It’s clear Vince “Jimmy” Sanfilippo has never forgotten the reaction of his Italian friends and family when he brought home his American girlfriend for everyone to meet.
Sanfilippo and Marie Svetlik met on a double date in 1934. They went to a dance, and soon, they began going steady, sometimes attending dances three nights a week.
“When I brought her to meet my Mom, everyone said, ‘There goes that American girl, and a dance hall girl at that!’” Sanfilippo said with a hearty laugh. “Oh my goodness, that was terrible! I’ll never forget that.”
Not surprisingly, when John and Mary (Dolly) Kadlek look at their marriage they make an analogy to football.
"We've always tried to do a lot of things together and work together as a team. If you raise the kids as a team, you're both on the same page, your philosophy of discipline is the same," said John, who knows a little about teamwork, having been a player and longtime coach, administrator and radio color analyst for the University of Missouri-Columbia football Tigers.