Jakk was able to attend the 2002 Highpointers Konvention in Black Mesa, Oklahoma in late September, less than one month before he died. You can read an excerpt from Brendan Leonard’s thesis “Because it is there” (page 24) for more details.
Jack Longacre’s last convention – OK 2002
OK 2002 Convention Schedule
See the Photo Albums – Album #1, Album #2 and Jakk Longacre
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Black Mesa is OK in ’02
Highpointers Convention September 18-22
Pre-Convention EVENING Activities
Our Pre-Convention Activities begin Wednesday evening with a buffet dinner served in the Convention Center at 6:30. We have nothing planned for this evening, but to visit with friends, old and new.
Thursday evening we will meet in front of the Convention Center at 8:00 P.M., and listen to Park Ranger and Naturalist, C.D.Perkins tell us about the interesting geology and geography of Cimarron County. He might also tell us a bit about the programs he offers at Black Mesa State Park. Jack Parsell will then talk about Friday’s state tri-pointing, and Scott Surgent will preview Friday’s county highpointing.
The Convention Actual begins Friday evening with the buffet dinner at 6:30. We will gather in front of the Convention Center for a General Welcome to this year’s Convention. Then, we will listen to Norma Gene Young, popular local historian and author of “Not A Stop Light in the County” and “Still Not A Stoplight in the County”. Norma Gene has some wonderful stories to tell us, and she will relate tidbits of history of this fascinating area. Following Norma Gene’s presentation will be the Annual Liar’s Club Meeting, hosted by our Guru Jakk Longacre. A special feature this year will be a songfest featuring Diane Winger and George Vandersluis and their guitars. Same location.
Saturday Morning, from 7:30 until 9:00 A.M.. Your Convention Co-Hosts will don their funny hats and serve a pancake breakfast in front of the Convention Center. Following breakfast, at 9:00 A.M., Guru Jakk will lead the hike to the summit of The Black Mesa. We will car pool from the Convention Center to the Trailhead, a distance of about 5 miles. Please indicate at Check-in if you would be willing to drive.
2:00 P.M. The Board of Directors will meet in the Convention Center.
5:00 P.M. Informal get-together. Here’s our chance to look over the door prizes, and to look at scrap books and photos. Soft drinks will be available; a Country & Western band will entertain us.
7:00 P.M. Chuck Wagon Supper in front of the Convention Center, with Don Holmes, M.C., officiating.
Sunday Morning: Although the Convention is officially over after dinner Saturday evening, we will be able to order the breakfast buffet, Sunday morning. We have no designated clean-up committee, however the Co-Hosts will be most appreciative if you police your area of Camp. We have put down $150 clean-up deposit which the club will recoup if we leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.
Thanks so much for your consideration. HAVE A GOOD TIME!
One or more of your co-hosts will be at Camp at all times if you need help with something or if you have questions. We are:
- Marsha Butaud Allan Griggs
- Lee & Bill Strickland Jean Trousdale
- Tim Webb Gary White
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PRIOR TO THE CONVENTION, CONTACT JEAN at firstname.lastname@example.org, PHONE OR FAX : 1-405-329-6189.