Some say it was the sinking of the Titanic, but what lots of people consider to be their "night to remember" is the prom. Nightmare or dreamland, memories of prom tend to linger. Sometimes too long.
Tales From the Prom (St. Martin's Press, $9.95) tackles prom history, proms in the news, prom fashion, proms in the movies _ all the stuff necessary for a good old-fashioned reminiscing fest.
The paperback will be published later this month, just in time for prom season. But, don't expect to find anything serious inside.
There's no advice in the 96 pages on choosing prom dresses or tuxes. There are no glamor tips or hairstyle examples.
Instead, there's a bunch of outrageous, pathetic, funny and heartbreaking prom stories from those who lived to tell their sordid tales.
According to a survey, the book says 38 percent of those questioned kept no prom memorabilia, while 62 percent did, including invitations, menus, matchbooks, pictures, corsages and glassware.
Could a prom escort be considered a keepsake?? If so, I have one. Six years after my prom, I married my prom date. My dress is gone and the souvenirs are packed away, but I still have the guy.
Now it's the boys' turn
Last month, some folks observed Take Our Daughters to Work day (and then some folks turned around and complained about it.)
On the flip side, Thursday is Take Our Sons to Work day. It's a day when boys ages 4 to 12 are encouraged to get out there, find a job, put on a suit and tie, hop in the family Nissan and earn a big paycheck. No free ride here, buddy.
Hey, we kid you.
The day's special observance is actually used to "show the boys the importance of education in the world of work, to give boys positive role models in the workplace and to show them the strides women have made," according to Daniel Ackermann, the executive director of National Sons Day, a group, in its third year, that aims to "bring positive change through real world experience."
Chatting with Maria Conchita Alonso
Known to American movie audiences for her roles in Moscow on the Hudson, Running Man, Colors and other films, Maria Conchita Alonso is moving to Spanish language television as the host of her own national daytime talk/variety show.
Al Dia Con Maria Conchita makes its debut today at 2 p.m. on the Telemundo television network and will air Monday through Friday.
The hourlong show is taped in Hollywood, Calif. and will offer musical performances, celebrity interviews and lifestyle segments while regularly spotlighting new Latino talent.
In addition to film roles, Alonso, a former Miss Venezuela, has performed on TV, Broadway and in the recording studio.
"One of the many things I can do well is talk," says Alonso. "It's important to have fun whether it's movies, television or theater. I hope audiences will have fun right along with me."