Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Catching Up on Old Times, 35 Years Later

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Catching Up on Old Times, 35 Years Later

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

It would be nice to say 35 years rolled away when the Crescent High School class of '68 got together last weekend.

But there we were, with all our accumulated pounds, missing and graying hair and wallets full of smiling pictures of children and grandchildren who turned out just like us.

Crescent High School lies about halfway between Iva and Starr, S.C., two little towns that consolidated their school systems in 1956.

A lot has changed. In 1968, we had Vietnam and the draft, Nike was still just a Greek word and you had to look at the label inside to see who made your shirt. We had no fives, neither high nor low, all our cars were American and nobody bought bottled water.

Some of us traveled a long way to get there. Tony Hanks and I went through Vietnam, both of us as infantry soldiers. And like our classmates, Tony and I gained a little weight once we gave up C-rations.

I, for example, am 32 pounds over the 145 I carried under my graduation robe.

Regardless of the shape were were in, it was just good to see each other again and get caught up.

Rosalin "Roz'' McMullan finally got out of school. She's a retired math teacher.

Tony gave up his Army green uniform for a brown one. He's a UPS lifer, but he's in management now.

Gary Gunnels, my high school fishing buddy, had the best looking '55 Chevy in school history. He always had great cars and he's in the right business. I drove by his car sales lot Sunday morning and smiled to see a few muscle cars behind his fence.

The always reserved Wayne Hill is now the Rev. Dr. Hill at First Baptist Church in Sylva, N.C. Wayne has about as many degrees as Jesus had disciples.

Members of the reunion committee turned out a little book with updates and everyone's best memory from high school. …

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