In addition to comments in a recent letter from a classmate from Indianapolis about the Lowell High School reunion, I want to add my comments coming from Nashville, Tenn.
I graduated in 1950 and left the area in 1952. I have returned to several of the reunions, but as the attendance dropped, my enthusiasm for that long drive also dropped. I wondered if this reunion would be well attended. However, it was well planned and volunteers worked hard to make it a success. It was held at a new location, food was prepared by good cooks, and a band was contracted to play music mostly of the '40s and '50s. It all sounded so wonderful that I was strongly encouraged to attend.
"Oh, What A Night" - the song made famous by Frankie Valli (we all remember him) was once again made famous by the LHS grads on July 27. This time 170 people showed up to celebrate their good times at LHS. Many were spouses and friends of the grads, but that made it all the better. People were happy as they hit the door of entry, they were given name tags so we could readily know who they were. The fact we had aged was the only difference, we were still LHS grads, meeting, seeing, talking, hugging, simply enjoying being there. We were home, we were in Lowell. We knew the siblings of our classmates, it was one big family reunion.
We had an hour of meet and greet, an hour of the best food (cooked in Lowell style) and the rest of the night we listened to Steve Pottmeyer and his wife play those songs that were so familiar to us. Sometimes we joined in with singing, we had a karaoke player and a singer to add to the fun, we slow danced, we even had a square dance experience. The moving around from table to table lasted all evening with introducing ourselves to one another. What a blessing so many of us could be there.
We had one graduate from the 1932 class, one from the 1938 class, and one married couple from the 1943-1944 class that led the ball room dancing. After that we stopped counting and simply enjoyed each other.
As I remember my time at LHS, we had such fine teachers who really cared about us. I look back and fully know those were the best of the formative years of my life.
As we age and time grown precious, we want to do this reunion again in two years. So many of the grads live all over the U.S. so the work falls on the ones who have stayed or retired in Lowell. We have the faith that we will meet again and again, maybe many times. We want to have the opportunity to say again,"Oh, What A Night."
Joann Shock Powell