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Nightclubs like the Hollywood Palladium, The Cocoanut Grove, and The Copacoabana were a huge part of night life in the 1940s.  Even most large hotels had restaurants with their own orchestras. Camera girls meandered through the crowds as the guests danced and dined. These photographs were then available for purchase and would be delivered to your table, in a souvenir folder.

This photograph, of my parents, was taken at the Hotel Claremont in Berkeley, California, in 1949.

My parents really are the inspiration for my blog.  It was their devotion to each other and their commitment to living life to its fullest that prompted the creation of their traditions of celebration. Those celebrations enriched my life, as a child, and have continued to influence me and the design of my own celebrations of life, as an adult. My story begins with them.