We have lived a lot, done a lot, and seen a lot in the half century since we left the cloistered yet challenging world of our alma mater, Lawrence University. Our experience there shaped us in many ways and served us well as we forged the many, various life paths we could not have even imagined at the time we were there.
Today, fellow Lawrentians, we are writing to ask two favors:
First, our half-century on-campus reunion is now officially re-set for June 16-19, 2022, so please save the dates and let's make this, our "Mother of All Reunions." Yes, this will be perhaps our last, best chance to gather as a class in significant numbers, and we are planning to make it our best-attended reunion ever!
Second, we are reaching out to begin to collect your individual reflections in our Class of '71 Ariel Reprise. You may recall the LU Yearbook is called the Ariel, and we are planning to publish a half-century Ariel Reprise version comprised of pictures, stories, clippings—hoping for written input from the entire class. Our great hope with this project is that you will give everyone something to discuss with you at the reunion! We'd love to have a (relatively) current picture of you with your submission. Please submit your Reprise Story (text and pictures) by June 30, 2021. Your text is limited to 400 words and your photo limit is 2 MB (photos should be in high resolution).
Your written piece might be what LU means to you in retrospect—what challenges, drives, life passions your Lawrence experience instilled and prepared you for, or you might just let us know what still lights your fire today. If your spouse is also a ’71 classmate, you can share a contribution together, or each of you can write your own. We are also considering compiling pages of your original haikus for a special “overview” section in our Ariel Reprise, details to follow.
As we didn’t even have an Ariel yearbook (or full graduation ceremony!) in 1971, more’s the reason to make this book— and our special event—fully and truly memorable.
As we look back to our days at Lawrence and our lives since graduation, it’s so easy now to be reminded of Bob Dylan’s prescient lyric, My Back Pages: "Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." In many ways, we have come full circle from the proud certitude of youth to the awed realization that our existence and understanding are always growing and evolving. Now, 50 years out of Lawrence, we understand we've barely begun to know what we don't know. Once we may have thought, indeed, we were much “older” and “wiser” then—world beaters, every one of us first arriving on campus, filled with “guts, drive, and determination.” But, finally and humbly, we come to know we're "younger" than that now, learning every day how much more wisdom and understanding is yet to be sought and gained in these lives of ours, this world we’ve been given to know, in the time we have left.
Take a few moments to cast your mind back and gather your thoughts for your submission and listening to Dylan's song:
Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty traps
Countless fires on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on it too soon" said I
Proud 'neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now...
We hope you are as excited as we are about returning to Lawrence after 50 years to reminisce, reflect, and reconnect! Save the dates and send in your reflections!
Your Ariel Reprise Committee: