- Purdue memories
years from 1963-1968
|1964 Purdue Dance
|PCMD - Then -
1965 Best man
||PCMD - Today
Duties of a best man
Really, there is only one thing a best man
has to do at a wedding: Save the ring and hand it to the person conducting
the wedding ceremony. In our case it was the priest of the St. Joseph church
in Lebanon, IN
So here is my best man and college roommate, Nick Munning, frantically searching his pockets because he knows time
is short. He turns them inside out and empties his wallet, dumps all the
cigarettes out of the package I had given him. All to no avail.
Mary and I were sitting in front of him totally unaware that his
deodorant was rapidly failing. Willy, my next older brother who was
sitting alongside Nick, leaned over to find out what he was panicking about.
"I can't find Henry's ring!" he replied as he went through his pockets one
more time. Willy, who had gotten married a little over a month before,
removed his own ring, handed it to Nick and said: "Here, go ahead and use
this one. They will never know the difference and we will figure out later where it went".
The rings were passed to the priest and eventually Mary slipped it on my
finger. It seemed to go on just a bit easier than when we had tried it on
the day before, but I thought: "That's what happens when you are a little nervous."
Your body shrinks? Really?
After the ceremony was over Nick, Willy and I combed the grounds as much
as we could, but the ring had permanently disappeared. Nick did buy me
another ring once he saved up enough money.
It all was an omen of things to come, I have managed to loose three more
Not that I am the careless type, but a soccer goal is just not a good place to "store"
a ring while playing. Not sure why I took them off in the first place. In
the meantime my garden swallowed yet another ring last fall (2004) and so my ring-woes
Mary finally drew the line: "You lose one more ring and I am leaving
you!". Her tone of voice was such that I now never take it off anymore.
|My room at Purdue
Modest corner desk, books and of course a radio and gramophone player