High School Memories: Good, Bad, ... Whatever

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Also kind of self-explanatory. I would prefer that the memories be accurate, however. (I think I have already been "remembered" as some combination of Artie Bertolino, Frank Olsen-Tank, and Joe Shutovich.)

-- Anonymous, August 29, 2001


Hi, Albert. I am glad you made it here.

Sondra did not go to Hauppauge High. She is a friend of mine from IRC (Internet Relay Chat). She went to high school out in California. I invited her here to help test out the system and to see what the forum was like. She has attended several high school reunions out in California and I thought it would be useful for her to compare notes with people doing reunions back East.

-- Anonymous, October 09, 2001

I want to make a comment about the memories being "accurate". Highschool was sometimes a very subjective experience. Whatever we remember of HS, the retelling of stories is always colored by our experience. My best memories came out of several camping trips with the conservation core, and in re-reading my yearbook and realizing that some people actually "saw" more clearly than myself, what I was about. I have loosely maintained my HS friendships, that only means that though time and distance separate us, we are usually able to pick right up where we left off. I believe that people who got to know you in HS know you in a very core way that people never get to know you later in life. Those friends saw you without the complications, of responsabilties of home, work, and career. They watched you choose who your friends would be and why. Lots of people change after HS, but I believe that I have more or less merely sharpend my basic beliefs, and not changed much. Well, aside from maybe a *few* grey hairs!

-- Anonymous, October 08, 2001

Sondra, I think you are absolutely right. High school was a subjective experience. But some things I do remember clearly. I guess I posted the comment about "accuracy" just in response to a few stories about me that were floating around but were not really true--or in some cases they were true, but I wasn't the person involved. Like the "Jethro Tull" incident in Mrs. Shropshire's class definately was not me, although I was in that class. I am pretty sure it was Frank Olsen-Tank who pulled that stunt. I guess at the time I thought it was so weird that I remember it even today.

-- Anonymous, October 08, 2001

For the females that are going to be responding to this egroup, could they include their maiden name. I don't remember a Sondra Beam and neither does my yearbook.


-- Anonymous, October 09, 2001

On the general point about women using their last names from high school, I think that is a good idea. Or they can put them in parentheses or use them as middle names, like Susan (McDonald) Montrose.

-- Anonymous, October 10, 2001

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