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It's Diane Lehman's birthday today. New comment added.
Aug
09
Aug 09, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Posted on: Jul 25, 2018 at 3:33 AM

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Aug
06
Aug 06, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Posted on: Aug 03, 2018 at 3:27 PM

THE “PROM” - Actually, I do not remember anyone referring to that spring event as “The Prom”. Here in Snyder, it was called “the Junior-Senior Banquet” or “the Banquet” for short. The most anticipated springtime social event in High School. I suspect Hollywood is the primary suspect responsible for the term “Prom”. An alternative theory is someone took issue with comparing a mushy crusted chicken fried steak, smothered in gravy, served on a chipped melamine plate with a side of bland green beans and “instant” mashed potatoes, to be cuisine worthy of the title “banquet”. In either case, if “the junior-senior banquet” was uttered today, the locals would respond as though you were from another galaxy. Fifty years hence “banquet” has become an archaic word now only routinely seen on a can of Coors or frozen TV dinner.
The “Banquet” season began by selecting some type of theme depicting a historic era or event, I do not remember any of the themes of our banquets. This was a que for the boys to begin the selection of a date. Dates were arranged by a very complicated procedure similar to the NFL College Draft. A roster of six or more “draft picks” would be reviewed and systematically eliminated through clandestine investigation, word of mouth, flat out rumors, or, in rare cases, the girl would dispatch a message through a third party to “hint” that she may be interested.
The girls played the field to the fullest, never immediately accepting an invitation, they would remain uncommitted, to keep their options open. If the answer to your proposal was “let me think about it and I will get back to you”, immediately you knew that you were not her preferred choice and she was holding out for a more promising offer. This was a crushing blow to your ego and self-esteem.
After “miss right” had agreed, the boys went about arranging transportation, acquiring the proper attire, which was made up of a light dinner jacket, navy or black pants, dark slip on dress shoes, pastel pinpoint oxford, button-down collared shirt (with the “fruit” loop) a “skinny” dark tie and matching pocket square. Except for that one year when the “Nehru Jacket” complete with gold chain and large medallion was in “vogue”.
On the day of the event, the boys last minute task included: detailing the car, installing a fresh cardboard pine scent “tree” on the rearview mirror, quick review of dining etiquette, brush up on dance steps, or watch American Bandstand, double check the fluid levels of your favorite cologne, the “big three” preferred by the journeyman raconteur were Hai Karate, Jade East, or English Leather. Go to the flower shop and get a boutonniere, and a corsage, stash in the crisper until the evening of the event. SPECIAL NOTE: remove any onions from the fridge prior to storing the corsage and boutonniere.
On the female side of the equation … Well, since I was not among the girls, I don’t really know the routine. I do know that preparation on the part of the girls had to be intensely more complicated and time consuming, confirmed by the glamorous results. When you first saw them on the night of the Banquet, they looked like Hollywood celebrities attending a movie premier, nothing like the girl in school the previous day. It was “maaavaalousss”, those ravishing strapless formal gowns, Max Factor for the face, Maybelline for the eyes, Revlon for the lips, light pink polish for the nails, white sandals for the feet, and a “big poufy hairdo” held in place by a half can of “Aqua-Net”.
The cafeteria and gym also had experienced a similar transformation courtesy of the parents and sophomore class. The mundane cafeteria of the previous day became an elegant dining hall the evening of the banquet. With tablecloths, candles, tiger themed centerpieces, black and gold decorations, and dimmed overhead lighting, the staff and parents had transformed the same room we ate lunch every school day into an elegant banquet hall reminiscent of the “Waldorf Astoria”. The dinner and entertainment lasted about an hour and a half and we were dismissed for about a half hour to relax and visit before the dance and games at the gym.
Upon entering the gym, we witnessed, once again, the magic touch of the parents and underclassmen. Black and Yellow crepe paper streamers, dry ice smoke machine with colored lights reflecting off the vapors, rotating mirrored ball and glitter reflecting the lights created the perfect atmosphere of a “ballroom”. The transformation was remarkable, only intermittent whiff of musty gym towels and floor wax would materialize as a reminder that a mere twenty-for hours earlier our “ballroom” was full of sweaty students playing “dodge ball”.
I particularly remember the year “The Chessmen” a band out of Dallas that played for the dance. I believe it was the year of the Nehru Jacket when the group came to Snyder. The band had oversized chess pieces randomly placed on stage with a fabric chess board as a back drop.
Being a fan of the blues music genera, I am, naturally, a big fan of Stevie Ray Vaughn, may he rest in peace. A few years back while watching a documentary on the life of “SRV”, I learned that his older brother Jimmy (the Fabulous Thunderbirds) was a member of a Dallas group known as The Chessmen and that little brother Stevie performed with them on occasion.
There is a good chance our class may have heard the Vaughn brothers live and in person before the world discovered them. I would like to know more about the circumstances behind the band being booked for the dance. If anyone has any additional information I would appreciate knowing more.
The dance began to wind down around eleven forty-five and the atmosphere became melancholy, realizing the party was soon to end and the last dance of the evening was inevitable. Although there may have been some minor incidents, I do not remember any major drama associated with the banquets. I think the majority us were safe at home shortly after midnight, with replays of the experience dancing in our minds.

