The date is set, and the venue is locked in! Our 2016 Tween Reunion will be held at Ozumo Oakland on Oct. 22nd from 6:30 to 11:30 (maybe later, if you’re game!)
More information can be found on our Eventbrite reservation page. There is no charge to attend. However, Ozumo has generously waived the deposits for us. They have also provided us with happy hour pricing. Please show your Titan spirit and appreciation by patronizing the bar and ordering from the menu.
Douglas Parking is providing us with $2.00 off the evening parking rate at their lot directly across the street from Ozumo. The lot is located at 80-60 Grand Ave. and 2270 Broadway, with entrances on Grand Ave., Webster St., and 23rd Street. The lot essentially takes up the entire block. You must identify yourself as a member of the Skyline High School Reunion group to the attendant upon arrival. Do not pay the pay-and-display machine as it will not provide the discount.
Hello Classmates. Your reunion committee is working on a “Tween” reunion to be held later this year. The theme is The Class of ’74 Turns 60 in ’16. This will be a simple, no-host event, similar to those we had between our 35th and 40th reunions. The details are still in the works, but we wanted to send out a save the date announcement.
As we mentioned, food and drink are no-host. The intent is that there will be no cover charge. We’re looking at options for live music, and are trying to find someplace that has lodging nearby for those who may be traveling, or just want to stay overnight. We hope lots of you will attend, so put the two dates on your calendar, and we’ll let you know when its safe to delete one or the other.
This message will also be sent as an email. Now is a good time to make sure we have your current email address. If you think its changed since our last mailing, please contact us. You might also check the class of 74 “Missing List” and see if anyone you know is on it. We need everyone’s help to keep our records current.
October 11, 2014 is a date that will go down in Titan ’74 history!
The Skyline High School Class of 1974 40th reunion was held at Oakland’s Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral. More than 200 classmates and their guests shared a memorable evening filled with conversation, dining and live music by East Bay Mudd who brought back memories with favorites from our high school days.
The two rooms were beautifully decorated by Heidi Hansen, Nancy Nelson Norman and their team of helpers. Balloon columns bracketed the entrance to the main hall, and lighted table decorations provided a fun, and unexpected, addition to the festivities. The lights in the decor ended up as wardrobe accessories!
Attendees were greeted by our dedicated reception crew of Jill Ushijima and Tim Underwood. We also had some help from a volunteer from the class of 1978 – thanks Mark Wilson! The lobby was decorated with a large banner of our reunion theme – Back to Oakland. The automobiles crossing the bridge had working headlights. Many photos were taken in front of this backdrop.
A memory slide-show played throughout the evening. A video rendition of the slideshow can be found on YouTube, by clicking this link. We also had a short video message sent by Tom Hanks, who was on location in New York. His surprise to us was a message from Steven Spielberg! Unfortunately, the video was for one-time play, so it can’t be posted.
We enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner arranged by June Hirabayashi Miller, followed by the band kicking into high gear. The dance floor filled, as the evening progressed. Please see the photos in the gallery below. They tell the story far better than words.
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The dedicated members of the reunion committee have been in session since March of 2013 working on the details of our 40th Reunion. We’ve met every 2 to 3 months to methodically go through the logistics of the event. We are still working out some of the minutia, but things are now well in hand, and we expect it to be a lovely evening.
Based on feedback from previous reunions, we’ve tried to take the things our classmates have told us to heart. The venue is in a familiar location and has quiet areas for conversations. We worked hard to keep the price point as low as possible.
We believe that the 40th reunion is a milestone, and should be celebrated accordingly. We had lengthy discussions on how best to mark the occasion, and have decided that a live band would create a sense of celebration and energy. While Tower of Power is out of our price range, Randy Haight has recommended a great band, East Bay Mudd. He has worked with them to give us a fantastic price for the evening. Without Randy’s help, we would not have such a well respected band playing for us. Thanks, Randy!
Our dinner committee, led by June Hirabayashi Miller and Leanne McDonnell Corkill, and assisted by Jill Ushijima and ???, has put together a wonderful buffet. They worked diliegently with the caterer to come up with a creative menu that fits within our budget. Nancy Nelson Norman and Heidi Hanson are in charge of the decorations that will take this reunion “Back to Oakland”.
We opted for a no host bar for a number of reasons. We initially wanted to include drinks in the ticket price, but as we did our research, it became clear that we were better off with the no host model. This way people can order what they want, and those who only want soft drinks/water don’t feel they’re paying for the more expensive drinks that others are having. Again, our friend Randy came through for us with a big discount on beverages from Costco.
One big change for our 40th is the use of email and the Internet. This Website has been created to help classmates do everything from purchase tickets to sharing news. While we have an active Facebook Group, its not everyone’s cup of tea. We want to provide options that fit your lifestyle and technology comfort level. We also have the Shutterfly site, which will be our go-to place for photo sharing, after the event. Through Shutterfly, you can download images, order prints, or create a photo book. So make sure to bring your camera to the event!