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Palladium thrills

October 12, 2008

WHAT A surprise it was to see the 1940 photograph of the Hollywood Palladium ["Palladium Gets a New Dance Card," by Geoff Boucher, Oct. 5]. It brought back many fond memories as I was there.

It was wartime and I went with a girlfriend and our dates, who were soldiers. I remember Tommy Dorsey was performing, and I could see Lana Turner was sitting at a table on that balcony. My date wanted to see Tommy Dorsey up close, so we pushed our way through the crowd of dancers to where the orchestra was and then I fainted right in front of him. After that I recall a thrilling ride in a rumble seat of a Ford.

Charlotte Guerrant (Tompkins)

Pasadena

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