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Uvalde County couples recall early courtship

The El Lasso Theatre, the Stardust Drive-in, the Ross Theatre in Sabinal, the Dairy Kreem on West Main, the Amber Sky Cafe, and the bowling alley on East Main are only memories today, but the love that bloomed at these early establishments has lasted, in some cases, for over 50 years.

Lynda Bates Dicke, a 1966 graduate of Uvalde High School, met the love of her life, Louis “Doodie” Dicke, in the summer of 1966. Louis, a 1963 graduate of Knippa High School, was home from the army reserves and was introduced to Lynda by his brother Billy. Lynda recalls, “It was love at first sight, and I never dated anyone after that. We double-dated on our first date and went to the Stardust Drive-in. We were married on April 15, 1967.” Louis, whose grandmother was a Knippa resident, and Lynda live on a farm outside Knippa on part of the land settled by the founder of Knippa.


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