Illustration Courtesy of Alli Arnold
When we asked you about finding true love on campus, we
didn't expect to find so much ardor in academia. Here's how Cupid's
arrow struck a few of you.
It all started with alphabetical seating in a graduate
economics class in the fall of 1939. Genevieve Patterson and I sat
next to each other. I quickly decided she was smarter than I was
and that this was a girl I needed to know better! We intended to
get married, but Pearl Harbor came along, and as a graduate of ROTC,
I was called to active duty. Despite the odds against my survival,
we decided to get married in February 1942 and are still together
after 62 years.
—Louis B. Perry '38,
M.A. '41, Ph.D. '50, Walla Walla, Wash.
While Ralph and I were dating, he asked me to go skiing in Mammoth
with a group of friends. When I learned they slept in tents, I said,
"no thanks!" We were married the Saturday after I graduated
in 1955 and now live full time in Mammoth.
—Patti Ingli Rea '55,
Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
At the graduation ceremony in 1963, I sat next to a very nice guy
named Arthur. I was extraordinarily shy in those days, but he started
talking to me and asked me if I wanted to celebrate our graduation.
We got married on July 4, 1965, and next year will celebrate our
40th anniversary. How is that for a last chance to find a husband
—Janet Schultz Cupples
'63, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Our first date, October 5, 1963, was a disaster. We went to the
Hollywood Bowl to see Dave Brubeck, Barbra Streisand and Sammy Davis
Jr. The car battery died at the Bowl entrance. We rolled down the
hill and parked at a gas station and walked back up, missing Brubeck
completely. On the way back to campus, the battery died again, and
Reva lost her 15 minutes of grace time for lockout. Not everything
turned out badly, though. This past June, Reva and I celebrated
40 years of marriage.
—Harvey Kern '64, Oak
In the beginning, Michelle thought of me as a friendly (albeit
strange) techno-music-loving geek, and I thought of her as a freshman
bound for Sorority Row with her friends. In early April 2000, I
realized I had been attracted to Michelle for quite some time, and
later that month, Michelle told me of similar feelings for me. Today,
we celebrate seven months of being married, and it's been everything
I could have asked for.
—Foster Brereton '01,
NEXT UP: What song makes you nostalgic
for your UCLA days? Whether it's by Bing Crosby or Bob Dylan, Bon
Jovi or Britney Spears, tell us why that tune takes you back. E-mail
send a fax to (310) 794-6883 or write to Bruin Walk Editor, UCLA
Magazine, 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA
90024. Please include a phone number and city of residence.