August 16, 1993
Rep. Patricia Schroeder said after it was revealed that the Marine Corps wanted to ban married recruits, "If they are not allowed to be homosexuals, and they're not allowed to be married, what are they supposed to do, take cold showers?"It is pretty easy to have fun with the Marines on this. Certainly, the way the attempt at policy change was handled was inept. The order was issued before the commandant had cleared it with the secretary of the Navy or the secretary of Defense. So no sooner had the directive gone out than it was rescinded.
June 7, 2001
WASHINGTON - Sometimes government forms just don't give you enough room to say what you really want to say. When the census form or tax form asks for marital status, I look for a box that says, "Married - and proud of it." Or, "Married - and let me tell you, it hasn't always been easy all of these years, but we've stuck to it and ..." But, no. Uncle Sam doesn't care. You only get a few little boxes to describe your life to the government. As a result, you get a lot of statistics that tell you about changes in our population and precious little explanation for why the change is happening.
February 24, 1997
What's the longest-running sitcom on TV? Would you believe "Married With Children"? It airs its 250th episode tonight on Fox."Happy Birthday, Elizabeth" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The Weirdest Dude in the Free World (you know, the guy with one glove) joins a bunch of other big names in saluting Elizabeth Taylor for her 65th birthday, all in the name of contributing lots of money to AIDS research. ABC."Lance Burton, Master Magician: The Encounter" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
January 6, 1991
When I got married and it came time to decide what to do about my surname, I'll admit I took the easy way out. I kept my own last name for business purposes, but legally, I changed my name to my husband's. It seemed like a good idea at the time, as if having the same last name would make us feel more united.Still, sometimes I can't help but feel a little dissatisfied with my decision (and not just because I'm the third Sue in his family). Riding up in an elevator at a convention, a man looked at my badge and asked about the name.
April 6, 2008
ANDY SCHIFF AND HIS girlfriend, Melanie Ufema, and two of their friends were mere feet away from emptying their pockets of loose change in the security line at Denver International Airport when Schiff suddenly stopped. He dropped to one knee, and instead of loose change, pulled a diamond ring out of his pocket. "Melanie, will you marry me?" he asked. Schiff's buddy had a video camera rolling -- he was in on it, and everyone had agreed they should "document the trip" -- so it was pointed at a stunned but grinning Ufema when she said, "Yes."
September 17, 1991
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sean Landeta is getting married. It's the final blow.Juicy sports gossip is virtually nonexistent these days, except when someone gets indicted, suspended or sued. But in his heyday, Landeta was a one-man National Enquirer. The original playboy punter.He got Donna Rice's phone number before Gary Hart. He dated Marla Maples before Donald Trump. He charmed fashion models and centerfolds, and now he's marrying Pamela Schmidt, a former paralegal from Long Island he swears is "the prettiest of them all."