Since my wife Crystal and I met nearly forty years ago we have been fascinated by stories about our parents youths. In an effort to immortalize those stories along with details from our own youths we wrote the memoir “One Hundred Fifty Years of Marriage”. This yet to be published manuscript is the story of three couples, six individuals and their families, life’s many challenges, and love’s endurance. From a baby boomer’s point of view, this memoir will transport you to Europe during WWII, to the jungles of the Philippines, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to San Francisco, to Chicago at different time periods, and to the prairie land of Peoria, Illinois. My father, a German Jew, saw Hitler in a parade when he was a child in Germany. He came to America at thirteen and went back to Germany as a counter intelligence agent during WWII. My mother grew up in poverty in Germany surviving the war and hardship along with many other German families. My father-in-law left high school in Chicago to join the Navy to go back with General McArthur to the Philippines, suffered from “Dengue fever” and a gunshot wound. My mother-in-law worked in a factory in Wisconsin during the war. She also frequented the Kenosha USO where she met my father–in-law the day before he was shipped out to the Pacific Theater. My wife, Crystal, and I grew up about fifteen miles apart in the suburbs of Chicago. We met at Bradley University in 1975 at a fraternity party. Little did we know at the time that both sets of our parents had met because of WWII. In both cases their meetings and subsequent romances were fraught with numerous ironic and fateful events. In addition to our efforts to get this book published, our goal is that others may be as blessed as we have been. Somewhere in the process of writing our memoir we realized a greater concern. Marriage is a suffering institution in this country and around the world. There are no quick fixes or easy answers. Like most things in life, marriage takes work to be successful. We hope the discussions on this site can at least help. Nothing will change if we do nothing.
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