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[Alternate Title: My Secret Life with Sandra Bullock]

Linda was at Sweet Briar College when I met her in 1969. That summer, I drove to Jackson, Tennessee to meet her mom and dad. It was a 740-mile drive from my home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I know I burned through three packs of Marlboros each way . . .

Here are some photos I took of Linda during that first visit to Jackson, and a photo I took of Linda last Christmas, four decades later . . . (She asked for that Black & Decker power drill.)

When I digitized my slides last year, our grown daughters saw the Jackson photos and said, “Hey, Mom. You looked just like Sandra Bullock back then!”

Did she? Did Linda look like Sandra Bullock back then? I am asking JPG for a second opinion. If you say “yes,” I will shop these photos with “People” magazine and share the proceeds with any JPGer faving and propping this upload . . . (What a deal!)

This December marks the 42nd Christmas that Linda and I have been together, and for that I am very thankful.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

[Thank you, Debra, for the spotlight!]

[Thank you, Heather, for the spotlight!]

[Thank you, Juan, for the spotlight!]

78 responses

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (5 Dec 2010):

    Oh, wonderful!!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    She's still a looker!! You did well. Actually, she looks better than Sandra Bullock

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (5 Dec 2010):


  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Definitely a Sandra Bullock look-a-like. And still gawwwwgus!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    She is her double...excellent!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Very stunning lady then and now.. A natural beauty...My personal opinion is that Sanda Bullock as pretty as she is, can't hold a candle to Linda.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    she has the sweetness of Sandra Bullock, definitely. Love her eyes, as for the Black and Sir Richard is a lucky dude!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    P.S. With the hairstyles making full circle after 40 years, this could easily have been taken this week!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    just beautiful Richard Sandra Bullock look- a- like for sure !!!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Beautiful girl!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Lovely captures Richard!! I'd say Sandra Bullock is a Linda look-alike, for sure, lucky her!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Sir R..... you're a blessed man indeed.... a fine looking lady for a knight in shining armour.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (5 Dec 2010):

    Thank you, my friends, for your faves and lovely comments, and thank you, LD, for the spotlight!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Sandra ain't got nothin' on Linda.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Happy Anniversary! Yes, I think she looks like Sandra; they both have the same beautiful smile.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    OH,,a definite yes..what a likeness,amazing..and how wonderful 42 years,,this is a lovely tribute Richard

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Yes, she does; and you are a lucky man, Dick!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Yes she does have a resemblance to Sandra Bullock, but I believe you loved her for who she is and what she looked like to you then, now and always. Linda will always be beautiful Linda!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Fantastic photos.... and for sure there is a likeness!! And she's still a beautiful lady!!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (5 Dec 2010):

    Hi Linda,You look great !!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    What a pretty holiday you think Sandra will mind that you've used her photo?!?!? Linda sure does look pleased with her gift--I love useful presents as well; I remember the weed eater I got one Mother's Day, as well as the HedgeHog trimmer I received for my birthday. Jimmy really knows the way to my heart! LOL

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    They DO look alike... however Linda has better taste in men... :D

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (5 Dec 2010):

    OMGoodness!!!!!!! She is beautiful and YES Sandra Bullock she is... What an amazing look a like..... After 40 years she is still gorgeous....

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    She does look like SB with a Jackie O style! :)!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) said (5 Dec 2010):

    I can tell you this, she looks great today as she did during the eralier years, great catch for you Richard, congratulations on your upcoming 42nd year together, and I wish you many more.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    PHOTOGRAPHY PRESERVES MANY VALUABLE MOMENTS !!!!!!! Wonderful Photographs !!!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (5 Dec 2010):

    Such incredible comments, everyone. So kind. Sincere thanks. (Gail, I don't even have a tattoo! LOL)

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (5 Dec 2010):

    Yea!! I almost said Julia Roberts, but DEF. Sandra Bullock

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (6 Dec 2010):

    Neither the S. Bullock- nor the J. Roberts-comparison do her justice, because it's just her, and her alone, isn't it?

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    I agree, definitely a Sandra look alike! Beautiful tribute, Dick!!!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    Beautiful! I'd say the better half of Sandra!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    She is even prettier than Sandra Bullock. Now and then. What a wonderful tribute.

  • J.C. Collier

    J.C. Collier gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    Great stuff and congrats on the longevity of your relationship. Very rare nowadays.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (6 Dec 2010):


  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (7 Dec 2010):

    wonderful and I wish you many, many more years of happiness.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (7 Dec 2010):

    A very lovely lady, then and now! Ya done real good, Dick! Congratulations on your many years together...

