Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Nine

Entry Thirty-Nine

Feb. 9                      Weather unmarked.

I’m all confused!

Refer to Feb. 8.

do I like Harvey or Hugh Sanders? or Mike or Dick Halen–gosh life is confusing or shoold I say love? Harveys nice–but then I don’t know him to well…& Hugh is nice too & feel comfortable in his company. He’s 6’ dark features hes 17 years of age & good looking–car too. Mike is a little young (15) other wise O.K. beeaauuttiffull eyes, Dick is different great womans man if he ever goes with a gal she sure will be treated royally–thats the kind of guy he is–he has twin brothers.

Dick was in Uncle Sid’s boy scout troop.


Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Eight

Entry Thirty-Eight

Saturday Thurs., February 8                Weather unmarked.

Dear Diary,

Refer to April 22.

I know I shouldn’t cause its useless but I guess every girl likes someone whome she hasn’t a chance with. In my case its “Harvey Rootland.” he’s in my second period & is only one grade ahead of me is ‘bout 5’ 10” or 11” Black hair (or real dark brown) eyes–I don’t know…yet…! Hes real good looking and “my” type (at least I think so).

Editorial Note:

Here is a photograph of the dashing Harvey Rootland from his 1953 Van Nuys Senior High yearbook:

Harvey Rootland

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Seven

Entry Thirty-Seven

Thursday Tues., February 6             Weather unmarked.

Dear Diary,

Program for B10:

Per.         Room.         Sub.             Teacher

I             Gym            Phys. Ed.       Mrs. Sevchok

II            503             Spanish         Mr. Moore

III           541             English          Mr. Frisins

IV           504             Algebra I        Mr. Friedman

V            567             Ceramics        Mr. Kenyon

VI           706             Science I       Mr. Platmes

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Six

Entry Thirty-Six

Wednesday, February 5                                  Weather marked as Clear.

Dear Diary,

Everything is working itself out beautifully. The “Hello” dance is Friday night. I wonder if I’ll be asked. Today I brought my phonograph player in the house & played the “Gaite Parisienne” all evening. Its so beautiful. I just love it. I could play it over & over & over.

Editorial Note:

What Lois listened to over, and over, and over again on this day in 1951 was “Gaite Parisienne” (translated as Parisian Gaiety) by Jacques Offenbach. This appeared as the score to an eponymous ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine that was first presented by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938. In 1941, a film version of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production was released by Warner Brothers in full technicolor splendor. Directed by Jean Negulesco, the 20-minute romp is a truncated version of the full ballet that many purists despised, but we novices can find it entertaining nonetheless. Since this short is most likely how Lois was introduced to the Offenbach song, here it is in all it’s brief glory; enjoy.