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Mariner High 35th Reunion Update

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

I’ve been absent from posting on this blog for a long time — just too many things to do!  But it’s time to turn my attention back to the Mariner High Class of 1976 again, and so let’s get first things first:

the 35th anniversary Class reunion?  It ain’t gonna happen.

now, the 36th reunion?  Distinct possibility!

If you’re already on the mailing list, you know this already.  But if you’ve been googling up “Mariner 35th Reunion” and stumbled across this site, then the next few lines are pretty important.

- nobody stepped forward to organize a 35th reunion, so it just didn’t happen.

- With some encouragement from classmates, I have decided to start the planning process for a 36th reunion sometime in spring/summer  2012.   The first step is collecting input from people who are in the class!

- to that end, it would be very helpful if you could take our survey — it should take less than 5 minutes of your time, and will help the organizers immensely.   Here’s the link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TN6S8XS

- if you are NOT already on my mailing list, I strongly encourage you to provide your contact information (at least name and e-mail) when you take the survey.  You’ll be added to the notification list for our class.

I will try to post updates on the reunion more frequently this fall and winter, especially as the weather gets too lousy for other activities.  Check back here from time to time — we should have a date and location announced before Thanksgiving 2011.

Forget the Whales: Save the Date!!!

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

“I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon
But to settle down and write you a line
Ive been meaning to phone you but from minnesota
Hell its been a very long time
You wear it well
A little old fashioned but thats all right”

You Wear it Well
Rod Stewart (before he sucked)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6OA-sBc30w

Point of disclosure:  relatively speaking it’s not hot at all at the moment.  For that matter, I’m not writing you from Minnesota, either, but from the dusty, sometimes boring paradise that is eastern Washington in the summertime.

But nonetheless, that’s a fine song to start out a long overdue email to our class with, don’t you think?   Back in the days before Rod sold his soul to the Grammys, not many bands could evoke nostalgia the way Rod Stewart and the Faces could.

*sigh*

But to quote Elvis Costello:  “Let’s talk about the future now we’ve put the past away.”

(at least, momentarily)

FIRST AND FOREMOST:   As some of you on Facebook already know:   I am currently gaging interest in a Mariner High Class of 1976 alumni event — not a reunion, per se, but just an informal opportunity to come together and share some laughs and memories.   Details are still in development, but I can tell you the date:  Sunday, September 27.   If you have suggestions for a venue, or any other suggestions for how to have a fun little get together — or even want to host it — please drop me a line.  Several of our classmates have had similar little get togethers, facilitated by the Internet, and all seem to have had a good time.

I can’t promise you a good time, but I’m thinking it’s a safe bet.

SO: if  you’re interested in any remote manner in helping to pull together a little fall weekend get together — I’m thinking by late September it might still be nice enough to have a picnic at Forest Park? — please drop me a line.  I’ll be on the road for much of late August, but will start planning in earnest come September 1.

By the way, I’ve been playing around with studio portraiture again for the first time in about 30 years — and if there’s sufficient interest will be taking portraits of everyone who shows up so we can post them to the blog.  Here’s some of the work I did for our local Starbucks (http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=SBFINAL&w=90994404%40N00&ss=2).   I promise to make you look 20 lbs lighter and 10 years younger — all that, and free for everyone who shows up — who could turn THAT down? 

Speaking of the Internet in general, and Facebook in particular:  the velvet revolution takeover of Facebook by our generation continues unabated — our kids and even grandkids are fleeing the site in droves, certain that the internet isn’t big enough for the two generations to co-exist on the same site.  Which is fine — us middle aged folks clearly have more time to take silly quizzes and play “Mafia Wars” — I’m sure that’s what Tim Berners Lee had in mind all along, when he “invented” the web.

A benefit of this mass migration of middle aged minions to Facebook is that it has become easier than ever to track down our missing classmates, and in recent weeks we’ve added a few more folks to the rank and file of the officially found:

- Diane [Reed] Vorhees
- Sheila [Kennedy] Barker
- Allen Hatchell
- Tammy [Wilde] Irelan
- Kim [Turnupseed] Thompson

And possibly a few others that I’m overlooking — I am clearly going to have to start recording the date that I first put each person on the mailing list because with 103 names on it at present, I can’t keep it all in my head anymore.

What else is new?  Well:

- two of our more far-flung classmates are considering moves back to the great Northwest.  In each case, they may have finalized those choices in time to show up for whatever event we have on Sept 27.  More details will be provided in the near future….for now, keep your fingers crossed.
- I’ll be chairing an IEEE workshop on Social Intelligence in Vancouver, BC on August 31 — and potentially another one in Chengdu, China in mid-December.  Funny to think that my interest in social networks was largely kindled by efforts to track down old classmates!  Now, it’s a significant part of some of my research activities, so I definitely owe y’all a thanks for giving me good incentive to explore a technically fascinating area of computer science…..
- a few of you have offered to open up your hearts to become my first interviews for the Class of 1976 blog (http://mhs1976.scottbutner.com/).  Some day soon, I’ll have enough time to take you up on those kind offers.
- it’s been a huge amount of fun to watch old friends find each other on Facebook — and it’s interesting to see how little attention is paid to the old cliques and categories.  I must tell you all, that in comparison to my wife’s class (Everett High, class of 1977), our group of folks seems to be far more egalitarian.
- My youngest son is getting married in two weeks.  I know that has nothing to do with the Class of 1976, but sometimes you gotta pay the piper, even if it’s only to tolerate his diversions.

that’s about it for now, folks.  I’ve got to go to a retirement party for a long-time mentor of mine, so had best leave the computer alone ’til later tonight.

