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Does marriage really work?

25 Nov

America’s ‘Longest Married Couple’ Celebrates 81 Years Of Marriage

Posted: 11/21/2013 6:48 pm EST  |  Updated: 11/22/2013 1:49 pm EST

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In February, John and Ann Betar were named America’s longest married coupleby Worldwide Marriage Encounter. And on Monday, the Connecticut lovebirds will celebrate an incredible 81 years of marriage.

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This photo provided by Worldwide Marriage Encounter shows John and Ann Betar, left, receiving their gifts and plaques from Dick and Diane Baumbach after being named “Longest Married Couple” on Feb. 9, 2013.

The pair eloped in Harrison, N.Y. in 1932.

“[We] had no choice but to elope because my father was set on me marrying a much older man, and I was 17. John was not the boy next door, but the boy across the street who I loved,” Ann, 98, told Reuters in a recent interview.

John, 102, said the quickie nuptials caused quite a stir among their families.

“Everyone was hopping mad, and my wife’s aunt consoled my father-in-law by telling him not to worry, the marriage won’t last,” he said.

How wrong they were. The Betars have been together for decades and have five children (two are now deceased), 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

“We have watched the world change together,” John said. “The key is to always agree with your wife.”

In April, Victoria Wrubel — who was married to her husband Steven Wrubel for 83 years — died, ending what was believed to be the country’s longest marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the Betars’ title was based on nominations, so there may be other couples who have been married longer.

See photos of other long-married couples “then and now” in the slideshow below.

Married Couples: Then And Now

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Gia Carangi Story

18 Nov

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News and Pictures about Gia Carangi

The Life and Death of Gia Carangi

Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960, Philadelphia, PA – November 18, 1986, Philadelphia, PA) was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Carangi, who was of Italian, Welsh and Irish ancestry, was widely considered the first “Supermodel”.[1] Cindy Crawford, who also appeared on the covers of several fashion publications during Gia’s time, was later referred to as “Baby Gia”, due to her resemblance to Gia.[2] Carangi was also the first to present unusual poses, facial expressions and gestures. She is credited by many at the upper echelons of fashion to have created a new style of modeling, emulated by models since then to the present.

Carangi was featured on the cover of many fashion magazines, including Vogue, April 1, 1979; Vogue Paris, April 1979; American Vogue, August 1980; Vogue Paris, August 1980; Italian Vogue, January 1981; and several issues of Cosmopolitan between 1979 and 1982.

After becoming addicted to drugs, Carangi’s modeling career rapidly declined. She later became infected with HIV and died in Philadelphia. Her death was not widely publicized and few people in the fashion industry knew of it. Carangi is thought to be one of the first famous women to die of AIDS.

Carangi, who was known in modeling circles just by her first name, had a turbulent childhood. Her parents fought frequently, and she was given little attention.

Carangi moved from Philadelphia to New York City at the age of 17, and quickly rose to prominence. She was the favorite model of many eminent fashion photographers, including Francesco Scavullo, Arthur Elgort, Richard Avedon, and Chris von Wangenheim, and she posed for photos in many countries. By the end of 1978, Carangi was already a well-established model. Carangi did modeling for these designer and cosmetic firms: Body Basics, Christian Dior, Cutex, Diane von Fürstenberg, Giorgio Armani, Lancetti, Levi’s, Maybelline, Perry Ellis, Versace, Vidal Sassoon and Yves Saint Laurent

Carangi was a regular at Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Carangi usually only used cocaine in clubs but later began to develop a heroin addiction.

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Gia Carangi Photos

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Gia Carangi- The world’s first Supermodel who tradgically died of Aids in 1986.

18 Nov

If you should see me…

18 Nov

If you should see me

when I leave this life

If you should see me

when I gave it my all

nobody there to call

If you should see me

when I fall

remind me that this was my

destiny, the way that I was born

to go,

If you should see me

when I am on the other side

tell me that all is well

Hold me in your arms

tell me you genuinely love me

and care for me

If you should see me

don’t cry for me

but celebrate and do know

and understand that God

had a bigger plan for me

not the one that I encountered

that I was on the earth

know that you were loved somewhere

some time by God and by me.

We will never forget you! 2015 words by Chris-  twitter@ Stonetissue.


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Gigi- 2013

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Gigi- 2013