What Do the Surveys Tell Us About Ourselves?
You will find this interesting.
Please read your responses to recent surveys and other inquiries. HERE.
The Last Group of 50th Reunion Photos
Here they are, almost a year after the fact!
Mostly dance shots, but a few other good ones, too.
Many fun shots in this bunch.
To check them out, go HERE.
What a Great Story!
Please follow the link and read all about Vickie Burke's (Schallock) remarkable journey through life, HERE.
Your Education Journey
Want to read something that is both inspirational and entertaining?
We are proud to present these brief and personal educational summaries HERE.
What a fantastic class! You people are the best.
And yes, we are well aware that many of you achieved great things without doing the "education dance". We'll talk about that, later.
Were the Photos Worth It?
During the early meetings with the former committee, back in March of 2018, I made a couple of “demands”. After all, I was getting ready to dedicate several months of my life to this effort and I wanted assurances that my time was going to be well spent.
Here is what I asked for:
1. This would not be an event where we just invited our friends and that would be “good enough”. If we, as a group, were not prepared to make a committment to locate and invite every former classmate then I simply was not interested in being part of it. I wanted to avoid the “cliquish” behavior others had seen and complained about in the past. Many classmates had never even heard about the other reunions.
2. We would commemorate this “historic” one-of-a-kind event by hiring a professional photographer. I told them that the candid shots of the other reunions were just not very good. In truth, they aren’t. I simply wasn’t going to let that happen this time.
I made some enemies by speaking the truth, as I saw it. Comes with the territory, as all of you independent thinkers surely understand. But I also finally prevailed and, after a rigorous evaluation and interview process, hired a competent photo team.
I received the original quote from the photographer and presented it to the committee. They insisted that we cut it back by at least a third, though they gave no justification for doing so. I told the committee that, according to my break-even analysis, we could easily afford the full price.
So I went back to the photog and we worked out a deal where she shot fewer hours by cutting out early from both events and showing up later at the start. I wasn’t happy but my hands were tied.
The issue of hiring a pro photographer simmered for a few months.
So let’s do the math. Yes, I taught math once. A long time ago.
The photography team cost us $1,200. The final product would be digital images, available free to everybody in the class. Just download what you want. $1,200, by the way, is less than 10% of the total cost of the reunion.
When you count the participants for the two big events it adds up to 318 paid people. Many (most) paid for both events.
$1,200 divided by 318 = $3.77 each. That’s what each of you paid for all of the photos.
How many photos did they take?
They took 954 digital photos with professional cameras and related equipment.
How much did each professional digital photo cost you?
$3.77 divided by 954 = about a third of a penny each.
And now you get to answer one simple Yes/No question. Please jump in here. The answer will be anonymous.
Who was best at estimating the size of our 50th Reunion crowd?
I believe we took this survey in August, 2018, but it could have been later. I’m fairly certain that we had not passed the 100 mark, yet.
So I asked everybody at the meeting that evening to make their best guess at how large the turnout would be.
To avoid various competitive strategies we each passed in our private answers on a piece of paper.
Who do you think eventually won the competition? What was their guess?
Take the survey and you will see who the winner was (eventually).
You will also get to see what each person “guessed”! (Hint: there was a huge variance in the answers.)
By the way, there was no prize for winning. Just the knowledge that you won the contest and that you were smarter than everybody else.
We’ll eventually show you all the committee estimates and who the “big winner” was.
Educational Survey: How Far Did You Get?
Our generation was the first to make getting a high school diploma a normal and expected outcome of the public education system.
Many of our fathers and mothers did not graduate from high school. There are lots of reasons for this. For instance, the job market, in general, did not necessarily demand people with developed verbal or written skills. In a rural environment it may have been regarded as more important to "get out on the farm" as soon as possible and help out with the family business. There are all kinds of reasons for the lack of emphasis on completing high school during the 1930's and 1940's (our parents' generation).
But the baby boomers (that's us) were encouraged to be prepared for the expanding American economy and society. Our parents wanted us to be ready for the challenge. It was thought that the many new possibilities in the robust and growing job market of post war America required at least a high school education. More education was thought to make you more competitive. Most, but not all, of our parents encouraged us to stay in school.
When I started to think about this announcement I was focused on one question: How many doctoral degrees do we have in this class? You see, it occurred to me that after writing about Mike Martin I came to the brilliant conclusion that Mike was actually Doctor Mike Martin! That's what a DVM is: a doctor of veterinary medicine. That's why it took him 8 years of toil and sweat to get there! Duh!
The only other doctor in the class that I know about was Danny Beene. He was a medical doctor, as far as I know. I know that Herb Jung started out to become an MD but switched to become a lawyer at some point. His brother told me that.
But who knows? Do we have doctoral degrees in Library Science? English? Art History? I just don't know.
How many never graduated from high school and got along just fine? GED? AA from Bakersfield College? More than that?
Everyone, please answer this survey. Tell us how far you got in your educational journey. As always, the answers are anonymous. However, we'll post the group results so we can all get an idea of what we did (no names).
And if you went to a two-week class on "hypnotyzing your pet" or graduated from the Fire Academy, let's hear about that, too.
We'll start off with a "check the boxes" portion then let you add anything else in a comment box. Here you can tell us where you went to school and what you majored in, for instance. You worked hard for it so tell us all about it!
We are hopeful of getting 50 responses. DO IT NOW.
It is going to happen, whether we get 10 people or 200.
The party is on!
The birthday party, that is.
Let’s just call it the South High Class of 1968 70th Birthday Party.
Hello South High Class of 1968!