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post 2007 Reunion Guest List

August 2nd, 2008

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Sept 2, 2007

The incredible 40th Anniversary High Chaparral Reunion was a huge success, and with guests like Kent McCray, Henry Darrow, Bob Hoy, and Don Collier, it was truly a once in a lifetime event. Many newsletter articles will follow based on the generous stories and behind-the-scenes tales provided by the guests, but this special post-reunion edition focuses on:
* A recap of a few of the guest stars, production crew, and family members who joined loyal fans in L.A. to celebrate The High Chaparral

Guest Stars
Malachi Throne

Malachi Throne

Malachi Throne guest starred on Chaparral three times: as Matar in Bad Day for a Bad Man , and in Part One and Two of New Lion of Sonora as Julio Armendaris. Though we know him as a bandido, Malachi has played every type of character imaginable. Did you know he turned down the role of Dr. McCoy on the orginial Star Trek? Visit his official website here.
Still dashing 40 years after his HC role, Mr. Throne made a point of socializing with all the fans at the reunion.

Greg Walcott

Greg Walcott

Greg Walcott had 2 performances on The High Chaparral – Truscott in No Bugles, No Drums , and Captain Winslow in Auld Lang Syne. Greg appeared on Bonanza 7 times! Rawhide fans saw him 5 times, and Laramie episodes numbered 4. The work on Rawhide must have established a bond with Clint Eastwood, because Greg appeared in 4 Eastwood movies. Greg is as handsome as ever, with silver white hair, and a lovely smile. His smooth, southern drawl is enchanting, especially when he says every Chaparral fan is a, “beautiful, lovely woman.” His wife beamed and encouraged hugs, saying her husband gave great ones – and he did indeed!

Morgan Woodward

Morgan Woodward

Morgan Woodward’s official website is here. He was a guest on Chaparral on seasons 2, 3 and 4 in the episodes Buffalo Soldiers, The Journal of Death and The Badge. But Gunsmoke wins the prize for having Morgan appear 19 times! He rode the Wagon Train for 12 episodes and visited the Ponderosa on 8 occasions. Morgan and Don Collier both appeared in the made for TV movie Gunsmoke: To the Last Man. They each played sheriffs. Joining the reunion halfway through because of fires near his home, Morgan was so impressed by the brunch and arrangements he tried to insist on paying. “I’ve never seen anything like this party,” he said. “No other fan group puts on anything like this, and I go to all of them. I can’t believe the following High Chaparral has, and I appreciate so much being included.”

Stuntmen
Phil Rawlins & Jack Lilly

Phil Rawlins & Jack Lilly

Jack Lilley was the stunt double for Leif Erickson on The High Chaparral. In this photo from April 2007, Jack (right) inducts Phil Rawlins (also a guest at the High Chaparral Reunion) in City of Santa Clarita’s 2007 Walk of Western Stars. Check out the website for Jack’s company, Movin’ On Livestock. Jack and his son Clay supply horses, mules and wagons for movies and TV.

Casting

Milt Hamerman did casting for Bonanza before before he went to work for The High Chaparral. In between he did casting for the TV series Hogan’s Heroes.

Susan Sukman McCray

Susan Sukman McCray

Susan McCray worked in the casting office of The High Chaparral. Today we know her as the host of the internet radio show Getting to Know You with Susan McCray and the author of the children’s book about her father, Harry’s Piano. Susan’s father, Harry Sukman, composed the music for The High Chaparral.

Producer
David Dortort & Kent McCray

David Dortort & Kent McCray

Kent McCray (right, with David Dortort center) began his work in television in 1951 on the Colgate Comedy Hour – when everything was live! He worked with such legends as Red Skelton, Bob Hope, and Dinah Shore. Kent was the associate producer for Outlaws (starring Don Collier) and then for Bonanza before joining The High Chaparral. He was associate producer, and then producer for Little House on the Prairie as well as two other Michael Landon show, Father Murphy and Highway to Heaven.
Kent said about working on High Chaparral, “It would get so hot in Tucson, I’d see ten people all lined up in the shade of one saguaro cactus!”

Relatives
Ann Erickson (wife of Leif Erickson) attended with her grandson, BJ

Ann Erickson (wife of Leif Erickson) attended with her grandson, BJ

Anne Erickson, wife of Leif Erickson (Big John), attended with her grandson, BJ McDonald. (photo by Donna Bush)

David Dorort attended with his daughter Wendy Czarnecki.

Rob Mitchell, grandson of Cameron Mitchell, was present, along with many other family members.

Camille Mitchell, daughter of Cameron Mitchell (Buck), planned to attend the reunion, but injured her back and had to cancel at the last minute, saying, “I thank you so very very much for your invitation and kind words about my Father. It gives me great joy to know he lives on so lovingly in others people’s hearts as well as ours. I wish you and all at the High Chapparal a fantastic reunion! I have such fond memories of all the wonderful talented folks involved with the show and I applaud the hard work involved on your part in orchestrating such a great event – I hope we can get there next year!” An accomplished actress, Camille played Sheriff Nancy Adams on the TV series Smallville.

