1988: It was the year that the Redskins beat the Broncos (42-10) in the Super Bowl, and it was the year that we, the McLean High School Class of 1988, graduated from high school and embarked on our journey through the real world. Though it may seem hard to believe, that was almost 20 years ago and the time has come for . . .gulp. . .our 20th reunion!
Please join us on October 11, 2008 to celebrate the fact that we’ve made it this far, reconnect with old friends, share memories of our carefree (or not so carefree) high school years, create new memories, and --most importantly-- enjoy what will surely be one heck of a bash!
Do you look back fondly on your time as a Highlander? If so, then this will be the event that you’ve been eagerly awaiting with bated breath for at least the 10 years since our last reunion.
Or, do you look back on your high school years with some ambivalence and agree with our very own Yvonne Tran, who on graduation day proclaimed, "High School was like getting braces. It was necessary, it was good for me, but I would never do it again." ?
If that last sentiment resonates with you and you’re not sure that you want to see us again, fear not. It’s been 20 years, and most of us have grown up quite a bit since you last encountered us. So, please please saddle up and prepare to see all of us again.
To get you ready for a stroll down memory lane, we’d like to remind you of some events that made headlines and airwaves during our stint as Highlanders. Start reminiscing and get ready for October 11!
September: The first MTV Video Music Awards are held in Radio City Music Hall, New York City
September: Prince and the Revolution’s “Let’s Go Crazy” is #1 on the pop music charts
November: Dell Computers is founded as PC’s Limited.
November: Ronald Reagan is re-elected as President.
January : In Hollywood, California, the charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by USA for Africa.
March: Mike Tyson makes his professional debut in Albany, New York, winning by a first round knockout.
March: Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union.
April: Coca-Cola releases New Coke.
September: Howard Stern is fired from WNBC-AM.
October: The Nintendo Entertainment System is released in the U.S.
January: The first federal Martin Luther King Day, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., is observed.
January: The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch, killing the crew of astronauts including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe
May: Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” is #1 on the pop music charts
July: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey
July: Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France
October: The centennial of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication is celebrated in New York Harbor
November: The Iran-Contra Affair is revealed by the Lebanese media
January: Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
February: Two Unabomber bombs explode in Salt Lake City, Utah
February: Supernova 1987A is observed (the first “naked-eye” supernova since 1604)
April: The first appearance of The Simpsons on the Tracy Ullman Show
May: U.S. Senator Gary Hart drops out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination due to allegations of an affair with Donna Rice
October: On October 19th (Black Monday), stock market levels fall sharply on Wall Street and around the world
November: Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” is #1 on the pop music charts
January: Washington Redskins defeat the Denver Broncos (42-10) in the Superbowl
Jan – Feb: The 1988 Winter Olympics are held in Calgary
April: Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California
April: The Last Emperor wins 9 Oscars, including Best Picture.
April: Oscar for Best Music, Original Song goes to Dirty Dancing for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
June: McLean High School Class of 1988 graduates!
October: YOU join us for our 20th reunion!
All 1988 MHS grads & their loved ones are welcome to attend the reunion family event held on Saturday, October 11, from 10 am-12 pm at Olney Park/Playground
1840 Olney Road, Falls Church (off Magarity Rd)
Cost will be $5.00/family and collected at the event.
Coffee (lots of it) & munchies will be provided.
Questions & RSVP to Maureen McNulty