The Celebrated Hensleys

Today, September 29 happens to be my birthday. The way I remember that is that the same date is also our wedding anniversary. Let me tell you about that.

58 years ago today, I married, I got hitched to, I plighted my troth with, entered into a lifetime contract with, joined up with, made myself one with, betrothed, became a marital partner with, and espoused, and hooked up in holy matrimony with a beautiful woman with red hair whom I was lucky to discover in the wilds of Indiana. 

She was busy. In college, she had appeared in operas at the Indiana University Opera Theater (including, notably. as a pregnant flower maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal). Then, the summer before our marriage, she appeared in musical theatre around the eastern US, appearing in Rosalinda with Kathryn Grayson, Steve Lawrence in Pal Joey, and Giselle MacKenzie in Gypsy. After we married, she recorded vocals on radio jingles for me. 

Then we moved to California, and she quickly found work singing with the Los Angeles Camerata, including doing a notable direct-to-disk recording of the choral movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She sang with a chorus of New York session singers, joining us in our performance for Liberty Weekend, marking the grand reopening of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. 

She also found time to give birth to our two children and was the most important component of our wacky life together in Hollywood. 

We made a big fuss in 2012, when we celebrated our 50th aniversary, with a backyard full of friends being serenaded by a mariachi band, and have continued to celebrate in the eight years since then. 

In 1982, when we were still getting acquainted, and had only been married twenty years, a good friend named Joshua Freilich persuaded his good friend, Phil Hartman, to help us celebrate by putting together the attached video, which tells the story of our marriage more entertainingly, if less accurately, than we could tell it ourselves. It has not been seen in years, until now, so I’m sharing it with you to honor Phil Hartman. who really should be with us today, but is not. RIP, Phil.

No gifts are required. We've got too much stuff already.

8 comments

  • Sandy Howard
    Sandy Howard Indianapolis Indiana
    Congratulations to you both! Enjoyed the video....quite amusing. Have a happy day celebrating both the Anniversary and the Birthday.

    Congratulations to you both! Enjoyed the video....quite amusing. Have a happy day celebrating both the Anniversary and the Birthday.

  • Michael Heavey
    Michael Heavey
    Happy birthday and happy anniversary! There is a radio presenter here in Ireland who plays requests and who will occasionally joke about anniversaries. For one as significant as yours his observation would be along these lines: 'Tom and Sarah, 58 years married today and still holding hands...afraid if they let go they'll beat the hell out of each other!' Have a great day.

    Happy birthday and happy anniversary! There is a radio presenter here in Ireland who plays requests and who will occasionally joke about anniversaries. For one as significant as yours his observation would be along these lines: 'Tom and Sarah, 58 years married today and still holding hands...afraid if they let go they'll beat the hell out of each other!'

    Have a great day.

  • Marilyn Etnier
    Marilyn Etnier Bloomington In
    Congratulation to you both. And Happy Birthday Tom

    Congratulation to you both. And Happy Birthday Tom

  • Sue Tibbets
    Sue Tibbets INDIANA
    Absolutely marvelous. Thanks so sharing with us. Happy Birthday to you & Congrats to you & your lovely bride. I live in Fort Wayne, I am sure that things have changed here since your ,special day in 1962. Sorry I missed it. What a tribute from Phil Hartman. He is missed. Keep those stories coming, Tom

    Absolutely marvelous. Thanks so sharing with us. Happy Birthday to you & Congrats to you & your lovely bride. I live in Fort Wayne, I am sure that things have changed here since your ,special day in 1962. Sorry I missed it. What a tribute from Phil Hartman. He is missed. Keep those stories coming, Tom

  • Rappa Ports
    Rappa Ports A lot of Tofu
    Sorry to be late, but the line of folks waiting to toss out a double Mazel Tov (whatever that means) to the two of you from the two of us...was Miles (Davis) long. Happy Everything!! We Love You Both...That's two Rapps!! Lee and John

    Sorry to be late, but the line of folks waiting to toss out a double Mazel Tov (whatever that means) to the two of you from the two of us...was Miles (Davis) long. Happy Everything!!
    We Love You Both...That's two Rapps!! Lee and John

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    Sandy Jones USA
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