Where did the idea for the Forty-Sixers come from?
During the WWII, many soldiers from all across country were stationed on the west coast. A number of them came from the east and were stationed around Southern California. After the war was over, they went home and made babies. Almost immediately afterwards, they headed back to the west coast to seek their fortunes in the land that they had learned to love.
Joe and Mary Farah were among those who packed up their families and returned in 1946. Most all of their friends and relatives were soon to follow. They found that there were many other people like themselves who did the same. These young families began to meet socially and formed common bonds that lasted for a lifetime. Soon they decided to create a social club and have parties, picnics, dances and other social events on a monthly basis. They named the club "The Forty-Sixers". The club flourished as new families joined in. At its apex, there were over three hundred families involved and for many their whole social life revolved around the club. The club lasted for many, many years but began to decline as the membership aged and finally faded away when the members did the same. Those were great times for many of us and it was only natural that we would keep these memories locked in our hearts.
Well, it's our turn! After the unprecedented and improbable reunions that brought us back together, so much momentum was created to renew old friendships that we've decided to revive this successful model. The "Forty-Sixers" is alive again and this time it's all of us old friends and classmates who were born in and around 1946, their friends and people who feel that they have common threads with us.
And that's another "Shabadah"