A country boy from Sperry was introduced on a blind date to a city girl from Tulsa, and on Sept. 29 Vic and Linda Beaty mark 50 years of married life.
The couple had been dating when, in 1959, Vic Beaty enlisted in the Air Force and they ended their relationship, but kept in touch by writing letters. Beaty came home on leave in 1962. The couple reunited and got engaged. Beaty hitchhiked from the Air Force Base in Clinton to Tulsa to marry Linda.
He enjoys calling bingo at local bingo games and she enjoys playing bingo.
He is now retired from the Federal Aviation Administration, but assists the Department of Human Services on occasion with its seasonal assistance programs. She is a lifelong “household executive,” a title given by Vic Beaty.
They have three children, Vicki, Kevin and Rhené, and six grandchildren, Kate, Alyssa, Tyler, Josh, Brian and Jake.
Vic and Linda Beaty have lived in McAlester for almost half of their married life, 23 years.