George McCall of Greenville, South Carolina, chatted so familiarly with two of his friends whom he has known since they attended Sousa Junior High School that you would never have guessed he had not seen or spoken to them since graduating from Schreiber High School in 1966. No one knew McCall's whereabouts but he was able to learn about the Schreiber '66 reunion on the weekend of July 7 and 8 from an issue of the Port Washington News, which he still gets delivered to his Greenville home. His parents, who regularly read the newspaper, pointed out the reunion item to him. Randy Hall from Birmingham, Alabama, McCall's friend, lost touch also with everyone from high school but learned of the reunion from Classmates.com. He was especially proud to have been part of the championship football team. Port Washington was undefeated from 1963 to 1967. The third friend, Jim Sheperd, a music teacher in Great Neck, stayed on Long Island so he was easy to locate. Friday night they spent together with the other graduates at Finn McCools and Saturday at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.
Joanie Rosner, who organized the reunion from her Westport, Connecticut home, was thrilled with the turnout of over 100 people, out of a class of 450. She was especially gratified that two of the graduates came thousands of miles to be there. Both Wolfe Woischke and Geoff Boehm hadn't traveled nearly as far for the 20th reunion. Woischke just came from Berlin where he was an active organizer of the World Cup Soccer Tournament. He said he saw 12 soccer games so he didn't mind missing the final. At 11 years of age and with no knowledge of English, he came with his parents from Germany. His parents moved from Port Washington to Florida in 1990. He played soccer for Port Washington Schools and then professionally in the North American Soccer League.
Boehm came from Kuwait, where as a pilot of a Blackhawk helicopter, he flies missions to Iraq. As a Massachusetts National Guard member he was called upon to serve. He and his wife originally planned to travel to Tuscany but on his 15-day leave they decided to return to Port Washington. He has four more months to serve. Boehm, who also is a Vietnam War veteran, says the 130-degree days in the Middle East make living difficult. Previously in civilian life he served on John Kerry's staff for 10 years in Massachusetts.
Susan O'Keefe Richards, from Eugene, Oregon, also came from a far distance. Having kept up with several friends through these 40 years, she proudly showed photos of her grandchild to one of them. John Ricksen, who came from Florida, loved the setting for the Saturday night reunion at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club with its stunning view of Manhasset Bay. He reminisced about taking his small fishing boat past Plum Point. Barton Reppert, the Schreiber Times editor came from Maryland. He spoke of enjoying his two summers as the editor of the Port Washington News replacing the vacationing editor. Still a writer, he has been back to Port Washington only once since working at the newspaper.
Several graduates who still live in Port Washington showed up including: Harry Anderson who teaches government and sociology at Schreiber High School, Jimmy Kallenberg who was a Port Washington Chamber of Commerce leader for many years, John Interdonati who was a Port Washington fire chief, and Didi McCabe whose husband graduated the year earlier and who owns the McCabe Construction Company in Port Washington.
Many of the graduates expressed their appreciation of Joanie Rosner's work in making this a successful 40th reunion.