For Linda on Our 39th Wedding Anniversary

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© Richard Knight

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Linda and I were married on June 26, 1971 in Jackson, Tennessee. It hardly seems possible. That was so long ago, yet it seems like yesterday.

I think back to that magical weekend, and all of the people that were there, so many of them no longer here. I think of my late father, then only 48, and how proud I was to have him stand up as my “best man.” My mother, only 46, never looked prettier.

Linda had just graduated from Vanderbilt University and I was already in the army, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. We were excited about beginning our new life in Colorado, as it meant living far enough from our parents without being too far . . . and living in wonderland. Linda and I would spend the next two years enjoying Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. What an opportunity!

Linda is standing next to some wedding presents the day before our wedding. We drove across I-70 to our new home in Colorado. (This might be the only sign in America not riddled by bullet holes.) We arrived in Colorado Springs at the little duplex I had rented, and had dinner that first night on a card table I borrowed from next door. Fried chicken, broccoli, applesauce and grape soda rounded out the bill of fare. That summer, we visited Rocky Mountain National Park and took the highway to Cripple Creek, Colorado. We were on the road every weekend. We were only 22, and we made the most of it.

Those were memorable times, and I had the privilege of sharing them with the love of my life.

Thank you for stopping by!

Camera: Brownie Hawkeye Instamatic ($8.99 new in the box).

57 responses

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations, Sir R and Linda! Very sweet tribute to the love of your life. .... grape soda!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (24 Jun 2010):

    A wonderful tribute, collage, and narrative. Happy Anniversary, Linda and Dick!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! 39 years married is a feat in itself! Thanks again for another handsome and interesting glimpse into your colourful past!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary. It's your good sense of humor that keeps things in perspective. Lots of folks would complain about eating off the card table!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    I had one, and several like it. I think I used 127/126 film. Congrats

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary to both of you!!! great photos

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (24 Jun 2010):

    Thank you LD, Winky, Lise, Michael, JH, and Dhanny for your very nice comments and well-wishes. James, I still have the Brownie, but it is now carefully preserved under glass in an air-tight compartment. LOL

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Most excellent collection of images...I thank you for sharing them with us as well as your thoughts and memories, Congrats on your anniversary..

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary to you! A wonderful and memorable montage of the two of you sharing such happy times. (As an aside, I have the only other unriddled sign)

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    you and your wife are a beautiful couple! and, as an aside, i dig the dayglo dress upper left! you're a gentleman and you seem lucky to have one another, blessed actually.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations! .......a nice collection of memories!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple...Beautiful montage....I remember stopping at Fort Carson army base several years ago on my way back from a trip to see my sister to visit a couple that I knew by the name of Carole and Kerm Morgan, whose wedding I had stood up for as a bridesmaid ..Kerm was in the army stationed at Fort Carson but not sure if you ever bumped into them....or if the time frame was right....I wrote that wrong the first time ..thinking it was Fort Collins but there is no Army base at Fort Collins ..just a town by that name:)

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful girl!

  • Meta Oset

    Meta Oset (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    A wonderful couple ! Happy Anniversary to both !

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful wife, colorful life, lucky guy! : ) Happy Anniversary!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Big congratulations, Dick and Linda!! You beat the odds! What wonderful memories you share, and I am sure there will be many more. Best wishes for many more blissful years!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (24 Jun 2010):

    Thank you Steven, Susan, Jen, Nancy, Elfriede, Andrea, Juri, Meta, Dana, and Judy! I don't think I have ever received so many well-wishes on our anniversary, let alone well-wishes from Europe (Juri, Meta, and Dana) and Canada (Elfie). I am still waiting on the rest of the British Commonwealth. LOL. Susan, I know where your sign is (the one sans the bullet holes). It's on the north bound highway into Ketcham, right?

    Elfie, thank you for the link. I last heard the Lennon Sisters in 1962. Wow! Andrea, I did not know the Morgans, at least, I don't think so. The 4th Infantry Division had about 900 officers, and I had a nodding acquaintance with about 200 of them. Thanks again!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    very nice!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary to you and Linda!! I'm sure she feels as lucky as you do. It's great to see marriages that last this long!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (24 Jun 2010):

    Thank you Sue, Daniele, and Mike, and thanks Mike for the spotlight! Sue, I remember when Connie Francis made it big back in '58. I was young, but I remember what a rock 'n' roll pioneer she was. (Porter Waggoner would have referred to her as a "girl singer." LOL) My thanks again to all of you.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Happiness always to you and Linda.....what a handsome/beautiful couple - then, and now ~ !!! :)

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    It's a wonderful tribute.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations Dick, you are obviously a lucky guy with a terrific wife worth keeping, and Linda is obviously a lucky woman with a very special man, marriage is a work but a work of art and one to be treasured. I hope that you had a really special anniversary my friend!

