The Big Bash – A Time To share Memories

Another place that is becoming a popular place for photos is in front of the larger-than-life College Seal. The Seal is located on the exterior Chadwick Court wall about halfway between the Armory and the Allen Center front doors.

I caught this couple having their picture taken.†The looks on their faces say it all…

Hope to see you at your next reunion. Make sure you call up our buddies and twist their arms as well…

Class Chapel Sing – Another Option

Jon Pactor, class agent for the class of 1971, had a good idea for the Class Chapel Sing competition at the Big Bash. He had t-shirts made up with "Wabash College, Little Giants" on the front and had the first verse, chorus, and refrain from "Old Wabash" on the back. Pretty smart – the judges were forced to draw a fine line between innovation and cheating.

Of course, when the class got to the second verse, the t-shirt couldn’t help. Never fear – Jon pulled out a bell and started ringing it as the class stumbled through. First time I have seen "comm jamming" since my Air Force days!

Did they win? No. Are they winners? Of course!

Photo: Jon Pactor (second from left) talks with fellow 71-ers at the Bash picnic.


50th Reunion Medallions

The 50th Reunion Medallions are an interesting item. On the surface, they aren’t earth-shattering by any stretch. Simple design. Simple ribbon. College Seal.

But it isn’t the medallion – it’s what it represents to the guys and family members. It’s 50 years of personal and professional history…all rapped in a little medallion. That’s why guys continue to wear them back to campus often – no need to explain – it just feels right.

Top photo – the 50th reunion medallions – all lined up and ready for presentation on June 2, 2006.

Bottom photo: a close up of the medallion.

The Bash – A Family Affair

The Big Bash is, first and foremost, a chance to get together with old friends and swap tales of yesteryear. It’s also a time for families to get a chance to see where Dad went to College.

I caught this young family at, of course, the Pioneer Chapel. In the course of every campus tour, formal or informal, the Chapel is a magnet. I am not quite sure what it is, but there’s a need, I think, for all of us to come back and to make sure the rocks of Wabash – Center Hall, the Chapel, the Mall – don’t change.

These "rocks" anchor the rest of our lives, in many ways.

I still remember the location in the Chapel of my assigned seat as a freshman – do you?

Senior Citizen Rhynies?

Where else but the Big Bash would you find a group of 60-something Rhynies?

The Class of 1966 seemed to embrace the pots – much different than in their day, I’ll bet! Here a group chats at the picnic following the Class Chapel Sing Competition – which they won, by the way.

Lots of great memories, and a little content for the Grunge, came from the Big Bash this year.

Big Bash Travels – A Quick Look

At the 2006 Big Bash, I decided to take a few photos of the different license plates I found around the mall. I thought it would serve as a another way of looking at the distance some people travel to spend time at Wabash with their classmates.

An interesting side note is the license plates themselves. They say a lot about the owner, in an odd way. For example, the "Wabash 911" license plate. This one belongs to an alumnus who tirelessly volunteers for the College – if there’s a problem or we need some help, he’s always the first to step up. Wabash’s 911 to-the-rescue service.

For other plates, click here.

For a couple of years running now, Art Lewellen ’39 has been our oldest alumnus at the Big Bash. Art is the Class of 1939 – which means his class graduated 67 years ago!

Art and Martha attend many events over the weekend and thoroughly enjoy the reunion atmosphere.


2006 Big Bash – THE Class of 1966

THE Class of 1966 was back in force for the 2006 edition of the Big Bash-many thanks go to reunion chairman and class agent Cal Black ’66.

Cal’s effort to organize a great turnout resulted in almost 40 members of the class returning. In addition, Cal’s organization of the Class Chapel Sing competition really raised the bar for future classes – how do you top a police escort, antique cars, a customized golf cart and almost everyone knowing the words…to both verses?

Thanks Cal, for all your efforts to make the Big Bash a Big success for THE class and others!

Photo: A 1966 alumnus models THE shirt. Cal Black designed and ordered these shirts for all his class members.

Father Mike Reding '86 – Difference Maker

Father Mike Reding ’86 said Mass for our reunion returnees on Sunday, June 4, 2006. Father Mike was back celebrating his 20th reunion at the same time. That seems easy enough…

However, Father Mike is the only priest for a parish of 4,000 members in the Minneapolis area. For him to make the trip here means a lot of coordination back there. It also means Wabash and his classmates are important as well.

I attended Mass that morning…as I do every Bash. Father Mike’s words were so good, so fitting, so….Wabash. I wish the entire reunion group could have been there.

When we talk about Wabash today and what sets it apart, it world changers just like Father Mike Reding that make the difference.