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Twain makes a great reunion even better
The Timmins High and Vocational School (TH & VS) reunion in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, was a tremendous success. The success was due to great organization by the reunion planners and a surprise visit by country artist Shania Twain, a 1983 TH & VS graduate.

Rumors circulated for weeks that Twain would make an appearance, creating a buzz throughout Timmins. In fact, some of the singer’s fans tried to purchase tickets with hopes of meeting her. But they were just rumors … she might or might not be there … no one knew what to expect reunion organizer, Ross Clausi reported. The day before the reunion, Twain’s representatives told the committee she wouldn’t be coming. She registered under a pseudonym. When she showed up, "it was wonderful, she’s a classy and terrific person," Clausi added.

Twain made the trip from her home in Switzerland accompanied by her sister Carie-Ann Twain. Twain appeared at her reunion without bodyguards to blend in with classmates. She said she went to meet old friends and reminisce, just like everyone else.

Everyone wanted to meet one of Timmins’ most famous graduates. Twain obliged and posed for countless pictures. The only time she wasn’t greeting and posing was when she was allowed to eat her vegetarian dinner without interruption. In her two hours at the reunion, Twain met nearly all of the more than 2,000 people who attended.

Twain was known as Eilleen to her classmates. Her fondest high school memories were performing at a school dance and graduating. She said she wasn’t the best student because she concentrated on her music.

Twain is known to have great pride in the area where she grew up. She was raised poor outside Timmins and worked at McDonalds to help her family. Her parents died when she was 21 and she took responsibility for raising her brothers and sisters. She has donated time and effort to the community since becoming a star. Twain performed a benefit concert, to contribute to the TH&VS scholarship fund and donated $1 million to the Shania Interpretative Center.

Twain’s visit was the icing on the cake according to reunion-goer Jackie MacKenzie. Other attendees agreed with MacKenzie’s assessment that the reunion was wonderful. The response was positive not just for the celebrity visit.

Other notes from the Timmins reunion
The Timmins reunion was multi-class with representatives from classes dating back to the 1920s. Organizers developed magazine-like memory books with articles written by persons involved with the school. Topics ranged from the reunion to Timmins. They also sold photo albums featuring 50 pictures from each decade and photo CD-ROMs containing 2,500 pictures; separated by decades.
from the Timmins Times, The Daily Press (Timmins, Ontario) and the Star. With help from Ross Clausi.

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A Carter family reunion

Former President Jimmy Carter is a reunion fan both for intimate affairs with his children and grandchildren (Reunions magazine, winter 1996, vol 6, no 2) but also, this year, plunging into a much larger affair. He wanted to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of his great-great grandfather, Wiley Carter. There was already a database of 2,000 names going back 12 generations and an estimated 500 living descendants.

Carter had discovered some hair-raising stories about his ancestors. Wiley killed a man for stealing a slave while his son, Littleberry Walker Carter, Jimmy's great-grandfather, was killed in a gunfight with a business partner over money from a carousel. President Carter reports, however, that most other relatives were law-abiding, peaceful individuals.

When planning began it was assumed about 250 family members would attend the reunion. The party in Plains grew to 800 including many descendants of Wiley who until recently had no idea they were related to the former president. Carter recalls calling one cousin in North Carolina who hung up on him saying it was only someone playing a practical joke. He was finally able to convince her. The reunion doubled the population of the Sumter County, Georgia, town for one day.

Organized by cousin Betty Pope, the reunion assembled at Plains High School, now a visitor's center, then traveled to a gymnasium at Georgia Southwestern State University in nearby Americus for fellowship and story telling. Finally everyone celebrated at a barbecue and dance at Tanyard Hill Farm, home of Carter cousin, Gatewood Dudley.
from AP, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Valdosta Daily Times with thanks to The Carter Presidential Center

Reunions of champions
Anyone old enough to remember the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s, knows there were five National Football League championships in seven years, a feat unmatched to this day and 10 team members and their coach, the late Vince Lombardi, all made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Players from those glory years are closer now and enjoy regular reunions at which they cheer a re-incarnation of their triumphs in a new era and new team of Packers. No one is prouder of the new Packers than the old Packers. Green Bay, Wisconsin, the smallest city in major sports sells out every game (60,000) of the only publicly owned, non-profit big-league sports franchise in the US.
from Parade Magazine by Dick Schaap

Campaign reunion
AP - Hard to believe that twenty years have passed since Jimmy Carter's campaign for the White House. Seven hundred campaign workers including the "Peanut Brigade" of Georgians, Carter's staff and vice president, Walter Mondale, gathered to reminisce particularly on the early, long-shot days. Carter was surprised at how much fun and laughter accompanied everyone's memories of campaign days.

Carter's longtime press secretary, Jody Powell, told a story: early in the Iowa primary campaign she scored a TV appearance but left the details until it was too late to turn back. Carter had to wear a chef's hat and apron on a cooking show and apparently fried some pretty credible catfish while creating a video tape, which continued to catch the attention of Iowans throughout the campaign.

Carter's biographer, Douglas Brinkley, said there is growing appreciation for Carter's presidency among historians and his peers.
from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Note: The Carter Family Reunion at Steinhatchee (FL) Resort was featured in Reunions magazine, Winter 1996, Volume 6, Number 2.

Showing Roots
For the first time, two branches of Thomas Jefferson's family tree – one black, one white – came together in May for the annual family reunion at Monticello Plantation, the ancestral Virginia estate.

Descendants of Jefferson's slave and long-rumored mistress, Sally Hemings, were invited to attend because scientists said recent DNA tests showed that Jefferson fathered Hemings' youngest son, Eston. The Hemings descendants have not, however, been formally recognized as family members by the Monticello Association, whose 700 members trace their lineage to one of Jefferson's two daughters.
from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Family Feud
The Hatfields and McCoys are at it again. The two Kentucky clans began fighting in the 1870s, resulting in the deaths of 12 people. This time, though, the long-running family feud is substituting bats for guns and softballs for bullets.

Bo McCoy, great-great-grandson of feud founder Randolph McCoy, has organized a family reunion for June 2000 - M2K or McCoys 2000. And the Hatfields are invited. If all goes as planned, the McCoys will take on the Hatfields in a softball tournament.
from the Associated Press

Hatfields, McCoys turn old feud into fun
Instead of rekindling their famous family feud, the descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys faced off on an open field near the mountains of eastern Kentucky to heal wounds that date back to the 1870s.

Many of the feud's modern day descendants met for the first time. Handshakes and pleasantries replaced the accusations of hog-stealing and arguments over timber resources that were believed to have started the feud.

The reunion was initiated by Bo McCoy, Waycross, Georgia, and his cousin Ron McCoy, Durham, North Carolina. The Hatfields came aboard after the McCoys extended invitations through tourism offices in Kentucky and West Virginia.

The feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky began in the post-Civil War era. By the time all conflict associated with it ended in 1900, 12 people were dead.
from the Associated Press

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