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A Brief History of the Save the WILD Life Fund (SWLF)


August 2021


As early as our Tenth Reunion in 1981, our Reunions co-chair, the late, great Ed Milne, envisioned free Reunions for the Class of 1971. This has since become a reality for Class of '71 off-years Reunions.


The other Tenth co-chair, Stu Rickerson, was looking for a way to accomplish what the 25th Reunion Classes from our College Days did: Those classes brought back the “bands of their times” to Reunions stages. During our undergraduate years, these bands included Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw.


Thanks to the generosity of a handful of 1971 Classmates, these dreams were realized when — at no extra registration cost — an unannounced “Special Guest” took our 25th stage in 1996. Stu did not even name the “Big Act” at our Class Meeting in Alexander Hall that Friday afternoon, but stressed that everyone should be on the dance floor well before the scheduled starting time because “something special” was about to happen. It did: Smokey Robinson, resplendent in his 1971 Class Blazer, backed by his own famed orchestra and supplemented by a 16-piece string section Stu hired from the Philadelphia Academy of Music arrived on stage. Smokey entertained more than 6,000 Princetonians spanning 60 graduate classes for over 2 hours.


Smokey Robinson h71


The fact is not a single dollar of Reunions registration fees went to bring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Smokey, Creedence Clearwater, Oscar-winner Darlene Love, or Mike Love and The Beach Boys (twice) to the 1971 Reunion stages. Nor did 1971 registration fees pay for the world-class sound systems that are required for these great bands — and which were also used to enhance the sound of other stage acts at those ’71 Major Reunions.



Stu Cook (l) and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford (r)

Surviving co-founders of Creedence

Darlene Love h71


Mike Love h71




Please give what you can or give an amount that represents what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reunions memories SWLF have delivered to you, your families and your friends.


Upcoming Events

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 Class of 1971's 50th Reunion Year

San Diego Mini Reunion

January 15-16, 2022

Alumni Day

February 19, 2022

Baja California Class Trip

February 24-March 5, 2022

71 to the Big Easy

March 20-24, 2022

51st Class Reunion

May 19-22, 2022

Mississippi River Cruise

October 9-15, 2022

Future Class Reunions

52nd Reunion, May 25-28, 2023

53rd Reunion, May 23-26, 2024

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