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A Valentine's Romance That's Lasted 40 Years

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A Valentine's Romance That's Lasted 40 Years

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Time now for StoryCorps, the project recording conversations between friends and loved ones. Today a love story from Brooklyn. Peter Vincelli and Mary Beinert were high school sweethearts in the 1960s. Their daughter Lauren invited them to StoryCorps to talk about how they fell in love 40 years ago this week.

Mr. PETER VINCELLI (Married high school sweetheart): The night that I met Mommy, it was Valentine's Day, wasn't it?

Mrs. MARY VINCELLI (Married high school sweetheart): Yes, matter of fact it was Valentine's Day.

Mr. VINCELLI: And we made out for about two and a half hours a block up from where she lived. It was love at first sight, no question about it.

Mrs. VINCELLI: Well, for me it wasn't love at first sight. For me, love at first kiss, not at first sight.

Ms. LAUREN VINCELLI (Daughter of high school sweethearts): Why? Was Daddy a good kisser?

Mrs. VINCELLI: Yeah.

Mr. VINCELLI: Oh yeah.

Mrs. VINCELLI: Yeah, very good.

Ms. VINCELLI: Did you date all through high school?

Mr. VINCELLI: Yeah, we had classes together.

Mrs. VINCELLI: I think maybe we broke up twice.

Mr. VINCELLI: Couple of times, yeah.

Mrs. VINCELLI: We would argue.

Ms. VINCELLI: What did you guys argue about?

Mr. VINCELLI: Just about everything.

Mrs. VINCELLI: Like you talked to Lucille. Why were you talking to talking to her?

(Soundbite of Mr. VINCELLI laughing)

Mrs. VINCELLI: Or I was just fed up with him.

Ms. VINCELLI: And were you really serious before you got pregnant?

Mrs. VINCELLI: We were very serious.

Mr. VINCELLI: Oh, we were serious.

Ms. VINCELLI: How did you feel, Dad, when you found out that Mommy was pregnant?

Mr. VINCELLI: Shocked, shocked.

Mrs. VINCELLI: He was 17 years old. Like how do you not freak out?

Mr. VINCELLI: Yeah, I wasn't even 18 yet.

Mrs. VINCELLI: At that time, it was you're pregnant; you're getting married, done.

Mr. VINCELLI: So I had to go to Pop-Pop and say I wanna get married.

Ms. VINCELLI: What did he say?

Mr. VINCELLI: Well, Mommy said sit down, and he said, don't sit down. You're not allowed to sit down in this house. You know, he was pretty mad at this point, which is understandable.

Mrs. VINCELLI: My father said, you are not marrying my daughter until after she has that baby. You are never gonna be able to say that you had to marry her, because you don't.

Mr. VINCELLI: Right.

Mrs. VINCELLI: We will take care of her.

Mr. VINCELLI: I was not exactly the most stand up person at that time, but I said, look, I want marry her and that's it.

Mrs. VINCELLI: We were so young that we really didn't even have a clue what was ahead of us. We had no clue.

Ms. VINCELLI: Dad, what is your favorite thing about Mommy?

Mr. VINCELLI: Now or then?


Mr. VINCELLI: Then it was her long hair, beautiful, her smile. Now, her strength has always been now and then.

Ms. VINCELLI: What about you Mom, what's your favorite thing about Daddy?

Mrs. VINCELLI: I don't dare say that he's funny because I'm always saying that he's not funny.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mrs. VINCELLI: I think that he really is a very, very caring guy and I know through all of it that he truly loved me. That I know for sure.

Mr. VINCELLI: I always did love her.

Mrs. VINCELLI: Of course you did. Don't cry.

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MONTAGNE: Mary and Peter Vincelli with their daughter Lauren at StoryCorps. All StoryCorps interviews are archived at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. You can subscribe to the project's Podcast at

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