Don’t wait until the last minute and then pull an all-nighter to get your 50th reunion essay done!  Start NOW and remember your Yale training:

Don’t wait until the last minute!
  1. Read and understand the assignment.  (See letter with instructions.)
  2. Decide what you want to say.  Do a quick outline.
  3. Do a “shitty first draft” as fast as possible — less than an hour.  Do it NOW.  (Benefits: It triggers your thinking, stimulates alternatives, gets the monkey off your back and sets up a tangible object to react to later.)
  4. Set it aside long enough to forget most of what you said.
  5. Let the draft “percolate.” Come back later and finish.


In July 2017, the Reunion Committee sent a letter with a great description of what your “50th Reunion Essay” should contain.  It’s best if you read that for clear direction.

Printed ClassBook.  Your essay will be printed in a 50th Reunion ClassBook similar to our 25th Reunion Classbook.  We are breaking tradition (again!!) by including up to 3 color pictures with each essay.  Owing to the space limitations of a printed book, your essay for the ClassBook must be 500 words or less.

Online Version.  Your essay (and pictures, if any) will also be published on this website and linked to your Profile.

“Objective Data.”  In addition to the essay itself, each entry will show your Name followed by a block of “Objective Data” composed of any information you wish to share, such as address, phone, marriage(s), child(ren), education, honors, etc.


  1. Write the essay.  500 word maximum. You will likely use word processing and submit the essay in digital form, but the Editors are so eager for widespread participation that they’ve agreed to accept any legible submission, even something handwritten!
  2. Prepare pictures (if any).   You are encouraged to include photos or other images.   We’ve prepared a mini-tutorial to assist you in getting digital images ready.  Ultimately, you’ll want good, high-resolution images in a popular digital format (like jpg, png, jpeg or gif).  Captions are optional.
  3. Get Help (if you need it).  If you are struggling, ask for technical help (email: or editorial help from the ClassBook Editor (email:
  4. Submit Your Essay.  There are three different ways to submit your essay:
    • Use The Web Form at the bottom left of this page (strongly preferred).   There you can fill out any “Objective Data” you wish to submit and attach the digital file for your essay, along with any image files you want to include.
    • Send Files By Email.   You can also send your essay and any image files as email attachments.  See instructions at bottom right
    • Use Regular Mail (acceptable, but not preferred).  Download and print the Objective Data Form.  Mail your essay, along with (optionally) the Objective Data form and any photos to the Classbook Editor-In-Chief, Carney Mimms (JE ’69), 94 Watchung Avenue, First Floor, Montclair, NJ 07043.  If you want anything returned, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so that Carney can mail it back to you.


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Submit By Webform

When you have your Essay (and pictures, if any) ready for upload, fill out your Name (required) and any of the other fields (optional) in the form below, attach your Essay (and any pictures) and press “Submit”.

Your entry in the ClassBook will show your name at the top, then an optional block of any “Objective Data” you submit in the form below, followed by the body of your Essay.  The Objective Data block is meant to give quick access to contact information, family status and/or career highlights that you wish to share.  The Essay itself is meant to be a reflection on your life so far.  See examples of how it will look when published.

Submit By Email

Prepare the file attachments:

  1. Objective Data.  Download a copy of the Objective Data Form.  Fill it out and save it as a file with filename = [Your Name]-data.
  2. Essay.  Save your Essay as a file with filename = [Your Name]-essay.  Please use Microsoft Word, Apple Pages format or, if you use another word processor, try to “save as” your Essay in .rtf format.
  3. Photos.  You may optionally include up to three color photos. See mini-tutorial for guidelines.  Save each one with filename = [Your Name] and a descriptive file name, e.g., “David Stover-family.jpg” or “stover.david-book-cover.png”.

Email Carney Mimms, the Editor-In-Chief of the 50th Reunion ClassBook, at attaching the Essay and, optionally, the Objective Data form and any pictures.  If you want the pictures to have captions, put them in the body of the email.

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