After the Shag craze died down ... John went on to do modeling and Ruth went to work for Bloomingdales. During this time Ruth was in a terrible automobile accident and damaged her ankle, ending any thoughts of returning to a professional dancing career. WW II came along and John and his two brothers enlisted, before leaving overseas, John proposed to Ruth and they were married on April 17, 1943. John went to war, became a Captain, received a Purple Heart, was wounded under fire and returned home in May of 1945 due to his injuries. John Sr. was the caricature for the Military Publication "Star and Stripes. |
Ruth would then give birth to John Jr. in February of 1946 and was heralded in Ed Sullivans "Little Old New York" as well as Jr.s other two brothers making headlines as well on their birth. Around this time they family moved to Seaford Long Island, NY and began raising 4 kids before being transferred to California in 1956, settling in Sierra Madre, California. They lived a happy life for over 40+ years always being the hit of their Church and dinner dance parties whenever they were asked to demo. the Shag, which they always gleefully did.
Thank-you goes out to Ruth and John's daughter Jean Englert Messineo for providing much of the memorabilia and information on her wonderful and famous dance parents. Thank You Jean, I hope you like the pages I made for them.