It's National Prom Day and Angel and I decided to celebrate on our radio show by sharing our vintage prom photos from "back in the day" at Daviess County High School and Apollo High School.  Well, when I started trying to remember where my high school prom photos were, I realized that I had stuffed them in my old Memories book.  Remember these?

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A Memories book was something just about every high school senior looked forward to.  It was a way to document nearly every milestone of your graduation year.  As a matter of fact, the first page of the book said this:

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I decided to share some photos from my own book. Naturally, it brought back some awesome memories from Daviess County High School and the Class of '89.

Here's my class schedule for my final semester.  Look at me starting out the day with Math Analysis (gag) and A.P. English IV (rocked it out)!  Of course, I'm sure you're shocked that I spent 3rd Period in Speech.  Slayed that one too and, ultimately, made a living out of it.

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The page I was obsessed with filling out was the next one- the Favorite People and More page!  It was pop culture heaven!

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That page is SO FREAKING ME.  I was obsessed with the movie Dangerous Liaisons. I am pretty sure I drove to Evansville to see it on opening night.

And I was obsessed with Taylor Dayne and the TV show Designing Women.  That's clearly illustrated on the page. I even found an old newspaper clipping with Dixie Carter's face on it.

Can we address for a moment my rather warped and progressive sense of humor. I have always been a champion of diversity, even as a child and teenager. Look at the "Colors" line. I actually scolded myself in print for listing "white" as one of my favorite colors.  I literally accused myself of being racist (or "racial").  I. AM. DEAD.

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This will come as no surprise, but I was a theatre kid.  I found a great cast photo from our production of Grease!  This was in the Activities and Organizations section.

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For the record in case you missed it, I careered "Born the Hand Jive" and "Beauty School Dropout."  My friends even lowered this riveting Teen Angel on a swing from the friggin' rafters of the auditorum.  Thankfully, they didn't drop and kill me.

Next up in the Memories book was the World and Local Events page and naturally I wrote about our senior class' defining event, when one of our cheerleaders admitted a presidential transgression to the national press.

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See my answer to the Who's News question?  "Corey Walkosak- she 'grabbed' George's butt" and Time magazine interviewed her.  And I love that just as important to me as the presidential race that year was the fact that I won $20 on the very first Kentucky Lottery ticket I ever purchased.  Priorities, People. Fun fact, I bought it at the Pantry store near my house.

There was also a section where you could document Spring Break.  I am certain some of my friends filled up their pages with Kodak moments from Panama City Beach, Florida.  I went to Opryland.

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And pay close attention to the rest of that page.  While our friend Amy was out of town on her Spring Break, my friend Jenny and I decorated her bedroom with pictures from a Playgirl magazine. Again. I. AM. DEAD.

Of course, Amy and I went to our Senior Prom together.  I recorded the highlights in the Memories book.  I love that I was going to complain about the prize I won at the after-prom party.  If memory serves me correctly, it was a denim picture frame.  I don't remember how I won it, I just remember thinking it was really stupid.  As you can see, I actually wrote the word "stupid", then gave up on the rest.  I apparently couldn't bring myself to actually handwrite the word "denim."

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And, as you can see, I was the best prom date ever.  Instead of just taking my date to some random restaurant, we went to the Executive-Inn Rivermont's Showroom Lounge to see Natalie Cole in concert!

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Then, of course, there was a great section of the book to proudly display your senior picture.  Here's one of mine. Notice the compelling cheek bone structure.

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I am not even kidding when I tell you that I had a nickname for this particular photo. When my friends asked for one of my senior pictures, I gave them a choice between two wallet-sized pics.  In the first, I was smiling.  This one?  I called it my "Sex God Pose" and instructed my friends to request that photo by its given name.

I had a blast looking through my Memories book. Do you still have yours?

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