Do you remember dating your high-school sweetheart? While pop-culture would have us believe that our first romance is our greatest romance, that isn’t always the case. For Adrian Pearce and Vicki Allen, their high-school romance was just that — a high-school romance. Still, that doesn’t mean that a high-school romance can’t leave an impact. Almost 50 years ago, with Christmas around the corner, Vicki gave Adrian a Christmas present before breaking up with him. For 47 years, Adrian waited to open that gift. When he finally did, you won’t believe what was inside!
Meeting in the 70s
Adrian Pearce and Vicki Allen both met in high-school back in the ’70s, as evidenced by this totally rad picture. The two hit it off almost immediately and before they knew it, they were dating! High-school romances are almost definitively never meant to last, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be interesting!
A Fateful Christmas
As the Christmas holidays began to grow nearer, their relationship began to get quite rocky. While Adrian was still head-over-heels in love with Vicki, she wasn’t feeling quite the same. In fact, Vicki was already making plans to exit the relationship. While Christmas shopping for Adrian, Vicki made her decision but before she did, she got Adrian one last gift.
Broken Hearted Holidays
Vicki met up with Adrian to deliver the sad news along with her final Christmas gift. Adrian was rightfully confused and upset. Not knowing what to do, he would put the Christmas present underneath the family Christmas tree. Adrian made a promise to himself that he wouldn’t open the gift due to how upset he was. Still, Adrian couldn’t quite force himself to throw the present away, either!
A Tradition Is Born
Despite how odd it seemed to his family, Adrian continued the tradition of putting Vicki’s unopened gift underneath the Christmas tree. Years turned into decades and before you knew it almost 50 years had passed. Adrian and Vicki had both moved on in their respective romances. Adrian had even gotten married to the love of his life, Janet.
A Confused Family
As Adrian and Janet had kids, those kids began to pester Adrian about the gift. Why did he keep it? What was inside? Was he really not going to open it at all? These questions began to bother Janet and soon the family made plans to end the suspense.
Adrian Shares His Story
For Adrian, the unopened present represented a keepsake from his childhood, a little piece of his past. For Janet, the present represented Adrian holding onto an unhealthy part of an old relationship. While Janet was not jealous of the gift, she was ready for Adrian to move on in a healthy way. Adrian agreed, and he decided to take his story to social media.
December 23rd, 2017
Adrian takes to Facebook in order to talk about the mysterious package. Adrian decides to detail the truth about the present and what really went down when Vicki had left him so many years ago. According to Adrian, Vicki had kissed a boy named Wolf while she had been Christmas shopping! The story soon grew legs and went viral!
Adrian Goes Viral
It didn’t take long for Adrian’s story to spread to every corner of the internet. Pretty soon, national news organizations were even reporting on the unopened gift! The social media world was desperately trying to find Vicki from 47 years ago. During this period of time, several fake Vicki’s came forward in order to try to claim a little bit of fame.
The Search Begins
At this point, Adrian realized that finding the real Vicki would take some work on his own end. Adrian began to dig through his old diaries in order to try to find clues. He found an old diary entry that listed three phone numbers that all directed to Vicki. Alas, none of the numbers worked after nearly 47 years of inactivity. What was Adrian to do?
Facebook To The Rescue
Once again, Facebook ends up coming to the rescue. After taking Adrian’s story, Facebook would also be the final piece of the puzzle for reconnecting with Vicki. Adrian ended up having a mutual friend on Facebook who was also friends with Vicki. That mutual friend shared the link with Vicki and soon their story was really gaining momentum!
Adrian & Vicki Re-Connect
With the mystery of the package so close to being revealed, Adrian and his wife decide to head to Canada in order to meet Vicki. It soon became apparent that Vicki had little memory of the gift itself and she was absolutely shocked that Adrian decided to hold onto the gift for so long.
Mystery For Christmas Charity
Rather than immediately opening the gift together, Adrian and Vicki decided that they should unveil the present on television for a Christmas charity. With news organizations all over the country in tow, plans are made. What was in this mysterious package that Adrian had held for so long?
Opening The Present
After talking a little bit about the break-up, which Vicki admits was precipitated by her kissing a boy named Wolf, the two decide to open the gift. Viewers could feel the suspense that Adrian and Vicki shared, right from their own television sets. It was clear that the former high-school sweethearts were quite nervous!
Vicki Is Shocked
As the wrapping paper fell away, what was unveiled ended up shocking Vicki! Inside of the package was a book titled “Love Is: New Ways To Spot That Certain Feeling”. The book was actually a collection of romantic comic strips written by Kim Grove using letters that she had sent her husband. Vicki couldn’t believe that she had given Adrian such a gift before breaking his heart!
Honesty About Their Romance
After opening the gift, Vicki admitted that maybe she hadn’t treated Adrian in as kind of a manner as she should have. They both agreed that their high-school fling was just a ‘short-lived’ experience. Despite the circumstances surrounding the gift, Adrian held no grudge as he was over the moon in love with his wife, Janet.