But because it’s been a while since I nagged, please remember to review our class mailing list, and if I’ve misspelled your name, let me know.  Some of you folks — you know who you are — have added several last names in the past couple of decades, so keep me honest on that, too!

And if you know of someone who is NOT on the list, but is in your life…encourage them to drop me a line asking to be added.  I’ll be happy to put them on the mailing list, and will continue to balance their privacy with their desire to stay in touch, to the best of my ability.

Your self-appointed ninja of networking,
Scott Butner
MHS Class of 1976
Richland, WA
1-509-460-1544
scott_butner@charter.net

Could these guys be the cure for the common cold?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

So, if research out of Carnegie-Mellon University has anything to say about it, it could be that renewing old friendships might keep the cold away???

A paper by Cohen, et al (”Social Integration and Health:  The Case of the Common Cold”) suggests that those who had few social roles were nearly twice as likely to contract a cold as those who had a high degree of social role diversity.  (http://www.cmu.edu/joss/content/articles/volume1/cohen.html).

Look — there’s an actual bar graph.  So it must be science, and therefore true!

So maybe occasionally expanding your social role diversity by renewing acquaintances with old friends can keep you healthy?

If so (and the scientist part of me feels compelled to insert the disclaimer “it’s a BIG if”), then the picture below shows a little preventative medicine at work.


From left:  Dave Van Beek, Ozie Greene, Richard Nichols, Jerry Scheffler,
and some fat dude who wouldn’t get out of the picture…..

In case you don’t recognize anybody in the picture, or any of  the names, this is a statistically skewed sampling of the Mariner High class of 1976, seen at a recent “mini-reunion” (appropriate for a school that had mini-term, don’t you think?) at the Everett Mall Starbucks on March 3, 2009.  Notably absent are approx. 80 other members of our class who are on the mailing list, but weren’t able to attend.

(though, truth be told, if everybody had shown up I think we’d have had a problem fitting them into Starbucks)

A date has not yet been set for the next of our informal get togethers — but I am open to suggestions, and perfectly willing to announce similar events organized by others.

Now, if only diversity of social roles could stop male pattern baldness…..

Think spring!

MHS All Classes Camp-out

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

In a decision that has been been more eagerly awaited than the outcomes of either major party’s “veep-stakes” — the crowning achievement of extensive focus group sessions,  telephone surveys and  longitudinal demographic studies (not to mention extensive reading of tea leaves), it has been decided:

The Mariner High School All Classes Campout — aka “Old Farts Weekend” — will be held at the Big Pines Campground, located near milepost 9 of State Route 821, also known as “Canyon Road.”  Big Pines is a Bureau of Land Management campground approximately 16 miles southeast of Ellensburg, WA.

This is a marginally improved campground, with very nice new concrete-walled pit toilets, fire pits, paved roads, and ample tent sites — no power, no RV pads, no running water except the Yakima River, which runs alongside the campground but would probably kill you if you drank it.

Still, it supports a nice strain of super-trout which have hardened themselves against the farm run-off, and the whole scene is very — well, scenic.  In mid-October, expect to see many, many bighorn sheep, some of them practicing the unique mating rituals of their species (”hey, baby — what are ewe doing?”).

Ah, but you want to know the DETAILS, right?  Like, what is planned?  Who will be coming to this grand affair?  What will it cost?  Who is — ahem — “organizing” it?

OK — in order, here are the answers:

1) Like, what is planned?  Nothing is planned.  Show up, and invent your own reality.  I can provide you with reasonable assurance that there will be firewood, friendly people, family-friendly environment, and at least a couple of your age cohorts from that big white concrete block that served as your home away from home for four (give or take a couple) years.  Bring some food, bring some drink — and bring a bit of extra to share.  If we each adhere to this, the rest will take care of itself.

2) Who will be coming to this affair?  Whoever you invite.  So take it upon yourself to invite the one person you’d most like to sit around a campfire with for an evening.  And then invite one more, because….well, you know.  Sometimes you gotta have a “plan B”  I will say that I’m focusing my efforts on folks who graduated in the 1970’s, because I don’t want to feel TOO old….

3) What will it cost?  Nothing.  The $5 camping fee for Big Pines is suspended from Sept 15 – May 15, so you’ll be using public land at taxpayer’s expense.   You’l have to buy gas to get there, but I understand the prime rate might be dropping soon, so maybe you can get good financing.

4) Who is – ahem — “organizing” it?  Think about this for a second.  I’m suggesting it, but I don’t “do” organization.  This is ad-hoc city, baby.  Living on the edge!

This is, as has been mentioned in previous posts, a spin-off from our recent annual oldfarts fishing trips.  Fishing may still occur — catch and release only in the Yakima Canyon, by the way — and I’m happy to provide some tips for visiting anglers.  But the primary focus will be on a nice night under the stars, huddled around a camp fire, eating camp food and looking around innocently when you fart.

