This one of those times when it is hard to find a word in our language that fits. I call the people on this page "Friends" for lack of a better word. They were fellow adventurers in that Golden Age and like a gathering of Greek immortals, they bestrode the planet doing the deeds of legends.
If there is a person in this group who deserves a book and movie be made about their incredible life it would have to Zale. She has an entire Wikipedia page devoted to her accomplishments in diving and photography. She and Bill seem to have crossed paths over owls and specifically one named Bluff who accompanied her home after performing in the Birds of Prey show in Florida. There are additional pictures of Zale with another owl that seems to have named Spooks available through Getty Images so owls may have been pets she kept during this period of time. We are attempting to reach out to Zale to learn more about her interactions with Bill & Betty and hope to have more to add to this part of their lives. She seems to have made a strong impression of Bill as they clipped an article from the March 4-10, 1961 TV Guide to add to their scrapbook photos of Zale. All of these images with the additional image from Getty images is in the photo album below.
Born in 1911, John Calvert strode across a century dying in 2013 at the age of 102. It would probably be easier to describe the things he didn't do rather than those he did. He was an actor and magician who performed on stages or in movies from London to Las Vegas. He was a stunt double in the movies for actors like Clark Gable and went on to direct his own feature "The Dark Adventure" in 1956. In order to tour the world he learned to both sail and fly, eventually flying a DC-3 airliner filled with his show equipment or sailing on a large yacht he named Sea Fox.
One of the roles he played was as Detective Michael Watling in 3 movies during the late 1940's, a detective known as "The Falcon" hence the signature on this iconic photo from Bill & Betty's collection. John performed his last show at London's Palladium theater in 2011 at the age of 100, a part of the Greatest Generation to the end.
John Calvert posing with a falcon