It’s always a treat for me to DJ class reunions and last Saturday night was nothing different. Two-hundred and fourteen folks including one-hundred and thirty-eight classmates from Allentown Central Catholic H.S. class of 1966 showed up at the Coplay Saengerbund to reminisce about the days of old. Some haven’t seen each other since the day of graduation, a handful haven’t seen each other since they fought in the Vietnam war together, while a few remain neighbors to this day. No matter how long it had been since they saw each other last, most seemed to be able to pick up right where they left off… and that’s what reunions are all about. The food was good, the venue was great and the atmosphere seemed very festive and upbeat all night long. With regards to the music, it seemed that most were content with the hits of the 60’s and 70’s which is what I stuck with most of the evening, while slipping in a few of the top hits of today.
The other big hit of the evening seemed to be the photobooth which I had brought along complete with all the props. My son, Andy, manned the booth all evening ushering in groups of classmates that probably had their pictures taken in the original photo booths on the boardwalk of Atlantic City during their “senior year getaways”. Speaking of which… does anyone remember the “Diving Horse” from Steel Pier? Anyway, everyone that entered the photo booth on Saturday left with a nice memento in the form of a photo strip to keep the memories alive for many years to come which is why everyone loves our photo booth package.
It was very nice to get so many compliments on my Facebook page and there was also a question posed by a few classmates from Central Catholic H.S. that were unable to attend as to whether a photographer was there to take pictures. The bad news is there was not… The good news is that if you were not able to be a part of this wonderful event, I have saved all the photo strip pictures and if you click here, you can see what you missed (as well as what your friends look like these days). For all of you who were there, you can see everyone else’s photo strips!
And………The top 5 songs of 1966 were: Drum Roll PLEASE……………
5. “96 Tears” by ? & the Mysterians
4. “Reach out, I’ll be There” by The Four Tops
3. “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” by The Righetous Brothers
2. “Cherish” by The Association
1. “The Ballad of the Green Berets” by SSgt. Barry Sadler
To the Central Catholic H.S. Class of 1966… Thanks for having me, it was a blast! Hope to see you at your next reunion 🙂
Fred “Dan” Donatelli