Record turnout at banquet tops off 50-year reunion
An eventful two days culminated Saturday night,
Aug. 10, when more than 200 diners crowded into a ballroom at the
Minneapolis Airport Marriott for a three-course meal served by the
It was by far the largest crowed ever to attend a Class of '63 reunion
event. Although detailed records haven't been kept over the years, we
have never been even close to 200 for such a gathering.
The exact count for dinner was 217–153 grads, 59 guests and five others
who helped with photography and other duties during the evening.
It was the most ambitious reunion ever undertaken by the Roosevelt '63
class, which opened Friday simultaneously with a school tour at
Roosevelt and an 18-hole golf outing at Gross National in northeast
Minneapolis. An informal gathering with cash bar was held Friday
evening at American Legion Post 435 in Richfield. Saturday morning
featured vintage bus tours of the Powderhorn, Longfellow and Nokomis
neighborhoods we grew up in.
"As I told many at the reunion dinner, I feel that this was the best
ever," said classmate Jon Nordstrom, who attended three of the five
events. "It might have something to do with the fact that 'we ain't
getting' any younger fast!'
"The golf tourney that Dale [Hendrickson] set up was great–a scramble
format really takes the pressure off. It was all good company and the
70s weather did help.
"The neighborhood bus trip that 'Mushy' [Jon Mathisrud] organized on
Saturday was very nostalgic," Jon continued. "He even started out by
offering an ice-cold Coca-Cola, original recipe, real sugar, to us all.
The '54 original GM bus topped it off for me, being the mechanical nut
that I am.
"Finally, the dinner–people just seemed happy to see each other,
genuinely so," Jon exclaimed. "The outdoor venue [the Marriott
courtyard] to start the evening was fantastic. Again, the good weather
was a real treat. It was a great two-day adventure. Thanks to all who
made it happen."
Ambitious planning for 50-year reunion proves to be a winner, according to a survey of classmates.
A Class of
’63 reunion involving more than just the traditional Saturday night
banquet was well worth the extra effort the committee put into it, as
indicated by a survey of grads who attended as many as four of the five
events Aug. 9-10, 2013.
percent of respondents said that it would not have been enough to
simply have the evening dinner for our milestone 50-year get-together.
That represented 32 of the 44 classmates who took the time to return
the survey anonymously. Only nine (20 percent) said the banquet was
enough. Two others gave negative answers about the banquet itself
(referring to the ’63 class, one wrote, “This is not a banquet group.”)
and one offered no opinion.
the Roosevelt tour and the Friday night gathering,” commented one
respondent when answering the question about whether a banquet would
have sufficed. “In view of the number of classmates I got to talk to on
Friday night, Saturday night would not have been enough.”
The five 2013 events.
The reunion opened Friday with an 18-hole golf outing at Gross National
in northeast Minneapolis and a 90-minute tour of Roosevelt High School.
Friday evening an informal gathering was held at American Legion Post
435 in Richfield.
two 70-minute vintage bus tours were offered through the Powderhorn,
Longfellow and Nokomis neighborhoods. The evening banquet was a
three-course dinner at the Marriott in Bloomington. In our seven
previous reunions, only a Saturday night dinner had been held.
to the other prominent question in the survey, 77 percent also gave
positive responses about attending a 55-year reunion in 2018.
Twenty-nine grads—two-thirds of them—gave an outright yes to their
coming, another three said yes with stipulations (for example, “If
there are additional things to do.”) and two others said likely and
probably. That’s 34 of 44. Four others answered possibly or maybe. Only
two said no and two others answered probably not and not likely. One
responded with a question mark.
What might be next.
Classmates were also asked if they would come to a novel event, a 70th
birthday party in 2015. The responses were at least positive there too.
Although only 19 of 44 said yes or sure to coming, four others answered
probably and eight more possibly or maybe plus two others said that it
sounded fun and interesting. Only seven said an outright no, while four
others responded probably not and one said less likely.
means that the reunion committee should be diligent in having to meet
sometime next year to discuss whether or not to stage a 70th birthday
party in 2015. A decision would need to be made by late fall of 2014.
As always, committee meetings are open to any Class of ’63 member, and
an announcement of the next meeting will be made on this website.
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