Greensboro -- In 1943, the same year that retired doctor Arch Thompson married his wife Anne, America was in the middle of World War II, workers had just finished building the Pentagon, which was then the largest building in the world, unemployment was 1.9% and a postage stamp was three cents.
Arch married Anne on May 7th of that year, and went off to war on their wedding night. After the war they lived in Virginia until moving to Greensboro to be closer to family.
Saturday, Arch, 90 and Anne, 89 celebrated their wedding anniversary with five generations of family: four children, four grand-children, 17 great-grand-children and four great-great-grandchildren.
The couple says through all the ups and downs they have been able to laugh. We saw that when Arch answered our question about their longevity.
"I've been assured that the next 70 years will be easier."