When the plans that Kathy "Keare" Leavenworth '67 had made to have a mini-reunion with her three sophomore-year Wells roommates in Asheville, N.C. were upended in the wake of the recent coronavirus outbreak, she endeavored to do the next best thing.
"I thought it would be a good idea for us to still meet face to face, so I set up an online Zoom meet," Keare said. "After nearly two hours of sharing and lots of laughing, it occurred to me that maybe we could do this on a larger scale!"
And so, in early April, a group of 25 members of the class of 1967—dubbing themselves the "Boomer Zoomers"—gathered for a virtual reunion. Keare served as host and moderator, calling on the participants one by one to relate how they were doing and generally coping with the current uncertainty surrounding the state of the world.
"We all agreed it was a little like the movie Groundhog Day—with every day repeating the previous one," relayed Karen Frankel Blum '67. "A lot of us opined about missing the physical contact with our children and grandchildren, while for others, 'zooming' with the kids or grandkids has actually resulted in 'seeing' them more."
The hangout was a smashing success, with all agreeing they would get together to do it again in the coming weeks. "The follow-up has been most gratifying," Keare enthused. "I think it was a wonderful 'break' for most of us . . . a chance to renew dear friendships and to hear directly from one another."
For their next virtual reunion, the group plans to invite additional classmates, along with adding a decidedly Wellsian twist to the proceedings—by including a sing-along!
"Our class song leader, Andrea "Andie" Bartholomay Sheaffer '67, was on the call as well as members of Henry's VIII," said Karen Blum. "I'm sure we'll have plenty of songs, with some oldies and Oddline songs for sure!"