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September 15, 2013

Beauty in the bumps

How the Brubakers love has lasted

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A few days later he asked her out on a date, and on their date, and the ones to follow, they went to movies or out polka dancing, but the couple wasn’t exclusive. Myron dated other girls for a short period of time.

Norma and her mom were watching a show of a televised dance in Omaha one day, when a familiar face came across the screen.

“My mom said, ‘Oh, isn’t that what’s his name?’” Norma said.

It was Myron, who was dancing with another girl.

“I felt kinda guilty,” Myron said. “I really liked Norma.”

“We weren’t dating that seriously yet,” Norma said.

Soon after they decided to seriously date, and dated for nine months, until Myron got discharged from the Air Force and decided not to re-enlist. He wanted to go back to Indiana and go to college at Purdue University.

“It was devastating to think I’d leave for Indiana and leave her [Norma] 700 miles away,” he said. “We shared about everything. Norma’s the best friend I got.”

The couple had never discussed marriage before.

“I never considered getting married,” he said. “I knew I thought an awful lot of Norma. I knew I loved her. I was either gonna have to go off and leave her or marry her, one or the other.”

He was afraid that her parents wouldn’t let him marry her since she was so close with them, but he had nothing to worry about because her parents really liked him, and so did Norma.

“I just fell in love,” she said. “He was special.”

They got married Apr. 10, 1954 at Fremont’s Presbyterian church when Myron was 23 and Norma was 21.

“We didn’t have a big wedding like kids do now where they rent limousines,” Myron said. “But we had a nice wedding.”

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