JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) “those were the days”

2019-Jun-22

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WINDS OF WAR / DRUMS OF WAR
Posted on June 22, 2019 by keywestlou
Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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One of Howard’s brothers was Lester Lanin. He too was a band leader of renown. Many a time I danced to Lester Lanin and his orchestra.

It was during my college years. The more affluent female colleges for their special dances brought Lester Lanin in to play. I was fortunate to be invited by the ladies to these dances. Great dancing music. Lovely ladies. Many formal.

I did not own a tuxedo and could not afford to rent one. Nor could many of my class mates at Manhattan College. Manhattan was a poor boy’s school.

The problem easily solved. We would wear our Air Force ROTC uniforms with a black bow tie added. Passed inspection!

Corsages an economic problem also. We would take turns riding the subway to Times Square. A 45 minute ride each way. Whoever went bought orchid corsages from a street peddler for like 5o cents a piece and brought them back to school

Those were the days!

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[JR: Yes, they were.]

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