MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Almost 50 years after they left Flint Northern High School they still talk about old teachers, cute girls in school and times spent cruising around the city.
For the past five years, a group of eight to 12 men who attended Northern High School in the 1960's reminisces on a weekly basis over a few games of bowling at Colonial Lanes in Genesee County's Mount Morris Township.
"Pretty much we're here Tuesday and Thursdays year-round," said Rick Dellinger, a 1966 Northern graduate. "It's to get a group of friends together. It's kind of nice to get all of us together, get some exercise and stay fit."
Dellinger, 63, of Flint Township is a retired UPS employee who had the idea to get some guys together five years ago. All of the bowlers still live locally, are retired, enjoy poking fun at each other and besides one or two "outsiders" graduated from Northern High School.
Jerry Hammond, 64, of Flushing Township said he hadn't bowled in 25 years when he started joining up with the group when it got started. He's more of a golfer, he said, but the time with old friends is worth it.
"I was less than enthusiastic (at first) but once you get caught up in it and in the camaraderie it's fun," said Hammond, a 1965 Northern graduate. "It's a good way to keep connected with the guys. ... We tease each other and give each other a hard time, but we do that on the golf course, too."
When it's cold outside, the gang can be seen at the bowling alley twice a week, but once the weather is nice one of those days is often traded for some time on the golf course.
Ron Sack, 64, of Flushing Township said no matter what game they're playing four main topics of discussion usually come up: Thanksgiving Day football games while growing up, old teachers, cute girls from high school and the old neighborhood.
"I love the nostalgia thing about high school," said Sack, a 1965 Northern graduate.
They talked about when they used to bowl at Haskell Community Center, which had only four lanes with pin boys spotting the pins, Sack said, joking that he didn't know if they were better bowling then or now.
But Colonial Lanes is where the guys would bring their dates during high school and college on Saturday nights, said David Albert, 64, of Gaines Township.
Mostly they remember cruising around Flint, stopping at the A&W restaurant or Walli's on North Saginaw Street.
"We just kept cruising all night. That's what we did," said Albert, a 1965 Northern graduate. "And at 19, 20 cents a gallon you filled up your car for like $5."
Bill Lurvey, 69, of Mundy Township and his friends would drive for 100 miles and never leave Flint, he said with a laugh.
Now their time together is spent catching up on how they've been doing, what's new with their families and applauding a high bowling score. While bowling last week, they discussed what they did to celebrate New Year's.
Nancy Moss, bookkeeper at Colonial Lanes, says the group of Northern graduates shows every week without fail and seems to have a lot of fun.
"They're great guys, fun, nice," she said. "We would probably miss them if they weren't here."
Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint