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Class of 1968
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee
|A really big deal: Be ready — two years until our 50-year Reunion
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To help you keep up with Class activities, information the Reunion Committee sends to The East High Alumni Page for which it requests posting will be noted in this column.**
September - none
August - none
July - none
June - none
May - none
April - none
March - none
February - none
January - none
2014 - none
December - none
November - none
October - none
September - none
August - none
July - none
June - none
May - none
April - none
March - none
February - letter
Details & registration form
January - postcard
Announcing the date of the 2013 reunion
2012 - none
2011 - none
2010 - none
2009 - none
The Reunion Committee has an e-mail address of: East68@gmail.com
Information originated by the Reunion Committee may appear in other locations on this page and this web site without being requested by the Committee but it may be "unofficial." It is available courtesy of the editor of these pages who is a member of this class.
**Subject to the policies of The East High Alumni Page, as is all content.
We've got about two years until our big 50-year reunion, be ready to clear the your calendars for that party. Don't miss the chance to see your friends and acquaintances with whom you shared so much of your formative life!
Coverage of past reunions:
Snapshots from the 45-year reunion
Saturday night attendees at the East High School Class of 1968 45-Year Reunion, June, 15, 2013.
Photographs taken by the professional photographer, including the above, can be downloaded free in full resolution from
A id key photo is available here. Class members with an established e-mail address on file may request the name list that goes with the photo by sending a request to East68News@linkpros.com
If you have snapshots you took at the reunion you would like to share on these pages, please send them to editor@EastHigh.org
[previously posted March 2, 2013]
45-Year Reunion July 14-15, 2013!- [posted March 2, 2013] - The Class of '68 Reunion Committee plans two nights of festivities to celebrate our years of association and graduation from East High School. On Friday night, June 14, the party will be at classmate Liz Willis' home. If you knew where she lived in high school, that's where the party is! It's 7-11 p.m. Hors d"oeuvres and soft drinks will be served. (BYOB if you so desire.) Friday night events have turned out to be great fun and it is suggested you attend both nights!
The Saturday affair is in the Tower Center at the top of Clark Tower (the tallest building near Poplar Avenue & Mendenhall) 7 p.m. until midnight. Food, DJ, Dancing, and cash bar are featured.
The Reunion Committee asks that if you're interested in a Saturday daytime golf event to please contact it.
The Reunion Committee reports the cost to attend is $65 for each person, which covers admission both nights. Your classmates organizing the reunion ask you to make your reservations NOW!
A late February, 2013, letter sent to classmates is viewable here with more details, but the physical addresses of classmates have been removed for privacy purposes. Please contact the Reunion Committee if you have not received a letter with the details and registration form. You may contact the Reunion Committee at (This address is not a link, you cannot click on it to open your e-mail program.)
Read the reunion details letter & get the registration form.
40-Year Reunion Photos, 2008
2008 Reunion — 40-Years Come and Gone
Individual reunion Photo section. (last updated February 23, 2007)Class Dinner Pictures:
March 20, 2008 dinner party SNAPSHOTS
February 21, 2008 dinner party SNAPSHOTS
January 17, 2008 dinner party SNAPSHOTS
October 23, 2007 dinner party SNAPSHOTS
August 16, 2007 dinner party SNAPSHOTS
June 21, 2007 dinner party with faculty guest Mrs. Elizabeth Regan
May 17, 2007 dinner party with faculty guest Coach & Mrs. Ammer SNAPSHOTS!
August 17, 2006, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
July 20, 2006, dinner party with faculty guest Mrs. Lilburn Vollmer SNAPSHOTS!
June 15, 2006, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
April 20, 2006, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
March 18, 2006, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
January 19, 2006, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
September 15, 2005, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
August 18, 2005, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!Mackie Bacon
June 16, 2005, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
January 20, 2005, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
December 11, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
November 18, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
October 21, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
September 16, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
July 15, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
June 21, 2004, special party SNAPSHOTS!
