Alumni Travel to Tech for 43 Consecutive Winter Carnivals
In the fall of 1969, Jim Accetta, Carl Benz and Dan Bonner were first-year students at Michigan Technological University, living in Douglass Houghton Hall. The three freshmen met Ed Anderson, a second-year electrical engineering major. The young men bonded over a variety of campus and residence hall activities, most notably Winter Carnival.
Their first Winter Carnival in February of 1970 has evolved into a tradition. The four friends and their families have used Carnival as their reunion site for more than four decades.
Accetta and his wife Sally were back in Houghton last week, attending their 43rd consecutive Winter Carnival since leaving campus as a married couple in 1973. Now retired, the couple live six months out of the year in Del Ray Beach, Florida and “travel the rest of the year.”
This year, because of medical issues, Benz and his wife Rena and Bonner and his wife Frankie, a Calumet native, were forced to stay at home in Toledo, Ohio, and downstate Corrunna respectively. Anderson, who works for US Steel in Southgate, Michigan, was the only member of the group able to join the Accettas for their annual Winter Carnival visit.
While Jim and Sally have made it 43 straight, the attendance records of their friends are as nearly impressive. “This is only the second time in 44 years that all of us haven’t been able to make it,” Sally Accetta says.
Their initial reason for coming back to campus in those post-graduation years was a common one back then.
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