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Comment: Did ABC's Ted Koppel go to a prom with Janis Joplin?

I recall hearing ABC newsman Ted Koppel on a television talk show being
asked by the host if it was true that he'd taken singer Janis Joplin to a
school "prom" as his date. As I remember the conversation, he confirmed
that he did, but dismissed it as "just a date." I don't remember what
show or who the host was. I've searched the web and I found a site that
listed Janis Joplin's date to her senior prom, but none mentioning of any
connection to her and Ted Koppel. An unlikely pair to say the least. Is
this just an Urban Legend?

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I thought Koppel was older than that (Joplin would be 62 this year). I just saw a biography of Joplin written by her sister that had a bunch of high-school eara pictures of her, and I don't remember seeing any mention of Koppel among them. If it were true, I think it would have been mentioned.

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I thought Koppel was older than that (Joplin would be 62 this year).
Ted Koppel is 65 this year, so it's not too much of a stretch from an age standpoint. I'm not sure where their paths could conceivably have crossed, though, since I don't think Koppel was anywhere near Texas in those days.

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As the resident Janis Joplin expert, I will confirm that no, Janis Joplin did not even know Ted Koppel, much less date him.

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