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30 Year Reunion

The 30th Reunion of the Grady High School Class of 1969 was held Saturday, August 14, 1999, 7:00 PM, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead.  The cost was $125.00 per couple, or $75.00 for just the graduate.  113 classmates had pre-paid, 11 didn't make it, and 2 extra showed up. So, we had about 104-105, plus 5 teachers.  The teachers who attended were Helen Taylor (English), Betty Smith (French), Robert Coles (band), Eileen Page Moon (Latin/Math), and Nancy Lackey.  Mr. Miller wanted to come but was recovering from surgery. We also heard from Mr. Fred Rheney, but he was unable to attend.

It was a outstanding evening.  On arrival, each class member was given a nametag, complete with their yearbook photo, a Grey coffee mug inscribed with the reunion date, and a book of all the information sheets that class members sent in.

Grady High School Class of 1969 30 Year ReunionA group photo was taken on the steps of the Grand Hyatt (click the image at left!).  It was quite a job getting this group to all stand still and be quite for the photo.  We still acted like high school kids - 30 years later :-).

Everyone had a great time just talking and renewing friendships until dinner was served about 8pm.  Dinner consisted of several types of pasta, a carving station with Roast Beef or Turkey, vegetables and a great dessert table.

Following Dinner, Richard Siegel and Debby (Slotin) Overstreet made a few announcements.  They reminded us of the death of Mr. Derthick and read the role of departed classmates.  On a brighter note, they read highlights from the profile forms that classmates sent in.  These included:

  • Most interesting experience in the last 10 years
  • Fondest memory of high school
  • Secret crushes
  • What are your favorite movies
  • Last good book read
  • Dream jobs
  • Wildest fantasies

Following the Announcements, Mark McCain from Fox97 played the "oldies" for us to dance to, but most folks were content to visit and catch up on old friends.

An outstanding event thanks to the hard work of the organizing committee.



A picnic was was held on Sunday at Chastain.  It was a nice event but poorly attended. There were about 10 grads, and 2 or 3 brought their families. People brought their own food, mostly sandwiches.

Class Photo

Grady High School Class of 1969 30 Year Reunion
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Front Row: Rodney Perry, Ricky Adams, Susan Carrier, Gene Roberts, Gloria Abrams, Joy Eastling, Gail Halpern, Donna Maziar, Patty Slotin, Lisa WIllens, Sharon Rafferty, Jackie Andrews.
2nd Row: Bobby Glustrom, Wayne McNatt, Leon Taranto, Frank Frisch, Janet Fitts, Susan Tenenbaum, Marilyn Benbenisty, Debbie Slotin, Susan Enloe, Rhona Caplan.
3rd Row: Larry Karp, Straiton Hard, George Lauderdale, David Rechtman, Buddy Ray, Roger Payne, Kenny Stoltz, Eric Blechner, Ann Polan, Sylvia Holtz, Kathy Jackson, Lynn Deadmore, Roy Cohen, Richard Siegel.
4th Row: Randy Edenfield, Pompeo Mastrogiovanni, Larry Reaves, Betty Kaplan, Sheryl Auerbach, Bill Reese, Jimmy Gilmer, Renie Streve, Shelley Freedman, Pearl Goldstien, Joyce Reese, Janie Ronin, Mona Wilson.
5th Row: John Herndon, Chuck Sadtler, Chip Meadows, Ronny Stein, Elliott Penso, Robert Galanti, Phillip Watson, Moss Robertson, Ralph Duncan, Steve Funk, Bill Holden, Elliot Rich, Morris Podber, Billy Moscow, Jeannie Ramsey, Sammy Thomas.
(Thanks to Mona Wilson Matthews for this list)

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