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50 Year Reunion at Kitsap Golf & Country Club, August 1st & 2nd, 2014

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60 Year Reunion Announcement!

West High, Class of 1964, 60 Year Class Reunion

Saturday,  August  17,  2024  -  4:00 pm

The Cloverleaf Bar and Grill, 1240 Hollis St, Bremerton, WA 98310  

Free until we spend the $1025 in our reunion fund, and then anything you might order is on you.  

This event is headed by Ron Burley and Ron's intent is to make low cost and an easy event to manage. Again, it is free to all of our classmates and because we have some money left over from the sale of Microsoft stock that we invested in years agoe (thanks to Bruce Christopherson's suggestion) we will use that to cover the initial costs - we will supple pizza and drinks until the money is gone and then anything else will be paid for by the individuals ordering after we have depleted our funds. At our 55 year reunion we were able to cover all costs at that time; at our 50 year reunion we were able to cover a vast majority of the costs. Hoping to see everyone there!
We have some exciting news to share! In addition to the main reunion event, we have decided to add a golf outing to our festivities. The golf outing will take place on the day before the reunion, August 16th, starting at 10:30 AM at picturesque Gold Mountain on the Olympic Course.
But that's not all! Before the golf outing kicks off, we invite you to join us for a delightful breakfast at The Garage Bar and Grill, located at 6812 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, WA 98312. The breakfast will commence at 8:00 AM and is open to everyone, whether you're a seasoned golfer or simply looking for a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends. Yes, you read that right – even if you don't play golf, you're more than welcome to attend and share the camaraderie with your fellow classmates. Let us know if you will be attending the breakfast by no later than August 12th so that we can give the folks at The Garage Bar & Grill a heads-up. Just email Ron letting him know you want to sign-up for the breakfast.
As for myself, I can't wait for the breakfast and the chance to connect with old friends. Golf may not be my game, but the company of our cherished classmates certainly is.
If you're interested in participating in the golf outing, please don't hesitate to contact Ron Burley via email. If you have a particular person in mind that you'd like to be paired with for the golf outing, kindly let Ron know, and he will do his best to make it happen. The cutoff date for signing up for golf will be August 12th so that we have time to get everything put together. Just email Ron if you want to sign-up for golf. If you have any questions or need more details about the golf event, please feel free to reach out to Ron. He's our go-to person for all things golf-related.
We're incredibly excited about this 60-Year Reunion Weekend and are eagerly anticipating a fantastic turnout. Let's make this reunion unforgettable! Mark your calendars and start your preparations – it's going to be a remarkable event.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or simply want to catch up, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
Ron Burley [email protected] 360-340-1564
 

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Greg Lent


is this too weird as a profile? i am out of touch with the zeitgeist !! don't want to embarrass myself !
high school graduation, a friday? ...three days later i was gone from bremerton .. the centrifugal force of all that insane walking the halls released the moment the walls dropped, and we all went arcing off into the future. for me, a greyhound bus from downtown on washington street, to sun valley, get a job so i could afford the university of washington. i had a crush on nikki anderson, and she was going there. .. stayed the night in an $8 hotel in portland, but somehow, something we cannot name had shifted ..
next morning i walked out onto a main road and for the first time in my life stuck up my thumb, a hitchhiker. .. destination san francisco. i had no freaking idea what i was doing.
neither did america, social change just under the surface in 1964. i was still unconscious about civil rights, war, alternative lifestyles, social repressions… someone killed jfk, we all heard it on the loudspeakers in that cement bunker high school called west bremerton, but little did we know what was coming up.
me, five months later, syracuse, new york, college blown off for the sake of the open road. i had not read kerouac, but he was in my bones. american boy.
yet, in the first of numerous attempts to go straight, all misguided, i caught a greyhound back to bremerton. 72 hours. i thought i should go to college. the choice in that moment? olympic community college, sort of high school 2.0, but who knew what else to do? not me.
slogging around in the grimness of 1965 bremerton, i think i worked in the shipyard, went to school, still no clue about anything, not girls, not life, not money, politics, power, art, literature, the world, nothing! grim. young bremerton boy.
one day on a whim i walked into the army recruiter on that same washington street, joined the army, and was again gone out of town. first airplane ride, seattle to fort ord. later, my first foreign country, thanks to the army. what a revelation!
i left the army in okinawa, hitchhiked through asia, around australia, back to asia, went to vietnam as a tourist to visit bruce matlock, on to india and west to the middle east, thumb in the air, the courage of youth. it took three years.
the highlight, and the end, was arriving in munich, finding a letter from mom, brother gordon was in mallorca, and i hitched to barcelona in 40 hours, caught a boat, hitched to his address, and there was maharishi mahesh yogi, teaching transcendental meditation. eric hoffman was there, he initiated me, the opening of the mystic inner door.
and americans! and natural food and hippies and the entire counter culture, having burst open while i was riding on the tops of trains in india, or wherever. 1500 people, learning how to teach meditation ..
and then, the desire to go straight looms up, again, and back to bremerton, first time in years. college, finally. didn't finish. marriage, finally, didn't finish. years of wandering in the american wilderness, hi, lonnie folger, and seattle, the scene of the dance. years go by.
i become an artist. a girl friend leaves me. depressed, i start meditation again. a light goes on, kundalini opens up, in a magical way i meet a woman guru from india and suddenly i am in an ashram in india, and i'm still in india two decades later. not in the ashram, but around them. and shanghai when i can, because it is also a magic place for me, like all the asian cities, in a direction opposite from india.
so, bremerton? it's still there! and a reunion! 50 years! or a few days, hard to know which, time is so plastic and non-linear… used to caddy at kitsap golf and country club, bruce matlock turned me on to that, great friend then, last i knew of bruce, looking at his name on a door on broadway, nyc … rang the bell, a woman's voice, "not here".
and me, probably, at the reunion, "not here" … unless that big mother cat in the sky just picks me up by the back of the neck and parks me back in bremerton .. trying to go straight one more time :-) … and i still have no freaking idea what i am doing!
enjoy!
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