Becky (Matta) Ball '75 and Pat Ball '75

Pat had just transferred from Washington State University and he was in culture shock after discovering things in Forest Grove were radically different from Pullman, Wash.

It was our senior year when I first saw him at a dance in the fall of 1974, downstairs in the University Center. He was leaning against the door into the hallway, looking bored. The next time I saw him was when we had a three-week class in January "Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School" taught by Jane Rink. There were about four of us in the class. We met at the library one evening and after a few days I invited him to my little rental house for dinner. He was a heavyweight wrestler for Pacific and I thought it would be a nice meal, but wouldn't you know I fixed the one thing for dessert that he won't eat: tapioca.

We continued dating after graduating in spring 1975, got engaged at Poppio's Restaurant in 1976 and were married the weekend of the infamous Portland Trail Blazers championship win in 1977. On the rehearsal evening we had to wait for the organist and Rich Osburn, our minister, who were listening to the semi-final game on the car radio before the rehearsal could start. Fortunately for the guests who were Trail Blazer fans our wedding was June 4 but the final game was June 5. This year will be our 30th anniversary and I'm quite sure we won't be competing against the Blazers for a celebration.

By coincidence, my parents met while at Pacific University, too. My dad was one of the WWII vets who took advantage of the GI Bill for his education, and my mom and he started dating after meeting in a botany class. They were married while still in school, in 1950. (Herbert Matta ’51 and Evangeline (Morgan) Matta ’51)

Posted by Martha Calus-Mclain ( on Jan 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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