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Meet Jack white shirt and black bow tie. Between the restaurant entrance and his assigned table, he spoke to about half a dozen table waiters, all of whom paused momentarily from their hurried service tasks to acknowledge him. Jack stands a little more than five and a half feet tall and appears to sport a healthy build. No doubt about it ~ Jack is a handsome man. Age? I am not good at guessing someone’s age, but others with me suggested maybe mid-seventies. By the end of dinner, our curiosity about Jack had advanced to the point of hatching a plan for the next day. I was told by my cruise mates that I should consider penning an article to feature Jack and that in preparation we should ask him to join us the next day to sit and chat for a few minutes. Next morning, March 4, as we were seated near a starboard side window in the Windjammer Café enjoying the breakfast buffet, a lady at a table nearby shouted out,

“This is Jack’s birthday!” We did not even realize that he was close by, but we added our sad voices to the chorus to wish our mystery man a joyous celebration. As breakfast was winding down, I noticed that Jack was about to leave the café, so I introduced myself, told him that we had been fascinated by observing his interactions with people and asked if he could join us for a few minutes. He was very agreeable to do so but indicated that we would have to do it later. We agreed to keep watch for each other throughout the day to find a mutually agreeable time and circumstance to sit and chat. As he extended his hand to shake, I commented about the gold ring he was wearing. It bore the Crown & Anchor logo of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. “I’ll tell you about it when we meet,” he said. The opportunity arrived in the late morning as four of us were waging battle in a spirited game of Skip-Bo at a table on the pool deck. As Jack passed, I asked if now would be a good time to join us for

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