Mazel Tov, Minette and Charles Cooper: 65 years

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Trending News

Minette and Charles Cooper at their wedding on June 22, 1958.

Jewish News: When and where did you meet?

Minette and Charles Cooper: In New York on a blind date through Marjorie Quarte, a senior in Minette’s house at Smith College who was dating Charles’s brother Joel.

JN: Charles, how did you convince Minette to move to Norfolk?

M&C: By Charles’s taking a law job in Norfolk.

JN: What was most memorable about your wedding?

M&C: Four things:

• Minette’s stepsister and Charles’s brother giving him a ½ bottle of scotch to calm Charles’s nerves to get him through the ceremony.

• Minette hiding the car to protect it from Chivaree.

• Minette’s two aunts preparing a meal to take with us. It turned out to be one chicken leg and two olives—so we missed dinner.

• Charles going for a swim the next morning and as he climbed out, they came to clean the pool.

Minette and Charles Cooper dancing at a wedding in 2021.

JN: What advice would you give yourselves of 65 years ago?

M&C: You’re not marrying a person, you’re marrying a family.

JN: What has been your secret to staying together?

M&C: We agree on more things than we disagree on.

JN: Do you have any advice for couples about to wed?

M&C: Put your whole self into it or it won’t work.

JN: Anything else you’d like to add?

M&C: Have fun together.