Tuscaloosa couple celebrates 50 years together
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — After decades of raising children and working in Tuscaloosa, Fred and Carol Glass are back to where they first started long ago.
“We just have so much fun together,” said Carol, a longtime former counselor with the Tuscaloosa County School System.
On Friday, the Glasses marked their 50th wedding anniversary. Since 1980, they have lived in Tuscaloosa, where Carol worked in the county school system and Fred spent the majority of his career as a salesman for Champion and other athletic outfitters.
These days, the couple continue to enjoy themselves the same way when they met in Scottsdale, Arizona, back in 1968. Carol, then a senior at Arizona State University, was hanging out at a local bar with some of her friends when she ran into Fred Glass, a former University of Alabama baseball player who had just been let go from the San Francisco Giants the previous year and was working as a graduate assistant while getting his master’s degree in physical education.
Fred recalls the first thing that he noticed about Carol were her braces.
“I told her I had been blindsided by her braces,” he said.
Carol did not find the joke funny.
“I stayed in the bathroom all night, but I finally came out,” she said. “I was so mad at him.”
After meeting, Fred briefly went back home to Alabama, but decided to make the 1,400-mile drive back to Phoenix to see Carol again.
In the beginning, their first dates involved shooting basketball and talking long into the night. Even that early, Carol knew there was something special she had with Fred.
“We started out just laughing and enjoying each other so much, and it continued to blossom,” she said. “The rose got prettier.”
Within six months, they were married.
If others had doubts about the Glasses’ love early on, The National Enquirer didn’t. In 1986, Carol submitted an essay for a contest the tabloid was putting on where the theme was “Why Your Spouse Deserves a Second Honeymoon.”
Carol, who admittedly called their first honeymoon in New Orleans “a joke” in a Tuscaloosa News interview published that year, laid out the case for why they deserved another trip.
“My husband deserves a second honeymoon because he is absolutely the most wonderful spouse in the world. First of all, he is truly my lover and my best friend. He always remembers me on special occasions as well as our sons. He is hilarious and his great sense of humor keeps us laughing every day. He is intelligent, athletic, handsome and a one-woman man. His occupation demands travel and the ultimate trust we have in each other further strengthens our marriage,” the letter stated.
Out of thousands of entries natiowide, the Enquirer selected Carol’s essay as the winning piece, sending the couple on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood, giving them a $1,000 prize and a cameo on an episode of the CBS soap opera “Capitol.”
Today, their relationship has not lost its luster. It can be seen the way Carol looks at Fred or the way Fred calls her his best friend.
“She was always just silly and full of fun,” Fred said. “We would go to a restaurant in Phoenix and she could trip on a toothpick.”
However, Carol said her husband can have his silly side, too.
“There has always been an air of levity and a sense of play,” she said.
The Glasses, who each stay busy with social clubs and road trips together, still end the day by talking. Even when some days are worse than others, they remember that every day is a new beginning.
“Life’s too short,” Carol said. “You get a bad hand, you just shuffle.”
Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com