Eighties! Courtney Erickson and his friends at Linton High School were living in the ’80s.
That meant pizza and chicken wings at the Fireside Pizzeria on Eastern Parkway. And visits to the old Rugby grocery store at the corner of Phoenix Avenue and Rugby Road. Music was also in the mix, with artists such as Depeche Mode, U2, Genesis and Don Henley on compact discs and in Walkman cassette players.
“To me, it was just like a John Hughes movie,” Erickson, a member of Linton’s Class of 1987, said of his years in high school. Erickson, one of the organizers behind this coming weekend’s 25th anniversary class reunion, is looking forward to seeing old friends and telling old stories.
“It was pretty much a coming of age for all of us. It’s where we got our confidence,” he said.
Hughes was the film director behind such mid-1980s hits such as “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Weird Science” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In addition to the Hughes films, Erickson said television shows such as “Cheers” and “Family Ties” were popular with his group.
Big hair and bad shorts
Living in the 1980s also meant living with big hair. Young women of the era wore hairstyles that were large and in charge. Erickson said guys were stuck with “jams,” ultra-long walking shorts.
“They were terrible shorts,” Erickson said.
Teens of 1987 wear both hair and shorts more conservatively in 2012. They’ll get together Friday at 6 p.m. at the Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant in Glenville. Tickets are $50 a person for a buffet dinner, desserts and music by rock band Grand Central Station. Video greetings from classmates who can’t make the gathering will be shown.
People who want to make late appearances can skip dinner, pay a $20 admission and show up for the rest of the party.
Class members also will gather Saturday at 2 p.m. at the former Linton — now Schenectady High School. Events at the school will include the planting of a memorial tree and the dedication of a bench to honor memories of deceased members of the class. A reception and tour of the school will follow.
The weekend finale will take place at 7 p.m. with an informal get-together at Clinton’s Ditch in Schenectady. Further information about the reunion can be obtained by contacting Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.