Someone brought a Madera High School yearbook to the Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse Restaurant and opened it. Like magic, the people in the pictures, suddenly set free, came to life and leaped off the pages, greeting and hugging one another, as if they hadn’t seen each other in half a century.
It was Saturday night, and the celluloid images-turned-real began to celebrate their 50th reunion. They were the Madera High School Class of 1963.
The celebrants and their guests began to arrive at 5:30 p.m., and by 6:30 almost 200 people filled the banquet room. Groups began to form, and individuals moved quickly from place to place, trying to find out who was there.
At 6:45, a buzz ran through the crowd. Basketball coach Gaylon Dacus had entered the room. There he was in the flesh, the man who led the Coyotes to the Valley Championship in 1963. He had driven to Madera from his home in Vancouver, Wash...