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Class of 1953 50th Year Reunion


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To:          Class of 1953

From:      Reunion Committee

Re:          50th Reunion

   The old school building of our high school days is gone.  It’s legacy, a treasure in our hearts and memories.  How quickly the years have passed!  We now approach another milestone, our 50th graduation year.

    Once again our thoughts turn to our years at North and the fond memories of a bygone era; admittedly some of the best years of our lives.  It is time for the assembly bell to ring so that we may again come together to rekindle friendships and stories and trot out the memorabilia….. a time to celebrate.      

   It is our sincere wish that all of our class members will come together for this momentous occasion, to make this reunion the biggest, most memorable and best one yet. 

   The place to be on September 26 & 27 is at the reunion events with fellow members of the Class of 1953.  

   Experience the magic!!!!


About Us


  The theme “Go West Young Man’, obviously did not influence the Class of ’53.  A survey of current addresses indicates that many of us stayed close to home.  A few statistics:

            Residing in 12 other states                          17%

            Residing in New York State:                        83%

            In Syracuse                                              35.4%

            In Syracuse Metro area                             58.5%

            In other cities (8)                                         6.1%

            Of those in the Syracuse Metro area:

                        To:       Liverpool                                                       30%

                                    Mattydale / N. Syracuse                                20%

                                    Camillus/Solvay/Lakeland                              12%

                                    Cicero/C.Square/Clay/Brewerton/Cleveland     12%

                                    Baldwinsville                                                 10%

                                    E.Syracuse/Minoa/Kirkville                              7%

                                    Dewitt/Fayetteville                                           6%

                                    LaFayette                                                       3%


            Classmates reside in the following 13 states:

                                    Arizona                                         3                

                                    California                                       4

                                    Florida                                           7

                                    Illinois                                            1

                                    Maryland                                        2

                                    New York                                    147

                                    North Carolina                                 2

                                    Ohio                                               1    

                                    Pennsylvania                                   3

                                    South Carolina                                 1

                                    Texas                                              3

                                    Vermont                                          1    

                                    Virginia                                            2


Time Capsule 1953


            Bread                           $0.16 / loaf

            Gas                              $0.29 / gal

            Postage                        $0.03 / first class

            Car                              $1,850

            House                          $17,400          

            Av. Income                  $4,706 / yr

            Min. Wage                   $0.75 / hr

           $5.00 worth of similar goods, would cost $34.46




            President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon

           Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series

            Minneapolis Lakers beat the New York Knicks to win the NBA Championship

            The first issue of the TV Guide hit the newsstand in April

            Playboy magazine hit the newsstand featuring Marilyn Monroe, exposed.

            Movies: From Here to Eternity, Roman Holiday, The Robe, Shane

            Music: You You You, Rags to Riches, Till I Waltz Again with You, Don’t Let the Stars Get in

                        your Eyes, The Doggie in the Window, I’m Walking Behind You, Vaya Con Dios

            Neighborhood sanctuaries;

                        Acme, Globe and Turn Hall Theaters

                        Bersani’s, Danzer’s, Gruen’s, Reale’s, The Villa, Big Johns, Red Cross and  Kress,

                        Drug Store soda fountains, Schiller Park, CYO, Pompeiian Players

            Nearby sanctuaries;

                        Heids, Pizios, Dygerts,The Pig Stand, Griffin Field

            When you could visit your friends without having to call ahead.

            Two and three party telephone lines.    

            When going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

            Walking was the mode of travel to most destinations

            The ten cent bus ride.

            All of the delicacies that became your school lunch.  Meatballs, veal cutlets, pepper & eggs,

            eggplant, etc.

            The wax paper, the paper bag and bread that dripped with sauce or oil from those sandwiches.

            When jeans were dungarees, and capri pants were pedal pushers

            The Soap Box Derby races at Schiller Park and the Submarine races at Onondaga Lake.

            The powerful summer thunderstorms and the piles of snow that lasted all winter.

            The horses that knew routes better than the rag man, and milk man.

            Ice boxes, radiators and coal.

            When girls did their own hair

            When paper routes had 100 – 200 stops, and tough to get.

            Walking to school provided the venue and the necessity for rapid conflict resolution.

            When there were more bakeries than pizza pads.

            When people rarely locked their doors.

            When your word was your bond.

            You could chip in a quarter for gas and ride around for hours.

            Remember, remember, remember!!!!!!!!





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