When you were in high school, did you go on field trips your junior and senior years? Well in 1965, when I was a junior, we went to St. Louis, Missouri, for our junior/senior trip. Since my family and I had lived in St. Louis for a year, I felt like I was going to my second home.
We had to be at North Marshall High School really early in the morning on the day of our trip to get on the Greyhound buses that would take us to St. Louis. I was so excited and my friends and I all got into seats that were close to one another so we could talk all the way. A lot of the kids actually slept the entire trip but I was way too excited.
Once we got to St. Louis, the first thing on the agenda was to find a restaurant and eat. It wasn’t like we were starving because we had eaten junk food the whole trip. Anyway, we found a cafeteria (I believe it was Morrison’s) which was pretty cheap but had good food. I got some veggies and chicken and found some strawberry pie for dessert. The only problem was that when I started eating my strawberry pie, I discovered it was rhubarb, not strawberry. And, since I was a very picky eater, I didn’t like it at all.
After lunch, we went to the old Busch Stadium to see the St. Louis Cardinals play. Several of us were way up in the nosebleed section of the stadium and didn’t pay much attention to the game at all. We were having way too much fun running through the stands. I don’t even remember who won the game.
Once the game was over, we were taken to this really swanky theatre to see The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It was the first time I had ever been in a theatre with cinemascope screens. Now, you have to remember we had been running around St. Louis all day and had just come from a baseball game so we were pretty scruffy looking. A lot of the folks there were actually wearing furs and tuxedos so you can just imagine what they thought of us.
Since seeing it in 1965, The Sound of Music has been one of my favorite movies. I still watch it when it is shown on television. As a matter of fact, it was on this weekend; and yep, I watched it both times. Julie Andrews was so funny; she truly thought she wanted to be a nun. While she was at the convent, she was constantly in trouble with the Reverend Mother. She was sent to be a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven children and I tell ya, those kids were full of mischief. Oh but the captain was so handsome and so fierce – I instantly fell in love with him. There were times when he was a little mean to Maria (Julie Andrews) but she fell in love with him too. Since this movie was a musical, Julie Andrews sang several songs; and oh could she sing. She taught his children to sing too and they put on a little show for a party the Captain hosted.
Anyway, Maria and the Captain did eventually marry; but when they returned from their honeymoon, they discovered he had been called into service for the German Navy. They competed a musical festival and made their way to the convent where the sisters hid them and helped them make their escape from Austria. Yeah, it was a “chick” movie, but it is one of the greatest chick movies of all times, at least for me.
After the movie, we got back on the bus and went home; I think we all slept on the return trip. I had a great time on my junior/senior trip that year. The next year we went back to St. Louis and saw another great movie, but I’ll save that for a future tale.
See ya next Wednesday.