high school reunion?

i am organizing a high school reunion and want to send out questions for people to answer so i can organize awards etc for the night but i am stuck on ideas for questions

Usually you ask at the reunion, and give out awards there. The standard ones are:

Who traveled the farthest to attend?

Who traveled the least to attend? (This may require you to download “Google Earth” to a laptop, define the “end point” as the banquet hall, and measure in feet, not miles.)

Who has the youngest child? (Don't ask who has the oldest child; some of your classmates bore children as sophomores.)

Who has the newest car (probably a lot of ties, there; use the date they bought the 2008 model as a tie-breaker.)

Who has the oldest car?

If you spend an hour or so, you can come up with a dozen longest, highest, fastest, youngest, oldest . . . questions. Just remember to delete the ones that would be embarassing, like oldest child and oldest marriage.

You can also have a trivial pursuit quiz show. Some of the questions might involve catch phrases used by different favorite teachers.

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Here is some advice you didn't ask for that I paste every chance I get, hoping no one else will fall victim to the World's Stupidest Disk Jockey.

(See http://www.tedpack.org/cvhs/whyvirt.html for details.)

The most important thing you can do to insure a good time is talk to the DJ before hand. The people who never left town and see each other every week at PTA, soccer practice, poker night etc. are going to want to dance. The ones who DID leave town and flew 1,500 miles to attend are going to want to catch up, and they are not going to want to shout over the music.

The ideal solution, if you can afford it, is to hire two rooms. Unless you are from Beverly Hills High, you won't be able to do that. Having the music “on” for 30 minutes, then off for 30 would be a reasonable compromise. Promise the DJ the same amount of money as if he played all night. Impress upon him the desire of half the audience to talk. Reunions are not the same as dances or concerts. People don't go to concerts to talk. They do go to reunions want to talk. Keep hammering that home to the DJ. If necessary, tattoo it on his forehead backwards and give him a mirror. Appoint a “Quiet time” monitor.

Tell people at the start of the affair what you are doing, so they know. Tell them that you know half of them will be unhappy during the music and half will be unhappy during the quiet time, and you can't please everyone. If you like, you can tell the joke about the mathematician who had one foot in a bucket of ice water and the other in a bucket of boiling water. He said “If you take the average, I'm comfortable”.

I hear “It was a nice reunion, but the DJ ruined it” a dozen times a year from friends and family.