"This is my birthday month so write about your favorite birthday celebration of all time or the best birthday party you've ever attended or given or the best party you've eveer attended, given, or received. Pretty much any celebration that comes to mind. You can even write about what would be your ideal themed part."
My favorite party was hosted by my first "real" boss, William J. (Bill) Janklow. He was a legal genius, and a strong-willed and often controversial Attorney General and 4-term Governor of the State of South Dakota, my home state.
The University of South Dakota Library has a brief Janklow biography posted on its website. There is also a brief biography on the South Dakota Hall of Fame website.
But this post is not about Bill's long and storied political career. And it's not about war stories from my days in the South Dakota Attorney General's Office when Bill was my boss. This post is about one AMAZING sock hop!
Bill had an INCREDIBLY LARGE collection of 45 rpm records and 33 rpm albums from the 1950s and 1960s. He raised over $2 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, his favorite charity, by playing those records as "BJ the DJ" at fundraising events. He was a walking encyclopedia of oldies music trivia!
Click THIS LINK to watch some rare footage -- a short video clip of one of his "BJ the DJ" dances, produced by KELO-TV long before anyone had a video camera in a cell phone!
My memory is not what it used to be, but I think the most memorable "BJ the DJ" event I attended in Sioux Falls was a celebration of Bill's 50th birthday in 1989. Of course, it was also a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Everyone was expected to come in bobby sox and 50s attire. I still have my souvenir saddle shoes!
It was great fun to watch the children of the 50s jitterbugging to the songs of their youth -- and we children of the 60s could twist and shout and do the locomotion. Even my laid back brother danced!
Ahh--those were the good old days!!