Known this week’s couple for decades as our kids were about the same age, (graduates of Southmont) and always thought they were pretty interesting and special folks. However, I learned so many captivating things sitting down with them at (yep) PH, that I’d probably vote them my most fascinating couple yet.
First of all, she is directly descended from several original land owners in our county, impressive folks in their own rights. Vancleaves, Milligans, Canines, Revolutionary, War of 1812 soldiers, and a Major in the US Army, long-living ones, yet her father passing at a very early age.
With Social Security money from her father and an academic scholarship plus with her mother working at R.R. Donnelley’s, she was able to get summer jobs when off from Butler. Her brother also went to Butler and played football.
Now, there was a particular pressman at RRD who sent her birthday flowers and that was the start of something big. She received her undergrad from Butler and two masters (Social Studies and Counselling).
In fact, she graduated from Butler June the 2nd, got married on the 3rd, had a whirl-wind honeymoon (Canadian World’s Fair for one) and landed on the 17th in Santiago, Chile where he helped set-up a printing company, installing the printer and training the workers. Of a hundred men, an electrician and engineer knew a bit of English so he had to learn to speak to the workers. Although his Spanish was working, local Spanish, my couple took a class and he didn’t do well, yet he could speak to the workers with ease. They noted that there were many wealthy people there, many Nazis and German Jews who kept their distance but their children got along fine. He spent hours at the plant and she taught but he also had a chance to set-up a soccer team that is still in existence today. She even got Pele’s autograph.