Myron Brubaker was back from the Korean War for less than a month, during the summer of 1953, when he claimed he saw Norma’s phone number written on the wall of a bus station in Fremont, Neb.
“It’s not the truth,” Norma said. “My name and number would not have been on the wall at the bus station.”
“Nobody in the world has heard anything different from that,” Myron laughed.
Regardless of the authenticity of his story, Myron, who was assigned to an Air Force outpost in Fremont, actually did call the number and introduced himself as Myron Brubaker from Kokomo, Ind., to Norma’s mother.
Her mother put Norma on the phone and the two talked for 45 minutes, during which she invited him over to her house, where she was hanging out with family and one of her friends named Doris.
Myron hadn’t dated or even hung out with a girl for a year because he had been overseas, so he took her up on the offer.
He went to her house and her father answered the door, letting him know that they were hanging out downstairs.
“It took a lot of nerve for me to walk down to the basement,” Myron said.
When he was introduced to the girls, Doris pretended to be Norma, and Myron had no idea that he was being pranked.
“I spent the whole evening visiting with Doris,” Myron said. “A nice-looking red head, if I remember.”
He didn’t find out who was who until he was about to leave.
“They pulled that thing the whole night,” Myron laughed.
He asked Norma out, but she turned him down, saying she didn’t know him well enough.
It was Norma’s mother who encouraged her to get to know Myron, so she invited him over to her family’s Sunday dinner.