Sandy Vasko grew up in Lockport, Illinois, part of a colorful extended family. In 1967 she left college and eloped with a high school beau, George Rolowicz. The couple lived in Charleston, South Carolina until George was drafted into the Army. After his basic training, the couple spent time in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma until he deployed to South Vietnam. According to Sandy, he came back a changed man, often angry and very jealous. Sandy left him after he beat her a second time. She left Charleston and returned to the Chicago area. George and Sandy eventually divorced, and Sandy later married a friend she had met while George was in Vietnam.