15-Year Reunion ― October 12-13, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 1997,

As we all know the national recession still rages on.  Many sacrifices must be made by all citizens, even the intrepid alumni of Gustavus.

With that said, I have very sad news.  National Punch Day has been canceled by the Federal Government in order to save money to build "Bridges to Nowhere" and highway off-ramps to Detroit (basically the same idea).  These are necessary projects intending to employ the still wealthy, but less so than four years ago, family members of congressional leaders until they can get back on their feet; a worthy cause indeed.

Progress marches on though, and we SHALL have our celebration.

What:  Class of 1997 − 15 Year Reunion!  (And Come and Take It Day)

When:  October 12 - 13, 2012


  • Friday night, October 12th, 7:00 p.m., the Target lounge, @ the Guthrie
  • Saturday, October 13th, 11:00 a.m., Alumni Hall @ Gustavus campus (Homecoming)

Who:  Anybody who is, was, or will ever be anybody. (a.k.a., Class of 1997)

Why:  Because they can’t take the fun out of our cold, celebrating hands.


  • Friday night gathering at the Guthrie, $35 per person beginning at 7:00 p.m. − hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, 8:00 p.m. formal welcome.
  • Saturday:  11:00 a.m. at Alumni Hall:  class program, rock painting, class picture, kids activities (bounce house, face painting, etc.), Snack area (grab and go juice and crackers).  Lunch on your own.  Options:  Bring food from the caf to Alumni Hall or brats and burgers available by the Reunion tents/football field.

Informal RSVP:


This is a fun way anyone of us can check to see who has signed up, but remember you will still need to register with the Alumni Office when registration becomes available.

Q:  What the Heck is "Come and Take It Day"?

A1:  You ask A LOT of questions.

A2:  One of the following three answers is correct.  Prize goes to a person, randomly drawn, who chooses the correct answer and is also willing to buy a prize.  You don't even have to be right!  Good Luck.

1.  The 1980's are commonly held to be the pinnacle of American fashion sense that will stand forever as the greatest period of culture, art, design, and huge cell phones to ever exist.  The epicenter of such haute couture and side pony tails was a store in a suburban Tucson mall named "Come and Take It" where in-the-know consumers could arrive at the front counter staffed by brightly dressed teenaged Patrick Swayze fanatics (the "Come"), hand over cash or other fad like currency such as the now defunct "credit card" and leave with merchandise in hand (the "Take It").  This model would be preeminent until the "webernet" was invented by eventual President Albert Gore, almost immediately shuttering all brick and mortar shops nationwide.  A national holiday was set in place to commemorate this retail mecca's place in world history.

2.  The town of Gonzales, Texas holds a Come & Take It Festival each year.  It commemorates the firing of the first shot of the Texas revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, which took place near Gonzales.

3.  Charlton Heston's Birthday — (Good luck getting a piece of cake at that party.)  Seriously, "cold dead hand" this, "cold dead hands" that.  Rest in Peace.


Plan your lives accordingly.  Iʼve already canceled a date with Anderson Cooper, and nobody cancels on Coop.  He'll probably never talk to me again.  The things I do for my former classmates.

Seriously, if this whole 15 year college reunion thing is cramping your style because you have either:  a) begun lying about your age, or b) been in a witness protection program under an assumed persona, you have options!  The easiest of which may be to own it.  But, if you can’t face that option, you need to have plausible deniability, e.g. “15 year college reunion, no! I am going to go train for the London Olympics in the duathlon.  The best trainers in the world are in Mankato, MN.”

Again please go to the following link to informally RSVP:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlWCjjDadsw7dFhTSktadjAxSFFVcHV4YXdtT1diUkE

If that does not work for you, you can email Kathy “The Enforcer” Erlandsen:  kerlands@gustavus.edu

Questions or comments?  Email our class officers at:  1997classofficers@gustavus.edu

They are:  Martha “Hot Mama” Malinski and Kari “Name the Time and Place” Binning.

Thank you for your time and accommodation.  We look forward to celebrating with you!


Kate “Who asked her to write this letter?” Blanchard Shiroff

1997 Reunion Committee Member

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