Napoleon and Josephine…
JFK and Jackie…
Elton and David…
Even Kanye and Kim can’t beat this couple.
It’s a true love story. A tale of commitment, dedication, companionship and endurance.
A couple who still hold hands and touch each other’s knees.
Perhaps one of the greatest love stories never told.
They met when she was just seventeen. Ann was a slight young girl with dark hair cut into the fashion of the day – a short bob.
She was going marry another man – an older man, one who her parents had selected. But then she met John.
John Betar lived in the same same Syrian community in Connecticut as Ann and worked as a fruit peddler. He was a little older at 22 and he had his eye on the vivid young Ann.
He wasn’t so bad himself, with his dark smoldering looks, and a car -a ford roaster. He used to pick up Ann and her friends and drive them to high school, all of them slightly in awe of the 22-year-old dapper driver.
They were young but they couldn’t fight the attraction between them.
They were in love and no one was going to stop them.
‘At 17, you wonder if you’re making the right choice,’ Ann told the Daily Mail, but she did it anyway.
To their families great surprise they eloped.
Fleeing their close-knit neighbourhood they drove as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann’s father’s plans to marry her off.
Her family were devastated It was a scandal. Their little girl was gone.