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Morty and Lee Kaufman, now in their 90s, never went searching for fame. But, it certainly found them. Thanks to their appearance in a Swiffer commercial, the Kaufmans are not only everyone's favorite couple, but the bar against which all happy marriages are measured. They just have the kind of chemistry you can't fake.
Morty and Lee met 45 years ago. They were both widowed and in their 40s. "I decided that first summer I would teach summer school in order to occupy my time. And, [Morty's] little kid was in my class, so he came to a parent-teacher conference. So, isn’t that a story in itself!" Lee told us in an interview.
"I came in one day, and said 'Scotty can’t read for beans. What’re you gonna do about it?'" Morty continues. Lee, unfazed, taught Scotty to read. "So, the next time I came in I said, 'I don’t want to talk about Scotty. Do you want to go out with me?'" Morty recounts. And, here they are, Swiffering their hearts out and happier than clams.
Morty makes the art of finding a date sound easy. All you have to do is ask, right? But, he and Lee make marriage look even easier. So, we asked: What's your secret?
"The secret to marriage is love," says Morty. But, how does America's favorite pair define love in the first place? "Love is a special feeling of a special kind that you only experience with the right person. An experience that you can only have with one special person," Lee explains. Morty agrees, and continues: "And, I must tell you, love must be reciprocated. You both have to know that you’re being loved. I don’t go to bed at night without telling Lee I love her. She doesn’t go to bed at night without saying,'Morty, I love you too,'" he says. "That's our 'goodnight,'" adds Lee.
There's more, if your heart can take it.
They have some solid advice for newlyweds. "Be fair, be compassionate, be willing to compromise on most anything," advises Morty. And, watching them in action, we're inclined to think they're onto something.