The 2017 edition of the Leuzinger HS Classes of 1961-1965 Reunion Party was held on October 7, 2017. As has been the case for the past few years it was hosted by Gini Gardner (63). About eighty people from these classes attended this year.
It was stated previously, that this would be the last party of this type that Gini would be able to host. However, for those of us who attended, the prevailing hope is something like this can be pulled off next year and in the future.
For us, the Class of 1963, our our 55th aniversary is coming next year. Those at the party that I talked with were universally in favor of having a Class of 63 Reunion in 2018. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this. Either email me (email@example.com) or leave a comment below.
For those of you who were not able to join us, below is a YouTube video showing the group photo that was taken.
2017 LHS Reunion Party
I know many of you did attend this year’s edition of the now annual LHS Classes of 1961-1964 Reunion Party last September. But like me, some of you were unable to attend – our bad. From what I understand, once again, Gini Yegsigian hosted an awesome party with great food.
For those of you who did not make it, I have posted a few photos here to give you a little idea what we missed. By the way, collecting and labelling these photos was done by Ron Secory (62).
I suspect it will not be long before the planning for the 2017 edition begins. Stay tuned!
Gini went to Vegas to see Tina’s recent show she and her family put on. Here are her comments and a photo she emailed me.
The band was great. Tina. Phil. 2 daughters Who are soooooo Talented.
Click on the figure to view the DVD trailer.
On September 19th, Gini Yegsigian hosted the the second annual LHS Summer Reunion Party. This year the party was open to the graduating classes of 1961-1964.
About 70 people attended this year, which was a tremendous increase over last year’s group. I suspect future editions are going to be the must-attend event of the summer.
If you were not able to attend this year, there is an 11-minute DVD that will clearly show you the fun you missed. The DVD was compiled and produced from the many photos contributed by several people by Ron Secory and Don Stouder. Those who went to the reunion will be receiving their DVD shortly.
For those of you who were not able to attend, you can receive a copy for $5 by sending a check payable to Don Stouder at the address below.
26812 Via Desmonde
Lomita, CA 90717
Those of you who attended our 50th Reunion, I am sure are wondering where the DVD is. Vicky and I are hard at work and hope to complete it soon. Thank you to all of you who contributed pictures and video clips from the reunion. Going through these and picking the best ones that tell the story to include on the DVD was not a simple task.
When the DVD is completed, it will include not only pictures and video clips from the Reunion weekend, but also glimpses of life for us when we were at Leuzinger. Special thanks goes out to Wes Rizor for providing video (actually shot on film – there was no video back then) that his dad took during 1962 and 1963. A short sample of raw footage is shown below.
1962 Track Meet
For those of you who were unable to attend the reunion, you will be able to buy a copy of the DVD when it is released. Information on how to do that will be emailed to you, as well as posted here. So make sure you keep your email address current with us.
In the meantime everyone, continue to be patient. 🙂
P.S. Soon I will be redoing the blog and our home page – our 50th Reunion is history now.
We have sold out of the few extra 50th ReunionMemory Books we had left from the reunion. We have mailed these to those who had quickly sent in their check.
As soon as we receive sufficient additional orders, we will have more printed. We are not going to be able to offer the Memory Books indefinitely. So if you would like a copy, please send your check as soon as possible.
If you are interested in purchasing a 50th Reunion Memory Book that includes the completed Questionnaires from many of our classmates, you can order a copy. To order one, send a check payable to David Akins for $13.00 to David at the address below.
1836 Palacios Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90732
We are also producing a DVD that chronicles the activities of the weekend. This is a significant and time consuming project that Vicky Sechrist and I are working on. So it will be awhile yet before the DVD is completed and shipped to those who attended the reunion. At that time, it will be made available for purchase to everyone. I’ll let you know when orders can be placed for the DVD.
The group photo above is most of the group that attended the tour of Leuzinger Saturday morning. The photo was taken in front of the boys gym. Don’t worry if you do not remember the statue behind us. It was not there 50 years ago.
A short time ago I posted a video and a couple of pictures of Tina and her family.
The other day, I got a nice email from her and a couple of more pictures. I decided to pass them on, so the rest of you can enjoy them. It seemed appropriate to do this today, on Dick Clark’s passing, since he had so much to do with her early career. She certainly isn’t the only performer he helped get started.
Phil and I really enjoyed the one we went to which was just south of Laguna Beach at a really nice hotel nestled in the mountains by the beach. I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was nice seeing all my old classmates.
I really loved looking at the YOUTUBE class photo that you posted here in this email. Wow! It’s so wonderful to have that photo available to look at and see how we used to look back in high school. Phil and I found it amazing that all the girls were wearing skirts and dresses with hemlines to the knees… all very modest and proper. Today kids dress so sloppy and punky that it’s just such a contrast to our standards and cleanliness. Do you know what I mean? All the girls had well-arranged hairdos and they all looked so dressed up like they were going to church or something… Isn’t it strange how trends and different generations change their styles and “moral compass?” It’s almost shocking how “wholesome” we look. Squeaky clean!!! Crazy, isn’t it???
The photo with the four of us include our two daughters Kelly and Jessie. That was taken at the Zucchini Festival last August where our band performed as the headliners.
Love to all my class of ’63,
Tina Edmundson-Volk and Phil Volk