Written by John McElligott
Club 15 for a Terminal Termite like me, with only one pair of dress pants, was like dying and going to heaven. I remember the first time I saw Dennis Grubb. I was in the 9th grade at the C15, and I was on my tiptoes trying to get cheek to cheek with Cathie Blackaller. Dennis, with his short stature, was looking under some beautiful blonde’s armpit and he winked at me. Well, I did not know Dennis then, but thought he was doing an ear move on her chest just as I was on Cathie’s cheek. Boy oh! Boy! I thought this must be love! So, I took my photographic memory back to 4th grade with Susan O’Neil and then 6th grade with Janet Seawright and decided that Club 15 was the real deal!
Now do you remember that feeling when you tall guys had your cheek on the 5 foot nothing good looking girl like Lynne S. ? Well, for us shorter guys it was the upper chest or tiptoeing to the chin or the cheek. What a buzz it gave me! I also remember when I looked up at Jimmy Mac (McClendon). He was cross-eyed dancing with the queen of the Hop, Cathy C. So, Club 15 was like dying and going to heaven every Friday Night.
The only problem was the “feeling” only lasted till the next morning, and then my mom put me back to work raking rocks, washing cars at the airport, catching rattlesnakes and stampeding cattle. I would dream about Cathie Saturday night and Sunday night until I saw her again Monday, and my heart would start pounding as soon and she turned the corner to the middle hallway at Alamo.
To this day I think about how nice and sweet Cathie was and she treated me like a real Midland-er.
Later in life, I met her at a high school reunion and she was the only female in her class that remembered me. We danced most of the night and I was in heaven one more time remembering Club 15. Funny thing is I don’t think I ever danced with anyone else that year at Club 15, and I don’t remember any of the guys there either. Just Cathie.
When we met up again later in life, I became her health consultant until she said good bye. One of the saddest days of my life.