Ahhh, the memories

"From October to December, we started our first push, sending out holiday cards," Tucci said. "We wanted to see how many we got back."

Once they received responses from the holiday cards, the reunion committee members knew that they had the correct contact information for their fellow graduates. The committee sent another mailing in February, this time sending a survey requesting biographical information and an accounting of what the class had been up to in the last 40 years.

"The responses from the survey gave us a ballpark idea as to how many planned to attend the reunion," Tucci said. "We sent a final mailing in May with a registration form and an events listing."

One hundred and sixty-eight people registered for the reunion weekend (103 graduates and their spouses). Thanks in large part to the internet, the reunion committee was able to account for the whereabouts of 330 of the class of 390.

"Thirty are confirmed dead," Szendi said. "There were 10 or 15 more we suspect are dead but couldn't confrim. The rest we couldn't locate. Women get married and divorced and remarried. Some names are too common so you can't find the one Tom Smith you're looking for."

Overall, Szendi was pleased with the committee's efforts and with the turnout for the event.

"It was a labor of love," he said. "Now here we all are, returning home. It's like Homer's Odyssey."

The memories

And so it came to be that 168 class of '66ers were at the Zogg building on Saturday afternoon, sharing good memories and bad, struggling to remember the names of teachers and staff, reminiscing about the days that shaped their lives.

Standing beside the window overlooking Fourth Street, Szendi recalled feeling safe and happy in his time at LHS.

"It's such a lovely environment," he said. "We were right in the village. It was safe. It was a different time."

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