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S-L Class of 1976 Rules (and SHS too).

Long live The COMMITTEE. Save the date for the 45th 8/7/21 40 years ago, 624 of us graduated from Southfield-Lathrup.  The year was 1976. The Bicentennial.   It was a beautiful time to come of age. A simpler time. Many of us from S-L have stayed friends and remain tight to this day.  

Click 4 Pix:  1976 Rules 

We formed a secret ad hoc committee.  With the help of Facebook and the support of a certain classmate who owns a posh country club we moved forward with purpose. To Blow your Face Out.

Mr. A. Party, a known partier, envisioned an old fashioned house party.  That optic came to fruition on August 6, 2016 at Tam O'Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan. We left no doubt.  We blew the roof off of Tam.

Click 4 Pix:  1976 RULES

6 months into planning, our cross town rival, Southfield High...got a little envious of our gig.  It came through the grape vine that the Blue Jays were peeved because they weren't included in our reunion. (really?) Yada yada yada.  We kept hearing  "we're not having a reunion".  So we invited them. What the hell? The more the merrier..right?  SHS accounted for 33% of the attendees and only 95% of the headaches. We loved having them. Great balloons by the way.   It all worked out.  Some of their grads even have internet now.  Actually it was a blast, I'm glad they came, it made the night...there I said it.

More than 325 souls from Southfield, circa 1976, collectively partied their A$$es off.

The faces all looked familiar...maybe a little puffier, with a few more wrinkles, and some extra lbs and plenty of gray hair.  In many cases...no hair at all. But all-in-all the Southfield-Lathrup Class of 1976 has stood up well to the test of time. I gotta say, The Chargers looked pretty good last night.  

Special gratitude goes out to Sheldon Yellen and Iris Fenton Yellen for hosting. Plus..they trusted me...and gave me the keys to Tam O'Shanter.  Marla Morochnick of SL 76 and Tam gets kudos for her F & B expertise.  She created a fantastic spread of classic Southfield-style eats.  Mindy Krigel, Reid Kay and Steve Katz all helped with music, Jam On, bro's.   Lisa Winkler posted some epic 1976 photos and is the newly named director of tunes for the next reunion.  3 cheers for Bill Bertakis for the photos, flash drives and his general planning excellence. Honors go out to Jack Reynaert for maintaining the data base and e-mail list. He produced the AWESOME name tags. Of course special thanks to award winning film-maker Jeff Schoenberg for the great video.  Most of all...I want to give accolades to me, Andy-Party...a.k.a. AspenSpin, for producing the greatest reunion of all time BOOM!! (drops mic.)  

Oh yeah...how can I forget an atta boy to the crew from Southfield High.  Good effort. Nice job. You get a a t-shirt and a cool trophy for participating.  Just Kidding.  Fire Up, Blue Jays for 2021. 

The vibe was electric.

It really was a giant House Party.  We had a lot of laughs and the memories were sweet ones.  It was a night to remember.   Save the date 8/7/21 for the 45th.


1976 RULES

Glantz's parents went to the mail box...so we threw a party. Just like in 1976.

Night Moves around 2 a.m. What happens at Tam, stays at Tam.

The Low Lifers (a term of endearment) came out in full force.A few Southfield High foxes stuck around for the after party.The Home Coming Court.A Wing, B Wing, C Wing , D Wing. everybody was there.


The Pickle Recipe: Laugh your tuchas off

My cousin Sheldon Cohn is a funny, funny guy.  Sheldon along with his producing partner Gary Wolfson and veteran Hollywood director Michael Manaserri have put their hilarious shtick on the silver screen. The Pickle Recipe stars Jon Dore, Lynn Cohn and David Paymer.  You'll recognize these veteran actors when you see them. TPR's cast is not a bunch of shmendriks and schlubs and schmos...these are talented professionals.

