WEBSite honor roll

The following people are helping fund the hosting of this website and our zoom sessions.

  • Susan Sigel Taffet (2021, 2022)
  • Mike Backer
  • Eva Silver
  • Cynthia Cohen
  • Judy Michaud Delisle
  • Jeff Green
  • Liz Frem
  • Joel Palley
  • Chaya Bergstein (Karen Plotkin)
  • David Tinsley
  • Ben Bachrach
  • Rick Sandler

Contact if you would like to be added to this honor roll.

A ‘Special’ Classical Class of ’65 Virtual Reunion

TUESDAY JANUARY 18 2022 at 730 pm via ZOOM

“From WNEB to Network TV” – a talk by Jim Laurie

Classmate Jim Laurie talked about his new book, a career in network news, and his lifelong passion for global travel.

Does anybody remember Worcester’s “HI-FI station” W-N-E-B? 

In Spring 1964, Jim went on the radio reading the news. He was one of the worst newscasters in radio history.   

The only person to be honest about his performance was the marvelously inspirational English teacher, Anna Shaughnessy (Classical High 1921 to 1966.)  Taking the 16-year-old aside, she suggested he might want to work much harder – first on his writing – and develop his broadcast skills later.

Six years later, Jim was on the air again – this time from Vietnam and Cambodia.  He plunged into war, developed his obsession with global adventure, and landed his first network job at NBC News.

Jim will talk about his early years in Asia – as detailed in his memoir “The Last Helicopter: Two Lives in Indochina” (2020). The book, available at,  is a story of war, love and survival.  TV broadcaster Ted Koppel describes it as “a love story on so many different levels… memories of a young war correspondent learning his craft and falling in love. Cambodia and Viet Nam are, first the backdrop and ultimately the essence of the story. A wonderful book.”

It was the beginning of an exciting career – later reporting from Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Sarajevo, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin, Baghdad, Kabul, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Mogadishu and dozens of other datelines.

Jim showed video and sound from his earliest adventures.  Hope you can join us! 

Jerry Morse was the moderator for the evening, while Ben handled the technical issues.

Classical ’65 Zoom Committee

Rick Sandler –
Ben Bachrach –
Mike Backer –

Mark Blazis RIP

Mark Blazis passed away 11/17/2021.

Obituary from the Worcester Telegram

Here are some news articles
Mark Blazis at last reunion with Liz and Bob Frem

Bob Bloom – RIP

Robert A. Bloom, 72, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2019 at UMass Memorial Health Alliance Clinton Hospital.

He leaves his wife of 49 years, Sharon A. (Daigle) Bloom; a son, Seth A. Bloom and his partner, Patrick Hurley of Sterling; a daughter, Amy B. and her husband, Matthew Erich of Westford; three brothers, James E. Bloom and his wife, Marcia of Richmond, VA., Paul M. Bloom and his wife, Marieanne of Hudson and Richard J. Bloom and his wife, Candace of Menlo Park, CA.; and two grandchildren Amelia and Aiden.

He was born in Worcester, a son of William and Anne (Sclar) Bloom and had lived in Sterling for 42 years. He graduated Classical High School in 1965 and Quinsigamond Community College in 1971. He graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts, and later from Lowell State College receiving both a Masters Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Computer Science. He first was an industrial arts teacher at Tahanto Regional High School for several years and later became a software engineer working for several computer manufacturers for many years.

During the Vietnam War, he served in the Air Force Military Police while stationed in the Philippines.

He was a member of Sterling Democratic Committee, Sterling Cable Committee and Sterling Building Committee for the Senior Center. Bob was a member and Past Master of both the Montacute and Guiding Lights Masonic Lodges now affiliated with Boylston Lodge of Masons in West Boylston. As a 32nd Degree Mason, Bob was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Worcester, Boston Consistory and Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington.

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