Robin has sent me information that our reunion is set on our first-choice date, October 5, 2002. Mark your calendars now.
It's time for our first online
meeting. We have some things we have to get accomplished, and this will
be our first opportunity to see if we really can do what we have to do
without having people travel long distances for a live meeting. Great Reunions
has sent me a packet of material that will require committee input with
decisions to be made very soon. We'll start off with the greetings sent
to me from Great Reunions this week. The first is from Karen
Baker, who will be the contact person in charge of our reunion from
now on (Robin is in sales - Karen is the administrator in charge of making
our reunion happen). Her phone number is 800-655-7971 x 131. Her e-mail
We have also received a mailing from Great Reunions' graphics specialist,
which includes several forms that will be printed with our approval and
on which we need to make decisions. Click on Karen's and Christopher's
names above to read their letters. Use your browser's back button to return
to this page.
The first item for approval is the Invitation form (click the link to read it). The first blank item I notice is "Attire". I suppose we should decide whether we want it "Coat and Tie" or "California casual." My vote goes to the latter. The second blank spot is the telephone number for Janice (Yenglin) Wolff which I have just located (the spelling needs correcting to "Wolff" from "Wolfe"). It's on the updated roster which is linked elsewhere on this page. Chris should also add Jackie (Dahl) Littler's name and phone number for the Class of 64 in the last open space on the sheet. Third issue is whether Quila wants to be identified with "Pat Dooling" in parentheses next to her name on the invitation along with identifying her as a member of 63 (let me know, Quila).
The next document is the Reservation Form which will be used for class members to send in their reservations for the reunion. I don't immediately see any changes that need to be made, although if it is possible, in the blank space where our approval check boxes are, I would like to use part of the space to include a blurb encouraging them to fill in their e-mail address to allow everyone to stay in touch in the future, and also giving them links both to the GR TCHS web page that will be established as well as to the general TCHS alumni websites that I have told the committee about in past communications. (Chris and Karen, if this is possible I will provide those URL's for inclusion.)
The blank space referred to above is actually there for the purpose of Questions. GR has provided a list of suggested questions or invites us to create our own. (Of course, what I referred to in Item 2 would take up the space of at least one, so everyone's input is encouraged on making choices there and in this Item.) As the linked form indicates, there are four questions allowed and we as a committee have to choose them.
Next is the Bio Sheet. Again I see no necessary changes.
Perhaps the most important communication in the packet GR sent me is the List of Contacts and Deadlines. Make sure you save this one to your own hard drive (for Netscape browsers that's done by right clicking the link above and choosing "Save Link As" then selecting an appropriate directory on your hard drive to put it -- the Desktop will do: you can move it later).
As you can see, we are already behind on the deadline for providing the Yearbooks and Graduation Programs for 1960 and 1964 and the missing phone numbers for certain members of the Committee, as these were all due one month after our July meeting. I have located my copy of the 1960 yearbook and I am sending it to Robin, so Laura is relieved of that part of the responsibility, but not as to the 1960 Graduation Program. As stated in my last message, the reason Great Reunions needs a graduation program is not to double check on who did or didn't graduate, but because it is one of the few documents around that would have everybody's middle name. This eases GR's burden in hunting people down who have similar sounding names to many others. I don't believe actually parting company with the graduation program is necessary if you would photocopy it and send the copy to Robin Shaffer at Great Reunions (P.O. Box 3005, Garden Grove CA 92842-3005). Robin is getting a copy of this message, so if I'm wrong about that, she'll do a reply-all to this message to let us know the real requirement -- or you can contact her at 800-655-7971 x 133. (Since I'm sending this request to all of you, please call her before you send anything as we don't want her inundated with multiple copies all at once. And Robin and Karen, if Karen is now the appropriate one to be receiving these, let us know.) So -- Laura, the 1960 grad program is highest priority at the moment. Anyone else out there who thinks they can find one please step up. Micki, see if you can get one from your sister. Sharyn, from any of your contacts. Mary Jane? Nancy?
And Jackie -- we're all older than you, so you are probably all on your own with regard to the Yearbook and Grad Program for 1964. Robin will need the 1964 yearbook in order to do picture tags etc. She can send you a FedEx envelope to ship it to her if you need it. Highest Priority -- must have them to GR during mid-October. Please.
We need to think about whether we want to invite faculty members to the reunion. As the Deadline sheet says, the limit on invitees is 20. This isn't time-critical yet, but it's a Committee task for the future. And the unpleasant task of compiling a list of deceased classmates looms. The deadline for both of these would be May 5, 2002, five months before the reunion.
Another future deadline (September 6, 2002) that we need to start thinking about over the coming months is the content of the six pages in the bio book that are devoted to the Committee's own use. Given the problems that we will have over the summer of 2002 with those of us going off on vacations and what all, we should probably set our own deadline for completion as June or July. An idea that comes to me is that each of the five classes could have a page with the sixth reserved for our overall committee.
Karen and Robin -- Your suggestions for the use of those six pages based on your experience with other committees is certainly welcomed. I remember in the past having used most of the quota for montages of candid shots of the reunion and items that had been dredged up from individuals' scrap books (unless such pages were not part of the allotment).
