Thanks for the memories
We have received Jack Tripp’s account of one of his favorite Ute Theater memories. We thought you all might enjoy it, and we have his permission to put it in the newspaper:
Standing on a Corner – 1956
One of my all time favorite songs was Dean Martin singing “Standing on a Corner, Watching All the Girls Go By.” One Saturday afternoon in 1956, that was exactly what I was doing. I was standing on the main corner of downtown Rifle, leaning against the old-time Rexall drug store and trying to decide how to spend the rest of my life, or at least the rest of the day.
I was watching all the traffic, the people and mainly the girls go by. Suddenly, two girls did come by and stopped to chat. One was my sister, Judi, and the other was her best friend, Lorraine Weller. After a few moments, Lorraine said, “I know someone who really likes you.” I swiftly asked, “Who?” Lorraine said, “Judy Creel.” Once again, I said, “WHO?” I knew a Tom Creel and a Peggy Creel, but I did not remember their younger sister, Judy. Maybe that was because two years earlier, Judy was just a lowly freshman when I was a mighty senior.
Nevertheless, I immediately raced home, looked in the phone book and picked up the phone. The operator said, “Number please.” I said, “Number 698J.” I found Judy to be so shy that it was very hard to carry on any kind of conversation. She would only say “yes,” “no,” or “maybe” in response to any question that I would ask. Fortunately, when I asked her if she would like to go to the movie with me that evening, she said, “Yes.”
When I went to pick her up that evening, I was very pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful young lady opening the door. We went to the Ute Theater that night and Judy says we saw “Song of the South.”
That was many years ago. We were married on March 27, 1959. More than 50 wonderful years have now swiftly passed. That is so very hard to believe.
You never know what will happen from “standing on a corner, watching all the girls go by.” Or from an evening at the theater!
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Elizabeth Stuver is a board member of the New Ute Theatre Society. For information about the events center project, call (970) 414-0834 or go online to utetheater.com. Mailing address is P.O. Box 907, Rifle, CO 81650.
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