Renata: We also shared a commitment to finding a cure for cancer.
After graduation from medical school, Wadih studied cancer biology at Stanford University, and I did postdoctoral research at Harvard University.
Wadih: In June 1993, I needed a hard-to-find chemical for a particular experiment.
My college adviser back in Brazil suggested I contact Renata in Boston, since she was using the same element in her work.
Austin, Texas Ages 29 and 33Married nine months Abigail: I never met men through my job (I’m a real estate investor).
So instead I had the bad habit of reigniting old relationships, seeing if I could make them work the second time around.
Oh sure, we still get mad at each other, but we try not to get mad at the same time.
Alexandria, Louisiana Ages 81 and 87Married 62 years, with three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren See a picture of Gladys and Harold.
Gladys: In 1948, when I was a high school senior, my girlfriend asked me to go with her and some other folks on a triple date.
Bee—that’s what everyone calls Gladys—was very cute. After that evening, I called her three times and asked her out, but she kept turning me down. I said, “If you don’t say yes, I’m not calling you anymore.” Gladys: I agreed to go with him on a date, but only because I wanted to punish him for messing up and not choosing me that first night. Gladys: I was living at home and going to business school while Harold was studying to become a dentist. Two weeks later, my mother found it when she was cleaning my room. That’s one secret to our marriage: I don’t pretend to be a know-it-all. After we got married, he wouldn’t go golfing at the country club with the other men. Gladys: Harold and I still enjoy each other’s company more than anyone else’s.
My plan was to spend the evening being totally indifferent. Gladys: We went to a drive-in movie, then had po’boys and curlicue potatoes afterward. Shocked, she called the justice of the peace and asked him, “Did you marry my daughter? We can’t play golf anymore, but we like to watch tournaments together on TV.