Wednesday, June 8, 2011

50th Wedding Anniversary

The Eighth Day Of June
Yes, it was 50 years ago this day that Beverly and I got married in Knoxville, Tennessee

We left Knoxville on our honeymoon to Florida. We drove to Crystal River and enjoyed a wonderful free week in a motel that was owned by a friend of the family. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed being together so much. I’ll never forget going into a restaurant on our honeymoon, and almost every waitress would ask if were newly weds. It must have been obvious that we were in love. I hope today that it is still obvious, but maybe in slightly different ways.

The year was 1961. I had graduated from the University of Tennessee a few days before. I had a summer job with the Tennessee Valley Authority. In September we were planning to move to Raleigh, NC where I had an assistantship to work on my Masters Degree.


The picture above was taken on June 8, 1961.
From Left to Right: Beverly, Jim, Mary, Ray, & LaVerne.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Someone once said, “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.”

Quote of the Day
A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love,
trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. 
The order varies for any given year.
~Paul Sweeney

Joke of the Day

Colin was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know.... just name someone, anyone, I bet I know them." Tired of his boasting, his boss says, "Okay Colin, how about Tom Cruise?" "Sure, yes! We use to be old friends, and I can prove it." So Colin and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruises' door. Sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts, "Colin! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch."

Although impressed, Colin’s boss is still skeptical. After leaving Cruises house, he tells Colin that he knowing Tom Cruise was lucky. "No, no. Just name anyone else,"Colin says. "How about President Obama?" His boss says. "Yes, let's fly to D.C." When they get to the White House, President Obama sees Colin in a tour and motions him and his boss over saying, "Colin! What a surprise! I was on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on and we'll have a cup of coffee and catch up." Well the boss is really shaken now, but not totally convinced.

After they leave the white house, his boss tells Colin about his doubts, who tells him to name someone else. "The Pope," He says. "Sure! My folks are from Poland, I've known the Pope for a long time. So off they fly to Rome. Colin and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican square when Colin says, "This will never work, the Pope can't catch my eye with all these people around. Tell you what, I know the guards, so let me go upstairs and I will go out on the balcony with the Pope." And he disappears in the crowd.

Sure enough, half an hour later, Colin emerges on the balcony with the Pope but by the time he returns, he finds his boss on the ground surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his bosses side, he asks, "What happened?" His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out unto the balcony. And then the man next to me says, "Who in the world is that man standing by Colin?"

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Anonymous said...

Mom and Dad -- Happy anniversary!!! I am so happy for you both, and hope that today brings much joy. Love, Bethany

John White said...

Hey Jim & Beverly, What a great picture from 1961...everybody looks so happy & so young! Hope you two have a wonderful 50th anniversary.