A group of 1957 graduates gathered together for lunch at Pearson’s Restaurant at 50th and France on May 14th 2008. In attendance were Leonard Gisvold, Dave Hansen, Gary Thorp, Doug Erickson, Jim Ten Bensel, Tom Nyman, Bob Iversen, Forbes Martinson, Pat McGlone, Wes Moir, Ford Crouch, Dean Child, Larry Johnson, Sam Campbell, Tom Thurik, Jim Solie, Scott Anderson, Roger Peterson, Bruce Grussing, Don Gillies, Roger Freeberg, Jerry Figenskau, David Mogck, and Dave Kypke. At our 50th reunion, a number of people suggested that we get together more often than every five years. Larry took the bull by the horns and called as many classmates as he could. When asked how he did it he said, ”I started at the beginning of the Reunion book and proceeded toward the back”.
Some interesting bits of news heard at the gathering: Tom Thurik, recovering from a recent motorcycle accident, was heard discussing the “purchase” of a new motorcycle. Larry announced that Peter Kuffel was battling cancer and was in Methodist Hospital in St Louis Park. Forbes Martinson took honors with 13 children, 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Roger Freeberg has retired from his Architectural career. Tom Nyman, even thou he’s been retired as a minister for a few years, is still active in guiding people through life. There are a few who still attempt to hit the white apple around the green, and four or five (snowbirds) who will head for warmer climes soon after the next gathering.
If you weren’t contacted this time, our next luncheon is planned for 11:30 am Dec 3rd 2008. Our purpose is to renew and continue friendships established many years ago. Those in attendance choose to make the next meeting a men only meeting and there is no specific agenda or program planned. As we did this past Wednesday, we’ll go around the table and have everyone introduce themselves. Thanks to a wonderful suggestion from Ford Crouch, we felt it would be nice to have everyone who would like to, tell us about a classmate that they’ve contacted since the last gathering. It was suggested that we tell the group about someone who lives outside of the metro area so that we can “keep in touch” with classmates who can’t make the trek to the gathering.
Half a dozen of that original group have moved on to their final resting place. Today under the leadership of Karen Jarvey the After 50 Club gets together twice a year in the spring and fall. Please watch the announcements on the home page for time and date.
Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.