“Sensing that Dana was a serious person and that this could lead somewhere, and having trouble with the “C” word, Alan said “no".”
Alan was a senior and Dana was a sophomore at UC Berkeley. We had some mutual friends; our social circles overlapped a bit. We first took note of each other and interacted a bit sitting outside Moffat Library, Berkeley’s main undergraduate library, with other friends.
Dana’s cousin, Rick, shared a house with three or four other guys. Their parties were somewhat famous, or infamous. A classmate of Alan’s also lived in the house. So we were both invited to a party, where we got better acquainted. Dana had her father or mother’s big old Buick or Pontiac because she was running back and forth to San Francisco to help out at her dad’s store while her parents were on vacation. So, Alan caught a ride with Dana, supposedly to get dropped off at his apartment. Instead, they went back to the AEPhi House, which had been a Jewish sorority but, with the decline of sororities, had been turned into a co-ed boarding house. Dana was living there. Alan had lived there the year before and still went there a lot to play ping pong. We sat and talked in the living room. Then Alan walked Dana to her room. He wanted to kiss her goodnight. However, Dana’s roommate (and still very close friend) opened the door. She stood there in a short nightgown just giggling and laughing and wouldn’t shut the door. After an eternity, she finally did and we said “goodnight.”
A few days later Dana called Alan and told him she had tickets to go see Carole King at the S.F. Civic Center. She asked him if he wanted to go. Sensing that Dana was a serious person and that this could lead somewhere, and having trouble with the “C” word, Alan said “no.” Upon reflection, Alan really wanted to see Carole King. So, displaying incredible chutzpa, he called Dana back a while later and asked if they could still go. Dana said “yes.”
Three kids, one daughter-in-law, one granddaughter, one more on the way, lots of mortgages– our kids have bought us tickets to see “Beautiful: The Carole King Story” in honor of our 40th anniversary.