June 17, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
May 20, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
April 15, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
March 18, 2004, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
January 15, 2004, dinner parry SNAPSHOTS!
December 12, 2003, Holiday Open House SNAPSHOTS!
July 17, 2003, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
35-Year Reunion Snapshots
April 17, 2003, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
November 21, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
October 17, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
July 18, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
June 20, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
April 25, 2002, a few former East students reunite and remember a departed classmate.
April 18, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
March 21, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
February 21, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
January 17, 2002, dinner party SNAPSHOTS!
2001 Holiday Open House Photos, Dec. 20, 2001
Next Monthly "Class" Dinner: A "mini-reunion" is scheduled for June 18, 2016. See the information at the top of the page.
The monthly class dinners were discontinued for lack of attendance after several years of a good run.
Reports on Recent Past Dinners:
August, 2010 - A very small group gathered and enjoyed the conversation and food to complete 9 years of our monthly class dinners. Given the lack of interest among a broader number of classmates, the monthly dinners, at least as now organized, are not likely to continue. The small core group of current attendees, who enjoy visiting with our fellow members of the Class of 1968, may meet informally periodically without announcement. Any member of the class is welcome to join us but probably would need to contact an one of the loyal dinner attendees who were showing up most every month.
July, 2010 - Another very nice little gathering, including one never-before-attended classmate and two guests made it a special evening. For all of you who don't attend our class dinners, we really do miss you.
June, 2010 - The organizer was thinking of asking folks if we should try to continue the monthly class dinners with such a consistently poor turnout. One again, however, this was a fun event, so he decided to keep his mouth shut. A few of the folks didn't leave until 9:35 p.m. The music was good and if the menu did not have the veriety or specialties of some of the other places we meet, it was good, at least my bacon, lettuce, tomoto sandwich on wheat bread was, and it was inexpensive. The pie was good, too. Best of all, of course, was the opportunity to visit with classmates.
To address the issue of poor turnout, it is thought that an anonomous on-line survey might give us an idea of what the problem is. If you live in the greater Memphis area and we have your e-mail address, look for an e-mail in the not too distant future asking why you don't attend class dinners, if you don't, or how we could improve them if you do.
May, 2010 - Another really fun gathering and another really small one. A lot of good conversation. We did talk a little about each deceased classmate, remembering something special about each one best we could. That lead to other mentions of our East High experiences, classes, teachers, and the like and it was really fun. Back when the montly dinners first started (first dinner was September, 2001), we did a lot more of that. Maybe we should get back to doing it again because it was both interesting and humorous. We could only wish more of you could have been there to enjoy it as we did.
Gosh, the April 2010 class dinner was fun! It was a small group but lively discussion ensued. It was great to see Lynn Malkin again. She hasn't been to Memphis in 3 years, and she says she's probably only been back to the city less than a handful of times since moving west in the late 1970s. The "locals" seemed to be in good spirits and it was just a great visit among classmates. If you weren't there, it is suggested you are missing out. Classmates, we miss you when you don't visit with us.
The March, 2010 dinner was small but special. Two alumni we haven't seen in a while attended. It was the first back at a class dinner for one of them who spent quite a lot of time in the hospitial over the past couple of years. It was good visiting with everyone who was there. Despite my verse and link to the "Young Girls" song in the dinner announcement, none of our young girl classmates joined us. It was mentioned that a number of those women who used to attend class dinners now meet together on a regular basis and that results in a lack of attendance at our class dinners since they either have recently or will shortly be getting together on their own. Good for them, bad for us.
Our February, 2010 dinner was good, with a couple of faces we hadn't seen recently at the dinners. We still haven't rebounded to the attendance levels we had for most of the first 6 1/2 years of our monthly dinners. We'll keep working at it and, of course, we could use your help (your attendance). At the dinner we discussed a possible "60th birthday" party or mini-reunion for sometime this year. Stay tuned. Or better yet, send in your suggestions.
