Primping for the Prom

If asked to cast my vote for Coolest Dude of the 20th Century, I might well go with Duke Ellington. Last Sunday (5/5/19) evening, I was thinking that there had to be a reason he composed “Primping for the Prom” (1968).

I’m betting that he would have approved of the scene I witnessed. There were begowned girls marching to The Mansion…

Guys chilling in wait…

Some keeping their eyes on the time.

There were girls waiting to descend the Mansion stairs…

Couples putting on their best poses…

The obligatory shades…

Many seniors seeming to realize that their time together on campus (including their friendships with faculty children) has reached the final month…

And their were some younger siblings looking forward to proms in their own futures…

Of course, lots of kids simply enjoyed hanging out…

Waiting for the dancing to start…

And waiting…

And you can always count on some guys to just laugh their way thru it all…

And it was nice to sneak in a faculty photo-op…

But as hard as my camera worked to follow them, some prom goers seemed intent on following…

I mean really following…

To a point of obsession…

The photographer trying to follow them. (Yup, that would be one Dean Thomas Bragg ’83 watching over all.)

Then again, for some, it was all about the shoes. (That would be my tribe.)

Onward, Malcolm Gauld