Through technology members of the reunion committee have have been able to find and get a commitment from 51 out of 112 classmates, plus another 52 friends and spouses.
“With 10 deceased, this number is a remarkable 50 percent a 40th reunion,” said committee member DeLois “Dee” Loyd Gates.
Even the planning committee was formed online. Since members of the committee live in five different states — Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia — they never held a face-to-face meeting. All of the planning was coordinated on Facebook.
To research and find out where everybody was and how to get in touch with them the committee used Facebook, Google searches, Twitter, LinkedIn, Classmates.com, Mylife.com, Reunion.com, the White Pages and People Search. While in the planning stage they utilized Facebook chat, emails and GoogleGroups.
Even the reunion itself, which culminates in a dinner at Pickwick Inn tonight, will be largely enhanced by technology. The dinner will include a slide show using a computer and a digital projector, a video conference via wifi Skype or Apple FaceTime and a video recording of classmates as they come by the welcome table.
“While interviewing classmates and word-of-mouth are invaluable, without technology we would not have a very successful, encompassing reunion,” said Gates.
All of the technology may have made things easier, but the weekend activities will also include some good old-fashioned sightseeing.
“Although modern technology has been invaluable, our pre-reunion plans also involve historic Corinth with tours of the Crossroads Museum at the Depot, Borroum’s and the old Fraley’s Drive In parking lot,” Gates said.
Members of the committee who worked to make this weekend’s reunion a success include Gates, head techie Herbert Sandy, Nick Lee, Jim Furtick, Bill Wadlinton and Lin Rhodes Gilmer.