Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for honoring the class of 1963 with this sumptuous meal and program. It is wonderful to be here tonight with so many familiar faces. I would like to express my thanks to my classmates for providing some much information and a big thank you to the staff of the Trigg County library for helping us with research for this speech.
Popular culture is certainly enamored with coming of age stories. We are inundated with books and movies filled with the angst of our high school years. After a career of high school teaching in 3 states for 30 years, I have watched the process up close and personal. Believe me, every student has his or her own unique high school experience
However, in one very important way our class is different. We had experiences which affected all of us together at once. When I gave a speech 5 years ago at our reunion I called us the Class of Catastrophe. After all how many people can say that during 4 years of high school their school burned down, a beloved principal suddenly died, and our temporary high school building blew up in a gas explosion. So much tragedy packed in a short a time frame. We truly were tested by fire.
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