A Nemesis Becomes A Wife: Grandfather Tells All Back in the 1930s, Martin Levin went to college to become a teacher. That's where he met a classmate he didn't like. "I hated her," he tells his granddaughters. "So, I married her."
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A Nemesis Becomes A Wife: Grandfather Tells All

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A Nemesis Becomes A Wife: Grandfather Tells All

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Time now for StoryCorps, collecting personal histories of Americans from across the country. Martin Levin spoke with his granddaughters at a StoryCorps booth in Atlanta. He's 92 now. Back in the 1930s, he went to college to become a teacher. Here Martin Levin talks about a classmate he just couldn't get along with.

MARTIN LEVIN: When I was put up as president of the student body, she created a groundswell against me, and I lost that job. And I hated her. So, I married her. That was the only way to get back at her. That marriage lasted 67 years.

ZOE CROWE: What is the hardest thing you've ever done?

LEVIN: Deal with grief. That's hard for me. I had a relationship with my wife that was so complete, that we did everything together. And so, when she died, I found a big vacuum of time open. I don't mind taking the dog for a walk - but that only takes about a half-hour or so. Big problem is, everybody's given up on finding me a girlfriend.

JENNIFER GOEBEL: That is not what I heard.

LEVIN: Listen, I've had a great life.

CROWE: You're still having a great live.

LEVIN: Yeah. Well, I feel that every day I get up is a new learning experience for me.

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MONTAGNE: Martin Levin with his granddaughters Zoe Crowe and Jennifer Goebel. Their conversation will be archived at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. And you can get the Podcast at npr.org.

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