Class of 1956 Overcomes Obstacles to Celebrate 60 Years

Posted May 4, 2016 / Last updated May 23, 2016

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The Class of 1956 celebrated 60 years.

The Class of 1956 celebrated 60 years with two events, April 16-17, 2016.

Neither a flood nor repair work to an iconic building could prevent the Class of 1956 from celebrating their 60th year reunion on the weekend of April 16-17. The class that meets monthly for lunch had to overcome a change of venue to both their stag and their couples events to be together for the celebration.

First, all of Barra Bircher’s hard work came undone when just a month before the stag event the powers that be at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome informed the class that their room at the Dome was being renovated. Kicked out! Quickly, the ’56 troops marshalled their forces and settled on the Landmark Hotel in Metairie for their Saturday evening stag.

With the guys and their guests ready to enjoy a Sunday brunch at the Southern Yacht Club, they woke up to find the roadway into West End Park under water. Undaunted, Al Gooch quickly secured Landry’s Seafood Restaurant, the setting of the class’s summer lunch, for the couples brunch. Within hours a sit-down buffet brunch for 96 people was moved – lock, stock, and barrel – across the canal to the Lakeshore Drive restaurant.

Add to the Sunday agenda a family Mass celebrated by class member Fr. Phil Postell, S.J., and you have a typical Class of 1956 event full of friendship and Blue Jay Spirit.