Haskell Reunion 2007
October 26 - 28, 2007
10918 E 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
ph: 918-627-5000, or 1-800-333-3333
ALL alumni and friends are invited!
For more information, please contact:
Reunion co-chairs- Loretta (Burgess) Bradford, 918-341-5532, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Flo (Tanner) Spotted Bear, 918-948-2505.
"Many of the Haskell graduates have heard about the Haskell Reunion 2007 sponsored by the Haskell Alumni Association of Oklahoma. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that the music for this year's Friday night Halloween Costume Contest and the Crazy Hat Contest will be provided by Haskell's 1962 graduate Ramona Yazzie Cole and her husband Larry. Naturally the same DJ team will entertain you after the Saturday Night Dinner also. Ramona has always loved music and even played in the Haskell Marching Band during her days at Haskell Institute. Music is a major ingredient that has kept Ramona & Larry happily married for 34 years. Although Larry is a member of the Sycamore tribe, a few years back the Oklahoma Chapter; the Class of 1961 in particular, made Larry an honorary graduate of that class. This honor, along with being taken as a son by both Comanche & Kiowa mothers and being accepted as a member of both CIVA (Comanche Indian Veterans Association) and Cheyenne Warriors veteran groups are some of his most highest honors he's been bestowed during life.
Ramona & Larry have provided music for Haskell Reunions in Oklahoma and Kansas . During one reunion dance when Ramona & Larry were unable to attend, the visiting DJ was having a problem keeping the Haskell dancers on the floor so one of the reunion committee members gave him a few cd's of songs Ramona & Larry had put together for her a few months prior. It worked and that DJ's job for that night was made much easier.
Ramona remembers dancing in the 50's & 60's at the dances held Friday night in Haskell's girl gym and Saturday night in Haskell's boy's gym. Back then, in order to [prevent scratching up the gym floors with your shoes, you were asked to dance in socks; thus the name sock hop was originated. To Larry's dismay, Ramona has mentioned (many times) how well her Hopi boyfriend could dance. Many of the same songs played in these gyms such as "Mathilda" by Cookie & The Cupcakes and Phil Phillips' " Sea of Love " were being recorded and played in Larry's hometown of Lake Charles , Louisiana . Larry got his start as a DJ at his high school dances when he would play these same songs at his high school gym during their sock hops on Friday nights after their football games.
Ramona and Larry look forward to playing the songs the Haskell graduates, their families and friends like to dance to. Normally the songs of the swing era played by the Big Bands are played for our elders first. These are closely followed by rock & roll of the 50's and 60's, then on to Disco, the 80's, 90's and eventually into club dances of the 21st century. Naturally C&W will be played throughout the evening. Their number one goal is to play the songs that the dancers want to hear. They have been collecting these songs for many years, so their song collection is very large and hopefully contains your favorites. If you'd like to request a song a head of time to make sure Ramona & Larry will have that song to play for you at the Dinner dance, you can email them at email@example.com."