It all started in a zoology class in 1934. Students were seated alphabetically in the tiered lecture hall, so John Henderson, 21, sat directly behind Charlotte Curtis. When he looked down, he liked the shy 20-year-old he saw in front of him.
“I thought he was just a fine fella, and I didn’t mind his looking over my shoulder,” she told The Washington Post in an interview.
On Dec. 22, the couple — she’s 105; he’s 106 — will celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary. The Guinness World Records have recognized the longevity of their love by naming the Hendersons the oldest living married couple.
….So what’s the couple’s secret to their longevity? Living in moderation, they said. They eat right, don’t drink much, and John still exercises at the community gym almost every day. Except for some hearing loss, both are in excellent health.
The Hendersons never had children, “so some people have said that’s really why we’ve lived so long!” John joked.