The January, 2010 dinner did not follow what we hoped was a trend for increasing attendance. We only had 7 folks join us, but it was a nice gathering.
It was really great to see those few of you who came to the "class coffee" December 26. Thank you for making the effort to share part of the holidays with your classmates.
The November, 2009 dinner continued a trend of increasing attendance. It was great to see some folks we haven't seen in several months. We still have a ways to go to equal our average attendance for the first 6 years or so of our monthly class dinners, but with your help we can meet and exceed those numbers ... and have more fun, too!
The October, 2009 dinner was good fun. We had an out-of-town alumnus surprise us by joining us and the small group seemed to have a good time, despite the loud music and ambient noise. Those attending continued to express interest in continuing the monthly dinners despite the small turnouts. Don't miss out again, join us soon for our class activities.
Faculty Guest Program Financial Report: [posted July 9, 2008] As you may know, in the summer of 2007, due to a lack of turnout at the class dinners, I suspended then later terminated the Faculty Guest Program wherein I invited a faculty member to be our guest. This program was funded by anonymous donations from dinner attendees. At the time of the suspension, the fund had $53.28. After waiting to see if the dinner attendance would recover only to find the dinners themselves in jeopardy, I sent a check for $53.28 to the Class of '68 Reunion Committee on May 14, 2008, suggesting the money be used to (a) sponsor the faculty guest program itself or find another classmate to do so and use the money to continue the program or (b) incorporate the money into the Reunion fund to help pay for the 2008 or future reunions.
The faculty guest we had join us were delightful and it was great fun and rewarding to visit with them at the dinners. -- Ken Welch
It was wonderful to see and visit with each of you and your presence made for a great party! We feel confident that each of you share our thoughts about the others that were with us when we say we are thankful for and value your friendship.
More than 130 snapshots from the reunion have been posted (last update: August 4, 2003). If you have pictures of the reunion you'd like to share, contact us at editor@EastHigh.org.
The East High Class 1968 has concluded its 35-year reunion with a very successful party at the Racquet Club in Memphis. We have yet to formally review the attendance count, but the "gatekeepers" reported nearly a 100% attendance of those who had pre-registered and we had a few more join us. So we were in the 85 person range.
It appeared one of the highlights may have been the photographs -- once people realized that photographers had been made available, the "studio" seemed quite busy taking and printing photographs for couples and groups. We hope a lot of special memories were captured. We are very happy to have a 2003 group photo of the Class of '68.
We are especially thankful to those who made the extra effort, and went to the extra expense, to travel to Memphis from out of town in order to join us. We only regret we don't get to visit with you more often.
Don't stop now. Memphis area classmates, join us when you can for our monthly class dinners!
While this reunion is fresh in your mind, if you
have any suggestions for future reunions, please let a member of your
Reunion Committee know. While a lot of factors go into the decisions of
the Committee, it will be happy to receive your ideas and to consider
them. You may contact the Committee through this e-mail address (East68@gmail.com).
The East High Class of 1968 began its 35-year
reunion with a wonderful
party Friday night. Fifty-nine people were in attendance at Jessica's
beautiful house, with good food, some great oldies music in the
background, but the best thing of all were the many friends getting to
visit again. It's got to rate as an excellent reunion party.
There are some biography booklets still available.
Information on the June 18, 2016, mini-reunion is at the top of this page.
A report on the April 21, 2001, mini-reunion is follows, with reports on previous reunions thereafter.
ONE OF THE "BEST EVER"
[posted April 22, 2001] - "Best Ever" reunion?
Amid numerous positive comments about last night's Class of '68 mini-reunion was one classmate's comment that it was the "best ever." That might have been slightly over enthusiastic because the memory fades of past reunions. Or maybe it does rank among the higher evaluations on the fun scale. This writer cannot be a judge, since he missed the other two that have a consensus of being the best: the 10-year reunion and the Friday night event of the 20th. Regardless, it was great fun last night to see and visit with a lot of old and good friends.
