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November 1st, 2011

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From All Over the World

Fan Plinio came all the way from Chile – just to see The High Chaparral!

Two years of planning, endless emails, months of phone calls to Tucson, dozens of boxes shipped, and finally – Reunion 2011!

Dedicated fans and celebrities traveled from all over the world to make new friends, experience the American West, and celebrate our favorite television western. We came from:

  • Argentina
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Chile
  • Guatemala
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Ireland
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mexico
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • New Zealand
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • United Kingdom
  • Venezuela

We traveled over 111,000 miles, spoke many different languages, and in the end, had a ball!

Vickie, Rusty and Penny preparing goody bags and getting ready to check in fans at the welcome table.

At this year’s reunion we

  1. Presented awards to the celebrities as a gift from the fans.
  2. Had a special presentation to Kiva Hoy in memory Bob Hoy by Susan McCray.
  3. Celebrated to a Mariachi band, toured Tombstone, and fell in love all over again with the Cannon Ranch.
  4. Learned backstage stories from Manolito, Sam Butler, and the people who really ran the ranch (like Kent and Susan McCray, Bob Shelton, and crew, actors, stand-ins, and production folks).
  5. Dined on food prepared by one of the top 10 chefs in Tucson.
  6. Watched episodes side-by-side with the HC cast and crew.
  7. Took horseback rides on the desert trails surrounding Old Tucson.
  8. Enjoyed a private performance by a great country music band.
  9. Met our heroes, made friends, asked questions, and had lifelong dreams fulfilled!

It was a once-in-a lifetime weekend. When I asked a first time attendee to describe it, he said, “I can’t. You have to be here to understand what happens and how much fun it is!” Maybe you *do* have to attend to really experience it, but we’ll do our best to report on memories, details, and all the fun we had,

(photos in this edition of the Newsletter by Michele Simmons, Janet Gordon Palm, Plinio Orellana, Ginger Kullman, Brenda Greenwood, Rusty LaGrange, and videos by Ginny Shook)

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