What Took You Guys So Long?
What Took You Guys So Long?, Emilie Danielson and Terry Britton started dating in 1960, but just now tied the knot. College Sweethearts Marry Nearly 50 Years After Breakup, They say true love stands the test of time. And for Emilie Danielson, 70, and Terry Britton, 69, that has certainly proven true.
On Nov. 11, 52 years after they originally met as college freshmen attending Chapman University in Orange, Calif., the blushing bride and her now very grateful groom finally had the opportunity to say their “I do’s” to one another.
The couple first began dating in 1960 and admittedly fell fast and hard for each other.
“We would walk down to this tiny little church down the road and make out like crazy in the back of the pew,” Danielson told ABCNews.com.
But over the years, although the passion was strong between them, they somehow lost touch and can’t even explain today how or why it happened.
“We do not know how we lost touch. That’s the weirdest thing,” Danielson said. “We dated for two years. The second year we decided to leave [Chapman] and go to junior college to save money for a year. And then something happened, but we don’t know what happened. We just don’t remember.”
Neither of them have any recollection of a specific fight that tore them apart, but Britton was at least able to explain part of the reason they lost touch. As most young men in the 1960s did, he went into the Vietnam War, serving a year in Vietnam and three more years after that in Berlin. At the time, Danielson didn’t even know he was overseas.
“We went on different paths because of life. That’s how life happens,” Britton explained. “Going to the war was quite an interruption, but I survived that.”
As time passed, Danielson went on to marry someone else, has since been widowed twice, and has three children and seven grandchildren. Britton, on the other hand, was never married.