America’s ‘Longest Married Couple’ Blankets Media

By Richard Horgan Comment

John and Ann Betar, the 102-year-old husband and 98-year-old wife who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary Monday, have been all over the news lately. They have been celebrated by outlets that both pre-date (New York Daily News, Daily Mail) and post-date (Gawker, TODAY) the days when he courted her at the wheel of a Ford Roadster.

The most shameless, bad-pun headline that occurred to this writer would have begun: “For Betar or Worse: Connecticut Couple…” Thankfully, the closest anyone came to that was: “Who Said It Wouldn’t Last?….”

Australian author-writer Catherine Deveny wins for the funniest commentary. She argues in The Guardian that although such a union is wonderful, it should also not be “fetishised:”

Every love story we’re offered in popular culture can be fitted into five categories of dysfunction…

The happy couple raised five children in Bridgeport, CT after the founding of the Frisbee Pie Company (1871) and alongside the opening of the first Subway restaurant (1965).