Class Reunions Before the Internet…Just Didn’t Happen
As I’ve said before, I really think this Internet thing is here to stay. Not to date myself, but to date myself, my 20th high school reunion is this year. As the duly elected president of the 1987 graduating class at North Stanly High School (New London, NC), I have recently joined forces with my fellow class officers via the Internet (two in NC and one in PA) and we have started to track down classmates and let the word be known that we ARE having a 20th reunion.I have NO idea how we would do this so successfully and quickly without the internet. From looking up names to just going to sites that actually exist for reunions and whatnot – classmates.com and reunion.com to name two particularly good ones – this Internet thing has been very helpful. I tracked down a good friend (and fellow class officer) with the help of her current last name…we last talked 10 years ago pre-Internet…certainly, pre-ubiqitous internet. And if Malcolm Gladwell is right about anything (other than having a great head of hair – another theme of 20 year reunions) it is the fact that there are some people who are just connected and finding the one or two of them then cascades down to a lot of other people.With that in mind, there is still very much a human element to the internet that cannot be underestimated or discounted. Clearly, spelling helps. And, a little bit of information helps you find more information. At this point I would like to thank Mr. Yahoo and Mr. Google for being so helpful in the class of 1987’s search for fellow classmates.In closing, if you know any of my fellow Comets* (yes, that is our mascot) from the class of 1987, please send them my way…or just send them to classmates.com where our reunion information is. Thank you, Internet, for helping in putting together a successful reunion. I’ll give you an update periodically on reunion progress.*Comets cheer: “It’s hot, it’s hot, it’s hot in here, there must be a comet in the atmosphere.” As hard as I might try, I can’t make stuff like that up.