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August 2nd, 2008

Filed under: High Chaparral Reunion 2007 — admin @ 6:01 pm

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

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