Well, today I guess my wife and I should celebrate. Today is our 50th wedding anniversary. You know, it took about 50 years of being married to get to this day (grin). So, would you like to hear the story about that day? No!?!?, you say? Well I am going to tell you anyway.
I kept asking her father for his approval and he said that he liked me but I couldn't marry his daughter until I had at least $20,000.00 in the bank. Back 50 years ago that was a huge amount of money and if you look up the average income in 1964, it was about $6,000.00 per year. And at that time that was about what I would earn, but I did work all the overtime that I could get which put me above the national average, but no where near twenty grand. In other words, he said no.
Of course that didn't stop us. But, we decided to do things a little different. The first thing we did was get blood tests and requested a copy and for the doctor to not tell. Then we arranged for a preacher. A fellow from my class when at school and his date for the day, came along. The night before, when my aunt was visiting us, I asked them if they wanted to go to a wedding the next day. They asked who was getting married and I said "me". Three mouths dropped open, but they agreed
In order to not be charged with the Mann act, we dropped off the two girls and they took a taxicab across the border. My friend and I followed behind and then we picked the girls up on the other side. Most eloping couples from Pennsylvania go to Maryland to get married. We chose Mayville, NY because it was in the opposite direction and then we spent a very short honeymoon in Ohio. Yes, we were a conniving couple!! Anyway, that was 50 years ago today. So far, the only ones to remember were my best friends in Pennsylvania who did the same thing about a year later. They sent an email to congratulate us. Maybe my wife and I could go out to Luby's and get a bite to eat, what do you think? Now, I want you all to also have a great day, today, you hear?