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Couple celebrates 70th anniversary

by Jane Knoerle

Bill and Pat Robertson have this advice for today's young couples: "Get to know each other pretty well. Find out if you enjoy the same things."

This recipe for a happy marriage has worked well for the Atherton couple. On Jan. 29, they celebrate 70 years of marriage.

The Robertsons met at a Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity party held at the old Hearst Ranch in Pleasanton. She was from Berkeley; he was from Oakland. Both attended UC Berkeley. Several months later, they announced their engagement on Big Game night at Pat's parents home. "Everybody was just floored. They just thought it was to be a Big Game party," says Ms. Robertson.

On the day they were married in 1943, Bill Robertson completed three final exams at UC Berkeley, then married his bride that evening. He was 23. She was 21.

A few weeks later he was sent to officer training and became a second lieutenant in the Army. After the service, they lived in Redwood City, then Menlo Park, before settling in their home in Atherton, where they have lived for 60 years. Mr. Robertson was an insurance broker for many years before retirement.

The couple are the parents of three children, Linda, Scott and Brad. Linda died in 1999. Scott is a former Menlo Park firefighter living in Shingletown, California, and Brad resides in Atherton. They have two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.