Timeless stuff, that.

I will post occasional updates at this location, so please send the URL for this page to your MHS friends.  If you’d like to advertise the fact that you are planning to attend, post a comment on the MHS Class of 1976 Blog site entry for this event (i.e., this post!).

Hope to see you there.

January 2008 Update

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Well, the holidays are over with. My kids will be heading back to college soon. I’m back at work. Might as well get the blog updated!

Just a few updates on things:

I’ve gotten holiday letters or news from one or two of you, and promised to pass these along. So here you go:

  • John Webber’s holiday blog from Munich. Interesting stuff — would you believe that John recently finished his first half-marathon? John will be visiting the US in May 2008, by the way, and we are discussing the possibility of some sort of get together for his friends at that time, since he doesn’t make it back to the US all that often.
  • Daneen Dustin has published a novel! Here’s what Daneen has to say about that:

    “…the title is Secret of the Covenant and the ISBN is 978-0-9783483-5-9 *smile* It is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Borders Online, Ingram, Bakers and Taylor etc…. I do have some available if anyone would like one that has my signature *smile* I have been so excited about this book and now another author from Canada and I are working on a sequel to it. That one will be called Highland’s History. You can give my email address for anyone who would like to get ahold of me for a copy of Secret of the Covenant *smile* I am donating 10 percent of the profits to the Ronald MacDonald House. My daughter’s son was a couple of months premature and while he was in the Neonatal Intensive care unit, my daughter stayed at the Ronald MacDonald House. We are SO grateful to them for that and I was amazed at just how much they help the families of loved ones who are in the hospital.

  • Sharon (Verg) Johnson reports that she has, at age 50, obtained her Master’s degree. Here’s what she has to say about that:

    “I finally, after so many years, have completed my MBA and will be accepting a blank peice of paper to symbolize the diploma granted for that acheivement. After all fees are covered they will send me the “real” deal.

    Of course there will be the obligatory photo opportunity with Secretary Donna Shalala who is now the President of the University of Miami. Available for purchase at a nominal charge – of course.

    I am excited to have hit the milestone. BS at 35, MBA at 50, at this rate I’ll be 65 before I get my PhD…”

    I had to remind Sharon that she’ll still get her PhD before I do….

  • Steve Conlon sent a brief update, and asked me to share it:
    • “…If you are doing a Class of 76 holiday update, here is a picture of my family at my oldest son’s HS graduation in June 2007. He is now a freshman at University of California Santa Cruz, major undecided with an emphasis in surfing and lacrosse. My younger son (the one that looks a lot like I did at Mariner) is a HS freshman (surfing and lacrosse as well), and my daughter is a 6th grader (playing clarinet in band, just like the old man, but she is a swim-teamer and not a golfer). My wife Vicki and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary next year. See what happens when you paddle up to a surfer girl and start up a conversation!”

    • I have, as usual, put a family Christmas letter online on another corner of this bizzare collection of stuff that is scottbutner.com. If you’re interested in meeting my family, or seeing lots of pictures of people fishing — well, that would be the place to do so!
    • As I announced late last year, a reunion planning committee meeting was held at Zippy’s in Everett, on December 14, 2007. Despite some no-shows and last minute schedule conflicts (one of the perils of planning something like this during the holidays), a few intrepid souls showed up — specifically Kevin Hayes (who was also very involved in the planning of the 30th reunion) and Chris Huddleson. My son, Ryan, also sat in on the meeting, as did Zippy the Dalmation.
    • Chris is teaching in the Edmonds School District these days, and plans on being at the next reunion. I’ve included a photo (below), demonstrating yet again that you can dress me up, but can’t make me pretty.
    • Basically, it’s too early to do any serious planning for the 35th reunion, but we all agreed that developing the mailing list was a priority. Chris came up with the idea to post the list of people we DO know about, which I’ve now done.
    • I should note: we will try this again once or twice per year — but will avoid trying to do something close to Christmas, as people’s schedules are simply too busy. Several people expressed an interest in attending but couldn’t due to family obligations. Live and learn.

    Mariner High School Class of 1976 35th Reunion Planning

    That’s about it for now, boys and girls. Expect to hear back from me sometime around late April 2008, with an announcement of another informal “planning committee” meeting (as always, just an excuse to get old friends together). We’re kinda-sorta-maybe thinking of something in the second week of May, to coincide with John Webber’s visit to the US.
    And as always, if you have anything you wish to share with your former classmates from Mariner High, feel free to send stuff to me to pass along via this blog.

    take care of yourselves….

    Scott Butner
    Deputy rabble-rouser and improbable cheerleader
    MHS Class of 1976

Reunion Planning for 35th Reunion — December 18, 2007

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

First of all, if you are attention-limited, here’s what you need to know:

WHAT:  MHS Class of 1976 35th Reunion Planning Committee Meeting
WHERE:  Zippy’s Internet Cafe, 1804 Hewitt Ave, Everett, WA
WHEN:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Friday December 14, 2007
WHY:  If you have to ask, then keep reading….

For those of you who are foolhearty enough to brave an e-mail I’ve written in one of my manic spells, read on.

