Meeting Gail

Marriage Story

Jan 1, 1973

421 N Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL, USA


I had admitted gale to Stetson, not know that I would end up marrying her. A young lady also from Deland was also one of her closest friends, and they both came to Stetson as freshman. I had gone through a first marriage and was divorced at that time, and this friend knew me and liked me and she mentioned me to Gail, and she sort of did the match making. I was very hesitant about it at first, not because I wasn’t attracted to Gail, but because of being an administrator and her a student, and before I had asked her for a date not knowing that she would accept, I went down to the President’s office, and that was john johns at the time. He went on to be President at Furman, which was his alma mater. I’ll never forget… I walked into his office and I said, “John, what would you think if I said I wanted to date a coed?” and he started to roll back in his chair, and said, “Is she married?” and I said, “No.” He said, “Are you married?” I said, “No.” I had been divorced for a couple of years. He said, “Well as long as you’re not teaching her in the class room and you’re not going to influence any professors on her behalf. She is single right?” I said, “Yes,” and he said, “Well I don’t have any problem with that.” So you know the rest of that story.