Kelli Allman stumbled across something fantastic when going through her old high school photographs. The former schoolmate of President Barack Obama discovered some prom photos taken her parents’ house in Honolulu that show her with her then-boyfriend Greg Orne, a 17-year-old Obama and his date, Megan Hughes.
“It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling,” Allman tells Time of the prom, giving the magazine the right to publish the photos. “It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos.”
Obama was apparently “like brothers” with Orne, which explains why the two couples went to prom together. Allman also found a message “Barry” Obama had written to her in their 1979 high school yearbook. His sweet note reads:
It has been so nice getting to know you this year. You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don’t know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all! You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes! I hope we can keep in touch this summer, even though Greg will be gone. Call me up, and I’ll buy you lunch sometimes. [Here his phone number is smudged out.] Anyways, good luck in everything you do, and stay happy.