Thursday, January 9, 2014

Doris Musante (1939-2013) Warren High School Class of 1958

Warren Times Observer obituary

1958 Warren High School Dragon yearbook

Also in the picture....

Pace's -- James Alexander Morrison -- was a popular Italian restaurant on Warren's west end.  The 1968 Dragon editorial staff could have easily put the same words next to my senior picture. These three friends -- Mardi, Barb, and Joan; the West End Girls -- with whom I remain in contact with 46 years later, lived within easy walking distance of the restaurant, though I doubt if we ever walked there back in high school.

Doris was the 29th most popular baby name for girls in 1939, 22 positions lower than its 1926-28 peak at #7.  The name spent 10 years in the top 10 (1924-1933) and 22 years in the top 25 (1917-1938.  During the mid-1960s, Doris quickly started to fall out of favor and, despite a few efforts to revive herself in the 1980s, fell off the list of top 1000 names after 1992. 

This instantly tiresome novelty song was a big hit when the class of '58 graduated.

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