9 November 2009 - New York City. Yesterday, Terry and I went to the Westbury High School Mini-Reunion (Westbury, LI, NY) led by Mark Shugoll: brunch at Blue Fin Restaurant followed by next to normal at the Booth Theater on Broadway. A few thoughts:
• Curious Fellow - Mark’s concept, planning, communications, curating, hosting, presenting, sweating, engaging, new media, old media, menu, follow through, amazing. His questionnaire was the mark of an inquiring mind that brightens the universe.
• Varoom - Though I hadn’t seen anyone there (except for Rick and Sue) for 40 years, Natt Chomsky blew me away. I called him “Noam,” dreamed of the car in his photo driving by the High School into Old Westbury, and admit looking back into the ‘70 Wing & Spur to jog my memories.
• ECT - During the play, when I first heard ECT, “I got shock” as we used to say in Singapore. I thought it was an acronym for a highway there, only to suddenly realize that this was what the whole event was about - shocks. This event was my first such reconnect with Westbury High School in 40 years.
• Theater/Reality - After the show, the lead actor stepped forward and directly addressed the standing ovation audience. He referred to a crumpled note in his pocket!
• Generations - It was special to get a sense of family and community — past, present, and future. Mom called and left a message on my cell phone during the show. “Dad is ok, had a temperature, and is now next to normal.” Rick, Sue, Terry, and I sighed with relief. And, so it goes, 40 years on, with further observations from our son’s Curiously Intelligent Query Machine, Urtak, below:
• Urtak Insights - Our Urtak was launched 2 days before the Mini-Reunion with 50 questions and generated 891 opinions from 19 participants in 2 days. 3 participants registered and added a few questions. (I should have done more to encourage questioning, sorry.)
The data is there on the site for all of us to see.
Click on the questions in these lists on the site and see the results.
And don’t be shy. Try the little x-tab button beneath any of the pie chart results to explore cross-tab relationships with random questions or specific topics. Here’s one:
While most of us (80%) feel we look good for our age, those who lived in Sherwood are twice as likely to say “No” to the question “Do you look good for your age?”
This poll was created for the mini-reunion in 2009, including WHS alumni from ‘69, ‘70, ‘71. It’s still open for you to post your opinions, add questions, and learn more about each other, now and then, with the polling widget below.