Roy Damron, original Southern California Swing dancer. Born August 27, 1921, deceased January 2, 2020.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Roy grew up in the then-small town of Alhambra, where he attended Alhambra High School. Like many young people, he took basic dance lessons during that time, where he learned the box step. He would practice it while walking five miles home from the lessons with a friend, and they would occasionally stop to try out the step with each other. After Roy got into swing dancing, he would forever think of that box step as the fundamental basic of all the swing dances.