50th Reunion Book Information

1969 50th Reunion Book: What You Need to Know

Our 50th Reunion Book — at 600+ pages and full color, the most stupendous Class Reunion Book ever — is underway and needs your attention and action.

Our book will have three parts:

  • Then – our Class history based on your collective observations and memories (and pictures) — see below for more on how to help!
  • You, Now – your answers to a Questionnaire plus biographical essay and photos (“mandatory”)
  • Your Turn – volunteered essays on a topic that interests you, perhaps related to a career experience, a reflection on education, politics, culture, community, etc. — whatever subject you might want to write about.

Deadlines for submission are “fluid” at this point. The number of submissions we have received (in each of the Questionnaire, Essay, and Photos departments) is running only a small number more than they were in our first book. We Book People have plenty to do, but sooner or later we are going to have to put a firm deadline on any more submissions. For now, we are imploring your participation by lengthening the deadline a bit more. But don’t wait. Once we are a little further along, the window will be closed. 

Trust us, you will be disappointed when you see the Book and note your less-than-fully-vested level of involvement. DLP says, "feedback from the 25 reunion books I have produced tells me this absolutely.” And while the essay may strike you as being the most difficult, they are, in sum, the most significant part of the Book. Don’t be left out. 

If you have any questions, please email David or Dudley right away!

There are a number of areas where you can help achieve our best possible outcome. Here is a list; details follow.

  1. Your own personal listing in our Classmates section: questionnaire, your story, photos
  2. Your micro memories, snippets of your experience and recollectons that help round out our Class History
  3. Your photographs of our collective days back at D; snapshots along the way — class events, freshman trips, everyday life, things we have forgotten
  4. Your own memories and tributes to our deceased classmates: if you were good friends with one of our late ’69s, tell us about him, relate a story, describe something he did that defines him. Photos, too, would be great.
  5. Got something you think we’d like to know beyond your own biographical statement in the Classmate section? We are asking classmates to tell us. No guidelines, no rules. Read more below.
  6. Got a bit of trivia you remember? We are looking for little factoids to insert randomly into the Book.


1. Your personal listing in our Classmates Section

Your vitally important first task is to help complete the “You, Now” chapter, the section of The Book where we spotlight ’69 Classmates today. Your individual spotlight has three components:

  • Responses to a short-answer questionnaire.
  • An informal essay you write about your Life – whatever you want to tell your classmates
  • Some photos so everyone can see how you’re holding up, who you hang out with, and what you like to do.

These three items are summarized in the following paragraphs; for more information and helpful suggestions, look for the Detailed Instructions farther down.

Step 1: The Online Questionnaire (See Deadline information at the top of this page.)

It’s easy, short answer stuff that takes 30-45 minutes to complete. Note that the response box will expand as you type, but for really long answers, consider putting them into your essay. You may park the questionnaire after you have finished any page and return to it later as long as you continue on the same computer and browser you used before.

We need to know who you are, where you live, and how to reach you. We need to know who you were at Dartmouth, which is how some people recognize you. Lastly, we would love to have your responses to a bunch of questions about your life. You don’t have to answer them all, but we will learn a bit more about you from the ones you do answer. The first set is about looking back at Dartmouth days. Experience with other reunion books tells us that these questions will elicit a class-wide set of facts, memories, experiences, and recollections that may not arise in our collective written statements. Go long or go short, and deliver us some depth, some guffaws, some tears, and some big smiles from times spent well, or unwell. A few final questions ask about your life after you became safe at last in the wide, wide world. A sample copy of all 43 questions can be found here.

Your Questionnaire responses are sent onward to us when you finish the last page. We ask you complete this SOON! (See Deadline information at the top of this page.)

Reminder: here is the link to the Questionnaire!

Step 2: The Biographical Essay: (See Deadline information at the top of this page.)

Everyone agrees The Essay is the best aspect of the Reunion Book. Tell us, in whatever way you want, who you are, what’s been keeping you focused, occupied, and happy; your ups and downs, your good stuff and maybe your not-so-good; what makes you happy, what bugs you, where you‘ve been, where you’re going.

