Vol 1 No 4

Summer 1991
Vol. 1 No. 4



Front Words
From the editor’s desk

Letters to the Editor
Reunion Software
Memories? helps you write your family history. by Carol Bradley
Open Records
Adoption Search and Support Organizations
Contests & Research
Reunion Reveille
Reunion Retreats
How to be a Classified
Bulletin Boards
by William Lewis Gage
Reunions in Review
Letters in search of …
Clipped Notes
What’s up next?

About the cover
Infantryman Jeff Coverdale, receives congratulations from “Mainers” while walking down an aisle formed by hundreds who came to greet the troops home from the Persian Gulf. Bangor (Maine) International Airport is the first stop in the United States for many of the returning troops.

Cover photo by Marc Blanchette, Courtesy of Bangor Daily News.


Hot Spots: Saddle up for a Ranch Reunion
by Robin Longman
A wide variety of ranch vacations offers something for everyone in your reunion group.

Lost but not forgotten
by Gary Swilick
A look at the largest group of missing persons in the country. Father-child reunion profiles by Reunions Staffers.

Welcome home!
Troops from Operation Desert Storm return, via a friendly reunion with their homeland — compliments of the good folks of Bangor, Maine.

‘Round the campfire
Memories and observations of camp life, with contributions from Jane Strauss Davis, Barbara and Scott Fraser, Judith Ashley Haggar, Tom Ninkovich and Jean Woodmansee.

Kids’ Stuff
by Mary Thiele Fobian, illustrations by Anna Quinn Fobian
Some creative and constructive responses to the summertime plaint, “Mom, I’m bored!” (Good ideas for grandparents, too!)

Family Fare
Tips and reminders for the main event — the reunion meal. Plus a few salad and dessert recipes to round out your menu of established family favorites.

In Touch
by Eva Augustin Rumpf
A locator service in Washington, DC, unites surviving friends and family of Vietnam casualties.

Reuniting the Relatives, Part IV
by Jean Timpel
The last of this four-part series encourages us to follow-up on those last-minute details.

Yo-Hi alums recall their mark on history
with Bruce Watts Krucke
Enthusiastic alums from an American high school in Japan reunite regularly to celebrate the bonds forged long ago and far away.

Orphan Trains: on the right track
by Mary Thiele Fobian
A look at the Orphan Train Heritage Society’s future plans and upcoming reunions, plus how to get memorabilia of this unique American experience.


Alum & I by Tom Ninkovich
Mailers and newsletters keep reunion-goers in touch before and after the fact.

Origins by Jean Strauss
A consideration of adoptive parents’ reactions to adoptee-birthparent reunions.

Branch Office by Sharon Bart Carmack, CGRS
Tips on using the Social Security Index to facilitate your search.

Military Stars by LtCol Bill Masciangelo, USMC (Ret)
If it’s what’s up front that counts, registration is the premier planning consideration.

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Publisher Edith Wagner
Associate Publisher Jane Davis
Art Director Cynthia Crigler
Editor Mary Thiele Fobian
Strategic Planner Jeff Wallman

Advertising Sales
Karla Lavin
Jean Woodmansee

Administrative Staff
Marion Liston
Karen Tamir

Contributing Editors
Carol Bradley
Scott and Sandy Fraser
William Lewis Gage
Judith Ashley Haggar
Robin Longman
Sharon Bart Carmack, CGRS
LtCol Bill Masciangelo, USMC (Ret)
Tom Ninkovich
Eva Augustin Rumpf
Jean Strauss
Jean Timpel