It took time to spark, but romance finally flamed

Posted: July 13, 2014 at 2:45 a.m.

Phyllis and Ray Oblinger on their wedding day, July 11, 1964

Phyllis and Ray Oblinger on their wedding day, July 11, 1964

As the Cuban Missile Crisis heated up in 1962, Phyllis Akin was a contestant for the title of Miss Flame.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

He says: “I thought she was cute.”

She says: “I thought he was very nice-looking and that he was very polite.”

My advice for a long, happy marriage is:

He says: “You have to keep it interesting from time to time.”

She says: “Be friends and have open communication. Don’t hold something in, talk about it.”

On our wedding day:

He says: “I was really nervous. Part of it was the Catholic-Protestant thing. We were married in a Catholic church and my mother and father and my brothers and sisters and I were the only Catholics in the church, except for the priest, and he was even nervous.”

She says: “I was scared to death.”

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