June 11th, 2007

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She Was 'Grumpy' in 1938 on a Float in the Grand Floral Parade

I was 'Grumpy' -- one of the seven dwarfs -- who participated in the Grand Floral Parade of 1938.

I've saved a photo of myself in the Grumpy costume -- and an article from The Oregonian. The article reads:

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the theme of the Pepco entry, which took first prize in the public utilities and transportation section..."

Sally in 1938 as Grumpy
Sally in 1938 as Grumpy

I was sent a boquet of flowers from Tommy Luke in appreciation. I still have the accompanying card written by Charles Osborne of P.E.P. Co.

I must have been on the same float as Peggy Phillips [see Peggy's memory HERE], but I was only four years old at the time, so I don't recall for certain.

Though my memories aren't entirely clear, I do remember the lasting impression of a very important event in my life.

~Sally Houston McKeon
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She Met Grand Marshal Pat Boone in 1976

In 1976, I was a sophomore at Sunset High School -- and marching in my first Grand Floral Parade!

Pat Boone was the Grand Marshal that year. Because this was my first Grand Floral Parade, I was really nervous when we went through the coliseum.

We didn't win the competition that year, but I still had a blast!

The next day my family and I were getting ready to take off from the airport to Denver, when the captain came on and said that the plane had to go back to the terminal. There was a passenger who really had to make the flight.

While we were trying to figure out who this person might be, Pat Boone walked down the aisle past us! Later I got up the nerve to get an autograph from him.

Vickie's copy of The Oregonian signed by Pat Boone
Vickie's copy of The Oregonian signed by Pat Boone

I had a copy of The Oregonian with pictures from the parade the day before, and he gladly signed it. I still have that paper -- a little worn after 32 years!

~Vickie Greco