Monthly Archives: August 2007

Wondering whether to attend?

For many people, planning to attend a reunion is a scary thought. You’re not to first person to face those reunion jitters, however! Below you will find links to help you face your fears and hopefully attend the reunion with confidence:

BD14720_.GIF (200 bytes) How to Attend Your Class Reunion
BD14720_.GIF (200 bytes) How to Overcome Your Class Reunion Angst
BD14720_.GIF (200 bytes) How to Look Good For Your Class Reunion
BD14720_.GIF (200 bytes) How to Remember Names at Your Class Reunion

The following letter appeared in a newspaper advice coumn, and offers something for everyone:

“DEAR ANN LANDERS: I recently attended my 25th high school class reunion. I had a wonderful time, but I noticed a few people seemed uncomfortable, and their discomfort made others uncomfortable as well. I have compiled a list of DOs and DON’Ts for such events. With reunion time just around the corner, I hope you will print my “Reunion Rules” for others who may be feeling awkward about attending the festivities:

1. No whining or moaning over what “might have been,” or anything else depressing. No one wants a pall cast over this happy event.

2. Seek out people who have made a difference in your life, and thank them. They will appreciate it.

3. Check your midlife crisis at the door. No one needs to know you are having an affair or that your spouse just left you.

4. Do not brush off anyone who wants to talk to you. It doesn’t matter whether or not you liked that person in high school. We have all changed.

5. Bring an extra hankie, and cry all you want when you are overwhelmed by nostalgia and old friends. Tears can be a great catharsis.

6. All responses to questions should be at least two full sentences. Don’t be abrupt. It will make you appear snobbish.

7. Don’t do too much bragging. It puts a spotlight on your insecurities. The best compliments are the ones you get without fishing.

8. Any remarks about your baldness, weight or wrinkles should be countered with something humorous or self-deprecating. No offense is intended. Sometimes, when people are surprised at the change in the appearance of an old friend, they don’t know how to deal with it, so they try to mask their surprise with humor.

9. Be careful how you approach others. Be respectful. Remember that you are dealing with someone’s wife, husband, mother or father.

10. Be yourself. We remember you from way back, and will accept you the way you are.”

From the Clinton High School Class of 1980 website.



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Please read e-mail from Amy Hickman Vaughn

I got this e-mail from Amy Hickman Vaughn (Class of 1985) and I wantd to share it with everyone.

From: Amy Vaughn

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Subject: Kaitlyn’s accident

Many of you may already know but for those of you who do not, Kaitlyn and Ericka were in a serious ORV accident on Sunday evening up at Black Lake where they have spent most of their summer having the time of their life. Well, unfortunately that came to a screeching hault. Ericka was driving the ORV and went to turn around on the gravel road and the ORV tipped over. Kaitlyn’s instinct was to put out her right leg and arm to stop her fall. They both had seat belts on thank God. Kaitlyn’s right foot was severely injured and she fractured her right hand in two places. She had to be airlifted by plane down to U of M Children’s hospital in Ann Arbor. She’s had one 4hr. surgery so far and her foot is in BAD SHAPE. We would love to hear your thoughts and prayers. Kaitlyn is being a real trooper let me tell ya. I am soo proud of her. She’s having another surgery tomorrow to do some more cleaning and repairing so I’ll post another message tomorrow. It would mean so much to her to hear from all who care about her. Lots of Love and Prayers, MOM

To view her progress and to post a comment go to:, type in my member name: amyjvaughn5 and my password: poohbear and you can review all her messages.

Please keep Kaitlyn and the rest of Amy’s family in your thoughts.


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Rick Springfield

Rock Springfield

(Picture from the 80’s)

Current Rick Springfield (Current picture)

OK, Gen-Xer’s, How many of you were in love with Rick Springfield aka Dr. Noah Drake??

This morning on the news, I heard that he was going to sing for the first time on General Hospital. But the part that made me sit up and take notice was that it mentioned that he was 58 years old. 58!! To say the least, I was a little shocked when they said that.

For me, Rick will always be forever young as in his picture above. “Jessie’s Girl“, will always be one of my favorite songs.

Why do our favorites grow old? Try to google one of your favorites from the 80’s.

You may be surprised on how they look now.


