Last year is was for 50 years married to my XYL (but we never use that shorthand)! It was only shortly after that I received my Novice ticket WN8EHS and joined up with the ARRL. Yearly dues at first.
I soon decided my association with Amateur Radio was going to be as enduring as my marriage. I started the Life Membership payment plan.
As the infamous "They" say, "The rest of the story is history."