There is such a connection between former KSTP-TV “Good Company” hosts Steve Edelman and Sharon Anderson.
As there should be. They’ve been married how many years now? “We’re working on that,” said Steve, “We thought it was like, 33?” Sharon said 34. They were married December 1979 — and did their best to do the math on my startribune.com/video.
The couple with a TV marriage that began on an ABC station and has lasted — they fell in love after being paired as co-host of “Good Company” — answered and discussed my questions in a most charming way. It was as though I wasn’t there, I noticed while editing their video. It was cute.
They were back in the Twin Cities a few months ago to emcee a JDRF MinnDakotas Gala. It’s a matter close to their hearts because Ross Marcus, now the development manager for JDRF MinnDakotas chapter, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a toddler friend of their son David Edelman, who now works at the White House for the National Economic Council.
When “Good Company” ended, Sharon did other TV shows, all produced by her husband’s Edelman Productions, a leading creator of cable programming that once kind of dominated the HGTV lineup. We talked about a variety of subjects, the most entertaining of which were recollections of the worst-ever guests on “Good Company.” Readers, you’ll know these names.
Q What’s the secret to being married that long?
SA You’d say because we keep it varied. We just try to keep it fresh. We like to have a good time. We’re also really comfortable with each other. It’s a cliché, but each of us thinks we got the better deal. It keeps growing and getting richer. Steve is a believer that as you get older, life should expand, because it’s so easy to have them contract.
SE I would say because she is the Love Goddess. [Sharon thought that was funny]. We both like adventure. We just moved from the suburbs to the city of San Francisco. We did that because we thought, “Let’s do something different.”
Q What is the most annoying habit Steve has?
SA [Silence] I’m thinking. He’s peeeerfect.
Q Steve, same question?
SE Oh. Oh. Oh. I’ve got one. But it doesn’t drive me crazy. Sharon actually likes to get up in the morning and flip on TV [did he say news?]. I like total silence. It’s great she can go upstairs and I can be in a room.
SA I go make my morning tea and I watch the morning shows for about a half-hour, catch up on the news and then off and on with my day.
Q Is Steve a toilet-seat-up or toilet-seat-down kinda guy?
SA He is so considerate. It sounds sugar sweet, but I don’t remember a time the toilet seat was up.