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dyssey of the Mind is celebrating its 25th year of World Finals and we’re throwing a reunion bash! Everyone ever involved in the program is invited to attend the reunion at the University of Maryland, College Park, May 29 and 30, 2004. Come reminisce with your former teammates, your favorite coach, or your fellow volunteers!

   The reunion is being held in conjunction with the 2004 World Finals so while you’re swapping stories about the early days, you’ll also get to see how the program has grown since its beginnings.

   Some of you may remember back to 1978 when Dr. Sam Micklus organized the very first creative problem-solving competition at Glassboro State College in New Jersey (now Rowan University). Twenty-eight local middle and high school teams participated. Back then, the program was known as “Olympics of the Mind.”

   Each year, more and more teams from across the U.S. traveled to Glassboro to compete in the event. In 1980, the program became international with the addition of teams from outside of the U.S. and the first official “World” Finals took place. In 1983, the competition moved from Glassboro State to Central Michigan University, and then on to other campuses around the U.S. The program eventually became the “Odyssey of the Mind.”

   We’re collecting video clips, anecdotes, and photographs for a special display at the reunion, so send us your favorite memories. Email your favorite Odyssey stories to; mail videos and photos, along with descriptions, to Odyssey Reunion, 1325 Rte. 130 S, Suite F, Gloucester City, NJ 08030.

   Check for reunion updates, and spread the word -- we want to see everyone there!
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