Last night some 250 graduates of West Point High School from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s gathered to relive old times for a multi-class reunion. Above are the folks who made it happen including Eugene Bailey, Tinker Lautar, Richard Guthrie (we’re not sure where he came form), Gary Florreich, L. C. Mitchell, Norma Clark Atkins, Linda Barton Aultman and Bob Marshall.
We billed it as the Monster Mash/ Chili Bash and it’s a good thing we don’t do it more often because I feel like I’ve just attended an all-night spend-the-night party (3:30 is the latest I’ve been up since 1970). Nineteen teams entered the Chili Cookoff and the winning entry was a Peruvian recipe by Gene Hawkins, Class of ‘70 who is pictured above with his beautiful wife. Runner up was our own Lisa Henley, wife of Jimmy Henley, class of ‘65. She is pictured below with contestant Phyllis Portera (class of ‘69) and Larry McClain (class of ‘65).
A highlight of the evening was the crowning of Sara Roberts (Class of ‘42) as WPHS Chili Queen. At age 87, she is just a beautiful as she must have been at age 17.
Oh, I forgot to mention that Yours Truly took home a fabulous toilet seat trophy as the worst chili of all times. (I thought I had finally found a use for that eight-year old bottle of non-alcohol Busch Beer that has been living rent free in my fridge. Not my best idea.)
Here are a few more random photos from one of the best memories of my life so far:
Mack Portera above is one of the success stories of our generation . Thanks to Olivia Catledge Portera, the woman behind the man, who satisfied the sweet addiction for four generations with her mother’s Chess Squares and Mississippi Mud Bars. Oh
Below are Betty Lynn Cameron of Greenville and Phil and Maureen Dickerson of Jackson. Mo and Phil met when we we were on a double date to go see Gone with The Wind in Memphis. I had a date with Phil and Mo had a date with one of Phil’s Sigma Chi brothers from State. I’d say she owes me – after stealing my boyfriend. Actually, Phil and I grew up across the street from each other and were more like brother and sister.
Billy Buck and Judy Staggers are pictured below also.
The memories will live forever and we keep making new ones. Best Friends Forever. Nuff said.