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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:30 am

Recently we highlighted some of the activities members of the Williston High School class of 1962 were involved in during a 50-year reunion.

Today, it’s time to give you an update on the fun and friendships that were renewed as members of the class of 1972 spent some time together.

Members of the 1972 reunion committee were made up of Wendy Johnson, Doug Daniels, Ken and Reveena (Gilbert) Hegge and Marlyce (Wilder) Sieler.

This group was joined by Rick Fredrickson, who was on-line from Rock Springs, Wyo., serving as the “IT guru.”

“The class opted to gear their 40-year reunion toward the end of September, and made it a true ‘Homecoming’ for many classmates who had not been to the land of their alma mater much since graduating in 1972,” said Wendy.

She tells us members of the class came home from states such as Maryland and Virginia out east, along with the states of California and Washington way out west.

In addition, classmates from neighboring states of Montana and Minnesota came to join those who didn’t venture as far to “celebrate friendship, recall memories of times past and make new memories to carry back home.”

The diversity of lives and adventures of many made for lots of conversations, laughter and fun, according to Wendy.

Homecoming parade

The weekend began with classmates taking part in the annual Homecoming parade on a float adorned with a banner designed by classmate Dave Suess.

Reportedly Dave keeps busy these days doing ballroom dancing competitively in California.

Now how’s that for a twist?

Wendy also told us the truck and trailer were on loan from Noble Casing, with classmate Doug Daniels at the helm.

Waving “Class of 72 ~ Go Coyotes” signs, the class made its way down main street tossing candy and “enjoying the extremely nice day with temperatures in the 80’s.”

That hot temperature was “very unexpected” by some, as classmates were prepared for very chilly weather expected for this time of year.

Taking in the football game was in the works for some, with everyone gathering back at the Airport Inn for the rest of the evening that included non-stop visiting and catching up with friends, some of which hadn’t been seen since high school was over.

Tour of the area

On Saturday, many of this group enjoyed a game of golf, while others toured the area to see the changes that have taken place in their hometown.

That lasted until it was time to gather once again, only this time at the WHS Field House for a group picture.

Once that was wrapped up, classmates returned to the Airport Inn for refreshments, dinner and the evening program.

Surprise performer

A DVD, produced by a locally owned business Daycom, Inc., was shown to those in attendance.

The production shared photos from high school annuals, shared photos from classmates and video clips from high school days and previous reunions as well as a tribute to classmates who have passed on.

The surprise entertainment for the evening was provided by Royalty Entertainment, when “Elvis” came to serenade and put on an “awesome show for all to enjoy.”

Hey, it’s not every day Elvis comes to town.

The couple involved in the Elvis tribute moved to Williston from Brainerd, Minn.

The show included autograph and picture time, as well as scarves given to some in attendance were all souvenirs of the weekend.

Varied careers

The careers of 1972 classmates proved to be quite varied, including everything from real estate agents, accountants, IT managers, store owners/managers, cooks, doctors/nurses, social workers, energy environmental research analyst, utility workers, bonding agents, teachers, writers and stay at home parents, along with some who are even retired.

Wendy informed us about some of the more unique accomplishments of classmates that included: managing to get something into orbit with his fingerprints on it with Endeavor; traveling extensively to every continent (except Antarctica); being foster parents to more than 20 boys; lobbying on Capital Hill for various medical causes; running in several marathons; and one who said, “my doctor says that I’m very successful at not becoming anorexic and misplacing my hair.”

Very interesting.

Lots of work

We know pulling off a class reunion is a lot of work.

With that we send out a Scope Salute to members of the organizing committee and they probably did such a great job, come the 50-year reunion they will be called upon once again.

The 1972 class saw 247 graduate from WHS, with only 66 classmates returning to join with spouses, for a total of 80 in attendance at the reunion.

For those who missed out, they will just have to pick up on stories of all the fun that was had.

In another 10 years it will be even more interesting to learn what classmates accomplish.

Hang on for the ride!

Classical guitarist

You just never know who will appear next in Williston.

On the heels of Elvis, we can tell you to get ready for an award-winning classical guitarist by the name of Peter Fletcher.

Direct from New York, he will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the meeting room at the Williston Community Library.

This performance is set to offer a diverse program of music from four centuries.

The concert is part of a national tour, with more than 50 concerts slated.

The best part is this concert is free and open to the public.

That is thanks to the sponsorship of the Williston Library Foundation.

You might recall, that’s the group that recently hosted a “very” successful Tables of Contents fund-raising event.

It’s always good to have those kind of events, which in turn can lead to even more fun for everyone.

Should you have any questions call 774-8805.

Hostfest is over

Speaking of success, put another Hostfest in the books.

Now with some 35 years in the history books, look for another event in the works come next September.

The folks in Minot are to be commended, as this event has stood the test of time.

It sure was fun to see all of the Williston and area folks who were on hand.

Just making the rounds in the building is a treat.

Not to mention the tasty goodies available from all the vendors.

It won’t be long before the 2013 Hostfest stage headliners are announced.

Then, come May 17, tickets will once again be on sale.


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