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Sue and Dennis Bristol




How they met: For the Bristols, opposites really did attract

Some couples click the moment they meet.

Sue and Dennis Bristol were just the opposite. They kind of got on each other's nerves.

In 1970, they were living in adjoining dorms at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Each joined a student group that wanted to publish a newsletter for their halls.

Sue liked joking around, and Dennis was serious. Sue loved a party, and Dennis liked hitting the books. Sue was a town girl who grew up in Broken Bow, Neb., and Dennis grew up on a ranch near Valentine, Neb.

But they had mutual friends, so they ended up hanging out together — and started tolerating each other a little more.

Sue got a job as switchboard supervisor at her dorm. Dennis had experience doing that job at his dorm, so Sue would go to him with questions.

Dennis was very helpful, and eventually the two became friends.

One day in early fall 1971, Dennis had tickets for a Glen Campbell concert at the State Fair. He called Sue at the dorm switchboard to track down another girl he wanted to ask to the concert.

Dennis and Sue had become such good friends he even asked Sue whether she thought the girl might go with him.

Sue told him to go for it.

That girl turned Dennis down. So Dennis called Sue back and asked if she'd go with him, and she said yes.

They grew closer during the next year and really bonded on a bus trip with other students to the 1973 Orange Bowl in Miami, where they watched they Huskers beat Notre Dame.

They began falling in love and married June 1, 1974, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow.

The couple moved to Omaha. Dennis became an accountant and Sue became a nurse.

They have three sons and two granddaughters and will celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.

They are still opposites in some ways, but have learned from each other.

Sue helped Dennis loosen up, and he helped her become more practical.

Sue said she has no doubt the Lord connected them and gave them time to discover that opposites are sometimes a great fit.

“It was God given,'' she said.


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