Tuesday, June 17, 2008
On June 21, 1983, after a traditional courtship that included a drug dealer's missing hat, a magician's hungry cougar, raging rapids, a booby-trapped castle, a love-struck polygamous African tribal chief, and a homicidal dwarf by the name of Mr. Big (long before Sex and the City co-opted the moniker), ATWT's Margo Montgomery and Thomas Christopher Hughes wed in an out of the blue ceremony beneath a trellis in Oakdale Park.
The bride's mother wore a housecoat and curlers. (Out of the blue meant literally that. Tom and Margo simply called up their friends and family and insisted they come out right away -- it was an emergency!). The minister drove an ice-cream truck. The bride and groom themselves chose to zoom in on a motorcycle. (Unless they were driving with their eyes closed, we have to assume they laughed in the face of superstition and saw each other before the ceremony. Or maybe they just laughed in the face of safe-driving laws.)
Actors Margaret Colin and Justin Deas, the couple's original portrayers wed in real-life in January of 1988. They have two sons and are still together to this day.
Margo and Tom, as currently played by Ellen Dolan and Scott Holmes, have also managed to weather the ups and downs of married life. Their marriage produced three sons. Unfortunately, one is his, one is hers, and only one is actually theirs. (And he's currently sleeping with the mother of his younger half brother.)
But twenty-five years, even with infidelities on both sides, is still a milestone to be celebrated.
Tune in on July 2, 2008 to watch Oakdale's longest-married couple toast their quarter decade of togetherness -- and receive a very special gift from mother-in-law Lisa (who knows a little something about marriage -- though not the long lasting kind.)
Posted by Alina Adams at 2:32 AM