When Walter Bohrer got the call, he knew.
It had been three decades since Bohrer and his classmate, Dennis Jones, had left Moffat County High School as new graduates.
Still, when Jones recently called Bohrer to invite him to the class' 30-year reunion, Bohrer said he didn't need an introduction to know whom the voice belonged to.
"The voice never changes," he said.
And, to some degree, he said, neither do the people behind them.
"They're still the same wild bunch they were in '78," Bohrer said, looking at a group of his former classmates sitting nearby.
"Just a little more gray."
Bohrer was one of the first people to arrive at a mixer hosted at Cassidy's, located in the Holiday Inn of Craig, Friday afternoon.
The gathering kicked off the 30-year reunion and was open to people who had graduated from MCHS from 1976 to 1980, said Jones, one of about seven members in the Moffat County High School Class of 1978 Reunion Committee.
Reunion celebrations are scheduled to continue through the weekend for 1978 classmates.
The Reunion Committee is slated to host a barbecue from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area.
A brunch is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the OP Bar and Grill.
The reunion brought Bohrer from his home in Henderson, Nev., he said, adding that he moved from Craig six years ago.
Some aspects of his old stomping grounds have changed, he said, including the building he graduated high school from.
Bohrer's old high school building - now Craig Middle School - is being demolished to make way for a new facility.
"I was just like, what did they do to my school?'" he said.
Topics Bohrer and his fellow graduates talked about also have changed.
"Now, instead of talking about kids, we're talking about grandkids," he said.
Three months' work went into making the reunion a reality.
The Reunion Committee met for the first time in April and began planning their 30-year reunion.
The hardest part of the process, Jones said, was tracking down his classmates "because with 30 years, everybody's scattered so much."
Reunion Committee members divvied up their class roster between them and set about contacting as many classmates as they could, Jones said.
Some classmates had better luck than others, he said, adding that even with e-mail, getting in touch with other '78 graduates was sometimes hit or miss.
"There were a lot of classmates we never even contacted, unfortunately," Jones said. "We gave it a valiant effort but, as busy as everybody is in their personal lives, it was tough."
Before Friday's mixer, Jones estimated about 50 classmates would attend reunion events this weekend.
Jones said he wasn't apprehensive about meeting his former classmates 30 years after graduating with them.
The 10-year reunion lends itself to the most nervousness, he said.
However, by the time the 20-year reunion comes, "it's kind of laid back," Jones said. "You've got your family and they're just starting to grow up."
When three decades have passed since graduation, Jones said, the prevailing attitude is, "Take me as I am."
Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.