Most of us look forward to our class reunion with a teaspoon of reluctance and a tablespoon of apathy. Not so with the Burleson High school class of 1977. Recently this class met for their 35 year reunion in the beautiful and historic Hilton in downtown Ft. Worth. No stressful wall-hugging, or sitting in a safe corner for this class. No, these classmates were met with smiles, hugs and laughter to satisfy mama the annual family picnic.
I had the good fortune of being invited to capture the memories. This group reacquainted over a three day stretch in spirited downtown Ft. Worth, with the main event held in the Hilton Grand Crystal Ballroom. As I watched the new arrivals appear from the escalator to the ballroom level, each arrival was met with robust hugs and sincere a welcome. It was clear that these were more than classmates from a distant past; rather these were life-long friendships that have withstood the changes of 35 years and have strengthened with the maturing class.
Speaking with one of the event organizers I learned that nearly half of the original class was in attendance that night, and that several had travelled quite a distance to be there, including a foreign exchange student who travelled from overseas to attend this reunion. Amazed by the strong attendance so many years later I asked about the keys to their success.
Organization, lots of hard work, a good core team of organizers, a shared Facebook page, and a love for the small town that they grew up in were all mentioned.
Check out the genuine smiles, funny costumes and great personalities of this bigger than life class of ’77.