AHS 60th reunion ‘monumental’

The 60th reunion of Altoona High School’s Class of 1957 had many highlights.

It took place Sept. 22-23 at the Casino at Lakemont.

Friday night started off with a musical recording, “Class of 1957” by the Statler Brothers, the class song “Dear A.H.S.,” written by Neil Port and the “Barnum & Bailey” 1963 recording of the Altoona High School Band under the direction of John Monti and accessed by Leonard Hamler, who is a member of the ’57 class.

We had 76 classmates from 13 states, including some traveling from as far away as Arizona and California.

We felt so inspired having one of our classmates, Allen (Bud) Mitchell, attend as he had a recent liver transplant in Pittsburgh.

Saturday night featured a tribute to our departed classmates — 240 of them — with the poem “We Remember Them” and a candlelight tribute in memoriam.

We welcomed our special guests, including our class advisor, Richard Van Scoyoc, who turned 101 on Oct. 1.

Music featured a special tribute by Paul Winter (a seven-time Grammy winning saxophonist) to John Monti.

It was a wonderful program and brought back so many great memories.

We talked and socialized with classmates the rest of the evening with background music from the 1950s.

Sunday, we had an awesome brunch at The Blairmont Club and realized what a fantastic three days we had together reacquainting with our classmates.

Judy Stevens Russell was the chairperson and deserves credit for all of her expertise in planning all of the activities the last three years.

And special commendation should go to Neil Port for all of his loyal dedication and support over the years to the Class of 1957.

It was a monumental weekend of friendship and sharing of our lives.

Dorothy Lansberry