Oceanside, California Reunion Report

July 29th 2000

On July 29, 2000, a group of western states alums got together at Oceanside beach.  The reunion was extremely well-planned by Chuck Schacher and Al Biener, both grads of the class of 1953.

Approximately 60 people showed up and enjoyed reminiscing, munching the catered burgers, hot dogs and chicken, as well as tons of salad and other goodies.  Alums attended in from Tucson, Las Vegas and Phoenix, as well as many California cities.  Helen Lander, class of 1949, who previously has organized the Southern California reunions along with her co-chairperson, Marilyn Korn, also class of 1949, attended.  Look for more western states reunions.

Incidentally, former FRHS teacher Arthur Traiger and his wife Dorothy (Cohen) Traiger, class of 1947, are both Certified Ski Instructors in Sandy, Utah and said they would love to have one of the get-togethers in that area!

Later that night, not in association with our reunion but very much appropos, there was a 50s Rock 'n Roll concert at the Oceanside Amphitheater featuring the Coasters, Drifters and, believe it or not, the all-original Platters.  It was, to put it mildly, FANTASTIC.  The blue-haired "bubbies" were bouncing up and down, screaming their hearts out, and all of a sudden I realized, other than the hair color, I AM one of them!

Look for forthcoming photos of the event either in the Carol's On-Line newsletter or on this page.

Here is the latest just in from the planning committee!  Posted on July 22, 2000

Lunch will be served around 2:00 p.m.  Please bring snacks if you'd like.  We are supplying the soft drinks.  NO HARD STUFF OR BEER ALLOWED.

Hi everyone!

The plans for the Oceanside, CA Reunion/Picnic have been finalized and it is a GO.  It will be a catered beach picnic at a cost of $15 per head.  Spouses and children are invited. Please send your checks to:

         Al Biener
         1270 S. Hampton St
         San Marcos CA 92069

Please have them in by July 15th.

Lunch will be served at 2 PM so bring ice chests, drinks and snacks. People will begin arriving as early as 8 AM.   There will be no formal activies other then getting to know one another.  Bring frisbees, sun screen, surf
boards, beach chairs, bathing suits, etc.

If you go to:  http://www.mapquest.com and  input "200 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside CA 92054" in the search engine, you will get a map of the harbor with a STAR right where the picnic will be, or you can go to either of these sites:



and get directions from anywhere. Generally, take Interstate 5 and get off at Harbor Dr. Turn west towards the ocean and go to the dead end, then turn left (south) again, go left at the Y and continue around to the stop sign at parking lot 10, which is right on the ocean. You will see some sheltered picnic tables where we will be. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 per day. There is free parking 2 blocks away through a tunnel under the railroad tracks.

For out of towners, there are 2 motels within walking distance. The DAYS INN and the TRAVELODGE. There is also a luxury motel, THE OCEANSIDE MARINA INN.

That night (if anybody is interested) there is an old time rock and roll show, featuring The Drifters, The Coasters, and The Platters at the Oceanside Pier.  You can get additional info at the Oceanside web site
mentioned above, by calling 760-722-6432, or going to this web site:


If you need additional info contact:

Al Biener:  albiener@earthlink.net or Chuck Schacher:  patchu@prodigy.net

Hello to our Western states FRHS alums!

It's been over two years since the big 100th year reunion in New York.  I know that some of you probably didn't get a chance to get there, especially those living in the western states and in view of that fact, Al Biener
(FRHS '53), Ellen (Scharer) Hesterman (FRHS '56) and I, Chuck Schacher (FRHS '53) are holding a bring-your-own BBQ at the Oceanside Harbor Beach on July 29, 2000 and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us.

It is our understanding that a large group from Las Vegas will be attending.  If you were one of those who responded to the Las Vegas questionnaire, this reunion will take the place of the proposed Las Vegas
reunion that Shelly Fogel was working on.

RSVP, please so I know how many tables to reserve. You can contact me or Al Biener for directions and travel assistance. It is a great beach with plenty of overnite R.V. parking. I hope you and your friends can come. It
is likely that Carol Marston from Phoenix will be there.


Al Biener albiener@earthlink.net

Chuck Schacher PATCHU@prodigy.net



Hi to our western states FRHS alumni!

My name is Al Biener and I lived on Beach 68th Street in Arverne.  I was in the class of 1953 at FRHS. My friend Chuck Schacher lived on Beach 27th Street and  was also in the class of 1953. Chuck now lives in
Oceanside, CA and I live in San Marcos, CA.

We thought about having a little reunion at the Oceanside Harbor Beach on July 29.  We were thinking of a "pot luck" sort of affair and we would like some of your input regarding this.

If you are interested in this get-together we'll be looking forward to hearing from you.


Al Biener    albiener@earthlink.net

Chuck Schacher    PATCHU@prodigy.net

(Editor's Note:  This will take the place of the proposed Las Vegas reunion.)

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