Listen » Jim Crane and his daughter Missy Worden
Jim Crane tells his daughter Missy Worden what he liked best about college.
Recorded in Atlanta, GA
Produced by Nadia Reiman.
Facilitated by Kathrina Singh.
Recorded in partnership with WABE.
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JC: I was finally away from my mother; I found out what girls were. Never dated at all in High School. I found out they were soft and they smelled good, and I liked them.
JC: And my senior year, I met your mother. I was working in the business office. She was a switchboard operator. I'd come up the hall a-whistling and she'd always fuss at me because she was trying to hear. I got to talking to her and I got to liking her. I finally said, "You wanna go to a movie with me?" And she said no.
MW: (Laughs) Really?
JC: And I said "Why?" And she said, "I've double dated with you. I see what you do to those girls in the back seat."
JC: I thought, "Well, I've never had a girl tell me no." So the girl I was dating in Charlotte, North Carolina, I had given her my pin. So I wrote and told her to send it back to me. And the girl I was dating in town I'd give her some little something or other and I told her to give that back to me, and another girl I was dating on campus, I'd done something for her, and I told her to give that back to me.
JC: So I got those three things and I took them over to the switchboard and I lay them down. I said, "Now, look at here. I done broke up with all three of those girls." I said, "Will you go to a movie with me?" She said, "Ok."
JC: And so we started dating. And we graduated in 1959. I went immediately into the Navy. And I was gonna give her a diamond engagement ring when I got paid at the end of boot camp. But the Navy screwed up the pay somehow, and everybody got paid but me. Well I'd told everybody what I was going to do with my money. And I was very despondent. I was sitting on my bed and this guy I didn't like came up to me and he said, "Crane, give me a match." I said, "I don't smoke and I don't have matches." He said, "Yeah you do. I've seen them in your locker." And I gave a great oath and stood up and went to my locker and opened it. And my locker was full of money. And the money started falling out. So I sat down and cried. (laughs) And I guess they passed the hat. And I used that money to buy your mother's first diamond ring. And I said, "Now, you're gonna marry me but you gotta know that you're engaged to Company 290. So she said, "That's fair."
MW: (Laughs) She’s a very loving lady.
JC: She really is. She’s a good gal.