MANY OTHER guests attended the reunion – all were appreciated and honored for their role in creating The High Chaparral. Watch for more photos and stories in future newsletters!

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August 2nd, 2008

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June 24, 2007

This issue continues with reminisces from past Reunions. Tina talks about her experiences at the 2005 Reunion.

I attended the 2005 reunion. One the things I enjoyed most were observing others, and I remember seeing the biggest smiles on faces of David and Rose Dortort. They had so much fun seeing the returning cast and the love the fans who attended had for the show. I had the pleasure of sitting with Bob and Kiva Hoy, Don Collier, Kent and Susan McCray, and Kat Garcia. Bob Hoy remembered meeting me at a Western Film Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996. Or he graciously said he did. So did Morgan Woodard, who I also met in 1996. I had a great time talking with these wonderful folks before the panel discussion.

It was a reunion within a reunion for Kat and I, who I’d met in 1998. I finally was able to put names with faces for the rest of the group. I got a chance to chat with Andy Klyde, Mr. Dortort’s attorney. Cast members spoke about those present and those who were not present with mutual admiration and respect. I was so impressed by that! When I met Bob in 1996, he spoke with great respect about Kent McCray. After meeting the McCrays that day, I understood why.

Even though Linda wasn’t present, many folks sent well wishes to her, which I wrote down, compiled and sent to her. She very much appreciated that. And of course, I enjoyed watching the uncut episodes of High Chaparral on loan to us from Paramount on Saturday.

My favorite memory was that on Saturday evening — the wonderful chat with Linda Cristal by phone. Up to that point, my contact with her had been through letters or emailing her sons. I just loved talking with her live – I adore her accent!

My advice for someone trying to make the decision whether or not to go – I absolutely recommend it! You will have a wonderful time! Debating whether or not you want to meet an HC star? Let me tell you from my own experience, it is a day you will not forget. All of the HC cast members I’ve been privileged to meet are absolutely delightful!

The fans at the High Chaparral Reunion 2005

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August 2nd, 2008

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May 28, 2007

This issue continues with reminisces  from past Reunions. Rusty, charter member of the High Chaparral Discussion Group, shares her experiences of the very first reunion.

“My first thoughts of reunion with High Chaparral celebrities goes back to the first autograph show I attended that Rocky Whitehead sponsored in Tucson, October 1999. There were only a few of us brave enough to meet then. (Carol Ann, Lisa, Pat L., Denise L., myself and I think one more, sorry I can’t recall.) We had barely organized the HCDG (High Chaparral Discussion Group) for 12 months, and made promises to meet there; we were actually attending an autograph show. I met Don and Bob and their wives, and Ted plus other featured stars. There was just so much to take in all at once. They were great and friendly and genuine personalities.

But to get there I had to con my husband and daughter to go on a family vacation to Tucson. Neither of them was very thrilled with a hotter desert than where we already lived in the Mojave Desert of California (Barstow area). So I had to pack the vacation with other treats like: the Pima Air Museum, Sonora Desert Live Museum, and a visit out to Old Tucson Studios during their Halloween weekend, where the town was literally turned into a haunted ghost town. It’s called Nightfall. If they are still doing that, don’t miss it. I had to admit, it was fun.

While at Old Tucson, we enjoyed the atmosphere so much, we relaxed and daydreamed on the porch of the photographer’s studio. Next thing I know, my shy husband, Jeff, is asking me if I want a photo in costume!! I never pass up a good thing, believe me. Because during all of the razzle-dazzle of our meeting celebs and being tourists, my husband shocked me again by asking if I wanted to go horseback riding in Old Tucson. Did I? I didn’t expect he wanted to even get near a horse. He was 14 the last time he rode. We all enjoyed the 30-minute ride through the trails around the spectacular scenery that I relived over and over again. It’s High Chaparral Country. Everything was perfect.

To round out my HC experience, we attended NightFall and wandering through the fabricated “haunted” hideout near the High Chaparral ranch house, I suddenly found my spooky walk taking me right into the ranch house!!. It’s closed off to visitors but on this occasion the haunted house was part of the ranch. I was in it. And I came out into the night sky right through those famous front doors. Can’t beat that.

But now we have something much better and more personal, a weekend with our HCDG friends and a day with all of the cast and crew that made our cowboy dreams come true. At the HC Reunion, we talk with them, laugh with them, take pictures, get a kiss, and even stay up all night unable to sleep. It’s the highlight of 40 years of memories.

I’ll be there.”

Rusty (left) with fellow fan Jackie at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

Rusty (left) with fellow fan Jackie at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

post 2007 Reunion Invitation

August 2nd, 2008

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2007 The High Chaparral Reunion Invitation

2007 The High Chaparral Reunion Invitation

May 28, 2007

Penny McQueen and Jan Lucas created the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion invitation. Their labor of love produced the following piece of art:

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