Remembering “ME” – Part 3

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 “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.

4 thoughts on “Remembering “ME” – Part 3

  1. Yvonne, in 1958-1960 I lived in Bethesda MD. Our little friend down the street
    had a older sister that went to American Bandstand every week. I saw her countless times getting into the car with her ponytail, saddle shoes & poodle skirt 🙂 Good memories!

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  2. Hard to believe but I was too young (b.1960) but I remember my favorite show was Soul Train. No kidding. I did the same thing. Watched it obsessively, loved the fashion and music, copied all the dance moves, would have given anything to have an afro. And I tried with my stringy 10 year old hair, braiding and teasing it until my Mom finally explained to me that I could never have hair like Diana Ross no matter how much I wanted it. To this day, I think a long afro is the last word in elegance. Did you see the cover of Oprah?

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    • Luved Oprah’s hair. In a future post I will talk about natural hair and share a photo of my daughter who is now 51-years-old wearing an Afro and her daughter now a 22-year-old reliving the style of the 60s. Styles always typically revolve — do you agree? Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

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