Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ann and Arthur Murray

Back in Edmonton in 1969-70 one of my roommates was a girl named Ann Fahner. My other roommate, Cheryl (my soon-to-be sister-in-law) and I decided to help her find a good man to marry. We had a friend in Fredericton, 3000 miles away, named Arthur Murray, who we convinced Ann to begin a mail correspondence with. They seemed to have a lot in common and after a few months Arthur came to Edmonton to begin courting her in earnest and they were married a few months after Lloyd and I were.

Ann in 1969

Ann and Cheryl 1991

We used to tease them that they could go on the road with their song and dance routine - after all Ann Murray is one of Canada's most popular female singers of the time, and everyone knows about Arthur Murray and his dance studios.

They settled down and raised a family of four children and are now happy empty nesters like us and just live a few blocks from us.

We enjoyed a fun evening with them last night. Ann was excited to show us this picture:

The two Ann Murrays.

The singer, Ann Murray, was in Edmonton in November to sign copies of her new book at a local bookstore. Our Ann went there to have her book signed and to introduce herself to her namesake (they are only three months apart in age). It was a very exciting meeting for Ann and Ann reports that Ann was very sweet and gracious!