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12/30/09 01:46 PM #1    

Janet Lezzi (D'Allaird)

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07/21/10 12:31 PM #2    

Janet Lezzi (D'Allaird)


Linton High School
Class Of 1961

From: Phyllis Barbera

I have a Facebook Group for our class set up. Here's the link (a new window will open when you click it):

People can post photos and videos to the group for all to see, have group discussions, announce events, and generally keep in touch. It'd be really neat if anyone had old pictures they could post to get excited amped up before the big reunion!



07/23/10 07:05 PM #3    

Mary Ann Gutowski (Engel)

Hi Class of '61, 

I am in the process of adding yearbook photos to the website.  I could use several yearbooks from 1961.  I need photos without writing.  If I have several yearbooks to work with, I think I can locate an unblemished photo of each classmate.  If you live in Schenectady and would be willing to loan your yearbook, please give me a call at 377-2692 or email at  I will pick up and return your yearbook


Mary Ann G. Engel (Gutowski)

08/07/10 01:46 PM #4    

Janet Lezzi (D'Allaird)


Dear Class of '61!
We may have been the last class able to work its way through college, since Rockefeller's administration introduced not only a sales tax, but tuition at the state universities that have left them for the rich or heavily indebted. We were so lucky to have been in school right after Sputnik, to benefit from the Eisenhower administrations reaction to that event - the funding of education so sciences, languages, etc. would be studied more. I even had a course at Linton that dealt with the nations emerging from the shackles of colonialism! We were so lucky!
When I began teaching the Johnson administration was education friendly, but then things changed so that we wound up with No Child Left Behind and teachers frightened into teaching boring basics for standardized tests, like down here in Florida, the FCAT.
I wish fellow former students at the reunion all the best. Of my teachers only Mrs. Clyman, who taught Russian and then moved on to teach at SUNY at Albany, is probably still alive. She had a very interesting life and was a walking history book.
Sincerely, Jean Kathleen (Jones) Ranallo



THE CLASS REUNION submitted by: Jim Trapini

Every five  years, as summertime  nears,
 An  announcement arrives in the  mail,
 A reunion is  planned; it'll be really  grand;
 Make plans to  attend without fail.
I'll never forget the first time we met;
 We tried so hard to impress.
 We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
and wore our  most elegant dress.

 It was quite an affair; the whole class was  there.
 It was held at a fancy hotel.
 We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
 And everyone thought it was swell.
The men all conversed about who had been first
 To achieve great fortune and fame.
 Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
 And how beautiful their children became.
The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
 Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
 The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
 And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.
 No one had  heard about the class  nerd
 Who'd guided a  spacecraft to the moon;
 Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
 She married a shipping tycoon.
The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to  succeed'
 Was serving  ten years in the pen,
 While the one voted 'least' now was a  priest;
 Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

 They awarded a prize to one of the guys
 Who seemed to have aged the least.
 Another was given to the grad who had driven
the farthest to attend the feast.
 They took a class picture, a curious mixture
 Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
 Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
 You never saw so many thighs.
At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.
It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
 Then most of us lay around in the shade,
 In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.
By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.
And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our  sixtieth is coming, I'm  told. 
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.
Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.
I'm feeling  quite hearty, and I'm ready to  party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early  light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night. 
Author Unknown  
Life is Wonderful.
Don't forget


10/22/11 05:41 PM #5    

Marilyn Blum (Brodsky)

And the memories continue on....Thanks for the great photos.  Everyone is treasuring  our reunion weekend  Here's to doing it all over again in five years.  Happy winter to all. 

 Fondly, Marilyn Blum and Sandy Brodsky from sunny Florida.

PSSSS. If you want to attend a mini south florida reunion this winter, contact me at      matchie432@ and include a short identifying phrase on the ssubject line so I don't delete the email. Also let me know when you'll be in my area.

12/05/11 07:55 AM #6    

Kate LeRoy (Vrtiak)

Holiday Lunch - 2011

Two holiday get togethers have been planned by the reunion committee for this year at the Grog Shoppe on Erie Blvd.  As you may know, that is Ricky Mont's home-away-from-home.  The first lunch will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 1pm.  The second will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 12:30.  No need to RSVP, just come.  Significant others are welcome also.

10/15/16 12:42 AM #7    


Michael Piccolo

55th Reunion is not a December type reunion.  In my opinion no out of towners will attend.  Have a tad more imagination and move it to September 2017 as our 55.5th year reunion and have the DEC date as a  local get together for local alumni. Do it right!!!!!  

Yours truly

Michael A Piccolo Class of 61The


10/15/16 09:55 AM #8    

Arthur Klein

I agree that December really isn't the best time for a get together.  There is so much going on for everyone with Christmas and shopping, etc. that Mikes idea seems much more feasible.  

