Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Features

May 4, 2014

The perfect fortune

Fortune teller knew Jack Meador would fall in love even before he did

Jack Meador never believed in fortune tellers.

So when one offered to read his palm as he was walking down the street one evening in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was stationed in the Navy, he figured he’d go along with it. But he wasn’t convinced her fortune for him was very accurate.

“The three things she told me were, ‘You’re gonna be married, you’re gonna have three children, and you’re gonna be a boss,” Jack said. “I thought that was crazy.”

He didn’t think much of it after that day, until years later, when to his surprise, all three of those things came true.

Jack, who never thought he’d get married, had actually met his future wife already, several years before in 1948. They both worked at Stellite in the grinding department. Jack polished turbine blades for jet engines and a young woman named Mary Robey worked in the department office.

Mary definitely caught 18-year-old Jack’s eye at that time, but he was too shy to make a move.

“The thing I noticed about her was how she dressed,” he said. “She was a neat, nice-looking young lady.”

Nineteen-year-old Mary didn’t really pay attention to Jack.

“I was just another dumb guy,” Jack laughed.

After 14 months, Jack joined the Navy and was gone for four years. During his free time at training, he wrote letters.

One of his letters made its way to Mary, and when she got home from work and saw a letter from Jack waiting for her, she was a little confused. Mary never remembered telling him where she lived.

“I was flabbergasted because I was like, ‘How did he get my address?’” she said. “He didn’t even talk to me at work.”

Mary got five letters from Jack over the four years he was gone, and she always wrote back, but she also wrote back to all the other letters she got from guys who had joined the military, too.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Food 5 Flavors Alex Guarnaschelli [Duplicate] 5 Flavors: Guarnaschelli's 5 things you should try Salt and acid. Americans want more of those flavors in their foods, and Alex Guarnaschelli is ready to deliver. When it comes to developing big, bold flavors, salty and acidic ingredients are among the most basic of building blocks. It's why salt and

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Digital Life Review Amazon Phone-9 [Duplicate] Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought t

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • High-tech goodies to pack on your trip DENVER (AP) — Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you’re going?In my travels, I’ve

    July 23, 2014

  • Food 10 Things Zucchini [Duplicate] 10 Things: 10 ideas for eating all that zucchini Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you're staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat? Convinced we could find more — and more creative — ways to use up a bounty of zucchini, we decided to explore out-of-the-b

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • North Korea Feeding the Nation-6 [Duplicate] N. Korean farmers under intense pressure to feed hungry nation Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance. As North Korean farmers go, Rim is exceptionally lucky. The Changpyong Cooperative Farm where

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Amish Cook continues summer recipe series Amish Cook continues its summer recipe series. It will be back in its regular format next week. A reader in Mt. Sterling, Ohio asked about tomato fritters: MENNONITE TOMATO FRITTERS 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. dried basil OR 2 tbsp.

    July 21, 2014

  • Schaaf 02 Half a Century and Happy: The Schaafs It was normal for the students at Jackson Township School in the 1940s to marry their classmates. They all grew up together, and with class sizes that rarely exceeded twenty, they paired off pretty easily since they typically dated among themselves a

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hamptons Have Nots 1 The Hamptons have nots SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — This is a town where people are so rich that a $2 million home can be a handyman's special. A town where the thrift shop is stocked with donations of designer dresses and handbags. But Southampton, with its privet hedges, pri

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • Right at Home: cooking up a color-happy kitchen Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige.Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This

    July 17, 2014

  • Traveling with Teens-3 [Duplicate] Traveling with teens NEW YORK (AP) — Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there's the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps. Then come the golden years, when kids can handle long rides an

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller