It was Organized Fun Day at the Essex County Club Yesterday.
For about ten hours members of the Class of 1932 mixed memory and desire with gin and Schweppes and tossed them down, while sitting on the shaded lawns of one of the North Shore's most distinguished country clubs.
The most entertaining aspect of the afternoon was the voice which exuded periodically from the public address system to inform '32 of the various events and excursions which were available to them. A sizable amount of grads, wives, and offspring left to enjoy the sands of Magnolia Beach, but an equally large number stayed behind to vegetate and spectate on the Club grass.
The main spectator event of the day was an exhibition tennis match between Class Marshal W. Barry Wood and former New England Tennis Champion (currently ranked sixth) Chauncey Depew Steele, Jr. Wood bowed to the local hotel manager, 6 to 3.
The tennis courts were, in general, well populated, as grads, their wives, and vacationing members of the local fourth estate enjoyed rarely-to-be-found grass courts, which provided a variety of skids and bounces for those unaccustomed to grass play.
The Pool was the center of attention for the sons and daughters of '32 who were on exhibition for most of the afternoon, in and around the pool. A few members of the varsity swimming team were on hand to do any lifesaving that needed to be done, and diver Frank Gorman drew much applause from the assembled multitudes for several of his maneuvers off the low board.
Food was present in large quantities, lobster and chicken salad being featured at noon and chicken and beef pies in the evening. All this mixed with impressive amounts of alcohol made the day a gastronomical success, if nothing else.
For those interested in golf, the Essex fairways were open to the Class of '32, and driving and putting contests were held behind the clubhouse, while inside the clubhouse a few square dancing enthusiasts bounced around the floor in a futile attempt to arouse a larger amount of participation from their fellow classmates.
There were, of course, buses, station wagons, and other such mechanized diversions which rolled over the road into the County Club and aroused excited warnings from the public address system; there were, of course, many ants in the food, and there were, of course, those who left early.