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My Bittersweet High School Reunion, Our Last Hurrah

My Bittersweet High School Reunion, Our Last Hurrah

In September, I packed my bags (and my wife, Yeon Hee, aka Lilly) for my 50th high school reunion, Class of 1967, in Plainville. I teach on U.S. military installations in South Korea and was determined to go to the U.S. for what most likely would be our last hurrah.

It would turn out to be one of joy and sorrow.

Friday night we had a reception at the local VFW. As my wife and I entered, a tall, gray-haired woman collecting admission called out "Ronnie Roman!" Startled the hell out of me. Nobody had called me "Ronnie" in decades, but she had recognized me, as had the woman sitting beside her. I didn't recognize either of them and, if not for their name tags,...

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