North Texas lovebirds

A couple from North Texas in the 1938 <em>Yucca</em>.Did romance blossom for you and a fellow classmate while you were students at North Texas? Below are tales from alumni pairs who went from classmates to soul mates. To add your story and photos to the list, submit a comment below and upload your photos to our gallery. Or send us an e-mail at Tell us what year you met and describe your first date and the moment you knew you had found true love. And, let us know how UNT has become a part of your family’s traditions or anniversaries.


In January of 1954, I enrolled at North Texas. In September of 1955, Charles Rhea transferred to North Texas from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana. We met a week later at the Welch St. Church of Christ. We began dating and eloped on Friday the 13th in April of 1956. We both graduated in 1957.

I had a degree in elementary education, Charles a degree in industrial arts. We worked in the Fort Worth area until the summer of 1974. In July of 1974, we moved to Manitowoc, Wis. We both found jobs, and our children all graduated from the high school here and went on to further schooling. When Charles died in 2007, we had been married almost 51 years, had three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Although the name and the campus has changed, the feeling of pride in accomplishment, desire for education, and hopes for the future remain the same at UNT with the opportunity for a bit of romance to come on the scene.

Joan Hemphill Rhea

Comment #51 posted by Joan Rhea (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I met my husband, John “Tim” Ball at North Texas. We met at a basketball game in the spring of 1967 and married in February of 1970 in Houston. I was an Alpha Phi, and Tim helped a lot with all our functions, driving the “Pledge Bus,” decorating and doing fix-up stuff at Chilton Hall. He was a transfer student from the University of Oklahoma, and a Kappa Sig, and he quickly became involved at North Texas.

I worked at the School of Business in the accounting department for Dr. Neeley and the wonderful professors there. At that time, we typed all the exams. Dr. Neeley’s class, CPA Review, was a really difficult one, and my story over the years is that I could have paid for my college education if I had taken all the bribes to get his test! (I never did!)

We just celebrated 40 years of blissful marriage, and after moving around the country with Tim’s career, we are finally back in Texas where we belong! History did repeat itself when our daughter, Jennifer, graduated in 1994. I was the first in my family to graduate from college, and it was a proud moment for my mother and grandmother. I was just as proud as I stood with my daughter and mother, 24 years later.

Continued success and growth to a wonderful university!

Dianne Roder Ball, class of 1969
John Thomas Ball IV, class of 1970
Jennifer Ball Potts, class of 1994

Comment #52 posted by Dianne Ball (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I found my soul mate at UNT. Maria G. Rodriguez ’64 and I began dating sometime in the spring of 1963. We met on a blind date but were with other people. Neither of us can remember the circumstances of our first date, although it was likely when Maria invited me to the Kappa Delta Spring dance and I reciprocated by asking her to the Kappa Sigma dance.

Maria graduated in 1964 and began teaching fourth grade in Fort Worth. Later she worked in bilingual education. I graduated a year later and began my long career with a packaging company in Fort Worth. We were married in August 1965. Corporate moves took us to Chicago, Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis where I retired in 2006. We have one daughter, Shannon, who teaches biology and chemistry in a private school in Houston.

Now that I am retired and we have a daughter living in Texas ... will we return to Texas after being away for 38 years? Stay tuned for the next edition of North Texas lovebirds.

Lane Hardie (’65)

Comment #53 posted by Lane Hardie (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

Where else would future television news producers meet than in producing class? Austin and I never crossed paths on campus until my last semester at North Texas. We shared a classroom with nine other students and an incredible instructor, Phyllis Slocum, and spent time together outside the classroom getting ntTV's first semester of live daily newscasts on the air.

We consider our first date to be a late-night trip to the IHOP on North Texas Boulevard following the 2003 ntTV Golden Video Awards. We got married a year later and are enjoying careers in television that have taken us to Shreveport, Dallas and Abilene.

Phyllis Slocum invites us to return to North Texas once a year to network with the radio television film and broadcast journalism students, critique resumes, offer advice and encourage them to follow their dreams. It's fun to speak at the front of the classroom looking back toward the desks where we fell in love.

Austin Kellerman (’04) and Laura Mulvey Kellerman (’03)

Comment #54 posted by Laura Kellerman (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

It all started at a booth in the Student Union Building. On the first day of my freshman year in September 1966, my roommate and I stopped in at the “SUB” for a coke. It was really crowded and there appeared to be no place to sit. Then one booth became available across the room, and as we made our way there, we collided with two cute guys headed for the same booth. We shared the booth until time for our next classes. The next day the cute senior from the booth encounter, Rick Berry, came to my dorm and asked me out. Our first date was to the Sonic Drive-In.

On that date when Rick started singing, “Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood. You sure are looking good,” I was hooked! We had a great year at North Texas and became engaged in February, six months after meeting. We married the following December after Rick graduated. I graduated later from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene.

After 43 years, we still laugh about the “booth.” We actually went back to North Texas and the Sonic in Denton for our 30th anniversary!

In 1946, after WWII, 20 years before our 1966 meeting, my parents, Dorothy Lea McKay and Aaron Riley Winder, met at the North Texas Library. They married after graduating from North Texas.

Two generations found true love at North Texas!

Sue Ellen Winder Berry
Richard Earl "Rick" Berry, class of 1967

Comment #55 posted by Sue Ellen Winder Berry (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

In the fall of 1955, I was in the Union Building. A friend said that a nice guy, F.D. “Jack” Krodell, she knew would like to go out with me. Being a little reluctant, I agreed only if another couple went too. My sorority sister, Helen DeWitt, and Jack's fraternity brother, Mike Kramer, went with us to see the movie Love is a Many Splendored Thing at the movie theater in downtown Denton. We married in September 1956 and now 54 years, three children and four grandchildren later we are still so blessed!

Carolyn Bates Krodell (’58) and F.D." Jack" Krodell (’57)

Comment #56 posted by Carolyn Bates Krodell (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I met Dean on a blind date before my parents moved from Dallas to Syracuse, N.Y. It was May 1965, before my freshman year at North Texas. Dean was also planning to attend North Texas that coming fall. I knew right away he was very special, but there was a specific incident.

My suitemate in Maple Hall, Sandra Guthrie (now Parton), and I planned a double with Dean and another guy drive to Dallas to eat at a nice restaurant. Our first stop was to get gas in Dallas. Dean split the seat of his slacks sliding back into the car seat. Sandra was a clothing design major and thought we could remedy this with something from a nearby drugstore. We thought safety pins would be perfect. We went back to the same gas station, Dean went into the men’s room and handed his pants out to us; however, the safety pins popped open when he sat down on them. So, we went back to the pharmacy for a sewing kit and a repeat of the same drill. This time, however, he forgot to lock the restroom door. A man came in and Dean jumped behind the door only to startle the poor fellow when the door closed. As Dean tells it, he smiled and said hello. The guy didn’t take his eyes off Dean standing in his sport coat, tie, socks, shoes and no slacks.

