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David Melson

Picturing the Past 178: Familiar corner

Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 1:18 PM
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  • cookie might be able to tell us. Is it possible that might be Peggy Jo Hill on the hood of that car?

    -- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 9:10 AM
  • I really don't know who is on the car, but the homecoming queen was Diana Gowen. This doesn't look like Diana. I wonder if the homecoming queen and court were on a float. Maybe Diana will see this and add to it.

    -- Posted by cookie on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 6:29 PM
  • This is Fall of 1960 and someone with a 1961 AQUILA says this looks like Peggy and Cherry Stephenson driving. Cherry is a sophmore in our 1960 book.The other person is unknown.The car tag is 25-5242 or 41

    -- Posted by Cal t on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 7:23 PM
  • Cal t, I don't know what I was thinking, because Fall of 1960 was after Diana and me. I am sure you are right about this being Peggy Jo.

    -- Posted by cookie on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 7:57 PM
  • Thanks to cookie and Cal t for clearing up the 1960 Homecoming Queen story. While I was the Queen in the fall of 1959, I was actually representing the Class of 1960. I find it very unusual to see the girl riding on the hood of the car. Usually, the Queen and Court rode in convertibles and sitting on the trunk with her feet in the back seat! Several things puzzle me about the picture (besides the people sitting on the hood). The fabric that is spread over the hood looks like a serape. The boy appears to be wearing a serape and a straw hat. There is also a piece of fabric behind the sign on the car door. Again, it looks woven like a serape. I'm wondering if there was a Spanish Club at CHS and this car is their entry in the parade. One more thing, I'm not sure the girl is Peggy Jo Hill.

    -- Posted by dianainnc on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 8:11 PM
  • If Peggy Hill was Queen you can be sure she did not ride on the hood of any car much less an Opel. The Queen would have been in a Ford, Chevy,Olds, or Buick as seen in other Aquila's, so I agree with dianainnc.

    -- Posted by Cal t on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 8:41 AM
  • I had to check someone with a 1961 yearbook to identify the 1960 Homecoming Queen and it was Norma Zae Segroves. Peggy Jo Hill could have been the Senior Attendant and she would have been riding on a convertible. If not, she would have been walking with the rest of the cheerleaders.

    I had to research the Opel auto, as I remembered it as being much smaller. You are correct David. Sorry to have doubted you!

    Local auto dealers usually loaned their newest convertibles for the parades. At least, that's how I remember it.

    -- Posted by dianainnc on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 1:42 PM
  • Just wondering what Bedford Commons is? Looks like the old Bedford County Hospital has been opened up to this.

    -- Posted by olderthandirt on Wed, Mar 6, 2013, at 10:10 AM
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