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King George classes from 1953 to 1964 plan a three-day reunion the end of September
In 1964, a band from King George called itself the Raiders. Members were Rick McDaniel, Don March,
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BY CATHY DYSON
Because the classes from King George High School were small in the 1950s and '60s, it was hard getting enough people together for a reunion.
So, a committee came up with the idea to have one gathering for several classes.
That's exactly what will happen Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30, during a three-day reunion for those who graduated from 1953 through 1964. The event will be held at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House in Central Park.
Friday night is a social, Saturday is a dinner and dance, and Sunday is a breakfast.
"Since King George was small, most people knew everyone in the high school," said Rick McDaniel, who graduated in 1964. "In my eyes, those classmates will be 18 again for one night. Maybe someone will drive up in a beautiful 1957 Chevrolet and want to go to Carl's for some ice cream."
McDaniel said the committee expects about 110 participants.
"I know everyone doesn't share this view, but I think reunions are great," he said. "I can't wait."
Two groups, the classes of 1957 and 1962, had the idea for getting a group of classes together. Janice Mianoi, Joe Clift and Donald Clift represented the 1957 graduates, and Mary Kay Wolfe, those from 1962.
Members of the Class of 1957 have had reunions every five years for the past three decades, but they're excited about the upcoming one, Mianoi said.
"Most of us feel this will be our last class reunion as we have lost so many members and have others who cannot attend because of illness," she wrote in an email. "We intend to savor every moment because we may never see some of our friends again."
Meanwhile, the Class of 1962 hasn't reunited for 30 years, Wolfe said.
"It should be very interesting," she said.
McDaniel expects 25 to 30 classmates and their spouses from each year, but said the classes get smaller the farther back they go.
He said he and his classmates have not been great about staying in touch.
"Some I see in my daily travels, and some I see every few years," he said. "Some, I haven't seen since 1963, when we were juniors."
More information about the King George reunion is available by contacting Mianoi at 540/775-7709.
Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425