Anyone who could keep cool under such circumstances was a winner to me. We were married in 1967. I finished my B.A. in advertising design in 1969. Dean completed his B.B.A. and M.B.A., in 1969, with a teaching fellowship while under the supervision of Dr. George Christy and Dr. Dave Fitch. He was awarded the Wall Street Journal Award and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He also managed a “men only” apartment complex, The Silver Sands, located next to Fouts Field. One of the more famous renters was “Mean” Joe Greene.

We will always be grateful to our wonderful professors at UNT who gave generously of their talents and prepared us well for the good life we’ve had. Our memories of those years are priceless.

Marianne Baier Phelps (’69)

Comment #57 posted by Marianne Phelps (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

Our romance began in Dr. Anna Powell's history class in 1954. I noticed a beautiful red head in the front row. I had my friend call her for me to ask her to go to the movies, and she agreed. Our first date was at the local drive-in in Denton in my old ’40 Chevrolet. The drive-in gave an extra coupon for each person in the car. The coupons assured free admission to the next movie. I needed all the coupons I could get, so I took four or five extra girls in the car and went to pick up my date at Bruce Hall.

My date, Margaret Rogers, was rather shocked to see all the extra girls in the car, so I had some explaining to do. The agreement I had with my extra "passengers" was that when we arrived at the drive-in, they were to get out of the car. My date and I enjoyed the movie, although neither one of us can remember the name of it. So began the romance that has lasted for 56 years as of this coming August.

Margaret and I were married in August of 1955 and began teaching careers in Pampa where we lived for almost 20 years. We moved to the Dallas area in 1977 and later retired from the Richardson School District. We have one daughter who teaches in the Allen School District and two wonderful grandchildren.

We will always have fond memories of UNT.

Margaret Rogers Parks (’55,’59 M.Ed.)
Bob Parks (’55,’59 M.Ed.)

Comment #58 posted by Bob Parks (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

My husband and I met at North Texas in 1997. Well, technically we met on the roof of Cool Beans. But, we were both enrolled at UNT. ;)

We met in June 1997 and have been together since. I graduated with a B.A. in journalism in 1999. John didn't graduate because of a mountain biking accident which caused him to miss a whole semester. But I think he has enough credits for about three degrees. (He ended up in an IT job he loves. So no harm done.)

We moved to Phoenix in January 2001. We married April 13, 2003. We moved back to Texas in October 2003. Arizona just wasn't for us. I was diagnosed with MS in September 2006. I had just started a portrait and wedding photography business that showed much promise. But after finding out I need to avoid stress, heat and fatigue, weddings became impossible. Now, due to my lack of mobility, I am mainly an editor for other photographers. I also shoot portraits and macro art.

My husband, John, is my rock. I have constant fatigue and can no longer drive or do much housework, so he runs all the errands, works a full-time job and cooks dinner most nights. He even goes to the library for me. From talking with other women who have MS I realize just how lucky I am. So many husbands or boyfriends can't handle the pressure and take off. Not John. He even does research on the latest MS discoveries so I don't get depressed by all the negativity online.

He's still paying off his student loans and since he didn't get a degree, I just tell him he's paying off the money he spent to meet me. He says it was a "good investment," but he also says that he's "still paying for it." ;) He doesn’t seem to mind.

Courtney McClellan

Comment #59 posted by Courtney McClellan (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

Jim Marrs and I (Carol Worcester, at that time) met at North Texas on Sept. 25, 1964. He was a journalism major, worked on the Campus Chat and was a cheerleader. I was a freshman art major living in Bruce Hall. We met on a blind date for dinner. The dorm didn't serve dinner on Sunday nights so I happily agreed to the date. We dated for four years and have been married 43 years. Both of our daughters graduated from UNT. Cat is a police sergeant in Dallas and Jayme is a freelance stage manager for various theaters.

I have taught art for 40 years, currently at Decatur High School. Jim has a successful journalism career. After many years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he wrote his first investigative book, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, in 1989. Oliver Stone bought the movie rights and used the book to create the movie JFK. Jim continues to investigate and document government conspiracies and cover ups with his New York Times Best Selling titles.

Jim has always been a crusader for truth. From his "underground newspaper" at North Texas to his current mission to expose information that mainstream media refuses to report, he lectures all over the world, appears in documentaries for the History and Discovery channels and writes meticulously researched books.

Carol Marrs

Comment #60 posted by Carol Marrs (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I am a product of one North Texas “love match” and a participant in one 22 years later. My parents, William True Lovelace and Cleo Wayne Crandall Lovelace, were born and raised 10 miles apart in Fannin County, but met for the first time at North Texas. She spotted him waiting tables at a campus-area rooming house circa 1929 and, flapper-style, as she told it later, “I said to myself ‘he’s the one.’”

Apparently she delivered the message. They were married July 14, 1930, as school teachers in Olney. Two of their three offspring graduated from UNT: I in 1952 with a major in journalism and the honor of having been editor-in-chief of the 1952 Yucca, and my sister, Sarah Ann Lovelace Evans, in 1959 with a major in business administration. Our brother, William Wayne Lovelace, attended one North Texas summer session.

The second “love match” began forming circa 1950 when my roommate at the Methodist House (next door to the fire station on Avenue D), Robert Eugene Jenkins (’51 M.M.Ed.), was dating another music education major, Mary Ellen Reynolds. As a sometime voice student, I occasionally needed a rehearsal accompanist. Mary, a better pianist than she let on, accepted my request several times.

When Robert graduated, I attempted to take his place at Mary‘s side. As part of that effort, a good friend and young organ student named Dale Hugh Peters and I drove to Amarillo to see Mary and meet her family. To Dale’s great credit, he didn’t try to move in on me. (Those who know him know that he had the good fortune a few years later to marry a very special woman and musician, Juanita Teal, my choirmate under Frank McKinley in the A Cappella Choir 1950-51).

Mary and I continued seeing one another, sharing, among other things, a great love of music, particularly orchestral and choral. A couple of visits with my parents at their home in Fort Worth seemed to go well. I proposed marriage — not very well, I’ll admit — to Mary in spring 1952. To my everlasting benefit, she accepted.

I graduated in May 1952 and began work the following week as a sports writer and general assignment reporter on the Sherman Democrat. She attended summer school at North Texas to make up an extra credit or two.

We were married on what otherwise would have been her graduation day, Aug. 22, 1952, in the then-new, non-air conditioned chapel at First Methodist Church in Denton. The temperature outside was 105 degrees. Dale Peters played the piano and accompanied soloist R. Kenneth Walker ’50 M.Ed.) on "I Love You Truly," which, not coincidentally, had been sung at my parents’ wedding. My cousin, Allen J. Lovelace (’53), and housemate Barrett Renfro (’53), ushered. Mary’s oldest brother, William J. Reynolds (’47 M.M.Ed.), walked her down the aisle.

