Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 85
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 85

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 23, 1972
Page 85
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9 --July 23, 1972 Sunday " Chtrltslon, West Virglnii- 7W/ the World With Newspaper Story You may have ' been engaged for some time, but there's something about announcing it in the newspapers that makes it "official." Y o u r n e w s p a p e r a n - nouncement is an important. part of your prenuptial plans a n d l i k e a l l w e d d i n g traditions, there are certain rules you must follow. To begin with, you owe a few courtesies to your family and friends before the public newspaper announcement is published. Visits with both sets of parents are in order and in turn, the parents may entertain the engaged couple. Your fiance's family may wish to call on you and your parents, and parents of the bride-to-be often ask the parents of the prospective bridegroom to dinner. Shortly before your engagement is publicly announced, you should write notes to relatives and close friends informing them of your approaching marriage. Then, it's time for the formal announcement. Engagement announcements just don't pop into print. Your announcement will go through several channels before it finally appears in the paper. And, since women's departments are swamped with such requests, the correctness of your announcement may depend a great deal on you. MOST NEWSPAPERS have f o r m s f o r a n n o u n c i n g engagements but the information may be typed or written on plain sheets of paper. If the information is handwritten, be sure your writing is legible and in all cases, check and recheck for accuracy--especially in the spelling of names. Your approaching marriage is always announced by your parents. In cases of divorced parents, it is customary for one parent to announce the engagement with suitable mention of the other parent. It is entirely proper for both divorced parents to make the- announcement, including their separate addresses. When one parent is deceased, the father, for example, his name should be mentioned: "The bride-elect is the daughter of Mrs. Tom Jones of Oak Street and the late Mr. Jones." If neither parent is living, the announcement should be made by a relative or guardian. Always include your telephone number in case e d i t o r s w a n t m o r e i n - f o r m a t i o n or h a v e any questions. Your picture should accompany the form with your name and address clearly marked on the back. It makes little difference about the finish or size of the picture, although a 5x7 is preferred. Also, black and white pictures reproduce ' much better on newsprint and are preferred. Picture policies vary with each newspaper. At the Charleston Gazette, only one column cuts are used--no exceptions. If you want your announcement to appear in the Sunday Gazette-Mail, it m u s t be in the Gazette Woman's department before noon the Thursday preceding. All copy for the Sunday paper is exclusive and may not be released to either of the local daily papers. * * YOU MAY WISH to include the date of your wedding in the betrothal announcement. Newspapers also provide f o r m s f o r a n n o u n c i n g marriages. You should have your picture made well in advance of your wedding and the announcement itself should be given to the newspaper several days before the ceremony. Gazette policy requires that wedding announcements for the Sunday Gazette-Mail be in before noon Thursday. Only weddings taking place Friday or Saturday, on which information is furnished in advance, are eligible for publication that Sunday. You may bring your announcement to the paper after your wedding, but don't wait too long. Editors want news before it is too outdated But It's Still Alive Prom Night Not What Used To Be By Judy Klemesrud New York Times NEW YORK-It all began to happen around 6 p.m. one Friday: He fastened a tiny corsage of red roses around her right wrist. She pinned a white carnation on the lapel of his rented dinner jacket. They toasted each other with Cold Duck. They kissed. It was prom night. And unlike many other young people today, Louis Battagliola, 18, and his red- haired steady girl.friend, Roberta Bryce, 17, both of New York, were getting ready to "live it up" on what they regarded as the most exciting night of their high school careers. Yes, the prom is still alive, although it is not nearly as well as it used to be. Because many teen-agers today dismiss the traditional prom as irrelevant. Establishment, and overly expensive, many high schools have cancelled their proms a l t o g e t h e r -- o r instituted cheaper substitutes. "We used to get big groups of about 100 after proms." said Eugene R. Scanlan, director of food and beverage at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel here, where prorn business this spring was down 20 per cent from five years ago. "But now we mostly get smaller groups of 6 to 8. I guess the kids just don't dig wearing white jackets and long gowns anymore." MANY STILL -do, of course, especially those from parochial and suburban high schools. "The only kids I know who don't go to proms are the girls who don't have boyfriends," said Roberta, shortly before she and Louis left her home for her senior prom, "Starry, Starry Night," at the Fountain Head Restaurant in nearby New Rochelle, N.Y. Roberta is a senior at St. Raymond's Academy, and Louis is a senior at St. Raymond's high school. They describe themselves as "very average students" at the roman Catholic schools, which are a block apart. To earn the $200 he thought would be necessary to give them a night to remember, Louis went to work as a delivery boy for a messenger service for two months. Roberta, in turn, paid the cost of t h e p r o m --$30 p e r c o u p l e -- w i t h money she earned working weekends at a W o o l w o r t h s t o r e . ( H e r parents are both dead, and she lives with an older sister and younger brother.) "I've wanted to go the prom ever since I was a little kid." Roberta said dreamily. "I watched my sister get ready for her prom, and I used to watch the girls on the block leave their houses in their p r o m dresses. They a l l seemed so excited." Prom day had been a long and exciting day for the couple.. Both had exams in the morning, Louis in psychology and Roberta in philosophy ("I can never remember that word.") They spent the rest of the day getting ready. Roberta paid $8 to have her hair done in "Grecian curls" at a beauty parlor, and then went home and put on a $34 lilac chiffon gown with a lacy white top. LOUIS WASHED the green station wagon he had borrowed for the evening, then donned his rented f$30-a- night) ensemble that would make him one of the colorful males at the prom: a cranberry ruffled shirt and a burgundy crushed velvet dinner jacket, over black pants with black satin stripes running up the sides. As of 6 p.m., Louis and Roberta had been going steady exactly "ive months, 17 days and 18 hours," acc o r d i n g t o R o b e r t a ' s calculations. They live a block away from each other, and h a v e s o m e w h a t s i m i l a r backgrounds: her late father was a truck driver, and so was his. They both live in 8-room apartments on the second floors of two-family houses. They are both passionate New York Yankee fans. Neither Roberta nor Louis is very interested in politics or protest movements. Roberta, however, has registered to vote, and she would probably vote for President Nixon. "I just can't get too interested," said Louis, who is 6-feet-2-inches tall, rail thin and bespectacled. "The other day when I was walking down Fifth Avenue and didn't stop to register at a voter registration booth, a middle-aged guy came running after me. He said, 'You're a phony just like the rest of your generation, because you could have a lot of power if you'd use it.' ". Huge bottles of Royal Crown cola graced the tables at the Fountainhead, where the couples mockingly toasted each other and whispered they'd be sipping "the hard stuff" later on. The prom drew 53 of the 87 girls in Roberta's class and their dates, "a typical turn-out," she said. LOUIS DIDN'T have to lift his fork very often during the meal (fruit cup, soup, prime rib, green beans, potato, chocolate t a r t ) because Roberta was feeding him--a custom today's steady-dating couples At 11 p.m., the couple said goodby to their friends and drove to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where they saw one of Roberta's favorite singers, Melba Moore, do the midnight show. Afterwards, the couple had planned to join some f r i e n d s a t N e w Y o r k ' s Orchard Beach, but chilly weather and light drizzle made them change their plans to ride on the Staten Island Ferry. While waiting for the 2 a.m. ferry to arrive, Roberta and Louis talked about the widely held belief that sex and the senior prom are practically synonymous. "Sure everybody talks about it," said Louis, "But that doesn't mean you just automatically go to bed with someone on prom night. It depends on how meaningful your relationship is." Roberta agreed, and added: "I trust him and I trust me. 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