40th high school reunion in August: social media keeps us in touch

Saratoga High, class of ’77: Brian, Del and me

Our class’ 40th high school reunion is in August. I graduated from Saratoga High School in ’77. My dad worked at Stanford Research Institute; mom handled bookkeeping for a local State Farm Agent, Dennis Cunningham, who became a good friend. It was a good time: We are native Californians but had spent the ’70s in Denver, where I went to Cherry Creek High School as a freshman and sophomore. Dad wanted to return to California (he was worried about being transferred again — this time to Houston), and he landed the SRI job. I’d drive up to Menlo Park in my Toyota Tercel, and we’d eat lunch together in Menlo Park — at a Greek restaurant called the Golden Acorn.

Saratoga High was a much smaller high school than Cherry Creek. I was co-editor of the high school newspaper, The Falcon, and a serious student. It has remained a tight-knit group; many of my classmates grew up together. We have a trip planned the weekend of the reunion, but many of us still keep in touch on Facebook. We’re all married and our kids are growing up. It’s fun to share those experiences on Facebook.

Here’s a Seals & Crofts song that we heard at our high school graduation: “We may never pass this way again.” In fact, we are still in touch, thanks to social media.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

10 thoughts on “40th high school reunion in August: social media keeps us in touch”

  1. Great song by Seals and Croft. I used to have that LP. It makes me a bit melancholy for that time. I never made it to any of my high school reunions. Maybe I can catch the next one coming up … the 60th! I wonder how many of us are left?

  2. Ha! And yes, it is a melancholy song. Brings back some good memories. Other songs I remember from that “era” are from Elton John (“Madman Across the Water” album), Pink Floyd (“The Dark Side of the Moon” album) and Genesis (“And then there were three”).

  3. I was just getting into the story; was hoping to read more about your thoughts from that time. Sorry we will miss you at our 40th reunion weekend. It’s always a good time with “some of the best people you’ll ever meet,” as my husband says.

    1. Yes, “some of the best people you’ll ever meet,” including you Adrienne Cordova! Thanks for all your efforts to organize the reunions and stay in touch with classmates on social media. For those who don’t know, Adrienne was the editor of our high school yearbook and a wonderful person. She graduated from the Claremont Colleges (Scripps), worked in senior positions on Capitol Hill and lives on the East Coast with her husband, Kelly. Her Twitter handle sums it up: “Life is short: make it matter! Faith, politics, wine, travel, real estate. Assoc Broker REMAX Pref. PA, Fmr Hill Com Dir; camp mgr. Expand your mind thru travel.”

      Yes, a staunch conservative! lol.

  4. In 2011 I went back to Chicago for our 40th grade school graduation reunion. I spent eight years with those folks in a Catholic school and it was great to see my old classmates and share the stories of growing up together. The sad part was the wall with all the names and photos of those who passed away.
    This year we all turned 60 and there is another reunion in September, at the school building we went to, I’m hoping to make that one. None of that would be happening without Facebook.

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