Reunion Sneak Preview
Alumni remember and rejoice with help ofspecial-edition yearbooks
Carroll Butts ' 55 and Thomas Wakefield ' 55 stood in the class of 1955 hospitality
room, looking at photos in the Yackety Yack
from 50 years ago. When they found them-
selves in a picture of the cheerleading squad,
they shared a few old stories and some laughs.
Their 50th reunion had started just
hours ago, and they hadn't yet had much
time to catch up - in person, at least.
About a week earlier, Butts, Wakefield
and hundreds of other members of UNC's
class of 1955 received an item in the mail
that gave them a head start - a 50th
anniversary edition of the Yackety Yacko
"It is absolutely indispensable,"Wakefield
"What dus book did was bring back the
memories forgotten over 50 years. It's
The 50th anniversary Yack is a reunion
tradition; archived copies at the GAA date
back to the 50th reunion ofthe 1911 class.
The class of 1955 anniversary Yack opens
with essays from alumni recounting signifi-
cant events on canlpus and memories that
tie the class together. Pictures of memorable
professors and administrators are followed
by a timeline showing happenings in
Chapel Hill and all over the world from the
early '50s. In 1951,"Chancellor Robert B.
House greets students with tunes from his
harmonica." In 1952,"Students protest
approval of Saturday classes by Board of
Trustees."The "Korean War ends" and
"Robert Frost reads poetry on campus" in
A photo section depicts the campus and
the town in 1955.
"Those types of things tend to touch
heartstrings," said Linda Rainey ' 95 (MA),
manager of alumni activities for the GAA'
"[O]ur job is to help alwnni connect and
reconnect with each other and back with
the University, [and] dUs is a very powerful
tool that does that. It brings memories back
alive, it brings old friendships back alive."
Eleanor Morris ' 55 served as editor for
her class anniversary Yack. In the months
leading to the reunion, she mailed a survey
to classmates. The completed Yack featured
updated contact information for each class
50 lll/y lA llgus t 2005
Above, the 50th annIver-
sary edition of the 1955
Yackety Yack showed cl
ass-mates then and now, along
with copies of Commence-ment speeches and photos
from previous reunions.
Left, Diane Newton Fecher
' 55 and Barbara Stone
Collier ' 55 visit the memo-rabilia room; Collier finds
herself In a photo taken 50
years ago at UNC.
member who responded to the survey,
responses to a biographical questionnaire
that described the past 50 years for each
alunIDus and a recent photograph.
"Having a new picture really helped you
find a person," Wakefield says. "Without
having access to old and new photographs,
we would have just been wandering around."
The book also serves as a tribute to
members of the class of 1955 who have
died. The "In Memoriam" section has their
names and photos.
For Wakefield, the most meaningful part
of the new Yack was the biographical
sketches. He said it gave him a window
into the lives offriends he hadn't seen in 50
years and allowed him to learn things about
people he never would have known other-
wise - including his old te=te, Butts.
"I found out she becanle [the N.c.
Society for Clinical Social Work] social
worker of the year,"Wakefield said. "That's
really neat because my wife is a social
worker. It allowed us to reconnect. And
that's what dUs rennion is all about -