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Life-long LB resident organizing 55th reunion of Wilson High’s Class of ’55

September 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments · News

In addition to serving as chair for Wilson’s upcoming reunion, Darlene Quinn has published a book based on her experience on a nine-member management team for the Bullocks Wilshire specialty department stores.

In addition to serving as chair for Wilson’s upcoming reunion, Darlene Quinn has published a book based on her experience on a nine-member management team for the Bullocks Wilshire specialty department stores.

Darlene Quinn shares more than 70 years of Long Beach history. She was born in the historic Harriman Jones Hospital, attended Woodrow Wilson High, taught in the local school system, meets with her Toastmasters Club at the enduring Belmont Shore Fire Station and once ran a charm school for local teens.
Now, she is chairing the 55th reunion of Woodrow Wilson High School’s Class of ’55, an event Sept. 17, 18 and 19 at the Marriott Hotel to which more than 140 people are expected to attend, many of whom are still local to Long Beach.
“While most classes have been forced to combine two or more years of graduating classes together to get enough people to hold significant reunions, the Class of ‘55 is very much alive with 140 in attendance for the 55th reunion,” said Quinn. “Classmates are coming from across the nation and Canada.”
Quinn said they have a dynamic committee of 25 people who meet at least a couple of times a year. “I have found this group more dependable and with far better follow-through than many highly paid executives with whom I’ve worked in the past,” she said. “The class of ‘55 held reunions every 10 years until after our 30th, then every five years. After our 40th, which was held in Catalina Island, the site of our Senior Ditch Day in ’55, we began having them every two-and-a-half years.”
For the celebration of their 50th year reunion, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, the class returned to the area of their first reunion in 1960– the Disneyland Hotel, where Darlene became acquainted with Jack Quinn, whom she married four months later.
In addition to organizing Wilson High’s reunion, Quinn is also an award-winning author at age 70-plus. Her new book Twisted Webs is based on her experience on a nine-member management team for the Bullocks Wilshire specialty department stores.

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  • robert mayer

    Sept 17, 18, 19 are weekdays. An earlier announcement from P. Bannister Steiner said Saturday Sept 22nd at LB Yacht Club. What is correct date? Place? If Sept 17 is correct , note that that it is a Jewish holiday. Thanks for clarification. Count me in.

  • robert mayer

    Just realized article above is wrong. Class of 55 couldn’t have a 55th reunion. It is Class of 57 having its 55th. I am class of ’57.

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