Hughes News 2018
This year saw Doug taking two trips on RCL’s Explorer of the Seas—once with his mom and sister (pictured) to Victoria, B.C. for Mother’s Day, and again to Alaska with Diane in the fall. Karin and Colin bought their first home, and Kaitlin helped to shutter McGraw Hill’s online education business, putting herself out of a job. )Temporarily, we hope.) Kevin bought an exercise bike, and Doug transitioned from freelance work to a new role as Director of Marketing & Social Media for South Bay Musical Theatre. He also appeared as Monsignor O’Hara in a production of Sister Act. This year’s song parodies poke fun at today’s terrible trends: an obsession with Twitter and a decline in proper grammar. We also bring back an old feature—Quotable Quotes—now that Lolo is old enough to start saying precious things.
Hughes News 2017
2017 was a year of loss, new beginnings, and major milestones. Diane's father, Bob Meyer, passed away after complications from a fall on New Year's Eve. But we celebrated several milestone birthdays: Diane's 60th, Kevin's 35th, Lolo's 1st, and Doug's Mom's 90th! Doug wrote a parody for the latter celebration, which brought us—and a bunch of relatives—up to Seattle. We enjoyed career changes as well, and Doug & Diane took two back-to-back cruises with the Meyer family aboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas—the world's largest cruise ship. This issue introduces a new feature: Doug's Dictionary, offering punny definitions of common words.
Hughes News 2016
2016 was a year of significant change. Out with the old and in with the new. On Valentine's Day, we greeted the birth of our first grandchild, Sloane Lorenna Buckner and then Doug retired from Lockheed Martin after 10+ years of service. To prepare for the next chapter of his career, he is taking classes in Digital Marketing from UC Irvine. Doug & Diane are also downsizing, and have moved to a new home in south San Jose.
Hughes News 2015
2015 has been a momentous year for the Hughes family. We celebrated the marriage of our daughter, our 35th wedding anniversary and Bob & Evelyn's 80th and 85th birthdays. We cruised to Canada and New England, and Doug wrote a show for the Peninsulaires barbershop chorus. This year's edition of Hughes News breaks new ground with hyperlinks to several videos, a wedding photo gallery, and recordings of Doug's popular parodies. We hope you enjoy this look back at some fond memories, and that you have a wonderful 2016.
Hughes News 2014
We have been extremely blessed to have all our parents live long lives. In 2014, however, Doug's father, Ken Hughes, passed away at the age of 93. In this year's newsletter, we pay tribute to his lasting legacy. Other highlights include:
Hughes News 2013
Doug spent half the year growing a beard to appear in a production of Fiddler on the Roof. His plans to appear on the cover of this year's Hughes News dressed as Santa were pre-empted when daughter Karin got engaged to Colin Buckner just before Christmas. This was also a year in which Kaitlin moved to Philadelphia, Kevin went to Blizzcon, Diane helped orchestrate appearances by Joan Baez and Corbin Bleu, and Doug made a three-week business trip to Marietta, Georgia. Highlights of this edition include:
Hughes News 2012
This year's Hughes News offers a look at Doug's trip to the Space Needle for a Father's Day celebration during the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair. It also shows highlights of Karin's trip to Japan and Singapore and Doug's business trip to Pasadena. In addition, you'll find photos from two shows that Doug and Kaitlin performed in: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Drowsy Chaperone. This year's parodies, rather than being about the family itself, are satiric reflections of the year's news events, including:
Hughes News 2011
2011 was a milestone year for the Hughes family as Doug's Dad, Kenny, celebrated his 90th birthday with cousins from both sides of the family. This issue of the Hughes News is also filled with fun photos from SantaCon, LovEvolution, BlizzCon, and two musicals we were involved with. As is our tradition, you can sing along with this year's parodies about:
Hughes News 2010
Travels during 2010 took us to the Mexican Riviera for a Meyer family cruise (in which we surprised Diane's parents), Indiana, Pennsylvania (for Kaitlin's graduation), Seattle (for a cousin's reunion), and Baskin Robbins (for several birthday cakes!) Karin ziplined, kayaked, snorkeled, and spelunked through Hawaii, and we composed parodies about:
Hughes News 2009
This year's edition of the Hughes News Christmas newsletter document's Doug's 60th birthday bash (a murder mystery party), his new obsession with Twitter, and various musicals we have done. In addition, you'll find the usual song parody tributes to each member of the immediate family, and updates on what we've been working on relative to our careers. Sing along with Christmas carol parodies about:
Hughes News 2008
Karin graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies. She then went to YMCA of the Rockies for a four-month internship, to complete her academic requirements. She kept a video blog about her adventures here that did not appear in our newsletter. The newsletter for 2008 includes:
• photos from Karin's graduation
• various birthday bashes
• Karin and Kevin's new careers
• our traditional song parody tributes to each member of the family
• business travel highlights
• our continuing involvement in community theater
Hughes News 2007
In 2007, our niece Alissa got married and we flew to Seattle for the wedding, by way of an Alaskan cruise. We then made the trek again in September to celebrate Doug's parents' 60th anniversary. Highlights of this issue include:
Hughes News 2006
Kaitlin graduated from high school. In between all of the extracurricular activities, she and her friends wrote, arranged and recorded a song that they performed for the Bacculaureate Mass, called "Purple Dress Up Box" that celebrates their transition from childhood fantasies to the "real" world. This year's newsletter features:
Hughes News 2005: The World's Longest Christmas Newsletter
After 20 years of publishing their annual Christmas greeting as a desktop-published and hand-assembled 16 page booklet, Doug and Diane decided to pull out all the stops and create The World's Longest Christmas Newsletter™. They had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in November, and figured it was a good time to do a retrospective of their quarter century together.
The newsletter is posted on a self-publishing website called lulu.com and available for purchase in printed form as a 160-page, 6x9" full-color, perfect bound paperback book. You can also download the electronic version free of charge. Caveat: This is a huge, 290 MB file and takes quite a while to download.
• How their love story began
• The complete Hughes Christmas Carol parody songbook
• Quotable quotes
• 10 years of holiday stories
• Updates from the relatives
• A 25-year photographic retrospective of the Hughes family's history
This unusual publishing feat was a publicity stunt suggested by the marketing department at lulu.com, which offered to pay for printing the books in exchange for the right to promote it as a world's record. They issued a press release, which led to interviews on three radio stations including the Canadian National Public Radio program, The Current. The story also appeared in the Sacramento Bee, the Silicon Valley Wave, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tacoma News Tribune, and the Baton Rouge Louisiana Advocate newspapers.
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE HUGHES FAMILY?
Our lives are like an open book—literally! Every year for the past 28 years we have published a 16-page Christmas newsletter titled Hughes News, summarizing the year in photos, anecdotes, and song parodies. (In 2005 it was 10 times that size, setting a world's record for the longest Christmas newsletter ever, but that's another story.) We invite you to browse through the most recent editions in this gallery, and let us know how you like them.