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January 24, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
There's music drifting out of the Buena Park Recreation Center. Inside, Bill "Tex" Gipson, square dance caller, has his hands on a microphone, his smooth baritone voice -- and heart -- wrapped around a countrified ditty. "I realize the best part of love," he belts out slowly, "is the thinnest lace." Then Gipson, up-tempo, exhorts 20 eager couples on the dance floor to do-si-do as cowboy boots and women's heels click on the center's parquet floor.
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April 6, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
What do you call a reality TV show without sex or psychodrama? "The Orange Park Acres Lifestyle Series," a new weekly program about the horses and humans inhabiting a chunk of land surrounded by the city of Orange. Compared with Orange County's other reality shows -- MTV's "Laguna Beach" and Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" -- this one is decidedly drama-free.
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September 6, 1989 | Herbert J. Vida
Forty years ago, Eleanor and Norman Paddock began square dancing, and they haven't stopped since. For most of that time, "We would be out dancing seven nights a week," said Norman, 83, who has been married to Eleanor, 80, for 63 years. Now, he said, they square dance about twice a month. Through the years, they have promoted the merits of square and round dancing. Those efforts recently were recognized when the couple were inducted into the San Diego County Square Dance Hall of Fame.
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January 24, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
There's music drifting out of the Buena Park Recreation Center. Inside, Bill "Tex" Gipson, square dance caller, has his hands on a microphone, his smooth baritone voice -- and heart -- wrapped around a countrified ditty. "I realize the best part of love," he belts out slowly, "is the thinnest lace." Then Gipson, up-tempo, exhorts 20 eager couples on the dance floor to do-si-do as cowboy boots and women's heels click on the center's parquet floor.
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June 5, 1997 | LIANE BONIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Denver be damned. Personally, you thank God you're not a country boy. Your idea of a hot night of line dancing is navigating a cart through the aisles at Gelson's. You think a cow chip is some yuppified snack available at Trader Joe's. And you'd take Donny Osmond's tepid idea of rock 'n' roll over Marie's little bit of country any old day. So just how did you, an ultra-savvy urban guerrilla, end up in an embarrassingly old-fashioned square-dancing class?
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May 6, 1988 | KEVIN ALLMAN, Allman is a Santa Monica free -- lance writer. and
They meet at Elaine's of California seven nights a week. Dressed in sissypants, ruffles and bolo ties, they curlicue, pass thru, spin the top, and "Dixie style to an ocean wave." They are square dancers, and Elaine's is a mecca for Southern Californians who like to do-si-do.
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June 26, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whenever Debbie Dexter tells someone she's the lesbian president of a gay square dance club, she gets the look. A little smirk, a raised eyebrow--the facial giveaways of disbelief and a barely suppressed chuckle. "They kind of look at us and go, 'Huh?' " said a laughing Dexter, 40, president of the Golden State Squares in Santa Ana. "It is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it?"
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March 1, 1992 | Mark Ehrman, EDITED BY MARY McNAMARA
When the Bachelor 'n' Bachelorettes hold their weekly get-togethers, you'd best be there and be square. Here, the way to a potential partner's heart is through a Teacup Chain, Through Four, Step to a Wave, a Ferris Wheel--and anything else the caller tells you to do. That's square dancing, pardner, and the B 'n' Bs have been bringing together the unbetrothed for a do-si-do for more than 40 years.
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November 1, 1985 | NANCY SCHOEFFLER
George Parish has had a steel pin in his back for about 50 years. "I was knocked off a loading dock by a forklift truck and landed on a railroad track. I crushed four vertebrae in my back." Parish, 71, credits square dancing with keeping him out of a wheelchair. "I tried roller-skating, I tried ice skating and snow skiing and water skiing and ballroom dancing and running and jogging. I tried almost everything, but the thing that keeps me going best is square dancing."
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October 20, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The gathering in the church hall had all the ingredients of an old-fashioned hoedown. The couples wore their best Western duds--string ties, fancy shirts and cowboy boots for the men, full skirts and petticoats for the women. "Hey little boy and hey little girl, it's square dance time," caller Andy Rawlinson sang out. "Grab your partner and get on the floor." At Rawlinson's command they swung into motion--allemande left, circle right, do-si-do and so on.
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June 26, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whenever Debbie Dexter tells someone she's the lesbian president of a gay square dance club, she gets the look. A little smirk, a raised eyebrow--the facial giveaways of disbelief and a barely suppressed chuckle. "They kind of look at us and go, 'Huh?' " said Dexter, 40, president of the Golden State Squares in Santa Ana. "It is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it?"
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June 26, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whenever Debbie Dexter tells someone she's the lesbian president of a gay square dance club, she gets the look. A little smirk, a raised eyebrow--the facial giveaways of disbelief and a barely suppressed chuckle. "They kind of look at us and go, 'Huh?' " said a laughing Dexter, 40, president of the Golden State Squares in Santa Ana. "It is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it?"
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January 12, 2001
Ralph Case, 91, a square dance caller and country entertainer whose dance troupe performed at inaugural ceremonies for Presidents Nixon, Carter and Reagan. Born in Chandler, N.C., Case was known for a clear and energetic style of calling, and he attracted an enthusiastic following. During World War II, he led square dance exhibition teams that performed at war bond shows and USO centers.
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May 14, 2000 | MERLE RUBIN
One often hears that it is no longer possible to write novels of social comedy in the tradition of Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope. How can a novelist poke fun at pretension, snobbery, gaucherie and other behavior that deviates from normal standards when no one seems sure anymore what those standards are? But defying the conventional wisdom, novelists like Alison Lurie, Diane Johnson and the late Barbara Pym have continued, enriched and expanded the social comic tradition.
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May 12, 1998 | BORIS YARO
They come from all walks of life to stomp, swing and sashay around a dance floor. According to Open Square magazine, the official voice of square-dancing, 15 clubs are listed in the San Fernando Valley alone. Jerry Kantor, a tax consultant and former president of the Granada Hills-based Trail Dusters square-dancers, the 260 couples in his group include lawyers, doctors, court reporters, teachers and aerospace technicians.
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March 18, 1998
Re "Cable TV Firm, Gay Dancers Argue Over Tape," March 12. John Robinson of Avenue Cable says the reason he declined to broadcast the program about gay square-dancing is that the group would not pay a $40 fee. This is not true. The intent is to divert attention from the real reason for denial--the show's gay content. John Ryan, the Ventura resident who requested the airing, had a number of meetings with Avenue Cable regarding the show over a period of four months. Each time, the story changed as to why they wouldn't air it--but it's clear that the real issue was the gay subject matter.
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July 12, 1990 | SUSAN P. GEMBROWSKI
One night in Iran, Marion Wetter received a telephone call asking him to join the Tehran Tangle Feet. That was in 1966, and the Vista resident has been square-dancing ever since. "I guess I wasn't surprised at most anything over there," Wetter, 64, said about finding a little bit of Americana in the stronghold of the shah. Wetter and his wife, Betty, publish Palostar, the official magazine of the Palomar Square Dance Assn., which has about 1,500 members in 22 affiliated North County clubs.
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June 5, 1997 | LIANE BONIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Denver be damned. Personally, you thank God you're not a country boy. Your idea of a hot night of line dancing is navigating a cart through the aisles at Gelson's. You think a cow chip is some yuppified snack available at Trader Joe's. And you'd take Donny Osmond's tepid idea of rock 'n' roll over Marie's little bit of country any old day. So just how did you, an ultra-savvy urban guerrilla, end up in an embarrassingly old-fashioned square-dancing class?
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