Wherein We Discover Batgirl Attended Two DISD High Schools and Spock's Coming to Town

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Yvonne Craig, both a Batgirl and an Adamson Leopard (update: for one semester)
A press release announcing the month's-end Sci-Fi Expo at the Plano Center just hit the in-box containing the full list of ladies scheduled to attend the event, themed this time 'round as "Women of Sci-Fi." Among those scheduled to appear: Morena Baccarin, star of V but who I've seen more than once this week on Ovation during its Firefly fest; Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer, who you may also recall as the star of the Kevin McAlester-directed Old 97's video for "Dance With Me"; and Katee Sackhoff, also of Battlestar.

But for some of us with long memories, there are myriad other draws as well: Lt. Uhura, Wilma Deering and Batgirl, which is to say: Nichelle Nichols, Erin Gray and Yvonne Craig -- who I didn't know till, oh, five minutes ago spent her teenage years in Dallas, no kiddin'. As in: When her family moved from Tennessee to Dallas in '50, Craig wound up first at Sunset, then at Adamson, from which she graduated before going off to dance in New York City. You can look it up. (Update: And it would be wrong; see below.)

And, whu-boy,  I couldn't help but notice that the May event -- which'll find the Expo in its new digs at the Irving Convention Center -- has quite the guest list lined up: Stan Lee and Leonard Nimoy. I hope that's my Spidey sense tingling.

Update at 4:37 p.m.: After the jump, Kathy Goolsby -- the Expo's publicist and an old friend of Yvonne Craig and her sister's -- clarifies long-standing stories about when and where Yvonne attended high school. Adamson alumni, prepare to have your hearts broken. The story's on the other side.

Shortly after I posted this item, I got a note from Goolsby, who had just spoken with Meridel Carson, Craig's sister and manager. Goolsby, who'd done work on Yvonne's autobiography, could not recall the details of Yvonne's DISD days, so she asked Meridel, who checked with Yvonne. This, says Goolsby, is the official story:
I asked about the high school as I couldn't remember. She only attended Adamson for a semester or so, then they moved across town and she went to Sunset. Yvonne was an "A" student but never graduated because she lacked one credit -- P.E. The principal refused to make an exception and allow her to graduate without it, even though she was in better shape than most because she left school every day, took the bus to a dance studio in Highland Park where she took classes and taught children's classes for several hours. Nowadays all that dancing would count as a P.E. credit, but not in the 50s. She took summer school to make up classes she would miss while studying dance in New York, and once in New York she auditioned for and was accepted in the Ballet Russe touring company, and never returned for that one credit. Meridel said Sunset's classes of '54 and '55 claim her as their own even though she didn't graduate with either.
A highlight of my day. Don't know about yours.

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Ed D.
Ed D.

Somebody at Sunset High should get cracking on an honorary diploma for Ms. Craig.

LaceyB
LaceyB

OMG! I was named for Erin Gray from "Silver Spoons". My dad thought she was "stone cold foxy!". Same Erin Gray??

ChrisU
ChrisU

sure she could dance but she didn't play dodgeball. sorry kid no diploma.

KSK
KSK

Must... Meet... Starbuck...

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

My Yvonne sense is tingling, if ya know what I mean.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I always loved Barbara Gordon's Batgirl conversion/makeup mirror, and that badass Batcycle.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I was thinking the same thing earlier. And on that note, I am sending this item to DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander, who will have the opportunity to present Batgirl with a high school diploma at the end of the month. Oh, Jon ...

Guest
Guest

Yes. And still pretty stone cold foxy, believe it or not.

boy wonder
boy wonder

Mine was too, back as a kid in '68. In a weird sort of little kid way, if ya know what I mean.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I thought she was rather cute, myself. I do my best to keep the name worthy of passing on twice. Though she will remain queen.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Saw her at one of these things a few years ago. Lookin' forward to seeing her again. That is all.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Bring your Trapper Keeper. Now that, that is all.

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