Joliet West Class of 1969
50th Reunion

One year ago today, members of the Joliet West Class of 1969 were arriving in Joliet to attend the first events of our 50th Reunion weekend.

I’d like to ask you some questions revolving about that wonderful, magical event, and I hope you’ll take the time to answer. I plan to copy the answers and share them to our website as well.

1. Had you gone to other Class of ’69 Reunions? If so, tell us a little about them. If not, why?

2. In your opinion, what made our 50th Reunion so special?

3. Since the reunion last September, what personal events have shaped your life? (No politics or social causes, please.)

4. In planning for our 55th Reunion in 2024, is there anything different you’d suggest for the events?

Tomorrow, September 21st, the day of our tours and banquet a year ago,
I’ll be publishing some thoughts from our committee members on our website, under the tab “First Anniversary of 50th Reunion.

Fellow Tigers, I hope you will participate as we look back on a year that none of us could have predicted!

 


Jan Trimby Stack

And I'll start: 

1. Had you gone to other Class of ’69 Reunions? If so, tell us a little about them. If not, why?

I had not gone to any of the reunions, mostly because I was of the wrong opinion that a.) None of the close friends I had would be there, and b.) If my friends weren't there I'd have no one to talk to.

2. In your opinion, what made our 50th Reunion so special?

Our amazing committee and what we accomplished starting with nothing, and the fact that everyone was friendly and I got the chance to know a lot of my classmates better and made new old friends.

3. Since the reunion last September, what personal events have shaped your life? (No politics or social causes, please.)

My granddaughter turned 16 and got a car. My grandson turned 21 and I bought him a beer. I was exposed to Covid-19 and had to quarantine, but my test was negative. Mom got sick and is now in a nursing home. I got a second cat, Gilligan, who is now at college with my grandson. I saw my first college basketball game in person. The library where I work was shut down for an extended period of time, as was my church.

4. In planning for our 55th Reunion in 2024, is there anything different you’d suggest for the events?

I think I'd like a longer period of time to talk with my fellow classmates, so maybe plan for something like that.


1. I attended the 10th and the 20th Reunions, they were both good. I missed a few either because we already had a planned trip or I didn't know about them.

2. Everything and everybody made the 50th Reunion great!

3. 2020 has changed everyone's lives, I have worked every day so far and have not taken a vacation day. We have taken some day trips on the weekend and road trips on the Holiday weekends.

4. At my husband's 50th Reunion 4 years ago, his classmates each spoke about the highlights of their lives. I did not know any of them but it vas very interesting to hear their stories.

Nancy Tharp