by Ted Hardies RC ’66, Class President

The Bicentennial class celebrated its 45th reunion in great style. Even though this year’s event did not match the record setting attendance of our 40th, the class was well represented. Classmates from as far away as Florida, upper New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the Garden State, returned to the banks for the big weekend. Friday started off with several classmates playing in the annual golf tournament at the Rutgers Golf Course. Some attended the Rutgers Oral History Society Brunch and membership induction and/or took tours. A number of classmates participated in the 60’s Gathering where we got reacquainted, reminisced and enjoyed a great buffet.

Saturday was a gorgeous day and additional classmates gathered on the Old Queens campus for the RUAA sponsored breakfast and the alumni parade of classes. Everyone looked great in their new class uniforms: a scarlet golf shirt and a baseball cap embroidered with the Rutgers “R” and “1966”. This provided another opportunity to greet and reminisce with classmates who were unable to attend the night before and take some additional photos.

The parade proceeded from Old Queens down College Avenue to Voorhees Mall and our class was led by
Sid Rosenzweig, who carried the Class of 1966 banner. Then we had a great barbecue luncheon on the Mall, followed by additional campus tours. In the evening, we gathered on the Mall again for the Scarlet Knight Reunion dinner. The casual atmosphere of the barbecue had been replaced by a large tent with a more formal setting, where we enjoyed a wonderful meal, drinks, dancing, entertainment and camaraderie. During the program, the Rutgers University Foundation announced the totals for each class reunion gift. The Class of 1966 raised over $10,346,000, the largest amount of any of the classes present.

After the festivities ended, many vowed to return annually and for our 50th Reunion when we will officially become members of the Old Guard! See you in 2016, if not before.