IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I ROCK AND ROLLED...
It's been a long time since I did the Stroll
Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back, let me get it back
mm-baby, where I come from
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time...
I am sorry it has taken so long to get the newsletter out to you this week...I have just returned from a week in Chicago and fortunately for me, and unfortunately for the reunion effort, the week has been highly successful and quite busy. I have had limited access to the internet and even less time to worry about it, as we were displaying our product at the Chicagoland Jukebox, Slot Machine and Nostalgia Show. This is one of two times per year where I actually have to work, as opposed to playing with my business, and I gotta tell ya - It is getting harder each year!
Less Than Loopy!
I have been somewhat out of the loop this past week, however I have seen some of the goings on on the Facebook page and I have been updated by some on the Organizing Committee. It appears that excitement continues to build and more people are expressing their intention to attend our upcoming reunion.
Each week, we have more and more people registering on our website at www.tecumsehreunion.com/contactform.htm. It is really nice to see that many of the people who are registering are showing their addresses as being somewhat to quite distant from Chatham. That these people are getting the message suggests that many of you out there are going the distance and making the effort to locate our lost alumni. Among the found alumni this past week were Grant Craven, Warren Delyzer, Nancy Litschko, Mike Webster and Irene Vermey.
Tickets continue to sell and things are shaping up for an exciting July 23rd weekend.
Much chatter and banter is happening on the Facebook group and much of the discussion the past week has centered around, "I bought my tickets, what about you?"
Lots of People Coming to Our Reunion!
Many people have discussed their plans for the weekend and who they are coming to the reunion with, and who they expect to see or meet up with while back in the Chatham area. We have even had some people who originally did not see the value in coming to our reunion hop on the bandwagon and join in the excitement of the reunion. On the Facebook page, the reunion is already happening, with much talk and trivia banter being bounced about by staff and alumni alike. There are people from all years coming together to discuss their common interest, the great years that they spent at Tecumseh!
Teachers Reunion Effort Started
The Teachers reunion effort has been kicked off by Maxine Stevens, Leo Girard and Peter Stanojevic. I have been privy to some of their communications and they are looking forward to having an exciting "First Official" teachers reunion!
A wine and cheese gathering will be offered for the enjoyment of our former teachers and support staff before the opening of the Capitol Theatre for our private reception and movie viewing. I think it is worth mentioning again that the Capitol Theatre now has three lounges that were not part of the original building and the largest is of a size that if you choose to visit with your former classmates and teachers rather than watch the movie, there will be plenty of room in the lounges.
Help! I Need Somebody!
We would like to put out the call to anyone reading this that we need people to help us to locate our lost alumni. If you are able to help us out, please contact anyone on the organizing committee or you may reply to this email expressing your interest in helping us. We will then provide you with information that will help you to acquire more of our lost alumni. Each person who is added to our "found alumni" list helps us to ensure that your reunion will be even more successful!
Organizing Committee Meeting
The next meeting of the Organizing Committee is this Saturday. If you are interested in working with us to make your reunion the best it can be, please contact me at Scott@Tecumsehreunion.com and I will give you the details of where in London the meeting will be held.
Special Shout Out
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Debbie Vellinga for her tireless effort in helping to contact people. From time to time, I am able to make some of the phone calls to alumni myself, and many times as I am talking with people, I discover that Debbie has either contacted them by telephone or by mail and made them aware of the reunion. She continues to do so and has helped to locate a number of early 70s alumni.
Thank you, Debbie! And thank you also to everyone else out there who is working hard to promote this reunion. It will be better for because of your efforts!
You can see everyone who has paid for their tickets and everyone for whom we have contact information for by visiting www.Tecumsehreunion.com and clicking the "Staff and Alumni" link.
Also, be sure to check out all of the new photos that have been posted on the website by clicking on any of the year links and looking at the pages there. We have most of the yearbook class photos posted and are working to get all of them posted ASAP.
...A Note From Sue Cummings...
Wheels Gets The Wrecking Ball
This past week, the Wild Zone and Banquet rooms were demolished. This is where the very popular Red Barrel once provided a venue to Chatham`s young crowd to drink and dance the nights away.
Farewell Wheels Inn. Great times happened there!
Last week's trivia superstars were Debbie Vellinga and Dan Foster, with a very impressive 10 out of 10 correct answers and Randy Filby with 9 out of 10 correct answers.
Let's see how you can do. Go to www.tecumsehreunion.com/trivia.asp and test your 1970s memory!!
Last week's trivia challenge answers are as follows: