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The Return of Laverne and Shirley!

Posted Friday, September 11, 2009, at 11:05 AM

Madeline Giles, Sue Colman, and Judy Adkins ride the FHA float in the Dexter parade, circa 1960. Sue and I were seniors; Judy was a junior. Ah, Happy Days!
It looks as if my "Gotta love a small town parade" blog has hit paydirt! An old...oops, "former" classmate saw the blog and e-mailed me with a long-forgotten memory. It seems that she has documented proof (as seen above) that she and I rode the FHA float together in high school!

This is a classic if ever there was: Look at that cozy windmill and the little flower-strewn picket fence! Judy says that she kept the dress for a long time and remembers that the skirt was blue, the blouses were white, and the vests were RED!

I have no doubt that we looked like twin versions of SNOW WHITE!

I have several observations:

* Why did Sue get to wear the classy red formal with the long white gloves, while we had to dress like something out of a Disney cartoon???? (Mrs. Rankin, what were you thinking?!)

* And why were those horrible CAT EYE glasses so popular in the fifties?? I look like someone from a FAR SIDE CARTOON!

* Why do I have no memory of this life-changing moment in my high school career????

* And why am I posting a photo that makes me look like Laverne dressed up like Snow White, as drawn by Gary Larson in the funny papers...??

* Was the Fonz driving that big beautiful car, which I will show you on my next blog?

If the fins were any bigger, it could fly! In the meantime, I'll ask my automotive expert friend to identify the make and model.

Till then, Happy Days, ya'll!

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I am Sue's daughter and I never saw this picture. She was so pretty!!!

Thank you for posting this and thank you Robyn, for bringing it to my attention. Our Mom's were quite the hotties!!!

Jamie McLane-Brown

-- Posted by Dulciemac on Sat, Oct 17, 2009, at 10:44 PM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
Oh, Jamie, this makes me SO HAPPY to have put this on my blog! What a surprise to see that you found it! Who is the "Robyn" who alerted you to this photo? It must have been Judy's daughter.

Yes, your moms were "hotties"!! There may not be many photos out there from the 50's. Do you have your mom's Reveille yearbook from 1960? That's the year she was FHA queen and we were her attendants. Most of the time, she wore her hair very long, straight, and loose, but the yearbook picture shows her hair shorter and more "fixed."

If you want to e-mail me at the office, my address is on my profile. I'll be glad to send you a scanned picture from the yearbook. Heck, I may even do another blog on the topic!!!

I know that gonenow, there are lots of nice folks around this site.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 4:59 PM

dexterite--I would NEVER infer that you were a hoon. I was, of course, teasing you. We all love a goat--especially a goat lady!

-- Posted by GONENOW on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 3:40 PM

MD, it was 1999...my senior year. It wasn't much to speak of. A trailer of sorts that was decorated a bit...no pretty ribbons and paper mache and the like. I was in a low rider pick-up right behind them.

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 8:12 AM

Heaven forbid....

Gonenow, this conversation just shows how the written language can be inadequate when it comes to innuendo. Dexterite's meaning could easily be taken in a sarcastic fashion, but it never occured to me to take it that way.

Haha, as two old English teachers, you and I are very aware of both the beauty and the limitations of the English language, aren't we? I wonder that foreigners can ever make heads or tails of it! (And there's another of those idioms that drives them crazy!) (Ack! I can't say ANYTHING without using an idiom!!!)

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 7:55 AM

Gonenow, I was meaning which float would gl be riding,,, not if. I know better than that, I'm not hoonie of course.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 4:16 PM

Goat Lady--I'd be offended if I were you! Why WOULDN'T you be on a queen's float? Who's to say you aren't Marilyn Monroe reincarnated? I have an idea that you're a close match! ---and I thought dexterite was the nice guy!

-- Posted by GONENOW on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 4:08 PM

Oops, what happened to my "s" on "goats"?? Guess I need to finish my second cup o' coffee this morning!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 7:34 AM

It has intermittant steering, depending on which way the goat want to go!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 7:32 AM

Bring it on, will be looking for your unique ride. Does it have power steering????

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 2:26 PM

Well, I applied to enter my goat-driven three-wheeled cart in the parade, but the authorities haven't gotten back to me yet... It's not exactly a "queen" float....more like a derelict chicken coop...

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 2:01 PM

gl, will you be riding in one of the queen floats?? Just kidding of course.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 8:14 AM

Haha! Clever observation, dhs73! Dexter parade is next Tuesday. We'll count the floats and get back to you.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 8:11 AM

What a great photo! I confess I have not been back in the area to witness a home town parade in many years but cannot imagine that they don't still make floats. That's just downright un-something. After all, a parade with no floats is just a traffic jam.

-- Posted by no tea for me on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 9:59 PM

Ha! Did she change dresses, too? Doubt that. DHS had lots of chances for girls to get to be a queen or attendant. The high school where I teach has a policy--only seniors can win. We only have a couple of queens--prom queen and homecoming. All classes get to have a nominee, but the senior gets the crown. I think that stinks! Nobody here cares what I think though, so the policies remain.

If your parade was in '60, my sister was not in it. She was the year before though. Lovebooks will figure me out sometime, but I hope she doesn't reveal my name online. A subtle hint will do it, lovebooks.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 2:27 PM

I recognized Sue Coleman immediately! I always thought she was so pretty. I graduated with her younger brother, Dean.

I think you all look cute as can be! I think it looks like the parade scene in "Animal House" right before everything went crazy!

My sister was Carnival Queen so maybe she rode on a different float?? Ahh, the memories.

-- Posted by lovebooks on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 11:11 AM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
Sue was beautiful. Judy says she's passed away. It doesn't seem possible!

I'm at the office, so I can't check the yearbooks, but if she was Carnival Queen in '60, I have no doubt that she was in the same parade!

I'm not sure the small schools do that anymore for the queens & their courts. I think they just stick them in a convertible and send them 'round.

In fact, one year I was watching the parade, and I thought, "Hey, haven't we seen that girl??" And I found out that if a girl had won several queen contests, she had several cars & drivers lined up to take her through the parade over & over!

I, too, got to participate in the parade for FHA my senior year. I had a 15 year old low rider pick-up (my very first vehicle!), and I was SOOO proud to have everyone see it! Then again, all I got to do was follow our float, and carry about 15 other seniors in the bed! But oh, the memories!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:05 PM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
Well, now, you're quite a bit younger than I am, dolphin, so I'm wondering how long that FHA practice was in effect. I used to go to EVERY Dexter parade when my kids played in the band and my daughter was a twirler -- and I don't remember any FHA floats then. That would have been...let's see...about 1987 to 2000.

No worries 52, I don't remember much of my High School daze either! GREAT blog MadDog, Fonz, Laverne and Shirley, Nastalgia! AWEsome.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 11:41 AM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
Hoon, I can't believe you've actually hit upon a REAL, ACTUAL nickname of mine - given to me by Myron Minton, the manager of the Town & Country store in Advance! We were gymnastics parents, traveling around the countryside to meets, when he came up with the nickname "MadDog"!

How funny. You'd think I would have some memory of such an historic event as seeing my big sister up on a parade float, but nada. Strange that neither of us remember. Maybe we've been replaced with dopplegangers and we have no memories from before the exchange. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

-- Posted by mokath52 on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 11:30 AM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
We must have lost the memory when we were kidnapped by aliens in '75.

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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