The Bourne High School Class of 1959 spent time along memory lane on September 20 under the soft lights at the Weary Travelers Club in Monument Beach.
It’s been 60 years, and reunion organizer Jan Finton said she was pleased with the turnout, adding that everyone seemed reasonably healthy and enjoyed renewing acquaintances from so long ago.
Finton was assisted by classmates Brenda Clouette and John Duggan.
“Brenda was the detective,” Finton said. “She tracked people down for us. John was the comedian. He would always have something funny to say at the organization meetings.”
Class President Neil Minihan, who left Bourne High and went to Harvard, was not at the reunion. Evening consensus was that Ronnie Harding was the class athlete all around, with Finton as a top basketball player. The late classmates Rod Valentini and Ed Savage were also remembered as standouts.
Retired Bourne teacher George Tomlinson attended, lamenting that he was away when the Peebles Elementary School, in which he taught for years, came down.
Class trivia booklets commanded attention. Class members remembered the past, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, their aches and pains, their body-part replacements and their high school crushes.
The class graduated from the building that now houses the apartments for seniors off Cotuit and Trowbridge Roads. Members in many retrospective respects easily represent the end of the 1950s. Some went to work after graduation, while others attended college or the military. Some stayed in town. Some seem to never have changed.
Elvis burst onto the scene during their high school years. Castro came to power. The Red Sox were mired in fifth place for the most part. The most popular film their senior year was “Gigi.” The price of movie admission was $1.
The top television shows were Bonanza, Rawhide and Twilight Zone. The Canalmen reached the basketball Tech Tourney in the old Boston Garden, and the average price of a new automobile was $2,200.
Classmates returned to Bourne from Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Washington and Maine, among other states.
Additional BHS classes celebrated their reunions the following night, also at the Weary Travelers Club.
Lou and Nancy Fougere were on hand to represent the Class of 1947, while the BHS Class of 1979 had 23 members in attendance for the affair that raises funds each year for senior scholarships.
“We have more people than usual,” alumni association treasurer Tammy Staiger said. “Younger people seem to be coming now as they’re approaching (age) 60 and looking back. It’s another generation of people supporting the group and having a good time.”
It was an evening of hugs and kisses and renewed acquaintances. Name tags were checked and doublechecked with smiles of amazement in some cases.
Some 115 people attended the September 21 event in total. Attire was mostly casual. Some men wore sportcoats, and some women were in long flowery dresses.
Dana Tobey provided music as the evening’s emcee. Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” played softly in the background as the classes wound through the food line that offered chicken, beef and seafood.
Alumni arrived from New York, Vermont, Tennessee, Maine, Virginia and Key West.