LOU WHITNEY & DORIS BIGGS
My fondest memory of
our prom was
Doris Biggs. She was in the class of '54 and lived next to my
great grandmother, and I saw her quit often throughout my high
school years. She lived with her mother, and they had moved to
San Diego from Texarkana, TX when she was in Junior High. I am
glad that I took her to the Senior Prom, and we had a great time.
I remember that we
had a hypnotist that actually put a bunch of our classmates under.
I remember that he had asked one of our classmates to sing "Cry" by
Johnnie Ray, which he did. He even cried. When he came
out of being hypnotized he said he didn't know the words to Cry.
The guy even hypnotized Sylvia Graham who was sitting in the audience
while he hypnotized the group on stage. When he brought Sylvia
out of her trance, he said a certain word and she cackled like a
I got to drive my
dad's new Mercury to the prom, and he even washed it for me. A
bunch of us went out afterwards for something to eat, and reminisce
about the evening. I don't know what time we got home that night
(morning), but it was starting to get light.
What a wonderful time
we had. Oh, to live those days over.....well most of them
out those argyle socks.
& GENE KILLENGER
While I didn't attend
Kearny High School in my senior year, I still feel that I am a
graduate of Kearny since I grew up with all of my Kearny classmates.
I very reluctantly transferred to Hoover during my Sophomore
year, and did attend the Hoover Senior Prom with my long-term boy
friend Gene Killinger. I met Gene in my Sophomore English class at
Hoover. We were engaged by our senior year and married four
months after the prom. Our marriage lasted 17 years and resulted in
The prom was a
big deal for me. This picture was taken on June 12, 1953, at
Gene's home in the College Avenue area just before his dad
and mom turned over the keys to their nice almost-new 1951 Ford
for our evening. The prom was held at the Balboa Park Club and
we had a great time. Actually, we never missed many school
dances -- many were off campus in ballrooms and often dressy, so
the prom wasn't the first dressy event for us.
The only other
memory I have of the prom was about my dress. My family
(parents, five children, plus a grandfather) never had much
money, and I often made many of my own clothes (or altered) from
babysitting jobs. The dress I wore cost something like only
$14. It was plain. I added the net over-skirt and netting at the
bodice, and I was all "set to go."
At our wedding,
four months later, Norie Kennedy my old Kearny HS best friend,
and my other girlfriends (from Hoover High), each wore their
strapless pastel 1953 prom dresses. We needed only to make
little sheer matching shoulder capes.
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FORREST LETZRING &
My prom, crew cut and a Sear's suit with
We didn't want to make a fashion
statement, just to have fun and we did.