A Pre-War Memory Chip
When I was fifteen, I recall being asked to go to the Brooklyn Technical School 1941 prom. It was my first invitation to such an event and, of course, caused me much apprehension and excitement. I remember dressing in my new red polka dot organza formal gown in a state of anticipation and anxiety. It turned out to be a magical evening. It was held on the Astor Hotel Roof Room, and we danced to the Tommy Dorsey orchestra accompanied by the Pied Pipers and Frank Sinatra. The Astor Hotel, long since demolished, was in Times Square. We were also served diner which was included in the bid – and, as I learned later – cost $5! Little did I know that in five years – after a long painful war, my date and I would marry!