Lessons on love from local sweethearts (GALLERY)

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

She heard him laugh and she was hooked.

“He’s very gregarious,” says Gwendolyn, who is 78. “His ability to communicate not only with me and everyone else really drew me to him.”

But Gwendolyn said there were parameters when Herb first wanted to date her.

“She didn’t like that I drank or smoked, so she said she would only date me if I stopped,” 81-year-old Herb says. “It’s been 35 years since I’ve touched the stuff.”

The key to a long lasting marriage for Herb is all about compromise.

“That means if she wants to go north and I want to go south we meet in the middle,” Herb says. “If she wants fish for dinner and I want steak, we go to a restaurant with both.

“The way to a happy marriage is to not be stubborn and to not get overwhelmed by selfish intent.”

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