most of the people in attendance had some sort of "Central connection" -- even if it was a generation removed. Below are photos of the people who attended the reunion luncheon (captions are underneath).



Jeff Mattox, who graduated from Central in 1965 (and was a member of the Central Curling Team), still identifies more strongly with the Wisconsin High School Class of 1965. He created and maintains the Wisconsin High website.


Gene Madrell graduated from Central in 1965, but is also a member of the Wisconsin High School Class of 1965. He went to Bethel Lutheran, so some of us met him at Sunday school or in confirmation class before he arrived at Central. At lunch, I discovered we'd been sending Central reunion addresses to him at an address that was so old the post office apparently didn't bother to return our letters to us marked "unknown." I now have a current address for him. Gene was also a member of the Central Curling Team.


This is Dean Urben's daughter, Lynn, and her husband. Dean Urben graduated from Central in 1965 and was a member of the Central Curling Team. Like Jeff and Gene, Dean attended Wisconsin High School for grades 7-11, so he too is a member of the Wisconsin High School Class of 1965.


Phil Icke is a member of the Wisconsin High School Class of 1965, but he did not transfer to Central for his senior year when Wisconsin High closed. However, his father, George Icke, attended Central and was a member of the Class of 1929.


Tom Wolfe is a member of the Wisconsin High School Class of 1965, but he did not transfer to Central for his senior year. As far as I know, he has no "Central connection."

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