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The AO Reunion Celebration at the Southbridge Hotel on May 28, 2002

AO Reunion Group photo of May 28th, 2002 - Courtesy of Village Photo
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On May 28th, 2002 there was be a Reunion gathering for the many who have been associated with American Optical. People from around the Country and from Europe gathered at the Hotel, which is the former site of the American Optical Main Plant in Southbridge, Ma. This building has just been renovated and is now a Hotel and Conference center. The Reunion was open to the public, and past employees from a variety of AO fields attended. The fields represented  include Ophthtalmics, Safety eyewear, Fiber Optics, Frames, Instruments, R&D, Todd AO, etc.

AO Reunion members begin to gather for large group photo on left. At Right, Judy Furgeson bravely perched on lift to take the photo, as Franklin Realty staff assist below.
Thanks to Judy, Ron and Crew for a great job.

Paul Zotos from Cable Access interviews me about the day, while group gathering can be seen in reflection on the Hotel lobby window.
Photo courtesty of Village Photo

May 28th Re- Dedication of the "AO Main plant" plaques
Rev. May 31, 2002

The AO Reunion CommitteeRev. June 19, 2002

Thanks to all who Contributed to make the AO Reunion a success
Rev. June 18, 2002

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Southbridge News Article - 3/22/02

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