|Gerard and Kathy Menangas, on their way to PTown's last prom.
|Gerard and Kathy pose for their original prom photo.
Kathy played on the basketball and softball teams and was a member of the first-ever girls field hockey team. Kathy said that being an athlete was what had made Gerard notice her. This was long before the Title 9 federal law, passed in 1972, required all US schools to provide equal opportunity for girls to participate in school sports. Provincetown was way ahead of the times.
When Kathy's family moved away the two were separated, each going on to marry and live their lives, with Gerard remaining in Provincetown. Kathy returned alone to PTown for the 2009 high school reunion in June of that year, her husband having passed away. Gerard had also lost his wife, and when the two met again at the reunion, each knew this was their destiny. Within four months they were married.
Talking with Connie after the two had left the bar for this evening's final Provincetown prom, we wondered if there would be anyone else attending with their original prom date after all these years.