Press/Media --Autobiography of a High School Reunion Dropout

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But I’m like a dog with a bone; I just can’t drop it. I still wonder why I don’t go; what’s truly behind it. So, I consulted my friend and fellow writer, Sandra Gordon, who just published a book called “The Reunion Diet.” Her book, written with nutritionist Lisa Dorfman, is not only a  practical self-help guide to setting specific weight-loss goals (is there a bigger motivation for losing weight than the prospect of seeing an old flame?), but it also includes social advice to get mentally psyched for this occasion.

      Q. Why are so many of us excited about going to high school reunions? I know so many people who are “reunion junkies.” Do you think they live in the past – are just anxious to be taken back to a happy time – want to show off how good they look - are looking for love?

       A. There are some people who truly love going to their reunions. My co-author, Lisa Dorfman, for example, just went to her 30th high school reunion and had a magical time. She wouldn’t miss this event for anything. I think most of us, though, regard reunions with a mix of curiosity, fear, excitement and dread. We go because we want to check in with people we used to know well and see how they’re doing. Did the prom queen and the quarterback turn out to be All Stars in life? Did my first love, who I thought I was going to marry at the time, turn out well? For some people, going to their reunion gives them a chance to see what their life would have been like if they had ended up with that person. Reunions also give us a chance to self-assess compared to our benchmark peer group. Remember former NYC mayor Ed Koch, who used to say, “How’m I doing?” That’s what reunions do for us, only that’s what we’re asking ourselves.


Have you gone to your high school reunions? I'd love to hear your experiences. Maybe it'll convince me, once and for all, to just do it!