Thursday, May 5, 2011

Prom Night

Me and my prom date circa 1982.

Prom season is upon us!  Remember when prom wasn't the outrageous expense that it is today?  At my prom we didn't need to rent a limo, my boyfriend at the time had borrowed his dad's Lincoln which everyone had dubbed "the boat".  My dress didn't cost thousands of dollars, and it certainly didn't have a designer label.  Also, it would never occur to me to go to a tanning salon prior to the prom.  Me and my friend would usually park ourselves in some lawn chairs out back and try to get some sun prior to the prom to get some color...but I recall it being a little chilly since it was still April.  We danced the night away to Hall & Oats, J. Geils Band, Soft Cell, Quarterflash and many other 80s bands of the day...hell we probably even danced to SUPERFREAK!  Anyway, prom was just a fun "grownup" night out and was our first taste of "adulthood".  Everyone would always go drinking before and after the prom (typical teenagers), and of course there was always someone who overdid it and ended up puking in the bathroom...Aaahh those were the days!  Prom night also was a night where girls/boys would lose their virginity...if they haven't already.  Most kids I knew hadn't back then, but I'm sure thats not the case today.  I remember I had cut my hair short a few months prior, because I wanted to look like Olivia Newton-John...her video "Physical" was incredibly popular at the time and I loved her hair in that!  I know I sound like an old lady complaining about kids today, but seriously, the prom is not the same as it was back in my day....Damn! Did I just say "back in my day"?? Starting to sound like my parents!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

R.I.P. Yvette Vickers

A mummified body believed to be that of an early Playboy Playmate has been found in a dilapidated Beverly Hills home after evidently being undiscovered for up to a year, authorities said on Monday. 

The house was owned by Yvette Vickers, a B-movie actress who was named Playboy's Miss July in 1959, almost six years after the men's magazine was first published.
Neighbor Susan Savage found the body last Wednesday when her suspicions were aroused by old letters and cobwebs in the mailbox. The house was packed with boxes, and at least one window was broken. A space heater was running in the upstairs room where the body was lying on the floor.

Although Vickers generally kept to herself in the neighborhood, Savage decided to check on her. 

"The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow," Savage said. "I just had a bad feeling." 

"We don't know if it's a Jane Doe or a John Doe," said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Police said there were no signs of foul play.

"We've all been crying about this," Savage said. "Nobody should be left alone like that." 

Vickers, born Yvette Vedder in Kansas City, Missouri, was variously described as being either 82 or 74. She was briefly married twice during the 1950s.

Her film credits include 1958's "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and 1959's "Attack of the Giant Leeches." Her last feature role was in a 1990 horror called "Evil Spirits." 

It's such a sad ending for a beautiful lady!