It was pretty much like a work party you'd see at any other company hit by layoffs.
The reunion was held at a nice home in an outlying area, by gracious hosts, according to the reader. There was great food and plenty of booze.
There were about 50 people in attendance. 50% were older retired folks, 25% recently laid off or bought out and the rest were current employees.
No management types came, at least the ones still working at McClatchy. (The reader says nobody expected they would come -- and management seems to have known they shouldn't come around.)
The older folks sat around the swimming pool in the shade and reminisced.
The recently laid off talked about unemployment benefits and looking for work.
The people still at the Bee talked about how tough things are now that so many experienced workers are gone.
The mood was quiet, reflective. There was an underlying theme of resentment at upper management for abandoning workers who had dedicated themselves to the company. But there wasn't open anti-Bee talk... the reader says since there were a lot there that still work at the Bee people watched what they said.
All in all, it sounds like a typical work party. .