The Kirby's at a glance
October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:19 PM
Born: Dick: Feb. 19, 1944, Omaha, Neb.; Kris: born as
Kris Quaale, June 11, 1944, in Tolt (Carnation), Wash.
Married: Almost 30 years
Secret to long, happy marriage: Support each other's
dreams and goals, appreciate the uniqueness of your spouse and let
him or her "be themselves"
Mentors: Dick: his parents, for supporting his decisions,
and his barber, Vern Amos, who expected him to go to college;
Kris: Jane Pickering, her Tolt High School home economics
teacher who encouraged her to go to college
What you originally wanted to be when you grew
up: Dick: professional baseball player; Kris: teacher
Hobbies: Dick: avid antique collector. "That's probably
what I spend all of my time doing." Kris: traveling and planning
trips, reading historical fiction and travel books, perennial
gardening. "I like nothing better than to dig around with a shovel and
Phrase most known for: Dick: "Oh, my heart."
Quirkiest personality trait or action: Kris: "I snort when
I laugh everybody knows that."