My parents, Norma and Duane Leuthold, were married on June 11, 1948 at a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida.
They met two years earlier when Dad, a young Navy pilot from Wisconsin, was training at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. The women of Jacksonville had a dance for the pilots at the Women's Club in Riverside, and my father attended.
He spotted the 5'-2 beauty and cut in for a dance.
That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship that produced four boys and many friends.
Dad called me earlier in the week to say that he and Mom wanted to take Sarah and me out to dinner for their anniversary celebration, largely to celebrate Sarah's birthday a few days earlier.
We settled on Le Pavillion, a Swiss oriented restaurant in St. Augustine, forty miles south of Jacksonville. Dad wanted me to drive down A1A to see the ocean and beach houses.
We had a great dinner and special time together.
There simply are not better people in the world.