Remembering “ME” – Part 3

 “This is the third in a series of three articles, responding to

questions about my early childhood and teenage years.”

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What was the TV show that you never missed?

My addiction to the dance show, American Bandstand, began in 1956.  Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. our 12-inch television set controlled my life.  With the exception of taking a break  during the commercials to prepare dinner for Mama and me.

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The regular dancers on the show were “real to me” and “lived” in my “fantasy community”.   Some were enemies; many were friends and, a few I even considered as my best friends.   My favorite dance on the show was the The Stroll.”

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I talked on the telephone for hours with my girlfriends about the popular girl dancers — their dancing styles, boyfriends, friendships, fashions, and hairstyles.  All of this information we gathered, shared, and debated everyday.  Our reviews based solely on what we observed during this 90-minute show.

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But, after three years of following this show, not one of us asked the question, “Why no Black dancers ever appeared on the show?”

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Confess what did you wear as a teenager that you would never wear now.

I loved clothes as a teenager.  Frankly, I love clothes today.  But, I digress.

One of my favorite outfits, as a teenager, was the wide tailed, felt skirt with the Poodle on a Leash and a coordinating blouse.

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Mama felt a young woman was never fully dressed unless she had on a “princess slip.”

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A new or stiffly starched petticoat under the skirt was mandatory if you wanted that perfect look.

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Nicely polished black/white shoes and complementary bobby socks completed the look.

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As I look back on my childhood and teenage years, for the most part, they were happy times.  I am Grateful to God for these beautiful memories.

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