Good News Friday: A couple married 81 years shares their secret. Wisconsin football shaves heads for pediatric cancer kids. And the 109-year-old man who knits sweaters for penguins

Still buzzing and the heart rate is just getting back to normal after that amazing Duke-Carolina game Wednesday night. Man, if that doesn’t make you love college basketball, nothing will. Also wanted to point you to a story I read Thursday that does the impossible: Makes you feel sympathy for Alex Rodriguez. The great J.R. Moehringer spent six months in A-Rod’s inner circle, and the result is this incredible story for ESPN The Magazine. I urge you to read it.

I’ve been married twice, for a combined total so far of five years. My parents were married for 21 years before divorcing, and my grandparents were both married for more than 50 years each, which blows my mind every time I think about it.

Fifty years? With the same person, every day? Sounds like a miracle. But Dale and Alice Rockey, of Missouri, have the longest marriage I’ve ever heard of, and the longest current one in the United States.

These two lovebirds have been together for 81 years. EIGHTY-ONE! Lee Cowen of “CBS Sunday Morning” had this beautiful short feature on the Rockey’s last week, and it made me smile numerous times, especially when Dale … well, just watch it, I don’t want to give it away. But I about teared up near the end…

Eighty-one years. Amazing.

Badgers

**Next up on Good News Friday,  I love stories like this, stories of athletes doing a simple thing to make kids happy. Nine members of the University of Wisconsin football team have, for the second year in a row, voluntarily shaved their heads to raise money and show support for pediatric cancer patients at American Family Children’s Hospital in the state.

The cancer patients also got a free pizza party and a tour of Camp Randall Stadium (look how cool that photo above is, how much fun is that kid having?)

Very cool. Good job, Badgers.

penguinjumper

**Finally today, loyal reader Sanford sent this to me last week, and I just think it’s pretty adorable.

A 109-year-old Australian man named Alfie Date has been knitting clothes for penguins on Phillip Island to help prevent them from swallowing oil while cleaning themselves (there was recently a big oil spill there). If these little penguins swallowed oil, they could die.

Alfie’s been knitting in his aged-care facility since he arrived, and he and hundreds of others are knitting jumpers to help save the penguins.

Morgan Freeman would be so proud.

Alfie is the oldest man in Australia, in case you were wondering.

 

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