Karen S. Kim
MAGNOLIA PARK -- Doug Halter, 75, was voted king of the prom on
Saturday night -- king of the Joslyn Adult Center's Senior Prom, that is.
"I was thrilled to win," said Halter, whose 71-year-old wife, Carol,
was voted prom queen. "We marched around and got a lot of applause. Our
ego was really built up there."
About 150 senior citizens shimmied and shook to the 15-piece big band
that performed at the prom on Saturday. The crowd was dressed to the
nines and ready for fun.
"Women who were in their 70s and 80s were wearing these beautiful
beaded gowns, and some of the women, if I didn't know any better, I would
have thought were teenagers," said Patty Jenkins, an 18-year-old staff
member at the Joslyn Adult Center. "They've got some pretty amazing
The three-hour event Saturday night brought seniors out for a night of
dancing and music. Any senior citizen who wasn't cutting a rug on the
dance floor was sitting on the sidelines and enjoying the big band music.
"We had the big band and those old 1940s sounds, so that brings back a
lot of memories," Halter said.
Burbank Mayor Bob Kramer stopped by the prom to get down while taping
an episode of Charter Communications Channel 6's "Mayor on the Street."
"I danced several times with some of the young ladies there," Kramer
said. "I had a busy night. My dance card was full, but I'm sure some of
them have sore toes from my stepping on them."