Details, Details, Details

1.) Awesome response so far lots of RSVP’s – Lots of questions about payment …. the good news is that we’ve50 bill made it easy …. $50 at the door (not the $45 listed in the snail mail invitation). CASH is king but will take a check (begrudgingly). We are working to get formal receipts for tax purposes for the $20+ portion that will automatically go to the American Cancer Society

2.) Email any pictures you may have from our high school era to Nancy Klinger-Poljak as she is putting together a slide show that is bound to embarrass and expose all of us. If you think one of your BFF(s) is about to send in a photo of you, the best recourse would be to send in a retaliatory strike, i.e. a photo of your own!

3.) 29 September 2013, 2-5 p.m. Renault Winery – Tuscany House, Totally Casual BBQ, No Fuss No Muss, (persons wearing tuxedoes or wrist corsages will not be admitted without an appropriate explanation OR $50 per person)

4.) RSVP TODAY .. RSVP deadline is 15 September


The Usual Suspects are beginning to sign up

Here’s the list of characters so far that have sent a formal RSVP to

Jeanne Hobson Hubbard, Judy Gronlund Jacob.Kathleen Breder Marburger, Nancy Klinger Poljak, Luann Leseman Inman, Sharon Kennedy Tommi, Patti Wyner Schwenger, Terri Wellner, Pat Sheeran, Tim Leary, Joe Losasso

These are additional names that have checked into the reunion conversation via social media and expressed interest but no RSVP to basicidea@live.comyet.

Pat DiGiacomo, Larry Surkin, Eleanor Ausby Godbold, Ginger Hagaman, Lynn Roesch, Bill Wyner, Jean Weisbecker Hess, Joanne Ripley Hennessy, Donna Slunt Nelson, Doris Ettmueller Hawkins, Dennis Dempsey, Marilyn Mohn Ryan, Nadine Clybourn, Patty Merlino, Mike Curcio, Tammy Schaab (Jay), Joann Henderson, Eileen Wallen Fox, Bill Corbin, Mike Petuskey, Mary Ellen Petuskey, Karen Bergman Petuskey

Help me out by making your reservation at this email address: basicidea@live.comname (please, for goodness sake add the name you had in high school – we’ve all killed too many memory cells since ’73), number in party, and contact email address …. easy as that…

For all other information please read the previous posts here at or send your questions to me at (let me type it just one more time)

Please note the $5 change for what we will be charging – $50 per person with $20 being donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Bill Petuskey

What You Need (Must) Do …. pretty please

OHS/AHS Unofficial, No Fuss, No Muss 40 Year Class Reunion … Sunday, 29 September, 2 – 5 p.m., Renault Winery, Tuscan House, Egg Harbor …. SOUTH JERSEY, baby!

I have total empathy for the crew that put our 25 year gig together. This is going to be a pretty cool thing if we pull it off and have a good crowd there to enjoy it – BUT am asking everyone to do me a few big favors.

#1 RSVP to Scott R. at ONLY! … Telling me on Facebook or a comment on the website like “great idea, count me in” doesn’t count

#2 when you RSVP leave your name (the one you used in high school … Hey, it’s been a long time!), address, email address, how many will be coming with you and their names, and any questions you may have.

#3 cancellation policy – let me know before 15 September … no cancellation? You will still be billed! Someone is fronting the expenses with Renault for this thing so don’t screw it up!!! (We’ll keep a list – we know where to find you)

#4 REREAD #1

#5 ’73 grads Oakcrest and Absegami, of course .. But any of our friends are invited to join us …. More the merrier – also better for our class donation to the American Cancer Society in Billy Petuskey’s honor

#6 Teachers, coaches, front office? … YES, if you know where they are, tell them, invite them, send them to and tell them their assignment is to read and complete items #1 and #4 before class!

Ok, now the truth … We had to raise the price to $50 per person …. Just too many expenses to cover at 45 beans ….

Communication is pretty critical now as we aren’t that far away from Sept. 29 ….

Now, go out there and do your thing!

Cheers, sr

Unofficial 40 Year Class Reunion: Date, Place, Time and Cost

Renault Winery: Tuscan House

Sunday afternoon: 29 September 2013, 2-5 p.m.

$45 (with a cash bar) … $20 will automatically be donated to The American Cancer Society in memory of Bill Petuskey

Dress – yes, please do .. keeping it real casual though

Who? – OHS/AHS Class of ‘73 primarily BUT – would welcome anyone from that era to join us and catch up on 40 years of friendship, success, failure and dirt. (we all have some of each!)

RSVP: yes, this means you! deadline to let us know if you are coming is 5 p.m. – 15 September … r.s.v.p. – a.s.a.p. to (will also entertain questions, suggestions, poems and marriage advice  … well, maybe not)

Payment: we are in the process of deciding how best to accomplish this (likely a PayPal account since I haven’t been able to find a fat cat from the class who will underwrite the whole thing) Keep tuned into this site and our FB link to receive this update – RSVP first, I’ll find you to get your money, trust me.

Your Mission should you decide to accept it: spread the word, send them here, talk it up, invite others .. girls – buy a nice dress, guys – wash your T-shirt

It’s On … 29 September, 2013

Mark your calendar. The No Fuss, No Muss Unofficial 40 Year Ultra Casual OHS/AHS ’73 Reunion has life. You made the decision based on the interest you showed on Facebook and here at, We’ll set this thing up, you find your friends from high school and let them know. There are a few logistical things that need to be done in the meantime to help out but more on that later.

DATE: 29 September, 2013 – 1:00 PM 

The venue has yet to be finalized as we work through a few remaining details however count on a BBQ picnic near the ’73 OHS/AHS Mays Landing campus. The goal is to keep the event cost low because we plan to do this in conjunction with an American Cancer Society fund raiser in memory of our classmate, Bill Petuskey. Your donation and the BBQ will be rolled into one price. The venue will sell us beer while soft drinks and non-beer drinkers can BYOB. Hopefully you’re getting the idea as to just how no fuss, no muss this event is going to be.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Alert your/our friends and get everyone to hit the LIKE button on Facebook so that they’ll be notified when new info comes up

2. Send your email address to so a data base can be formed – I promise this information will not be given to the IRS or NSA (they probably have it anyway)

3. We need a tent in case of inclement weather; how big? I don’t know yet ….. just keep this task in mind in case you know where to get one

4. Check in every now and then to get the latest information …. I expect we’ll have more details in the next few weeks

That’s it for now ….

Cheers, SR, TL, JoLo

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 Use your contact list, Facebook friends, and Twitter to spread the word, send them to this website 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