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July 21, 2013

The Milligans' lasting love

Through all of Kitty's nine lives

There were three things Kathryn “Kitty” Zirkle had sworn off when it came to dating.

“I didn’t want blind dates, I didn’t want red heads and I didn’t want a mustache,” she said.

It all went back to a particular blind date where Kitty’s red-headed and mustached date took her ice skating, and bragged that he would teach her how to waltz on skates.

“I didn’t like his appearance and I didn’t like him bragging,” Kitty said. “He came across as a blowhard. He wasn’t my cup of tea.”

Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t live up to his vain waltz-skating statement.

“He put ice skates on and couldn’t stand up,” Kitty said.

Her blind date wanted to go out again, but Kitty declined.

“I can’t even remember his name,” she said. “He’s not something I want to remember.”

After what she described as a lousy date, Kitty, who worked as a phone operator in Marion, wanted a break from blind dating altogether, along with red-headed men with mustaches.

“I got teased a lot because I made that statement,” she said.

Her fellow phone operator friends had different plans for her. They had met the perfect man for Kitty. They just had to convince her to go out with him.

While they were off work they would call the trouble phone line while Kitty was working, which she was required to always answer, or else she’d get in trouble with her boss.

They called six times one evening telling Kitty that they wanted her to go out on this blind date. One of her friends even went out to meet the young man and said he was a good guy.

Kitty didn’t want to go, based off of her bad past experience.

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