Update: Here's a Star-Telegram report from the reunion.FORT WORTH -- This summer, 22 ladies aged 60 to 79 began rehearsing a chorus kick-line routine for the Polytechnic High School all-class reunion, but not all of them made it to Saturday's performance.
One had a bad back. Another broke her leg. For others, the kicks proved just too strenuous.
"The first and second time we practiced, I would go home and my back ached," said 75-year-old Marie Doggett Gaunce, Class of '55. "I would be in bed for two or three hours, but it got better. So this has been good exercise for me."
The kick line was a highlight of back-to-back, 90-minute Centennial Memories programs that included a stage band of alumni from the 1950s and 1960s performing the alma mater, former and current cheerleaders, and a salute to state champions over the years.
Organizers of the first all-class reunion at Poly High School in east Fort Worth are expecting 2,000 people here today.
Alumni from many classes are now running through a dress rehearsal for back to back memories programs this afternoon.
Ladies who have spent weeks practicing a kick line routine to The Chorus Line's "One" got enthusiastic applause. As teens, these ladies, now in their 60's and 70's, took a special rhythm and dance class and/or were members of the original kickline formed in the mid-1950's. (Photo: Bob Booth)