They met their true love in Wildwood!
~The Sun Archives 2011 😻
Straight from fairytales and romance movies, Ray and Beth Forbes met at the Tom Cat on Rio Grande Avenue, in 1955. Beth was going on 16, and Ray was 18. The Tom Cat was the place to be, complete with a big black cat up on the roof, and milkshakes and burgers everyone came there for. "I was sitting with my friend Arlene, and Beth walked in. Arlene introduced us, and I fell in love immediately," Ray smiled, so glowing proud that he picked Beth. "All the girls needed a ride home, so I gave them a ride home," he continued. "Of course he made me sit in the middle," Beth interjected laughing. "Because all the cars had bench seats, so you could sit 3 in the front. So he sat me in the middle right next to him." Not long after that, they had their first official date to a public swimming pool in Atlantic City with their church group, and began dating each other.
Ray moved to Wildwood as a boy with his family who were from Philadelphia. Beth moved to Wildwood as a kid also. "Her mother said that she could only go out on Friday nights, but I could come over the house if I wanted. And that is how it all got started," Ray said. Beth continued, "Well then I worked at Lock's, a soda fountain and variety store, and Ray would drop in there when I worked the supper hour. But later on in the evening [when I was home] I would tell my mother I had to walk down to Lock's to get a soda or something, and take a break from studying, so then Ray would um..." Beth started laughing as Ray finished, "So I would happen to just be there!" Beth and Ray both lived on the island growing up, and had many of their dates through the years in Wildwood. "We were on the boardwalk endlessly," they agreed, walking, eating and relaxing on a bench. They loved to walk up and down Pacific Avenue and window shop, and hang out with their friends. They both went to the OPC and would have tea after services and chapel. They went to movies, and played board games throughout the winter months on the island ...and they lived happily ever after ....❤️
by Jess Westerland