The Carbon High School Class of 1961 held its Golden Anniversary Reunion at the Greenwell Convention Center. It was attended by 132 people, including 80 class members and two former teachers.
The event attracted people from across the country, from the Sea Islands of Georgia to the shores of Puget Sound in Washington. Others came from California, Texas, Idaho, Ohio, Minnesota, New Mexico, Indiana, and Colorado with a large contingent from Utah.
A Friday night social brought out old memories, but no "old" people. On Saturday morning the classmates enjoyed a tour of the High School, led by the current Carbon High School Principal Greg Stanfield, where all were introduced to the class gift to the school: a large dinosaur just outside the school's main door.
Later on Saturday evening at the Greenwell there was a program, a memorial service for deceased classmates, a dinner, and the awarding of many class-created and donated door prizes. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the socializing and remembering of the olden days while trying to figure out who had changed the least and who the most.
The committee organizing the event was led by Dale and Mila Aiken Roper of Ferron. The emcee for the evening was John Brinley of Kent, Washington. The memorial service was led by Lynn Reid of Lewisville, Texas, and Sherry Fowler Christensen of Helper. And a hilarious retrospective of our years in the Carbon County schools was presented by Richard Menzies of Salt Lake City. The grand prize of a statuette of a coal miner by local artist Gary Prazen was won by James Cox of Lehi. Collin Bryner of Bountiful, Robert Downard of West Valley City, and James and Sharon Peretti Carroll of Price were named to head the effort of pulling off another reunion in five years.
An informal breakfast was held on Sunday morning at Ricardo's where sad goodbyes were said and promises made to meet again in 2016 for the "Double Nickel" reunion of the Class of 1961.