Happy Birthday, Mary!

What to do, what to do…usually I can pull out old photos from a stack of family members on their birthdays. I don’t have a stockpile of childhood photographs of my wife (note to self: next time I’m in Washington, raid the in-laws’ family albums). This means there’s a lack of easy material here.

Hmmm. A-ha—the high school yearbook!

Here she is in her senior year of high school:


Dang. She looks fine. And trust me, she’s only gotten better over the years.

Alas, since we did go to high school together, that means my picture is in the same yearbook. Just to be fair (and as another piece of evidence in the Sb Nerd-Off) here’s me at the same time.


Seriously, if you’d seen that, would you have ever guessed that he’d catch the prettiest girl in school?

Those are from 31 years ago. I think we can make it for at least another 31.


  1. Ichthyic says

    Happy Bday.

    Congratulations on 31 years with your high-school sweetheart as well!

    …and the fundies say atheists are behind high divorce rates.


  2. Robert Phillips says

    You claim the handsome young fellow is you but, since no one wore a tie to school in the 70s, the skeptic in me wonders.

  3. says

    Happy birthday, Mary. Just remember: you and PZ can’t really be married, since after all atheism is all about hating everything. You are probably just two people running a cult together pretending to be married.

  4. Paula Helm Murray says

    Happy birthday to your best partner. I found mine 28+ years ago by starting a science fiction club at U. Kan. in Lawrence. (I was the girl who went around going, “I’m never going to get married, that’s just not me.”)

    We’d have lived in sin a longer than we actually did but my fundamentalist parents were within 30 miles of us, living-wise and would have made our lives a living hell. I did throw my mom a bad curve because we gave her less than three weeks to plan a wedding, I’ve never heard so many euphemisims for ‘are you pregnant’ in a 15-minute phone call in my life. (I wasn’t, I didn’t want a big-deal wedding that my parents would have afforded if my mom were the driver of the affair–she and papa had eloped because her family thought him beneath her, yet she’s had the most comfortable life of all the kids in hers and dad’s family…)

    He’s basically an agnostic and I’m a Wiccan. But he’s delightfully random and punnistic (and totally hot in his paisley kilt…) and we have a happy life. it’s sometimes strange, but I know I’ll never be bored.

    Best wishes!

  5. says

    Does that make Skatje a hatechild, then?

    Also, DrSteve, I think the line between the literal and the figurative was blurred just a little bit there.

  6. Schwaumlaut says

    Dr. Myers, you look like a young George McFly in Back to the Future. Did you stutter a lot in high school?

  7. B. B.Breece says

    A belated Happy Birthday Mary. I really enjoyed the pic of your wedding day. A great couple.