The High Chaparral Reunion 2007 & 40th Anniversary Celebration
Dear High Chaparral Fans:
March 31st is the final day to take advantage of the reduced registration fee of only $30.00. Who can resist a sale? To help you decide to make the commitment to attend, this issue of The High Chaparral Reunion Newsletter has some reminisces of fans who have attended in the past, one fan's story of how she is saving up to attend, and a not-to-be-missed interview with Ted Markland (Reno). In the months to come expect more cast interviews, photos and even a contest or two. Read on!
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Veteran stuntman Jack Williams, who regularly contributed death-defying falls and spills to The High Chaparral, is home recovering from major surgery. Please send your good thoughts and prayers to Jack at this time. We want to see him at the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion!
Jack, who is one of the most revered stunt men in the business, received the Golden Boot Award in 1999 - the same year as David Dortort.
"There is a marvelous fellow who is no longer with us by the name of Henry Wills (stunt coordinator on The High Chaparral). Henry used to have me down there quite a bit. Every time he would call (to do stunts on the show) my arm would start aching. He loved to have me do what they call A Drag. This Drag was kind of a silly thing - you're riding along on a horse and instead of dragging by your foot you're dragged by your shoulder. You get "shot" and you pitch right straight back and the horse catches you by one shoulder and you go down. So the horse is going 90 miles an hour one way and all of a sudden you're going 90 miles the other way. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. If you miss the strap it's like falling out of an airplane." Jack Williams, 2005 The High Chaparral Reunion.
Reserve and pay now to receive the lowest cost! By registering before March 31, 2007, your reservation will only be $30. Pay in full by June 30, and your remaining balance will be $135.
If you wait and register between April 1 and August 1, 2007 your reservation cost will be $45, and your remaining balance will be $145. Registration closes after August 1.
Payments must be made in U.S. dollars and can be made by: personal check, money order, or Paypal to email@example.com
(Note that full payment is due by
July 31, 2007. Your registration is non-refundable. Cancellations made
before July 1 will be refunded in full, and a 50% refund will be given
to cancellations made after July 1. Unfortunately, no refunds after
Street-side room with two double beds - $145
Pool-side room with two double beds - $165
Any questions? email
Reunion Website at www.thehighchaparralreunion.com/
Read about past reunions at www./thehighchaparral.com/fanevents.htm
some incentive for attending the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion & 40th
Anniversary Celebration? Here are some memories from fans who have
attended past Reunions, as well as one fan's story of what she is doing
in order to come halfway around the world to meet the cast and crew of
the greatest Western show ever.
This event turned out to be what I thought was a once in a lifetime fantastic adventure. The folks who organized it did a terrific job. It was so special to meet all my fellow HCDG (High Chaparral Discussion Group) listers. And then Sunday came along and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
Anyone who can travel to Tucson, saddle up a horse and ride the HC range can certainly make it to Studio City! Sure it is a little costly but the money is nothing in comparison to what a fantastic experience it is. You will be happy you made the decision to come! It only gets bigger and better. And keep in mind, you never know how many more events like this will take place, so you don't want to say to yourself, well, maybe I will make the next one. You really must seize the day as they say. I can't wait to see how it turns out this year. I remember hugging David Dortort and telling him how much we loved the HC when we had the first Reunion. That alone was worth going for! (photo of Vickie taken at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion)
From Carol Anne: I'll just say that, meeting fellow HC fans, who appreciate and remember the show as fondly as I do would've been treat enough, but then to meet cast members, guest stars, and even David Dortort was INCREDIBLE! It is always a guaranteed GREAT time! (Photo of Carol Anne (center) taken at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion)
From Tanja: (who will be traveling from Greece to attend her first High Chaparral Reunion).
It must have been this time of year about two years ago, when I first heard about the 2005 reunion. At that time I was new on the HCDG and in the beginning I didn't really know what they were talking about. When in May I realized this was something that was actually going to happen I did the sensible thing, I decided not to go. There were so many reasons not to go: it would cost too much, it was too far away, I had other things planned for August, I couldn't leave my husband alone. When August came I started feeling restless, and the actual days of the reunion I spent grinding my teeth in front of the computer, kicking myself that I wasn't there.
So this year only a major natural disaster will keep me away. The cost will still be too high for my budget, the location of Los Angeles hasn't changed since I last checked, but this is something I just need to do. I want to meet the other fans and the guests, they aren't getting any younger and neither am I. So I've sold about everything I didn't really need at second hand shops, sold some of my photographs, corrected papers, did some baby sitting, only bought something if I really needed it and put every penny saved in a 'reunion account'.
I'm not going to spend two more years hoping there will be another reunion in 2009.
The H igh Chaparral reunion 2007: Here I come!
I'm Reno's Dad
Flip through your cable guide for a blast from the past listing of the shows that defined a generation's cultural psyche. From Bonanza to Hill Street Blues , Wild Wild West to TJ Hooker, a parade of journeymen character actors inhabited Cagney and Lacey one week, Father Murphy the next. With over 80 TV and movie roles to his credit, Ted Markland's considerable talents contributed to those and many more, including Dallas, Murder, She Wrote, Baywatch, and The High Chaparral.
"I told David Dortort, give me something to say besides, 'Riders coming!' Ted said in a recent phone interview from his home in California. "Then Dortort yelled for someone to get him more silent actors because here was another one wanting a bigger part."
Despite his long career, Ted's affection for his role as Reno in The High Chaparral is evident. "I still get fan mail. All from women," he joked in a deep voice. "But it's a crime no one at the network or studio is interested in a reunion movie or releasing the show on DVD. I talked to Dortort years ago about an idea for a movie, but now half of us are gone."
The first reunion in 2003 was a time for many of the cast and crew to see each other after a long absence. Markland had kept busy guest starring in TV shows after his tenure as Reno, such as Rockford Files, The Fall Guy, The A-Team. "I'd seen Bobby (Bob Hoy, Joe Butler from The High Chaparral), but the reunions are a great time to talk to people. Just talk, that's important. To everyone on the show, to fans. At the first one, people came up to me, said, 'I thought you were dead'," he laughed. "Reno's not dead. But at my age, I'm Reno's dad."
Ted missed the 2005 reunion because of heart surgery. "You wouldn't believe all the cards I got from fans, it was wonderful." Thankfully, these days he's healthy and busy with his life and career. "I'm feeling great and looking forward to seeing everyone. I go to every show I can. Seeing people, talking to people, it's important."
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