A Successful Fundraiser
While their romance never worked out, Adrian and Vicki ended up doing a whole lot of good for charity. Their live event on CTV ended up raising $13,000 for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton! This charity provided children in need with presents so that they’d have a Christmas of their own.
Adrian Releases A Book
With the mystery of the package finally unveiled, Adrian is able to finish the book that he had been writing for so many years. Adrian would ask Janet and Vicki to each contribute a chapter to the story before it was published.
A Mixed Reception
While audiences everywhere were ecstatic to see the mystery of the unopened gift come to an end, not everyone was thrilled with how it played out. Adrian’s son thought that the whole affair was ‘a bit stupid’ and he couldn’t understand why the gift mattered so much. Vicki admitted that she found it odd that Adrian had kept the gift for so long. Still, they ended up becoming friends thanks to the experience.
A Mini Documentary
In order to finally close his life’s chapter on Vicki and the mystery present, Adrian decided to put together a documentary detailing the experience. Adrian would go on to re-connect with mutual friends from their childhood.
Happily Ever After
Despite how Adrian focused on Vicki’s gift, his true love for Janet was never in question. In fact, Adrian met Janet relatively quickly after Vicki dumped him. Adrian shared this photo of himself with Janet from 1972, showing that their love was the true romance all along.
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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!
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40 of the Worlds scariest bridges
Everyone has a fear of something and fear of bridges is not less a fear. There are some bridges in the world which are very scary and even dangerous to cross over. These bridges in different parts of the world have set records as the most hazardous and the scariest bridges in the world. For people with fear of bridges; gephyrophobia, these are bridges you definitely want to stay away from but for the fun-loving daring people then this is an adventure you may want to venture into.
The Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado;
This bridge found in the USA was made in 1929. During the time of its building, it did not have any wind cables which makes it very interesting. It was not until 1979 when wind cables were added to the bridge. It is in the highest suspension point in the United States which is similar to its historic significance, crossing 955 feet high over the Arkansas river. The Royal Gorge Bridge has held record as the tallest bridge up until 2001 when the Liuguanghe Bridge of China surpassed it. It spins 1260 feet over a rocky canyon.
The Invention of Pinball
Pinball is an arcade game where you score points by manipulating balls around on an inclined play field with flippers. The goal is to hit various targets without losing the ball through the drain at the bottom. Most modern pinball machines are themed—they tell a story and players complete objectives to finish the story. Pinball has been around for decades. But where did it come from?
Origins Date to 1871
In 871, the British inventor Montegue Redgrave received a patent for his game, “Improvements in Bagatelle”. Bagatelle was a game that used a table and balls, but Redgrave received the patent in order to make changes to the original game. He added a coiled spring, a plunger, inclined the playing field and made it smaller, and replaced the larger balls with marbles—all of which are features of pinball.
Mass Production 1930s
It wasn’t until the 1930s that pinball machines appeared in mass. In 1930 and 1931, these games were countertop machines, rather than freestanding with legs as we know them today. Manufacturers began adding legs in 1932.
The first countertop pinball machine was called “Bingo”, and was produced by the Bingo Novelty Company. This was the first pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Company. Next, the company released “Baffle Ball”, another countertop mechanical game. In 1935, they released the same game in an electro-mechanical standing version. It even had a payout.
In 1931, another countertop pinball machine was released called “Bally Hoo”. It included optional legs and was the first coin-operated pinball machine in existence. It was developed by Raymond Maloney, the founder of Bally Corporation.
Origins of the Name
The game was not actually called “pinball” until 1936. The first pinball games did not have flippers, the balls were instead directed by static nails, or pins, which gave the game its name.
One of the most popular pinball machines in history is “Advance”. The tilt mechanism was invented in 1934 because players had been physically lifting the machines to shake the ball around. Tilt fixed this problem. The tilt mechanism was first used in “Advance” the pinball game made by Harry Williams.
In 1933, battery-operated pinball machines were introduced. They were first made by Harry Williams; by 1934, electric machines showed up which allowed them to offer plenty of extra features, like new sounds and lights. In 1937, the bumpers were added in a game simply called “Bumper” by Bally Hoo. Flippers were then added in 1947, in a game called “Humpty Dumpty”. Flippers were invented by Harry Mabs and incorporated into the D. Gottlieb & Company game. It used six flippers, three per side.
In the 1950s, pinball machines got flashier—they incorporated lights behind a glass scoreboard which helped highlight the scores and added two player options. In 1963, multiple balls were introduced; designed by Steve Kordek and first used in the game, “Beat the Clock”. He is also the one that moved the flippers to the bottom of the game.
Ever Changing Pinball
Pinball has continued to change with the times. Digital scoring was introduced in 1966, and 1975, the first solid-state electronic pinball machine was released. Later, in 1998, pinball machines incorporated video screens, and today, players can play pinball online.
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