Our marriage has produced, among other things, three children and three grandchildren. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in St. Petersburg, Russia, enjoying Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.

Mary and John Lovelace

Comment #61 posted by John Lovelace (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I was a student at North Texas from 1948 to 1951. I graduated from Haslet High School in 1948 and began attending North Texas in July. I began working part time at the Hop House, 1/2 block off the North Texas main campus. In the fall, one of our 700 customers at the Hop House was a tall, lanky West Texas guy who came there to eat every day. His name was W.A. Gann Jr.

W.A. had attended North Texas about three years earlier and then went into the Army for two years. When he started back to college in the fall of ’48, he began eating at the Hop House. We began dating early in ’49. (Our first date was after my working hours; we drove to Decatur and had some ice cream at a small ice cream shop.)

After about three months, we were definitely in love. During our years at North Texas, we had some classes together, we attended many football and basketball games, several shows of the Jazz Band (directed by ’Fessor Graham), and went to many movies shown in the old Administration Building on Saturday nights.

W.A. graduated Feb. 1, 1951, and we married in June of that year. How wonderful that we met while at North Texas.

Marilyn Hemphill Gann Oden, class of 1948

Comment #62 posted by Marilyn Hemphill Gann Oden (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

My husband, Brian, and I met in an Old Testament night class in 1984 taught by the Episcopalian campus minister, the Rev. Carl Babcock. Our class met in the Methodist Ministry Center. As a speech-language pathology major, I was glad to take an elective that had some males in the class! Brian (’84) was a music major and was auditing the class. We had our first date on Groundhog's Day at the IHOP near campus before he went to his job as the night desk clerk at Bruce Hall. Within a few weeks, we knew we would someday be married. I joined him in Georgia over spring break to meet his family.

In August, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The late Father Babcock was one of the ministers who performed our wedding service. We are pleased that both of our daughters, Hannelore (’09), a second-year graduate student, and Noelle, a senior, are students at UNT. Brian and I serve as president of the UNT Parent Association. We have many wonderful memories from our days at North Texas, and we're making new ones with our daughters!

Dixie Freydberg Pennington (’84, ’86 M.S.)

Comment #63 posted by Dixie Freydberg Pennington (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I attended North Texas from 1974 to 1976. I lived in Bruce Hall and ended up dating a guitarist who lived in the dorm at the same time. Monte Mann played with Schwantz Lefantz, a popular band for many years. One of the drummers from that period of time was Doug Frantz. I didn't know Doug well, although I was frequently around him during that time. A lot of us associated with the band are still friends and have stayed in touch. We had a band reunion in the 1980s, at the home of the keyboard player, Ed Loftus, and his wife at the time, Michael Ann. I have a vague memory of Doug from then, and I have a photo of us standing by each other that the bass player, Steve Carter, gave to us later. For some reason, we didn't connect then. I had moved to Santa Fe, and I guess the timing wasn't right.

I heard about Doug from mutual friends a few times in the intervening years and spoke to him once on the phone when I was helping to put together a Bruce Hall reunion. Another band reunion was planned in Denton in June of 2004. Monte and Doug then lived about two miles apart in Austin. Doug called Monte to ask if I was going to the reunion, and Monte told him I would be there. Doug then emailed me, and we commenced a month of constant emailing and four-hour-long phone conversations. We realized within a week that we were right for each other.

We met at the reunion for three days (pictured above, standing and sitting at right), and a month later, at the beginning of July, Doug came to New Mexico to visit me. We had decided to get married in October, but when we went to get the marriage license, the clerk told us that the judge was in and asked if we wanted to get married right then. Doug and I looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders and did it! We got married without ever dating and only having seen each other for a few days in 25 years. Neither of us had ever been married before.

We did get married in the church Oct. 16, 2004, and 21 of our friends from the band and North Texas came to the wedding. Although it took us almost 30 years to get together, we've now been happily married for six 1/2 years.

Laurie Evans Frantz

Comment #64 posted by Laurie Frantz (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

In the fall of 1959 I was entering my senior year at North Texas, and was starting my second year as a dormitory counselor in the Quadrangle Dorms, or the Quads as they were known. There were four Quads on one city block with a cafeteria in between the four buildings. Two of the Quads were boy’s dorms and the other two were girl’s dorms. The cafeteria served all four dorms.

Several sophomore boys were returning for a second year in the dorm to which I was assigned and we had become a pretty close group. We frequently took our meals together in the cafeteria and it gave us a chance to size-up and grade or rate the new incoming freshman girls.

One girl in particular began to stand out in my eyes. She was very attractive, had a good figure, had the cutest dimples, and was a smart dresser. I mentioned her so much, that finally, the guys dared me to go sit with her and meet her and ask her for a date. Well!!! I took the dare!!! She was Judy Kay George from Wichita Falls. She immediately embarrassed herself by giving me a compliment about the good looking high school ring I was wearing. It was actually my North Texas senior ring. She wanted to crawl under the table.

What followed was dancing at the Student Center on Wednesday nights, dinner dates in Dallas, movie dates, Coke dates, going to football games (the Eagles were good and were led by Abner Haynes to the Sun Bowl), Judy riding in the Homecoming Parade on the Quads float, basketball games to see powerful Missouri Valley Conference teams, parking in Lover’s Lane (known as Fouts Field parking lot), and visits to Wichita Falls to meet the parents.

Upon graduation I took a teaching job at Wichita Falls High School, Judy transferred to Midwestern University and worked in a ladies clothing store there. We were married in August 1961 and are coming up on anniversary number 50. We have a daughter and a son and four grandsons. We are happily retired and live on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas and still love each other more than ever.

So, who says “never take a dare?” I took the dare and it turned out great!!!

Don Ellis, class of 1960

Comment #65 posted by Don Ellis (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

We met in an English class in our sophomore year at North Texas. As luck would have it, we sat across the aisle from each other. We talked before and after class every day for a few weeks before I asked for a date. She said "yes" and that started a lifelong romance and friendship. We were married July 1961 in Grapevine, her hometown. We have two wonderful boys who now have their own families.

She has always been the light of my life. We will be married 50 years on July 25, 2011.

Joe Eastman and Patricia Anne "Paddy" Daniel (’62)

Comment #66 posted by Joe Eastman (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I graduated from North Texas in 1964 and went to work in November 1965 for Texas Employment University as a job counselor in our Youth Opportunity Center. I counseled folks on job choices, choices of vocational training, how to solve job-hindering personal problems, and how to mature into young adults correctly.

