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.
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.