The Sasebo Experience:  A Special Place, A Special Time, With Special Friends!

"Friends are treasures." ~ Horace Bruns

Sasebo Reunion 2018

If you haven't been with us before...picture the "Teen Club" in Las Vegas.

NUMBER 10 . . . can you believe it???

With each Reunion, groups representing different times in Sasebo have come together.  The experience has shown us  that it doesn't matter "when" we were in Sasebo...the experience was the same for all.  So whether you were in Sasebo in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's or last week, this is your Reunion!

If you joined us in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and/or 2016, you know how very special it was to see each other again, especially after having spent so many years believing that such a moment could never happen.  If you haven't joined us, or several Reunions have passed since your last appearance, don't convince yourself that you'll "catch the next Reunion".  Those friends that have been waiting to see you again may not be available or able to make that "next Reunion".  And if for some reason you have doubts that the Reunion may not meet your expectations, all you'd be risking is 4 days out of your life to know for sure.  Your friends, classmates, and a whole bunch of Sasebo Alumni will be there to welcome you.

THE ARRANGEMENTS (You just can't beat them)

Date:  September 16, 17, 18, 19, 2018 (Note:  September 16 is arrival date; no events scheduled)

Place:  Las Vegas, Nevada

Hotel:  The Orleans Hotel & Casino, $44.00 per room, per night, Sunday through Wednesday, September 16 through September 19.

Address:  The Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89103

For those of you that would like to get a head start on the celebration, the room rates for Friday and Saturday (9/14/2018 and 9/15/2018) will be $99.00 per night.
If you want to stay and visit a little longer, the following rates have been extended to our group:  Thursday (9/20/2018) - $44.00, and Friday (9/21/2018) - $99.00.
Reservation Number:  1-800-675-3267 or
Online   Sasebo Group Code:  A8SAC09  

IMPORTANT:  Specify that you are with the "Sasebo Reunion".  Only those registered under the "Sasebo Reunion" will be afforded these special rates.

Reunion Cost:  (registration information)

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There will be three (3) days and nights of scheduled Reunion events to include:  a Welcome Brunch on Monday (9/17/18); a catered Reception the afternoon/evening of Tuesday (9/18/18); and a Dinner/Dance to conclude the festivities on Wednesday evening (9/19/18).  

Note:  All Scheduled Events (other than optional events) will be held in the Esplanade Rooms K and L.  During all three days we will have exclusive use of this room for displaying memorabilia, meeting with one another, taking pictures, etc.


Monday, September 17, 2018

  • Welcome Lunch:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Esplanade Rooms K and L - (official check-in, buffet lunch, and display memorabilia)
  • Optional Event #1: Special Bingo Session - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Optional Event #2: Sasebo Grand Prix - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Optional Event #3: Sasebo Golf Tournament:  8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (includes transportation to and from golf course, 18 holes with cart, and one mulligan).  Club rental is available.
  • Reception:  3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Early Buffet Dinner, Show and Tell, Silent Auction Bidding Begins, Open Microphone, and Surprises)
  • Optional Event #4: After Hours Bowling Challenge - 9:30 p.m. to ?????
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Dinner/Dance:
    • Cocktails: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner:  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Silent Auction Bids Awarded: 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Music & Dancing: 8:00 p.m. - Midnight

During all three (3) days, we will have use of the Hospitality Room for displaying memorabilia, meeting with one another, taking pictures, etc.  The cost for all of these events will be covered by your registration fee (registration information).

In addition to the above scheduled events, we have added several "Optional" events (Bingo, Grand Prix, Golf, Bowling) that are voluntary and require additional fees should you wish to participate.  To sign up for any of these "Optional" events, please fill out the "Optional Event Form".


Grand Prix
Grand Prix



There are many amenities available at The Orleans, including bowling, movie theaters, lots of lounges with live entertainment, swimming pool, spa, etc.

Some Sasebo Reunion Facts

Friends, no matter when they first come into our lives, don't change because they get older and don't look the same as in years past.  What makes them friends is how "comfortable" they make us feel whenever they are with us.  That "comfort zone" doesn't disappear over distance and's what makes and keeps us friends!  Remember how we took care of each other in Sasebo?  No matter how many years have gone by since then, we haven't forgotten how important we were to each other.  If you haven't been to one of our Reunions because you're unsure of what it will be like to see friends from so long ago...GET OVER IT!  Your friends and classmates from Sasebo have experienced the same aging process as you and could care less what you look like now.  What matters to them is the wonderful memories and friendship you all shared.

This will be the 10th Sasebo Reunion.  If this would your 1st, and you feel like you'd be a stranger, that feeling will disappear after spending just a few minutes with the rest of us.  All of us once shared that feeling.  Whatever apprehension you might be feeling will disappear after getting that first hug from an old friend.  Not only will you be able to share moments and memories with your old friends from Sasebo, but also 2 years from now, when the next Reunion comes around, all the apprehension you might feel now will have disappeared.  Those of us that are strangers to you now will have become old friends.

