Hot Stuff at 1971's 42nd Reunion
By Jack Hittson, Stu Rickerson,
and Mark Swanson
Photo credits: Myrna Stanczak and Alan Usas
It was sizzling at the Class of
1971’s Reunion over the weekend of May 30 – June 2. The weather was near perfect…blue
skies, white puffy clouds, and no
rain. Sure, having temperatures in the high 70’s to low 80’s would have been
ideal, but we’ll take 90-degree heat if it’s dry at Reunions. In 1971’s
Reunions history, this is only the second
time when the entire 4-day weekend
was completely free of rain – the first being in 1996 when the Class
highlighted Princeton’s 250th celebration.
While a hearty few members of the
WILD Life Class were about on Thursday, Friday night was the kickoff of 1971’s scheduled
activities, a Backyard BBQ in Hamilton Courtyard shared with the classes of
1969 and 1970. Over 100 alums, guests, and family members, including 29 from
1971, participated in this convivial event. The Hamilton Courtyard, just off
Holder’s quad within the site of the 45th Reunion, was the perfect venue for
this relaxing, low-key affair. (You may remember making the journey to Upper
Eagle and Lower Eagle of Commons through this area back in the day.) Given its
success we plan on adding it to our itinerary at next year’s 43rd.
As usual, the campus was rocking
Friday night with every Combine hosting dance bands and DJ’s, serving
beer/wine/soda/water, and having generations of costumed Princetonians enjoying
each other’s company. For the 32nd consecutive year, beverages were served in
the same logoed Reunions Cups first introduced by 1971 at its Tenth Reunion. A cappella groups had their arch sings,
Triangle was performing at McCarter, on McCarter’s second stage a professional troupe
presented Sondheim’s "Into the Woods”, Theatre Intime had their production, the
Quipfire! Improv group astounded audiences, the Clubs hosted after hour
parties, and it goes on and on. In short it was a typical Friday at Reunions.
Saturday started early for some.
Breakfast – sure. But there were also seminars across campus (many in buildings
which are new since our undergrad days), Friends group gatherings, numerous
sports staged alumni-undergraduate exhibitions or receptions (or both), and
assorted Alumni Association committee meetings. For others, it was an
opportunity to sleep in after Friday frolicking, for many it was time for a
trip by car or train back to "The Best Damn Place of All” – Princeton!
The Class of 1971 Free Lunch kicked off at 11:30 am at
the patio behind Joseph Henry House, just east of the lawn in front of Nassau
Hall. Over 70 classmates, family members, and guests signed up for this event.
A sumptuous buffet catered by D’Angelo’s Italian Market was enjoyed by all.
At 2 pm Princeton’s unique alumni
event – the One and Only P-Rade – commenced with the 25th Reunion class leading
the way. They were immediately (if you considered the 25th taking over a half
hour to march by!) followed by everyone’s favorite…The Old Guard. The Class of
1971 joined the line of march about an hour after the start from our position,
which is now right behind Nassau Hall, across from West College (still the
Admissions Office) and Stanhope Hall (Princeton’s 3rd oldest building). It’s
clear we are now closer to the beginning of the P-Rade than we are to the end.
Yikes! Even here there is good news, as we don’t have to wait in the sun for
hours waiting to march as the younger classes must; instead, the Class of ’71
can enjoy the P-Rade in the dappled shade of the trees of the oldest part of
Following the P-Rade the Class
re-gathered for a reception and a preview of classmate DAVID CHAMBERLAIN’s
latest art work at Prospect House, in which President Goheen ‘40 and his wife
lived when we were students. The reception in the Library had a great turnout
with over 70 classmates, family members, and guests in attendance. The Class
Dinner followed in the Presidential Dining Room of Prospect, with 45 partaking
of a delicious three course meal.
With the completion of the
dinner, the specific activities of the Class of 1971 were completed. Many 71’ers
travelled down campus to see the now traditional fireworks, which began in our
25th Reunion year as a "one time” celebratory event and, like so many other ’71
pioneering efforts, now is part of Reunion tradition. Others stayed up campus
and waited for the band parties and other activities to start up following the
completion of the fireworks. The weather held out – and our 42nd Reunion
festivities were wrapped up on a high note.
Signed in or spotted on campus
were: RICKERSON, OLLWERTHER, USAS, MAZO, LYNCH, ZIEN, SWANSON, HITTSON, HUARD, CHARAPKO, FITZGERALD,
TRIESHMANN, METZGER, STANCZAK, SCHANKLER, GOLDBERG, MCADOO, MCCARTER, MCGINNIS,
PFLAUMER, PITTMAN, PITNEY, BLACKBURN, CROKEN, JULIUS, TEGARDEN, SUNG, SHELDON,
JACK HESS, WALLY HESS, RICHARD NEILL, CURLEE, GILBERT, SKIP BECK, KEN HALL,
ELLEN HIGGINS, BROWER, MEADOWS, OSTROW, BERENSON, BERESIN, ROSENTHAL,
ALTSHULER, GORMAN, SENCHESAK, PIKE, LOWENSTEIN, SCOTT ROGERS, DIFEDELE,
KUENZEL, CORCORAN, BAINE, WALSH, REHM, JOHN NEALE, HARMON, LAWRENCE LINDSEY,
LEUNER, MAC BARNES, POTTS, HAUCK,CHAMBERLAIN.
Visit the Class photo gallery for images from the memorable weekend.
Please plan on coming to our 43rd
Reunion. We will be part of the 45th Combine (Class of 1969) and expect it to
be held in the Holder quadrangle. Save
the date: Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, June 1, 2014.