Submitted by Alex Yiannakakis
Can you believe it? It’s been 22 years since the first AramcoBrat reunion in Tucson!
After being on the reunion committee four times, I have learned that it is the BRATS that make them what they are. You get to connect with your buddies from kindergarten, grade school, junior high, boarding school, returning student (TriDs or Quad Ds) days, as well as teachers and parents; and also meet again with friends you have made along the way at the various reunions.
Of course having a beautiful venue such as La Paloma doesn’t hurt. It’s a party for your friends, your siblings, your friends’ friends, and your siblings’ friends ... you can hang by the pool, listen to garage bands, play sports, eat and dance.
And this year you will even get your chance at singing (Karaoke). The committee has issued a challenge to the ABI board. Issue your own challenge, and join us in the Canteen after class parties on Saturday at 9PM!
In 1991 when the reunion was held at a small hotel in central Tucson, we did not know what to expect. Although it was a relatively small group (less than 300), it was a nice cozy place for us to gather and reconnect and have fun. I invited some people over to my house on Saturday and was really surprised by the group that showed up (felt like all the attendees). Needless to say, I was totally unprepared and my one keg did not last long. But people banded together, got more supplies and the party went on.
What a fun experience it has been working with the Tucson committee members and ABI over the years. A lot of planning goes into a reunion which is facilitated by the board. The ABI and reunion committee make efforts to keep costs reasonable in order to get as many to attend as possible, and generous donations help to defer costs.
For those of you who who remember the El Conquistador in 2001 and 2003, you will love the accommodations at La Paloma. Check out the website, commit yourself, register for the reunion, and we will see you in May.