Schedule of Events
2014 Reunion at Moody Gardens
May 2, 2014
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm -- Check in at hospitality suite
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
-- Reception with hor d’oeuvres in Garden City Room
9:00 pm to ???
-- Hospitality suite
May 3, 2014
9:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Free time, Hospitality suite open
5:30 pm to 7:00
pm -- Social and program in Floral Hall A (dress business casual)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm -- Social and jukebox dancing
Sunday, May 4, 2014
8:00 am to 10:30 am -- Breakfast Buffet in Viewfinders Terrace
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this page for online reservations.
REL Reunion Committee:
The Fort Bend Herald (Rosenberg) 4/19/09
By Bill Hartman
At first blush, I thought
the mailman made a mistake. Except the name was right, and so was the address. It was the number on the letter that couldn’t
be right. Except it was. “The class of Robert E. Lee High School, Baytown, Texas, year of our Lord 1959, will
celebrate its 50th anniversary on the weekend of April 18-19 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston,” read the invitation.
Actually, that’s my wording.Is that really possible -- 50 years.
It certainly doesn¹t feel like yesterday,
but 50 years. Wow!I’ve been fairly diligent about attending reunions, either every 10 years or later every five.
It’s surprising how many classmates I recognize, because at least in my eye, they haven’t changed that much.
There’s some added weight and some gray hair, and possibly even less hair. But you expect a certain maturity
after a half century. Say that slowly and it sounds like an eternity, so I say it quickly.The committee planning the event
says this will be our largest yet. And speaking of the committee, these classmates spend hours and hours pulling things together
and making all the plans. Like all reunion committees, they get little thanks for a huge undertaking.At the conclusion of
the events in Galveston, a large delegation will continue reminiscing on a cruise from the port city to Jamaica, the Cayman
Islands and a couple of other stops.I’m not going to break my string of non-cruises. I have never been on one, and as
much as I enjoy my mates, I’m not going to start now. Postcards would be nice.
You may wonder why a high
school in Baytown is celebrating its reunion in Galveston. There are a couple of reasons: 1) Baytown doesn’t have a
resort-style facility, 2) we figure this is our part in helping the economy of the Ike-devastated island and 3) that’s
the departure and return spot for the cruise ship.Actually, in our time, Baytown REL and Galveston Ball High were intense
rivals. There were a lot of knock-down-and-drag-outs on the fields and in the stands.
We were the Robert E. Lee
Ganders. That may sound like a passive mascot, but let me ask a question. Have you ever backed a male goose into a corner?
Don’t try it unless you’re ready for a good whuppin’. Anything goes -- feet, wings and beak, all pounding
you at the same time.
Trying to compare 1959 with 2009 blows your mind. No lnternet, no Ipods, no space travel, no rap
music (thank God) and few if any tattoos and body piercings.
We had duck tails and leather jackets, but we had
no clue about NikeAir. Crack and coke had different meanings. Bad didn’t mean good and American Idol was Your Hit Parade.Music
we’ll hear this weekend includes the Kingston Trio, Smoke Gets In Your Eye, Stagger Lee, 16 Candles, Donna, Venus, Dream
Lover, Battle of New Orleans, Mack the Knife and Lavender Blue. Elvis and Buddy Holly will be there, too.It’ll be great
seeing the old mates again. The biggest heartbreak, though, will be learning how many more are on our missing in action list.
That’s the tough part.
(Bill Hartman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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1959 Lee Traveler Slide Show
The Class Reunion
Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.
I'll never forget the
first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant
It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined,
and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.
The men all conversed about who had been first
achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children
The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were
there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.
No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping
The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
They awarded a prize to one
of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to
attend the feast.
They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.
At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd
all gone to pot.
It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.
By the fortieth year, it was abundantly
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in
time for their pill.
And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our fiftieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.
Repairs have been made on my
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.
I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
person who can make it that night.