One day, I worked in the summer jobs section and called an applicant, Earlene Slate, by name. She came to be interviewed and have her application completed, and I set up a typing and shorthand test. Then I proceeded to take her to lunch as she had walked about eight to 10 blocks seeking our Fort Worth downtown offices.

It happened at a quaint, little cafe on Fort Worth's south side, that I asked her for a date to the Cattleman's (she had never gone), and she quickly said yes to two Saturdays off. That dinner was a real dazzler in 1966, and it led to an 11-month courtship and a 44-year marriage. She typed very well, and I got her a very full-time job permanently, in my home kitchen. She thought I took some different girl to that cafe every day until I convinced her that I did not.

I retired from TEC in 1995, and she taught school in Azle, our home, for 32 years, retiring in 2007, the first time. I had known her father about 15 years, but never knew she was in his house, as my father and I went to his shop to see her father in Springtown. Our love burns bright even now after more than 40 years.

John F. Clouse, Jr., class of 1964
Earlene Slate Clouse, class of 1967

Comment #67 posted by John F. Clouse Jr. (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

In May 1946, as I packed to leave North Texas for the summer, Bo (my sorority sister) told me about a boy coming to campus following a stint in the Marine Corps. She thought we would be a good couple. That was the last I thought about it all summer.

In September, I arrived back in Denton and moved into the "new" house for Kappa Theta Pi. After unpacking, my roomie, Olie, and I decided to go for burgers. We went out the front door and saw Bo sitting on the swing with a handsome boy I didn't know. It was Ray Womack, the boy she had told me about in May.

My next encounter with Ray, he told me he had been in the war and that he wanted to make every sorority dance that year (in 1946, there were only six sororities). If I wanted to be his Theta date, that would be good. However, from that time on, we never dated anyone else (his idea, not mine).

When Ray first entered North Texas in 1941-42, he made a name for himself in track and field, lettering in the high and low hurdles as a freshman. In the fall of ’42, he joined the Navy V12 program, but was advised to stay in school. He was elected sophomore class president, pledged Talons fraternity, and earned more medals in track. He returned to North Texas for the 1946-47 school year to continue his eligibility in track and use his scholarship. He was elected senior class president.

By the spring of ’47, we were an item and the school newspaper pictured us by a large tree with a big chalk heart on its trunk, as if Ray had chiseled it. The Talons chose me to be their duchess in the May Queen Pageant. By the end of the spring semester, Ray had asked me a million times to marry him, but I kept saying no.

I went home for the summer and Ray stayed in school. He visited every weekend and by the close of June, I finally said yes. We were married on Sept. 7, 1947. After a week's honeymoon on Lake Worth, we returned to North Texas.

Personally, I think I captured a School Favorite spot because I changed my last name to Womack. I was honored to be in the Who's Who at North Texas, president of the Quintillian Club, and treasurer of the K–O–E–D Club. Ray was president of the "T" Club, the Letterman's Association.

Our first child was born that fall and we attended our first North Texas Homecoming. We made a return visit on the 25th Homecoming. In 1998, with all seven children married and out of the house, we began buying season football tickets and attending the Athletic Hall of Fame breakfast. In 2000, Ray was inducted into the Hall of Fame. What an honor! We continue to buy season tickets and support the athletic department. We have seven children, 12 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren and have been married for 63 years.

Carolyn Davis Womack

Comment #68 posted by Carolyn Davis Womack (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

As music majors, I met Sandra when she was assigned to accompany my voice lessons in Frank McKinley’s studio as her lab requirement.

Even though we dated only a few times at UNT before I reported to the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School, we kept in touch. I visited Sandra while she was teaching music in Odessa after she graduated, on my way to a cruise to the Western Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton, from which my antisubmarine squadron VS-37 had been deployed. I served as an airborne air-controller.

Upon returning to the U.S., I went to Denton to see Sandra who was working on her master’s degree in music, and proposed marriage. We were married on August 20, 1955, in Nacogdoches and promptly headed to San Diego where we lived for 4 ½ months before I went on another cruise, this time aboard the U.S.S. Shangri-La. I retired as a lieutenant commander.

Upon returning to UNT, Sandra and I both finished our master’s degrees and began lives together — mine as choral director and hers as school music teacher, church organist, private music teacher and university organ professor. Sandra was adjunct piano and organ instructor at North Lake Community College and Dallas Baptist University for many years. We have three boys, all who are UNT alums and UNT-trained singers: Scott, D.D.S.; Bruce, J.D.; and Blake, D.C. I earned a J.D. during night school at Southern Methodist University and have practiced law in Irving since 1965, 40 years of which I served as a minister of music in Baptist churches in Dallas County.

Sandra and I return regularly to UNT for concerts and Homecoming music reunions. We were both honored as Distinguished Alums of the College of Music.

Neil (’52, ’57 M.M.) and Sandra Fulmer Davidson (’54, ’57 M.M.)

Comment #69 posted by Neil Davidson (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

During Sadie Hawkins or “Backward” week in February 1956, I was dared to ask out Shug Bledsoe for a date. He said yes and then he and my Delta Gamma roommate, JoAnn Moore, drove my car to Palestine to pick up JoAnn’s car for that week. On the way back to Denton, Shug asked if I would like to see a movie that night and that was the beginning of our dating. We were pinned in May of 1956 at the Delta Gamma ramp with all the PiKA’s singing to us.

Shug and I were married on June 2, 1956, in San Angelo, only four months from our first date. Shug passed away April 3, 2001, from congestive heart trouble.

I still come back to UNT for Delta Gamma get-togethers. I was there when they reinstated the sorority onto campus and also was back for the opening of the new Delta Gamma house.

Thelma Lamb Bledsoe, class of 1956

Comment #70 posted by Thelma Lamb Bledsoe (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

The date was just before the Christmas holiday break in 1940. A freshman from Hamlin, I was in the library at North Texas working on a project that was due in early January. Just at the time I completed my work, a good friend named Olga Hendrix came into the library with her roommate, Mary Hunt, who was from Lone Oak. Olga introduced Mary to me. We were immediately attracted to one another. While at home for the holidays, I sent Mary a telegram wishing her a Merry Christmas and saying that I looked forward to seeing her in January.

From January 1941 until my graduation in August 1943, we were an inseparable twosome. Mary always referred to me by my nickname —“Nick” — short for Nicholson. I joined Pi Phi Pi fraternity and Mary joined Kappa Theta Pi. We went to dances, participated in all the college activities and had a wide circle of friends.

As romances go, it was not all peaches and cream. The war affected everyone. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, I joined the Navy Reserve Program that enabled me to finish my degree prior to active duty. I was called up immediately after my graduation in August 1943 and was sent to the Navy Midshipman School at Notre Dame University. By January 1940, I completed the program and was commissioned in the Navy as an ensign.

