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adored grands has-as you might expect-been long,
winding and filled with living and great stories.
"We've laughed a lot," says Roland. "Cried some, too."
They began pretty nearly in poverty. "I look back and
realize how broke we were," says Roland. "We were married seven years before we stayed in a hotel. We'd sleep
anywhere." Roland was a teacher, coach and newspaper
reporter before moving to books. The couple founded
Full Court Press publishing company, but Karen finally
left the company to teach, and Roland concentrated on
writing, which meant he was on the road a lot and she
was taking care of the kids and working full time.
"I lived the corporate life in basketball, a dream of
life's work," he says. Meanwhile, Karen "loved teaching
science." She never resented his celebrity: "I'm a behindthe-scenes person."
Karen is quiet, smart and low-key; Roland is an extrovert and often the center of attention in a crowd. He
is also an extraordinary giving writer, who loves working with other writers. They've made a good team over
"For 43 years," says Roland, "we've just enjoyed being
TRISH WHITE-BOYD AND
COLBERT (BERT) BOYD
quickly faced the challenge of
mingling families when they
married 24 years ago. Bert, 69 now, had five girls; Trish,
55, two boys. The girls settled into massive resistance;
the boys were more accepting, but not fully approving.
It was a situation they discussed and planned for, then
worked on for years, but it was the biggest challenge
their marriage has faced.
"Our marriage is solid because of all that work and
effort," says Trish. "Colbert was strict and militarized,
treating the boys like soldiers and I didn't like that. The
boys thank him now, though. The problems were never
between the two of us. Raising a lot of children is not
Trish and Bert met in a parking lot near their jobs
(she at the Department of Child Support Enforcement;
he as head of Veteran's Services) and "he left a note on
my car, asking me to lunch. He persisted and I finally
agreed, but I took a girlfriend with me." She asked the
chaperone along several times and then again for her
first evening date with Bert. "I didn't know him," she
says. "I'm just very particular." And he was persistent.
They dated for two years, talked in depth about what
marriage would be like and then tied the knot.
Trish is a native of the Florida panhandle, Bert is from
Chesapeake. Both are well-educated and have always
had good professional positions. Today, Bert has been
retired for six years and Trish has owned Blue Ridge
Senior Services for 12 years.
These days, their biggest challenge is finding time
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