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Prom, photos and ABC News

Mon 17 May 2004, 09:11 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Yesterday was a big day for my daughter - senior prom!  Prom is a bigger deal here in Shaker Heights than it was for me in my high school.  My daughter had to get the limousine (with nine other people), get photographs take in front of the Art Museum, eat at a nice restaurant, go to prom, go to after-prom (1am to 5am, believe it or not), and, in case that wasn't enough, head off to Cedar Point for a day of fun in the sun the next day (yup, I drove).  It makes me tired just thinking about it.

Anyway, the high point for me was getting the pictures near the Art Museum.  It had been rainy all day, so we were lucky to have it basically clear up (this is Cleveland, so clear means cloudy instead of raining) in time for the ladies and gents to pile out of the limo which had picked them all up from their houses and stand on the steps and pose for many, many pictures.  My daughter and her date looked great (no, it was not Mr. PB&J who has gone off to Cedar Point to work for the summer, but another friend), and it was fun seeing all of them in their finery, but it was a bit odd to have the ABC News crew filming the whole thing, including filming me taking pictures of them.

Whoa!, you say.  ABC News?

Yes, well, those of you who have not met my daughter might not understand.  She is planning her political career already, so it is hardly surprising that when ABC decided to do a special on Shaker Heights and race relations and such, they gravitated to her.  She has had film crews filming her and several of her friends for the last couple of months, even going on a band trip to Italy to film them, and she has been miked for several days.  Probably won't end up being a lot of air time for the final show, what with the way television works, but it has been interesting having a national television crew follow her around.  I have heard about it, but this was my first chance to watch it in action... and be watched in return.

Doesn't bother my daughter though.  She fully expects her life to roll out on national TV.  I can't imagine where she gets that desire for attention. <grin>

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