Thursday, March 16, 2006



Thirteen things about my date to the St. Patrick's Ball

1. Balls at the University of Illinois were usually sponsored by a campus wide or large organization and held in more public places like the Armory or the Athletic building; dances were for the individual fraternity, sorority or independent residence. Other balls during that era were Sno-Ball, Beaux-Arts Ball, Military Ball, Interfraternity Ball and Panhellenic Ball.

2. Balls always had a nice dance band or small orchestra; dances usually a combo. To not have live music would have been unthinkable. There was also a photographer to take a formal portrait. I can't find the 1959, so the photo is from the 1960 Ball.

3. First we had a coffee date to get acquainted, since the St. Pat's Ball was an invitation from a guy I didn't know.

4. I borrowed a red lace dress from my housemate Sally who was slightly smaller.

5. My date wore a jacket that had belonged to his grandfather, who was slightly larger.

6. I weighed more than my date.

7. He borrowed a car from a friend.

8. I was 19 and living in McKinley Hall.

9. He was 21 living in Armory House.

10.My date was one of the few good dancers I'd ever dated. We went to many more dances.

11. He was a city boy, I was a small town girl.

12. He probably wanted to impress me so he told me that night he'd like to marry me.

13. He did.

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35 comments:

Kimmy said...

Awwww! I love it. I love the picture. I love the details. I love that he married you.

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Carol said...

How sweet!! I love reading stories like that! My 13 are up.

Natsthename said...

Happy ANniversary of your first date!!! I think this might be my favorite "13" today!

Unknown said...

I love the photo. Great post. Reminds me of my college days at WIU.

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Kelly said...

Aww....
What a great story!!!

Happy Thursday!
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Libragirl said...

You married him. That's so sweet

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Denise said...

I love happy stories! I love that photo!

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Denise

Anonymous said...

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Chaotic Mom said...

Okay, now THAT was a really neat story. Great photo, too. ;)

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Tanya said...

Lovely! Congratulations.

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-tnchick- said...

WHat a great dance night/story. That's wonderful... I didn't expect to read you married at the end!

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Carmen said...

See?! I want a story like that. :) Thanks for my morning smile.

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Jane said...

Norma, that is such a sweet story. I love it! You were an adorable looking couple.
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Jade said...

That is sooo sweet! And you know, a guy who can dance is surely a keeper! :-)

My TT are up too! Have a great Thursday!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, you look awesome! Loved your list. Happy TT!

Froggie said...

Love your list! Thanks for shareing!!

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Courtney said...

Awww...that's great! Love it! Great pic too.

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kontan said...

holding a silly grin, too sweet!

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Micehelly said...

I am just a sucker for romantic stories - that is such a sweet thirteen.

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Dale Challener Roe said...

Happy Paddy's Day

Dale Challener Roe said...

oops.

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MaR said...

This is a wonderful TT! loved your story and stared at your enlarged picture: lovely hair, dress and cute shoes. Just lovely everything. My TT is up

Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, look at you...what a sweet memory! Love the picture. My 13 are up.

Melli said...

What a SWEET story! Would have worked well for Monday Memories also! Cute picture ... GREAT 13!

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Anonymous said...

How sweet, both the story and the picture! Thanks for visiting my TT.

Just Me said...

They should make a movie out of this list. It would be great! :)

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Anonymous said...

Awwww...very sweet! Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

ps. my mom is a librarian...it's helpful when I need to find a book.

Anonymous said...

that is the best list EVER!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful list! My 13 are up :)

Renee Nefe said...

Wow, what a story. That's pretty sweet that he knew that he wanted to marry you when you first met. I don't think that they make guys like that anymore.

congratulations.

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Shelli said...

At the beginning of the post, I started thinking that I bet she is going to say that she ended up marrying her date, and you did!

Thanks for coming by my 13.

Amy The Black said...

What a wonderful list. I got acquainted with my husband after asking him to a Sadie Hawkins dance. He turned me down, but I didn't give up!

Anonymous said...

Carol I really liked this TT list! It made me smile. :)

Happy weekend and enjoy your St. Patrick's Day. :)

Master Enigma said...

What a delight! You had me hooked early since I live in champaign/urbana. But what a great #13!

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