It was 1953, right in the midst of the Korean War, but Jack had nothing to worry about. He never got drafted.
The pair dated for three months. They’d go to movies, eat at Ray’s Drive-In, and visit friends, but Beverly began to have second thoughts about getting too involved with a guy.
“I thought I was too young to be serious,” she said. “I had never dated anyone. He was the only one I ever dated. I thought I needed to date around. I was only 14.”
She gave back an onyx ring Jack had given her and broke up with him. Jack was devastated.
“All kinds of things go through your mind when you lose the person you love,” Jack said. “She didn’t feel the same way about me that I felt about her. I guess you could call me head over heels.”
During the four or five months they were broken up, Jack started dating another girl.
“I guess I thought I was on the rebound,” he said. “I never thought I’d be with her [Beverly] again. It broke my heart. I thought this was gonna be forever. So, I started grasping at straws to fill that gap in my life.”
He got engaged to the new girl he was seeing, and in retrospect, he doesn’t know why he did that.
“She was everything I didn’t want to have in my life,” Jack said of the new girl. “I should’ve stopped it before it went that far, but Beverly didn’t give me any indication that she wanted to get together again.”
When his fiancée went off to college, Jack saw Beverly at the Canteen, and they started seeing each other again, but he didn’t tell her he was engaged. He was afraid he would lose her again if he told her.