TECUMSEH SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALUMNI & STAFF REUNION
WE'RE GONNA HAVE A FUNKY GOOD TIME!!
Well, today I am recuperating after an exhausting but fun day, hosting a
back yard Baby-Que for my oldest son, his wife and their forthcoming
baby. We had 85 people in our backyard and the constant threat of rain.
The rain stayed away, the temperature was perfect and even the sun made
an appearance toward the end of the day.
A number of our best friends from Tecumseh were on hand to help us
celebrate the day and in the end, it turned out to be a perfect day!
Another Sunday morning
and another reunion newsletter. I hope some of you are finding the
newsletter informative if not interesting, and from the shout-outs that are
starting to emanate from y'all, it is starting to look like we are getting
some help from the masses with this reunion, and for that I am pleased and
I just read Bob
Ripley's most recent column.
This week the topic of
his column is reunions and although you will have to locate his column and
read the entirety of it for yourself, I hope he won't mind if I lift the
part that pertains to you and I specifically today:
"...But 40 years
after scattering from our humble high
school, some of our class congregated at a local restaurant for a reunion
last Saturday. It was one of those events you approach with dread and
desire; front-loaded with expectations and back-ended with the reality of
the high school experience writ on a more human scale.
We were the Braves of Tecumseh, the Shawnee warrior who
fought with the British against invading Americans and was killed almost 200
years ago in 1813 near the mission village of Moraviantown. Today we are a
mishmash of boomers with a shared memory of the same school. With the ease
of e-mail, word of the date and place got out. Not everyone could make it.
Some have died.
Some have moved too far away. Some were busy. But some came:
the jock, the science nerds and class clown now morphed into physicians,
teachers and nurses, all identifiable with a double take and frantic flip
through the nearby pile of yearbooks. Jane, who does research into how the
brain ages. Bill the family physician. Don who still makes me laugh.
Retirees and grandparents. Together in one place.
If hearing an oldie on the radio is a shot of nostalgia, then
a school reunion is the keg. Given the content and tone of the conversation,
reunions revisit and re-evaluate the pleasure and pathos of memories,
projected against the backdrop of classmates, and bring us a fresh
understanding of self. The long-suppressed scars of injustices and the bliss
of new-found freedoms, all surface. You realize now more than ever before,
that seemingly insignificant choices have lasting consequences. What if I
had? What if I hadn't?
High school reunions can go one of two ways. You can go from
the present to the past and remember how things used to be when we were
young. Or you can summon the past into the present as a widow remembers her
mate and he's there. When Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me," it
wasn't an invitation to stroll down memory lane.
Next month there is a '70s reunion of all those who graduated
from my school in the 1970s, together in one place - Chatham. Former
students are coming from all over the globe. I can't wait.
You see, I loved my five years at Tecumseh high school. I
have saved the paraphernalia and have found our occasional reunions to be a
rich and poignant reminder that fellow students and teachers are still with
me in some mysterious way.
Despite the addition of a few pounds and a few grandchildren,
we are basically the same people we were 40 years ago. And reunions make us
aware of the time that is irretrievable and time that remains."
A Note from Gisele (Grison) Bourdeau:
I was talking to Randy Filby earlier and we
thought it was time to rally the troops. We’d love to see our class of ‘75
outnumber the class of ’76 in attendance but right now the ‘76ers are
leading the pack so if you’ve been procrastinating or have been undecided
about attending…please don’t wait any longer..now is the time to get your
tickets! Let’s alleviate Scott’s stress and make this the great event that
he and his team have worked so hard to organize and at the same time leave
the class of ’76 in our dust!
I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone next
month and sharing some wonderful memories.
A Follow-Up From Randy Filby:
"Hello Class of '75ers
I just received Gisele's call to the troops. We were only talking last night
but she stayed up late to get this ball rolling. We are both looking forward
to this weekend and are trying to inspire more of you to jump on board.
Some of us went through 13 years of education together. There are some of
you I hardly knew! I must say that I have family relatives I hardly know or
have never met, but we spent 6-7 hours a day, 5 days a week over many years
together. We shared lots of time and reuniting one last time to share those
good (and bad) old memories would be fantastic. To my knowledge our class
has never had a reunion. I never imagined I would attend one, but for some
reason at this stage in my life, I'm Ramped for it!
Let's get together, go back in time, share our life journeys no matter what
they be and have a great time together.
Ticket sales close at the end of the month so time is running out. Let's get
on board, rally more classmates that are not on the reunion site, and build
one more memory together to last us through our pending geriatric future.
Scott Primeau has put in so much time and effort into this reunion because
he knows how great it can be. Let's prove him right!
Grade 13 dropout :("
A Note From Randa (Rossini) Speller:
"Hey, anyone up for
volleyball during Reunion weekend?
Poor numbers so far - this
will be strictly recreational, no skill or bikini-ready body required!
I know I have no right to
ask this of you, having been only scorer or timer on high school sports
teams during my tenure at TSS, but I've evolved into a GREAT volleyball
mom... c'mon, sign up so we can hold space at Players Club - great venue, my
kids play there :-)"
A Message from Sue (Walczak) Cummings:
"This week`s ticket sales
Sherri (Challis) Lenover –
Carole and Jim Noble
Gisele ( Grison) Bourdeau – 75
However, many alumni have
let us know their intent to purchase their tickets this week.
