TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; In the late 70and#8217;s, long boards ruled, disco music thumped through the old Hearthstone in Tahoe City, and a group of Squaw Valley gals hit the road as promotional ambassadors for Coppertoneand#8217;s new sunscreen product called SunGer. Based out of a 32-foot motor home, the SunGer Girls traveled the U.S. hitting ski shows and ski resorts to promote the new product amid the glamour of skiing. Kaye Chandler, a former flight attendant who pitched the idea to Coppertone, was the leader of the tight-knit group of die-hard Squaw freestyle skiers.
and#8220;All I had to do was talk my best friends into quitting their jobs, leaving their boyfriends and husbands and packing up their bags for two years,and#8221; she reflects. and#8220;And we did.and#8221;
Now, decades later, Chandler is putting her organizational energies into creating and#8220;The Tahoe Reunion and#8212; Legends of the and#8217;70s.and#8221; What started out as a virtual campaign on Facebook has evolved into an actual event set for Sept. 7-9 centered in Tahoe City. Activities include a cocktail reception and dinner at Jakeand#8217;s on Friday, a golf tournament and barbecue on Saturday and other social activities.
and#8220;The reunion will be the first time in 30-plus years where all of the people who were part of the Tahoe / Squaw Valley crowd in the and#8217;70s are invited. Most of us were in our 20s, healthy, carefree and always ready to party. Racers, mountain climbers, ski school, ski patrol, freestylers, and business owners living a lifestyle few could comprehend. The common thread is that this really was the time of our lives.and#8221;
Based on Facebook feedback, Chandler is expecting a good turnout for what should be a truly memorable event. But who are the legends of the and#8217;70s?
and#8220;We all are,and#8221; she said. and#8220;Everyone has a story to tell.and#8221;
For more on the reunion go to www.facebook.com/tahoe.reunion.