Hoosac Valley Class of 1973

Hoosac Valley Class of 1973


rest in peace Mel

This will be a class reunion page

Be The Revolution: How Occupy Wall Street and the Bernie Sanders Movement Reshaped American Politics 10/24/2023

From our classmate Diane Ponti (Diane Betit)
Her son Jay has written his first book . . . It’s gotten great reviews so check it out!!!

Aaaaggghh!! It's finally here!! The Amazon paperback just dropped this morning. It would be an enormous help to purchase, leave a five star review and ask your friends to do the same. Today is critical for the Amazon algorithms and will have a big impact on whether or not the book is successful. Thank you for all the love and support.

Be The Revolution: How Occupy Wall Street and the Bernie Sanders Movement Reshaped American Politics

Be The Revolution: How Occupy Wall Street and the Bernie Sanders Movement Reshaped American Politics Be The Revolution: How Occupy Wall Street and the Bernie Sanders Movement Reshaped American Politics

CulturalLandscape 10/07/2023

Great story about our classmate Jack Sobon!

CulturalLandscape HEWN BY HANDBY AARON SIMON GROSS >> The Berkshire EaglePITTSFIELDIn Ma

Reflections from a 61st Pittsfield High School reunion 09/16/2023

For those of you that do not read the Berkshire Eagle . . . this just so reminded me of our recent reunion. Even if we didn’t all know each well in the 1970’s, we were so glad to see each other in August.

Reflections from a 61st Pittsfield High School reunion BABY BOOMER MEMORIES Every year many high schools in the Berkshires ha

Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 09/09/2023

Renfrew School Kids who went on to Liberty Street School
Mary McLaren's mother saved these class shots, and Mary identified the cute kids.

REVISED September 11, 2023


Framed in HVHS 50s Glory - Barb Lagowski and Donna Vigiard


Another couple from out west (Arizona)
Lori Czaja and Pete Gregoire


Two Lindas (Mahar/Baker, Luczynski/Huskins), their significant others, Deb Krzeminski and hers.


Dick and Cindy Wittig.
From Wyoming!
Great Horshoe Beardstache!

Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 08/22/2023

Some more photos --- groups of three


Cheshire Elementary School Class of 1969, future HVHS Class of 1973. Thank you Bob Ciskowski for putting names to faces. It's for posterity you know.


St. Stanislaus Kostka School Class of 1969, future HVHS Class of 1973


The Notre Dame Class of 1969, future HVHS Class of 1973


1983 THE 10th REUNION at Wenzel's/Comeau's Grove.


The Class photo cropped down


Some St. Stan's Alums - Patty Morin Labendz '74 tries to photo bomb, but Cindy Czarnik Mendel gets away.


Pete Vicari is in our class but didn't graduate with us, and Starr Baker, a former C.T. Plunkett faculty member, flank Chris Samson and June Pinsonneault, one out of the eleven couples in the Class of 73 that have married each other - most of them are still together.


Friends in high school and still friends 50 years later


Can you read the name tags, or is the type too small?


The Notre Dame Alums:
Rick Murray, Kateri Rymarski, Suzanne Rowley Viani, Pauline Rose Greene, Chris Samson, Debra Krzeminski Young, Ruth Hamelin Lennon, Ed Charbonneau, Jackie Shepard Brown, Mark Fortier.


The Cheshire Triumvirate


One more for Ed

Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 08/20/2023
Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 08/20/2023

More pictures from Saturday night 8/19/23

Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 08/20/2023

50th Reunion at the Forest Park Country Club. Great meal by The Bounti-Fare. Music by DJ BIZZ. a great night.


Wonderful, wonderful evening celebrating 50 years since our HVHS graduation. Thanks to everyone who attended. See you in another five!


Please share this with anyone that might be interested . . .

Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 08/19/2023

Pictures from Friday Night at the American Legion.
50th Class reunion

Photos from Hoosac Valley Class of 1973's post 08/19/2023

Photos from Friday Night at the American Legion.
50th Class Reunion


See you all soon!


According to Adams town records . . .


Some tidbits to contemplate before we gather this week for our 50th reunion . . . . compliments of our classmate Dan Nowak!
Top highest grossing movies 1973
1, Exorcist (gross $88.5 million)
2. The Sting
3. American Graffiti
4. Papillon
5. The Way We Were
6. Magnum Force
7. Last Tango In Paris
8. Paper Moon
9. Live and Let Die
10. You might not believe what the 10th highest grossing movie was in 1973. At the risk of those under 21 on Facebook viewing this (LOL), I will only mention it to anyone who wants to know at our 50th reunion.

Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 songs in 1973
1 - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
2 – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
3 – Killing Me Softly With His Song
4 – Let's Get It On
5 – My Love
6 – Why Me
7 – Crocodile Rock
8 – Will It Go Round In Circles
9 – You're So Vain
10 – Touch Me in the Morning (Diana Ross)

Top TV Shows 1973-74 season according to Nielsen Media research
1 – All in the Family
2 – The Waltons
3 – Sanford and Son
4 – MASH
5 – Hawaii Five-O
6 – Maude
7 – Kojak
7 – The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
9 – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
9 - Cannon
11 – The Six Million Dollar Man

Some of the many notable events in 1973

Vietnam War ended

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision in Roe V. Wade, striking down laws restricting abortion during the first six to seven months of pregnancy.

