COVID-19 Update

We’ve lived through some interesting times, haven’t we? The Roosevelt High School Class of 1970 grew up in the shadow of the Cold War and the atomic bomb. We wondered if the world would end during the Cuban missile crisis. We came of age during the 1960s when it seemed society was coming apart at the seams. We survived disco.

The current COVID-19 pandemic appears likely to be the biggest crisis we’ve yet faced, physically, financially, and emotionally. We’re all in the high-risk category by virtue of age, and many of us have special vulnerabilities that make potential infection especially scary. To all of you, please stay safe, stay strong, and stay home as much as you can.

And stay in touch. In this time of self-isolation and social distancing, it’s important to remember that we are not alone. Please let us know how you are, and what you’re doing. Send me pictures. I’ll post your messages and photos here on a new Virtual Reunion page. (Maybe I’ll use this time in seclusion to learn how to post video messages too. I’ll have to ask our 9-year-old granddaughter for technical advice…)

As for the 50th reunion scheduled for Sept. 11-13, 2020, it is — for now — still on. However, it is possible that current stay-at-home and social distancing regulations could be extended six months or more. No one knows at this point. The reunion committee will monitor current events and government advisories, and, with everyone’s health and safety as the main concern, make the call whether to go ahead with the 50th reunion as planned or to postpone it until a safer and happier time.

— Pete Lewis