Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

LHS Class of ‘80 still rockin’

October 6, 2005

A quarter century after graduating, members of the Lansing High School class of 1980 still know how to party: plenty of food and alcohol and a liberal assortment of music.

The class celebrated its 25th year reunion Saturday night in a large shop building at the home of Nancy and Chris McDougal.

Twenty-five alumni and their spouses attended the party out of a graduating class that numbered 93, class member Nancy McDougal said.

"We had a good time," she said, and though no dancing really broke out - mostly the former classmates and their spouses socialized over drinks with music from the old days playing on a stereo in the shop - the party lasted until about 3:30 in the morning.

There was plenty of food for the occasion on a pair of tables set as a buffet, including 10 pounds of barbecued pork that Chris McDougal began cooking earlier that evening.

With the sounds of the early '80s being recycled by so many music acts today, the question for the night was, what was your favorite music then and now?

Terry Barton, who traveled from Weatherford, Okla., said she used to listen only to classic rock but now listens to country. "I would have died then to listen to country," she said.

Pat Fletcher, Lansing resident, didn't have to drive far so for the reunion, and said he still listened to many of the same artists he did as a teenager.

"I just went to see Meatloaf at Ameristar Casino" in Kansas City, Mo., he said.

Tammi Van Fleet, Tonganoxie, likewise said she still listened to rock 'n' roll.

Janette Delinger, Lansing, said "It seems like yesterday" that she and her classmates graduated.

"I still have the napkin from prom in my senior book," she said.

She recalled that the prom song that year was Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight."

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