Monday, October 13, 2008
Footloose in Elmore City
Elmore City is a town in Garvin County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 756 at the 2000 census. It was named after J. O. Elmore. I went to high school in Elmore City. Even though I've long since moved away it still holds many fond memories and some not so fond.
Sometimes on Saturday nights a group of religious fanatics would gather at the four way stop sign, the intersection of state highways 29 and 74. They would beat a drum, rattle tambourines and shout things like "Sinner repent! or suffer eternal damnation in hell!"
I was in the class of 1978. I'm proud to say our class started the fight for the right to dance. I remember a group of us going before the board of education, a Baptist preacher and a Church of Christ preacher. They crucified us, there would be no dancing but we could go bowling on prom night. I guess they thought that would be the end of it, they were wrong.
The plot of the 1984 movie, Footloose, is loosely based on events in Elmore City since dancing was banned for almost 100 years in this city. This ban was lifted in 1980. In 1980, the graduating class made history by getting permission to dance at the prom. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
P.S. I just notice the bowling shoes on the video, probably just a coincidence but still, wow.
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