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Eddie & Audrey Palmquist August 26, 1996

Bob Brundage:  Okay, well, this is Bob Brundage again, uh, it’s been some time since we’ve made any last recordings, and today we traveled out to, uh, California.  We’re in Laguna Hills in a very delightful community called, uh, Leisure World.  And we’re talking to Eddie and Audrey Palmquist who are, uh, recipients of the Silver Halo Award, and we want to find out.  We’ve had a very pleasant conversation so far talking about all kinds of different things, and it’s interesting how you two ever got together, so let’s start with you Eddie and tell us about where you were born and brought up.  I think you said Salt Lake City.

 

Eddie Palmquist: Yes.  I was born and brought up in Salt Lake until I was 15 and then I drove my family out here to California, and we were established here.

 

Audrey Palmquist:   Well I think, Eddie, you should say that you did actually drive your family.

 

BB:  There you go.

 

AP:   And how many were in the family that you drove.

 

BB:  Oh.

 

EP:   Yes.  There were, well, I can’t, I don’t have to name all, but we . . .

 

AP:   How many in the car, approximately.

 

EP:   Uh, we had, uh, oh, let’s see . . .

 

BB:  Laughter.

 

EP:   One, two, three, four five, six, seven, eight, about 9 . . .

 

BB:  Oh, wow.

 

EP:   Nine packed in this car . . .

 

BB:  Yeah.

 

EP:   And came to California, and we camped along the way.  And, uh, we had quite a trip.  It took us 3 months.

 

BB:  Is that so.

 

EP:   And we were stuck in the desert with a broken down car.

 

 

BB:  Uh.

 

EP:   And anyway, we arrived in California (clock chimes) and, uh, my life was sort of uneventful for a while.  I finally got married, and my wife and I were ballroom dancers and, uh, after a few years, she became kind of ill, and it was suggested to us by our doctor that we square dance.  That would be the thing she needed which we did.  We became avid square and round dancers dancing every night in the week.  And we loved to dance, and we had people - we started to work with Ivin Louder who was a caller and a round dance teacher.  And he ran an exhibition group.  He started one which he wanted to go out to square dances and show people what round dancing was like.

 

BB:  Good.

 

EP:   And, uh, he asked us to come and join him, and we did.  And he was going out that Saturday night to a dance and, uh, show this group off, and I said, you’re not really going to let them look - dance the way they look.

 

BB:  Laughter.