San Clemente Rotary USO Dance June 1945

God Bless America

Turn Back That Clock! (6/10/2017)

It's that time... Forget today and go back to the war years with Pete Jacobs Swing Band. Three hours of dancing to the sound of swing. Where did a lot of military folks dance, the USO of course.


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Let The Party Begin!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

Pete Jacobs Wartime Radio Review Band played the hits of the Big Band Era Swing Dance featuringthe music of Glenn Miller, The Andrew Sisters, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and many others.

The evening included a Cocktail Hour ("No Host" Bar availble all evening) from 5 P.M.to 6 P.M., Dinner Service 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. and Live Music and Dancing 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. All net proceeds go to support local charities and scholarships.

Did You Know? - Just prior to the onset of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to unite several service associations into one organization to lift the morale of our military and nourish support on the home front. Those entities – the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board - became the United Service Organizations or, the USO.

Today, the USO has continued to support our nation’s military and their families for over seven decades as they defend our country and its freedoms. By providing support to our servicemen and women as they perform their most challenging duties around the world, our credo is to be always by their side.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Great sounds

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Popcorn is the answer

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The sarge says so!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Looking for the rest of the troops!

Did You Know? - Cost of Living 1946

Average Cost of new house $5,600.00
Average wages per year $2,500.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 15 cents
Average Cost of a new car $1,120.00
Worlds First Electric Blanket $39.50
Men's Ties $1.50
Watermans Pen $8.75
Chicken 41 cents per pound
Coffee 85 cents for 2 pound bag
Doughnuts 15 cents per dozen
Eggs 64 cents per dozen
Oshkosh -- Wisconsin -- 3 bedroom brick home with gas heating and 2 car garage $11,500
Middletown, New York -- 3 acre lake front property 7 room house with hardwood floors $7,500

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Love that hat!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The hall is filling up!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Catching up on things

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Time to dance

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Time for wine!

Did You Know? - The General Assembly of the United Nations holds its very first meeting during January of 1946. The fifty-one original member states met at the Westminster Central Hall in London, England. Representatives for the member states met to discuss the procedural rules that they would follow in subsequent meetings. They also adopted their first resolution which dealt with the new issues related to atomic energy and nuclear weapons.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
"OK, who turned back the clock to black and white?"
"Glass is empty, time to dance!"

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The band is ready to go!

Did You Know? - Swing music, or simply swing, is a form of popular music developed in the United States that dominated in the 1930s and 1940s. The name swing came from the 'swing feel' where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music. Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of big bands and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1946, a period known as the swing era. The verb "to swing" is also used as a term of praise for playing that has a strong groove or drive. Notable musicians of the swing era include Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, and Artie Shaw.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The singing sisters.... This ought to be a hoot!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
...and how we have a base!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

Did You Know? - Lindy to the Jitterbug1943 August 23 "Life" Features the Lindy HopThe Lindy had been around since 1924, "named" in 1927 at Savoy Club in Harlem 1927.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Water? OMG, what is happening

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
All smiles but we know why?

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The cake is about to be attacked!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Fred leads us in the Pledge of Allegience this evening

Did You Know? - The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of allegiance to the Flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Colonel George Balch in 1887, later revised by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954 when the words "under God" were added.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Nice job Fred!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
It's a very respectful group... Love the ol' folks

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Vicky's table was the noisest of the night

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
All smiles... What are they up to?

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The Roberts and Donna had their dancing smiles on!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Awe!!! The smooch heard around the world (Courtesy of Bad Mike)

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Don't ask... Don't tell!

Did You Know?

1. Tupperware is introduced to U.S. consumers during 1946.
2. The innovative plastic food containers were developed by Earl Tupper out of a type of plastic that he had created in 1938.
3. Tupperware became a new alternative to storing food that weighed less than glass and was less easy to break.
4. It was also made with an airtight design, allowing a longer time for storage before the food went bad.
5. Originally, Tupperware was not very popular as a product in retail stores because people did not know what it was or how to use it.
6. In 1948 the Tupperware company began hosting Tupperware Home Parties where the products could be demonstrated and tested in front of potential buyers.
7. They were often sold by homemakers directly to other homemakers, creating a unique career opportunity for many women after World War II.
8. The early popularity of Tupperware reflected a changing American society as suburban life became the norm and the need for quick and easy food solutions increased.
9. Sales boomed throughout the next decade as the brand became a household name and a staple in many kitchens.
10. Tupperware has also adapted to changing household needs since the 1940's and 1950s. It has been re-invented into items that are the most useful for families or individuals as the way households operate has been constantly changing since its creation.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Amazing what we can do with a few letters (Courtest of Bad Mike)

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
We would say "Well Preserved"

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Mike looks puzzled

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Reserve? Nope! Taken! (Courtesy of Bad Mike)

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Vicky has to explain this one!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Beetle Bailey at your service

Did You Know? - The BBC restarted regular television broadcasts during June of 1946. The BBC had begun regular television broadcasts during 1936 but when World War II began in 1939 the broadcasts were abruptly ended. They ended the television service during the war due to fears that bombers might be able to use the signals to attack. TV was also thought of as an extravagance during the war and was cut off so that resources could be diverted to more important causes and that engineers could focus on more important jobs. After seven years, the BBC resumed their broadcasts with a re-airing of the Mickey Mouse cartoon that had been the last program shown before the war.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Normally Leon wears a pyramid made of aluminum foil but
tonight we will make an exception!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Marsha is really enjoying this!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Who is this masked man?

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Awe....

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
All the gang is here!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017

Did You Know? - Swing blended with other genres to create new styles. In country music, artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Moon Mullican and Bob Wills introduced many elements of swing along with blues to create a genre called western swing. Gypsy swing is an outgrowth of Venuti and Lang's jazz violin swing. In the 1970s, and 1980s, fans of big band music attended swing music performances at supper clubs. In the late-1980s (into the early 1990s) a trendier, more urban-styled swing-beat emerged called new jack swing, spearheaded by Teddy Riley. In the late 1990s and into the 2000s there was a swing revival, led by Squirrel Nut Zippers, Brian Setzer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Lavay Smith. In Canada, some of the early 2000s records by The JW-Jones Blues Band included swing revival elements.

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Shaking the entire building

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Watch out Andrews Sisters... You have competition

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
Paul's gets to turn the crank!

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017
The room is a rockin'

San Clemente USO Dance June 2017