Barbie Ryan

Just saw this in the newsjournal this morning.

Barbie Ryan passed away on Saturday the 23, the day of the reunion. I don’t know the cause of death.
Beth and I had spoken with her about a month earlier. She had called asking about the reunion particulars and I spent about 45 minutes on the phone with her. She was dealing with the emotional weight of a divorce on top of some poor health issues.   In the last year she had spent several weeks (4?) in the hospital in a coma. And although she really wanted to come to the reunion, she didn’t feel healthy enough to make it.

We’ll miss her.

Reflections on the 35th

What a thrill! We had hoped for a good turnout and that folks would enjoy themselves, but both events exceeded our expectations. For those of you who may not have attended for fear of not having anyone to talk to, let me be the first to say that your worries are without merit. I think every classmate who attended would tell you that it didn’t matter what ‘group’ or ‘clique’ you may have been part of in high school, at both the party and the picnic there were no boundaries. It really was terrific. I think Kathy Lens said it best when she said something to the effect that whether or not we realize it, these classmates are part of our extended family, and who we are today is in large part a product of the relationships that we had throughout our school years, and particularly high school. For me, personally, it was an opportunity to reconnect with classmates who go back as far as my girl scout troop. On behalf of Beth, Roger, Marc and myself…a big thanks to all of you who made the trip and/or had the courage to attend and make the weekend a success. It was magical! To those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope what you hear about this year’s event will be enough to help you make a different choice when the next one rolls around!

Moving Forward

I hope everyone had a great time. I sure did.

I had spoken privately to several individuals about the site over the last couple of days and 2 things have emerged on the class wish list.

  1. A class directory. Classmates.com has this already, but frankly there’s a few of us that despise that site. Plus for classmates.com to be useful, you need to pay for it.On the other hand, I don’t want to dump everyone’s contact info on the web for just anyone to grab.

    So in the next week or month or so I will migrate everything we collected to the site and put it behind a password protected screen. I did ask on the sign up, and will honor anyone’s request, if they’d like their information to be left out of the information display. I figure I’ll show your name, city and state, and your personal stalkers will just have to google you to end up at your front door. On the other hand, the reunion committee needs your current updated info to make this job really really easy next time.

    Leila Frick also asked that I add an option to indicate a classmate’s interests so it might be possible to find other classmates that are golfers, skiers or maybe even cancer survivors.

  2. A photo gallery. (I should have this soon. Just got a ton of work at the office this particular week.) I haven’t decided on a photo gallery software package. I’d like to find one that would allow anyone to upload their shots.As a side note, I use Flickr.com for my personal photography (Basically my cats and dogs). There’s an entire world of social photosharing sites out that I was tempted to make a social group and let people upload there. I’d be curious to hear people’s thoughts on just doing it that way.

Finally, these posts on the mtp site have the option to add comments. You need to register and I do need to moderate the comment, to keep the “comment” spam down. And if anyone’s curious about that, I’ll send you a sample of the nonsense that can fill an un-moderated form on the web. You’ll see on this post mary humanick has already added a comment.

Lost & Found.

I lost my voice… On the other hand did anyone lose these? Left at the sign in desk.

sunglasses
Let me know and I’ll get them to you.

Oh, looks like the next one (according to comments I’ve heard) will be homecoming weekend 2013.

I really don’t know what the date will be, but that’s a start.
Keep in touch!

Rog

We’re in the 80’s

We’ve reserved space for 85 heads at the party.

Weather will be perfect all weekend.
(Hope our Florida friends can make it out of the storm.)

See you all Saturday!
If you know someone that wants to come, they can still pay at the door. Please sign up online so we have your contact information.

Rog, Beth & Carol

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Final countdown

At this point we have …

61 classmates at the party as of 10:00 pm on Sunday August 17th!
with spouses and dates bringing the number to 77.

26 families at the picnic as of 10:00 pm on Sunday August 17th!

We need to give our final count to BCC on Wednesday the 20th, there is still time… 48 hours or so.

If you know someone that was in the class of 73 that isn’t on this page.

Give them a call and get them to sign up.

Marc, Carol, Beth or myself may be appearing on your caller ID unless we see your name on the Who’s Coming Page soon.

Click here for a Friday night event!

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Save the date! Yes, it will happen!

We need your RSVP ASAP!
We’re trying to confirm a head count for the reservation July 23rd.

Link to who has signed up added. Click here!
Hotel package information Event News:
Hotel blocked for our group

A number of classmates have suggested that all the out of towners try to stay at one hotel. We have set up a group rate at the Doubletree Hotel on Concord Pike, next to the Concord Mall. $99 plus tax for the standard room & $13 pp for breakfast. the exec level is $139 & includes breakfast for 2 and internet ($10 value). If we have 15 rooms they throw in some freebies. No deposit now and you can cancel with no penalty 24 hrs in advance. Call the hotel directly at 302 478 6000 or 800 222 8733 and reference the MtP Class of 73 reunion. To be part of this group rate you must book by 7/22.

(Thanks to Marc for setting this up.)

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Mount Pleasant Class of 1973

35th Reunion

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

The Brandywine Country Club
2822 Shipley Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19810

Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres: 6:30-7:30pm (Cash Bar)
Buffet Dinner: 7:30-9:00pm
Program: 9:00pm – 9:30pm
Reminiscing: Until 11:30pm

Cost: $85.00 per person

Day-After Picnic
Sunday, August 24, 2008

10:30am til whenever

Bellevue State Park
Carr Road, north of Marsh Road

Pavillion #1

Bring your own food and beverage. We will provide grilling supplies and games.

Cost: $10 per family (to cover pavillion rental & supplies)

Note: A Park Entry Fee will also be charged as you enter the park:
$6.00 per out-of-state vehicle
$3.00 per Delaware vehicle

Payment Due on or Before August 15th, 2008

Click here to sign up!

Note, I’ve gotten several notes that people cannot attend due to children going back to school or planned vacations or other obligations*, please click here to just enter your current address for the next event.
* congrats Ridley on your 25th annniversary.

Any questions, drop Carol an email at carol@simpller.com

Faculty Info

I ran into Ralph Lepre this morning at the old Howard Johnson’s on 202 (now Hollywood Grille).  I’d recognize him anywhere, although he seemed surprised that would be the case at the age of 70.  He shared with me that Jody Ambrosino (at 75) is doing public relations work for Delaware Park and loving it – seems like a great fit.  Both are still living in the Wilmington area.  We both acknowledged the obituary in yesterday’s Wilmington News Journal of Jim Shoemaker aka “Mr. Shoe” who passed away last Friday.  Following is a link to the full obituary.

http://miva.delawareonline.com/miva/cgi-bin/miva?obits.mv+77645

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