The year was 1962, and 8th graders Mike Wilson and Karen Wilcox met in homeroom at Southeast Junior High in Iowa City, Iowa. An alphabetized seating chart had the two seated next to each other. That year they became sweethearts. But the summer before high school, they broke up and went on to live their lives. Fifty years later the two reunited and were married in the very same junior high where they met.
When asked how it feels to be back together and married to Karen, Mike says, “It’s terrific. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m really glad that everybody else is enjoying it too.” The couple says they both had a good sense of humor and they were good students so they were attracted to each other, but the romance didn’t last very long. Karen confesses that the reason she broke up with Mike all those years ago was because her family was going away for the whole summer and she didn’t think that she would be able to handle a long-distance relationship.
Coincidentally, the two have both been married twice and divorced twice. Their kids have also kept in touch over the years. Mike and Karen agreed to continue talking twice a year on each other’s birthdays so they have had some contact over the last five decades. The two started dating again in January when Mike retired as a surgeon in Florida and moved back home to Iowa City.
During a small ceremony, the two were married in the courtyard of the junior high where it all started on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 11:12 am. That’s 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, which equals 50 – the number of years it took for the lovebirds to finally reconnect.