Mary and I decided to break up when I graduated from North Texas. After midshipman school, I was in amphibious training stationed near Morrow Bay in northern California. But we could not stay apart. Mary traveled by train along with my parents to California where we were married on March 20, 1944, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Thirty officers in my unit sang “Come to me Mary” at the wedding. When I left for the Pacific Theater of the war, Mary returned to Texas and completed her studies at North Texas and received a Smith-Hughes Home Economics degree in 1945.

Our friends were very happy for us, but many were skeptical as to whether the marriage would last. How wrong they were!!

Mary and I had a wonderful marriage of 59 years, lasting until Mary’s death in 2003. God blessed us with two fine children and four grandchildren. Mary found her niche as a consummate homemaker and school teacher. I had a satisfying career in the insurance industry for more than 38 years. We were active in the Southern Baptist church where Mary taught Bible school for more than 40 years and I was a deacon in the church in Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Plano and Kerrville.

It all began at North Texas where we fondly recalled some of the best years of our lives.

James A. Nicholson
Class of 1943

Comment #71 posted by James A. Nicholson (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

A great romance began when a mutual friend at North Texas, Wendy Haynes, introduced me to Marilyn “Cissy” Yarrell. Our first date was August 1946 in Dallas where we went to Fair Park and rode the Ferris wheel.

It has been said that “opposites attract,” which was true with us. Cissy attended Sunset High School in Dallas and was a “city girl.” I was raised on a cotton farm in Elysian Fields by my grandmother and was a “country boy.” Our lives were very different and for us a “true love” romance began.

I had served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, returned to North Texas for one semester, received a B.S. degree and was working in Dallas during our courtship of two years, including a one-year engagement. Our dates were mostly on weekends and included many college social events such as sorority proms, school dances, and parties on and off campus.

Cissy was a leader in numerous campus organizations and was president of her sorority, Kappa Theta Pi, her last year at North Texas. I had been in the Pi Phi Pi fraternity when in school. These organizations were very, very meaningful to us. Cissy received a B.A. degree with honors in three years at age 20. During the first year of our marriage, Cissy taught school in Dallas and was teased by her principal that she was old enough to teach, but not old enough to vote.

We were married in The Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton on Sept. 21, 1946. We have two married daughters, one grandson and two great-granddaughters.

We moved to Houston in 1955. We had our 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 21, 1996. All of the wedding attendants, who were still with us, attended along with numerous Theta sorority sisters of Cissy’s and many of my Pi Phi brothers.

We were fortunate to be able to travel extensively and visit more than 100 countries worldwide. We had many hobbies. Cissy excelled in watercolor art. We have had such fun and enjoyed spending our spare time pursuing our hobbies and activities, with our love, devotion and support of each other. After almost 65 years of marriage, our love has grown stronger than ever.

A.K. Lacy, class of 1944
Marilyn “Cissy” Yarrell, class of 1946

Comment #72 posted by A.K. Lacy (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

I met Ralph W. Bahler in November 1944 at a home economics party. After curfew, 14 young soldiers departed. But Ralph took off his coat, rolled up his sleeves and went to the kitchen to wash the party dishes. I decided then and there that this was a man to get to know. He had blue eyes, curly brown hair and a talent for playing piano.

Our first date was a walk down the street to the Corner Drug Store for Cokes. We were married at The Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton on July 22, 1945. I graduated with a B.S. in vocational home economics on Aug. 23, 1945, after a nine-year effort.

We raised five children: a drama major, a medical technician in open heart surgery, a retiree from Social Security for the state of Arkansas, a law librarian and a computer technician. There are 11 grandchildren with college degrees from schools in Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Ralph and I memorialized the 22nd of each month for 58 fabulous years. After he passed, I moved from “The Farm” in Holt County to a retirement community in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Alive and well on Mother Earth in my 91st year.

Comment #73 posted by J. Carolyn Bailey Bahler Hautzenroeder (not verified) 6 years 47 weeks ago.

John and I were friends for more than a year, both dating other people, but seeing each other often at activities at the Baptist Student Union. A mutual friend even told me during that time that if John and I ever dated, we probably would end up getting married, because we seemed like we would be very compatible. Since I was in another relationship, that suggestion just seemed crazy. But love that is meant to be somehow finds a way to blossom; over time, both of our relationships with others ended. For some time we continued as friends, until one day--out of the blue--John asked if I'd like to go to a movie. Within 6 months of that first date, we were engaged.

As a fashion design major, I was taking numerous sewing classes, and for my project for an advanced class, I chose to make my wedding dress. Several other students were doing the same thing, so for a time, our classroom looked like a bridal salon. This unusual situation was even written up in the Denton newspaper. On our wedding day in November 1966, John was a recent NTSU graduate and I was a senior. This next fall, we will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.

Comment #74 posted by John and Marsha Barrett (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

My wife and I met in the fall of 1996. It was Halloween night to be exact. I was in Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, our house was right in the middle of campus across from Clark at the time and we were hosting the Cumberland Children's Home for trick-or-treating and games. Of course, we asked a sorority to join us and it happened to be Kappa Kappa Gamma that year. Lucky for me, because I met Brittainy, dressed up as a little Indian princess, that night. It was a good sign for me when she liked me with a monster mask on, so I figured it could only get better.

We dated a couple years and on a college budget spent much of that time in campus and Greek life. Including Brittainy on dance team, homecoming parade, intramurals, Union shows, etc. We married in June 1999, while I was still completing graduate classes at UNT and Brittainy working on her undergrad. Coming up on our 12th anniversary, we still enjoy UNT sporting events, especially taking our 4 kids to soccer and basketball games.

Comment #75 posted by Bradley Holmes (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

I had just been mustered out of active duty in the air force and was registering for the fall semester of 1952. At the time I was a health major and was anticipating registering in a course in elementary health education.

Looking over the roll I saw that, if I registered, I would be the only male in the course. Being in my macho phase of my life I hesitated until this good looking blond also was registering. We started to talk and she encouraged me to go ahead and sign up - so I did.

The first day of class I came in early and sat down and this same good looking blond came in and sat down beside me. Her name was Betty Carolyn Clements. She would become, two years later, my bride.

That was almost 58 years ago. She is still that good looking blond - well, gray, headed girl.

Comment #76 posted by Dr. B. G. Foster (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

I met my husband my freshman year at UNT. We were both working at The Union - I was working in the design shop and he was part of the building maintenance crew. The guys ate lunch in the design shop every day. We were dating other people, but after those relationships fizzled and a friendship grew, we started dating two years later. We continued to date throughout our college career and married in his last semester of grad school.

