Chuck and Joanne Warren
What started out as a junior high school crush grew into 58 years of marriage.
The stars must have been aligned for Chuck and Joanne Warren when they were both in their senior year of high school performing in the school production "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
Apparently, what was once a junior high school crush for Chuck evolved into true love once their senior year happened. Joanne was also smitten.
Both families were living in Connecticut and while Joanne lived with her family in Westport and Chuck, with his family in Wilton, there was only one high school that they both attended.
"We were in the same Spanish class in eighth grade, and he was always trying to get my attention," said Joanne.
Both Chuck and Joanne were very involved in school activities. Joanne was the class secretary for Student Council, and Chuck was class president as well as a pole-vaulter.
"After I injured my ankle and was on crutches, Joanne would carry my books, which was so sweet," Chuck said. "I had this gorgeous redhead giving me all of this attention."
At their high school graduation, Chuck presented Joanne with an enormous bouquet of flowers, a sentiment that did not go unnoticed.
Throughout their 300-mile separation during college, Joanne attending the University of Connecticut and Chuck at Cornell, their love and commitment for each other only strengthened.
"On February 3, 1951, Chuck proposed to me on bended knee at Cornell, and I immediately accepted," Joanne said.
They have been married for 58 years and had four children. In addition, there are 10 grandchildren.
The irony of it all is that they fell in love decades ago on the set of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Chuck has been that man coming to dinner with the love of his life, Joanne, ever since.