“Hey, Hey Paula, I Wanna Marry You”

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 01:56 PM.

I’m not sure to this day if Chuck is like the sister I never had, the good friend who has your best interest at heart or that older, wiser voice that keeps you on track. I’ve spent my journalistic career writing about Leon because he’s made that that much of an impression on my life. If you had one small glimpse into his wit, his spontaneity, his keen insight and his zest for living, you’d realize they’ve got the wrong Colbert writing these little stories.

Leon and Paula are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this week-end. WOW! How fast those years rolled by for all of us! When I got the invitation I immediately thought of the hot 1962 Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. I remembered that old blue convertible. I remember how they would drive a hundred miles an hour from Pocahontas on Friday afternoons to make the eight o’clock kick off for my high school football games. I remembered Winnie-the-Poodle; the many Thanksgiving and Christmas meals; the birth of children and the home going of some precious people. I thought of Chuck’s quiet, thoughtful advice over the years. I thought of Leon’s laughing, carefree, laissez faire approach to life. What a great team!

True love IS an amazing thing.  



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