I don’t know where this will take us either, so it’s as much a surprise to me as to you.   And adventure, if you will.

Anyway…..

As one who has been transplanted to the dry, dusty side of the Cascades for most of the past 24 years, I don’t find myself in Everett very often, especially in the winter.  Blame it on a self-preservation instinct that makes me dislike slipping across I-90 in a car that barely reaches the top of the wheels of most semi-trucks.

I wrote about that instinct in a different context, here:  http://webpages.charter.net/lstephens6592/scientific_method.htm

But a series of personal errands and fatherly responsibilities (to wit:  picking up my son from the UW for Christmas break)
has me coming to the wet side on Friday, December 14.

So, faced with the need to drive up to Everett to deal with some family business, I thought I would take the opportunity to hold what I hope will become a periodic occurrence for the next couple of years: a “planning committee” meeting for anyone interested in helping with the 35th reunion of the Mariner High School class of 1976, tentatively planned for summer 2011.

“Now wait jest a gal-darned minute!,” you might be saying to yourself.  “2011 is still 4 years away!  What’s this crazy-assed feller think he’s doing?”

Or at least you might say that, if you talked like a miner in an old black and white western.

We’re old enough now, that might be a distinct possibility.

But here’s my rationale (sans miner dialect):

- by all accounts, the 30th reunion was a great success.  A smashing succes, even.  For those who attended.
- unfortunately, due to my less-than-wonderful planning skills and marginal social networking skills, “those who attended” represented a measly 16% of the 320 or so folks who graduated with us.
- my current mailing list – which you are apparently a member of, since you’re reading this e-mail — comprises some 100 people; this is better than we had in 2006 but still a mere 1/3 of our class.
- while we need spend little time worrying about the logistics of an event that won’t take place for another 3 1/2 years (after all, by then we may all be sending our robotic avatars in our steads, necessitating a meeting facility with ample battery recharging stations in lieu of a wet bar) it doesn’t hurt to begin working on the mailing list.
- besides, it’s an easy excuse to have an informal gathering for those interested.

Now, I am not very familiar with places to meet/things to do in the greater (can I use that term in describing Everett?) Everett/Mukilteo metroplex.  But because my rare visits to the city have often brought me to one particular location, I’ll toss out the suggestion that we could meet at Zippy’s Internet Cafe, 1804 Hewitt Ave, Everett.  This is immediately next door to my sister’s apartment, but since few of you know my sister, a more fitting landmark might be the Everett Events Center, which is 1 block east.

Zippys is a little gem, in my opinion, offering good coffee, better sandwiches, and a nice artsy-fartsy setting.  Since I have recently re-engaged the artsy-fartsy side of my brain, that’s appealing.  To me anyway.

However, I can be persuaded otherwise — I suspect that given the season and the fact that at least a third of the people on this list live even further from Everett than I do (241 miles, for those numerically fixated among us), just a handful will show up.  So if anyone who plans to show up has a better idea, please let me know.

Now, because Zippy’s is not a large place,  it would be appreciated if any of you who think you MIGHT attend, would drop me a note.  That way, if we appear to be exceeding a head count that would fit in Zippy’s comfy but cozy setting, we can find an alternate venue.

If you do elect to come by, please come prepared to help add some names, phone #’s, e-mails, or other contact info to our master list of Class of 1976 alumni.  I’ll be bringing the list to the meeting.

Whether you attend or not, I hope all of you have a __________________ (insert seasonal greeting of choice here).  And a happy 2008.

I’ll try not to bug you again for another 6 months or so.

BTW, it’s Christmas letter time again for a lot of us. If you have a desire (compulsion?) to share snapshots of your kids, grandkids, latest toys, adventures, or that ugly cyst that the doctors removed last month, drop me a line and I’ll put them on the MHS Class of 1976 Blog site, which, believe it or not, still exists and still gets hits from week to week.

That site, you may recall, is http://mhs1976.scottbutner.com/.   I’ll try to post something new on it in the next few weeks.

I’ll also post pictures of the committee meeting on the 14th, assuming anyone other than I shows up.

Scott Butner (scott_butner@charter.net)
Self-annointed Chief Instigator, Mariner High School Class of 1976
1319 Stevens Drive
Richland, WA  99354
(509)-943-6592
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rs_butner/

Another Chance to Meet up with MHS Friends

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Got an e-mail the other day from Jennifer Mantooth, who taught photography at MHS during our junior/senior years there.  These days, she’s still teaching but also helped to set up the Mariner High Alumni Association.

She asked if I’d be willing to pass along the attached invitation to the Mariner Alumni Association 1st Annual Dinner and Auction.  The attached form has all the details, but the key things to remember are (1) it is being held on Saturday, May 5 in the MHS Commons; and (2) the proceeds go to scholarships for MHS students.

After checking out the organization, it seemed like a good cause, so check out the announcement, and hopefully we’ll see you there!
Scott

where did the guestbook go?

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

A few of you might be wondering where the guestbook went (for those who didn’t notice it, you can ignore this).

Unfortunately, the page which allowed people to sign up was being spammed unmercifully by online casinos, which had a software program designed to create entries with links to their casino (they do this in hopes of improving their Google ranking).  I was having to delete 4-5 such entries per day, and in recent days it was getting worse.

