50 Years and Counting

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Stephen Kastner | No Comments

“50 Years and Counting” …that’s my working title anyway. It started out as a lark, a fantasy-op, a video feature film show kind of like the Tonight Show hosted by our own class letterman El Blanco, aka Dave White and produced by me, Stephen Kastner.

Over a year and then some, before an official Prospect High School Class of ’64 50th Reunion had actually begun to materialize, Whitey and I and MaryLou DeMoch had been talking about getting grads together for a casual 49th alternative – like pizza and beer at Mother’s Pinball.

But, thanks to a whole group of grads who picked up the ball and ran with it, many of us are now looking forward to enjoying the upcoming weekend of festivities and events at the Meadows Club. I am still searching high and low for a sport coat in order to be suitably attired. Nonetheless, I will be there with my sidekick and best friend Alisa and we plan to be armed and somewhat dangerous. No fear!

She will only be packing a Nikon D-3200 DSLR. I will be porting a Sony HVR-Z1U and a few concealed-carry Kodak Zi8’s (pocket cams). We’d really like to shoot you, but only if you are willing.  Here’s the premise:
In 1983, Meryl Streep gave a commencement speech at her alma mater and said that “…life is like high school. Not like college. Not a box of chocolates. Not a brief candle. Not an actor who struts and frets her hour upon the stage.”
But, it was Kurt Vonnegut who first said it in a 1974 interview: “Life is nothing but high school … you get into real life and that turns out to be high school again – class officers, cheerleaders, and all.”

Vonnegut began exploring this theme in 1950 in his novel, “Welcome to the Monkey House.” He simply said that life is high school, the highest point in your brief time on Earth and from there on, it’s downhill all the way.

Here’s where the courage comes in…

I’d like to capture your opinion. Do you agree with Vonnegut? Within the span of your own “50 Years and Counting” do you feel that you have hit a peak moment somewhere along the path , one that you will never surpass? Or, do you believe that you still have untapped potential for even greater greatness ahead?

Don’t be shy…
At this age, you have nothing left to loose but fear itself! Stop me or Alisa anywhere you feel an overwhelming urge to speak your mind and we will record your testimony. Start with “Hi, I am ‘First Name, Last Name’ and then… share any of your favorite peak moments or experiences on camera. Don’t worry, We’ll edit out the stumbles and any false starts. The results will be a masterpiece film starring us, the Class of 1964, fifty years later.

This is us working… very, very serious!
Filming a live chamber music concert at the largest mansion in Wisconsin.

If you agree with Vonnegut, we’ll have our cameras along on the PHS tour and we’d love to record some grads speaking at the alma mater. We will have them handy everywhere. One way or another, “50 Years and Counting” may be your 15-minutes of fame…

Let me know if you are interested!
Stephen Kastner

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