Love is in the air this week with Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. Some relationships are just beginning while others celebrate their many years together. Meet six local couples whose love has endured for 50 or more years.
JIM AND MARILYN JOHNSON
The retired journalists married May 26, 1967, in Lafayette, California. They have one son.
How they met: Jim was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune at the time when he went into the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department to get a report transcribed — Marilyn was the transcriber. After several encounters, Jim asked her on a date.
Most romantic moment: The first night of their honeymoon they stayed at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. Then they drove up the coast, staying at inns along the way. Jim cherishes the day they celebrated their 25th anniversary by renewing their marriage vows in Tucson.
How to keep love alive: Jim, whose latest book is “The Black Bruins” (University of Nebraska Press), says everyone changes with age, but persistence and understanding have kept them together throughout the years.
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