The night started with a ominous sign. The private room reserved for the event was closed by the restaurant management because the overhead fan fell out of the ceiling. It was hanging by electrical wires. Restaurant management reported that mishap occurred at 6pm, too late to get an electrician to fix it and too dangerous to allow guests into the room. So the restaurant staff squeezed tables into a corner of the restaurant and designated it ours. It was about half the size of the private room and half the size of what would have been ideal, but as one alumnus said, it's not the place, it's the people. We did have to fight to be heard over the restaurant's music and ambient noise, and this writer's voice was feeling the strain later in the evening.
Attendance was good for the get together at the Half Shell restaurant, with the special surprise of the presence of Lynn McCarley (Rebecca), who just happened to be in town from her home in New York this weekend, and George Nash, who drove in from Jackson, Mississippi, that evening to spend some time with us. Jack Brakefield coming in from south Alabama was a treat. Although it wasn't a surprise, because the date of the event was firmly established because he was going to be in town, Maynard Robinson's joining us from California was great fun. Of course, the gathering wouldn't have been a success without the attendance of our Memphis based class members.
At least 22 classmates were at the mini-reunion, two or three dates/spouses, and two especially invited guests from other classes, and one friend who attended with the Class of '68 for the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Two others checked in by telephone, Little Bit Kinnett and Mike Ronsiek of Louisiana, though no longer married, both called at different times and engaged in prolonged chat with various members of the class. Mike expressed surprised at the turn out and said if he'd known so many class members were going to be here, he would have made the drive up. Perhaps we can look forward to his joining us next time.
It was especially good to see Pam Pennington and Patt Duncan feeling well enough to come to the mini-reunion, since both are battling illnesses.
A newsletter was available for all attendees catching them up with some of the news of classmates, it was news previously published on The East High Alumni Page. The newsletter also listed some of those who sent greetings even though they could not attend.
With apologies to any
classmates whose names may have failed to have been recorded, the
following is an attempt at a list of the names (as we knew them at
school) of East alumni who joined us.
It was a night of great fun.
I sure hope we can see each other again, soon.
report submitted by: Ken WelchP.S. Happy Birthday, you know who you are.
A report about the June, 1999, mini-reunion is below, followed by a report on the 1998 30-year reunion.
About 150 invitations were sent by mail, and a few by e-mail to all those for which the class has valid addresses. Of course, a few of the addresses thought to be valid a year ago for the 30 year reunion were no longer valid.
The best count The East High Alumni Page has is that 26 people attended the party. Chips and dip, a vegetable plate with dip, and a Corky's barbecue dinner were provided, along with "East High" oatmeal cookies. A copy of the Class of 1968 section of The East High Alumni Page was circulated, as was an official and updated copy of the Class Reunion committee's address list. The '68 Annual, along with a couple of others from classes close to '68 were circulated. Also making the rounds were photographs from the 30 year reunion held in June, 1998.
Three guests graciously volunteered to bring additional food, Marsha Hunt Marascuilo, Janis Floyd Steinhagen, and Lester Goldsmith ('70). Others volunteered to help but were assured by the host that it was unnecessary.
Although this was a party hosted by an individual classmate for which no guest was expected to incur any cost whatsoever, one of the guests instigated a collection of money to help defray the expenses. Many graciously donated, some apparently extremely graciously. The host embarrassingly acknowledges the kindness of the guests.
The party was without RSVP requirements. The host thought a practical prediction of attendance would be about 20, that 30 would be quite nice, and that 40 or more would be an unqualified success. The count of 26, including the host, seemed to be a sufficient number for a fun visit. Sixteen of the attendees were Class of '68 members, four were members of other East classes who attended either as a special guest of the host or in the company of an '68 graduate.
"The attendance was right in the middle where you could be pleased or concerned about the turnout. Considering the kind expressions of those who attended, I think we can call this a good mini-reunion, though we did miss a lot of classmates," remarked host Ken Welch. "These are fun folks who obviously remember their high school friendships and want to keep them alive. Of course, most all of our classmates are fun folks, but some had other engagements or live out of town."
