An old flame, but I don’t think she knew it..


Ok, I am now finished digitizing the old photos from my college days so I will do a few more posts about them and then move on to other things. But it is nice to remember some of this stuff.  It shakes some brain cells that I haven’t used in a while. Before I tell you about the picture above (yes that is me on the far left) I need to fill you in on some more details 🙂 .

As I mentioned I worked my way through college by working about 40 hours a week in the dormitory cafeteria. During that time I guess I impressed at least a few people since I eventually was promoted to the top student positions there. As head waiter I was in charge of about 80 waiters.  That was a big deal for me back then.  Ginny Bitterling, who is beside me in the picture, was one of those waiters. She was an awfully good worker and a very pretty girl to boot. I had a “thing” for her but since I was so terribly shy in those days I don’t think I ever let her know it. But, she was a pretty shy person too so it was never meant to be.

I’m not sure I remember exactly how we ended up together in the above photograph. If I remember right it was a “couples only” type of thing where we sat around a campfire and among other things listened to Don (see the last post below) play and sing. So, I think us being together was an expediency type thing; we both wanted to go so we hooked up together to make it happen.

Ok, now getting back to my head waiter story.  A few months before I graduated I had to make a recommendation as to who would take over my role as head waiter.  I didn’t hesitate to nominate Ginny for the job as she was by far the hardest worker in the group.  But remember this was the 60s and women’s talents  just weren’t fully recognized back then.  There had never been a female head waiter in the 40 year history of the dormitory and the current management just didn’t want to be the groundbreakers.  Like other lost opportunities I think of Ginny from time to time and wonder how her life turned out.

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