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•   Sarah (Sally) Kulber Blackman  4/9
•   Stephanie Smith  4/6
•   Marc Brenner  4/1
•   Nancy Milgrim Spiwak  3/29
•   Rennie Crane  3/28

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2 live in Alabama
1 lives in Alaska
13 live in Arizona
28 live in California
5 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
3 live in District Of Columbia
31 live in Florida
7 live in Georgia
14 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
1 lives in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
1 lives in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
5 live in Maryland
14 live in Massachusetts
7 live in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
2 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
1 lives in New Jersey
1 lives in New Mexico
13 live in New York
5 live in North Carolina
110 live in Ohio
8 live in Oregon
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2 live in South Carolina
1 lives in Tennessee
9 live in Texas
2 live in Vermont
8 live in Virginia
3 live in Washington
3 live in Wisconsin
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1 lives in Germany
209 location unknown

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Martin Liff  4/21
•   James Ahern  4/24
•   Robert Kumin  4/29
•   Annellen Minkin Simpkins  4/29
•   Betsy Slobody Whitaker  4/29
•   Jackie Goldberg Ponsky  5/1
•   Sandra Smith Dovberg  5/2
•   Jody Bernon Wainer  5/3
•   Stephanie Smith  5/6
•   Ellen Krantz Cohen  5/8
•   Harland London  5/9
•   Tom Rison  5/9
•   Barry Silver  5/11
•   Alan Greenblatt  5/15
•   Joanne Steiner Gerson  5/15
•   Terry Schnell  5/16
•   Paul Boas  5/17

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Shaker Heights High School
Class Of 1965

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reunion Manifesto:  Our Reunion is now planned for the Weekend of July 18th 2015. There are many reasons why people are excited about attending their high school reunion and many reasons why people avoid them like the plague. After helping to organize our last three reunions, I believe I am qualified to come to some conclusions. Before I state what those conclusions are, I would like to first reminisce about an incident from our 30th reunion. This occurrence has encouraged me to push forward with my organizing efforts. If you attended our 30th Reunion you probably did not notice how sick Margo Luntz was that night. She was very gaunt and slow in getting around, but she was able to talk to anyone who approached her. She went home that night and died about 24 hours later. She was aware that her death was imminent . Margo held on to life just so she could attend our reunion. I am friends with her doctor who told me that Margo was almost bed ridden but forced herself to stay alive so she could attend the reunion. The reunion committee later dedicated the night to her by updating the memory book which was sent out to everyone who attended. The video of that night also ended with that same dedication. Margo’s mother eventually called and confirmed what the doctor had expressed to me previously. She thanked me for the dedication gesture, and we talked about Margo‘s high school days. At the other end of the spectrum we have classmates who live just minutes away and do not want to attend or be contacted. We have some classmates who will not answer any correspondence no matter how or where we find them. They do not return phone calls or letters even though we are sure we have reached out to the right person. By far they are a much smaller population of our class in general. You might think they chose not to attend because they harbor ill feelings about their high school experience. However that is not always the case. I have talked to many classmates as part of my involvement in organizing reunions. Being on the fence about whether to attend or not is a common occurrence. I can tell you that each person who ultimately decided to attend the reunion came away with good feelings from the whole experience. They could not imagine that the butterflies in their stomach when walking in the door would turn into a feeling of euphoric gratification. For most of us it’s not just a high school reunion but a celebration of our youth. Our first memories of friends flashes back to our grammar school days in our small local elementary school neighborhoods in Shaker Heights. Even our summers were centered around our school friends with limited parental guidance on our playgrounds. In the so called “Happy Days” people did not uproot every two years. We bonded in our early years and followed each others activities as we continued through our Shaker years. Surprisingly it turned out that at our previous reunions, even classmates who were not friends in high school were engaged in conversation and genuinely happy to reunite. We attend reunions for at least one the following reasons in my opinion. Take your pick: To keep our life in a proper perspective. To see the people that really meant something to us. To toot our horn a little bit. To satisfy our curiosity. To reunite with someone special one more time. To revisit our old stomping grounds. To experience a feeling of nostalgia. To get get away from a spouse for a wild weekend. To eat at Geraci‘s Pizza one more time. Why people do not attend: They are afraid they did not live up to their “Shaker Image.” They have bad memories of high school. They have no desire to reconnect. They have conflicts in their schedule.

Many of you may be computer challenged. If you ever need help with your profile I can be of assistance.  Feel free to email me at ShakerClassOf65@aol.com and I can help create your page.  I can also add pictures to your profile. If you need to talk to me personally on the phone see my profile for my private cell number. Have fun with our private web site for the many years ahead !!!

EDWARD TORCHY SMITH