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Vintage Phoenix Memory: Dance Hall Days

It was 1981. We were young, and there was nothing better to do.

And so my girl friends and I -- a bony chick we called Uncle who rarely spoke and her best friend, Laytchie McJeep, a corpulent girl who never stopped talking -- got dressed up in funny clothes and went to discos.

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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