LHS Class of 1966 reunites

Members of the Lawrence High School Class of 1966 wore their red and talked about old times Friday evening.

“A lot of solid folks,” Virginia Wulfkuhle, who now lives in Topeka, said about her classmates.

About 190 people – class members, spouses and guests – have made it back to Lawrence this weekend for the 40-year reunion.

“It’s just awesome. It gives you a sense of pride. When we were kids, we didn’t know what we were going to do. It’s a good feeling to see what everyone has accomplished,” said Jim Czupor, who runs a Denver marketing and public relations firm.

Friday they tailgated before the LHS football game in the parking lot behind Don’s Steakhouse, 2176 E. 23rd St.

“The longer you talk to people, the more they look like you remember what they looked like,” said Joyce Curry, of Eudora.

About 475 people graduated with the class.

Some classmates came from as far away as London and Sweden.

For nostalgia, many class members looked at blown-up copies of photos of the football team, an a cappella group and other class activities.

David McReynolds, who owns a computer software company in Edmond, Okla., played lineman on the Lion football team and sang in the a cappella group. He returned this weekend to a city much larger than what he remembered.

“So much of what we were about was what the town was about then,” McReynolds said.

Reunion activities continue today.

The alumni will honor about 22 dead classmates with a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the school.

“So many of my classmates have passed on. I just decided I didn’t want to let any more of them go without seeing them again,” McReynolds said.

Then they will be able to tour the school and Lawrence. A banquet and dance will begin at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 2206 E. 23rd St.