Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Scooter Makes Good

For those of you who don't live in L.A., you may not be aware that we just elected our first Latino mayor since 1872. That's a pretty big deal to those of us who are of Mexican American descent.



It's even more special for me because I went to high school with the new First Lady of Los Angeles, Corina, pictured here with her husband, our new mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa.


Oddly enough, a few months back, I ran into Corina at Trader Joe's. We chatted for a bit about what we were doing because we hadn't seen each other in about thirty years. She told me she was a teacher and reading specialist. A couple of days later, I got an election mailer that had a picture of the mayoral hopeful and his wife and I thought, "that looks like Corina." Duh. Her name in high school had been Corina Raigosa (see below) and the couple had agreed to share both surnames upon marriage, hence Antonio Villar became Antonio Villaraigosa. I think that's really great, except Alicia Velasquezarmendariz would not fit on my driver's license.

Corina was one of the first people to befriend me when I transferred from Garfield High into the all-girl Catholic high school, Sacred Heart of Mary. We were known as the Scooters and our mascot was an elephant. Don't ask me why, because I don't know.
Anyway, I was known as "Ziggy" in those days, a reflection of my love for David Bowie and my all around weirdness. I've posted Corina's senior picture alongside mine, for your amusement. The writing on my picture is my own. I didn't have very many friends, so I wrote to myself, "To Alice, You're the best friend I ever had and I hope it will always be that way. I love ya, Ziggy."

GO SCOOTERS!!!

10 comments:

Anartkista77 said...

Interesting!Who was Elton JAne?

Anonymous said...

you look so cute Alice, I wish I had gone to school with you. I bet it was fun!

Anonymous said...

I like that you were usually seen with "assorted other droogies" =)

Dandy said...

I think it's great that you believed in yourself even when others didn't.

Anonymous said...

Very funny! What are R.H.P.S and S.S.?

Alice Bag said...

R.H.P.S. is the Rocky Horror Picture Show (I liked to play Columbia). S.S. is the Sugar Shack, a gay disco that I used to frequent. I was a big F.H.

Anonymous said...

are you talking about the sugar shack in the Valley?
On I think it is Magonila?

Anonymous said...

It was a Glam era disco, lots of the kids who started the Hollywood scene hung out there b4 punk happened, like the Currie sisters (Runaways), Pleasant, Alice...

Anonymous said...

what year did you go to the sugar shack?

Alice Bag said...

Elton Jane was me dressed as Elton John singing Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting in our high school talent show.

I graduated from SHM in 1976, so I must've been going to the SS around '75-'76