TECUMSEH SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALUMNI & STAFF REUNION
IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN'T...
We have officially
entered my favorite season, SUMMER!! I am reminded of all those great summer
songs that I heard on the radio and played at the school dances about
summer, like "Hot Fun In The Summertime" by Sly and The Family Stone (Hi Hi
Hi Hi there - Those summer days...) and "School's Out" by Alice Cooper (School's
out for summer; School's out forever; School's been blown to pieces - No
more pencils, No more books, No more teacher's dirty looks...)
I am sure you have your favorite memories of
those carefree summers, when the biggest decision of your week was, "Do we
go to the beach or hang out and cruise the drag with a few friends?" Some of
us remember going out to the Rondeau Pavilion to see Bob Seger, Alice
Cooper, Funkadelic and a host of other great up and coming acts before they
made it to the big time.
Others remember hanging out in the Red Barrel
Room at the Wheels and listening to Friends play their great repertoire of
Funk and R&B each night. Still others went to the many teen dances that I
organized and Rick Starks entertained and taught all the newest line dances
Remember the Bus Stop? Remember all those moves
we used to do? Did you know that most of those moves were never part of the
official dance as Rick and I made them up, but everybody wanted to learn to
do the Hustle and the Bus Stop!
Remember Perry Clark (I don't know what school
he was from) in his John Travolta White on White leisure suit, out there on
the dance floor at all of the high school dances, showing off his "every
move memorized" re-enaction of the dance scenes from Saturday Night Fever?
Remember Rondeau Park and the hazy weekend
camping excursions...or for some of us, learning how to ski behind your
girlfriend's father's boat on Lake Erie?
What was the common thread throughout all of
It was that all of these things were experienced with your best friends!
These are the people for whom you would drag your butt out of bed at the
ghastly early hour of NOON or maybe a bit later if the plans were too laid
back. These are the people who you lied to your parents about where you were
going and how long you would be gone with! These are the people of your
youth - for many, the best years of your life!!
Today, Right now, you have a great opportunity
to reconnect with those great times and those great people. For most of us,
we lost track of many of these people more years ago than we care to
remember, and it could have been over the awkwardness of losing your
girlfriend to your best friend. It could have been that we decided that our
future's would diverge as one went on to university in Toronto, one went to
Fanshawe, one went to St.Clair and the other went to work in a grocery
store. It could have been as simple as our life's dreams and goals started
to expand past the local hangouts and campgrounds and we thought that we no
longer had anything in common with our friends.
As we grew up, we got our jobs, got married, had
children and built families of our own. We started new circles of friends,
based upon our new occupation and our kids play and sports groups. We found
our lives taken up with these new activities and had another sense of
fulfillment in these new friends.
For many of us, our kids are now grown or almost
grown, we have changed jobs a few times and our friendship circle has
evolved. For some of us, the people we hung around with in our early adult
lives has evolved into something completely different than those new
"lifelong" friends we thought we had made when we "grew up."
But let me ask you this...other than one or two
people you may have let get close enough to you in your adult life - and
likely not even them - who knew you like your high school friends? Who knew
what you were thinking just by looking at the expression on your face, even
though the words coming out of your mouth may have involved a completely
This reunion, for some of you will be a once in
a lifetime opportunity to get back to those days when you and your friends
hung out and were just "kids." Remember being teenagers in your parents'
basement with the music playing and the lights low, and the occasional
obvious clank and rattle as mom or dad would come down to check on you,
hoping that he would not be embarrassed by what they found?"
When I think about my days as a teenager, and
these were the days at Tecumseh, these are the things that come back to me.
For me it is Rick Starks, Richard Youngs, Dan Foster, Susan Brooksbank,
Bernie Martin (R.I.P. my dear friend), The Wolanskis, Mike Ondrovcik and
Penny Morris, Terry Emans, Dave Colby and Dan Peltier (dragging my ass down
the hallways), Pat Faubert and his "always the life of the party" sense of
humor. It was Janine Bell, Cam Innes and Nancy Solski and the Busker concert
and a host of other great people in my life; and it was the fabulous
Tecumseh Dances!! All of those people in the gym, listening and dancing to
the music and waiting to see what the newest song from my latest trip to
Detroit would bring...
Our reunion is in less than a month.
Unless we are able to get an extension on ticket
sales, ticket sales CLOSE IN FOUR DAYS!
We have a great showing for this party already
and those who are coming are coming expecting to reconnect with their
friends from their childhood and have a great time, and they want to see
Today, right now - do yourself a favor (whether
you know it or not) and buy your tickets to this reunion. Even if you are a
local Chathamite and see many of these people regularly, I can assure you
that "IT AIN'T THE SAME!!!"
Click on the down arrow to the right of "all inclusive - Alumni...to see
your ticket package purchase options. Make your selection from the list and
follow the instructions to make payment. You can pay using any credit card
you may own or you may pay using Paypal.
Once payment has been
completed, you will be directed to a page where you can sign up for
activities of the weekend. This helps us to determine
how many people we need to plan for at each event, so please fill this out
...or because the postal system is not an option
at this time, you may drop off payment to anyone on the organizing
In Chatham, you may deliver payment to Sue
142 Canterbury Street
In London you may deliver payment to myself,
Scott Primeau at:
916 Oxford Street West
If you live in other areas and are looking for a
way to drop payment off, please contact me and I will do what I can to help
The starting times for the events of the weekend have now been posted at
There may be minor tweaks to this as we get closer, but as it stands, these
are the official times of the events.
Some people are asking how they know who is
coming to the reunion...
If you go to this address:
and look on that page, you will see a list of all who went to Tecumseh from
1970-1979. Beside many names, you will see a check mark. The check mark
indicates that this person has bought and paid for his or her ticket(s) for
the reunion. Others yet will have ** next to their names. This is an
indicator that this person has registered on the website and has provided
some or all of their contact information. For many, it shows that they
intend to come to the reunion but have not yet made their ticket purchase.
As they purchase their tickets, we will add a check mark next to their name.
More check marks are being added every day!
We are getting down to the end of the planning
and promotion stage of this reunion and very soon we will be into the events
themselves. Soon, you will no longer have this newsletter to look forward to
or ignore, as the case may be. Soon, all the hype that you have been
experiencing since the first of the year will be over and everything will be
as it was before.
If you found yourself smiling even once while
reading the newsletter and finding that something I, or someone else said
tweaked a pleasant memory for you, then you will benefit by coming to the
reunion. Whether you know it or not, each of you who are reading this
newsletter have been an integral part of the Tecumseh Class of 1970-1980
as this reunion started and has really been ongoing on since the first of
so let's follow this thing to it's logical conclusion and get
together in person!!