Husband's funny reply about successful marriage on TV

Cary Ashby • Apr 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM

One of the top three videos to be aired Sunday on ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” features a local couple.

The footage, taken during a May 27, 2012 wedding reception, spotlights Jean Myers and her husband Martin. The couple, who had been married for 65 years before Martin died at age 95, were asked the secret of a successful marriage. 

Myers, 92, who lives at The Carriage House, couldn’t recall what her husband’s answer was. However, she answered that question for the Reflector: “Be true to each other” and “show lots of love.”

“And communication. That’s very important,” she said Friday.

Bill Gulasey, a son-in-law, and his wife were standing nearby when the videographer interviewed the couple at the reception.

“Our voices are in the background,” the Cincinnati man said. “Martin was hard of hearing. Jean had to repeat the question to him.”

Without revealing what his father-in-law’s response was, Gulasey said his comment was pretty funny.

“He was enjoying the moment,” Gulasey added.

The Myers lived in Norwalk for more than 30 years. 

“Dad was a farmer out in Bellevue. He retired at age 62. He died at 95,” said one of his four daughters, Betty (Myers) Kloppenborg, of Cincinnati.

The couple built their retirement home in Norwalk, where they lived for 33 years. One of their daughters, Joan, later bought her childhood home.

“They were empty-nesters by the time they lived there. They grew up in Bellevue,” Kloppenborg said about her parents.

Joan and Martin Myers attended the 2012 wedding reception of Kloppenborg’s daughter, Kate. She and her husband, Andy Wells, submitted the video in January 2014, but didn’t hear anything for quite some time.

“Sadly, it got put up on a shelf and (had been) forgotten,” Kloppenborg said. “We thought it was dead in the water.”

Then in March, the producers of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” invited the family to tape the episode featuring the video. They flew the Wells and their daughter Cadence to Manhattan Beach, Calif., which is near Los Angeles, for the weekend. Joan Myers decided not to make the trip.

“My husband and I met them out there,” Kloppenborg said. “Everybody was as nice as they could be. … They did all the taping in one weekend.”

Kloppenborg remembers her father’s humorous answer. She said many of the 15 people who were interviewed talked about the importance of commitment, love and respect in a successful marriage.

“It’s not the answer you would expect,” Kloppenborg said about her father’s reply. “I was like, ’Dad, I can’t believe you said that.’ You can tell everyone is having fun.”

The video can be found on YouTube by searching “65 years married.”

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