’81 in NYC

Here is a photo of a reunion of sorts with some of the Class of 1981. From left to right are: Rob McDowell, Derek Reisfield, Reid Thompson, Baron Fain and Peter Vestal.

Had a wonderful time with Derek Reisfield, Peter Vestal, Baron Fain and Reid Thompson playing frisbee golf in Central Park in early March. Derek was a gracious and generous host. And Peter Vestal offered a toast to the late David Kendall. We also took in a dress rehearsal of Saturday Night Live and had an all around great time. Everyone’s families are thriving.

Rob McDowell

Class of 1981


and here’s Derek Reisfield’s version…

Earl “Baron” Fain, Robert McDowell, Reid Thompson, Derek Reisfield and Peter Vestal gathered in New York for a “Mini-DA ’81 Reunion.” A great time was had by all. Our livers continue our recovery under the guidance of Dr. Thompson.

Our weekend got off to a rocky start when Derek and Peter made an unscheduled stop at the Minneapolis airport due to a hydraulic system failure of the 757 they were flying in. It was reminiscent of when they got stuck 30 years ago on the “highway” between Skopje and Titograd, in what was then Yugoslavia, when an idiot decided to pass on a blind curve heading into a mountain tunnel.   The accident created a six-hour traffic jam in the middle of nowhere. In this case we had credit cards and a Subway. (At least Peter didn’t get sick this time from the food)!

Although we try to stay in touch, with kids, jobs, and other obligations – as you all know- it is difficult. Time just melted away, and we all caught up with each other and had a lot of fun playing Frisbee golf in Central Park and Hearts late into the night. Rob proved that he hasn’t lost his touch at Frisbee golf, and now that he has more time he is contemplating going on the senior circuit tour. We think Baron “Shot the Moon,” but some of us were asleep, and the others are a bit hazy on the details. Peter has had 30 years to perfect his Margarita recipe. It is so perfect that the source- Tommy’s on Geary- can’t duplicate it.  (One suspects it is the liberal use of reposado tequila).

As we were walking along East 69th Street toward our Frisbee golf tee time in Central Park, we encountered a DA ’55 alumnus. Deerfield is everywhere- at least in major metropolitan cities!

We toasted all our DA friends, especially our classmates and faculty members who are no longer with us. We told funny stories about our “Days of Glory,” and how much our years at DA mean to each of us and the enduring lessons and friendships we all appreciate more each day.

We also were fortunate to get some great tickets to be in the audience of Saturday Night Live and hear Macklemore. Amazingly, with hearing aids one can actually understand rap music!

We hope to do it again soon, and would love to get some other class of ‘81 members to attend as well.

Class of 1981

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