By Jay Kernis
If there is one event that launches American high school students into adulthood, it is the Senior Prom--that highly-anticipated evening of rented tuxes, wrist corsages, and impossible expectations.
Proms have been taking place this month all across the country, and we found a husband-and-wife team that has a particular interest in the annual rite of passage.
Mary Ellen Mark is one of the country’s most-respected photo-essayists and portrait photographers. Her husband is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker.
They gave us permission to combine their film and photographic images to create this Rock Center essay on the one night you never forget.
It’s clear that prom memories have lingered in the hearts and minds of Rock Center correspondents. Here are Harry Smith, Kate Snow and Willie Geist remembering the mystery and magic of that special evening.