Nine years later, we have a 2 yr old daughter and still reminisce about our time at UNT. We love Denton - the school, the town, the atmosphere, the students - and would love to return one day and work at UNT once again. We have such great stories from the Union and our time in Denton, and we enjoy bringing our daughter to Denton to see where it all began (and eat some Beth Maries, too).

Comment #77 posted by Cheryl Potemkin (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

I was the first to show up for Mr. Blanton's class in the Industrial Arts Building fall semester 1976. I nabbed a choice seat by the window. The second person to show up was Kim. She was shy and looked a bit lost. I waved and said hi and she came and sat down next me. We struck up a friendship that semester, but we did not date.

It turns out that we had a common class each semester for the next two and a half years and always sat next to each other. It never dawned on me that she liked me more than just a friend. I was pretty clueless to put it mildly. So, she took matters into her own hands in December of '78 and asked me to a Christmas party. Just a fun time, but nothing happened...once again, quite clueless. But, I thought of her over Christmas break.

Then, turns out we had another class together during the spring '79 semester. This time I got it right and asked her out to the King Tut exhibition that was in Dallas at that time. I picked her up at 8:00a on a beautiful February Saturday and we drove to the Dallas Museum of Art, stayed there most of the day, had dinner, talked a few hours, went to a late night place to eat again, talked a few more hours and then I dropped her off at her apartment at 8:00a on Sunday. I had never had a 24 hour date before!

We were married in 1983 and have two children. Our youngest currently attends UNT. Yes, I am still clueless in matters of the heart, but thank goodness I got this one right.

Comment #78 posted by Gary and Kim Daniels (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

Marjorie Ann Hoyle was already at North Texas when I transferred there in the fall of 1962 as a Library Service major (that was what it was called then). She was an Elementary Education major, and worked at Bruce Hall as a dorm hostess. Her roommate, Bessie Weaver, was also a Library Service major.

Fortunately for me, Bessie and I had homework and projects that required us to do the work in the LS Library. Marge came with her. After the Library closed several of us would go to some place to have coffee before they had to be back in the dorm.

Needless to say Marge and I got acquainted. She had beautiful dark brown hair and dark brown eyes, and was what I thought was ideal to be the mother of my children! It was some time before we had a date alone, as we always seemed to be with the group from the Library school. However, I knew she was the one, and finally worked up the nerve to ask her out. The first date we went to the drive-in movie, and saw a terrible movie! After that we went to several things on campus together for the music department and homecoming. We would pass notes back and forth to each other as we passed on campus.

In March 1964, I proposed, and we were married that August after graduation in May. In 1968 we graduated with our Master’s from North Texas also. She was the mother of my children, but it turned out to be child. Our daughter, Kristi, was born in 1970, and graduated from North Texas in 1993. We moved to Irving because her Mom lived here, and have stayed here. We are now both retired.

Comment #79 posted by Leonard J. McCown (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

So I was at a UNT Football Game, in the fall of 1995, and on the steps leading into the stadium, on the East Side, she was standing there, with the sun shining through the tunnel and make her glow radiantly. I could not take my eyes off of her...and then she was gone, never to be seen again, I assumed. Then, not two weeks later, I see her on the roof bar of Cool Bean's dancing to a band, and then it began. I ran into her at the PEB, at Rick's Place, at the Library, everywhere I turned, she was there...

Once I built up the courage to actually go and speak to her, I found out not only there was intelligence and humor to go with the beauty, but I knew right away that I had found the one person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with...

And that's how the story goes, we married in 1999, and are proud UNT Alums that met and fell in love right there...

Comment #80 posted by Jason Mullin (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

I was an incoming freshman the Fall of 2000 and it truly was love at first sight. The minute I saw John Hurlbut walking outside of Clark Hall I thought, "I'm going to marry that man!". I went to a Campus Crusade for Christ event and saw him leading music there and then later I joined a lifegroup that met in his dorm room.

I was hooked. We started up a friendship and he even taught me to play guitar. (Now that I no longer play guitar - he jokingly accuses me of using that to win his heart). We were good friends for several months before we officially began dating the spring of 2001. We went on a mission trip together in May of 2001 where we first talked about getting married.

John proposed to me at my parent's lakehouse under a firework-lit sky on July 4, 2001 when we had only known each other for a total of 10 months. It was a perfect day that I will always remember. We got married in his hometown on December 28, 2001 and we've been married now almost 10 years! In 2010, we had our first child, a baby girl, named Adeleine Joy and we couldn't be happier.

Thank you North Texas for allowing us to meet!

Comment #81 posted by Amanda Hurlbut (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

Doug and I met during my Sr. year at UNT. We were introduced to each other by my sister and her then boyfriend, Dianne & Mike Williams. They also introduced four other couples to each other if I remember the story correctly. Each girl was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and each guy was a member of Pi Kappa Phi. At the end of our college days, five of the Kappa Delta/Pi Kappa Phi couples were married. Four of those couples are still married today. Doug and I will celebrate our 39th anniversary in Sept. Still have great memories of our years at UNT.

Comment #82 posted by Sheila Starr Harrison (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

We met in the Music Library, like good graduate students should. A musicology doctoral student, I also worked there at the front desk. I first saw Mike, a trombonist and music ed doctoral student, there in summer 1986, and I thought he was pretty cute, even discussing his cuteness with another member of the library staff.

Meanwhile, that summer Mike made a list of the women he wanted to ask out when he returned in the fall. Lucky for me that I was first one on his list that he saw. In the library on the evening of Thursday, September 4th, he casually asked me if I would like to "get lunch sometime." I said, "Sure, how about tomorrow?"

Our date at Ellington's lasted 5 hours because we talked so much, and then we went to a graduate music education party at the Rainbow-Froehlich's where we sat under their grand piano talking for another 3 hours. We came out for food and to meet other people, but after each interruption went right back to our own conversation as soon as possible. In fact, we talked through the night over the worst coffee I have ever made. It was a perfect match then, and it still is.

We married in 1990 on the square across from Ellington's, which was the site of our impromptu reception, with almost the entire music library folk in attendance. We often wonder how things might have turned out differently had he not seen me first....we like to think that we would have found each other eventually!

Comment #83 posted by Vicki Stroeher (not verified) 7 years 1 week ago.

The guy I was going to go to high school prom with broke up with me three days before prom. My mother called my brother who was living in Clark Hall at the time and told him to find me a date. After a lot of careful consideration, my brother chose his "safest" friend and roommate, Dennis. My parents paid for his tux, our flowers and the tickets to the prom. The night arrived and Dennis arrived 2 hours late (without even a call). Not a wonderful beginning... but once we met we hit it off. He took me back to Denton after the prom and we ate a late dinner at IHOP (where my brother was a cook at the time).

After we ate we walked around campus and just talked. He finally kissed me in the entrance way at the Coliseum. I was in heaven. On the way back home Dennis told me in very blunt terms that he was NOT looking for a serious relationship. I was a junior in high school, so I wasn't either.

