Dave "Happy" New Year

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Written by Dave "Happy" New Year for the program for All Join Hands (Convention), 1984

I, Dave New Year, nick name 'Happy', in 1982 at the Reno Rodeo, was thrilled to see some Square Dance Singing Calls started. Saturday evening just before the band was due to play, Skip Barrett gave me a chance to call a short tip and this opened a whole new world for me. The Square Dancers all came up to ma aksing for more, so we set up my calling equipment under the lights outside by the bleachers and danced on the asphalt until after midnight. From this Iwas invited and flown to Denver's "Mile High Squares", San Francisco's "Western Star Dancers", and Sacramento's "Capital City Squares" to call for them. All groups treated me like Royalty and it was wonderful.