This year we celebrate two 50-year reunions and it marks a special time for the BWC. The classes of 1970-71-72 are the classes we built this event around so with the combined events this year and next year’s 1972 reunion we celebrate the classmates who inspired what we’ve been doing for the last 30-plus years.

When Gil and I got this idea started we had our class (Class of ’71) and the class just ahead of us and the class just behind us in mind. So as we enter year number 32 for the  BWC-Linfield Homecoming events it is kind of special.  This year it’s on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9. Golf and a special event honoring the 50-year reunion class of 1971 and the Class of 1970, which had its 50-year reunion derailed by COVID. Despite our year layoff we plan to not skip a beat.

We’ll golf at Michelbook on Friday. Not many changes there. Cost is $95 for 18 holes and includes your share of a golf cart, a free raffle ticket, all the range balls you would like to hit, a hot dog and beer as long as it lasts. It is open to all men and women and is surely one of the highlights of our weekend.

Tee time is 12:30 p.m. and registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Last year the BWC was back at our old stomping grounds in in front of the Linfield Theater where we hosted upwards of 120 Wildcats circa 1965-75 give or take a few years. Same-o this year. We’ll begin around 10 a.m. Bill Hayden will again be catering with a menu that is above and beyond any tailgater you’ve ever been to. BBQ ribs, salmon, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, salads, chips, desserts and all the beer, wine, pop and water you can hold. It’s all you can eat and it just $25 per person.

There may be additional events added as we continue planning. We will let you know if more is on the agenda.

All that being said we hope you take a browse through this improving website. Look at our invitation list, glance at our history, enjoy the pictures and get excited about the coming year. Leave us a note or if you like send us an email to bwc_linfield@frontier.com and keep checking in to this site as we will have pre-registration opportunities soon allowing you to sign up and pre-pay for our golf tournament and tailgater.

And tell your friends from our era. And of course we want to extend a special invite to those of you from the Classes of 1970 and 1971. We think you’ll have a great time visiting with your old classmates.

Bottom line is it is a great year to make an effort to get back to Linfield and in particular partake in the BWC.

Top left: Manning a registration table at our BWC tailgater are our Co-founder Gil Hargreaves and Kasia Stahancyk around 1996. At right above: Gary Smith and Vince Doherty no doubt discussing their favorite Linfield classes at our first tailgater in 1988. Below: Some 20 years later Rogers Ishizu, Bob Haack and Steve Pickering holding down the registration table.