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (7 Dec 2010):

    Sandra Bullock should be so lucky as to look like Linda. There is definitely an unmistakeable likeness! I like the shot with Linda holding the drill the best!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (8 Dec 2010):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (8 Dec 2010):

    Wow! Did you luck out!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (8 Dec 2010):

    Beautiful then and now

  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (8 Dec 2010):

    Lovely pictures! This is the reason for taking photos - to preserve a point in time :)

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (9 Dec 2010):

    Such a wonderful tribute, Dick. Linda is beautiful then and now. I so love the fact she asked for a Black&Decker power drill. Looking at the lower left pic I'd say Linda could easily be SB's older sister :)

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (9 Dec 2010):

    To be honest, I find Linda prettier that Sandra, considering that Sandra is so beautiful. Her smile in the first slide is so beautiful. God blesses her.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Dec 2010):

    Great shot!! Beautiful Linda!!!

  • Sharon Wish

    Sharon Wish gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    Yeah...she kinda looks like Sandra Bullock! Great story and collage!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    Love (love!) her wonderful, mischievous smile in the first pic --she is such a beauty! And she's handy, too! Congratulations on Christmas #42 together (incidentally, this is my 42nd Christmas, period, but don't let that rattle you, Sir Richard :))))

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    Egad!s ...and Gee willikers!...Sandra Bullock indeed...what a great are a fortunate human being King Richard.... what a great collection...and a great smile...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    What nice faves and comments. I may let Linda see them . . . "may" is the operative word. Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful words.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    richard, this is absolutely beautiful.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    wonderful photograph!!! sweet memories!!!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    what a fantastic valentine for Christmas! Linda is truly blessed! She looks like Sandra Bullok, only she is prettier:)

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (11 Dec 2010):

    How did I ever miss this wonderful collage?? YES, she did look like Sandra Bullock back when you first met. However. Now she has developed and grown into a very beautiful, classy, and elegant lady. You two are very blessed to have had each other through all these years. How could you not love her dearly, Richard? Any man would be ecstatic to have a wife who wants and knows how to use a drill. She is certainly multi-talented and never boring....what a grand lady you have to call your wife, the love of your life!!! And I have no doubt she feels just the same about your. Thank you so much for sharing this majestic collage with us, your JPG friends!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (11 Dec 2010):


  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (12 Dec 2010):

    Very pretty now and then, and you obviously love her very much which makes you both very lucky people... so may I wish you both and all your family a wonderful Xmas and New Year..

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (12 Dec 2010):

    She is still as beautiful as ever. The two of you make a wonderful couple. You share the same smile.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    She DOES strongly resemble Sandra Bullock! What a lovely lady! This is a wonderful tribute to her. You are both very fortunate.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (16 Dec 2010):

    What a beautiful lady...then and NOW... and I say Yes, to the Sandra B look a like!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (16 Dec 2010):

    What a Beauty Sir K.....even more so, now. Stay happy ~ !!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (16 Dec 2010):

    Lovely memories and photos, very nice Richard, Happy Holiday to you both.

  • Sylvie Setiady

    Sylvie Setiady gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    thats mean Sandra Bullock is the one who look like Linda ^^ so glad to find you back here again 'happy holidays!'

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    There is a resemblence! Did she act in any movies back then? It would be cool to get the ultimate comparison! If not we'd just have to meet and she'd have to put her 1960's clothes on ;)

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    beauty always...!

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (29 Dec 2010):

    You're so lucky, Linda is so beautiful AND handles a power drill! I don't think Sandra Bullock can beat anything like that : )

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (1 Jan 2011):

    She still looks the same!

  • Bonnie Doyle

    Bonnie Doyle gave props (3 Jan 2011):

    wonderful photo and story your one of the lucky ones

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (3 Jan 2011):

    My sincere thanks, everyone, for your lovely faves, props, and comments.

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case said (4 Jan 2011):

    VERY NICE! Happy New Year to you both!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (9 Jan 2011):

    Lovely then and now! Happy New Year!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk said (18 Jan 2011):

    What a beautiful collage of your lovely wife Dick!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    wow, this is awesome ! you should submit it to "growing up" theme... fabulous collage ! :)

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    This is the sweetest shot ever! She is so beautiful. When I saw the picture, first thing I thought was that she looks like Sandra Bullock, so yess! But she's even more beautiful and has that feminine sweetness.

  • Cisco StreetLenz

    Cisco StreetLenz said (13 Jul 2011):

    Beautiful woman and photos. It's wonderful how a photo is able to capture that moment which we can't sometimes verbaly describe. Thanx for sharing and she, in my opinion is more beautiful than Sandra !!!
    Keep on SHOOTIN' !!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (18 Aug 2011):

    It 's true Sandra Bullock Very much like Linda, that's why he had so much success in his career. The pictures are beautiful and need no comments. I wish you a happy life and beautiful again for many years.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (11 Jun 2014):

    Beautiful wife and YES, she does look like Sandra Bullock !!! (:

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