We built the original OPPMANN.COM back in 1999 to share photos and news about our new arrival, Emily, with our friends and family. Four children and a century later, with the addition of Facebook and Twitter, we’re now using Weebly for website management and various social media to keep in touch. This site you are on now, launched in 2011, is in addition to the classic OPPMANN.COM, which serves as our archive. We keep our websites going as a set of a digital time capsules, only updated occasionally, that we keep buried in cyberspace.
The Oppmann family ended the year on a
pre-Christmas trip to The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, cheering on the MTSU Football Team in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. But that wasn't the only thing exciting this year: The girls were involved in several terrific theater productions (including Emily, Sarah, Rachel and Lucy in the Wizard of Oz), Andrew was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and named a regent of the Associated Press Media Editors and Elise kept everything running smoothly as our lives got even more complicated. Click here to view a photo collection of the year that was.
We built the original OPPMANN.COM in the waning days of the 20th Century to keep connected with our loved ones as we moved across the country. At the time, it was fairly cutting edge. We lay claim to the title "Internet Pioneers" with this effort, but we didn't ride the dot-com bubble to riches. Content from 1999 to 2010 can be found on the classic site, including several links to special projects from Andrew's former career as a newspaperman and Elise's stint as a restaurant critic. You can trace our path back to Tennessee (and the other stops in our newspaper career) and see a nice set of links on some of our activities over the years by clicking here. And our photo album archive, dating to 1999, is on this page.
Andrew's mom, known to the girls as Mimi, died suddenly on Aug. 20, 2007, at her home in Hopkinsville, Ky. She had just returned from Murfreesboro, where she spent a week helping Andrew and Elise move into their new home and spending time with the girls. On classic OPPMANN.COM, here’s the eulogy Andrew delivered at her funeral at First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville.
In 2003, our newborn son, Patrick, died after only 23 minutes from Potter's Syndrome, a rare genetic condition. He was surrounded by family and love in his brief life. But his memory lived on by sharing his story with the readers of The Post-Crescent, the newspaper Andrew edited in Appleton, Wis. The P-C also published stories from others who lost a child and were able to share their stories and find a connection. Andrew wrote three columns in the effort. Read all the stories on classic OPPMANN.COM.
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