Our Memories of the

Prom

Barry Smith remembers a Prom night party:

I wonder how many in our class remember that fabulous party Donna hosted for our entire senior class at her folk's (?) place - a ranch, way out in what now is that new part of residential Broadmoor. What do they call it? The party went all night till dawn. Then they hosted a great breakfast for us all and we chowed down big time. Thing is I can't remember much else about what we did - don't recall if there was a dance or what - there was lots of walking around and looking - we all brought dates to it whether they were fellows seniors or not. I recall it was an extraordinary celebration. It may have been the night of graduation, or very close to that date. I remember I had my first day on a summer job that very next day and I reported to work (J. C. Penney's) the next day at 8:00 a.m. with no sleep whatsoever. Ah... to be young again....

 

But Donna Johnson has a different take on it:

It will be interesting to hear what other people remember of this night. I have heard references to it before. You are referring to Star Ranch, where I lived. It was a Young Life camp on Cheyenne Mountain. It is now a gated community with the word "Historic" added to Star Ranch. While it sounds like fun and I wish it were so, I don't remember hosting this or providing breakfast or even being there! In fact, an all night party is something my parents wouldn't have supported. My brother Sam (class of '63) doesn't remember it either. We were probably home wishing we were out there with the rest of you. Maybe Young Life sponsored it or someone's parents rented the place through Young Life. We had "senior sneaks" at the Ranch every spring and it would have been like one of those. What do others remember?

 

Then Susan Feldt helped out with a memory or two of her own:

This was the party after our senior prom. All the seniors and their dates came out to Star Ranch. I don't remember what all we did, but I remember hiking and watching the sunrise. We had a wonderful time! Perhaps some other people have more memories of this. A fantastic breakfast was served, because we had been up all night. My dad and Chris Nichol's dad stood guard at the gate so no one who wasn't accompanied by a senior was allowed in. So many wonderful memories are being brought back.

Dan Davis and Prom Date Carol McElvaine, a Palmer High Student

DDavis-CMcElvaine

 

Carl Rowe remembers the Prom:

I have only fuzzy memories of our Senior Prom. Pam Gantz was my date and we started out at Kristen Vanderhoof’s house. I believe Kristen was going with some guy from Fountain Valley. I’m pretty sure we made it to the Prom but I couldn’t swear to it!

 

Sheri Davis has racier memories of what the class was doing that night:

I have to weigh in on Prom Party at Star Ranch...Donna we really were there and my parents were chaperons. The joke among the parents is they had to keep beating the bushes to keep the kids from hiding, doing what ever they did ?/!#$%^. As I remember Jack Sawyer and Barbara Cooper were the ones the parents kept finding. I think the Senior Parents sponsored this party to keep us safe and to keep an eye on us. We had a good time.

 

With a good-natured rebuttal from Barbara Cooper Hall:

I really have to reply to Sheri Davis' memories of the Prom night.  I was NOT there with Jack so parents could not have found us anywhere.  A few us were not asked to the Senior Prom because some Freshmen girls were asked in our place.  Oh the memories!  Some of those memories just stick in your mind like it was yesterday. As I remember the graduation party was held at the ranch. 

 

And some clarifying memories from Susan Feldt:

I had forgotten that your (Sheri's) parents chaperoned. I just remember my dad and Duke Nicoll keeping watch in the little booth on the road so that no one but seniors and their dates could come. I think they had a bottle of something to keep them amused out there. I know my dad really enjoyed being a part of it.

 

Donna Johnson has an insider's view of the location:

You are referring to Star Ranch, where I lived. It was a Young Life camp on Cheyenne Mountain. It is now a gated community with the word "Historic" added to Star Ranch. While it sounds like fun and I wish it were so, I don't remember hosting this or providing breakfast or even being there! In fact, an all night party is something my parents wouldn't have supported. My brother Sam (class of '63) doesn't remember it either. We were probably home wishing we were out there with the rest of you. Maybe Young Life sponsored it or someone's parents rented the place through Young Life. We had "senior sneaks" at the Ranch every spring and it would have been like one of those. What do others remember? 

Gery Bensberg and Sheryl Davis:

Gery and Cheryl Prom Photo

 

Karen Edwards helped construct the decorations for the Junior Prom:

I wasn't there for senior prom, but I remember how hard we worked to put on the prom that was held our junior year for the first time at a hotel instead of remaking the gym. It was (I think) " A Night in Paris".

 

Marie Hummel and her Mom have been talking about this too:

I did call my mother to invite her to the Reunion Sunday Brunch, but she had already committed that time. She did say that she remembered chaperoning the after prom party at Star Ranch and that, as a class, we were "the niceness bunch of kids" and she is sorry she has to miss seeing everyone grownup.

 

Shirley Kundzicz remembers another dance:

I know it was not Sr Prom.   It is probably homecoming, because Cynthia grad. spring of '60.  I am sending it to you anyway, so here it is.  From L-R: Chuck Armstrong & me, Cynthia and Wes Niswonger, Sylvia and I think a guy named Bill from an older class.

Shirley Kundzicz Homecoming '60

 

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