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Anniversary Waltz

June 4, 2014

Today is our fiftieth wedding anniversary. We were married on June 4, 1964, at the Cadet Chapel at the USAF Academy. We were the first cadet couple to be married in the Catholic chapel.

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Judith graduated from Colorado College on Monday, I graduated on Wednesday, and we were married in Thursday.

Our rehearsal dinner was at the Circle Lanes in Colorado Springs. That’s right, at a bowling alley. There was a restaurant connected to the bowling alley that served wonderful prime rib and baked potato dinners, and that’s what we had that evening.

Spring 1964 was a memorable and historic semester. JFK’s death was fresh in our memories. The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in February; the (then) Cassius Clay – Sonny Liston heavyweight championship fight (“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”) was also in February, and the Civil Rights Act came before the US Senate in March. It would be July before a compromise bill was passed by both houses and signed into law by LBJ.

Judith remembers the prize fight. She was receiving Roman Catholic pre-marital instruction from Father James Jepson at the St. Mary’s rectory in Colorado Springs and he was half-instructing, half-listening to the fight on the radio that evening. Father Jepson married us. We later learned that he left the priesthood and got married himself.

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Happy anniversary, sweetheart. We promised “for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health.” Each of those promises continues to come to pass in our life together. I love you.



From → Then and Now

  1. Lynn Ronkainen permalink

    What a lovely post today… best wishes on lives well lived together Joe and Judith! Lynn Ronkainen / Houston


    When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I have not a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything You gave me.” attributed to Erma Bombeck

    Thomas Merton writes, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

  2. David French permalink

    Joe, Judith,
    Congratulations, Happy 50th Anniversary. Lord willing, Jo Ann and I will celebrate our 50th in October. Great pictures, we were so young in 1964!
    David French
    Newport, Vermont

  3. Drew permalink

    Congratulations and thanks for the wonderful post! It brought many smiles!

  4. Corinne permalink

    Happy anniversary to a very special couple!

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