Avid swing/ballroom dancers Gene and Sharon Weiser, had each been single for a long time.  27 and 21 years respectively.  A proposal at 60 MPH  finally got them speeding towards the altar in this romantic proposal story.

On Valentines Day 2004, Gene was trying to come up with an unusual and creative way to propose to his girlfriend Sharon (54) of two years. He booked a bus trip with 48 close friends of the Springfield Ski Club to the Taste of Soulard Market in St. Louis and did he make it a memorable occasion for her and them!

Along the way, “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” as he is known in the area called the passengers to attention (they knew nothing) as he took over the bus microphone.
After handing out Valentine candy treats to all the ladies on the bus and purposely skipping Sharon. He  dedicated this self-styled Valentine to Sharon and all the passengers.

Roses are Red,Violets are blue
I am really happy to be here with all of you
I am sure later on we will all be happy and gay
And we will all agree that we had a fun day
So without any more B.S. or fuss
Direct your attention to the center of the bus.

Gene made his way down the aisle to where Sharon had been waiting for him patiently.
He then handed Sharon a small Cookie Factory box. She just held the box in her hand as Gene said, “Open it! It’s your Valentine treat.”

Inside Sharon found a heart-shaped cookie with the inscription, “Will you marry me?”

Sharon, in temporary shock, finally yelled “yes” as Gene remained with one knee planted on the seat and a ring behind his back, balancing himself as the bus tooled down the interstate at 60mph. Gene said this was quite a balancing act for the 58 year old Weiser.

Gene then slipped the ring on her finger as the bus roared their approval! To add to the memories that day in Soulard Market, the Fox affiliate televison Channel 2 news found out about their engagement from people on the bus and interviewed Gene and Sharon. They were featured on the St. Louis TV airwaves that night.

When Sharon was interviwed as she was sampling a crabcake- Channel 2 Fox said what is the best thing about today and she flashed her ring at the camera and beamed. “Crab cakes and diamonds, what a wonderful combination!”

This story was also featured in the SJ-R as a Toby McDaniel column in March 2004.

Gene and Sharon married June 18, 2004 and were recently in Denney Jewelers to upgrade Sharon’s wedding ring with a new diamond.  They are still happily married and dancing their lives away after 6 years of wedded bliss. Gene said, “I am very lucky and would marry Sharon all over again.”

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Last updated February 5, 2017