Funny Papers Again Column | Tis the Time to Gather and Remember – Salinas Valley Tribune


The body politic of a university campus is regarded as the university student union, so it follows that when a class graduates from the institution, those people pupils are no extended part of the union. There is a custom inside societies that users of a specific course, or lessons, join collectively to reminisce about those people several years when youth was their status and lifetime was their oyster to be opened to expose the pearl inside of.

These affairs are when the union is introduced collectively once again in ceremony: ergo they are known as reunions. And now when the brief cold days of wintertime are over and the warmer times of summer months tactic, the time of course reunions are fast on us.

As a member of the graduating class of King Metropolis Joint Union Large College of 1970, I have attended all four of our class reunions and, superior Lord ready, will show up at the 50th anniversary of our graduation arrive Sept. 10. I glance forward to this reunion with equally fantastic anticipation and a small trepidation.

I really do not suppose in that respect I am any diverse than most men and women who attend their course reunions seeking forward to seeing former classmates, but am mindful that the youth and toughness our high university days are considerably at the rear of us.

Right here in our neighborhood there are reunions in the organizing levels, the most ambitious is the gathering of 10 courses for one particular night of reunion. On Aug. 27, the lessons 1970 by way of 1979 will obtain to greet, mingle and dine with former classmates and buddies from classes who attended KCHS all through the four-12 months stamina test regarded as higher faculty. And while that is a 10-calendar year grouping of alumnus, it is not the major held here in town.

A handful of a long time back — really don’t check with me to bear in mind the day specifically, but it was in 2015 — there was a 20-year team, from 1950 to 1969. Nevertheless not in a course bundled in the night, I was invited to go to by an old Greenfield close friend, the sister of my elementary school girlfriend, who was an honorary member of the class of 1968 (she moved out of city ahead of graduation).

It was rather an affair with numerous, numerous faces I experienced not witnessed in a long time. I’m certain the upcoming multi-course reunion will examine with that evening and will be lengthy remembered by those people who mark the date and program to go to.

The ’70-’79 reunion is not the only planned occasion for earlier Mustangs (“past Mustangs” may possibly not be ideal if, like Marines, Mustangs are Mustangs for lifetime), there is the Course of 1972, who prepare to collect on the same working day as the folks are accumulating for the huge celebration. And just 10 days just after that, my class will acquire for our 50th reunion, this soon after two years’ postponement.

I really do not know how lots of alumni from the 10-class reunion will show up at the two reunions, but I suppose there will be a number of. If one particular seems at just the figures, then the classes 1973 by means of 1976 have the benefit of reuniting with fellow students from three many years over and below their class.

Like the lots of other planned attendees, it will be nice to once once again meet up with up with individuals people who once shared the four a long time put in at KCHS when we had been the youthful versions of ourselves.


With reunion reminisces in the air, it’s possible it was the collecting of people today very last Saturday at Solar Road Centers that made me cease and definitely take notice of the location. I have, like absolutely everyone else in town, viewed as the authentic properties, a gasoline station-restaurant mixture and motel, underwent upgrades that has built the southeast corner of Broadway and Mildred streets a wonderful attraction to the metropolis. On Saturday, as I pedaled past, I was moved to quit and genuinely take a glimpse back again to my first memories of that corner.

In September 1966, when I was a freshman, Broadway was still the 101, the bypass took put at fairly a lot the exact same time the campus was wrecked, er, demolished, and new campus design commenced. But when all of the north-south targeted traffic rolled by way of town, crossing that little bit of asphalt could be difficult, so I keep in mind at lunch time when those of us who still left campus would get on the corner and a big pleasant male named Moe, the operator of the Richfield station cattycorner from the campus, would stroll into the center of the intersection and cease visitors permitting dozens, or scores, of us to cross.

I mentioned the cafe section of that developing it was positioned at the east end reverse the motel and was aptly named The Tiny Corner Café. This was a common put with some of the older KCHS pupils, each in the morning and at lunch there was a rear eating region where by incredibly hot chocolate and Danish ended up eaten before school, and at lunchtime there was a metallic building at the rear of the property with tables for burgers and fries. And, for these so inclined, both spots had been cigarette smoking-authorized regions.

As a Greenfield boy, it was my initially actual call with my new fellow high faculty classmates from the south. It was the initial time I became mindful of San Ardo little ones, 3 adhere out in my mind: Willie and Dennis and his sister. I would come to know the previous two far superior as the years handed.

What manufactured me consider of them was mainly because in the midst of those gathering for Saturday’s Open up Property function was Councilmember Darlene Acosta, who as most of us know has been a driving drive at the rear of Sun Road Facilities for many decades. She was the San Ardo female I to start with saw on the exact same home about 55 decades in the past, and considerably has transpired due to the fact that faraway time but I am quite happy we are both of those however in this article in South County undertaking what we can to make points a bit improved for our fellow individuals.

Get care. Peace.


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