Caution:  At our Reunion we celebrate the memories we shared with one another in Sasebo, and the "new" memories we've made at past Reunions.  There will be lots of laughter and even some tears of joy...the last thing any of us want is for you to be somewhere you really don't want to be..."party poopers" are not welcome.  But, if you've often wondered "what happened to those friends and classmates from that important time in your life", and you don't mind spending a few days celebrating with them, then this is a moment not to pass up.

The next Reunion won't happen until 2020.  There's no guarantee that you or your friends from that special time will be able to be there in 2020.  So before you decide to come to this Reunion or not, remember every time we postpone an opportunity, we run the risk that opportunity may never come again.

Everything is set to go.  We can only promise you this.  It will be a moment, an event, you will never forget!  Who of you would ever have believed that a Sasebo Reunion could ever happen?  Come and join us.  If we're wrong it will have cost you only a couple of days out of your life...but, if we're correct, it will be some of the best days ever spent, and will open the door for future gatherings with your old and new friends from Sasebo.

If you should have any questions, please e-mail or call John Gordon at or (949) 322-0392 OR Robert (Rotor) Rohrbacher at or (619) 254-7730.


Make plans to be there.  "You are the Reunion!!!"  Opportunities to reconnect with friends and add to the memories we all shared are priceless!

Secondly, make your room reservations early.  Please don't wait until the very last minute as we are only able to secure the group's contracted rates for a limited number of rooms, and for a limited amount of time.

And last,but not least, PLEEEEAAAAASE send in your Registration Form and fees as soon as possible, as much of our planning relies on your early commitment.

After completing the above assignment, go through your attic, basement, or garage and dig out those pictures, yearbooks, and mementos from Sasebo to share with all of us at the Reunion.

We are also planning to hold a "silent auction" to raise $ to offset our costs.  If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to help with the Reunion, call:

  • John Gordon at (949) 322-0392, e-mail:
  • Robert (Rotor) Rohrbacher at (619) 254-7730, e-mail:
  • Jo Wilson Emerson at (651) 653-0731, e-mail:

The word has gone out to the citizens of Las Vegas..."It's Sasebo time!" Regardless of when you were in Sasebo, whether you were a student, teacher, parent, in the Service, or related to, or just a friend to any of the aforementioned, come and celebrate the magic that was Sasebo!!

P.S.  Your family and friends have listened to you talk about Sasebo for many years.  Now's the chance to bring them with you so they can see and experience first-hand what made that time in your life so special.  Bring your spouses, companions, parents, children, relatives and friends.  Our scheduled Reunion events are designed to interest all of them, and if that isn't enough, they'll have the rest of Las Vegas to keep them entertained.

P.P.S.  With hotel room rates you just can't beat...a great meal each day included...a great hospitality room for our exclusive use...a schedule of events every day and night, plus a choice of "optional" events...all the excitement only Las Vegas can provide...and most importantly, the opportunity to party with your friends and classmates from that special time in your life.



All the costs required to put on the Reunion, to include the mailing of this Announcement and all the Scheduled Events, have to be covered by the Registration Fees collected.  At the same time, these fees also have to be kept as low as possible so as to promote attendance and a successful gathering for all.

Now we could cover our rears and reduce our stress level by "padding" the registration fee and thereby provide a little wiggle room just in case our "estimated" attendance falls short.  However, we'd be running the risk of making attendance more difficult for many of us, thereby defeating the whole purpose of this Reunion.  So how do we address this dilemma?  We find ways to supplement our Registration Fees . . . and that's where all of us can help.

(1) Take advantage of the great room rates and Registration Fees and encourage your classmates, spouses, friends, and relatives to join us, so they too, can experience first hand what made that time in Sasebo special. The more people that attend helps decrease the average cost while at the same time increases the experience for everyone. 
(2) Participate in our “Silent Auction”.  Find stuff to donate and bid on the stuff others bring.  
(3) And last but not least, skip the car payment that month and purchase lots of our Sasebo Reunion T-shirts, hats, and whatever stuff we try to sell.  Although the profit is small, every little bit helps. 

In conclusion: (1) Bring your friends, relatives and anyone you might know that is looking for a good time; (2) gather items such as memorabilia, interesting stuff, or anything you’re willing to give up (get rid of) at our Silent Auction; (3) bring lots of money to bid on the stuff others are trying to get rid of; and (4) plan on outfitting all your family, friends, neighbors, etc. in our T-shirts, hats, etc. They make great gifts!!!

Should you have any questions on the Silent Auction, please contact Jo Wilson (Emerson) at (651) 653-0731 or at her e-mail at  And, if you’ve got some extra cash you’d like/need to get rid of (launder), just send it directly to “John-Boy and Rotor".  We will use it to buy Sasebo Reunion T-shirts, hats, etc. --- we promise!!