The following was written by my late wife Elaine. She wrote a long book, a diary really, from which this is one passage:
Skating at the Riverside Roller Rink was our favorite date plan, and we eventually bought our own skates instead of renting rink skates, and we had special red metal cases that Dave painted and lettered with our names and the rink name.
We rode everywhere in his ’36 Chevy until it was towed away by the police department from the street in front of the Highland Park YMCA where he lived for awhile and when the cops took it through a wide U-Turn, it disconnected from the tow hitch and was hit by another car and that was the end of the ’36 Chevy.
The last time I rode with Dave in that car was in a snowstorm, and I kept the windshield wipers going by hand with a knob, back and forth, all the way to my house from the rink. Then getting back home across the city to Grandville Street that night after leaving my house must have been big fun, on snowy roads, steering, and shifting the old “floor shift stick,” while turning the wipers on and off all at the same time.
I took Dave to his first Hollywood movie; an Air Force story in black and white, when he was 19. (He was raised like I was: no movies, dancing, cards, etc. – but as I wrote somewhere else in this story, I started going to movies when I was 14.)
We went lots of places together during our dating months, and one place was to VCY (the Voice of Christian Youth), built around Billy Graham’s ministry. (Billy Graham is still preaching to large audiences. Yesterday, June 2001, on TV the information ran across the bottom of the screen that an overflow crowd of 7200 people came to his latest event and they had to stand outside and hear it on loudspeakers because the auditorium was full.)
To be continued…
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is a nonagenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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