FAIRFIELD, CONN. - John and Ann Betar weren't supposed to get married. Her father had arranged for her to wed another man, but she and John eloped.
That was 80 years ago. The couple is still happily hitched, a fact that has led to their naming as the "longest married couple" in the United States for 2013 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. The Betars told the New York Daily News that there are no secrets to a long marriage, only a few simple rules. "We just live with contentment and we don't live beyond our means," John Betar, 101, said. "Just go with the flow."
They still live in their home in Fairfield. They had five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Two of their children died in their 60s. Worldwide Marriage Encounter says the title of "longest married couple" is based on nominations, so there may be some couples who have been married longer.
Ann Betar, 97, credits her family. "We were fortunate enough to live long enough to see this ... and it's really one of the most gratifying things in the world to see your great-grandchildren, to see your grandchildren become adults."Robin Roberts is returning to 'GMA'
Robin Roberts will permanently return to "Good Morning America" on Feb. 20, co-host George Stephanopoulos said Thursday. "She's met with her doctors; they've cleared her to come back to the show," he said, noting that Roberts would be returning five months to the day after she took a leave of absence for treatment of a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome. "A lot of people are very, very happy for you," Stephanopoulos said.