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Class of 1956 Message List
10/09/06     Esther Sparks Powell  (1956)      powellrs@kimbanet.com
WOW! What a wonderful 50th reunion we had at the Dutch Inn Saturday night. It was certainly the largest (100+), and maybe even the most enthusiastic, crowd to date.

With Benny as M.C. we always know that we are in for a night of fun, and he didn't let us down. He had us all in stitches as he led us down memory lane with his jokes and reminders of the 50's. There just aren't words to describe some of those memories from "our" good ole days, especially the music that we all loved. Believe it or not, even Benny couldn't find the words to do enough justice to Elvis, The King. Of course, that did not halt our unflappable Benny....he brought on the ole boy, IN PERSON.

YES, you read that right. We were entertained by a spotlighted and side-burned ELVIS in a blue, sequined jumpsuit, with glittering rings on his fingers and dripping with gentlemanly charm. Okay, so it was an impersonator named, Steve, but at 68+ years, who gives a hoot? Certainly, not I, nor from where I was sitting, any of the other ladies. Lordy, that Demetria kept having to be held back. Once, she actually got loose and went after him! Oh, yeah, and just like in the 50's, a pair of red bloomers got tossed at him.....I'm not positive, but a lot of us are pretty sure that they came from Demetria's direction.

Later as he wandered through the crowd, stopping to sing directly to any adoring lady, who happened to catch his eye, he chose Lois, who was soon trailing along behind him, in eager attendance, with a dry towel (draped across her outstretched arm), to be offered, when needed, to wipe HIS brow.....and for doing such an outstanding job, Lois got to keep the towel.

Alas, Shirley Key, Jean Pruitt, daughter Deb, Lucy Smart Dunwoody, Barbara Wade, and I weren't on the receiving end of Elvis' roving eye. Bill and Brewster's presence at our table may have been a factor, but most likely it was our central table location. (Yeah, I know, and those grapes were probably sour, too.)

THANKS, Ann, Benny, John D., Susan, Lois, Joann, Jo, Barbara Jean, Mary Ann, Jim, Carol and everyone else who took part in making it all come together for such a truly memorable 50th reunion. You done plumb good, gang!

I repeat. OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
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