Edited for reading and clarity
By Eddie Kelly
“B” GROUP (1959 – 1961): There were so many Regulars during this time and too many to mention. Forgive me! Frani and Carole really came into their own during this time. Carmen & Ivette came on the scene like a tornado. The girls with the streak. The viewers also loved Mike Balara. Pat “The Queen of the Hop’, Peggy, Jimmy, Joan, Barbara, Walt, Janet, Tex, Billy, Mary, Steve, Susan, Frank, Norman, Joyce, Myrna and so many others.
This group could never be compared to the “A” Group. As sad as this is, I found this group and some of the crossovers from the “A” group to be competitive, jealous, prejudiced and many disliked each other.
The Regulars always monitored each others mail. One time, a male Regular all of a sudden received a large amount of mail. It was unusual for him to receive that much mail and bought a lot attention to himself. We later found out that he placed his name in the pen pal section of a teen magazine. It was very embarrassing for him. I was there the day Pat found her mail in the trash. I think it was her last day on the show. She was extremely upset with Dick. I think mail that was meant for other Regulars was also going in the trash.