West High School - Davenport, Iowa
Class of 1968
WHS Class of 1968
What a wonderful time we had this past August for our reunion!! A lot of smiling faces, a lot of jokes, and a lot of memories were shared both Friday and Saturday evenings.
We welcomed 65-70 classmates and guests Friday evening on one of the patios at The Circle Tap on Friday evening. (The Circle Tap has two patios, and the other one was being used by WHS Class of ’88, celebrating THEIR reunion!)
We were greeted with banners welcoming our class, appetizers and a well-attended bar. . A member from The Night People provided our musical entertainment before having to leave for another gig. I
It was great seeing so many people! Thanks go to Jim & Barb Lykam for reserving the space for us, Doug Schricker and Terry Glandon for lining up the guitarist, Dot Behning Sundholm and Donna Morgan for taking care of the name tags, sign in book, and ordering the appetizers, and to Rick Jones for obtaining the banners!
Saturday evening’s festivities were held at Northgate Place: a beautiful, large, and well-appointed room owned and operated by the Hy-Vee Store. And talk about a good time!!! About 80-90 classmates and their guests came that night, including many classmates who were talked into coming while attending Friday night’s festivities!
Two huge bouquets of flowers were brought in by Jim Reemtsma, and 10 balloon bouquets were placed around the room. A large “Story Board” was set up by Donna Morgan with pictures and stories from classmates who couldn’t attend. Steve Toth’s sister, Joye, brought in a large display of Steve’s work which we set up. The banners from Friday Night were taped to the windows, announcing “OUR” party to the world (or at least the parking lot!!)
The ‘heavy appetizers/cold buffet, appetizer buffet’ turned out to be a great meal! A buffet of roast beef/ham/turkey, dinner rolls, potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, a huge bowl of cut-up fruit and a platter of veggies comprised our dinner, and dessert was a sheet cake, all decked out in Red and White. I don’t think anyone went away hungry (and if they did, it was their own fault!!)
Rick and Lynn Jones provided the first ‘ice-breaker’: A sheet of high school graduation pictures of famous people – we had to figure out who the people were. LOTS of laughter, “you gotta be kidding me” and groans from everyone who joined in the fun.
Other ‘ice-breakers’ throughout the evening included “Pair-the-Song-with-the-Artist,” a listing of songs popular in the ’68 era, and unscrambling the top TV shows popular in 1968. No prizes were given out – we all just enjoyed collaborating and laughing with our table-mates while trying to figure out the answers.
A highlight of our evening was a talk by Marjatta Antola Huhta – our foreign exchange student from Finland. Marjatta was able to join us both Friday and Saturday nights! She related her experiences at West, along with how those same experiences helped her throughout her life. She was presented with a “Hugs” statuette made by local artist Isabel Bloom.
“Captain Kirk” Marske was our DJ that evening. He provided a good mix of music and took requests. And there were times the music was ‘drowned out’ by the conversations going on!!
A lot of pictures were taken, a lot of hugs were given and accepted, and a whole lot of conversation was exchanged. People did not stay at one table for the entire evening – we mixed and mingled and sometimes hung out at the bar. The evening closed at 11:30, with most of us wishing there was more time to catch up with friends.
My thanks for having a wonderful committee to work with.
A success? Yes sir, you betcha, thanks going to ALL who participated.
Linda Hein Faust, Chairperson