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OH, WHAT A NIGHT ! - 3
10/09/06     Esther Sparks Powell  (1956)      powellrs@kimbanet.com
WOW! What a wonderful 50th reunion we had at the Dutch Inn Saturday night. It was certainly the largest (100+), and maybe even the most enthusiastic, crowd to date.

With Benny as M.C. we always know that we are in for a night of fun, and he didn't let us down. He had us all in stitches as he led us down memory lane with his jokes and reminders of the 50's. There just aren't words to describe some of those memories from "our" good ole days, especially the music that we all loved. Believe it or not, even Benny couldn't find the words to do enough justice to Elvis, The King. Of course, that did not halt our unflappable Benny....he brought on the ole boy, IN PERSON.

YES, you read that right. We were entertained by a spotlighted and side-burned ELVIS in a blue, sequined jumpsuit, with glittering rings on his fingers and dripping with gentlemanly charm. Okay, so it was an impersonator named, Steve, but at 68+ years, who gives a hoot? Certainly, not I, nor from where I was sitting, any of the other ladies. Lordy, that Demetria kept having to be held back. Once, she actually got loose and went after him! Oh, yeah, and just like in the 50's, a pair of red bloomers got tossed at him.....I'm not positive, but a lot of us are pretty sure that they came from Demetria's direction.

Later as he wandered through the crowd, stopping to sing directly to any adoring lady, who happened to catch his eye, he chose Lois, who was soon trailing along behind him, in eager attendance, with a dry towel (draped across her outstretched arm), to be offered, when needed, to wipe HIS brow.....and for doing such an outstanding job, Lois got to keep the towel.

Alas, Shirley Key, Jean Pruitt, daughter Deb, Lucy Smart Dunwoody, Barbara Wade, and I weren't on the receiving end of Elvis' roving eye. Bill and Brewster's presence at our table may have been a factor, but most likely it was our central table location. (Yeah, I know, and those grapes were probably sour, too.)

THANKS, Ann, Benny, John D., Susan, Lois, Joann, Jo, Barbara Jean, Mary Ann, Jim, Carol and everyone else who took part in making it all come together for such a truly memorable 50th reunion. You done plumb good, gang!

I repeat. OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
 
10/13/06     Margaret Craig Batson  (1956)      cbatson@sc.rr.com
Re: OH, WHAT A NIGHT !
Hi, Esther. Good job on the write-up. We did have a ball and I'm so glad so many classmates attended. Can't wait to see pictures.
The committee did an outstanding job with all the arrangements and the food, which was unusually good for a buffet.
Everyone up for 2011?
10/15/06     Dr. David Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
Re: OH, WHAT A NIGHT !
Hi, Esther,

This is your brother, David, replying to this terrific message about the Class of '56 reunion last week.

The readers of your message did not have to have been there to pick up on the fact that you folks had a blast!

Once again you have spun a marvelous web of great information about an event which leaves many of us wishing we could have been a part of the festivities.

I honestly don't know how you managed to keep your journalistic skills veiled and hidden for the earlier years of our lives. However, since Mavahi.Com has come along, you have covered so many of the important alumni events from MHS with class, dignity and true scholarship.

You are so observant, and it seems you seldom miss a thing at these huge events! I knew probably 1% of the folks you referred to in your posting, but you described them with such respect and light-hearted humor, it made me wish I could know these folks on a first-name basis.

You are probably going to hear from many of the folks mentioned in your outstanding message, if you haven't heard already.

Needless to say, you did your Classmates from '56 proud. Moreover, you consistently do all of the Sparks clan proud by your editorial, fact-based writing ability. Any family would be immensely blessed to have an "Esther" kind of writer/ historian/ geneologist somewhere on the "Family Tree."

Keep up the good work of reporting these events, Esther.

You would be welcome to come to the Class of '62 Reunion and cover it for good ol' Mavahi.Com.

Be talkin' to you soon, Sister.

David Sparks
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