Lynda and I last weekend attended the 50 year reunion of the Class of 1960 of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur. I am a member of that class.
The event included a reception at the Museum of the Gulf Coast on Friday and banquet in the Carl Parker Center on Saturday.
Toni Holberg Noble welcomed her classmates to the banquet and introduced Class President Clarence Bray, who shared his thoughts on the occasion and called upon cheerleader Carol Scalco and others to lead the classmates in a singing of the school song. Donald Roberts delivered the blessing. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
Dr. Sam Monroe, a classmate who also is president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, announced that an anonymous donor had made possible a concert featuring Jivin' Gene Bourgeois and Johnny Preston. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
During his performance, Bourgeois recalled the plight of young lovers who got trapped on Pleasure Island by the drawbridge and thus were late to return home with their dates. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
Preston gave credit to the late J.P. Richardson, the Big Bopper, who wrote Running Bear, which became his number one hit in every English speaking nation in 1960. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
I have attended a total of four of these reunions throughout the years and enjoyed this one without reservation. A few of of my classmates have stayed in touch since graduation, but there were some at this reunion that I have not seen for five decades and it was really nice to renew our acquaintances.
We shared memories about those who have passed on.
We danced to the music we grew up with and had a real good time.
Sam Monroe and those who organized the events did a great job and Lynda and I are very appreciative.
A DVD video has been made of the Saturday night event, including the performances by Jivin' Gene and Johnny Preston. Copies are available for $25 plus $5 for postal costs. Contact Paul Fitzner at firstname.lastname@example.org.