I've posted quite a bit about my own history - not so much about Hunky Husband's. Well...there's much of HH's history that I do not and will not ever know. I do, however, recall that our first contact was in the Summer of 1956.
HH was born in a Yugoslavian enclave across the river from St Louis, Missouri - in Granite City, Illinois. His paternal grandparents (from old Croatia, Yugoslavia) and maternal grandparents (from old Serbia, Yugoslavia) lived just three houses away from one another; thus, his parents (father born in Granite City, Illinois; mother in Serbia, Yugoslavia) knew one another while growing up. HH and his family (parents and two younger sisters) moved to St Louis at about the time when his father opened his first drug store.
HH attended high school at Soldan-Blewett (above photo), being graduated in 1954. Not knowing what else to do, HH enrolled in the St Louis College of Pharmacy. During his freshman year, HH determined that he did not wish to follow the family tradition of going into business for himself; thus, his freshman year was his only year in pharmacy.
Following high school graduation in 1954 one of HH's friends, Nate, had enrolled in the enginnering program at Washington University in St Louis - another, Don, had enrolled at MSM in Rolla. HH joined Nate, at Washington University (WU - AKA "Washout") for their sophomore year. (A WU building is shown in the photo, below. BTW: WU has an interesting YouTube site.)
At some point, Nate and HH earned their amateur radio licenses.
Early summer 1956
MSM's (now MS&T's) Radio Club call letters are WØEEE - a distinctive call when spoken; even more distinctive in Morse Code: di-dah-dah dah-dah-dah-dah-dah dit dit dit. The call is unmistakable and widely known in the area.
My license is still at the novice level; thus, on 40 and 80 meters (for which the folded-dipole antenna is tuned) I must use equipment limited to an output of 75 Watts (which sounds like a great deal of power these days), with frequency being crystal-controlled, and using Continuous Wave output (Morse Code). I am at the MSM Radio Club shack signing off from a chat with a friend in Arkansas when another ham gives me a hail (in Morse Code, of course!) It is a fellow in St Louis who wishes to get a message to his friend, Don - a student at MSM. Will I get a message to him? Of course, I would!
Later in the summer, one of my on-air ham friends mentions that the fellow in St Louis will be coming to MSM that fall.
At the first meeting of the MSM Radio Club in September, I make my way around to introducing myself to the fellow from St Louis. (He is a bit puzzled - not having known that a woman had relayed his message to Don.) Now I can put a face to the guy!
HH is "going steady" with a woman in St Louis when he comes to MSM and I am "steadily dating" a fellow student at the time. (Sorry, Bogie, it wasn't "love at first sight"!)
Over the year-end holidays, HH breaks up with his girlfriend and I break up with my boyfriend. Each of us returns to campus a couple of days early and we fall into easy conversation of co-commiseration. Nothing more.
In February 1957, I hear that Nate, HH's friend who is still attending WU in St Louis is coming to campus for a game between the two schools. I am intrigued. I have never known anyone with such an exotic name (Hey! Some of us only knew Ronalds and Donalds and Steves and Jims....) I engineer being invited to party with the gang from St Louis. I meet Nate. HH and I end up together - for years and years.