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Ellen and Marty Klinzing

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Ellen, 53, and Marty, 57, met through an online dating site. Both were disillusioned with the service after meeting people who hadn’t been truthful in the descriptions of themselves. But both had been honest about what the other could expect, and a love of golf and Wheaten Terriers cemented their bond. The couple married Sept. 26, 2003, and live in Weddington. Ellen tells their story.

Truth in advertising: Marty and I met online in June 2002. At the time, Internet dating was just taking off, so we were pretty cutting edge. Both of us were wrapping up three-month memberships and hadn’t had much luck with people being honest in their profile descriptions.

As expected: Marty was definite in his desire for a tall woman. Our first meeting was set for a Barnes & Noble Starbucks. Marty waited in the back of the store to watch for my arrival. If I did not appear to be the as-advertised 6 feet tall, he was planning on leaving without meeting me. Lucky for both of us I was truthful about my height.

Good sport: Our second date, a round of golf, sealed the deal for me. I believe golf, and behavior on the course, is a clear view into someone’s true self. Marty and I laughed and cheered each other on through a fun round. I knew that his calm, engaging style was the perfect fit for me.

Passing the pup test: The following week Marty met my Wheaten Terrier, Keagan, who gave Marty the final stamp of approval. We’ve since rescued two more Wheatens and we enjoy traveling with the three of them. This September we’ll have been married 10 years, and it seems like it went by in the blink of an eye. We’re still each other’s favorite golf partner. Hilary Trenda


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