Since it was not a real popular feature on the site, I decided to eliminate it.  I may restore it later, but we’ll see.

In the mean time, members of the Class who wish to make their whereabouts known to future reorganizing committee members can simply e-mail their contact info to me.

scott_butner@charter.net

thank you!

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

I expect I’ll have more to say about the reunion soon. For now, suffice it to say that everyone who showed up seemed to have a great deal of fun — I know that I did!

To those who didn’t find out until too late, or weren’t able to attend — my apologies. We tried to notify everyone we could find, as soon as we found them.

To those who did show up — my sincere thanks. Your presence was the most gratifying thing I’ve seen in a long time.
To those who helped with various aspects of the reunion — Kevin Hayes, Dave Cernich, Zoe Leonard Acheson, Janet Carlson, Kristi (Holtgeerts) Rosenberger (in absentia, but absolutely invaluable for her help in contacting people), Keith Lawler (great smoked salmon, Keith!) and all of you who sent pictures, personal updates, and the like — thank you so much!

For anyone I’ve forgotten — oh my gosh, I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone! But I’ve slept about 4 hours in the past 3 days, so anything is possible!
Finally, though they were equal partners in setting this thing up, I’d like to especially thank the other two members of the “disorganizing committee” — Sharon (Verg) Johnson and Ozie Greene. You guys turned this from the late night ramblings of a marginally sane computer geek, into an actual event that dozens of people clearly enjoyed. We all owe you a big debt of gratitude.

Among other debts.

I’m probably going to take a day or two away from this site, but I’ll leave the lights on. I’ve also left information on how to send your classmates a short update on what you’ve been doing. Please send us stuff to post on this site!

There was considerable enthusiasm for another reunion in the not-too-distant future. I don’t know when that will happen, or who will organize it – but I am confident in asserting that you won’t have to wait another 10 years this time!

We’ll start posting some information about how to make sure you get adequate notice for the next reunion sometime in the near future. We’ll also start “trickling” the reunion photos onto the site over the next few days.

Take care, friends…

SB

Another Reminder — Three Reunion Events to Choose From!

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

As already detailed in this previous post (and this one!), the Mariner High School Class of 1976 is having a reunion in July, with three different kinds of nostalgic goodness to participate in:

  • Friday Night, July 14.   6p.m. — 10 p.m. or later…. An informal gathering for alumni at the Oxford Saloon, which is at 913 First Street, Snohomish, WA. Dave Cernich has arranged for a private meeting room from 6 p.m. til 10 p.m, but people are free to remain afterwards.   There’s a $7.50 per person charge, which covers hors d’oeuvres.  The Oxford will feature music from the Oxford regulars, blues band Miles from Chicago.
  • Saturday, July 15.  2 p.m. – ??  There will be an adult (alumni, spouses, significant others, etc) get-together at the Diamond Knot Brewery, 621 Front Street, Mukilteo.
  • Sunday, July 16.  11 a.m. until whenever people go home.    Family picnic at  Martha Lake Park just off of 164th near the I-5 exit.     A Google Map link is provided here. Look for signs for the MHS Reunion.  Families are welcome.   We are having Big Bam’s BBQ cater the event, and are asking each family that plans on attending to chip in $20.

We are attempting to make all of these events low-key, low-cost, informal and fun. Rumors that those attending the picnic will be required to wear formal wear are just that, rumors — started by John Webber, who clearly hopes to get more use out of that Tuxedo that is sitting in his closet.
Your organizing “committee” is going out on a limb by not requiring registration or pre-payment for any of this, but we would like to get word from as many as possible of you who plan to attend, so we know how many mouths we’re expecting to feed on Sunday (the other events are no-host). If you plan to attend, drop me an e-mail.
Be sure to share this web site address with as many of our former MHS classmates (or their brothers, sisters, parents, or parole officers if you don’t know how to reach them directly). The easiest way to refer to this site is just this:

http://mhs1976.scottbutner.com/

See you there!
SB

One week to go! Reunion Events July 14-15-16, 2006

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

As already detailed in this previous post (and this one!), the Mariner High School Class of 1976 is having a reunion in July, with three different kinds of nostalgic goodness to participate in:

  • Friday Night, July 14. 6p.m. — 10 p.m. or later…. An informal gathering for alumni at the Oxford Saloon, which is at 913 First Street, Snohomish, WA. Dave Cernich has arranged for a private meeting room from 6 p.m. til 10 p.m, but people are free to remain afterwards. There’s a $7.50 per person charge, which covers hors d’oeuvres. The Oxford will feature music from the Oxford regulars, blues band Miles from Chicago.
  • Saturday, July 15. 2 p.m. – ?? There will be an adult (alumni, spouses, significant others, etc) get-together at the Diamond Knot Brewery, 621 Front Street, Mukilteo.
  • Sunday, July 16. 11 a.m. until whenever people go home. Family picnic at Martha Lake Park just off of 164th near the I-5 exit. A Google Map link is provided here. Look for signs for the MHS Reunion. Families are welcome. We are having Big Bam’s BBQ cater the event, and are asking each family that plans on attending to chip in $20.

