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Dancing keeps East Cobb couple ‘young’

CBS46 News

While Bill Couch was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II, the Army Air Corps bombardier was focused on one thing: surviving.

Couch, then an officer in the 349th Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force, spent 17 months in Germany’s Stalag Luft III POW camp after his aircraft was hit in an air attack and crash-landed in the Mediterranean Sea.

In January of 1945, Couch and 2,000 other American and British POWs were forced to march for almost two days in ankle-deep snow to another prisoner camp, where Couch spent three more months.

In April of 1945, Couch and the other American and British POWs were rescued by General Patton’s Third Army.

Ten years later, at the age of 35, Couch took up ballroom dancing. It became his obsession.

“I know most guys can do without it,” Couch said. “I can’t get enough of it.”

Today, at age 94, Couch is still dancing. His wife Joan, 88, has been his dance partner for 19 years. At their wedding reception in 1995, they danced the Foxtrot.

The Couches are among the 200-plus members of the Foxtrotters Dance Club, a group of seniors over the age of 55 who regularly meet at the East Cobb Senior Center near Marietta.

“You know, they used to say, ‘It’s 11 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?’ Now they say, ‘It’s 11 o’clock. We have no idea where my mother is,’” Joan Couch said with a laugh.

Each month, club members meet for three hours of ballroom dancing to live music, refreshments and socializing. They dance to the rhythms of the Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing and Latin music all played by some of Atlanta’s best bands.

The Couches and other members of the Foxtrotters were featured Wednesday on Better Mornings Atlanta, along with the 20-piece big band Memory Lane Jazz Ensemble.

Click here for more information about the Foxtrotters Dance Club.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
(Reprinted from CBS46.com)

 

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Video of the Week: Hurricane Harbor opens at Six Flags Over Georgia

WSBTV.com’s Nelson Hicks checks out the newest expansion at Six Flags and takes you on a ride of Tsunami Surge, the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide. Don’t miss the interviews with two East Cobb teens – Spencer Fink and Eleni Haralabidis (daughter of EAST COBBER Founder/Publisher Cynthia Rozzo)!

 

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Video of the Week: Keep your Pets Safe during the Spring & Summer

 

The Weather Channel teamed up with Town & Country Veterinary Clinic to provide an overview on keeping your pets safe during the heat (and parasites…and allergies) of the spring and summer.

 

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Video of the Week: The Library Show

Tune it to The Cobb County Library Show to get the latest on what is happening at the library and across the county. This month Jim Montgomery of Cobb Works tells about their mobile career center.

 

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Video of the Week: Libby Dunn

Libby runs a Christian school. She gives and gives and gives — so isn’t it time for her to receive? Her colleagues certainly think so.

 

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Angela Reign performs Proud Mary for the Songs for Kids Foundation

Selected as Best Female Country Artist of the Year (Georgia Music Awards, 2013), and headlining at major music events and venues across the country, East Cobber Angela Reign is taking the music industry by storm!

 

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Video of the Week: Cobb Students Earn Top Honors in waterSmartSM H2O in HD Video Challenge

Three videos produced by individual teams of Cobb County high school students have been chosen as the winners of the second annual H2O in HD video challenge.

H2O in HD – which is presented in partnership with the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) and Cobb County Water System – invited Cobb County high school students to create 60- second Public Service Announcements showcasing water conservation and video production skills. More than 17 entries from six high schools were submitted.

Entries were scored by a select panel of judges including David Tyler, Cobb TV23 Producer and Chief Engineer; Julie Newell, Southern Polytechnic State University International Studies Department Chair; Gary Cobb, CBS46 and Peachtree TV Director of Community Engagement and Michael Tierce, Kennesaw State University Department of English Associate Chair.

The winning entries, including special recognition for the “People’s Choice Award” decided by online voters, were announced during a video premiere party at CCMWA on April 22.

 

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EAST COBBER Video of the Week: Momisms

William Tell
Momisms Song by Anita Renfroe
An oldie but goodie for everyone who is a mom or has a mom! Anita Renfroe is a female comedian known for her YouTube hit entitled Momisms where she set typical mother sayings to the tune of the William Tell Overture. Happy Mother’s Day to all East Cobb moms. Enjoy!

 

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Video of the Week: Bob Ott at Hyde Farm

Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott tours the historic Hyde Farm.

 

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