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May 29

Prom Night 1989

1989-prom.jpgSan Luis Obispo High School seniors Daniel Lucas and Anna Boyd strike a classic pose in contemporary attire at the prom.©Jeffrey May/Telegram Tribune
Prom is a sign the school year is winding down and graduations are just around the corner.
In 1989 there was a scheduling snafu and the San Luis Obispo High Prom fell on the same weekend as Poly Royal. Some parents improvised, Jerry and Sandy Emery cooked dinner for eight couples to avoid the overbooked restaurants.
Volunteers gave the Veterans Memorial Buidling  a makeover from about 9am to 4pm transforming it into a Mardi Gras ballroom.
Photo essay was by Jeffrey May.
Quoting from the story by Teresa Mariani (Brown) Hendrix:

There were the Prom Rebels–three guys sent home to trade their shorts for the pants that came with their tuxedos. And there were plenty of Prom Rebels who paired tennis shoes with their tuxes.
There were corsages, those ephemeral clusters of roses, ribbon and baby’s breath that almost evaporate the next morning.
There were the Prom Photos–posed in front of a giant mask–destined to be preserved in yearbooks for decades.
And of course there was the dancing.
Dancing to rap.
Dancing to Top 40 hits. Dancing to movie soundtrack themes. Dancing to ’80s remakes of songs probably played at parent’s proms 20 years earlier.
There was dancing that made wearing tux jackets impossible after a certain hour and turned the hall into a sauna–with chaperones keeping a keen eye on the students who stepped outside for some air.
Some things never change. 

If you have a prom memory, take a moment to share in the comments.

Lastly here is a note from our web team on a project they are launching:

Still have your old prom photos stashed away? Or did you recently send a son or daughter to prom? Send us your prom photos, old and new, for publication in an online photo gallery at sanluisobispo.com.

Please include your full name and the name of the city and high school you attended.

If it’s a recent prom photo, send us your name the name of the high school and your expected graduation date.

E-mail your photos to:  prom@thetribunenews.com

Photos will be added to the photo gallery on an ongoing basis. The deadline to submit photos is June 14. 

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