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Filed under: High Chaparral Reunion 2007 — admin @ 6:08 pm

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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