Monday, May 06 2013 11:27

First Prom with The Rock Father: 1993 Revisited for 2013... with an ACUVUE Giveaway for Parents and Kids!

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Since it's May, that means it's officially PROM SEASON. As a parent, I figure I've got roughly 12-13 years before I get to worry about help my girls get ready for prom, but I know that a lot of you are in the process of getting your kids (Girls and Guys) ready right now. The folks at ACUVUE and THE ROCK FATHER want to help, and together we're offering parents with vision-corrected children a chance to score a one-year supply of 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses, and a pretty sweet collection of grooming materials for the big day. As we were getting this all together, something hit me: My first prom was 20 years ago this month... May of 1993. Storytime, kiddies...

nhslogo-125x125I was a Junior at Davenport North High School in Davenport, Iowa... where most knew me as "Jim" (I later started using "James" for professional reasons). Having miraculously been elected Vice President of my class through an election at the end of my sophomore year (weird sidebar: I took the girl I defeated in the election to my Senior Prom), that placed me on the Prom Planning Committee by default. Proms are cheesy, and picking a theme was a tough call. I was rallying for the prom theme to be "Nothing Else Matters" based on the METALLICA song of the same name. I was outvoted, and we settled on a "Queen of Hearts" theme - tied into to the name of Mississippi River cruising vessel that the prom would be held on. I ended up drawing the artwork for the invitations - a set of NHS-themed playing cards.

I wasn't quite the "ladies man" in High School, a fact that surprised a few people, especially since I was the host of a local TV show on which I interviewed bands like MEGADETH, FAITH NO MORE, and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. In fact, she might not've known this at the time, but my date for the evening was my first date ever. It's true... I'd never been on a date until the night of my Junior Prom... and, she asked me. It was a big relief when Heather asked me to the prom. I think we were in gym class when it happened. She was a Senior, and although we also worked together at the local Hy-Vee Foodstore, we didn't really know each other that well, but it was on. I had a date and was looking forward to it. I really wasn't aware of the terrible mistake that I was making at the time, but... I also had a mullet.


The Rock was mighty in my bedroom... pin-ups from METAL MANIACS plastering the walls with images of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SACRED REICH, ANTHRAX, FAITH NO MORE, SEPULTURA, and WHITE ZOMBIE. I also had a waterbed, a guitar, and a Smith-Corona Word Processor. Cutting edge.

The prom itself was alright. We went for a cruise, didn't really dance (I'm still not into dancing), and mainly talked to a bunch of people. Afterward, we went to a small mall where they locked us in for "After Prom." I know you want to see it, so here it is... the classically-awkward official prom photo (presented with Heather's permission since we're connected on Facebook two decades later)!


To make sure that your kids look their best for prom, ACUVUE has put together a Girl's Grooming Guide for Prom and a Guy's Grooming Guide for Prom. And... to make sure the Guys turn out better-groomed than I, ACUVUE is hooking up one lucky parent (for their son - or daughter if you need the contact lenses) with a rockin' prize pack. Details below:


One Parent will receive the following:

  • A one-year supply of 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses*
  • Neosporin® Lip Health™ Overnight Renewal Therapy™
  • Neutrogena Men® Skin Clearing Acne Wash
  • Neutrogena Men® Skin Clearing Shave Cream
  • Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1

*Exam and fitting fees not included. Winner must present current, valid prescription for ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. 

To Enter: Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter Widget Below starting with the first, MANDATORY entry: WHAT'S YOUR PROM SONG? Leave a comment on this post with the name of a song that makes you think about prom... a song from your actual prom... or a wish-list song that you think should be played at prom. After that, additionally entries can be achieved, but be warned - if you skip leaving a comment, your dance is over.

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The Fine Print: Promotion open to U.S. residents ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen at random on, about, or after May 16, 2013, and will be notified via email to obtain their shipping addresses. If no response within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Shipping address must be a street address - no P.O. Boxes. Prize provided by ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses. Not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Many will enter, One will win. Good Luck!

FTC Disclosure: As made clear toward the top of this article, this is a Sponsored Post on behalf of ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses. All opinions, personal stories, and mullet photos are that of James Zahn.

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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