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Nothing unlucky about it

Lutzes still married 65 years after getting license on Friday the 13th

When Frank Lutz asked her out in the late 1940s, she said yes — but only to be nice.

“I thought, ‘I’ll be polite,’” said Morris resident Beverly Lutz.

What was initially a nice gesture turned out to be life-changing.

On Friday, Frank and Beverly Lutz — parents of Jim Lutz, director of the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency — celebrated their impending 65th anniversary.

Anyone would congratulate the duration of their union, but the superstitious might find it even more impressive because of the day in 1948 they signed their marriage license:

Friday, Aug. 13, 1948.

That’s right: Friday the 13th.

Most of us wouldn’t care, or would maybe just throw a little extra salt over their shoulder that day and be done with it.

But apparently, according to Beverly, when the Morris Daily Herald printed their marriage announcement, the newspaper made special note of the unlucky significance.

The Morris Daily Herald was unable to locate the marriage announcement in the archives, but was able to find a small story, printed Aug. 13, 1948, that examined the history of the day.

The story’s source, a Chicago professor who is unnamed in the piece because he said “it might be unlucky to be quoted by name,” argues that people are more unlucky on Friday the 13th because they anticipate it.

Beverly Lutz said they didn’t care much about the supposedly unlucky day, or really even give much thought to it.

“We were young and dumb,” she said. “We never thought about it. We just wanted to get married.”

Which they did, the day after obtaining the license.

All those years and four kids later, it would seem they proved the bad luck wrong.

“Sixty-five years of marriage has its ups and downs,” Beverly said. “It’s been like everyone’s story.”

So what’s the key to the longevity? Luck? What?

Beverly said that’s something you’ll have to find out yourself.

“Advice doesn’t work because nobody listens to it,” she said. “Just get in and try and do the best you can.”

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