US Supreme Court approved equal rights for women in the military.

Hand-held cell phone invented -- The cell phone had its start in 1973 when Motorola engineer Martin Cooper invented a handheld cordless phone. You could hold it in your hand, but it weighed 2 ½ pounds.

Watergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate complex begins. Eventually US President Richard M. Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.

Supersonic Concorde passenger airplane completed the Atlantic journey in a record time of just 3 hours 32 minutes.

World Trade Center in New York City was officially dedicated, about a year after the second completion of the twin of the building complex.

In the wake of the Arab-Israeli war, OPEC banned the sale of oil to the United States causing the price of oil to increase

Wounded Knee incident: A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement (AIM) members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.

Skylab was the first space station in the United States to be launched on 14 May 1973 by NASA

Secretariat wins horse racing’s Triple Crown – won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and was later tabbed the horse of the century.

Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

George Steinbrenner and a group of investors bought the New York Yankees baseball team for $8.7 million.

BIRTH OF HIP HOP-- While hip hop's origins began much earlier, it is often said to have officially been born on Aug. 11, 1973, at a dance party where DJ Kool Herc used two turntables to create a “break beat.”

The Hippie Look was In - Big hair was huge in 1973: Afros, long hair, and muttonchops dominated. People wore bell-bottoms in denim and corduroy, colorful shirts (especially plaid, paisley, tie-dye, and patchwork prints), and platform shoes and Hushpuppies.


Happy Tuesday——it’s August 1st and we have had a fantastic response to the invitation to our 50 year celebration being held later this month. We will even be having a couple of our former teachers joining us on Saturday!
If you’ve been thinking about attending but forgot to put your response and check in the mail, please do so ASAP. Your response will still be most welcome.
Several of our classmates will be traveling great distances to join us as well as a few that we have not seen since 1973 . . . send in your response so that you can find out who they are!


The responses are coming in and it looks like we will have a great turnout for our 50th reunion. The RSVP return date is in two weeks so if you haven’t yet sent yours in, please do!
Let’s celebrate together to rekindle old friendships and get reacquainted with classmates we haven’t seen in years.
HVHS Class of 1973 ROCKS!!!


From our ‘73 classmate Dan Nowak in today’s Berkshire Eagle—-well said Dan!!!!
Looking back on the lives of Hoosac Valley High’s 50th reunion class
To the editor: As a 1973 graduate of Hoosac Valley High School in Adams, I plan to be part of the Class of 1973 50th reunion on Aug. 19.

As we approach that milestone, I’d like to note our 60-something classmates have been fortunate to experience a unique era in humanity. High-lights include experiencing the birth and growth of rock ‘n’ roll. Hip-hop debuted 50 years ago.

In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, we received breaking news in newspapers 24 hours after the fact while the digital component today produces breaking news as it is happening. We survived the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon’s Watergate but also lived to see the first Black president (Barack Obama) and first Black female vice president (Kamala Harris).

While there is still a long way to go, we have experienced the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, the movement and advancements for the LGBTQ community.

We witnessed one of the greatest horses of all time, Secretariat, win the 1973 Triple Crown. The United States won the ice hockey gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Red Sox fans finally got their world series win(s).

We have seen men walk on the moon, 72 female astronauts go into space, advancements in the medical field and technology. We have gone from typewriters to bulky laptops and now paper-thin tablets. We have gone from bulky landline phones with operators and phone books and phone booths to cellphones that serve as hand-held computers. We have gone from black and white TVs to color TVs and flat-screen TVs. While still a work in progress, we have gone from gas-guzzling cars of the ‘60s to hybrids and electric vehicles today.

Movies have gone from science-fiction scenes with spaceships dangling from string or wire to spectacular, realistic-looking CGI scenes today. We have gone from limited communication to worldwide connections with our phones and social media.

The pandemic dramatically changed the way we live and work, forcing us to rapidly adopt innovative technologies in order to adapt to these changes. We have increased remote working, advanced online learning, adopted telemedicine, increased e-commerce, contactless payments and entertainment streaming. Does anyone remember Blockbuster?

Despite low moments — the last 60 years including 9/11, pandemic, assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy — overall, it has been an exciting time to be alive for our 60-something generation.

Dan Nowak, Cheshire, Conn.


Another invitation came back in the mail for Rick Barlik . . . the address we had was in FL. Anyone have insight for his whereabouts?


Invitations were mailed and several have come back as undeliverable. If any of you have current contact/mailing addresses for the following classmates, please share that information with me in a DM:
Linda Kaczowski Belanger
Ellen Dilk Talboom
Cindy Michalski
Al Mannikko
Delores Riello Burns
Bill Leitch
Ron Therrien


Invitations were mailed today——check your mailbox in the next few days!

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45th Class Reunion August 25th 2018

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