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She was in the first contingent of six American women sent to Greenland. She said that the boys there were so affected by the sight of American girls that they would come over, sniff, and say, “MY, you smell good !”
Emily's job was that of a hospital recreation worker. Whatever she thought her duties might be, they expanded to include being a sympathetic listener, a skillful memorizer of names, and an expert at pool, blackjack, and jitterbugging. “When the state jitterbug champ of Florida pronounced me ‘solid’,” Emily said, “I knew I must be ‘in the groove'."
At one time Emily danced an average of fifteen out of seventeen nights. There were just six girls to accommodate a hundred and fifty men, but the cut system guaranteed every man an equal chance. “You may think this sounds like a dream come true, but believe me, it was often more like a football game.”
$3000 bequest of Helen M. Joyce (alumna of 1887) of Framingham Student Aid Fund; Men shortage and gas rationing both mean the cancelation of the 1945 Gate Post Dance (page 2); Emily Climo '42 relates her experiences as an Red Cross hospital recreation worker--as a dancer (page 3)
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Framingham State University, "The Gatepost, v14, issue 05" (1945). The Gatepost: All Issues. 117.