Bueller? Bueller?

Hello? Is anyone out there? More importantly is there anyone out there from the Oakcrest – Absegami Class of ’73 interested in a reunion (of sorts)? During a recent visit to SJ to attend a memorial service for our classmate Bill Petuskey the subject came up as several from our class expressed not only an interest but a need as well.

Aside from the honor of saying goodbye to one of our class leaders it was great to say hello to so many old friends I hadn’t seen since our 25 year reunion. Personally, it’s becoming more and more important the older I get to hold on to the connections and friendships made over 40 years ago when life was easier and all of us believed we were immortal.

There’s been a lot of water over the dam in the last 40 years and the usual suspects have decided to give this reunion thing a try – but not in the sense that reunions typically are staged. This will be the No Fuss, No Muss, No wrist corsages or suit and tie affair where the emphasis is on catching up with old friends, telling lies about our high school exploits and exaggerating our lives since “Oaksegami” ’73 -(typical reunion stuff). The idea is to have a casual, unstuffy event that when you walk out to the parking lot when its over you realize you are glad you attended even though you weren’t so sure about it when you parked the car a few hours earlier.

Yes, there will be; ‘Hello my name is’ _____ because let’s be serious – our memories are shot and while most faces come back pretty fast the corresponding name doesn’t … Hey, it is what it is!

So here’s the plan. Let me (really doesn’t matter who me is) know if you are interested by emailing me with your return address and your thoughts at basicidea@live.com. Use your contact list, Facebook friends, and Twitter to spread the word, send them to this website oaksegami.wordpress.com and have them respond in kind. We’ll survey the response after about 30 days and get back to you on – when (likely this Fall), where (probably within 15 miles of OHS) and how much (more than a bucket of KFC and less than dinner at the Borgata). .. Could be a BBQ, could be a buffet – Remember No Fuss, No Muss


16 thoughts on “Bueller? Bueller?

  1. Scott – thanks for kicking this idea out there to the masses. Kathy Breder Marburger tried to get me to get one start as a casual get together. I’m so glad you did. It’s a wonderful idea. I’m in ! It was great to see you the other night. Lynn Evangelist Roesch

  2. Hi Scott, I am definitely interesting in a reunion. The casual affair you described sounds perfect. Luann Leseman Inman

    • Luann, thx for your FB comment … will absolutely need local help after 15 June when we make a decision to proceed in a certain direction …. I plan to do virtually all I can from my home in Maine so will need some feet on the ground in SJ

  3. Hi Scott, We all felt the same way being together last week. You certainly have the way words to get this started. Just a thought … Pot Luck BBQ in one the Parks ….. ? Estell Manor is always nice around Indian summer time. They used to have Pavilions. Or Pot Luck in an indoor Venue could be fun …. I do love my 5 star catered places! But—- When your with friends – it really doesn’t matter (as long as we have Food and Booze:)

    • great idea … actually have been thinking along the same lines … personally would love to do a burger or chicken BBQ and a cash bar at the old Bosik’s Cove/Park (aka OHS Mecca) with all proceeds after expenses to go to American Cancer Society in memory of Bill .. will see after I pose it to JoLo and Tim

      • It would be a great idea for everyone to to let other classmates that you are friends with to let in the loop.. I will do my best on my end.. Scott, have you posted anything on the FB post that you posted about Bill’s Service.. It seem that there where more people on there that were notified.

  4. Hi Guys…….that is a County Park……Across the Lake is used for catering events …cannot find a link for the property involved but this is a festival being held at the site… http://www.waterfrontwinefestival.net/ Something like this would be a blast…if we could turn it into a ‘fundraiser…(your idea). ‘ It does sound like a lot of work. I know someone in the Mays Landing Merchant Association, so I will talk to her about the park. Maybe we can put it on our short list. Take care,
    Happy Memorial Day


  5. Great ideas! Casual, no fuss sounds good. If thoughts are leaning toward donations to ACS, maybe we could do a silent auction. Would need to know if NJ has rules regarding such fundraisers first, though……

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