45th Reunion was held,
Saturday, September 10, 2005
"remember who you are and where you're
The 45th class reunion of poly high school's
class of 1960 was truly a success. There were approximately 160 in
attendance who helped remind each of us "who we are and where we're
from!" The weather was made to order. The dress was casual. The
dinner was excellent. Everywhere there was laughter, hugs, and lots of
"do you remember.....?" The timing was perfect: after labor day, and
everyone was back from summer vacation. All these factors made the day
appear effortless and a bit magical.
If you enjoyed the 45th reunion, start
making plans to get involved in the 50th (can you EVEN believe it?)
reunion!!!!! And remember: be a part of the planning committee for
upcoming events. WE WANT YOU! Even if you cannot be "in town" for the
meetings, there is much that you can do. Personally contacting
classmates by phone or email helps to contribute to good atendance, and
we would like to have as many help with this task as possible.
The DVD of the reunion festivities is coming
out soon for your viewing pleasure!
The class photographer was Bobby Stalcup.
Look for the pictures on the web-site which is being set up by Anita
Stockton Bowers. Bobby is also creating a DVD viewable on computer or
the DVD player on your TV. It will be made available for purchase by
all our classmates. The proceeds from the sale will help to defray
expenses for the mailings, website, and planning for future
especially the 50th. For those who were
unable to attend, you can still send in a current picture so that
you can be included. Also, it would be nice if you would include a bit
of biographical information or any meesage you would like to send to the
class. You can send this by email to Bobby at
you do not have email, you can write to him at
1602 Paisley Drive, Arlington, Texas
Also, for the website: poly1960.org, please
go to the site (OF COURSE, IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS ON THE WEB, YOU ARE
ALREADY HERE!) and email the web mistress, Anita Stockton Bowers, any
messages you would like to share with the class. She will be posting
these as they are received. We will eventually have a guest book that
you can sign and share information with other classmates. Be sure to go
there often to check since it is new and still being developed. Anita
welcomes any and all ideas that will make the website better.
ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR HIGH CLASS PICTURES:
Carol Grimland Couch sent out an email
asking for pictures from our elementary and junior high school days.
She has a notebook for each of the schools we attended and is filling
them with pictures from those schools. She is still accepting pictures
from you. Please send her ONLY copies of your originals, and be sure to
tell the name of the school and include the names of the students, the
teacher(s) and administrators (if you can). Try to include the grade
level and the year.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE 45th:
Among those who were instrumental in the
planning sessions were Larry Barnes, Carolyn Cavin, Pat Crabb Tyrrell,
Susan Dungan Thomas, Carol Grimland Couch, Jane Hard
Ferrell, Marifranc Keeton Mathis, Del Kelley, Joyce Martin Jackson, Jo
Lu Moore Cavender, Rita Morris Vinson, Tommy Pirtle, Donna Rhoten Jobe,
Bobby Stalcup, Anita Stockton Bowers, Ron West, and Larry Wren.
And a special thanks go out to everyone who
brought snacks! And a very special thanks to Larry Wren for getting
the soft drinks, Marifranc Keeton Mathis for the bottled water, and Mike
and Jane Hard Ferrel for the ice!!!
The truth is that there were a lot of people
who made the reunion come off with a hitch. At the heart and soul of
the behind the scenes crew are three people we must recognize: Carol
Grimland Couch, Marifranc Keeton Mathis, and Larry Wren. These three
worked tirelessly in securing the meeting room, hiring the caterers, and
keeping track of the reservations. In addition, they were the driving
force for the emails and mail outs that kept us all up the the minute
with the plans.
Planning sessions were open to everyone and
were announced by email. They were held on Sunday afternoons, about six
in all. Marifranc Keeton Mathis, Carol Grimland Couch, Donna Rhoten
Jobe, Susan Dungan Thomas, and Joyce Martin Jackson opened their homes
for these meetings. All organization for the reunion took place during
The decorations were the creation of Joyce
Martin Jackson. The really were a blast from the past and set the scene
for a return to our three years in the halls of the building on the
infamous poly dip: malt shop glasses brimming with orange mum put us in
mind homecomings, and 78rpm "records"with pitures of our classmates from
the '60 Parrot brought back lots of good memories.
Pat Crabb Tyrrell created the memorial
poster so that we could remember friends no long with us, as well as the
poster with the names of those classmates we are unable to locate.
Pat's delivery of the canopy for the use of the "registration" crew
provided the perfect greeting place as everyone arrived.
The name tags were the joint effort of Joyce
Martin Jackson and Larry Barnes. How many of you had to really look at
the name tag with the attached Poly photo BEFORE you recognized your
The Phone Trees were created by Carol
Grimland Couch and were manned by Jack Johnson, Nancy Abshire Gober, and
Mary Ann Everidge Cotten.
And last, but not least, a great round of
applause goes out for those who were on the clean-up crew!
Pictures from Reunion will be coming