We are attempting to make all of these events low-key, low-cost, informal and fun. Rumors that those attending the picnic will be required to wear formal wear are just that, rumors — started by John Webber, who clearly hopes to get more use out of that Tuxedo that is sitting in his closet.

Your organizing “committee” is going out on a limb by not requiring registration or pre-payment for any of this, but we would like to get word from as many as possible of you who plan to attend, so we know how many mouths we’re expecting to feed on Sunday (the other events are no-host). If you plan to attend, drop me an e-mail.

Be sure to share this web site address with as many of our former MHS classmates (or their brothers, sisters, parents, or parole officers if you don’t know how to reach them directly). The easiest way to refer to this site is just this:

http://mhs1976.scottbutner.com/

See you there!

SB

Reminder – Reunion Events July 14-15-16, 2006

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

As already detailed in this previous post (and this one!), the Mariner High School Class of 1976 is having a reunion in July, with three different kinds of nostalgic goodness to participate in:

  • Friday Night, July 14.   6p.m. — 10 p.m. or later…. An informal gathering for alumni at the Oxford Saloon, which is at 913 First Street, Snohomish, WA. Dave Cernich has arranged for a private meeting room from 6 p.m. til 10 p.m, but people are free to remain afterwards.   There’s a $7.50 per person charge, which covers hors d’oeuvres.  The Oxford will feature music from the Oxford regulars, blues band Miles from Chicago.
  • Sunday, July 16. 11 a.m. until whenever people go home. Family picnic at Martha Lake Park just off of 164th near the I-5 exit. A Google Map link is provided here. Look for signs for the MHS Reunion. Families are welcome. We are having Big Bam’s BBQ cater the event, and are asking each family that plans on attending to chip in $20.

We are attempting to make all of these events low-key, low-cost, informal and fun. Rumors that those attending the picnic will be required to wear formal wear are just that, rumors — started by John Webber, who clearly hopes to get more use out of that Tuxedo that is sitting in his closet.

Your organizing “committee” is going out on a limb by not requiring registration or pre-payment for any of this, but we would like to get word from as many as possible of you who plan to attend, so we know how many mouths we’re expecting to feed on Sunday (the other events are no-host). If you plan to attend, drop me an e-mail.

Be sure to share this web site address with as many of our former MHS classmates (or their brothers, sisters, parents, or parole officers if you don’t know how to reach them directly). The easiest way to refer to this site is just this:

http://mhs1976.scottbutner.com/

See you there!

SB

Friday Night (July 14) at the Oxford Saloon??

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Heard from Dave Cernich today — he’s trying to get a fix on how many people might show up for a Friday night dancing/beer/good times get together at the Oxford Saloon, which sound slike a funky little place in beautiful downtown Snohomish. The where would be 913 First Street, Snohomish, WA. That would be Friday night, July 14 — when the band is supposed to be these guys (Miles from Chicago):

don't know what their music sounds like, but they have nice T-shirts...

Now, as if what the band (who describe themselves as “… a high-energy dance band that knows how to have fun!”) sounds like makes a whit of difference for a gathering with old (really, really old!) friends, you can hear them on their mySpace site.

Now, this is mySpace — so remember, stay away from the 21 year old surf punk from Encinitas who wants to chat. She’s more than likely to be your 16 year old daughter in real life….

Oh, and while you are hanging around with the teens at mySpace, be sure to check out “Mighty Aphrodite” — these demos were recorded right here in the Butner basement, by my son Sean and his friends (Sean provided the sound engineering — the lyrical hilarity and sweet guitar playing are courtesy of the band).

So, anyway — I digress again — if you are interested in getting together w/ friends at the Oxford on Friday, please e-mail Dave Cernich, or post a comment on this post.

I’m not normally a tavern kind of a guy, but from the reviews I’ve read and everythigng else I can find, the Oxford looks like a real fun place. If you go, be sure to wear a whalebone in your hair, so that people will recognize you as a former Maurader…

If you could invite just one person…

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

If you could invite just one person from our class, to make sure they showed up, who would it be? And why?

For me, I think it would have to be Dave Austin, so that I could thank him properly for the very generous hospitality he and his family showed us when my family and I visited London in 2003. I never really did a proper job of that, and at the very least I could buy him a beer.

And you?

Looking for an echo…

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

And no, I don’t mean the great doo-wop classic by the Persuasions

Persuasions Chirpin' album cover

One of the reasons I started this site was because I got frustrated by the limitations of Classmates, Reunion.com, etc — great sites for tracking down people, but unless you’re a member, you can’t communicate with one another.

As a barely reformed socialist, that offended my revolutionary senses!

So I started this site to provide a free (to everyone else) site where people interested in the reunion could comment freely, post “hellos” to one another, etc. Without having to sign up or pay a subscription.

Power to the people, man! Viva la revolution!

man, I miss those days….
Anyway, I digress. People ought to be able to participate in the things that matter to them. That’s why every post has a link to a comment section.

I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to use it!

Let me know I’m not just writing this stuff for my own entertainment (not that it would stop me).

SB

Be Grateful That THESE guys aren’t planning this gig!

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

If you haven’t guessed by now, I spend a lot of time on the Internet.

