Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He took a job with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, which had just started buying up food brands, like cake mixes and peanut butter.
Jim’s job was to put the crunch in the new peanut butter, Jif. One machine chopped the peanuts into slivers, and another machine used pistons to plug the slivers into the creamy product. Jim also had to taste test peanut butter that had been sitting on a shelf for three months in 100 degree heat.
The verdict? Rancid.
Jim quit his job, but not before they offered him a transfer to work on cookie mixes.
“No thanks,” he said. “I’m going back to school to get my graduate degree.”
Jim returned to Pittsburgh and enrolled in school. Since he loved to sing, he joined a group called the Musicantors. That’s where he met Dottie. They dated for five years or so. Jim didn’t have much money since he was a student.
The following New Year’s Eve, Jim and Dottie went to a party at one of his professor’s houses. Just before midnight the toilet overflowed, and the hostess went upstairs to deal with it. Jim and Dottie went upstairs, too, only Jim led Dottie to a closet since she wanted a quiet place to call her mother and wish her a happy new year. They dragged the bedroom phone into the closet and shut the door.
When Dottie hung up the phone Jim asked her to marry him.
“Yes!” she said.
The hostess, who had finished with the toilet, overheard them and ran downstairs to tell the others. When Jim and Dottie came down the stairs, they met a receiving line of well-wishers congratulating them on their engagement.
Jim saved up for an engagement ring for Dottie after he got a real job as a chemical engineer.
The two got married in April, fifteen months after the NYE party.
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Jim and Dottie have been married 50+ years and are still singing.