Thousands of people turned out for the unusual Dallas wedding of Glenda Flowers and David Schober on October 22, 1994.
At least, that’s the way the couple likes to tell it.
The WFAA-TV (Channel 8) news footage from that day captured them as they made their way down the “twisting aisle” — as the reporter described it — that leads to the signature ride at the State Fair of Texas, the Texas Star. She wore a wedding dress and held a bouquet of red and white flowers. He donned a black tuxedo with a white shirt and bowtie.
They were giddy as they climbed into pink car number 40. It inched toward the top, with its grand view of the Dallas skyline, and Glenda’s teenage nephew officiated the cramped ceremony. A news helicopter circled overhead, capturing the audio from inside the car.
“It was so crowded,” Glenda said. “It was exciting. I would do it all over again.”
Today, Glenda, a 30-year employee of the print shop at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, and her husband are planning to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary with a visit to the place where it all began.
This time around, the celebration will be much more low-key. Only Glenda’s twin sister and her husband will be joining them rather than the throng of family members who were there on the wedding day.
For David, one thing will remain exactly the same.
“It’s got to be car number 40,” he said, “Or I’m not getting on it.”
Love at the Fair runs in Glenda’s family. Decades earlier, her mother and father met there. He was a singer in a band, and she was in a show. They married three days after meeting — though the ceremony wasn’t held at the Fair.
When David and Glenda met, they both had previously been married the traditional way, in a church. David insists it was his wife’s idea to get married on the Texas Star. To him, the venue wasn’t important.
“I could have married her in a barn and it wouldn’t have mattered,” said the employee of MEDCO Construction company, which is owned by Baylor Scott & White Health. “I just love that woman to death. I didn’t care where we got married.”
In addition to the couple’s two sons, ages 16 and 19, Glenda has a daughter from her prior marriage and David has a son.
The couple is particularly thankful that they can hold this year’s celebration. Both of them have experienced medical scares in recent years.
David suffered several broken ribs and a punctured lung in a 2012 motorcycle accident. Glenda underwent surgery earlier this year to treat skin cancer and is now cancer-free. Both were treated by physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White hospitals.
Glenda says David is the one who urged her to see the doctor. David credits Glenda for helping nurse him back to health.
“She’s the most giving and caring person I’ve ever met in my life,” David said. “I think she only has to work one more miracle and she’ll be a saint … My love for her is just as strong now as it was when I first met her.”