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Being Lucky In Love Not All About Chance

21 August 2000

DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- August 21, 2000 – As reported by The Detroit Free Press: "Jim and Rosemary Fitzpatrick have taken a big gamble.

"This November, the Royal Oak couple will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.

"…But as Jim's 2001 retirement draws closer, one thing has become clear: Jim and Rosemary have little in common.

"For example, Rosemary said her 64-year-old husband can retire in January, but she plans to work forever. At 63, she's a full-time office manager.

"…Rosemary said she'll go to a baseball game to humor her husband. "I'll get into it once I'm there, but it's not my first priority. I'd rather shop and make my house perfect."

"Marriage is no roll of the dice

"…`You won't believe what has changed our relationship,' Jim said, his voice full of excitement. `The casino!'

"Just when they were content to live happily ever after doing their own thing, they're dating again. Once or twice a week, they get in the car, go downtown and put a few coins in the slots.

"True to form, they even gamble with different styles.

"…Rosemary cautioned that everyone shouldn't try to rekindle their relationships at a casino. For them, it's less about gambling and more about exploring something different together.

"…Rosemary said finding a mutual interest wasn't totally a crapshoot. Years of investing in a life together -- a life that centers around family and faith -- increased the odds that they'd hit the jackpot in love later on.

"…Love isn't a lottery

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