You could consider their marriage a bit of a forbidden love. Not that it was truly taboo, but Rabbis Gaylia Rooks and Joe Rooks-Rapport’s relationship was certainly frowned upon when they first began dating. As the first husband-and-wife reform rabbi team, their rabbinical school teachers were none too pleased to find out the two were dating, nevertheless engaged.
Both former University of Louisville athletes – Nell is in the U of L Hall of Fame for women’s basketball and William was the 1990 leader in interceptions when he played Cardinal football – they met in college and have since built a solid life for themselves and their children.
After 64 years of marriage, three children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and unbelievable charitable giving, philanthropic couple Gladys and Lewis “Sonny” Bass can teach us all a thing or two not only about how to make a relationship last, but how to be good people.
Aside from Brian and Tracy Merkley being an obviously attractive couple, one fact that makes them so much more adorable is that they are high school sweethearts. He was a Trinity basketball player while Tracy cheered for Assumption. Now ain’t that the stuff Louisville is made of.