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Class of 1971 50 Year Reunion

Original Release: 4/25/2022

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This year, the Class of '71 celebrated in fine style. The reunion weekend included a golf outing at Mana-kiki, a Cleveland Indians baseball game and dinner at the Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in Eastlake.

Seventy-five of our classmates, spouses, and friends attended an Indians game in the climate controlled atmosphere of the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. The evening included a full buffet dinner, cash bar, a raffle that included up to sixty prizes, and Indians items as giveaways. Everyone left the game with a prize or item that included bobbleheads, blankets, jerseys, hats, and Chief Wahoo items. Special guests included Slider and members of the Indians staff. Even though the Indians did not win the game, it was an opportunity for our classmates to get together and catch up on the past fifty years. Many thanks to Gary Gross and the Indians organization, whose help made this a very special evening for all who were able to attend.

The class was treated on Saturday morning to a tour of the new facilities at Brush. Many were amazed at the changes that had been made. Current Brush Principal, Mr. Karl Williamson, provided a very in-formative tour and all enjoyed the time back on campus.

The reunion weekend ended with a dinner at Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in Eastlake. One hundred sev-enty-five people were treated to dinner and a program highlighting our time at Brush and since. Many people were able to make connections with old friends and acquaintances. It is safe to say that the entire weekend was a success and a good time was had by all.

1971 Fun Facts

Cost of Living in 1971

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 4.3%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 890
Average Cost of new house $25,250.00
Average Income per year $10,600.00
Average Monthly Rent $150.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 40 cents
Datsun 1200 Sports Coupe $1,866.00
United States postage stamp 8 cents
Ladies 2 piece knit suits $9.98
Movie Ticket $1.50

Popular Musicians

James Taylor
The Doors
Bob Dylan
Janis Joplin
The Who
John Lennon
Jackson 5
Ike & Tina Turner
Marvin Gaye
The Osmond's

Popular TV Programs

All My Children
Mary Tyler Moore
The Odd Couple
Partridge Family


China is admitted to the United Nations.
A new stock market index called the NASDAQ debuts.
Voting age in the US is lowered to 18.
Amtrak is created to provide US passenger train service.
Mount Etna erupts. Walt Disney World Resort opens in Florida.
Fred Smith starts Federal Express.
Cigarette advertising ended on TV in the United States.
Charles Mason & 3 followers receive death penalty.
Harris public opinion poll claims that 60% of Americans are against the war in Vietnam.
Texas Instruments releases the first pocket calculator.
Apollo 14 landed on the moon.

At the reunion, classmate Ray Toll shared this poem, saying it comes from the US Navy and British Royal Navy fleets. He then tailored it to the Class of '71. He suggests that because of all the changes, challenges, etc. that students from the 70's witnessed and participated in during our lifetimes, that our kids and grand-kids might call us "The Second Greatest Generation."

There are tall ships,
There are small ships,
There are ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships
Are friendships.
Here's to you and me.


Class of '71 Familiar Faces.

More Reunion Fun With The Class of '71.

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The Charles F. Brush Alumni Association

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