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The Junk Food King & I – One day in 1963 changed the course of my life


Friday, January 18, 2013

When I was 15, I attended a party and met a COLLEGE GUY. I never knew anyone who had gone to college. In my working class neighborhood it just wasn’t the norm. This guy was studying to be an aerospace engineer. I wasn’t even sure what engineers did although there were a few at my father’s factory. Dad was a welder.

We started dating - Joe and Me in the summer of ’63


He told me that I should take the SATs. Although I was entering my senior year, no one ever mentioned that to me. This was my 3rd high school because of family moves and although I had excellent grades and an academic program, in NYC it was easy to slip through the cracks.

I didn’t know that CUNY (City University of NY) had free tuition.
I didn’t know the state gave “Regents Scholarships” based on test score results.

We married in 67 just before my 20th birthday.

I finished college in 3 years. I REALLY wanted to marry him.

And here we are today, a retired math/computer science teacher and engineer.

Happy 68th Birthday to my DH!
But my mission to reduce the junk food will continue!
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MARYJEANSL 10/8/2013 11:12PM

  Lovely story! And congratulations again!

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SUNSET09 10/6/2013 1:24AM

  emoticon and what a revelation as I was directed to this page 50 years later! emoticon As once you know, you KNOW! emoticon emoticon

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JULIE_DV 10/5/2013 7:45AM

    Beautiful! Happy belated birthday to your dear husband! emoticon emoticon (No sweets!) emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 1/21/2013 1:11PM

    I love this blog! You two are just a beautiful couple and your story is wonderful.

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2013 1:47PM

    Such a sweet story!

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WILSONWR 1/20/2013 9:30AM

    Great story and I loved the pictures! Happy birthday to your husband!

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WINDSURFNERD 1/19/2013 11:12AM

    Beautiful story of love, and the pictures are awesome...you are a well-matched pair! DH and I are engineer & engineer/mathematician so it's nice to see another "nerd couple"!

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KANOE10 1/19/2013 8:42AM

    That is such a sweet story. You are a lovely couple. I hope your husband enjoyed his birthday!
I loved your pictures. emoticon


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MJZHERE 1/18/2013 9:04PM

  Thank you for sharing this! Love it. Happy Birthday to your husband.

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WONDERWOMAN 1/18/2013 7:39PM

    What a cool story. Happy Birthday to the junk food king.

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FITFOODIE806 1/18/2013 1:25PM

    What a great story! And beautiful pics.

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STRIVER57 1/18/2013 12:19PM

    lovely story and lovely pictures.

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SOUTH_FORK 1/18/2013 11:51AM

    Happy birthday to your sweetie- I hope that the years will find me and my guy as happy as you two look! How awesome that he gave you that little push to take the SATs and go on to college so you could go on to give to others through teaching!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/18/2013 10:41AM

    Very sweet story. Congrats on your years together. What a blessing you have been for each other.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/18/2013 10:27AM

    You guys are a cute couple. May you have many more years together!

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TINAJANE76 1/18/2013 10:20AM

    I love it! Thanks so much for sharing your story. Happy Birthday to your husband too!

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KANDOLAKER 1/18/2013 10:11AM

    Happy Birthday Joe! Thanks for sharing, and love your photos!!

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PMRUNNER 1/18/2013 10:05AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love the story!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/18/2013 9:41AM

    And you two are just as cute as you were!!

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KARRENLYNN 1/18/2013 8:44AM

    What a great post! Sounds like you hit the jackpot when you met your sweetheart. And that is a beautiful picture of the two of you.

I hope you have many more happy years together!

Karen emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 1/18/2013 8:43AM

    As one who is married to his bride of 43 years, thanks for a wonderful blog. My wife was finishing her RN and I was working for IBM (still am).

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HAYBURNER1969 1/18/2013 8:39AM

    What a wonderful, sweet post! :) Happy birthday to Dad and I'll see the both of you later for cake!

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DAISYBELL6 1/18/2013 8:39AM

    I love your story and pictures. Life is good with the right person even if he is the Junk Food King! emoticon emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 1/18/2013 8:36AM

    You're so cute I could DIE. The both of you. Happy birthday to the (hopefully less and less) Junk Food King!

I love your beach photo. You look like movie stars. It's making me go "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!" with happiness.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/18/2013 8:21AM

    A wonderful life!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/18/2013 8:21AM

    A wonderful life!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/18/2013 8:21AM

    A wonderful life!

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NELLJONES 1/18/2013 7:50AM

    Where did the years go?? It's amazing to look back and see how far we've come in 45 SHORT years!

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ONMYMEDS 1/18/2013 7:49AM

    A great looking couple, then and now. You look like an ad for a Frankie and Annette beach movie.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Junk food. emoticon

Let the mission continue.

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SWEDE_SU 1/18/2013 7:29AM

    great story - thanks for sharing!

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CORGIGIRL2 1/18/2013 7:01AM

  You look as happy today as you did in 1967!

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ANNIEONLI 1/18/2013 6:31AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday to the hubby!!!
Loved the story too!!! That is so sweet and wonderful!!!
emoticon You two crazy kids!

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