Email your essay as body text in an email or as an email attachment in Word or text format to David Prentice davidmpc@mac.com

Here's a suggested approach to your biographical essay:

  • Since we’d like you to spend a bit more time and thought on it, we’ll ask you to write it on your own time and over a couple of days so you can reflect, edit, and revise it as long as you need to.
  • Length? We suggest 1,500 words. Rules are made to be broken, so if you feel you need to run on longer, go for it — but if we feel you have gone on a bit too long, you’ll be hearing from us.
  • The open-endedness can be daunting. Be brave. You are 71 years old; you used to throw together entire term papers overnight, and for a much tougher audience. You know the subject of this particular essay better than anything. Besides, as one class best said about it: At our age, there is no such thing as an educated person with nothing to say.
  • Open a blank Word document, or a text document, or even an email message. Type your name, the date of submission, and your email address.
  • If you know where you want to go, then plunge right in!
  • If you have no idea, we suggest: Do not stare transfixed at the blinking cursor for more than a couple of minutes. It will hypnotize you and render your brain inactive. Start writing. Honest. Anything. Just jump into it. Type whatever pops into your head. Keep going. Don’t stop. Once you have a few paragraphs or a page on the screen, you will likely have found your muse or at least a good idea of where you want to go. Keep going if you are on a roll. When you are far along, or even finished, you can go back and re-do your opening. It will be much easier to set it up since you now know exactly where it’s going. This has worked for many respondents over the years.
  • Save it and walk around. Mull it over. You may dream about it. Keep pen and paper by the bed!
  • After a couple of days and several more looks and edits, send it to davidmpc@mac.com. Double-check that your name, date, and email are at the top of the document itself.

Step 3: Photos

Your Class is splurging for a full-color book, so we’d like to fill it with your color photos and get our money’s worth (though if you have a dandy B&W, we’d be happy to have that as well).

First item is You, Yourself. We have scanned all the Green Book and Aegis pictures. If you were in both publications, tell us via the Questionnaire which one you prefer. Our “default” is to use the Aegis photo if you don’t tell us your preference. If you don’t like either of those, you may send a “better” photo (head shot) taken during those Dartmouth years. Every classmate will have at least this “Profile Picture” in the book.

Next, send in an informal picture of you “today.” We’d also like to see one with your significant other, family, or friends (D69?) with whom you hang out. Also, we’d like a picture of you in some place you like to be, or doing something you really enjoy doing. Just be sure we can see you. Faces in shadows aren’t helpful. Your family with ski helmets, sunglasses and visors at the top of the hill doesn’t show us much, no matter how cool you may think it looks. And it’s nice to see an uncluttered background with nothing that would distract the viewer.

For “real” hard copy photos, skip down past this section.

We know from experience that digital photos can be a minefield, so here are some easy technical specs if you are sending a digital photo, which we prefer.

  • Size: If you know your digital camera well, you know about pixels. We’d like a photo that is at an absolute minimum of 1,000 pixels wide (and any height). That will fill up a column. We’d really like one that is wider than that, just in case we have to do some cropping or resizing to get it to fit well. If you don’t know pixels, you might be able to determine how large your file is. If it is larger than 250 or 300 kb, it probably is big enough. If it’s 500 kb or larger, it’s going to be very safe. If it’s a megabyte (MB) or larger, we thank you. (If it’s more than 3 MB, you are into Overkill.) Don’t crop it: let us decide on that.
  • Format: Your photos can be in a jpeg, tiff, Photoshop, or most other format. Send them as photo files; do not include your photos in a Word or any other kind of document. When in doubt, just send it. We’ll let you know what we think.
  • File names: It would make our job lots easier if you would rename your files like this: Schmoe Joe with family; or Schmoe Joe Paddling with Sarah Conn River; or Schmoe Joe Just before lift-off. Those may be all the captions you need to provide, or —
  • Captions? Definitely: if your caption won’t condense to a filename, then send along a caption with the photo, with people ID’d in the simplest way possible. Who? What? Where? When? Why? This can be sent in your email or in a wee text file you can send along. Please don’t paste (as via a photo editor) a caption on the photo itself; it places too many constraints on our being able to use it.
  • Send your photos attached to an email to Henry Allen hvallen@comcast.net. It would help us if your subject line is set up like this: 1969 Book Photos from Joe Schmoe so it will fall into the right folder at his end.

