This same classmate shares
was informed that Jessi Colter was one
and the same the friend from grade
school and high school she remembers
(by another name).
While attending a Christmas party for the Suzi Arden
"Showband" (the band she and her
husband had performed with) in
Portsmouth, Virginia, this old school friend of Jessi's
saw that the very person serving the buffet was an
older sister of a close childhood friend from Mesa,
So delighted was she to find this familiar
face so far from her hometown, Pam and her husband,
Jer, spent the rest of the evening in the kitchen with
the caterer couple who caught them up with many old
friends from home.
The most fascinating tidbit was that
Jessi was indeed their mutual pal
she'd known since first grade at Lincoln
School in Mesa, and with whom she'd sung
in the Girls' Chorus at Mesa Junior High in
those awful jumpers and blouses.
Pam and her husband, Jer, glowed for six months
with this terrific and news! (She'd known that
"Jessi" had dated Duane Eddy
in high school, but she had no idea that
she was the "Jessi" who had recorded
"I'm Not Lisa," or who had married
Waylon Jennings, a hero to Jer as well
as his music was a significant part of
the duo's repertoire!)
Pam wrote to Jessi and was so happy
when Jessi wrote back in person and
sent a signed picture of herself as well.
... and Jessi'd remembered her, too!