By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Surviving members of Central High School’s class of 1944 gathered at a Center City restaurant Friday for their 70th reunion.READ MORE: Nicholas Bednarek Identified As Man Killed In Cheltenham Crash That Injured 4 Other Teens
Most high school reunions are held every five or ten years. Not so for the 181st graduating class of Central. They’ve been getting together every single year since 1945 to catch up with one another and remember the good old days.
“My nickname was Fatty. I’ve been called Fatty since first grade and everybody knew me as Fatty,” Sidney Fatty Klein said.
Klein was the No. 1 ping pong player in the city, and also played football and baseball.READ MORE: Police Believe Suburban Philadelphia Homes Being Targeted By Organized Theft Ring: 'You Don't Think Of It Happening Here'
“There’s an armory next to Central High School. And during the war they had German prisoners of war there. And we would sit out on the lawn and we would exchange insults with the German prisoners of war.”
Only about 15 classmates could make it to this 70th. Death and illness have obviously taken their toll. But Jules Silk, a still spry 87-year-old, says as long as more than one survivor remains they’ll keep the streak going.
“We have 59 left out of 173, which is pretty good,” Silk said.MORE NEWS: Hyram Hill, Son Of Philadelphia Police Officer, Killed In Targeted Shooting In North Philly, Sources Say