I have decided to overlook the little detail that Lucilla, a doctor's sister, is recovering from a bout of POLIO!!! In 1989!!! Let's just call it one of the Inscrutable Mysteries of Betty and pass on to other, more juicy tidbits. I looked up Jonas Salk (developer of the polio vaccine) on wiki and wow, wow, wow:
The day after his graduation from medical school, Salk married Donna Lindsay, a master's candidate at the New York College of Social Work. David Oshinsky writes that her father, Elmer Lindsay, "a wealthy Manhattan dentist, viewed Salk as a social inferior, several cuts below Donna's former suitors." Eventually, her father agreed to the marriage on two conditions: first, Salk must wait until he could be listed as an official M.D. on the wedding invitations, and second, he must improve his "rather pedestrian status" by giving himself a middle name."
They had three children: Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan Salk. In 1968, they divorced, and in 1970 Salk married Françoise Gilot, the former mistress, artistic muse of Pablo Picasso--also the mother of two of his children.
Who knew he got around? He sounds a little like Jerry Brown in his dating-Linda-Ronstadt days. Anyway, though awfully colorful, the real legacy of his life is the almost complete eradication of iron lungs--see right.