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Published February 14 2012

Fargo retirement home hosts ‘Not So Newlywed Game’

FARGO – True love was put to the test at a retirement community here on Valentine’s Day, pitting husbands and wives against each other in a special twist on a popular game show.

Three couples married for longer than 50 years took on a couple married for four years in what organizers called “The Not So Newlywed Game,” held at the Touchmark at Hardwood Groves community.

Residents Jim and Joyce Holter, married for 57 years; Manvel and Delores Green, 59 years; and Don and Jan Johnson, 52 years, took on Shane and Melinda Hollenback, married nearly four years.

The four wives left the room first, and the husbands were asked questions like “What is your wife’s favorite color?” or “How many pairs of shoes will your wife say she has, within three?”

When the wives returned, they each answered the questions to see if their husbands guessed right.

Of the four, only Jim Holter guessed the shoe question right, getting within two, much to the other wives’ chagrin.

The wives were then asked “What was the first movie you saw together?” and “What color is your husband’s favorite shirt?” among other questions.

All four correctly guessed their husband’s favorite shirt. The movie question was a bit trickier.

“I don’t remember, I have very early Alzheimer’s,” Manvel Green joked, trying to get out of answering.

After both rounds, the Holters and the Johnsons were tied, and the wives were faced with a tiebreaking question: “Would you give your husband the most points for being well dressed, smelling good, having good manners or being a gentleman?”

The Holters, both answering “well-dressed,” were victorious.

Mary Tvedt, life enrichment director at Touchmark, said this was the fifth year the game has been held.

“We wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a method they would remember,” Tvedt said, pointing to the original Newlywed Game, which was popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Going into the competition, the Holters hoped they’d know each other well enough to be able to win.

“We’ve only known each other for 59 years,” Jim Holter said laughing.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535