Somebody you know knows a guy I know
Published: Thursday, October 31st, 2013
My friend Nancy and I were chatting the other night in the lobby at the Alex Johnson, catching up on each other's comings, goings and relatives.
She began talking about her cousin who moved from Montana back to South Dakota to her hometown and is living in her late parents' old house, and on and on. Before she had time to finish her story, I said, "You're talking about Mary Jane, aren't you!"
Sure enough. Mary Jane, who was in high school in Wessington Springs when I taught there 52 years ago, turns out to be a cousin of Nancy, whom I have also known for more than 30 years. What are the odds?!
And there's Erik, a great kid I had the privilege of getting to know while I was at USD these last few years. As we visited over a farewell lunch at Bunyan's before I left Vermillion in May, we were talking about our respective hometowns. He mentioned one of his high school teachers at Corsica named Mark. I interrupted Erik, "I know him. He's from Agar!"
This summer as we relaxed on the deck of my new son-in-law's parents' home high in the Black Hills at a cookout, George's grandmother introduced her cousin from Custer. She didn't get a chance to mention the cousin's name because I already knew it was Claire. I had met her back in my Custer newspaper days.
A couple summers ago when I went over from Vermillion to Yankton for the wedding of a pair of USD music students, I heard a gentleman say, "Hello, Parker!" The grandfather of the groom proved to be a member of the Rapid City church choir for whom I was accompanist back in my earlier days in the Hills.
When my niece went to college nearly 30 years ago, one of her best friends turned out to be a gal from Winner named Lynn. The first time I met her, I was able to say, "I knew your dad." Lynn's dad, Bob, and I had roomed together one night at SDSU in the '50s when he and I were both there for a campus visit weekend.
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