Their twilight romance has been toasted by admirers coast to coast.
Bob and Eileen Blurton, both in their early 90s, have enjoyed sharing their love story with the world — their July 29 wedding was heralded in the Statesman, on blogs and TV — but they’re ready to get on with their lives.
“People recognize us,” said Eileen, surprised by the interest that she and Bob garnered this week from another couple as they sat in the waiting room at their eye doctor.
Queries from media outfits across the country have worn them down a bit.
“We’re hoping we can get back to normal life,” said Bob Blurton, who wants to get his kitchenette organized so he can better serve coffee and breakfast to his bride.
The couple had a whirlwind courtship that began in April, when they met in the dining room of the Salmon Creek retirement community.
Both lost spouses years ago, and they found they had a lot in common.
Their affection for each other was apparent from the beginning, and that hasn’t changed since they wed.
“They sit, hold hands and kiss all the time,” said Marie Robinson, who is manager of Salmon Creek with her husband, Cliff. “They can’t keep their hands off each other.”
Their fame might not be as fleeting as they wish. A segment featuring them taped by the Jeff Probst show will air at 9 a.m. Monday on KIVI-Channel 6 (it’s the premiere of the national show).
The segment was taped at Salmon Creek in late August. The producer sent a film crew after the Blurtons declined an invitation to come to Los Angeles, and the couple later did an interview with Probst on Skype.
The crew spent a whole day filming at Salmon Creek, including several hours with the Blurtons.
“They were in the closets, looking at my underwear drawers and taking pictures,” Bob Blurton said.
The crew asked where Bob’s stuff was in the couple’s shared apartment, said Robinson, manager at Salmon Creek.
“Eileen said, ‘There’s some fishing poles on the porch,’ ” Robinson recalled.
The Blurtons have been contacted by other outlets, including Fox News. They turned down an invitation to be on Fox News, in part because they thought 6 a.m. was too early to have to be down at the TV station and in part because they don’t like Fox News.
“We’ve done quite a few things, and we’re pretty old, you know?” said Eileen, an elegant woman who was perfectly coiffed at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The Blurtons are big fans of Rachel Maddow. The MSNBC talk show host — who read the Statesman article about her nonegenarian fans in Idaho — offered on-air congratulations to the Blurtons on their nuptials.
The Blurtons had planned to take a boat trip up the Columbia River from Portland to Lewiston a few days after their wedding, but they opted instead to do a six-day road trip along the California Coast.
When they got home, they found out that Vancouver, Wa.,-based Hawthorn Retirement, which owns Salmon Creek, was donating airline miles so the couple could honeymoon in Hawaii.
“The first cold day (of fall), that’s when we want to go,” Bob joked.
Eileen said Bob is going to rent a car and take her to all of his favorite spots in Hawaii, where he lived for two years during the 1940s. The retired Navy man — a lifelong pilot, but not in the military — was on a ship in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese in 1941.
The Blurtons expressed thanks for everything that the staff at Salmon Creek have done, and all the cards and phone calls they’ve received from well-wishers.
“We’ve had cards from people we don’t even know,” Bob Blurton said with gratitude.
One of their greatest, if simple, joys is eating at the dining room table where they first met.
It seems the residents have granted them a permanent reservation.
“They leave it for us,” Eileen said.
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