Click here for an updated roster of the reunion committee (since a few days ago). Save this to your hard drive too. Mary Jane, thanks for getting back to me with your info. Sharyn, Corinne, and Laura, I need your street addresses. I managed to locate Janice (Yenglin) Wolff's address and phone number in the booklet we prepared for the 1992 reunion and that now appears in the updated roster. I've talked to her today to give her a very brief fill-in on where we stand. However, Janice is the only one of us who does not have an e-mail address, which puts a slight crimp in our e-mail meetings. Nancy, if you could print out all of the material covered here and in the attachments to share with Janice, I know she'll be calling you this week.
Karen and Robin -- both the reunion page and the drop down menu on GR's website need to be updated to reflect that it is no longer just a 61-63 reunion.
One of the things that bothers me about the forms GR sent us for approval is what I consider to be an absolutely lame Ram graphic. Chris, I don't know whether the .gif images at the top and bottom of this page can be expanded to a size and resolution that is acceptable for printing, but if not, I am sending Robin my copy of the 1995 TCHS Alumni Directory in a few days. It has the same image in about 4" x 4" size on both the outside cover and the flyleaf that you could use to replace the one on the sample forms. Now, for the committee's information, that graphic seems to be the school's official one of the last decade. I also kind of like the symbol from the Sixties which I have on a TC pennant that has a Ram in a TC turtleneck sweater standing on hind legs with fists clenched inside a surrounding circle with "Temple City Rams" in the border (I don't have access to a flat bed scanner at the moment or I would send along an image). The other symbol from the Sixties was the one in the frontispiece of all our annuals that was handdrawn and handlettered showing a belligerent Ram's head with TC sailor's cap and a fairly crudely lettered "Temple City Rams" in the surrounding circle. GR probably has that logo in their files from our past reunions, but if not, it's on the flyleaf of the 1960 Yearbook I'm sending in. Committee -- if you can figure out what I'm talking about, which of these (or any other graphic to which you have access) would you like on our materials?
I've posted announcements about our reunion at a couple national alumni and reunion websites and will continue to do so for the rest of those. Micki, will you post the updated information about the date, location, and contact information on the TCHS 62 pages at Classmates.com (and if you're allowed access, the same message to the other classes)? I know how Classmates is, and their software will probably erase any URL for Great Reunions if you try to post that, but at least put GR's toll free telephone number in there with Karen's extension (x 131) -- Karen, let us know if that is not what you want for incoming calls from class members.
For those of you who care about such things, TCHS' own web page won an award for high school web pages sometime between its inception in 1996 and a year or two ago. But try to find it through any search engine today, and all you'll return is a broken link (two of them, in fact). Through a stroke of luck I managed to turn up the URL for the official website which was made unreachable by their having moved first to the school district's server and then by their May 2001 upgrade to frames and the addition of an index page as the entry to the site. Here's the new URL: http://www.templecity.k12.ca.us/tchs/index.html Pay it a visit and you'll see why it's deserving of awards for high school design and content. I'm going to contact them to encourage them to resubmit their address to all the normal search engines as well as to give them a number of high school web site collections sites who need individual updating.
While I'm at it I'm going to encourage them to set up an alumni section where there can be links to GR and to the TCHS Alumni Forum. For those of you who have not been there before, it's the bulletin board that used to be a part of Classmates.com and your member name for that board, if you used to log into it on Classmates, carries over. Mine is 1725RICHARD if you're looking for me there (although my full name shows up when I'm online as I recall). If you don't have a former Classmates forum i.d. just register on the Delphi board when you first visit there. It really should be the main way for online TCHS alums to stay in touch after the reunion is over, and that's why I keep publicizing it.
For those of you who care about such things, my employer's website has won a national award for being among the top ten court websites in the country. I am the committee chair in charge of the Family Law section of the site. Pay it a visit here, if you'd like: Los Angeles County Superior Court
Share your ideas on all the topics with everyone by doing a "reply-all" to the e-mail that brought you to this page. For your convenience, I have attached a text file with the item headings as above to that message. Open it up, type in your responses as appropriate. Then with the e-mail open that I sent to you announcing this message, click on "reply-all" to open up a mail composition window with everyone's addresses already precomposed by your e-mailer. Cut and paste the message you have created directly into the mail composition window and send it off to us all. (For those of you whose e-mailing software views that attachment inline, the process is simpler. Just click on "reply all" to the original message, type your message under the various headings that will already be in your reply window, and send it off.October 7, 2001
Please feel free to respond to anyone's incoming reply messages during the week so we can have an e-mail dialogue on these topics.
If I have not heard from you by 6 a.m. Saturday, October 13, I will be phoning you on the weekend. Please do your part by engaging in this cyber process so we can keep actual meetings to a minimum. I would be happy to hear your thoughts about whether we should engage in online meetings by scheduling a live "chat" at the TCHS Delphi.com site or some other site (i.e., have a cyber meeting) rather than trying to do this by separate e-mails.
Richard A. Curtis (RememberClifford)
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