The Great Class of 1965

Meeting '06: Hanover Mini '06


Class of ’65 Executive Committee Meeting
Reporting From The July 10, 2006 Meeting
At Bill Webster's Home in Old Saybrook, CT
Jim Griffiths, Bob Blake, Bob McConnaughey, John Sottile, Ken McGruther,
Bob Murphy, Jim Hamilton, Mike Gonnerman, Doug Leitch, Stu Keiller, Tucky Mays, Bill Webster, Hank Amon, Brian Porzak and Roger Hansen

Bob McConnaughey
Hanover Reunions
Past:  Newsletter

Class of 1965
Fall 2006 Mini-Reunion
October 13, 14 & 15, 2006
Dartmouth vs. Holy Cross
Schedule  of  Activities
Friday – October 13
6:00 PM – Wine & hearty hors d’oeuvres at Fowlers'                           
7:00 PM – Dartmouth Night Parade & Bonfire
                      (Assemble on Lebanon St. near St. Denis Church on Jim Griffiths’ hay wagon)
9:00 PM – Wine & hearty hors d’oeuvres at the Fowlers'
Saturday – October 14
  7:30 AM – Breakfast @ Pierce’s
10:30 AM – Tailgate Brunch near Sphinx
12:00          Football v. Holy Cross
 6:30  PM – Cocktails @ Pierce’s
 7:30  PM  - Dinner @ Pierce’s
                    (Entertainment Follows)
Sunday – October 15
 8:00 AM – Breakfast @ Pierce’s
 9:00 AM – Class Meeting @ Pierce’s

Behind Every Great Party Is An Even Greater Party Planner
Jim Griffiths
The Man Behind The Scene...
and for 22 Years, The Wheel Of

The Great Class of '65
Homecoming Hayride
Jim became deeply involved with Homecoming Weekend  --  i.e., the tailgate lunch, Pierces' Inn arrangements, adult beverage purchases, etc. -- when he was Hanover Mini-Reunion chair, 1985-1990.
In 1985, he started a tradition... and has continued it ever since... The Homecoming Parade Hayride.  Jim's  "Wagon" is big ol' tandem axle boat trailer that he modified with a 16 ft. flatbed and stake sides to carry about 150 bales of hay for his Ring Brook Farm deliveries. For the Homecoming Hayride, Jim "travels light" loading only 20 bales, so there's room for about 30-40 people on-board. Large "Class of '65" signs and strings of bee lights "pimp-out" the rig.
Jim used to pull the wagon with his old Farmall Cub, until his wife, Debbie, convinced him that it took too much effort.  So, now he use a truck or suv. (Let's look at this closer advice:  Farmall Cub = No Heater.  SUV = cozy heater. Hmm were there an ulterior motive to this recommendation?)   Jim "twinkles,  "One of these years, I'll break out my 1943 John Deere "B" and we'll turn a few heads!"  We spoken by an Ivy with a liberal arts education.

Over the years, Jim has developed a Homecoming routine:  He parks on Lebanon street beside the Catholic Church from 7 PM until the parade start at 8 PM.  Travel is slow so latecomers can always hop aboard enroute.   Sometimes luck prevails and The Hayride has the marching band blaring right behind it.
Jim used to drop the wagon beside Sphinx after the parade to claim the spot for our Tailgate Lunch site.  However, but a couple years back the tires got slashed, "so now I bring her home, and go claim the site early Saturday am." reports Jim. 
Additionally, up to this Homecoming, Jim has been The Man with the grills, charcoal, gas, and utensils for the pre-game tent.
As stated at the top, behind every great party is an even greater Party Planner and The Class owes a long overdue thanks to Jim for his tireless effort.  Becausee behind the partygoers' simple exclamatory "Oh isn't this fun."  is the party-giver's "Oh isn't this a lot of effort."  Indeed it is.