A year later I started school at UNT and joined him. After dating six and half years we married, had two children, travelled the world with the Army and after 19 years of marriage are back in North Texas. I now work at the university of North Texas and have a daughter that may be attending in two years. Wow! things do come full circle! Every once in awhile I turn to Dennis and ask him when it will be ok for the relationship to become serious!

Comment #84 posted by Elyce Franks (not verified) 7 years 27 weeks ago.

The January 1975 morning was windy and cold and I was waiting in line outside the NTSU gym to register for my junior semester classes. I didn’t have a sufficient jacket for the brisk wind, so I stood as close as possible to the really tall guy in front of me without actually touching him. He was my windbreak. Yet, he sensed I was there and turned around to introduce himself to whomever was invading his personal space.

At the appointed time, according to the first letter of our last name, we snaked our way into the gym, got our computer cards, and began to fill in the information. Today is seems silly to actually write on the computer cards. I didn’t know the area code, looked around, and questioned the only other person at my table. The same guy!

Those were the days when computers operated with punch cards and each class and section had a different card. Students stood in long lines to get a punch card to arrange their semester class schedule. Some times a student stood in the same line several times to exchange those cards until their class schedule worked. This process took several frantic and frustrating hours.

During these frustrating hours, I noticed the same really tall guy was standing behind me or in front of me in the same lines trying to get those same awful punch cards.

When classes started the next week, there he was - in three of my six classes. We learned we were finishing up our Psychology degrees after several of life’s interruptions, one being the Vietnam War. Eventually we decided to go to lunch together at a pizza place on the corner of W. Hickory and Fry Streets. He treated me with such respect that I knew he was a man of personal integrity and honor. I wanted more of him and we married 15 months later.

That was 35 years ago. We have two grown boys. Our oldest son Adam received his Masters in Economics from UTA. Our youngest son William graduated from UNT in 2007 with a BS in Finance. He lived three years in Clark Hall, my old dorm. During William’s four years at UNT, I volunteered on the board of the Parent Association. (My husband’s sister received her Masters of Education from UNT.) We have a bit of green in our blood.

Now, if Zeke was telling this story, he would say I followed him! But you know the truth.

Comment #85 posted by Adeline Rogers (not verified) 7 years 32 weeks ago.

Steve and I met in the fall semester, 1968. We were in Dr. Crawford’s botany lecture with about 300 other people. I spotted him (hard to miss him at 6’-8”) and my friend, Jean, told me she would introduce us. We planned to be casually walking by the coaches offices when the afternoon team meeting ended. Well, we walked around the block several times before the meeting finally ended! Jean introduced me to Steve, and then she and her boyfriend promptly got into an argument and broke up right in front of us!

Our first date was me watching him play football while I sat behind his parents! And it was a long time before I admitted our chance meeting wasn’t so accidental!

It was close to love at first sight for both of us. We married on June 14, 1969, at the age of 19. We should have been a “statistic” years ago, by the odds! But we both graduated on time in 1972, and Steve was drafted by the New York Jets. His pro career was extremely short and we both went into teaching for a few years, and then the business world.

We now have 2 children and 6 grandchildren and are still in love with each other. And we are each other’s best friend. Two of our grandchildren wore green and white paint to his first UNT football game when they were toddlers! (see photo) We hope to keep the Mean Green tradition growing in our family!

Comment #86 posted by Majel Ellen Sullivan (not verified) 7 years 32 weeks ago.

Just months out of high school, enjoying the boundless freedom that comes with college life, I declared confidently to my roommate one evening as we were about to go out and hear some live music, "I am done with men! Who needs a boyfriend?!" This bold statement was the result of a broken heart. Well, actually, I broke his heart. But none-the-less, I had decided that relationships were entirely too complicated. "And besides," I reasoned, "I'm only 18. I should be having fun! I've got my whole life to settle down."

No less than 45 minutes later, I walked into the Delta Lodge and met the man who I ended up marrying 15 years later. Apparently, life had other plans for me! I suppose it always does.

It was my first college party. The first of many foul-smelling, sweat-drenched, loud, cheap-hot-beer-drinking college parties. There was a band set up in a dark corner of the room. Aside from their instruments, all I remember seeing was hair. It was 1991, and if you played in a band, by gosh you better have hair. And lots of it. Hair was almost more important than talent back then. But fortunately, the guys in this band had both.

The singer, guitar player and bass player were all prominently displayed, donning their respective instruments, thrashing about to a Pink Floyd-ish tune. And then I saw him...

The drummer. (Cue dreamy harp music.)

After they finished playing, a friend introduced me to said drummer. I studied him intently -- his long, wavy hair, sparkling eyes and crooked smile. I remember thinking, "Gosh, my parents are gonna hate him." And in some twisted way, that made me like him even more. But my folks didn't hate him. In fact, they loved him.

And so did I, I quickly discovered.

For all intents and purposes, we were attached at the hip from the time we met, on. It was rare to hear one of our names without the other's name. It was "Danny and Jennifer, this. Jennifer and Danny, that"

Fast forward nearly 19 years later, and we're living happily ever after in Dallas. After dating for 15 years, we finally tied the knot in March 2007 in Laguna Beach, California.

The Delta Lodge burned down many years ago. While it was an eye sore to some, that nasty, old, dilapidated place was special to us.

Danny will never play at the Delta Lodge again, but his current band, The Better Death, still plays the Denton live music circuit from time to time. I always go to these shows, and the two of us inevitably end up driving around Denton, visiting all of our old stomping grounds, for a nice dose of nostalgia.

Whenever his band plays you'll usually find me in the back of the room... looking past the singer... past the guitar player... and past the bass player. Nineteen years later, I'm still gazing, like a love struck college freshman, at the drummer.

He doesn't have all the hair anymore; in fact, he has none! But he's got my heart.... for at least eternity.

Jennifer Watson, 1995
Danny Handler, 1996

Comment #87 posted by Jennifer Watson (not verified) 7 years 33 weeks ago.

Bob, a Sig Ep, phoned the Kappa Delta house, then in Chilton Hall, looking for a date for the first football game of 1954. Louise was walking by the phone and after a brief conversation, a date was made. After the game they went to a party at a house near the campus, which had been rented by the Sig Eps. While dancing on the porch, the ever agile Bob made a misstep and they both wound up in the bushes.

Fast forward…they graduated from North Texas and were married in 1956. They spent 23 years in the Marine Corps; living from New York to California and Cuba to Thailand plus a lot of places in between. After retirement from the USMC they owned and operated a travel agency for 20 years. Their son is a retired Navy Captain, and their daughter an architect. Bob and Louise Burnette (nee Tomlinson) are now retired and living “happily ever after” in New Bern, NC.

