By Ted Hardies RC'66, Class President


The Bicentennial class of 1966 celebrated its 40th reunion with its largest attendance ever for a five-year reunion. Forty-six of us from as far away as Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Florida, and Ohio returned to the banks for the big weekend.

The '60s gathering kicked off the weekend for many of us, providing a chance to reminisce and get reacquainted. Saturday was a gorgeous day and additional classmates gathered on Old Queens for the RAA-sponsored breakfast and preparation for the parade. Everyone looked great in their new class uniform; a red golf shirt and a baseball hat emblazoned with the Rutgers "R" and class year 1966. There was more reminiscing, great camaraderie and numerous photo ops. As we prepared for the Parade of Classes, you could feel a real sense of class spirit developing.

Led by classmate
Bill Roberts proudly carrying the Class of '66 banner, we proceeded down College Avenue in some semblance of a formation as one of the largest contingents in the parade. As we reached the reviewing stand in front of the Commons, the class suddenly stopped, did a right face, and directed a loud and hearty "R-U-Rah-Rah" to the seated school dignitaries.

We had or largest turnout at the RAA luncheon and annual meeting where it was time for another rousing cheer as our total class reunion gift of $2.6 million was announced by Campaign co-chairs
Eric Krebs and Ray Kaden.

Our class dinner at the Faculty Dining Room of the Commons, began with a visit by
President McCormick, after which we got back to the business of socializing. Some class members had brought memorabilia of their days "on the banks", and a slide show ran continuously of Rutgers participation in this year's Insight Bowl. Many of us stayed until they literally closed the room down, vowing we'd be back for future Rutgers reunions.