Skyline High School
Skyline High Class of 1973
Welcome to the Skyline High Class Of 1973 web site. We have now celebrated our 40 year class reunion. It was fantastic to get together this year to celebrate and see how we are doing. From what we observed, we are doing quite well, thank you very much.
TAKE THE SURVEY - ON THE LEFT CLICK 40 YEAR REUNION FEEDBACK AND FUTURE REUNIONS AND RESPOND TO SEVERAL QUESTIONS. THANKS -- IT WILL HELP WITH PLANNING FOR THE NEXT REUNION.
Class of 73, we want to make this site more interactive, so each month or more frequently we will be posting something from one of our more literary classmates to create interest, thinking and chuckles as you read what is posted. You all also can post pictures to the website and we will get out instructions for that also.
Here is this month's article by Vikki Pack Carrell. Thank you Vikki..
Friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. -Author unknown
It’s hard to believe that over a year has passed since we received postcards in the mail inviting us to attend the Skyline High School Class of ’73 Reunion. Do you remember the thoughts that flooded your mind as you pulled the invitation from the mailbox? OMG has it been forty years? Why on earth would I want to go back to see people I haven’t seen in four decades? I was semi-conscious during high school, no one will remember me. Did these thoughts prompt you to quickly toss the post card in the nearest garbage can, convinced that class reunions offer NO benefits?
Facing a class reunion can be daunting and overwhelming. Forty years is a long time! But for one nostalgic night, we each revisited the best parts of high school without worrying about the unimportant, silly stuff. Conversations did not revolve around accomplishments and real estate. No one was inclined to compete and compare. We simply spent time chatting about the roller coaster of life’s ups and downs, our kids and grandkids, sharing pictures and high school memories. It was fascinating to learn what classmates had been doing, reminisce about the good old times and catch reunion fever.
Why do high school reunions mean so much more to people than other reunions? I think the late, great editor and columnist, Meg Greenfield said it best in her memoir: "So far as I have been able to discover, nobody, regardless of station, gets over high school." Class reunions do help us recall the best memories of high school, laugh at the worst memories of high school, and view it all from a different perspective.
Our class reunion was not a flag-flying event but a private gathering of, “our group,” from Skyline High. And it was remarkable. As I navigated my way through the crowds that evening, it was heart-warming to see the smiles, hugs and feel the energy generated by you – my classmates and friends. One by one, the past reconnected. It was an evening filled with laughter, memories and sheer enjoyment.
The benefits of a class reunion vary from person to person, and I believe, are best appreciated in retrospect. As a member of the reunion committee, I had a front row seat. I watched the reunion evolve from a single post on Facebook to a night that connected the past to the present, bridged differences, and allowed each of us to embrace the “good stuff.”
I reached out to a few committee members and asked them to share their feelings about the reunion – in retrospect.
First, it was great to see classmates, whether it be during the committee meetings or at the reunion. I thought that the tone at the reunion was exceptional, meaning that everyone seemed to be very comfortable. The survey bears that out. I do not know whether the location or format helped this, but past reunions were a bit uncomfortable because people had staked out their tables and there was not much mingling during dinner. The format of grabbing food and just wandering around and visiting worked pretty well. Comments on the post reunion survey indicated that people liked having it at Skyline. This week we had another survey response and that was her thought. The majority would like to have it at Skyline again. It seemed that the booze free environment made many a lot more comfortable. There were a few that expressed disappointment at this, but I think the majority thought it was good. I think that we should have more opportunities to visit. I felt that I did not get the opportunity to spend time with as many as I would have liked. I would like it to go for more than one day and have more activities. I think multiple events would give more opportunity to visit. The class of ‘72 had a talent night on Thursday, a barbecue at Skyline on Friday and then I think an activity on Saturday. My biggest concern is that we still do not have a response or any information on about half of our class. I guess that number is normal, but it would be great if we could find more of them.
As a side note, we still have good interest in the website. We have more than 17,500 hits and it seems like people are going to the website at least monthly. I have a few people that have said that think Kenny Lone is on it too much, but then they should get on if they have that problem. –Tim Cox
Planning a reunion is a daunting task, but since we had not had a reunion for twenty years a small group of us felt like we had to do something (so we wouldn’t be the lamest Skyline class). As it turned out another group of folks had the same idea and fortunately we combined efforts before too much work had been done.
I spent most of my time trying to track down 800 scattered classmates. I think it is fair to say, everyone on the committee helped with this effort! Initially we thought we’d hear from lots of classmates, they would send us their contact information and the information for the classmates they stayed connected to, but that was not the case. So I began digging. I used the voter registration files for Utah, Washington and Colorado. These states list birthdays and addresses which helped the search process. I was extremely happy when female classmates kept their maiden names. I also searched the Salt Lake County assessor site to cross check addresses. Another source was the Federal Election Committee website. The point was to reach as many classmates as possible. I spent so much time searching online, but to my surprise three classmates (Valeri Neel, Janet Mortensen and Amy Storrs) also work for the State in the Department of Commerce. I found them two floors down from my office. Sometimes you don’t have to look very far to find a familiar face. That was a fun surprise!
I feel frustrated that many of our classmates remain unregistered on the website. As I requested at the reunion, I hope you will contact your friends and get them on the website, we promise not to contact them if that is their preference. Now that we have the website future reunions will be much easier to plan. –Carolyn Godfrey Roll
For me, the event was perfect. I enjoyed connecting with classmates I haven’t seen in decades. It was fun stepping into the past to reminisce and catch up. I agree with Carolyn, planning a reunion is a daunting task, and attending one can be a bit overwhelming too. Forty years is a long time! Thanks for side-stepping your fears and doubts about attending our class reunion. I hope it was worth it. If you were unable to attend, we missed you, but thanks to technology we can connect locally and globally.
I’m looking forward to our 45th reunion and learning where the roller coaster of life will have taken us. One thing I know for sure, it will be a celebration filled with smiles, hugs, laughter, and memories, and once again we’ll catch reunion fever!
Submitted by: Vikki Carrel
WHAT ARE THOUGHT ABOUT THE REUNION?
Salt Lake City native chucks it all for Italy
50 Over 50 » Lisa Condie being honored for reinventing her life.
By Kristen Moulton
| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published 1 hour ago • Updated 8 minutes ago
What traveler hasn’t daydreamed of selling one’s possessions and returning to live in the foreign country where one feels alive and full of joy?
But how many people actually do it? Salt Lake City native Lisa Condie did, and is creating a new life in Florence, Italy, where she and another Salt Lake City native are building a tour company catering to women.
Condie, 59, is being celebrated by Huffington Post and the"Today" show as one of "50 Over 50," people who have reinvented their lives, for the better, after age 50. She appeared on the NBC morning show Monday andHuffington Post included her story in a roundup.
Condie says she is responding to the same magnet that drew author Frances Mayes, whose books beginning with "Under the Tuscan Sun" popularized the allure of Tuscany for women. The birthplace of the Renaissance, it has art and food that draw people in, she said.
"Tuscany always calls to women. There’s great passion throughout Italy, but there is something about Tuscany," Condie said in an interview via Skype from her apartment in Florence.
Condie’s own love of Italy began when she was 17 and visited the country, including Florence.
It was nearly 40 years later that she returned to live.
Two summers ago, she and her daughter had just finished a cruise to Italy and Greece — a cruise she was supposed to take with her ex-beau — and Condie was in a Rome coffee shop, waiting for an early morning taxi to the airport.
It hit Condie that she didn’t want to return to Utah. By the time she and her daughter were in the cab, she’d made up her mind: She was going back to Italy to live. Her daughter’s response was all the encouragement she needed. She said, "Mom, I’ve never seen you happier," Condie remembered.
That was June 2012. By Oct. 2, she had sold her Salt Lake City home and most of her possessions, tied up the loose ends on her three-decades-plus career as a fitness instructor and was on a flight to Florence.
One of the reasons she chose Florence was its language schools; two years later, she’s able to converse, if not carry on complicated discussions, in Italian.
Condie began writing about her Italian adventure for Better Way Moms, a website owned by Sarah Walton, a Salt Lake City native living outside New York who had baby-sat Condie’s children years before.
After the first year, in which she allowed herself to not think about a job, Condie began brainstorming ways to make a living so she wouldn’t burn through the profits from her home sale.
That’s how she and Walton came up with the tour company idea and launched A Better Way to Italy last summer. Their first tour was in April, when 10 women ranging from their 30s into their 60s joined Condie and Walton in Tuscany.
During the tour, the two women — Walton is a former corporate executive — gave classes on listening to intuition, finding courage and following one’s passion.
A Better Way to Italy has three tours scheduled for the fall and two more next spring.
"It’s helping women make their lives better," Condie said.
Shelley Emling, an editor at Huffington Post, said the website received 1,200 nominations for its "50 Over 50" celebration.
"Lisa is a good choice," Emling wrote in an email, "because all people probably dream about moving to a foreign country like Italy and starting a new life. And Lisa actually did it." Lisa is a good choice," Emling wrote in an email, "because all people probably dream about moving to a foreign country like Italy and starting a new life. And Lisa actually did it."
Though Condie has never regretted moving to Italy, she acknowledged it can be lonely, even with the friend ship of other ex-pats in Florence.
“ This is part of the story that doesn’t get told," she said. "I miss holidays. I see my best friends getting together on Facebook. I miss my kids’ birthdays. It’s a different culture. There are times that you think, ‘This is hard.’
"But I’ve never questioned my choice. I’ve never thought it was so hard I wanted to go back."
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