Class of 1972 Reunion
After dinner and good conversations, the Class of 1972 met in the choir room to revitalize old friendships. We started with a mixer game and found out that quite a few of us still had the “yearbook in a box” from 1971. Gary Clark welcomed us and introduced Michael Pearce Donley, and soon we were back in 1972 singing old favorite songs—and we hadn’t forgotten the words! Michael gave us many laughs and a few quotes from the 1968 instructions for Bethel girls, such as, “Don’t expect your Nik Dag date to ask you for a return date. If it happens, it is a special gift.”
Michael ended his program by leading us in singing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow"—a perfect transition into a more serious and thoughtful time of "congregational" singing with Jim Fulton. Accompanied by Linda (Kletzin) Dischinger, Jim led us in singing a great collection of hymns and choruses. We had so many musical classmates that when we stood and sang out, we sounded like the Festival choir!
Finally, Tom Billigmeier projected a couple of slide shows containing great photos of people and places around Bethel’s old campus that we all knew and loved. Gary Ask stood out as the expert at spotting familiar sights around the old campus. After prizes were awarded, Bo Conrad, Mark Steward, and Larry Ostrom informed the class that we would get another treat—a two-CD set of Bo Conrad Spit Band songs recently remixed by Bo.
People drank coffee and mingled until 11 p.m. We look forward to our 45-year reunion in 2017!