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William Penn High School class of 1941’s last reunion: ‘The world is moving at warp speed’

This newspaper clipping, part of the William Penn Senior High School class of 1941 reunion booklet, tells about the debut of one its members – Leonard Wolovsky. The bass-baritone was known locally as Lee. The class met recently for the 70th time. “When I was elected president,” Dan Meckley said, “I didn’t realize it was a 70-year term.” (See image of the reunion booklet cover below.) Also of interest: Actor John Baer among achievers in York High’s Class of 1941 and Ode to part of York County’s Greatest Generation and TV show box set ‘Terry & the Pirates’ to be part of a museum exhibit someday?

The York High class of 1941 was known as the grade that started school the year America plunged into the Great Depression, 1929.
And they graduated in the year that Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor pulled America into World War II.
Their school years spanned rocky times, and then they graduated to fight in a war-torn world… .


“The world is moving at warp speed,” class president Dan Meckley wrote in the class’s 70th reunion booklet. “The global economy is here to stay. The advent of solid state electrical components followed by the computer, the internet, e-mail, cell phones, social networks, tablet, and smart phones has forever changed the world.”
“Our generation has come to be known as the Greatest Generation. What will the next generations be called? These are complicated and turbulent times.
“What can be done in our remaining time? When asked, we can offer love, advice, counsel and support to our children and grandchildren. This is our last reunion. We have just about run the distance. Generally we have been blessed.”
Meckley noted that the booklet he prepared is filled with clippings and articles about class members.
“While they may stand out, it is the quiet steady lives of all of us that have made us the Greatest Generation,” he wrote.
And Meckley, a retired corporate CEO, handled one last accounting detail.
“Incidentally,” he wrote, “we end with a balance of just about zero in our bank account.”

The final program for the class of 1941, compiled by Dan Meckley.
Also of interest:
William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame honors a host of York County achievers.
All York High achievers posts from the start.
Also of interest, again
Actor John Baer among achievers in York High’s Class of 1941 and Ode to part of York County’s Greatest Generation and TV show box set ‘Terry & the Pirates’ to be part of a museum exhibit someday?
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