Between work (where I do research on how the semantic web can be used to catch suspect terrorists, among other things..) and play (where I hang out on various fly fishing discussion boards, and write soft-core pornographic fishing reports), I am on the web pretty much most of my waking, indoor time.

So, it’s not surprising that a lot of my friends are online.

I recently asked some of them to offer suggestions on activities for the reunion.

I think I might have to keep thinking…

Unless you guys want to have naked oil wrestling contests?!?

SB

Roll-your-own Reunion Events

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

I realize that some people may want to organize “special events” around the reunion that may appeal to some subset of our class — we’ve tried to provide a few generic events that will appeal to, and be accessible to most — but that shouldn’t stop anyone from organizing side-events.

For example, you might want to organize:

Who knows? In any event, since this site appears to be the focal point for Reunion planning activities, please feel free to use the comment feature on this post to announce any special events associated with the reunion. Just be sure to provide a time, date, place, and contact info.
SB

Want to Volunteer? Here’s a List of Ways You can Help!

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Want to help out for the big reunion? Here’s a list of things we know we need help with. If you see something on the list you’d like to help with, send me an e-mail, or better yet, add a comment to this post.

See something we’ve overlooked? Let us know that, too!

Trust me — you don’t want me to organize the picnic activities…see what I mean?

Scott Butner -- Pacifist
List Of Things That Need to Be Done

  • “Costco Run” — we need someone to pick up picnic essentials prior to Sunday’s get-together:
    • napkins (linen would be nice, but we’ll settle for paper)
    • paper or plastic cups
    • soda pop (I don’t dare use the southern “Cokes” for a class that gradudated in the 70’s)
    • bottled water
    • ice
    • a collection of simple, traditional side dishes (e.g., cole slaw, pasta salad, potato salad, or Yataklete Kilkil — Ethiopian Vegetables With Garlic and Ginger)
  • Have an ice chest? We could use a few to hold the sodas, water, and don’t forget that Yataklete Kilkil!
  • Publicity! We are in The Herald’s announcement section, but perhaps someone local to the area could see to getting us placed in some of the other local newspapers, cable TV, etc? If you’re willing to lead a publicity effort, let us know.
  • On-site activities. We are not planning much — hopefully simply seeing each other again and laughing at Scott’s ever-expanding waistline will provide entertainment enough. But if someone wants to help organize a Trivia contest, or perhaps a slide show, etc — let us know.
  • Signage. We need someone to make a banner (something to the effect of “MHS Class of 1976 Reunion” — or something equally creative) and some signs to let people know they’re in the right place.
  • Sports equipment. You know — volleyball or badmitton net/equipment, yard darts, frisbees, unicycles….). Oh, and by the way — several of our classmates (Ozie Greene, Kevin Hayes, Brian Zelmer, and Dave Van Beek, to name a few) are firefighters, so there will be plenty of paramedic training onsite for those who overexert!
  • Music. Some period music would be nice, if we can get away with it (we still don’t know). If you might be willing to provide an amp and some speakers, we can go the iPod route.
  • Baby Sitter(s). At our ages, perhaps not many of us have kids who need to be watched over — well, at least not by a babysitter. But a few people get late starts on having kids, and many of us have grandkids. So if someone wants to organize a small child-safe area (you know — a few toys, a responsible teenager to supervise, some concertina wire…) that would be a very, um…progressive! thing to do.

That’s about it for now. If you have interest in helping — in any of these categories, or any other way — let us know.

SB

UPDATED!!! MHS Class of 1976 Reunion — July 15/16, 2006

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Some changes from my earlier post — I believe that what follows is pretty much final, though.

Two events are planned for the Mariner High School Class of 1976 reunion. These events are planned for July 15-16, 2006 and are described below. My “spies” tell me that Dave Cernich is also planning some sort of Friday evening event for alumni only, but I haven’t heard officially yet. If I can get ahold of Dave, and get some details, I’ll post them here as well.
A word about scheduling: I know this won’t work for everyone, but I’m not sure it’s possible to find a date that does. And lacking some central authority, decisions have to be made….

  • Saturday, July 15. 2 p.m. – ?? There will be an adult (alumni, spouses, significant others, etc) get-together at the Diamond Knot Brewery in scenic downtown Mukilteo. 621 Front Street, Mukilteo, to be precise. I’ve linked to a map here. If you are map-challenged, or just like to talk to people on the phone, you can also call them at (425) 355-4488.
  • Sunday, July 16. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or later. Family picnic at Martha Laone of the shelters at Martha Lake Parkke Park just off of 164th near the I-5 exit. A Google Map link is provided here. There is an outdoor shelter that we have reserved, which is suitable for 50 people. Families are welcome. We are having Big Bam’s BBQ cater the event, and are asking for each family that plans on attending to chip in $20. Otherwise, Sharon, Ozie and I will have a LOT of BBQ to eat, and I don’t know about them, but my girlish figure can’t handle it…
  • Sharon was also working on a list of hotels, for those of you travelling from out of town (Sharon herself is flying up from Miami, so probably has the “furthest travelled to get here” prize sewed up, unless Dave Austin (London, England) or John Webber (Germany, last I heard from him) manage to make it. Though Zoe Leonard has indicated she’s planning on coming up from Arizona, so we’ve got some people who are willing to travel a long way to see you!

