Jerry and Peggy first met each other at Ideal Beach in May of 1950, before its name was changed to Indiana Beach.
Peggy was hanging out with a girl who Jerry had gone on a couple of dates with, and Jerry had gone down to Ideal Beach with one of his own friends.
Jerry was instantly attracted to Peggy’s smile and personality.
After listening to big band concerts, the boys left and were driving back to Kokomo, when Jerry’s friend told him that he asked Peggy for her number, but she wouldn’t give it to him.
That’s because she had already given her number to Jerry.
“He stopped the car and said ‘get your fanny out of here,’” Jerry said. “That’s [fanny] not the word he used.”
Jerry’s and Peggy’s first date was the movies, where they saw “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Jerry would drive to pick Peggy up from Logansport (where she was from) and take her to Kokomo since there was more to do.
They’d go to movies and go to Highland Park to see the animals, the Sycamore stump, and Old Ben.
There was one date when Jerry couldn’t pick Peggy up because he was working, so the plan was for Peggy to take the bus from Logansport to Kokomo and his mom would pick her up.
Peggy was wearing a yellow linen dress and brown and white spectator pumps, and was preparing to meet Jerry’s mom for the first time.
Everything was going smoothly and she and his mom were walking down the street in Kokomo, when all of a sudden a pigeon flew overhead and decided at that precise moment to release its bowels.
Unfortunately, Peggy was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The front of her dress and one side of her got completely covered in pigeon poop.