It's Christie Devers Clark's birthday today. New comment added.
Aug
03
Aug 03, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Posted on: Aug 01, 2018 at 3:33 AM

Vick Chambers posted a message. New comment added.
Aug
01
Aug 01, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Posted on: Jul 31, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Hello Belva, Good to hear from you, I hope you get to the reunion.

Jul
29
Jul 29, 2018 at 3:33 AM
Vick Chambers posted a message. New comment added.
Jul
26
Jul 26, 2018 at 8:11 PM

Posted on: Jul 25, 2018 at 5:36 PM

Gayna, Your comments are encouraging. I am pleased to know that some of you have enjoyed the stories. Your reference to the "squaw boots" is exactly my objective for the stories. I had forgotten all about the "squaw boots" but my comments resulted in your recollection. I accidentally erased your response when I attempted to send you a reply on your comment. That is why it is not "in the chain" but, I wanted you to know for sure that I had read your response and was glad to know some were enjoying the stories. Hope to see you at the reunion.

Vick Chambers posted a message. New comment added.
Jun
25
Jun 25, 2018 at 10:12 PM

Posted on: Jun 25, 2018 at 9:29 AM

Hey Vincent, Good to know you signed up. I knew about where you were, but did not know how to actually get in touch. I am still a couple of doors down from Lisa and I run into Tony occasionally since he retired and sold the store.

Vick Chambers posted a message.
Jun
01
Jun 01, 2018 at 9:41 AM

Hey, Jack, welcome aboard. As I told Bob Clayton, I was in Wimberly last August and thought about you and Bob, but I did not have any contact numbers. I was wondering if "Two Ton Tuesdays" are still a thing at Gruene Hall in the summer. I still occasionally scoot my flip flops, traded in my s**t kickers for "flip flops". Crazy stuff like that happens with old age. You would not know anything about that. Hope to see you soon.

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Apr
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Apr 26, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Posted on: Feb 04, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Vick Chambers posted a message.
Apr
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Apr 23, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Ahh, I remember hearing about that. The most notorious "cheeks" in West Texas high school baseball. That incident prompts several questions; Did the cheerleaders identify you in a police line up? Did you and some teammates have to re-pose in order for them to identify you as the culprit?

Vick Chambers posted a message.
Apr
19
Apr 19, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Hey Ken, glad to see you registered on the Reunion Site. How can you still look like your class photo? I know you must have a secret.

Apr
08
Apr 08, 2018 at 10:22 PM

I am planning on making the reunion, just going through some major illness. Hopefully, I will be well enough to make it. Also Jackie Greene and I talked the other day and he is planning on going, but his wife is having surgery and he is dealing with some medical problems, but still hopes to attend.

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Mar 28, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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