Bill Djubek can still vividly remember the awe-struck, life-changing moment occurring 51 years ago.
In 1968, he served as a riverboat captain aboard the Western Cruise ride, later renamed to Paddlewheel Excursions, at Cedar Point.
From a distance away, he noticed a young woman, clad in her Surf Lounge concession outfit, walking toward him.
“I still picture Jayne that way, walking up on the dock of the riverboat in her uniform,” Bill said. “She was, and still is, pretty attractive.”
And Jayne Crowl, in return, felt a mutual attraction: “I liked the way he looked,” said Jayne, who first noticed Bill walking on the Midway.
Thanks to a mutual friend, Bill Brenner, who introduced them, a romance soon blossomed.
“He thought we were a perfect match,” Jayne said about Brenner’s hunch. “He convinced us to go out.”
When the two ended their respective dayshifts, they’d spend pretty much every night together, enjoying cocktails at popular Sandusky establishments. This would include the former Beer Barrel on Hancock Street; the former Sportsman Bar, now Louie’s, near Pipe Creek Wildlife Area; and the Old Dutch Tavern on East Perkins Avenue.
Though, after a-six-week summer fling, both left Cedar Point shortly after Labor Day. Jayne, from Canton, returned to school at Bowling Green State University. And Bill, originally from Lakewood, traveled back to his then-home in Maine.
Yet what the two didn’t know back then: It would be the last time in life they’d be apart.