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My View: Reeling in the years at a 50th class reunion

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What was I getting myself into? I hadn’t seen any of these people in 50 years, I didn’t live in the city or county where I had gone to high school, and yet, I was drawn to the idea of helping to plan a 50th reunion.

Robin Raphael reconnected with her classmates over Zoom before they gathered in person.

It wasn’t even my idea. One of the few people from high school with whom I was in regular contact had asked me via social media if I’d be interested. Sure, I responded. I didn’t think about how much work would be involved. Nor did I think about the challenges of planning an event one year in the future and not living anywhere near the location. The fact that a global pandemic had just been announced and life was closing up didn’t dissuade me.

Instead, I started to think about the possibilities. I was always proud of being from Mount Vernon High School. Mount Vernon, in Westchester County, is a small but densely populated city (70,000 people packed into four square miles). We could walk everywhere and frequently did. My elementary school, through eighth grade, was only about a mile away.

The high school had a diverse population and I met people with different religions and races and,........

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