She accepted his brunch invitation "to see if the spark was there.
I told my daughter, 'This might be goodbye forever.'" Not a chance.
"We lament every day that we missed being together. " Now retired and in their 70s, they've made their home in Yountville in the Napa Valley.
What might have been if that onetime relationship hadn't ended, or what might transpire if you reconnected once again?
So their 2014 wedding invitation featured a 1981 photo taken after the pair won a highly competitive mixed-doubles camp tennis tournament. Janice says her father said, "Stop seeing that boy, or I'll cut off your tuition — and you damn well better listen to me." As Janice explains, "The Willsons were East Coast people with important careers.
My father was a street-smart rough guy who didn't think intellectual knowledge was worth anything." Janice's mother's support notwithstanding, the young lovers were unable to make it work. Prentiss went on to graduate from Harvard Law School and practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Now he sees them as a natural match, enhanced by the mutual admiration among their seven teenage and young-adult kids. She was a year ahead of me — and beautiful." He was always early to meals — it's just his way — so he would see her there. When she didn't see him for the college's pre-Thanksgiving dinner, she sent a friend after him.
There was one place Jeff and Debby always were good partners—on the tennis court. The day after Thanksgiving, Janice drove 150 miles to Santa Maria, Calif., to knock on his door. "As was I." A 1962 newspaper clipping reported their engagement, noting that the wedding date was "undetermined." But parental disapproval got in the way.