Rolf reports his high school reunion is coming up soon. It turns out my class is having reunion this year as well.
Rolf included a link to High school reunion shocker: They’re dying off! Which is interesting. The number from the article are:
To estimate the statistical death-rate norm for any class size, Polasky provided the following rough figures:
- 10 year reunion — 1 death per 100 graduates.
- 20 year reunion — 1 death per 50 graduates.
- 30 year reunion — 1 death per 20 graduates.
- 40 year reunion — 1 death per 10 graduates.
- 50 year reunion — 1 death per five graduates.
Even though his is not this year, I was talking to a cousin of mine a few days ago about reunions and he was saying about 40 or 44 percent of his class was gone. And while I don’t have the most current numbers for my class the number is uncomfortably high with another couple dying in the last six months. And I know the numbers from my last reunion are about 50 percent higher than this. In part, this is probably due a high percentage of logging and construction type jobs my classmates went into. That area of Idaho is also known at a “cancer belt”. I don’t think anyone knows for certain why, but the cancer rate in that area is higher than normal. The speculation I have heard discussed is:
- Being downwind from Hanford
- Toxic chemicals from the pulp mill
- Farm chemicals
- Outdoor activities and exposure to high levels of UV
I have enjoying the reunions but there is also a fair amount of sadness is seeing how many are now gone.