These days, you can get call up treasured photos instantly. Yet, for couple Jerry and Judy, they had to wait 50 years for their meet-cute photo to appear. The duo met at Woodstock in 1969, and, despite falling in love, they never took a photo at the iconic event. They wondered if someone else may have taken a picture of them as young lovers, so they hunted for an image of themselves at the festival for half a century. By some miracle, after 50 years, the photo finally emerged…and no one could have expected where the incredible picture would pop up.
How Judy and Jerry crossed paths
Do you believe in fate? If you don’t, the story of 71-year-old Judy and 72-year-old Jerry Griffin might change your perspective. This precious couple has been together for a whopping 50 years, ever since they met at the three-day, 1960s music festival, Woodstock. Hundreds of thousands of people were in attendance at this epic event. So, how did Judy and Jerry’s paths cross? Judy was on the way to Woodstock with a couple of friends on August 15, 1969, when her vehicle suddenly broke down. The fun-loving trio decided that, despite being nearly 90 miles from the event on New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge, they would attempt to hitchhike all the way to the site of Woodstock in Bethel, NY. Luckily, it wasn’t long before Jerry and his buddies came down the road and took notice of the distressed group, pulling over to give them a ride. Although Judy was apprehensive to join them, she ultimately put her faith in the group of music lovers and climbed into the backseat of Jerry’s Volkswagen Beatle. Little did she know she was putting her trust in the man who would eventually become her husband.
A magnetic love: Stuck together like glue
Once Judy and Jerry were on the road to Woodstock, the pair began to chat like they’d known each other their whole lives. They didn’t leave each other’s sides for a moment, even as they hit the grounds of the festival. Their friends were surely entranced by the huge crowd, magical environment, and stunning festival setting rather than any individual people around them. However, Judy and Jerry were entranced by one another, touched by a magnetic love that was close to instant. Jerry described the whimsy of the event, saying, “It was such a positive thing that the music almost faded into the background.”
As the duo discussed their dreams and ambitions, they realized that they were both eager to run away to sunny California. This shared goal would define their futures. Those intimate and freeing days of Woodstock were transformative for the couple, and, a mere five months later, they made the move from New York to Los Angeles together. The rest, as they say, was history. The couple has been deeply in love ever since Woodstock and got married in 1975, living in California for 50 years and in Manhattan Beach for 40. They’re also the proud parents of two children and five precious grandkids. However, they’ve always felt that something was missing: a photo of themselves from the festival that redirected the courses of their lives. Fortunately, a stunning half-century after that life-altering weekend, a photo miraculously turned up.
A once-in-a-lifetime photograph
At Woodstock, Judy and Jerry were too wrapped up in each other’s presences to bother taking any photographs. They didn’t realize that having an image from the festival would mean so much to them later down the line. For years, the couple hunted for a Woodstock picture of them, yet they consistently came up short. However, that all changed when a friend stumbled across the trailer for PBS’s Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation and spotted an image of Judy and Jerry in the footage. The couple anxiously observed the photo that was sent to them, and sure enough, it was the striking image of the duo from 50 years before, cozied up under a blanket together. “For 50 years we’ve been looking for a picture of ourselves, and out of the blue one shows up,” Jerry said. They could hardly believe how such a picture of them could turn up after so many years, yet they were grateful to come across the image that recorded the first hours of their lifelong love.
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