THEN & NOW: Betty and Allen Blass
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THEN & NOW: Betty and Allen Blass

As an Atlanta Jewish Times tradition, we spotlight some of the city’s most optimistic and fun-loving couples who share how they met and their secrets to longstanding marriage.

After 35 years with the Atlanta newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association, where she delivers news and trends (laced with a little gossip).

Betty and Allen Blass
Betty and Allen Blass

Years Married: 60
June 1962
Location: Congregation Beth Jacob

Initial Attraction:
Allen: My first memory of Betty was seeing a beautiful, dark haired young woman painting outside on her easel in a neighbor’s backyard.
Betty: We first met being counselors at the AJCC. Allen looked like James Dean in his crisp white button downs and blue jeans, bright blue eyes, swept back brown hair, and his delicious cologne. He always smelled so good!
Allen: We continued to orbit around each other at Grady High School, where we flirted but did not date. Betty was shy but when I discovered that she was the girl with the easel, it was all over.

Betty: We support each other’s hobbies and a love of gardening, animals, movies, and music. Alan has a green thumb like nobody’s business.
Allen: Our marriage has been seasons of gardening together: okra, tomatoes, peas and string beans, garlic, etc. And transforming the front yard into an orchard. Betty is still an artist. Our house is full of her paintings!
Betty: He makes the best lemon meringue pie. He is a fabulous cook and baker! Hearing loss is also important. Just kidding!

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