Carolyn has been married to David Long for 14 years, and they have a 7-year-old daughter, Taylor Elisabeth ("a darling redhead"). After leaving Manchester High, Carolyn graduated from Kent State University, with a bachelor's degree in Communications and minors in Political Science and Journalism. She married David in '91, and they moved to Connecticut for four years, before their careers led them to their current residence in Kansas City, Missouri.
We asked Carolyn to fill out our alumni bio-questionnaire, so here's an update in her own words:
Your Occupation history:
Immediately following college graduation, I took a job as a traffic reporter "eye in the sky" in Canton , then in Cleveland . (YIKES...I even flew in a rickety old 4-seater Cessna every morning). I soon "landed" and started morning news at WRQK Rock 107 in Canton . When I moved to Connecticut , I did morning news on the radio and started dabbling in television news reporting. Once in Kansas City , I became a news anchor and love every minute of it. I am the morning & noon news anchor for the CBS affiliate. Crazy hours...but it's best for spending the most time with my family. I work 3:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Dave is the Assistant Director of Kansas City International Airport.
Interesting things you've done since high school:
By far, the most interesting things, to me, include a beautiful, successful marriage and a lovely daughter. Beyond that...I organized the Special Olympics World Games while in Connecticut. (I worked hand-in-hand with the Kennedy/Shriver families for this event...beware of name dropping!) I also went sky-diving a few years back, and still ride my unicycle -which I started in First Grade. We are now in the process of building our second house; it's a long and sometimes exhausting process, but it's something Dave and I do well together. We hope to move in by the end of March (2006).
Recently I won my first news Emmy award.for a medical series of stories I did called "Cardiac Arrest."
Last year, I surprised Dave with a week-long getaway to Mexico for his 40th, and we swam with the dolphins. (AMAZING!) We've spent a lot of time skiing in Colorado and Vermont, traveling to Tampa/Orlando, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York City, Block Island, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard (our favorite). We've also taken several cruises to Bermuda, Cozumel and the Caymen Islands. I have a trip already booked for Hawaii this July... can't wait!!!
Current Hobbies / Activities:
I have always loved crafting, but I'm deeply into Scrapbooking now. It has been a wonderful, creative outlet...and always involves one or more girlfriends. Good "girl" time. We occasionally even get a hotel suite for a weekend and do nothing but scrap, talk and eat. Wonderful!!
Favorite Manchester teacher, and why:
High school English teacher Mrs. Alice Austin was a true inspiration. She helped me to find my love of reading and writing. I'll never forget how excited she was about her lesson - day in and day out. I often think of her when I need to re-energize myself about the daily grind.
Favorite subject at MHS:
In addition to my love of English, I also enjoyed math classes. Go figure?
Least favorite subject at MHS:
I was never very good with History or Science.
Favorite memories from school:
My favorite memories all center around the stage. I'll never forget the time spent putting on all of those plays and musicals. I can honestly say I loved Manchester High School, and often find myself wishing that I could find the same atmosphere for my daughter. I loved knowing every student...and usually knowing their families and where they lived. It was just so wholesome and good. Parents cared. Teachers cared. We really felt appreciated.
Least favorite memories from school, if any:
I was involved with many groups, but I never excelled in sports. I sometimes wish I would have pushed myself into trying something "sporty," like track, volleyball, etc.
What sports, if any, did you play at MHS?
I was a flag girl (and loved it!)
Other H.S. activities / clubs you enjoyed:
Speech Club, Drama Club, Student Council, Band, and National Honor Society.
Which H.S. reunions have you attended? Any favorite memories from them?
Because of all of our moves, I haven't been to many. I'm planning to make a trip back to Ohio for this year's 20th!!!
Did you have any favorite high school "hangouts?"
I remember Rolling Acres Mall being a hot spot. I also remember it being "big news" when the McDonald's opened on Manchester Road.
Favorite music from your H.S. era, and current favorite:
I loved-and still love-many types of music. Though I find myself listening more often to talk radio, news, or my daughter' Disney hits.
Favorite TV shows:
I rarely get the chance to watch TV with my crazy work schedule. But if I tune in something other than the news, I prefer crafty shows on HGTV or TLC.
Do you still have family living in Manchester? And how often do you return to your hometown?
My parents still live in the same old white house on Myers Road. And my brothers and their families (both alumni) are still in the area, as well. We usually make it back to Manchester twice a year, around Christmas and summer.
Carolyn would love to catch up with some old friends, and find out "where are they now?" Drop her a note at: email@example.com