MARLENE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. I'M ENVIOUS
I met Marlene Wagner, now my wife of 57 years, when I was flying the mighty T6 in Aviation Cadet pilot training at Malden Air Base, Missouri. She lived in Dexter, Missouri, some seventeen miles north of Malden. Marlene’s a graduate of Dexter High School and, after my fighter squadron reunion in Ohio, we attended Marlene’s 58th high school reunion in Missouri (smart politics begins at home).
I’m envious. My school, Garfield High in East Los Angeles, was crowded, and school gang warfare was common. I don’t know one Garfield alumnus. In contrast, Dexter High School alumni abound, Marlene knows her classmates, and many of them were at the reunion. That’s the way it should be.