Emily (Kutz) Klein 



10/15/16 11:45 AM #9    

Robert Wilock

I would love to attend but the timing is very bad. 

Not only is it winter in Schenectady (and I remember what that can be like), but it is a week before Christmas. 

I agree a better time would be when the weather is more likely to be good and us "out-of-towners" might be able to attend. What about late spring -- May or early June?

If it goes on as scheduled I wish all who attend good health and have a great time. 

10/15/16 04:03 PM #10    

Diane Gabriel (Wolfe)

Diane Gabriel Wolfe

I agree.  December is a difficult month to have a shopping, attending and hosting local parties, attending grandchildren's concerts, possible inclement weather for traveling and most importantly.................10 lb. weight gain from Thanksgiving!

10/15/16 05:43 PM #11    

Carol Nelson Richards (Sarasin)


I agree with you. I probably would not be able to attend in December what with concerts, shopping, family events,and  parties in Massachusetts.  September, however, is a beautiful and easy month to travel.  I am hoping that we reset the date for a major reunion to September.

Carol Richards Sarasin






10/15/16 09:57 PM #12    

Hannelore Herrmann (Clayton)

Bad choice for a reunion.  It's a challeng to travel at that time of year.  The 50th was enjoyable.  Please consider planning an event in late Spring or mid-autumn (stay away from cold winter or hot humid summer.

Lorie Clayton (Herrmann)

10/16/16 01:43 PM #13    

Patricia Rogowicz (Czelusniak)

Would prefer September for a reunion.  We are snowbirds and leave the northeast around the end of November.  September would be better all the way around, and I agree with everyone else's reason for the change of date.  Thanks for taking these reasons into consideration.

10/17/16 04:54 PM #14    


Leonard Montorio



For many  years, Ricky Mont, has organized a group to meet for lunch at The Grog Shoppe during the holidays.  As this is our 55th. year since graduation from Linton, we thought it would be a good ideal to expand our celebration, meet at a different venue and post the occassion on our web site.  We know that mostly local grads will attend, as usual, but we wanted to invite all Linton '61 alums who would like to celebrate with us if they could.

Your Committee

10/18/16 08:06 AM #15    


Michael Piccolo

Len that is fine but do what you all want, call luncheon the 55th holiday reunion and in September of 2017 have full blown reunion and it will be our 56th year reunion due to planning difficults!  :)

10/18/16 10:53 AM #16    

Hannelore Herrmann (Clayton)

Perhaps a full reunion event with the "traditional " components - came from the farthest, most children, and other statistics.  Combine 1960, 1961 & 1962 classes.  

The 50th a was well planned weekend event.  Make the travel worthwhile.  Even Faulkner didn't want to have dinner with JFK because it was a hundred miles to travel.  😎

10/18/16 06:20 PM #17    

Betty Keenan (Malavase)

I like the idea of meeting in the fall.       I really miss the beautiful colors of the leaves. We don't have those bright oranges and reds here in Texas. Fall is usually when we visit the Northeast because of the folliage and cooler weather. It would be great to see everyone and catch up.Betty Ann Keenan Malavase

10/19/16 11:38 AM #18    

Robert Wilock

I agree with a fall option.

Perhaps, the date might even be on a weekend when there is a "home" football game. If folks want to go to the game, that's fine. If they don't , that's OK too. It would be optional, but if someone is going to travel anyway, an extra night stay might be something they would want to do. 

10/19/16 11:44 AM #19    

Sandy Levine (Schwartz)

Hey Mike P.  Don't  think the committee needs/wants your approval or disapproval.  They have  worked very hard and have done just fine planning events in the past.  Can't please everybody and there is plenty of time to schedule another reunion for the future.smiley

10/19/16 08:23 PM #20    


Michael Piccolo

Sandy I hope you are right!yes

10/20/16 09:39 AM #21    

Sandy Levine (Schwartz)

Mike P. ,  If you have no confidence in their ability to plan another event, then I suggest that you volunteer to be on the committee, instead of just hoping the event will be everything you want.

10/20/16 10:29 AM #22    


Leonard Montorio


Your October 15th comments are appreciated, however, the sentence saying "Do it right!!!!" is not appropriate and offensive to me and to the committee members.  We have organized these reunions for years, along with some picnics and get togethers with no help from you, only critcism.  Positive idea's and healthly advice are welcome but a comment like yours is insulting.

Therefore, next time why don't you take charge and "Do it right!!!!" yourself.

10/21/16 08:18 AM #23    


Michael Piccolo

Enough now My original post was meant to do a full type reunion next fall like you all did a wondreful Job on in 2001 & 2011.  That was what the do it right meant.  It was not intended or implied the committee wasn't doing a good job.  You have always done a GREAT JOB.  Lenny forgive my choice of words. 

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