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Photos of Reunion Weekend events (photographer Shane Snyder)
Videos from enrichment sessions offered during our last reunion.
Class Statistics: Our class broken down by gender, major, geography and more.
The full Reunion Weekend had a variety of traditional Reunion Weekend activities, (tours, enrichment sessions, Friday Frolic barbecue, etc.), but the main Class of ’70 45th Reunion Event was on Saturday evening. (See below for details about the Saturday event.)
Memories of the 45th Reunion Event
This event had something for everyone. Extraordinary atmosphere and fare featured food stations with a southern flare designed specifically for our class by The Club’s new chef. Special Showing of Kings of the Court: My Name is Charles Scott a short documentary which had recently been produced by Raycom Sports. Live Entertainment from class members Bland Simpson and Jim Wann.
Enjoy the song “These Southern States That I Love” from the upcoming album “Blue Heaven” featuring both Bland and Jim:
Bruce “CB” Armstrong*
Betty Trotter Bouldin*
Bob “Robin” Brewer*
Anne Marie Hickson Elkins
John Martin Hill
Beth Harris Isenhour *
Jo Anne Livingston Ivie*
Nancy Perry Johnson*
Jean Roberts Kitchin*
Linda Lamm Lawson
Susan Young McClure
John “Mac” McDonald*
Sallie O’Keef Simpson*
Candy Brown Teeter*
Gwen Hightower Waddell-Schultz*
Jan Johnson Yopp*
Reflections from John Haber ’70 about remarks made by Charlie Scott ’70 at reunion gala event.
40th Reunion Scrapbook Video
Produced by Bob Brewer ’70 and shown at the Class of ’70 Gala
The search is on for historic video and audio recordings from the late ’60s. Please read this special request from Bob Brewer.
A 40th Reunion Message from GAA President Doug Dibbert ’70:
Please join me in expressing appreciation to all who made our Saturday night gala so special. Jim Delany ’70 got us off to a wonderful start with the unexpected appearance and moving remarks from Charlie Scott ’70 (I encourage you to read John Haber’s reflections on this special moment which appear on our ’70 web page). Lewis Black ’70 not only chartered a plane to get back from a movie shoot in a remote area of Canada, but he also was kind enough to follow up his two pre-reunion videos with a live performance. John Haber ’70 convinced Bland Simpson ’70 and Randall Bramblet ’70 to entertain us – separately and together. And Bob Brewer ’70 produced yet another wonderful class specific video. Understanding that “if you build it you will come,” Charlie Ingram needled many classmates with notes encouraging our attendance.
While we may not have a class reunion for a while, many will participate in affinity reunions, attend Homecoming, gather at local Carolina Club sponsored events or simply reconnect with each other online. Our class Web page can be an important tool to assist in any and all of these, so please bookmark the page.
Meanwhile, please know what a privilege it is to be your classmate.
Douglas S. Dibbert ‘70
President, UNC General Alumni Association
As those of us attending the Class of ’70 reunion were taking our seats at the gala supper in Alumni Hall, a rather tall and striking black man strolled into the room. Within a moment, I realized it was Charlie Scott, accompanied by Jim Delaney. Doug Dibbert sprang to his feet to greet them and a few minutes later he grabbed a mic and got our attention. He recognized Charlie and Jim, and said that although Charlie couldn’t stay, he’d like to say a few words.
I don’t recall ever hearing Charlie Scott speak, other than sound bites related to basketball, and I was instantly struck by his warmth, humility and eloquence. Our classmate said that from the first moment he arrived as a freshman in Chapel Hill until the day he left, he was treated with the utmost of kindness and respect: “like a prince” were his words. Over intervening years, however, he felt a deep sense of regret that his college friendships lacked a certain camaraderie that most take for granted. At some point along the way between then and now, he found peace when he accepted the reality that it was truly the times in which we lived, pure and simple.
Charlie proudly shared that his daughter was graduating from Carolina the next day, and that his son has just finished his freshman year. Charlie is especially happy for both of them, because in today’s world, camaraderie of the sort devoid in his personal journey is now commonplace. In closing, he said he appreciated the opportunity to drop by and thank us and Carolina for all that we did for him.
Doug Dibbert acknowledges that members of every class at gatherings such as these boast that their class was the greatest one of all at the most significant point in time. And as Doug wisely concludes, it was — for each and every one — as it is for us. The late sixties were ground-breaking, tumultuous years in America and in Chapel Hill. We went from wearing coats and ties to football games in Kenan Stadium to tie-dyed t-shirts and bellbottoms in peace marches down Franklin Street. We were without question at the apex of the cultural revolution. It was an amazing era, but this was true for everyone our age across the land.
It occurs to me now there’s something more that made our Carolina experience meaningful and special. We were members of the UNC class that included Charles Thomas Scott, a native New Yorker who was the first black scholarship athlete at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was also twice a first-team All American and an Academic All American who led the ACC in scoring in 1970 — who went on to become an Olympic gold medalist and five times an NBA All-Star. We thank you, Charlie, not just for who you are and what you’ve accomplished; but for dropping by to share the gift of your perspective. It’s good to remember what really matters as we continue to pursue our own individual dreams, and why we’re proud to be Tar Heels, born and/or bred.
John Haber ’70
In putting together the reunion, we made a startling discovery – that there no longer exist any visual records of our days in Chapel Hill except in photographs, and precious few audio records. Everything in film or video that we hoped to use to carry us back to our college days, in fact, does not exist – specifically, the television newscasts, usually in black and white 16 mm film, and the videotapes of those newscasts. All were purged by area radio and television stations long ago because of the expense of preserving and storing analog-based data.
The audiovisual record of a full generation, ours – ironically the first true period of electronic documentation of events – virtually has been entirely erased, and not just of Chapel Hill, but across the entire nation. All that remains beyond what is in print are our memories.
If anyone can correct this troubling assessment, we will be most happy to hear of it, and to provide whatever counsel we can to share those newly found old memories.
Feel free to share your thoughts by sending me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, there remains no better way to do that, of course, than the tried and true avenue to Chapel Hill – your reunion.