If you want to send “real” photographs, just print your name lightly on the back of the photo and provide a caption. Pack them in cardboard and mail them to Henry Allen ‘69 at: 47166 Crucillo Court, Fremont, CA 94539-7219. Returning photos is a hassle, but if you do want them back, maybe you could pick them up at the reunion.


2. Your micro memories, snippets of your experience and recollectons that help round out our Class History

You can help David Prentice construct a Class History by submitting any recollection bearing on academics, social life, road trips, fraternity or dormitory incidents, freshman trip, teams, clubs, etc. Please send us your vintage photos, documents, or memorabilia, too. This is the raw material that will be artfully woven into our collective 4-year experience. We are asking only for one- or two-sentence snippets, maybe a paragraph max, but we hope you will send enough different little memories and points of view to choke us. Just send them along as you think of them to David at davidmpc@mac.com.


3. Your photographs of our collective days back at D

Most of you have some treasured old pics of our College Days, and with luck you even know where you put them. We want them: class events, freshman trips, beanies and bonfires, guest speakers and artists, life at your favorite activity, statues, stupid things and hijinks, booking, whatever. Color or b&w. Hey, maybe you have a drawing or sketch. Yeah!


4. Your own memories and tributes to our deceased classmates

We’ve lost too many of our ’mates along the way. You knew some of them; you may have known one of them really well. Tell us about him, relate a story. What was he known for? What did he go on to do? Bet you have some photos. Send your words to our Class Secretary, Steve Larson, and mail or email your photos to Henry Allen. (Their email and snail addresses are at the end.)


5. Got a unique story to tell us? Great! Speak up!

If you have a passion about a subject or unique experience to share with classmates, we are inviting “My Turn” articles up to 2,000 words, as well as any relevant photos. This is a wide-open invitation: what is on your mind? We see a place where you can go beyond your “biographical statement” and write about something that you are, or have done, or have won or achieved or built.

Maybe you’ve been somewhere that very few people have seen, or you’ve worked with an outstanding volunteer group, or you accomplished something amazing in your town. Maybe because of you something cool happened. Are you an expert on something? Have you been on TV? Do you have a plan to save the world?

Inquirig minds want to know. Maybe 2,000 words. We’d like to hear what you would like to do. Write to David or Dudley Kay for more information and to tell us about your ideas.


6. Got a bit of trivia you remember? We are looking for little factoids to insert randomly into the Book.

This is easy and fun. Maybe you recall some little random detail that most normal persons would not. A Hanover or Dartmouth employee with a story. The name of the guy who drove the Zamboni (actually, we know this one). What’s behind a locked door in some building.


We need your participation, no matter what your Reunion plans are!

We hope you can attend the 50th Reunion, but even if you can’t make it, your contributions to the 50th Reunion Book will make you, your family, and your ’69 Classmates immensely happy and appreciative. Trust us: if you are not in the Book, you are going to be disappointed later when you see it. With 26 books accomplished to date, I have seen and heard stories over and over again. — DLP


David Prentice: co-editor davidmpc@mac.com
123 Tapp Road, Sheenboro, QC J0X 2Z0, (819) 689-2865
Dudley Kay: co-editor dudkay69@gmail.com
47 Honesty Lane, Bluffton SC 29909, USA, (919) 414-3861
Henry Allen: Photo Editor and Scanning Expert hvallen@comcast.net
47166 Crucillo Court, Fremont, CA 94539-7219, (510) 490-5720
Rick Willets: 50th Reunion Co-chair rgwillets@comcast.net
Paul Tuhus: 50th Reunion Co-chair pktuhus@hotmail.com
Peter Elias: for email address confirmations and changes pheski69@gmail.com

Steve Larson, Class Secretary and Obit Chairman, wheat69@outlook.com, 360 770-4388.


Thank you!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

(updated June 14th, 2015)