Class reunions are special – A chance to see old friends
Rekindle those special bonds – Sometimes even make amends
Well, Savanna’s alumni classmates – Are the same as all the rest
But the stories get much bigger – To this I can personally attest!!
We’ve got Fat Jack Mills – With brothers Paul and Ed
The stories they tell – Can keep an imagination well fed
Ed still remembers his old football team – And who played to his right
You think it’s not impressive – Hey that was 1952, now it’s not so trite!!
Paul just retired from the railroad – It was this very day, in fact
A 42 year long career – But that had very little impact
The story he’s most proud of – And will fight hard to defend
His 1956 grade school basketball team – Champions, he’s quite proud of my friend!!
Then we’ve got Fat Jack – No, he’s no ordinary guy
He owns most of Texarkana – And the rest he wants to buy
He still fights and bounces – And frankly still strong as an Ox
And he’s still got a crush on Lois – Now isn’t that a paradox!!
And we have big Neal Dauphin – Who wasn’t as immersed in the past
Now, he sells for Ruan Trucking – His old girl Sue Avery still thinks he’s unsurpassed
Big Dave Cook, our Cooker – Had stories he loved to tell
His best was about fighting Dave Lahre – At the end, Lahre didn’t look too well!!
Jill Schuyler, Ruthy and Honey – Sat and watched the drama unfold
With Joan Gale and Kathy – It was a comedy to truly behold
Jim Shaw kept moving – He’d heard most of the stories before
He’d buy a couple of beers – And ask a question to get to the core!!
We talked about our Coach – Mr. Shimp our best role model for sure
We’d stopped earlier in the day – Even his memory supplied some folklore
Was or wasn’t Paul Mills – Thrown out of the DeWitt football game
Paul swears he was thrown out – Coach’s story isn’t the same!!
Charlie Dauphin and Bob Kappas – Dropped by and added some charm
They were more willing to listen – To the Truth Stretchers this caused alarm
For when you’re in the rhythm – And the truth you’ve left behind
To make a story charming or funny – This is a distraction upon your mind!!
One fellow who will remain nameless – Was remembered by one and all
None of us remember him even fighting – His mind recalls a weekly brawl
And so on and on it went – With Paul Gale sitting there amused
That’s when he turned to me – Causing everyone to get confused!!
Hey Rhymer, will you help me – Can you put all of this in rhyme
I said, get me a pen and paper – Maybe there’s still time
And I started jotting notes – And I noticed I got more respect
Everyone was posing and posturing – Being more polite than you’d expect!!
Everyone except the Ballas boys – No way were they impressed
Jeff and John especially – Wait until tomorrow they both stressed
Our little brother, Big Jim – Will be coming into town
At 6 foot six and 240 – Some of you might be going down!!
No one seemed to tremble – For in the back of every mind
“If they’re lieing the way I am – Big Jim is probably slender and kind
One fellow who was a legend – Ernie Valladares was his name
Was a boxer and steelworker – But looking quite fit all the same!!
He must have been a jab and weaver – And a heavyweight no less
For his face had nary a scar – Most former fighters look a mess
And I musn’t forget my cousins – Cheryl Grinnell and husband Doug
It was nice just to talk about family – And to get a familiar hug!!
Her parents, Gladys and Albert Grinnell – Sixty short years they’ve been wed
They even had some stories – Those about me I won’t spread
And the Adamssisters from Hanover– As well as Diane and Gloria my cousins
They babysat when we were little – They had stories by the dozen!!
PeeWee James the best story teller of all – Was caught working the nite shift
But we made a special effort – So he could share his special gift
We caught him after he woke up – And Jim Shaw was quick to add
I think Terry is our smartest classmate – In our class that’s not too bad!!
Class reunions are fun – And I urge all to try to attend
Don’t get hung up on the details – Old memories will unsuspend
Some of your friends will look younger – And some will look quite old
Are you Ruth Ann Parker the drum majorette – It just continues to unfold!!
And finally who walks in – Fred Ernst and youngest son Dick
In high school Dick was a very nice guy – And his smile still comes quick
So that was the class reunion – And I hope you’re getting the gist
By the way, if Fat Jack did it once – By him 40 young girls got kissed!!