To date, I have heard from close to 40 people, between the Frappr map and the Classmates site, who are interested in the reunion. Only a few of you have actually let us know whether you plan on attending — so we are hoping that by setting a date we can get some confirmations.

Please, if you have any intention of coming, let us know so we can (1) plan for you, food-wise; (2) plan for you, reservation-wise; and (3) get your thoughts on what, besides food and your fellow classmates, would be nice to have at the reunion.

You can e-mail me, Sharon or Ozie. Alternatively, you can sign the guest register, or just comment on this blog post!


* “we” is mostly Ozie Greene, Sharon Verg, and myself at this point, though we have had offers of help from Alyce Pendell, Kevin Hayes, and several others (my apologies — I am memory challenged when it comes to names…). At this point, we welcome any help anyone wants to provide, but we’ve been best able to accept help from those who simply pick a task and say “I can do this!” — that’s what happens when no one’s really in charge!

To those who have offered to help…

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

First of all, thank you! thank you! thank you!

Secondly, there’s little worse than offering to help, but not being taken up on the offer.

Well, we’re working on it. The truth of the matter is, we’re making this up as we go along, and soon hope to have a list of chores and preparations that we’ll need help on.

But while I can’t speak for the others, I am socially inept, and have ZERO experience organizing social events. So I don’t have a clue what needs to be done.

Which is a roundabout way of saying this: if you would like to help, the best way to do so (besides tracking down other class mates of ours and inviting them!) is to identify a task that you think needs to be done, and offer to take charge of it.

For those who like a little more direction, we’ll try to have a list of chores up on this site by June 26.

Thanks!

Make a list!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

“Homework” might not have been very important at Mariner High School (or was it just me?) but I need y’all to do some homework tonight.

I want you all to make a list. A list of the five people you’d most like to see at the 30th reunion.

I don’t care what your reasons are.

  • maybe you want to see if anyone’s hairline has receded more than yours (here’s a hint: mine has)
  • maybe you want to see if anyone got fat (here’s a hint: I did)
  • maybe you want to see one of the class overachievers end up a trout bum (here’s a hint: oh, wait — I was never an overachiever!)
  • maybe you just want to see a long lost friend (here’s a hint: they probably want to see you, too).

OK — you’ve all probably thought up your list. Right?

Now, instead of mailing it to me, I want you to do the following: find out where those five people are. Maybe you even already know.

Contact them. Invite them. Tell them to visit this page.

That’s how it works.

We have a date!!!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

I told you I’d make some progress on this reunion thingy!

So, today I called up Sharon (Verg) Johnson, who has been down in Miami, trying to reason with the hurricane season, and she decided to make some executive decisions.

Now, I haven’t seen Sharon since I visited Miami in the late 1980’s, but I get the impression she is used to making a lot of decisions — it sure came naturally to her!

So: July 14-16, 2006. A reunion for the Mariner High School Class of 1976. Exact place, and exact times, TBD. But SOMEWHERE in the Everett/Mukilteo Metro area.

Details will be announced on this site, and anywhere else we can think of.

Be there. Or be…

well, just be there, OK?

If you’re interested in helping with some aspect of organization or planning, please let Sharon or I know. This is a grassroots effort: Power to (and from) the People!

You can contact us via Comments left on this blog, or via e-mail:

Scott Butner

Sharon (Verg) Johnson

Don’t make me do this…

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

…(all by myself, that is).

What I mean by that is this: anyone who wishes to should be able to make comments on this blog. At least, that’s how I’ve configured it — if I figured it out right.

Which is debatable.

In any event, the point of this blog is to encourage discussion amongst our class members, even if they don’t belong to classmates.com, reunion.com, or any of the other “pay to play” sites which promote class togetherness at a price.

Now, don’t get me wrong — I may still have socialist leanings, but I am not against people making an honest dollar. And those sites have helped me contact a number of you.

Heck, I’m even a paid up member of Classmates!

But this site is intended as a free, non-profit (actually, something of a loss) alternative to those sites, for everyone and anyone who attended MHS and graduated in or about 1976 and would like to contact old friends.

We may even get around to having a reunion.

So chime in from time to time — just use the comment links/buttons, and have fun.

So what next?

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

So besides setting up this blog, and putting the Frappr map together, what else am I doing?

  • I am trying to set up a reunion wiki. Currently, I am wrestling with some configuration issues, but hope to have them worked out soon. A wiki will allow anyone from the class to post pages about themselves, or about our time at MHS, or even about possible get togethers for our 30th reunion this summer.
  • I’m scanning some pictures. You may recall that I spent a lot of time at MHS with a camera (or three) around my neck. A few years back, I got tired of having a box full of negatives in my basement that I never looked at. So I gave them to Jennifer Mantooth at MHS — who has graciously offered to let me “borrow” them back. I’m trying to figure out how to scan some of them (there are, by my estimate, more than 5,000 images, mostly taken for the yearbook). Anyone who has a film scanner and an interest in scanning some of these, please drop me a line.
  • I’m looking for ideas. There’s a limit to how much time I can put into this effort. Any ideas, or any volunteers to help, are welcome.