KU roommates reunite at watch party after 45 years

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Linda Miller and Cindy Morgan Franks | www.kualumni.org

Some friendships stand the test of time. That’s certainly true for Linda Miller and Cindy Morgan Franks, former KU roommates who recently reunited at a Jayhawk watch party in Henderson, Nevada. The women hadn’t seen each other in 45 years.

Life Member Miller, d’70, and Franks have known each other since first grade, attending the same elementary and high schools in Kansas City and later becoming roommates as freshmen at GSP. But Franks left Lawrence to attend nursing school and moved to Las Vegas shortly after graduating. Little did she know that her friend would eventually follow: Miller moved there in 2002.

Over the years, the women lost touch but continued to receive emails and notifications for their elementary and high school reunions. Franks finally recognized what she thought could be Miller’s email address. She took a chance and contacted her. A few emails and phone calls later, and the women made a date to meet at the Jan. 24 watch party.

“It was really fun to reunite with her,” says Franks. “It was one of those, ‘Oh my gosh! After all these years, I can’t believe we’re finally getting together’ moments.”

Miller was overjoyed to see her dear friend, too, and remembers more about their visit than the game that day. “We talked most of the time instead of watching,” she admits.

Now, the longtime friends are determined not to let years go by before their next reunion. “We have to do lunch together—just the two of us,” says Franks. “We still have a lot of catching up to do.”

—Heather Biele

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