Dan Gates was excited about a coming blind date. It was April 1964, and 24-year-old Dan was finishing his seminary studies in Kansas City, Kan. He had an opportunity to speak as a guest preacher in Boone, Iowa, and a friend had arranged for him to meet the host minister’s daughter, Edie Eicher, 22. That Saturday night, Dan and Edie had dinner with his friend.
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.