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After two years of admiring Mary Alice Turley from afar, Jim Steinbrink finally screwed up the courage to ask her for a date. It was the winter of 1944 in the small farming community of Wetmore, Kan. But he didn’t dare call.
Craig Odle, 37, was out in his Lenexa yard playing with his Siberian husky, Buddy, when he noticed a woman and a young husky walking by. It was March 2005. Craig waved them over and met Vicky Conrick, 44, and Two, her boyfriend Don’s dog. While Vicky and Craig chatted, the dogs had a great time playing.
During a Thanksgiving visit to family in Kansas City, Jim Holzmark, 26, stopped into his favorite men’s clothing store. When one of the owners mentioned that her 21-year-old daughter was home from college, Jim wanted to take her out right away. That November evening in 1963, Jim took Barbara Sloman to the Bellerive Hotel for drinks and dancing.
Though Judy Bishop had known since she was 9 that she was gay, she was then married with two children. Peggy Heldstab also had been married and had two children. She had divorced and come out as a lesbian three years earlier.
Despite the initial chemistry, Karen Luthi and eff Hardeman soon learned they were each in other relationships. It was December 1989, and over several years of working together, Karen and Jeff became good friends. They played volleyball with a group from work and liked the same bands and movies.
In fall of 1990, Teresa Freeman, 19, and Adrian Barnhill, 20, both went through training to become resident advisers at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. During their college years they were occasionally thrown together, and the two became friends.