From Martin Cohen on 6 Sep 2003 10:05:34 EDT...
Dear Rudy and 1963 classmates,
I regret to inform you that my wife and I will not be attending this years reunion. Recent family pressures have forced me to make this decision, however I feel that I have had a reunion with all of you through the over 100 emails that have been sent over the past year. I am proud to be a member of this class. We have accomplished much on many levels. Family: We have raised responsible children. These children have made their parents proud and made the world at large a better place to live. As responsible citizens of this great country we live in, we have started successful business, written books, achieved high levels of education, given future generations a strong understanding of what it means to be an American and responsible for preserving the future American way of life.
We have become the establishment that some of us may have been anti in the 60's. Somehow we realized that our parents were guiding us correctly and that their values shaped our lives in positive ways too numerous to count. President Kennedy said in his inaugural speech that the torch had been past to this generation of Americans. One day at a time, one year at a time, we have worked hard to make sure that the confidence that was placed in us was justified.
Thank you for opening the window of communication and to those classmates that worked so hard to put this class reunion together I say good job. The web page is great and should be a lasting way to stay in touch with everyone after the festivities of our October reunion are over. I hope to see some notes posted on our BC web page detailing how things turned out during the reunion events.
On a more personal note, it saddens me to know that so many of our classmates have passed away. The first one that I found out about was Bonnie Mason. I did not know Bonnie very well. My only contact with her was through a group of kids that was responsible for the refreshment stand at home football games. During that brief time I came to know that Bonnie was a warm and caring person and when I learned that she died at such a very young age I was shocked. In the cycle of life our parents are not to out live us. I cannot imagine loosing one of my children. How does one go on with life after such a tragedy? I would like to take this opportunity to express my heart-felt condolences to all the families that have lost a member of the class of 1963.
In closing thank you again for all the mail concerning our 40th reunion and it is my hope that after the reunion the news and letters will continue.
Your fellow classmate,