On June 30, The Times printed an article, "Script Has Changed--What Really Happened to That Golden Class of '65" (by Lynn Simross), about the 20-year reunion of the Palisades High School class of Summer, 1965. As a member of the class, I attended that reunion and found it thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating. However, I must take exception to the tone of the article and the message it attempts to convey.
As I read it, the theme of the story is that this bunch of crazy, far-out radicals has been transformed into well-dressed, suburban conformists with high-paying professional jobs. This is undoubtedly an accurate portrayal of some members of the class of '65, but what The Times fails to take into account is that the people who attend reunions are, for various reasons, a select group, representing a good deal less than half the class.
"They're so conservative," said one Palisades English teacher. "They aren't radicals anymore. They're in suits." What did she expect of a group of people who had just paid $35 a person to attend a cocktail party at the Riviera Country Club?
Mingling among the "doctors, writers, lawyers, philosophers, professors, artists, architects, financial advisers and business persons" were plenty of people who hold blue-collar and white-collar jobs. There were also numerous people who would gladly characterize themselves as radicals, activists and ecologists. I think I even saw two liberals standing in the corner.