Lorel Kane and Peggy Gullo just celebrated their 50th anniversary as BFFs -- that's best friends forever. The two, who met at the bus stop in 8th grade in a Chicago suburb, now both live in Houston, Texas. They went through school together, double-dated on Peggy's Sweet 16, were college roommates, and kept their bond strong, even as one put down roots in Texas 38 years ago and the other moved around the country following a career.
"Even during spells where we wouldn't see each other for months, when we got together again, it was just like we never missed a step," said Kane. Now, both 63, the two just returned from celebrating their 50th year of friendship with a trip to Las Vegas.
Gullo recalled the time when Kane had just moved to California and she got a call from her saying she lonely and still not working. Gullo got on the next plane out there to keep her company. And Kane recalled when Gullo's son was just two weeks old, she jumped in to give the exhausted new mom an afternoon off. Kane was the only one Gullo would trust.
Their lives are "linked," said Gullo, who both agree is the more talkative and outgoing of the pair. But this pearl of wisdom about their friendship came from Kane: "Peggy is the only person I can always be myself with. She just accepts me for who I am."
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"The earliest photo is from April 17, 1965. Peggy and I are going on a double date. She is on the right side of the photo in a pink suit with her boyfriend. I'm on the left side in a gray dress with my blind date (her boyfriend's friend)."
Peggy's wedding day, June 27, 1976. Lorel was maid of honor.
Peggy and Lorel today.
Lorel and Peggy out on the town for their best friend 50th anniversary trip to Vegas.