Those who remember World War II surely remember the United Services Organizations (USO) shows, the star-studded entertainment brought directly to U.S. troops stationed stateside and overseas.
Some of the greatest names in show business took part in the lively shows which lifted the morale of the soldiers in the darkest of times.
Now, on Thursday November 8, at the Laramar Ballroom in Fort Dodge, the USO show, 40's style, will come to life again. The Iowa Central Community College Foundation, to benefit its general scholarship fund, is preparing a true-to-the-spirit USO show with all the trimmings that night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Iowa Central plans to use the many talents of its music and theater departments to showcase talents and bring to life again, the cavalcade of stars from a memorable era. Who cold forget The Andrew Sisters, Kate Smith, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Benny Goodman or Bob Hope?
There will be other signs of the times in evidence as the evening unfolds as you step out of the 21st century and go back nearly 60 years for one enchanted evening.
All proceeds benefit the Iowa Central general scholarship fund, which helps make it possible for Area V Students to attend their community college, including the Storm Lake campus. For ticket information contact Hollie Harbaugh, Iowa Central Community College Foundation, at (800) 362-2793 or (515) 576-0099 (ext. 2232).