Class of '43 celebrates 70 years

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - It's a tight-knit group of friends who have known each other for several decades. "A lot of them are still around here, but they're everywhere. [They're] from California, Texas, Maine, New York," said Louis Simmons, the group's coordinator.

All of them are either 87 or 88 years old. They're the Science Hill High School graduating class of 1943, and they're celebrating their 70th high school reunion. "To be able to have lived 70 years, it's wonderful. Absolutely wonderful," said Science Hill class of '43 alumnus Betty Speer.

"It's a lot of fun just to sit down, reminisce and talk," said Simmons.

They tell us 212 graduated that year; nearly 20 participated in the reunion.

Dr. Charles Moffatt tells us this group of people holds a special place in his heart because of the way he was treated when he moved to Johnson City as a senior in high school. "I felt perfectly at home here. The students welcomed me. I made friends," said Moffat.

Moffat says he has kept in touch with those friends over seven decades. "There's a great camaraderie in our class and I think other classes kind of envy us because we keep having these reunions," laughed Moffat.

Simmons says they all feel a close bond. "We're just a special class. We graduated right in the middle of the war and we've just been close, I reckon," said Simmons.

And they're hoping this won't be the last reunion. "I hope enough of us are here yet to have a 75th," said Simmons.

We also learned the ones who still live in the Tri-Cities meet up twice a year.

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