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Are You a Child of the 80s?

I love this list: Are You a Child of the 80s?

Looking back and seeing how many of thee things I had or did just cracks me up.

I got this list from

Read the list and see how many of them you remember.


Trapped between the “Baby Boomers” and “Generation Y” is a special generation … a generation we call “Children of the Eighties.” If you can identify with most of the 15 points below, chances are you are definitely one of them …

1. You owned a *real* Rubik’s cube.

2. One word: Izod.

3. You remember when MTV didn’t exist. Alternatively you remember when the M stood for Music, not Mundane.

4. “Alternative” music actually was…and not popular Top 40 tunes.

5. You were a “wanna be”. Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, etc.

6. “Where’s the beef?”

7. You know how to use a rotary phone.

8. Max Headroom was cool.

9. You know how (or wanted to be able) to Moonwalk!

10. Atari, IntelliVision, TelStar and Coleco were the ultimate gaming systems to own.

11. Leg warmers and headbands alá Pat Benatar once looked really cool to you.

12. You remember when Jordache jeans with a flat-handle comb in the back pocket was cool.

13. Jelly bracelets & shoes!

14. Your hair defied gravity.

15. You are still baffled by the “day glo” clothing trend.

So, are you a Child of the ’80s? You’re facing a long uphill culture battle to stay tuned-in to that great decade, so follow our advice:

* Never forget or deny your 80s heritage. Be sure to start most of your sentences with “Back in the 80s” or “When I was your age”…

* Spend a majority of your time in your late 20s & early 30s obsessing over how much better things were “back then”.

* Never let them see you sweat.

Read more about your shared cultural heritage with other Children of the Eighties in Bryant Adkins’ essay’Generation X’ call Me a Child “Don’t Call Me ‘Generation X’ call Me a Child of the Eighties”

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Top 25 Songs of 1985

I love my music from th 80’s. Here is a list of the Top 25 from The Eighties Club website. How many of them do you remember? And how many do you have in your collection? And how many of you still listen to them on a regular basis? (Me — 25 out of 25 on my iPod.)

1. “Careless Whisper”…..Wham!

2. “Say You, Say Me”…..Lionel Richie

3. “Separate Lives”…..Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

4. “I Want To Know What Love Is”…..Foreigner

5. “Money For Nothing”…..Dire Straits

6. “We Are The World”…..USA for Africa

7. “Broken Wings”…..Mr. Mister

8. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”…..Tears for Fears

9. “The Power Of Love”…..Huey Lewis & The News

10. “We Built This City”…..Starship

11. “St. Elmo’s Fire”…..John Parr

12. “Can’t Fight This Feeling”…..REO Speedwagon

13. “Crazy For You”…..Madonna

14. “Easy Lover”…..Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins

15. “Everytime You Go Away”…..Paul Young

16. “Don’t You (Forget About Me):…..Simple Minds

17. “Take On Me”…..a-ha

18. “Party All The Time”…..Eddie Murphy

19. “Everything She Wants”…..Wham!

20. “Shout”…..Tears for Fears

21. “Alive and Kicking”…..Simple Minds

22. “I Miss You”…..Klymaxx

23. “Sea Of Love”…..Honeydrippers

24. “Cool It Now”…..New Edition

25. “Part-Time Lover”…..Stevie Wonder


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Carman-Ainsworth High School – Class of 1987

Carman-Ainsworth High School – Class of 1987 had there class reunion on Aug. 4.

Here is an e-mail I got from Shari (Lurvey) Warezak:

It was a lot of fun and people were genuinely happy to see each other – 20 years is a long time! We had an after party at Brickstreet on Grand Blanc Road, and there were other people from Ainsworth there, as well.

I will try to get you some pictures, it would be great to have them posted. Thanks!

Once I get some pictures from Shari, I will either posted them here or on the website.

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Remembering Our Teachers


I recently posted that Mr. Galbreath (Music or Band Teacher) had passed away. And it had me wondering… Where are those teachers who played an important part of our lives?

Here are the teachers that I am looking for.

Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. McInnis and Mrs. Lang

(School: Van Slyke Elementary)

If anyone knows where these people are, let me know. And if there is any teacher you are looking for, let us know.


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