Ticket sales by year:
1st Place – 76 (
still way in the lead!!!)
2nd Place – 75 ( way to go 75!)
3rd Place - 77
Following close behind are 78, 79, 80, and 74
Chathamites are lagging in sales. Common locals! Show your TSS spirit. Don`t
wait till the last minute to make your commitment.
Tickets can be made by
PayPal or by sending your ticket order form and cheque to:
c/o Sue Cummings
142 Canterbury St.
Chatham ON N7L 3S7 "
Another good week for registrations - now let's turn those registrations
into ticket sales. We want to see all of you out at your reunion the weekend
of July 23!!
Ticket sales were a bit weak this week. I
suspect that it was because I shot my mouth off last week and said I thought
things were really kicking up, so I needed some grounding. Please help us to
make this reunion a great event and buy your tickets now!
We have heard from a number of people who have
not bought their tickets yet, but intend to. Did you know that in the time
it takes to tell us you are going to buy your tickets, you could actually do
To buy your tickets safely and securely online
or by mail, go to
and select your choice from the drop down menu, or scroll down for the
printable ticket mail-order form. Get your tickets today!!
While I am on tickets, please be aware that when
you purchase your tickets, the tickets themselves are conceptual. What we do
is add your names to our master registry for the package that you purchase
tickets for. We then place a check mark next to your name on the website.
When you arrive at the reunion, you will register with our reunion crew and
receive a wristband that will reflect the ticket package you have chosen for
If available, upgrades to your package may be
made at the time you check in, however if you have purchased a Friday only
ticket and want to upgrade it to a Saturday ticket, this must be done before
July 11, as the caterer cannot accommodate you after that date.
Don't forget, we only have a few more weeks
before ticket sales close, and the event is now only 5 WEEKS AWAY!!!
Talk It Up! - Excitement Is Contagious!!
Someone posted a message this week saying that
he wasn't bringing up the subject of the reunion to people unless they
brought it up first, because, in his opinion, people have their own reasons
for attending or not attending the reunion and that the effort will catch on
in time. While I respect the viewpoint expressed, my response was as
"Time is the one thing we
are running out of. The thing about reunions is that is talk and enthusiasm
that creates interest. Lack of talk and enthusiasm makes people think that
you are not interested either.
It is in your best interest to encourage
others to attend as this will make for a much more successful experience.
Our committee has worked tirelessly to provide the best possible experience
for this weekend. Please show them that you appreciate it by helping to
promote the reunion!"
I would hope that you would want to share
your excitement about the upcoming reunion and help to convince other people
with whom you went to school that they should be excited too. It is the
excitement that you exude that will create excitement and anticipation in
Friday Night Movie
As of the end of last week, the most votes
for our Friday Night movie were for American Graffiti. After a strong
campaign by Marlene (Martincich) Foster, the voting this week favors
Saturday Night Fever. There is a write-in campaign afoot to include the
movie "Dazed and Confused" even though this movie was not released until the
nineties. It does, however somewhat accurately portray high school life and
attitudes (and nails the music) of the mid seventies. There are a number of
themes that we, as Canadians will not relate to, but I can see why those who
want to write in the movie as one in the running would do so.
The list of movies presented for voting were presented as the top 10 rated
movies of the 1970s. Once again, they are:
Close Encounters of The Third Kind
Saturday Night Fever
Please register your vote for the movie you
would most like to see at the Capitol on Friday. The movie with the most
votes will be the movie we view!
This week's list of lost alumni includes the
Beth Ann MacIntosh
Please help us to locate these people!
This past week, Debbie Vellinga proved that she
is the trivia superstar with a very impressive perfect score!! Right behind
her with 9 out of 10 was "Your Name" which is this week's pseudonym used by
Brian Irving. Excellent work!!
The answers to last week's trivia challenge were
1) Who's Grad Photo caption
read, "Has really been a good sport in more ways than one. He
has taken a lot of kidding from his classmates about his
background and will still do the favor of picking up and
delivering parcels for them. Our football team…"?
2) Unscramble the letters to
name this 1970's artist - STEROMAIH
3) Unscramble the letters to
name this 1970's artist - TCA VEETSNS
4) What famous Rocker sang
backup vocals on Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"?
5) Who stated under their
grad photo, "I have been searching for a meaning. Slowly but
surely, I'm finding it. When I do, think of the possibilities! I
hope for you, my friend, that you also find it."?
6) Who stated under their
grad photo, "As you slide down the banister of life, may the
splinters never point your way."?
Who wrote Eric Clapton's #1 1974 hit "I Shot The Sheriff"?
8) Who stated under their
grad photo, "Time passed so fast in these five years past. Now
it's time to leave my school, with a 13 diploma as my tool. This
school is the best, but I need a rest."?
What band took its name from a 1972 Jeff Bridges Movie?
Before fronting Blondie, Deborah Harry had a job as a