I have not seen The Pickle Recipe yet...but the trailer is awesome.  The story revolves around Joey and his bubbe Rose.  Joey needs money and he thinks Rose's secret family pickle recipe is the solution to his cash crunch.  Joey has underestimated his bubbe's chutzpah and her desire to keep the recipe a secret.  Knowing Sheldon, there will be some tummalt and schmaltz involved along the way.

Obviously hilarity ensues.  Based on the early reports from the film festival circuit, The Pickle Recipe is so funny you may plotz in your seat.  It will be coming to theatres soon...but for now, enjoy the trailer below.

The PICKLE RECIPE (2016) IMDB  click for cast and crew


Aspen Highlands Closing Day: It's not for Gapers

The Aspen Highlands closing day party has morphed into the biggest and best party in the ski world. And it keeps getting bigger.  It's like the perfect storm of on-mountain celebrations.  The costumes, the booze, the music, the drugs and especially the all-out steaziness is beyond compare.

Click 4 pix:  AH, It's not for Gapers.

The Aspen Highlands closing day party has expanded from an intimate locals-only soiree into a regional bacchanalia.   People are now coming from all over the Western U.S. just to throw down.  The wilder the better.  

This years edition blew the roof off the open-air party stadium at Aspen Highlands. Nearly 5000 revelers joined in...an unofficial record.   

Always a highlight... The Aspen Bounce...it's when the jam-packed, pre-fab deck floor recoils to the beat of the EDM and the collective rhythm of the ski and rider tribe. The  Aspen bounce gives dancers a little extra vitality and allows people to send it just a little bit higher. You have to try it out to believe it. The non-stop DJ's at two different venues keep the potency of the party going.  From kids with fake I.D's to seniors with AARP cards...everyone gets their jam on. 

Alcohol is one thing.  There is tons of it all over the mountain.   Whether it's BYO or Champagne at Cloud Nine or Coors light... the fire water is flowing.   The Weed?  There's enough MJ (medical, recreational and black market) to satisfy an army. Other drugs like LSD, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, meth, horse tranquilizers, special K, sizzurp and bath salts are surely being used to enhance the mood.

This party is not for gapers.  It's a year-end ritual that memorializes another great Winter of shredding in Aspen.  Everyone needs to blow off some steam at the end of a long ski season... and they do. It's a well deserved blow out.  The Aspen Highlands closing day party is as close to "anything goes" as you can get.

Sure, many of the revelers dont even see the mountain...thats OK.  Plus we always hear tales of lost equipment, lost phones, lost keys, lost wallets, lost credit cards, lost panties...but thats OK too. Lots of folks pass out and/or barf on the bus...also OK.  People over-indulging and forgetting where they live is part of the cultural experience of AH closing day.  I often set up camp at the Rubey Park bus stop in Aspen as night falls just to see the zombie walkers that get off that Aspen Highlands bus.

By any definition Closing Day at Aspen Highlands is a DO NOT MISS experience in Aspen.

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Aspen Highlands Closing Day: It's not for gapers.

Photo: Matt Power Click the image for MattPowerphotography.comCloud Nine on closing day...that a jam sesh.



Bill Johnson Strikes in Aspen (again) / Hall of Fame Weekend

Chirs Klug Inducted into the Hall of Fame.Have you ever been to Ishpeming, Michigan?  

I didn't think so.  

Ishpeming is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Lake Superior.  It's the birthplace of organized skiing in the USA and the home of the U.S Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.  I've been to the Ish and its worth the loooong ride to get there. It's about 500 miles North of Detroit.   The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame (Ski Hall) is a fascinating collection of artifacts, photos, films and stories about skiing and riding in the U.S.  It's awesome.   A visit to the Ski Hall is a must for anyone who is passionate about skiing.

This past weekend the HOF came to Aspen.  Every Spring the Ski Hall hosts it's skiing history week and induction ceremonies in a different location.  This year the ski community came to Fat City to celebrate their sport, the lifestyle and to facilitate the enshrinement of 7 snow sport legends.

The 7 Inductees for the Class of 2015:

Genia Fuller, David Ingemie, Harry Kaiser, Chris Klug, Jim Martinson, Bob Salerno, Edgar Stern

Their bio's can be found here. 2015 Ski Hall INDUCTEES.  Saturday's big gala induction ceremony held  about 500 people honoring the inductees at Aspen's posh St Regis Hotel.

CLICK 4 PIX:  Bill Johnson Strikes Again / Ski Hall of Fame

Bill Johnson's Family in Aspen to honor him.As part of the festivities  The Ski Hall commissioned video tributes to skiing super-stars STEIN ERIKSEN and BILL JOHNSON.  Both recently passed away But the most moving part of the whole weekend was the tribute and ski lap for Bill Johnson. Wild Bill burst onto the ski racing scene like a bomb.  He was the first American male alpine skier to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 1984. He's still the only American to win the Olympic Downhill.  Click Bill Johnson to learn more.  Johnson had quite a reputation as a non-conformist...but boy could he let his red sleds run.  It's been said that he challenged the entire skiing establishment in 1984...and then he backed it up.  Bill loved Aspen...and Aspen loved him.  Unfortunately he suffered a serious brain injury in a crash during a comeback attempt for the 2002 Olympics. That injury most surely contributed to his death last January at age 55.  

D.B. Johnson...bill's Mom let A.Party wear the GOLD.On Saturday more than 200 friends and family members of the late, great Bill Johnson gathered at the top of Ruthie's Run, at the start of the race course for America's Downhill on Aspen Mountain.  It was the site of Bill's huge World Cup victory in 1984.  A few words were shared...and the group...more than 200 strong skied down the race course together.  At the top of Aztec...the steepest , most technical part of the track...more honors were shared.  Aspen Ski Patrol exploded a 2 pound dynamite charge...BOOM...and the race was on.   At the finish line, marked, just as it was in 1984, the posse of friends grew...Bill Johnson's ashes were sprinkled across the finish.   Tom Kelly from the U.S.Ski Team shared a short speech that began "We're here to honor Bill Johnson"  Ka-BOOM...as if on cue, a giant lightening strike and thunder clap occurred...very close by.  The explosion was louder than the avalanche charge.   The skies opened up to reveal a serious hail storm.  The energy was incredible.  It was other-worldly. Everyone felt it... as if Bill Johnson were with us. I'm not one to fully believe in paranormal experiences...but this one was real and palpable and very fitting.

Just as Bill Johnson's name was invoked...a huge lightning strike occured on Aspen Mountain. Bill was there with us.All the lifts on Aspen Mountain were closed for over an hour due to the storm.  The mountain was deluged with hail, rain and powder snow.  A very unusual weather event even in April.  It was a fitting tribute to Bad Billy Johnson.  His friends and family (including his Mom and kids) retired to Nello to celebrate and toast the life of Mr. Bill Johnson...Olympic Champion.

The Ski History and Induction weekend was a rousing success in Aspen.  The Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame put on a great show. Generations of skiing legends spent the weekend in Aspen charging the steeps and than bragging about it at Apres' As always it was BIG FUN in Fat City.  

We'll see everyone from the Ski Hall next year in Stowe.   Meanwhile...if you happen to be in Michigan's Upper Peninsula...on the way to...I dunno...Northern Wisconsin...stop into the Hall of Fame.   It's a treasure of skiing history.  Oh yeah...and don't leave da U.P. eh? without trying the pasties. 


Three legends in the ski world. Klaus Obermeyer, Billy Kidd and Chris Davenport.Team Klug at Chris Klug's U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction in Aspen.The Kaiser's The First Family of Skiing at Harry's HOF Induction.U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Famers...team pic.Bad Bob Salerno was thrilled to be a Hall of Famer.Genia Fuller and her daughter. Genia was inducted as the first lady of free-styling.





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