Body Language


Sometimes you don’t need the deets; the body language tells a story all its own. Granted, we don’t need if he could’ve had a V-8 or if he forgot her name, but we know he just had a lightbulb moment.


So what do y’all think about her posture here? Is that welcoming, or overarching? Is he getting all up in her personal space? Her smile says “yes,” but her lower back says “no.”


By the looks of those palms on those cheeks, I think we can all agree on this one. Urline is screwing up the baked goods again. Bless her heart.


This one is a little more subtle. Clearly, Janice from Friends has a sister, and she is miffed. Maybe it’s because she’s six foot tall, and all the men are short at this party. Debra, on the other hand, is enjoying Monterrey Jack squares like there is no tomorrow. It’s a perfect balance to a flat diet Coke. And Diane–well, there’s that overarching again. Her smile says “yes,” but her eyes say, “Five bucks says there’s salmonella on that tray now. Debra never washes her hands.” Wait–did they have salmonella in the 80s?


And this last guy–Gwinn Henry? Well, you can tell by the way he uses his walk, he’s a woman’s man, no time to talk.

PaNaTa “Natty” Alford Gregory

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PaNaTa, y’all. Do you see this name? With random capitalization? And it’s not even a contrived, trying-uber-hard-to-be-unique NBA name. I can’t even hazard as to why they wrote it that way, but goodness, it looks like a series of elements on the periodic table. Protactinium, Sodium, Tantalum. Awesome.

Look at that tree from which she stems!! Puchethi? Fernaty? Are you kidding me? Chief Techumseh, a manatee, Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and some meth? You can’t make this up.

Deep breath. I presume y’all don’t have any facebook friends named PaNaTa. I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and call this one special. Now I don’t know if that rhymes with banana, but I sho nuff do know that it’s just one letter’s difference from a Mexican fiesta! Ole! Oh, honey, I wonder if they called her piñata.

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Costume Ideas From Days Of Yore, Part III

I love the expressions on these college kids.

UT 1949
UT 1949
Univ of Colorado 1955
Univ of Colorado 1955

This party’s theme appears to be tropical.

Sooners 1964
Sooners 1964

Granted, Faith Hill wasn’t born yet, but she sure looks kin to that lady on the right.

Fat chance you’ll get crowned Mr. or Miss Howdy, but no harm in trying. Coyote52-howdyCoyote52-howdy2

Tarzan, a funny pages vampire (?), and a big-forearmed Popeye


Wonder Twin powers: activate! Form of: Shelly and Wendy!

Rice 1989
Rice 1989

And this next one? Well, I sure hope it was Halloween. Otherwise, there’s too much estrogen in his chicken nuggets.

Aggies 1990
Aggies 1990

Costume Ideas From Days Of Yore, Part I

The posture and expression of this 1949 flapper throwback suggest she knows more secrets of the night than her cowboy companion. Sassy with those plumes in her hair!

Below could be an actual 1941 Halloween function. I spy Indians Native Americans, a swami, baby dolls…


Send in the clowns in 1960.


That’s a lot of polka dots!

Sadie Hawkins Dance


It’s a pretty common occurrence to find pictures like this of Sadie Hawkins Dances in my 1940s-1950s yearbooks. Tattered clothing, corn cob pipes, and overalls with only one arm on the shoulder were de rigueur. Guests often posed on haystacks such as those above.


The Sadie Hawkins dance is named after the Li’l Abner homely comic strip character Sadie Hawkins, created by cartoonist Al Capp. In the strip, the unmarried women of Dogpatch, a hillbilly mountain village, got to chase the bachelors and “marry up” with the ones they caught. The event was introduced in the daily strip, which ran on November 15, 1937.

Consequently, Sadie Hawkins dances are traditionally held in November, with the first official one being held on November 9, 1938. Within a year, hundreds of schools followed suit. By 1952, the event was reportedly celebrated at 40,000 known venues. If nothing else, it empowered women to do the asking–and perhaps face rejection.

In the comic, the voluptuous Daisy Mae has the hots for the dense and simple-minded 6’3″ Abner, hardly “l’il” at all.

Participants at the dances often wore tattered clothing or plaid shirts.

KU-Spring47019In the next photo, you can see that not much had changed as far as attire in the 25 years since its original inception and this 1964 Sadie Hawkins Dance.

What about you? Did you ever attend a Sadie Hawkins Dance? Did people dress up like the L’il Abner characters, or was it purely a girls-ask-boys affair?

Football Stadium Barely Large Enough To Contain This Level Of Fabulous


The fabulous Martha Cartwright, 1949’s Sweetheart of the University of Texas, chats with poor-man’s Gregory Peck, clearly not ready for this jelly. Woman at right seems to concur. So not ready for that jelly.

Any beauty queen worth her mettle knows you have to bring in spring with some drama. Martha liked to walk the rock wall in her kelly green frock. Supermodel, work.

UT Austin, 1949
UT Austin, 1949

Thankfully, she still had time to clown around at the SMU game with Ace, Phyllis, and John. What a ham!



We’ve Got Spirit, Yes, We Do


Y’all know I love old pep rally pics. The joy on the students’ faces, the smiles, the excitement. Not as jaded as these days.


The whole first row is clapping. No one is too cool for school. I just like to zoom in on these people and wonder what they were thinking. Were they whooping, hollering, or doing an Indian war cry? I love the shirt print, the jackets, the glasses, the cowboy hat, the hair.


Your guess is good as mine on this last one. Methinks it might be a Senior Skit, with some gender reversal all in good fun.



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