Comment #88 posted by Bob & Louise Burnette (not verified) 7 years 34 weeks ago.

On the first Wednesday of the spring semester in January of 2006, Ryan and I both entered our physical geography lab. Neither one of us knew anyone else in the class, and we soon learned that the next class we would be choosing partners to work with in the lab for the remainder of the semester. Although Ryan and I had never met before, we both recognized each other because we were already 'Facebook friends.' Apparently Ryan had spotted me at a new members mixer for our sorority and fraternity, Alpha Delta Pi and Lambda Chi Alpha, respectively, during the fall semester. He found out my name from a friend, and added me then (I like to tease him about being my former Facebook stalker :)).

After class that first day, I received a Facebook message from Ryan saying hello and making sure I was the one in his class. From there we began talking back and forth, and eventually agreed to be lab partners and we exchanged phone numbers in case either one of us "ever missed class and needed to catch up on work" (wink, wink).

The next Wednesday rolled around; we had class together, and hit it off. We ended up hanging out the following night, Thursday, which was Ryan's 20th birthday. Sunday night we went on our first date, and the rest is pretty much history. Our relationship continued to blossom through UNT when Ryan proposed to me at the UNT 4th of July fireworks show in 2007. We had a picnic in the field across from Fouts Field, and not too far from where we first met.

We married on June 21, 2008, and recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary. Ryan and I are both high school teachers, and I teach World Geography, so it is always fun to explain to everyone that I met my husband in a geography class! We still enjoy going back to Denton for Mean Green football games and have fun on Fry Street. We are even planning to attend the fireworks show again this 4th of July. I am so happy that I made the decision to attend the University of North Texas, because if not, I may have missed the opportunity to find my soulmate!

NaShae Tuomey

Comment #89 posted by Ryan and NaShae Tuomey (not verified) 7 years 34 weeks ago.

I met Sharon one night in the summer of 1971. I was taking an evening speech class and it was in a building that also housed a stage theatre. She was ushering for a performance of The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie and she really caught my eye.

We introduced each other, went for a soda date the next day, I asked her to marry me the following week! We have been together here in Sugar Land these last 37 years.


Comment #90 posted by John R (not verified) 7 years 34 weeks ago.

It was September 15, 1963, my very first Sunday in Denton. My brother and I had decided to attend the “new student” meeting at Denton’s First United Methodist Church. It was a well-planned and welcoming event, and the Master of Ceremonies closed the special evening by leading us all in a few songs. Just prior to the last song, however, my life was abruptly and unexpectedly changed forever.

Very spontaneously, the MC asked us reach out and take the hand of the person next to us. Since I was on the edge of our row, I reached across the aisle…and there she was! The moment I touched her hand, something amazing happened. It wasn’t like my heart stopped. It was more like her touch jolted my heart and started it for the very first time. I immediately knew that I would never be the same.

I could only watch Carolyn from a distance for most of that first year (she in the church choir loft, I in the pew), because she was still in high school, and her wise parents would not allow her to date college guys. But, I somehow knew that she was the girl that I would one day marry.

Carolyn entered NTSU the next semester. We began to date during my sophomore year, were pinned in my junior year, engaged early in my senior year, and married one week after graduation. That was 43 years ago, and words cannot describe how blessed I have been to have lived my life with that incredibly wonderful woman.

NTSU will always be an important part of our story. Each year there was filled with great lessons, experiences and memories. None were as significant, though, as those last few minutes of that first Sunday evening.

Comment #91 posted by Jerry Tobias (not verified) 7 years 35 weeks ago.

Around mid-July 2007, my parents and I decided it would be a lot easier/cheaper if I were to transfer from the University of Tulsa, to UNT. We did all of the paper work and eventually received my acceptance letter the first weekend of August. It took another week and a half for us to fill out and get accepted into the College Inn Residence Hall (a couple of days before move-in).

My girlfriend is from Germany and had applied to do the Foreign Exchange in some school in Atlanta around 2005 but was later rejected. In 2006 she applied to UNT and didn't hear anything until April 2007. By this point she nearly gave up on the Exchange program so she had nothing ready for her eventual trip in July. She needed to get her visa, quit her job, and take a test to prove her abilities in English (which far surpassed mine!) Around August 19, she arrives to CI, suffered a huge culture shock and eventually met other exchange students.

It wasn't until Tuesday (2nd day of classes) when we met each other in the CI pool and pretended to not be attracted to each other while spending more time talking and flirting. Despite her leaving May 2008, we still visit each other at least once a year and are rapidly approaching our 3rd year anniversary (September).

Comment #92 posted by DJ Chaos (not verified) 7 years 35 weeks ago.

I met Brittain over a game of pool in Maple Hall in August 2003. (Admittedly, I spent more time playing 8-ball than attending class.) We had both signed up to live in different dorms, but were reassigned to Maple Hall. We spent about two weeks pretending to just be friends when we could no longer deny that we had fallen for each other. We never officially "dated;" he held my hand and that was it! We've been together ever since. Married in 2007, moved to Arizona in 2008, and just had our first child, a little boy born in January this year. We make it back to Texas about once a year and are sure to walk through the UNT campus, reminiscing.

Comment #93 posted by Rachel (not verified) 7 years 35 weeks ago.

My husband and I met in Bruce Hall at UNT in the fall of 1993. I was sitting in one of the TV rooms in the dorm then known as The Lorena Lounge watching TV. He walked into the room said hello then sat down to watch TV. I thought I had been struck by lightning when he smiled. We had a very brief conversation. Our first date was a few weeks later and we've been together ever since. We have so much in common. I knew I had found my soul mate and true love when I couldn't stop thinking about him. He proposed to me in that same room 4 years later before it was turned into a regular resident room. We got married the following year on that very same day. We've been happily married now for 12 years.

Comment #94 posted by Kim (not verified) 7 years 35 weeks ago.

Kagun and I met almost 4 years ago in the dorm at UNT. We were both signed up to help with Yell Like Hell for Homecoming and we were partnered up to dance together. It was a slow start to a relationship but as we grew and went through UNT we developed a relationship like no other. I knew he was the one because he was so involved with everything at school and loved going to events with me. We have been together for 3 years and graduated last fall. Two weeks ago we got engaged and are now planning a wedding in Denton for next fall.

Comment #95 posted by Kim Bruno (not verified) 7 years 36 weeks ago.

Met my husband Jim in Finance class. I'd already had to drop it because I just didn't get it. He made a 100 on the first test-I made a 30. I made arrangements to study with him in the library. We later went to the Rock Bottom Lounge (anyone remember that?) for a beer. The rest, as they say, is history. I made a B in the class, and got myself a husband. We've been married 25 years and both our boys are students there.

Comment #96 posted by Georgia (not verified) 7 years 36 weeks ago.

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