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Old Friends and Familiar Strangers

As high school reunion season approaches, professional planners offer these tips:

• Encourage as many to come as possible.

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• Don't have a sit-down dinner (do finger food instead).

• Do have an open bar.

• Make sure the DJ plays mostly music from when you were in high school.

• Don't have speeches. (If you want to remind everyone who was voted Most Likely to Succeed or Class Clown, stick the senior superlatives on a board someplace, along with photos and memorabilia.)

What's the strangest thing you experienced at a high school reunion? Share your reunion anecdotes with me. E-mail them, with "High School" in the subject line, to kellyj@washpost.com, or mail them to John Kelly, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. (Those are also the addresses if you're having a reunion you'd like me to list.)

Hylton High Classes of 1993 and 1994 -- April 30. www.greatreunions.com.

Central High -- May 21, for anyone who attended the school. Contact Beverly Kligman, 301-951-0630.

Loudoun County High Class of 1955 -- June 3, 4 and 5. Contact Judy Fisher at 703-777-3156 or mommyfisher@aol.com.

Eleanor Roosevelt High Class of 1995 -- June 4. www.greatreunions.com.

Northwestern High Classes of 1954, 1955 and 1956 -- June 17, 18 and 19. Contact Barbara Latvinsky Torbert at 301-927-6029 or torbao@hotmail.com.

Montgomery Blair High Class of 1995 -- June 18. www.greatreunions.com.

Washington-Lee High Class of 1942 -- June 18. Contact Doris Mahon at 703-536-8927 or DorisMahon@hotmail.com.


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