A Trip Down Memory Lane!

Abraham Lincoln High SchoolI am very excited to be going to my high school reunion today.

I graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1979, and even though there is a special ceremony for those who are celebrating their 50th anniversary, anyone who attended are also welcome to share in their pride.

It is actually hard to believe I’ve been out of high school for 34 years, especially since I still reside close by and pass it so often.

But all I need to do to remind myself that time has gone by so quickly is think back to everything I have experienced in the years since I ran up and down the hallways of the school, and it does begin to make sense.

In many ways, I still feel like that same teenager who had a carefree attitude and felt invincible, with my whole life ahead of me.

However, after going through such a rough patch later in life, including nearly six years behind bars and a long battle with addiction, I am a realist and know I am not the same person I was back in 1979.

Still, I am wiser and better overall for what I went through, and look forward to reconnecting with old friends and classmates to find out how the years since graduation have treated them.

Over the years, I have heard stories about some of my former classmates who are no longer with us, or who have faced hardships of their own.

So, I not only feel blessed and grateful to be alive and where I am in my life today, but will continue to enjoy to the fullest each day as it comes.

I know it is not possible to go back in time, but, for one day at least, it will be fun and exciting to take a trip down memory lane!

Have a great Sunday everyone, and make the most out of your day as well.

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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4 Responses to A Trip Down Memory Lane!

  1. joseasanoj says:

    Good Post
    Sanoj Jose(Author, My Day Out With An Angel)

  2. I hope your reunion is a wonderful event. Hope your Sunday was a good day too.

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