- Oct 20, 2002
Their union is the longest running in the world. Guinness is waiting for proper documentation from them prior to an official listing.'She had on a white blouse, a blue skirt -- and legs. Wow! And legs," John Rocchio recalled of the first time he saw Emilia Antonelli in Providence in 1922. ''So I says to myself, 'I need to meet that broad.' "
And so he did. They fell in love and married. And they remain so today, 82 years later.
It is an astounding number and one that apparently makes John, who is 101, and Emilia, who is 100, the longest-married couple in the world.
They declare no universal reason for the length of marriage. Just how their own worked. They had disagreements, but always worked it out.