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations Richard; on your anniversary and on being an amazing husband and dad - we should all be so cool!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (24 Jun 2010):

    Fantastic! And...what Chris said! Congratulations to both of you!:)

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    A very Happy Anniversary to both of you!! What wonderful memories you have shared with us. Great pics cousin Dick!!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    PS. Forgot to say.. I love the Statler Brothers....only one of thier awesome songs, but a favorite!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Wow, 39 years! You and Linda got at my favorite age, 22. Since I reached my 30's I stopped counting and nailed my age as 22. I don't know why that age. I'm glad that now that age has some meaning to others like you and Linda. Must be so exciting! Congratulations, Sir Ritchie and Lady Linda. All the best wishes in the world be with you. Hope to still be jpging when you reach your golden anniversary..Well it is only 11 more years, ahh that is not that long.Looking forward to it!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    H A P P Y A N N I V E R S A R Y to a lovely couple!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    What a lovely collage. I must say the card table was set very nicely too... Happy 39th Anniversary from one more Canuck!!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown   gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you and Linda!! You make a handsome/lovely couple...then and now!!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (25 Jun 2010):

    Say hello to Linda andHappy anniversary to you both....I love the collage the pics must have brought back memories.....Peggy

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2010):

    Hope you had a great anniversary.... with champagne instead of grape soda. !

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (25 Jun 2010):

    Thank you DMM, Michael, Sonia, Chris, Kath, Cuz, LG, JanElle ("O, Canada"!), MaryNelle, Peggy, and LD for your kind and thoughtful remarks. LD, our anniversary is actually tomorrow, and I think we are upgrading to Crystal Light! Y'all are such grat friends. Thank you, again!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas gave props (25 Jun 2010):

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY LINDA and RICHARD!!! Hope you enjoy many, many more!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (26 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary, Dick and Linda! What a trip over these 39 years! (We'll hit that milestone this year too)

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Jun 2010):

    Memory Lane looks like a great place.

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations, Sir Richard! What a handsome couple! (As per Jen, I seriously dig the groovy dress on the left.) Many wonderful wishes to you both.

  • Liz A######

    Liz A###### (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2010):

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, even though it is the 27th already in my time zone. I hope it still counts. I love this collage, the two of you look very happy and Linda's dress is great!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk said (27 Jun 2010):

    What a beautiful collage on your 39th Anniversary Dick & Linda. You are both to be congratulated on this wonderful achievement to love and behold, not only in marriage but also friendship! Every image in the collage is priceless Dick. Enjoy your day mate with your beautiful wife and family!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Excellent Richard! I can't believe what a sharp memory you have. Matt and I got married in 1973. I have no idea what we ate for dinner! What a wonderful memory of a very special time!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary Richard and terific tribute to your beautiful wife !!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    excellent idea of a collage, wonderful thoughts and beautiful photos ! :)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (28 Jun 2010):

    Thank you Juanita, Don, John, Maria, Liz A######, and Chris. I appreciate your thoughtful comments very much! It does seem like "Memory Lane" now, John!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Congrats on 39 great years! Happy Anniversary!

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Wow Linda is a true natural beauty, Lucky Man !

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    beautiful dedication to your lovely bride! What a wonderful place to start a life... Colorado. We hope to retire there! :~)

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (29 Jun 2010):

    Happy Anniversary! Great photos and wonderful narrative about you and your lovely wife. I am so glad you have these photos to remember those times.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (2 Jul 2010):

    aaaww Happy Anniversary........ what a beautiful collage...... sounds like you two are STILL on your honeymoon :~)

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    so lovely... just love story like this, Happy Anniversary! thanks for sharing Dick

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    Congrats to you both, this is a lovely collage and a beautiful love story...may the next 39 years be as happy.

  • Gregory Mencotti

    Gregory Mencotti gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    What a great commentary, Dick. And what a beautiful bride! Guess what? My beautiful bride and I were married on exactly the same day (June 26, 1971) in the Detroit area.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (18 Oct 2011):

    Very good and dutiful to your dedication, in 71 I had just laid off and had no companion. I got
    married in 77 to 29 years and as you say it seems like yesterday, but more the years pass and more united, we feel, I can not live without her.

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