CLAREMORE, Oklahoma -- It's taken a quarter of a century, but a Claremore man has delivered another giant valentine message to the love of his life.
During Six in the Morning on Thursday, February 10, 2011, SkyNews6 pilot Will Kavanagh showed a love letter written in the snow on the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore. The message read "Still 'heart' U Carolyn, 22 years" in letters between ten and thirty feet tall.
It was written by Claremore firefighter Marty Osborne to his wife of 22 years. He enlisted the help of the couple's children to write the message the previous afternoon.
But it wasn't the first time Osborne had used the snow as a giant canvass to send a love letter to Carolyn. In 1986, he wrote a message to his then girlfriend to mark six months of "going steady." A photo of that message appeared in the now defunct Tulsa Tribune newspaper.
When the Osbornes got out the old paper to compare the messages, they realized that the new message had appeared on Six in the Morning 25 years to the day after the first message had appeared in print.
"What are the odds of that?" asked Marty. "We knew it was pretty close to twenty five but that was kind of a shock."
Marty told anchor LeAnne Taylor the whole effort has been worth it. "Everything so far has already been worth its weight in gold and Carolyn has enjoyed it so much. It's been so much fun!"
Marty's not saying if he plans to write another message 25 years from now.