While it is believed no one traveled from out of town for the mini-reunion, and none were expected to do so, the party had one classmate who lives in Pennsylvania attend. "It was great to see Patsy Sewel Gruenberg and her husband, even more so since she was not able to come to our 30 year reunion last summer," the host commented about the party's out of town guests.
Everyone expressed appreciation for the mini-reunion idea, as did many at last year's 30 year reunion. It remains to be seen if the attendees who gathered Saturday night are a special group with this interest or if others will attend future mini-reunions regularly.
The host continued to express his belief that a mini-reunion every six months would be a good schedule, although along the lines proposed last year in which the party is less complex because it might be held at a restaurant.
The idea of mini-reunions was most recently brought to the attention of class members based on the Class of 1975's mini-reunion efforts.
The source for this report was a direct participant in the organization of the event, therefore subject to bias.
FUN PEOPLE, FUN TIMES, THEN AND NOW
The 30-Year Reunion
— Photos —
[last updated June 7, 1998] - The East High School Class of 1968 held its 30 Year Reunion June 6, 1998. Members of the class, making up a little more than half those in attendance, along with spouses/dates, and five faculty members who taught at East during the tenure of the class totaled nearly 100 people. The primary event was a casual barbecue dinner at the Hill's Barn party facility in Davies Plantation. The Class once again demonstrated it consisted of fun people who create fun times, both while in high school and today.
The Reunion Committee had decorated the room with red and grey balloons and items of other school colors creating a very nice looking environment. A disc jockey played hit records from the members' high school era and Pig 'n Whistle restaurant provided a barbecue meal. As expected, the music was mostly ignored because the focus was on each other. The din of voices in conversation never lulled. The Reunion Committee gave away a print of a watercolor by artist Layfayette Ragsdale depicting the front of East High School.
The guests of honor, the faculty members who taught members of the class, included Barbara Olds, Elizabeth Rashed (who we knew as Elizabeth Regan), Helen Rice, Frances Hoback, and Margaret Taylor. Barbara Olds first year as a teacher (English) was 1967-68, the year the Class of 1968 were seniors, and she is retiring this year after many years as a principal in the Memphis City School system. So her attendance completed the circle of beginning with these class members and ending with them. Elizabeth Rashed just retired from teaching (English) within the last 2 or 3 years, having taught at East for all but two years of her 30+ year career. Helen Rice was a very welcome guest at the reunion, having not only been the Physical Education teacher for many of the girls in junior high, but having been the home room teacher for a section of the Class of '68. Unlike the rotation that occurred for most students between junior high and senior high, Miss Jones remained the home room teacher for the same group of students for the entire 6 years. Frances Hoback was also a girl's physical education teacher from about 1964 to 1968. Margaret Taylor, who taught math to many members of the class, retired a few years ago as principal at Grahamwood Elementary.
Earlier in the day about 25 people gathered at East for a tour organized by The East High Alumni Page in coordination with the Reunion Committee. Here, too, many expressions of delight were heard after the informal roam-around-the-school-as-you-like event. Favorite places included the mass gathering areas: the auditorium, the gym, the library, and of course, the beautiful lobby. A few alumni brought children to show them where they went to school, which locker was theirs, etc. Some of the old trophies dating back to the earlier years of East were on display along with the newer ones and the school looked great. One favorite place was the Annex, where so many had homerooms and classes in junior high. While closed to students, the Annex is a storage area and offices for the building engineers.
The Class of 1968 30 Year Reunion appears to have been highly successful in every respect for those who attended. There was a lot of comment about more frequent mini-reunions and the idea seemed to be well received. Plans for any such mini-reunion most likely will be communicated by word of mouth rather than mailings, but they should also be posted on this Web site.
The many hours of planning and work by the core group making up the Reunion Committee seems to have paid the benefits handsomely once again. It appeared the party was a major success measured by the number of people expressing pleasure with the event.
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